Smart Quote of the Day, August 8, 2019

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“O King, for great yogis who have completely renounced all material connections, for those who desire all material enjoyment and for those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge, constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord is recommended.”

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This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.23-24

[In this chapter, the saintly prince Prahlad is answering his demonic father's question, "What is the best thing you've learned in school?" Instead of the answer he was expecting, Prahlad begins to tell him about devotional service (bhakti-yoga) to the Supreme Person.]

TRANSLATION

Prahlada Maharaja said: Hearing and chanting about the transcendental holy name, form, qualities, paraphernalia and pastimes of Lord Vishnu, remembering them, serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offering the Lord respectful worship with sixteen types of paraphernalia, offering prayers to the Lord, becoming His servant, considering the Lord one’s best friend, and surrendering everything unto Him (in other words, serving Him with the body, mind and words) — these nine processes are accepted as pure devotional service. One who has dedicated his life to the service of Krishna through these nine methods should be understood to be the most learned person, for he has acquired complete knowledge.

PURPORT (excerpt):

(3) Smaranam. After one regularly performs the processes of hearing and chanting and after the core of one’s heart is cleansed, smaranam, remembering, is recommended. In Srimad-Bhagavatam (2.1.11) Sukadeva Gosvami tells King Pariksit:


etan nirvidyamananam
 icchatam akuto-bhayam
yoginam nrpa nirnitam
 harer namanukirtanam

“O King, for great yogis who have completely renounced all material connections, for those who desire all material enjoyment and for those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge, constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord is recommended.”

According to different relationships with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, there are varieties of namanukirtanam, chanting of the holy name, and thus according to different relationships and mellows there are five kinds of remembering. These are as follows:

  • (a) conducting research into the worship of a particular form of the Lord
  • (b) concentrating the mind on one subject and withdrawing the mind’s activities of thinking, feeling and willing from all other subjects
  • (c) concentrating upon a particular form of the Lord (this is called meditation)
  • (d) concentrating one’s mind continuously on the form of the Lord (this is called dhruvanusmrti, or perfect meditation), and
  • (e) awakening a likening for concentration upon a particular form (this is called samadhi, or trance).

Mental concentration upon particular pastimes of the Lord in particular circumstances is also called remembrance. Therefore samadhi, trance, can be possible in five different ways in terms of one’s relationship. Specifically, the trance of devotees on the stage of neutrality is called mental concentration.

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