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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Seven-tongued flame of Sri Krishna Sankirtana

Seven-tongued flame refers to the seven characteristics of Sri Krishna Sankirtana as explained by Srila Bhaktivinod Takur in his Sammodana-bhasya commentary.

  1. ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaḿ - cleansing the mirror of the heart
  2. bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇaḿ - extinguishing the blazing forest fire of material existence
  3. śreyaḥ-kairava-candrikā-vitaraṇaḿ - one receives the benediction of pure devotional service, compared to moonshine spreading the white lily of good fortune
  4. vidyā-vadhū-jīvanam - the life and soul of all knowledge; the devotee receives the benediction of knowledge of his eternal identity
  5. ānandāmbudhi-vardhanaḿ prati-padaḿ - expanding the blissful ocean of transcendental life
  6. pūrṇāmṛtāsvādanaḿ - tasting full nectar at every step
  7. sarvātma-snapanaḿ - the self is wholly cleansed of all desires other than for selfless devotional service
- Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava Vol. one, page 121

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