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Rupa-Siksa: Pure Devotion

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, Samadhi-mandir class
14 June 2015


[His Divine Grace is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 19:]

'suddha-bhakti' haite haya 'prema' utpanna
ataeva suddha-bhaktira kahiye 'laksana'

"Pure devotion gives rise to love. Let me therefore explain to you the symptoms of pure devotion. [166]

Mahaprabhu is going to explain now what pure devotion is.

anya-vancha, anya-puja chadi' 'jnana', 'karma'
anukulye sarvendriye krsnanusilana

"Giving up all other desires, and all other worships, not pursuing knowledge or material gain, practising Krishna consciousness with all your senses and doing what is favourable to devotion. [168]

Anyabhilasita-sunyam—pure devotion means you have no desire for anything without Krishna, and no other desires about Krishna also—you only always want devotion to Krishna. When you do what is favourable to devotion and practise Krishna consciousness in this way, that is called pure devotion.

ei 'suddha-bhakti'—iha haite 'prema' haya
pancharatre, bhagavate ei laksana kaya

"That is what pure devotion is, and such devotion gives rise to love. These symptoms are described in Pancharatra and Bhagavatam. [169]

"Anya-vancha, anya-puja chadi' 'jnana', 'karma'": you must give up jnana and karma. You are doing some service but if that service is not recommended by your Guru, that is called karma—it is not seva. When you do karma, you will get bound by that karma and go to hell.

bhukti-mukti adi-vancha yadi mane haya
sadhana karile prema utpanna na haya

"If a desire for material enjoyment, liberation, or something else, comes to your mind, then even if you practise properly, love will not come through that. [175]

Why, when you practise Krishna consciousness, do you not get energy, do you not feel happiness? I tell this sloka every day. It means you have some other material desire. If you want liberation, or some other material desire comes to your mind, you will practise Krishna consciousness but no love, no happiness—nothing—will come to your heart.

sadhana-bhakti haite haya 'rati'ra udaya
rati gadha haile tara 'prema' nama kaya

"When you practise devotion, attachment comes. When this attachment becomes very strong, it is called love. [177]

When you practise and do service, service attachment comes, and when this attachment comes, then you cannot leave your service.

Those who have a strong attachment to their service, cannot leave their service. On the other hand, you can see that somebody had been doing some service for a few years, but after that he or she left that service. Why? Because they have no rati gadha (strong attachment). When strong attachment to your service comes, then you cannot leave the service, and the service cannot leave you.




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