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January 2, 2013

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 84

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 84

ya idam narada-proktam sivanusasanam visvasiti sraddhate sa bhaktiman bhavati sa prestham labhate sa prestham labhata iti

TRANSLATION

Anyone who trusts these instructions spoken by Narada and is convinced by them will be blessed with devotion and attain the most dear Lord. Yes, he will attain the most dear Lord.


December 26, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 83

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 83

ity evam vadanti jana-jalpa-nirbhaya eka-matah kumara-vyasa-suka-sandilya-garga-visnu-kaundilya-sesoddhavaruni-bali-hanumad-vibhisanadayo bhakty-acaryah

TRANSLATION

Thus say the founding authorities of devotional service: the Kumaras, Vyasa, Suka, Sandilya, Garga, Visnu, Kaundilya, Sesa, Uddhava, Aruni, Bali, Hanuman, Vibhisana, and others -- speaking without fear of worldly gossip and sharing among themselves one and the same opinion.


December 19, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 82

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 82

guna-mahatmyasakti-rupasakti-pujasakti-smaranasak ti-dasyasakti-sakhyasakti-vatsalyasakti-kantasakty-a tma-nivedanasakti-tan-mayasakti-parama-virahasakti-rupai kadhapy ekadasadha bhavati

TRANSLATION

Although devotional service is one, it becomes manifested in eleven forms of attachment: attachment to the Lord's glorious qualities, to His beauty, to worshiping Him, to remembering Him, to serving Him, to reciprocating with Him as a friend, to caring for Him as a parent, to dealing with Him as a lover, to surrendering one's whole self to Him, to being absorbed in thought of Him, and to experiencing separation from Him. This last is the supreme attachment.


December 12, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 81

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 81

tri-satyasya bhaktir eva gariyasi bhaktir eva gariyasi

TRANSLATION

Devotional service is the most precious possession of a person who honestly uses his mind, body, and words.


December 5, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 80

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 80

sa kirtyamanah sighram evavirbhavaty anubhavayati bhaktan

TRANSLATION

When He is glorified, the Lord swiftly reveals Himself to His devotees and allows them to know Him as He is.


November 28, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 81 / Akincana Krishna's Wedding Address

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 81

tri-satyasya bhaktir eva gariyasi bhaktir eva gariyasi

TRANSLATION

Devotional service is the most precious possession of a person who honestly uses his mind, body, and words.


November 21, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 80

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 80

sa kirtyamanah sighram evavirbhavaty anubhavayati bhaktan

TRANSLATION

When He is glorified, the Lord swiftly reveals Himself to His devotees and allows them to know Him as He is.


November 14, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 79

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 79

sarvada sarva-bhavena niscintair bhagavan eva bhajaniyah

TRANSLATION

Those who are free of doubts should constantly worship the Supreme Lord with all their hearts.


November 7, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 78

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 78

ahimsa-satya-sauca-dayastikyadi-caritryani paripalaniyani

TRANSLATION

One should cultivate such good qualities as nonviolence, truthfulness, cleanliness, compassion, and faith.


October 31, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 77

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 77

sukha-duhkheccha-labhadi-tyakte kale pratiksamane ksanardham api vyartham na neyam

TRANSLATION

Patiently enduring till the time when one can put aside material happiness, distress, desire, and false gain, one should not waste even a fraction of a second.


October 24, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 76

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 76

bhakti-sastrani mananiyani tad-bodhaka-karmani karaniyani

TRANSLATION

One should respect the revealed scriptures of devotional service and discharge the duties they prescribe.


September 19, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 74

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 74

vado navalambyah

TRANSLATION

One should not indulge in argumentative debate.


September 12, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 73

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 73

yatas tadiyah

TRANSLATION

Pure devotees are not distinguished by externals like social class, for they belong to the Lord.


September 5, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 72

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 72

nasti tesu jati-vidya-rupa-kula-dhana-kriyadi-bhedah

TRANSLATION

There are no distinctions among such pure devotees in terms of social class, education, bodily beauty, family status, wealth, occupation, and so on.


August 29, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 71

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 71

modante pitaro nrtyanti devatah sa-natha ceyam bhur bhavati

TRANSLATION

Thus the pure devotees' forefathers become joyful, the demigods dance, and the world feels protected by good masters.


August 22, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 70

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 70

tirthi-kurvanti tirthani su-karmi-kurvanti karmani sac-chastri-kurvanti sastrani

TRANSLATION

Their association makes holy places holy, works auspicious, and the scriptures authoritative.


August 15, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 69

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 69

tirthi-kurvanti tirthani su-karmi-kurvanti karmani sac-chastri-kurvanti sastrani

TRANSLATION

Their association makes holy places holy, works auspicious, and the scriptures authoritative.


August 8, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 68

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 68

kanthavarodha-romasrubhih parasparam lapamanah pavayanti kulani prthivim ca

TRANSLATION

Conversing among one another with throats choked, hair standing on end, and tears flowing, the Lord's intimate servants purify their own followers and the whole world.


August 1, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 67

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 67

bhakta ekantino mukhyah

TRANSLATION

Among the Lord's devotees, the greatest are those who are dedicated to Him solely as His intimate servants.


July 25, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 66

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 66

tri-rupa-bhanga-purvakam nitya-dasya-nitya-kanta-bhajanatmakam prema karyam premaiva karyam

TRANSLATION

After breaking through the aforementioned coverings of the three modes of nature, one should act only in pure love of God, remaining perpetually in the mood of a servant serving his master, or a lover serving her beloved.


July 18, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 65

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 65

tad arpitakhilacarah san kama-krodhabhimanadikam tasminn eva karaniyam

TRANSLATION

Offering all one's activities to the Lord, one should feel desire, anger, and pride only with regard to Him.


July 11, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 64

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 64

abhimana-dambhadikam tyajyam

TRANSLATION

One should put aside false pride, hypocrisy, and other vices.


July 4, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 63

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 63

stri-dhana-nastika-caritram na sravaniyam

TRANSLATION

One should not find entertainment in news of the opposite sex, money, and atheists.


June 27, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 61

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues with the Narada Bhakti Sutra, Sutra 61.

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 61

loka-hanau cinta na karya niveditatma-loka-vedatvat

TRANSLATION

After consigning to the Lord all one's mundane and Vedic duties, one no longer need worry about worldly loss.


June 20, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 61

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 61

na tatsiddhau loka-vyavaharo heyah kintu phala-tyagas tat-sadhanam ca karyam eva

TRANSLATION

After consigning to the Lord all one's mundane and Vedic duties, one no longer need worry about worldly loss.


June 6, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 60

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 60

santi-rupat paramananda-rupac ca

TRANSLATION

Furthermore, bhakti is the embodiment of peace and supreme ecstasy.


May 23, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 58

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 58

anyasmat saulabhyam bhaktau

TRANSLATION

Success is easier to attain by devotional service than by any other process.


May 16, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 57

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 57

uttarasmad uttarasmat purva-purvo sreyaya bhavati

TRANSLATION

Each earlier stage should be considered better than the one following it.


May 9, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 56

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 56

gauni tridha guna-bhedad artadi-bhedad va

TRANSLATION

Secondary devotional service is of three kinds, according to which of the three material modes predominates, or according to which material motivation -- distress and so on -- brings one to bhakti.


May 2, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 55

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 55

tat prapya tad evavalokayati tad eva srnoti tad eva bhasayati tad eva cintayati

TRANSLATION

Having obtained pure love of God, one looks only at the Lord, hears only about Him, speaks only of Him, and thinks only of Him.


April 18, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 55

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 55

tat prapya tad evavalokayati tad eva srnoti tad eva bhasayati tad eva cintayati

TRANSLATION

Having obtained pure love of God, one looks only at the Lord, hears only about Him, speaks only of Him, and thinks only of Him.


April 11, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 53

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 53

prakasyate kvapi patre

TRANSLATION

Nonetheless, from time to time pure love of God is revealed to those who are qualified.


April 4, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 52

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 52

mukasvadana-vat

TRANSLATION

[Trying to describe the experience of pure love of God] is like a mute's effort to describe what he tastes.


March 21, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 51

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 51

anirvacaniyam prema-svarupam

TRANSLATION

The true nature of pure love of God is beyond description.


March 7, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 49

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 48

yo vedan api sanyasyati kevalam avicchinnanuragam labhate

TRANSLATION

That person who renounces even the Vedas obtains exclusive and uninterrupted attraction for God.


February 29, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 48

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 48

yah karma-phalam karmani sanyasyati tato nirdvandvo bhavati

TRANSLATION

[Who can cross beyond illusion?] That person who renounces material duties and their profits, thus transcending duality.


February 22, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 47

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 47

yo vivikta-sthanam sevate yo loka-bandham unmulayati nistraigunyo bhavati yo yoga-ksemam tyajati

TRANSLATION

[Who can cross beyond illusion?] That person who stays in a secluded place, cuts off at the root his attachment to mundane society, becomes free from the influence of the three modes of nature, and gives up hankering for material gain and security.


February 15, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 46

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 46

kas tarati kas tarati mayam yah sangam tyajati yo mahanubhavam sevate nirmamo bhavati

TRANSLATION

Who can cross beyond illusion? One who abandons material association, serves the sages, and becomes selfless.


February 8, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 44

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 44

kama-krodha-moha-smrti-bhramsa-buddhi-nasa-sarva-nasa-karanatvat

TRANSLATION

Material association is the cause of lust, anger, confusion, forgetfulness, loss of intelligence, and total calamity.


February 1, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 43

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 43

duhsangam sarvathaiva tyajyah

TRANSLATION

One should give up all kinds of degrading association.


January 11, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 39

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 39

mahat-sangas tu durlabho 'gamyo 'moghas ca

TRANSLATION

The association of great souls is rarely obtained, difficult to understand, and infallible.


January 4, 2012

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 37

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 37

loke 'pi bhagavad-guna-sravana-kirtanat

TRANSLATION

One achieves bhakti by hearing and chanting about the Supreme Lord's special qualities, even while engaged in the ordinary activities of life in this world.


December 28, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 36

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 36

avyavrtta-bhajanat

TRANSLATION

One achieves bhakti by worshiping the Lord ceaselessly.


December 21, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 35

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 35

tat tu visaya-tyagat sanga-tyagac ca

TRANSLATION

One achieves bhakti by giving up sense gratification and mundane association.


December 14, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 34

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 34

tasyah sadhanani gayanty acaryah

TRANSLATION

Standard authorities have described the methods for achieving devotional service.


December 7, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 33

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 33

asmat saiva grahya mumuksubhih

TRANSLATION

Therefore seekers of liberation should take to devotional service alone.


November 30, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 28

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 28

tasya jnanam eva sadhanam ity eke

TRANSLATION

Some say that knowledge is the means for developing devotion.


November 23, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 27

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 27

isvarasyapy abhimani-dvesitvad dainya-priyatvac ca

TRANSLATION

Furthermore, the Lord dislikes the proud but is pleased with the humble.


November 16, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 25

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 25

sa tu karma-jnana-yogebhyo 'py adhikatara

TRANSLATION

Pure devotional service, on the other hand, is far superior to fruitive work, philosophical speculation, and mystic meditation.


November 9, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 24

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 24

nasty eva tasmims tat-sukha-sukhitvam

TRANSLATION

In such false devotion one does not find pleasure exclusively in the Lord's pleasure.


November 2, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 22

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 22

tatrapi na mahatmya-jnana-vismrty-apavadah

TRANSLATION

Even in the case of the gopis, one cannot criticize them for forgetting the Lord's greatness.


October 19, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 21 (Continued)

In today's class Srila Dhanurdhara Swami continues Sutra 21.

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 21

yatha vraja-gopikanam

TRANSLATION

The cowherd women of Vraja are an example of pure bhakti.


October 16, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 21

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 21

yatha vraja-gopikanam

TRANSLATION

The cowherd women of Vraja are an example of pure bhakti.


September 21, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 15

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 15

tal-laksanani vacyante nana-mata-bhedat

TRANSLATION

Now the characteristics of devotional service will be described according to various authoritative opinions.


September 14, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 14

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 14

loke 'pi tavad eva bhojanadi-vyaparas tv a-sarira-dharanavadhi

TRANSLATION

For as long as the body lasts, one should engage minimally in social and political activities and in such matters as eating.


September 7, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 7

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 7

sa na kamayamana nirodha-rupatvat

TRANSLATION

There is no question of lust in the execution of pure devotional service, because in it all material activities are renounced.


August 31, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra - Sutra 9

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 9

tasminn ananyata tad-virodhisudasinata ca

TRANSLATION

Renunciation also means being exclusively dedicated to the Lord and indifferent to what stands in the way of His service.


August 24, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra Sutra 4

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 4

yal labdhva puman siddho bhavaty amrto bhavati trpto bhavati

TRANSLATION

Upon achieving that stage of transcendental devotional service in pure love of God, a person becomes perfect, immortal, and peaceful.


August 17, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra Sutra 3

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 3

amrta-svarupa ca

TRANSLATION

This pure love for God is eternal.


August 3, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra Sutra 2

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 2

sa tv asmin parama-prema-rupa

TRANSLATION

Devotional service manifests as the most elevated, pure love for God.


July 27, 2011

Narada Bhakti Sutra Sutra 1

Narada Bhakti Sutra
Sutra 1

athato bhaktim vyakhyasyamah

TRANSLATION

Now, therefore, I will try to explain the process of devotional service.