The Bhagavat-nama-kaumudi quotes the Puranas as follows:
naktam diva ca gatabhir jita-nidra eko
nirvinna iksitapatho mita-bhuk prasantah
yady acyute bhagavati sva-mano na sajjen-
namani tad rati karani pathed vilajjah
If your mind is not fixed on the remembrance of Krishna, then chant those main names (such as Krishna and Govinda) that increase attachment to Him. Chant day and night without fear or shame, overcome sleep, detach from worldly activities, eat in a simple way and always seek in a state of tranquility the way of spiritual truth.
Srimad Bhagavatam (6.3.22) states:
etavan eva loke ‘smin
pumsam dharmah parah smrtah
Devotional service, which begins with the chanting of Krishna’s holy name, is the highest religious principle in human society to the living entity.
Remembering Krishna’s pastimes:
If one remembers kunja-bhanga-lila (when Radha and Krishna separate after their pastimes in the forest) at the end of the night, one can enjoy the intimate pastimes of Radha and Krishna.
ratryante trastavrnderita bahu-vira-vaibodhitau kirasari
padyair-hrdhyair api sukha-sayanad-utthitau tau sakhibhih
drstau hrstau tadatvoditarati-lalitau kakkhatigih sasankau
radha-krishnau satrsnav api nija-nija dhamnyapta talpau smarami
Towards the end of the night, Vrnda, afraid of the coming of the day, prompted the parrot and myna to awaken Sri Sri Radha and Krishna from Their sleep. Although the birds sang softly, their singing was not pleasant because it woke up Radha and Krishna. The sakhis watched from a distance the couple wake up; They both had a very fascinating aspect due to the deep love and affection They shared at that moment. Wary of the voice of the monkey, Kakkhati, and eager to stay together, They looked at each other for a long time. Then reluctantly, Radha and Krishna headed to Their respective abodes where, without making a sound, They lay down in Their beds.
I adore Radha and Krishna with the memory of this pastime. Remember this pastime and chant Krishna’s name. You will get the treasure of Krishna-prema and Krishna’s dhama.
Thus ends the Prathama-yama Sadhana of Sri Bhajana-rahasya.
This is a section of the book “Bhajana Rahasya”, by Bhaktivinode Thakura.
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