“Who can believe it, and how much beauty is there inside?” Glorification of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, Srila Guru Maharaj and Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati, morning darshan, 6th April 2007, Nabadwip. (podcast link)

7th April 2021


Slokas from today’s lecture:

kālaḥ kalir balina indriya-vairi-vargāḥ
śrī-bhakti-mārga iha kaṇṭaka-koṭi-ruddhaḥ
hā hā kva yāmi vikalaḥ kim ahaṁ karomi
chaitanya-chandra yadi nādya kṛpāṁ karoṣi
(Sri Chaitanya-chandramrita: 49)

kaivalyaṁ narakāyate tridaśa-pūr ākāśa-puṣpāyate
durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate
viśvaṁ pūrṇa-sukhāyate vidhi-mahendrādiś cha kīṭāyate
yat kāruṇya-kaṭākṣa-vaibhava-vatāṁ taṁ gauram eva stumaḥ

(Śrī Chaitanya-chandrāmṛta: 5)

sarvopādhi-vinirmuktaṁ tat-paratvena nirmalam
hṛṣīkeṇa hṛṣīkeśa sevanaṁ bhaktir uchyate

(Nārada-pañcharātra)
“Pure devotion is service to the Supreme Lord which is free from all relative conceptions of self-interest.”

anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyaṁ
jñāna-karmādy-anāvṛtam
ānukūlyena kṛṣṇānu-
śīlanaṁ bhaktir uttamā

(CC 2.19.167, BRS 1.1.111)
When first-class devotional service develops, one must be devoid of all material desires, knowledge obtained by monistic philosophy, and fruitive action. The devotee must constantly serve Kṛṣṇa favorably, as Kṛṣṇa desires.

yasyāḥ kadāpi vasanāñchala-khelanottha-
dhanyātidhanya-pavenena kṛtārtha-mānī
yogīndra-durgama-gatir madhusūdano ’pi
tasyā namo ’stu vṛṣabhānubhuvo diśe ’pi

(Rādhā-rasa-sudhā-nidhi: 2)
This is Prabodhānanda Saraswatī’s praṇām mantram for Rādhārāṇī. In this verse he expresses, “When Kṛṣṇa feels the breeze of Rādhārāṇī’s sari as She distributes food to Kṛṣṇa and His friends, Kṛṣṇa feels, ‘I am fully satisfied.’ Dhanyātidhanya-pavenena kṛtārthamānī: just by feeling the breeze of Rādhārāṇī’s sari Kṛṣṇa feels, ‘I am so fortunate. I am fully satisfied.’ Yogīndra-durgama-gatir Madhusūdano ’pi: all the munis, ṛṣis, and yogīs—everyone—are trying to get the dust of Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet, but Kṛṣṇa thinks, ‘The breeze from Rādhārāṇī’s cloth gives Me full nourishment.‘“ (RT)




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