Various Activities Related to the Arcana are Very Important

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Srila Prabhupada and Yamuna Devi Dasi

Samksepa-arcana-paddhati

The chanting of the holy names leads to total perfection, yet in one’s devotional life the various activities related to the arcana are very important.

In the morning, after washing, the sadhaka should sit on an asana looking east. Touching the water in your patra-bench you invoke all the tirthas by chanting this mantra:

gange ca yamune caiva

godavari sarasvati

narmade sindho kaveri

jale ‘smin sannidhim kuru

Sprinkling water on your head, then perform the acamana by chanting, om sri visnuh, om sri visnuh. Then you mark your body in twelve points with the gopicandana as you recite:

lalate kesavam dhyayen

narayanam athodare

vaksah-sthale madhavam tu

govindam kantha-kupake

visnum ca daksine kuksau

bahau ca madhusudanam

trivikramam kandhare you

vamanam vama-parsvake

sridharam vama bahau tu

hrsikesam ca kandhare

prsthe tu padma-nabham ca

katyam damodaram nyaset

tat praksalana-toyam tu

vasudevaya murdhani

First do the guru-puja, meditating on your guru like this:

pratah sriman-navadvipe

dvi-netram dvi-bhujam gurum

varabhaya-pradam santam

smaret tan-nama-purvakam

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu sits under a jeweled pavilion. On His right sits Nityananda Prabhu and on His left Gadadhara Pandita. Also standing on the right is Advaita Prabhu offering prayers with folded hands. Also standing on the left is Srivasa Pandita holding a parasol. Sri Gurudeva sits on an altar below.

 

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

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