Chandalohapi munisrestha haribhaktiparayanah |
Haribhaktivihinashcha dviijohapi shvapachadhamah ||

English Translation: Chandalas with Hari Bhakti are superior to Munis. But if a Dvija is devoid of Hari Bhakti then he is worse than even a Chandala.

I found the above verse mentioned in Hari Lilamrita, the biography of Sri Sri Harichand Thakur, founder of the non-Vedic Matua Vaishnava Sampradaya, written in Bengali:

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But it doesn't seem to be originally from that book. A friend of mine believes it's from the Hari Bhakti Vilasa but I haven't been able to find it so far.

So which text originally mentions the above verse?

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    I have given the full verse upon seeing the pic you have uploaded. Previously the full verse wasn't given. – Rickross Sep 17 '20 at 16:33
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    Probably I have read it in Brihan Naradiya Purana but I don't have this book with me any longer so unable to verify. – Rickross Sep 17 '20 at 16:34
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    Ah thanks and no problem :) @Rickross – user9969 Sep 17 '20 at 16:36
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    A verse with similiar meaning is quoted in this article from vasishta smriti.// caturvedī ca yo vipro vāsudevaṃ na vindati । vedabhārabharākrāntaḥ sa vai brāhmaṇagardabhaḥ// Meaning:The brAhmaNa who is well-versed in the four Vedas, but undevoted to Vasudeva, is a Veda-carrying donkey that happens to be a brAhmaNa. – Satya Sep 17 '20 at 18:26
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    Southern recension of Mahabharata has another verse in similiar tone,apArthakaM prabhAShantaH shUdrA bhAgavatA iti. na shUdrA bhagavadbhaktA viprA bhAgavatAH smR^itAH.. 14-118-32. Meaning:AswamedhikA parvA (118.32) : "Those sUdrAs who have devotion to BhagavAn are not sUdrAs ; they who are devotees of BhagavAn are Brahmins. Those who have no bhakti to BhagavAn (JanArdanA) , whatever might be his caste - they alone are sUdrAs " – Satya Sep 23 '20 at 7:50

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