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References and Notes from Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Shri Bhajana-rahasya

Further scriptural evidence from the Shrimad-Bhagavatam [11.3.30-32]:

parasparanukathanam pavanam bhagavad-yashah
mitho ratir mithas tushtir nivrittir mitha atmanah
smarantah smarayantash ca mitho 'ghaugha-haram harim
bhaktya sanjataya bhaktya bibhraty utpulakam tanum
kvacid rudanty acyuta-cintaya kvacid
dhasanti nandanti vadanty alaukikah
nrityanti gayanty anushilayanty ajam
bhavanti tushnim param etya nirvritah

“One should learn how to associate with the devotees of the Lord by meeting with them to chant the glories of the Lord. This process is most purifying. As devotees develop loving friendship with each other, they feel happy and satisfied. And by thus encouraging one another they are able to give up material sense gratification, which is the root of all suffering.


“The devotees of the Lord constantly discuss the glories of the Personality of Godhead among themselves. Thus they continuously 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 removes all that is inauspicious and detrimental in their lives. Being purified of all contamination, 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.


“Having achieved love of Godhead, the devotees sometimes cry out loud, absorbed in thoughts of the infallible Lord. Sometimes they laugh, feel great pleasure, speak aloud to the Lord, dance or sing. Such devotees, having transcended material conditional life, sometimes imitate the unborn Supreme by acting out His pastimes. And sometimes, having achieved His personal audience, they remain peaceful and silent.”

From Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu [1.2.156]:

kadaham yamuna-tire namani tava kirtayan
udbashpah pundarikaksha racayishyami tandavam

O Lord Pundarikaksa, while chanting Your holy name with tears in my eyes, when shall I dance in ecstacy on the bank of the Yamuna.