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Sri Gaudiya Kanthahara: A Necklace of Vaisnava Verse
Sri Gaudiya Kanthahara: A Necklace of Vaisnava Verse
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Introduction

In explaining the importance of Krsna conscious preachers studying the philosophy, and specifically stressing the need to memorize verse, Srila Prabhupada gave this example. He said that in the courtroom an expert lawyer knows how to immediately back up his points by citing from the lawbooks and relevant precedent-setting cases. The expert preacher must be like the courtroom lawyer. He must have at his command all the scriptural references to support his preaching. “We do not manufacture anything,” His Divine Grace would often say. “Our knowledge is coming in parampara and it is based on the sastra, we simply repeat the message as it is.”

Hence devotees eager to emulate Srila Prabhupada’s preaching spirit are duty bound to have at their fingertips a wide range of verse to show that Krsna consciousness is not an amalgam of whimsical ideas; rather it is parampara knowledge and citing verses can dynamically underscore fails to be impressed when a devotee speak the philosophy with strong logic and reason and back up his statements with appropriate scriptural references.

Here in Sri Gaudiya Kanthahara verse lovers will find many of the verses that Srila Prabhupada made familiar to us by his regularly quoting them in his books, lectures, and conversations. They will also find many verses that are not so familiar, but were often alluded to by Srila Prabhupada. The discovery of these verses will surely give added pleasure to verse lovers. These verses were all favorites of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada.

This book is a preacher’s companion in two ways. As a collection of key verse – over a thousand – it is wonderful in its scope and therefore an excellent companion. But it is more than a verse book. Because of the way the verses are organized this collection doubles as a wonderful summer of the Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy, which is the crème de la crème of all systems of philosophy. Even a casual reading therefore has immense value for instructing one in the lenghth, breadth, and depth of the Krsna consciousness philosophy.

 

Contents

 

 
1
 
 
Guru-tattva
 
 
The Guru Principle
 
  One must accept a guru in disciplic succession  
  A qualified guru and disciple are hard to find  
  A genuine guru knows the truth about Krsna  
  A guru is a master of his sense  
  A pure devotee is the guru of all varnas and asramas  
  A guru is an acarya of sambandha-jnana  
  Who is an acarya?  
  Example is better than precept  
  Inconceivable oneness and difference of guru, Vaisnava, and Krsna  
  Siksa-guru–Caitya-guru and mahanta (personal)-guru  
  By the mercy of Krsna gets the mercy of guru  
  Guru gives scientific knowledge about the highest spiritual reality  
  The spiritualmaster is the energy of Krsna  
  The guru is gaura-sakti and gaura-priyatama  
  A guru in name only commits a great offense  
  Scholarship is no qualification for becoming a guru  
  A non-Vaisnava cannot be a guru  
  Bogus gurus  
  The injunction to abandon a bogus guru  
  A materialistic, professional, family or vyavaharika-guru must be given up  
  One who rejects a false guru must accept a real guru  
  Why become a disciple?  
  Who thinks the spiritual master an ordinary man goes to hell  
  One who thinks the guru ordinary does not progress  
  For transcendental knowledge on must approach a guru  
  The guru takes one beyond jnana to pure devotion  
  Guru and Lord Nityananda are non-different  
  The authorized sacred tradition  
  Lord Brahma, the original teacher  
  Sri Madhva-the sampradaya acarya  
  The Brahma-Madhva Gaudiya sampradaya  
 
2
 
 
Bhagavat-tattva
 
 
The Bhagavata Principle
 
  Bhagavatam is the crown jewel of all revealed scriptures  
  Bhagavatam is the ripened fruit of the Vedic desire tree  
  Bhagavatam is the literary incarnation of Krsna  
  Paramahamsas sing Bhagavatam for the benefit of all souls  
  Bhagavatan is dear to the topmost paramahamsas  
  Bhagavatam is the natural commentary on Vedanta  
  Bhagavatam is the essence of all the scriptures  
  Whoever disregards Bhagavatam is lost  
  Bhagavatam reveals the inner meaning of Vedanta  
  Bhagavatam is the cream of the Vedas and the very form of Krsna  
  Self-manifest and enternal, Bhagavatam is not ordinary literature  
  Bhagavatam is beyond sensual experience  
  Two kinds of bhagavata: the book and the person  
  The inconceivable nature of Bhagavatam  
  Bhagavatam is understood through Vaisnavas  
  Study Bhagavatam in light of previous acarya  
  Who does not recognize Bhagavatam is doomed  
  The proud cannot relish the nectarean juice of the Bhagavatam  
  Lecturing on Bhagavatam as a profession is prohibited  
  Who won’t hear the Srimad-Bhagavatam  
  Further prohibitions against lecturing on Bhagavatam for money  
  Don’t hear Bhagavatam from nondevotees  
  The eighteen Puranas  
  The Puranashave three divisions – sattvika, rajasika and tamsika  
  What is to be known as sastra  
  What is Pancaratra  
  The words of the Pancaratra are as goods as God  
  Narada Pancaratra is the cream of Vedic literature  
  Narada Pancaratra is authorized  
 
3
 
 
Vaisnava-tattva
 
 
The Vaisnava Principle
 
  The definition of a Vaisnava  
  Different kinds of Vaisnavas  
  Three kinds of devotees – arcane-marga and neophyte devotees  
  Arcana-marga and the advanced devotees  
  Arcana-marga and the advanced devotee  
  The symptoms of a neophyte devotee  
  Symptoms a madhyama-adhikari  
  Symptoms of an uttama-adhikari  
  Further symptoms of an uttama-adhikari  
  The Paramahamsa Vaisnava  
  Description of the three kinds of devotees from Caitanya-caritamrta  
  A ordinary Vaisnava  
  A superior Vaisnava  
  The topmost Vaisnava  
  Who is a Vaisnava  
  The twenty-six qualities of a Vaisnava  
  Vaisnavas see with equal vision  
  The Lord is conquered by devotion  
  A Vaisnava is supremely merciful  
  The glories of the servants of the Vaisnavas  
  Further glories of the Vaisnavas  
  Without taking shelter of a Vaisnava all knowledge is lost  
  Only Vaisnavas are really merciful to the fallen  
  The glories of exclusive Vaisnava  
  Vaisnava is very rare  
  Out of many liberated souls, a pure devotee is very rare  
  A Vaisnava is beyond mundane knowledge  
  A Vaisnava is paradukha-duhkhi  
  A Vaisnava is transcendental  
  A Vaisnava’s birth, family and nation are of no importance  
  A devotee is dearer than one’s own family  
  The twelve Mahajana  
  Important devotees  
  Prahlada is the best of the devotees  
  Better than Prahlada are the Pandavas  
  Uddhava is superior to the Yadavas  
  The gopis are superior to Uddhavai  
  The gopis are superior to the Laksmis of Vaikuntha  
  Radharani is the best of all devotees  
  The glories of Gauranga’s devotees  
  The unfortunate position of nondevotees  
  Pure devotees to Gauranga is best of all  
  Without devotion to Gauranga, one’s knowledge of scripture is nonsense  
  Without the mercy of Gauranga’s devotee everything is impossible  
 
4
 
 
Gaura-tattva
 
 
The Gauranga Principle
 
  The evidence from sruti for Lord Caitanya  
  Evidence from Bhagavatam for Lord Caitanya  
  Evidence of Mahabharata for Sri Caitanya  
  Evidence of the Puranas for Lord Caitanya  
  The version of the Gosvamis  
  Sri Gauranga is the source of all avataras  
  Sri Gauranga is unattainable by worldly knowledge  
  Lord Caitanya’s sixfold nature  
  Sri Gauranga is the Supreme Truth  
  Lord Caitanya is the jagad-guru  
  Lord Gauranga is the best of all  
  Gauranga’s tattva, nama, rupa and lila  
  Gauranga delivers all by distributing nama  
  Gauranga is the giver of Krsna prema  
  Who cheat themselves out of love of God  
  One can know the conclusion of scripture by Sri Gauranga’s mercy  
  Lord Gauranga’s preaching pastimes  
  Sri Gauranga’s example and precept  
  Gauranga’s principle and ultimate goals  
  Sri Gauranga principle and ultimate goals  
  Sri Gauranga is like a lion  
  Sri Gauranga external reason for appearing  
  Lord Gauranga’s confidential reason for appearing  
  He has the mood of Sri Radha but externally spreads the holy name  
  The pastimes of Sri Caitanya are eternal  
  Materialists and demonic persons are envious of Sri Gauranga  
  Gauranga is not the enjoyer of Gaura-Nitai  
  The position of those who cheat themselves of Lord Gauranga’s mercy  
  Gauranga appears as His holy name and as His deity  
  Gauranga’s teaching in a nutshell  
 
5
 
 
Nityananda-tattva
 
 
The Nityananda Principle
 
  Nityananda and Advaita-Two main branches of the Caitanya tree  
  Baladeva is the original Sankarsana  
  Balarama and Nityananda are non-different  
  The glories of Nityananda Prabhu  
  Nityananda is the savior of the most fallen  
  The desire for bhakti is strengthened by the mercy of Nitai  
  Nityananda is the foremost preacher
  Nityananda mad about serving Sri Caitanya
  Those who doubt that Gaura and Nitai are inseparable are offenders  
  Faith in Gaura without Nitai, or vice verse, opposes pure devotional service  
 
6
 
 
Advaita-tattva
 
 
The Advaita Principle
 
  The truth about Advaita Prabhu  
  Advaita is the material cause of mundane creation  
  Advaita is Sadasiva  
  The Meaning of the name Advaita  
  Advaita Acarya is a preacher of krsna-bhakti  
  He is the avatara of Mahavisnu and a devotee of Lord Caitanya  
  Advaita and Nityananda are servants of Advaita  
  The saragrahi followers of Advaita are devotees of Gauranga  
  The useless followers of Adavaita Acarya  
  were cut off from Gauranga’s mercy  
 
7
 
 
Krsna-tattva
 
 
The Krsna Principle
 
  The one Absolute Truth is realized in three ways  
  Bhagavan realization is complete, Paramatma and Brahman are partial  
  The conclusion of the sruti about Brahman  
  The conclusion of Bhagavad-gita  
  The conclusion of the Gosvamis  
  The conclusion of the Gosvamis  
  Nirvisesa means Krsna has no material qualities  
  Yogis worship the Supersoul  
  Paramatma is an ekamsa expansion of the Supreme Lord  
  The Supreme Truth has three potencies  
  Visnu is the Supreme Truth  
  Krsna is the Supreme Visnu  
  Krsna is the independent Supreme Person  
  Krsna is the ultimate goal of all vedic literature  
  The meaning of Bhagavan  
  Krsna is the Supreme Master  
  Krsna is the cause of all cause  
  Krsna is the Supreme Shelter of everything  
  Krsna is the Original person  
  On the basis of rasa, Krsna is superior to Narayana  
  Narayana is the opulent pastime expansion of Krsna  
  The demigods recognize Krsna as Supreme  
  This world is maintained by an extended expansion of Krsna  
  Krsna is Lord of Vrdavana, with two hands holding the flute  
  The real from of Krsna  
  The Vedas of speak of the pastimes of the Supreme Lord  
  By Serving Krsna the universe is satisfied  
  The demigods are never envious of Krsna  
  Krsna appears in three categories  
  The two division of svayam-rupa  
  Two divisions of svayam-rupa-prabhava and vaibhava  
  Prabhava-vilasa-Expanding many forms to marry thousands of queens  
  Vaibhava-prakasa  
  The four-handed Vasudeva is prabhava-vilasa  
  Tad-ekatma-rupa  
  Two divisions of tad-ekatma-rupa  
  Two divisions of vilasa forms are for different moods and pastimes  
  from prabhava-vilasa come the catur-vyuhas  
  The original catur-vyuha are the Lords in Mathura and Dvaraka  
  The twenty-four principal expansions of the original catur-vyuha  
  The original catur-vyuha expands into Vaikuntha  
  Further expansions of the second quadruples  
  Svamsa expansions appear in the material world  
  Six kinds of avataras  
  Who is called Svayam Bhagavan  
  Avatari and the different avataras of the Lord  
  The distinction between avatara and avatari  
  The avataras of the Lord are divine  
  Time and purpose for Lord’s avatara  
  The principal reason for Krsna’s advent  
  Krsna’s avataras are countless  
  The purusa-avataras are the origin of everything  
  Because He descends to the material world, the Lord is called avatara  
  Mahavisnu is a partial part of Krsna  
  Mahavisnu is beyond the modes of nature  
  Pradyumana becomes Grabhodakasayi Visnu  
  Aniruddha is Ksirodakasayi Visnu  
  Brahma is the avatara of rajo-guna  
  Brahma is empowered for the work of creation  
  Rudra is the avatara of the mode of ignorance  
  The distinction between Krsna, Siva, and jiva  
  Rudra is one with, yet different from the Lord  
  The difference between Siva and Krsna  
  Rodra is always absorbed in a synthesis of the qualities of maya  
  Visnu is above the modes of nature  
  Visnu is a svamsa expansion of Krsna  
  Krsna expands as Visnu just as an original candle lights other candles  
  The constitutional position of Visnu, Brahma ad Siva  
  The eternal and transcendental character of Krsna’s birth and pastimes  
  Evidence from sruti about the transcendental character of Krsna’s pastimes  
  The apani-padah verse means that His body is transcendental  
  The Lord’s body is not material  
  Transcendental science can’t be understood by material intelligence  
  The body of the Lord is transcendental substance  
  The name and form of the Lord  
  Who cannot understand Krsna’s From is a mudha  
  The deity from of the Lord appears in eight kinds of material substances  
 
8
 
 
Sakti-tattva
 
 
The Sakti Principle
 
  The energies of the Supreme Lord are unlimited  
  The Lord’s unlimited energy is divided into three principle categories  
  Three varieties of the Lord’s energy  
  The evidence from sruti for cit-sakti  
  The evidence from smrti for cit-sakti  
  The evidence from smrti for jiva-sakti  
  The evidence from for maya-sakti  
  The evidence of the smrti for maya-sakti  
  Two kinds of maya is the shadow of yoga-maya  
  Hladini, samvit and sandhini-three kinds of energy  
  Those who are most dear to Krsna are His internal energy  
  Sri Radhika is Krsna’s most complete energy  
  All the Lakshmi are expansion of Sri Radha  
 
9
 
 
Bhagavad-rasa-tattva
 
 
The Principle of The Mellows of Divine Rasa
 
  Krsna, the ocean of transcendental mellows appears differently to devotees  
  The absolute truth is the personification of divine mellows  
  The fine principle rasa  
  The seven secondary rasa  
  Srimad Bhgavatam on santa-rasa  
  Being fixed in Krsna is a quality of santa -rasa  
  The essential feature of santa-rasa  
  Dasya-rasa = santa -rasa + service  
  Srimad-Bhagatam on dasyarasa  
  The Srimad-Bhagavatam on the glories of dasya-rasa  
  The glories of being a servant of Krsna  
  The srutis on sakhya-rasa  
  In sakhya-rasa the Lord may be defeated by the jiva  
  Sakhya-rasa  
  Vatsalya-rasa  
  Rati is the root is the cause of rasa  
  Two kinds of alambana  
  Krsna is the best of all objects of worship  
  Srimad Radharani is the best of all asrayas  
  Subdivision of rasa  
 
10
 
 
Jiva-tattva
 
 
The Jiva Principle
 
  The jiva is a separated infinitesimal particle (vibhinnmsa) of the Lord  
  The nature of the jivas is transcendental substance  
  The jivas is a particle of a ray of Paramatma  
  The jivas is conscious atomic energy  
  The infinitesimal soul is pure, but…  
  The soul pervades the body with consciousness  
  The evidence of Vedanta on the nature of the soul  
  Two kinds of souls-“bound” and “liberated”  
  The soul’s constitutional position  
  The jiva is an eternal servant of Krsna  
  The jiva is Krsna’s tatastha sakti  
  The jivas is a manifestation one with and different from the Lord  
  The jivas are dependent on God  
  Suddhavaita -on the difference between jiva and isvara  
  Sankara was an proponent on the difference between jiva and isvara  
  The cause of the jiva’s ignorance  
  In ignorance, the soul suffers repeated birth and death  
  Attaining Krsna’s lotus feet is liberation from all material suffering  
  The siddhanta of the Visisthadvaita -vada  
  The Siddhanta of Dvaitadvaita-vada on the subject of the jiva  
  The siddhanta of Suddhadvaita-vada  
  A liberated soul attains a perfect spiritual body in the service of Krsna  
  Suddhadvaita-vada on the distinct position of the eternally liberated souls  
  One who equates the jiva with the Supreme Lord is an atheist  
 
11
 
 
Acintya-bhedabheda-tattva
 
 
The Principle of Inconceivable Oneness and Difference
 
  The sruti on the subjects of acintya-bhedabheda-tattva  
  Srimad-Bhagavatam on acintya-bhedabheda-tattva  
  Smrti on acintya-bhedabheda-tattva  
  The Brahma-sutras support the view of sakti-parinamavada  
  The meaning of parinama-vada and vivarta-vada  
 
12
 
 
Abhideya-tattva
 
 
The Methodological Principle
 
  Sreyas and preyas  
  The purpose of human life  
  Three different paths-karma, jnana, and bhakti  
  who qualifies for karma, jnana, or bhakti  
  To be fixed in that for which one is qualified is a good quality  
  Even sages and demigods are bewildered trying to understand the Vedas  
  The Vaisnava guru never encourages karma  
  Karma-yoga does not give freedom from the fear of birth and death  
  Bhagavatam derides karma and jnana  
  Materialistic karmic activities are condemned  
  The path of karma is condemned in the Vedas  
  Without worshipping Visnu, worship of demigods is improper  
  Impersonalism is condemn the ascending path of knowledge  
  Destinations of followers of the ascending and descending path  
  Education, austerity, work, knowledge, etc. doesn’t enable one to see God  
  The Vedas on the ascending path of impersonal knowledge  
  Bhakti is superior to karma and jnana  
  The eightfold Yoga system does not lead to the highest goal  
  Mind control through pranayama is impossible  
  Yoga and pranayam are a waste of time  
  Who is a real yogi and sannyasi  
  Without bhakti there is no means to attain the Supreme  
  Pure devotion is the only means to attain Krsna  
  The goal of bhakti and the goal of karma and jnana are not the same  
  The character of bhakti  
 
13
 
 
Sadhana-bhakti-tattva
 
 
The Principle of Devotional Practice
 
  Jnana-misra-bhakti-Devotion mixed with knowledge  
  Karma-misra-bhakti-Devotion mixed with karma  
  The definition of bhakti  
  The srutis glorify bhakti  
  Two kinds of bhakti -vaidhi and raganuga  
  Vaidhi-bhakti  
  Raga-bhakti  
  The nine limbs of bhakti  
  Sravana and smarana are best  
  Sravana  
  The gradation of what is obtained by sravana  
  The glories of sravana  
  The meaning of the world kirtana  
  The material senses can’t appreciate the transcendental nature of Krsna  
  Kirtana  
  The glories of Krsna-kirtana  
  Kirtana describing the Lord’s qualities is the aim of all knowledge  
  The glories of the qualities of the Supreme Lord  
  Nama-kirtna is the only way in Kali-yuga  
  The harinama verse explained  
  Smarana  
  The result of remembering material subjects verses remembering Krsna  
  The result of remembering Krsna  
  Kirtana is better than sravana and smarana  
  Pada-sevana  
  The result of Pada-sevana  
  Arcana  
  Vandana  
  The glories of vandana  
  Dasyam  
  The different branches of dasyam  
  The prayer of the servant of the Lord  
  The definition of sakhyam  
  Two divisions of sakhya-based on faith and on friendly affection  
  Generic sakhyam, based on faith  
  Sakhyam based on intimate feelings of friendly affection  
  Generic sakhyam, based on faith  
  Sakhyam based on atma-nivedanam  
  Saranagati  
  Duties and religious principles (dharma) favorable to bhakti  
  Detachment is favorable for bhakti  
  Grhastha conduct is favorable for bhakti  
  Fasting on Ekadasi is favorable for bhakti  
  What destroys bhakti  
  A Vaisnava’s remnants have the power to bestow prema  
  The glories of maha-prasada  
  Attachment to wife and home is antagonistic to developing bhakti  
  Thing unfavorable to devotional service  
  Bad association destroys bhakti  
  Prohibition and strictures regarding behavior that destroys bhakti  
  Renouncing bad association  
  Avoid attachment to accepting too many disciples and overendeavoring  
  Remaining undisturbed by material misfortunes  
  Avoiding lamentation  
  Prohibitions on worshipping other gods  
  On should avoid giving pain to other living beings  
  Bhakti is superior to false renunciation  
  Things opposed or bhakti reside in five places  
  The different kinds of bad association that destroy bhakti  
  Association with women destroy bhakti  
  Remembrance of sexual pleasure condemned  
  The power of a woman to attract the mind  
  One should completely give up all association with women  
  Grhamedhi-dharma condemned  
  Tamasic and rajasic foods are antagonistic to bhakti  
  Meat-eating destroy bhakti  
  The senses are like wines, and the tongue is the most powerful  
  Misconceptions to be avoided in sadhana-bhakti  
  To view devotees externally is antagonistic to bhakti  
  Conception of good and bad are antagonistic to bhakti  
  Materialistic persons and their treading of Bhagavatam are condemned  
  Fake, show-bottle, and professional Bhagavatam reciter  
  Attempts as liberation will not lead to bhakti  
  Desires for enjoyment and liberation destroy bhakti  
  The senses are useless if not lead to bhakti  
  Without the mercy of Gauranga it is impossible to control the senses or practice bhakti  
  The six kinds of saranagati  
  Humility  
  The value of association with a pure devotee  
  The sruti state that association with saints as the only thing worth doing  
  Sadhu-sanga is the only way  
  Those who have few pious credits miss the association of great souls  
  A devotee has all good qualities; a non-devotee has none  
  From sadhu-sanga comes faith, devotional attachment, and prema-bhakti  
  With humility and hankering for Krsna, a devotee prays as follows  
 
14
 
 
Varnadharma-tattva
 
 
The Principle of Social Order
 
  Two kinds of varnasrama-divine and demonic  
  Divine varnasrama  
  The demoniac social system  
  The character of the followers of demonic society  
  The future life of the followers of demonic society  
  The future life of the followers of demonic society  
  The birth, family, and knowledge of demonic society are useless  
  The characteristics of each varna  
  Bhagavad-gita on varnasrama  
  Qualities of brahmanas  
  Qualities of ksatriyas  
  Qualities of vaisyas and sudras  
  The division of varna and asrama according to guna and karma  
  Evidence from Srimad-Bhagavad about the divisions of varnasrama  
  In satya-yuga, there was only one varna; paramahamsa  
  Division occur owing to guna and karma  
  The position of varna-dharma in Kali-yuga`  
  Brahmanas in kali-yuga are brahmanas in name only  
  The evidence from Caitanya-bhagavata  
  The smrti on how the Brahmana caste was debased  
  The opinion of the truth-loving Vedic Rsis  
  The sruti, smrti, Puranas, and Itihasas on Brahmana-karma  
  Evidence from the Mahabharata  
  Evidence from the Srimad Bhagavatam  
  The ancient commentator, Nilakantha, on the conduct of brahmanas  
  Srimad Svami’s opinion  
  Mahaprabhu’s definitions of what is and isn’t brahmana  
  The evidence of the Smrti  
  The verdict of the Mahabharata on the occupation of brahmanas  
  The smrti on the occupational behavior of brahmanas  
  An example of the conduct of a brahmana  
  The evidence of Vedanta-Surta and the example of Citraratha  
  Madhavacarya’s commentry, quoting from Padma-Purana  
  Members of other castes who became brahmanas  
  Examples from Bhagavatam on birth as a brahmana  
  The opinion of Lord Brahminical conduct  
  The seminal brahmanas of kali-yuga are impure  
  What is diksa  
  Diksa can make a common man a brahmana  
  The guru initiates the humble disciple  
  The evidence of Mahabharata  
  The conclusion of the Gosvamis  
  Three kinds of birth-seminal, brahminical, and mantra-diksa  
  Sridhara Svami’s remarks on the three kinds of birth  
  Who has done the forty-eight kinds of samskaras is a brahmana  
  The one branch and the many branches  
  Vaisnavas are not sudras  
  Except for paramahamsas, devotees accept the sacred thread  
  Those who are brahmanas in name are conceited and proud  
  Real brahmanas  
  Giving the sacred thread to those not on the Vedic path is forbidden  
  The consequences for the brahmanas in name only  
  Students and practitioners of professional brahminism are condemned  
  Demigod worship and other unbrahminical activities  
  Demigod worship by brahmanas is condemned  
  Demigod whorship is damned  
  Spiritual brahmanism  
  Who is a Brahmana  
  A Vaisnava is the best of all and the guru of everyone  
  A Vaisnava from a candala family is worshipable by brahmanas  
  Vaisnava are infallible  
  Differences between low-born devotees and expert brahmanas  
  Benefits of taking the holy name of Krsna  
  Advaita Prabhu instructs that a Vaisnava is guru of the brahmana  
  A Vaisnava is the guru for millions of brahmanas  
 
15
 
 
Asrama-dharma-tattva
 
 
The Principle of Asrama-Dharma
 
     
  Every soul is in one of the four asrma  
  Definition of the four asramas  
  Rules for the different four asramas  
  Rules for brahmacaris  
  All asramas are meant for serving Hari alone  
  Scriptures make concessions for materialistic people  
  Grhasthas should not get bewildered by family life  
  A grhastha may live at home, in the forest, or on the road  
  The character of those too attached to family life  
  The destination of attached householders  
  Both men and women should avoid family attachment  
  Enjoyment of conjugal pleasures in household life is condemned  
  The purpose of household life  
  The unholy household  
  The duty of vanaprasthas  
  Homes are in different modes  
  Karma-sannyasa, jnana-sannyasa, and tridandi sannyasa  
  A dhira sannyasi  
  A narottama sannyasi  
  Prohibitions against karma-sannyasa in Kali-yuga  
  The meaning of the word tridandi  
  Rupa Gosvami’s definition of tridandi  
  Tridandi-sannyasa mentioned in the Vedas  
  Srimad-bhagavatam mention tridanda sannyasa  
  The tridandi attains perfection according to the Menu-samhita  
  The hundred and eight names of the tridandi sannyasi  
  A tridandi sannyasa is worshipable by all asramas  
  Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya’s examples  
  Impersonalist sannyasis are condemned  
  only unmotivated devotional service gives satisfaction to the soul  
  Fallen sannyasis are compared to vomit-eaters  
  Sannyasis should not become vanhtasis  
  Great souls are transcendental to all the asramas  
  The Vedic explanation of “paramahamsa”  
  The Supreme Lord is transcendental to all material considerations  
  Red cloth is in napropriatte for paramahmsas  
  Bhagavatam gives the characteristic behavior of a paramahamasa  
  The mentality of a paramahamsa  
 
16
 
 
Sraddha-attva
 
  The proper funeral ceremony  
  Vaisnavas need not perform funeral rites or offer ablations to forefathers  
  Lord Caitanya’s internal reasons for performing the funeral ceremony  
  Vaisnavas must deceive the smartas for their own good  
  Funeral ceremony of the karmis is demonic  
  The behavior of Advaita Acarya  
  The characteristics of a staunch devotee  
 
17
 
 
Nama-tattva
 
 
The Holy Name Principle
 
  The Supreme Lord Krsna is the root of all religion  
  Krsna is the only way  
  Chanting the holy name of the Lord is the eternal dharma for all souls  
  The holy name is the essence of the srutis  
  The constitutional nature of the holy name  
  The Vedas sing the glories of the holy name  
  The glories of the holy name in the smrti-sastras  
  The holy name grants all perfection in Kali-yuga  
  Sridhara Svami on glories of the holy name  
  Rupa Goswami on the glories of the name  
  The efficacy of gayatri and the holy name  
  The glories of Hari-katha  
  The glories of the holy name surpass that of impersonal Brahman  
  Kirtana of the holy name is best of all  
  The holy name is not regulated by time, place and circumstance  
  The Bhagavatam on the subject of loud kirtana  
  Loud kirtana is the best  
  Loud kirtana benefits the chanter of the holy name and those who hear it  
  Mahaprabhu loudly chanted the holy name  
  The opinion of Baladeva on the form of the maha-mantra  
  Hare Krsna is the maha-mantra for the age of Kali  
  The Upanisads on the Hare Krsna maha-mantra  
  The Puranas on the Hare Krsna maha-mantra  
  Chanting the holy name qualifies one for deliverance  
  The holy name is chanted in the stage of practice and in perfection  
  Things unafavorable for nama-kirtana  
  The characteristics of the principal and secondary name  
  The secondary names and their symptoms  
  Fruits of the principal and secondary name of the Lord  
  The principle name  
  The fruit of offenselessly uttering the principle name  
  The principle result of chanting the holy name is Krsna-prema  
  Nama-kirtna fulfills all aspects of bhajana  
  The pure name arises within the asscociation of devotees  
  The holy name cannot be realized through the material sense  
  Determination for chanting the holy name  
  Kirtana gradually awakens the form, qualities, and pastimes of the Lord  
  The four kinds of namabhasa  
  The results of the pure holy name and namabhasa  
  The results of namabhasa and namaparadha  
  The proper mentality for chanting without offense  
  The ten offenses to the holy name  
  The principle offense to the holy name  
  Apardhis are punished forever  
  Six kinds of Aparadha  
  Aparadhis should have their tongues cut out  
  The great fault of hearing blasphemy of Vaisnavas  
  The way to overcome Aparadha  
  The second offense to the holy name  
  The third offense to the holy name  
  The fourth offense to the holy name  
  The fifth offense to the holy name  
  Other processes of purification are a waste of time  
  The sixth offense to the holy name  
  Auspicious activities other than pure chanting are useless  
  The seventh offense to the holy name  
  The eight offense to the holy name  
  The ninth offense to the holy name  
  The tenth offense to the holy name of Krsna  
  The real name of Krsna can never awaken in Mayavadis  
  One gain life by chanting the holy name of Krsna and dancing  
  The qualification of jagad-guru  
 
18
 
 
Prayojana-tattva
 
 
The Principle of The Ultimate Goal
 
  The definition of bhava  
  Mahaprabhu’s verse on bhava  
  The cause of bhava, transcendental emotion  
  Where the symptoms of bhava appear  
  The practical symptoms of bhava  
  Two kinds of raga-marga-the practitioner and the perfected soul  
  Prema develops into Sneha, raga, anuraga, bhava and mahabhava  
  One with eyes of prema can see the Supreme Person  
  The shelter of madhurya-rasa-bhakti  
  The direct and indirect tasting of rasa  
  The definition of rasa  
  The qualification for madhurya-rasa  
  The prohibition for those who are unqualified  
  The separation experienced in madhurya-rasa  
  Extreme separation  
  The prayer of one who aspires to worship Krsna in madhurya-rasa  
  Appendix  
  Pramana-tattva 399
  Subjects Index 401
  Verse Index 435

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Sri Gaudiya Kanthahara: A Necklace of Vaisnava Verse

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Introduction

In explaining the importance of Krsna conscious preachers studying the philosophy, and specifically stressing the need to memorize verse, Srila Prabhupada gave this example. He said that in the courtroom an expert lawyer knows how to immediately back up his points by citing from the lawbooks and relevant precedent-setting cases. The expert preacher must be like the courtroom lawyer. He must have at his command all the scriptural references to support his preaching. “We do not manufacture anything,” His Divine Grace would often say. “Our knowledge is coming in parampara and it is based on the sastra, we simply repeat the message as it is.”

Hence devotees eager to emulate Srila Prabhupada’s preaching spirit are duty bound to have at their fingertips a wide range of verse to show that Krsna consciousness is not an amalgam of whimsical ideas; rather it is parampara knowledge and citing verses can dynamically underscore fails to be impressed when a devotee speak the philosophy with strong logic and reason and back up his statements with appropriate scriptural references.

Here in Sri Gaudiya Kanthahara verse lovers will find many of the verses that Srila Prabhupada made familiar to us by his regularly quoting them in his books, lectures, and conversations. They will also find many verses that are not so familiar, but were often alluded to by Srila Prabhupada. The discovery of these verses will surely give added pleasure to verse lovers. These verses were all favorites of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada.

This book is a preacher’s companion in two ways. As a collection of key verse – over a thousand – it is wonderful in its scope and therefore an excellent companion. But it is more than a verse book. Because of the way the verses are organized this collection doubles as a wonderful summer of the Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy, which is the crème de la crème of all systems of philosophy. Even a casual reading therefore has immense value for instructing one in the lenghth, breadth, and depth of the Krsna consciousness philosophy.

 

Contents

 

 
1
 
 
Guru-tattva
 
 
The Guru Principle
 
  One must accept a guru in disciplic succession  
  A qualified guru and disciple are hard to find  
  A genuine guru knows the truth about Krsna  
  A guru is a master of his sense  
  A pure devotee is the guru of all varnas and asramas  
  A guru is an acarya of sambandha-jnana  
  Who is an acarya?  
  Example is better than precept  
  Inconceivable oneness and difference of guru, Vaisnava, and Krsna  
  Siksa-guru–Caitya-guru and mahanta (personal)-guru  
  By the mercy of Krsna gets the mercy of guru  
  Guru gives scientific knowledge about the highest spiritual reality  
  The spiritualmaster is the energy of Krsna  
  The guru is gaura-sakti and gaura-priyatama  
  A guru in name only commits a great offense  
  Scholarship is no qualification for becoming a guru  
  A non-Vaisnava cannot be a guru  
  Bogus gurus  
  The injunction to abandon a bogus guru  
  A materialistic, professional, family or vyavaharika-guru must be given up  
  One who rejects a false guru must accept a real guru  
  Why become a disciple?  
  Who thinks the spiritual master an ordinary man goes to hell  
  One who thinks the guru ordinary does not progress  
  For transcendental knowledge on must approach a guru  
  The guru takes one beyond jnana to pure devotion  
  Guru and Lord Nityananda are non-different  
  The authorized sacred tradition  
  Lord Brahma, the original teacher  
  Sri Madhva-the sampradaya acarya  
  The Brahma-Madhva Gaudiya sampradaya  
 
2
 
 
Bhagavat-tattva
 
 
The Bhagavata Principle
 
  Bhagavatam is the crown jewel of all revealed scriptures  
  Bhagavatam is the ripened fruit of the Vedic desire tree  
  Bhagavatam is the literary incarnation of Krsna  
  Paramahamsas sing Bhagavatam for the benefit of all souls  
  Bhagavatan is dear to the topmost paramahamsas  
  Bhagavatam is the natural commentary on Vedanta  
  Bhagavatam is the essence of all the scriptures  
  Whoever disregards Bhagavatam is lost  
  Bhagavatam reveals the inner meaning of Vedanta  
  Bhagavatam is the cream of the Vedas and the very form of Krsna  
  Self-manifest and enternal, Bhagavatam is not ordinary literature  
  Bhagavatam is beyond sensual experience  
  Two kinds of bhagavata: the book and the person  
  The inconceivable nature of Bhagavatam  
  Bhagavatam is understood through Vaisnavas  
  Study Bhagavatam in light of previous acarya  
  Who does not recognize Bhagavatam is doomed  
  The proud cannot relish the nectarean juice of the Bhagavatam  
  Lecturing on Bhagavatam as a profession is prohibited  
  Who won’t hear the Srimad-Bhagavatam  
  Further prohibitions against lecturing on Bhagavatam for money  
  Don’t hear Bhagavatam from nondevotees  
  The eighteen Puranas  
  The Puranashave three divisions – sattvika, rajasika and tamsika  
  What is to be known as sastra  
  What is Pancaratra  
  The words of the Pancaratra are as goods as God  
  Narada Pancaratra is the cream of Vedic literature  
  Narada Pancaratra is authorized  
 
3
 
 
Vaisnava-tattva
 
 
The Vaisnava Principle
 
  The definition of a Vaisnava  
  Different kinds of Vaisnavas  
  Three kinds of devotees – arcane-marga and neophyte devotees  
  Arcana-marga and the advanced devotees  
  Arcana-marga and the advanced devotee  
  The symptoms of a neophyte devotee  
  Symptoms a madhyama-adhikari  
  Symptoms of an uttama-adhikari  
  Further symptoms of an uttama-adhikari  
  The Paramahamsa Vaisnava  
  Description of the three kinds of devotees from Caitanya-caritamrta  
  A ordinary Vaisnava  
  A superior Vaisnava  
  The topmost Vaisnava  
  Who is a Vaisnava  
  The twenty-six qualities of a Vaisnava  
  Vaisnavas see with equal vision  
  The Lord is conquered by devotion  
  A Vaisnava is supremely merciful  
  The glories of the servants of the Vaisnavas  
  Further glories of the Vaisnavas  
  Without taking shelter of a Vaisnava all knowledge is lost  
  Only Vaisnavas are really merciful to the fallen  
  The glories of exclusive Vaisnava  
  Vaisnava is very rare  
  Out of many liberated souls, a pure devotee is very rare  
  A Vaisnava is beyond mundane knowledge  
  A Vaisnava is paradukha-duhkhi  
  A Vaisnava is transcendental  
  A Vaisnava’s birth, family and nation are of no importance  
  A devotee is dearer than one’s own family  
  The twelve Mahajana  
  Important devotees  
  Prahlada is the best of the devotees  
  Better than Prahlada are the Pandavas  
  Uddhava is superior to the Yadavas  
  The gopis are superior to Uddhavai  
  The gopis are superior to the Laksmis of Vaikuntha  
  Radharani is the best of all devotees  
  The glories of Gauranga’s devotees  
  The unfortunate position of nondevotees  
  Pure devotees to Gauranga is best of all  
  Without devotion to Gauranga, one’s knowledge of scripture is nonsense  
  Without the mercy of Gauranga’s devotee everything is impossible  
 
4
 
 
Gaura-tattva
 
 
The Gauranga Principle
 
  The evidence from sruti for Lord Caitanya  
  Evidence from Bhagavatam for Lord Caitanya  
  Evidence of Mahabharata for Sri Caitanya  
  Evidence of the Puranas for Lord Caitanya  
  The version of the Gosvamis  
  Sri Gauranga is the source of all avataras  
  Sri Gauranga is unattainable by worldly knowledge  
  Lord Caitanya’s sixfold nature  
  Sri Gauranga is the Supreme Truth  
  Lord Caitanya is the jagad-guru  
  Lord Gauranga is the best of all  
  Gauranga’s tattva, nama, rupa and lila  
  Gauranga delivers all by distributing nama  
  Gauranga is the giver of Krsna prema  
  Who cheat themselves out of love of God  
  One can know the conclusion of scripture by Sri Gauranga’s mercy  
  Lord Gauranga’s preaching pastimes  
  Sri Gauranga’s example and precept  
  Gauranga’s principle and ultimate goals  
  Sri Gauranga principle and ultimate goals  
  Sri Gauranga is like a lion  
  Sri Gauranga external reason for appearing  
  Lord Gauranga’s confidential reason for appearing  
  He has the mood of Sri Radha but externally spreads the holy name  
  The pastimes of Sri Caitanya are eternal  
  Materialists and demonic persons are envious of Sri Gauranga  
  Gauranga is not the enjoyer of Gaura-Nitai  
  The position of those who cheat themselves of Lord Gauranga’s mercy  
  Gauranga appears as His holy name and as His deity  
  Gauranga’s teaching in a nutshell  
 
5
 
 
Nityananda-tattva
 
 
The Nityananda Principle
 
  Nityananda and Advaita-Two main branches of the Caitanya tree  
  Baladeva is the original Sankarsana  
  Balarama and Nityananda are non-different  
  The glories of Nityananda Prabhu  
  Nityananda is the savior of the most fallen  
  The desire for bhakti is strengthened by the mercy of Nitai  
  Nityananda is the foremost preacher
  Nityananda mad about serving Sri Caitanya
  Those who doubt that Gaura and Nitai are inseparable are offenders  
  Faith in Gaura without Nitai, or vice verse, opposes pure devotional service  
 
6
 
 
Advaita-tattva
 
 
The Advaita Principle
 
  The truth about Advaita Prabhu  
  Advaita is the material cause of mundane creation  
  Advaita is Sadasiva  
  The Meaning of the name Advaita  
  Advaita Acarya is a preacher of krsna-bhakti  
  He is the avatara of Mahavisnu and a devotee of Lord Caitanya  
  Advaita and Nityananda are servants of Advaita  
  The saragrahi followers of Advaita are devotees of Gauranga  
  The useless followers of Adavaita Acarya  
  were cut off from Gauranga’s mercy  
 
7
 
 
Krsna-tattva
 
 
The Krsna Principle
 
  The one Absolute Truth is realized in three ways  
  Bhagavan realization is complete, Paramatma and Brahman are partial  
  The conclusion of the sruti about Brahman  
  The conclusion of Bhagavad-gita  
  The conclusion of the Gosvamis  
  The conclusion of the Gosvamis  
  Nirvisesa means Krsna has no material qualities  
  Yogis worship the Supersoul  
  Paramatma is an ekamsa expansion of the Supreme Lord  
  The Supreme Truth has three potencies  
  Visnu is the Supreme Truth  
  Krsna is the Supreme Visnu  
  Krsna is the independent Supreme Person  
  Krsna is the ultimate goal of all vedic literature  
  The meaning of Bhagavan  
  Krsna is the Supreme Master  
  Krsna is the cause of all cause  
  Krsna is the Supreme Shelter of everything  
  Krsna is the Original person  
  On the basis of rasa, Krsna is superior to Narayana  
  Narayana is the opulent pastime expansion of Krsna  
  The demigods recognize Krsna as Supreme  
  This world is maintained by an extended expansion of Krsna  
  Krsna is Lord of Vrdavana, with two hands holding the flute  
  The real from of Krsna  
  The Vedas of speak of the pastimes of the Supreme Lord  
  By Serving Krsna the universe is satisfied  
  The demigods are never envious of Krsna  
  Krsna appears in three categories  
  The two division of svayam-rupa  
  Two divisions of svayam-rupa-prabhava and vaibhava  
  Prabhava-vilasa-Expanding many forms to marry thousands of queens  
  Vaibhava-prakasa  
  The four-handed Vasudeva is prabhava-vilasa  
  Tad-ekatma-rupa  
  Two divisions of tad-ekatma-rupa  
  Two divisions of vilasa forms are for different moods and pastimes  
  from prabhava-vilasa come the catur-vyuhas  
  The original catur-vyuha are the Lords in Mathura and Dvaraka  
  The twenty-four principal expansions of the original catur-vyuha  
  The original catur-vyuha expands into Vaikuntha  
  Further expansions of the second quadruples  
  Svamsa expansions appear in the material world  
  Six kinds of avataras  
  Who is called Svayam Bhagavan  
  Avatari and the different avataras of the Lord  
  The distinction between avatara and avatari  
  The avataras of the Lord are divine  
  Time and purpose for Lord’s avatara  
  The principal reason for Krsna’s advent  
  Krsna’s avataras are countless  
  The purusa-avataras are the origin of everything  
  Because He descends to the material world, the Lord is called avatara  
  Mahavisnu is a partial part of Krsna  
  Mahavisnu is beyond the modes of nature  
  Pradyumana becomes Grabhodakasayi Visnu  
  Aniruddha is Ksirodakasayi Visnu  
  Brahma is the avatara of rajo-guna  
  Brahma is empowered for the work of creation  
  Rudra is the avatara of the mode of ignorance  
  The distinction between Krsna, Siva, and jiva  
  Rudra is one with, yet different from the Lord  
  The difference between Siva and Krsna  
  Rodra is always absorbed in a synthesis of the qualities of maya  
  Visnu is above the modes of nature  
  Visnu is a svamsa expansion of Krsna  
  Krsna expands as Visnu just as an original candle lights other candles  
  The constitutional position of Visnu, Brahma ad Siva  
  The eternal and transcendental character of Krsna’s birth and pastimes  
  Evidence from sruti about the transcendental character of Krsna’s pastimes  
  The apani-padah verse means that His body is transcendental  
  The Lord’s body is not material  
  Transcendental science can’t be understood by material intelligence  
  The body of the Lord is transcendental substance  
  The name and form of the Lord  
  Who cannot understand Krsna’s From is a mudha  
  The deity from of the Lord appears in eight kinds of material substances  
 
8
 
 
Sakti-tattva
 
 
The Sakti Principle
 
  The energies of the Supreme Lord are unlimited  
  The Lord’s unlimited energy is divided into three principle categories  
  Three varieties of the Lord’s energy  
  The evidence from sruti for cit-sakti  
  The evidence from smrti for cit-sakti  
  The evidence from smrti for jiva-sakti  
  The evidence from for maya-sakti  
  The evidence of the smrti for maya-sakti  
  Two kinds of maya is the shadow of yoga-maya  
  Hladini, samvit and sandhini-three kinds of energy  
  Those who are most dear to Krsna are His internal energy  
  Sri Radhika is Krsna’s most complete energy  
  All the Lakshmi are expansion of Sri Radha  
 
9
 
 
Bhagavad-rasa-tattva
 
 
The Principle of The Mellows of Divine Rasa
 
  Krsna, the ocean of transcendental mellows appears differently to devotees  
  The absolute truth is the personification of divine mellows  
  The fine principle rasa  
  The seven secondary rasa  
  Srimad Bhgavatam on santa-rasa  
  Being fixed in Krsna is a quality of santa -rasa  
  The essential feature of santa-rasa  
  Dasya-rasa = santa -rasa + service  
  Srimad-Bhagatam on dasyarasa  
  The Srimad-Bhagavatam on the glories of dasya-rasa  
  The glories of being a servant of Krsna  
  The srutis on sakhya-rasa  
  In sakhya-rasa the Lord may be defeated by the jiva  
  Sakhya-rasa  
  Vatsalya-rasa  
  Rati is the root is the cause of rasa  
  Two kinds of alambana  
  Krsna is the best of all objects of worship  
  Srimad Radharani is the best of all asrayas  
  Subdivision of rasa  
 
10
 
 
Jiva-tattva
 
 
The Jiva Principle
 
  The jiva is a separated infinitesimal particle (vibhinnmsa) of the Lord  
  The nature of the jivas is transcendental substance  
  The jivas is a particle of a ray of Paramatma  
  The jivas is conscious atomic energy  
  The infinitesimal soul is pure, but…  
  The soul pervades the body with consciousness  
  The evidence of Vedanta on the nature of the soul  
  Two kinds of souls-“bound” and “liberated”  
  The soul’s constitutional position  
  The jiva is an eternal servant of Krsna  
  The jiva is Krsna’s tatastha sakti  
  The jivas is a manifestation one with and different from the Lord  
  The jivas are dependent on God  
  Suddhavaita -on the difference between jiva and isvara  
  Sankara was an proponent on the difference between jiva and isvara  
  The cause of the jiva’s ignorance  
  In ignorance, the soul suffers repeated birth and death  
  Attaining Krsna’s lotus feet is liberation from all material suffering  
  The siddhanta of the Visisthadvaita -vada  
  The Siddhanta of Dvaitadvaita-vada on the subject of the jiva  
  The siddhanta of Suddhadvaita-vada  
  A liberated soul attains a perfect spiritual body in the service of Krsna  
  Suddhadvaita-vada on the distinct position of the eternally liberated souls  
  One who equates the jiva with the Supreme Lord is an atheist  
 
11
 
 
Acintya-bhedabheda-tattva
 
 
The Principle of Inconceivable Oneness and Difference
 
  The sruti on the subjects of acintya-bhedabheda-tattva  
  Srimad-Bhagavatam on acintya-bhedabheda-tattva  
  Smrti on acintya-bhedabheda-tattva  
  The Brahma-sutras support the view of sakti-parinamavada  
  The meaning of parinama-vada and vivarta-vada  
 
12
 
 
Abhideya-tattva
 
 
The Methodological Principle
 
  Sreyas and preyas  
  The purpose of human life  
  Three different paths-karma, jnana, and bhakti  
  who qualifies for karma, jnana, or bhakti  
  To be fixed in that for which one is qualified is a good quality  
  Even sages and demigods are bewildered trying to understand the Vedas  
  The Vaisnava guru never encourages karma  
  Karma-yoga does not give freedom from the fear of birth and death  
  Bhagavatam derides karma and jnana  
  Materialistic karmic activities are condemned  
  The path of karma is condemned in the Vedas  
  Without worshipping Visnu, worship of demigods is improper  
  Impersonalism is condemn the ascending path of knowledge  
  Destinations of followers of the ascending and descending path  
  Education, austerity, work, knowledge, etc. doesn’t enable one to see God  
  The Vedas on the ascending path of impersonal knowledge  
  Bhakti is superior to karma and jnana  
  The eightfold Yoga system does not lead to the highest goal  
  Mind control through pranayama is impossible  
  Yoga and pranayam are a waste of time  
  Who is a real yogi and sannyasi  
  Without bhakti there is no means to attain the Supreme  
  Pure devotion is the only means to attain Krsna  
  The goal of bhakti and the goal of karma and jnana are not the same  
  The character of bhakti  
 
13
 
 
Sadhana-bhakti-tattva
 
 
The Principle of Devotional Practice
 
  Jnana-misra-bhakti-Devotion mixed with knowledge  
  Karma-misra-bhakti-Devotion mixed with karma  
  The definition of bhakti  
  The srutis glorify bhakti  
  Two kinds of bhakti -vaidhi and raganuga  
  Vaidhi-bhakti  
  Raga-bhakti  
  The nine limbs of bhakti  
  Sravana and smarana are best  
  Sravana  
  The gradation of what is obtained by sravana  
  The glories of sravana  
  The meaning of the world kirtana  
  The material senses can’t appreciate the transcendental nature of Krsna  
  Kirtana  
  The glories of Krsna-kirtana  
  Kirtana describing the Lord’s qualities is the aim of all knowledge  
  The glories of the qualities of the Supreme Lord  
  Nama-kirtna is the only way in Kali-yuga  
  The harinama verse explained  
  Smarana  
  The result of remembering material subjects verses remembering Krsna  
  The result of remembering Krsna  
  Kirtana is better than sravana and smarana  
  Pada-sevana  
  The result of Pada-sevana  
  Arcana  
  Vandana  
  The glories of vandana  
  Dasyam  
  The different branches of dasyam  
  The prayer of the servant of the Lord  
  The definition of sakhyam  
  Two divisions of sakhya-based on faith and on friendly affection  
  Generic sakhyam, based on faith  
  Sakhyam based on intimate feelings of friendly affection  
  Generic sakhyam, based on faith  
  Sakhyam based on atma-nivedanam  
  Saranagati  
  Duties and religious principles (dharma) favorable to bhakti  
  Detachment is favorable for bhakti  
  Grhastha conduct is favorable for bhakti  
  Fasting on Ekadasi is favorable for bhakti  
  What destroys bhakti  
  A Vaisnava’s remnants have the power to bestow prema  
  The glories of maha-prasada  
  Attachment to wife and home is antagonistic to developing bhakti  
  Thing unfavorable to devotional service  
  Bad association destroys bhakti  
  Prohibition and strictures regarding behavior that destroys bhakti  
  Renouncing bad association  
  Avoid attachment to accepting too many disciples and overendeavoring  
  Remaining undisturbed by material misfortunes  
  Avoiding lamentation  
  Prohibitions on worshipping other gods  
  On should avoid giving pain to other living beings  
  Bhakti is superior to false renunciation  
  Things opposed or bhakti reside in five places  
  The different kinds of bad association that destroy bhakti  
  Association with women destroy bhakti  
  Remembrance of sexual pleasure condemned  
  The power of a woman to attract the mind  
  One should completely give up all association with women  
  Grhamedhi-dharma condemned  
  Tamasic and rajasic foods are antagonistic to bhakti  
  Meat-eating destroy bhakti  
  The senses are like wines, and the tongue is the most powerful  
  Misconceptions to be avoided in sadhana-bhakti  
  To view devotees externally is antagonistic to bhakti  
  Conception of good and bad are antagonistic to bhakti  
  Materialistic persons and their treading of Bhagavatam are condemned  
  Fake, show-bottle, and professional Bhagavatam reciter  
  Attempts as liberation will not lead to bhakti  
  Desires for enjoyment and liberation destroy bhakti  
  The senses are useless if not lead to bhakti  
  Without the mercy of Gauranga it is impossible to control the senses or practice bhakti  
  The six kinds of saranagati  
  Humility  
  The value of association with a pure devotee  
  The sruti state that association with saints as the only thing worth doing  
  Sadhu-sanga is the only way  
  Those who have few pious credits miss the association of great souls  
  A devotee has all good qualities; a non-devotee has none  
  From sadhu-sanga comes faith, devotional attachment, and prema-bhakti  
  With humility and hankering for Krsna, a devotee prays as follows  
 
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Varnadharma-tattva
 
 
The Principle of Social Order
 
  Two kinds of varnasrama-divine and demonic  
  Divine varnasrama  
  The demoniac social system  
  The character of the followers of demonic society  
  The future life of the followers of demonic society  
  The future life of the followers of demonic society  
  The birth, family, and knowledge of demonic society are useless  
  The characteristics of each varna  
  Bhagavad-gita on varnasrama  
  Qualities of brahmanas  
  Qualities of ksatriyas  
  Qualities of vaisyas and sudras  
  The division of varna and asrama according to guna and karma  
  Evidence from Srimad-Bhagavad about the divisions of varnasrama  
  In satya-yuga, there was only one varna; paramahamsa  
  Division occur owing to guna and karma  
  The position of varna-dharma in Kali-yuga`  
  Brahmanas in kali-yuga are brahmanas in name only  
  The evidence from Caitanya-bhagavata  
  The smrti on how the Brahmana caste was debased  
  The opinion of the truth-loving Vedic Rsis  
  The sruti, smrti, Puranas, and Itihasas on Brahmana-karma  
  Evidence from the Mahabharata  
  Evidence from the Srimad Bhagavatam  
  The ancient commentator, Nilakantha, on the conduct of brahmanas  
  Srimad Svami’s opinion  
  Mahaprabhu’s definitions of what is and isn’t brahmana  
  The evidence of the Smrti  
  The verdict of the Mahabharata on the occupation of brahmanas  
  The smrti on the occupational behavior of brahmanas  
  An example of the conduct of a brahmana  
  The evidence of Vedanta-Surta and the example of Citraratha  
  Madhavacarya’s commentry, quoting from Padma-Purana  
  Members of other castes who became brahmanas  
  Examples from Bhagavatam on birth as a brahmana  
  The opinion of Lord Brahminical conduct  
  The seminal brahmanas of kali-yuga are impure  
  What is diksa  
  Diksa can make a common man a brahmana  
  The guru initiates the humble disciple  
  The evidence of Mahabharata  
  The conclusion of the Gosvamis  
  Three kinds of birth-seminal, brahminical, and mantra-diksa  
  Sridhara Svami’s remarks on the three kinds of birth  
  Who has done the forty-eight kinds of samskaras is a brahmana  
  The one branch and the many branches  
  Vaisnavas are not sudras  
  Except for paramahamsas, devotees accept the sacred thread  
  Those who are brahmanas in name are conceited and proud  
  Real brahmanas  
  Giving the sacred thread to those not on the Vedic path is forbidden  
  The consequences for the brahmanas in name only  
  Students and practitioners of professional brahminism are condemned  
  Demigod worship and other unbrahminical activities  
  Demigod worship by brahmanas is condemned  
  Demigod whorship is damned  
  Spiritual brahmanism  
  Who is a Brahmana  
  A Vaisnava is the best of all and the guru of everyone  
  A Vaisnava from a candala family is worshipable by brahmanas  
  Vaisnava are infallible  
  Differences between low-born devotees and expert brahmanas  
  Benefits of taking the holy name of Krsna  
  Advaita Prabhu instructs that a Vaisnava is guru of the brahmana  
  A Vaisnava is the guru for millions of brahmanas  
 
15
 
 
Asrama-dharma-tattva
 
 
The Principle of Asrama-Dharma
 
     
  Every soul is in one of the four asrma  
  Definition of the four asramas  
  Rules for the different four asramas  
  Rules for brahmacaris  
  All asramas are meant for serving Hari alone  
  Scriptures make concessions for materialistic people  
  Grhasthas should not get bewildered by family life  
  A grhastha may live at home, in the forest, or on the road  
  The character of those too attached to family life  
  The destination of attached householders  
  Both men and women should avoid family attachment  
  Enjoyment of conjugal pleasures in household life is condemned  
  The purpose of household life  
  The unholy household  
  The duty of vanaprasthas  
  Homes are in different modes  
  Karma-sannyasa, jnana-sannyasa, and tridandi sannyasa  
  A dhira sannyasi  
  A narottama sannyasi  
  Prohibitions against karma-sannyasa in Kali-yuga  
  The meaning of the word tridandi  
  Rupa Gosvami’s definition of tridandi  
  Tridandi-sannyasa mentioned in the Vedas  
  Srimad-bhagavatam mention tridanda sannyasa  
  The tridandi attains perfection according to the Menu-samhita  
  The hundred and eight names of the tridandi sannyasi  
  A tridandi sannyasa is worshipable by all asramas  
  Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya’s examples  
  Impersonalist sannyasis are condemned  
  only unmotivated devotional service gives satisfaction to the soul  
  Fallen sannyasis are compared to vomit-eaters  
  Sannyasis should not become vanhtasis  
  Great souls are transcendental to all the asramas  
  The Vedic explanation of “paramahamsa”  
  The Supreme Lord is transcendental to all material considerations  
  Red cloth is in napropriatte for paramahmsas  
  Bhagavatam gives the characteristic behavior of a paramahamasa  
  The mentality of a paramahamsa  
 
16
 
 
Sraddha-attva
 
  The proper funeral ceremony  
  Vaisnavas need not perform funeral rites or offer ablations to forefathers  
  Lord Caitanya’s internal reasons for performing the funeral ceremony  
  Vaisnavas must deceive the smartas for their own good  
  Funeral ceremony of the karmis is demonic  
  The behavior of Advaita Acarya  
  The characteristics of a staunch devotee  
 
17
 
 
Nama-tattva
 
 
The Holy Name Principle
 
  The Supreme Lord Krsna is the root of all religion  
  Krsna is the only way  
  Chanting the holy name of the Lord is the eternal dharma for all souls  
  The holy name is the essence of the srutis  
  The constitutional nature of the holy name  
  The Vedas sing the glories of the holy name  
  The glories of the holy name in the smrti-sastras  
  The holy name grants all perfection in Kali-yuga  
  Sridhara Svami on glories of the holy name  
  Rupa Goswami on the glories of the name  
  The efficacy of gayatri and the holy name  
  The glories of Hari-katha  
  The glories of the holy name surpass that of impersonal Brahman  
  Kirtana of the holy name is best of all  
  The holy name is not regulated by time, place and circumstance  
  The Bhagavatam on the subject of loud kirtana  
  Loud kirtana is the best  
  Loud kirtana benefits the chanter of the holy name and those who hear it  
  Mahaprabhu loudly chanted the holy name  
  The opinion of Baladeva on the form of the maha-mantra  
  Hare Krsna is the maha-mantra for the age of Kali  
  The Upanisads on the Hare Krsna maha-mantra  
  The Puranas on the Hare Krsna maha-mantra  
  Chanting the holy name qualifies one for deliverance  
  The holy name is chanted in the stage of practice and in perfection  
  Things unafavorable for nama-kirtana  
  The characteristics of the principal and secondary name  
  The secondary names and their symptoms  
  Fruits of the principal and secondary name of the Lord  
  The principle name  
  The fruit of offenselessly uttering the principle name  
  The principle result of chanting the holy name is Krsna-prema  
  Nama-kirtna fulfills all aspects of bhajana  
  The pure name arises within the asscociation of devotees  
  The holy name cannot be realized through the material sense  
  Determination for chanting the holy name  
  Kirtana gradually awakens the form, qualities, and pastimes of the Lord  
  The four kinds of namabhasa  
  The results of the pure holy name and namabhasa  
  The results of namabhasa and namaparadha  
  The proper mentality for chanting without offense  
  The ten offenses to the holy name  
  The principle offense to the holy name  
  Apardhis are punished forever  
  Six kinds of Aparadha  
  Aparadhis should have their tongues cut out  
  The great fault of hearing blasphemy of Vaisnavas  
  The way to overcome Aparadha  
  The second offense to the holy name  
  The third offense to the holy name  
  The fourth offense to the holy name  
  The fifth offense to the holy name  
  Other processes of purification are a waste of time  
  The sixth offense to the holy name  
  Auspicious activities other than pure chanting are useless  
  The seventh offense to the holy name  
  The eight offense to the holy name  
  The ninth offense to the holy name  
  The tenth offense to the holy name of Krsna  
  The real name of Krsna can never awaken in Mayavadis  
  One gain life by chanting the holy name of Krsna and dancing  
  The qualification of jagad-guru  
 
18
 
 
Prayojana-tattva
 
 
The Principle of The Ultimate Goal
 
  The definition of bhava  
  Mahaprabhu’s verse on bhava  
  The cause of bhava, transcendental emotion  
  Where the symptoms of bhava appear  
  The practical symptoms of bhava  
  Two kinds of raga-marga-the practitioner and the perfected soul  
  Prema develops into Sneha, raga, anuraga, bhava and mahabhava  
  One with eyes of prema can see the Supreme Person  
  The shelter of madhurya-rasa-bhakti  
  The direct and indirect tasting of rasa  
  The definition of rasa  
  The qualification for madhurya-rasa  
  The prohibition for those who are unqualified  
  The separation experienced in madhurya-rasa  
  Extreme separation  
  The prayer of one who aspires to worship Krsna in madhurya-rasa  
  Appendix  
  Pramana-tattva 399
  Subjects Index 401
  Verse Index 435

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