17 февраля 2022
Длительность: 2:02:03

We have to know all kinds of impurities to understand what is pure unadulterated bhakti, and to be able to distinguish between different kinds of mixed bhakti and pure bhakti. Bhakti is everywhere, bhakti is all pervading as the Lord Himself.

Real devotional service is one – pure devotional service, everything else is not really devotional service, it’s some mixture. To be able to distinguish it from the mixed forms of bhakti we have to apply our intelligence. Bhakti is very simple in practical execution, but it’s not simple when we are talking about proper execution of bhakti. Proper execution of bhakti is rare and it is not that simple.

Sadhana-bhakti is the most powerful process, it’s the living force of any processes. If we achieve success in any path, devotion is the key to success. The very essence of bhakti is seva, or the spirit of service. Seva is the ability to follow Krisna by our body, by our words, by our mind. Bhakti starts when we relinquish our independence. I am not acting independently, I am not speaking independently, I am not even thinking independently.

There are a lot of debates about what pure bhakti is. One axis is the external form of activity, what we are doing. Another axis is the consciousness of the performer. The result of our activity directly depends on these two considerations, what we are doing and with which consciousness we are doing it. There are three types of different forms of bhakti: 1) aropa-siddha-bhakti means we do something which we like to do, but we say this is for Krisna; 2) sanga-siddha-bhakti: it becomes bhakti because it is connected with bhakti; 3) svarupa-siddha-bhakti is bhakti by its very form. These three forms can be: 1) kaitava or with a wrong motivation; 2) akaitava or with a proper motivation, to please the Lord. So, only akaitava svarupa-siddha-bhakti is pure bhakti, everything else is a mixture.

Aropa-siddha-bhakti can be of three types: 1) the activity which is recommended by the Vedas; 2) our daily activities, but I don’t have the consciousness of the servant; 3) the sinful activity. Aropa-siddha-bhakti is not bad if our goal is to achieve bhakti of the Lord. But our consciousness is still disconnected from the Lord, I did not offer myself to the Lord.

Sanga-siddha-bhakti can belong to the category of karma and to the category of jnana as well. There is a tinge of separatist mentality in the performance of this type of bhakti, it can be helpful unless we make undue emphasis on this kind of activity.