terça-feira, 24 de julho de 2012

SRI KRSNA BHAJANAMRTA by Sri la Narahari Sarkara Thakur

Verse 1

I offer my respectful obeisances to that incarnation of Godhead who 
has distributed more unlimited causeless mercy than any other Avatar.
He is the total Lord of my life--Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

    Verse 2

I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Sukadeva Goswami who is like
the ripened fruit of the trees of devotional service. He is eternally
relishing in the transcendental mellows in devotional service.

    Verse 3 & 4

During this Kali Yuga, when the time of Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya
Mahaprabhu and Lord Sri Nitayananda Prabhu's transcendental pastimes
become unmanifest. Their lordships become the object of 
transcendental research and discussion. At that time all level of 
devotees including uttama adhikary, madhhyama adhikary, and kanistha
adhikary shall always be in anxiety and it will be at all times.  They 
shall almost feel uncertainty in their hearts regarding the correct
understanding of the eternal truths of devotional service.

    Verse 5 & 6

I offer my respectful obeisances in full surrender to the thousands
and thousands of previous Vaisnavas and particularly to those 
paramahamsas, perfect souls, who meditate constantly in pure loving 
devotion on the lotus feet of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and by
His mercy are studying all of the Vedic literature in regard to 
devotional service.  Following in the footsteps of these great 
spiritual authorities I shall explain the clear transparent conclusions
of the scriptures in their concise, condensed form, with some detailed

    Verse 7

I, Narahari Das, consider myself to be a fool. Therefore, how will 
I be able to explain this most difficult subject matter on the 
absolute conclusions of the sastra?  Will the learned Vaisnavas bless
my deliberations that they may not be false or deviate from the 
authorized conclusions of the sastra in any respect.

    Verse 8

In any case, whether someone has all good qualities or whether one
has no good qualities, whether one is a fool or whether one is a great
pandit; who is there in this material world who is able to completely 
understand pure devotional service to Krsna.

    Verse 9

In my sleep  while dreaming I said the above words. While dreaming
I was meditating upon the words of previous authorities and great
Vaisnava acaryas and their conclusions on the authorized sastra in
regard to pure devotional service.  While thus engaged in my dream 
suddenly my heart became filled with spiritual bliss as if I had
entered and taken shelter of an ocean of transcendental nectar.

    Verse 10 & 11

Just at that time Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared 
holding the hand of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya.  Lord Caitanya said,
"sadhu, sadhu."   As lord Caitanya said these words he was laughing
and he came and stood before me saying, "What our have said is 
certainly true.  Now awaken and arise."  Saying these words again 
and again Lord Caitanya  disappeared from my vision.

    Verse 12

Thereafter, meditating on the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya
Mahaprabhu who is known as Gaurahari, I got up from my bed and I was
feeling great separation being deprived of  his transcendental 
association, I considered my unqualified self blessed by Lord
Caitanya's causeless mercy upon me.

    Verse 13

Feeling myself blessed by the mercy of lord Sri Krsna Caitanya
Mahaprabhu and remembering His merciful words, while being absorbed 
in the remembrance if His transcendental glories I was immersed in 
an ocean of transcendental bliss.  At that time I could not understand 
my actual condition. 

    Verse 14

On the strength of the mercy of Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu I 
have decided to write something.  Using my intelligence  I have
considered the truth of devotional service and although considering
myself a fool I have written in my own hand, sometimes in verse and 
sometimes in prose, this supremely auspicious "Bhajanamrta."

    Verse 15

In this Kali Yuga the great paramahamsa perfect devotees who have 
descended to this universe in order to purify it have blessed me 
with their remnants which I have accepted.  As I am strictly following
in the footsteps of these liberated souls  this work is completely
purified with their blessings.

    Verse 16
At the outset of this work my humble prayer is that all pure, 
non-envious devotees of Lord  Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of
Godhead may listen to these authorized words as I have heard them from
the great Vaisnava authorities of the disciplic succession.

    Verse 17

It is well known from the authorized Vedic literatures that in this
Kali Yuga, through the power of the holy name of Lord Sri Krishna,
all Vaisnavas are  equal and qualitatively noon-different from Lord
Krsna.  However, it is seen that amongst the Vaisnavas that sometimes
in some places some Vaisnavas appear greater or lesser. In such cases
how is it to be understood?

    Verse 18

Amongst all of the assembled Vaisnavas there is the initiating guru 
and the instructing guru.  In regard to them what type of behavior
is authorized.?

    Verse 19-27

not included (see introduction)

    Verse 28

Now listen to the authorized conclusions of the previous authorities.

    Verse 29

It is certainly true that all Vaisnavas are on the same transcendental
platform.  However, although amongst Vaisnavas there may be a 
difference in spiritual strength, how will the less intelligent 
materially attached sense-gratifiers, who become afraid justly seeing
the horrifying appearance of beggar mendicants, ascertain the actual
strength of a saintly person?  Since they cannot distinguish between
a lesser spiritual force and a greater spiritual force, they do not
know how to deal appropriately with different saintly persons.  
Therefore they treat every one the same. Since they don't know how to
distinguish the specific character of greater spiritual personalities
from lesser spiritual personalities rather than risk their destruction
for neglecting a potentially spiritual personality they treat everyone 
on the same level.

    Verse 30

However all those practicing Vaisnavas progressing on the path of 
devotional service, who have heard and understood the conclusion of
the revealed sastras and are therefore endowed with special 
intelligence are able to recognize who is more spiritually powerful
and who is less spiritually powerful.  Those who are expert in the
science of devotional service can understand in whose body what  
quantity of Krsna's spiritual potency is present.  Being able to 
understand who has less spiritual potency and who has more spiritual 
potency, they offer special treatment considering the scriptural
injunctions in this regard.

    Verse 31

If one can distinguish between the greater or lesser spiritual strength
of a person but does not  accordingly offer respect, then that person
shall be held guilty for that offense.

    Verse 32

For the reason mentioned before, if two Vaisnavas come at the same
time, one of greater strength, one of lesser spiritual strength, first 
one has to offer respect to the Vaisnava of greater strength then offer
to the Vaisnava of lesser strength.

    Verse 33

Should the respect due to a Vaisnava of greater strength or to a 
Vaisnava of lesser strength be offered at the same level if they 
come at a different time?  Equal respect should not be offered to 
both even if they are not present at the same time.

    Verse 34

If a volcano type of fire is burning, the wise man will not first put 
out.......first one has to be able to extinguish the volcano fire then 
a candle of deep light can easily be extinguished.  Similarly if one is
able to appropriately receive and respect Vaisnavas possessed of great
spiritual force to their satisfaction, then on shall easily be able to
satisfy those Vaisnavas of lesser potency.

    Verse 35

If a person of small spiritual advancement sees a great devotee 
endowed with considerable spiritual potency being worshipped and
given respect, should the less advanced person become angry upon 
seeing this?  For this offence against the more advanced person's
spiritual position the foolish offender will ruin whatever spiritual
potency he possesses.  Subsequently, in the future, such angry
persons simply plan how they can punish those who have participated
in such worship.

    Verse 36

Those who are well-versed in all of these matters, having heard
properly from authorities, those Vaisnavas who are enthusiastically
engaged in worshipping the Supreme Personality of Godhead and all
those transcendentalists who are practicing the spiritual path, know
the truths in regard to these matters.  However, in spite of knowing
these truths, if they do not appropriately offer worship, then they
will be spiritually ruined.  However, if they consider the respective
spiritual strength or lack of strength and accordingly offers respect
then they will certainly advance in Krsna Consciousness.

    Verse 37

For those who take shelter of the great Sumeru mountain what can
others do to harm them?  Others should offer them worship as devotees
with  respect and service.

    Verse 38

One should never engage in criticizing a Vaisnava or neglecting a
Vaisnava even in joking.  For Vaisnavas are so glorious that there
is nothing to regret even if one sacrifices ones life for their

    Verse 39

No one should find fault with a Vaisnava for his activities or 
behavior. What person is free from the influence of Kali Yuga or 
has perfect pure behavior and action?

    Verse 40

Because the Vaisnava devotees of the Lord are always meditating on
Lord Sri Krsna the contamination of sinful activities cannot come 
upon them.  Because a Vaisnava's body has the fire of Krsna 
Consciousness within it, even if they are fallen, this fire of
Krsna Consciousness will burn up to ashes any material contamination.

    Verse 41

However, those who are not able to understand the respective levels of
spiritual potency may take shelter of this example.  As in the Ganges
there are many waves, and some of these waves are larger then other
waves but all of the waves are considered to be sacred, one wave
being not considered more holy than another wave, similarly, all types 
of Vaisnavas, those who are spiritually strong and those who are not
so strong, can be offered equal worship. Considering this perspective
in such circumstances that can be accepted as perfect worship.
  Here completes the conclusion in this regard.

    Verse 42

All Vaisnavas are considered as guru or spiritual master.

    Verse 43

Amongst all of the Vaisnavas the initiating guru (diksa-guru) and 
instructing guru (siksa-guru) are special.

    Verse 44

It is proper to offer these two special respect.

    Verse 45

Amongst all of the other spiritual masters these two (diksa-guru and 
siksa-guru) spiritual masters' orders are to be followed.

    Verse 46

If one's initiating spiritual master and instructing spiritual master 
are of small spiritual potency, or in other words, if they do not
poses a special power to give spiritual instruction on worship for
devotional service, then one may listen from the mouth of other 
great advanced Vaisnavas and understand the special instructions.  
However, thereafter, the disciple must go t his spiritual master
for his confirmation or instructions.

    Verse 47

One should not disobey the order of the spiritual master.

    Verse 48

Just as a faithful son may go out for earning money and subsequently
brings to his father the wealth gained, later the son may ask for some
allowance from the father and whatever he receives form the father
he is entitled to spend of his own enjoyment.  Similarly, a disciple may 
hear fome instructions from another advanced Vaisnava but after 
gaining that good instruction he must bring it and present it to his 
won spiritual master.  After presenting them, he should hear the same
teachings ganga from his spiritual master with appropriate 

    Verse 49

If the son earns money but does not give it to the father and instead,
directly enjoys the wealth, he is considered to be a fallen son and 
a sinful person.  Similarly a disciple who listens to the words of 
other Vaisnavas, even if their instructions are proper and true, but
does not reconfirm these teachings with his own spiritual master and
instead directly personally accepts these instructions, is considered
a bad disciple and a sinner.

    Vers 50

For this reason, in all circumstances all Vaisnava are offered respect
like of offers respect to one's spiritual master.  However, with body,
mind and words one serves one's own spiritual master.

    Verse 51

Even if the performance of ones's devotional activities one has
disobeyed the spiritual master, still one should not give him up, 
but should remain faithfully with him, because all authorities say
that the shelter of one's own spiritual master is best and perfect
(even if another spiritual master is more powerful).

    Verse 52

Kindly understand this example:
    Just as one respects one's father as a guru, his (the father's)
older and younger brothers are also similarly respected, but 
nonetheless, the father is worthy of the most respect. Not
withstanding the above, if the father's guru, even if he is family
related, comes,one should double the respect, as he is the spiritual
father of the father, or the guru of the guru.  He is offered twice
the puja or respect.
    This behavior if recognized as appropriate by all authorities.

                            Verse 53

Just as if, during daily life, the brothers (older or younger) of
the father criticize him, still one takes shelter of one's father, 
similarly, one remains under the shelter of one's own spiritual 
master, even if he is criticized by his older or younger god brothers.
Just as one depends upon one's father for one's livelihood, one must
depend upon the strength of the spiritual master for advancing in
devotional service.

    Verse 54

If a father or spiritual master or husband are not possessed of 
outstanding qualities even then they are always worshipable.

    Verse 55

Taking shelter of the above-mentioned persons one may even disagree
with those senior to oneself.

    Verse 56

In this world, what kind of person is there who can remain alive at 
the expense of his father's or guru's  defamation or disgrace?

    Verse 57

Everyone considers that if their spiritual master is very powerful
then he himself is powerful but that if his spiritual master is less
powerful, then he is, therefore weaker, and according to the attitude
of the spiritual master the disciple gains the same attributes. Those
disciples who are intelligent can understand the desires of the
spiritual master directly through their intelligence.  Other disciples,
two are less intelligent understand by directly hearing instructions
from the spiritual master.  These activities are being practiced since
time immemorial.

    Verse 58

Learned Vaisnava authorities say that these instructions are the 
perfection of religiosity.

    Verse 59

If the spiritual master commits a wrongful act breaking Vaisnava 
relative principles then in that case one should in a solitary 
place, confront him for his rectification using logic and appropriate
conclusions from sadhu, sastra and guru references, but one is not to 
give him up.

    Verse 60 

One should not be hesitant or fearful because one is confronting or
challenging a spiritual master.
   "For it has been prescribed that one must appropriately discipline
even a spiritual master who is:

  *bewildered about what he should or shouldn't do;
  *who is inexperienced or ignorant:
  *who has deviated from the Krsna conscious path;
  *or if he is bewildered by false pride."

    Verse 61

This statement of the revealed scriptures is applicable at all times
and under all circumstances.

    Verse 62

The natural behavior of the Vaisnava devotees is to take complete
refuge of Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, 
accepting Him as their principal and real shelter.  The very life
of the Vaisnava devotees of the Lord is singing the glories or Lord
Sri Krsna, describing and expanding the fame of Lord Sri Krsna, and
discussing the nectar of His transcendental pastimes.

    Verse 63

The authorized course of action is to continue, as before, with one's
prescribed devotional service.  One may take guidance through 
or instructions from the Vaisnavas, as all Vaisnavas are considered 
guru or "spiritual master," or one may use one's own intelligence,
duly considering the relevant instructions from sadhu, sastra and
guru.  In all cases one should continue in one's devotional service.

    Verse 64

However, if the spiritual master:

  *acts envious towards 'isvarebrantah', that which is
  connected with the Supreme;
  *is bewildered regarding the Supreme Personality of
  *is averse to expanding the fame of Lord Krsna;
  *personally refuses to accept hearing or chanting about
  the glorious pastimes of Lord Sri Krsna;
  *has become totally bewildered, listening to the false
  praise of ignorant persons and day by day is more
  materially contaminated and fallen
___then the spiritual master must be renounced.

    Verse 65

Under those circumstances one should not doubt, "How can I give up my
spiritual master?"  With a strong desire for achieving spontaneous
devotional service and attaining the lotus feet of Lord Krsna, the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, a devotee accepts the shelter of a
spiritual master, if that spiritual master takes on "asuric" qualities 
or a demoniac mentality then it is one's duty to reject such a demon
"asura" guru and in his place accept a Krsna conscious spiritual master
and worship him.

    Verse 66

By taking shelter of the strength of the Krsna conscious spiritual 
master's devotional service the ill effects or contamination of the
demoniac previous spiritual master is counteracted and destroyed.
These activities are recommended by all Vaisnava authorities as the
authorized conclusions of the sastra.

    Verse 67

During the pastimes of Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu there have
been many practical examples of the above.

    This concludes the deliberation and final conclusions of sadhu ,
sastra on guru on the spiritual master and related matters. 


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