23 December, 2014 09:54

nāradas tu tad-arpitākhilācāratā tad-vismaraṇe parama-vyākulateti


nāradaḥ — Nārada; tu — but; tat — to Him; arpita — offered; akhila — all; ācāratā — having one’s activities; tat — Him; vismaraṇe — in forgetting; parama — supreme; vyākulatā — distress; iti — so.


Nārada, however, says that bhakti consists of offering one’s every act to the Supreme Lord and feeling extreme distress in forgetting Him.


Nārada previously gave three definitions of bhakti, according to three sages: (1) fondness for worshiping the Lord in various ways, (2) fondness for hearing narrations by or about the Lord, and (3) removing all obstacles to enjoying pleasure in the Self. Now Nārada gives his own opinion, which does not contradict these views but is their culmination.

Among all forms of the Supreme Lord, Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the original and most attractive. Similarly, among all Vaiṣṇavas, the pure devotees of Kṛṣṇa in Vṛndāvana are the best. Lord Caitanya declared that there is no better method of worshiping Kṛṣṇa than that practiced by the gopīs of Vṛndāvana. Here Nārada says that a pure devotee feels great distress upon forgetting the Lord even for a moment — but in the case of the gopīs there was never any question of forgetting Kṛṣṇa. They were so absorbed in thinking of Him that they could not even perform their household duties. In their intense loving dealings, the gopīs sometimes accused Kṛṣṇa of unfaithfulness, and they expressed a wish that they could forget Him. But they could not. As stated by Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, the chief of all the gopīs:


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