To Mature Means That One Should Carefully Avoid Namaparadha

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By performing the practices of devotional service according to the teachings of the Siksastaka, Krishna’s pastimes gradually manifest in the heart of the devotee. In his commentary on the Siksastaka, the Sammodana-bhasya, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura states that in the first verse the word param indicates that after the sraddha and sat-sanga, that is, at the stage of bhajana-kriya, one dedicates oneself to chanting the holy name.

One should practice bhajana for a few days. Through this discipline the practitioner must then mature, as explained in the second verse.

To mature means that one should carefully avoid namaparadha as the word durdaivam indicates, after which one is able to properly glorify the holy name, form, attributes and pastimes of the Lord.


One should progressively focus on bhajana. The fifth sloka deals with the acceptance of one’s spiritual body (siddha-deha). After accepting siddha-deha, one should begin bhajana by taking refuge at the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani and progress gradually.

Bhajana performed according to the sixth sloka indicates disappearance.

The external symptoms of bhava are described in the sixth verse. At this level the sadhaka has already overcome almost all the anarthas and introduces the adhikara (qualification) necessary to attain siddha-deha. If one thinks of his siddha-deha without having attained adhikara his intellect will be misled.


This is a section of the book “Bhajana Rahasya”, by Bhaktivinode Thakura.

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