“Standard of devotee we cannot realise from this plane, that is miracle… and if we do not want to try, that is good. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur said that.” Morning darshan, 10th January 2007, Nabadwip
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Some slokas from today’s lecture:
tabe hāsi’ tāre prabhu dekhāila svarūpa
‘rasa-rāja’, ‘mahābhāva’—dui eka rūpa
dekhi’ rāmānanda hailā ānande mūrchchhite
dharite nā pāre deha, paḍilā bhūmite
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Madhya-līlā, 8.282-283)
‘śraddhā’-śabde—viśvāsa kahe sudṛḍha niścaya
kṛṣṇe bhakti kaile sarva-karma kṛta haya
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Madhya-līlā, 22.62)
bhagavad-bhaktitaḥ sarvam ity utsṛjya vidher api
kaiṅkaryaṁ kṛṣṇa-pādaikāśrayatvaṁ śaraṇāgatiḥ
(Sri Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam, 1:35)
This verse was discussed further here.
From Golden Reflections about this verse:
Srila Guru Maharaj has given there the meaning of saranagati, in particular in this following sloka:
bhagavad-bhaktitah sarvam, ity utsrjya vidher api
kainkaryam krsna-padaika-, srayatvam saranagatih
“Being governed by the faith that all success is achieved by serving the Supreme Lord, to abandon servitude to even Scriptural injunctions and take exclusive refuge in the lotus feet of Sri Krishna in every time, place, and circumstance, is known as saranagati—unconditional surrender.”
What is saranagati? It is bhagavad-bhaktitah sarvam; it is not even necessary to serve any other god or demigod, but through only the service to Krishna we can get everything. Therefore we must take shelter unto the lotus feet of Krishna. Service to Krishna can give us everything and this type of faith is called saranagati. If you can memorise one sloka and put that in your heart, then from this one sloka you will get everything given in any Scripture.
I tried before to know in one sentence what is saranagati. We know that saranagati is surrender, but that is not sufficient. Therefore I asked Srila Guru Maharaj. He replied, “Have you not read Prapanna-jivanamrtam?”
I said, “Yes Maharaj, I have, but is the explanation there?” Then he quoted this same sloka, and this is the main thing.