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47- Nistha


1. What is the life of priti?


Nistha is the life of priti. (Sajjana Tosani 2/6)


2.What is the resolution of a devotee who has developed nistha?


The devotees of Krsna are my mother and father, my friends and brothers. Only Krsna  is my husband. Living with Krsna, I won't go anywhere. (Prema-pradipa, Ray 7)


3.What is most desirable in bhajana?


The most desirable things in bhajana are determination and simplicity.  (Krsna-karnamrta, 1/12)


4. Why is the desire for nistha and association with devotees superior to the  indifference and renunciation exhibited by the so-called philosophy of synthesis?


In the course of glorifying Paramahamsa, it is written that he was extremely hostile to  sectarian religious principles, and despite living among followers of such religion, he  was happy.From this we can understand that Paramaharhsa Mahasaya was an impersonalist and  was not particularly acquainted with devotional service. The nature of impersonalism is  that it ultimately makes a practitioner indifferent about his association. The nature of  devotional service, however, is that it ultimately induces a practitioner to desire to  associate with devotees and awards him nisthd in the worship of his Lord. We ask which  is better of the two. Sriman Mahaprabhu Caitanyadeva instructs that steady faith in the  worshipable object and association with devotees are unlimitedly superior to  renunciation and indifference. (Sajjana Tosanl 2/6)


5. What are the resolutions of a fixed devotee?


The six symptoms of devotional surrender are the acceptance of things favorable to  devotional service, the rejection of unfavorable things, the conviction that Krsna will  give protection, the acceptance of the Lord as one's guardian or master, full  self-surrender, and humility. (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


6. What is nisthd in one's worshipable object?


My Lord, You are not very satisfied by the worship of demigods who arrange for Your  worship pompously and with various paraphernalia but who are full of material  hankering. You are situated in everyone's heart as the Supersoul just to show us Your  causeless mercy. You are our eternal well-wisher, but You are unavailable to the  nondevotees.

(Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


7. How should one faithfully hear the glories of Krsna's names and qualities?


If one hears glorification of Krsna's name, form, and qualities from the mouth of a  devotee, but one's hair does not stand erect nor tears of ecstasy flow from one's eyes,  then what is the use of maintaining such a life? (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


8. How should one keep faith in Krsna and in His devotional service?


May the spiritual master of the three worlds, Sri Krsna, protect us all! Krsna is also  known as Visvambhara. He manifests this world, maintains it, and in time destroys it.  The entire creation is situated in Krsna. We are therefore His servants. He distributes  the world's wealth. Let us offer our obeisances unto Sri Krsna, who awards us the  ultimate goal, with full faith. You have taken birth just to perform devotional service to  Krsna. Indeed, everything in this world other than devotional service to Krsna is false.

(Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


9. How should one have faith in one's bhajana?


My dear Lord Krsna, I pray that the swan of my mind may immediately sink down to the  stems of the lotus feet of Your Lordship and be locked in their network! Otherwise at the  time of my final breath, when my throat is choked with mucous, how will it be possible  for me to think of You? In such a condition Your holy name will not manifest on my  tongue. If I leave my body without remembering You, how will I attain You?  (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


10. How should one faithfully pray to his worshipable Lord?


"O Hari! I have no faith in religious principles, and I have no knowledge of the soul.  Furthermore, I have no devotion to Your lotus feet. I am utterly destitute, a rogue with  no idea of the goal of life. In this way I always cheat myself. You, however, are the  deliverer of the fallen, and I am an insignificant fallen soul. Therefore, You are the only  goal of my life. Having achieved Your lotus feet I take shelter of You, for You are my  eternal Lord, and I am Your servant. (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3) 


11.What is the mood of surrender to Krsna's supreme will?


There is no sin in this world that I have not committed. The results of those sinful  activities are now beginning to fructify, and they have thrown me the material ocean. O  Mukunda! Seeing no other path, I cry again and again before You. Punish me as You see  fit. You are the giver of punishment, and You are my Lord. (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


12. How should one pray to remain fixed in Krsna's service by giving up material  desire?


O Hari, being evil-minded and seeing no other refuge, I have taken shelter of Your lotus  feet. I have now come to know that You are my Lord. You are the Lord of the universe  and I am Your eternal servant. When will that day come when I will actually realize  myself as Your eternal servant? When will my material desires be completely destroyed  so that I will spontaneously serve You to Your satisfaction? (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


13. How should one keep faith in full surrender to the Lord?


O Hari! I am an offender and am therefore always punishable. I have all bad qualities,  and I am guilty of committing thousands and thousands of offenses. I am drowning  inside this terrible, turbulent ocean of material existence. I have lost my way, and I  desire to find the right path. O Hari, I have taken shelter of Your lotus feet out of fear.  Please accept me as Your own. O Lord, Your vow is that You will definitely liberate  anyone from material bondage who takes shelter of You. (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


14. How is nisthd expressed in regard to humility?


0 Hari! Let me submit one humble request before You. Be merciful and kindly hear my  words. This is not a meaningless request, but it is confidential, coming from my heart. I  am wretched and You are most merciful. Therefore, You are the most capable person to  bestow mercy. As You confer Your mercy unto those who are fallen, I am a suitable  candidate for Your mercy. If You ignore me, then it will be very, very difficult to find a  more suitable candidate for Your mercy. (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


15. What is nisthd in regard to the desire to serve the Lord's lotus feet?


1 am always transgressing the Vedic injunctions. I am degraded, fickle-minded, always  envious, ungrateful, proud, and sinful. I am controlled by lust and always engaged in  cheating. In this condition, how will I cross the ocean of material suffering and engage  in the service of Your lotus feet? (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


16. How is nisthd expressed in regard to attaining the association of the most desirable  devotees?


I may also take birth again according to my past activities or by Your will. O  Purusottama, kindly hear this one request! I pray that if I again take birth, let it be in the  house of Your servant even as a worm and I will be satisfied at heart. I have no desire to  take birth even with the opulence of Lord Brahma in the house of someone averse to  You. With folded hands, I offer You this humble prayer. (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


17. How is nisthd expressed in regard to self-surrender?


In this world there are bodily distinctions like man and woman, and four varnas and  four dsramas divided according   to the three modes of nature (goodness, passion, and  ignorance). In this way, there are countless varieties of bodies. O Lord of my life! In  whatever body I must reside and in whatever condition, I am not concerned, for I now  surrender myself at Your lotus feet. From now on there is nothing left that I consider  mine. (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


18. How is nistha expressed in regard to sincerity?


With folded hands this rascal cries and without hesitation sincerely offers his prayers to  You. In a sobbing voice I pray, "O merciful Lord, please be kind to me! Just cast Your  merciful glance upon me once and thus save my life." {Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)


19. How is nistha expressed in regard to pleasing Krsna?


O Lord, kindly bestow mercy upon me in the form of Your sidelong glance followed by  the sweet sound of Your flute. If You are pleased with me, and others are displeased, it  doesn't matter. But if You are displeased with me, and others are pleased, then what is  the benefit for me?

(Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 3)