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The Nectar of Devotion English
We cannot be happy without satisfying our fundamental desire to love. Discover all the intricacies of spiritual love, bhakti in this devotional classic.
This is a summary study of Bhakti-Rasamrita-Sindhu, the Vaishnava classic written by Srila Rupa Goswami that analyzes the various stages of bhakti (devotion) as a methodical practice resulting in love of God. Rupa Goswami uses a metaphor comparing an ocean (sindhu) to a devotional relationship with God.
Nectar of devotion
Description of pure devotional service
Kṛṣṇa is all-attractive, but pure devotional service attracts even Him. So, pure devotional service is even transcendentally stronger than Kṛṣṇa Himsel. Because it is Kṛṣṇa’s internal potency.
Anyone can become Vaiṣṇava despite caste
The so-called brāhmaṇas claim that one who is not born into a brāhmaṇa family cannot receive the sacred thread and cannot become a high-grade Vaiṣṇava. But we do not accept such a theory because it is not supported by Rūpa Gosvāmī nor by the strength of the various scriptures.
Position of guru/ spiritual master
In other words, the disciple should accept the spiritual master as God because he is the external manifestation of Kṛṣṇa.
Spontaneous love for Kṛṣṇa
The spontaneous dealings of the residents of Vṛndāvana in relationship with Kṛṣṇa are called rāgānuga.
Ever youthful Kṛṣṇa
Kṛṣṇa’s age is considered in three periods: from His appearance day to the end of His sixth year is called kaumāra. From the beginning of the sixth year up to the tenth year is called paugaṇḍa. And from the tenth to the sixteenth year is called kaiśora. After the beginning of the sixteenth year, Kṛṣṇa is called a yauvana or a youth, and this continues with no change.
|Dimensions||20 × 13 × 3 cm|