Bhakti Devi

BHAKTI. A Devi born in Dravida desa (Southern India). Once Devi, along with her two sons, Jnana and Vairagya, started on a walking tour to Gokula and Vrndavana via Karnataka, Maharastra and Gurjara (Gujarat). During the long tour the mother and her sons became aged. But, as soon as they set foot on Gokula and Vrndavana old age quitted Bhakti and she became young again. But, her sons remained old. So the mother requested Narada to turn them young again. Narada read out to them the Vedas, the Vedanta (Upanisads) and the Bhagavad Gita, all to no purpose. Bhakti’s sons still remained old. Then Sanaka, Sananda and Sanatkumara asked Narada to read out the Bhagavata to them. Narada did so, and the sons of Bhakti Devi became young again. ( Padma Purana).

Srimad Bhagavatam Mahatmyam:

The Meeting of Narada Muni and Bhakti Devi

Invocation

We offer our humble obeisances unto Lord Sri Krsna, whose transcendental form is bliss personified. He is the cause of the creation, maintenance and destruction of the universe and the destroyer of the three types of miseries.

We pay our humble obeisances to Sri Sukadeva Gosvami who is like the Supersoul. He left home immediately after taking birth, though he had not undergone any samskaras, or purificatory ceremonies. Upon his departure,, his father out of separation followed him calling, "O my son! O my son," but only the trees responded.

Once in the forest of Naimisaranya, Sri Saunaka Rsi, the best of sages who are expert in tasting krsna-katha, put some questions to Suta Gosvami after paying obeisances. Sri Saunaka said, "O Suta Gosvami, your knowledge dispels the darkness of ignorance like millions of suns. Please recite the nectarean pastimes of Lord Krsna, which are like tonic for the ears. How can one increase the discrimination that results from knowledge of devotion and renunciation of the material world?1 How do Vaisnavas get relief from the illusion created by Maya? In Kali-yuga the general populace is demonic, please explain, therefore, the best means to purify those who are troubled by various types of tribulations. O Suta Gosvami, please describe that sadhana, or most auspicious purifying process that will take one to Krsna. A touch-stone can give only material happiness and the kalpa-vrksa tree can at most grant heavenly opulence, however, when the spiritual master is pleased he can give the eternal abode of the Lord – the Vaikuntha planet

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