Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 4 Text 10
man-maya mam upasritah
puta mad-bhavam agatah
vita--freed from; raga--attachment; bhaya--fear; krodhah--and anger; mat-maya--fully in Me; mam--in Me; upasritah--being fully situated; bahavah--many; jnana--of knowledge; tapasa--by the penance; putah--being purified; mat-bhavam--transcendental love for Me; agatah--attained.
Being freed from attachment, fear and anger, being fully absorbed in Me and taking refuge in Me, many, many persons in the past became purified by knowledge of Me--and thus they all attained transcendental love for Me.
Today as I read this sloka it dawned on me what a great promise this is. Being absorbed in Krishna not only will bring us the love of the Lord but will also free us from attachment, fear and anger. Who could ask for anything more?
In his purport Srila Prabhupada quotes this sloka from Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (1.4.15-16);
adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sango 'tha bhajana-kriya, tato 'nartha-nivrttih syat, tato nistha rucis tatah, athasaktis tato bhavas, tatah premabhyudancati, sadhakanam ayam premnah, pradurbhave bhavet kramah
"In the beginning one must have a preliminary desire for self-realization. This will bring one to the stage of trying to associate with persons who are spiritually elevated. In the next stage one becomes initiated by an elevated spiritual master, and under his instruction the neophyte devotee begins the process of devotional service. By execution of devotional service under the guidance of the spiritual master, one becomes free from all material attachment, attains steadiness in self-realization, and acquires a taste for hearing about the Absolute Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna. This taste leads one further forward to attachment for Krsna consciousness, which is matured in bhava, or the preliminary stage of transcendental love of God. Real love for God is called prema, the highest perfectional stage of life."