Sincere humility is described in Krishna-karnamrta (30):
nibaddha-murddhanjalir esa yace
daya-nidhe deva bhavat kataksam
daksinyalesena sakrn nisinca
This rascal weeps with folded hands and, without hesitation, offers you these prayers sincerely. I pray in a sobbing voice: ‘O merciful Lord, be kind to me! Put Your merciful gaze on me once and save my life.’
One can gradually perform kirtana and take refuge in marital rasa. We find the following statement in Krishna-karnamrta (29):
mayi prasadam madhuraih kataksair
tvayi prasanne kim iha parair nas
tvayaprasanne kim iha parair nah
Oh Lord, kindly grant me mercy in the form of Your gaze moving sideways followed by the sweet sound of Your flute. When You are satisfied with me it does not matter that others are not. But when You are dissatisfied with me, what benefit do I derive from having satisfied others?
By performing kirtana in this way, with firm faith, one can reach the level of ruci (transcendental taste), and gradually reach prema.
Always remember the pastime of purvahna (before noon) while singing. The following description is given in the Govinda-lilamrta:
purvahne dhenu-mitrair vipinam anusrtam gostha- lokanuyatam
krishnam radhapti-lolam tad abhisrti-krte prapta-tat-kunda- tiram
radham calokya krishnam krta-grha-gamanam aryayarkarcanayai
distam krishna-pravrtyai prahita-nija-sakhi-vartma-netram smarami
I remember Sri Krishna going to the forest before noon followed by His friends, the little shepherds, and the cows. Nanda Maharaja, Yasoda and other Vrajavasi follow Him. Eager to meet Radharani, Krishna leaves His shepherd friends and cows behind Him and goes to the banks of Radha-kunda.
I also remember Srimati Radharani, who, from Nanda-grama, returns home after catching Krishna’s signal that they would meet later out of the corner of Her eye. Her mother-in-law, Jatila, orders Her to worship the sun god. But Radharani looks down the road from where Her sakhis will return with the news of the place where Krishna is waiting for Her, and She looks forward to it.
Thus ends the Trtiya-yama Sadhana of Sri Bhajana-rahasya.
This is a section of the book “Bhajana Rahasya”, by Bhaktivinode Thakura.
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