Apr 29, 2016

Sloka of the day: Ragatmika-bhakti

The definition sloka of ragatmika-bhakti

iṣṭe svārasikī rāgaḥ paramāviṣṭatā bhavet
tanmayī yā bhaved bhaktiḥ sātra rāgātmikoditā
Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (1.2.272), Srila Rupa Gosvami

Raga is a spontaneous and profound attachment for one's istadeva (worshipable Deity, i.e. Mahaprabhu or Sri Radha-Krsna) while being completely absorbed in thoughts of Them, with an intense desire to love and serve Them. That bhakti which is permeated with such intense feelings of spontaneous love is called ragatmika-bhakti.

Watch the entire class, where Srila Gurudev quoted this verse, here.

Apr 20, 2016

Sloka of the Day: Tha sadhu's symptoms

The sadhu's symptoms:

titikṣavaḥ kāruṇikāḥ
suhṛdaḥ sarva-dehinām
ajāta-śatravaḥ śāntāḥ
sādhavaḥ sādhu-bhūṣaṇāḥ
[Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.21]

Devotees are always tolerant, forbearing and very merciful. They are the well-wishers of every living entity. They follow the scriptural injunctions, and because they have no enemies, they are very peaceful. These are the decorations of devotees.