From Sri Prema Bhakti Candrika

of Srila Narottam Das Thakur

anyabhilasitasunyam jnana-karmady-anavrtam
anukulyena krsnanusilanaµm bhaktir uttama

“One should render transcendental loving service to the Supreme Lord Krsna favourably and without desire for material profit or gain through fruitive activities or philosophical speculation. That is called pure devotional service.”
(Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.1.11)

anya abhilasa chari, jnana-karma parihari,
kayamane koribo bhajana
sadhu-sange krsna-seba, na pujibo devi deva,
ei bhakti parama karana

Giving up all desires for the path of jnana and karma, I shall engage my mind and body in bhajana. In the association of the Vaisnavas, Krsna’s seva should be performed without the worship of any other deva or devi. This is the cause of parama-bhakti.

mahajaner jei patha, tate habo anurata,
purbapara koriya bicara
sadhana-smarana-lila, ihate na koro hela,
kayamane koriya su-sara

Let us follow the path outlined by the mahajanas, carefully examining the versions they have delineated in both past and present. In our daily performance of sadhana, we must not neglect lila-smarana, for devotional activities should be performed with the mind as well as the body.

asat-sanga koro tyaga, chara anya anuraga,
karmi jnani parihari dure
kebala bhakata-sanga, prema-katha rasa-ranga,
lila-katha braja-rasa-pure

Let us abandon all forms of asat-sanga, other unnecessary attachments, and the company of karmis and jnanis. Then, in the association of sincere bhaktas, just discuss the pleasurable mellows of prema-bhakti found in vraja-lila-katha.

yogi nyasi karmi jnani, anya-deba-pujaka dhyani,
iha loka dure parihari
dharma karma duhkha soka, jeba thake anya joga,
chari bhaja giri-bara-dhari

Furthermore, the yogis, mayavadi-sannyasis, karmis, jnanis, worshippers of other devatas, and those who meditate on the impersonal Brahman can also be kept at a distance. Other forms of dharma and fruitive activities, what to speak of all types of material distress or lamentation, should similarly be left behind.
In this way, simply worship Giridhari!

tirtha-jatra parikrama, kebala manera bhrama,
sarva-siddhi govinda-carana
dridha bisvas hrde kori, mada matsaryya parihari,
sada koro ananya-bhajana

The great endeavor and fatigue involved in visiting numerous holy tirthas only confuses the mind, for all perfection can be attained by simply worshipping Sri Govinda’s lotus feet. Maintain firm faith and don’t become overwhelmed by intoxi-cating false pride and envy. Rather, always perform one-pointed bhajana.

krsna-bhakta-anga heri, krsna-bhakta-sanga kori,
sraddhanvita srabana kirtana
arcana smarana dhyana, naba-bhakti mahajnana,
ei bhakti parama karana

Behold the forms of the krsnabhaktas and take their association. In this way, with faith perform sravana, kirtana, arcana, smarana, meditation on Krsna’s lotus feet, and the other prescribed forms of seva, for these nine process constitute the very cause of bhakti.

hrsike govinda-seba, na pujibo devi-deva,
ei ta ananya-bhakti-katha
ar jata upalambha, visesa sakali dambha,
dekhite lagaye mane byatha

With all of the senses, perform govinda-seva and omit the puja of the devis and devas. This is the meaning of unalloyed bhakti. Any other activities will simply bring sorrow. It is especially painful to the heart to see false pride being displayed.

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