The Glories of Bhakti

Anything that changes is called temporary. We should know that beyond these temporary senses are our permanent senses, which are now covered by the material body. The permanent senses, being contaminated by matter, are not acting properly. Bhakti, therefore, involves freeing the senses from this contamination.

We have our eyes, but without the light of the sun our eyes are of no value. Similarly, without the light of Lord Krishna, or without the grace of the spiritual master, we cannot see things as they are.

Our senses should be engaged in devotional service to Lord Krishna, and our mind should have some engagement. The only process that will purify the mind is to engage it in Lord Krishna. If we do so, our consciousness will become
fully purified, and there is no chance of the entrance of material desire and greed.

Attachment for one thing is the cause of bondage in conditioned life, and the same attachment, when applied to something else, opens the door of mukti (liberation). Attachment for material things is called material consciousness, and attachment for Lord Krishna or His devotee is called Krishna consciousness. Consciousness, therefore, is the platform of attachment.

Bhakti is in a far higher position than mukti because a person`s endeavour
to get mukti from the material encagement is automatically served in bhakti.
One does not have to try seperately to attain mukti. That very service to
Lord Krishna is the process of one`s liberation because to engage oneself
in bhakti is to liberate oneself from material entanglement.

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
yoga ādhyātmikaḥ puḿsāḿ
mato niḥśreyasāya me
atyantoparatir yatra
duḥkhasya ca sukhasya ca

The Personality of Godhead answered: The yoga system which relates to the Lord and the individual soul, which is meant for the ultimate benefit of the living entity, and which causes detachment from all happiness and distress in the material world, is the highest yoga system.
(S.B. 3:25:13).

cetaḥ khalv asya bandhāya
muktaye cātmano matam
guṇeṣu saktaḿ bandhāya
rataḿ vā puḿsi muktaye

The stage in which the consciousness of the living entity is attracted by the three modes of material nature is called conditional life. But when that same consciousness is attached to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one is situated in the consciousness of liberation.

ahaḿ mamābhimānotthaiḥ
kāma-lobhādibhir malaiḥ
vītaḿ yadā manaḥ śuddham
aduḥkham asukhaḿ samam

When one is completely cleansed of the impurities of lust and greed produced from the false identification of the body as “I” and bodily possessions as “mine,” one’s mind becomes purified. In that pure state he transcends the stage of so-called material happiness and distress.

tadā puruṣa ātmānaḿ
kevalaḿ prakṛteḥ param
nirantaraḿ svayaḿ-jyotir
aṇimānam akhaṇḍitam

At that time the soul can see himself to be transcendental to material existence and always self-effulgent, never fragmented, although very minute in size. (S.B.3:25:17).

bhakti-yuktena cātmanā
paripaśyaty udāsīnaḿ
prakṛtiḿ ca hataujasam

In that position of self-realization, by practice of knowledge and renunciation in devotional service, one sees everything in the right perspective; he becomes indifferent to material existence, and the material influence acts less powerfully upon him. (S.B.3:25:18).

prasańgam ajaraḿ pāśam
ātmanaḥ kavayo viduḥ
sa eva sādhuṣu kṛto
mokṣa-dvāram apāvṛtam

Every learned man knows very well that attachment for the material is the greatest entanglement of the spirit soul. But that same attachment, when applied to the self-realized devotees, opens the door of liberation. (S.B.3:25:20).

satāḿ prasańgān mama vīrya-saḿvido
bhavanti hṛt-karṇa-rasāyanāḥ kathāḥ
taj-joṣaṇād āśv apavarga-vartmani
śraddhā ratir bhaktir anukramiṣyati

In the association of pure devotees, discussion of the pastimes and activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is very pleasing and satisfying to the ear and the heart. By cultivating such knowledge one gradually becomes advanced on the path of liberation, and thereafter he is freed, and his attraction becomes fixed. Then real devotion and devotional service begin. (S.B.3:25:25).

jarayaty āśu yā kośaḿ
nigīrṇam analo yathā

Bhakti, devotional service, dissolves the subtle body of the living entity without separate effort, just as fire in the stomach digests all that we eat.

imaḿ lokaḿ tathaivāmum
ātmānam ubhayāyinam
ātmānam anu ye ceha
ye rāyaḥ paśavo gṛhāḥ
visṛjya sarvān anyāḿś ca
mām evaḿ viśvato-mukham
bhajanty ananyayā bhaktyā
tān mṛtyor atipāraye

Thus the devotee who worships Me, the all-pervading Lord of the universe, in unflinching devotional service, gives up all aspirations to be promoted to heavenly planets or to become happy in this world with wealth, children, cattle, home or anything in relationship with the body. I take him to the other side of birth and death. (S.B.3:25:39/40).

nānyatra mad bhagavataḥ
ātmanaḥ sarva-bhūtānāḿ
bhayaḿ tīvraḿ nivartate

The terrible fear of birth and death can never be forsaken by anyone who resorts to any shelter other than Myself, for I am the almighty Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the original source of all creation, and also the Supreme Soul of all souls.

etāvān eva loke ‘smin
puḿsāḿ niḥśreyasodayaḥ
tīvreṇa bhakti-yogena
mano mayy arpitaḿ sthiram

Therefore persons whose minds are fixed on the Lord engage in the intensive practice of devotional service. That is the only means for attainment of the final perfection of life. (S.B.3:25:44).


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