An Analysis of the Qualification for Bhakti

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

(From "Bhakti Tattva Viveka" - click to read more from it.
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karma-jnana viragadi-ceshtam hitva samantatah

shraddhavan bhajate yam sri-caitanyam aham bhaje

“I worship Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is always served by faithful devotees who have completely given up the pursuit of karma, jnana and dry renunciation.”

In the first chapter we discussed the intrinsic nature of shuddha-bhakti, in the second chapter we discussed the intrinsic nature of bhakti-abhasa or that which appears to be bhakti but in fact is not, and in the third chapter we discussed the natural attributes of shuddha-bhakti.

In this chapter we will discuss the adhikara or qualification for shuddha-bhakti.

No one acquires anything without possessing the eligibility for it.

This eligibility or qualification is the very foundation of success.

When a devotee fully understands this, he will no longer remain doubtful concerning his eventual achievement of the ultimate goal.

Many devotees think, “For a long time now I have been fully surrendered to my guru, I have accepted the diksha-mantra from him, I am also engaged in sravana and kirtana, but still I am not experiencing the desired result — what is the reason for this?” Gradually they become disinterested in their bhajana and in the end they become totally faithless.

Sound knowledge of the conception of the proper qualification for bhakti can easily protect one from such doubts.(from Part 4 – "An Analysis of the Qualification for Bhakti")

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Natural Brotherhood (Bhaktivinoda Thakura):

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"Gradually, when the offensive portions of the established religions are destroyed, there will be no more differences in the bhajana performed by the various Sampradayas nor any quarrel between them.

Then as brothers, the people of all castes and countries will spontaneously chant the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord together.

At that time, no one will hate anyone or consider others dogeaters; nor will anyone be overwhelmed by the pride of high birth.

The living entities will not forget the principle of natural brotherhood."

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