BG Chap 9 - The activities of the mahātmās

The mahātmās always chant the glories of Kṛṣṇa and endeavor with great determination following strict vows. They desire to be the Lord’s associates and worship Him at all times with devotion thru singing, offering respects and other devotional acts. Thus a mahātmā is not an impersonalist. They worship always, not as in karma yoga which is dependent on time, place, person and purity for its execution. For one eager for the name of Hari, there are no restrictions of time, place or impurity. Just as poor men seek out the wealthy to support their families, the devotees seek out the assembly of devotees in order to obtain devotional processes like chanting. They repeatedly recite the scriptures teaching bhakti. They follow strict vows such as chanting a fixed number of rounds, offering so many obeisances and doing service. They also do not fail to observe fasts on Ekādaśī, Janmāṣṭamī and other sacred days. They also perform other processes of bhakti such as hearing and serving the lotus feet of the Lord. They loudly chant the sweet nectar of the Lord’s names related to His auspicious qualities and activities such as Govinda and Govardhana-dhārī. Singing about Kṛṣṇa, they worship Kṛṣṇa. A mahātmā has firm determination to achieve at the ultimate end the association of the Supreme Lord in any one of the five transcendental rasas.