Hare Krishna.


Among the 9 process of devotional Service

(1) hearing about the Lord,
(2) chanting His glories,
(3) remembering Him,
(4) serving and meditating upon His lotus feet,
(5) worshiping Him,
(6) praying to Him,
(7) thinking oneself His eternal servant,
(8) becoming His friend, and
(9) surrendering everything to Him.

Surrendering unto the LORD is the extreme and ultimate quality and it the best process of Bhakti..

1. Is it correct?

2. Among these 9 processes which process is the best?

3. Can we compare one process with the other and say one process is better than the other?

4. Is it so, that each process is the best on its way and if anyone follows any one of the processes (not necessarily all), is eligible for liberation. As below

1. HEARING (sravanam)
Maharaja Pariksit(the last seven days of his life, he constantly heard the Srimad Bhagavatam).

2. CHANTING (kirtanam)
Sukadeva Goswami(spoke the Bhagavatam to Maharaja Pariksit)

3. REMEMBERING( visnu smaranam)
Prahlada Maharaja(never forgot Krsna despite constant tortures from his father- Hiranyakashipu)

Laxmi, the Goddess of Fortune, is always engaged in serving the lotus feet of the Lord.

5. DEITY-WORSHIP (arcanam)
Maharaja Prthu used all of his royal possessions in order to offer them in pure devotion to the Lord.

6.PRAYING (vandanam)
Akura offered prayers to Krsna when he was traveling to Vrndavana in order to see Krsna.

Hanuman, the intimate servant of Ramacandra executed all of Sri Ramacandra's orders despite all kinds of difficulties.

8. SERVING AS A FRIEND (sakhyam)
Arjuna was so close to Krsna, that the Lord offered Himself to become his chariot driver and serve Arjuna and his brothers in various ways.

9. COMPLETE SURRENDER (atma nivedanam)
Bali Maharaja gave Sri Vamanadeva his entire kingdom, his possessions as well as his own body, although his own spiritual master was against it.

It appeared hard to understand for me, Can some prabhuji or mataji highlight the above clarification..

Hari Bol!!

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  • Hare Krishna,AGTSP

    Below are some quotations from sastras stating our only Yuga Dharma.. Harinaam Sankirtan


    kalim sabhajayanty arya
    guna jnah sara-bhaginah
    yatra sankirtanenaiva
    sarva-svartho ’bhilabhyate

    "Those who are actually advanced in knowledge are able to appreciate the essential value of this age of Kali. Such enlightened persons worship Kali-yuga because in this fallen age all perfection of life can easily be achieved by the performance of sankirtana." 
    (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.5.36)

    kaler dosa-nidhe rajann
    asti hy eko mahan gunah
    kirtanad eva krsnasya
    mukta-sangah param vrajet
    krte yad dhyayato visnum
    tretayam yajato makhaih
    dvapare paricaryayam
    kalau tad dhari-kirtanat

    "The most important factor in this Age of Kali, which is an ocean of faults, is that one can be free from all contamination and become eligible to enter the kingdom of God simply by chanting the holy names. The self-realization that was achieved in the Satya millennium by meditation, in the Treta millennium by the performance of different sacrifices, and in the Dvapara millennium by worship of Lord Krsna can be achieved in the Age of Kali simply by chanting the holy names." (Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.51-2)

    dhyayan krte yajan yajnais-
    tretayam dvapare rcayan
    yadapnoti tadapnoti
    kalau samkirtaya kesavam

    "The supreme goal which was attained in Satya-yuga by years of prolonged meditation; in Treta-yuga by performing extensive yajnas; in Dvapara-yuga by opulent and scrupulous Deity worship; in Kali-yuga the same results are easily had simply by the chanting of the holy name." (Visnu Purana)

    harer nama harer nama
    harer namaiva kevalam
    kalau nasty eva nasty eva
    nasty eva gatir anyatha

    "In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting of the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way." (Brhad Naradiya Purana)

    harinama para ye ca
    ghore kali-yuge narah
    te eva krtakrtyasca
    na kalir badhate hi tan
    hare kesava govinda
    vasudeva jaganmaya
    itirayanti ye nityam
    na hi tam badhate kalih

    "In this dark age of Kali-yuga, sincere devotees of the Supreme Lord should leave aside all other means for liberation and take full shelter of the holy name. This is their real responsibility and duty. There is unlimited bliss in chanting the different names of Krsna: Hari, Kesava, Govinda, Vasudeva and Jaganmaya. For one who chants constantly with unflinching faith, he remains unaffected by the reverses of Kali-yuga, because his heart has become purified by chanting." (Brhan-naradiya Purana)

    hari-nama-para ye ca
    hari-kirtana tat parah
    hari-puja-para ye ca
    te krtarthah kalau-yuge

    "Those who engage in chanting the holy name of Lord Hari (japa), are addicted to congregational chanting (kirtana) and engage in the worship of Lord Hari, have accomplished their desires in the age of Kali." (Brhan-naradiya Purana)

    dhyayan krte yajan yajnais
    tretayam dvapare ’rcayan
    yad apnoti tad apnoti
    kalau sankirtya kesavam

    "Whatever is achieved in Satya-yuga by meditation, in Treta by offering ritual sacrifices and in Dvapara by temple worship is achieved in Kali-yuga by chanting the names of Lord Kesava congregationally." (Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda 42nd Chapter)

    satyam kaliyuga vipra
    sri harer nama mangalam
    param svastyayanam nrnam
    nasty-eva gatir anyatha

    "Oh brahmana, chanting of the holy name is the auspicious process in Kali Yuga. It is the highest auspiciousness for mankind. There is no other way." (Padma Purana)

    krsna krsneti krsneti
    svapan jagrad vrajamstatha
    yo jalpati kalau nityam
    krsna-rupi bhaveddhi sah

    "Whoever continuously chants Lord Krsna's holy name, even in his sleep, can easily realise that the name is a direct manifestation of Krsna Himself, in spite of the influences of Kali-yuga. This has been ordained by Lord Krsna. (Varaha Purana)

    kali-kala kusarpasya
    tiksna-damstrasya ma bhayam
    dagdho yasyati bhasmatam

    "I see that Kali-yuga is like a black, poisonous snake with a gaping mouth and fangs. But please be unperturbed dear devotees and listen with faith. Once the holy name of the Lord is being chanted, it is like igniting a forest fire which will burn to ashes the poisonous snakes within the forest. (Skanda Purana)

    mahabhagavata nityam
    kalau smakirtaya kesavam

    "The hallmark of a mahabhagavata the most elevated devotee in Kali-yuga is that he chants the holy name of the Lord constantly. (Skanda Purana

    varjams-tisthan svapannasnan
    svasan vakya-prapurane
    nama-samkirtanam visnor-
    helaya kali-vardhanam
    krtva svarupatam yati
    bhakti-yuktam param vrajet

    "In our normal activities of eating, sleeping, sitting, dreaming, etc. to chant Krsna's names, while nullify the ill effects of Kali-yuga, is the perfection of speech. Even it a person chants Krsna's names indifferently, he will surely achieve his svarupa,or original spiritual self and attain that state beyond all material fear and lamentation. He will reach Vaikuntha, the supreme goal. (Linga Purana)

    hare krsna hare krsna
    krsna krsna hare hare
    hare rama hare rama
    rama rama hare hare
    iti sodasakam namnam
    natah parataropayah
    sarva-vedesu drsyate

    "After searching through all the Vedic literature one cannot find a method of religion more sublime for this age than the chanting of Hare Krsna." (Kali Santarana Upanisad)

    And finally, Madhva himself, quoting Narayana Samhita, in his Mundakopanisad Bhasya says

    dvapariyair janair visnuh
    pancaratrais tu kevalam
    kalau tu nama-matrena
    pujyate bhagavan harih

    "In the Dvapara-yuga people should worship Lord Visnu only by the regulative principles of the pancaratra and other such authorized books. In the Age of Kali, however, people should only chant the holy names of the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

  • Hare Krishna Prabhuji, dandavat,

    Some quotes certifying importance of Kirtan are given:

    भगवान चैतन्य महाप्रभु : कृष्ण के पवित्र नाम के कीर्तन मात्र से मनुष्य को भौतिक संसार से छुटकारा मिल सकता है | इस कलियुग में भगवन्नाम के कीर्तन से बढकर अन्य कोई धर्म नहीं है | कलियुग में अर्थात कलह तथा पाखंड के इस युग में उद्धार (मोक्ष ) के लिए, भगवान श्री कृष्ण के पवित्र नाम के जाप के अलावा कोई और उपाय नहीं है, नहीं है, नहीं है (CC.आदि लीला 7.73, 74 & 76) | कीर्तनीय: सदा हरि: अर्थात भगवान कृष्ण के नाम का सदा कीर्तन करो |

    भगवन्नाम का कीर्तन बड़े से बड़े पापो के फलों को भी उन्मूलित करने में सक्षम है (SB.6.3.31) | जिस प्रकार अग्नि सूखी घास को जलाकर राख कर देती है, उसी प्रकार भगवान के पवित्र नाम का जप चाहे जान कर या अनजाने में किया जाता है, यह व्यक्ति के पाप कर्मों के सभी फलों को जलाकर राख कर देता है (SB.6.2.18) | भगवान के पवित्र नाम का संकीर्तन इतना शक्तिशाली है कि इससे गृहस्थ भी उसी चरम फल को सरलता से प्राप्त कर लेते हैं, जो सन्यासियों को प्राप्त होता है (SB.7.15.74) |

    यधपि कलियुग दोषों का सागर है फिर भी इस युग में एक अच्छा गुण है | केवल हरे कृष्ण महामंत्र का कीर्तन करने से मनुष्य भवबंधन से मुक्त हो जाता है और दिव्य धाम को प्राप्त होता है (SB.12.3.51) | तुलसीदास जी ने रामचरितमानस में लिखा है: “कलियुग केवल नाम आधारा, जपत (सुमिर) जपत (सुमिर)  नर उतरही पारा” | जो लोग सचमुच ज्ञानी हैं, वे इस कलियुग के असली महत्व को समझ सकते हैं | ऐसे प्रबुद्ध लोग कलियुग की पूजा करते हैं, क्योकिं इस पतित युग में जीवन की सम्पूर्ण सिद्धि संकीर्तन सम्पन्न करके आसानी से प्राप्त की जा सकती है (SB.11.5.36) |

    हरे कृष्णा

  • Hare Krishna Pr,

    All are mutually inter-dependent on each other but of all REMEMBERING is the best & ultimately all activities combine into remembrance.

    Bg 12.8 — Just fix your mind upon Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and engage all your intelligence in Me. Thus you will live in Me always, without a doubt.

    Bg 12.9 — My dear Arjuna, O winner of wealth, if you cannot fix your mind upon Me without deviation, then follow the regulative principles of bhakti-yoga. In this way develop a desire to attain Me.

    Bg 12.10 — If you cannot practice the regulations of bhakti-yoga, then just try to work for Me, because by working for Me you will come to the perfect stage.

    Bg 12.11 — If, however, you are unable to work in this consciousness of Me, then try to act giving up all results of your work and try to be self-situated.

    Bg 12.12 — If you cannot take to this practice, then engage yourself in the cultivation of knowledge. Better than knowledge, however, is meditation, and better than meditation is renunciation of the fruits of action, for by such renunciation one can attain peace of mind.

    Source -- http://vedabase.com/en/bg/12

  • Hare Krsna
    Just imagine a ladder with nine steps.
    All rungs of the ladder are important equally.
    Still hearing is the first rung and without it you cannot jump to the other levels.
    • Unless you hear first you cannot chant.
      Sukadeva Gosvami chanted the Srimad Bhagavatam after hearing properly from Vyasdeva.
      Following even any one of the nine processes properly is sufficient. Sorry I didn't mention that in the first reply.
      • Thank you for your quick reply.

    • Hare Krsna,

      Thank you for your answer.. But my point is , Is it like the ladder(stages) or the process of devotional service.

      Then what about the stages (Ladder, gradual development of love of Godhead for the devotee interested in Krsna consciousness).

      1. sraddha: faith
      2. sadhu-sanga: association with devotees
      3. bhajana-kriya: performance of devotional service
      4. anartha nivrtti: decreasing of unwanted attachments
      5. nistha: steadiness
      6. ruci: taste
      7. asakti: attachment
      8. bhava: love
      9. prema: pure love for Krsna

      My question is like "Which one is better, Hearing or Chanting" ?

      Hari Bol..

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