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Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa (Volume IV) (Vilasas 14-16)

Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa (Volume IV) (Vilasas 14-16)

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  • Dimensions:9.2' X 6.5'
  • Edition:2005
  • Author:Srila Sanatana Gosvami
  • Publisher:Ras Bihari Lal and Sons
  • ISBN:9788187812869
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:477
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    There are two kinds of Vedic literature fruitive and transcendental. Those who are inclined toward the fruitive division naturally have no interest in transcendental literature. Human being mould their lives, actions, concepts and conclusions according to their own taste. For this resin, the smartas also have more faith in the literature of their choice. Because they are not qualified to study transcendental literature, they lack faith in them. That is the arrangement of the creator. There is not doubt that there is a confidential purpose behind this. The purpose is that if one remains fixed in his own position, according to his qualifications, he will gradually make advancement. As soon one gives up the duties pertaining to his position, he becomes degraded.

    When human beings are engaged in fruitive activities, they are called karmis, and when they are engaged in devotional service, they are called devotes. As long as one is attached to the performance of fruitive activities, he should follow the path of smarta because it will be beneficial for him. If he somehow transcends the platform of fruitive activities and enters onto the platform of devotional service, he will naturally develop a taste for spiritual life. That is why the creator has made two sets of literature-fruitive and transcendental.

    Back of the Book

    In order to arrange for the observance of vows and rituals for those who desire to obtain the ultimate goal of life, Krsna-prema, the most merciful Lord Gaurahari, who is the deliverer of the people of Kali-Yuga, instructed His associate, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, to compose the Vaisnava smrti, Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa.

    The responsibility for accumulating evidence for the subject matters specified by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was entrusted to Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. That is why, in each chapter, Srila Sanatana Gosvami has mentioned the name of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Srila Sanatana Gosvami has also written a commentary called Digdarsini for the easy and proper understanding of his literature.

     

    Introduction

    There are two kinds of Vedic literature-fruitive and transcendental. Those who are inclined toward the fruitive division naturally have no interest in transcendental literature. Human beings mound their lives, actions, concepts and conclusions according to their own taste. For this reason, the smartas also have more faith in the literature of their choice. Because they are not qualified to study transcendental literature, they lack faith in them. That is the arrangement of the creator. There is no doubt that there is a confidential purpose behind this. The purpose is that if one remains fixed in his own position, according to his qualifications, he will gradually make advancement. As soon one gives up the duties pertaining to his position, he becomes degraded.

    When human beings are engaged in fruitive activities, they are called karmis, and when they are engaged in devotional service, they are called devotees. As long as one is attached to the performance of fruitive activities, he should follow the path of smarta because will be beneficial for him. If he somehow transcends the platform of fruitive activities and enters onto the platform of devotional service, he will naturally develop a taste for spiritual life. That is why the creator has made two sets of literature – fruitive and transcendental.

    In order to strengthen the karmis' faith in fruitive activities, the smarta literature has prescribed many rules and regulations. Not only that, they have sometimes displayed an indifference towards transcendental literature, just to steady the karmis' faith in those rules and regulations. Although the two types of literature are actually one, they appear different to different people. Without being fixed in one's position, a person cannot attain any true benefit. For this reason, the Vedic because appears to be of two types.

    In the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.20.7-8) it is stated:
    nirvinnanam, jnana-yoga nyasinam iha karmasu tesv anirvinna-cittanam karma-yogas tu kaminam

    Among these three paths, jnana-yoga, the path of philosophical speculation, is recommended for those who are disgusted with material life and are thus detached from ordinary, fruitive activities. These who are not disgusted with material life, having many desires yet to fulfill, should seek perfection through the path of karma-yoga.
    yadrcchaya mat-kathadau jata-sraddhas tu yah puman na nirvinno nati-sakto bhakti-yoga' sya siddhi-dah

    If somehow or other by good fortune one develops faith in hearing and chanting My glories, such a person, being neither very disgusted with nor attached to material life, should achieve perfection through the path of loving devotion of Me.

    Devotees are neither attached not detached. As long as one falsely thinks that he is the proprietor, he is under the influence of enjoyment and detachment. Devotees of the Lord are simply interested in serving Him. To renounce as mundane the objects that are related to Lord Hari is called pseudo renunciation, and to accept everything in relation to Lord Hari without attachment is called proper renunciation.

    In the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.3.44) it is stated:
    paroksa-vado vedo 'yam' balanam anusasanam karma-moksaya karmani vidhatte hy agadam yatha

    Childish and foolish people are attached to materialistic, fruitive activities, although the actual goal of life is to became free from such activities. Therefore, the Vedic injunctions indirectly lead one to the path of ultimate liberation by first prescribing fruitive religious activities, just as a father promises his child candy so that the child will take his medicine.

    In order to arrange for the observance of vows and rituals for those who desire to obtain the ultimate goal of life, Krsna-prema, the most merciful Lord Gaurahai, who is the deliverer of the people of Kali-yuga, instructed His associate, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, to compose the Vaisnava smrti, Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa.

    The responsibility for accumulating evidence for the subject matters specified by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was entrusted to Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. That is why, in each chapter, Srila Sanatana Gosvami has mentioned the name of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Srila Sanatana Gosvami has also written a commentary called Digdarsini for the easy and proper understanding of this literature.

    Contents

     

    Introduction   ix
    Fourteenth Vilasa    
    Rituals to be observed in the month of Agrahayana   1
    Vows to be followed in the month of Pausa   4
    Rituals to be performed in the month of Magha   5
    The glories of Magha   15
    Discussion of Vasanta Pancami   40
    Discussion of Bhismastami   41
    Discussion of Bhaimi Ekasasi   42
    The vow of Sivaratri   45
    The symptom of yoga   51
    Discussion of Govinda Dvadasi   55
    The process for observing Amalaki Ekadasi   56
    The glories of Vasantotsava   59
    Rituals to be performed in the month of Caitra   60
    The Dola festival   77
    The mantra for worshiping the asoka tree   84
    The procedure for offering damanaka flowers   88
    The rituals to be performed in the month of Vaisakha   91
    The special vow of Aksaya Trtiya   105
    The glories of Sukla Saptami   107
    The vow of Sri Narasimha Caturdasi   108
    The mantra for offering sandalwood paste   125
    The mantra for offering flowers   125
    The mantra for offering incense   125
    The mantra for offering a ghee lamp   126
    The mantra for offering food   126
    The mantra of offering arghya   126
    The mantra for offering worship   126
    The vow of Vaisakhi Purnima   129
    Fifteenth Vilasa    
    The glories of these water pastimes   134
    The vow of Nirjala Ekadasi   137
    The mantra for donating water pitcher   143
    The rituals to be performed during the month of Asadha   144
    The process for making a Cakra   146
    The fault of not decorating oneself with tapta mudra   152
    The mantra for bathing the Lord   163
    The time for beginning Caturmasya   164
    The rules for observing Caturmasya   165
    The rituals to be performed in the month of Sravana   177
    The process for observing the vow of pavitraopana   182
    The result of following this vow   197
    The vow of Janmastami   199
    The glories of the Janmastami vrata   208
    The process for celebrating Janmastami   242
    The mantra for worshipping Devaki   260
    The mantra for worshipping Krsna   261
    The mantra for offering a ghee lamp   273
    The mantra for offering prayers   275
    Discussion of Sravana Dvadasi   277
    The ascertainment of Sravana Dvadasi   286
    The second Visnu srnkhala yoga   293
    The mantra for offering the arghya   301
    The mantra for worshiping Vamanadeva   304
    The rituals to be observed during the month of Asvin   308
    Sixteenth Vilasa    
    Duties to be observed in the month of Karttika   313
    The glories of Karttika   321
    The glories of Karttika vow   324
    The limbs of Karttika vrata   337
    The glories of offering garlands of ghee lamps   349
    The glories of offering a lamp in the sky   351
    Things to be avoided during the month of Karttika   363
    The eight prayers to Lord Damodara   366
    The vow of Bahulastami   369
    The rituals to be performed on Krsna Trayoda   370
    The vow of Krsna Caturdasi   371
    The mantra for waking up Laksmi-devi   374
    Ascertaining the time of Amavasya   375
    The procedure for performing Govardhana-puja   380
    The mantra for worshiping the hill   381
    The mantra for worshiping the cows   381
    The method of performing go-krida   382
    The process for worshiping Bali   384
    The vow of Yama Dvitiya   386
    The vow of Suklastami   387
    The glories of the Prabodhani vow   389
    Its specific glories of Mathura   396
    The procedure for waking up the Lord   401
    The glories of Ratha-yatra   407
    The procedure for celebrating Ratha-yatra   414
    The procedure for observing parana   426
    The vow of Bhisma Pancaka   433
    The vow of Adhikamasa, or the leap month   434

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