|Adi-lila||Chapter 8: The Author Receives the Orders of Krishna and Guru|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 8.17
jnanatah su-labha muktir
jnanatah -- by cultivation of knowledge; su-labha -- easily obtainable; muktih -- liberation; bhuktih -- sense enjoyment; yajna-adi -- performance of sacrifices, etc.; punyatah -- and by performing pious activities; sa -- that; iyam -- this; sadhana-sahasraih -- execution of thousands of sacrifices; hari-bhaktih -- devotional service; su-durlabha -- is very rare.
"By cultivating philosophical knowledge one can understand his spiritual position and thus be liberated, and by performing sacrifices and pious activities one can achieve sense gratification in a higher planetary system, but the devotional service of the Lord is so rare that even by executing hundreds and thousands of such sacrifices one cannot obtain it."
Prahlada Maharaja instructs:
matir na krishne paratah svato va
mitho 'bhipadyeta griha-vratanam
naisham matis tavad urukramanghrim
sprisaty anarthapagamo yad-arthah
nishkincananam na vrinita yavat
These slokas are to be discussed. Their purport is that one cannot obtain krishna-bhakti, or the devotional service of the Lord, by official execution of the Vedic rituals. One has to approach a pure devotee. Narottama dasa Thakura sings, chadiya vaishnava-seva nistara payeche keba: "Who has been elevated without rendering service to a pure Vaishnava?" It is the statement of Prahlada Maharaja that unless one is able to accept the dust from the lotus feet of a pure Vaishnava there is no possibility of achieving the platform of devotional service. That is the secret. The above-mentioned tantra-vacana, quoted from the Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (1.1.36), is our perfect guidance in this connection.
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