by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupada
"Amongst the higher classes of people in society, there are three main paths for traveling through the kingdom of various beliefs regarding transcendence, These are known as the paths of karma (performance of materially furtive activity), jnana (cultivation of transcendental knowledge), and bhakti (purely surrendered devotional service. First, the path of karma-marga involves the arrangements for obtaining temporary worldly benefits, which are enjoyed by souls trapped in the bondage of the materially conditioned platform of life.sri sri guru-gauranga-gandharvika-giridharebhyo namah
jagate uccatara srenir manava-ganer madhye para laukika
visvasa rajye bharmana koribar tinati patha ache, taha
karma, jnano o bhakti name prasiddha baddha dasaya jiver
anitya bhoga maya phala praptir anusthanake karma margo,
nasvarata tyagakoriya pradesika anitya phala tyaga koriya
nirbheda brahmanusandhanake jnana marga evam karma
jnanatita prakrtir atita sevya vastu krsner anukula
anusilana ke bhakti marga bole
bhakti marge sadhana o sadhya bhede sadhana bhava o
prema bhaktir adhisthana rtaya dekhite paoya jay. sadhya
bhava samuha o premake sadhana jatiya anusilana jnana
korile je utpata upasthite hoy, sei asuvidhar hasta hoite
unmukta haoyar nama anartha nivritti. sri gauranga sundarer
apurva parama camatkara mayi lila o sei lilar parikara
gosvami ganer anusthandai ei prabandher akara sthana
"It is seen that there are three distinct developmental stages extending from sadhana (devotional practice) to sadhya ( the goal of such worship); these are first the sadhana itself, then the awakening of bhava (estatic emotion) and finally prema-bhakti (eternal devotional service performed in pure love). While cultivating the aspects of knowledge relating to the goal of worship, as well as the varieties of ecstatic emotions and methods of pure loving service, troubles invariably arise. The process by which these unwanted impediments are removed is called anartha-nivritti. The conceptions expressed in the astonishing pastimes of Sri Gauranga-sundara as well as in the opinions established by the Gosvamis, who are the Lord's eternal associates in these pastimes."
prakrta cestate bhai kabhu rasa haya na
jadiya prkrta rasa suddha bhakta gaya na
"O brothers! No material efforts can ever produce the awakening or rasa, factual transcendental mellows. The pure devotee of the Lord never sings the glories of any mundane mellows that are born of the dull material world."
prakrta rasera siksa bhiksa sisye caya na
rati bina jei rasa taha guru deya na
"The true disciples never desire to ask their spiritual master for instructions regarding material mellows. the genuine spiritual master never gives his disciples any such material mellows, which are devoid of rati, transcendental loving attachment to the Lord."
nama rasa dui vastu bhakta kabhu jane na
nama rase bheda ache, bhakta kabhu bole na
"The Lord's real devotee never knows any difference between the holy name of Krishna and transcendental mellows. Therefore the devotee never says there is a difference between the holy name and the mellows of devotion."
bhava sattve nama kabhu hay na
bhoga buddhi na chakile aprakrta haya na
"The holy name is never revealed to one who is situated in the bodily concept of life and thinks in terms of "I" and "mine". If one doesn't reject the enjoying mentality, the transcendental platform will never be attained."
prakrta jadera bhoge krsna seva haya na
jada vastu kona o kale aprakrta haya na
"Devotional service unto Lord Krishna can never be performed by engaging in the mundane enjoyment of material sense-objects. Material things can never acquire the attributes of the transcendental at any time."
jada satta vartamane cit kabhu hay na
jada vastu cit haya bhaket kabhu bole na
"The transcendental consciousness of the spiritual world is never manifest in the mundane material condition. The deotee of the Lord never claims that any mundane object in this world is spiritually conscious. "
visaya ghoga bhakta kabhu kore na
jada bhoga krsna seva kabhu sama haya na
"The true devotee never engages in activities of materialistic sense gratification. Material enjoyment and devotional service to Krsna are never the same under any circumstances."
kame bhakta prema kabhu bole na
rase dagamaga acho sisye guru bole na
"Selfish enjoyment of one's own senses in mundane lust
is never called prema (love of Godhead) by the genuine devotee. A bonafide
spiritual master never tells his disciple, 'You are absorbed in the mellows
of divine rasa.'"
"The genuine spiritual master never claims, ' I am absorbed in the mellows of divine rasa.' The guru never talks idly with his disciples on subjects of gross worldly mellows."
jada rasa kabhu sreyah keha labhe na
krsnake prakrta boli bhakta gaya na
"By singing the glories of worldly relationships born of mundane mellows, no one has ever attained benefit in their spiritual life. The genuine devotee never proclaims that Lord Krishna's incarnations are mundane."
namake prakrta boli krsne jada jane na
krsna nama rase bheda suddha bhakta mane na
"The devotee never says that the holy name of Krishna is material, for Krishna cannot be known by means of matter. The pure devotee of the Lord never recognizes any difference between the holy name of Krishna and pure rasa itself."
rase bheda ache guru siksa deya na
rasa labha kori sese sadhana to haya na
"The bonafide spiritual master never teaches that there is a difference between the holy name of Krishna and rasa. Even after attaining actual rasa, the regulative principles of devotional service are never concluded."
panthaya name rasodaya haya na
rasa hoite krsna nama vilomete haya na
"By employing pretentious means, no one can ever make transcendental mellows appear in the holy name. The backwards conception that Krishna's name comes from rasa can never be true."
hoite rati sraddha kakhana i haya na
sraddha hoite rati chada bhagavata gaya na
"Rasa, devotional mellow, can never be first present and then develop into rati, transcendental attachment, or sraddha, proper faith. The Srimad-Bhagavatam ( or the realized devotee) never sings any opinion other than — rati develops from sraddha."
rati yukta chada suddha bhakta bole na
sadhanete tari rasa guru kabhu bole na
"The pure devotee of Krishna never speaks of anything other than rasa, transcendental mellows, that is endowed with rati, loving attachment. The guru never claims that rati and rasa are present within the practice of preliminary devotion (sadhana bhakti)."
kale je avastha sadhanagre bole na
vaidhi sraddha sadhanete raganuga haya na
"The awakening of transcendental emotional ecstasies (bhava-bhakti) is never said to occur before the practice of regulated devotional service (sadhana-bhakti). The performance of regulated devotion with faith limited only to such beginning regulations (vaidhi-sraddha) can never give rise to spontaneous devotional service (raganuga-bhakti)."
bhavera ankura ho le vidhi ara thake na
raganuga sraddha matre jata rati haya na
"When bhava, the ecstatic mood of divine love actually sprouts, then the need for following scriptural rules (vidhi) does not remain. Mere faith in spontaneous devotional service, however, does not produce the actual awakening of transcendental loving attachment (rati)."
ajata ratite kabhu bhava labdha bole na
raganuga sadhakere jata bhava bole na
"If transcendental attachment has not yet developed within the heart, a devotee is never said to have attained the stage of ecstatic bhava. The followers of spontaneous devotion (raganugas) never say that neophyte students of devotion (sadhakas) have experienced the awakening of bhava."
raganuga sadhakera labdha rasa bole na
raganuga sadhya bhava rati chada haya na
"Genuine devotees on the level of spontaneous devotional service never say that neophyte students of devotion have attained rasa. The pure emotions characteristic of the goal of spontaneous devotion are never attained without first experiencing the correct progressive development of spiritual attachment (rati)."
samagame vaidhi bhakti thake na
rucike ratira saha kabhu eka jane na
"Only when the seed of intense divine emotion sprouts forth pure bhava, then there is no longer any need to adhere to scriptural rules and regulations (vaidhi bhakti). One should never consider ruci (the taste for devotional service) to be the same as rati (transcendental loving attachment in devotional service)."
raganuga boile i prapta rasa jane na
vidhi sodhya jane jabhu raganuga bole na
"Divine rasa can never be factually attained merely by talking of spontaneous devotion [by claiming " I am a raganuga-bhakta."] A beginning student who should still be further purified by following the scriptural injunctions is never said to be on the level of performing spontaneous loving service unto the Lord."
purve keha bhavankura paya na
jade sraddha na chadile rati kabhu haya na
"No one can ever experience the sprouting of pure ecstatic emotions without first following the regulated injunctions of the scriptures. One who does not give up materialistic faith can never attain the stage of spiritual attachment in devotional service."
jata bhava na hiole rasika to haya na
jada bhava na chakile rasika to haya na
"If divine ecstatic emotions have not yet awakened, there is no possibility of one becoming a rasika, a true relisher of devotional mellows. If materialistic emotions are not entirely rejected, one can never become a true rasika."
mula dhana rasa labha rati vina na
gache na uthite, kandi crdsa mule paya na
"Without first developing pure attachment (rati), the attainment of devotional mellows (the greatest wealth) can never be possible. Without first climbing the branch of a tree, the fruits can never be reached."
dadhane anartha ache rasodaya haya na
bhava kale nama gane chala rasa haya na
"If one still has unwanted material impediments ( anarthas) present in their performance of devotional service (sadhana), then rasa can never truly awaken. When the holy name of the Lord is chanted from the platform of pure ecstatic emotions (bhava), then the cheating mood born of pretentious devotional mellows can never be present."
siddhanta vihina hoile krsne citta lage na
sambandha hinera kabhyu abhideya haya na
"Without knowledge of transcendental truth (siddhanta), no one's heart can ever be spiritually attuned with Lord Krishna. If one lacks knowledge of his relationship with Krishna (sambandha), then proper execution of devotional service in relationship to Him (abidheya) is impossible."
vihina jana prayojana paya na
ku siddhante vyasta jana krsna seva kore na
"One who lacks knowledge of sambandha, the relationship between Krishna and the living entities, can never attain prayojana, the supreme goal of life [namely pure love of Godhead, Krishna prema.] One who is distracted by bogus philosophical conclusions about devotional service (ku-siddhanta) is not performing actual devotional service to Sri Krishna."
alasa jana anartha to chade na
jade krsna bhrama kori krsna seva kore na
"One who is lazy in properly understanding the Vaisnava philosophical conclusions can never become free from anarthas, the unwanted bad habits and philosophical misconceptions what impede devotional service. One who mistakes Krishna as belonging to the material plane can never render actual service to the Lord."
anartha na gele name guna bujha jaya na
anartha na gele name drsna seva haya na
"As long as anarthas remain, then the chanting of the holy name will never produce an understanding of the transcendental qualities of the Lord. As long as anarthas remain, then the chanting of the holy name will never factually engage one in Krishna's service."
guna lila sphurti nama chada haya na
rupa guna lila hoite krsna nama hay na
"Revelations of the Lord's transcendental form, qualities, and pastimes are never manifest in the absence of His holy name. The holy name of Krishna is never separated from His transcendental form, qualities or pastimes."
hoite nama sphurti guru kabhu bole na
guna hoite nama sphurti guru kabhu bole na
"The genuine spiritual master never asserts that the revelation of the Lord's holy name is separate from His form. The genuine spiritual master never claims that the revelation of the Lord's holy name is separate from His qualities."
lila hoite nama sphurti rupanuga bole na
nama nami dui vastu rupanuga bole na
"The true followers of Srila Rupa Goswami (rupanugas) never claim that the revelation of the Lord's holy name is separate from His pastimes. The rupanugas never teach that the holy name of Krishna and Krishna Himself are two separate things."
rasa age rati pache rupanuga bole na
rasa age sraddha pache guru kabhu bole na
"The true followers of Srila Rupa Goswami never say that the stage of realizing transcendental mellows (rasa) precedes the development of loving devotional attachment (rati). The bonafide spiritual master will never profess that the realization of such mellows precedes the development of pure faith (sraddha)."
rati age sraddha pache rupanuga bole na
krama patha chadi siddhi rupanuga bole na
"The followers of Srila Rupa Goswami never preach that transcendental attachment is reached before one develops pure faith. The rupanugas never teach that the perfection of devotional (siddhi) can be reached by abandoning the consecutive order of developmental stages on the path."
patha chadi navya pathe dhaya na
aparadha saha nama kakhana i haya na
"The followers of Srila Rupa Goswami never leave they path of the great devotees (mahajanas) and run to pursue a "new" path. One who commits offenses can never realize the holy name of Krishna at any time."
buddhi bhakta kabhu haya na
aparadha yukta nama bhakta kabhu laya na
"The Lord's devotee never interprets the holy name with any mundane, materialistic conception. The devotee never chants the holy name of the Lord in an offensive manner."
namete prakrta buddhi rupanuga kore na
krsna rupe jada buddhi rupanuga kore na
"The followers of Srila Rupa Goswami never ascribe material qualities to the holy name by means of mundane intelligence. The followers of Srila Rupa Goswami never consider the Lord's transcendental from as material because they don't possess materialistic mentality."
krsna gune jada buddhi rupanuga kore na
parikara vaisistyake prakrta to jane na
"The followers of Srila Rupa Goswami never analyze the Supreme Lord's qualities with material intelligence. The followers of Srila Rupa Goswami never consider the characteristics of the Lord's associates and paraphernalia to be mundane."
krsna lila jada tulya rupanuga bole na
drsnetara bhogya vastu krsna kabhu haya na
"The followers of Srila Rupa Goswami never equate the Lord's transcendental pastimes with materialistic activities. Lord Krishna never becomes a mere object of sense gratification that is lower in quality than Himself."
jadake anartha chada ara kichu mane na
jadasakti base rasa krsna jnana kore na
"One should never consider other than the following: Everything made of matter is an anartha and should be rejected. Transcendental knowledge of Lord Krishna can never be obtained through any mellows that is controlled by attachment to matter. "
krsna nama krsna rupa kabhu jada bole na
drsna guna krsna lila kabhu jada bole na
"One should never say that Krishna's holy name or transcendental form are mundane. One should never say that Krishna's divine qualities or sublime pastimes are mundane."
jada rupa anarthete krsna bhrama kore na
krsna nama rupa gune jada buddhi kore na
"One should never become bewildered by the anartha of material bodies and mistake Lord Krishna's form to also be a material body. One should never try to analyze the Lord's divine names, forms, and qualities with materialistic intelligence."
nama rupa guna lila jada boli mane na
jada nama rupa gune krsna kabhu bole na
"One should never consider any of Krishna's transcendental names, forms, qualities or pastimes to be mundane. Similarly, one should never claim that any material names, forms or qualities could be Krishna's."
jada sunya aprakrta nama chada bole na
jada sunya aprakrta rupa chada dekhe na
"Other than the pure transcendental names of Krishna, which are completely free from all material contact, nothing else should be spoken. Other than the pure transcendental forms of Krishna, which are completely free from all material contact, nothing else should be seen."
jada sunya aprakrta guna chada sune na
jada sunya aprakrta lila chada seve na
"Other than the pure transcendental qualities of Krishna, which are completely free from all material contact, nothing else should be heard. Other than pure transcendental pastimes of Krishna, which are completely free from all material contact, nothing else should be served."
anartha thakara kale jada rupe maje na
anartha thakara kale jada gune mise na
"While still contaminated with anarthas, the bad habits and philosophical misconceptions that impede devotion, one should never become charmed by mundane forms. As long as these impediments remain, one should never mix [their devotional service] with the impurity of mundane qualities."
anartha thakara kale jada lila bhoge na
anartha thakara kale suddha nama chade na
"While still contaminated with anarthas, one should never try to enjoy materialistic pastimes. As long as these impediments remain, one should never give up trying to purely chant the holy name of Krishna."
anartha thakara kale rasa gana kore na
anartha thakara kale siddhi labdha bole na
"While still contaminated with anarthas, one should never sing songs about the Lord's confidential pastimes. After these impediments are purified (anartha-nivritti), one never speaks of the holy name of Krishna as if it were a mundane sound vibration."
anartha nivritte kale rupe jada dekhe na
anartha nivritte kale gune jada bujhe na
"After the anarthas are removed, material attributes are no longer seen in the transcendental forms of Krishna. When such impediments are removed, material attrubutes are no longer perceived in His pure qualities."
anartha nivritte kale jada lila seve na
rupanuga guru deva sisya himsa kore na
"After the unwanted impediments are removed, one never serves mundane pastimes. The true spiritual masters in the line of Srila Rupa Goswami, who are known as rupanuga guru-deva, never abuse their own disciples in any way."
tyalji jade asa kabhyu bhakta kore na
mahajana pathe dosa kabhu guru deya na
"The true disciple never rejects the spiritual master because of their own desires for material enjoyment. The genuine spiritual master never finds fault with devotional path shown the great devotees (mahajanas)."
mahajana vakye bheda kabhu haya na
sadhanera pathe kanta sad guru deya na
"There can never be any difference between the explanations of the bonafide spiritual master and the teachings of the great devotees (mahajanas). The pure spiritual master never puts thorn-like deterrents on the path of one's execution of practical devotional service (sadhana)."
adikara avicara rupanuga kore na
anartha anvita dase rasa siksa deya na
"The followers of Srila Rupa Goswami are never neglectful in assessing any one's spiritual qualifications. The followers of Srila Rupa Goswami never instruct a servant who is engrossed in material impediments about the science of intimate devotional mellows."
padya bole ku vyakhya to kore na
loka samgragera tare krama patha chade na
"The true devotees of the Lord never reite the verses of Srimad-Bhagavatam and offer bogus interpretations. For the sake of attracting larger numbers of followers, true devotees never abondon the correct systematic practices of devotional service. "
na uthiya vrksopari phala dhari tane na
rupanuga krama patha vilopa to kare na
"One should never climb into a tree, grasp the unripe fruits and forcibly pull them off. Similarly, the followers of Srila Rupa Goswami never abolish the initial systematic process of devotional service."
anarthake artha boli ku pathete laya na
prakrta sahaja mata aprakrta bole na
"One should never mistakenly call material obstacles "useful for devotional service", thereby following the wrong path. One should never say that the mundane opinions of the prakrta-sahajiyas (cheap materialistic impostors) are aprakrta (transcendental). "
anartha na gele sisya jata rati bole na
anartha visita sisye rasa tattva bole na
"The disciple is never said to have developed deep devotional attachment (rati) as long as impediments (anarthas) are not removed. The disciple who is still contaminated with these impediments is never taught the science of intimate devotional mellows (rasa-tattva)."
komala sraddhe rasa katha bole na
anadhikarire rase adhikara deya na
"A devotee should never speak on the topics of devotional mellows to one who has weak, pliable faith. A devotee should never attempt to bestow the qualification for rasa upon one who is unqualified to receive it."
bhakta jane kaabhu raganuga jane na
komala sraddhake kabhu rasika to jane na
"Devotees who are still on the platform of following regulated scriptural injunctions (vaidha-bhaktas) cannot yet understand anything about the exalted stage of the raganugas, practitioners of spontaneous devotional service. Those who possess weak faith cannot yet understand the realm of the rasikas, relaters of pure transcendental mellows."
sraddha jane kabhu jata rati mane na
svalpa sraddha jane rasa upadesa kore na
"Those who possess little faith are never recognized as being highly developed in loving devotional attachment. Those who possess little faith are never to be instructed in topics concerning transcendental mellows."
rati prauda sraddha sanga tyaga kore na
komala sraddhere kabhu rasa diya seve na
"When spiritual attachment (rati) is manifest, one never leaves the company of those endowed with advanced faith. If immature devotees with pliable faith are presented with a devotional mellow, they will never be able to properly serve it."
krsnare sevana lagi jada rase mise na
rasodaya kona jive sisya bhddhi kore na
"One should never mix their activities with the contaminated moods of materialistic mellows for the purpose of service of Krishna. After rasa has factually awakened, one never indulges in the mentality of regarding any other soul as disciple."
rasika bhakata raja kabhu sisya kore na
rasika janera sisya ei bhava chade na
"The highest devotee, who is like a king among the rasikas expert in relishing devotional mellows, never thinks that he has disciples. The student of such a rasika, however, never give up the mood of being the disciples of this exalted devotee."
chadile bhava udaya to haya na
raganuga janile i dadhana to chade na
"If the preliminary practices of devotional service (sadhana) are neglected, then the awakening of ecstatic emotions (bhava) can never occur. Even one who has attained realization of spontaneous devotional service (raganuga-bhakti) should never give up practicing their regulative principles of devotional service. "
bhava na hoile kabhu rasodaya haya na
age rasodaya pare ratyudaya haya na
"Without first experiencing bhava, the ecstatic emotions of divine love, rasa can never arise. The realization of rasa never occurs before the development of rati, spiritual attachment."
age ratyudaya pare sraddhodaya haya na
rasabhista labhi pare sadhana to haya na
"One should never think that rati is awakened first, then sraddha develops later. Nor should one think that after one attains the state of being thoroughly soaked with rasa, then the need for practicing sadhana vanishes."
samafrira amilane sthayi bhava haya na
sthayi bhava vyatireke rase sthiti haya na
"In the absence of the necessary constituent elements of the bhakti process (such as anartha-nivritti, nistha, ruci, etc.), one can never become fixed up in their own eternal sthayi-bhava (one of the five principal mellows). In the absence of sthayi bhava and its necessary elements, one can never become situated in their eternal rasa."
nama jade sraddha cit prakasa kore na
name sraddha na hoile jada bhddhi chade na
"Those whose mends are absorbed in the spirit of enjoyment of matter, and who possess materialistic faith, can never experience the revelation of pure spiritual consciousness. Without absolute faith in the Lord's holy name, one's mundane mentality can never be cast off."
buddhi na chakile nama krpa kore na
nama krpa na korile lila suna jaya na
"One who is reluctant to give up their materialistic mentality will never receive the mercy of the pure holy name of Lord Krishna. Without first receiving the mercy of the holy name, one should never listen to recitations of Krishna's confidential pastimes."
namake janile jada kama dura haya na
rupake mjanile jada kama dura haya na
"One who thinks that the holy name of Krishna is mundane can never become free from lust. One who thinks that the transcendental from of Krishna is mundane can never become free from lust."
gunake bujhile jada kama dura haya na
lilake purile jada kama dura haya na
"One who thinks that the divine qualities of Krishna are mundane can never become free from lust. One who thinks that the eternal pastimes of Krishna are mundane can never become free from lust."
jada vyavadhane rupodaya haya na
name jada vyavadhane gunodaya haya na
jada bhoga vyavadhane lilodaya haya na
"If one's consciousness is blocked by material conceptions, then Krishna's pure transcendental form can never be realized by chanting the holy name. If one's consciousness is blocked by material conceptions, then Krishna's pure transcendental qualities can never be realized by chanting the holy name. If one's consciousness is blocked by the enjoyment of material objects, then Krishna's pure transcendental pastimes can never be realized."
vyavadhane rasa labha haya na
aparadha vyavadhane nama kabhu haya na
"Due to the blockage of offenses (aparadha), one can never attain the flow of pure transcendental mellows. Due to the blockage of offenses, one can never experience the pure holy name of the Lord."
vyavahita lila ganekama dura haya na
aparadha vyavadhane siddha deha paya na
"One who is covered by offenses may sing the pastimes of the Lord, but this will never do away with the lust burning in his heart. By the blockage of offenses, one's eternal spiritual body (siddha-deha) will never be attained."
sevopakarana karne na sunile haya na
jadopakarana dehe lila sona jaya na
"If one does not hear the proper details of the devotional science [from the disciple successions], then genuine service to the Lord can never be performed. One absorbed in the various material ingredients of the bodily concept of life will never be able to hear of the Lord's transcendental pastimes. "
unmukha hale jada katha haya na
natuva cin maya katha kabhu sruta haya na
"When one is enthusiastic for constantly rendering unalloyed devotional service, there is never any possibility for becoming detracted by idle talks related to the mundane world. Otherwise, if one is not enthusiastic, then confidential topics about the all-conscious spiritual world should never be heard."
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati