Nectar of Devotion – Ch.1 Characteristics of devotional service are described by RüpaGosvämiwith evidences from different scriptures. (1) Pure devotional service brings immediate relief from all kinds of material distress. (2) Pure devotional service is the beginning of all auspiciousness. (3) Pure devotional service automatically puts one in transcendental pleasure.
(4) Pure devotional service is rarely achieved. (5) Those in pure devotional service deride even the conception of liberation. (6) Pure devotional service is the only means to attract Krishna.
NINE MODES OF BHAKTI Sravanam(hearing of Krishna's Lilas and stories) Kirtana.. (is singing of Lord's glories).
3. HariSmaranam..is remembrance of the Lord at all times Padasevana is serving the Lord's Lotus Feet.
5. Archana.. is worship of the Lord Vandana (prostration to Lord, to be humble)
7. Dasya (cultivating the Bhava of a servant with God) 8. Sakhya (cultivation of the friend-Bhava)
9. Atmanivedana(complete surrender of the self).
Glory of Devotional Service Devahuti to Kapiladeva(incarnation of Krishna): Anyone who hears about Your pastimes, who chants about Your glories, who offers You obeisances, who thinks of You and, in this way, executes any of the nine kinds of devotional service—even if he is born in a family of dog-eaters [the lowest grade of mankind]—becomes immediately qualified to perform sacrifices."
Glory of Devotional service One who is engaged in Krishnaconsciousness and devotional service has without doubt become freed from all contaminations of material sinful activities. Devotional service therefore has the power to actually nullify all kinds of reactions to sinful deeds. A devotee is nevertheless always alert not to commit any sinful activities; this is his specific qualification as a devotee.
Glory of Devotional Service. A person is born in a Brahman family or in a family of dog-eaters due to his past activities. If a person is born in a family of dog-eaters it means that his past activities were all sinful. Even such a person takes to the path of devotional service and begins to chant the holy names of the Lord - Hare Krishna, Hare krishna ,krishnakrishna , Hare Hare/ Hare Räma, Hare Räma, RämaRäma, Hare Hare - he is at once fit to perform the ritualistic ceremonies and his sinful reactions have immediately become neutralized.
Glory of Devotional Service It is stated in the PadmaPuranathat there are four kinds of effects due to sinful activities, which are listed as follows: (1) the effect which is not yet fructified, (2) the effect which is lying as seed, (3) the effect which is already mature and (4) the effect which is almost mature. It is also stated that all these four effects become immediately vanquished for those who surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vishnu, and become engaged in His devotional service in full Krishnaconsciousness.
Those effects described as "almost mature" refer to the distress from which one is suffering at present, The effects "lying as seed" are in the core of the heart, where there is a certain stock of sinful desires which are like seeds. "An immature effect" refers to the case where the seedling has not begun. From this statement of PadmaPuranait is understood that material contamination is very subtle. Its beginning, its fruition and results, and how one suffers such results in the form of distress, are part of a great chain.
When one catches some disease, it is often very difficult to ascertain the cause of the disease, where it originated and how it is maturing. The suffering of a disease, however, does not appear all of a sudden. It actually takes time. The doctor injects a vaccination to prevent the growing of contamination, the practical injection to stop all the fructifications of the seeds of our sinful activities is simply engagement in Krishna consciousness.
Shukadevmuni points out that Austerity, charity and the performance of ritualistic ceremonies for counteracting sinful activities are recommended processes - but cannot remove the sinful desire-seed from the heart. This sinful desire-seed can be removed only by achieving KRISHNA consciousness. Accomplished very easily by chanting the Maha-mantra. In other words, unless one adopts the path of devotional service, he cannot be one-hundred-percent clean from all the reactions of sinful activities.
By performing Vedic ritualistic activities, by giving money in charity and by undergoing austerity, one can temporarily become free from the reactions of sinful activities, but at the next moment he must again become engaged in sinful activities. E.g. a person suffering from venereal disease. Only by being engaged in devotional service can one be freed from sinful tendencies.
Shukadev Muni to Raja Pariskhit: "My dear King, the false ego of a human being is so strong that it keeps him in material existence as if tied up by a strong rope. Only the devotees can cut off the knot of this strong rope very easily, by engaging themselves in Krishna consciousness. Others, who are not in Krishna consciousness but are trying to become great mystics or great ritual performers, cannot advance like the devotees. Therefore, it is the duty of everyone to engage himself in the activities of Krishna consciousness in order to be freed from the tight knot of false ego and engagement in material activities."
Glory of Devotional Service. Tight knot of false ego is due to ignorance. As long as one is ignorant about his identity, he is sure to act wrongly and thereby become entangled in material contamination. This ignorance of factual knowledge can also be dissipated by Krishna consciousness PadmaPurana -"Pure devotional service in Krishna consciousness is the highest enlightenment, and when such enlightenment is there, it is just like a blazing forest fire, killing all the inauspicious snakes of desire." Similarly, the blazing fire of Krishna consciousness is so strong that the snakes of ignorance are immediately killed.
S.B. 9.4.18-20 MahäräjaAmbaréña always engaged his mind in meditating upon the lotus feet of Krishna, his words in describing the glories of the Lord, his hands in cleansing the Lord's temple, and his ears in hearing the words spoken by Krishna or about Krishna. He engaged his eyes in seeing the Deity of Krishna, Krishna 's temples and Krishna 's places like Mathurä and Våndävana, he engaged his sense of touch in touching the bodies of the Lord's devotees, he engaged his sense of smell in smelling the fragrance of tulasé offered to the Lord, and he engaged his tongue in tasting the Lord's prasäda.
He engaged his legs in walking to the holy places and temples of the Lord, his head in bowing down before the Lord, and all his desires in serving the Lord, twenty-four hours a day. Indeed, MahäräjaAmbaréña never desired anything for his own sense gratification. He engaged all his senses in devotional service, in various engagements related to the Lord. This is the way to increase attachment for the Lord and be completely free from all material desires
ChaitanyaCharitamrita, Madhya 22.136 ‘MahäräjaParikshit attained the highest perfection, shelter at Lord Krishna’s lotus feet, simply by hearing about Lord Viñëu. ShukadevaGosvami attained perfection simply by reciting Shrimad-Bhägavatam. PrahlädaMahäräja attained perfection by remembering the Lord. The goddess of fortune attained perfection by massaging the transcendental legs of Mahä-Vishñu.
MahäräjaPrathu attained perfection by worshiping the Deity, and Akrüra attained perfection by offering prayers unto the Lord. Kapipati [Hanumän] attained perfection by rendering service to Lord Rämacandra, and Arjuna attained perfection simply by being Krishna’s friend. Bali Mahäräja attained perfection by dedicating everything to the lotus feet of Krishna.’
The Result of Devotional Service…. Happiness, which is the most desirable thing in the world is simply achieved by Devotional Service. WHAT ELSE DO WE NEED???????????