Bhagavad Bhakti (E)

True Devotion
Devotional practice while living in the world
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Over eight consecutive mornings from 4 January 2007, while staying in the holy city of Navadvip in the Nadia district of West Bengal, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj gave a series of hard-hitting discourses explaining the meaning of this devotional couplet he composed: hari anuraga ho ya govinda radhe, jaga viraga ho, ho mana se bata de. "It is the mind alone that has to be detached from the world and attached to God."

This series typifies the rational approach Shri Maharaj Ji adopted to convey his message, validating each point with scriptural references from a range of sources. We are left understanding that both detachment from the world and attachment to God are performed by the mind, and not by the senses or the soul. It is the mind alone that is the cause of bondage or liberation.

The duty of a spiritual aspirant is therefore as simple as replacing his or her desires for the world with desires for God. This process is what the scriptures call bhakti and it should be practiced constantly. How this is done in the hustle and bustle of today's world is then explained. This booklet contains transcripts of all eight discourses that stress the importance of the mind being present during any form of devotional practice. 

Truly Remarkable is True Devotion

Over eight consecutive mornings in January 2007, while in the holy city of Navadvip in the Nadia district of West Bengal – birthplace of many lilas of Gauranga Mahaprabhu - Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, considered by many as the descension of Gauranga Mahaprabhu in this age of Kali, delivered a series of discourses elaborating on a devotional couplet he revealed while there on the morning of 4 January:

hari anuraga ho ya govinda  radhejaga viraga ho, ho mana se bata de

Shri Maharaj Ji comprehensively dispels the commonly held misconceptions and misunderstandings concerning the nature of detachment and attachment, demonstrating that both acts must be performed by the mind alone, as the mind is the sole doer of any action, and that both are to be performed simultaneously, as our fickle mind is unable to remain inactive even for a fraction of a second.

He discusses at length the important role that desire plays in a sadhaka’s journey towards God, clarifying that desire for God is in fact devotion, and this can flourish when one firmly decides that there is no true happiness in this world. Taking the aid of numerous worldly examples, backed up by just as many quotations from a diverse array of sacred texts, Shri Maharaj Ji reveals a profound yet simple solution to the souls of this world who desire the ultimate attainment of God-realisation.

He says, We have to replace our desires for the world with desires for God. It is that simple. This is what is called devotion or bhakti. In this practice, desires remain. You don’t have to eliminate desires, and in any case you are incapable of eliminating desires even if you tried for millions of years

Bhagavad Bhakti contains the transcripts translated into English of all eight discourses. As each discourse is complete within itself, Bhagavad Bhakti is compelling reading as a series and also as a collection of individual discourses.

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