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Chapter 1

Upakramamrtam - Prelude to Approaching Nectar




atha mangalacaranam -sri-

guru-gaura-gandharva-, govindanghrin ganaih saha

vande prasadato yesam, sarvarambhah subhankarah

Auspicious invocation -I

make my obeisance unto the lotus feet of my Divine Master,

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Sri Gandharva-Giridhari (Sri Sri

Radha and Krsna), and Their associates. By Their grace, all

endeavors are successful.



gaura-vag-vigraham vande, gaurangam gaura-vaibhavam

gaura-sankirtanonmattam, gaura-karunya-sundaram

I make my obeisance unto the Deity, Gaura-Saraswati - the

personified message of the Golden Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu -whose

bodily luster is of a beautiful golden hue, like that of the

selfsame Lord Gaurasundara; who is the personal expansion of that

Supreme Lord Gaurahari; who is always intoxicated by preaching

the message of that Golden Lord; and whose divine beauty blooms in

the revelation of Lord Gauranga's mercy potency. (This is the

fundamental meaning of the verse. Within the scope of the Sanskrit.language, various expanded purports may be drawn from the original.)



guru-rupa-harim gauram, radha-ruci-rucavrtam

nityam naumi navadvipe, nama-kirtana-nartanaih

Perpetually do I sing the glories of Lord Gauranga, who is the

Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Hari, embraced by the heart

and halo of Sri Radhika, and who has descended as the Divine

Master. In this holy abode of Sri Navadvipa Dhama, He is absorbed

in the pastimes of profusely chanting the holy names, dancing in

ecstasy. (As with verse two, expanded purports may be drawn from this




srimat-prabhu-padambhoja-, madhupebhyo namo namah

trpyantu krpaya te 'tra, prapanna-jivanamrte

Again and again I make my obeisance unto the eternal personal

servitors of my Divine Master, who drink the nectar of his lotus feet.

I pray they may be graciously pleased in tasting this Life-Nectar of

the Surrendered Souls.



atma-vijnaptih -aty-

arvacina-rupo 'pi, pracinanam susammatan

slokan katipayan atra, caharami satam mude

A humble petition - Despite my disqualifications, for the

satisfaction of the pure devotees I have compiled in this book an

anthology of stanzas that are well established by our predecessors.



tad-vag-visargo janatagha-viplavo

yasmin prati-slokam abaddhavaty api.namany anantasya yaso 'nkitani yat

srnvanti gayanti grnanti sadhavah

"Even if every stanza is imperfectly composed, that is,

unlucidly expressed, the sins of the people are totally vanquished by

those expressions or books in which the glorious holy names of the

Infinite Supreme Lord are described - since the pure devotees hear

those holy names (from a qualified preacher), they solitarily sing

those holy names (even in the absence of others), and they chant the

unending glories of those holy names (in the presence of a deserving




abhivyakta mattah prakrti-laghu-rupad api budha

vidhatri siddharthan hari-gunamayi vah krtir iyam

pulindenapy agnih kim u samidham unmathya janito

hiranya-sreninam apaharati nantah kalusatam

"O learned personalities, this treatise, composed of the divine

qualities of Lord Hari, will fulfill your cherished wishes despite the

fact that it is presented by me, a very insignificant person. Does not

the fire ignited from pieces of wood rubbed together by a low-born

barbarian dissipate the impurities in gold?"



yathokta rupa-padena, nicenotpadite 'nale

hemnah suddhis tathaivatra, viraharti-hrtih satam

As Srila Rupa Goswamipada has (in his humility) expressed

that gold can be purified with fire lit by a barbarian, similarly, the

pure devotees' grief born of their separation from the Lord may also

be dispelled by this book (which will light the lamp of their divine

love for the Lord).


1.9.antah kovi-yasas-kamam, sadhutavaranam bahih

sudhyantu sadhavah sarve, duscikitsyam imam janam

O saintly devotees, please purify this wrongdoer who on the

pretext of saintliness desires in his heart the prestige of a poet, and

who is thus afflicted with the practically incurable disease of




krsna-gatha-priya bhakta, bhakta-gatha-priyo harih

kathancid ubhayor atra, prasangas tat prasidatam

Tidings of Lord Krsna are naturally very dear to the devotees,

and tidings of the Lord's devotees are also dear to Him. Since

narratives of both the Supreme Lord and His devotees can be found

within this book, I have hope, O pure devotees, that you may be

propitiated hereby.



svabhava-krpaya santo, mad uddesya-malinatam

samsodhyangikurudhvam bho, hy ahaituka krpabdhayah

O pure devotees, by your natural divine grace, kindly purify

me of ill motives (offenses) and accept this treatise. Certainly you

will do so, because you are the ocean of causeless mercy.



atha grantha-paricayah -granthe

'smin parame nama, prapanna-jivanamrte

dasadhyaye prapannanam, jivana-prana-dayakam

varddhakam posakam nityam, hrdindriya-rasayanam

atimartya-rasollasa-, paraspara-sukhavaham

viraha-milanarthaptam, krsna-karsna-kathamrtam

prapatti-visayam vakyam, coddhrtam sastra-sammatam

Introduction to the book -The

substance expressed within the ten chapters of this holy

book called Prapanna-jivanamrtam gives life to the surrendered

souls, effecting their eternal growth and nourishment. It is the

panacea of the heart and spiritual senses, bestowing those dedicated

devotees' mutual happiness by the ever-increasingly newer and

newer play of supramundane joy (aprakrta-rasa). Lord Krsna and

His associates are portrayed in their natural pastimes of separation

and union, and the line of unconditional surrender as established by

Scriptures and saints has been elucidated.



atra cananya-cittanam, krsna-.-rajojusam

krsna-.-prapannanam, krsnarthe 'khila-karmanam

krsna-premaika-lubdhanam, krsnocchistaika jivinam

krsna-sukhaika-vanchanam, krsna-kinkara-sevinam

krsna-viccheda-dagdhanam, krsna-sangollasadd-hrdam

krsna-svajana-bandhunam, krsnaika-dayitatmanam

bhaktanam hrdayodghati-, marma-gathamrtena ca

bhaktarti-hara-bhaktasa-, bhista-purtikaram tatha

sarva-samsaya-cchedi-hrd-, granthi-bhij jnana-bhasitam

apurva-rasa-sambhara-, camatkarita-cittakam

viraha-vyadhi-santapta-, bhakta-citta-mahausadham

yuktayuktam parityajya, bhaktarthakhila-cestitam

atma-pradana-paryanta-, pratijnantah-pratisrutam

bhakta-premaika-vasya-sva-, svarupollasa-ghositam

purnasvasakaram saksat, govinda-vacanamrtam

samahrtam pibantu bhoh, sadhavah suddha-darsanah

Carefully compiled in this book is the nectar of the deep,

heartrevealing transcendental messages of those devotees whose

hearts are unalloyed; who are servitors of the dust of the lotus feet of

Krsna; who perform their every act for Krsna; who are filled with

insatiable desire exclusively in love of Krsna and sustain their lives

on Krsna's remnants alone; who desire only Krsna's pleasure and.serve the servants of Krsna; whose hearts burn in separation of

Krsna and overflow with ecstasy in the association of Krsna; whose

relative and friend is Krsna; and whose one and only beloved is



Along with these expressions of the devotees are carefully

collected the words of supreme nectar - springing directly from the

lotus mouth of Lord Govinda - which vanquish the heartbreak of the

devotees; which fulfill the devotee's hopes and earnest aspirations;

which destroy all doubt and sever the knot of ignorance; which are

dazzling with transcendental wisdom and astonish the heart by

miraculous waves of divine rapture, which are the great panacea for

the devotee's heart afflicted with the piercing pangs of separation;

which are incited wholly for the devotee irrespective of his

qualification or disqualification, so much so, that the Lord is bound

by His pledge to give Himself to His devotee; and which openly

proclaim with great ecstasy that His very nature is to be subjugated

solely by the affection of His devotee, reassuring His devotees in all



O pure and spotless devotees, may you drink deeply the

quintessence of these divine elixirs.



adhyaya-paricayah -atraiva

prathamadhyaye, upakramamrtabhidhe

mangalacaranan catma-, vijnaptir vastu-nirnayah

grantha-paricayo 'dhyaya-, visayas ca nivesitah

Chapter summary -An

auspicious invocation, a humble petition, an introduction to

the book and its chapters, and the theme of the philosophy of the

book have, to the best of my ability, all been entered within this first

chapter named Upakramamrtam or Prelude to Approaching Nectar.



dvitiyadhyayake nama, sri-sastra-vacanamrte.prapatti-visaya nana-, sastroktih sannivesita

In the second chapter, entitled Sri Sastra-vacanamrtam, The

Nectar of Scriptural Word, various scriptural quotations regarding

surrender to the Supreme Lord have been compiled.



trtiyato 'stamam yavat, sri-bhakta-vacanamrte

prapattih sad-vidha prokta, bhagavata-ganodita

Chapters three to eight inclusive are entitled Sri Bhakta-vacanamrtam,

Words of Nectar from the Devotees. Beautifully

expressed by the lotus lips of the pure devotees of the Lord, many

stanzas describing the six limbs of exclusive surrender are quoted




anakulyasya sankalpah, pratikulya-vivarjanam

raksisyatiti visvaso, goptrtve varanam tatha

atma-niksepa karpanye, sad-vidha saranagatih

evam paryayatas casminn, ekaikadhyaya-sangrahah

These six chapters have been compiled, each consecutively

dealing with the six limbs of surrender, which are as follows:

1. To accept everything favorable for devotion to Krsna

2. To reject everything unfavorable for devotion to Krsna

3. To be confident that Krsna will grant His protection

4. To embrace Krsna's guardianship

5. To offer oneself unto Him

6. To consider oneself lowly and bereft



adhyaye navame nama, bhagavad-vacanamrte

slokamrtam samahrtam, saksad-bhagavatoditam

In the ninth chapter entitled Sri Bhagavad-vacanamrtam,

Words of Nectar from the Supreme Lord, nectarean stanzas

emanating directly from the lotus mouth of the Supreme Lord have

been compiled.



dasame caramadhyaye, cavasesamrtabhidhe

guru-krsna-smrtau grantha-, syopasamharanam krtam

Absorbed in thought of the Divine Master and Lord Sri Krsna,

the tenth and final chapter entitled Sri Avasesamrtam, The Divine

Remnants of Nectar, was composed as the epilogue of the book.



uddhrta-sloka-purve tu, tad artha-suprakasakam

vakyan ca yatnatas tatra, yatha-jnanam nivesitam

Prior to each stanza quoted, an aphorism illuminating its inner

purport has been carefully entered according to my best insight.



bhagavad-gauracandranam, vadanendu-sudhatmika

bhaktoktair vesita sloka, bhakta-bhavodita yatah

Being revealed by the Lord Himself adopting the heart of a

devotee, the stanzas of pure nectar emanating from the moon of Sri

Gauracandra have been entered along with the stanzas of the




prapattya saha cananya-, bhakter naikatya-hetutah

ananya-bhakti-sambandham, bahu-vakyam ihoddhrtam

Many expressions of exclusive devotion (ananya-bhakti) have

been recorded herein, since exclusive devotion is most intimately.related to surrender.



bhagavad-bhakta-sastranam, sambandho 'sti parasparam

tat tat pradhanyato namnam, prabbeda-karanam smrtam

Actually, Words of Nectar from the Supreme Lord, Words of

Nectar from the Devotees, and The Nectar of Scriptural Word are

all seen to be interrelated. Still, they have been portrayed separately

due to their individual importance.



praty-adhyaya-visesas tu, tatra tatraiva vaksyate

mahajana-vicarasya, kincid alocyate 'dhuna

The unique characteristic of each chapter will be accordingly

expressed therein. Now (in this respect), we may have some general

deliberation, in the line of the great devotees of the Lord.



vastu-nirnayah -bhagavad-

bhaktitah sarvam, ity utsrjya vidher api

kainkaryam krsna-padaika-, srayatvam saranagatih

Theme of the work -Being

governed by the faith that all success is achieved by

serving the Supreme Lord, to abandon servitude to even scriptural

injunctions and take exclusive refuge in the lotus feet of Sri Krsna in

every time, place, and circumstance, is known as saranagati -unconditional




sarvantaryamitam drstva, hareh sambandhato 'khile

aprthag-bhava-tad-drstih, prapattir jnana-bhaktitah

Some consider saranagati to be that God consciousness which is

realization of the one non-differentiated nature in all beings and

objects, by seeing the Supreme Lord as the indwelling Supersoul of

everything. However, such a conception falls within the category of

calculative devotion (jnana-bhakti). It is not in the line of

unadulterated pure devotion (suddha-bhakti).



nityatvan caiva sastresu, prapatter jnayate budhaih

aprapannasya nr-janma-, vaiphalyoktes tu nityata

By scriptural reference, the learned know of the eternality of

surrender to the Lord, since the futility of human life without that

surrender is elucidated therein. In this way, the eternal constitution

of surrender is established.



nanyad icchanti tat .-, rajah-prapanna-vaisnavah

kincid apiti tat tasyah, sadhyatvam ucyate budhaih

Because the devotees who have surrendered unto the dust of the

lotus feet of the Lord never aspire for anything else whatsoever, the

learned affirm that surrender is the attainable goal of all endeavors.



bhava-duhkha-vinasas ca, para-nistara-yogyata

param padam prapattyaiva, krsna-sampraptir eva ca

Only by surrender to the Lord can one gain freedom from the

miseries of birth, death, disease, and infirmity; fitness to deliver

others from those miseries; the holy abode of Lord Visnu; and the

devotional service of Lord Krsna.



sravana-kirtanadinam, bhakty-anganam hi yajane.aksamasyapi sarvaptih, prapattyaiva harav iti

Everything is accomplished by surrendering unto the lotus feet

of Sri Hari, even for one who is unable to execute the integral

practices of devotional service based on hearing and chanting.



sakhya-rasasrita-praya, seti kecit vadanti tu

madhuryadau prapannanam, praveso nasti ceti na

Some claim that surrender is generally in the relationship of

friendship (sakhya-rasa). But it is complete fallacy to think that

surrendered souls have no entrance into divine relationships headed

by consorthood (madhura-rasa).



sakrt pravrtti-matrena, prapattih sidhyatiti yat

lobhotpadana-hetos tad, alocana-prayojanam

Since surrender is achieved by turning to the refuge of the Lord

just once, we should earnestly discuss the subject to enable the

longing for surrender to be born in us.



api tad anakulyadi-, sankalpady-anga-laksanat

tad anusilaniyatvam, ucyate hi mahajanaih

Furthermore, since the constituent parts of surrender - based

on acceptance of the favorable and rejection of the unfavorable -have

been referred to by authorities and cited in the Scriptures, the

great devotees of the Lord teach us the necessity of studying and

culturing the art of surrender.



bhavarti-pidyamano va, bhakti-matrabhilasy api.vaimukhya-badhyamano 'nya-, gatis tac charanam vrajet

One who is severely afflicted by fear of living in the material

world, or, one who, despite having an aspiration for the Lord's

service is nonetheless bound with adversity - such persons, finding

no alternative, surrender to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.



asrayantara-rahitye, vanyasraya-visarjane

ananya-gati-bhedas tu, dvi-vidhah parikirtitah

The state of finding no other alternative occurs in two ways: in

the event of having no other shelter, or in the event of abandoning

one's existing shelter.



mano-vak-kaya-bhedac ca, tri-vidha saranagatih

tasam sarvanga-sampanna, sighram purna-phala-prada

nyunadhikyena caitasam, taratamyam phale 'pi ca

One surrenders by thought, word, and deed. Complete

surrender in all these aspects promptly affords full success.

Otherwise, the fruit attained will be proportionate to the degree of

one's surrender.



apurva-phalatvam -vinasya

sarva-duhkhani, nija-madhurya-varsanam

karoti bhagavan bhakte, saranagata-palakah

The unprecedented, gracious reward of surrender -Being

most affectionate toward His surrendered souls, the

Supreme Lord totally dispels their unhappiness, graciously filling

their hearts with His sweet absolute presence.



apy asiddham tadiyatvam, vine ca saranagatim

ity apurva-phalatvam hi, tasyah samsanti panditah

Without unconditional surrender (saranagati), one cannot

conceive of oneself as 'belonging to Him.' And this is why the learned

sing (par excellence) the glories of surrender's ability to yield her

unprecedented, gracious fruit.



athava bahubbir etair, uktibhih kim prayojanam

sarva-siddhir bhaved eva, govinda-caranasrayat

Otherwise, what would have been the need for so abundantly

singing her praises? Only by unconditional surrender unto the lotus

feet of Govinda is all perfection attained - nothing remains to be




sri-sanatana-jivadi-, mahajana-samahrtam.

api cen nica-samsprstam, piyusam piyatam budhah

Even though touched by one as lowly as me, please, O learned

devotees, drink this nectar gathered by the great souls headed by

Srila Sanatana and Sri Jiva.


iti sri-prapanna-jivanamrte

upakramamrtam nama prathamo 'dhyayah

thus ends the first chapter

Prelude to Approaching Nectar


Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls

Positive and Progressive Immortality.





Chapter 2

Sri Sastra-vacanamrtam

The Nectar of Scriptural Word




sruti-smrty-adi-sastresu, prapattir yan nirupyate

tad uktam dvitiyadhyaye, sri-sastra-vacanamrte

This second chapter, Sri Sastra-vacanamrtam, The Nectar of

Scriptural Word, describes surrender as corroborated in the

Revealed Scriptures headed by the Vedas (Sruti) and the Religious

Codes (Smrti).



prapattih srutau -yo

brahmanam vidadhati-purvam yo brahma-vidyam

tasmai gah palayati sma krsnah

tam hi devam atma-vrtti-prakasam

mumuksur vai saranam amum vrajet

Tapanyam (Brahma-Samhita, tika)

Surrender is firmly established by the Vedas -"

In the beginning of creation, He who created the universal

creator, Brahma, and then imparted to Brahma knowledge of

Brahman, the Absolute - He is the selfsame Lord Krsna who tends

the cows (or nourishes the Vedas [gah means both 'cows' and

Vedas]). Those desirous of liberation should surrender unto that

Lord, who reveals the innate function of the soul."


2.3-4.tadatmya-yatharthyam smrtau -ahankrtir

ma-karah syan, na-karas tan nisedhakah

tasmat tu namasa ksetri-, svatantryam pratisidhyate

bhagavat-paratantro 'sau, tad ayattatma-jivanah

tasmat sva-samarthya-vidhim, tyajet sarvam asesatah


The cause of the tangible reality of surrender is expounded in the

Standard Codes of Religion (Smrti) -"


The syllable ma means 'self-asserting ego' (the misconception

of considering oneself to be a 'doer'), and the syllable na indicates its

prevention. Thus, the act of offering obeisances (namah) nullifies the

offerer's independence. The soul is naturally subordinate to the

Almighty, his intrinsic nature and innate function being servitude to

the Supreme Lord. Therefore, all actions performed thinking, 'I am

the doer,' should be utterly abandoned."



ahankarad-aprapattih -ahankara-

nivrttanam, kesavo nahi duragah

ahankara-yutanam hi, madhye parvata-rasayah

Brahma-vaivartta Purana

The only obstacle to surrender is self-asserting ego -"

The Supreme Lord Kesava remains in the company of persons

who are free from a mundane conception of life; but there appears

to be a great mountain range between the self-asserting egotists and

the Lord."



advaya-jnanam anasritanam eva jagad-darsanam -yavat

prthaktvam idam atmana indriyartha-maya-

balam bhagavato jana isa pasyet

tavan na samsrtir asau pratisankrameta

vyarthapi duhkha-nivaham vahati kriyartha. Bhagavatam, 3.9.9

Persons who do not take shelter of the One without a second, the

Supreme Lord, simply loiter in the world of birth and death -"

O Lord, Soul of all souls, the conditioned soul sees this

universe as separate from You, and thinks it is meant for his sense

enjoyment. But this is only a creation of Your deluding potency

(maya). As long as the living being clings to such an illusory separate

interest, he does not give up the miserable world of action and

reaction, birth and death, despite its utter meaninglessness."



tan nityatvam, tad abhave atmano vancitatvat -prapyapi

durllabhataram,.manusyam vibudhepsitam

yair asrito na govindas, tair atma vancitas ciram

Brahma-vaivartta Purana

The unsurrendered soul is perpetually deceived; thus, the state of

surrender is eternal -"


A birth in the human species is so valuable that it is aspired

for by the demigods. Those who, despite having taken such a birth,

do not take shelter of the lotus feet of Govinda - they deceive

themselves perpetually."



aprapannanam jivana-vaiphalyac ca -asitin

caturas caiva, laksams tan jiva-jatisu

bhramyadbhih purusaih prapya, manusyam janma-paryayat

tad apy aphalatam yatam, tesam atmabhimaninam

varakanam anasritya, govinda-carana-dvayam

Brahma-vaivartta Purana

The utter futility of life without surrender -"

After wandering throughout 8,400,000 species, the soul

eventually takes a human birth. But that human birth is rendered

worthless by those miserable fellows who are so proud of their

bodies that they refuse to take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord




sarvadhamesv api mukti-datrtvam -sarvacara-

vivarjitah satha-dhiyo vratya jagad-vancaka

dambhahankrti-pana-paisuna-parah papantyaja nisthurah

ye canye dhana-dara-putra-niratah sarvadhamas te 'pi hi

sri-govinda-padaravinda-sarana mukta bhavanti dvija

Nrsimha Purana


Even the lowest of men are liberated by surrender -"

O twice-born, persons who are devoid of all virtuous practices,

who are outcast, rogues, deceitful, audacious, egotistic, addicted to

intoxicants, hotbeds of sin, malicious, cruel-natured, grossly

infatuated with son, wife, wealth, etc. - even such extremely fallen

persons are liberated by surrendering unto the lotus feet of Sri




tan nisthasya nadho-gatih -paramartham

asesasya, jagatam adi karanam

saranyam saranam yato, govindam navasidati

Brhan-Naradiya Purana

A surrendered soul never falls down -"

Sri Govinda is the origin of all the universes, the Supreme

Truth, and the shelter of all. One who surrenders unto His lotus feet

can never be cast asunder."



duhkha-haratvam mano-haratvan ca -sthitah

priya-hite nityam, ya eva purusarsabhah.rajams tava yadu-srestho, vaikunthah purusottamah

ya enam samsrayantiha, bhaktya narayanam harim

te tarantiha durgani, na me 'trasti vicarana

Mahabharata, Santi-parva

Surrender unto the Supreme Lord Hari vanquishes misery and

charms the heart with the Lord's divine sweetness -"

O King, what more can I say? The foremost of the Yadu

dynasty, the unassailable great personality who is full of goodwill for

you and always your dear friend - He is none other than the

Supreme Lord Narayana, Sri Hari. Those who devotedly take full

refuge in Him cross over this insurmountable ocean of material




abhayamrta-datrtvan ca -ye

sankha-cakrabja-karam hi sarnginam

khagendra-ketum varadam sriyah patim

samasrayante bhava-bhiti-nasanam

tesam bhayam nasti vimukti-bhajam



Completely vanquishing all fear, surrender bestows the life of

eternal nectar -"

The Lord of the Goddess of Fortune bears a conchshell, disc,

lotus flower, and bow; He is the Master of Garuda, He is the

vanquisher of the fear of mundane existence, He is the bestower of

all benedictions. No trace of apprehension remains for those who

take refuge in Him, since they qualify for positive immortality."



sarvartha-sadhakatvam -samsare

'smin maha-ghore, moha-nidra-samakule

ye harim saranam yanti, te krtartha na samsayah.Brhan-Naradiya Purana


A surrendered soul is successful in all endeavors -"

In the dense darkness of this material world which is engulfed

in ignorance and sleep, those who surrender unto the holy lotus feet

of Lord Hari are successful in all their endeavors. Of this there is no




ajitendriyanam api siva-datvam -kim

durapadanam tesam, pumsam uddama-cetasam

yair asritas tirtha-padas, carano vyasanatyayah

Bhagavatam, 3.23.42

By surrender, even persons of uncontrolled senses attain all good

fortune -"


The lotus feet of Lord Hari vanquish material existence. By

surrendering unto His lotus feet, nothing remains difficult to

achieve, even for a person of agitated mind."



samsara-klesa-haritvam -sarira

manasa divya, vaiyase ye ca manusah

bhautikas ca katham klesa, badheran hari-samsrayam

Bhagavatam, 3.22.37


All worldly suffering is vanquished for the surrendered soul -"

O Vidura, how can a person who has taken shelter of the lotus

feet of Sri Hari be stricken with bodily and mental tribulation

arising from the elements, other persons, or unfavorable astrological




saranagatanam ayatna-siddham eva param padam -samasrita

ye .-pallava-plavam.mahat-padam punya-yaso murareh

bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam

padam padam yad vipadam na tesam

Bhagavatam, 10.14.53


The Supreme Abode of Lord Visnu is effortlessly attainable for the

surrendered souls -"


This ocean of material existence is as insignificant as the water

in a cow's hoofprint to those persons who have taken full refuge in

the supreme shelter - the boat of the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krsna,

whose glories are universally sung as purity's own self. Their

destination is the Lord's supreme abode, never this mundane abode

of calamities."



sarvatmasritanam vivarta nivrttih -yesam

sa eva bhagavan dayayed anantah

sarvatmanasrita-pado yadi nirvyalikam

te dustaram atitaranti ca deva-mayam

naisam mamaham iti dhih sva-srgala-bhaksye

Bhagavatam, 2.7.42

The illusion of bodily identification and mundane possessiveness is

dispelled for the souls surrendered to the Lord in all respects -"

Due to their taking shelter of His lotus feet in all respects,

those persons upon whom the Infinite Supreme Lord bestows His

unreserved grace surpass the insurmountable illusory energy of the

Lord. He does not favor those who ascribe the conceptions of 'I and

mine' to this material body, which is food for jackals and hounds."



tad upeksitanam duhkha-pratikarah ksanika eva -balasya

neha saranam pitarau nrsimha

nartasya cagadam udanvati majjato nauh

taptasya tat-pratividhir ya ihanjasestas.tavad vibho tanu-bhrtam tvad-upeksitanam

Bhagavatam, 7.9.19

For persons devoid of a relationship with the Supreme Lord Hari,

prevention of suffering cannot but be transitory -"

O Nrsimha, O Almighty Lord, precautions and remedies are

only short-lived when attempted by the suffering embodied souls

who are not favored by You. Parents are not the guardians of their

child, medicine is not the cure for the diseased, and a boat is not the

savior of a man drowning in the ocean."



anasritanam asad avagrahad eva vividharttih -tavad

bhayam dravina-deha-suhrn-nimittam

sokah sprha paribhavo vipulas ca lobhah

tavan mamety asad-avagraha arti-mulam

yavan na te 'nghrim abhayam pravrnita lokah

Bhagavatam, 3.9.6

The various tribulations of the unsurrendered souls are simply due

to their obsession with the unreal -"

O Lord, as long as the people of the world do not take the safe

and sound shelter of Your lotus feet, they remain full of anxiety

about their wealth, their bodies, and their friends; overwhelmed

with lamentation, hankering, obsession, and intense greed, they

cannot obtain relief from the suffering which is deeply rooted in

their imaginary conceptions of I and mine."



paripurna-kamo harir evasrayaniyo 'nyad-heyam -avismitam

tam paripurna-kamam, svenaiva labhena samam


vinopasarpaty aparam hi balisah, sva-langulenatititartti sindhum

Bhagavatam, 6.9.22

One should take refuge in the fully self-satisfied Supreme Lord Hari;

the shelter of 'other gods' yields a lamentably inferior result -"

Lord Krsna is perfectly replete in everything desirable, fully

self-sufficient, poised and tranquil. Nothing can be astonishing for

Him. Only a fool disregards Him to take shelter in any demigod

whose propitiation may be prescribed for the accomplishment of

worldly benefits. Such a person may be compared to one who seizes

a dog's tail in order to cross the ocean."



harer eva sarvoddharitvam -kirata-


abhira-sumbha yavanah khasadayah

ye 'nye ca papa yad-upasrayasrayah

sudhyanti tasmai prabhavisnave namah

Bhagavatam, 2.4.18

Only Sri Hari is capable of delivering the living being in all

circumstances -"


Persons such as those belonging to the races known as Kirata,

Huna, Andhra, Pulinda, Pulkasa, Abhira, Sumbha (Kanka),

Yavana, and Khasa - nay, persons of each and every sinful birth are

perfectly purified without a doubt, by taking shelter of the devotees

surrendered to Lord Visnu, the Almighty. I do offer my respectful

obeisances unto Him."



hari-caranasrita eva sara-grahino 'nyatha karma-yogadibhir atma-ghatitvam


ananda-dugham padambujam

hamsah srayerann aravinda-locana

sukham nu visvesvara yoga-karmabhis

tan mayayami vihata na maninah

Bhagavatam, 11.29.3

Only surrendered souls can properly distinguish substance from

form; those who disregard Lord Hari to seek happiness on the

empirical paths based on yoga and karma are simply on a suicidal

course -"

O lotus-eyed one, the swans (topmost pure devotees,

paramahamsas) take refuge in Your ecstasy-yielding lotus feet. O

Universal Lord, those who do not accept the joy of the shelter of

Your lotus feet and pursue the paths of abstract liberation and

mundane acquisition - such persons are devastated by Your

deluding potency."



krsna-carana-saranagateh parama-sadhyatvam -na

naka-prstham na ca sarva-bhaumam

na paramesthyam na rasadhipatyam

na yoga-siddhir apunar-bhavam va

vanchanti yat .-rajah prapannah

Bhagavatam, 10.16.37

Full refuge in the lotus feet of Sri Krsna is the supreme objective -"

Those souls who have taken refuge in the dust of Your lotus

feet have no desire to attain heaven, universal dominion, the post of

Lord Brahma, sovereignty over the earth, yogic perfections, or




hari-prapannanam anya-nistara-samarthyam-atmaramanam api hari-.-

prapattis ca -yat

.-samsrayah suta, munayah prasamayanah

sadyah punanty upasprstah, svardhuny-apo 'nusevaya

Bhagavatam, 1.1.15

Souls surrendered unto the lotus feet of the Lord Hari are competent

to deliver others, and the fully self-satisfied souls also surrender to

the Lord's lotus feet -


"The slightest association with the supremely tranquil sages

who have surrendered unto the lotus feet of the Lord purifies the

people of the world; but the river Ganga purifies only those who

bathe in it."



sri-krsnaika-sarana naiva vidhi-kinkarah -devarsi-

bhutapta-nrnam pitrnam

na kinkaro nayam rni ca rajan

sarvatmana yah saranam saranyam

gato mukundam parihrtya karttam

Bhagavatam, 11.5.41

Those souls who have exclusively surrendered unto Krsna are not

subservient to scriptural injunctions and prohibitions -"

O King, one who abandons all worldly obligations and

wholeheartedly surrenders unto Mukunda, the exclusive shelter of

all beings in every respect - such a person is no longer indebted to

the demigods, sages, other life-forms, friends and relatives, mankind,

and ancestors."



tad anugrhita veda-dharmatita eva -yada

yasyanugrhnati, bhagavan atma-bhavitah

sa jahati matim loke, vede ca parinisthitam

Bhagavatam, 4.29.45

The recipients of the Lord's mercy are transcendental to Vedic

religiosity -"

Because of the intense love of His surrendered soul, the

Supreme Lord bestows His grace upon that devotee by ushering

divine inspiration into his heart. Such a devotee then abandons the

preoccupation with adhering to worldly obligations and Vedic




sri-krsna-svarupam eva paramasraya-padam -dasame

dasamam laksyam, asritasraya-vigraham

sri-krsnakhyam param dhama, jagad-dhama namami tat

Bhavartha-dipika, Bhagavatam, 10.1.1

As the epitome of divine ecstasy (rasa), the Supreme Lord's original

form - Krsna - is the highest refuge -"

In the tenth canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sri Krsna has been

distinguished as the embodiment of shelter for the surrendered

souls. I bow down unto that supreme refuge of the universe, who is

known as ‚Krsna'."



sriman-mahaprabhoh padasraya-mahatmyam -dhyeyam

sada paribhava-ghnam abhista-doham

tirthaspadam siva-virinci-nutam saranyam

bhrtyarti-ham pranata-pala-bhavabdhi-potam

vande maha-purusa te caranaravindam

Bhagavatam, 11.5.33

The matchless, unsurpassable gift of surrender unto the lotus feet of

Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Avatara who enacts His

pastimes as a great devotee -"

O guardian of the surrendered, O great personality (the

Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, who enacts His divine

pastimes as a pure devotee [maha-bhagavata]), You alone are the

reality to be constantly meditated upon by the pure souls. You are

the destroyer of the soul's illusion, You are the divine wish-fulfilling

tree, the refuge of all devotees. Worshippable by Siva and Virinci

(Sadasiva in the form of Sri Advaita Acarya, and Brahma in the

form of Haridasa Thakura), You are the shelter of all and

everything, and You are the dispeller of Your devotee's suffering

which originates in offenses to the holy name (nama-aparadha). You

are the only boat for crossing the ocean of this material world of

suffering. I do worship Your holy lotus feet."



sri-caitanya-carana-sarane cid-eka-rasa-vilasa-labhah -samsara-

sindhu-tarane hrdayam yadi syat

sankirtanamrta-rase ramate manas cet

premambudhau viharane yodi citta-vrttis

caitanya-candra-carane saranam prayatu

Caitanya-candramrta 8.93

The souls surrendered unto the lotus feet of Sri Caitanyadeva bathe

in the ocean of divine love -"

If you have a desire to cross the ocean of material existence, an

aspiration to taste the ecstasy of the nectarean congregational

chanting of the holy names (sankirtana), and a longing to sport in

the ocean of divine love - then please surrender unto the lotus feet of

Sri Caitanyacandra."



sad-vidha-saranagatih -anukulyasya-

sankalpah, pratikulya-vivarjjanam

raksisyatiti visvaso, goptrtve varanam tatha

atma-niksepa-karpanye, sad-vidha saranagatih


Six divisions of surrender -"

Acceptance of the favorable, rejection of the unfavorable, the

faith that 'He will surely protect me,' embracing the Lord's

guardianship, complete dependence on Him, and the perception of

one's utter helplessness without Him - these six are the essential

limbs of exclusive surrender to the Lord (saranagati)."



sa ca kaya-mano-vakyaih sadhya -tavasmiti

vadan vaca, tathaiva manasa vidan.tat sthanam asritas tanva, modate saranagatah


Saranagati should be practiced in thought, word, and deed -"

By his power of speech, the surrendered soul declares, 'I am

Yours'; in his thoughts, he knows the same; and in person, he takes

refuge in the Lord's holy abode. In this way the surrendered soul

passes his life, his heart filled with joy."


iti sri-prapanna-jivanamrte

sri-sastra-vacanamrtam nama dvitiyo 'dhyayah

thus ends the second chapter

The Nectar of Scriptural Word


Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls

Positive and Progressive Immortality





Chapter 3

Sri Bhakta-vacanamrtam - Words of Nectar from the Devotees

Anakulyasya Sankalpah - Acceptance of the Favorable




krsna-karsnaga-sad-bhakti-, prapannatvanukulake

krtyatva-niscayas-canu-, kulya-sankalpa ucyate

Everything should be done that encourages the service of Sri

Krsna and His devotee, and whatever is conducive to the state of

exclusive surrender must be executed: such a firm conviction is

called anukulyasya-sankalpah - Acceptance of the Favorable.



sri-krsna-sankirtanam eva tat padasritanam paramanukulam -

ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-mahadavagni-nirvapanam

sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhujivanam

anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam

sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

Of everything favorable, Hari-sankirtana performed by souls

surrendered unto the lotus feet of Lord Hari is paramount -"

May the Sri Krsna Sankirtana be all-victorious in its pristine

glory! This congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord

cleanses the looking-glass of consciousness, extinguishes the raging

forest fire of material existence, and spreads the benediction

moonrays that cause the lotus of the heart to bloom. This chanting is

the life and soul of divine consorthood. Expanding the ocean of pure

ecstasy, it is the flavor of full nectar at every moment, bathing and

cooling the entire self."

- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra



tatra sampatti-catustayam paramanukulam -trnad

api sunicena, taror api sahisnuna

amanina manadena, kirtaniyah sada harih

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

These four jewels are accepted as the greatest treasure favorable to

the performance of Hari-kirtana -"

One who knows himself more insignificant than a blade of

grass, who is as forbearing as a tree, and who gives due honor to

others without desiring it for himself, is qualified to sing the glories

of Lord Hari constantly."

- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra



karsnanam adhikaranurupa sevaiva bhajananukula -

krsneti yasya giri tam manasadriyeta

diksasti cet pranatibhis ca bhajantam isam

susrusaya bhajana-vijnam ananyam anya

nindadi-sunya-hrdam ipsita-sanga-labdhya

Sri Rupapadanam

- Sri Rupa Goswami


To render service to the devotees according to their respective

qualifications is conducive to pure devotion -krsna


saha krsna-nama abhinna janiya,

aprakrta eka-matra sadhana maniya

yei nama laya, name diksita haiya,

adara karibe mane sva-gosthi janiya

namera bhajane yei krsna-seva kare,

aprakrta vraje vasi' sarvada antare

madhyama vaisnava jani' dhara tara paya,

anugatya kara tara mane ara kaya

namera bhajane yei svarupa labhiya,

anya vastu nahi dekhe krsna teyagiya

krsnetara sambandha na paiya jagate,

sarva-jane sama-buddhi kare krsna-vrate

tadrsa bhajana-vijne janiya abhista,

kaya-mano-vakye seva' haiya nivista

susrusa karibe tanre sarvato-bhavete,

krsnera carana labha haya tanha haite

(Bengali verse by Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura)

"Knowing Krsna and His name to be identical truth,

one embraces exclusively the holy name's path;

and thus who is initiated into chanting the name properly

should be mentally respected as a member of the family.

And he who serves Krsna by constant worship of the name,

within his heart e'er residing at Sri Vrndavana Dhama -know

him an intermediate devotee, make obeisance at his feet

and keep him as a faithful friend in your thought and deed.

And who, by internal service to the name, knows his divine

identity, sees Krsna, only Krsna in every form and entity;

seeing nothing separate from Krsna in the entire creation,

he sees all souls equally serving Krsna's predilection -know

such a veteran votary most honored and most cherished,

serve him in thought, word, and deed, with heart's fulfillment



with obeisance, inquiry, service, him in all respects entreat -by

the grace of such a great soul we can reach Lord Krsna's


(Bengali verse translation of instructions to an intermediate devotee)



utsahadi-guna anakulatvad adaraniyah -utsahan

niscayad dhairyat, tat tat karma-pravartanat

sanga-tyagat sato vrtteh, sadbhir bhaktih prasiddhyati

Sri Rupapadanam

- Sri Rupa Goswami

Because of their favorability, the six qualities beginning with

enthusiasm should be honored -bhajane


utsaha yara bhitare bahire,

sudurllabha krsna-bhakti pabe dhire dhire

krsna-bhakti prati yara visvasa niscaya,

sraddhavan bhaktiman jana sei haya

krsna-seva na paiya dhira-bhave yei,

bhaktira sadhana kare bhaktiman sei

yahate krsnera seva krsnera santosa,

sei karme vrati sada na karaye rosa

krsnera abhakta-jana-sanga parihari',

bhaktiman bhakta-sange sada bhaje hari

krsna-bhakta yaha kare tad anusarane,

bhaktiman acaraya jivane marane

ei chaya jana haya bhakti adhikari,

visvera-mangala kare bhakti paracari

(Bengali verse by Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura)


"Within, without, he who serves with (1) enthusiasm

will gradually attain to the rarest pure devotion.

In devotion to Lord Krsna, one who has (2) firm faith

is a person loyal and devoted on the path.

And if Sri Krsna's service he fails to attain,

yet practices with (3) patience - devout is such a man.

(4) That which serves Lord Krsna, for only Krsna's pleasure,

in such action, the devotee can never feel anger.

(5) Abandoning the company of the non-devotee,

ever with devotees, the devout serve Sri Hari.

(6) Following the pure devotees' direction on the path,

the true devout practice, as a matter of life and death.

Who follow these six qualities qualify for pure devotion -they

purify the universe by their preaching mission."

(Bengali verse translation)



yukta-vairagyam evanukulam -yavata

syat sva-nirvahah, svikuryat tavad arthavit

adhikye nyunatayan ca, cyavate paramarthatah

Sri Vyasapadanam

Only renunciation in devotion (yukta-vairagya) is favorable -"

A person with genuine insight will accept only as much facility

as needed to fulfill his personal necessity. Over or under acceptance

of one's due measure may cause a fall from spiritual practices."

- Sri Vyasadeva



tatra krsna-sambandhasyaiva pradhanyam -tvayopabhukta-

srag-gandha-, vaso 'lankara-carccitah

ucchista-bhojino dasas, tava mayam jayema hi

Srimad Uddhavasya

Within renunciation in devotion (yukta-vairagya), the foremost

principle is to see everything in relationship to Lord Krsna (Krsna-sambandha-

jnana) -"

Adorned with the articles that have been offered to You, such

as garlands, fragrant clothing, and ornaments, we, Your personal

servitors who partake of Your holy remnants alone, will certainly be

able to conquer Your illusory energy (maya)."

Srimad Uddhava



sarvatha hari-smrti-raksanam eva tatparyam -alabdhe

va vinaste va, bhaksyacchadana-sadhane

aviklava-matir bhutva, harim eva dhiya smaret

Sri Vyasapadanam

The fundamental objective is to maintain constant remembrance of

Sri Hari in every time, place and circumstance -"

If persons engaged in the devotional service of Lord Hari are

unable to obtain food and shelter despite their attempts, or if their

acquisitions are lost or destroyed, they should, without anxiety,

absorb their hearts deeply in the thought of Lord Hari."

- Sri Vyasadeva



sarvatra tad anukampa darsanad eva tat-siddhih -tat

te 'nukampam susamiksamano

bhunjana evatma-krtam vipakam

hrd-vag-vapurbhir vidadhan namas te

jiveta yo mukti-pade sa daya-bhak.Sri Brahmanah

This is accomplished only when one can see the grace of the Supreme

Lord in every situation -"

One who, in the hope of achieving Your grace, goes on

enduring the inauspicious fruit of his own karma, and passes his

days practicing devotion unto You in every thought, word, and deed

- such a person is heir to the land of freedom: he attains to the plane

of positive immortality."

- Lord Brahma



sadhu-sangat sarvam eva sulabham -tulayama

lavenapi, na svargam napunar-bhavam

bhagavat-sangi-sangasya, martyanam kim utasisah

Sri Saunakadinam

Only by the association of pure devotees (sadhu-sanga) is everything

happily achieved -"

The attainment of heaven or liberation cannot even slightly

compare with the immeasurable fortune gained by the association of

an associate of the Supreme Lord. What, then, can be said of the

petty dominion and assets of mortal men?"

- the sages of Naimisaranya, headed by Saunaka Rsi



guru-padasraya eva mukhyah -tasmad

gurum prapadyeta, jijnasuh sreyah uttamam

sabde pare ca nisnatam, brahmany upasamasrayam

Sri Prabuddhasya

Of all sadhu-sanga, the foremost is the service of the lotus feet of the

bona fide Spiritual Master or Sad-guru -"

Thus, a person in search of the ultimate good should surrender

to the Guru who knows well the Vedic scriptures (Sabda-brahman).and the Supreme Absolute Lord (Para-brahman), and for whom the

mundane world holds no charm whatsoever."

Sri Prabuddha



tatra siksa-seva-phalaptis ca -tatra

bhagavatan dharman, siksed gurvatma-daivatah

amayayanuvrttya yais-, tusyed atmatmado harih

Sri Prabuddhasya

At the lotus feet of that Sad-guru, divine relationship, practice, and

objective (sambandha, abhidheya, and prayojana) are all achieved -"

Those divine practices of pure devotional service that please

the Self-giving Sri Hari (who gives Himself to His devotees) will be

learned by continuously serving such a Guru with full sincerity,

knowing him to be one's dearmost well-wishing friend and the

supremely worshipful embodiment of Sri Hari."

Sri Prabuddha



tadiyaradhanam parama-phaladam -maj-

janmanah phalam idam madhu-kaitabhare

mat prarthaniya mad anugraha esa eva

tvad bhrtya-bhrtya-paricaraka-bhrtya-bhrtya

bhrtyasya bhrtyam iti mam smara lokanatha

Sri Kulasekharasya

Devotional service rendered to the devotee bestows the highest fruit -"

O Supreme Lord of all beings, O slayer of the demons Madhu

and Kaitabha, this is the purpose of my life, this is my prayer, and

this is Your grace - that You will remember me as Your servant, a

servant of a servant of a Vaisnava, a servant of a servant of such a

servant of a servant of a Vaisnava, and a servant of a servant of the

servant of a servant of a Vaisnava's servant's servant."

- Sri Kulasekhara.3.14


tadiya-sevanam na hi tuccham -jnanavalambakah

kecit, kecit karmavalambakah

vayam tu hari-dasanam, padatranavalambakah

Sri Desikacaryasya

Service to the Lord's devotee is not a trifling matter -"

Some people take shelter in the path of action (karma) while

others take shelter in the path of knowledge (jnana). But as far as we

are concerned, we have chosen the sandals of the servants of Lord

Hari as the only refuge."

- Sri Desikacarya



asmad ananya-nistha -tyajantu

bandhavah sarve, nindantu guravo janah

tathapi paramanando, govindo mama jivanam

Sri Kulasekharasya

Exclusive dedication is born from service to the devotees -"

My friends may forsake me and my (traditional) teachers may

denounce me, but the light of my life will always be Sri Govinda, the

personification of divine ecstasy."

- Sri Kulasekhara



aprakrta-raty-udayas ca -yat

tad vadantu sastrani, yat tad vyakhyantu tarkikah

jivanam mama caitanya-, padambhoja-sudhaiva tu

Sri Prabodhanandapadanam

Supramundane attachment also develops -"

The Scriptures may say whatever they have to say (in their

various areas of jurisdiction), and the expert logicians may interpret.them as they wish. But as far as I am concerned, the sweet nectar of

the lotus feet of Sri Caitanyacandra is my life and soul."

- Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati



sadhya-seva-sankalpah -bhavantam

evanucaran nirantarah


kadaham aikantika-nitya-kinkarah

praharsayisyami sanatha-jivitam

Sri Yamunacaryasya

An earnest aspiration to achieve perfection in devotional service -"

When will I bloom in a life of servitude as Your eternal

devotee, my heart pacified due to all other desires being consumed

by engagement in Your uninterrupted service?"

- Sri Yamunacarya



parikara-siddher-akanksa -sakrt

tvad akara vilokanasaya


mahatmabhir mam avalokyatam naya

ksane 'pi te yad viraho 'ti duhsahah

Sri Yamunacaryasya

The aspiration to attain to the perfection of becoming an associate

servitor of the Lord -"

O my Lord, please lead me into the glance of those great

devotees who, in their heart's aspiration to only once behold Your

divine form, consider sense enjoyment and liberation to be like

straw, and whose separation is unbearable for even You."

- Sri Yamunacarya



nirupadhika-bhakti-svarupopalabdhih -bhaktis

tvayi sthiratara bhagavan yadi syat

daivena nah phalati divya-kisora-murtih

muktih svayam mukulitanjali sevate 'sman

dharmartha-kama-gatayah samaya-pratiksah

Sri Bilvamangalasya

The realization of the nature of unconditional devotion -"

O Supreme Lord, if our devotion for You were more steadfast,

Your adolescent form would naturally arise (appear) within our

hearts. Then (there would not be the slightest necessity to pray for

the triple pursuits of religiosity, gain, and sensual desire [dharma,

artha, kama], and their negation in the form of liberation [mukti],

because) mukti will personally attend us (as a concomitant

subsidiary fruit of devotion, in the form of deliverance from

ignorance), her hands cupped in prayer (like a preordained

maidservant); and the fruits of bhukti (transitory pleasure

culminating in attainment of heaven) will eagerly await their orders

(from us, should any necessity arise for them in the service of Your

lotus feet)."

- Sri Bilvamangala Thakura



vraja-rasa-sresthatvam -srutim

apare smrtim itare bharatam anye bhajantu bhava-bhitah

aham iha nandam vande yasyalinde param brahma

Sri Raghupati Upadhyayasya

The superexcellence of devotion in the mood of Vrndavana -"

Of persons afraid of material existence, some worship the

Sruti Scriptures (Vedas), some worship the Smrti Scriptures

(supplementary Religious Codes), and others worship the

Mahabharata. But as far as I am concerned, I worship Sri Nanda

Maharaja, in whose courtyard the Supreme Absolute Truth is

playing.".- Sri Raghupati Upadhyaya



tatra bhajana-paddhatih -tan-


smrtyoh kramena rasana-manasi niyojya

tisthan vraje tad anuragi-jananugami

kalam nayed akhilam ity upadesa-sarah


- Sri Rupa Goswami

The path to devotion in the Vrndavana conception -krsna


nama-rupa-guna-lila catustaya,

guru-mukhe sunilei kirtana udaya

kirtita haile krame smarananga paya,

kirtana smarana-kale krama-pathe dhaya

jata-ruci-jana jihva mana milaiya,

krsna-anuraga vraja-jananusmariya

nirantara vraja-vasa manasa bhajana,

ei upadesa-sara karaha grahana

(Bengali verse by Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura)

"When Krsna's name, form, nature, and pastimes divine,

are heard from Sri Gurudeva, one's heart awakes in song.

As pure chanting ensues, remembrance is attained;

thus chanting and remembering, step-by-step ascent is gained.

Those engaging tongue and mind, who begin to relish nectar:

adore Sri Krsna, following the residents of Vraja.

Reside always in Vraja, within the heart's devotion . . .

surely, you must accept this nectar of instruction."

(Bengali verse translation)



vraja-bhajana-taratamyanubhutih -

vaikunthaj janito vara madhu-puri tatrapi rasotsavad-vrndaranyam

udara-pani-ramanat tatrapi govardhanah

radha-kundam ihapi gokula-pateh premamrtaplavanat

kuryyad asya virajato giri-tate sevam viveki na kah

Sri Rupapadanam

- Sri Rupa Goswami

The comparative ontological conception of devotion in Vrndavana -vaikuntha


haite srestha mathura nagari,

janama labhila yatha krsnacandra hari

mathura haite srestha vrndavana dhama,

yatha sadhiyache hari rasotasava-kama

vrndavana haite srestha govardhana-saila

giridhari-gandharvika yatha krida kaila

govardhana haite srestha radha-kunda-tata

premamrte bhasaila gokula lampata

govardhana giri-tata radha-kunda chadi'

anyatra ye kare nija kunja puspa-badi

nirbbodha tahara sama keha nahi ara

kunda-tira sarvottama sthana - premadhara

(Bengali verse by Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura)

"Higher than Vaikuntha is Mathura city,

since there occurred the Advent of Sri Krsnacandra Hari.

Better than Mathura is Vrndavana, the holy place

where Lord Hari enjoyed the joyous dance of amorous grace.

Above Vrndavana Dhama is Govardhana Hill,

the lifter of the Hill, and His Consort, there did intimately revel.

Even higher than Govardhana Hill is the banks of Radha-kunda

that the Sweetheart of Gokula overfloods sweet love abound.

Who would select for his worship, any other place,

disregarding this sacred pond at Govardhana's base?

Such a foolish fellow surely can't be found!

The highest abode of love divine is the banks of Radha-kunda."

(Bengali verse translation)



vraja-rasa-svarupa-siddhau sambandha-jnanodaya-prakarah -gurau

gosthe gosthalayisu sujane bhu-suragane

sva-mantre sri-namni vraja-nava-yuva-dvandva-sarane

sada dambham hitva kuru ratim apurvam atitaram

aye svantar bhratas catubhir abhiyace dhrta-padah


- Sri Raghunatha Dasa Goswami

The proper approach to realize one's eternally perfect divine

identity in the Vrndavana mellow of devotion -gurudeve,


vraja-vane, vraja-bhumi-vasi jane,

suddha-bhakte, ara vipra-gane

ista-mantre, hari-name, yugala bhajana kame,

kara rati apurva yatane dhari mana carane tomara -janiyachi

ebe sara, krsna-bhakti vina ara,

nahi ghuce jivera samsara

karma, jnana, tapah, yoga, sakalai ta karma-bhoga,

karma chadaite keha nare

sakala chadiya bhai, sraddha-devira guna gai,

yanra krpa bhakti dite pare

chadi' dambha anuksana, smara asta-tattva mana,

kara tahe niskapata rati

sei rati prarthanaya, sri-dasa-gosvami paya,

e bhakativinoda kare nati

(Bengali verse by Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

(1) The Divine Master (2) Sri Vrndavana

(3) The residents of Sri Vrndavana

(4) The pure Vaisnavas (5) The brahmana section

(6) The worshipful mantra (7) The holy name

(8) A yearning to serve the Couple Divine:

adore these eight with utmost dedication.

O dear mind, I implore thee at thy feet -

Already we have learned the essence:

nothing but Lord Krsna's service

dispels the soul's illusory experience.

Duty, knowledge, penance, meditation -

all are really exploitation:

none can free us from action and reaction;

Cast them all aside, O my brother,

sing the glory of good faith, our mother

whose grace alone bestows pure devotion.

Banish your pride forever,

O my mind, your eight goals remember:

adore them with a heart that is sincere.

Aspiring for that devoted heart,

at Sri Dasa Goswami's feet

this Bhaktivinoda makes his prayer."

(Bengali verse translation)



namabhinna-vraja-bhajana-prarthana -aghadamana-

yasodanandanau nanda-suno

kamalanayana-gopicandra -vrndavanendrah

pranatakaruna-krsnav ity aneka-svarupe

tvayi mama ratir uccair varddhatam nama-dheya

Sri Rupapadanam

A prayer to taste the nectar of devotion in Vrndavana (Vraja-rasa),

nondifferent from serving the holy name in pure devotion (nama

bhajana) -"

O Aghadamana, O Yasodanandana, O Nandasuno, O Kamala-nayana,

O Gopicandra, O Vrndavanendra, O Pranatakaruna, O

Krsna - You have appeared in many divine forms, such as these.

Therefore, O Lord, who are known by these holy names, kindly let.my fondness for You flourish."

- Sri Rupa Goswami



parama-siddhi-sankalpah -kadaham

yamuna-tire, namani tava kirtayan

udbaspah pundarikaksa, racayisyami tandavam


Divine aspiration in separation is favorable to perfection -"

O lotus-eyed Lord, when will I dance on the banks of the

Yamuna, chanting Your holy name with tears in my eyes?"




vipralambhe milana-siddhau nama-bhajananukulyam -nayanam

galad-asru-dharaya, vadanam gad-gada-ruddhaya gira

pulakair nicitam vapuh kada, tava nama-grahane bhavisyati

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

Serving the holy name in pure devotion (nama-bhajana) in the pain

of separation is favorable to achieve union with the Lord -"

O Lord, when will my eyes be adorned with tears of love,

flowing like waves? When will my words choke with ecstasy, and

when will the hairs of my body stand erect while chanting Your holy


- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra


iti sri-prapanna-jivanamrte


sankalpo nama trtiyo 'dhyayah

thus ends the third chapter

Acceptance of the Favorable - Words of Nectar from the Devotees.in

Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls

Positive and Progressive Immortality

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Chapter 4

Sri Bhakta-vacanamrtam - Words of Nectar from the Devotees

Pratikulya-vivarjjanam - Rejection of the Unfavorable




bhagavad-bhaktayor bhakteh, prapatteh pratikulake

varjjyatve niscayah prati-, kulya-varjjanam ucyate

The principle to reject everything opposed to the service of the

Lord and His devotee, and to similarly abstain from everything

opposed to an attitude of surrender, is known as pratikulya -vivarjjanam

- Rejection of the Unfavorable.



pratikulya-varjjana-sankalpadarsah -na

dhanam na janam na sundarim, kavitam va jagadisa kamaye

mama janmani janmanisvare, bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

The ideal in the resolve to reject the unfavorable -"

O Lord of the universe, I have no desire for wealth or worldly

promotion, nor do I desire wife, family, and society, nor do I aspire

for Vedic religiosity or mundane scholarship. The only aspiration in

my heart is that in my every birth I may have unmotivated devotion

for You."

- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra



atrapi tathaiva -.nastha dharme na vasu-nicaye naiva kamopabhoge

yad yad bhavyam bhavatu bhagavan purva-karmanurupam

etat prarthyam mama bahu-matam janma-janmantare 'pi

tvat padambhoruha-yuga-gata niscala bhaktir astu

Sri Kulasekharasya

A similar expression of the same ideal -"

O Lord, I have no faith in religiosity, economic development,

or sense enjoyment. May all these things come to pass as they are

ordained, according to my previous karma. But my earnest prayer is

that birth after birth I may have unflinching devotion for Your lotus


Sri Kulasekhara



hari-sambandha-hinam sarvam eva varjjaniyam -na

yatra vaikuntha-katha sudhapaga

na sadhavo bhagavatas tad asrayah

na yatra yajnesa-makha mahotsavah

suresa-loko 'pi na vai sa sevyatam


Everything devoid of a relationship with Lord Hari should be

rejected -"

One should not reside wherever the river of nectarean tidings

of Krsna does not flow, wherever Krsna's surrendered devotees

cannot be found, and wherever the grand festival of chanting

Krsna's holy name is not conducted - even if it is heaven."

- prayers by the demigods



vyavaharika-gurvadayo 'pi pratikulam ced varjjaniya eva -gurur

na sa syat svajano na sa syat

pita na sa syaj janani na sa syat.daivam na tat syan na patis ca sa syan

na mocayed yah samupeta-mrtyam

- Sri Rsabhasya

When the traditional guru and guardians are found to be

unfavorable, they too must surely be abandoned -"

One who cannot save other souls from the world of impending

death - that is, one who cannot teach the path of devotion - he cannot

be a teacher, although he may be called 'guru'; he cannot be a

relative - he is not worthy of the designation; he cannot be a father -he

is not qualified to beget a son; she cannot be a mother - she

should not bear a child; he cannot be a god - the demigods who

cannot deliver others from material bondage are not entitled to

accept worship from human society; and he cannot be a husband -his

hand is not fit to accept in marriage."

- Sri Rsabhadeva



sarvendriyair eva pratikula-varjjane sankalpah -ma

draksam ksina-punyan ksanam api bhavato bhakti-hinan


ma srausam sravya-bandham tava caritam-apasyanyad-akhyana-jatam

ma spraksam madhava! tvam api bhuvana-pate! cetasapahnavanan

ma bhuvam tvat saparya-parikara-rahito janma-janmantare 'pi

- Sri Kulasekharasya

The resolve to reject everything unfavorable, by means of all the

senses -"

O Madhava, let me not see the unvirtuous persons who are

devoid of devotion for Your lotus feet, and let me not hear the

narratives which do not describe Your divine personality. O Lord of

the universe, may I never have any contact with those bereft of faith

in You, and moreover, lifetime after lifetime, may I never be without.the company of Your associates who are devoted to Your loving


- Sri Kulasekhara



vyavaharikadaraniyany api tucchavat tyajyani -tvad-

bhaktah saritam patim culukavat khadyotavad bhaskaram

merum pasyati lostravat kim aparam bhumeh patim bhrtyavat

cinta-ratnacayam silasakalavat kalpadrumam kasthavat

samsaram trna-rasivat kim-aparam deham nijam bharavat


One should also be indifferent towards commonly respected objects -"

O Lord, Your devotee sees the ocean to be as insignificant as a

palmful of water, the sun as a glow-worm, Mount Sumeru as a

pebble, a king as a servant, wish-fulfilling gems as rocks, a desire-yielding

tree as wood, worldly aspirations as straw, and he even sees

his own body as a trifling weight to carry: he knows all objects

unfavorable to devotion as trivia."

- Sarvajna



hari-vimukha-sanga-phalasya anubhuti-svarupam -varam

hutavaha-jvala-, panjarantar-vyavasthitih

na sauri-cinta-vimukha-, jana-samvasa-vaisasam


A realization of the result of associating with those who are averse to

the Supreme Lord Hari -"

One should endure the pain of being locked in a cage

surrounded by blazing fire, rather than keep the distressing

association of persons averse to Krsna consciousness."

- Katyayana



anya-devopasakanam svarupa-paricayah -alinganam

varam manye, vyala~vyaghra-jalaukasam

na sangah salya-yuktanam, nana-devaika-sevinam

- kesancit

The actual position of the worshippers of 'other gods' -"

Better to be embraced by a snake, a tiger, or a crocodile, than

to suffer the agony of associating with persons who worship the

various demigods."

- revered votary



bhakti-badhaka dosas tyajyah -aty-

aharah prayasas ca, prajalpo niyamagrahah

jana-sangas ca laulyan ca, sadbhir bhaktir vinasyati


- Sri Rupa Goswami

Personal defects that obstruct devotion must be forsaken -atyanta


sangrahe yara sada citta dhaya, atyahari bhakti-hina sei samjna paya

prakrta vastura ase bhoge yara mana, prayasi tahara nama bhakti-hina jana

krsna-katha chadi' jihva ana katha kahe, prajalpi tahara nama vrtha vakya kahe

bhajanete udasina karmete pravina, bahv-arambhi se niyamagrahi ati dina

krsna-bhakta-sanga vine anya-sange rata, jana-sangi ku-visaya-vilase vivrata

nana-sthane bhrame yei nija svartha-tare, laulya-para bhakti-hina samjna deya


ei chaya nahe kabhu bhakti adhikari, bhakti-hina laksya-bhrasta visayi samsari

(Bengali verse by Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura)

(1) For over-acquisition, one whose mind does always run:

avaricious non-devotee - he should thus be known

(2) One who hankers to exploit some object mundane:

non-devotee, overendeavorer - as such he is known.

(3) One whose tongue speaks all but holy talks of Krsna:

he is just a gossiper of insignificant banter.

(4) Apathetic to devotion, skilled in exploitation:

so wretched - proud usurper of the higher devotee's position.

(5) Associates with all except Lord Krsna's pure devotees:

a mundane socializer in the mud of fleeting fancies.

(6) Who wanders hither and thither for his own selfish plan:

fickle-minded non-devotee - is known such a man.

In these six ways, never fit to render pure devotion:

bereft of love divine - fallen, materialistic person."

(Bengali verse translation)



yosit-sangasya pratikulyam -niskincanasya


param param jigamisor bhava-sagarasya

sandarsanam visayinam atha yositan ca

ha hanta hanta visa-bhaksanato 'py asadhu

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

The severe adversity of female companionship -"

Alas, for a renunciate who desires to completely cross over the

ocean of mundanity and engage in the divine loving service of the

Supreme Lord, to ogle a materialist and a woman is more wicked

than drinking poison."

- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra



hari-vimukhasya vamsadisv adaro bhakti-pratikulah -dhig

janma nas tri-vrd yat tad, dhig vratam dhig bahu jnatam

dhik kulam dhik kriya-daksyam, vimukha ye tv adhoksaje


Esteem for elevated birth and culture of a person averse to Lord

Hari is unfavorable for devotion -"

Our three births (seminal, investiture with the sacred thread,.and sacrificial [saukra, savitrya, and daiksya]) are condemned, our

vow of chastity is condemned, our profuse knowledge of the

Scriptures is condemned, our lineage is condemned, and our

proficiency in prescribed religious rites is condemned - all is lost,

because we have become averse to the transcendental Supreme


- sacrificial brahmanas



jade cid-buddhir varjjaniya -yasyatma-

buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke

sva-dhih kalatradisu bhauma ijyadhih

yat-tirtha-buddhih salile na karhicij

janesv abhijnesu sa eva gokharah

Sri Sri Bhagavatah

The mentality of considering mundane objects to be conscious

elements is unfavorable -"

One who considers his gross body to be himself, but does not

identify himself with a devotee of the Lord; who considers wife,

family, and associated paraphernalia to be his possessions, yet does

not feel affection or attachment for a devotee of the Lord; who

considers a graven image of earth or other substance to be God, yet

does not conceive of the worshippable position of a devotee of the

Lord; who considers some river or lake to be a holy place of

pilgrimage, yet does not perceive a devotee of the Lord to be the

abode of divinity incarnate - such a person is an ass among cows: a

colossal fool."

- the Supreme Personality of Godhead



cit-tattve jada-buddhir jadadhina-buddhir va aparadhatvena

parivarjjaniya -arcye

visnau sila-dhir gurusu nara-matir vaisnave jati-buddhir

visnor va vaisnavanam kali-mala-mathane .-tirthe 'mbu-.buddhih

sri-visnor-namni-mantre sakala-kalusa-he sabda-samanya-buddhir

visnau sarvesvarese tad-itara-sama-dhir yasya va naraki sah

Sri Vyasapadanam

The offensive mentality of considering worshippable, conscious

divine forms to be mundane or subordinate to mundanity must be

totally abandoned -"

Anyone who considers the worshippable Deity to be stone;

who considers the Vaisnava Guru to be a mortal man; who considers

a Vaisnava to be limited by the confines of caste, lineage, or creed;

who considers the holy foot-wash of Lord Visnu or a Vaisnava to be

ordinary water; who considers the holy name and mantra of Lord

Visnu, which vanquish all sins, to be common sound vibration; and

who considers the God of gods, Lord Visnu, to be merely on the level

of the demigods - such a person is a diabolical devil."

- Sri Vyasadeva



tapah prabhrtinam pratikulyam -rahuganaitat

tapasa na yati

na cejyaya nirvapanad grhad va

na cchandasa naiva jalagni-suryair

vine mahat-.-rajo 'bhisekam

Sri Jadabharatasya

The adversity of all attempts based on austerity, etc. -"

O Rahugana, without one's head being adorned with the dust

of the holy feet of a pure devotee, one can never attain devotion for

the Supreme Lord by austerity, by Vedic worship and religiosity, by

following the vow of monkhood, by following the religious duties of

married life, by study and recitation of the Vedas, or by worshipping

water, fire, or sun."

- Sri Jadabharata.4.16


acyuta-sambandha-hina-jnana-karmader api pratikulyam -naiskarmyam

apy acyuta-bhava-varjjitam

na sobhate jnanam alam niranjanam

kutah punah sasvad abhadram isvare

na carpitam karma yad apy akaranam

Sri Naradasya

The adversity of pursuits based on knowledge (jnana) and action

(karma) devoid of any relationship with the Supreme Lord Hari -"

When unadulterated knowledge that is devoid of action and its

reactions is never becoming without a devotional relationship with

the Infallible Lord, how then will action, which is ill-fated by nature,

ever be exhalted without being offered to the Almighty, even if it is

utterly selfless?"

- Sri Narada



yamadi-yoga-sadhanasya varjjaniyata -yamadibhir

yoga-pathaih, kama-lobha-hato muhuh

mukunda-sevaya yadvat, tathaddhatma na samyati

- Sri Naradasya

The futility of sense control by yogic practice -"

The agitated mind, repeatedly taken captive by its enemy in

the form of depravity rooted in lust and greed, is directly mastered

by serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Mukunda. It can

never be likewise checked or pacified by practicing the eightfold

yogic discipline, which is generally based on sensual and mental

repression [yama, niyama, etc.]."

- Sri Narada



brahma-sukhagrah pratikula eva -tvat-

saksat karanahlada-, visuddhabdhi-sthitasya me.sukhani gospadayante, brahmany api jagad-guro

Sri Prahladasya

Eagerness to attain to the bliss of Brahman must be known as

unfavorable to devotion -"

O Guru of the universe, now that I can directly behold Your

divine form, I reside within the ocean of pure ecstasy. And all other

pleasures, including the bliss of merging with Brahman, appear as

insignificant as the water in a cow's hoofprint."

- Sri Prahlada



mukti-sprhayah pratikulyam -bhava-

bandha-cchide tasmai, sprhayami na muktaye

bhavan prabhur aham dasa, iti yatra vilupyate

- Sri Sri Hanumatah

The aspiration for liberation is particularly unfavorable -"

I have no aspiration for that liberation which is meant to sever

material bondage, and in which the relationship, 'You are master,

and I, servant,' is completely lost."

- Sri Sri Hanuman



sayujya-mukti-sprha auddhatyam eva -bhaktih

seva bhagavato, muktis tat .-langhanam

ko mudho dasatam prapya, prabhavam padam icchati

- Siramaulinam

The aspiration to become one with the Absolute is nothing more

than arrogance -"

Bhakti is the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead,

and mukti is the overstepping of that service. Who is the fool that

hankers for liberation's throne, rejecting the servitorship of the

Lord?" .- Siramauli



atyantika-laya-sprha viveka-hinataiva -hanta

citriyate mitra, smrtva tan mama manasam

vivekino 'pi ye kuryus, trsnam atyantike laye

- kesancit

The astonishing indiscrimination in the aspiration for ultimate

dissolution -"

Alas, my friend, my heart is simply astonished when I think of

all those discriminating persons who aspire for self-extinction in

perpetual, indiscriminate absolution."

- revered votary



mukter-bhakti-dasya-vancha bhaktes ca tat-sangan-malinyasanka -ka

tvam muktir upagatasmi bhavati kasmad akasmad iha

sri-krsna-smaranena deva bhavato dasi-padam prapita

dure tistha manag anagasi katham kuryad anaryam mayi

tvan-namna nija-nama-candana-rasalepasya lopo bhavet


Liberation prays to become devotion's maidservant, and devotion

apprehends the impurity of liberation's association -'Who

are you'?

'It is I, liberation (mukti).'

'Why have you suddenly come here?'

'O lord, because you are always absorbed in thought of Sri

Krsna, I have been promoted to the position of your maidservant.'

'Just keep a little distance from me.'

'Oh! Why are you so harsh upon an innocent person like me?'

'By the mere mention of your name, the sandalwood paste or

Gopi-candana tilaka that adorns my body, and which represents my

reputation as a devotee of the Lord, will vanish altogether.' .- votary



bahirmmukha-brahma-janmano 'pi pratikulata -tava

dasya-sukhaika-sanginam, bhavanesv astv-api kita-janma me

itarav asathesu ma sma bhud, api janma caturmukhatmana

Sri Yamunacaryasya

The adversity of being born as even Lord Brahma,

but without Krsna consciousness -veda-


vidhi anusare, karma kari' e samsare,

jiva punah punah janma paya

purva-krta karma-phale, tomara va iccha-bale,

janma yadi labhi punaraya

tabe eka katha mama, suna he purusottama,

tava dasa-sangi-jana ghare

kita-janma yadi haya, tahate o dayamaya,

rahibo he santusta antare

tava dasa-sanga-hina, ye grhastha arvacina,

tara grhe caturmukha-bhuti

na cai kakhana hari, kara-dvaya joda kari'

kare tava kinkara minati

(Bengali verse by Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

"According to Vedic injunction, who acts out his worldly function,

that soul takes birth again and again;

according to my previous action, or Your divine predilection,

if another birth for me does remain:

then just one thing I have to say, O hear me Lord, if You may:

if within the home of your devotee

I may be born in an insect body, that cannot but be Your mercy,

in my heart I'll be ever happy.

Devoid of Your devotee's company, in an ignorant non-devotee's

family, to be born as even Brahma, the creator:.for that, O Lord, I'll never ask You - with folded hands now before

You, this is the earnest prayer of Your servitor."

(Bengali verse translation)



gaura-bhakti-rasajnasya anyatra cid-rase 'pi pratikulyanubhutih -vaso

me varam astu ghora-dahana-jvalavali-panjare

sri-caitanya-padaravinda-vimukhair ma kutracit sangamah

vaikunthadi-padam svayan ca militam no me mano lipsate

padambhoja-rajas chata yadi manag gaurasya no rasyate

Sri Prabodhanandapadanam

The pure devotee who knows the paramount, immaculate nectar of

devotion for Sri Caitanyadeva distrusts all else, even to the point of

considering the culture of other spiritual relationships to be

opposition -"

Let me remain within a cage of blazing fire, but never in the

association of persons averse to the holy lotus feet of Sri Caitanya

Mahaprabhu. If I never get even the slightest taste of the nectar of a

tiny particle of the pollen of the lotus feet of Sri Gauranga, my heart

has no aspiration for a position in the great spiritual planets headed

by Vaikuntha - even if it is mine for the taking."

- Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati



aikantika-bhaktasya ksayavasista-dosa-darsanagraho varjjaniyah -drstaih

svabhava-janitair vapusas ca dosair

na prakrtatvam iha bhakta-janasya pasyet

gangambhasam na khalu bud-buda-phena-pankair

brahma-dravatvam apagacchah nira-dharmaih

Sri Rupapadanam

- Sri Rupa Goswami

The tendency to find the dying remnants of personal defects in an

exclusive devotee must be abandoned -


svabhava janita ara vapu-dose ksane, anadara nahi kara suddha


pankadi jaliya dose kabhu ganga-jale, cinmayatva lopa nahe sarva-sastre


aprakrta bhakta-jana papa nahi kare, avasista papa yaya kichu-dina


(Bengali verse by Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura)

"For defects in his nature, or defects in his body,

one should never disrespect Lord Krsna's pure devotee.

If mud, foam, and bubbles appear in Ganges water,

it never loses divinity - so says the Scripture.

The devotee of divinity - he does never sin,

and if a remnant does remain, soon that too is gone."

(Bengali verse translation)



para-dosanusilanam varjjaniyam -para-

svabhava-karmani, yah prasamsati nindati

sa asu bhrasyate svarthad, asatyabhinivesatah

Sri Sri Bhagavatah

The practice of finding faults in others must be abandoned -"

To pointlessly judge others is a defect, and therefore such a

practice must be abandoned. O Uddhava, you should neither praise

nor abuse the nature and actions of others, because you will become

preoccupied with falsehood and your best self-interest will be lost."

- the Supreme Personality of Godhead



vraja-rasasritanam bhukti-mukti-sprha tatha aisvarya-misra

vaikuntha-pati-sevapi tyajyatvena ganyah -asad-

varta-vesya visrja mati-sarva-svaharanih

katha mukti-vyaghrya na srnu kila sarvatma-gilanih

api tyaktva laksmi-pati-ratim ito vyoma-nayanim

vraje radha-krsnau sva-rati-manidau tvam bhaja manah

Sri Raghunathapadanam

- Sri Raghunatha Dasa Goswami

For the pure devotees who have taken refuge in the mellow of pure

devotion in Vrndavana, even the reverential service of Lord

Narayana in Vaikuntha is considered to be as adverse as the

aspiration for worldly pleasure or liberation -krsna-


varta vina ana, 'asad-varta' bali' jana,

sei vesya ati bhayankari

sri-krsna-visaya mati, jivera durllabha ati,

sei vesya mati laya hari

suna mana, bali he tomaya

mukti-name sarddulini, tara katha yadi suni,

sarvatma-sampatti gili' khaya

tad ubhaya tyaga kara, mukti-katha parihara,

laksmi-pati-rati rakha dure

se rati prabala ha'le, paravyome deya phele,

nahi deya vasa vraja-pure

vraje radha-krsna-rati, amulya dhanada ati,

tai tumi bhaja cira-dina

rupa-raghunatha-paya, sei rati prarthanaya,

e bhaktivinoda dina-hina

(Bengali poem by Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

"Anything but Krsna's message, know as falsehood such a passage,

such a harlot is so very dangerous:

devotion to the Lord Sri Krsna, rarely gotten by the jiva -that

harlot steals away this consciousness.

O dear mind, please hear my prayer:

And if you hear the presentation of the tigress liberation,

all the soul's good prospect she'll devour.

Both temptations please abandon, and not to speak of liberation,

curb attraction for the Lord Narayana;

by attraction to that plane, to Vaikuntha you'll be hurled down -denied

the chance to live in Sri Vrndavana.

Love for Radha-Krsna in Vraja, bestows the most precious treasure;

adore Them in your heart eternally;

Rupa-Raghunatha's feet, for such devotion, does entreat

this Bhaktivinoda, bereft, in all humility."

(Bengali verse translation)


iti sri-prapanna-jivanamrte sri-bhakta-vacanamrtantargatah

pratikulya-vivarjjanam nama caturtho 'dhyayah

thus ends the fourth chapter

Rejection of the Unfavorable - Words of Nectar from the Devotees


Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls

Positive and Progressive Immortality





Chapter 5

Sri Bhakta-vacanamrtam - Words of Nectar from the Devotees

Raksisyatiti Visvasah - Confidence in the Lord's Protection




raksisyati hi mam krsno, bhaktanam bandhavas ca sah

ksemam vidhasyatiti yad, visvaso 'traiva grhyate

'Certainly Lord Krsna will protect me, because He is the friend

of the devotees. He will definitely bless us with all auspiciousness and


Within this chapter, such faith is sustained.



sarva-lokesu sri-krsna-padabjaika-raksakatvam -martyo

mrtyu-vyala-bhitah palayan

lokan sarvan nirbhayam nadhyagacchat

tvat-padabjam prapya yadrcchayadya

susthah sete mrtyur asmad apaiti

Sri Devakyah

The lotus feet of Lord Sri Krsna: the only protection for all planes of

life -"

O Supreme Lord, despite fleeing throughout every planet of

the universe out of fear of the black snake of death, the mortal being

cannot find a place devoid of fear. But when he is blessed with the

fortune of coming to the shelter of Your lotus feet, he becomes

reposed with a peaceful heart, and death itself flees from his


- Srimati Devaki



mayadhisasyaiva bhagavatah ksema-vidhatrtvam -visvasya

yah sthiti-layodbhava-hetur adyo

yogesvarair api duratyaya-yoga-mayah

ksemam vidhasyati sa no bhagavams tryadhisas

tatrasmadiya-vimrsena kiyan iharthah

Sri Brahmanah

Only the absolute magician, the Supreme Lord, is capable of

bestowing all good fortune -"

The Supreme Lord of the three worlds, who is the cause of the

universal creation, sustenance, and annihilation, and whose magical

potency is insurmountable for even the greatest yogis, will surely

bless us with all good fortune. Could we ever doubt this?"

- Lord Brahma



apady api sri-krsna-kathaika-raksana-visvasah -

tam mopayatam pratiyantu vipra

ganga ca devi dhrta-cittam ise

dvijopasrstah kuhakas taksako va

dasatv alam gayata visnu-gathah

Sri Visnuratasya

Faith, even in the face of impending doom, that tidings of Lord

Krsna (Sri Hari-katha) is the only protection -"

O pure brahmanas, may you kindly know me as a surrendered

soul, and let Mother Ganges accept me as one whose heart is offered

to Lord Krsna. Let the winged serpent Taksaka or whatever magical

creation has been incited by the son of the brahmana bite me

immediately if it so desires; may you all simply go on singing the

glories of the Lord."

- Maharaja Pariksit



hari-dasa harina raksita eva -ma

bhair mandamano vicintya bahudha yamis ciram yatana

naivami prabhavanti papa-ripavah svami nanu sridharah

alasyam vyapaniya bhakti-sulabham dhyayasva narayanam

lokasya vyasanapanodanakaro dasasya kim na ksamah

Sri Kulasekharasya

The servants of Lord Hari are always protected by Lord Hari -"

O wicked mind, fear not the thought of the multifarious,

perpetual tortures that are your due. Your enemies - your sins, have

no claim over you because the only actual lord and master is the

Supreme Lord, Sridhara. Give up your apathy, and absorb your

thoughts in Lord Narayana, who is happily attainable by devotion.

Is not He who destroys the calamities of all planets capable of

annihilating the defects of His personal servitors?"

- Sri Kulasekhara


5.6.samsara-duhkha-klistanam sri-visnoh paramam padam evaikasrayah -bhava-

jaladhi-gatanam dvandva-vatahatanam


visama-visaya-toye majjatam aplavanam

bhavati saranam eko visnu-poto naranam

Sri Kulasekharasya

The holy feet of Lord Visnu are the only shelter for persons

tormented by the miseries of material existence -"

For those persons who, bereft of a vessel, have fallen into the

ocean of mundane existence; who are being lashed by the hurricane

of duality based on mundane attraction and aversion; who are

crushed by the burden of protecting wife and family, etc.; who are

drowning in the ghastly whirlpool of sensual pleasures - the only

shelter is the lifeboat of the holy lotus feet of the Supreme Lord,


- Sri Kulasekhara



sri-krsna-bhajanam eva martyanam amrta-pradam -idam

sariram sata-sandhi-jarjaram

pataty avasyam parinama-pesalam

kim ausadham prcchasi mudha durmate

niramayam krsna-rasayanam piba

Sri Kulasekharasya

Only pure devotion for Lord Krsna awards immortality to the

mortal -sata


sandhi jara jara, tava ei kalevara,

patana haibe eka-dina

bhasma krmi vistha habe, sakalera ghrnya tabe,

ihate mamata arvacina

ore mana suna mora e satya vacana

e rogera mahausadhi, krsna-nama niravadhi,

niramaya krsna rasayana

(Bengali verse by Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

"A dancing puppet of a hundred joints, your mortal coil in its last


this physical form is doomed to destruction.

Ashes to ashes, worm and dung, what was beautiful once is a

horrible thing;

to adore it is the gravest misconception.

My dear mind, hear the truth attentively:

the panacea for this malady - chant Krsna's name constantly;

Krsna is the life of immortality."



aty-adhamesv api bhagavan-namno 'bhista-datrtvam -satyam

bravimi manujah svayam urddhva-bahur

yo yo mukunda narasimha janardaneti

jivo japaty anudinam marane rane va

pasana-kastha-sadrsaya dadaty abhistam

Sri Kulasekharasya

The holy name of the Lord bestows the most cherished objective

upon even the most fallen -"

O human civilization, with arms upraised I proclaim this

truth! The holy name awards all desired success upon even stone or

wooden-hearted persons who, in the struggle for existence,

constantly chant the Lord's names such as Mukunda, Narasimha,

and Janardana."

- Sri Kulasekhara



sva-satrave 'pi sad-gati-dayako harih -aho

baki yam stana-kala-kutam

jighamsayapayayad apy asadhvi

lebhe gatim dhatry-ucitam tato 'nyam

kam va dayalum saranam vrajema

Srimad Uddhavasya

Sri Hari awards a divine destination to even His enemy -"

How astonishing! When Putana, the wicked sister of Bakasura,

tried to kill child Krsna by offering Him deadly poison on her

breast, she reached a position befitting the Lord's nursemaid. Could

I ever have as merciful a shelter as that Lord Krsna?"

- Srimad Uddhava



ayogyanam apy asa-sthalam -durantasyanader

apariharaniyasya mahato

vihinacaro 'ham nr-pasur asubhasyaspadam api

daya-sindho bandho niravadhika-vatsalya-jaladhes

tava smaram smaram guna-ganam iticchami gatabhih

Sri Yamunacaryasya

The reservoir of hope for even the unqualified -"

O sea of compassion, I am no better than a wicked animal on

two feet, the most incorrigible parasite - a beginningless and endless

reservoir of the greatest inauspiciousness. Nonetheless, I abide in

fearlessness, repeatedly remembering the divine qualities of You -the

endless ocean of affection and the supreme friend."

- Sri Yamunacarya



asakrd-aparadhinam api mocakah -raghuvara

yad abhus tvam tadrso vayasasya

pranata iti dayalur yasya caidyasya krsna

pratibhavam aparaddhur mugdha sayujyado 'bhur

vada kim apadam agas tasya te 'sti ksamayah

Sri Yamunacaryasya

The deliverer of even repeated offenders -

"O Lord of the Raghu dynasty, just for bowing his head to You,

You were merciful upon that crow (who was so offensive that he

clawed at the breast of Sita-devi).

O charming Krsna, You awarded the salvation of merging into

Your effulgence (sayujya-mukti) to Sisupala, who was an offender

birth after birth.

Now please tell me, is there any offense that cannot be pardoned

by You?"

- Sri Yamunacarya



saranagata-helanam tasminn asambhavam -abhuta-

purvam mama bhavi kimva

sarvam sahe me sahajam hi duhkham

kintu tvad agre saranagatanam

parabhavo natha na te 'nurupah

Sri Yamunacaryasya

It is impossible for Him to neglect His surrendered devotee -"

O Lord, after all, what unprecedented trials may befall me

now? I can tolerate anything and everything; no doubt, unhappiness

is my natural companion. Nonetheless, it will not become You to

allow the neglect of Your surrendered soul who now stands before


Sri Yamunacarya



bahir anyatha pradarsayato 'pi svarupatah palakatvam -nirasakasyapi

na tavad utsahe

mahesa hatum tava .-pankajam

rusa nirasto 'pi sisuh stanandhayo

na jatu matus caranau jihasati

Sri Yamunacaryasya

He is our natural guardian, even if externally He shows otherwise -."O Almighty Lord, even if You make me hopeless, I can never

leave Your lotus feet in any condition. If the mother becomes angry

and separates her child from her breast, does the child thereby leave

the feet (shelter) of his mother?"

Sri Yamunacarya



tad itarasrayabhavat tasyaivaika-raksakatvam -bhumau

skhalita-padanam, bhumir evavalambanam

tvayi jataparadhanam, tvam eva saranam prabho


He is proven to be the only shelter since there is actually no shelter

but Him -"

For those who have stumbled and fallen upon the ground, that

very ground is the only support by which they can arise once again.

Likewise, for those who have offended You, O Lord, You alone are

their only refuge."

Skanda Purana



nirasrayanam evaikasrayah -vivrta-

vividha-badhe bhranti vegad agadhe

balavati bhavapure majjato me vidure

asarana-gana-bandho ha krpa-kaumudindo

sakrd-akrtavilambam dehi hastavalambam

Sri Rupapadanam

The only shelter for the shelterless -"

I am drowning in some remote region of a fathomless,

treacherous ocean - the vast see of frustration, swept by the tide of

hallucination. O friend of the shelterless, O benediction moon, please

just once now lend me Your helping hand."

- Sri Rupa Goswami.5.16


vilambasahanasya bhaktasya tad raksana-visrabdhatvam -ya

draupadi paritrane, ya gajendrasya moksane

mayy arte karuna-murte, sa tvara kva gate hare


The devotee who needs immediate protection has full faith that the

Lord will come to his aid -"

O compassion incarnate, now I am in danger. O Lord Hari,

where is that urgency You showed in delivering Draupadi and

liberating Gajendra?"




raksisyatiti-visvasasya prakasa-madhuryam -tamasi

ravir ivodyan majjatam aplavanam

plava iva trsitanam svadu-varsiva meghah

nidhir iva nidhananam tivra-duhkhamayanam

bhisag iva kusalam no datum ayati saurih

Sri Draupadyah

The revealed sweetness of confidence in the Lord's protection -"

Like the sun ascending through the darkness,

like a boat for the helplessly drowning,

like a raincloud of sweet waters for the parched;

like a treasure for the impoverished,

like a physician for the deadly afflicted -the

Lord Sri Krsna is now coming to bless us

with all good fortune."

- Srimati Draupadi



tad raksakatve tat karunyam eva karanam -pracinanam

bhajanam atulam duskaram srnvato me

nairasyena jvalati hrdayam bhakh lesalasasya.visva-dricim aghahara tavakarnya karunya vicim

asa-binduksitam idam upaity antare hanta saityam

Sri Rupapadanam

The cause of the Lord's protectiveness is His mercy alone -"

O destroyer of sin, my heart is averse to a trace of devotion,

and it burns in the fire of hopelessness when I hear about the

incomparable, formidable devotional services rendered by the great

predecessor devotees. But now that I have heard about the wave of

Your mercy which floods the universe, the core of my heart,

sprinkled by a drop of hope, is soothed with cooling relief once


- Sri Rupa Goswami



bhagavatah sri-caitanya-rupasya param audaryam -ha

hanta citta-bhuvi me paramosarayam

sad-bhakti-kalpa-latikankurita katham syat

hrdy ekam eva paramasvasaniyam asti

caitanya-nama kalayan na kadapi socyah

Sri Prabodhanandapadanam

The supreme magnanimity of the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyadeva -"

Alas, alas! How will the charming wish-fulfilling creeper of

pure devotion ever sprout from the desperately barren planes of my


Despite my predicament, just one great hope awakens in my

heart: by chanting the name of Sri Caitanyadeva, nothing can

remain to be lamented for by anyone at any time."

- Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati



sri-gaurahareh sarvopaya-vihinesv api raksakatvam -jnanadi-

vartma-virucim vraja-natha-bhakti-ritim

na vedmi na ca sad-guravo milanti.ha hanta hanta mama kah saranam vimudha

gauro-haris tava na karna-patham gato 'sti

Sri Prabodhanandapadanam

Sri Gaurahari is the savior of even those bereft of any method of

approach -"

I know not the way of love in Sri Vrndavana,

which breeds disloyalty to wisdom and the world;

nor do I come to meet with saintly teachers -to

whom shall I surrender, where shall I go?

O foolish fellow! You cannot have heard about

the Golden Lord, Sri Gaura Mahaprabhu."

- Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati


iti sri-prapanna-jivanamrte sri-bhakta-vacanamrtantargato

raksisyatiti visvaso nama pancamo 'dhyayah

thus ends the fifth chapter

Confidence in the Lord's Protection - Words of Nectar from the



Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls

Positive and Progressive Immortality





Chapter 6

Sri Bhakta-vacanamrtam - Words of Nectar from the Devotees

Goptrtve-varanam - Embracing the Lord's Guardianship




he krsna! pahi mam natha, krpayatmagatam kuru

ity evam prarthanam krsnam, praptum svami-svarupatah

goptrtve varanam jneyam, bhaktair hrdyataram param.prapatty ekarthakatvena, tad angitvena tat smrtam

"O Krsna, please protect me! My dear Lord, kindly accept me

as Your own."

Such a prayer, as well as the prayer to obtain Sri Krsna as one's

lord and master, is the supreme solace to the hearts of the pure

devotees, and is known by them as goptrtve-varanam - Embracing

the Lord's Guardianship. Because it expresses one and the same

ideal as unconditional surrender, goptrtve-varanam is accepted as

the chief of the six limbs of surrender.



sri-bhagavato bhakta-bhavenasraya-prarthanam -ayi

nanda-tanuja kinkaram patitam mam visame bhavambudhau

krpaya tava .-pankaja-sthita-dhuli-sadrsam vicintaya

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

Appearing as His own devotee, the Supreme Lord Himself prays for

refuge -"

O Nandanandana, son of King Nanda, although I am Your

eternal servitor, I have fallen into the terrible ocean of material

existence due to the fructification of my own deeds (karma). Please

graciously consider me to be a particle of dust at Your lotus feet."

- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra



sarva-sad-guna-vigraha atma-prado harir eva goptrtvena varaniyah -kah

panditas tvad-aparam saranam samiyad

bhakta-priyad rta-girah suhrdah krtajnat

sarvan dadati suhrdo bhajato 'bhikaman

atmanam apy upacayapacayau na yasya

Srimad Akrurasya

Only the Self-giving Lord Sri Hari, the Supreme Good, should be

petitioned for guardianship -."You give Your affection to Your devotees, Your word is truth,

You are the ever-grateful friend. Can any intelligent person thus

take refuge in anyone but You? You fulfill all the desires of the

sincere souls that serve You, giving Your very Self to them; and yet,

You are neither augmented nor diminished thereby."

- Srimad Akrura



sri-krsna-caranam eva prapannanam santapa-hari-sudha-varsi

apapatram -tapa-

trayenabhihatasya ghore

santapyamanasya bhavadhvan isa

pasyami nanyac charanam tavanghri

dvandvatapatrad amrtabhivarsat

Srimad Uddhavasya

The lotus feet of Lord Krsna are the umbrella to vanquish the

suffering of His surrendered souls, and shower nectar upon them -"

O Master, for persons afflicted by the triple miseries in this

ghastly course of material existence, I see no other shelter but the

umbrella of Your holy lotus feet, from which the rain of eternal

nectar showers down."

- Srimad Uddhava



sad-ripu-taditasya santi-hinasya sva-natha-caranasrayam eva

abhayasokamrta-pradam -

ciram iha vrjinartas tapyamano 'nutapair

avitrsa-sad-amitro 'labdha-santih kathancit

saranada samupetas tvat padabjam paratmann

abhayam rtam asokam pahi mapannam isa

Sri Mucukundasya

For the disturbed soul who is flogged by his six enemies, only the

shelter of the lotus feet of his natural Master awards him.immortality in fearlessness and sorrowlessness-

"O Supreme Soul, for time immemorial in this material world I

have been tormented with sin, stung with remorse, and constantly

harassed by my six insatiable enemies (the five senses and the mind).

O gracious awarder of shelter, somehow I have come before Your

holy lotus feet, which are the embodiment of fearlessness,

sorrowlessness, and positive immortality. My Master, please protect

this one distressed."

- Sri Mucukunda



labdha-svarupa-sandhanasya kamadi-sanga-janya-nija-vairupye

dhikkara-yuktasya saranagatasya sri-hari-dasyam eva asac-cestadito

niskrti karakatvena anubhutam -kamadinam

kati na katidha palita durnidesas

tesam jata mayi na karuna na trapa nopasantih

utsrjyaitan atha yadu-pate sampratam labdha-buddhis

tvam ayatah saranam abhayam mam niyunksv atma-dasye


A realization of the fact that the surrendered soul who discovers his

eternal identity and denounces his perversity caused by the

association of lust, anger, greed, madness, delusion, and hatred, is

rescued forever from all evil pursuits by the devotional service of

Lord Krsna -"

O Lord, for so long have I obeyed the unending, wicked

dictates of lust, anger, greed, madness, delusion, and hatred, but

they never took pity upon me, and I have felt neither shame nor the

desire to abandon them. O Lord of the Yadus, after all this, I am

leaving them behind. At last I have found my genuine sanity: I am

surrendered wholly unto Your lotus feet, which are the abode of

fearlessness. Please now engage me as Your personal servitor."

- revered votary



upalabdha-krsnasrayaika-mangalasya casraya-prapti-vilambane tad

aprapti-sambhavanayam udvega-prakasah -krsna!

tvadiya .-pankaja-panjarantam

adyaiva me visatu manasa-raja-hamsah

prana-prayana-samaye kapha-vata-pittaih

kanthavarodhana-vidhau smaranam kutas te

Sri Kulaseharasya

The expression of anguish in the suspense of delay in achieving the

shelter of Lord Krsna, by one who realizes such shelter to be the

only good fortune -"

O Krsna! Please allow my mind to immediately yield to Your

lotus flowerlike feet, just as the flamingo enters into the labyrinth of

the lotus flowers' stems. When at the moment of my last breath my

throat becomes constricted by the action of the bodily humours air,

bile, and phlegm, how will I be able to remember You?"

- Sri Kulasekhara



svarupata eva sri-krsnasyabhibhavakatva-palakatva-darsanena

tadasraya-prarthana -krsno

raksatu no jagat-traya-guruh krsnam namadhvam sada

krsnenakhila-satravo vinihatah krsnaya tasmai namah

krsnad eva samutthitam jagad idam krsnasya daso 'smy aham

krsne tisthati visvam etad akhilam he krsna raksasva mam

- Sri Kulasekharasya

A prayer for the shelter of Lord Sri Krsna, with the vision that He

alone is the natural guardian and sustainer of the living being -"

May Lord Krsna, the Guru of the three worlds, protect us;

our obeisance unto Lord Krsna at all times.

Krsna is the vanquisher of all enemies -I

offer my obeisance unto that Krsna.

This world emanates from Krsna;

I am the servant of only Krsna..This whole universe is situated within Krsna alone -O

Krsna! please protect me."

Sri Kulasekhara



gopijana-vallabha eva parama-palakah -he

gopalaka he krpa jalanidhe he sindhu-kanya-pate

he kamsantaka he gajendra-karunaparina he madhava

he ramanuja he jagat-traya-guro he pundarikaksa mam

he gopijana-natha palaya param janami na tvam vina

Sri Kulasekharasya

The only guardian is Krsna, the beloved Lord of the Gopis -"

O tender of the cows, ocean of mercy,

O Lord of the Goddess of Fortune;

O slayer of Kamsa, merciful deliverer of Gajendra,

O sweet, artful Krsna;

O young brother of Balarama, Guru of the three worlds,

O lotus-eyed Lord;

O dear Lord of the Gopis, please protect me in every way -I

know no one but You."

- Sri Kulasekhara



nitya-parsada api sarvatmana sri-krsnasrayam prarthayante -manaso

vrttayo nah syuh, krsna-padambujasrayah

vaco 'bhidhayinir namnam, kayas tat-prahvanadisu


Even the eternal associates of the Lord pray whole-heartedly for His

shelter -"

O Uddhava, may our thoughts take refuge in the lotus feet of

Sri Krsna, may our words be the chanting of His holy names, and

may our bodies be engaged in making obeisance unto Him."

- Sri Nanda.6.12

vraja-lilasya sri-krsnasya palakatvam prabhavamayam -

dadhi-mathana-ninadais-tyakta-nidrah prabhate

nibhrta-padam agaram ballavinam pravistah

mukha-kamala-samirair asu nirvapya dipan

kavalita-navanitah patu mam bala-krsnah

Sri Sri Bhagavata Caitanyacandrasya

The most powerful protection is afforded by Sri Krsna, the Lord of

divine pastimes in Vrndavana -"

That child Krsna, who, awakening by the sound of butter-churning,

stealthily enters the homes of the cowherd ladies, swiftly

blows out the lamps with the breeze of His lotus mouth and devours

the fresh butter - may He kindly protect me."

- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra



sarvatha yogyata-hinasyapi prapattav anadhikaro na -na

dharma-nistho 'smi na catma-vedi

na bhaktimams tvac caranaravinde

akincano 'nanya-gatih saranya

tvat .-mulam saranam prapadye

Sri Yamunacaryasya

Even a totally unqualified person is not unfit to surrender -"

O supreme refuge, I am not religious, I do not know the nature

of the soul, nor have I any devotion for Your holy lotus feet;

therefore, I am bereft - I am bereft of all good, and I am bereft of

any other shelter. Such as I am, I surrender unto the dust of Your

lotus feet."

- Sri Yamunacarya



sri-bhagavatah krpavalokanam evasraya-datrtvam -.aviveka-ghanandha-dinmukhe, bahudha santata-duhkha-varsini

bhagavan bhava-durdine patha-, skhalitam mam avalokayacyuta

Sri Yamunacaryasya

The shelter of the Supreme Lord is awarded by His merciful glance -"

O Lord, spreading darkness in all directions, the clouds of

ignorance are constantly raining multifarious calamities. I have lost

my way in this storm of material suffering. O Infallible Lord, kindly

cast Your glance upon me."

- Sri Yamunacarya



jivasya bhagavat-palyatvam svarupata eva siddham -tad

aham tvad rte na nathavan, mad rte tvam dayaniyavan na ca

vidhi-nirmitam etad anvayam, bhagavan palaya ma sma jihaya

Sri Yamunacaryasya

It is proven to be perfectly natural for the soul to be sustained by the

Lord -"

O Lord, without You, I cannot have a guardian, and without

me, You cannot have a fit recipient for Your mercy. This is our

relationship as the creator and the created Therefore, please take my

charge, O my Master, and never leave me."

- Sri Yamunacarya



prapannasya vividha-seva-sambandhah -pita

tvam mata tvam dayita-tanayas tvam priya-suhrt

tvam eva tvam mitram gurur api gatis casi jagatam

tvadiyas tvad bhrtyas tava parijanas tad gatir aham

prapannas caivam sa tv aham api tavaivasmi hi bharah

Sri Yamunacaryasya

A surrendered soul's various serving relationships with the Lord -"

For the entire creation You are father, mother, beloved son,.dear well-wisher and friend. You are the Universal Guru, the

ultimate refuge. And I also am Yours, sustained by You, a member

of Your family. You alone are my shelter, I am Your surrendered

soul, and such as I am, Your dependent."

- Sri Yamunacarya



bhagava tas-caitanyacandrasya patita-palakatvam -samsara-

duhkha-jaladhau patitasya kama-krodhadi-

nakra-makaraih kavali-krtasya

durvasana-nigaditasya nirasrayasya

caitanyacandra mama dehi padavalambam

Sri Prabodhanandapadanam

Sri Caitanyacandra's guardianship for the fallen -"

O Caitanyacandra, I, afallen into the miserable ocean of

material existence, am being devoured by the sharks and alligators

of lust, anger, greed, madness, delusion, and hatred; chained by

wicked desires, I am bereft of any shelter. Please graciously grant

me the refuge of Your holy lotus feet."

- Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati



nirasasyapi asa-pradam gaura-saranam -ha

hanta hanta paramosara-citta-bhumau

vyarthi bhavanti mama sadhana-kotayo 'pi

sarvatmana tad aham adbhuta-bhakti-bijam

sri-gauracandra-caranam saranam karomi

Sri Prabodhanandapadanam

The shelter of Sri Gauracandra gives hope to the hopeless -"

Alas, to cultivate the barren and rocky desertland of my heart,

tens of millions of assiduous attempts have proven to be simply

futile. Therefore, with all the will at my command, I embrace the

shelter of Sri Gauracandra's lotus feet, the source of the miraculous

seed of pure devotion."

Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati



sri-krsna-caitanya-prapannasya vairagyadi-bhakti-parikara-siddhih -vairagya-


ekah purusah puranah


krpambudhir yas tam aham prapadye

Sri Sarvabhaumapadanam

For the soul surrendered to the lotus feet of Sri Caitanyadeva, the

attainment of detachment, knowledge, etc., are proven to be

concomitant ornaments of devotion -"

The endless ocean of mercy, the eternal Supreme Person, one

without a second, has appeared as Sri Krsna Caitanya to teach

detachment, divine knowledge, and His personal relationship in

devotion. I do surrender unto Him."

- Sri Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya



sri-krsna-caitanya-prapattir eva yuga-dharmah -antah

krsnam bahir gauram, darsitadgadi-vaibhavam

kalau sankirtanadyaih sma, krsna-caitanyam asritah

Sri Jivapadanam

The only pure religion of the age: surrender unto the lotus feet of Sri

Caitanya Mahaprabhu -"

Accompanied by His divine entourage, the Supreme Lord Sri

Krsna Caitanya has appeared in all His pristine glory. In this age of

Kali, we now take shelter in Him by means of the characteristic

method of devotional service based on sankirtana, congregational

chanting of the holy names. Within, He is none other than Krsna

Himself and without, He is the Golden Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya."

- Sri Jiva Goswami.6.21


sri-caitanyasritasya parama-pumartha-praptih -yo

‚jnana-mattam bhuvanam dayalur

ullaghayann apy akarot pramattam

sva-prema-sampat-sudhayadbhute 'ham

sri-krsna-caitanyam amum prapadye

Sri Krsnadasapadanam

The soul surrendered to Sri Caitanyadeva attains the supreme

perfection of human life -"

I surrender unto that performer of miraculous deeds, Sri

Krsna Caitanya, the merciful Supreme Personality who delivered

the insane universe from the disease of ignorance, and then drove

the world stark mad with the nectarean treasure of His sweet love


- Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami



sruti-vimrgya sri-hari-nama-samsrayanam eva parama-muktanam

bhajanam -



ayi mukta-kulair upasyamana!

paritas tvam hari-nama samsrayami

Sri Rupapadanam

The pure devotional service rendered by the great liberated souls:

complete refuge in the holy name of the Lord, as sought after by all

the Vedas -"

The acme of all the Vedas, the Upanisads, are like a string of

transcendental jewels. The tips of the toes of Your lotus feet, O Holy

Name, are eternally worshiped by the radiance emanating from

those jewels. You are constantly worshiped by the great liberated

souls (headed by Narada and Suka, whose hearts are reposed in.complete absence of worldly aspirations). Therefore, O Name

Divine, I surrender unto You in every time, place, and


- Sri Rupa Goswami


iti sri-prapanna-jivanamrte sri-bhakta-vacanamrtantargatam

goptrtve-varanam nama sasto 'dhyayah

thus ends the sixth chapter

Embracing the Lord's Guardianship - Words of Nectar from the



Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls

Positive and Progressive Immortality


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Chapter 7

Sri Bhakta-vacanamrtam - Words of Nectar from the Devotees

Atma-niksepah - Full Self-surrender




harau dehadi-suddhatma-, paryantasya samarpanam

eva nihsesa-rupena, hy atma-niksepa ucyate

atmartha-cesta-sunyatvam, krsnarthaika-prayasakam

api tan nyasta-sadhyatva-, sadhanatvan ca tat phalam

evam niksipya catmanam, svanatha-caranambujat

nakarstum sakunyac capi, sada tanmayatam bhajet

To summarily offer everything - from body and its

paraphernalia up to pure soul - unto the lotus feet of Sri Hari, is

known as atma-niksepah, or Full Self-surrender. All selfish pursuits

are abandoned and every endeavor is for Krsna alone, and that too,

up to the point of completely depending on Krsna for one's personal

means and ends. Having thus cast oneself unto the holy lotus feet of

one's Lord, one can never be swayed from that position, and he

engages in pure devotional service with all his heart forever.



atma-niksepas-catma-nivedana-rupam -krsnayarpita-

dehasya, nirmamasyanahankrteh

manasas tat svarupatvam, smrtam atma:nivedanam


Self-dedication as self-sacrifice -"

Of one who, out of love for Krsna, has 'died to live' exclusively

for the Lord's service, who is devoid of attachment for any other

objective, and who is free from egotism - his Godly mentality (or

absence of pursuit for personal pleasure, in quest of the Lord's

pleasure) is known as atma-nivedana, full self-sacrifice."

- revered votary



tatra cesvarati-samarthya-visvasatvam -isvarasya

tu samarthyan, nalabhyam tasya vidyate

tasmin nyasta-bharah sete, tat karmaiva samacaret

Sri Vyasapadanam

Faith in the infinite capacity of the Lord is to be found within such

dedication -"

Due to His unlimited capacity, nothing whatsoever is

unattainable for the Supreme Lord. Thus, to be devoid of self-endeavor,

by completely depending upon Him, is to factually execute

the purpose of the Lord."

- Sri Vyasadeva



tad yantram evatmanam anubhavati -yat

krtam yat karisyami, tat sarvam na maya krtam

tvaya krtam tu phala-bhuk, tvam eva madhusudana

Sri Kulasekharasya

The dedicated soul perceives that he is merely an instrument in the

hands of the Supreme Lord -"

O Madhusudana, whatever I have done and whatever I will

do, nothing is my endeavor. It is all done by You, and You alone are

the enjoyer of the fruit."

- Sri Kulasekhara



hrdi tan niyuktatvanubhavan na mithyacarah -kenapi

devena hrdi sthitena

yatha niyukto 'smi tatha karomi

Gautamiya tantre

Hypocrisy cannot show its face in the light of such a heart's

revelation -"

As I am engaged by a Deity within my heart, so do I act."

- Gautamiya Tantra



govindam vine tatra sarvatmana nanya-bhavah -govindam

paramanandam, mukundam madhusudanam

tyaktvanyam vai na janami, na bhajami smarami na

Sri Vyasapadanam

Within such surrender there is no other conception but Govinda in

every thought, word, and deed -"

I know, worship, and remember no one but the Lord

Paramananda, Mukunda, Madhusudana, Govinda."

- Sri Vyasadeva



sarvatraivabhista-deva-darsanam -ito

nrsimah parato nrsimho.yato yato yami tato nrsimhah

bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho

nrsimham adim saranam prapadye


Indeed, one's worshipful Deity is seen everywhere -"

Nrsimha is here, Nrsimha is there - Nrsimha is wherever I go.

Nrsimha is outside, Nrsimha is within my heart. I am surrendered

unto that primeval Lord Nrsimha."

- revered votary




anyabhisandhi-varjjita sthayi-ratir eva syat -nathe

dhatari bhogi-bhoga-sayane narayane madhave

deve devakinandane suravare cakrayudhe sarngini

lilasesa-jagat-prapanca-jathare visvesvare sridhare

govinde kuru citta-vrttim acalam anyais tu kim vartanaih

Sri Kulasekharasya

Rejection of all spurious motives facilitates continuous attachment

for the Lord -"

He is your Lord, known by His various pastimes as Vidhata,

Anantasayana, Narayana, Madhava, Devata, Devakinandana,

Surasrestha, Cakrapani, Sarngi, Visvodara, Visvesvara, Sri Krsna,

and Govinda. What more could be desired than to offer your

unswerving thoughts unto Him?"

- Sri Kulasekhara



paramatmani svatmarpanam eva sarvatha veda-tatparyam -dharmartha-

kama iti yo 'bhihitas tri-varga

iksa trayi naya-damau vividha ca varta

manye tad etad akhilam nigamasya satyam

svatmarpanam sva-suhrdah paramasya pumsah.Sri Prahladasya

Full self-surrender is the whole purport of the Vedas -"

The pursuits of religiosity, prosperity, and sensual enjoyment

have been delineated as the three ends of human existence. They

include the sciences of self-knowledge, elevation, and logic, the

principles of government, and various methods of livelihood such as

farming, etc. All these pursuits are advocated by those sections of the

Vedas dealing with trimodal matters, and therefore I consider them

to be transient. On the other hand, I know self-dedication unto the

Supreme Personality of Godhead, the dear well-wisher of the soul, to

be the only factual reality propounded by the Vedas."

Sri Prahlada



atma-niksepa-paddhatih -aparadha-

sahasra-bhajanam, patitam bhima-bhavarnavodare

agatim saranagatam hare, krpaya kevalam atmasat kuru

Sri Yamunacaryasya

The pathway to self-dedication -"

The perpetrator of thousands of offenses, fallen into the

terrible ocean of material existence, I have no shelter but You. O

Lord Hari, please graciously accept this surrendered soul as one of

Your own."

- Sri Yamunacarya



atra kecid deharpanam evatmarpanam iti manyante -cintam

kuryan na raksayai, vikritasya yatha pasoh

tatharpayan harau deham, viramed asya raksanat


Some consider bodily dedication to be self-dedication -"

As one is indifferent to the upkeep of a sold animal, there will

similarly be no cause to be concerned for the upkeep of one's body

when it has been offered unto the lotus feet of Sri Hari."

- revered votary



gunatita suddha-ketrajnasyaiva samarpitatvopalabdhih -vapuradisu

yo 'pi ko 'pi va

gunato 'sani yatha-tatha-vidhah

tad aham tava .-padmayor

aham adyaiva maya samarpitah

Sri Yamunacaryasya

The transcendental, pure soul's realization of his capacity to offer

himself unto the Lord -"

However I may be materially designated, however my

character may be known - now, O Lord, this whole sense of ego is

offered by me unto Your holy lotus feet."

-Sri Yamunacarya



atmarpanasya drstantah -tan

me bhavan khalu vrtah patir anga jayam

atmarpitas ca bhavato 'tra vibho vidhehi

ma virabhagam abhimarsatu caidya arad

gomayuvan-mrga-pater balim ambujaksa

Sri Rukminidevyah

An example of offering oneself -"

O lotus-eyed Lord, I have selected You as my husband, and I

offer myself unto You. Therefore, please come and take me as Your

wife, before Sisupala, like the jackal plundering the lion's prey,

suddenly touches me, who am to be enjoyed by You alone."

Srimati Rukminidevi



tatra suddhahankarasya paricaya-samrddher-abhivyaktih -naham

vipro na ca nara-patir napi vaisyo na sudro

naham varni na ca grha-patir no vana-stho yatir va

kintu prodyan-nikhila-paramananda-purnamrtabdher

gopi-bhartuh .-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

The vivid revelation of the treasure within the identity of pure ego in

self-dedication -"

I am not a priest, a king, a merchant, or a laborer (brahmana,

ksatriya, vaisya, sudra); nor am I a student, a householder, a retired

householder, or a mendicant (brahmacari, grhastha, vanaprastha,

sannyasi). I identify myself only as the servant of the servant of the

servant of the lotus feet of Sri Krsna, the Lord of the Gopis, who is

the personification of the fully expanded (eternally self-revealing)

nectarean ocean that brims with the totality of divine ecstasy."

- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra



aupadhika-dharma-sambandha-cchedas ca -sandhya-

vandana bhadram astu bhavato bho snana tubhyam namo

bho devah pitaras ca tarpana-vidhau naham ksamah ksamyatam

yatra kvapi nisadya yadava-kulottamsasya kamsa-dvisah

smaram smaram agham harami tad alam manye kim anyena me

Sri Madhavendra Puripadanam

All connection with formal religion is severed -"

O morning, noon, and evening prayers, may all good be unto

you; O daily ablutions, my respects unto you; O demigods, O

forefathers, may you forgive me - I cannot follow the injunctions to

offer you libations. Wherever I may be, I shall eradicate my sins,

constantly contemplating that jewel of the Yadu dynasty, the slayer

of Kamsa, and I think this is sufficient for me. What more could I

ever want than this?"

Sri Madhavendra Puri



alaukika-bhavodaye laukika-vicara-tucchatvam -mugdham

mam nigadantu niti-nipuna bhrantam muhur vaidika

mandam bandhava-sancaya jada-dhiyam muktadarah sodarah

unmattam dhanino viveka-caturah kamam maha-dambhikam

moktum na ksamate manag api mano govinda-.-sprham


Awakening of divine affection for Krsna proves worldly opinion

mere trivia -"

The expert moralists may say that I am deluded, the Vedic

religionists may insist that I am misled, and my associates may

condemn me as uncultured. My own brothers may disrespect me

and call me an idiot, the wealthy may say I am mad, and the sharp-witted

philosophers may severely criticize me as being a great

egotist. Nevertheless, my heart cannot budge in the slightest degree

from its aspiration to serve the lotus feet of Sri Govinda."




hari-rasa-pana-mattanam jana-mata-vicare navakasah -parivadatu

jano yatha tathayam

nanu mukharo na vayam vicarayamah


bhuvi viluthama natama nirvisamah

Sri Sarvabhaumapadanam

The people's opinion is of no consequence to the devotees absorbed

in the ecstasy of service to Lord Hari -"

The gossipers may slander us, but we shall not heed them.

Completely intoxicated by drinking the wine of the ecstasy of Sri

Hari's service, we shall dance, roll on the ground, and faint."

- Sri Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya.7.20


bahu-manitadvaitananda-simhasanat vraja-rasa-ghana-murttes-

carane lunthana-rupam-atma-niksepanam -advaita-

vithi-pathikair upasyah


hathena kenapi vayam sathena

dasi-krta gopa-vadhu-vitena

Sri Bilvamangalasya

Abdicating the much-vaunted throne of monistic bliss, to cast oneself

unto the service of Sri Krsna, the embodiment of the divine ecstasy

of Vrndavana, by rolling in the dust of His lotus feet -"

Although I am worshippable by the wanderers on the path of

monism, and although I have received initiation into ascending the

great throne of self-satisfaction, I have been forcibly converted into a

maidservant by some deceitful paramour of the Gopis."

Sri Bilvamangala Thakura



anugraha-nigrahabhedena sevyanuraga eva atma-niksepah -viracaya

mayi dandam dinabandho dayam va

gatir iha na bhavatah kacid anya mamasti

nipatatu sata-kotir nirbharam va navambhas

tad api kila payodah stuyate catakena

Sri Rupapadanam

Genuine self-dedication is deep attachment for one's Master,

considering reward and punishment equally -"

O friend of the needy, whether You chastise me or reward me,

in the whole wide world I have no other shelter but You. Whether

the thunderbolt strikes or torrents of fresh waters shower down, the

Cataka bird (who drinks only the falling rainwater) perpetually goes

on singing the glories of the raincloud."

- Sri Rupa Goswami.7.22


vraja-rasa-lampatasya svairacaresv atma-niksepasyaiva paramotkarsah


va .-ratam pinastu mam

adarsanan marma-hatam karotu va

yatha tatha va vidadhatu lampato

mat-prana-nathas tu sa eva naparah

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

The acme of self-dedication is surrender to the whim of Sri Krsna,

the paramour of Vrndavana -"

Krsna may warmly embrace this maidservant of His lotus feet,

claiming me as His own, or He may break my heart by not

appearing before me. He is wayward, and He may exploit me as He

wishes, but He will always be the only Lord of my life."

- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra



mahaudarya-lilamaya sri-caitanya-caranatma-niksepasya paramatvam -patrapatra-

vicaranam na kurute na svam param viksate

deyadeya-vimarsako na hi na va kala-pratiksah prabhuh

sadyo yah sravaneksana-pranamana-dhyanadina durllabham

datte bhakti-rasam sa eva bhagavan gaurah param me gatih

Sri Prabodhanandapadanam

The dignity of casting oneself unto the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya

Mahaprabhu, the Hero in the divine pastimes of supreme

magnanimity -"

He makes no distinction between the worthy and the

unworthy, and He does not differentiate between Himself and

others; He does not consider who should be given to and who should

not, and He makes no preparation for an auspicious or inauspicious

moment; and He swiftly awards the rarest nectar of pure devotion

beginning with hearing about the Lord, beholding Him, making.obeisance unto Him, and absorbing one's thoughts in Him - that

Supreme Lord Gaurahari is my one and only shelter."

Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati


iti sri-prapanna-jivanamrte sri-bhakta-vacanamrtantargata

atma-niksepo nama saptamo 'dhyayah

thus ends the seventh chapter

Full Self-surrender - Words of Nectar from the Devotees


Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls

Positive and Progressive Immortality





Chapter 8

Sri Bhakta-vacanamrtam - Words of Nectar from the Devotees

Karpanyam - Surrender in Humility




bhagavan raksa raksaivam, arta-bhavena sarvatah

asamorddhva-daya-sindhor, hareh karunya-vaibhavam

smaratams ca visesena, nijati-socya-nicatam

bhaktanam arti-bhavas tu, karpanyam kathyate budhaih

'O Lord, please protect me, protect me . . .'

Such an internal sense of heartbreak in the devotees, which

causes their remembrance in love, in all circumstances, of the

extension of grace from the unequaled and unexcelled ocean of

compassion, Sri Hari, and which characteristically causes them to

ever remember their feeling of most lamentable destitution, is known

by the learned as karpanyam -Surrender in Humility.



sri-krsna-nama-svarupasya parama-pavanatvam, jivasya durdaivan ca -namnam-

akari bahudha nija-sarva-saktis

tatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalah

etadrsi tava krpa bhagavan mamapi

durdaivam idrsam ihajani nanuragah

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

The holy name of the Lord is the supreme purifier, yet the soul's

misfortune is to deny it -"

O Lord, Your holy name alone bestows all the good fortune of

the soul, and this is why You have revealed Your many different

names such as 'Krsna' and 'Govinda.' You have offered all Your

transcendental potency in your holy name, without initiating any

(scriptural or philosophical) hard and fast rules and regulations,

concerning time, place, or circumstance, to be observed in chanting

it. Dear Lord, in this way You have given Your mercy to the living

entity by making Your name so easily available, and yet, my

misfortune in the form of offense (nama-aparadha) does not allow

love for that merciful name to be born within my heart."

-the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra



udbuddha-svarupe svabhava-karpanyam -parama-

karuniko na bhavat-parah

parama-socyatamo na ca mat-parah

iti vicintya hare mayi pamare

yad ucitam yadunatha tadacara


Humility is the natural symptom of the soul in his awakened state -"

O Lord Hari, You are the supreme merciful, second to none,

and my condition of life is the most lamentable, second to none. O

Lord of the Yadu dynasty, considering this, dispense whatever You

deem fit for this sinful wretch."

- votary.



maya-vasa-jivasya mayadhisa-krpaika-gatitvam -naitan

manas tava kathasu vikuntha-natha

sampriyate durita-dustam asadhu tivram

kamaturam harsa-soka-bhayaisanartam

tasmin katham tava gatim vimrsami dinah

Sri Prahladasya

The only hope for the soul enslaved by maya is the mercy of the

Master of maya -durita-


dusita-mana asadhu manasa, kama-harsa-soka-bhaya-esanara


tava katha-rati kise haibe amara, kise krsna tava lila kanbo vicara

(Bengali verse by Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura)

"Sinful, wicked mind - full of evil thought:

lusting, laughing, crying, fearing - in worldly search is caught.

O Krsna, how will I develop attachment to talks of You?

how will I e'er comprehend Your pastimes ever-new?"

(Bengali verse translation)



krsnonmukha-citte baddha-bhavasya durvilasa-paricayah -jihvaikato

'cyuta vikarsati mavitrpta

sisno 'nyatas tvag-udaram sravanam kutascit

ghrano 'nyatas capala-drk kva ca karma-saktir

bahvyah sapatnya iva geha-patim lunanti

Sri Prahladasya

A game of misfortune: an adverse mentality in the heart aspiring to

serve Krsna -jihva


tane rasa prati upastha kadarthe, udara bhojane tane visama.anarthe

carmma tane sayadite, sravana kathaya, ghrana tane surabhite, caksu

drsye yaya

karmendriya karme sane, bahu-patni yatha, grha-pati akarsaya mora

mana tatha

e mata avastha mora sri-nandanandana, ki rupe tomara lila kariba


(Bengali poem by Sri Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura)

"Dragged by tongue towards a taste, by genital to perversion;

needlessly the belly craves lavish food consumption.

The skin demands luxurious comforts, the ear demands sweet talks;

the nose demands sweet fragrance, as the eye for scenery looks.

Like a man with many wives, splayed by their demands -thus

the mind is dragged by the senses' commands.

O dear son of Nanda, this is my situation;

how will Your sweet pastimes be my heart's contemplation?"

(Bengali verse translation)



purusottama-seva-prarthino bhaktasya nija-lajjakarayogyata-nivedanam


tulyo nasti papatma, naparadhi ca kascana

parihare 'pi lajja me, kim bruve purusottama


The regretful submission of incompetence by the devotee who

aspires for the service of the Supreme Person -"

There is no parallel to my sinful, criminal life. Everything that

can be conceived of as bad is found in me. O Supreme Lord, I am

even ashamed to come before You to petition, 'please forgive my

offenses.' What more can I say than this?"

- votary



mangalamaya-bhagavan-namabhase papinam atma-dhikkarah -kva

caham kitavah papo, brahma-ghno nirapatrapah

kva ca narayanety etad, bhagavan-nama mangalam


The sinful revile themselves when they are exposed to a mere

facsimile of the all-auspicious holy name of the Lord (namabhasa) -"

Who am I? A cheater, a sinner, a defiler of my brahminical

status, a shameless wretch. What is my position in comparison to

this holy name of the Lord, 'Narayana,' the embodiment of all


- Ajamila



sri-bhagavat-krpodaye brahma-bandhunam daridryam api na badhakam


daridrah papiyan, kva krsnah sri-niketanah

brahma-bandhur iti smaham, bahubhyam parirambhitah

Sri Sudamnah

The Lord's mercy does not consider the disqualification of even a

fallen brahmana -"

I am the most sinful and destitute, so who am I compared to

Krsna, the shelter of the Goddess of Fortune? He knew I was the

unqualified son of a brahmana, but nonetheless He embraced me.

Indeed, this is most astonishing."

Sri Sudama



vidhatur api hari-sambandhi-pasvadi-janma-prarthana -tad

astu me natha sa bhuri-bhago

bhave 'tra vanyatra tu va tirascam

yenaham eko 'pi bhavaj-jananam

bhutva niseve tava .-pallavam.Sri Brahmanah

- Lord Brahma

Even the universal creator, Brahma, prays to be born as an animal

or a bird, if that is conducive to the service of Lord Hari -ei


brahma janmei va anya kona bhave, pasu-paksi haye janmi

tomara vibhave

ei matra asa tava bhakta-gana-sange, thaki tava .-seva hari

nana range

(Bengah verse by Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

"In this life as Lord Brahma, or in any other place,

if I'm born as beast or bird, that will be Your grace:

my only aspiration is to be with Your servants,

and in Your pastimes serve Your feet, as one of Your attendants."

(Bengali verse translation)



ananya-saranesu mrgesv api bhagavat-krpa -kim

citram acyuta tavaitad asesa-bandho

dasesv ananya-saranesu yad atma-sattvam

yo 'rocayat saha mrgaih svayam isvaranam


Srimad Uddhavasya

The Lord is merciful upon even the animals who have exclusively

surrendered unto Him -"

O Lord Krsna, friend of all, in Your form of Lord Rama, even

when the tips of the magnificent crowns of the great gods headed by

Lord Brahma were subjugated before Your lotus feet, You simply

showed Your affection for the monkeys. Thus it is no wonder that

You are seen to be subordinate to Your exclusive servitors such as

Nanda Maharaja, the Gopis, Bali, and others."

- Sri Uddhava.8.12


bhagavat-krpopalabdha-mahatmyasya tat kainkarya-prarthanapi

auddhatyavad eva pratiyate -dhig

asucim avinitam nirdayam mam alajjam

parama-purusa yo 'ham yogi-varyagraganyaih

vidhi-siva-sanakadyair dhyatum atyanta-duram

tava parijana-bhavam kamaye kama-vrttah

Sri Yamunacaryasya

Even to pray for the Lord's servitorship is felt as an impertinence,

when the glory of the Lord is realized by His mercy -"

Fie on me - an impure, impertinent, hard-hearted, and

shameless fellow. O Supreme Personality, simply governed by my

whims do I dare to aspire for Your servitorship, a position

practically inconceivable to great, powerful personalities like Lord

Brahma, Lord Siva, and the four Kumaras."

- Sri Yamunacarya



upalabdha-sva-dosa-sahasrasyapi tac carana-paricarya-lobho 'py

avaryamanah - amaryadah ksudras calamatir asaya-prasavabhuh

krtaghno durmani smara-paravaso vancana-parah

nrsamsah papisthah katham aham ito duhkha-jaladher

aparad uttirnas tava paricareyam caranayoh

Sri Yamumcaryasya

Despite thousands of personal defects, a devotee can never check his

desire for the Lord's service -"

Uncultured, mean, fickle-minded, envious, ungrateful, proud,

subservient to lust, deceitful, hard-hearted, and sinful am I. O Lord,

how will I ever be able to cross this insurmountable ocean of misery

and attain to the service of Your lotus feet?"

- Sri Yamunacarya.8.14


prapannasya prapatti-samanya-krpayam api nijayogyata-pratitih -nanu

prayatnah sakrd eva natha

tavaham asmiti ca yacamanah

tavanukampyah smaratah pratijnam

mad eka varjjam kim idam vratante

Sri Yamunacaryasya

Although the Lord is naturally gracious upon the surrendered soul,

the surrendered soul considers himself unfit to receive that grace -"

O Lord, one who keeps Your pledge in mind and wholly

surrenders unto You, declaring, 'I am Yours alone,' is a fit recipient

for Your grace. Is it only I who am not included in Your promise?"

Sri Yamunacarya



suspasta-dainyenatma-vijnaptih -na

ninditam karma tad asti loke

sahasraso yan na maya vyadhayi

so 'ham vipakavasare mukunda

krandami sampraty agatis tavagre

Sri Yamunacaryasya

Heartfelt petition in stark humility -"

O Mukunda, there is no offensive activity in this world that I

have not performed thousands of times. Now, finally, I have no

alternative but to simply weep before You."

- Sri Yamunacarya



asima-krpasya krpayah sesa-simantargatam atmanam anubhavati -nimajjato

'nanta bhavarnavantas

ciraya me kulam ivasi labdhah

tvayapi labdham bhagavann idanim

anuttamam patram idam dayayah.Sri Yamunacaryasya

The realization of feeling oneself to be situated on the outer limit of

the unlimitedly merciful Lord's mercy -"

O Lord, I was drowning in the fathomless, endless ocean of

material existence, and now, after immeasurable time, I have

reached the shore - Your Divine Self. And You also have finally

obtained the most fit recipient for Your mercy."

- Sri Yamunacarya




bhagavad-bhaktasya svasmin dinatva-buddhir eva svabhaviki, na tu

bhaktatva-buddhih -dinabandhur

iti nama te smaran, yadavendra patito 'ham utsahe

bhakta-vatsalataya tvayi srute, mamakam hrdayam asu kampate


A devotee of the Lord naturally considers himself to be lowly, and

never does he consider himself a devotee -"

O Yadavendra, when I think of Your name, Dinabandhu -friend

of the fallen, I, who am afallen, feel encouraged. But hearing

that You are Bhaktavatsala - affectionate to the devotees, my heart

suddenly trembles."




siva-virincy-adi-deva-sevya svasambandha-lesasambhavanaya

nairasyam -stavakas

tava caturmukhadayo, bhavaka hi bhagavan bhavadayah

sevakah sata-makhadayah sura, vasudeva yadi ke tada vayam


A devotee feels disappointed in the improbability of his ever having

a slight relationship with the Supreme Lord who is worshippable by

the great gods headed by Lord Siva and Lord Brahma -."O Lord, the demigods headed by four-headed Lord Brahma

are engaged in offering their worshipful prayers unto You; the

demigods headed by five-headed Lord Siva are absorbed in

meditation upon You; and the demigods headed by Lord Indra, the

performer of a hundred sacrifices, are Your order carriers. O Lord

Vasudeva, who then, are we to You?"

- Dhananjaya



gauravatarasyaty-utkrsta-phala-datvam-aty-audaryatvan ca vilokya

tatrati-lobhatvad-atmany-ati-vancitatva-bodhah -vancito

'smi vancito 'smi, vancito 'smi na samsayah

visvam gaura-rase magnam, sparso 'pi mama nabhavat

Sri Prabodhanandapadanam

Seeing the Lord's most munificent descent as Sri Gauranga who is

the bestower of the paramount gift of love divine, the devotee, feeling

insatiable desire for the mercy of this Lord, considers himself to be

drastically deceived -"

Deceived, deceived, no doubt, deceived am I! The whole

universe became flooded with the love of Sri Gauranga, but alas, my

fate was not to get even the slightest touch of it."

- Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati



sri-gaura-seva-rasa-grdhnu-janasya tad aprapty asankaya khedoktih -adarsaniyan

api nica-jatin

samviksate hanta tathapi no mam

mad-eka-varjjam krpayisyatiti

nirniya kim so 'vatatara devah

Sri Prataparudrasya

The lament of one deeply aspiring for the service of Sri Gaurahari,

in the apprehension of not attaining that service -"

He casts His merciful glance upon even low-born persons who.are unfit to be seen; yet He will not grant me His audience. Has the

Lord (Sri Caitanyadeva) made His advent deciding that He will give

His grace to all but me?"

- Sri Pratapa Rudra



premamaya-svanathati-vadanyatopalabdhes tan nitya-parsadasya

dainyoktih -bhavabdhim

dustaram yasya, dayaya sukham uttaret

bharakrantah kharo 'py esa, tam sri-caitanyam asraye

Sri Sanatanapadanam

Realizing his loving Lord's extreme magnanimity, deep humility is

expressed by the intimate servitor of the Lord -"

Even this overburdened ass takes shelter of the lotus feet of

Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, by whose grace the formidable

ocean of material existence can be crossed very easily."

- Sri Sanatana Goswami



maha-prema-piyusa-bindu-prarthinah svadainyanubhutih -prasarita-

mahaprema-, piyusa-rasa-sagare

caitanya-candre prakate, yo dino dina eva sah

Sri Prabodhanandapadanam

One who begs for a drop of the nectar of divine love supreme

perceives his own destitution -"

Now that Sri Caitanyacandra - the unlimitedly expansive

ocean of the joy of divine love supreme - has made His gracious

advent, anyone who remains destitute is surely a genuine pauper."

- Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati



vipralambha-rasasritasya parama-siddhasyapi viraha-duhkhe

hrdayodghatanam -.ayi dina-dayardra-natha he, mathura-natha kadavalokyase

hrdayam tvad-aloka-kataram dayita bhramyati kim karomy aham

Sri Madhavendra Puripadanam

The heart's eruption in the sorrow of separation, even for one who

has achieved the ultimate perfection of love in separation -"

O gentle-hearted Lord, ever-gracious upon the destitute, O

Lord of Mathura, when shall I see You again? In Your absence my

broken heart trembles. Beloved! what shall I do now?"

- Sri Madhavendra Puri



sri-krsna-virahe asahayavat svanatha-karunakarsanam -amuny

adhanyani dinantarani

hare tvad alokanam antarena

anatha-bandho karunaika-sindho

ha hanta ha hanta katham nayami

Sri Bilvamangalasya

A devotee in separation of Krsna helplessly draws the grace of the

Lord of his life -"

O Hari, O guardian of the shelterless, O one and only ocean of

mercy, how will I pass my unblest days and nights without a glimpse

of You?"

- Sri Bilvamangala Thakura



vrajendranandana-virahe taj-jivitesvaryah svayam-rupaya api dasivat

karpanyam -ha

natha ramana prestha, kvasi kvasi maha-bhuja

dasyas te krpanaya me, sakhe darsaya sannidhim

Sri Radhikayah

Like a maidservant, even Sri Radhika, the heroine of the son of King

Nanda, humbly petitions the Lord in His separation -."O Lord, my loving consort and dearmost hero, where are

You? I am Your poor maidservant, please come to Me."

- Srimati Radharani



vipralambhe sri-krsna-vallabhanam api grhasaktavad dainyoktih -ahus

ca te nalina-nabha padaravindam

yogesvarair hrdi vicintyam agadha-bodhaih


geham jusam api manasy udiyat sada nah

- Sri Gopikanam

Like persons attached to hearth and home, even the Gopis, the

damsels beloved of Lord Sri Krsna, humbly petition the Lord in His

separation -"

O lotus-navelled one, Your lotus feet, eternally held as the

object of meditation within the hearts of the greatest yogis of

profound intellect, are the only resort for delivering those souls

fallen into the well of material life. May those holy lotus feet

graciously appear within the hearts of we ordinary household


- the Gopis



viraha-kataro bhakta atmanam aty-asahayam manyate -gato

yamo gatau yamau, gata yama gatam dinam

ha hanta kim karisyami, na pasyami harer mukham


A devotee afflicted in separation feels himself to be drastically

helpless -"

Three hours have passed, six hours have passed, nine hours

have passed, a whole day has passed . . . alas, alas, what shall I do? I

could not catch a glimpse of the lotus face of Sri Hari!".Sankara



govinda-virahe sarva-sunyataya aty-anathavad-dirgha-duhkha-bodha-rupa-

prema-cesta -yugayitam

nimesena, caksusa pravrsayitam

sunyayitam jagat sarvam, govinda-virahena me

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

Because everything appears vacant in the separation of Sri Krsna,

divine love's attempt becomes prolonged sorrow in desperate

shelterlessness -"

O Govinda, my every moment seems to be a great millennium.

Tears flow from my eyes like torrents of rain, and the whole world

seems empty in the absence of You."

- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra



sri-krsnaika-vallabhayas tad virahe anubhutakhila-prana-cesta-vyarthataya

deha-yatra-nirvahasyapi lajjakara-socya-vyavaharavat

pratitih -sri-

krsna-rupadi-nisevanam vina

vyarthani me 'hany akhilendriyany alam

pasana-suskendhana bharakany aho

vibharmi va tani katham hata-trapah


When, in His separation, Krsna's faithful sweetheart realizes Her

whole urge for living has been thwarted, even to maintain her body

is felt to be a shamefully lamentable task -"

My dear companion, without the service of Sri Krsna's divine

form, nature, and pastimes, all my senses have become senseless.

Now, how will I be able to shamelessly bear the burden of these

wood-like, stone-like senses?"

- revered votary.



ati-vipralambhe jivita-pranayinya rodanam api nija-dambha-matratvena

pratiyate - yasyamiti samudyatasya vacanam visrabdham


gacchan duram upeksito muhur asau vyavrtya pasyann api

tac chunye punar agatasmi bhavane pranas ta eva sthitah

sakhyah pasyata jivita-pranayini dambhad aham rodimi


His sweetheart who lives despite intensely feeling His separation

thinks that even Her tears are only due to Her pride -"

When He was about to leave, He said, 'I am going.' I heard His

words without a care. As He left, from afar He glanced back again

and again, but I paid no attention. Now, upon returning to my house

which is bereft of Krsna, I am still living - O my friends! see how I

cry out of the pride of being the love of His life . . ."

- Rudra



labdha-sri-krsna-prema-parakasthasya pratiksana-vardhamana-tad-asvadana-

lolupataya tad-apraptivat pratitih

tatra sri-krsna-premnastu

sarvocca-saubhagyakara-parama- sudurllabha-pumarthatvan ca

sucitam -na

prema-gandho 'sti darapi me harau

krandami saubhagya-bharam prakasitum

vamsi-vilasy-anana-lokanam vina

vibharmi yat prana-patangakan vrtha

Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya

A person who has attained to the acme of love for Krsna appears as

one bereft of that love, due to the moment by moment growing

insatiable desire to taste it; this indicates love for Krsna to be the

bestower of the supreme fortune, and the most rarely attained goal

of life -."O My companion, I do not have the slightest scent of love for

Krsna - and yet, I cry. This is only for the purpose of exhibiting my

great fortune. Without seeing the lovely face of Krsna playing His

flute, I worthlessly pass My days, like an insignificant insect."

- the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra


iti sri-prapanna-jivanamrte


karpanyam nama astamo 'dhyayah

thus ends the eighth chapter

Surrender in Humility - Words of Nectar from the Devotees


Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls

Positive and Progressive Immortality





Chapter 9

Sri Sri Bhagavad-vacanamrtam -

Words of Nectar from the Supreme Lord




sri-krsnanghri-prapannanam, krsna-premaika-kanksinam

sarvartty-ajnana-hrt sarva-, bhista-seva-sukha-pradam

prana-sanjivanam saksad-, bhagavad-vacanamrtam

sri-bhagavata-gitadi-, sastrac changrhyate 'tra hi

Herein, collected from the Holy Scriptures headed by Srimad-Bhagavatam

and Bhagavad-gita, are words of nectar directly from

the lotus mouth of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This is the

nectar to vanquish all sorrow and darkness for the souls

surrendered to the lotus feet of Sri Krsna, and also for those aspiring

for exclusive love for Krsna. It nourishes the lives of the devotees,.pleasing their hearts by fulfilling all their cherished desires for

devotional service.



sri-bhagavatah prapanna-klesa-haritvam -tvam

prapanno 'smi saranam, deva-devam janardanam

iti yah saranam praptas, tam klesad uddharamy aham

Sri Narasimhe

The Supreme Lord dispels the suffering of His surrendered soul -"

I deliver from all suffering one who accepts My shelter, saying,

'O God of gods, O supreme refuge, I am surrendered unto You'."

Sri Nrsimha Purana



tasya sakrd eva prapannaya sadabhaya-datrtvam -sakrd

eva prapanno yas, tavasmiti ca yacate

abhayam sarvada tasmai, dadamy etad vratam mama

Sri Ramayane

If one seeks refuge in Him just once, He awards fearlessness to that

person forever -"

It is My pledge that if anyone just once sincerely petitions Me

for shelter, saying 'I am Yours,' then I grant him courage for all

time to come."

Sri Ramayana



sa ca sadhunam paritrana-kartta -paritranaya

sadhunam, vinasaya ca duskrtam

dharma-samsthapanarthaya, sambhavami yuge yuge

Sri Gitayam 4.8

He is the savior of the saints -"

I appear in every age to deliver the saintly devotees, to.vanquish the sinful miscreants, and to firmly establish true


Srimad Bhagavad-gita (verses 5-31)



tasya prarthanurupa-phala-datrtvam -ye

yatha mam prapadyante, tams tathaiva bhajamy aham

mama vartmanuvartante, manusyah partha sarvasah

tatraiva 4.11

He bestows whatever fruit He is petitioned for -"

O Partha, however a person worships Me, I am

correspondingly attainable by him. Certainly all men follow My

path: they follow that path which is revealed by Me."



bahu-deva-yajinam sri-krsnetara-devata-prapattir-bhogabhisandhi-mulaiva


tais tair hrta-jnanah, prapadyante 'nya-devatah

tam tam niyamam asthaya, prakrtya niyatah svaya

tatraiva 7.20

Motivation for sense gratification is the only reason that the

worshippers of the many demigods surrender to those gods instead

of to Lord Krsna -"

Persons whose good sense is perverted by some material desire

become preoccupied with that desire, and thus they adopt the

appropriate rules and regulations to worship 'other gods'."



tat sarvesaresvaratvajnanam eva karminam bahu-deva-yajane karanam


hi sarva-yajnanam, bhokta ca prabhur eva ca

na tu mam abhijananti, tattvenatas cyavanti te

tatraiva 9.24

The elevationists worship 'many gods' due to their ignorance of Sri

Krsna's position as the Supreme God of all gods -"

I alone am the enjoyer and the Lord of all sacrifices. Those

who worship the demigods, considering them to be independent of

Me, are known as superficial worshippers (pratikopasaka). They do

not understand My factual position, and thus due to their fallacious

worship they deviate from the truth. When they worship as My

expansions the demigods headed by the Sungod, they may ultimately

gain an auspicious result."



tatra durmati-duskrti-mudhata-rupo maya-prabhava eva karanam -na

mam duskrtino mudhah, prapadyante naradhamah

mayayapahrtajnana, asuram bhavam asritah

tatraiva 7.15

The cause of such stunted intelligence, evil propensities, and

foolishness: the power of illusion (maya) -"

Being merged in maya, foolish and fallen men dedicated to evil

deeds resort to the demoniac mentality and do not surrender to Me."



dvandvatitah sukrtiman eva sri-krsna-bhajanadhikari -yesam

tv anta-gatam papam, jananam punya-karmanam

te dvandva-moha-nirmukta, bhajante mam drdha-vratah

tatraiva 7.28

Only the virtuous soul who rejects both mundane happiness and

unhappiness is qualified to worship Lord Krsna -"

Those virtuous persons whose sins have been destroyed are

liberated from illusory happiness and unhappiness, and they

worship Me with firm resolve."



sri-krsna-prapattir eva maya-taranopayo nanyah -daivi

hy esa gunamayi, mama maya duratyaya

mam eva ye prapadyante, mayam etam taranti te

tatraiva 7.14

Surrender to Sri Krsna is the only method of overcoming maya -"

This trimodal deluding energy (maya) of Mine is practically

insurmountable. Only those who surrender unto Me can overcome




sri-krsna-prapattir eva suddha-jnana-phalam ity anubhavitur


sudurllabhatvam -bahunam

janmanam ante, jnanavan mam prapadyate

vasudevah sarvam iti, sa mahatma sudurllabhah

tatraiva 7.19

Absolute surrender unto the lotus feet of Sri Krsna is the purpose of

knowledge (jnana) the great soul who realizes this truth is

exceedingly rare -"

Having passed through many lifetimes of assiduous spiritual

practices, by the influence of sadhu-sanga, the association of saints,

one attains to knowledge of My identity, and thus surrenders utterly

unto Me. Thereafter, he reaches Me, and realizes that everything

without exception is related to Vasudeva, and thus everything that

be is of the nature of Vasudeva. Such a great soul is exceedingly




labdha-cit-svarupasyaiva sri-krsne pare bhaktih, atah sa nirguna eva -brahma-

bhutah prasannatma, na socati na kanksati

samah sarvesu bhutesu, mad-bhaktim labhate param

tatraiva 18.54.A person who has realized his constitutional spiritual nature engages

in transcendental devotional service unto the lotus feet of Sri Krsna;

therefore, such devotion is transcendental to the three modes of

material nature -"

By knowledge of the non-differentiated Absolute Truth, one

can achieve self-satisfaction, freedom from lamentation and

hankering, and perceive the equality in all beings. And above this, he

engages in transcendental devotional service unto Me."



akhila-rasamrta-murtih sri-krsna eva jnani-gana-mrgya-turiya

brahmano mulasrayah -brahmano

hi pratisthaham, amrtasyavyayasya ca

sasvatasya ca dharmasya, sukhasyaikantikasya ca

tatraiva 14.27

Sri Krsna, the embodiment of the entire compass of divine mellows,

is the absolute source of the undifferentiated Brahman that the

liberationists desire to merge into as the fourth state of the soul -"

Transcendental to the modes of nature as the Axiomatic Truth

replete with the divine variegatedness of holy name, form, nature,

associates, and pastimes, I alone am the mainstay and fountainhead

of Brahman - the ultimate destination of the liberationists (jnanis).

Immortality, immutability, eternality, the eternal sustenance of

divine love, and the ultimate ecstasy of the divine mellows of

Vrndavana (Vraja-rasa) - all these are supported by Me: the

Transcendental, Variegated, Axiomatic Reality - Krsna."



aupanisat-purusasya sri-krsnasyaiva yogi-jana-mrgyam nikhila-cid-acin-

niyantrtvam -

sarvasya caham hrdi sannivisto

mattah smrtir jnanam apohanan ca

vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyo

vedanta-krd veda-vid eva caham.tatraiva 15.15

Encompassing the aggregate individuality and collectivity, the

Absolute Autocracy over both the material and the spiritual planes

is held by Sri Krsna alone, the Supreme Male Dominating Principle

as corroborated in the Upanisads; and He is the objective sought

after by the yogis -"

I am situated as the Supreme Lord within the hearts of all

souls. As a result of a soul's worldly deeds, his remembrance,

knowledge, and forgetfulness arise from Me alone. Thus, I am not

only Brahman, the Absolute Spirit that pervades the universe, but

above that, I am the Supersoul present in the hearts of the living

beings, who dispenses the results of their attempts. And even above

My worshippable aspects of Brahman and Paramatma, I am the

Guru of all souls, the eternal dispenser of their good fortune - I am

Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, to be known by all

the Vedas; I am the creator and perfect knower of all the axiomatic

conclusions of the Vedas (Vedanta)."



tad-visnoh paramam padam eva gantavyam, tac ca jnaninam anavrtti-karakam

yoginam adi-caitanya-svarupam karminan ca karma-phala-vidhayakam


padam tat parimargitavyam, yasmin gata na nivartanti


tam eva cadyam purusam prapadye, yatah pravrttih prasrta purani

tatraiva 15.4

The desired goal is the supreme, divine lotus feet of Lord Visnu, who

is the ordainer of ultimate emancipation for the liberationists

(jnanis), the Supreme Lord of the meditationists (yogis), and the

rewarder of the elevationists (karmis) -"

Thus one should search out that supreme goal of no return -the

lotus feet of Lord Visnu: 'I surrender unto Him, the Original.Person from whom the perpetual material world has extended'."



avidya-nirmuktah sampurna-jna eva lila-purusottamam

sri-krsnam eva-nikhila-bhavair-bhajante -yo

mam evam asammudho, janati purusottamam

sa sarva-vid bhajati mam, sarva-bhavena bharata

tatraiva 15.19

Those liberated from ignorance and endowed with full-fledged

knowledge render service in all devotional mellows headed by

consorthood (madhura-rasa), unto Sri Krsna, the Supreme Hero of

divine pastimes (Lila-purusottama) -"

O Bharata, one who is liberated from illusion, and thus knows

Me alone as the Supreme Personality - such a full-fledged savant

serves me in all respects (mellows)."



karma-jnana-dhyana-yoginam api (tat tad bhavam tyaktva) ye maccit-sakti-

gata-sraddham-asritya bhajante ta eva sarva-sresthah -yoginam

api sarvesam, mad-gatenantaratmana

sraddhavan bhajate yo mam, sa me yuktatamo matah

tatraiva 6.47

Of all yogis who follow the paths based on action, knowledge, and

meditation (karma, jnana, dhyana), the topmost are those who

(abandon their respective attitudes in order to) take refuge in their

heart's faith in My personal potency (svarupa-sakti), and thus

engage in my pure devotional service -"

In My opinion, of all types of yogis, the most elevated of all is

he who surrenders his heart to Me and serves Me in devotion with

sincere, internal faith."



niravacchinna-prema-bhakti-yajino mat-parsada eva parama-sresthah -

mayy-avesya mano ye mam, nitya-yukta upasate

sraddhaya parayopetas, te me yuktatama matah

tatraiva 12.2

My associates who serve Me in uninterrupted loving devotion are the


superior -"

Dedicating his whole life to devotional service with unalloyed

faith, one who absorbs his heart in Me is definitely the highest of all




sri-krsne svayam-rupatvam sarvamsitvam sarvasrayatvam cid-vilasamayatvan

ca -mattah

parataram nanyat, kincid asti dhananjaya

mayi sarvam idam protam, sutre mani-gana iva

tatraiva 7.7

The original form of Godhead, Sri Krsna, is the origin of all

incarnations, the ultimate refuge, and the enjoyer of dynamic


O Dhananjaya, there is none superior to Me. Everything that

be is linked with Me in My Visnu form, like gems strung on a




svayam-rupasya svarupa-sakti-pravarttanam asritya raga-bhajanam

eva parama-pandityam -aham

sarvasya prabhavo, mattah sarvam pravarttate

iti matva bhajante mam, budha bhava-samanvitah

tatraiva 10.8

The ultimate sagacity is in Raga-bhajana, spontaneous devotion

(headed by servitude unto Sri Radhika), under the impetus of the

personal potency of the Original Lord who is beauty's own self -."Know Me as the source of everything that be, spiritual or

material. Understanding this, the truly intelligent souls give their

hearts to Me: they engage in My pure devotional service."

(As soon as persons with the propensity for service in love [bhava-bhajan

] realize the original form of Godhead [svayam-rupa] to be the

fountainhead of all currents of worship and devotion, then, in the mellow

of divine consorthood [madhura-rasa ], they will necessarily feel deep

loyalty to intimately follow the impetus of full-blown service, this

impetus being the Lord's personal potency [svarupa-sakti] or the Female

Embodiment of the acme in devotion [ mahabhava-svarupa . In this way,

they attain to the servitude of Srimati Radharani [sri Radha-dasya]. The

purport is that the potency of Sri Krsna is also the Inauguratress of

worship and devotion unto Him, and to engage in pure devotional service

always in the shelter of such a conception in pure heart's devotion

constitutes servitude to the Guru for the Gaudiya Vaisnavas, or Sri

Radha-dasya in madhura-rasa.)



mad-arpita-prana mad-asritah parasparam sahayyena mad-alapanaprasada-

ramanadi-sukham nityam eva labhante -mac-

citta mad-gata-prana, bodhayantah parasparam

kathayantas ca mam nityam, tusyanti ca ramanti ca

tatraiva 10.9

My male or female servitors, who have dedicated their entire lives to

Me and taken full shelter in Me, mutually assist one another in a

manner befitting their respective internal devotional aptitudes. They

eternally relish conversing about Me, the satisfaction of serving Me,

and the nectar of devotion culminating in My divine consorthood -These

are the symptoms of these exclusive devotees:

"With heart and soul dedicated unto Me, they constantly

exchange their devotional ecstasies while conversing about Me. By

such hearing and chanting, in the stage of practice (sadhana) they

enjoy the happiness of devotion; and in the stage of perfection.(sadhya), that is, in the achievement of divine love (prema), they

relish up to the mellow of My intimate relationship in divine

consorthood, in the free spontaneity of Vraja."



bhava-sevaiva bhagavad-vasikarane samartha -patram

puspam phalam toyam, yo me bhaktya prayacchati

tad aham bhakty-upahrtam, asnami prayatatmanah

tatraiva 9.26

Only loving service (bhava-seva) can subjugate the Supreme Lord -"

Whatever the pure-hearted devotees lovingly offer unto Me,

such as Tulasi leaf, flower, fruit, and water, I accept with heartfelt




krsnaika-bhajana-silasya tat prabhavena vidhuyamanany abhadrani


drstany api durabhisandhi-mulakavan na garhaniyany api ca

svarupatas tad eka

bhajanasya paramadbhuta-mahatmyat sah sadhur eva -api

cet suduracaro, bhajate mam ananya-bhak

sadhur eva sa mantavyah, samyag vyavasito hi sah

tatraiva 9.30

By the potency of the purging effect of devotion for Krsna, glaring

inauspicious traits may arise in the character of a person who is

exclusively devoted to the service of the Lord. Although such faults

may seem to be abominable, they are not condemnable as born of

evil motivations (as in a non-devotee). On the contrary, due to the

natural, marvelous pristine glory of his exclusive devotion (ananya-bhajana),

that devotee is to be known as a true saint -"

If a person serves Me with heart exclusively devoted, even if

his practices are abominable he is to be revered as a true saint

(sadhu) because his life's resolve is perfect in all respects."



sodhana-prakriya-jata-mala-nihsaranasya, malina-vastunah

svabhavika-mala-vicchuranena saha na kadapy ekatvam.

tadrg bhaktah ksipram sudhyati, na kadapi nasyatiti paramasvasa-pradatvam


bhavati dharmatma, sasvac-chantim nigacchati

kaunteya pratijanihi, na me bhaktah pranasyati

tatraiva 9.31

The supreme assurance: the purging of dirt by a process of

purification and the natural emanation of dirt from a contaminated

thing can never be one. Such a devotee is swiftly purified - he is

never lost -"

O son of Kunti, it is My promise that a soul who adopts

exclusive devotion unto Me will definitely never fail. Despite the

initial purging and sudden appearance of his defects, such anomalies

are rapidly dispelled by his continuous remembrance of Me in

repentance for the impediments to his service. He becomes

impeccably devout in the soul's natural constitutional behavior, and

as a result of his devotion he attains supreme relief from the bondage

of both sinfulness and piety."



gham-bhuta-visuddha-sattva-murtim asritya tamasa-prakrtayo 'pi

paramam gatim labhante -mam

hi partha vyapasritya, ye 'pi syuh papa-yonayah

striyo vaisyas tatha sudras, te 'pi yanti param gatim

tatraiva 9.32

By taking shelter of Sri Krsna, the embodiment of unadulterated,

concentrated pure goodness, even the most depraved reach the

supreme destination -"

O Partha, by expressly taking refuge in exclusive devotion for

Me, even low-born barbarous peoples that subsist on cow's flesh,.corrupt women such as prostitutes, and humans of lower order such

as merchants and laborers - they all swiftly reach the supreme

destination. Nothing can impede those who take shelter in devotion

unto Me."



baddha-jivanam prakrti-yantritatvam isvarasyobhaya-niyamakatvan ca -isvarah

sarva-bhutanam, hrd-dese arjuna tisthati

bhramayan sarva-bhutani, yantrarudhani mayaya

tatraiva 18.61

The conditioned souls are enslaved by material nature, but the Lord

is the controller of both nature and the living beings -"

O Arjuna, I am situated in the hearts of all souls as the

Supersoul, the Lord and Master of all souls. For every endeavor of

the living beings in this world, the Lord (My plenary expansion, the

Supersoul) awards an appropriate result. As an object mounted on a

wheel is caused to revolve, the living beings are caused to revolve in

the universe by the almighty power of the Lord. Incited by Him,

your destiny will naturally be effected according to your endeavors."



suddha-jivanam-anucaitanya-svarupatvat sa-sima-svatantratayah

sad-vyavaharena paresasraye para-santih -tam

eva saranam gaccha, sarva-bhavena bharata

tat prasadat param santim, sthanam prapsyasi sasvatam

tatraiva 18.62

The pure spirit souls have finite independence due to their

constitutional nature as atomic conscious entities; by proper

utilization of that independence, they take shelter of the Supreme

Lord and thus attain to the supreme peace -"

O Bharata, surrender unto that Lord in all respects. By His

grace you will attain to supreme peace and the eternal abode."



bhakta-bandhavasya bhagavatah parama-marmopadesah -sarva-

guhyatamam bhuyah, srnu me paramam vacah

isto 'si me drdham iti, tato vaksyami te hitam

tatraiva 18.64

The most hidden of all hidden treasures of the Lord: the most

affectionate advice of the devotee's dear friend -"

I have revealed to you My hidden teaching of the non-differentiated

Absolute, and My more hidden teaching of the

Almighty Dominion. Now hear the most hidden of all hidden

treasures concerning Me, the Sweet Absolute. Of all the teachings I

have imparted within this Gita-sastra, this is topmost. You are most

dear to Me, and thus I am explaining this for your best benefit."



parama-madhurya-murtteh kama-devasya kama-sevanusilanam eva

niscitam sarvottama-phala-praptih -man

mana bhava mad-bhakto, mad-yaji mam namaskuru

mam evaisyasi satyam te, pratijane priyo 'si me

tatraiva 18.65

Beyond all doubt, the highest attainment is to serve the

(supramundane [aprakrta]) desires of the Sweet Absolute Cupid -"

Be My devotee, give Me your heart. Do not think of Me as the

karma-yogis, jnana-yogis, and dhyana-yogis do. Sacrifice your every

endeavor for Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is my vow

that without a doubt You will then achieve the servitude of My own

Self, which is the embodiment of truth, sentience, and beauty.

Because you are most dear to Me do I reveal this transcendental

devotion to you."



nikhila-dharmadharma-vicara-parityagenadvaya jnana-svarupasya sri-vrajendranandanaika-

vigrahasya .-padma-.saranad eva sarvapac-chanti-purvaka sarva-sampat-praptih -sarva-

dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja

aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma sucah

tatraiva 18.66

The only way to gain relief from all adversities, the only way to find

the hidden treasure, is to abandon all consideration of religiosity or

irreligiosity and surrender unto the lotus feet of the Absolute Reality

the Beautiful Sri Krsnacandra, the divine son of King Nanda -"

To impart knowledge of My all-comprehensive aspect,

Brahman, as well as knowledge of My all-permeating aspect,

Paramatma, whatever teachings I have given, based in general on:

the duties of the socio-religious ranks of life, the duty of the

mendicant, selflessness, internal and external sense-control,

meditation, subservience to the dominion of the Almighty - now I ask

you to summarily dismiss every one of those religiosities and

surrender unto Me, the Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan. Then I

shall deliver You from all sin of this worldly sojourn, as well as any

sin incurred by giving up the aforementioned duties or religiosities.

There will be no cause for you to lament that your life's mission is




sri-harer eva sarva-sad-asaj-jagat-karanatvam -aham

evasam evagre, nanyad yat sad-asat-param

pascad aham yad etac ca, yo 'visisyeta so 'smy aham

Srimad-Bhagavate 2.9.32

Sri Hari is the cause of all worlds, gross and subtle -"

Prior to the creation of this universe, only I existed. The gross,

the subtle, and even the indefinable non-differentiated Absolute,

Brahman - nothing whatsoever existed separately from Me. After

the creation, I exist as the aggregate entity; and after the cataclysm,

only I shall remain."

Srimad-Bhagavatam (verses 32-57)



nikhila-sambandhabhidheya-prayojanatmaka-veda-jnanam tasmad eva -jnanam

me paramam-guhyam, yad-vijnana-samanvitam

sa-rahasyam tad-angan ca, grhana gaditam maya

tatraiva 2.9.30

The aggregate of knowledge propounded by the Vedas - relation,

means, and end (sambandha, abhidheya, prayojana) - arises from

Him alone -"

To be merciful upon you do I teach you the most esoteric

knowledge of Me, including - the realization of My nature and

entourage (sambandha-tattva), the inconceivable mystery of loving

devotion or prema-bhakti (prayojana-tattva), and its constituent

part in the form of devotional practice or sadhana-bhakti

(abhidheya-tattva). Now hear My message attentively, and accept

what I impart to you."



sri-krsnatmaka-dharmamayam eva veda-jnanam tasmad

brahmanadhigatam -kalena

nasta pralaye, vaniyam veda-samjnita

mayadau brahmane prokta, dharmo yasyam mad atmakah

tatraiva 11.14.3

The teaching of eternal religion, nondifferent from Sri Krsna, is

received from Sri Krsna by Lord Brahma -"

The message of the Vedas is eternal religion, nondifferent from

Me. When in the course of time those eternal teachings disappeared

from view with the universal cataclysm, I imparted them to Lord

Brahma at the dawning of a new creation."



paramananda-svarupa-sri-krsnaptir eva sarva-srestha-sukha-praptih -mayy

arpitatmanah sabhya, nirapeksasya sarvatah.mayatmana sukham yat tat, kutah syad visayatmanam

tatraiva 11.14.12

The ultimate happiness is the attainment of the service of Sri Krsna,

who is divine ecstasy personified -"

My dear saints, where can the materialists find the happiness

that I, the embodiment of divine ecstasy, bestow within the hearts of

those who offer life and soul unto Me, and who have thus become

indifferent to all else?"



karma-yogadi-labhyam phalam vanchati cet prapnoty eva krsna-bhaktah


karmabhir yat tapasa, jnana-vairagyatas ca yat

yogena dana-dharmena, sreyobhir itarair api

sarvam mad-bhakti-yogena, mad-bhakto labhate 'njasa

svargapavargam mad-dhama, kathancid yadi vanchati

tatraiva 11.20.32-33

When a devotee desires any object which is attainable by the

practitioners of religiosity based on karma, jnana, and yoga, all his

requirements are summarily achieved -"

By engaging in devotional service, my devotee effortlessly

attains anything and everything attainable in this world by virtuous

practices such as duty, austerity, learning, detachment, meditation,

charity, or religiosity. Even residence in Vaikunthaloka is his for the

asking, to say nothing of the attainment of heaven or liberation."



aikantika diyamanam api kaivalyadikam na vanchanti -na

kincit sadhavo dhira, bhakta hy ekantino mama

vanchanty api maya dattam, kaivalyam apunar bhavam

tatraiva 11.20.34

The exclusive devotees never aspire for liberation headed by.emancipation in the Absolute, even if it is offered to them -"

Even if I desire to award it to them, my sagacious, saintly,

exclusive devotees will never accept the ultimate emancipation of

oneness in Brahman."



kaivalyac-chreyah salokyadikam api necchanti -mat-

sevaya pratitam te, salokyadi-catustayam

necchanti sevaya purnah, kuto 'nyat kala-viplutam

tatraiva 9.4.67

Nor do they aspire for even positive liberation, beginning with

residence in the Lord's abode, which is infinitely superior to ultimate

emancipation of oneness in Brahman -"

When My dedicated pure devotee never accepts any of the

four kinds of positive liberation (salokya, etc.) even if they avail

themselves to him by dint of his service unto Me, then why will he

ever wish for materialistic enjoyment and ultimate emancipation in

Brahman (sayujya-mukti), which are very swiftly vanquished by the

march of time? By sayujya-mukti, the soul's eternal status falls into

the jaws of death. Thus, sense enjoyment and monistic liberation

hold no permanence."



prabala bhaktir eva bhagavad-vasikarana-samartha, na hi yoga-jnanadayah


sadhayati mam yogo, na sankhyam dharma uddhava

na svadhyayas tapas tyago, yatha bhaktir mamorjita

tatraiva 11.14.20

Only intense devotion can subjugate the Supreme Lord; meditation,

knowledge, etc., cannot -"

O Uddhava, pursuits such as eight-step yoga, knowledge of

oneself as one with Brahman, brahminical religiosity and Vedic

study, all kinds of austerity, selflessness in asceticism - none of these.can bind Me as intense devotion does."



krsna-bhaktih svapakan api janma-dosat punati -bhaktyaham

ekaya grahyah, sraddhayatma priyah satam

bhaktih punati man-nistha, svapakan api sambhavat

tatraiva 11.14.21

Krsna-bhakti delivers even barbarous outcasts from the


of their low birth -"

I, who am dear to the sadhus, can be reached only by devotion

born of unalloyed faith. Even a dog-flesh-eating outcast who

dedicates himself to exclusive devotion for Me is delivered from the

influence of the wretched circums

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