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45 -Bhajana-kriya


1. What is the perfection of bhajana?


Sadhana yogena dcdrya prasddena ca turnarh tadapa nayanam eva bhajana  naipunyam: the perfection of bhajana is to destroy the four anarthas through sadhana  by the mercy of an acarya. (Amndya-sutra, 75)


2. What is bhajana-kriya?.


The seed of devotional service is present in the hearts of all spirit souls. In order for  that seed to fructify and transform gradually into a tree, one must act as a gardener.  Activities such as discussing devotional literature, worshiping the Supreme Lord,  associating with saintly persons, and residing in places infested with devotees are  required. When the seed of devotional service fructifies it is extremely important to  clean the land of thorns and bits of stone. These activities can be executed perfectly if  one perfectly knows the science of devotional service.

(Prema-pradipa, Ray 6) 


3. In whose association is it possible to achieve the Supreme Lord?


The only way to attain the Supreme Lord is to take shelter of a maha-bhagavata.  Knowing this perfectly well, one should then follow his order.

(Sajjana Tosani 7/3)


4. Does accepting a bona fide spiritual master depend on accepting a family guru?


Before accepting a spiritual master, both the spiritual master and the disciple test one  another. This is described in scripture. In this case, a family guru is not needed.



5. What is the difference between updya-buddhi and upeya-buddhi in the service of  Vaisnavas?


After giving up updya-buddhi in the service of Vaisnavas, intelligent persons should  always aspire for upeya-buddhi. Updya-buddhi means to think that we can achieve  some other fruits by serving Vaisnavas, and upeya-buddhi means thinking that as a  result of many pious activities, we have finally attained the service of the Vaisnavas. {Sajjana Tosani 7/3)


6. What is a devotee's first duty upon awaking in the morning?


A devotee should utter the names of the exalted Vaisnavas in his disciplic succession  upon rising in the morning. {Sajjana Tosani 7/3)


7. What is a devotee's daily routine?


A devotee should faithfully describe the transcendental qualities of his spiritual master  for one hour every day. {Sajjana Tosani 7/4)


8. How should one display his service attitude toward the guru and Vaisnavas?


One should always serve the spiritual master and the Vaisnavas by respecting them  equally. One should keep firm faith in the words of the previous deary as.  {Sajjana Tosani 7/3)


9. How should one accept a Vaisnava's chastisement?


If a Vaisnava chastises us, we should simply remain silent and not think of his harm.  {Sajjana Tosani 7/4)


10.What should be the mentality and behavior of one who practices devotional service?


One who practices devotional service should display humility before the Supreme Lord,  appear like a fool before the spiritual master, surrender his independence before  Vaisnavas, and display detachment toward material existence. {Sajjana Tosani 7/3)


11. How can we remove anarthas? What is the mystery behind worshiping the Lord in  the Vraja mood?


With a desire to remove from the kingdom of one's heart the disturbances created by  those demons whom Lord Krsna killed, one should humbly pray to Hari. Then Lord Hari  will certainly remove our anarthas. The anarthas created by the demons killed by  Baladeva should be removed by our own endeavor. This is the mystery of worshiping  the Lord in the Vraja mood. {Caitanya-siksdmrta 6/6)


12. What is the gradual process of bhajana?


The pious activities that lead to bhakti generate faith. One then becomes interested in  associating with pure devotees. Thereafter, one is initiated by the spiritual master and  executes  the regulative principles of devotional service under his order. Thus, one is freed from  all unwanted habits and becomes firmly fixed in devotional service. Then one develops  taste and attachment. This is the way of sadhana-bhakti, the execution of devotional  service according to regulative principles. Gradually, emotions intensify, and finally  there is an awakening of love. This is the gradual development of love of Godhead for  the devotee interested in Krsna consciousness. While chanting at the stage of nisthd,  anarthas are destroyed and one attains taste for the holy name. Then as more anarthas  are destroyed, one comes to the stage of attachment. Gradually as one attains bhdva, or  rati, almost all anarthas are destroyed. In this development, if the desire for fame arises  due to the company of nondevotees, it will lead to kutinati, diplomacy. This will result  in falldown. Therefore, one should carefully abandon the company of nondevotees and  always chant the Lord's name in great ecstasy. (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 1)


13. What is the harm if one gives up the gradual path of devotional service?


If one thinks of his siddha-deha without achieving the adhikara, his intellect will become  bewildered. One should carefully accept the sequence as given in the Siksastakam if he  wants to attain perfection. By observing the activities of sadhus, one can attain pure  intellect. (Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 1)