na dhanam na janam na sundarim kavitam va jagad-isa kamaye
mama janmani janmanisvare bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi (1)
O Lord of the universe, I do not desire material wealth,
materialistic followers, a beautiful wife or fruitive activities described
in flowery language. All I want, life after life, is unmotivated devotional
service to You.
Home and paraphernalia, disciples, wealth in the form of animals and grains, wife, sons, servants, maidservants, relatives, fruitive activities described in flowery words, and beautiful women are all considered important objects in the material world. I, however, have no desire to obtain these things. O Krsna, I aspire only for Your mercy in the form of pure devotion for You. The natural symptom of love is that a devotee who has love of Godhead thinks, “ I do not have even a scent of love for Krsna.”
According to Srimad Bhagavatam (3.9.6), materialistic wealth is an impediment to devotion:
tavad bhayam dravina-deha-suhrn-nimittam
sokah sprha paribhavo vipulas ca lobhah
tavan mamety asad-avagraha arti-mulam
yavan na te 'nghrim abhayam pravrnita lokah (2)
O my Lord, the people of the world are embarrassed by all material anxieties they are always afraid. They always try to protect wealth, body, and friends; they are filled with lamentation and unlawful desires; and they avariciously base their undertakings on the perishable conceptions of “my” and “mine”. As long as they do not take shelter of Your safe lotus feet, they are full of such anxieties. Krsna is the Lord of lords. By worshiping Him, all the demigods are also simultaneously worshiped. As stated in the Srimad Bhagavatam (4.31.14):
yatha taror-mula-nisecanena trpyanti tat-skandha-bhujopasakhah
pranopaharac ca yathendriyanam tathaiva sarvarhanam acyutejya (3)
As pouring water on the root of a tree energizes the trunk, branches, and twigs, and as supplying food to the stomach enlivens the senses and limbs of the body, simply worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead through devotional service automatically satisfies the demigods, who are parts of that Supreme Personality.
The unalloyed devotees have no activity other than serving Krsna. In the Padma Purana it is said:
harir eva sada radhyah sarva-devesvaresvarah
itare brahma-rudradya navajneyah kadacana (4)
Krsna, or Hari, is the master of all demigods, and therefore He is always worshipable. But this does not mean that one should not offer respect to the demigods headed by Brahma and Siva.
Under the pretext of preaching one should not initiate unqualified disciples simply to increase his number of followers. It is said in the Srimad Bhagavatam (7.13.8):
na sisyan anubadhnita granthan naivabhyased bahun
na vyakhyam upayunjita narambhan arabhet kvacit (5)
A sannyasi must not present allurements of material benefits to gather many disciples, nor should he unnecessarily read many books (nondevotional) or give discourses as a means of livelihood. He must never attempt to increase material opulences unnecessarily. One who has a taste for the holy name does not want such things.
Unalloyed, uninterrupted devotional service is recommended in the Srimad Bhagavatam (1.2.14):
tasmad ekena manasa bhagavan satvatam patih
srotavyah kirtitavyas ca dhyeyah pujyas ca nityada (6)
Therefore, with one-pointed attention, one should constantly hear about, glorify, remember, and worship the Personality of Godhead, who is the protector of the devotees. Engage in hearing and chanting Krsna's name, form, and attributes with undivided attention, and at the same time try to destroy your anarthas. Then the creeper of devotion will quickly bear fruit.
According to the Padma Purana, one should not be agitated by scarcity or loss of desired objects:
alabdhe va vinaste va bhaksyacchadana-sadhane
aviklava-matir bhutva harim eva dhiya smaret (7)
The mind of one who has taken shelter of the holy name is undisturbed even if food and clothes are not easily obtained or if they are obtained but then lost. Leaving behind all material attachments, he takes complete shelter of Govinda.
The procedure for giving up grief is explained in the Padma Purana:
sokamarsadibhir bhavair akrantam yasya manasam
katham tasya mukundasya sphurttih sambhavana bhavet (8)
Within the heart of one who is full of anger or pride, or lamentation on the state of his wife or sons, there is no possibility of Krsna being manifest. One should accept only those things necessary for his devotional life, as stated in the Naradiya Purana:
yavata syat sva-nirvahah svikuryat tavad arthavit
adhikye nyunatayanca cyavate paramarthatah (9)
If the devotee accepts those things necessary for the maintenance of his life, it does not mean he is a sense enjoyer. The devotee neither accepts too much nor too little, for that hampers his progress towards his goal.
Symptoms of the development of unalloyed devotion are given in the Srimad Bhagavatam (11.2.42):
bhaktih paresanubhavo viraktir anyatra caisa trika eka-kalah
prapadyamanasya yathasnatah syus tustih pustih ksud-apayo 'nu-ghasam (10)
Devotion, direct experience of the Supreme Lord, and detachment from other things these three occur simultaneously for one who has taken shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in the same way as pleasure, nourishment, and relief from hunger come simultaneously and increasingly, with each bite for a person engaged in eating.
As one progresses in this way he offers prayers similar to Prahlada Maharaja's in the Srimad Bhagavatam (7.9.39):
naitan manas tava kathasu vikuntha-natha
sampriyate durita-dustam asadhu tivram
tasmin katham tava gatim vimrsami dinah (11)
My dear Lord of the Vaikuntha planets, where there is no anxiety, my mind is extremely sinful and lusty, being sometimes so-called happy and sometimes so-called distressed. My mind is full of lamentation and fear, and it always seeks more and more money. Thus it has become most polluted and is never satisfied in topics concerning You. I am therefore most fallen and poor. In such a status of life, how shall I be able to discuss Your activities? O Krsna! How will I get attachment for topics concerning You? And how will I meditate on Your pastimes?
The Srimad Bhagavatam (7.9.40) explains how a living entity attracted to sense objects such as form and taste is completely vanquished:
jihvaikato 'cyuta vikarsati mavitrpta
sisno 'nyatas tvag-udaram sravanam kutascit
ghrano 'nyatas capala-drk kva ca karma-saktir
bahvyah sapatnya iva geha-patim lunanti (12)
My dear Lord, O infallible one, my position is like that of a person who has many wives, all trying to attract him in their own way. For example, the tongue is attracted to palatable dishes, the genitals to sex with an attractive woman, and the sense of touch to contact with soft things. The belly, although filled, still wants to eat more, the ear, not attempting to hear about You, is generally attracted to useless talks. The sense of smell is attracted to yet another side, the restless eyes are attracted to scenes of sense gratification, and the active senses are attracted elsewhere. In this way I am certainly embarrassed. O son of Nanda, in this state how will I be able to remember Your pastimes?
The devotee prays to obtain the association of the Vrajavasis as spoken by Lord Brahma in the Srimad Bhagavatam (10.14.30):
tad astu me natha sa bhuri-bhago bhave 'tra vanyatra tu
yenaham eko 'pi bhavaj-jananam bhutva niseve tava pada-pallavam (13)
My dear Lord, I therefore pray to be so fortunate that in this life as Lord Brahma or in another life, wherever I take birth, I may be counted as one of Your devotees. I pray that wherever I may be, even among the animal species, I can engage in devotional service to Your lotus feet.O Lord, if I take birth in this land of Vrndavana or in any other universe, or if I take birth as a bird or animal anywhere within Your creation, my only desire is that I may be able to serve You in various ways in the association of Your devotees.
One should consider the four goals of life (dharma, artha, kama, and moksa) insignificant. Uddhava explains this in the Srimad Bhagavatam (3.4.15):
ko nv isa te pada-saroja-bhajam
sudurlabho 'rthesu catursv apiha
tathapi naham pravrnomi bhuman
O my Lord, devotees who engage in the transcendental loving service of Your lotus feet have no difficulty in achieving anything within the realm of the four principles of religiosity, economic development, sense gratification, and liberation. But, O great one, as far as I am concerned, I have preferred only to engage in the loving service of Your lotus feet.
One should try to develop pure unalloyed devotion, as stated in the Srimad Bhagavatam (1.5.18):
tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovido
na labhyate yad bhramatam upary adhah
tal labhyate duhkhavad anyatah sukham
kalena sarvatra gabhira-ramhasa (15)
Persons who are actually intelligent and philosophically inclined should endeavor only for that purposeful end which is not obtainable even by wandering from the topmost planet (Brahmaloka) down to the lowest planet (Patala). As far as happiness derived from sense enjoyment is concerned, it can be obtained automatically in course of time, just as in course of time we obtain miseries even though we do not desire them.
In the Srimad Bhagavatam (4.9.10), Dhruva Maharaja says that unalloyed devotion makes the desire for liberation appear insignificant:
ya nirvrtis tanu-bhrtam tava pada-padma-
dhyanad bhavaj-jana-katha-sravanena va syat
sa brahmani sva-mahimany api natha ma bhut
kim tv antakasi-lulitat patatam vimanat (16)
My Lord, the transcendental bliss derived from meditating upon Your lotus feet or hearing about Your glories from pure devotees is so unlimited that it is far beyond the stage of brahmananda, wherein one thinks himself merged in the impersonal Brahman as one with the Supreme. Since brahmananda is also defeated by the transcendental bliss derived from devotional service, then what to speak of the temporary blissfulness of elevating oneself to the heavenly planets, which is ended by the separating sword of time? Although one may be elevated to the heavenly planets, he falls down in due course of time.
The glories of hearing the holy name from the mouth of a sadhu are described in the Srimad Bhagavatam (4.20.24):
na kamaye natha tad apy aham kvacin
na yatra yusmac-caranambujasavah
vidhatsva karnayutam esa me varah (17)
My dear Lord, I therefore do not wish to have the benediction of merging into Your existence, a benediction in which there is no existence of the nectarean beverage of Your lotus feet. I want the benediction of at least one million ears, for thus I may be able to hear about the glories of Your lotus feet from the mouths of Your pure devotees. In the eyes of a devotee, the heavenly planets, the planet of Lord Brahma, sovereignty over the earth or the lower planets, and attainment of the eight or eighteen mystic perfections are all insignificant.
This is confirmed in the following statement by Vrtrasura in the Srimad Bhagavatam (6.11.25):
na naka-prstham na ca paramesthyam
na sarva-bhaumam na rasadhipatyam
na yoga-siddhir apunar-bhavam va
samanjasa tva virahayya kankse (18)
O my Lord, source of all opportunities, I do not desire to enjoy in Dhruvaloka, the heavenly planets or the planet where Lord Brahma resides, nor do I want to be the supreme ruler of all the earthly planets or the lower planetary systems. I do not desire to be master of the powers of mystic yoga, nor do I want liberation if I have to give up Your lotus feet. This is my sincere resolve.
By taking shelter of the holy name, attachment develops. The symptoms of this attachment are described in the Srimad Bhagavatam (10.29.34):
cittam sukhena bhavatapahrtam grhesu
yan nirvisaty uta karav api grhya-krtye
padau padam na calatas tava pada-mulad
yamah katham vrajam atho karavama kim va (19)
Until today our minds were absorbed in household affairs, but You easily stole both our minds and our hands away from our housework. Now our feet won't move one step from Your lotus feet.
How can we go back to Vraja? What would we do there? In this condition all good qualities and peacefulness manifest in the devotee. This is explained by Prahlada Maharaja in the Srimad Bhagavatam (5.18.12):
yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana
sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah
harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-guna
manorathenasati dhavato bahih (20)
All the demigods and their exalted qualities, such as religion, knowledge and renunciation, become manifest in the body of one who has developed unalloyed devotion for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva. On the other hand, a person devoid of devotional service and engaged in material activities has no good qualities. Even if he is adept at the practice of mystic yoga or the honest endeavor of maintaining his family and relatives, he must be driven by his own mental speculations and must engage in the service of the Lord's external energy. How can there be any good qualities in such a person?
According to the Srimad Bhagavatam (4.11.30), the process of bhakti-yoga completely destroys the false ego in the form of identifying the body with the self.
tvam pratyag-atmani tada bhagavaty ananta
bhaktim vidhaya paramam sanakair avidya-
granthim vibhetsyasi mamaham iti prarudham (21)
Regaining your natural position and rendering service unto the Supreme Lord, who is the all-powerful reservoir of all pleasure and who lives in all living entities as the Supersoul, you will very soon forget the illusory understanding of “I” and “mine” .
Again the Srimad Bhagavatam (4.22.39) says:
karmasayam grathitam udgrathayanti santah
tadvan na rikta-matayo yatayo 'pi ruddha-
sroto-ganas tam aranam bhaja vasudevam (22)
The devotees, who are always engaged in the service of the toes of the lotus feet of the Lord, can very easily overcome hard-knotted desires for fruitive activities. Because this is very difficult, the nondevotees the jnanis and yogis although trying to stop the waves of sense gratification, cannot do so. Therefore you are advised to engage in the devotional service of Krsna, the son of Vasudeva.
An introduction to madhyahna-lila (midday pastime) is given in the Govinda-lilamrta:
madhyahne 'nyonya samgodita vividha-vikaradi-bhusapramugdhau
vamyotkanthatilolau smaramakha lalita dyali-narmaptasatau
radha-krsnau satrsnau parijana-ghataya sevyamanau smarami (23)
I remember Radha and Krsna, who enjoy each other's company at midday. They are both decorated with different types of ecstatic symptoms such as asta-sattvika and vyabhicari. Their eyes show symptoms of opposition, then eagerness, as They become unsteady in Their loving affairs. They are pleased by the jokes of Lalita and the other sakhis, and surrounded by these friends, They become eager to engage in sports like swinging, roaming in the forest, playing in the water, hiding Krsna's flute, drinking honey and worshiping the sun-god. In this way I meditate on Radha and Krsna, who are served on all sides by Their associates.
Thus ends the Caturtha-yama Sadhana of the Sri Bhajana-rahasya.