Monday, October 12, 2009

Prameya eight - Worship of Lord Hari is the cause of liberation


By worshiping the Lord, Dhruva got everything he desired, even liberation




Bhakti, being beyond liberation, indeed brings liberation. There are innumerable passages in the scriptures that support this. For example:

janma karma ca me divyam evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti so 'rjuna

“One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.”
>> Ref. VedaBase => Bg 4.9

Factually, simply by chanting Lord Krsna’s Holy Names one becomes eligible for liberation:

kaler dosa-nidhe rajann asti hy eko mahan gunah
kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet

“My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom.”
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 12.3.51

The Smrti-sastra explains:

hari-namaksarair gatram ankayec candanadina
sa loka-pavano bhutva tasya lokam avapnuyat

"One who marks his body with the letters of Lord Hari's holy names drawn in sandalwood paste or other similar substances, purifies the entire world and becomes eligible to enter the Lord's spiritual abode."

Bhakti is so powerful that can produce any result desired by the devotee. However, it is important to understand that the ultimate fruit of bhakti is unalloyed love for Krsna, not anything else, which could indeed be a distraction from that goal. But for attaining Krsna the topmost stage of bhakti is required, either by vaidhi-marga, according to rules and regulations, or by raganuga-marga, according to spontaneous love. In the former case, scriptural knowledge and detachment are essential factors to assure success.