Topic: siksastaka

Appendix

Bhajana Rahasya Appendix Saṅkṣepa-arcana-paddhati (abbreviated manual on deity worship) Nāma-saṅkīrtana gives all perfection; nonetheless, in one’s devotional life, some activities related to arcana give special benefit. In the early morning, after taking bath, the sādhaka should sit on an āsana (seat) and face east. While touching the water in the pañca-pātra, he should summon all the tīrthas by chanting the following mantra: gaṅge ca yamune caiva godāvari sarasvati narmade sindho kāveri jale ’smin sannidhiṁ kuru O Gaṅgā, O Yamunā, O Godāvarī, O Sarasvatī, O Narmadā, O Sindhu, O Kāverī, please become present in this Read More...

Chapter 8

Bhajana Rahasya Chapter 8 - Aṣṭama-yāma-sādhana   Rātri-līlā – prema-bhajana sambhoga (from midnight to three-and-a-half praharas of the night: approximately 00.00 A.M. – 3.30 A.M.) Text 1 Steadiness in perfection – that is, one-pointed dependence on Kṛṣṇa – is described in Śikṣāṣṭaka (8): āśliṣya vā pāda-ratāṁ pinaṣṭu mām adarśanān marma-hatāṁ karotu vā yathā tathā vā vidadhātu lampaṭo mat-prāna-nāthas tu sa eva nāparaḥ Let that debauchee (Kṛṣṇa) tightly embrace this maidservant, who is devoted to serving Him, and thus delight Me. Or, let Him trample Me under His feet, or break My heart by not Read More...

Chapter 7

Bhajana Rahasya Chapter 7 - Saptama-yāma-sādhana     Pradoṣa-kālīya-bhajana – vipralambha-prema (from six daṇḍas of the night until midnight: approximately 8.30 P.M. – 12.00 P.M.) Text 1 The internal symptom of devotion at the stage of perfection (sādhya-bhakti) is worship of Śrī Kṛṣṇa in a mood of separation. Śikṣāṣṭaka (7) states: yugāyitaṁ nimeṣeṇa cakṣuṣā prāvṛṣāyitam śūnyāyitaṁ jagat sarvaṁ govinda-viraheṇa me O sakhī, in separation from Govinda, even a moment seems like a millennium to Me. Tears pour from My eyes like torrents of rain in the monsoon season and this entire world seems void Read More...

Chapter 6

Bhajana Rahasya Chapter 6 - Ṣaṣṭha-yāma-sādhana   Sāyaṁ-kālīya-bhajana – bhāva (six daṇḍas after dusk: approximately 6.00 P.M. – 8.30 P.M.) Text 1 The sixth verse of Śikṣāṣṭaka describes the visible manifestations of perfection: nayanaṁ galad-aśru-dhārayā vadanaṁ gadgada-ruddhayā girā pulakair nicitaṁ vapuḥ kadā tava nāma-grahaṇe bhaviṣyati O Lord, when will tears flow from my eyes, my voice falter and all the hairs on my body stand erect as I chant Your holy names? prema dhana vinā vyartha daridra jīvana ‘dāsa’ kari’ vetana more deha prema-dhana “Without the wealth of prema, my wretched life is useless. Read More...

Chapter 5

Bhajana Rahasya Chapter 5 - Pañcama-yāma-sādhana   Aparāhna-kālīya-bhajana – kṛṣṇa-āsakti (from three-and-a-half praharas of the day until dusk: approximately 3.30 P.M. – 6.00 P.M.) Text 1 The constitutional nature of the nāma-sādhaka and his prayer for the eternal servitorship of Śrī Kṛṣṇa are described in Śikṣāṣṭaka (5): ayi nanda-tanuja kiṅkaraṁ patitaṁ māṁ viṣame bhavāmbudhau kṛpayā tava pāda-paṅkajasthita- dhūli-sadṛśaṁ vicintaya O Nanda-nandana, as a result of my fruitive activities, I have fallen into this fearful ocean of material existence. Please bestow Your mercy upon this eternal servant of Yours. Consider me to be just like Read More...

Chapter 4

Bhajana Rahasya Chapter 4 - Caturtha-yāma-sādhana   Madhyāhna-kālīya-bhajana – ruci-bhajana (from the second prahara until three-and-a-half praharas: approximately 11.00 A.M. – 3.30 P.M.) Text 1 A nāma-sādhaka has no desire other than unadulterated devotional service to Kṛṣṇa (ahaitukī-kṛṣṇa-bhakti). The fourth verse of Śikṣāṣṭaka states: na dhanaṁ na janaṁ na sundarīṁ kavitāṁ vā jagadīśa kāmaye mama janmani janmanīśvare bhavatād bhaktir ahaitukī tvayi O Jagadīśa, I do not desire wealth, nor followers, nor do I desire beautiful poetry (here meaning “knowledge”). O Prāṇeśvara, my only desire is to have unalloyed devotion unto Your lotus feet birth after Read More...

Chapter 3

Bhajana Rahasya Chapter 3 - Tṛtīya-yāma-sādhana   Pūrvāhna-kālīya-bhajana – niṣṭhā-bhajana (from six daṇḍas until two praharas: approximately 8.30 A.M. – 11.00 A.M.) Text 1 The third verse of Śikṣāṣṭaka describes the qualification for nāma-saṅkīrtana and the process for chanting the holy name: tṛṇād api sunīcena taror api sahiṣṇunā amāninā mānadena kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ Thinking oneself to be even lower and more worthless than insignificant grass that has been trampled beneath everyone’s feet, being more tolerant than a tree, being prideless and offering respect to everyone according to their respective positions, one should continuously chant Read More...

Chapter 2

Bhajana Rahasya Chapter 2 - Dvitīya-yāma-sādhana   Prātaḥ-kālīya-bhajana – anartha-nivṛtti in sādhu-saṅga (the first six daṇḍas of the morning: approximately 6.00 A.M. – 8.30 A.M.) Text 1 There is no consideration of proper or improper time in regard to chanting the Lord’s holy names, which are fully endowed with all potencies. This is described in the second verse of Śikṣāṣṭaka: nāmnām akāri bahudhā nija-sarva-śaktis tatrārpitā niyamitaḥ smaraṇe na kālaḥ etādṛśī tava kṛpā bhagavan mamāpi durdaivam īdṛśam ihājani nānurāgaḥ O Bhagavān, Your names bestow all auspiciousness upon the jīvas. Therefore, for their benefit, You are eternally Read More...

Chapter 1

Bhajana Rahasya Chapter 1 - Prathama-yāma-sādhana   Niśānta-bhajana – śraddhā (the last six daṇḍas of the night: approximately 3.30 A.M. – 6.00 A.M.) Text 1 kṛṣṇa-varṇaṁ tviṣākṛṣṇaṁ sāṅgopāṅgāstra-pārṣadam yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtana-prāyair bhajāmi kali-pāvanam I worship Śrī Gaurāṅgadeva, who delivers the living entities of Kali-yuga (kali-pāvana) through the congregational chanting of the Lord’s holy names (śrī-nāma-saṅkīrtana-yajña). He describes the name, form, qualities and pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa; He performs kīrtana of the two syllables kṛ and ṣṇa; His complexion is fair; He is surrounded by His aṅgas (associates, meaning Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu and Śrī Advaita Prabhu), upāṅgas Read More...

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