Devotion is to serve without conditions, not with expectations – Bhaagavattottama

One finds many answers to the question, that why should we worship the Almighty. While some say, it is for a good life, others say to know the inner self, while one say for a good job, the other prays for the family well-being, one prays for success, one prays for fame. Reasons are many, but it is all for life to be good. While God grants what is prayed for by teaching humans to seek what is actually required of, there are few devotees for whom the wish is only to serve god, and wants nothing for themselves. They become an inspiration to understand what actually is to be asked for from the Supreme Being, and they undoubtedly are the dearest to God and because of their selfless devotion to Bhagwan, they are called the Bhaagavattoma (the superior devotee).


Prahlad – A small child terrifies the demons, not with his power, but with his devotion of Bhagwan Vishnu and he was little Prahlad. Prahlad was the ardent devotee of Bhagwan Vishnu, while his father Hiranyakashyap was an arch rival. His faith in the Almighty was so great that he was ready to undergo all kinds of death penalties, but never went back in his devotion. He became the very reason wherein Bhagwan Vishnu took the incarnation of Narasimha and killed Hiranyakashyap and restored Dharma back in the world.

Shri Hanuman – When the first time Shri Ram meets Hanuman at the foothills of Rishyamuk Mountain, Shri Ram asks Hanuman who he was. Hanuman replies is whoever he is does not matter and what matters is that he is the eternal servant of Shri Ram. Hanuman is a glorifying example of selfless service and unending faith on the Almighty. It is his faith and belief in Shri Ram that he achieves missions impossible, yet accredits all his success to his swami. His devotion makes Shri Ram and Mata Sita reside in his heart forever as the imprints of his faith, proving Hanuman is the dearest to them.

Rishi Narad – The incarnation of Rishi Narad was a special one. Rishi Narad in his previous birth was born to a maid servant whose father had left them. When the other children teased him for the same, he went to the forest and performed severe penance to understand the reason of his birth.

Pleased with his devotion, Bhagwan Vishnu said that his reason of his birth was to be his dearest devotee and keep singing the glories of Bhagwan Vishnu all around the world. Since then, Rishi Narad went on become the world traveller who always sings and spreads the devotion of Bhagwan Vishnu.

Maharaj Ambarish – The noble king devotion was so great that he was protected by none other than the Sudarshna Chakr of Bhagwan Vishnu, yet Maharaj Ambarish was humble and considered it as a blessing of Bhagwan Vishnu. It is because of him that Rishi Durvasa understands that true devotion lies in humility when the Rishi was saved by the raging Chakr by no one, but by Maharaj Ambarish whom actually Durvasa wanted to punish originally.

When one prays to the Almighty with his complete dedication of soul, he is no longer a mere devotee, but a Bhagavattotama, where superiority is not an indication of high status, riches, power, boons or for that matter even arrogance and pride, but it signifies total faith to the Almighty wherein he only wants to offer service to God, but doesn’t wish anything for himself.