Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Upadesamrta, Text Three
utsahan niscayad dhairyat
sanga-tyagat sato vrtteh
sadbhir bhaktih prasidhyati

utsahat — by enthusiasm; niscayat — by confidence; dhairyat — by patience; tat-tat-karma — various activities favorable for devotional service; pravartanat — by performing; sanga-tyagat — by giving up the association of nondevotees; satah — of the great previous acaryas; vrtteh — by following in the footsteps; sadbhih — by these six; bhaktih — devotional service; prasidhyati — advances or becomes successful.


There are six principles favorable to the execution of pure devotional service: (1) being enthusiastic, (2) endeavoring with confidence, (3) being patient, (4) acting according to regulative principles [such as sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam – hearing, chanting and remembering Krsna], (5) abandoning the association of nondevotees, and (6) following in the footsteps of the previous acaryas. These six principles undoubtedly assure the complete success of pure devotional service.


Srila Prabhupada in The Nectar of Instruction give us this list in conjunction with this sloka;
The nine processes of devotional service are as follows: 1. Hearing the name and glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead  2. Chanting His glories  3. Remembering the Lord  4. Serving the Lord’s feet  5. Worshiping the Deity  6. Offering obeisances unto the Lord  7. Acting as the Lord’s servant  8. Making friends with the Lord  9. Surrendering oneself fully to the Lord.

These photo were taken at ISKCON Portland on April 16, 2014. H.H. Romapada Swami presided over the Initation Ceremony.

Here is a recording of his talk that day.

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