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srimad bhagavtam 1 2 18 1 1 21

SrimadBhagavtam 1.2.18-1.1.21

Invocation prayers

Recap of last week

SB 1.2.18-1.2.21

Session Summary



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SB 1.2.4


Before reciting this Srimad-Bhagavatam, which is the very means of conquest, one should offer respectful obeisances unto the Personality of Godhead, Narayana, unto Nara-NarayanaRsi, the supermost human being, unto mother Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, and unto Srila Vyasadeva, the author.

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SB 1.2.18

nasta-prayesyabhadresunityaḿ bhagavata-sevayabhagavatyuttama-slokebhaktirbhavatinaisthiki

By regular attendance in classes on the Bhagavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.


Srila VisvanathCakrabortyThakura lists fourteen stages of spiritual life. Five stages

  • SatamKripa – Mercy of Devotees. It is the first step.
  • Mahat-Seva – Service of devotees
  • Sraddha – Faith
  • Gurupadasrayah – Seeking shelter of a guru
  • BhajanesuSprha – Eagerness to worship

So after serving devotees what is next?

Krishna reciprocates and acts within the devotees in such a way that the devotee may easily go back to Godhead.


Krishna is Suhrt, our dearmost friend, well wisher and benefactor. He removes abhadrani or anarthas, inauspiciousness from our hearts. Srila VishvanathaCakravartiThakura defines the six anarthas

  • Utsaha-Mayi – Enthusiasm indicating pride
  • Ghana-Tarala – Moving unsteadily between diligence and negligence.
  • Vyudha-Vikalpa – Flickering determination.
  • Visaya-Sangara – Ongoing Struggle with sense pleasure
  • Niyamaksama – Inability to improve devotional practices.
  • Taranga-Rangini – Delighting in material facilities that bhakti produces.

What occurs after we become eager to hear, which begins the clearing of the material desires from the heart?

[SB 1.2.18] nasta-prayesvabhadresunityambhagavata-sevayabhagavatyuttama-slokebhaktirbhavatinaisthiki

By regular attendance in classes on the Bhagavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.

key points
Key points
  • By hearing SrimadBhagavatam and serving devotees, all inauspiciousness (abhadresu) is completely (pradyeshu) destroyed (nasta).

Srila Prabhupada Uvaca

So nasta-prayesvabhadresunityambhagavata-sevaya[SB 1.2.18]. Not all cleansed, but praya, say, seventy-five cleansed. At that time, you become fixed-up in devotional service, naisthiki. There are different stages of devotional service. That I have explained several times. First of all, sraddha, sadhu-sanga, bhajana-kriya, anartha-nivrttihsyat. When anartha-nivrttihsyat, all unwanted things are finished, at that time, nistha, firm faith. So bhagavatyuttama-slokebhaktirbhavatinaisthiki. So, so long there are dirty things, our faith and devotion in Krsna is not very fixed up, sometimes we deviate, we go away. But then nasta-prayesu, when seventy-five percent of the dirty things are cleansed, then our faith in God becomes fixed up. Bhagavatyuttama-sloke.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.18, August 21, 1972, Los Angeles

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Key points
  • Nityam Bhagavata Sevya – Remember Bhagavatam at all times. Serve Bhagavatas at all times.
  • Devotee Bhagavata is as good a the book Bhagavata because the devotee Bhagavata leads his life in terms of the book Bhagavata. So they are both identical. Bhagavata is a direct representative of Krishna, of Bhagavan, the supreme personality of Godhead. So by pleasing a devotee Bhagavata, one can receive the benefit of the book Bhagavata. E.gNaradamuni.
  • Message of Bhagavatam has to be received from the devotee Bhagavata.
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Srila PrabhpadaUvaca

So bhagavaty uttama-sloke bhaktir bhavati naisthiki. That fixed up bhakti is required, not oscillating: sometimes this side, sometimes that side. So this can be possible, fixed up devotional service, by nityam bhagavata-sevaya [SB 1.2.18], regularly worshiping the bhagavata-grantha and the devotee bhagavata. Because without hearing about God authentically, how we can fix up? So we should hear, srnvatam sva-kathah krsnah. Sva-kathah krsnah [SB 1.2.17]. Krsna's word is given by Krsna. Just like Bhagavad-gita. Sva-kathah means "His own words." So this is bhagavata. And sva-kathah, Srimad-Bhagavatam is also sva-kathah. The Puranas also, sva-kathah. Because all these books are given by Vyasadeva. Vyasadeva is incarnation of Krsna. So that is also sva-kathah. So we have to hear about Krsna which is given by Krsna. Bhagavad-gita is given by Krsna, and Bhagavata and other Puranas and Vedic literature given by Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa. And the method is taught by Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. So therefore, everything is Krsna's. Krsna directly, Krsna as Vyasadeva; Krsna as Caitanya Mahaprabhu devotee.

So we have to follow this. Sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda, sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda. Krsna is teaching how to approach Krsna. That is bona fide. We cannot take any other method. This is the authorized method.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.18, August 21, 1972, Los Angeles

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Srila Prabhupada Uvaca
  • Prabhupada: So here it is said bhagavata-sevaya, not bhagavan-sevaya. Bhagavan is Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and bhagavata means in relation with Bhagavan, who has got relationship with Bhagavan. So here it is recommended bhagavata-sevaya, not bhagavan-sevaya. The idea is that you cannot approach Bhagavan, God, directly. That is not possible. First of all, you. have to serve bhagavata, the devotee bhagavata.
  • So the question was, "Which worship is best?" So Lord Siva replied, aradhananam sarvesam visnor aradhanam param: "My dear Parvati, of all methods of worship, Visnu worship is the topmost." There are many demigods' worship, even Lord Siva's worship, but Lord Siva says, "Visnu worship is the best." Then he says again, tasmat parataram devi. "My dear Devi, better than that Visnu worship is tadiyanam samarcanam." Tadiya. Tadiya means those who are in relationship with Visnu, tadiya. Just like His devotee, tadiya. Tulasi-vrksa. Tulasi is tadiya. Or temple tadiya. Preaching tadiya. Tadiyanam samarcanam. This is bhagavata. So Lord Siva recommends that "Of all methods of worship, Visnu worship is the best, and better than Visnu worship is to worship His devotee or things in relationship with Him."

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.18, August 21, 1972, Los Angeles

the next 3 stages spiritual development
The next 3 stages spiritual development

6) Bhaktih – Bhakti. All good qualities automatically appear in a Bhakta and no separate endeavor is needed.

The cultivation of activities that are meant exclusively for the pleasure of Sri Krsna, or in other words the uninterrupted flow of service to Sri Krsna, performed through all endeavors' of the body, mind and speech, and through the expression of various spiritual sentiments (bhavas), which is not covered by jnana (knowledge aimed at impersonal liberation) and karma (reward-seeking activity), and which is devoid of all desires other than the aspiration to bring happiness to Sri Krsna, is called uttama-bhakti, pure devotional service.“ (Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.1.11)]

In brief, the meaning of the verse is this: Pure bhakti is the continuous, unbroken cultivation of all activities of the body, mind, words, and spiritual feelings which are meant exclusively for the benefit of Sri Krsna, which are completely free from all other desires, and which is not covered by karma (fruitive activities), jnana (knowledge), yoga, and other things.

"By glorifying the process of Bhakti is also glorifying the object of devotion, or one is glorifying Krsna directly. Because bhakti is manifest by the internal potency of Krsna, and the internal potency is non-different from the Lord, so the Lord is being glorified."

-- Srila Romapada Swami, 3/13/00 IITD, Bhag. 1.8.33-41

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The next 3 stages spiritual development

7) Anarthapagamam – Disappearance of obstacles. Anarthas are Unwanted and dirty things that are hindrances in our path of bhakti.

Remember to Hate the sin not the sinner. Obstacles are to be conquered.

According to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the Sakatasura demon represents the load carrying mentality. By that he means we have old habits, bad habits, from this life and previous lives, and we carry that bad habit mentality with us lifetime after lifetime, moment to moment. Krsna kicks aside that mentality by His lotus feet. Also, Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes the lethargy and dullness of living entities. If we take shelter of Krsna, and Krsna shows His special kindness, this obstacle on the path of spiritual life becomes removed by Krsna.

Sakatasura represents bad habits. It required so many stout cowherd men to put the cart together and pile up all the utensils, but a mere touch of Krsna's lotus feet smashed the cart to pieces and scattered all the utensils. Similarly, we've been carrying the burden of our bad habits for many lives. With our own efforts we can not do anything, but by Krsna's mercy our bad habits can be destroyed in a moment. We feel the load of stuff and don't know what we would do without it. When moving on the path to Krsna, Krsna relieves us of that sense that we have to carry this heavy load of our bad habits.

-- Adapted from a lecture by Srila Romapada Swami

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The next 3 stages spiritual development

8) TathaNistha – then Steadiness is acheived.

"When a person develops sraddha (faith), he can think about a subject and understand it, wheareas one cannot do so without sraddha. Indeed only a person with sraddha can reflect on anything." -Chandogya Upanishad (7.19.1)

Faith is the unflinching confidence that upon attaining one thing --- Krsna-bhakti --- one is provided with all other desirable achievements. Absolute faith, unflinching faith, rests in Krsna-bhakti only. Faith in any other result or any other process will be unavoidably transient and ultimately disappointing. Attaining this faith rests upon guru-kripa, which includes very careful guidance and training.

Faith brings intelligence and realization, which fix the mind in undeviating determination. The medium of cultivation of faith is service -- humble and devoted service. This is KC'ness!

A strong faith that by Krsna consciousness one will be elevated to the highest perfection of life is called vyavasayatmika intelligence.

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Srila PrabhpadaUvaca

So that is required. Tato nistha rucis tatah, athasaktis tato bhavah, sadhakanam ayam premnah pradurbhave bhavet kramah. Anartha, when the... The same thing is described by Rupa Gosvami. As it is said here, nasta-prayesu abhadresu. These abhadra, these anartha... Anartha-nivrttih syat. Bhakti, when, if one takes seriously to bhakti path, then the test is that he has given up all nonsense unwanted things. Not that he's a bhakta, and still smoking. He's not a bhakta. He's not a bhakta. That is the test. So these things are to be noted very carefully, and to try to associate with devotee. Tandera carana-sebi-bhakta-sane bas. Try to serve the superior acaryas, Gosvamis. Ei chay gosai janr mui tanr das. Make a conviction, firm determination, that "We shall follow only the, the path chalked out by the Six Gosvamis. We shall not deviate." With this determination, if you can go on, everything is clear, and there is no difficulty to become liberated or become a devotee of Krsna.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.18, October 29, 1972, Vrndavana

So what occurs after a devotee reaches Nistha, steadiness?

[SB 1.2.19] tada rajas-tamo-bhavahkama-lobhadayas ca yecetaetairanaviddhamsthitamsattveprasidati

As soon as irrevocable loving service is established in the heart, the effects of nature's modes of passion and ignorance, such as lust, desire and hankering, disappear from the heart. Then the devotee is established in goodness, and he becomes completely happy.

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Key points
  • Normal constitutional position is brahma bhutta or atma-annandi (State of self satisfaction)
  • Devotional Service is not inactivity, but unalloyed activity of the soul.
  • Educated non-devotee is dangerous but a devotee is neither foolish nor passionate.
  • A devotee is always qualified by the good qualities of the God.
  • In the depth of Krishna Consciousness in which all material desires are destroyed, the heart plunges in pure goodness (Sudda-Tattva).
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Key points

It is difficult to advance under the grip of passion and ignorance.

Passion (Rajas)

Distraction (Vikespa)

Ignorance (Tamas)

More Negative Qualities(Adayah)

Sleepiness (laya)

Anger, Greed, Envy, Illision.

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Srila Prabhupada Uvaca

Because everything is within the heart. We become greedy, we become lusty on account of distortion of the heart disease, kama. Tada hrdi lobha-kamau apahinoti(?). That is a heart disease. This kama and lobha is a heart disease. Actually, you don't require this, but it is a kind of disease. "More and more and more and more and more." Never satisfied. So we have to cure this disease. And this process, simple process, Caitanya Mahaprabhu has given: ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12]. To cure the heart disease of lusty desires and greediness is chanting Hare Krsna maha-mantra. Param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam. These are the shastric injunction, and spoken by personalities like Lord Caitanya and other acaryas.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19 September 27, 1974, Calcutta

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Key points

A vaishnava is already a Brahman. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma [Bg. 18.54].

Devotional Service.

Mode of Goodness (SattvaGuna)

Brahamana (knower of Brahaman)

Brahma-Bhuta Stage (AhamBrahmasmi – Self realization)

Prasidati (Fully Satisfied)

Prasannatma (Happy)

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Srila Prabhupada Uvaca

But to understand Krsna it will require Krsna's mercy. Without Krsna's mercy... So how you get Krsna's mercy?tesam satata-yuktanam bhajatam priti-purvakam dadami buddhi-yogam tam yena mam upayanti te  [Bg. 10.10]One can understand Krsna by being constantly engaged in His service. Tesam satata-yuktanam. Not that weekly once go to the church. No. Twenty-four hours, satata-yuktanam, engaged in Krsna's service. That is Krsna consciousness movement. We are teaching people how to become twenty-four hours engaged in Krsna's service. This is our business. We don't allow karma, jnana, yoga. No. Simply. And that is krsna-bhakti. Jnana-karmady-anavrtam [Madhya 19.167]. There is no question of jnana and karma. That is not pure bhakti. Pure bhakti means anyabhilasita-sunyam jnana-karmady-anavrtam, anukulyena krsnanusilanam [BRS 1.1.11], simply to serve Krsna favorably, as Krsna becomes pleased. This is bhakti. This is pure devotion.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19 September 27, 1974, Calcutta

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The next 2 stages spiritual development

9) Ruci – Taste. A heart no pierced by sense objects develops a distaste (Aruchya) for sense objects.

"Attaining steadiness, devotees perform their devotional activities and take association with more care. By this, the anarthas are further reduced and steadiness turns to joy in the Lord's service. This is called ruci (taste). This is the sixth step. With ruci for Krsna well established, everything else material becomes tasteless.

  • AthaAsakti – Firm Attachment.

Attachment is only for Krishna, services for Krishna and instructions of the spiritual master. When a service is done with attachment then we are very careful in doing it. Material attachment leads to one’s downfall.

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Summary – 1.2.19

When (tada) the effects of passion and ignorance (rajas-tamo-bhavah)—lust,greed, and so on (Kama-lobhadayas ca ye)– no longer affect us (Ceta eta etir anaviddham), we will become situated in goodness (Sthitam sattve) and feel fully happy (Prasidati)

What does a progressive soul experience after asakti?

[SB 1.2.20 ] evamprasanna-manasobhagavad-bhakti-yogatahbhagavat-tattva-vijnanammukta-sangasyajayate

Thus established in the mode of unalloyed goodness, the man whose mind has been enlivened by contact with devotional service to the Lord gains positive scientific knowledge of the Personality of Godhead in the stage of liberation from all material association.

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Key points
  • Scientific knowledge of Krishna is only known through devotional service (Bhakti yoga)
  • When a qualified Brahamna factually becomes a vaishnava, in the enlivened stage of liberation he can know what is actually the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
brahmana v s vaishnava
Brahmana v/s Vaishnava

A Brahmana is one who is firmly situated in the mode of goodness, above the influence of the modes of passion and ignorance. The character traits of a brahmana are described in the Bhagavad-Gita (18.42): peacefulness, austerity, simplicity, sense control, cleanliness, honesty, religiousness - these are the qualities of a brahmana. Literally, brahmana means one who knows or has realized Brahman. But a brahmana is also under the influence of modes of nature, since goodness is also one of the material modes

A Vaishnava on the other hand, is imbued with devotion to the Supreme Lord, which is situated beyond the dutiful platform of religiousness. And by virtue of his devotion to the Personality of Godhead, a pure vaishnava actually transcends the modes of material nature; by direct service to the Supreme Lord he is situated beyond the four social orders. An unalloyed Vaishnava has all the qualifications of a brahmana, yet such a Vaishnava is more than a brahmana.

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The next 4 stages spiritual development

11) Ratih – Fondness.

12) Prema – Devotional love.

The quickest way to achieve prema is to stay in the company of those who know its value. The association of first-class pure Vaisnavas has the power to evoke prema in an aspirant's heart

Sadhana-bhakti performed in Krsna's holy dhama is especially conducive to the awakening of prema.

Prema is not achievable by other methods, such as karma and jnana. Devotees should therefore disregard those methods and simply busy themselves with the devotional service of hearing, chanting, remembering, and so on.

Sri Brhat-Bhagavatamrta, Narada Muni explains to Gopa Kumar how to achieve GolokaVrndavan, the original spiritual planet in the spiritual sky. Narada's teaching is that to achieve this most exalted goal two primary qualities are required: matured stages of prema (love) and dainya (utter humility). One without the other is not even possible; they go together. Genuine humility enhances ones eagerness to be situated in one's relationship with Krishna, and vice versa.

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The next 4 stages spiritual development

13) Atha Darsanam – Vision, audience. It means to get vision of the Lord and an audience with the Lord. This can only come after Prema.


santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti

We cannot see Krishna without our mundane eyes. We need our eyes tinged with love to see Krishna, seek Krishna.

14) Harer Madhuryanubhava – Direct experience of Hari’s sweetness. Final Stage.

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Summary 1.2.20

By engaging in devotional service one becomes enlivened (Prasanna-Manasah) and liberated from the association (mutka-sangasya) with lust and other vices. In this way pure, positive (Suddha-Sattva) knowlegde (vijnanyam) is manifest (jayate), whereby the Lord appears in and outside of the heart (without the process of meditation)

[SB 1.2.21 ] bhidyatehrdaya-granthischidyantesarva-samsayahksiyantecasyakarmanidrstaevatmanisvare

Thus the knot in the heart is pierced, and all misgivings are cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive actions is terminated when one sees the self as master.

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Key points
  • krsna surya-sama, maya andhakara,yahan krsna tahan nahi mayara adhikara
  • Perfect knowledge is called Parampara or deductive knowledge coming down from the authority of a submissive aural receiver who is bona fide by service and surrender.
  • Challenge to the supreme and to know him at the same time is not possible. Mood of surrender is required.
  • Seeing the Lord increases our eagerness to serve him. That eagerness powerfully overrules our feeling of being disqualified for this service.
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Key points
  • Due to enlightenment of transcendental knowledge a devotee is able to distinguish between spirit and matter. Because of this the knot of spirit and matter (knot in the heart-hrdaya-granthih) untied by the Lord. This is the knot of Ahankara or false pride.
  • Once this knot is loosened all doubts are cleared and one sees his master and engages himself fully in transcendental loving service of the Lord.
  • When a soul sees the infallible Supreme personality of Godhead it is called liberation. Though the soul may reside in the world of birth and death he will see his original form directly. The soul’s misidentification with external material body is destroyed.
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Srila PrabhpadaUvaca

Just like there is a proverb. The vulture goes very high, three miles, four miles high. It is very difficult for us to fly, single-handed. But the aim is, "Where is a dead body?" He's looking forward, "Where is a dead body?" The aim is, not very good. He's looking after some dead corpse to eat. That is his business. But he has gone very high, four miles high. Similarly, all these so-called rascal scientists, their aim is how to stuck-up in this knot of material existence, and they are trying to become so many things. You see? Hrdaya-granthi. Real attachment is here. Just like the hog; the real attachment is the stool. But he's getting very fat, "Oh, I am so happy." You see? So this is going on. Nature is very clever. Just to make you attached to stool, she gives you certain body, type of body, hog. You become very pleased: "Oh, I am so happy. I am living in heaven." Sometimes actually Indra, the king of heaven, he was cursed to become a hog, and he was, he became hog. He had so many kiddies, wife, and living in filthy place, eating stool. So Brahma came that for his absence, the management in the heavenly kingdom is not going nice. So he came: "Indra, now please come with me." "Where shall I go to, sir?" "Heaven." "What is that? I cannot go. I have got responsibility. I have got my wife, my children, and I am happy here. I do not know what is heaven.“

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.21, August 24, 1972, Los Angeles

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Srila PrabhpadaUvaca

krishna-bhakti-rasa-bhavita matihkriyatam yadi kuto 'pi labhyatetatra laulyam api mulyam ekalamjanma-koti-sukritair na labhyate

So by Krsna consciousness movement, if people take to it seriously and become advanced... The same process, srnvatam sva-kathah krsnah [SB 1.2.17], simply hearing about Krsna, as we are doing. Then, gradually, we come to the platform of goodness, and the lower modes of material nature, namely ignorance and passion, cannot disturb us. We become situated in goodness. And then, gradually, this stage comes, evam prasanna-manaso bhagavad-bhakti yogatah [SB 1.2.20]. You become engladdened, you become joyful, by discharging devotional service. And the knots, you will be no more interested with this rascal life of material existence. Bhidyate hrdaya-granthih.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.21, August 24, 1972, Los Angeles

session summary
Session Summary
  • By hearing SrimadBhagavatam and serving devotees, all inauspiciousness (abhadresu) is completely (pradyeshu) destroyed (nasta).
  • By pleasing a devotee Bhagavata, one can receive the benefit of the book Bhagavata
  • bhagavata-sevaya, not bhagavan-sevaya
  • Sva-kathahkrsnah-Katha by Krishna should only be heard and read
  • By devotional service all good qualities automatically appear in a Bhakta and no separate endeavor is needed.
  • Devotional Service is not inactivity, but unalloyed activity of the soul.
  • To cure the heart disease of lusty desires and greediness is chanting Hare Krsnamaha-mantra
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Session Summary
  • A vaishnava is already a Brahaman.
  • Scientific knowledge of Krishna is only known through devotional service (Bhakti yoga)
  • Two primary qualities - matured stages of prema (love) and dainya (utter humility).
  • krsna surya-sama, maya andhakara,yahan krsna tahan nahi mayara adhikara
  • Liberation is to identify one as the original form directly.
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Session Summary (14 Stages of Spiritual Development)
  • SatamKripa – The mercy of devotees (Narada Muni – Dhruva and the hunter)
  • Mahat-Seva - Service to Devotees (Narada Muni to the sages)
  • Sraddha – Faith (PrahaladaMaharaj)
  • Gurupadaasrayah – Seeking shelter of the guru’s feet (Bhakti SiddhantaSarasvati Swami)
  • BhajanesuSprha – Eagerness to worship Krishna (Raghunandan)
  • Bhaktih – Bhakti
  • Anarthapagamah – Disappearance of obstacles (our own temple building)
  • TathaNistha – Then Steadiness (AmbrishMaharaj)
  • Ruci – Taste (PrahaladaMaharaj)
  • AthaAsakti – Then firm attachment (Arjuna)
  • Ratih – Fondness
  • Prema – Devotional Love
  • AthaDarshanam – Then vision, audience (Dhruvamaharaj)
  • HarerMadhuryanubhava – Direct experience of Hari’s Sweetness. (PrahaladaMaharaj, Gopis, Sabri)

Preliminary faith (sraddha) is nurtured through the association of saintly persons (sadhu-sanga) to the point at which one takes to the practices of devotion (bhajana kriya), and then with increased faith one tries to remove obstacles in the path of devotion (anartha-nvritti). When faith becomes very firm and fixed (nista), then one gets deeper taste (ruci) and ecstasy (bhava) in spiritual life and at last achieves the final stage of full blown prema.

SadhuSanga (Assocaiion of Saintly persons)

Faith (Sraddha)

BhajanKriya (Devotional Practice)

Ruci (Deeper taste)

Nista (Firm and Fixed)

AnarthaNivritti (Removing of obstacles)

Prema (Love)

Bhava (Esctasy)

  • Srimad Bhagavatam – His divine grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami
  • Unveiling his Lotus Feet by H.G. Bhurijana Das
  • Iskcon desire Tree

Definition of Pure Bhakti



Instructions of the week, Devotional service

Instructions of the week, Obstacles

Meditation 82: Role of faith in devotional service

Instructions of the week, Enthusiasm: Life of Faith

Mediation, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Meditation 195

Inquiries of the absolute, Digest 31A

Meditation 94

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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna

Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama

Hare Hare

Chant and be happy.

Serve and associate with the devotees

Love and respect all (even your spouse)


You are encouraged to applause now.

I will not mind or feel offended.


All questions and inquiries will be answered in due course of time by complete faith in the next set of speakers. Patience is a virtue and you can start to practice it now 