aham sarvesu bhutesu
tam avajnaya mam martyah
aham—I; sarvesu—in all; bhutesu—living entities; bhuta-atma—the Supersoul in all beings; avasthitah—situated; sada—always; tam—that Supersoul; avajnaya—disregarding; mam—Me; martyah—a mortal man; kurute—performs; arca—of worship of the Deity; vidambanam—imitation.
I am present in every living entity as the Supersoul. If someone neglects or disregards that Supersoul everywhere and engages himself in the worship of the Deity in the temple, that is simply imitation.
In purified consciousness, or Krsna consciousness, one sees the presence of Krsna everywhere. If, therefore, one only engages in Deity worship in the temple and does not consider other living entities, then he is in the lowest grade of devotional service. One who worships the Deity in the temple and does not show respect to others is a devotee on the material platform, in the lowest stage of devotional service. A devotee should try to understand everything in relationship with Krsna and try to serve everything in that spirit. To serve everything means to engage everything in the service of Krsna. If a person is innocent and does not know his relationship with Krsna, an advanced devotee should try to engage him in the service of Krsna. One who is advanced in Krsna consciousness can engage not only the living being but everything in the service of Krsna.
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