admin September 26th, 2012
The following is a recording of Dhanurdhara Swami’s lecture given on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at the Bhakti Center in New York, entitled The Bhakti Story.
In The Bhakti Story, Dhanurdhara Swami narrates the first story from the classic 16th century work Brhad Bhagavatamrta, where the great saint Narada, at the famous Kumbha Mela gathering in India, begins his world search for the greatest bhakti-yogi.
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admin September 4th, 2012
Narada Bhakti Sutra
yal labdhvā pumān siddho bhavaty amṛto bhavati tṛpto bhavati
Having attained divine love, a person becomes perfect, immortal and satisfied.
The first three verses introduced the subject of bhakti. In the next three verses, beginning here with text four, Sri Narada describes the effect of such divine love on the soul.
First he says that by it one becomes perfect. To understand why this is so, one must understand what dharma is. Dharma means duty. It also means essential nature, for unless we understand what we are made for (our essential, intrinsic nature), how can we understand what we are meant to do (our dharma or duty)? According to the bhakti tradition, the soul is part of the supreme consciousness. As all parts are meant to serve the whole, the dharma of the soul is bhakti — to selflessly serve God.
But what does this have to do with perfection?
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