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

The Bhajana-rahasya Text 26, 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 26 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.

The Padma Purāṇa (quoted in Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu 1.2.8) states that one should give up niyamāgraha and follow the essence of all injunctions:

स्मर्तव्यः सततं विष्णुर् विस्मर्तव्यो न जातुचित्
सर्वे विधि-निषेधाः स्युर् एतयोर् एव किङ्कराः

smartavyaḥ satataṃ viṣṇur vismartavyo na jātucit
sarve vidhi-niṣedhāḥ syur etayor eva kiṅkarāḥ

One should always remember Viṣṇu and never forget Him. All other rules and prohibitions are subservient to these two principles.

याहे कृष्ण-स्मृति हय, ताइ विधि जानि
कृष्ण-विस्मारक कार्य निषेध बलि’ मानि

yāhe kṛṣṇa-smṛti haya, tāi vidhi jāni
kṛṣṇa-vismāraka kārya niṣedha bali’ māni

Commentary: Bhajana-rahasya-vṛtti:

All of the various rules and prohibitions of śāstra are established on the basis of the above-stated main rule and prohibition. The main injunction is that throughout one’s whole life, one should always remember Bhagavān Śrī Viṣṇu. Varṇāśrama and other arrangements that are made to maintain one’s life are subordinate to this rule. The main prohibition is that one should never forget the Supreme Lord. To abandon sinful activities, to give up indifference to Śrī Bhagavān and to atone for sins are subordinate to this principal injunction and this principal prohibition.

Hence all the rules and prohibitions mentioned in the scriptures are perpetual servants of the rule to always remember the Supreme Lord and to never forget Him. From this, one can understand that among all the rules regarding varṇāśrama and so forth, that rule which calls for remembering the Supreme Lord is eternal.

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