Nama Article 14th Sep 2016
Rare it is for a person to even earn serene devotion for Lord Hari (sattvic Hari Bhakti). Rarer still it is to sustain it. For the lush growth of such Bhakti one should, first of all, abstain from self-praise. In Srimad Ramayana, nowhere does Hanuman, inspite of performing great feats, brag.
What is the response of Hanuman when Sri Rama said to him 'how great a feat you have achieved'? Hanuman told Rama, "O Lord! You speak of my having achieved some great feat. I do not think so. O Lord! Even an ordinary monkey in this crowd would have successfully done this if you had willed so and blessed him. It is verily your, the Lord's, blessing and will which is the reason behind a person's achievement."
Only if one is, like Hanuman, with out self-praise will the crop of Bhakti grow.