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Vol-I

 

Back of the Book

In this purport, Srila Prabhupada described the Bhakti-sandarbha in these words: The fifth Sandarbha is called Bhakti-sandarbha, and in this book there is a discussion of how devotional service can be directly executed, and how such service can be adjusted, either directly indirectly.

In the course of this discussion it is emphatically and repeatedly explained that devotional service to the Lord must be executed under the direction of a bona fide spiritual master. The qualifications of such a spiritual master are discussed at great length and indeed, association with such an advance devotee is explained as the actual cause of engagement in devotional service.

 

Abotu the Book

In this first volume of Bhakti-sandarbha Srila Jiva Gosvami discusses how devotional service is the best of all spiritual activities, how liberation is automatically attained by engagement in devotional service, how devotional service is achieved by the association of devotees, how devotional service automatically awards knowledge and detachment from materialism, how devotional service is the actual goal of life, how engagement in devotional service is far superior to impersonal liberation, how the devotees of the lord are always protected, how devotional service is transcendental to the three modes of material nature, how devotional service pleases the supreme Personality of Godhead, and how devotees of the Lord are not approached by Yamaraja or his servants.

From his childhood Jiva Gosvami was greatly fond of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He later came to Navadvipa to study Sanskrit, and, following in the footsteps of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he circumambulated the entire Navadvipa-dhama. After visiting Navadvipa-dhama he went to Benares to study Sanskrit under Madhusudana Vacaspati, and after finishing his studies in Benares he went to Vrndavana and took shelter of his uncles, Sri Rupa and Sanatana.

 

Introduction

In a purport of the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Srila Prabhupada talks about Srila Jiva Gosvami and his literature: "In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (195) it is said that Srila Jiva Gosvami was formerly Vilasa-manjari gopi. From his very childhood Jiva Gosvami was greatly fond of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He later came to Navadvipa to study Sanskrit, and, following in the footsteps of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he circumambulated the entire Navadvipa-dhama. After visiting Navadvipa-dhama he went to Benares to study Sanskrit under Madhusudana Vacaspati, and after finishing his studies in Benares he went to Vrndavana and took shelter of his uncles, Sri Rupa and Sanatana. This is described in the Bhakti-ratnakara.

"As far as our information goes, Srila Jiva Gosvami composed and edited at least twenty-five books. They are all very much celebrated and they are listed as follows: (1) Hari-namamrta-vyakarana, (2) Sutra-malika, (3) Dhatu-sangraha, (4) Krsnarca-dipika, (5) Gopala-virudavali, (6) Rasamrta-sesa, (7) Sri Madhava-mahotsava, (8) Sri Sankalpa-kalpavrksa, (9) Bhavartha-sucaka-campu, (10) Gopala-tapani-tika, (11) a commentary on the Brahma-samhita, (12) a commentary on the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, (13) a commentary on the Ujjvala-nilamani, (14) a commentary on the Yogasara-stava, (15) a commentary on the Gayatri-mantra, as described in the Agni Purana, (16) a description of the Lords lotus feet derived from the Padma Purana, (17) a description of the lotus feet of Srimati Radharni (18) Gopala-campu (in two parts) and (19-25) seven sandarbhas: the Krama-, Tattva-, Bhagavat-, Paramatma-, Krsna-, Bhakti- and Priti-sandarbha.

"After the disappearance of Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami in Vrndanana, Srila Jiva Gosvami became the acarya of all the Vaisnavas in Bengal, Orissa and the rest of the world, and it is he who used to guide them in their devotional service. In Vrndavana he established the Radha-Damodara temple.

"When Jiva Gosvami was still present, Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami compiled his famous Caitanya-caritamrta. Later, Srila Jiva Gosvami inspired Srinivasa Acarya, Narottama dasa Thakura and Duhkhi Krsnadas to preach Krsna consciousness in Bengal. Jiva Gosvami was informed that all the manuscripts that had been collected from Vrndanava and sent to Bengal for preaching purposes were plundered near Visnupura, in Bengal, but later he received the information that the book had been recovered.

"Sri Jiva Gosvami awarded the designation Kaviraja to Ramacandra Sena, a disciple of Srinivasa Acarya's and to Ramacandra's younger brother Govinda. While Jiva Gosvami was alive, Srimati Jahnava-devi, the peasure potency of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, went to Vrndavana with a few devotes. Jiva Gosvami was very kind to the Gaudiya Vaisnavas. Whoever went to Vrndavana he provided with a residence and prasadam."

In the Caitanay-caritamrta Madhya-lila (1.42-43) it is written: "Sri Rupa Gosvami's nephew, Srila Jiva Gosvami, has compiled so many books on devotional service that there is no counting so many books on devotional service that there is no counting them. In Sri Bhagavata-sandarbha, Srila Jiva Gosvami has written conclusively about the ultimate end to devotional service.

"In this purport, Srila Prabhupada described the Bhakti-sandarbha in these words: The fifth Sandarbha is called Bhakti-sandarbha in these words: The fifth Sandarbha is called Bhakti-sandarbha, and in this book there is a discussion of how devotional service can be directly executed, and how such service can be adjusted, either directly or indirectly. There is a discussion of the knowledge of all kinds of scripture, the establishment of the Vedic institution of Varnasrama, bhakti as superior to fruitive activity, and so forth. It is also stated that without devotional service even a brahmana is condemned. There are discussions of the process of karma-tyaga (the giving of the results of karma to the supreme personality of Godhead), and the practices of mystic yoga and philosophical speculation, which are deprecated as simply hard labor.

"Worship of the demigods is discouraged, and worship of a Vaisnava is considered exalted. No respect is given to the non devotees. There are discussions of how one can be liberated even in this life (jivan-mukta), Lord Siva as a devotee, and how a bhakta and his devotional service eternally exist. It is stated that through bhakti one can attain all success because bhakti is transcendental to the material qualities. There is a discussion of how the self is manifest through bhakti. There is also a discussion of the self's bliss, as well as how bhakti, even imperfectly executed, enables one to attain the lotus feet of the Supreme personality of Godhead.

"Unmotivated devotional service is highly praised, and an explanation is given of how each devotee can achieve the platform of unmotivated service by association with other devotees. There is a discussion of the differences between the maha-bhagavata and the ordinary devotee, the symptoms of philosophical speculation, the symptoms of self-worship, or ahangrahopasana, the symptoms of devotional service, the symptoms of imaginary perfection, the acceptance of regulative principles of hearing, chanting, remembering and serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offenses is worship, offensive effects, prayers, engaging oneself as an eternal servant of the lord, making friendships with the lord and surrendering everything for his pleasure. There is also a discussion of raganuga-bhakti (spontaneous love of Godhead), of the specific purpose of becoming a devotee of Lord Krsna, and a comparative study of other perfectional stages."

In this first volume of Bhakti-sandarbha Srila Jiva Gosvami discusses how devotional service is the best of all spiritual activities, how liberation is automatically attained by engagement in devotional service, how devotional service is achieved by the association of devotees, how devotional service automatically awards knowledge and detachment form materialism, how engagement in devotional service is the actual goal of life, how engagement in devotional service is transcendental to the three modes of material nature, how devotional service pleases the supreme personality of Godhead, and how devotees of the lord are not approached by Yamaraja or his servants.

 

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About the Book

In the second volume of Bhaki-sandrbha Srila Jiva Gosvami discusses how devotional service destroys all sinful reactions and grants liberation from material existence. Devotional service can be practiced in any material situation. The example is given of how the child within the mother's womb sometimes prays for deliverance. In fact, devotional service only delivers the performer, but also many generations of his relatives. The destruction of sins is not one of the primary characteristics of devotional service, however, for even a dim reflection of devotional service, is competent to accomplish that task. Such devotional service may even be performed unknowingly, and examples of animals unknowingly engaging in devotional service are given from the scriptures. From his very childhood Jiva Gosvami was greatly fond of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He later came to Navadvipa to study Sanskrit, and, following in the footsteps of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he circumambulated the entire Navadvipa-dhama. After visiting Navadvipa-dhama he went to Benares to study Sanskrit under Madhusudana Vacaspati, and after finishing his studies in Benares he went to Vrndavana and took shelter of his uncles, Sri Rupa and Sanatana.

 

Vol-III

 

About the Book

This third volume begins with a discussion of how association with devotee is the best means for advancement in spiritual life. Although other practices are prescribed for making advancement on the path back home, back to Godhead, the association of devotees is described as the best means for quickly attaining the mercy of the lord. The mercy of the lord is easily attained when one develops love for him, and such love is quickly aroused in the association of devotees. Although the lord is fully independent, He comes under the control of a devotee who has unalloyed love for him. From his childhood Jiva Gosvami was greatly fond of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He later came to Navadvipa to study Sanskrit, and, following in the footsteps of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he circumambulated the entire Navadvipa-dhama. After visiting Navadvipa-dhama he went to Benares to study Sanskrit under Madhusudana Vacaspati, and after finishing his studies in Benares he went to Vrndavana and took shelter of his uncles, Sri Rupa and Sanatana.

 

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Contents

 

Anuccheda1 By hearing the scriptures in the association of saintly devotees,love for the Lord is manifest  
  and reveals the soul's identity. 3
Anuccheda 2 One must render service unto the supersoul. 15
Anuccheda 3 One should worship the lord by engaging in devotional service. 19
Anuccheda 4 Knowledge of the Lord's form and qualities naturally brings renunciation from everything material. 25
Anuccheda 5 Devotional service does not depend on anything, therefore its presence makes other spiritual practices successful. 27
Anuccheda 6 Rituals or occupational duties are not meant for sensegratification, but lead to the path of liberation. 31
Anuccheda 7 With the great spiritual love born from attraction to hearing about the lord, the devotee sees in their pure hearts the absolute truth. 39
Anuccheda 8 The ultimate results of performing one's occupational duties in being able to please Lord Hari. 45
Anuccheda 9 Giving up all else, one should constantly hear about, glorify, remember and worship the personality of Godhead. 47
Anuccheda 10 Intelligent men cut through the binding knots of karma by remembering the personality of Godhead. 49
Anuccheda 11 Devotional service, in the association of pre devotees, is easy to perform and is very pleasing to the ear and the heart. 51
Anuccheda 12 Sri Krsna cleanses the desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge  
  to hear his messages. d 55
Anuccheda 13 By regularly hearing the Bhagavatan and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, loving service unto the lords is established. 57
Anuccheda 14 As soon as loving service is established in the heart, the devotee is established in goodness and he  
  becomes completely happy. 59
Anuccheda 15 By engaging in devotional service, all vices are destroyed and the lord appears to the devotee. 61
Anuccheda 16 When the lord appears the knot in the heart is pierced, and all misgivingsare cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive  
  actions is thus terminated. 63
Anuccheda 17 Devotional service is performed with great delight and brings only happiness. 65
Anuccheda 18 One should do no other work other than devotional service to the lord. 67
Anuccheda 19 Those who desire liberation respect all, yet they reject the forms of the demigods and worship only the all-blissful  
  forms of lord Visnu. 73
Anuccheda 20 Those who are in the modes of passion and ignorance worship any other than lord Visnu in order to acquire material benefits. 75
Anuccheda 21-23 It is the conclusion of all Vedic scriptures that Sri Krsna should be worshiped. 77
Anuccheda 24-25 One who desires to be free from all miseries must hear about, glorify, and also remember the personality of Godhead. 95
Anuccheda 26 One should concentrate his mind upon the supreme personality of Godhead. 99
Anuccheda 27 Unless one has a sense of loving service unto the supreme lord, he should remember or meditate upon the universal  
  form of the lord at the end of his prescribed duties. 105
Anuccheda 28-29 Direct devotional service of lord Krsna is the most auspicious means of deliverance and is the conclusion  
  of all the Vedas. 107
Anuccheda 30 By hearing, glorifying and remembering the supreme lord attraction to him develops. 115
Anuccheda 31 Worship of the lord is superior to demigod worship. 119
Anuccheda 32 By association of the devotee, those who worship demigods can gradually develop exclusive devotion for the Lord. 125
Anuccheda 33 Sri Saunaka Rsi confirms the importance of devotional service. 129
Anuccheda 34 Materialistic human beings are actually animals. 131
Anuccheda 35-40 The components of this material body are worthless if they are not engaged in worship of the supreme personality of Godhead. 133
Anuccheda 41 Lord Brahma thanks Narada for inquiring about the Almighty personality of Godhead. 147
Anuccheda 42 Lord Narayana is the supreme object of worship, therefore he is the subject matter described in the Vedas. 149
Anuccheda 43 Sri Vidura requests Sri Maitreya to give him instruction on the transcendental devotional service of the lord. 153
Anuccheda 44 The devotee engaging in devotional service feels no pain. Others, however, suffer much pain. 155
Anuccheda 45 Devotional service is the ultimate good for the self and for all others. 159
Anuccheda 46-47 Without devotional service to the srpreme personality of Godhead, perfection in self-realization cannot be attained. 161
Anuccheda 48 The path of impersonal speculation is very difficult, whereas the path of devotional service carries one to the destination. 165
Anuccheda 49 Maharaja Prthu engaged completely in devotional service, thus his love and devotion unto Sri Krsna developed and became fixed. 169
Anuccheda 50 Lord Siva instructs that one should place the activities of his mind and words into the service of the lord. 171
Anuccheda 51 Sri Narada Muni clarifies the nature of devotional service by describing what should and what should not be done. 175
Anuccheda 52 By satisfying lord Hari one attains the same result as if he has satisfied the many demigods with many pious deeds. 185
Anuccheda 53 The devotee is not attached to any material relation or object. To come to this stage, one should give up  
  his material attractions and practice devotional service. 187
Anuccheda 54 A human birth is best of all because it allows for associating with devotees, which frees one from his material  
  conditioning and grants the lotus feet of the lord. 191
Anuccheda 55 The human form of life gives one a chance to return home, back to Godhead, therefore it should used properly. 193
Anuccheda 56 The advice given by the supreme lord is the greatest advice for becoming liberated. 199
Anuccheda 57 One most accept the bona fide spiritual master and render service unto him with great devotion and faith. 201
Anuccheda 58 The supreme being is the essence of all Vedic knowledge, the root of all religious principles, and his service  
  is superior to performance of varnasrama-dharma. 203
Anuccheda 59 Whatever one does one should offer to the supreme, thinking, ‘This is for the pleasure of Lord Narayana.' 213
Anuccheda 60 By completely engaging one's self in service to the lord he becomes fearless and no longer sees the illusion that this  
  world exists separate from Sri Krsna. 217
Anuccheda 61 One should wander freely, hearing and chanting the famous holy names of the lord. 221
Anuccheda 62 The regulative principles of the Vedic injunctions are meant to elevate those who do not have taste for  
  devotional service. 225
Anuccheda 63 The various demigods are not independent of the supreme personality of Godhead. 237
Anuccheda 64 Any member of the four varnas and four asramas that fails to worship or intentionally disrespects the personality of  
  Godhead will fall down into a hellish state of life. 239
Anuccheda 65 In each of the four yugas, Lord Kesava appears with various complexions, names and forms and is thus worshiped  
  by various processes. 245
Anuccheda 66 The conditioned soul will cross beyond this material world by hearing about The Lord,  
  in the association of his devotees. 247
Anuccheda 67 Impersonal knowledge cannot bring any good result. Devotional service, however, very easily brings  
  one to the desired goal. 253
Anuccheda 68-69 One should not study even Vedic literatures that do not contain descriptions of the supreme  
  personality of Godhead's transcendental pastimes. 259
Anuccheda 70 One should give up the false conception of material variety that one imposes upon the soul and thus cease  
  one's material existence. 265
Anuccheda 71 One should give up impersonal speculation without devotional and take shelter of the path of devotional service. 267
Anuccheda 72 The lord describes confidential devotional service, which is eventually attained by offering the fruits of  
  one's work to the Lord. 271
Anuccheda 73-74 One who has obtained pure devotional service by association with the lord's devotees always engages in worshiping  
  of Him. Thus he very easily goes to his abode. 275
Anuccheda 75-79 The path of devotional service is most perfect, important, and ancient because it is personally taught by the Lord. 279
Anuccheda 80 When a living entity cleanses himself of material contamination by hearing and chanting the pious narrations of the  
  lord glories, he regains his ability to see the supreme personality of Godhead. 291
Anuccheda 81-85 Discussing the relative merits of the yogas of work, knowledge, and devotional service, the lord treats knowledge  
  and work with contempt and declares the primacy of devotional service. 295
Anuccheda 86-88 Hearing the pastimes of the lord is the best of spiritual activities. 313
Anuccheda 89 Remembrance of lord Krsna's lotus feet destroys everything inauspicious and awards the greatest good fortune. 337
Anuccheda 90 By worshiping lord Narayana one attains the auspicious result of having performed many austerities and pious deeds. 339
Anuccheda 91 Srila Suta Gosvami is reminded of the science of God, which he previously heard from Sukadeva Gosvami. 343
Anuccheda 92-94 Devotional service is the highest spiritual path described in the Vedic literature. 345
Anuccheda 95 Devotional service is the incomparable final result obtained by performing the activities of varnasrama-dharma. 357
Anuccheda 96 By engaging in devotional service one attains transcendental knowledge. 361
Anuccheda 97 Devotional service gives life to the attainment of desires. 365
Anuccheda 98 Without performing any other activities one can simply perform devotional service alone. 369
Anuccheda 99 Fruitive work is painful to perform and brings an uncertain result, whereas devotional service is kind to the practitioner,  
  is easily and happily performed, and brings a certain result. 377
Anuccheda 100-101 Material qualities, endeavors, nor birth satisfy the supreme lord. Nothing but devotional service satisfies him. 383
Anuccheda 102 If one is not able to engage in direct devotional service he should offer to the lord the fruits of his work. 395
Anuccheda 103 Nothing but devotional service satisfies the supreme lord. 403
Anuccheda 104 The path of impersonal realization of the supreme personality of Godhead is difficult. Those who follow the path of devotional service are never fatigued and quickly attain the result. 405
Anuccheda 105 There is no real knowledge without devotional service. 413
Anuccheda 106 Being independent from the lord, or not worshiping him, is considered foolish. Lord Siva is a pure Vaisnava,  
  who advises all to worship Lord Hari. 419
Anuccheda 107 One should give oneself to one but the supreme lord. 493
Anuccheda 108 Those who do not take shelter of lord Krsna's lotus feet are only fools who waste their human life. 495
Anuccheda 109 One engaged in devotional service has all good qualities, and one who is bereft of service to the lord has no good qualities. 499
Anuccheda 110 Sages who have attained perfection in various non-devotional paths are condemned. 501
Anuccheda 111 Devotional service to the lord is the best of all spiritual 509
Anuccheda 112 Loving devotional service destroys all past karma. 525
Anuccheda 113 Because devotional service is eternal, devotional service is the spiritual path that should be accepted. 527
Anuccheda 114 Meditation on the supreme personality of Godhead is described. 531
Anuccheda 115 One should search for the path of devotional service, and upon finding it constantly engage in it,  
  for it is the greatest of activities. 539
Anuccheda 116 Activities not related to devotional service are useless, however actions meant for the pleasure of the lord benefit everyone. 583
Anuccheda 117 Descriptions of the almighty lord's activities will satisfy all hankerings and mitigate the miseries of the masses. 585
Anuccheda 118 Devotional service to be the highest good. 587
Anuccheda 119 Sri Vyasa lamented when he had yet specifically pointed out the glories devotional service of the lord. 589
Anuccheda 120 The supreme personality of Godhead, says that devotional service is the most exalted of all spiritual paths. 591
Anuccheda 121-122 Devotional service removes all obstacles to spiritual progress. 593
Anuccheda 123-124 Those who are engaged in devotional service are free of fear. 609
Anuccheda 125 Devotional service destroys all sins and the desire to commit them. 615
Anuccheda 126 Devotional service brings immediate results. 621
Anuccheda 127-128 One becomes purified by engaging in devotional service. 623
Anuccheda 129 Devotional service removes material desires, and cleans all past sins. 637
Anuccheda 130 Devotional service removes ignorance. 641
Anuccheda 131 By engaging in devotional service one satisfies everyone. 643
Anuccheda 132-133 Devotional service brings with it knowledge, renunciation, and all other spiritual virtues. 647
Anuccheda 134 Pure devotional service is beyond the modes of nature. To attain this level, association with the pure devotee is mandatory. 653
Anuccheda 135 Residence in the Lord's temple is beyond the three modes of material nature. 675
Anuccheda 136 Without the shelter of the supreme lord, everything one does is under the spell of the three modes of nature. 679
Anuccheda 137 Different kinds of faith in various activities are also situated in the different modes. 681
Anuccheda 138 Devotional service is above the three modes of material nature. 683
Anuccheda 139 Devotional service is the lord's potency and it is self-manifest. 685
Anuccheda 140 Devotional service brings great happiness to those who directly engage in it. 687
Anuccheda 141 Devotional service causes one fall in love with the supreme personality of Godhead. 691
Anuccheda 142 The supreme personality of Godhead, who already has all pleasure, is pleased by devotional service. 697
Anuccheda 143 Supreme personality of Godhead is pleased by even the smallest offering. 701
Anuccheda 144 The Lord himself is the cause of the activities of devotional service. 705
Anuccheda 145-146 Devotional service, and nothing else, enables one to directly see the supreme personality of Godhead. 709
Anuccheda 147 The highest form of devotional service causes the supreme lord to become like a submissive servant. 713
Anuccheda 148 Devotional service is the actual process of religion, removes all sins, and should be performed by all. 725
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Anuccheda 149 Even a single moment of devotional service will make one's life a great success and grant liberation. 3
Anuccheda 150 One becomes liberated by hearing the lord's holy name. 13
Anuccheda 151 There is nothing higher then life as a devotee of the lord. 15
Anuccheda 152 Devotional service brings one to the lord's own abode. 25
Anuccheda 153 Even the slightest and briefest effort to serve him makes the lord one's submissive servant, if the practitioner is free  
  from offense. 29
Anuccheda 154 The devotees of the lord, who are spiritually wise, are kind to the foolish. Non-devotees are foolish and not kind  
  even to the wise. 53
Anuccheda 155 The devotees are protected by the lord. 57
Anuccheda 156 The devotees become very powerful by the lords mercy. 61
Anuccheda 157 An example of the obstacles that make one fall away from faith in the lord. 63
Anuccheda 158 Some think that the lord sometimes arranges for previous fruitive activity so the devotee will be separated from him,  
  and in this way come to love him more that before. 65
Anuccheda 159 Offenses without malice are excusable, but for those who commit such acts in full knowledge their spiritual progress  
  is completely checked. 67
Anuccheda 160 Those in a fallen condition again gain the opportunity to engage in devotional service on the strength of their previous  
  past spiritual merit. 75
Anuccheda 161 The highest perfection of human life is to remember the personality of Godhead at the time of death. 77
Anuccheda 62 By chanting the lord's holy name at the moment of death one becomes free from all sins. 81
Anuccheda 163 The real benefit of devotional service is attraction to the lord. 85
Anuccheda 164 By attaining love for the supreme personality of godhead one becomes free from material desires. 87
Anuccheda 165 Everyone, regardless of circumstance, should engage in devotional service and do nothing else. 89
Anuccheda 166 The supreme personality of Godhead and the pure devotee are both free from material desires. 101
Anuccheda167 The supreme personality of Godhead does not wish for his own personal benefit, he only accepts the worship because  
  he enjoys the association of his devotee. 103
Anuccheda 168 The lord is pleased only if one has unflinching, unalloyed devotion to him. 107
Anuccheda 169-170 Devotional service is the essential teaching of all scriptures and the best spiritual path. 117
Anuccheda 171 The three paths of spirituality are discussed; Jnana-yoga, karma-yoga, and bhakti-yoga. 127
Anuccheda 172 Hearing about the glories of the lord and chanting his name gives the spiritual result of devotional service. Those who  
  offer service to the lord in a saintly manner please him. 133
Anuccheda 173 In one has taste for fruitive activity and has not yet awaked his taste for devotional service, one has to act according to  
  theregulative principle of the Vedic injunctions. 155
Anuccheda 174 Sincere souls perform Vedic rituals and duties only because the lord has ordered that they be performed. 185
Anuccheda 175 Steadiness in one's own position is real piety, whereas deviation is impiety. 191
Anuccheda 176 The three features of the supreme (Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan) are described. 193
Anuccheda 177 Those who taste the sweetness of devotional service are beyond rules, prohibitions, virtues and vices. 211  
Anuccheda 178 Engagement in pure devotional service is the natural position of all living entities. A short explanation on the sacred syllable Om. 217  
Anuccheda 179-180 The cause that brings devotional service into existence is association with the devotee. 227  
Anuccheda 181-182 The great devotees are independent and act as they like. 259  
Anuccheda 183 The devotees become compassionate when they see the unfortunate situation of the conditioned souls. 263  
Anuccheda 184 Association with a great devotee is the best method of purification. 265  
Anuccheda 185-186 Association with the devotees is the cause of attaining devotion for the supreme personality of Godhead. 267  
Anuccheda 187 The natures of the two classes of transcendentalists; the impersonalist and the devotee of the lord 279  
Anuccheda 188 The nature of a devotee of the lord and his symptoms. 291  
Anuccheda 189 The nature of the intermediate and advanced devotees. 299  
Anuccheda 190 The physical and mental symptoms of the neophyte devotee. 311  
Anuccheda 191 The most exalted devotee is described. 315  
Anuccheda 192 A person who is not bewildered by the miseries of the material world is the best of devotees. 317  
Anuccheda 193 One who has taken exclusive shelter of the lord is free from even the desire to enjoy material sense gratification. 319  
Anuccheda 194 When pride does not manifest one with so many material qualities, it means he is dear to lord Hari. 321  
Anuccheda 195 One not attached to material wealth is considered to be at the highest standard of devotional service. 323  
Anuccheda 196 A person who does not move form the lotus feet of the lord even for a moment is to be considered the greatest of all Vaisnavas. 325  
Anuccheda 197 The devotee never abandons the lotus feet of the lord. 327  
Anuccheda 198 The supreme personality of Godhead can never give up the heart of a devotee ho has taken shelter of him and chants  
  the name of Krsna with genuine love. 329  
Anuccheda 199 The lowest level of a devotee is described. 351  
Anuccheda 200 The intermediate devotee, who is engaged in mixed devotional service, is described. 357  
Anuccheda 201 The best of devotees, who is engaged in mixed devotional service, is described. 367  
Anuccheda 202 The devotees and the fruitive workers are contrasted. 379  
Anuccheda 203 The spiritual master's eloquences and other virtues are described. 397  
Anuccheda 204 Faith in the supreme personality of Godhead, which is created by such study and thinking, is described. 401  
Anuccheda 205 When a devotee takes shelter of the lotus feet of the lord, he is cleansed of material misconceptions and handicaps. 411  
Anuccheda 206 What is a spiritual master. 415  
Anuccheda 207 Accepting and rejecting a spiritual master. 419  
Anuccheda 208 A spiritual master gives pure spiritual knowledge. 423  
Anuccheda 209 One must accept an instructing spiritual master (siksa-guru). 427  
Anuccheda 210 One must accept an initiating spiritual master. 431  
Anuccheda 211-212 One should see his spiritual master in the same way one sees the supreme lord himself. 435  
Anuccheda 213 The spiritual master and lord Siva are both seen as non-different from the supreme personality of Godhead. 439  
Anuccheda 214 Different varieties of worship are shown. 441  
Anuccheda 215 Variety-less spirit is the object of the impersonalists' continual meditation. 443  
Anuccheda 216 Impersonal knowledge is described, then devotional service is described. 447  
Anuccheda 217 Three division of bhakti are described: aropa-siddha, sanga-siddha, and svarupa-siddha. 455  
Anuccheda 218 Serving the lord, while hankering for material enjoyment, will free one from such attachments. 475  
Anuccheda 219-221 The process of offering the fruits of one's work to the supreme personality of Godhead is described. 481  
Anuccheda 222-223 The lord is the person who should be pleased in the yajnas, because he gives the results of the yajnas. 487  
Anuccheda 224-225 Three types ofdeotional service is explained: Kamana, naiskarmya, and bhakti-mantra. 505  
Anuccheda 226 It is explained that karma and jnana are parts of devotional service, and devotional service is the whole that contains them. 521  
Anuccheda 227 Devotional service mixed with karma is described. 527  
Anuccheda 228 Devotional service mixed with jnana is described. 529  
Anuccheda 229 Devotional service mixed with both karma and jnana is described. 533  
Anuccheda 230 Devotional service mixed with jnana is described. 539  
Anuccheda 231 Svarupa-siddha devotional service is discussed. 541  
Anuccheda 232 The second kind of sakama svarupa-siddha devotional service is described. 543  
Anuccheda 233 Svarupa-siddha kaivalya-kama devotional service id discussed. 545  
Anuccheda 234 Svarupa-siddha devotional service is described. 549  
Anuccheda 235 Vaidhi-bhakti is described. 563  
Anuccheda 236 Taking shelter of the lord is described. 569  
Anuccheda 237 One should worship his spiritual master, who grants the lotus feet of lord Hari. 583  
Anuccheda 238 One should follow a qualified spiritual master and follow Ekadasi and the other Vaisnava vows. 595  
Anuccheda 239 The two ways to bring the supreme lord under one's control. 613  
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Anuccheda 240 No method of spiritual advancement is better than the association of devotees. 3
Anuccheda 241 Association with the lord's devotees is the primary way to bring the lord under one's control. 7  
Anuccheda 242 One cannot achieve the lord by other processes. 11  
Anuccheda 243 Even if one is not situated in transcendental knowledge, by associating with devotees he attains the goal of life. 15  
Anuccheda 244 By serving great devotees, one is enabled to develop transcendental ecstasy in serving the personality of Godhead. 17  
Anuccheda 245 One who does not associate with devotees is no better than an ass or a cow. 21  
Anuccheda 246 One who associates with a devotee is never attached to the material body or bodily relationships. 25  
Anuccheda 247 One should appropriately worship the Vaisnavas for the value of their association has no comparison. 27  
Anuccheda 248 Hearing the glories of the 47  
Anuccheda 249 Those who hear about the transcendental form of the lord accept devotional service to him and are never  
  separated from him. 49  
Anuccheda 250 Descriptions of hearing about the transcendental qualities of the lord. 53  
Anuccheda 251 In an assembly of pure devotees, there is discussion only of the qualities forms, and pastimes of the supreme personality of Godhead. 59  
Anuccheda 252 Those who are not interested in hearing the glories of the lord are killers of their own souls. 61  
Anuccheda 253 Descriptions of the lord's pastimes are extremely attractive. 67  
Anuccheda 254 The pastimes of the lord and his pastime incarnations. 71  
Anuccheda 255 Hearing of the pastimes of the supreme personality of Godhead is glorified in the prayers by the personified Vedas. 75  
Anuccheda 256 Hearing the lord's holy names. 81  
Anuccheda 257 The glories of Srimad-Bhagavatam and the message of Godhead. 85  
Anuccheda 258&259 Hearing of the lord's pastimes brings great glory and great happiness. 89  
Anuccheda 260 Hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam is the best kind of hearing. 93  
Anuccheda 261 Srimad-Bhagavatam is the essence of all Vedanta philosophy. 95  
Anuccheda 262 Hearing the holy name of the supreme and hearing description of him brings the greatest benefit. 97  
Anuccheda 263 One who chants the lord's holy name will fall in love with the supreme lord. 105  
Anuccheda 264 Nothing is more purifying than chanting the holy name which makes one remember the lord's transcendental qualities. 113  
Anuccheda 265 The supreme importance of chanting the holy name of the lord and the process of chanting. 115  
Anuccheda 266 No one can describe all of the glories of the holy name. 151  
Anuccheda 267 Glorification of the transcendental qualities of the lord. 155  
Anuccheda 268 Glorification of the transcendental pastimes of the lord. 157  
Anuccheda 269 One should always chant and hear the glories of the supreme lord. 159  
Anuccheda 270 By engaging in kirtana even the most fallen souls of kali-yuga attain the mercy of the supreme personality of Godhead. 169  
Anuccheda 271 Those who are advanced worship the age of kali-yuga because of its prominence of Sankirtana. 175  
Anuccheda 272 The glories of kirtana. 177  
Anuccheda 273 Great souls pray that they may take birth in kali-yrga and engage in kirtana. 181  
Anuccheda 274 In kali-yuga, people will not worship the supreme lord despite the great benefit of chanting the holy names. 193  
Anuccheda 275 Further descriptions of the good effects of kirtana. 197  
Anuccheda 276 Chanting is more powerful than meditation which depends on a pure heart. 201  
Anuccheda 277 The supreme personality of Godhead directly appears before a devotee who meditates on him. 205  
Anuccheda 278 The different stages of meditation on the lord's qualities, associates, service, and pastimes. 209  
Anuccheda 279 When one thinks only of the lord's pastimes and other features and does not think of anything else, that is Samadhi. 217  
Anuccheda 280 Those who sere the lord with devotion as well as meditate on him greatly please him and become purified immediately. 219  
Anuccheda 281 Service to the lord's feet is boon most cherished by the liberated souls. 223  
Anuccheda 282 The transcendental lord is the proper object of devotional service. 225  
Anuccheda 283 Included within serving the lord's feet are worshipping the deity and visiting the places that are dear to the lord. 227  
Anuccheda 284 The chanting of mantras and the performance of devotional service should be performed according to vedic injunctions. 251  
Anuccheda 285 One may honour the demigods by properly considering their position in relation to the supreme lord. 265  
Anuccheda 286 The processes of worshipping the lord's abode and his associates, and worshipping his deity. 279  
Anuccheda 287 By pleasing the supreme personality of Godhead one pleases all living entities. 313  
Anuccheda 288 The lord resides with every living being, in his heart, as paramatma. 315  
Anuccheda 289 The supersoul in every body gives the individual soul intelligence and is manifested to him according to the development of his consciousness. 317  
Anuccheda 290 Deity worship is the best means of spiritual advancement for those who have the fault of dealing with each other disrespectfully. 319  
Anuccheda 291 The lord is not pleased by the deity worship of one who is envious of the authorized devotees. 323  
Anuccheda 292 A qualified brahmana is the best kind of person within this material world. 325  
Anuccheda 293 The brahmanas who preach the glories of the lord throughout the entire world are worshipable even for Krsna. 327  
Anuccheda 294 Worship of the deity of the supreme personality of Godhead is the best kind of worship. 329  
Anuccheda 295 Further descriptions of deity worship. 335  
Anuccheda 296 Description of offering foodstuffs to the lord and the process of chanting japa. 349  
Anuccheda 297 One who simply engages in devotional service with no consideration of fruitive results attains Me. 353  
Anuccheda 298 The process of deity worship is appropriate for all. 355  
Anuccheda 299 One should observe Sri Krsna-janmastami, Karttika-vrata, Ekadasi, Magha-snana and other auspicious vows. 363  
Anuccheda 300 Vaisnaas should carefully avoid committing offenses on the path of serving the lord's deity form. 383  
Anuccheda 301 Disrespect to great souls destroys everything. 387  
Anuccheda 302 One who commits an offense at the lotus feet of a Vaisnava will be vanquished without delay. 389  
Anuccheda 303 If one foolishly offends a devotee, one should try to attain the mercy of the supreme personality of Godhead. 391  
Anuccheda 304 After a thousand births one comes to understand that one is the servant of the lord, and engages in devotional service. 405  
Anuccheda 305 Worship of the lord that is performed with the activities of service is the best kind of worship. 411  
Anuccheda 306 Description of thinking of the lord as ones friend. 413  
Anuccheda 307 The supreme personality of Godhead comes under the full control of the pure devotees. 421  
Anuccheda 308 People who are peaceful and pure only keep friendship with devotees of the lord, and they alone can very easily  
  go back home to Godhead. 423  
Anuccheda 309 Complete surrender means offering everything one has for the sake of the lord. 425  
Anuccheda 310 The different features of vaidhi bhakti are meant for different kinds of people like different kinds of medicines. 437  
Anuccheda 311 In raganuga-bhakti one considers that he will only enjoy life with the lord, the real source of love and happiness. 449  
Anuccheda 312 One performing raganuga-bhakti naturally observes the prohibitions and injunctions of vaisnava sastra which have the pleasure of the lord as their only goal. 451  
Anuccheda Generally it is not possible, even for the great impersonalists, to merge into the existence of the lord. 479  
Anuccheda 314 Sisupala blasphemed the lord from the very beginning of his childhood until his death. 481  
Anuccheda 315 Those who have taken shelter of the material nature don not have the power to blaspheme or offend a person whose form, qualities and other features are not material. 483  
Anuccheda 316 The conditioned soul is bound by all kinds of dualities because he considers his material body to be his self and  
  everything related to his body to be his. 487  
Anuccheda 317 Because the supreme personality of Godhead is never troubled by blasphemy of any other offense, therefore one  
  should meditate on him, somehow or other, by any means available. 493  
Anuccheda 318 One may easily merge into the existence of the lord by being absorbed in thinking about him, even in enmity. 497  
Anuccheda 319 The enemies of the lord merge into the effulgence emanating from the lord's transcendental form. 499  
Anuccheda 320 One does not attain perfection merely by following the rules of vaidhi-bhakti. 503  
Anuccheda 321 One may obtain the mercy of Krsna by becoming absorbed in remembering him with lust, fear, envy, familial  
  relationship, great affection and by devotional service. 529  
Anuccheda 322 Somehow or other one must consider the form of Krsna very seriously. 537  
Anuccheda 323 One must somehow think of Krsna, whether in a friendly way, or inimically. 541  
Anuccheda 324 If the path of thinking of the lord somehow or other is this powerful, then how powerful must be the path of  
  raganuga-bhakti, where one thinks of the lord with love? 543  
Anuccheda 325 Only lord Krsna is the object of raganuga-bhakti and the bestower of liberation to his enemies; his partial expansions  
  do not give this perfection. 551  
Anuccheda 326 Sri Uddhava refused to accept even the slightest part of jnana and yoga because he was a pure devotee. 571  
Anuccheda 327 A pure devotee attains a very great result, not the small result obtained by jnana and yoga. 577  
Anuccheda 328 Everything is easily obtainable for one who engages in devotional service. 581  
Anuccheda 329 The devotees renounce so many attainments, but they cannot renounce the supreme lord. 587  
Anuccheda 330 One should always fix his mind in attraction to devotional service, take shelter of the holy places where the devotees reside, and follow the exemplary activities of the devotees of the lord. 591  
Anuccheda 331&332 For him who constantly meditates upon my presence within all persons, the bad tendencies of rivalry, envy, and abusiveness, along with false ego, are very quickly destroyed. 597  
Anuccheda 333 Activities offered to the lord without personal motivation, even if they are externally useless, amount to the actual  
  process of religion. 611  
Anuccheda 334 Pure devotees of lord Krsna, who are like Sri Uddhava, find that lord Krsna is both the goal and the means to  
  attain the goal. 615  
Anuccheda 335 Sri Uddhava prays for undeviating attachment to the lord's lotus feet. 617  
Anuccheda 336 Sri Uddhava asks by what process one should who desires liberation meditate upon the lord. 619  
Anuccheda 337 Auspiciousness grater than that manifested in lord krsna was never manifested in any one of the many incarnations  
  of the lord. 621  
Anuccheda 338 The childhood pastimes of Krsna, such as his liberating the demoness putana, are so attractive that by hearing them  
  one looses attachment to mundane topics and gradually develops devotional service. 623  
Anuccheda 339 This confidential knowledge should be revealed to a person who has attained the mercy of his guru of the lord,  
  not others. 327  
Anuccheda 340 The path to perfection is to serve the devotees who are completely freed from all vice, for by this one gains affinity  
  for hearing the message of Godhead. 629  
 
Epilogue 639  
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Back of the Book

In this purport, Srila Prabhupada described the Bhakti-sandarbha in these words: The fifth Sandarbha is called Bhakti-sandarbha, and in this book there is a discussion of how devotional service can be directly executed, and how such service can be adjusted, either directly indirectly.

In the course of this discussion it is emphatically and repeatedly explained that devotional service to the Lord must be executed under the direction of a bona fide spiritual master. The qualifications of such a spiritual master are discussed at great length and indeed, association with such an advance devotee is explained as the actual cause of engagement in devotional service.

 

Abotu the Book

In this first volume of Bhakti-sandarbha Srila Jiva Gosvami discusses how devotional service is the best of all spiritual activities, how liberation is automatically attained by engagement in devotional service, how devotional service is achieved by the association of devotees, how devotional service automatically awards knowledge and detachment from materialism, how devotional service is the actual goal of life, how engagement in devotional service is far superior to impersonal liberation, how the devotees of the lord are always protected, how devotional service is transcendental to the three modes of material nature, how devotional service pleases the supreme Personality of Godhead, and how devotees of the Lord are not approached by Yamaraja or his servants.

From his childhood Jiva Gosvami was greatly fond of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He later came to Navadvipa to study Sanskrit, and, following in the footsteps of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he circumambulated the entire Navadvipa-dhama. After visiting Navadvipa-dhama he went to Benares to study Sanskrit under Madhusudana Vacaspati, and after finishing his studies in Benares he went to Vrndavana and took shelter of his uncles, Sri Rupa and Sanatana.

 

Introduction

In a purport of the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Srila Prabhupada talks about Srila Jiva Gosvami and his literature: "In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (195) it is said that Srila Jiva Gosvami was formerly Vilasa-manjari gopi. From his very childhood Jiva Gosvami was greatly fond of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He later came to Navadvipa to study Sanskrit, and, following in the footsteps of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he circumambulated the entire Navadvipa-dhama. After visiting Navadvipa-dhama he went to Benares to study Sanskrit under Madhusudana Vacaspati, and after finishing his studies in Benares he went to Vrndavana and took shelter of his uncles, Sri Rupa and Sanatana. This is described in the Bhakti-ratnakara.

"As far as our information goes, Srila Jiva Gosvami composed and edited at least twenty-five books. They are all very much celebrated and they are listed as follows: (1) Hari-namamrta-vyakarana, (2) Sutra-malika, (3) Dhatu-sangraha, (4) Krsnarca-dipika, (5) Gopala-virudavali, (6) Rasamrta-sesa, (7) Sri Madhava-mahotsava, (8) Sri Sankalpa-kalpavrksa, (9) Bhavartha-sucaka-campu, (10) Gopala-tapani-tika, (11) a commentary on the Brahma-samhita, (12) a commentary on the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, (13) a commentary on the Ujjvala-nilamani, (14) a commentary on the Yogasara-stava, (15) a commentary on the Gayatri-mantra, as described in the Agni Purana, (16) a description of the Lords lotus feet derived from the Padma Purana, (17) a description of the lotus feet of Srimati Radharni (18) Gopala-campu (in two parts) and (19-25) seven sandarbhas: the Krama-, Tattva-, Bhagavat-, Paramatma-, Krsna-, Bhakti- and Priti-sandarbha.

"After the disappearance of Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami in Vrndanana, Srila Jiva Gosvami became the acarya of all the Vaisnavas in Bengal, Orissa and the rest of the world, and it is he who used to guide them in their devotional service. In Vrndavana he established the Radha-Damodara temple.

"When Jiva Gosvami was still present, Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami compiled his famous Caitanya-caritamrta. Later, Srila Jiva Gosvami inspired Srinivasa Acarya, Narottama dasa Thakura and Duhkhi Krsnadas to preach Krsna consciousness in Bengal. Jiva Gosvami was informed that all the manuscripts that had been collected from Vrndanava and sent to Bengal for preaching purposes were plundered near Visnupura, in Bengal, but later he received the information that the book had been recovered.

"Sri Jiva Gosvami awarded the designation Kaviraja to Ramacandra Sena, a disciple of Srinivasa Acarya's and to Ramacandra's younger brother Govinda. While Jiva Gosvami was alive, Srimati Jahnava-devi, the peasure potency of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, went to Vrndavana with a few devotes. Jiva Gosvami was very kind to the Gaudiya Vaisnavas. Whoever went to Vrndavana he provided with a residence and prasadam."

In the Caitanay-caritamrta Madhya-lila (1.42-43) it is written: "Sri Rupa Gosvami's nephew, Srila Jiva Gosvami, has compiled so many books on devotional service that there is no counting so many books on devotional service that there is no counting them. In Sri Bhagavata-sandarbha, Srila Jiva Gosvami has written conclusively about the ultimate end to devotional service.

"In this purport, Srila Prabhupada described the Bhakti-sandarbha in these words: The fifth Sandarbha is called Bhakti-sandarbha in these words: The fifth Sandarbha is called Bhakti-sandarbha, and in this book there is a discussion of how devotional service can be directly executed, and how such service can be adjusted, either directly or indirectly. There is a discussion of the knowledge of all kinds of scripture, the establishment of the Vedic institution of Varnasrama, bhakti as superior to fruitive activity, and so forth. It is also stated that without devotional service even a brahmana is condemned. There are discussions of the process of karma-tyaga (the giving of the results of karma to the supreme personality of Godhead), and the practices of mystic yoga and philosophical speculation, which are deprecated as simply hard labor.

"Worship of the demigods is discouraged, and worship of a Vaisnava is considered exalted. No respect is given to the non devotees. There are discussions of how one can be liberated even in this life (jivan-mukta), Lord Siva as a devotee, and how a bhakta and his devotional service eternally exist. It is stated that through bhakti one can attain all success because bhakti is transcendental to the material qualities. There is a discussion of how the self is manifest through bhakti. There is also a discussion of the self's bliss, as well as how bhakti, even imperfectly executed, enables one to attain the lotus feet of the Supreme personality of Godhead.

"Unmotivated devotional service is highly praised, and an explanation is given of how each devotee can achieve the platform of unmotivated service by association with other devotees. There is a discussion of the differences between the maha-bhagavata and the ordinary devotee, the symptoms of philosophical speculation, the symptoms of self-worship, or ahangrahopasana, the symptoms of devotional service, the symptoms of imaginary perfection, the acceptance of regulative principles of hearing, chanting, remembering and serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offenses is worship, offensive effects, prayers, engaging oneself as an eternal servant of the lord, making friendships with the lord and surrendering everything for his pleasure. There is also a discussion of raganuga-bhakti (spontaneous love of Godhead), of the specific purpose of becoming a devotee of Lord Krsna, and a comparative study of other perfectional stages."

In this first volume of Bhakti-sandarbha Srila Jiva Gosvami discusses how devotional service is the best of all spiritual activities, how liberation is automatically attained by engagement in devotional service, how devotional service is achieved by the association of devotees, how devotional service automatically awards knowledge and detachment form materialism, how engagement in devotional service is the actual goal of life, how engagement in devotional service is transcendental to the three modes of material nature, how devotional service pleases the supreme personality of Godhead, and how devotees of the lord are not approached by Yamaraja or his servants.

 

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About the Book

In the second volume of Bhaki-sandrbha Srila Jiva Gosvami discusses how devotional service destroys all sinful reactions and grants liberation from material existence. Devotional service can be practiced in any material situation. The example is given of how the child within the mother's womb sometimes prays for deliverance. In fact, devotional service only delivers the performer, but also many generations of his relatives. The destruction of sins is not one of the primary characteristics of devotional service, however, for even a dim reflection of devotional service, is competent to accomplish that task. Such devotional service may even be performed unknowingly, and examples of animals unknowingly engaging in devotional service are given from the scriptures. From his very childhood Jiva Gosvami was greatly fond of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He later came to Navadvipa to study Sanskrit, and, following in the footsteps of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he circumambulated the entire Navadvipa-dhama. After visiting Navadvipa-dhama he went to Benares to study Sanskrit under Madhusudana Vacaspati, and after finishing his studies in Benares he went to Vrndavana and took shelter of his uncles, Sri Rupa and Sanatana.

 

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About the Book

This third volume begins with a discussion of how association with devotee is the best means for advancement in spiritual life. Although other practices are prescribed for making advancement on the path back home, back to Godhead, the association of devotees is described as the best means for quickly attaining the mercy of the lord. The mercy of the lord is easily attained when one develops love for him, and such love is quickly aroused in the association of devotees. Although the lord is fully independent, He comes under the control of a devotee who has unalloyed love for him. From his childhood Jiva Gosvami was greatly fond of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He later came to Navadvipa to study Sanskrit, and, following in the footsteps of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he circumambulated the entire Navadvipa-dhama. After visiting Navadvipa-dhama he went to Benares to study Sanskrit under Madhusudana Vacaspati, and after finishing his studies in Benares he went to Vrndavana and took shelter of his uncles, Sri Rupa and Sanatana.

 

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Contents

 

Anuccheda1 By hearing the scriptures in the association of saintly devotees,love for the Lord is manifest  
  and reveals the soul's identity. 3
Anuccheda 2 One must render service unto the supersoul. 15
Anuccheda 3 One should worship the lord by engaging in devotional service. 19
Anuccheda 4 Knowledge of the Lord's form and qualities naturally brings renunciation from everything material. 25
Anuccheda 5 Devotional service does not depend on anything, therefore its presence makes other spiritual practices successful. 27
Anuccheda 6 Rituals or occupational duties are not meant for sensegratification, but lead to the path of liberation. 31
Anuccheda 7 With the great spiritual love born from attraction to hearing about the lord, the devotee sees in their pure hearts the absolute truth. 39
Anuccheda 8 The ultimate results of performing one's occupational duties in being able to please Lord Hari. 45
Anuccheda 9 Giving up all else, one should constantly hear about, glorify, remember and worship the personality of Godhead. 47
Anuccheda 10 Intelligent men cut through the binding knots of karma by remembering the personality of Godhead. 49
Anuccheda 11 Devotional service, in the association of pre devotees, is easy to perform and is very pleasing to the ear and the heart. 51
Anuccheda 12 Sri Krsna cleanses the desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge  
  to hear his messages. d 55
Anuccheda 13 By regularly hearing the Bhagavatan and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, loving service unto the lords is established. 57
Anuccheda 14 As soon as loving service is established in the heart, the devotee is established in goodness and he  
  becomes completely happy. 59
Anuccheda 15 By engaging in devotional service, all vices are destroyed and the lord appears to the devotee. 61
Anuccheda 16 When the lord appears the knot in the heart is pierced, and all misgivingsare cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive  
  actions is thus terminated. 63
Anuccheda 17 Devotional service is performed with great delight and brings only happiness. 65
Anuccheda 18 One should do no other work other than devotional service to the lord. 67
Anuccheda 19 Those who desire liberation respect all, yet they reject the forms of the demigods and worship only the all-blissful  
  forms of lord Visnu. 73
Anuccheda 20 Those who are in the modes of passion and ignorance worship any other than lord Visnu in order to acquire material benefits. 75
Anuccheda 21-23 It is the conclusion of all Vedic scriptures that Sri Krsna should be worshiped. 77
Anuccheda 24-25 One who desires to be free from all miseries must hear about, glorify, and also remember the personality of Godhead. 95
Anuccheda 26 One should concentrate his mind upon the supreme personality of Godhead. 99
Anuccheda 27 Unless one has a sense of loving service unto the supreme lord, he should remember or meditate upon the universal  
  form of the lord at the end of his prescribed duties. 105
Anuccheda 28-29 Direct devotional service of lord Krsna is the most auspicious means of deliverance and is the conclusion  
  of all the Vedas. 107
Anuccheda 30 By hearing, glorifying and remembering the supreme lord attraction to him develops. 115
Anuccheda 31 Worship of the lord is superior to demigod worship. 119
Anuccheda 32 By association of the devotee, those who worship demigods can gradually develop exclusive devotion for the Lord. 125
Anuccheda 33 Sri Saunaka Rsi confirms the importance of devotional service. 129
Anuccheda 34 Materialistic human beings are actually animals. 131
Anuccheda 35-40 The components of this material body are worthless if they are not engaged in worship of the supreme personality of Godhead. 133
Anuccheda 41 Lord Brahma thanks Narada for inquiring about the Almighty personality of Godhead. 147
Anuccheda 42 Lord Narayana is the supreme object of worship, therefore he is the subject matter described in the Vedas. 149
Anuccheda 43 Sri Vidura requests Sri Maitreya to give him instruction on the transcendental devotional service of the lord. 153
Anuccheda 44 The devotee engaging in devotional service feels no pain. Others, however, suffer much pain. 155
Anuccheda 45 Devotional service is the ultimate good for the self and for all others. 159
Anuccheda 46-47 Without devotional service to the srpreme personality of Godhead, perfection in self-realization cannot be attained. 161
Anuccheda 48 The path of impersonal speculation is very difficult, whereas the path of devotional service carries one to the destination. 165
Anuccheda 49 Maharaja Prthu engaged completely in devotional service, thus his love and devotion unto Sri Krsna developed and became fixed. 169
Anuccheda 50 Lord Siva instructs that one should place the activities of his mind and words into the service of the lord. 171
Anuccheda 51 Sri Narada Muni clarifies the nature of devotional service by describing what should and what should not be done. 175
Anuccheda 52 By satisfying lord Hari one attains the same result as if he has satisfied the many demigods with many pious deeds. 185
Anuccheda 53 The devotee is not attached to any material relation or object. To come to this stage, one should give up  
  his material attractions and practice devotional service. 187
Anuccheda 54 A human birth is best of all because it allows for associating with devotees, which frees one from his material  
  conditioning and grants the lotus feet of the lord. 191
Anuccheda 55 The human form of life gives one a chance to return home, back to Godhead, therefore it should used properly. 193
Anuccheda 56 The advice given by the supreme lord is the greatest advice for becoming liberated. 199
Anuccheda 57 One most accept the bona fide spiritual master and render service unto him with great devotion and faith. 201
Anuccheda 58 The supreme being is the essence of all Vedic knowledge, the root of all religious principles, and his service  
  is superior to performance of varnasrama-dharma. 203
Anuccheda 59 Whatever one does one should offer to the supreme, thinking, ‘This is for the pleasure of Lord Narayana.' 213
Anuccheda 60 By completely engaging one's self in service to the lord he becomes fearless and no longer sees the illusion that this  
  world exists separate from Sri Krsna. 217
Anuccheda 61 One should wander freely, hearing and chanting the famous holy names of the lord. 221
Anuccheda 62 The regulative principles of the Vedic injunctions are meant to elevate those who do not have taste for  
  devotional service. 225
Anuccheda 63 The various demigods are not independent of the supreme personality of Godhead. 237
Anuccheda 64 Any member of the four varnas and four asramas that fails to worship or intentionally disrespects the personality of  
  Godhead will fall down into a hellish state of life. 239
Anuccheda 65 In each of the four yugas, Lord Kesava appears with various complexions, names and forms and is thus worshiped  
  by various processes. 245
Anuccheda 66 The conditioned soul will cross beyond this material world by hearing about The Lord,  
  in the association of his devotees. 247
Anuccheda 67 Impersonal knowledge cannot bring any good result. Devotional service, however, very easily brings  
  one to the desired goal. 253
Anuccheda 68-69 One should not study even Vedic literatures that do not contain descriptions of the supreme  
  personality of Godhead's transcendental pastimes. 259
Anuccheda 70 One should give up the false conception of material variety that one imposes upon the soul and thus cease  
  one's material existence. 265
Anuccheda 71 One should give up impersonal speculation without devotional and take shelter of the path of devotional service. 267
Anuccheda 72 The lord describes confidential devotional service, which is eventually attained by offering the fruits of  
  one's work to the Lord. 271
Anuccheda 73-74 One who has obtained pure devotional service by association with the lord's devotees always engages in worshiping  
  of Him. Thus he very easily goes to his abode. 275
Anuccheda 75-79 The path of devotional service is most perfect, important, and ancient because it is personally taught by the Lord. 279
Anuccheda 80 When a living entity cleanses himself of material contamination by hearing and chanting the pious narrations of the  
  lord glories, he regains his ability to see the supreme personality of Godhead. 291
Anuccheda 81-85 Discussing the relative merits of the yogas of work, knowledge, and devotional service, the lord treats knowledge  
  and work with contempt and declares the primacy of devotional service. 295
Anuccheda 86-88 Hearing the pastimes of the lord is the best of spiritual activities. 313
Anuccheda 89 Remembrance of lord Krsna's lotus feet destroys everything inauspicious and awards the greatest good fortune. 337
Anuccheda 90 By worshiping lord Narayana one attains the auspicious result of having performed many austerities and pious deeds. 339
Anuccheda 91 Srila Suta Gosvami is reminded of the science of God, which he previously heard from Sukadeva Gosvami. 343
Anuccheda 92-94 Devotional service is the highest spiritual path described in the Vedic literature. 345
Anuccheda 95 Devotional service is the incomparable final result obtained by performing the activities of varnasrama-dharma. 357
Anuccheda 96 By engaging in devotional service one attains transcendental knowledge. 361
Anuccheda 97 Devotional service gives life to the attainment of desires. 365
Anuccheda 98 Without performing any other activities one can simply perform devotional service alone. 369
Anuccheda 99 Fruitive work is painful to perform and brings an uncertain result, whereas devotional service is kind to the practitioner,  
  is easily and happily performed, and brings a certain result. 377
Anuccheda 100-101 Material qualities, endeavors, nor birth satisfy the supreme lord. Nothing but devotional service satisfies him. 383
Anuccheda 102 If one is not able to engage in direct devotional service he should offer to the lord the fruits of his work. 395
Anuccheda 103 Nothing but devotional service satisfies the supreme lord. 403
Anuccheda 104 The path of impersonal realization of the supreme personality of Godhead is difficult. Those who follow the path of devotional service are never fatigued and quickly attain the result. 405
Anuccheda 105 There is no real knowledge without devotional service. 413
Anuccheda 106 Being independent from the lord, or not worshiping him, is considered foolish. Lord Siva is a pure Vaisnava,  
  who advises all to worship Lord Hari. 419
Anuccheda 107 One should give oneself to one but the supreme lord. 493
Anuccheda 108 Those who do not take shelter of lord Krsna's lotus feet are only fools who waste their human life. 495
Anuccheda 109 One engaged in devotional service has all good qualities, and one who is bereft of service to the lord has no good qualities. 499
Anuccheda 110 Sages who have attained perfection in various non-devotional paths are condemned. 501
Anuccheda 111 Devotional service to the lord is the best of all spiritual 509
Anuccheda 112 Loving devotional service destroys all past karma. 525
Anuccheda 113 Because devotional service is eternal, devotional service is the spiritual path that should be accepted. 527
Anuccheda 114 Meditation on the supreme personality of Godhead is described. 531
Anuccheda 115 One should search for the path of devotional service, and upon finding it constantly engage in it,  
  for it is the greatest of activities. 539
Anuccheda 116 Activities not related to devotional service are useless, however actions meant for the pleasure of the lord benefit everyone. 583
Anuccheda 117 Descriptions of the almighty lord's activities will satisfy all hankerings and mitigate the miseries of the masses. 585
Anuccheda 118 Devotional service to be the highest good. 587
Anuccheda 119 Sri Vyasa lamented when he had yet specifically pointed out the glories devotional service of the lord. 589
Anuccheda 120 The supreme personality of Godhead, says that devotional service is the most exalted of all spiritual paths. 591
Anuccheda 121-122 Devotional service removes all obstacles to spiritual progress. 593
Anuccheda 123-124 Those who are engaged in devotional service are free of fear. 609
Anuccheda 125 Devotional service destroys all sins and the desire to commit them. 615
Anuccheda 126 Devotional service brings immediate results. 621
Anuccheda 127-128 One becomes purified by engaging in devotional service. 623
Anuccheda 129 Devotional service removes material desires, and cleans all past sins. 637
Anuccheda 130 Devotional service removes ignorance. 641
Anuccheda 131 By engaging in devotional service one satisfies everyone. 643
Anuccheda 132-133 Devotional service brings with it knowledge, renunciation, and all other spiritual virtues. 647
Anuccheda 134 Pure devotional service is beyond the modes of nature. To attain this level, association with the pure devotee is mandatory. 653
Anuccheda 135 Residence in the Lord's temple is beyond the three modes of material nature. 675
Anuccheda 136 Without the shelter of the supreme lord, everything one does is under the spell of the three modes of nature. 679
Anuccheda 137 Different kinds of faith in various activities are also situated in the different modes. 681
Anuccheda 138 Devotional service is above the three modes of material nature. 683
Anuccheda 139 Devotional service is the lord's potency and it is self-manifest. 685
Anuccheda 140 Devotional service brings great happiness to those who directly engage in it. 687
Anuccheda 141 Devotional service causes one fall in love with the supreme personality of Godhead. 691
Anuccheda 142 The supreme personality of Godhead, who already has all pleasure, is pleased by devotional service. 697
Anuccheda 143 Supreme personality of Godhead is pleased by even the smallest offering. 701
Anuccheda 144 The Lord himself is the cause of the activities of devotional service. 705
Anuccheda 145-146 Devotional service, and nothing else, enables one to directly see the supreme personality of Godhead. 709
Anuccheda 147 The highest form of devotional service causes the supreme lord to become like a submissive servant. 713
Anuccheda 148 Devotional service is the actual process of religion, removes all sins, and should be performed by all. 725
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Anuccheda 149 Even a single moment of devotional service will make one's life a great success and grant liberation. 3
Anuccheda 150 One becomes liberated by hearing the lord's holy name. 13
Anuccheda 151 There is nothing higher then life as a devotee of the lord. 15
Anuccheda 152 Devotional service brings one to the lord's own abode. 25
Anuccheda 153 Even the slightest and briefest effort to serve him makes the lord one's submissive servant, if the practitioner is free  
  from offense. 29
Anuccheda 154 The devotees of the lord, who are spiritually wise, are kind to the foolish. Non-devotees are foolish and not kind  
  even to the wise. 53
Anuccheda 155 The devotees are protected by the lord. 57
Anuccheda 156 The devotees become very powerful by the lords mercy. 61
Anuccheda 157 An example of the obstacles that make one fall away from faith in the lord. 63
Anuccheda 158 Some think that the lord sometimes arranges for previous fruitive activity so the devotee will be separated from him,  
  and in this way come to love him more that before. 65
Anuccheda 159 Offenses without malice are excusable, but for those who commit such acts in full knowledge their spiritual progress  
  is completely checked. 67
Anuccheda 160 Those in a fallen condition again gain the opportunity to engage in devotional service on the strength of their previous  
  past spiritual merit. 75
Anuccheda 161 The highest perfection of human life is to remember the personality of Godhead at the time of death. 77
Anuccheda 62 By chanting the lord's holy name at the moment of death one becomes free from all sins. 81
Anuccheda 163 The real benefit of devotional service is attraction to the lord. 85
Anuccheda 164 By attaining love for the supreme personality of godhead one becomes free from material desires. 87
Anuccheda 165 Everyone, regardless of circumstance, should engage in devotional service and do nothing else. 89
Anuccheda 166 The supreme personality of Godhead and the pure devotee are both free from material desires. 101
Anuccheda167 The supreme personality of Godhead does not wish for his own personal benefit, he only accepts the worship because  
  he enjoys the association of his devotee. 103
Anuccheda 168 The lord is pleased only if one has unflinching, unalloyed devotion to him. 107
Anuccheda 169-170 Devotional service is the essential teaching of all scriptures and the best spiritual path. 117
Anuccheda 171 The three paths of spirituality are discussed; Jnana-yoga, karma-yoga, and bhakti-yoga. 127
Anuccheda 172 Hearing about the glories of the lord and chanting his name gives the spiritual result of devotional service. Those who  
  offer service to the lord in a saintly manner please him. 133
Anuccheda 173 In one has taste for fruitive activity and has not yet awaked his taste for devotional service, one has to act according to  
  theregulative principle of the Vedic injunctions. 155
Anuccheda 174 Sincere souls perform Vedic rituals and duties only because the lord has ordered that they be performed. 185
Anuccheda 175 Steadiness in one's own position is real piety, whereas deviation is impiety. 191
Anuccheda 176 The three features of the supreme (Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan) are described. 193
Anuccheda 177 Those who taste the sweetness of devotional service are beyond rules, prohibitions, virtues and vices. 211  
Anuccheda 178 Engagement in pure devotional service is the natural position of all living entities. A short explanation on the sacred syllable Om. 217  
Anuccheda 179-180 The cause that brings devotional service into existence is association with the devotee. 227  
Anuccheda 181-182 The great devotees are independent and act as they like. 259  
Anuccheda 183 The devotees become compassionate when they see the unfortunate situation of the conditioned souls. 263  
Anuccheda 184 Association with a great devotee is the best method of purification. 265  
Anuccheda 185-186 Association with the devotees is the cause of attaining devotion for the supreme personality of Godhead. 267  
Anuccheda 187 The natures of the two classes of transcendentalists; the impersonalist and the devotee of the lord 279  
Anuccheda 188 The nature of a devotee of the lord and his symptoms. 291  
Anuccheda 189 The nature of the intermediate and advanced devotees. 299  
Anuccheda 190 The physical and mental symptoms of the neophyte devotee. 311  
Anuccheda 191 The most exalted devotee is described. 315  
Anuccheda 192 A person who is not bewildered by the miseries of the material world is the best of devotees. 317  
Anuccheda 193 One who has taken exclusive shelter of the lord is free from even the desire to enjoy material sense gratification. 319  
Anuccheda 194 When pride does not manifest one with so many material qualities, it means he is dear to lord Hari. 321  
Anuccheda 195 One not attached to material wealth is considered to be at the highest standard of devotional service. 323  
Anuccheda 196 A person who does not move form the lotus feet of the lord even for a moment is to be considered the greatest of all Vaisnavas. 325  
Anuccheda 197 The devotee never abandons the lotus feet of the lord. 327  
Anuccheda 198 The supreme personality of Godhead can never give up the heart of a devotee ho has taken shelter of him and chants  
  the name of Krsna with genuine love. 329  
Anuccheda 199 The lowest level of a devotee is described. 351  
Anuccheda 200 The intermediate devotee, who is engaged in mixed devotional service, is described. 357  
Anuccheda 201 The best of devotees, who is engaged in mixed devotional service, is described. 367  
Anuccheda 202 The devotees and the fruitive workers are contrasted. 379  
Anuccheda 203 The spiritual master's eloquences and other virtues are described. 397  
Anuccheda 204 Faith in the supreme personality of Godhead, which is created by such study and thinking, is described. 401  
Anuccheda 205 When a devotee takes shelter of the lotus feet of the lord, he is cleansed of material misconceptions and handicaps. 411  
Anuccheda 206 What is a spiritual master. 415  
Anuccheda 207 Accepting and rejecting a spiritual master. 419  
Anuccheda 208 A spiritual master gives pure spiritual knowledge. 423  
Anuccheda 209 One must accept an instructing spiritual master (siksa-guru). 427  
Anuccheda 210 One must accept an initiating spiritual master. 431  
Anuccheda 211-212 One should see his spiritual master in the same way one sees the supreme lord himself. 435  
Anuccheda 213 The spiritual master and lord Siva are both seen as non-different from the supreme personality of Godhead. 439  
Anuccheda 214 Different varieties of worship are shown. 441  
Anuccheda 215 Variety-less spirit is the object of the impersonalists' continual meditation. 443  
Anuccheda 216 Impersonal knowledge is described, then devotional service is described. 447  
Anuccheda 217 Three division of bhakti are described: aropa-siddha, sanga-siddha, and svarupa-siddha. 455  
Anuccheda 218 Serving the lord, while hankering for material enjoyment, will free one from such attachments. 475  
Anuccheda 219-221 The process of offering the fruits of one's work to the supreme personality of Godhead is described. 481  
Anuccheda 222-223 The lord is the person who should be pleased in the yajnas, because he gives the results of the yajnas. 487  
Anuccheda 224-225 Three types ofdeotional service is explained: Kamana, naiskarmya, and bhakti-mantra. 505  
Anuccheda 226 It is explained that karma and jnana are parts of devotional service, and devotional service is the whole that contains them. 521  
Anuccheda 227 Devotional service mixed with karma is described. 527  
Anuccheda 228 Devotional service mixed with jnana is described. 529  
Anuccheda 229 Devotional service mixed with both karma and jnana is described. 533  
Anuccheda 230 Devotional service mixed with jnana is described. 539  
Anuccheda 231 Svarupa-siddha devotional service is discussed. 541  
Anuccheda 232 The second kind of sakama svarupa-siddha devotional service is described. 543  
Anuccheda 233 Svarupa-siddha kaivalya-kama devotional service id discussed. 545  
Anuccheda 234 Svarupa-siddha devotional service is described. 549  
Anuccheda 235 Vaidhi-bhakti is described. 563  
Anuccheda 236 Taking shelter of the lord is described. 569  
Anuccheda 237 One should worship his spiritual master, who grants the lotus feet of lord Hari. 583  
Anuccheda 238 One should follow a qualified spiritual master and follow Ekadasi and the other Vaisnava vows. 595  
Anuccheda 239 The two ways to bring the supreme lord under one's control. 613  
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Anuccheda 240 No method of spiritual advancement is better than the association of devotees. 3
Anuccheda 241 Association with the lord's devotees is the primary way to bring the lord under one's control. 7  
Anuccheda 242 One cannot achieve the lord by other processes. 11  
Anuccheda 243 Even if one is not situated in transcendental knowledge, by associating with devotees he attains the goal of life. 15  
Anuccheda 244 By serving great devotees, one is enabled to develop transcendental ecstasy in serving the personality of Godhead. 17  
Anuccheda 245 One who does not associate with devotees is no better than an ass or a cow. 21  
Anuccheda 246 One who associates with a devotee is never attached to the material body or bodily relationships. 25  
Anuccheda 247 One should appropriately worship the Vaisnavas for the value of their association has no comparison. 27  
Anuccheda 248 Hearing the glories of the 47  
Anuccheda 249 Those who hear about the transcendental form of the lord accept devotional service to him and are never  
  separated from him. 49  
Anuccheda 250 Descriptions of hearing about the transcendental qualities of the lord. 53  
Anuccheda 251 In an assembly of pure devotees, there is discussion only of the qualities forms, and pastimes of the supreme personality of Godhead. 59  
Anuccheda 252 Those who are not interested in hearing the glories of the lord are killers of their own souls. 61  
Anuccheda 253 Descriptions of the lord's pastimes are extremely attractive. 67  
Anuccheda 254 The pastimes of the lord and his pastime incarnations. 71  
Anuccheda 255 Hearing of the pastimes of the supreme personality of Godhead is glorified in the prayers by the personified Vedas. 75  
Anuccheda 256 Hearing the lord's holy names. 81  
Anuccheda 257 The glories of Srimad-Bhagavatam and the message of Godhead. 85  
Anuccheda 258&259 Hearing of the lord's pastimes brings great glory and great happiness. 89  
Anuccheda 260 Hearing Srimad-Bhagavatam is the best kind of hearing. 93  
Anuccheda 261 Srimad-Bhagavatam is the essence of all Vedanta philosophy. 95  
Anuccheda 262 Hearing the holy name of the supreme and hearing description of him brings the greatest benefit. 97  
Anuccheda 263 One who chants the lord's holy name will fall in love with the supreme lord. 105  
Anuccheda 264 Nothing is more purifying than chanting the holy name which makes one remember the lord's transcendental qualities. 113  
Anuccheda 265 The supreme importance of chanting the holy name of the lord and the process of chanting. 115  
Anuccheda 266 No one can describe all of the glories of the holy name. 151  
Anuccheda 267 Glorification of the transcendental qualities of the lord. 155  
Anuccheda 268 Glorification of the transcendental pastimes of the lord. 157  
Anuccheda 269 One should always chant and hear the glories of the supreme lord. 159  
Anuccheda 270 By engaging in kirtana even the most fallen souls of kali-yuga attain the mercy of the supreme personality of Godhead. 169  
Anuccheda 271 Those who are advanced worship the age of kali-yuga because of its prominence of Sankirtana. 175  
Anuccheda 272 The glories of kirtana. 177  
Anuccheda 273 Great souls pray that they may take birth in kali-yrga and engage in kirtana. 181  
Anuccheda 274 In kali-yuga, people will not worship the supreme lord despite the great benefit of chanting the holy names. 193  
Anuccheda 275 Further descriptions of the good effects of kirtana. 197  
Anuccheda 276 Chanting is more powerful than meditation which depends on a pure heart. 201  
Anuccheda 277 The supreme personality of Godhead directly appears before a devotee who meditates on him. 205  
Anuccheda 278 The different stages of meditation on the lord's qualities, associates, service, and pastimes. 209  
Anuccheda 279 When one thinks only of the lord's pastimes and other features and does not think of anything else, that is Samadhi. 217  
Anuccheda 280 Those who sere the lord with devotion as well as meditate on him greatly please him and become purified immediately. 219  
Anuccheda 281 Service to the lord's feet is boon most cherished by the liberated souls. 223  
Anuccheda 282 The transcendental lord is the proper object of devotional service. 225  
Anuccheda 283 Included within serving the lord's feet are worshipping the deity and visiting the places that are dear to the lord. 227  
Anuccheda 284 The chanting of mantras and the performance of devotional service should be performed according to vedic injunctions. 251  
Anuccheda 285 One may honour the demigods by properly considering their position in relation to the supreme lord. 265  
Anuccheda 286 The processes of worshipping the lord's abode and his associates, and worshipping his deity. 279  
Anuccheda 287 By pleasing the supreme personality of Godhead one pleases all living entities. 313  
Anuccheda 288 The lord resides with every living being, in his heart, as paramatma. 315  
Anuccheda 289 The supersoul in every body gives the individual soul intelligence and is manifested to him according to the development of his consciousness. 317  
Anuccheda 290 Deity worship is the best means of spiritual advancement for those who have the fault of dealing with each other disrespectfully. 319  
Anuccheda 291 The lord is not pleased by the deity worship of one who is envious of the authorized devotees. 323  
Anuccheda 292 A qualified brahmana is the best kind of person within this material world. 325  
Anuccheda 293 The brahmanas who preach the glories of the lord throughout the entire world are worshipable even for Krsna. 327  
Anuccheda 294 Worship of the deity of the supreme personality of Godhead is the best kind of worship. 329  
Anuccheda 295 Further descriptions of deity worship. 335  
Anuccheda 296 Description of offering foodstuffs to the lord and the process of chanting japa. 349  
Anuccheda 297 One who simply engages in devotional service with no consideration of fruitive results attains Me. 353  
Anuccheda 298 The process of deity worship is appropriate for all. 355  
Anuccheda 299 One should observe Sri Krsna-janmastami, Karttika-vrata, Ekadasi, Magha-snana and other auspicious vows. 363  
Anuccheda 300 Vaisnaas should carefully avoid committing offenses on the path of serving the lord's deity form. 383  
Anuccheda 301 Disrespect to great souls destroys everything. 387  
Anuccheda 302 One who commits an offense at the lotus feet of a Vaisnava will be vanquished without delay. 389  
Anuccheda 303 If one foolishly offends a devotee, one should try to attain the mercy of the supreme personality of Godhead. 391  
Anuccheda 304 After a thousand births one comes to understand that one is the servant of the lord, and engages in devotional service. 405  
Anuccheda 305 Worship of the lord that is performed with the activities of service is the best kind of worship. 411  
Anuccheda 306 Description of thinking of the lord as ones friend. 413  
Anuccheda 307 The supreme personality of Godhead comes under the full control of the pure devotees. 421  
Anuccheda 308 People who are peaceful and pure only keep friendship with devotees of the lord, and they alone can very easily  
  go back home to Godhead. 423  
Anuccheda 309 Complete surrender means offering everything one has for the sake of the lord. 425  
Anuccheda 310 The different features of vaidhi bhakti are meant for different kinds of people like different kinds of medicines. 437  
Anuccheda 311 In raganuga-bhakti one considers that he will only enjoy life with the lord, the real source of love and happiness. 449  
Anuccheda 312 One performing raganuga-bhakti naturally observes the prohibitions and injunctions of vaisnava sastra which have the pleasure of the lord as their only goal. 451  
Anuccheda Generally it is not possible, even for the great impersonalists, to merge into the existence of the lord. 479  
Anuccheda 314 Sisupala blasphemed the lord from the very beginning of his childhood until his death. 481  
Anuccheda 315 Those who have taken shelter of the material nature don not have the power to blaspheme or offend a person whose form, qualities and other features are not material. 483  
Anuccheda 316 The conditioned soul is bound by all kinds of dualities because he considers his material body to be his self and  
  everything related to his body to be his. 487  
Anuccheda 317 Because the supreme personality of Godhead is never troubled by blasphemy of any other offense, therefore one  
  should meditate on him, somehow or other, by any means available. 493  
Anuccheda 318 One may easily merge into the existence of the lord by being absorbed in thinking about him, even in enmity. 497  
Anuccheda 319 The enemies of the lord merge into the effulgence emanating from the lord's transcendental form. 499  
Anuccheda 320 One does not attain perfection merely by following the rules of vaidhi-bhakti. 503  
Anuccheda 321 One may obtain the mercy of Krsna by becoming absorbed in remembering him with lust, fear, envy, familial  
  relationship, great affection and by devotional service. 529  
Anuccheda 322 Somehow or other one must consider the form of Krsna very seriously. 537  
Anuccheda 323 One must somehow think of Krsna, whether in a friendly way, or inimically. 541  
Anuccheda 324 If the path of thinking of the lord somehow or other is this powerful, then how powerful must be the path of  
  raganuga-bhakti, where one thinks of the lord with love? 543  
Anuccheda 325 Only lord Krsna is the object of raganuga-bhakti and the bestower of liberation to his enemies; his partial expansions  
  do not give this perfection. 551  
Anuccheda 326 Sri Uddhava refused to accept even the slightest part of jnana and yoga because he was a pure devotee. 571  
Anuccheda 327 A pure devotee attains a very great result, not the small result obtained by jnana and yoga. 577  
Anuccheda 328 Everything is easily obtainable for one who engages in devotional service. 581  
Anuccheda 329 The devotees renounce so many attainments, but they cannot renounce the supreme lord. 587  
Anuccheda 330 One should always fix his mind in attraction to devotional service, take shelter of the holy places where the devotees reside, and follow the exemplary activities of the devotees of the lord. 591  
Anuccheda 331&332 For him who constantly meditates upon my presence within all persons, the bad tendencies of rivalry, envy, and abusiveness, along with false ego, are very quickly destroyed. 597  
Anuccheda 333 Activities offered to the lord without personal motivation, even if they are externally useless, amount to the actual  
  process of religion. 611  
Anuccheda 334 Pure devotees of lord Krsna, who are like Sri Uddhava, find that lord Krsna is both the goal and the means to  
  attain the goal. 615  
Anuccheda 335 Sri Uddhava prays for undeviating attachment to the lord's lotus feet. 617  
Anuccheda 336 Sri Uddhava asks by what process one should who desires liberation meditate upon the lord. 619  
Anuccheda 337 Auspiciousness grater than that manifested in lord krsna was never manifested in any one of the many incarnations  
  of the lord. 621  
Anuccheda 338 The childhood pastimes of Krsna, such as his liberating the demoness putana, are so attractive that by hearing them  
  one looses attachment to mundane topics and gradually develops devotional service. 623  
Anuccheda 339 This confidential knowledge should be revealed to a person who has attained the mercy of his guru of the lord,  
  not others. 327  
Anuccheda 340 The path to perfection is to serve the devotees who are completely freed from all vice, for by this one gains affinity  
  for hearing the message of Godhead. 629  
 
Epilogue 639  
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