Bhukti, Mukti, Bhakti
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
krsna yadi chhute bhakte bhukti mukti diya
rajan patir gurur alam bhavatam yadunam
"If you are asking for some kind of mukti [liberation] or bhukti [material enjoyment], Krishna will never give you devotion to Himself—He will always hide it from you." So nicely it is written.
hena prema sri chaitanya dila yatha tatha
If somebody is simple-hearted and does not know anything about bhukti, mukti, and they have some faith, sraddha, they can get devotion easily.
Question: What does mukti mean?
Mukti means a liberated soul. Srila Rupa Goswami gave the following example in his Vidagdha Madhava. Some straw floats in the Ganges or in a big ocean, some water evaporates from it at night, and that drop of water thinks, "Oh, I am very small, but this ocean is so great! I also want to be big like this ocean." It immediately grows heavier and falls down into the water, where it is not able to find itself any more. Mukti is like this—we get merged and cannot find ourselves any more; we will not get any taste. That is mukti. Devotees put their foot on top of Mukti Devi and climb higher up in their devotional activities—they never ask anything from mukti.
svatantra isvara prema-nigudha-bhandara
Even though Bhagavan Himself, the Lord Himself, never exposes Krishna-prema, but still He distributes it everywhere.
'nityananda' balite haya krsna-premodaya
When you chant Nitai Gaur Haribol, Nitai Gaur Haribol, no offence comes, but when you take Krishna Nam with offences, no vikar [transformation], no result comes through that. That is why good association is necessary to be able to remove the offences.
'eka' krsna-name kare sarva-papa nasa
The offences will be removed by chanting the Holy Name only once.
premera udaye haya premera vikara
anayase bhava-ksaya, krsnera sevana
hena krnsa-nama yadi laya bahu-bara
But we chant this Krishna Nam again and again, and no result comes. Because of our offences the seed of the Holy Name does not sprout.
chaitanya-nityanande nahi e-saba vichara
svatantra isvara prabhu atyanta udara
ore mudha loka, suna chaitanya-mangala
krsna-lila bhagavate kahe veda-vyasa
chaitanya-nitaira yate janiye mahima
bhagavate yata bhakti-siddhantera sara
'chaitanya-mangala' sune yadi pasandi, yavana
vrndavana-dasa-pade koti namaskara
tanra ki adbhuta chaitanya-charita-varnana
ataeva bhaja, loka, chaitanya-nityananda
vrndavana-dasa kaila 'chaitanya-mangala'
yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akinchana
When somebody does not practise devotional activities, their mind always goes to the bad things, and it becomes impossible for them to get the good qualities. That quality will not come.
Question: What can we do about this?
Practise bhaktanga. Practise what is favourable to devotion, and reject what is unfavourable to devotion. There are 64 bhaktangas, they are written here in Chaitanya-charitamrita. It is necessary to practise it properly, then it will be very nice.
Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami says, "I am not writing this book. Madan Mohan is writing it."
ei grantha lekhaya more 'madana-mohana'
sei likhi, madana-gopala more ye likhaya
"My worshippable istadevata is Madan Mohan, and I am always praying to His servitors, Raghunath, Rupa, and Sanatan. I am not going directly to Madan Mohan, but I am praying to Him through His servitors." Also, Krishna Das Goswami worships the lotus feet of Vrindavan Das:
vrndavana-dasera pada-padma kari' dhyana
That is a Vaishnav's quality. Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami says, "I am praying to Vrindavan Das Thakur, and I always remember his lotus feet."
"Without his mercy we cannot write anything, we cannot do anything."
murkha, nicha, ksudra muni visaya-lalasa
"I am a great sinner, foolish, and small. I am always attracted to material things, but I am going to write a book! I am only doing it remembering my Guru and the Vaishnavs, and following their order. I am not doing it myself. I am doing so many big things, but it is only possible by the mercy of the Vaishnavs."
And Raghunath Das Goswami also...
mahaprabhura priya bhrtya—raghunatha-dasa
prabhu samarpila tanre svarupera hate
sodasa vatsara kaila antaranga-sevana
He had served Mahaprabhu for 16 years, did antaranga seva [personal service], and when Swarup Damodar left, he came to Vrindavan,
vrndavane dui bhaira charana dekhiya
He said, "I want to commit suicide, I want to jump from Govardhan."
ei ta' nischaya kari' aila vrndavane
tabe dui bhai tanre marite na dila
Rupa and Sanatan were brothers, and they took Raghunath Das Goswami as their third brother.
mahaprabhura lila yata bahira-antara
He heard all Pastimes of Mahaprabhu from Rupa, Sanatan.
anna-jala tyaga kaila anya-kathana
He rejected rice, water, everything, and he only took some matha, buttermilk.
sahasra dandavat kare, laya laksa nama
He paid obeisance a hundred times, he chanted a hundred thousand Names, and every day he paid his obeisance to two thousand Vaishnavs!
ratri-dine radha-krsnera manasa sevana
And the whole day and night he did service to Radha-Krishna.
tina sandhya radha-kunde apatita snana
We are afraid to bathe in Radha Kunda once, but he bathed there three times a day, and he always embraced the Vraja basis [residents of Sri Vrindavan Dham].
sardha sapta-prahara kare bhaktira sadhane
He spent only one and a half hours on sleeping, taking prasadam, etc., and he served twenty-two and a half hours a day...
tanhara sadhana-riti sunite chamatkara
inha-sabara yaichhe haila prabhura milana
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