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Patala Four Bhakti-bheda
Varieties of Devotional Service
nasti triptih shrinvato me
tava vag-amritam hareh
shri-naradah uvaca-Shri Narada said; na-not; asti-is; triptih-satiation; shrinvatah-hearing; me-of me; tava-of you; vag-amritam-the nectar of words; hareh-of Lord Hari; yashah-the glory; parama-kalyanam-supremely auspicious; avatara-of the avataras; katha-of the topics; ashrayam-shelter.
Shri Narada said: As I hear your nectar words my thirst to hear more and more remains unsatiated. The glory of the description of Lord Hari's avataras is the supreme auspiciousness.
tathapi sampratam hy etac
chrutva kautuhalam mama
bhavaniyam sada nribhih
tathapi-still; sampratam-now; hi-indeed; etat-thus; shrutva-hearing; kautuhalam-curiosity; mama-of me; bhakti-of devotional service; bhedam-divisions; bhagavatah-of the Lord; bhavaniyam-may be considered; sada-always; nribhih-by human beings.
Now that I have heard all this, I yearn to hear about the different kinds of devotional service the living entities render to the Supreme Lord.
bruhi me bhagavan vishnor
yaj jnatva hy anjasa vishnoh
samyam yati janah prabho
bruhi-tell; me-me; bhagavan-O lord; vishnoh-of Lord Vishnu; bhakti-bhedam-the different kinds of devotional service; sadashiva-O Sadasiva; yat-which; jnatva-understanding; hi-indeed; anjasa-at once; vishnoh-of Lord Vishnu; samyam-the same transcendental position; yati-attains; janah-a person; prabhah-O lord.
O Lord Sadashiva, please describe to me the different kinds of devotional service to Lord Vishnu. O Lord, by understanding the truth of devotional service, a person attains the same transcendental position as Lord Vishnu.
sadhu prishtham tvaya sadho
param guhyatamam yatah
anyasmai na maya proktam
vina bhagavatan narat
shri-shivah uvaca-Shri Shiva said; sadhu-well; prishtham-asked; tvaya-by you; sadhah-O saint; param-very; guhyatamam-confidential; yatah-because; anyasmai-to anyone else; na-not; maya-by me; proktam-said; vina-without; bhagavatat-a devotee; narat-a person.
Shri Shiva said: O saintly one, it is good that you ask about this. This is a great secret I will not reveal to any but a devotee of the Lord.
yadaivavocan mam krishno
dhyanat tushta-mana vibhuh
tadaivaham nishiddho 'smi
yada-when; eva-indeed; avocamsai; mam-to me; krishnah-Krishna; dhyanat-from meditation; tushta-mana-pleased at heart; vibhuh-all-powerful; tada-then; eva-indeed; aham-I; nishiddhah-forbidden; asmi-am; abhakta-to non-devotees; uktau--in speaking; kripaluna-by the merciful Lord.
Once, pleased at heart by my activities of meditation, all-powerful Lord Krishna spoke to me. At that time the merciful Lord forbade me to describe (devotional service) to the non-devotees.
tada caham tasya pada-
pankaje shirasa natah
babhasa etad bhagavan
bhaktan nirdeshtum arhasi
tada-then; ca-and; aham-I; tasya-of Him; pada-feet; pankaje-lotus; shirasa-with my head; natah-bowed down; babhasa-said; etat-this; bhagavan-the Lord; bhaktan-to the devotees; nirdeshtum-to describe; arhasi-you should.
Then I bowed down before the Lord, placing my head at His feet. The Lord said: You should tell these things only to the devotees.
tada prita-mana devo
mam uvaca satam gatih
shrinushva shiva bhadram te
bhaktan vakshyami satvatan
tada-then; prita-mana-pleased at heart; devah-the Lord; mam-to me; uvaca-said; satam-of the devotees; gatih-the goal; shrinushva-please hear; shiva-O Shiva; bhadram-auspiciousness; te-to you; bhaktan-to the devotees; vakshyami-I will speak; satvatan-pious.
Then, pleased at heart, the Lord who is the goal of the saintly devotees said to me: O Shiva, auspiciousness to you! Listen. I will tell this only to the saintly devotees.
bhaktan janihi me deva
mat-on Me; dhyana-meditation; nishthan-devoted; mat-Me; pranan-life; mat-My; yashah-glories; shravana-hearing; utsukan-eager; bhaktan-devotees; janihi-know; me-to Me; deva-O Lord; sarva-all; loka-people; pranamakan-respecting.
O Mahadeva, know that they who intently meditate on Me, who consider Me their very life, who are eager to hear of My glories, and who are respectful to all living entities, are My devotees.
bravimi shiva te bhaktis
tebhyah-to them; parama-santushtah-very pleased; bhakti-bhedam-the different kinds of devotional service; sa-sadhanam-with the ways to attain them; bravimi-I describe; shiva-O Shva; te-to you; bhaktih-devotional service; tena-by that; eva-indeed; samprasidhyati-becomes perfect.
Pleased with them I describe the different kinds of devotional service along with the ways to attain them. O Shiva, in this way devotional service to you attains its perfection.
yadi tvad-vakya-nishthah syad
yo 'pi ko 'pi sadashiva
tasmai prita-mana vacyo
yadi-if; tvad-vakya-nishthah-faith in your words; syat-is; yah-one who; api-also; ko 'pi-someone; sadashiva-O sadashiva; tasmai-to him; prita-mana-pleased at heart; vacyah-to be described; bhakti-bhedah-the different kinds of devotional service; sa-sadhanah-with the ways to attain them.
O Sadashiva, pleased at heart, I will describe these different kinds of devotional service, along with the ways to attain them, to anyone who has faith in your words.
tad idam te pravakshyami
tat-that; idam-this; te-to you; pravakshyami-I will describe; bhakti-bhedam-the different kinds of devotional service; sa-sadhanam-with the ways to attain them; yatah-from which; bhagavata-of devotees; shreshthah-the best; bhagavat-of the Lord; kirtana-glorification; priyah-dear.
Now I will describe to you the different kinds of devotional service, along with the ways to attain them. A person who is fond of glorifying the Lord is the best of devotees.
kama ity agamat pratham
ekaiva bhaktih shri-vishnoh
pritir ity ucyate budhaih
prema-love; eva-indeed; gopa-ramanam-of the gopis; kama-desire; iti-thus; agamat-went; pratham-fame; eka-sole; eva-indeed; bhaktih-devotional service; shri-vishnoh-of Shri Vishnu; pritih-love; iti-thus; ucyate-is said; budhaih-by the wise; nirgunatvat-because of being free from the modes of nature; akhandatvat-because of being unbroken; anandatvat-because of being blissful; dvijottama-O best of the brahmanas.
The love of the gopis is famous as "kama". Because it is unbroken, full of bliss, and beyond the material modes, unalloyed devotional service is called "priti" by the wise.
bhedaih sa tri-vidha mata
mattah sva-vihito dvija
kintu-however; jnana-knowledge; kriya-work; lila-pastimes; bhedaih-with differences; sa-that; tri-vidha-three kinds; mata-considered; tan-them; shrinusva-please hear; anupurvena-following; mattah-from me; sva-vihitah-placed; dvija-O brahmana.
Devotional service is of three kinds: 1. jnana, 2. kriya, and 3. lila. O brahmana, now please hear of these from me.
Text 14 Jnana Devotional Service
sa nirguna jnanamayi
mokshad api gariyasi
sarva-all; antaryamini-staying within; harau-Lord Hari; mano-gatih-the activity of the mind; avicyuta-without falling down; sa-that; nirguna-beyond the modes; jnanamayi-knsisting of knowledge; mokshat-than liberation; api-even; gariyasi-better.
Jnana devotional service consists of unbroken meditation on Lord Hari, the Supersoul in everyone's heart. Untouched by the modes of material nature, jnana devotional service is better than impersonal liberation.
Text 15 Kriya Devotional Service
vishnau gatir anuttama
sarvendriyanam-of all the senses; sarveshe-the Lord of all; vishnau-Lord Vishnu; gatih-the goal; anuttama-without peer; svabhaviki-natural; bhagavati-of the devotees; karmaja-born of work; mukti-impersonal liberation; helini-condemning.
Kriya devotional service consists of making the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Vishnu, the goal of all sense activities by offering (the fruits) one's work to Him. Kriya devotional service mocks impersonal liberation.
jata premamayi tu ya
sarvada sa hy anuttama
hari-of Lord Hari; lila-the pastimes; shruta-heard;; uccare-in the description; jata-born; premamayi-of love; tu-indeed; ya-which; sat-sanga-janya-in the association of devotees; sat-by the devotees; grahya-should be accepted; sarvada-always; sa-that; hi-indeed; anuttama-without superior.
1. Lila Devotional Service
Lila devotional service is manifested when by hearing Lord Hari's pastimes in the association of devotees one develops love for Him. The devotees should always perform this kind of devotional service. No other service is better than this.
kramatah shrinu sattama
yam ashritya samapnoti
jano bhaktim janardane
tasam-of them; sadhana-samagrim-the means of attainment; kramatah-one by one; shrinu-please hear; sattama-O best of the devotees; yam-which; ashritya-taking shelter; samapnoti-attains; janah-a person; bhaktim-devotional service; janardane-for Lord Hari.
O best of the devotees, now please hear the ways by which, step by step, one attains devotional service to Lord Hari.
dineshu dayaya tatha
nirguna bhaktir ucyate
svanurupa-according to one's nature; sva-dharmena-according to one's occuppational duty; vasudeva-to Lord Krishna; arpanena-by offering; ca-and; himsa-violence; rahita-without; yogena-in connection; bhagavat-of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; pratima-the Deity; adishu-beginning with; shruti-hearing; drishti-seeing; sparsha-touching; puja-worship; stuti-prayers; pratyabhinandanaih-by obeisances; vishayanam-of the sense objects; viyogena-by detchment; sva-guroh-of one's own spiritual master; paricaryaya-by service; nivritti-of renunciation; shastra-scriptures; shravanaih-by hearing; uttameshu-in the best; kshama-tolerance; adibhih-beginning with; sameshu-equality; mitra-bhavena-thinking as a friend; dineshu-to the porr; dayaya-with compassion; tatha-so; bhagavat-of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; murti-on the form; abhidhyanaih-with meditation; yashasam-of the glories; shruti-from hearing; kirtanat-and glorifying; bhuteshu-to the living entities; bhagavat-of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; drishtya-by the sight; nirguna-beyond the modes of nature; bhaktih-devotional service; ucyate-is said.
By performing the duties of varnashrama prescribed according to one's own nature, by not harming others, by hearing about, seeing, touching, worshiping, offering prayers to, and offering obeisances to the Lord's Deity form and His other forms, by being detached from the objects of sense gratification, by serving one's spiritual master, by hearing scriptures that encourage renunciation, by being submissive to great souls, by being friendly to one's equals, by being kind to the poor and lowly, by meditating on the form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, by hearing and chanting His glories, and by seeing Him present as the Supersoul in all living entities, one attains devotional service that is not touched by the modes of material nature (nirguna-bhakti).
labdhva tam nirgunam bhaktim
muktim capi na manyate
muktih saivety abhihita
labdhva-attaining; tam-that; nirgunam-beyond the modes of nature; bhaktim-devotional service; muktim-impersonal liberation; ca-and; api-even; na-not; manyate-is honored; muktih-impersonal liberation; sa-that; eva-indeed; iti-thus; abhihita-called; bhagavad-bhava-karini-the cause of love for the Lord.
When one attains devotional service that is beyond the modes of material nature, he does not think impersonal liberation very valuable. For him liberation is love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
premnas tu prathamavastha
bhava ity abhidhiyate
sattvikah sv-alpa-matrah syur
premnah-of love; tu-indeed; prathama-the first; avastha-stage; bhava-bhava; iti-thus; abhidhiyate-is called; sattvikah-sattvika; sv-alpa-matrah-sloght; syuh-is; atra-there; ashru-tears; pulaka-bodily hairs standing erect; adayah-beginning with.
The first stage of this love is called bhava. When ecstatic symptoms, such as tears and the hairs of the body standing erect, are even slightly manifested, it is called sattvika-bhava.
sadhanam shrinu sattama
yat sarva-yatnatah karyam
atha-then; bhagavati-bhakteh-of devotional service; sadhanam-the means of attaining; shrinu-please hear; sattama-O best of the saintly; yat-what; sarva-all; yatnatah-with effort; karyam-should be done; purushena-by a person; manishina-wise.
O best of the sainlty devotees, please hear what a wise person should with all earnestness do to attain devotional service to the Lord.
shri-guroh-of the spiritual master; upadeshena-by the instruction; bhagavad-bhakti-tat-paraih-intently serving the Lord; yatha-karyam-as should be done; sva-karanair-wuth one's senses; bhagavat-of the Lord; pada-of the feet; sevanam-service.
Following his spiritual master's instructions, with his senses a person should earnestly serve the Supreme Lord's lotus feet.
vacoccaro harer namnam
karnabhyam karmanam shrutih
vaca-with hsi voice; uccarah-aloud; hareh-of Lord Hari; namnam-of the holy names; karnabhyam-with ears; karmanam-of the deeds; shrutih-hearing; hastabhyam-with hands; bhagavat-of the Lord; deha-the body; pratima-Deity form; adishu-beginning with; sevanam-service.
With one's voice one should chant the holy names of Lord Hari. With one's ears one should hear of Lord Hari's activities. With one's hands one should serve the Deity and other forms of Lord Hari.
jihvaya-with the tongue; bhagavat-to the Supreme Personality of Godhead; datta-offered; naivedya-aharanam-food; muda-happily; nasaya-with the nose; krishna-of Lord Krishna; pada-feet; abja-lotus; lagna-placed; gandha-fragrance; anujighranam-smell.
With one's tongue one should happily taste the foods offered to the Lord. With one's nose one should smell the fragrances offered to Lord Krishna's lotus feet.
sadyo vilayam ayati
pravishte-entered; nasika-randhre-the nostril; hareh-of Lord Hari; nirmalya-of the flower; saurabhe-in the fragrance; sadyah-at once; vilayam-to destruction; ayati-goes; papa-of sins; panjara-bandhanam-the prison cage.
When the scent of flowers offered to the Lord enters the nose, the prison cage of one's past sins suddenly breaks open.
dharanam shirasa tatha
ikshanam sadarena ca
bhagavat-of the Lord; gatra-of the limbs; nirmalya-of the flowers; dharanam-holding; shirasa-with the head; tatha-so; drishtya-with the eyes; vishnu-janadinam-of the Vaishnavas; ikshanam-the sight; sadarena-with respect; ca-and.
One should place to one's head the flowers offered to the Lord's body. With one's eyes one should respectfully gaze on the Vaishnavas.
vandanam paraya muda
manasa-with the mind; bhagavad-rupa-on the form of the Lord; cintanam-meditation; shirasa-with the head; urasa-with the chest; bahu-with the arms; pada-with the feet; adibhih-beginning; vishnoh-to Lord Vishnu; vandanam-obeisances; paraya-with great; muda-happiness; arthadinam-beginning with wealth; anayanam-bringing; ishvararthena-for the purpose of the Lord; sarvashah-in all respects.
With one's mind one should meditate on the Lord's form. With one's head, chest, arms, feet, and other parts of one's body one should offer dandavat obeisances to the Lord. One should always use one's wealth and possessions to advance the Lord's purpose.
etaih sva-sadhanair nityam
ashu sampadyate bhaktih
krishne bhagavati sati
etaih-by these; sva-sadhanaih-pne's means of attainment; nityam-always; bhagavat-pada-sevanam-service to the Lord's feet; ashu-quickly; sampadyate-is established; bhaktih-devotional service; krishne-to Lord Krishna; bhagavati-the Supreme Personality of Godhead sati-eternal.
By regularly performing these activities of sadhana, one should serve the Lord's feet. In this way devotion to Lord Krishna (bhagavati bhakti), the eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead, will quickly become manifest.
svabhaviki ratir abhut
sa vai bhagavati mata
yada-when; indriyanam-the senses; sarvesham-of all; krishne-in Lord Krishna; parama-purushe-the Supreme Personality of Godhead; svabhaviki-natural; ratih-love; abhut-was; sa-that; vai-indeed; bhagavati-for the Lord; mata-is considered.
When all the senses are engaged in (serving) Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it is considered that one has attained spontaneous love for the Lord.
catur-vargyam na manyate
tasyam antah sarva-sukham
adhikam vapi labhyate
etat-to Him; bhakti-to devotional service; parah-intent; vipra-O brahmana; catur-vargyam-the four goals of life; na-not; manyate-is considered valuable; tasyam-in that; antah-within; sarva-sukham-all happiness; adhikam-greater; va-or; api-and; labhyate-is attained.
O brahmana, a person ardently engaged in devotional service does not think the four goals of life (material piety, economic development, sense gratification, and impersonal liberation) are very valuable. For him all happiness is in devotional service.
jnanatah su-labha muktir
jnanatah-by knowledge; su-labha-easily attained; muktih-impersonal liberation; bhuktih-sense gratification; yajna-with Vedic sacrifices; adi-beginning; punyatah-by pious deeds; sa iyam-that; sadhana-of spiritual activities; sahasraih-with many thousands; hari-bhaktih-devotion to Lord Hari; su-durlabha-very difficult to attain.
Impersonal liberation is easily attained by the philosophical speculation. Sense gratification is easily attained by performing yajnas and other pious deeds. Devotion to Lord Hari is not attained by thousands of such activities.
bhuktir muktish ca shashvati
nityam ca paramanando
siddhayah-mystic perfections; parama-ashcaryah-very wonderful; bhuktih-sense gratification; muktih-liberation; ca-and; shashvati-eternal; nityam-eternal; ca-and; paramanandah-transcendental bliss; bhavet-may be; govinda-bhaktitah-by devotional service to Lord Govinda.
Very wonderful mystic powers, sense gratification, eternal liberation, and eternal transcendental bliss come from devotional service to Lord Govinda.
atha premamayi bhakteh
shrinu vishvasam apanno
atha-then; premamayi-consisting of love; bhakteh-of devotional service; karanam-the cause; dvija-sattama-O best of brahmana; shrinu-please hear; vishvasam-faith; apannah-attaining; nishcayatmikaya-determined; dhiya-eith intelligence.
O best of brahmana, please hear how with steady intelligence one attains the faith that brings loving devotional service.
labdhva sat-sangam adritah
karmanam shravanam satam
sad-guroh-of the bona-fide spiritual master; upadeshena-by the teaching; labdhva-attaining; sat-sangam-the association of devotees; adritah-honored; catur-vidhanam-four kinds; shri-vishnoh-of Shri Vishnu; karmanam-of activities; shravanam-hearing; satam-of the saintly devotees.
By the instruction of a bona fide spiritual master one attains the association of devotees. Then one respectfully hears from them the four kinds of Lord Vishnu's transcendental activities.
teshv evam kirtanam tesham
manasa capi cintanam
vacasa grahanam tesham
teshu-in them; evam-thus; kirtanam-glorification; tesham-of them; manasa-with the mind; ca-and; api-also; cintanam-meditation; vacasa-with the voice; grahanam-taking; tesham-of them; tat-paranam-devoted to them; prashamsanam-praise.
Then one glorifies the Lord and remembers him in one's heart. Then with one's voice one praises the great devotees of the Lord.
yady ashakto bhavet kirtau
smarane capi sarvashah
tada tu bhagavan-namnam
avrittau vrittayet sada
yadi-if; ashaktah-unable; bhavet-may be; kirtau-in glorification; smarane-in remembering; ca-and; api-also; sarvashah-in all respects; tada-then; tu-indeed; bhagavat-of the Lord; namnam-of the names; avrittau-in the activity; vrittayet-should engage; sada-always.
If one does not have the ability to glorify the Lord or always remember him, then one should always chant the Lord's holy names.
kirtanam tu tato varam
agha-chit-of Lord Krishna, the killer of Aghasura; smaranam-the memory; pumsam-of human beings; bahv-ayasena-with great effort; siddhyati-becomes perfect; oshtha-of the lips; spandana-movement; matrena-by merely; kirtanam-glorification; tu-indeed; tatah-from that; varam-best.
Only with great endeavor do human beings attain success in remembering Lord Krishna. Howver, merely by moving their lips they can attain success in chanting the Lord's holy name.
yena janma-shataih purvam
sada tishthanti narada
yena-by whom; janma-shataih-with hundred births; purvam-previous; vasudevah-Lord Vasudeva; samarcitah-was worshiped; tan-mukhe-in his mouth; hari-namani-the names of Lord Hari; sada-always; tishthanti-stay; narada-O Narada.
O Narada, the holy names of Lord Hari always stay only in the mouth of one who in hundreds of previous births worshiped Lord Vasudeva.
yah kuryad etad anv-aham
tasyashu bhaktih shri-krishne
jayate sadbhir adrita
sada-always; shashvat-priti-yuktah-filled with eternal love; yah-one who; kuryat-does; etat-that; anv-aham-day after day; tasya-of him; ashu-soon; bhaktih-devotion; shri-krishne-for Lord Krishna; jayate-is born; sadbhih-by the devotees; adrita-honored.
One who with unwavering love acts in this way day after day quickly attains devotion to Lord Krishna. He is honored by the devotees.
evam premamayim labdhva
hitva samsaram atmanah
ashu sampadyate shantih
evam-thus; premamayim-love; labdhva-attaining; hitva-placing; samsaram-the world of birth and death; atmanah-of the self; ashu-at once; sampadyate-is established; shantih-peace; paramananda-dayini-giving transcendental bliss.
In this way he attains love for the Lord. He becomes free frok the cycle of repeated birth and death and he attains the peace that brings great transcendental bliss.
labdhvapi bhakta bhagavad-
nanusandhatta eta vai
vina bhaktim janardane
labdhva-attaining; api-also; bhakta-devotees; bhagavat-of the Lord; rupa-form; shila-character; guna-virtues; kriya-deeds; na-not; anusandhatte-follows; eta-they; vai-indeed; vina-without; bhaktim-devotion; janardane-to Lord Krishna, the deliverer from evils.
The devotees attain forms, noble character, virtues, and actions that are like the Lord's. Without devotion to Lord Krishna, the deliverer from evils, one cannot attain these things.
yady anya-sadhanany anya-
bhaktau kuryad atandritah
na tatra kashcid doshah syad
hari-seva yatah krita
yadi-if; anya-other; sadhanani-methods; anya-other; bhaktau-in devotion; kuryat-may do; atandritah--without slackening; na-not; tatra-there; kashcit-some; doshah-fault; syat-is; hari-seva-service to Lord Hari; yatah-from which; krita-done.
Here someone may protest: If by performing activities other than these one tirelessly engages in some other kind of devotional service there is no fault, for that person is engaged in service to Lord Hari.
kintu yad-bhakti-nishtha syat
tam evapnoti manavah
phala-bhedena bhedah syat
sadhanena na bhidyate
kintu-however; yad-bhakti-nishtha-faith in devotional service; syat-is; tam-that; eva-indeed; apnoti-attains; manavah-a human being; phala-results; bhedena-with different; bhedah-difference; syat-is; sadhanena-by methods; na-not; bhidyate-is different.
That protest is answered with these words: A person attains devotional service according to his faith in devotional service. The results of performing devotional service may thus be different according to one's faith, but the activities (sadhana) of devotional service are not different.
prithag esha mayakhyato
nishkamah phala-rupash ca
prithak-different; esha-this; maya-by me; akhyatah-said; bhakti-bhedah-different kinds of devotional service; sa-sadhanah-with their activities; nishkamah-without desire; phala-rupah-the result; ca-and; nityah-eternal; moksha-sukhadhikah-beginning with the happiness of liberation.
One by one I have explained the different kinds of devotional service and the ways (sadhana) to attain them. Devotional service performed without material desires brings eternal results beginning with the happy state of liberation from the world.
sa-kamah sa-guno vipra
kim bhuyah kathayamy adya
vada mam dvija-sattama
sa-kamah-with material desires; sa-gunah-with the material modes; vipra-O brahmana; bahudha-in many ways; uktah-said; maharshibhih-by the great sages; kim-what?; bhuyah-more; kathayami+ speak; adya-noe; vada-tell; mam-me; dvija-sattama-O best of the brahmanas.
O brahmana, devotional service performed with material desires and according to the modes of material nature has already been elaborately described by the great sages. What more shall I describe. Tell me, O best of the brahmanas.
vidheyam kathitam sarvam
tvaya me sura-sattama
nishedhaniyam kim catra
bhakti-stambhakaram ca yat
shri-naradah uvaca-Shri Narada said; vidheyam-should be done; kathitam-spoken; sarvam-everything; tvaya-by you; me-to me; sura-sattama-O best of the demigods; nishedhaniyam-what is forbidden; kim-what?; ca-and; atra-here; bhakti-devotional service; stambhakaram-stopping; ca-and; yat-what.
Shri Narada said: O best of the demigods, you have described to me all that should be done. What are the forbidden activities, which hinder devotional service?
mukhya-sadhanam eva ca
hani-vriddhi-karam-that destroy devotional service; ca-and; api-also; mukhya-most important; sadhanam-activities; eva-indeed; ca-and; kathayasva-please describe; maha-deva-O Lord shiva; shraddha-faith; seva-service; paraya-devoted; me-to me.
O Mahadeva, to me, who have faith in devotional service, please describe both the obstacles on the path of devotional service and the most important activities (sadhana) by which one attains devotional service.
bhaktinam sadhananam yad
nishedhaniyam tat tasam
shri-shivah uvaca-Shri Shiva said; bhaktinam-of devotional services; sadhananam-of the ways to attain; yat-what; bahir-bhutam-external; maha-mune-O great sage; nishedhaniyam-is forbidden; tat-that; tasam-of them; bhaktinam-of devotional services; purushottame-to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Shri Shiva said: So-called activities of devotional service (sadhana) to the Supreme Personality of Godhead that are different (from what I have described) are forbidden.
vishayaharanam ca yat
deha-of the body; pravahat-from the actions; adhikyam-more; vishaya-aharanam--sense gratification; ca-and; yat-what; bhakti-to devotional service; stambhakaram-obstacle; proktam-said; bhakti-nishthe-in faith in devotional service; dvijottama-O best of brahmanas.
O best of the brahmanas, for a person who has faith in devotional service the sense greatification of the material body is the greatest obstacle to devotional service.
samasena maya proktam
bhakti-ghna-dosham shrinu tam
sarvatha varjanam nrinam
samasena-in summary; maya-by me; proktam-said; nishedha-stambhanam-prohibitions; tava-of you; bhakti-of devotional service; ghna-destroying; dosham-the fault; shrinu-please hear; tam-that; sarvatha-in all respects; varjanam-rejection; nrinam-of men.
In this way I have summarized for you what are the obstacles and what is prohibited. Now please hear how humankind should completely avoid those things that destroy devotional service.
premamayyam satam dvesho
nirgunayam-in nirguna bhakti; prani-himsa-harm to the living entities; bhagavatyam-in bhagavati bhakti; ahankritih-false ego; premamayyam-in prema-bhakti; satam-of the devotees; dveshah-envy; bhakti-nasha-kara-destroyers of devotional service; ime-they.
In nirguna bhakti (devotional service beyond the modes of material nature) it is doing harm to other living entities. In bhagavati bhakti (devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead) it is false ego. In premamayi bhakti (devotional service performed out of love) it is hostility to the great devotees. These are the things that destroy devotional service.
sva-guror vag anadarah
dveshena narakam yati
kurvan bhaktim api dvija
sarva-all; bhakti-of devotional service; vyatikramah-offense; sva-guroh-of one's own spiritual master; vag-to the words; anadarah-disrespect; dveshena-with hatred; narakam-to hell; yati-goes; kurvan-performing; bhaktim-devotional service; api-even; dvija-O brahmana.
A person who out of hatred disrespects the words of his spiritual master breaks all the rules of devotional service. Even though engaged in devotional service, he goes to hell.
dosha-drishtya doshavan syat
tatra dosha-phalam bhavet
martya-drishtya kritam sarvam
dosha-of fault; drishtya-by the sight; doshavan-possessing a fault; syat-is; tatra-there; dosha-phalam-the result of fault; bhavet-is; martya-material; drishtya-with vision; kritam-done; sarvam-all; bhavet-is; kunjara-of an elephant; shauca-the bath; vat-like.
One who sees fault in his spiritual master commits an offense. He will suffer the result of that offense. One who sees his spiritual master as an ordinary man has all his endeavors become like the bathing of an elephant.
Note: After bathing an elephant's first act is the sprinkle its body with dust, thus negating the effect of its bath.
yaya bhaktir bhagavati
hy anjasa syat sukhavaha
sarva-of all; sadhana-activities of devotional service; mukhya-the most important; hi-indeed; guru-seva-service to the spiritual master; sada-always; adrita-respected; yaya-by which; bhaktih-devotional service; bhagavati-to the Supreme Personality of Godhead; hi-indeed; anjasa-quickly; syat-is; sukhavaha-easily and happily.
Of all the activities of sadhana the most important is service to the spiritual master. By that service devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead is quickly, easily, and happily attained.
guror vag-adarena vai
karya saiva tu tat sarva
tasmat-therefore; sarva-prayatnena-with all endeavor; guroh-of the spiritual master; vag-for the words; adarena-with respect; vai-indeed; karya-should be done; sa-that; eva-indeed; tu-but; tat-that; sarva-all; bhagavad-bhakti-vardhini-increasing devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Therefore one should very carefullky respect the spiritual master's words. They should all be followed. They increase one's devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
yesham gurau ca japye ca
vishnau ca paramatmani
nasti bhaktih sada tesham
yesham-of whom; gurau-in the spiritual master; ca-and; japye-in holy mantras; ca-and; vishnau-in Lord Vishnu; ca-and; paramatmani-inj the Supersoul; na-not; asti-is; bhaktih-devotion; sada-always; tesham-of them; vacanam-the words; parivarjayet-one should reject.
One should always reject the words of they who have no devotion for their spiritual master, for sacred mantras, for Lord Vishnu, or for the all-pervading Supersoul.
karya bhuta-daya sada
nirguna-beyond the modes; bhakti-nishthena-with faith in devotional service; karya-should be done; bhuta-daya-mercy to the living entities; sada-always; bhagavatyam-the Supreme Personality of Godhead; kaya-body; manah-and; vacasam-and words; parinishthita-completely engaged.
They whose faith is situated in nirguna bhakti (devotional service beyond the modes of material nature) should always be kind to other living entities. They whose faith is situated in bhagavati bhakti (devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead) should alwasy engage their mind, body, and words in the Lord's service.
premamayyam satam pritya
shravanam yashasam hareh
kathitas te dvijottama
premamayyam-in love; satam-of the devotees; pritya-with love; shravanam-hearing; yashasam-the glories; hareh-of Lord Hari; mukhyah-most important; sadhana-sampattyah-by the success of their activities; kathitah-is said; te-they; dvijottama-O best of the brahmanas.
They whose faith is situated in premamayi bhakti (devotional service performed with love) should with love hear the glories of the Lord. O best of the brahmana, thus I have described to you the most important activities (sadhana) by which one attains devotional service.
yad vina shravyate bhaktir
ama-bhandat payo yatha
sarva-of all; mulam-trhe root; krishna-of Lord Krishna; pada-of the feet; sharanam-shelter; parikirtitam-glorified; yat-which; vina-without; shravyate-is explained; bhakti-devotion; ama-unbaked; bhandat-from the pot; payah-water; yatha-as.
Taking shelter of Lord Krishna's feet is the root from which all the activities of devotional service (grow). Trying to perform devotional service without it is like trying to drink water from an unbaked earthen pot.
vada me bahu-vittama
vina yena puman yati
kurvan bhaktim api shramam
shri-naradah uvaca-Shri Narada said; krishna-padabja-sharanam-taking shelter of Lord Krishna's lotus feet; vada-tell; me-me; bahu-vittama-O learned one; vina-without; yena-by whom; puman-a man; yati-goes; kurvan-doing; bhaktim-devotional service; api-even; shramam-to exhaustion.
Shri Narada said: O wise one, please describe to me the activity of taking shelter of Lord Krishna's lotus feet, without which a person performs devotional service in vain.
parinishthashrayam yad vai
shri-shivah uvaca-Shri Shiva said; kaya-body; vak-words; manasam-and mind; sakshat-directly; krishne-in Lord Krishna; parama-purushe-the Supreme Personality of Godhead; parinishthashrayam-taken shelter; yat-what; vai-indeed; sharanam-shelter; parikirtitam-said.
Shri Shiva said: With one's body, words, and mind to take shelter of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is called surrender.
etad vai tri-vidham proktam
prathamam madhyamam shreshtham
kramashah shrinu tan mune
etat-this; vai-indeed; tri-vidham-three kinds; proktam-said; veda-vidbhih-by they who know the Vedas; dvijottama-O best of the brahmanas; prathamam-first; madhyamam-middle; shreshtham-and best; kramashah-one after another; shrinu-please hear; tan-them; mune-O sage.
O best of brahmanas, they who know the Vedas say that surrender to the Lord is of three kinds: 1. the initial stage, 2. the intermediate stage, and 3. the highest stage. O sage, now please hear of these, one by one.
dharme tirthe ca devadau
rakshakatvam aghad itah
yad-buddhir nishthitam krishne
kritam tat prathamam smritam
dharme-in religious principles; tirthe-in pilgrimage places; ca-and; devadau-in the demigods; rakshakatvam-protection; aghat-from sins; itah-from that; yad-buddhih-that conception; nishthitam-having faith; krishne-in Lord Krishna; kritam-done; tat-that; prathamam-initial; smritam-is considered.
The conviction that following religious principles, going on pilgrimages, and surrender to the Lord will protect me from (the reactions of past) sins is considered the initial stage of surrender to Lord Krishna.
yan mamatvashrayam krishne
kritam tan madhyamam smritam
kalatra-wife; putra-children; mitreshu-and friends; dhane-wealth; geha-home; gava-and cows; adishu-beginning with; yat-which; mamatva-ashrayam-my property; krishne-to Lord Krishna; kritam-done; tan-that; madhyamam-intermediate; smritam-is considered.
The conviction that I shall give to Lord Krishna my wife, children, friends, wealth, cows, and other things that are my property, is considered the intermediate stage of surrender to Lord Krishna.
dehadav atmano yavad
tat sarvam krishna-padabje
kritam shreshtham prakirtitam
deha-body; adau-beginning with; atmanah-of the self; yavat-as; atmatva-of the self; ashrayana-adi-beginning with the things in relationship; yat-what; tat-that; sarvam-everything; krishna-of Lord Krishna; pada-feet; abje-to the lotus; kritam-done; shreshtham-best; prakirtitam-is said.
The conviction that I shall place at Lord Krishna's lotus feet my self, my body, and everything that is mine, is called the highest stage of surrender to Lord Krishna.
tavasmiti vadan vaca
tathaiva manasa vidan
tat-sthanam ashritas tanva
tava-Yours; asmi-I am; iti-thus; vadan-saying; vaca-with words; tatha-so; eva-indeed; manasa-with mind; vidan-knowing; tat-sthanam-that place; ashritah-taken shelter; tanva-with body; modate-becomes happy; sharanagatah-taken shelter.
Saying with one's voice, "I am Yours", thinking that with one's mind, and with one's body taking shelter of the Lord's holy place, a person who surrenders to the Lord becomes happy.
ishvaram tad-adhinam ca
tad-dharmam ca sanatanam
vastuto naiva drishyate
ishvaram-the Supreme Personality of Godhead; tad-adhinam-that which is dependent on Him; ca-and; tad-dharmam-His path of religion; ca-and; sanatanam-eternal; hitva-abandoning; anyad-ashrayam-another shelter; tasya-of him; vastutah-in truth; na-not; eva-indeed; drishyate-is seen.
Aside from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, (the devotees) who surrender to Him, and His path of religion (devotional service), such a person sees nothing else of which he can take shelter.
etat-sharana-sampannah-surrender of Him; bhaktiman-filled with devotion; purushottame-for the Supreme Personality of Godhead; punati-purifies; sarva-all; bhuvanam-the worlds; hridi-in his heart; sthena-staying; acyutena-with the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead; sah-he.
Such a person, who surrenders to the Lord, who is filled with devotion for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and who carries the infallible Lord in his heart, purifies all the worlds.
tasmad bhaktad rite vishnor
deho 'pi naiva tat-priyah
kim utanye vibhuty-adyah
tasmat-for that; bhaktat-devotee; rite-except for; vishnoh-of Lord Vishnu; dehah-the body; api-even; na-not; eva-thus; tat-priyah-dear to Him; kim uta-how much more?; anye-others; vibhuty-adyah-beginning with His potencies; paramanada-rupinah-with forms of transcendental bliss.
Only such a devotee is dear to Lord Vishnu. Nothing else is dear to Him. What are the Lord's blissful potencies and opulences in comparison to that devotee?
anyac ca shrinu viprendra
goptritve varanam tatha
anyat-another; ca-and; shrinu-please hear; viprendra-O king of brahmanas; sharanagati-lakshanam-symptoms of surrender; anukukulyasya-of anything that assists devotional service of the Lord; sankalpah-acceptance; pratikulya-of anything that hinders devotional service; vivarjanam-complete rejection; rakshishyati-He will protect; iti-thus; vishvasah-strong conviction; goptritve-in being the guardian, like the father or husband, master or maintainer; varanam-acceptance; tatha-as well as; atma-nikshepa-full self-surrender; karpanye-humility; shad-vidha-sixfold; sharanagatih-process of surrender.
O king of brahmanas, please hear some other symptoms of surrender. The six divisions of surrender are the acceptance of things favorable for devotional service, the rejection of unfavorable things, the conviction that Krishna will give protection, the acceptance of the Lord as one's guardian or master, full self-surrender, and humility.*
bhaktanam lakshanam sakshat
bruhi me sura-sattama
tathaiva teshv aham pritim
shri-naradah uvaca-Shri Narada said; bhaktanam-of devotees; lakshanam-the nature; sakshat-directly; bruhi-please tell; me-me; sura-sattama-O best of the demigods; tatha-so; eva-certainly; teshv-in them; aham-I; pritim-love; karishyami-will do; samahitahunderstood.
Shri Narada said: O best of the demigods, please describe to me the characteristics of the devotees so I can understand them and show my affection for them.
bhaktanam lakshanam sakshad
durvijneyam nribhir mune
vaishnavair eva tad vedyam
padany ahir aher iva
shri-shivah uvaca-Shri Shiva said; bhaktanam-of the devotees; lakshanam-the nature; sakshat-directly; durvijneyam-difficult to understand; nribhih-by men; mune-O sage; vaishnavaih-by devotees; eva-indeed; tat-that; vedyam-to be known; padani-feet; ahih-a snake; aheh-of a snake; iva-like.
Shri Shiva said: O sage, ordinary men cannot understand the devotees. Only other devotees can understand them, as only another snake can understand how a snake walks.
tathapi saratas tesham
lakshanam yad alaukim
vakshye tat te muni-shreshtha
vishnu-bhakto yato bhavan
tathapi-nevertheless; saratah-in essence; tesham-of them; lakshanam-the characteristics; yat-what; alaukim-extraordinary; vakshye-I will say; tat-that; te-to you; muni-shreshtha-O best of sages; vishnu-bhaktah-a devotee of Lord Vishnu; yatah-because; bhavan-you are.
Still, O best of the sages, because you yourself are a devotee of Lord Vishnu, I will tell you the essence of the extraordinary nature of the devotees.
sac-citta-pure heart; nirahankara-free of flase ego; mamakara-vivarjitah-free of possessiveness; shastra-anuvartinah-following the scriptures; shantah-peaceful; suhridah-friends; sarva-dehinam-to all embodied souls.
The devotees are pure in heart, free of false ego, free of material possesiveness, followers of the scriptures, peaceful, and friends of all embodied souls.
sada sarveshu bhuteshu
himsantam api kancana
na himsanti tada mukta
sada-always; sarveshu-all; bhuteshu-living entities; himsantam-harming; api-even; kancana-at all; na-not; himsanti-harm; tada-then; mukta-liberated; nirguna-beyond the modes of nature; bhagavat-parah-devoted to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
They do not harm anyone, even if others try to harm them. These are the symptoms of liberated souls who are beyond the modes of material anture and are devoted to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
hari-seva vina kincin
manyante natmanah priyam
hari-to Lord Hari; seva-service; vina-without; kincit-anything; manyante-considered; na-not; atmanah-to the self; priyam-dear; vasudeva-para-devoted to Lord Vasudeva; deha-body; geha-home; indriya-vrittayah-and senses.
Only service to Lord Hari is dear to them. Nothing else is dear to their heart. They have dedicated their body, home, and senses to the service of Lord Vasudeva.
bhakta bhagavata matah
raga-attachment; dvesha-hatred; adi-beginning with; rahitah-without; mana-honor; amana-and dishonor; vivarjitah-without; sada-always; santushta-satisfied; manasah-at heart; bhakta-the devotees; bhagavata-of the Lord; matah-are considered.
They are free from attachment, aversion, and other material feelings. They are indifferent to honor and dishonor. They are always satisfied at heart. Such persons are considered devotees of the Lord.
sat-priti-paramah-filled with love for the devotees; shuddhah-pure; shruti-kirty-ukti-nishthitah-full of faith in the descriptions the Vedas have given of the Lord's glories; traivargika-the three goals of life; paralapa-talk; sneha-affection; sanga-association; vivarjitah-without.
They are affectionate to the devotees, full of faith in the Vedas' descriptions of the Lord's glories, and averse to associating with they who love to talk of the three goals (of economic development, material piety, and sense gratification).
sad-vakya-karinah-truthful; krishna-of Lord Krishna; yashasi-in ther glories; utsuka-eager; manasah-at heart; hari-for Lord Hari; priti-para-full of love; ete-they; bhakta-devotees; loka-by the worlds; pranamakah-obeisances.
They are truthful, their hearts yearn to hear Lord Krishna's glories, and they are full of love for Lord Hari. Such persons are devotees of the Lord. All the worlds bow down to offer respects to them.
bhaktanam lakshanam hy etat
lakshanam tri-vidham shrinu
bhaktanam-of devotees; lakshanam-the nature; hi-indeed; etat-this; samanyena-in summary; nirupitam-described; idanim-now; atma-jijnasyam-the inquiry into the self; lakshanam-the nature; tri-vidham-three kinds; shrinu-hear.
In this way (I have) summarily described the nature of the devotees. Now hear of the three kinds of spiritual awareness.
sarvatmanam harim jnatva
sarveshu pritiman narah
janeshu sa ca sattamah
sarvatmanam-in everyones' heart; harim-Lord Hari; jnatva-knowing; sarveshu-in all; pritiman-full of love; narah-a man; seva-parah-devoted to service; dvesha-hinah-without hatred; janeshu-to the people; sa-he; ca-and; sattamah-the best.
A person who knows that Lord Hari is present in the hearts of all, who is devoted to the Lord's service, and who loves everyone equally and hates no one, has the best spiritual knowledge.
jnatvapi sarvagam vishnum
hy atmanah sa tu madhyamah
jnatva-knowing; api-although; sarvagam-all-pervading; vishnum-Lord Vishnu; taratamyena-wiht a heirarchy; pritiman-loving; shreshtha-best; madhyama-middle; niceshu-and lowly; hi-indeed; atmanah-of the self; sa-he; tu-indeed; madhyamah-intermediate.
A person who knows that Lord Vishnu is present everywhere and who loves in different degrees they who are exalted, middle, or lowly, is in the intermediate stage of spiritual knowledge.
pratimadishv eva harau
pritiman na tu sarvage
prakritah sa tu vaishnavah
pratima-the Deity; adishu-and other forms of the Lord; eva-indeed; harau-Lord Hari; pritiman-loving; na-not; tu-but; sarvage-everywhere; prani-of the living entities; prana-the life; vadha-killing; tyagi-abandoning; prakritah-materialistic; sa-he; tu-indeed; vaishnavah-devotee.
A person who loves only the Deity and other like forms of Lord Hari, but not the all-pervading Supersoul, and who at least refrains from hurting others, is a materialistic devotee.
harau svabhaviki ratih
sa vai maha-bhagavato
hy uttamah parikirtitah
yasya-of whom; indriyanam-of the senses; sarvesham-all; harau-in Lord Hari; svabhaviki-natural; ratih-love; sa-that; vai-indeed; maha-bhagavatah-a great devotee; hi-indeed; uttamah-the highest; parikirtitah-is called.
A person filled with spontaneous love for Lord Hari and enagaged in serving Him with all his senses, is called a great devotee (maha-bhagavata), the highest devotee (uttama).
vishnau pritir hi jayate
sa vai bhagavato vipra
yasya-of whom; yatnena-with endeavor; indriyanam-of the senses; vishnau-for Lord Vishnu; pritih-love; hi-indeed; jayate-is born; sa-he; vai-indeed; bhagavatah-a devotee; vipra-O brahmana; madhyamah-middle; samudahritah-is called.
A person who loves Lord Vishnu and serves Him with his senses is called a middle devotee (madhyama).
sa prakrito bhagavato
yasya-of whom; indriyaih-with the senses; krishna-seva-service to Lord Krishna; krita-dfone; priti-vivarjita-without love; sa-he; prakritah-materialistic; bhagavatah-of the Lord; bhaktah-devotee; kama-vivarjitah-without material desire.
A person who without love serves Lord Krishna with his senses and at least remains free from illicit sense gratification is a materialistic (prakrita) devotee.
yah pritya kurute sada
sa vai maha-bhagavato
hy uttamo loka-pavanah
hari-of Lord Hari; lila-of the transcendental pastimes; shruta-hearing; uccaram-aloud; yah-one who; pritya-with love; kurute-does; sada-always; sa-he; vai-indeed; maha-bhagavatah-a great devotee; hi-indeed; uttamah-the highest; loka-the worlds; pavanah-purifying.
A person who with love always hears the recitation of Lord Hari's pastimes is a great devotee (maha-bhagavata), the highest devotee (uttama). He purifies the worlds.
shravanam kirtanam vishnau
prityayasau tu yo narah
kuryad ahar ahah shashvat
pritiman sa ca madhyamah
shravanam-hearing; kirtanam-and chanting; vishnau-in Lord Vishnu; pritya-with love; ayasah-endeavor; tu-indeed; yah-who; narah-a person; kuryat-does; ahah-day; ahah-after day; shashvat-regularly; pritiman-who has love; sa-he; ca-and; madhyamah-middle.
A person who with love hears and chants the glories of Lord Vishnu regularly day after day is a middle devotee (madhyama).
yamaika-matram yah kuryat
shravanam kirtanam hareh
hinah prakrita ucyate
yama-period of three hours; eka-one; matram-only; yah-who; kuryat-does; shravanam-hearing; kirtanam-chanting; hareh-of Lord Hari; pritya-with love; vishnujana-the devotees of Lord Vishnu; dvesha-hatred; hinah-without; prakrita-a materialistic devotee; ucyate-is called.
A person who with love from time to time hears and chants the glories of Lord Hari for perhaps a single yama, and who does not hate the other devotees of Lord Vishnu, is called a materialistic (prakrita) devotee.
yady anya-lakshanam canya-
bhakte lakshyeta saj-janaih
tathapi nishtham alakshya
tam tam janihi sattama
yadi-if; anya-other; lakshanam-characteristics; ca-and; anya-other; bhakte-devotee; lakshyeta-is characterized; saj-janaih-by the pious; tathapi-still; nishtham-faith; alakshya-seeing; tam tam-him; janihi-know; sattama-O best of the devotees.
O best of the devotees, many great saints have described many other symptoms of the different kinds of devotees. Still, you can understand the status of the devotees by seeing the degree of their faith.
yad-dharma-nishtha ye bhakta
tat-priteh karanam param
yat-which; dharma-religion; nishthah-faith; ye-who; bhakta-devotees; bhavanti-are; dvija-sattama-O best of the brahmanas; tat-that; prasanga-asociation; adi-beginning with; anushthanam-following; tat-priteh-with love for them; karanam-cause; param-great.
O best of brahmanas, love for the Lord is caused by association with faithful devotees.
tathapi nirguna ye ca
ye ca bhagavata matah
teshu pritir maha-bhaga
tathapi-still; nirguna-beyond the modes of nature; ye-who; ca-and; ye-who; ca-and; bhagavata-devotees; matah-considered; teshu-among them; pritih-love; maha-bhaga-very fortunare; dushkara-difficult to attain; iti-thus; maya-by me; ucyate-is said.
Love for the devotees who are beyond the modes of material nature feel for the Lord is a great good fortune that is very difficult to attain. Now I will describe that love.
pareshu satatam tvaya
karya pritis tava harer
yatha bhaktir na nashyati
hari-of Lord Hari; lila-pastimes; shruta-hearing; uccara-recitation; pareshu-devoted; satatam-always; tvaya-by me; karya-to be done; pritih-love; tava-of you; hareh-for Lord Hari; yatha-as; bhaktih-devotion; na-not; nashyati-is destroyed.
You should always love they who are devoted to hearing Lord Hari's pastimes. In that way your devotion to Lord Hari will never perish.
ity etat kathitam vipra
sadhunam lakshanam prithak
iti-thus; etat-this; kathitam-said; vipra-O brahmana; sadhunam-of the devotees; lakshanam-the nature; prithak-specificly; bhakteshu-in the devotees; priti-of love; karanam-the activity; jananam-for the people; mukti-of liberation; karanam-the cause.
O brahmana, in this way I have described the natures of the different kinds of devotees. By loving the devotees the people in general become liberated (from the world of birth and death).
sadhanena maya bala
sa sarva-varnikah shuddhah
sadhanena-by the activities; maya--by me; bala-O child; bhakti-of devotional service; bhedah-the divisions; nirupitah-described; sa-that; sarva-all; varnikah-varnas; shuddhah-pure; sarva-all; ashrami-asramas; shrama-weariness; apahah-removing.
O child, I have thus described the different kinds of devotional service and the ways (sadhana) they are attained. Devotional service purifies all the varnas and rescues all the ashramas from the hard labor (of material life).
sarva-all; kala-time; bhavah-being; nityah-eternal; sarva-all; daishika-countries; siddhi-perfection; dah-giving; catuh-four; yugeshu-in the yugas; abhimatah-considfered; bhagavat-to the Lord; priya-dear; sadhakah-the candidate.
Devotional service should always be performed. It is eternal. It brings perfection to the people of all countries. In each of the four yugas ity makes one dear to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.