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    Stages Leading to the Appearance of divine love
    The third stage - bhajana-kriya

    Sri-guru-pada-ashraya - Taking shelter at the lotus feet of Guru III

    Srila Jiva Gosvami examines guru tattva...
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    Stages Leading to the Appearance of divine love

    Sri-guru-pada-ashraya - Taking shelter at the lotus feet of Guru


    In Hari-bhakti-vilāsa (4.360) it is stated:

    harau ruşţe gurus trātā gurau...
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    Adau duSTa guru prAptih / pUtanA stanya sAyini
    VAtyA rUpa kutarkas tu / tRNAvarta itIritaH

    Sri kRSNa saMhitA 8.14

    Persons who are on the meditational path of attachment (ragAnuga) should...
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    danadavat,

    from a vaishnava point of view, there may be worldy faith or transcendental faith.
    In his presenting the stages leading to the appearance of love, when rerferring...
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    The third stage - bhajana-kriya

    By which one practices the limbs of bhajana (bhajana-kriya)
    beginning with sri-guru-padashraya taking shelter of the feet of the spiritual master.

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    The third stage - bhajana-kriya

    By which one practices the limbs of bhajana (bhajana-kriya)
    beginning with sri-guru-padashraya – taking shelter of the feet of the spiritual master.

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    Re: Stages Leading to the Appearance of divine love

    Second stage: Sadhu-sanga

    Sadhu-sanga is of two types: the association of siddha-mahapurusas, or perfected souls,
    - who pursue the path of knowledge (jana-marga)
    and the association of...
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    Second stage: sadhu-sanga

    As stated in Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 22.47:

    kṛṣṇa yadi kṛpā kare kona bhāgyavāne
    guru-antaryāmi-rūpe śikhāya āpane

    If Krishna shows mercy - yadi...
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    Second stage: sadhu-sanga

    In Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 19.151 it is stated:

    brahmāṇḍa bhramite kona bhāgyavān jīva
    guru-kṛṣṇa-prasāde pāya bhakti-latā-bīja

    Wandering in the...
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    Second stage: sadhu-sanga

    In Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 22.83 it is stated:

    kṛṣṇa-bhakti-janma-mūla haya 'sādhu-sańga'
    kṛṣṇa-prema janme, teńho punaḥ mukhya ańga

    The root...
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    Sadhu-sanga II

    The second stage is sadhu-sanga – the association with the holly persons

    One gets on this stage when the first stage – shraddha had matured.
    And as such one seeks...
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    Re: Stages Leading to the Appearance of divine love

    Regarding the first stage, shraddha, Sri Krishna says to Uddhava, as recorded in Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.20.9

    tāvat karmāṇi kurvīta
    na nirvidyeta yāvatā
    mat-kathā-śravaṇādau vā
    śraddhā...
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    Sri Krishna says to Uddhava, as recorded in Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.20.8

    yadṛcchayā mat-kathādau
    jāta-śraddhas tu yaḥ pumān
    na nirviṇṇo nāti-sakto
    bhakti-yogo 'sya siddhi-daḥ

    If by...
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    Re: Stages Leading to the Appearance of divine love

    AlthoughTranscendental faith is the first stage on the road of attaining the divine love (prema),
    the amount of transcendental faith grows, as the devotee gets closer to his goal.

    Sri Krishna...
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    Namaste yajvan,

    you are right, without knowledge of the self, one cannot speak about full surrender.
    At the same time knowledge of the self is not bhakti.
    A prerequisite for bhakti is not...
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    namast

    Note that this instruction comes in the 18th chapter... to begin here withoutfulfilling the instructions that are found in chapters 2,3,4,5 & 6 willleave one in a quandary ( at...
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    namaste anirudh,

    I wanted to say, that any dharma according one's social and sacral order, except para-dharma, implies more or less faith in the activities related to this world.

    Para-dharma...
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    Re: Stages Leading to the Appearance of divine love

    (1) Shraddha – transcendental faith

    The Supreme Lord in His Krishna form says that one should renounce the worldly faith in any type of dharma:

    sarva-dharmān parityajya / mām ekaḿ...
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    dandavat dear jopmala,

    When one attains prem bhakti, one gets the association of the Lord
    in one's perfect body - siddha deha.
    A person who attained the stage of prem bhakti,
    will never be...
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    Re: Stages Leading to the Appearance of divine love

    (1) Shraddha – transcendental faith

    Sri Krishna says in Bhagavad-gītā 4.40:

    ajaś cāśraddadhānaś ca
    saḿśayātmā vinaśyati
    nāyaḿ loko 'sti na paro
    na sukhaḿ saḿśayātmanaḥ

    The one...
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    Re: Stages Leading to the Appearance of divine love

    Dandavat yajvan,

    The first stage leading to the appearance of prema,
    as described in the above verses from Bhakti-rasamRta-sindhu (1.4.15–16), is
    (1) Shraddha – transcendental faith

    But...
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    Dandavat ShivaFan,

    The quotes are from the "book" Bhakti Rasa-amrita Sindhu (The Nectar like taste of the Ocean of Divine Service of Love), wrote by a saint, known later as Rupa Gosvami...
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    Stages Leading to the Appearance of divine love

    There are many stages leading to the manifestation of prema.
    Among them, those which are most famous in the scriptures will be described here.
    The bhagavad-vimukha-jiva, or one whose face is...
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