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"Because he is fixed in devotional service, a devotee does not regard any position in the material world as important."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.5.25

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "Durvasa Muni's life spared." In this chapter we find Maharaja Ambarisa offering prayers to the Sudarsana chakra [Lord Vishnu's ultimate weapon] and we find how the Sudarsana chakra became merciful to Durvasa Muni.]

TRANSLATION

In this way, because of devotional service, Maharaja Ambarisa, who was endowed with varieties of transcendental qualities, was completely aware of Brahman, Paramatma and the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and thus he executed devotional service perfectly. Because of his devotion, he thought even the topmost planet of this material world no better than the hellish planets.

PURPORT (excerpt):

An exalted and pure devotee like Maharaja Ambarisa is in full awareness of Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan; in other words, a devotee of Vasudeva, Krishna, is in full knowledge of the other features of the Absolute Truth.

… Maharaja Ambarisa, being a devotee of the Personality of Godhead, was in full awareness of Paramatma, Brahman, maya, the material world, the spiritual world, and how things are going on everywhere. Everything was known to him.

... Because the devotee knows Vasudeva, he knows everything within the creation of Vasudeva (vasudevah sarvam iti sa mahatma sudurlabhah). Such a devotee does not give much value to the highest standard of happiness within this material world.

Because he is fixed in devotional service, a devotee does not regard any position in the material world as important.

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