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Title: Bhaktivinoda's Bhakti-tattva-viveka

User: Nava Gauranga dasa  Date: 2006-09-11 04:22:14


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Dear Swami Gaurangapada and assembled devotees,

please accept my simple obiesances.


Just now I have started reading Bhaktivinoda's book, Bhakti-tattva-viveka.

After reading the first few pages I realised what a rare treasure suddha-bhakti is. And some questions arose in my heart: where is this suddha-bhakti found? In whom is it evident? How can this rare treasure of pure bhakti be attained?


Secondly I realized that my devotional practice falls far short of

suddha-bhakti. It is not such a cheap thing. I know my heart seeks to serve itself in many ways, rather than the pure intention of pleasing Krishna. Karma and jnana are surely mixed in my heart, seeking some pleasure for the self, if any semblance of bhakti does actually exist (in my heart).


From this second realization I could perceive the greatness of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, descending from Gauranga Mahaprabhu, through a disciplic succession of great acaryas, and coming to us through Swami Gaurangapada.


So today I realized I must take full advantage of the Gaurangapada Vanibase.

And read and study everyday the devotional books therein. To slowly begin to grasp, what it means to be a sadhaka devotee. To grasp what is this bhakti-marga as expounded by the Goswamis. To deeply realize how fortunate I am to have received mercy from pure hearted devotees. To not be swayed here and there by diverse philosophies, but to be fully appreciative of how profoundly beautiful is this GaurangaKrishna consciousness philosophy.


So how can this suddha-bhakti be born in my heart?

Quoted from Bhakti-tattva-viveka: from the Garuda Purana (Purva Khanda 231.3):


          "The verbal root bhaj means to render service. Therefore, thoughtful sadhakas should engage in the service of Shri Krishna with great endeavour, for it is only by such service that bhakti is born."


Where is this suddha-bhakti found? Surely the writings of the acaryas are full of sentiments of suddha-bhakti.


In whom is it evident? In the Guru-parampara. Falling flat on my face, I beg forgiveness for all my shortcomings.


                                         your fallen servant...Nava Gauranga dasa.


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