Aug 042018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra Defining Bhakti 30

svayaṁ phala-rūpeti brahma-kumāraḥ Synonyms: svayam — itself; phala-rūpā — manifesting as its fruit; iti — thus; brahma-kumāraḥ — the son of Brahmā (Nārada). Translation: But the son of Brahmā says that bhakti is its own fruit. Purport: Nārada now gives his opinion—that bhakti is not dependent on anything else for nourishment. In other words, Kṛṣṇa […more]

Aug 042018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra Defining Bhakti 29

anyonyāśrayatvam ity eke Synonyms: anyonya — mutual; āśrayatvam — dependency; iti — thus; eke — some. Translation: Others consider bhakti and knowledge interdependent. Purport: The spiritual harmony of knowledge and devotion is well expressed in the phrase bhakti-vedānta. Some observers think of bhakti and jñāna as separate or in opposition to each other. The Advaitins […more]

Aug 032018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra Defining Bhakti 28

tasyā jñānam eva sādhanam ity eke Synonyms: tasyāḥ — of it (bhakti); jñānam — knowledge; eva — alone; sādhanam — the means; iti — thus; eke — some. Translation: Some say that knowledge is the means for developing devotion. Purport: In this and the following two sūtras Nārada discusses the relation between knowledge and bhakti. […more]

Aug 032018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra Defining Bhakti 27

īśvarasyāpy abhimāni-dveṣitvād dainya-priyatvāc ca Synonyms: īśvarasya — of the Supreme Lord; api — also; abhimāni — of those who are proud; dveṣitvāt — because of being one who dislikes; dainya — of humility; priyatvāt — because of being fond; ca — and. Translation: Furthermore, the Lord dislikes the proud but is pleased with the humble. […more]

Aug 022018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra Defining Bhakti 26

phala-rūpatvāt Synonyms: phala — of the fruit; rūpatvāt — because of being the form. Translation: After all, bhakti is the fruit of all endeavor. Purport: Bhakti is more than a process leading to a result: it is the constitutional nature of the living being. As Lord Caitanya states in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya 20.108), jīvera ‘svarūpa’ […more]

Aug 022018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra Defining Bhakti 25

nāsty eva tasmiṁs tat-sukha-sukhitvam Synonyms: na — there is not; eva — indeed; tasmin — in it; tat — His; sukha — in the happiness; sukhitvam — finding happiness. Translation: In such false devotion one does not find pleasure exclusively in the Lord’s pleasure. Purport: As already explained, lust is as different from love as […more]

Aug 012018
 
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nāsty eva tasmiṁs tat-sukha-sukhitvam Synonyms: na — there is not; eva — indeed; tasmin — in it; tat — His; sukha — in the happiness; sukhitvam — finding happiness. Translation: In such false devotion one does not find pleasure exclusively in the Lord’s pleasure. Purport: As already explained, lust is as different from love as […more]

Aug 012018
 
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tad-vihīnaṁ jārāṇām iva Synonyms: tat — of it (awareness of the Lord’s greatness); vihīnam — devoid; jārāṇām — of illicit lovers; iva — like. Translation: On the other hand, displays of devotion without knowledge of God’s greatness are no better than the affairs of illicit lovers. Purport: The gopīs’ loving exchanges with Kṛṣṇa have nothing […more]

Aug 012018
 
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INGREDIENTI mezza tazza di farina di ceci il succo di mezzo limone un quarto di cucchiaino di polvere lievitante sale q.b. spezie a piacere: curcuma, cumino, assafetida, paprika affumicata, origano verdure a piacere (cavolo nero, spinaci, olive, foglie di coriandolo, peperoncini dolci, ecc.) PREPARAZIONE – In una ciotola, unire la farina di ceci, il succo […more]

Jul 312018
 
Nārada-bhakti-sūtra Defining Bhakti  22

tatrāpi na māhātmya-jñāna-vismṛty-apavādaḥ Synonyms: tatra — in that case; api — even; na — there is not; māhātmya — of greatness; jñāna — of awareness; vismṛti — of forgetting; apavādaḥ — criticism. Translation: Even in the case of the gopīs, one cannot criticize them for forgetting the Lord’s greatness. Purport: Nārada is replying to a […more]