Our Foremost Duty Is To Understand The True Nature Of Shuddha-Bhakti

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

(From "Bhakti Tattva Viveka" - click to read more from it.
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Our foremost duty is to understand the true nature of shuddha-bhakti.

yugapad rajate yasmin bhedabheda vicitrata

vande tam krsna-caitanyam panca-tattvanvitam svatah (1)

pranamya gauracandrasya sevakan, shuddha-vaisnavan

‘bhakti-tattva viveka’ khyam shastram vakshyami yatnatah (2)

vishva-Vaisnava dasasya kshudrasyakincanasya me

etasminn udyame hy ekam balam bhagavati kshama (3)

“I offer pranama unto Sri Krsna Caitanya Who is naturally manifest with the Panca-Tattva and in Whom the contrasting qualities of unity (abheda) and distinction (bheda) simultaneously exist.

After offering pranama unto the servants of Sri Gaurachandra, who are all pure Vaisnavas, I undertake with utmost care the writing of this book known as Bhakti-tattva-viveka.

Being an insignificant and destitute servant of all the Vaisnavas in the world (vishva-Vaisnava dasa), in this endeavour of mine I appeal for their divine forgiveness, for that is my only strength.”

Most respectable Vaisnavas! Our sole objective is to relish and propagate the nectar of shuddha-bhakti unto Lord Hari.

Therefore, our foremost duty is to understand the true nature of shuddha-bhakti.

This understanding will benefit us in two ways.

First, knowing the true nature of shuddha-bhakti will dispel our ignorance concerning the topic of bhakti and thus make our human life successful by allowing us to relish the nectar derived from engaging in shuddha-bhakti in its pure form.

Secondly, it will enable us to protect ourselves from the polluted and mixed conceptions which currently exist in the name of shuddha-bhakti.(from Part 1 – “The Intrinsic Nature of Devotion”)

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Harih Om Tat Sat.

Natural Brotherhood (Bhaktivinoda Thakura):

BhaktiVinoda Thakura

"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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