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Monday, November 23, 2015

Two components of Bhakti

Bhakti primarily has two components. One is aversion or natural disliking towards materialistic enjoyment such as pleasures related to the body/mind such as entertainment, family, employment etc. The other component is the cultivation of taste (rasa) towards spiritual activities such as chanting, reading, and listening about Krishna. 

Srila Narottam Das Takur, a great medieval saint says that when we give up these habits of enjoyment for this world as a controller and possessor of things and people, then, to the proportion we do that, to that proportion one's spiritual vision develops. Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj goswami goes on to say that while we give up tendencies of adoration, profit and distinction and simultaneously cultivate attachment, and love towards Krishna, Kaviraj goswami says that the real identity of Holy dhams on planet earth will be revealed to us in its true spiritual glory as Chintamani dham.  Then, we can see Krishna and His friends perform eternal pastimes even here on earth right now. It will no more be a mundane geography on a map!

So it is important as practitioners of bhakti to understand that real progress in spiritual life is to give up impure material habits while cultivating pure spiritual ones!

Hare Krishna

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