Narada Bhakti Sutra

Tulkinnut Jani Jaatinen, Gokulacandra, instagram @gokulacandra @gokulgraff

(päivitetty 20.6.2020)

Narada Bhakti Sutra 1

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athato bhaktim vyakhyasyamaha

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atha - now; atah - therefore; bhaktim - loving devotion; vyakhyasyamaha

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Now the meaning of the loving devotion is explained

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Bhakti is loving devotion to the personal form of the God. God has everything else except our love. Bhakti is the highest samadhi (meditative absorption).

Bhakti is natural love towards the source of the self. And time for bhakti is now. Life is meant for God realization.

Bhakti is natural state of the soul and it comes from the bhaktas. Narada is pure devotee of the Supreme and thus he knows the science of bhakti.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 2

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sa tv asmin parama-prema-rupa

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sa - it; tu - and; asmin - for Him; parama - highest; prema - spiritual love; rupa- having as it's form

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Bhakti is highest spiritual love for the Supreme

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Bhakti is the culmination of all love. One can not go higher. Bhakti is pure loving devotion towards the personal manifestation of the Supreme.

Love between the Jiva and Isvara, soul and the God, is the highest form of the love.

By loving the Supreme, one learns to love everyone else too. As a parts of the complete whole.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 3

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amrta svarupa ca

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amrta - immortality; svarupa - form; ca - and

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And it is essentially eternal

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Bhakti is the essence of the soul. It is our eternal nature to be lovingly devoted to Supreme. Bhakti the pure nature of the eternal living beings.

Bhakti is eternal nature of the soul. Soul is eternal, bhakti is eternal.

Bhakti is a eternal state of loving devotion to the personal form of the God.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 4

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yal labdha puman siddho bhavaty amrto bhavati trpto bhavati

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yat - which;labdhvā - having gained;pumān - a person;siddhaḥ - perfect;bhavati - becomes;amṛtaḥ - immortal;bhavati - becomes;tṛptaḥ - peaceful;bhavati - becomes.

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Upon achieving the state of bhakti, person becomes perfect, eternal and peaceful

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We are spiritually perfect, peaceful and eternal. Bhakti removes the veneer of illusion and helps us to experience our original position as pure spirit souls.

Bhakti will take us back to our real form as pure, spiritual units of consciousness.

Real peace can be experienced only in loving devotion to the Supreme Lord.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 5

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yat prapya na kincid vanchati na socati na dvesti na ramate notsahi bhavati

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yat - which;prāpya - having attained;na kiñcit - nothing;vāñchati - hankers for;na śocati - does not lament;na dveṣṭi - does not hate;na ramate - does not rejoice;na - not;utsāhī - materially enthusiastic;bhavati - becomes

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Bhakti yogi is free from material desires, lamentation, aversion, material happiness and conditioned enthusiasm

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Bhakti yogi is self realized. Pure self is free from all these five states of conditioned awareness.

Bhakti solves all our problems at once. All the problems of life are due to misidentification with matter.

Bhakti brings us back into our original state as pure devotees of the Lord.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 6

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yat jnatva mattoh bhavati stabdoh bhavaty atmarama bhavati

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yat - which;jñātvā - having known;mattaḥ - intoxicated;bhavati - becomes;stabdhaḥ - stunned (in ecstasy);bhavati - becomes;ātma-ārāmaḥ - self-content (because of being engaged in the service of the Lord);bhavati - becomes.

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One who truly understands Bhakti becomes intoxicated and stunned of ecstasy. Such a person becomes internally happy.

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Bhakti is the essence of the soul. Practitioner becomes naturally attracted to it and experiences spiritual happiness within.

Bhakti is the source of endless spiritual bliss. However this not the goal of the bhakti but side product of it.

Service to the Supreme and His devotees is the source of original happiness.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 7

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sa na kamayamana nirodha rupatvad

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sa - that; na - not; kamayamana - material obsession; nirodha - renunciation; rupatvad - having as it's form

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In bhakti there is no material obsession because it is devoid of material action

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Bhakti is purely spiritual. Since it is completely transcendental there is no space for the material action. When there is no material action, there is no reaction either. When action does not produce reaction one does not get materially attached into it.

Practice of the bhakti gradually purifies the consciousness. Bhakti itself is always pure and uncontaminated.

Devotional service does not create Karma. When action is spiritual, there is no material reaction. Bhakti burns karma.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 8

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nirodhas tu loka veda vyapara nyasa

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nirodha - renunciation; tu - moreover; loka - of social position; veda - knowledge; vyapara - engagements; nyasa - rejection

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Renunciation in Bhakti means to give up social positions and engagements on material knowledge.

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Bhakti yogi lives for the service of the Supreme. He/she is willing to let go everything that creates impediments for the devotional service.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 9

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tasminn ananyata tad-virodhisudasinata ca

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tasmin - for Him; ananyata - exclusive dedication; tat - to Him; virodhisu - for those things which are opposed; udasinata - indifference; ca - and;

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Renunciation means to be exclusively devoted to the Supreme and indifferent to those things that stands in the way of bhakti.

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This is the state of sannyas. Sann means to accept everything favorable for Bhakti and reject everything unfavorable.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 10

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anyasrayanam tyago anyata

anya - other; asrayanam - shelters; tyago - giving up; an-anyata - exclusiveness

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Exclusive devotion to the Supreme means to giving up all the other shelters.

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Pure bhakti is exclusive surrendering to the will of the Supreme. This happens through the devotees unconditional love. For the bhakti yogi, there is no other shelter than the Supreme Lord.

One should rely only on the Supreme. He is the source of everyone and every phenomena.

One should be completely free from doubts in order to take full shelter of the Supreme.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 11

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loka vedesu tad anukulacaranam tad virodhisunasinata

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loka - in society and politics;vedeṣu - and in the Vedic rituals;tat - for that;anukūla - of what is favorable;ācaraṇam - performance;tat - for that;virodhiṣu - for what is opposed;udāsīnatā - indifference.

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Indifference means to accept only those social customs and vedic injunctions that support the bhakti

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Bhakti yogi is very skillful to accept things that support the bhakti and avoid the things that lead back to material entanglement. This is called yukta vairagya -principle, accepting material things only for spiritual elevation.

Bhakti yogi studies the sastra and accepts only Vedic injunctions that supports the practice.

Goal is to be indifferent to the practices and teachings that does not support the bhakti not to waste time on debating about Vedic injunctions.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 12

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bhavatu niacaya dardhyat urdhvam sastra raksanam
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bhavatu - let there be; niscaya - of certainty; dardhyat - the firm fixing; urdhvam - after; sastram- of scripture; raksanam- the observance
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One must continue to follow scriptural injunctions even after one is fixed up in determined certainty that devotional service is the only means for reaching the perfection of life.
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Scriptures point the way. By following the example and instructions of those who have walk the path before us we make our progress more direct.

By following the injunctions of the sastra we also set the good example to others.

Pure love of the God is the only way to reach the perfection of existence. It is our natural, eternal state of consciousness.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 13

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anyatha patitya sankaya
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anyatha - otherwise; patitya - of falling down; because of anticipating the possibility
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Otherwise there is possibility to fall down.
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When we start the practice of bhakti, the creeper of devotion is not very strong. We have to nurture it properly so that we don't lose the path. One has to be very careful.

This is one of the reasons why one should start the bhakti under the guidance of more advanced devotees.

One should be careful in all the stages of practice. As long as consciousness is not completely pure there is always danger of falling down from the path.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 14

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loke pi tavad eva bhojanadi vyaparas tv asariradharanavadhi

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loke - in social behavior;api - also;tāvat - for that long;eva - indeed;bhojana - eating;ādi - and so on;vyāpāraḥ - the activity;tu - and;ā-śarīra-dhāraṇā-avadhi - for as long as one still has this body.

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As long as one's body last, one should use minimal time on social life and eating

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Bhakti yogi utilize the time for spiritual practice and minimizes the basic needs like eating and social activities that don't support the spiritual way of living.

One should take care of the body and mind so that those can be used for devotional service.

Bhagavad Gita explains that one should not eat too much or eat too little. Moderate.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 15

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tal laksanani vacyante nana mata bhedat

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tat - of it (devotional service);lakṣaṇāni - the characteristics;vācyante - are enunciated;nānā - various;mata - of theories;bhedāt - according to the differences.

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Now the qualities of Bhakti are described according to various perspectives.

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Main process of Bhakti is to hear and chant. One should hear about Bhakti from those who practice it in a proper lineage. Bhakti is already defined and is learned through the bhaktas.

Bhakti is very multidimensional and can be practiced many different ways. Bhakti also manifest according to qualities of practitioner. Bhakti is personal.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 16

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pujadisv anuraga iti parasaryah

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pujadisu - worship; anuragah - fondness; iti - so thinks; parasaryah - Vyasadev

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Vyasadeva says that Bhakti is fondness to worship the Supreme.

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Bhakti is unconditioned devotion to personal form of God. Bhakti is natural state of pure soul.

One should worship the Supreme with natural love and devotion.

Pure bhakti is a state of unconditional worship of the Supreme.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 17

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kathadisv iti gargah

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katha-adisu - for narrations and so on; iti - so; gargah - garga muni

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Garga Muni says that Bhakti is to hear about pastimes of the Supreme

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Bhakti is to hear narrations of the Lord. By hearing about the Supreme we learn to know the Supreme. By knowing the Lord we can learn to love the Lord. To know is to love Him.

Hearing about pastimes of the Lord change consciousness very strong way. Krsna katha removes anarthas and burns the karma.

There is no difference between God and His lilas. They are both pure and spiritual.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 18

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atma raty avirodheneti sandilyah

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atma - self; rati - relationship; avirodhena - by freedom from obstruction; iti - so; sandilya - sandilya

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Sandilya says that in the state of Bhakti soul's relationship to the Supreme is free from obstructions

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Bhakti is natural state of Jiva. When self is free from karma, Bhakti can flow freely. Loving devotion to the personal form of the Supreme is only and natural way to experience reality as it truly is.

Through the bhakti Supreme is known. Through the bhakti, relationship to the Supreme is established.

Bhakti facilitates clear and pure relationship to the Lord.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 19

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Naradas tu tad arpitakhilacarata tat vismarane parama vyakulata iti

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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.

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But Narada says that Bhakti is to offer all one's activities to Supreme and feeling extreme distress in forgetting Him

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This is called yukta vairagya -principle. One should use one's material assets for spiritual elevation by offering them to Lord.

Feeling distress in forgetting Supreme is spiritually healthy emotion. Emotions can be utilized for serving the spiritual purpose.

Bhakti is practice of remembering. We are and have always been connected to the Supreme through the loving devotion. Now we just have to remember our constitutional position as a servants of the Lord.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 20

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asty evam evam

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asti - it is; evam evam - like each of these

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It is each of these.

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Bhakti is fondness to worship the Supreme, Bhakti is hearing about Supreme, Bhakti is direct experience of the Supreme and Bhakti is full dedication to the Supreme.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 21

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yatha vraja gopikanam

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yatha - as; vraja - of vraja; gopikanam - of the gopis

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Gopis are an example of pure bhakti.

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Krsna's cowherd girlfriends are the highest of all devotees. Their love for God is unconditioned. All the other devotees are the servants of the gopis

Narada Bhakti Sutra 22

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tatrapi na mahatmya jnana vismrty apavadah

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tatra- in that case; api - even; na- there is not; mahatmya - of greatness; jnana - of knowledge; vismrti- of forgetting; apavidya - criticism

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In the case of gopis, one can't criticize them for forgetting Krsna's greatness.

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Gopis are under yogamaya, divine illusion. They don't see God as God but as their lover in order to enjoy more intimate relationship.

Gopis see Krsna as their lover not as God. They don't love God only because of His greatness but because of His personality.

Yogamaya keeps gopis unaware of Krsna divine greatness. This facilitated loving and intimate relationship between God and His devotees.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 23

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tad vihinam jaranam iva

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tad - of it; vihinam - devoid; jaranam - of illicit lovers; iva - like

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Displays of Bhakti without understanding of Gods greatness are no better than affairs of illicit lovers.

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Gopis relationship with the Supreme does not have anything to do with mundane lust.

One shouldn't imitate gopis but recognize and study Supreme with his various energies.

Gopis are the original devotees. All the other devotees are servants and expansions of the gopis.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 24

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nasty eva tasmins tat sukha sukhitvam

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na - there is not; eva - indeed; tasmin - in it; tat - His; sukha - in the happiness; sukhitvam - finding happiness.

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In such false Bhakti one does not find happiness in Lords happiness

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By having mundane perception of Supreme's existence and lilas does not make one spiritually satisfied. It is just illusion within illusion.

Bhakti is received from those who have bhakti. Through the guru, sadhu and sastra. Imitation doesn't take one to the highest goal.

Bhakti is never cheap, bhakti is earned through the humility and love.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 25

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sa tu karma jnana yogebhyo py adhikatara

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sā - it;tu - but;karma - to fruitive work;jñāna - speculative knowledge;yogebhyaḥ - and mystic meditation;api - indeed;adhikatarā - superior.

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Pure Bhakti is higher than karma jnana and yoga.

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Bhakti is the final destination of yoga. In Bhakti yoga reaches it's perfection.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 26

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phala rupatvad

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phala - fruit; rupatvad - because of being form

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Bhakti is the fruit of whole existence.

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Bhakti is the base of all existence. Reality evolves from Bhakti and naturally gravitates towards it.

This whole material world is pointing towards the bhakti and spiritual reality is based on it.

Bhakti is the culmination of life. Bhakti is the life.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 27

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isvarasyapy abhimani dvesitvad dainya priyatvac ca

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īśvarasya - of the Supreme Lord;api - also;abhimāni - of those who are proud;dveṣitvāt - because of being one who dislikes;dainya - of humility;priyatvāt - because of being fond;ca - and.

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Lord dislikes the proud and is pleased with the humble.

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Humility attracts the mercy and mercy is the gateway to spiritual realization. We are constitutionally minute spiritual units of consciousness and the Lord is unlimited and all-pervading. Humility is realism.

We are eternal servants of the Supreme and His devotees. Humility is the way to progress on the spiritual path.

Lord is equal to all but attracted of our love. When love goes up, mercy comes down.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 28

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tasyan jnanam eva sadhanam ity eke

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tasyah - of it; jnanam - knowledge; eva - alone; sadhanam - the means; iti - thus; eke - some

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Some say that knowledge is the means to develop bhakti.

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Bhakti is not sentimentalism. Bhakti is conclusion stemming from clear perception of the reality.

To love God is to know God, to know God is to love Him.

But Bhakti does not come only through knowledge. There have to service as well.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 29

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anyonyasrasyatvam ity eke

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anyonya- mutual; asrayatvam - dependency; iti - thus; eke - some

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Others consider bhakti and jnana interdependent

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In order to love the God, one has to know the God. In order to know the God one has to love the God. Bhakti and jnana goes together.

Jnana is dependent on bhakti but bhakti is independent.

Bhakti is the source of jnana, karma and yoga. Without bhakti one is not successful on these paths.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 30

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swayam phala rupeti brahma kumarah

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Swayam - itself; phala rupa- manifesting as it's fruit; iti - thus; brahma kumara - the son of Brahma

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But Narada says that Bhakti is it's own fruit.

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Bhakti is caused by Bhakti. It can't be achieved through any other means than devotional service itself. That's why Bhakti is swarat, independent from karma, jnana and yoga.

Bhakti comes through Bhakti and Bhakti leads to the bhakti.

Bhakti is the process and bhakti is the goal.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 31

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raja grha bhojanadisu tathaiva drstatvat na tena raja paritosah ksuc chantir va

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rāja - royal;gṛha - in a residence;bhojana - in a meal: ādiṣu - and so on;tathā eva - just like this;dṛṣṭatvāt - because of its being seen;na - not;tena - by that;rāja - of the king;paritoṣaḥ - satisfaction;kṣut - of hunger;śāntiḥ - pacification;vā - or.

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This is illustrated by the examples of a royal palace, a meal, and so on. A king is not really satisfied just by seeing a palace, nor can someone placate his hunger just by looking at a meal.

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One can't understand the bhakti just by observing it outside. Bhakti can be understood by practicing it.

Devotional love towards the God is natural state of the soul. This longing is satisfied and revealed through the practice of Bhakti.

Bhakti is experience and experience is understood only through the experience.

In Bhakti, theory is also practice. By studying the sastra, consciousness gets gradually purified.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 32

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asmat saiva grahya mumuksubhih

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asmat - therefore; sa - it; eva - only; grahya - should be accepted; mumuksubhih - those who seek mukti

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Therefore those who seek mukti should take bhakti.

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Bhakti is beyond impersonal liberation. Bhakti is natural state of the spirit. Mukti is just side product of the bhakti.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 33

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asmat saiva grahya mumuksubhih

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asmat - therefore; sa - it; eva - only; grahya - should be accepted; mumuksubhih - those who seek mukti

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Therefore those who seek mukti should take bhakti.

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Bhakti is beyond impersonal liberation. Bhakti is natural state of the spirit. Mukti is just side product of the bhakti.

If one takes Bhakti, Mukti automatically follows. But Mukti alone does not lead to bhakti.

Happiness of bhakti is far more higher than happiness derived from mukti. Bhakti connects us with the bestower of mukti.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 34

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tasya sadhanani gayanty acaryah

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tasya - of it; sadhanani - the means of practice; gayanti- sing; acaryah - those who teach by example

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Those who teach by their example have explained the means of practice.

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One can't just take the bhakti. One has to receive it from those who already practice it by serving them and asking the questions related to bhakti.

Bhakti moves in parampara, disciplic succession. Acaryas, those who teach by their example, know the practice and are qualified to deliver it to the sadhakas.

In bhakti, practice is the goal and the goal is the practice.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 35

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tat tu visaya tyagat sanga tyagac ca

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tat - that; tu - and; visaya - sense objects; tyagat - by rejection; sanga - association; tyagat - by rejection; ca - and.

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One achieves bhakti by giving up attachment to sense objects and material association.

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One achieves bhakti by giving up attachment to sense objects and material association.

Bhakti is achieved by regulating the sense enjoyment and by giving up the company that does not support the spiritual practice.

Pure bhakti is spiritual and can be practiced only on the spiritual platform.

Consciousness can move only two directions. Either towards the source or away from the source.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 36

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avyavrtta bhajanat

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avyavrtta - uninterrupted; bhajanat - by worship

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Bhakti is achieved by worshiping the Supreme ceaselessly.

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Bhakti is to dedicate one's body, mind and words into the service of the Lord all the time, all the places.

Bhakti is process, eternal process. Bhakti is achieved through full dedication to the Supreme.

Bhakti is not cheap, one has to give oneself into the process. God wants what we don't want to give.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 37

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loke pi bhagavad guna sravana kirtanat

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loke - in the world; api - even; bhagavat - of the supreme lord; guna - about the qualities; sravana - by hearing; kirtanat - and chanting

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One achieves bhakti by hearing and chanting about the Supreme Lord's special qualities, even while engaged in the ordinary activities of life in this world.

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This the method of God realization in this Kali-Yuga; hearing and chanting about the glories of the Supreme Lord.

One should execute one's svadharma (external duties) and sanatana dharma (spiritual obligations) simultaneously like Arjuna did during the battle of Kuruksetra.

God is person with His personal characteristics. Bhakti is to hear about qualities of the Lord.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 38

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mukhyatas tu mahat krpayaiva bhagavat krpa lesad va

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mukhyataḥ - primarily;tu - but;mahat - of great souls;kṛpayā - by the mercy;eva - indeed;bhagavat - of the Supreme Lord;kṛpā - of the mercy;leśāt - by a trace;vā - or.

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One develops bhakti through the mercy of devotees or by a small drop of the mercy of God.

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Bhakti comes through the mercy of those who have the Bhakti or through the mercy of the Supreme. There is no way to develop Bhakti through the sadhana only, mercy of the bhaktas and the Lord is necessary.

Bhakti itself is ultimate mercy of the Supreme and those lovingly devoted to Him.

Those who have the bhakti can give the bhakti. Bhakti is received through the mercy.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 39

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mahat sangas tu durlabho gamyo moghas ca

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mahat - great souls; sangha - the association; tu - but; durlabhah - difficult to achieve; agamyah - difficult to understand; amogha - infallible; ca - and

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Association of great souls is difficult to achieve, difficult to understand and infallible.

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We shouldn't take spiritual life for granted. If we find the great soul who we can serve and ask questions regarding to spiritual practice we should hold on that relationship.

Spiritual association is the way to the God realization.

Great souls who understand the bhakti is hard to find and understand.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 40

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labhyate pi tat krpayaiva

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labhyate - it is gained; api - also; tat - that; krpaya - by the mercy; eva - only

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Association of the great souls is achieved through the mercy of the Supreme.

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Devotees give the bhakti and the Lord is facilitating the connection to the great devotees.

When one becomes sincere with one's attempts to understand the God, Supreme sends his servant to enlighten the sadhaka.

Great devotees give bhakti, mercy comes from the Supreme Lord.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 41

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tasmims taj jane bhedabhavat

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tasmin - In Him; tat - His; jane - in the people; bheda - of difference; abhavat - because of the absence

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Lord and His pure devotees are nondifferent

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What comes to the mercy, Lord and His devotees are compassionate to all the living beings.

Lord sees all living beings as His parts and parcels. Devotee sees all the living beings as divine since the emanate from the most Divine.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 42

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tad eva sadhyatam tad eva sadhyatam

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tat - that; eva - only; sadhyatam - should be strived for

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Strive only for the association of pure devotees.

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One should try to find pure devotees of the Lord and follow in their footsteps. This is very essential principle in bhakti. That is why Narada is repeating it twice.

Bhakti is to serve the devotees and the Lord. This is the goal, this is the method.

Only pure devotees can bestow pure Bhakti.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 43

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duhsangam sarvathaiva tyajyah

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duhsangam - degrading association; sarvatha - in all in it's aspects; eva - indeed; tyajyah - to be given up

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One should give up all kind of spiritually degrading association.

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This is bhakti on social level. One should avoid too close distance to the people and situations which brings consciousness down.

This does not however mean that one shouldn't try to help people and to be compassionate towards them.

One shouldn't open one's heart to those who degrade one's consciousness. But compassion should be there. Give but don't take.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 44

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kama krodha moha smrti bhramsa buddhi nasa sarva nasa karanatvat

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kāma - of lust;krodha - anger;moha - bewilderment;smṛti-bhramśa - failure of memory;buddhi-nāśa - loss of intelligence;sarva-nāśa - and total loss;kāraṇatvāt - because of being the cause.

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Material association is the cause of obsession, anger, confusion, forgetfulness, loss of intelligence and total loss.

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When the pure spirit connects to the matter, it leads to attachment and aversion. This causes anger and confusion, one loses the direction and starts to identify non self as the self.

When we connect people we share some of our qualities with them and they share theirs with us.

One should try to control lust and anger by regulating the senses and by staying in association of the advanced devotees.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 45

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tarangita apime sangat samudrayanti

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tarangitah - forming waves; api - indeed; ime- these; sangat - mundane association; samudrayanti - create an ocean

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Rising like waves from mundane association, these negative effects cumulates into a great ocean.

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Consciousness goes down gradually. Many small negative effects gradually creates great ocean of illusion. Yogi very carefully regulates the senses and mind.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 46

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kas tarati kas tarati mayam yah sangam tyajati yo mahanubhavam sevate nirmamo bhavati

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kaḥ - who;tarati - crosses beyond;kaḥ - who;tarati - crosses beyond;māyām - illusion;yaḥ - he who;saṅgam - material association;tyajati - abandons;yaḥ - who;mahā-anubhāvam - the wise person;sevate - serves;nirmamaḥ - free from false proprietorship;bhavati - becomes.

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Who can cross beyond illusion? One who abandons material connection, serves tha saints and becomes selfless.

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This is the formula towards the Kaivalya. One should disconnect gradually from matter, give service to God and those devoted to Him and be always humble.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 47

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yo vivikta sthanam sevate yo lokabandham unmulayati nistraigunyo bhavati yo yoga ksemam tyajati

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yaḥ - who;vivikta - secluded;sthānam - a place;sevate - serves;yaḥ - who;loka - of mundane society;bandham - the bondage;unmūlayati - uproots;nistrai-guṇyaḥ - free from the influence of the three modes of material nature;bhavati - becomes;yaḥ - who;yoga - (desire for) gain;kṣemam - and security;tyajati - gives up

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Who can cross beyond illusion? That person who stays in a secluded place, cuts off at the root his attachment to mundane society, becomes free from the influence of the three modes of nature, and gives up hankering for material gain and security.

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One should focus on practice in environment that supports the practice. One should try to rise above the three qualities of material nature and give up hankering for material profit and security arisen from fear.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 48

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yah karma phalan karmani sanyasyati tato nirdvandvo bhavati

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yaḥ - who;karma-phalam - the fruit of material work;karmāṇi - his material activities;sanyasati - resigns;tataḥ - thus;nirdvandvaḥ - un-affected by dualities;bhavati - becomes

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Person who gives up material actions transcends the dualities.

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Karma keeps us experiencing the dualities. When karma is given up, dualities dissipate and soul is revealed.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 49

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yo vedan api sanyasyati kevalam avichinnanuragam labhate

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yaḥ - who;vedān - the Vedas;api - even;sanyasyati - renounces;kevalam - exclusive;avicchinna - uninterrupted;anurāgam - loving attraction;labhate - obtains

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One who renounce even Vedas, reach exclusive and uninterrupted attraction for Supreme.

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One should give up karma kanda and jnana sections of the Vedas and only focus on bhakti. Bhakti flows uninterruptedly when one gives up all the other dharmas. Bhakti is the highest dharma.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 50

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sa tarati sa tarati lokams tarayati

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sa- he; tarati- crosses beyond; lokan; the people of this world; tarayati - he makes cross beyond

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Such a person is liberated, and he will set free rest of the world as well.

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One who has transcended beyond illusion is well wisher of everyone. Such a person can serve as a guide to the spiritual enlightenment.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 51

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anirvacaniyam prema swarupam

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anirvacaniyam - beyond description; prema- love of God; swarupam - essence

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Essence of pure love of God is indescribable

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Prema can be understood only through the experience. There is no way to describe it since it transcends all the other states of experience.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 52

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mukasvadana vat

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muka - a mute; asvadana - the tasting; vat - like

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Trying to describe pure prema is like a mute's effort to explain what he tastes.

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Prema can't be described. There is no words to express pure love of God. Only way to understand it is to experience it through the pure Bhakti.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 53

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prakasyate kvapi patre

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prakasyate - it is revealed; kvapi - sometimes; patre - to a fit recipient

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It is sometimes revealed to fit recipient

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Prema bhakti is very rare but it is sometimes revealed for the great soul through the mercy of guru and the Supreme.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 54

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guna rahitam kamana rahitam pratiksana vardhamanam avicchinnam suksma taram anubhava rupam

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guṇa - material qualities;rahitam - devoid of;kāmanā - material desire;rahitam - devoid of;prati-kṣaṇa - at every moment;var - dhamānam - increasing;avicchinnam - uninterrupted;sūkṣma-taram - most subtle;anubhava - consciousness;rūpam - as its form.

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Pure love of God manifests as the most subtle consciousness, devoid of material qualities and material desires, increasing at every moment, and never interrupted.

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State of prema is the core of the consciousness, most subtle state of spiritual awareness.

It is far beyond the conditioned state of the soul and completely free from material desires.

Spiritual love is ever increasing and permanent.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 55

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tad prapya tad evavalokayati tad eva srnoti tad eva bhasayati tad eva cintayati

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tat - it;prāpya - having obtained;tat - Him;eva - alone;avalokayati - one looks at;tat - Him;eva - alone;śṛṇoti - one hears about;tat - Him;eva - alone;bhāṣayati - one speaks about;tat - Him;eva - alone;cintayati - one thinks about

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Having obtained Prema, one only sees the Supreme, hears only about Him, speaks only about Him and thinks only of Him.

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This is description of pure Bhakti-yogi. Pure devotees sees everything in relation to the Supreme. This is confirmed in Bhagavad Gita 10.9, one of the chatus-slokis as follows:

mac-citta mad-gata-prana
bodhayantah parasparam
kathayantas ca mam nityam
tusyanti ca ramanti ca

The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are surrendered to Me, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss enlightening one another and conversing about Me.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 56

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gauni tridha guna bhedad artadi bhedad va

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gauṇī - secondary, mixed with the material modes;tridhā - threefold;guṇa - of the material modes;bhedāt - by the differentiation;ārta - of the one who is distressed;ādi - and so on;bhedāt - by differentiation;vā - or

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Secondary devotional service is of three kinds, according to which of the three material modes predominates, or according to which material motivation, distress and so on, brings one to bhakti.

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Bhakti mixed with material motivations brings one gradually on more pure level of done right. Any reason is good reason to start the practice but one should actively work with one's intentions in order to progress more smoothly.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 57

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uttarasmad uttarasmat purva purvo sreyaya bhavati

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uttarasmat uttarasmat - than each later one; purvah purvah - than earlier one; sreyaya bhavati - is to be considered better

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Each earlier stage should be considered better than the one following it.

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To serve the Supreme is sattvic state of cosciousness is better than to do it in rajasic or tamasic state.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 58

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anyasmat saulabhyam bhaktau

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anyasmat - than anything else; saulabhyam - ease of attainment; bhaktau - in devotional service

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Success in bhakti is easier to attain than by any other process.

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Bhakti is natural process to God realization, the path of the soul. Because it is natural, it is more easy path than karma, jnana or yoga.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 59

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pramanantarasyanapeksatvat svayam pramanatvat

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pramāṇa - means of valid knowing;antarasya - another;an-apekṣatvāt - because of not being dependent on;svayam - in its own right;pramāṇatvāt - because of being a valid authority

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The reason devotional service is the easiest of all spiritual processes is that it does not depend on any other authority for its validity, being itself the standard of authority.

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Bhakti is independent. It is the goal and the practice same time. Bhakti does not need any support from other yoga processes but success in karma, jnana and ashtanga depends on bhakti element.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 60

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santi rupad paramananda rupac ca

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santi - of peace; rupat - because of being the form; paramananda - highest bliss; rupat - because of being the form; ca - and

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Bhakti is the form of peace and supreme bliss.

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Bhakti is a state of natural peace and condensed spiritual happiness. There is no higher goal than Bhakti.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 61

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loka hanau cinta na karya niveditatma loka vedatva

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loka - of the world;hānau - about loss;cintā - worry;na kāryā - should not be done;nivedita - because of having surrendered;ātma - one's own;loka - mundane affairs;vedatvāt - and Vedic duties

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After sacrifice one's mundane and Vedic duties to the Supreme, one don't need to worry about worldly loss anymore.

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By giving up all the other dharmas and surrendering to Supreme one lose the attachment to matter and lose all the worries. Highest dharma is to serve the Lord. All the other dharmas are pointing towards that direction.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 62

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na tattsiddhau loka vyavaharo heyah kintu phala tyagas tat sadhanam ca karyam eva

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na - not;tat - of it (devotional service);siddhau - in the achievement;loka - mundane;vyāvahāraḥ - business;heyaḥ - to be abandoned;kintu - rather;phala - of the results;tyāgaḥ - abandonment;tat - of it (devotional service);ca - and;kāryam - must be done;eva - indeed

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Even after one has achieved devotional service, one should not abandon one's responsibilities in this world but should rather continue surrendering the results of one's work to the Lord. And while still trying to reach the stage of pure devotion, one must certainly continue executing prescribed duties.

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So, there is svadharma, our external obligations based on our karma and psycho-physical nature and then there is sanatan dharma, our spiritual obligations. Sadhana just execute both and try to gradually surrender all results of the actions to the Supreme.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 63

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stri dhana nastika caritram na sravaniyam

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stri - opposite sex; dhana - wealth; nastika - voidism; caritram - stories; na sravaniyam - should not be listened to

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One shouldn't dwell in stories about sex, money and voidism.

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Everything affect the consciousness. One should be careful what kind of information one puts in one's mind. Thoughts becomes emotions, emotions desires and desires actions.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 64

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abhimana dambhadikam tyajyam

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abhimana - pride; dambha - deceit; adikam - and so on; tyajyam - should be given up

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One should give up pride, deceit etc.

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Humility is realism. We are tiny souls. Bhakti yogi progresses by giving up pride and working honest means towards the ultimate goal, loving devotion to the Supreme.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 65

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tad arpitaakhilacarah san kamakrodhabhimanadikam tasminn eva karaniyam

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tat - to Him;arpita - having offered;akhila - all;ācāraḥ - actions;san - being;kāma - desire;krodha - anger;abhimāna - pride;ādikam - and so on;tasmin - toward Him;eva - only;karaṇīyam - should be done.

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Offering all actions to the Supreme, one should feel desire, anger and pride only with regard to Him.

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Goal is not to get rid of emotions or desires but purify them by offering one's actions to the Lord.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 66

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tri rupa bhanga purvakam nitya dasya nitya kanta bhajanatmakam prema karyam premaiva karyam

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tri-rūpa - of the three material forms (the qualities of goodness, passion, and ignorance);bhaṅga - the breaking;pūrvakam - preceded by;nitya - perpetual;dāsya - servitude;nitya - perpetual;kāntā - as a lover;bhajana - service;ātmakam - consisting of;prema - pure love;kāryam - one should manifest;prema - pure love;eva - alone;kāryam - one should manifest

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After breaking through the aforementioned coverings of the three modes of nature, one should act only in pure love of God, remaining perpetually in the mood of a servant serving his master, or a lover serving her beloved.

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Bhakti is the highest dimension of spiritual realization. Bhakti is to see oneself as a eternal servant of the Supreme Lord.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 67

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bhakta ekantino mukhyah

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bhaktah - devotees; ekantinah - exclusive; mukhyah - principal

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Highest devotees are those who are devoted only to Him.

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Pure bhakta is fully devoted to the Supreme. His/her devotion is free from yoga, jnana and karma.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 68

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kantavarodha romasrubhih parasparam lapamanah pavayanti kulani prthivim ca

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kaṇṭha - of the throat;avarodha - with blockage;roma - with bodily hair (standing erect);aśrubhiḥ - and with tears;parasparam - among one another;lapamānāḥ - conversing;pāvayanti - they purify;kulāni - their communities;pṛthivīm - the earth;ca - and

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Conversing among one another with throats choked, hair standing on end, and tears flowing, the Lord's intimate servants purify their own followers and the whole world.

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These are external symptoms of one who has attained pure love of God. Pure devotees are portal to spiritual world and they have capacity to purify the whole world.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 69

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tirthi kurvanti tirthani su karmi kurvanti karmani sac chastri kurvanti sastrani

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tīrthī - into holy places;kurvanti - they make;tīrthāni - the holy places;su-karmī - into auspicious works;kurvanti - they make;karmāṇi - works;sat - pure;śāstrī - into scriptures;kurvanti - they make;śāstrāṇi - the scriptures

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Their blessings makes holy places holy, work auspicious and scriptures authoritative.

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Progress in Bhakti is impossible without blessings of the great devotees. Pure bhakta is like a portal to the spiritual reality.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 70

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tan mayah

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tat - with Him; mayah - filled

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Pure devotees are fully absorbed in Him.

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Supreme Lord is everything for the pure bhakta there is nothing else in his/her consciousness. They see Lord everywhere and everything in the Supreme. That is perfection of bhakti.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 71

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morante pitaro nrtyanti devatah sa natha ceyam bhur bhavati

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modante - become joyful;pitaraḥ - forefathers;nṛtyanti - dance;devatāḥ - demigods;sa-nāthā - having good masters;ca - and;iyam - this;bhūḥ - earth;bhavati - becomes

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Pure devotees forefather become happy, devatas dance and earth feels protected by good masters.

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Power of bhakti radiates from the pure devotees and this whole environment becomes more auspicious. Bhakti yogis bring auspiciousness everywhere they go.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 72

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nasti tesu jati vidya rupa kula dhana kriyadi bhedah

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na asti - there is not;teṣu - in them;jāti - of class;vidyā - education;rūpa - beauty;kula - family;dhana - wealth;kriyā - occupation;ādi - and so on;bhedaḥ - difference

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Among pure devotees there are no distinctions between social class, education, beauty, status, wealth, occupation and so on.

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Pure devotee sees the soul eternally connected to God beyond the material coverings. All the material designations are temporary and thus illusory.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 73

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yatas tadiyah

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yatah - because; tadiyah - His

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Because they belong to the Lord.

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Pure devotee is purely spiritual. They belong to the Supreme are thus qualitatively same as He. Because Lord doesn't have material qualities, His devotees are also free from material designations.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 74

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vado navalambyah

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vadah- debate; na - not; avalambyah - to be resorted to

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One should not debate.

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Debating is waste of time. Bhakti yogi utilizes his/her time on spiritual practice.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 75

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bahulyavakastvad aniyatatvac ca

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bahulya - for excessiveness; avakasatvat - because of involving opportunities; aniyatatvat - because of not being decisive; ca - and

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Such argumentation leads to excessive entanglements and is never decisive.

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Argumentation binds us more into false ego and does not really elevate the consciousness.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 76

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bhakti sastrani mananiyani tad bodhaka karmani karaniyani

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bhakti - of devotional service;śāstrāṇi - the scriptures;mananīyāni - should be respected;tat - by them;bodhaka - made known;karmāṇi - prescribed activities;karaṇīyāni - should be executed

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One should respect scriptures and bhakti and follow them.

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One should develop respect towards divine revelations and Bhakti as a process. Best way to respect bhakti is to practice bhakti.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 77

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sukha duhkheccha labhadi tyakte kale pratiksamane ksanardham api vyartham na neyam

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sukha - happiness;duḥkha - unhappiness;icchā - hankering;lābha - profiteering;ādi - and so on;tyakte - having given up;kāle - the time;pratīkṣamāṇe - being waited for;kṣaṇa - of a moment;ardham - one half;api - even;vyartham - vainly;na neyam - should not be wasted

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Patiently enduring till the time when one can put aside material happiness, distress, desire, and false gain, one should not waste even a fraction of a second.

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One should be patient. Bhakti is gradual process. One should tolerate material dualities and not waste any time.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 78

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ahimsa satya sauca dayastikyadi caritryani paripalaniyani

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ahiṁsā - of nonviolence;satya - truthfulness;śauca - cleanliness;dayā - compassion;āstikya - faith;ādi - and so on;cāritryāṇi - the characteristics;paripālanīyāni - should be cultivated

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One should cultivate nonviolence, cleanliness, compassion and trust to the Supreme.

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These are sattvic qualities that support the spiritual practice. Without actively cultivating and improving these, spiritual life will be more troublesome.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 79

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sarvada sarva bhavena niscintair bhagawan eva bhajaniyah

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sarvadā - always;sarva-bhāvena - with all one's feeling;niścintaiḥ - by those who are free from doubt;bhagavān - the Supreme Lord;eva - indeed;bhajanīyaḥ - should be worshiped

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Those who are free from doubts should worship the Supreme with full heart.

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One should first develop full faith in the Supreme and Vaishnavas. When sraddha is strong, doubts will dissipate. Then one should offer one's heart and soul to the Supreme.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 80

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sa kirtyamanah sighram evavirbhavaty anubhavayati bhaktan

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saḥ - He; kīrtyamānaḥ - being glorified;śīghram - quickly; eva - indeed; āvirbhavati - appears; anubhāvayati - gives realization; bhaktān - to the devotees

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When Lord is glorified, He quickly appears and allows His devotees realize Him.

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Bhakti is direct, natural and easy method to God realization.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 81

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tri satyasya bhaktir eva garisyasi bhaktir eva garisyasi

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tri - in three ways (by his mind, body, and words); satyasya - for one who is truthful; bhaktiḥ - devotional service; eva - alone; garīyasī - most dear; bhaktiḥ - devotional service; eva - alone; garīyasī - most dear

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Bhakti is the most precious possession of the person who alignes his mind body and words with the truth.

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Only when one is aligned with the truth through the body, mind and words can one truly appreciate bhakti.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 82

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guna mahatmyasakti rupasakti pujasakti smaranasakti dasyasakti sakhyasakti vatsalyasakti kantasakty atmanivedanasakti tanmayasakti paramavirahasakti rupai kandhapy ekasadha bhavati

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guṇa - of the (Lord's) qualities;māhātmya - to the greatness;āsakti - attachment;rūpa - to His beauty;āsakti - attachment;pūjā - to worship;āsakti - attachment;smaraṇa - to remembrance;āsakti - attachment;dāsya - to service;āsakti - attachment;sakhya - to friendship;āsakti - attachment;vātsalya - to parental affinity;āsakti - attachment;kāntā - as a conjugal lover;āsakti - attachment;ātma - of one's self;nivedana - to the offering;āsakti - attachment;tat-maya - to being full of thought of Him;āsakti - attachment;parama - supreme;viraha - to separation;āsakti - attachment;rūpā - having as its forms;ekadhā - onefold;api - although;ekādaśakhā - elevenfold;bhavati - becomes

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Although devotional service is one, it becomes manifested in eleven forms of attachment: attachment to the Lord's glorious qualities, to His beauty, to worshiping Him, to remembering Him, to serving Him, to reciprocating with Him as a friend, to caring for Him as a parent, to dealing with Him as a lover, to surrendering one's whole self to Him, to being absorbed in thought of Him, and to experiencing separation from Him. This last is the supreme attachment.

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Bhakti is one but everyone has personal relationship to the Supreme. Thus every relationship is unique. Highest are those who serve Him as lovers and surrender one's whole life to the Lord.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 83

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ity evam vadanti jana jalpa nirbaya ekamatah kumara vyasa suka sandilya gargavisnu kaundilya sesoddhavaruni bali hanumad vibhisanadayo bhakty acaryah

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iti - thus;evam - in this way;vadanti - they speak;jana - of ordinary people;jalpa - of the gossip;nirbhayāḥ - unafraid;eka - of one;matāḥ - opinion;kumāra-vyāsa-śuka-śāṇḍilya-garga-viṣṇu-kauṇḍilya-śeṣa-uddhava-aruṇi-bali-hanūmat-vibhīṣaṇa-ādayaḥ - the Kumāras, Vyāsa, Śuka, Śāṇḍilya, Garga, Viṣṇu, Kauṇḍilya, Śeṣa, Uddhava, Aruṇi, Bali, Hanumān, Vibhīṣaṇa, and others;bhakti - of devotional service;ācāryāḥ - the founding authorities

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Thus say the founding authorities of devotional service: the Kumaras, Vyasa, Suka, Sandilya, Garga, Visnu, Kaundilya, Sesa, Uddhava, Aruni, Bali, Hanuman, Vibhisana, and others-speaking without fear of worldly gossip and sharing among themselves one and the same opinion.

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Bhakti is one but it is manifested in eleven forms. Highest is prema bhakti. This is all confirmed by great acharyas like Kumaras, Vyasa, Suka, Hanuman etc.

Narada Bhakti Sutra 84

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ya idam narada proktam sivanusasanam visvasiti sraddhate sa bhaktiman bhavati sa prestham labhate sa prestham labhata iti

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yaḥ - one who;idam - this;nārada-proktam - spoken by Nārada;śiva - auspicious;anuśāsanam - instruction;viśvasiti - trusts;śraddhate - is convinced by;saḥ - he;bhakti-mān - endowed with devotion;bhavati - becomes;saḥ - he;preṣṭham - the most dear (Supreme Lord);labhate - attains;saḥ - he;preṣṭham - the most dear;labhate - attains;iti - thus

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Anyone who trusts these instructions spoken by Narada and is convinced by them will be blessed with devotion and attain the most dear Lord. Yes, he will attain the most dear Lord.

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Narada's word is the truth. Anyone who sincerely follows his instructions outlined in Bhakti Sutras will be blessed with genuine devotion to the Supreme.