An Analysis of Bhakti-abhasa or the Semblance of Bhakti

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

(From "Bhakti Tattva Viveka" - click to read more from it.
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yad bhaktyabhasa-lesho ’pi dadati phalam uttamam

tamananda-nidhim krsna-caitanyam samupasmahe

“We worship Sri Krsna Caitanya, who is an ocean of transcendental bliss.

Even a faint trace of devotion unto Him yields the highest result.”

My dear devotees! In the previous chapter we discussed the intrinsic nature (svarupa) and extrinsic characteristics (tatastha-lakshana) of bhakti.

In this chapter we will discuss bhakti-abhasa or the semblance of bhakti.

We have already discussed a little about bhakti-abhasa while reviewing the tatastha-lakshana of bhakti, and indeed, bhakti-abhasa is actually included within the category of the tatastha-lakshana of bhakti.

But since it is not really suitable for bhakti-abhasa to be thoroughly analysed in a section where both the svarupa and tatastha-lakshana of bhakti are being described, it has become necessary to write a separate chapter on the topic of bhakti-abhasa.

We hope that this article will serve to further clarify the subject matter of the previous chapter.(from Part 2 – "An Analysis of Bhakti-abhasa or the Semblance of 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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