kṛṣṇera samatā haite baḍa bhakta-pada
ātmā haite kṛṣṇera bhakta haya premāspada
kṛṣṇera—with Lord Kṛṣṇa; samatā—equality; haite—than this; baḍa—greater; bhakta-pada—the position of a devotee; ātmā haite—than His own self; kṛṣṇera—of Lord Kṛṣṇa; bhakta—a devotee; haya—is; prema-āspada—the object of love.
The position of being a devotee is higher than that of equality with Lord Kṛṣṇa, for the devotees are dearer to Lord Kṛṣṇa than His own self.
sādhavo hṛdayaṁ mahyaṁ
sādhūnāṁ hṛdayaṁ tv aham
mad anyat te na jānanti
nāhaṁ tebhyo manāg api
"The devotees are My heart, and I am the heart of My devotees. My devotees do not know anyone but Me; similarly, I do not know anyone but My devotees." This is the intimate relationship between the Lord and His devotees.
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