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Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa (Volume V) (Vilasas 17-20)

Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa (Volume V) (Vilasas 17-20)

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  • Dimensions:9.2' X 6.5'
  • Edition:2006
  • Author:Srila Sanatana Gosvami
  • Publisher:Ras Bihari Lal and Sons
  • ISBN:8184030134
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:624
  • 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.

    From the Jacket

    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.

     

    Contents

     

    Introduction   ix
    Seventeenth Vilasa    
    Discussion of purascarana   1
    The necessity for performing purascarana   2
    The glories of purascarana   3
    The suitable place for performing purascarana   5
    The benefits obtained by performing this ritual   7
    Selecting the suitable place for performing purascarana   8
    The process of preparing a kurma Cakra   10
    The rules that govern eating   12
    Things to be avoided   14
    That which is to be done   16
    The selection of a sitting mat   19
    The rules governing the preparation of japa beads   21
    Specific merit obtained by using various kinds of beads   23
    The process for preparing a japamala   25
    In the same section of the Sivagama it is stated   26
    The process for purifying a japamala   29
    Different kinds of beads are meant for different classes of people   30
    The procedure for touching the finger joints while chanting   32
    Other rules for chanting with a japamala   35
    Criteria for chanting japa   37
    Faults to be avoided while chanting japa   38
    Prescribed atonement for faults in this regard   42
    The various kinds of japa and their symptoms   44
    The glories of chanting a mantra   46
    Particular benefits obtained by chanting in various ways   47
    The rules for conducting a fire sacrifice   56
    The prescribed number of rounds to be chanted   57
    The process for performing tarpana   61
    The process for sprinkling water on one's head   62
    The process of purascarana in brief   64
    Alternatives in this connection   67
    The symptoms of perfection in the chanting of mantras   68
    The duty of one who has attained perfection by chanting   70
    The method of achieving perfection in case of failure   71
    Eighteenth Vilasa    
    The manifestation of the Deity   77
    The process for carving a Deity   79
    The measurements of the Deity   81
    That which is first to be performed   82
    The mantra for offering worship   83
    The measurement of the various limbs   84
    The breadth of the Deity   87
    Some considerations regarding the carving of a Gopala Deity   99
    The size of a female Deity   102
    The various sizes of different Deities   107
    The Deity of Varahadeva   108
    The Deity of Nrsimhadeva   109
    The Deity of Trivikrama   110
    The Deity of Matsya and Kurma   111
    The Deity of Maha-Visnu   111
    The Deity of Lokapala-Visnu   112
    The Deity of Vasudeva   112
    The Deity of Sankarsana   115
    The Deity of Pradyumna   116
    The Deity of Aniruddha   116
    The Deity of Vamandeva   120
    The Deity of Trivikrama   121
    The Deity of Parasurama   121
    The Deity of Lord Ramacandra   122
    The Deity of Krsna   122
    The Deity of Baladeva   122
    The Deity of Pradyumna   123
    The Deity of Kamadeva   123
    The Deities of Aniruddha and Samba   124
    The Deity of Gopala   124
    The Deity of Lord Buddha   124
    The Deities of Nara-Narayana   125
    Various Deities of the supreme Lord   126
    The Deity of laksmi Narayana   131
    In the Visvakarma sastra it is stated   131
    The deity of Yogasvami   132
    The ten principal incarnations of the Supreme Lord   133
    The characteristics of the Deity of Lord Kurma   134
    The characteristics of the Deity of Lord Varaha   135
    The Characteristics of the Deity of Lord Nrsimha   136
    The characteristics of the Deity of Lord Vamana   138
    The characteristics of the Deity of Lord Parasurama   139
    Characteristics of the Deity of Lord Rama   140
    Characteristics of Deity of Lord Balarama   141
    Characteristics of Deity of Lord Buddha   141
    Characteristics of Deity of Lord Kalki   142
    Characteristics of Deity of the nine vyuha   142
    Characteristics of Deity of Purusottama   148
    Characteristics of Deity of Visvarupa   152
    Characteristics of the Deity of the Supreme Lord   153
    Characteristics of the Deity of Laksmi   154
    Characteristics of the Deity of Garuda   158
    The fault of carving a substandard or disfigured Deity   160
    Deities of the Supreme Lord as manifested in different materials   162
    How to choose a stone for carving a Deity   166
    The process for begging pardon   172
    The mantra for invoking the presence of the Lord   173
    The duty of a sculptor   188
    Nineteenth Vilasa    
    The procedure for installing the Deity   203
    The characteristics of installation   203
    The glories of the Deity installation   204
    The proper time for installing the Deity   212
    The suitable place for installing a Deity   220
    The qualifications of one who can install of the Deity   223
    The beginning of the installation of an immovable Deity   232
    The names of the sixteen mother of the universe   233
    The size of the altar   240
    Installing the water pitcher   242
    A mandapa for bathing the Deity   245
    Placing flags in the ground   246
    The procedure for worshiping the dik-palas   249
    The commencement of the installation ceremony   254
    Invocation before the solemnization of ceremony   260
    Bringing the Deity to the snana-mandapa   267
    The prayer   270
    Satisfying the sculptor   271
    The abhiseka ceremony   273
    The mantra to be chanted   273
    Invoking the Deity's vision   275
    Decorating the Deity's eyes with black ointment   278
    Offering of arghya   278
    The mantra for applying ointment   281
    The special bathing ceremony   282
    The glories of abhiseka   293
    The procedure for moving the Deity   293
    The procedure for installing the Deity   300
    Invoking life into the Deity   307
    The fire sacrifice   311
    The names of the eight murttis   314
    The glories of the adhivasa ceremony   323
    The procedure of digging a pit in the temple   323
    The procedure for purifying the Deity's stand   328
    The Deity's arrival at the principal mandapa   329
    The mantras for offering gems   339
    Specific articles offered to achieve specific benedictions   347
    The auspicious bathing of the Deity   352
    Offering gifts to Indra and others   355
    Placing the Deity's stand in the pit   358
    Activities to be performed after the Deity installation ceremony   362
    Mantras to be chanted while touching the limbs of the Deity   363
    The six mantras   364
    Special instructions for chanting the mantras   365
    The grand worship   371
    The mantra for inviting the Lord   372
    Symptoms indicating that the Lord has appeared in the Deity   377
    The procedure for worshiping the acarya   380
    The procedure for permanently establishing the Deity   383
    Activities to be performed on the fourth day   391
    The final bathing of the Deity   394
    The performance of the fire sacrifice   400
    Erecting a flag   404
    The procure for installing a movable Deity   418
    The glories of installing a moveable Deity   438/td>
    The procedure for drawing auspicious symbols, or mandalas   440
    The procedure for greeting a brahmana   441
    The procedure for worshiping Vastudeva, or the guardian deity   442
    The procedure for bathing the Diety   443
    The mantra for bathing the Deity   445
    The procedure for offering garments of the Deity   447
    Offering prayers and gifts to the Deity   448
    The procedure for waking up the Lord   451
    The mantra for offering flowers   455
    The method for respecting the acarya   457
    The merit obtained by installing a Deity   458
    The glories of renovation of the Deity   477
    Twentieth Vilasa    
    The procedure for building a temple   479
    The proper time for constructing a temple   485
    The suitable place for building the temple room   489
    The procedure for purifying the location   490
    The procedure for acquiring land   497
    The method for determining the suitable direction   499
    The procedure for worshiping the guardian deity   512
    The procedure for building the foundation   523
    The characteristics of the stone   531
    The characteristics of a temple   537
    Some special characteristics of a mandapa   551
    The procedure for selecting a gate   555
    The procedure for building walls   559
    Planting trees around the temple   560
    Renovation of a temple   562
    The installation and marriage ceremony of Tulasi-devi   564
    The conclusion   570
    The duties of an unalloyed devotee   572

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