Saturday, October 22, 2011

Nārada Bhakti Sūtra 6

yaj jñātvā matto bhavati stabdho bhavaty ātmārāmo bhavati

yat — which; jñātvā — having known; mattah — intoxicated; bhavati — becomes; stabdhah — stunned (in ecstasy); bhavati — becomes; ātma-ārāmah — self-content (because of being engaged in the service of the Lord); bhavati — becomes.


One who understands perfectly the process of devotional service in love of Godhead becomes intoxicated in its discharge. Sometimes he becomes stunned in ecstasy and thus enjoys his whole self, being engaged in the service of the Supreme Self.


Srila Prabhupada, in his purport to this verse, points out a supporting verse given in the Srimad Bagavatam, 11.2.40;

evam-vratah sva-priya-nāma-kīrtyā
jātānurāgo druta-citta uccaih
hasaty atho roditi rauti gāyaty
unmāda-van nrtyati loka-bāhyah

"A person engaged in the devotional service of the Lord in full Krsna consciousness automatically becomes carried away by ecstasy when he chants and hears the holy name of Krsna. His heart becomes slackened while chanting the holy name, he becomes almost like a madman, and he does not care for any outward social conventions. Thus sometimes he laughs, sometimes he weeps, sometimes he cries out very loudly, sometimes he sings, and sometimes he dances and forgets himself."

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