PURE BHAKTI. part 7.

bhaktiḥ pareśānubhavo viraktiranyatra caiṣa trika eka-kālaḥprapadyamānasya yathāśnataḥ syustuṣṭiḥ puṣṭiḥ kṣud-apāyo 'nu-ghāsamDevotion, direct experience of the Supreme Lord, and detachment from other things — these three occur simultaneously for one who has taken shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in the same way that pleasure, nourishment and relief from hunger come simultaneously and increasingly, with each bite, for a person engaged in eating. (S.B.11:2:42).na yasya svaḥ para itivitteṣv ātmani vā bhidāsarva-bhūta-samaḥ śāntaḥsa vai bhāgavatottamaḥWhen a devotee gives up the selfish conception by which one thinks "This is my property, and that is his," and when he is no longer concerned with the pleasures of his own material body or indifferent to the discomforts of others, he becomes fully peaceful and satisfied. He considers himself simply one among all the living beings who are equally part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such a satisfied Vaiṣṇava is considered to be at the highest standard of devotional service. (S.B.11:2:52).visṛjati hṛdayaḿ na yasya sākṣāddharir avaśābhihito 'py aghaugha-nāśaḥpraṇaya-rasanayā dhṛtāńghri-padmaḥsa bhavati bhāgavata-pradhāna uktaḥThe Supreme Personality of Godhead is so kind to the conditioned souls that if they call upon Him by speaking His holy name, even unintentionally or unwillingly, the Lord is inclined to destroy innumerable sinful reactions in their hearts. Therefore, when a devotee who has taken shelter of the Lord's lotus feet chants the holy name of Kṛṣṇa with genuine love, the Supreme Personality of Godhead can never give up the heart of such a devotee. One who has thus captured the Supreme Lord within his heart is to be known as bhāgavata-pradhāna, the most exalted devotee of the Lord.(S.B.11:2:55).smarantaḥ smārayantaś camitho 'ghaugha-haraḿ harimbhaktyā sañjātayā bhaktyābibhraty utpulakāḿ tanumThe devotees of the Lord constantly discuss the glories of the Personality of Godhead among themselves. Thus they constantly remember the Lord and remind one another of His qualities and pastimes. In this way, by their devotion to the principles of bhakti-yoga, the devotees please the Personality of Godhead, who takes away from them everything inauspicious. Being purified of all impediments, the devotees awaken to pure love of Godhead, and thus, even within this world, their spiritualized bodies exhibit symptoms of transcendental ecstasy, such as standing of the bodily hairs on end.(S.B.11:3:31).yarhy abja-nābha-caraṇaiṣaṇayoru-bhaktyāceto-malāni vidhamed guṇa-karma-jānitasmin viśuddha upalabhyata ātma-tattvaḿśākṣād yathāmala-dṛśoḥ savitṛ-prakāśaḥWhen one seriously engages in the devotional service of the Personality of Godhead, fixing the Lord's lotus feet within one's heart as the only goal of life, one can destroy the innumerable impure desires lodged within the heart as a result of one's previous fruitive work within the three modes of material nature. When the heart is thus purified one can directly perceive both the Supreme Lord and one's self as transcendental entities. Thus one becomes perfect in spiritual understanding through direct experience, just as one can directly experience the sunshine through normal, healthy vision.(S.B.11:3:40).bhaktyāham ekayā grāhyaḥśraddhayātmā priyaḥ satāmbhaktiḥ punāti man-niṣṭhāśva-pākān api sambhavātOnly by practicing unalloyed devotional service with full faith in Me can one obtain Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I am naturally dear to My devotees, who take Me as the only goal of their loving service. By engaging in such pure devotional service, even the dog-eaters can purify themselves from the contamination of their low birth. (S.B.11:14:21).kathaḿ vinā roma-harṣaḿdravatā cetasā vināvinānandāśru-kalayāśudhyed bhaktyā vināśayaḥIf one's hairs do not stand on end, how can the heart melt? And if the heart does not melt, how can tears of love flow from the eyes? If one does not cry in spiritual happiness, how can one render loving service to the Lord? And without such service, how can the consciousness be purified?(S.B.11:14:23).yathāgninā hema malaḿ jahātidhmātaḿ punaḥ svaḿ bhajate ca rūpamātmā ca karmānuśayaḿ vidhūyamad-bhakti-yogena bhajaty atho māmJust as gold, when smelted in fire, gives up its impurities and returns to its pure brilliant state, similarly, the spirit soul, absorbed in the fire of bhakti-yoga, is purified of all contamination caused by previous fruitive activities and returns to its original position of serving Me in the spiritual world. (S.B.11:14:25).yathā yathātmā parimṛjyate 'saumat-puṇya-gāthā-śravaṇābhidhānaiḥtathā tathā paśyati vastu sūkṣmaḿcakṣur yathaivāñjana-samprayuktamWhen a diseased eye is treated with medicinal ointment it gradually recovers its power to see. Similarly, as a conscious living entity cleanses himself of material contamination by hearing and chanting the pious narrations of My glories, he regains his ability to see Me, the Absolute Truth, in My subtle spiritual form. (S.B.11:14:26).viṣayān dhyāyataś cittaḿviṣayeṣu viṣajjatemām anusmarataś cittaḿmayy eva pravilīyateThe mind of one meditating upon the objects of sense gratification is certainly entangled in such objects, but if one constantly remembers Me, then the mind is absorbed in Me. (S.B.11:14:27).

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