Aug 142018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra The Means of Achievement 41

tasmiṁs taj-jane bhedābhāvāt Synonyms: tasmin — in Him; tat — His; jane — in the people; bheda — of difference; abhāvāt — because of the absence. Translation: [One can attain bhakti either by the association of the Lord’s pure devotees or directly by the Lord’s mercy because] the Lord and His pure devotees are nondifferent. […more]

Aug 132018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra The Means of Achievement 40

labhyate ‘pi tat-kṛpayaiva Synonyms: labhyate — it is gained; api — yet; tat — of Him (the Supreme Lord); kṛpayā — by the mercy; eva — only. Translation: The association of great souls can be attained—but only by the Lord’s mercy. Purport: Although the pure devotee is rarely found in the world, the Supreme Lord […more]

Aug 132018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra The Means of Achievement 39

mahat-saṅgas tu durlabho ‘gamyo ‘moghaś ca Synonyms: mahat — of great souls; saṅgaḥ — the association; tu — but; durlabhaḥ — difficult to achieve; agamyaḥ — difficult to understand; amoghaḥ — infallible; ca — also. Translation: The association of great souls is rarely obtained, difficult to understand, and infallible. Purport: In His instructions to Śrīla […more]

Aug 122018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra The Means of Achievement 38

mukhyatas tu mahat-kṛpayaiva bhagavat-kṛpā-leśād vā Synonyms: mukhyataḥ — primarily; tu — but; mahat — of great souls; kṛpayā — by the mercy; eva — indeed; bhagavat — of the Supreme Lord; kṛpā — of the mercy; leśāt — by a trace; vā — or. Translation: Primarily, however, one develops bhakti by the mercy of great […more]

Aug 122018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra The Means of Achievement 37

loke ‘pi bhagavad-guṇa-śravaṇa-kīrtanāt Synonyms: loke — in the world; api — even; bhagavat — of the Supreme Lord; guṇa — about the qualities; śravaṇa — by hearing; kīrtanāt — and chanting. Translation: One achieves bhakti by hearing and chanting about the Supreme Lord’s special qualities, even while engaged in the ordinary activities of life in […more]

Aug 092018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra The Means of Achievement 36

avyāvṛtta-bhajanāt Synonyms: avyāvṛtta — uninterrupted; bhajanāt — by worship. Translation: One achieves bhakti by worshiping the Lord ceaselessly. Purport: Nārada has given a negative order—to restrain the mind and senses; he now gives the positive method for engaging the mind and senses in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Śrīla Prabhupāda compared Kṛṣṇa conscious activity to placing an iron […more]

Aug 062018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra The Means of Achievement 35

tat tu viṣaya-tyāgāt saṅga-tyāgāc ca Synonyms: tat — that; tu — and; viṣaya — of sense gratification; tyāgāt — by rejection; saṅga — of (material) association; tyāgāt — by rejection; ca — and. Translation: One achieves bhakti by giving up sense gratification and mundane association. Purport: Viṣaya refers to the objects of sense enjoyment, and […more]

Aug 062018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra The Means of Achievement 34

tasyāḥ sādhanāni gāyanty ācāryāḥ Synonyms: tasyāḥ — of it; sādhanāni — the means of development; gāyanti — sing; ācāryāḥ — the great teachers. Translation: Standard authorities have described the methods for achieving devotional service. Purport: Having described the essence of parā bhakti, the highest stage of devotional service, Nārada now turns to the practices one […more]

Aug 052018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra Defining Bhakti 33

asmāt saiva grāhyā mumukṣubhiḥ Synonyms: asmāt — ttherefore; sā — it; eva — only; grāhyā — should be accepted; mumukṣubhiḥ — by persons desiring liberation. Translation: Therefore seekers of liberation should take to devotional service alone. Purport: As stated in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.2.32), those who pursue liberation but do not take shelter of the Supreme […more]

Aug 052018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra Defining Bhakti 31-32

rāja-gṛha-bhojanādiṣu tathaiva dṛṣṭatvāt. na tena rāja-paritoṣaḥ kṣuc-chāntir vā Synonyms: rāja — royal; gṛha — in a residence; bhojana—in a meal: ādiṣu—and so on; tathā eva — just like this; dṛṣṭatvāt — because of its being seen; na — not; tena — by that; rāja — of the king; paritoṣaḥ — satisfaction; kṣut — of hunger; […more]