9 Processes of Bhakti Yoga Akrura’s Perfection through Vandanam (Offering Prayers)
SUPREME CAUSE OF ALL CAUSES Ishvarahparamahkrishnah sac-cid-Ananda-vigrahah anAdirAdirgovindah sarva-kArana-kAranam Krishna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes. SRI BRAHMA SAMHITA 5.1
NARAYANA Original Inexhaustible Personality Meanings Lord Brahma – Atmabhu, padmaja, svayambhu
8 elements 5 senses Sense Objects Mind Total material energy Material nature Devatas UNIVERSAL BODY BODY & BODILY PARTS
Confirmed by Purushasukta, BhagavadGita Enamoureddevatas do not know Krishna’s Transcendental Nature Krishna’s Material Nature bewilders them
THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD arjunauvaca parambrahma paramdhAmapavitramparamambhavAnpurushamsAsvatamdivyamAdi-devamajamvibhum AhustvAmrsayahsarvedevarshirnAradastathaasitodevalovyAsahsvayamcaivabravIsime
WORSHIP OF KRISHNA & WORSHIP OF DEVATAS Bg 7.21 yoyoyAmyAmtanumbhaktah shraddhyArchitumicchati tasyatasyAchalAmshraddhAm tAmevavidadhAmyaham I am in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul. As soon as one desires to worship the demigods, I make his faith steady so that he can devote himself to some particular deity.
Bg 7.22 satayAshraddhayAyuktas tasyArAdhanamIhate Labhate ca tatahkAmAn MayaivavihitAn hi tAn Endowed with such faith, he seeks favours of a particular demigod and obtains his desires. But in actuality, these benefits are bestowed by Me alone.
Bg 9.23 ye’pyanya-devatA-bhaktA yajanteshraddhayAnvitAh te’pimAmevakaunteya Yajantyavidhi-pUrvakam Whatever a man may sacrifice to other gods, O son of Kunti, is really meant for Me alone, but it is offered without true understanding.
Krishna as AntaryAmi (Supersoul) Krishna as Empowering Agent
Devatas are emanations from the universal body of the Lord, i.e. within creation Krishna is represented by the powers of His creation Narayana is beyond His creation Worship the Creator Respect His Creations
DO ALL RIVERS LEAD TO THE SEA? Different types of worship mentioned in Vedic texts Krishna desires direct worship, not indirect worship Small rivers fail to reach the sea, some reach, some don’t No guarantee for worshippers of devatas It depends on the sincerity of their worship Plan is to elevate people
yat-pada-pallava-yugamvinidhayakumbha- dvandvepranama-samayesaganadhirajah vighnanvihantumalamasyajagat-trayasya govindamadi-purusam tam ahambhajami SRI BRAHMA SAMHITA 5.50 "I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, whose lotus feet are always held by Ganeshaupon the pair of tumuli protruding from his elephant head in order to obtain power for his function of destroying all the obstacles on the path of progress of the three worlds."
VISHVA ROOPA Fire is Your mouth / Earth is Your feet / Sun and Moon are Your Eyes / sky is Your Navel / Directions are Your ears / Space is Your head / devatas are Your arms, oceans and seas are Your abdomen / winds and air are Your strength and vitality / Plants and herbs are Your bodily hairs, clouds are Your hair / mountains are Your bones and nails / days and nights are the twinkling of Your eyelids / PrajApati, the progenitor are Your genitals / Rains are Your semen
VISHNU TATTVA Beyond 3 modes of material nature Creation under 3 modes from Brahma to Plants & Trees Obeisances to various forms of the Lord ChaturvyUha Purpose of Appearance Eternal & Unlimited Forms Sun Analogy 3 types of evidences
AKRURA’S PERSONAL EMOTIONS Everyone conditioned by false identification and false possession Transmigration based on false identifications (e.g. Indra’s becoming a hog) Dreamland Sweet Dreams & Nightmares False happiness – Lotus Leaf Very flimsy and insecure I am a fool Why?I have accepted this material body full of dualities and have forgotten
AKRURA’S PERSONAL EMOTIONS You are the source of all pleasures Foolish Creature & Mirage
AKRURA’S PERSONAL EMOTIONS Your lotus feet cannot be appreciated by those who are conditioned
But, I have come near those feet because of Your causeless mercy (not own strength)
You can act in any way because You are the Supreme Controller
Incapable of controlling the mind & unbridled senses Charioteer & Horses An Upanishadic Analogy
AKRURA’S PERSONAL EMOTIONS Your lotus feet cannot be appreciated by the conditioned But, I have come near those feet Your causeless mercy, not my own strength You are the Supreme Independent Controller By Your mercy, everything is possible Eligibility of Person & Devotional Service
AKRURA’S PERSONAL EMOTIONS Eternal form full of Knowledge Concentration on Form tasmintushtejagattushtam SarvaShaktimAn VAsudeva I am completely surrendered unto You Please protect me Constant Remembrance Greatest Fear
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