Bhakti Notes 2017-07-11T11:43:08+00:00

Bhakti Notes

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In the early 1980’s, American rock band, The Talking Heads, released a song entitled Burning Down the House. The first line of this once wildly popular song goes like this:

“Watch out, you might get what you’re after!”

Indeed, the bhakti scriptures similarly advise us to be careful about what we ask for because being blessed with material success is often more of a burden than a benediction.

For example, the Srimad-Bhagavatam says that when the demon, Hiranyakasipu, prayed for grand material opulence and power, lord Brahma warned him that upon getting these benedictions, Hiranyakasipu would soon find them a burden to maintain. This proved to be true.

george-harrisonThose who wish to be actually satisfied may pray for pure, unmotivated service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna; for by achieving such service, or even by asking for it, one becomes blissful.

“The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self.”[1] [1] Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6

 

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