3.1 Worship Me and Offer Obeisances to Me — Bhagavan is made hungry by a devotee’s prema

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    The discussion on this thread is on the first part of Chapter Three of Nectar of Govinda-lila, pages 37 to 41 in the fourth edition.

    Click here to read this section online.

    Or click here to download the pdf of the third chapter.

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    Madhukar das

    Haribol. Here are a couple of questions from this section for consideration, or if there’s any other point that inspired you, please post!

    From page 38:

    How must we surrender to the guru? As it says in the Gita:
    tad viddhi pranipatena
    pariprasnena sevaya
    upadeksyanti te jnanam
    jnaninas tattva-darsinah
    Bhagavad-gita (4.34)

    One who approaches the guru with these three tendencies: submission (pranipatena), relevant inquiry (pariprasnena) and sincere service (sevaya) is qualified to understand this knowledge. If someone approaches the guru and demands answers to his questions, or if he doesn’t attentively listen to the answers and has to ask the same questions again, then the guru will only give him superficial instructions.

    Why is it necessary to inquire from sri guru? What if we don’t have any questions? And what if sri guru isn’t physically present with us, how do we make submissive inquiry then?

    From page 40

    Similarly, if there is no love in a sadhaka, then Bhagavan will not be hungry and will not be satisfied by that devotee’s arcana. If Bhagavan is made hungry by a devotee’s prema, then whether there have been sixteen kinds of paraphernalia used or only one kind, He will accept it.

    If I have no love, and Bhagavan isn’t accepting my offering, is there any point in performing worship?

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    Madhukar das

    A point just struck me as I read this sentence from page 38:

    Concerning this, Krsna has taken a vow that to anyone whose heart has not been purified by austerities, who is not surrendered and who has not served guru and Vaisnavas, the essential knowledge of the Gita will not be given.

    In the first chapter Gurudeva explained the necessity for making a strong foundation of Bhagavad-gita so that the palace of Srimad Bhagavatam can be built on top of it. If we don’t have this foundation, then we’ll only take a mundane understanding of what’s described in Srimad-Bhagavatam. But from this sentence above, we learn that we’ll just take a mundane understanding of the Bhagavad-gita if we don’t approach sri guru with these three tendencies: submission (pranipatena), relevant inquiry (pariprasnena) and sincere service (sevaya). First things first!

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