Bhajana-Rahasya

by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya | 2010 | 123,965 words

The Bhajana-rahasya Text 3, English translation, including commentary (vritti). The Bhajana-rahasya is a compilation of verses describing the mercy of the eight pairs of names (Yugala-nama) of the Maha-mantra. This is text 3 belonging to the chapter “Dvitiya-yama-sadhana (Pratah-kaliya-bhajana)” representing the first six dandas of the morning: approximately 6.00 a.m.–8.30 a.m.

Śrī Kṛṣṇa has invested all potencies in His name. The Skanda Purāṇa states:

दान-व्रत-तपस्-तीर्थ-यात्रादीनं च याः स्थिताः शक्तयो देव-महतां सर्व-पाप-हराः शुभाः
राजसूयाश्वमेधानां ज्ञानस्याध्यात्म-वस्तुनः आकृष्य हरिणा सर्वाः स्थापिताः स्वेषु नामसु

dāna-vrata-tapas-tīrtha-yātrādīnaṃ ca yāḥ sthitāḥ śaktayo deva-mahatāṃ sarva-pāpa-harāḥ śubhāḥ
rājasūyāśvamedhānāṃ jñānasyādhyātma-vastunaḥ ākṛṣya hariṇā sarvāḥ sthāpitāḥ sveṣu nāmasu

Whatever potency to nullify sins or bestow auspiciousness found in charity, vows, austerities, pilgrimage, the rājasūya and aśvamedha sacrifices, knowledge of transcendental objects, and so forth, has been invested by Śrī Kṛṣṇa in His holy names (that is, the primary names).

धर्म-यज्ञ-योग-ज्ञाने यत शक्ति छिल
सब हरिनामे कृष्ण स्वयं समर्पिल

dharma-yajña-yoga-jñāne yata śakti chila
saba harināme kṛṣṇa svayaṃ samarpila

Commentary: Bhajana-rahasya-vṛtti:

The glories of the holy name are described in this Text. Nāma Prabhu easily bestows sense enjoyment (bhukti) and liberation (mukti). The mass of sins that are nullified by the performance of charity, vows, austerities, fire sacrifices, horse sacrifices and so forth, are destroyed by the mere semblance of Nāma Prabhu. The results obtained by those desiring liberation and by those desiring sense enjoyment are the secondary results of nāmasaṅkīrtana. The main result given by Nāma Prabhu is the qualification to relish Śrī Bhagavān’s sweetness, or the nectar of prema, through pure prema-bhakti. Pure devotees do not pray to obtain the secondary results of bhakti. Moreover, if these results are involuntarily obtained, they do not accept them;rather, paying respect from a distance, they disregard them. The lives of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī are exemplary in this regard.

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