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What we don’t know about Sadhana Bhakti?

Following is an excerpt from the lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10, Chapter 70: Lord Krishna’s Daily Activities Verse – by Vraj Bihari Das

SB 10.70.28
svapnayitam nrpa-sukham para-tantram isa
sasvad-bhayena mrtakena dhuram vahamah
hitva tad atmani sukham tvad-aniha-labhyam
klisyamahe ’ti-krpanas tava mayayeha


O Lord, with this corpselike body, always full of fear, we bear the burden of the relative happiness of kings, which is just like a dream. Thus we have rejected the real happiness of the soul, which comes by rendering selfless service to You. Being so very wretched, we simply suffer in this life under the spell of Your illusory energy.


After expressing their doubts in the previous verse, the kings herein admit that actually they are suffering because of their own foolishness, having given up the eternal happiness of the soul in exchange for the temporary, conditional happiness of a so-called kingly position. Most people make a similar mistake, desiring wealth, power, prestige, aristocratic family and so on, in exchange for their own soul. The kings admit that they have fallen under the spell of the Lord’s illusory energy and have mistaken the tremendous anxiety of political leadership for happiness.

This chapter has two proposals. One is from kings who are captured by Jarasandha and another one by Narada muni. 20,000 kings were arrested by Jarasandha and those kings were requesting Krishna to rescue them. Narada muni was requesting Krishna’s presence in Yudhisthira maharaja’s Rajasuya sacrifice.

This text explains that how the kings were misled by the temporary happiness like position, power etc. The kings later accepted that this was under the influence of Maya. They misunderstood the by-products of Bhakti as goal of Bhakti.

Bhakti is the best and greatest form of love for Krishna, but it should be from hard work. We cannot free our self from honest introspection, commitment and hard work. We must do our Krishna consciousness duties properly. That is the meaning of Sadhana Bhakti. Sadhana means Practice and it is aimed to get Sadhya. Sadhya means Goal which is Krishna’s mercy. Criteria of Sadhana are Long time practice, uninterrupted practice and Conscious investment of energy and time. Sadhana Bhakti helps us to control our mind. Sometimes what we practice is also called Vaidhi Sadhana Bhakti. Vaidhi means rules and regulations. We accept things that are favourable to Bhakti and reject things which are not favourable for us to come closer to Krishna. And the mother of all rules is “Always remember Krishna and Never forget Krishna”.

Our main problem is that we think I am the mind but we should be the controller of mind. We have so many goals in life such that we forget the ultimate goal – Love for Krishna. Prabhupada says that all disturbances are due to want of ultimate goal. If you are thinking of something else while chanting, then you are not present in chanting and you will never get connected with Krishna. All your goals are important but not while chanting. Generally, we are in the past or future. As you get older you live in the past and when you are young, you live in future. If you just try to be present, you will see a major change in your consciousness.

Gently and firmly pull your mind back to Chanting. Mind will always trick to go around. Do not cry over past and try to live in present. Accepting that our mind is doing offenses and trying to bring our mind back to chanting is called Naamabhash chanting which is a great chanting. If you are present in the chanting, you will relish the same past time every time. Many devotees are so absorbed that they will spoke the same past time with same intensity every time. For pure devotees, an opportunity to explain Krishna it is an opportunity to be with Krishna.

There are two types of chanting. One is called Namaparadha chanting which is an inattentive chanting. Another is Sudhanaam chanting which is the pure chanting. There is something in between called Naamabhash chanting which is almost pure chanting. We are normally in Naamaparadha chanting that is we are doing offenses and doing nothing about them. Naamabhash chanting means that there may be offenses but we are trying to avoid those offenses.

Sudhanaam chanting is in Krishna’s hands. If Krishna gives us Sudhanaam chanting, then we can enjoy. But if we reach Naamabhash chanting, Krishna will pick us up. To reach Naamabhash chanting, you should consciously pull your mind to chanting and let go of all other things. Many things in our life are out of our control. So, let go of all those things and get relish in chanting the holy name of Krishna.

This is very beautifully explained in this Audio to a great length, please download and listen to it.


Comments (3)

  1. Jugal says:

    Amazing! Actually its a wonderful revelation. Till now i thought we just struggled on Nama Aparadh stage and both Namabhasa and Shuddha Nama was something only possible for advanced devotees. But knowing this has given me great joy that such an exalted stage of namabhasa can be attained by just ‘attentive’ chanting. So hope giving. To be able to chant on namabhasa stage is such a big thing and its extremely wonderful that such a stage can be achieved by attentively listening to the holy name. Thank you so much for this prabhuji. Very grateful to you.

  2. Amrita Radhe Devi Dasi says:

    Amazing Simply Amazing! To get to read this on Radhaashtami day indicates my good fortune. It indeed gives great hope and yes as a Sadhaka I was not aware of the fact that sudhnaam is a Gift so the blog is appropriately titled.

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