Giriraja Swami’s lecture on Sivaratri. He spoke from Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 4, Chapter 24, Text 30.
You are all devotees of the Lord, and as such I appreciate that you are as respectable as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. I know in this way that the devotees also respect me and that I am dear to them. Thus no one can be as dear to the devotees as I am.
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