Bhajana-Rahasya

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

The Bhajana-rahasya Text 20, 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 20 belonging to the chapter “Caturtha-yama-sadhana (Madhyahna-kaliya-bhajana–ruci-bhajana)” representing from the second prahara until three-and-a-half praharas: approximately 11.00 a.m.–3.30 p.m.

In this condition, all virtue and peacefulness appear in the devotee.

This is explained by Prahlāda Mahārāja in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (5.18.12):

यस्यास्ति भक्तिर् भगवत्य् अकिञ्चना सर्वैर् गुणैस् तत्र समासते सुराः
हराव् अभक्तस्य कुतो महद्-गुणा मनोरथेनासति धावतो बहिः

yasyāsti bhaktir bhagavaty akiñcanā sarvair guṇais tatra samāsate surāḥ
harāv abhaktasya kuto mahad-guṇā manorathenāsati dhāvato bahiḥ

All the demigods and their exalted qualities, such as religiosity and knowledge, always dwell in the heart of a person who possesses self less devotion to Śrī Bhagavān (niṣkāma-bhakti). But how can a person who is not a devotee of Bhagavān possess these qualities of great personalities? He constantly runs after insignificant and superf luous things, even after taking many different vows to renounce them.

अकिञ्चना भक्ति याङ्र ताङ्हार शरीरे
सर्व-गुण सह सर्व-देवता विहरे

akiñcanā bhakti yāṅra tāṅhāra śarīre
sarva-guṇa saha sarva-devatā vihare

अभक्त सर्वदा मनो-रथेते चडिया
असत् बाह्ये भ्रमे गुण वर्जित हैया

abhakta sarvadā mano-rathete caḍiyā
asat bāhye bhrame guṇa varjita haiyā

Commentary: Bhajana-rahasya-vṛtti:

The ācāryas have ascertained that once the tendency arises in someone to serve Śrī Kṛṣṇa without selfish motive (niṣkāma-sevā-vṛtti), all good qualities such as religiosity, knowledge and renunciation become apparent in him. This is simply the fruit of serving Mukunda. The fifty virtuous qualities of the demigods headed by Indra reside in the hearts of devotees. They cannot manifest in a deceitful and envious heart. A person who is devoid of hari-bhakti is attached to maintaining his body and home, and to extraneous desires–jñāna, karma, yoga, etc. He always runs towards external sense enjoyment through the avenues of profit, worship, name and fame, and mental speculation. In Prema-bhakti-candrikā (8.8) Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says: “karma-kāṇḍa jñāna-kāṇḍa, kevala viṣera bhāṇḍa–fruitive activities and mental speculation are simply pots of poison.” Mundane people, who are attached to material things, obtain different births according to their karma. The devotees, on the other hand, are preoccupied with performing service in the association of devotees and are thereby submerged in the ocean of supreme transcendental happiness. Thus, they remain satisfied.

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