domingo, 5 de septiembre de 2010

Sadhu-Sanga, Prahlada - Noviembre 2010



Revered Vaishnavas,
Dandavat Pranams.

After completing a 2 month-long North India tour, Srila Gurudev along with many other devotees reached Guwahati, Assam, East India. Already 500-600 devotees are present here for observing Kartik Vrat. More devotees are expected to join us in the next 2 days.

The welcome of Our Most Revered Srila Gurudev was grand. Devotees were ecstatic seeing Srila Gurudev after such a long time. The pujari of Sri Guru Gauranga Radha Nayananand at Guwhati Math performed arati of Our Most Revered Srila Gurudev.

On the occasion of auspicious disappearance of Sri Gadadhar Das Goswami, Dhananjay Pandit and Srinivas Acharya Prabhus and gopastami, Our Most Revered Gurudev will bless the devotees in Guwahati with divine Harikatha as per the following schedule.

Date: Nov. 14, 2010, Sunday
Time: 8.30 PM onwards
Place: Guwahati, Assam.
English translation of Bangla katha on the right channel.

Vaishnava dasanudas
Prahlad Das

Revered Vaishnavas,

Dandavat Pranams.

Srila Gurudev and the sevak team is back in Kolkata after almost 75 days completing the Punjab and Assam tour. The tour ended successfully with a grand reception at Kolkata yesterday. We have posted 2 articles about the Assam tour along with pictures. Ready links are below:

The perfect leader...: http://www.sreecgmath.org/scgmhome/node/27
Jai Jai Goalpara Dham: http://www.sreecgmath.org/scgmhome/node/26

We are planning to put slide shows of the recent tours very shortly. I also hope you have already seen the earlier slide shows. I also hope you already noticed that we are uploading the Harikatha audios almost after every Harikatha with an English transcript in the AUDIO section. If you have any suggestions regarding our website, kindly feel free to write to us.

Sri Vaishnava Dasanudas,
Prahlad Das

Dear Devotees,

Dandavat Pranams!
Our Most Revered Gurudev Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj will speak Divine Harikatha on the occasion of Utpanna Ekadasi at Kolkata Math as per the following details.

Time: 7.30 PM - 9.00 PM
Date: Dec 2, 2010, Thursday

English translation on the right channel.
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Dear Devotees,
Dandavat Pranams!

We, the members of SCGM Web Team, are constantly trying to improve our website. As you might have already observed, we are uploading the audio file of Harikatha within a day or two of the event. You can either listen to the Harikatha (in Bengali) or read the transcript (translation of Harikatha into English) by clicking on the URL of the audio file. This time onward we will try to post the summary of the Harikatha to this group within a day or two of the event.

This effort of ours is especially for those who missed the webcast or could not listen properly due to internet problems. Please give us your feedback and suggestions, if any. We will be pleased to know your opinion and work on your suggestions. Thank you for your support.

Hare Krishna,
SCGM Web Team

Summary of Harikatha on Dec 2, 2010 7.30 PM IST at Kolkata

The glories of Utpanna Ekadasi that comes in the dark fortnight in the month of Margasirsha (November-December) are described in Bhavishyottar Purana: Being troubled by the demon Mur and being driven away from the heaven, the demigods approached Lord Vishnu for help. Lord Vishnu fought with the demon for thousands and thousands of years and when He disarmed the demon He went to take rest in a cave named Hemavati in Badrikashram. Seeing the Lord asleep, the demon wanted to kill Him. That time a beautiful lady manifested from the body of Vishnu and killed the demon. Pleased with her, the Lord named her Ekadasi as she appeared on the 11th day and said that the sins of those who observe Ekadasi fast will be destroy and will obtain unlimited heavenly pleasures.

But Sriman Mahaprabhu had appeared to give the ultimate Krishna Prema to all the conditioned souls. He instructed that one should stay close to Hari by engaging all the sense organs in His service especially on the day of ekadasi. But after the disappearance of Mahaprabhu and His personal associates darkness had descended in the Gaudiya sky. Incapable of understanding the purport of the doctrines of pure transcendental Divine Love as given by Mahaprabhu, many false lineages have cropped up. Seeing the misconduct of the persons of these false lineages, the learned class of people in Bengal considered the Prema-dharma of Mahaprabhu to be meant for uneducated, lowly and characterless persons and had become faithless to His teachings.

The Most Munificent Lord Sriman Mahaprabhu, becoming merciful to the
miserable condition of the living beings, sent His own person Srila
Bhaktivinode Thakur for their eternal benefit. Accepting him as
father, Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur had appeared
and took the mission of his father ahead and preached world over in
every town and village. The contribution of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur
for the ultimate eternal benefit of the conditioned souls is
matchless.



Dear Devotees,

Hare Krishna. Dandavat Pranams.

There was time when Our Most Revered Srila Gurudev exhibited the pastimes of very good health. That time He used to perform Harikatha 4 times a day, write letters, meet devotees, sing bhajans, lead all the Nagarkirtans. Many a times I feel sorry that I missed those golden moments. I am sure most of you also think, "Alas! What if I were present then?"

Well, the Lord is very merciful. He does not disappoint His devotees. At least some moments have been captured in video for our benefit. Recently, when we were in Amritsar, India, Sri Gulati Prabhu (godbrother of Our Gurudev) had put an old CD in his computer's CD-ROM and said, "Look. Did you see that before?" Wow! I was overwhelmed with joy when I saw the videos of 1985 and 1993 where Our Most Revered Gurudev's voice was reverberating and He was dancing in transcendence. What next? I got the CDs from Sri Gulati Prabhu. Worked a bit on it and now you have it in youtube for watching or downloading. I am sending you the direct links for your easy access. For more videos of our Gurudev in youtube, you may see all my uploads (user name:dasika051).

Links for latest posts:
Akrodha Paramananda - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkaTccB_wgM
Daya Karo More - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOoEuWAvX8A
Old is Gold: Nagarkirtan in 1985 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmt_7g2woUc

Sri Guru Vaishnava Kripa Prarthi,
Prahlad Das

PS: Try if you can identify few devotees in those videos. For them these videos would be nostalgic and for us it is ecstatic. Give it a try to identify few faces in those videos.



Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama    Hare Rama    Rama    Rama    Hare Hare 


Revered Vaishnavas,
Dandavat Pranam!

Parampujyapad Tridandiswami Srimad Bhakti Vigyan Bharati Maharaj is in Pune. Daily he is speaking Harikatha in the morning and evening. This will be webcast live from www.sreecgmath.org starting from December 11, 2010. Harikatha will be in HINDI only.

Monday - Friday:
Morning: 6 AM to 8 AM; Evening: 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday:
7 PM to 9 PM
Sunday:
Morning: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM; Evening: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Instructions for new users: Clicking on "Enter Meeting" will open webcast in a separate window. For the first time, you will be prompted to install 'zorap-plugin' (2 MB). If you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, you may need to restart the computer and if you are using firefox, you will be prompted to restart the browser.

Sri Gur Vaishnav Kripa Prarthi,
Prahlad Das

Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

There was once a king named Vaikhanas, who was ruling Champaknagar. He had envisioned in his dream that his father had fallen to hell. He related his dream to vedic brahmanas and asked them how he could deliver his father from hell. Brahmanas suggested that he should approach Parvat Muni. Seeing his grief Parvat muni said, "Since your father was very lustful in his previous life, he had got such a plight. All of you observe the Ekadasi that comes on the bright fortnight in the month of Agrahayan and offer the fruits to your father." He returned to his palace and observed the Ekadasi. Due to this pious activity his father got liberated from the hell.

The main duty on the day of Ekadasi is to completely satisfy Hari and His devotees with all the senses. The true meaning of "upavas" is to stay close. On the day of Ekadasi, one should reside close to the Lord with transcendental qualities, being freed from all sinful activities, giving up all familial and material activities and rejecting all material sense pleasures. But it is impossible to stay near Him with material body, mind and intelligence. So how is it possible for the enslaved jivas to stay close to the Lord? It is impossible to worship Sri Hari without accepting the shelter to the lotus feet of a bona fide guru, who is srotriya (expert in Vedic knowledge), brahma-nista (Firm faith in the Lord) and dearmost of Sri Hari.

Unless one is favored by a pure devotee, one cannot attain the platform of devotional service. Till the point one is away from Krishna-bhakti, one cannot even be relieved from the bondage of material existence.

The spiritual master is non-different from Krishna. Evidence can be seen in the revealed scriptures. Lord Krishna in the form of the spiritual master delivers His devotees.

--- His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

 

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

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Sankhya-yoga
The Constitution of the Soul
Chapter 2 ~ part 2

Prepared by: Jagamohini Devi Dasi (USA)
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        vasudeva-sutam devam, kamsa-canura-mardan
        devaki-paramanandam, krsnam vande jagad-gurum
                             Auspicious Invocation of Sri Gita ~ 5

   I bow unto the lotus feet of Sri Krishna, the son of Vasudeva, the vanquisher of    the demons Kamsa and Chanura, the joy of mother Devaki, and the universal teacher.
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In the first part of Sri Gita’s second chapter, Arjuna has surrendered to Lord Krishna accepting Him as his spiritual master: sisyas te ‘ham sadhi mam tvam prapannam. Now Krishna gives guidance and instruction to Arjuna in the process of buddhi-yoga, the yoga of wisdom.

        yadrchchhaya chopapannam, svarga-dvaram apavrtam
        sukhina ksatriyah partha, labhante yuddham idrsam  (2.32)

   O Partha, only the most fortunate warriors are blessed with the opportunity of such a battle, which has come to you like an open door to heaven. (2.32)

In the book Sri Guru and His Grace, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj says, “We must not be afraid of any adverse circumstances. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita, “A happy ksatriya hankers for the battle you are facing” (sukhinah ksatriyah partha labhante yuddham idrsam). Our karma has come to face us, to surround us, and we can’t avoid it. These disturbances are a result of our own karma; they came from within us. So, we must not quarrel. We must act properly in dealing with that.


        atha chet tvam imam dharmyam, sangramam na karisyasi
        tatah svadharmam kirtim cha, hitva papam avapsyasi  (2.33)

   But if you choose not to fight this battle for justice, your religious principles will be lost, fame will desert you and sin will overcome you.  (2.33)


        akirtim chapi bhutani, kathayisyanti te ‘vyayam
        sambhavitasya chakirtir, maranad atirichyate  (2.34)

   People will speak of your infamy for all time to come; and for the renowned, infamy is worse than death.  (2.34)


        bhayad ranad uparatam, mamsyante tvam  maha-rathah
        yesam cha tvam bahu-mato, bhutva yasyasi laghavam  (2.35)

   The great warriors who highly honor you will ridicule you, considering that you were afraid to fight.  (2.35)


        avachya-vadams cha bahun, vadisyanti tavahitah
        nindatas tava samarthyam, tato duhkhataram nu kim  (2.36)

   Your enemies will mock you. What could be more painful?  (2.36)


        hato va prapsyasi svargam, jitva va bhoksyase mahim
        tasmad uttistha kauteya, yuddhaya krta-nischayah  (2.37)

   O son of Kunti, if you are killed you will attain heaven, and if you are victorious you will enjoy your life on earth. Therefore, being confident of your success, arise for battle! (2.37)


        sukha-duhkhe same krtva, labhalabhau jayajayau
        yao yuddhaya yujyasva, naivam papam avapsyasi  (2.38)

   Considering pleasure and pain, gain and loss, and victory and defeat to be one and the same—fight. No sin will be incurred by you. (2.38)

In Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam Srila Guru Maharaj notes that those souls who have exclusively surrendered unto Krishna are not subservient to scriptural injunctions and prohibitions and quotes Srimad Bhagavatam:

        devarsi-bhutapta-nrnam pitrnam
        na kinkaro nayam rni ca rajan
        sarvvatmana yah saranam saranyam
       gato mukundam parihrtya karttam  (Bha: 11.5.41)

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, relatives, mankind and ancestors.
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Sankhya-yoga
The Constitution of the Soul
Chapter 2 ~ part 4

Prepared by: Jagamohini Devi Dasi (USA)
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        esa te ‘bhihita sankhye, buddhir yoge tv imam srnu
        buddhya yukto yaya partha, karma-bandham prahasyasi  (2.39)

   I have revealed to you this knowledge (buddhi) of the soul. Now hear from Me how to act in this knowledge (bhakti-yoga), through which you will be able to free yourself from the bondage of action. (2.39)

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur has said: “It will be revealed that buddhi-yoga (yoga of wisdom) is a singular path. When buddhi-yoga is seen to be limited by the ideal of action, it is known as karma-yoga; when it extends beyond action up to the peak of knowledge, it is known as jnana-yoga or sankhya-yoga; and when transcending the limitations of both action and knowledge it touches bhakti, or perfectly pure and complete buddhi-yoga.”


        nehabhikrama-naso ‘sti, pratyavayo na vidyate
        svalpam apy asya dharmasya, trayate mahato bhayat  (2.40)

   On this path there can be no loss and no harm. The slightest practice of such a spiritual ideal saves one from the greatest fear.  (2.40)

Maha-bhaya, the greatest fear, is generally considered to be the fear of repeated birth and death in this world. But maha-bhaya also refers to sayujya-mukti, the liberation of merging into the impersonal non-differentiated consciousness of Brahmaloka, Viraja, or a kind of impersonal samadhi. Renunciation alone leads to sayujya-mukti, the cessation of birth and death, but not to a life in the positive plain. It takes one to a permanent ‘burial’ in Brahmaloka. The demon of mukti will devour one wholesale, and therefore it is even more dangerous than this ordinary life of action and reaction. Mukti means a strike in the organic system, so it must be avoided. For example, to either ignore duties in a factory or to declare a strike by cessation of duties are both abnormal.

Bhukti, exploitation, and mukti, renunciation, are both fearsome ghosts. Therefore, here, mahabhaya means the great apprehension of falling prey to both the ghost of exploitation leading to birth and death, as well as the ghost of committing suicide by merging into the impersonalism of incarceration in Brahmaloka—fear of both bhoga-bhumi, the land of exploitation, and tyaga-bhumi, the plane of renunciation. It is stated in the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (1.2.22, 1.1.9):

        bhukti-mukti-sprha yavat pisachi hrdi vartate
        tavad bhakti-sukhasyatra katham abhyudayo bhavet

“The ecstasy of devotion to Krishna will never appear in a heart that is haunted by the ghosts of exploitation and renunciation.”

        anyabhilasita sunyam jnana-karmady anavrtam
        anukulyena krsnanusilanam bhaktir uttama

The highest devotion is that which is cultivated for the satisfaction of the Supreme Lord Krishna, with no desire except to serve Him, and divested of all external attempts such as worldly action, knowledge in search of the impersonal Absolute, or the meditational attempt to become one with God.”

Only the Supreme Lord is abhaya, beyond apprehension. Therefore nothing but participation in His service can free one from the ghosts of exploitation and renunciation, bhukti and mukti. If we subtract bhukti and mukti, then only positive bhakti, devotion, is the remainder. Therefore without devotion, everything is maha-bhaya, great danger.

Srila Sridhar Maharaj has also quoted the above verses and asked: How can the joy of holy devotion appear in the heart as long as it is haunted by the ghosts of desire for exploitation and renunciation?
The desire for enjoyment, and also for renunciation or mukti, no engagement, is compared to two ghosts, pisaci. So how do you dare to express that bhakti, real love for Krsna, will descend into your heart? Those two demons are there, and do you think the noble lady of devotion will come and sit on the same bench with those demons? How can you expect that? Have you freed yourself from those nasty things that you dare to invite the lady of Krishna bhakti to come?
         In the Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion, volume three, Srila Guru Maharaj reminds us that whatever has been acquired is eternal, it cannot be destroyed.   In this bhakti-yoga there is no loss of initial endeavor and there is no diminution of results. Even the slightest performance of this bhakti-yoga saves one from the great fear of birth and death in this material world. One can be saved from fears - great worldly fears - even by a touch of that supreme wealth

        vyavasayatmika buddhir, ekeha kuru-nandana
        bahu-sakha hy anantas cha, buddhayao ‘vyavasayinam  (2.41)

   O descendant of the Kuru dynasty, resolute intelligence dedicated to Me is one-pointed—I am its only objective. But irresolute intelligence is splayed by endless desires for mundane enjoyment.  (2.41)

Faith means unflinching trust in something sublime. In Chaitanya-charitamrta it is said:
        sraddha-sabde—visvasa kahe sudrdha niscaya
        krsne bhakti kaile sarva-karma krta haya    ~Madhya 22.62

Sraddha is confident, firm faith that by rendering transcendental loving service to Krishna one automatically performs all subsidiary activities. Such faith is favorable to the discharge of devotional service.

In The Golden Staircase Srila BR Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj explains that presently the soul is captivated by a great many things which produce mean consciousness, but the solution is given in Bhagavad-gita, how we can achieve control of our senses and gain control over the impulses of our mind. It is recommended there that step by step we try to rise up to the soul's plane eliminating the lower planes: first the field of experience of the senses; then the mental field, the impulse which works through the senses; then the intellect, that which drives the mental tendency - and crossing those, that we try to find that point of light which is the soul. If in any way, by the soul's introspection you can perceive the soul, then whatever value you had assigned to this whole material manifestation will turn into ashes. You will see, "My real identification is here within! It is so wonderful, and valuable, and independent of all the hallucinations I was suffering from by coming in contact with the external world. The inner domain is so high, and my consciousness was focused so low, on such nasty things." That is the highest way to control one's senses, one's charm for the world, for wealth, women, and popularity.

Kanak, kamini, and pratistha - collection of energy for sense-pleasure, sense-pleasure, and popularity-seeking: these three things try to keep us down from consciousness of the self.

So rise up step by step: from the world to the senses...to the mind, receiver of the sense-experience...to the guide of the sense-experience...and finally to the light which makes all these possible. That point of light is near and dear, and the others are like foreign agents who have come to capture me and focus me, that light, towards the rubbish and dung-like things of this world. If after having been focused here through our senses we become more attentive and see some nasty things, then some realization will come into our mind causing us to feel that such things are actually foreign to our real self, and only by connecting with them through our senses do we feel disturbed. On the whole it is like that. Then, upon rising up from the sense-plane you will find that there is another wonderful land of experience; the atma is such a wonderful thing.   


        yam imam puspitam vacham, ravadanty avipaschitah
        veda-vada-ratah partha, nanyad astiti vadinah  (2.42)

   O Partha, unwise persons, not knowing that the chief directive of the Vedas is the attainment of the Supreme Truth, are fond of interpreting the fleetingly enchanting words of the Karma-kanda section of the Vedas as ultimate.  (2.42)


In Awakening to the Absolute Srila Sridhar Maharaj quotes Srimad Bhagavatam:

        kamasya nendriya-pritir labho jiveta yavata
        jivasya tattva-jijnasa nartho yas ceha karmabhih
                                                ~Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.1)   

Life’s desires should never be directed toward sense gratification. One should desire only a healthy life, or self preservation, since a human being is meant for inquiry about the Absolute Truth. Nothing else should be the goal of one’s works. --
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The Constitution of the Soul
Chapter 2 ~ part 5

Prepared by: Jagamohini Devi Dasi (USA)
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kamatmanah svarga-parah, janma-karma-phala-pradam
        kriya-visesa-bahulam, bhogaisvarya-gatim rati  (2.43)

   Their hearts are filled with desires and their goal is heaven. They advocate the many sacrifices and rituals that yield wealth, worldly pleasures and high birth.  (2.43)

Srila Sridhar Maharaj collected many slokas from the great spiritual personalities when compiling his book Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam. He included the following verse from the great devotee and acharyya, Sri Madhavendra Puri, to illustrate how all connection with formal religion is severed when bhakti or pure devotion awakens in one’s heart.
Sri Madhavendra Puri prayed:

        sandhya-vandana bhadram astu bhavato bhoh snana tubhyam namo
        bho devah pitaras ca tarpana-vidhau naham ksamah ksamyatam
        yatra kvapi nisadya yadava-kulottomsaya kamsa-dvisah
        smaram smaram agham harami tad alam manya kim anyena me
                                                    ~Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam 2.52

“O my prayers three times a day, all glory to you. O bathing, I offer my obeisances unto you. O demigods! O forefathers! Please excuse me for my inability to offer you respects. Now wherever I sit, I can remember the great descendant of the Yadu dynasty [Krishna}, the enemy of Kamsa, and thereby I can free myself from all sinful bondage. I think this is sufficient for me.”

Srila Guru Maharaj gave this explanation from the Chaitanya-charitamrta. The gopis tell Krsna, "Do You think we are yogis who will be satisfied with abstract meditation on You? Can we be satisfied by imagination? We are not a party to that. Neither are we karmis, fruitive workers who are incurring a great debt from nature, who come to Your door to get relief, praying, 'O God, please relieve us from all our previous sins.' We do not belong to either of these two sections. "What are we? We want to live with You as Your family. We are interested neither in abstract thinking, nor in using You to clear off the faults of karma to nullify our sinful activities. We don't want to use You for any other purpose. We want to have a direct family life with You.”


        bhogaisvarya-prasaktanam, tayapahrta-chetasam
        vyavasayatmika buddhi, samadhau na vidhiyate  (2.44)

   Thus attached to enjoyment and opulence, deluded by these flowery words of the Vedas, they do not attain the resolve to dedicate themselves to the Supreme Lord.                                        (2.44)

The stern reality is that devotion is not a cheap thing. Pure devotional service, suddha-bhakti, is above mukti, liberation. Above the negative plane of liberation, in the positive side, He is the only Master. He is the Lord of everything.

In The Loving Search for the Lost Servant, Srila Guru Maharaj quotes Krishna’s words, “I am the only enjoyer of every action. You must be fully conscious of this fact.”

        aham hi sarva-yajnanam, bhokta ca prabhur eva ca
        na tu mam abhijananti, tattvenatas cyavanti te  (Bg: 9.24)
I alone am the enjoyer and rewarder of all sacrifices. But since they cannot know Me in this way, they again undergo birth, disease, infirmity, and death.
Work should be done only as a sacrifice. All other work is mere energizing force. And yajno vai krsna, “The Lord or Guardian says that , “It must be devoted towards Me, to My satisfaction, otherwise it is not yajna.”
In Subjective Evolution of Consciousness, Srila Sridhar Maharaj emphasizes, "This is the most vital point to establish God as a person. He is the enjoyer. If anything is to be enjoyed, the enjoyer will hold the supreme position. This cannot but be. Everything is meant for His enjoyment. And He is the supreme. "By Himself" means that the absolute is supreme - everything is meant for His satisfaction. This is a necessary truth; it is not questionable."
In Sri Gita, we find that "Reality is by Itself and for Itself": “I am the Lord and Enjoyer of all sacrifices, of all movements in this world. I am the only enjoyer, and everything belongs to Me, unconditionally.”

Srila BR Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj quotes this verse from the Garuda Purana:

        brahmananam sahasrebhyah satra-yaji visisyate
        satra-yaji-sahasrebhyah sarvva-vedanta-paragah
        sarvva-vedanta-vit-kot ya visnubhakto visisyate
        vaisnavanam sahasrebhyah ekantyeko visisyate
The real devotee of Visnu is superior to crores of ordinary vaidantik-brahmins. A practical brahmin is better than a birth brahmin. Practical means he who performs yajna, etc., and worships Krishna. Those who worship Krishna with the help of their consciousness will be preferred to those who worship with material things. Then those who are Vedanta-vit, they think that their goal is undifferentiated consciousness, and if one can have the idea of differentiated consciousness then he must hold the higher position to crores of vaidantik-brahmins - those who are suffering from the disease of thinking that spirituality means non-differentiated brahma. The Visnu-bhaktas who can see the Personality in consciousness, will be far superior. Amongst the devotees, those who regulate themselves according to the scriptures and calculation are of the order of Vaikuntha, and those who can exclusively surrender to the Service of the Absolute Entity with inner-most Love and Faith, are of the highest order.
Such surrendered devotees, their hearts melted by the taste of pure bhakti, pray in this way:

        nastha dharmme na vasu-nicaye naiva kamopabhoge
        yad yad bhavyam bhavatu bhagavan purvva-karmmanurupam
        etat prarthyam mama bahu-matam janma-janmantare ‘pi
        tvat padambhoruha-yuga-gata niscala bhaktir astu
                                              ~Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam (3)

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 louts feet.      ~Sri Kulasekhara --
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