Maintaining Steady Devotion during Unsteady Practice: Stage 6

Stage 6: Frolicking in bhakti’s pleasant waves - taranga rangini. Distinguished in human society the devotee is awarded labha (profit), puja (adoration) and pratistha (distinction). In the vast and unlimited ocean of bhakti-rasa such rewards, by-products of bhakti, are only small waves (taranga) of personal pleasure (ranga). However, such benefits,...

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Maintaining Steady Devotion during Unsteady Practice: Stage 3

Stage 3: Parading possibilities - vyudha vikalpa. During this stage doubts and wild speculations assail one’s resolve by presentation of various prospects of accelerated advancement through a major adjustment of lifestyle or service. The householder may think of renouncing his family responsibilities; the brahmacari contemplates family life; one engaged in...

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