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NAVDHA BHAKTI

In order to engage our three faculties: speech, body and mind in devotion, our scriptures prescribe Navdha Bhakti or nine ways of devotion. Among them, Shravana- Kirtana-Smarana are for speech, Padasevana-Archana-Vandana are for body & Dasya- Sakhya-Atmanivedana are for mind. By voluntarily getting engaged, we can achieve total involvement in devotion, leading to the tenth & ultimate way of involuntary devotion that of love i.e Premalakshana Bhakti.

In front of the lord, we should worship by our body in ways of Padasevana-Archana- Vandana and with our mind in ways of Dasya-Sakhya-Atmanivedana as and when appropriate.

Speech can be engaged by singing Kirtan for the lord. Shravana means listening scriptures from a learned follower of our sect in order to conclude that our lord is divine and so are his Lila. As a Shloka of Shri Bhagawata Purana states, Lord enters from our ears and gets into our hearts by Shravana. Once getting there, he cleans our lake-like heart the way Sharad season cleans water in a lake!

Thakorji’s (Pragatya) is the Phala. Prem (love) is the only cause of the same. Navdha bhakti is the cause of love. Pushti Bhakta should start devotional worship of Shri Krishna in his own house by his own body-wealth-mind with the co-operation of other family members, and also performing nine types of worship (navdha bhakti) prescribed in scriptures of Bhakti.

Among Navdha Bhakti, Padasevana-Archana-Vandana are for body. Our body can be engaged in devotion by performing Seva of our Sevya Swaroop residing with us in our home. As a mark of honour, the word ‘pada’ has been used here; but it is not confined to the Lord’s feet only. It includes the whole. Thus Padasevana involves the whole. Thus Padasevana involves all services to the Lord, from waking Him up to making Him sleep.

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