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Title: Overview of Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-08-01 21:49:47


Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu by Shrila Rupa Goswami

Nectar of Devotion Summary by Shrila Prabhupada


 Nectar of Devotion - Overview

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  1.) The opening verse of the BRS, "akhila rasamrta murtih" is the objective, it describes prayojana, the ultimate goal.

2.) "anya abhilasita sunyam" is the requirement to attain that goal

3.) "klesaghni subhada" describes the workings of the purification process and the stages attained at different levels of advancement

4.) sadhana bhakti the means to cultivate "anya abhilasa"

5.) bhava bhakti - the preliminary stage to topmost perfection

6.) prema bhakti - devotional service in the topmost stage, in the relationship with akhila rasamrta murtih.



      Akhila rasamrta murtih


 Krishna is the embodiment of all rasas



       He maintains eternal relationships with various devotees, attracted

        to serve Him in different rasas

       The dearmost devotee of all is Smt. Radharani


    1st wave





      5 direct rasas


        madhurya, vatsalya,


        sakhya, dasya, santa


      7 indirect rasas




















            bibhatsa laughter
















      Ocean - Liberation


        River - Path


        Shark - Devotee






      Division of BRS


      pg 409Vaikuntha - 2 1/2




      Ayodhya - 4 rasas


      Dvaraka - 5 rasas




      Goloka - 5 rasas





      Anya abhilasita sunyam

       If we desire to be accepted among such eternally liberated prema bhaktas


       Then we must be free from any other desire, free from karma and jnana.




    1st wave




      The price to pay for pure


      devotional service





      greed or eagerness



      Karma & Jnana


      Witches analogy (Rupa Gosvami)




    Central theme of BRS  Klesaghni Subhada

       The result of pure devotional service in six characteristics




    1st wave


      Chapter 1


      Klesaghni - destroys suffering



      Subhada - all auspicious


      Moksalaghutakrt - derides liberation


      Sudurlabha - rarely attained


      Sandrananda visesatma



      - condensed bliss


      Shri Krishnakarsani - attracts Krishna 1st - 2nd



      Bhava: 1st - 4th


      Prema: All 6 Characteristics  Sadhana bhakti

      Devotional service in practice



        (anusilanam - cultivation)



    2nd wave


      Chapter 2-14 

      Chapter 15-16




      64 angas


        vaidhi - rules & regulations


      raganuga - spontaneous


        (following) => => => =>



      Uttama, Madhyama, Kanistha ch.3

      Predominent is dasya


        - Service attitude


      Ragatmika -


        Eternal associate of Krishna


    64 Angas


      10 do's & 10 don'ts


      first 3: Guru-asraya


      then 44 items more


      Last 5 pancanga





      Kamanuga - conjugal


      Sambhandanuga -


      Other relationships


      Bhava bhakti

       Devotional service in ecstasy



    3rd wave







      Nine symptoms of Bhava:


      1. not to waste time


      2. perseverance



      3. detachement


      4. pridelessness


      5. hope against hope


      6. intense eagerness


      7. constant taste for chanting


      8. addiction to glorify Krishna's





      9. love to live in the Dhama


    Shadow attachment -


      imitation of Symptoms


      without regulative principles



      Pg. 140


    Bhava & prema


      Prayojana - the goal


      Prema bhakti

       Devotional service in pure love



    4th wave


      Chapter 19





      - from bhava


      - by the mercy of Guru/Krishna




      Vaidhi => aisvarya => Vaikuntha



      Raganuga => Goloka


    Our natural state


Title: question on Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu Bindu

User: candrika         Date: 2006-08-02 08:39:41


I am really glad you are covering this book, as it is one I read and had so many questions about and have always wanted someone to go through it with me, so i can properly comprehend what is being taught.


One of my questions is this. This book describes very personal relations with the Lord, the type of things that everyone can recognise in some respect from their own personal dealings with other people.


And so I have always wondered how we can have such a relationship with the Lord seeing as at this moment in time him and his Associates are not descended in the world, and we have books and pictures and things, but it isnt quite the same as being face to face with the Lord, where you can actually relate to him, like we relate to the people we have around us.


So I wondered are these types of relation beyond any of our capacity in these times and circumstances, and descriptions of the relations that his Associates had with the Lord, rather than things we could experience in this day and age?


Title: Re: question on Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu Bindu

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-08-02 09:12:58


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! :pranams: Pranams! and :bless: Blessings! The relationship of the soul with the Lord is always eternal and on the spiritual platform and the Lord is never far away from us as described in Shri Ishopanishad. Through spiritual sound vibration of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna Naam, all the truths, including the direct vision of the Lord, are gradually revealed. Then one can understand all the truths described in Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu. There is nothing in God that is not there in His Naam and there is nothing in Naam that is not there in God. So everything is revealed simply by chanting Naam with great faith. As I said earlier, they are internal and confidential realizations and nothing to do with the dealings of this material world.