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Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)
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Beautiful Way of Life (Guidebook to The Path of Bhakti-Yoga)

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  • Dimensions:8.0 inch x 8.0 inch
  • Edition:2014
  • Author:Sri Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
  • Publisher:Ras Bihari Lal and Sons
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:203 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
  • Introduction

    Sri Bhagavan Himself is the only worshipable object of the Vaisnavas. Only those who are initiated into the visnu-mantras, in other words, who have received visnu-diksa, and who engage in the worship of Visnu are Vaisnavas. Therefore, the acceptance of visnu-diksa and the consequent engagement in the worship of Visnu is the primary symptom of Vaisnavism. It is imperative for an initiated person to embrace and relish the prescribed conduct and obligatory duties of the Vaisnavas, which have been presented upon the merciful order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu by the Vaisnava acaryas. It is mentioned in various sastras that all four people from the four varnas and asramas have the right to become Vaisnavas by accepting the visnu-mantras and then engaging in the worship of Visnu.

    All the fruitive endeavors of an uninitiated person are meaningless. Due to not having received visnu-diksa such a person has not established a relationship with Sri Bhagavan and therefore cannot be acknowledged as a-bona fide Vaisnava. Only when sambandha-jnana, or knowledge of one's relationship with the Lord, awakens after undergoing the regulative principle of initiation (diksa-samskara) and receiving the visnu-mantras in accordance with the sastric injunctions is one genuinely established as a true Vaisnava. The chanting of the mahamantra does not depend upon any rule or regulation related to the formal acceptance of initiation. If we can attain perfection simply by chanting the names of Sri Bhagavan, what then is the need of accepting formal initiation? The process of diksa awakens in the heart of the jiva as a particular relationship with Sri Bhagavan. Without it a person does not possess the necessary qualification to perform the worship of Sri Bhagavan. Only after accepting diksa does he obtain the eligibility. Diksa-Samskara enlightens one in transcendental knowledge (divya-jnanam) and destroys one's accumulation of unlimited sins (papa-sanksa).

    It is one's foremost duty to take shelter of the lotus feet of a sad-guru, who is thoroughly established in a bona fide disciplic succession, and then accept initiation from him. The guru is non-different from a manifestation of Sri Hari. Bhagavan Sri Hari Himself is the guru of all jivas. If the guru is pleased with someone, Sri Bhagavan will also be pleased with that person. If Bhagavan is displeased with someone, he can still be protected by a sad-guru, but if the guru is displeased with someone, then even Sri Bhagavan cannot protect him. Guru-kripa, or the mercy of the guru, is the exclusive hope for a person who has taken shelter of him.

    A jiva can never achieve liberation from the entanglement of the material energy if he disregards the loving devotional service of Bhagavan. Those who are adverse to service to Sri Hari disregard the path of arcana and instead engage in the activities of karma and the cultivation of jnana. On the other hand, those who perform arcana according to the rules of pancaratrika know bhakti-yoga to be the topmost. To achieve the eligibility to genuinely enter nama-bhajana, the jiva must fir the elevated from the kanistha-adhikari stage to the madhyama-adhikari stage by rendering service to the Deity form of Bhagavan (arcavatara). By performing arcana of Bhagavan, one soon feels immense pleasure within oneself, which is the cause of all varieties of perfections and auspiciousness. Without performing arcana, it is not possible for a person attached to material enjoyment to break free from bad as association and so forth. Sri Bhagavan Himself instructs us on the process of His arcana through the guidelines given in the sastras. By advancing in the process of arcana, one enters into the realm of bhajana (spontaneous devotional meditation). Although the process of arcana is not the priority in bhajana, still, bhajana is not opposed to the reverential service attitude required for arcana. Still, by taking complete shelter of the chanting of hari-nama, bhajana is in itself a complete process of exclusive devotional service to Bhagavan.

    Contents

    Dedication 4
    Introduction 10
    Who is Guru? 12
    About Bhakti-Yoga 16
    Part One - Blissful Morning 19
    Morning Duties 21
    Meditation on Sri Guru 23
    Awakening The Lord 24
    Chanting Gayatri 25
    Chanting Japa 28
    Astakaliya Lila 28
    Part Two-Arcana 45
    What is Arcana? 48
    What is Arati? 50
    Worship 51
    Bathing the Deity 54
    Different Kind of Mantras 57
    Worshing tulasi 61
    Offering Bhoga (Foodstuff) 67
    Songs for Honoring Spritual Food 69
    Part Three Arati Songs 71
    Jaya Dhvani 72
    Sri Guruvastakam 73
    Sri Prabhupada Padma Stavah 75
    Mangala Arati 77
    Vibhavari Sesa 78
    Sri Vraja Dhama Mahimamrta 80
    Yasomati Nandana 82
    Jaya Radha Madhava 82
    Sri Gaura Arati 83
    Sri Yugala Arati 84
    Sri Tulasi Parikrama & Arati 85
    Nama Sankirtana-Hari Haraye Namah Krsna 86
    Part Four -Important Thing to Know 90
    Ekadasi 91
    removing Anarthas 95
    Sadhu-Sanga 97
    Vaisanva Behaviour-Offences to be Avoided 100
    Being a Vegetarian 105
    Deadly Effect of Onion and Garlic 106
    Herbs Good for Meditation 107
    A great Exercise 108
    Successful Timing 110
    Part Five -essential Slokas 113
    Part Six -Journey of the Soul 127
    Part Seven - Charts and Yantras 149
    Gopal Yantra 151
    The Map of Creation 160
    Sambandha-Abhidheya-Prayojna 162
    Radha Krsna Lotus Footmarks 164
    24 Elements 178
    Pyramids of Bhaktas & Bhakti 170
    Devanagari- Language of God 172
    The Map of Universal Time 174
    Part Eight - Biography of Srila Gurudeva 179
    List of His Books 188
    Part Nine-Srila Gurudeva & Disciples 191
    Atmapada parapada prakriya visesau 191















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