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BHAKTI-RASAMRTA-SINDHUH (BON MAHARAJA)

 

Sanskrta Text with Devanagari Script

With Transliteration in English

And English Translation with Comments

VOLUME I

 

Translated by

TRIDANDI SWAMI BHAKTI HRDAYA BON MAHARAJ

Rector, Institute of Oriental Philosophy

INSTITUTE OF ORIENTAL PHILOSOPHY

Vrindaban, U.P., India

 

 

First Published in November, 1965

1100 Copies

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The Translator

Published by

Swami B. H. Bon Maharaj on behalf of Institute of Oriental Philosophy,

Vrindaban  U.P., India

Printed by

Shri G. C. Ray at Navana Printing Works Private Limited,

47 Ganesh Chunder Avenue, Calcutta 13

 

 

CONTENTS

PREFACE                                                       ix-xi

PROPITIATORY INVOCATION:                          xii

INTRODUCTION: By Swami B. H. Bon Maharaj     xiii-xliii

 

EASTERN DIVISION OF THE BOOK:

FIRST WAVE: A GENERIC CHARACTER OF BHAKTI

 

Preliminary propitiatory invocation (Slokas 1-6); division of the subject of the different waves of the eastern division (Slokas 7-10); intrinsic nature and definition of Uttama Bhakti (Slokas 11-16); six qualities of pure or Uttama Bhakti (Slokas 17-43);

(1)Bhakti as destroyer of afflictions and ills of life (Sloka I8); afflictions

are threefold, viz. acts of sin; sin of two kinds (Sloka 19); sin not yet

started yielding fruits (Sloka 20); sin that started bearing fruits (Slokas 21-23); seeds of sin (Sloka 24); nescience (Slokas 25-26);

(2) Bhakti as beneficent (Sloka 27); pleasing the whole world (Sloka 28); giver of all good qualities (Sloka 29); giver of three kinds of happiness (Slokas 30-32); the last two qualities of uttama bhakti belong to sadhana-bhakti;

(3) The four values of life including moksa become insignificant and worthless as a straw before bhakti (Slokas 33-34);

(4) Extremely difficult to attainment (Sloka 35); these difficulties are two

first (Sloka 36), second (Sloka 37); the two qualities of bhakti in (3) and (4)

belong to bhava-bhaki. The last two qualities (5) and (6) of uttam bhakti belong to prema-bhakti;

(5) Bhakti as giver of intensely condensed form of delight in the delight of the Lord (Slokas 38-40);

(6) The power of drawing Shri Krishna to oneself (Slokas 41-43); distinguishing traits of uttama bhakti, establishing super-excellence of bhakti both as Means and end (Sloka 44); arguments and inferences non-conducive to the comprehension of bhakti (Slokas 45-46).           1- 56

 

SECOND WAVE: SADHANA-BHAKTI

Three kinds of bhakti (Sloka 1); sadhana-bhakti (Slokas 2-5); vaidhi bhakti (6-13); eligibility (14-15); three classes of eligible persons (16); superior grade (17); medium grade (18); inferior grade (19); four classes mentioned in the Gita (20-21); bhakti completely freed from any desire for bhukti and mukti (Slokas 22-54); the first four forms of mukti for one's personal pleasure (56); the four forms of mukti for serving the Lord for His delight (57); excellence of one-pointed bhakti to Lord Govinda over bhakti for Lord Narayana (58-59), eligibility of every human being for bhakti (66-71); short mention of the various forms or angas of worship in sadhana bhakti as mentioned in the Haribhakti-vilas (72); signs of the various forms or angas (73), sixty-four aspects of worship (SIokas 74-95); each of the sixty-four elements or features or angas of sadhana-bhakti separately stated (Slokas 96-237); Even a short-time practice of the five principal forms of sadhana-bhakti arouses bhava-bhakti (238); viz. Worship of the Deities (239); reading of the Bhagavatam (240);service of the devotee of Krishna (241); chanting of the Name of the Lord (242); living in Mathura (243); extraordinary powers of the supra-mundane entities (244); the primary fruit of sadhana-bhakti is rati or bhava-bhakti (245); various forms of karma in varna and asrama are not aspects of sadhana-bhakti (246); varna and asrama to be followed till bhakti is aroused in one's heart (247); bhakti independent of karma-jnana-yoga etc. (248-250); knowledge and abnegation end in bhakti (251-253); distinction between genuine detachment and false renunciation--their criteria (254-256); denunciation of false renunciation and indifference to bhakti (257-259); the conscious power of discrimination is not a necessary part of bhakti (260); yama or restraint of passions, personal purification, etc. though inherent in the character of a pure devotee are not necessary parts of bhakti (261-263); following any one or all aspects of sadhana-bhakti can attain bhava-bhakti (264); one anga (265); many angas (266-268); vaidhi sadhana-bhakti guided by scriptural injunctions is also called maryada-marga or reverential path (269); raganuga bhakti (270-271); ragatmika bhakti: kamarupa and sambandharupa (272-273); different ways of gaining favorable and unfavorable active culture (274-280); spiritual practices with attachment (281-282); kamarupa of the eternal associates of the Lord who are ragatmikas (283-286); rati nearing kama (287); rati of the way of relationship (288-290); persons eligible for such rati (291-293); the method of spiritual practices in raganuga-bhakti (294-296); kamanuga in raganuga-bhakti (297-304); sambandharupa raganuga-bhakti (305-308); raganuga bhakti also called pusti marga (Sloka 309).       57-327

 

THIRD WAVE: BHAVA-BHAKTI

Bhava (Slokas 1-6); bhava-rati due to either intense ardor or causeless grace of Krishna (7-8); bhava-bhakti due to ardent ardor (9- 13); bhava-bhakti due to grace of Krishna (14); due to the grace of the devotee of Krishna (15); bhava-rati aroused by causeless grace of Krishna (16); verbal grace (17); from appearance of Krishna in person (18); grace manifest in the heart (19-20); grace caused by the grace of devotees (21-23); rati is of five kinds (24); signs of sprout of bhava (25-26); forbearance (27-28); not allowing a moment to go in vain (29); indifference to worldly enjoyments (30-31); unassuming (32-33); positive hopes (34-35); utmost anxieties (36-37); taste for constant chanting of the Name of Krishna (38); attachment in discoursing on the glories of the Lord (39); love to live in the Lord's realm (40); something more about rati (41-45); reflection aspect of the semblance of rati (46-48); shadow of the semblance of rati (49-53); but offense at the feet of a devotee completely destroys rati (54-57); Bhava with amazinement and luminosity can be possible only by the grace of Krishna (58); any worthlessness in one who has attained bhava must not be slandered

(Slokas 59-60).  328-371

 

FOURTH WAVE: PREMA BHAKTI

Prema (1-4); prema from bhava (5); prema from bhava caused by scriptural following (6); prema caused by bhava (7-8); prema from the grace of the rati in Lord Hari ( 9-11) of these, the first aroused out of knowledge of the majestic greatness of the Lord (12); signs of one-pointed prema-bhakti (13-14); different stages of the appearance of prema (15-16); very hard to understand the manifold shades of sentiments of prema (17-18); sneha,pranaya, etc. are different aspects of further flashes and developed shades of prema (I9-20); concluding sloka of the Eastern Division (21).

      372-387

 

GLOSSARY & INDEX  389 ff.

TABLE OF SLOKAS IN THE EASTERN DIVISION

Text and Quotations

First Wave:    Text 24 Slokas;        Quotations: 22

Slokas

Second Wave:          Text 99 Slokas;        Quotations: 210

Slokas

Third Wave:   Text 40 Slokas;        Quotations: 21

Slokas

Fourth Wave: Text 13 Slokas;        Quotations: 8

Slokas

TOTAL:         Text 176 Slokas;      Quotations: 261

Slokas

(In all: 437 Slokas)