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Rays of The Harmonist On-Line Centennial Edition

Year 4, Issue 4,  Amāvasyā Special Edition
Posted: 30 April 2022

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Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

Appropriate Renunciation

by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Māhārāja

Appearing in English for the first time

Gurudeva smiling

Śrī Śrī Guru-Gauraṅgau Jayataḥ

Śrī Keśavajī Gauḍīya Maṭha
P.O. Mathurā (U.P.)
21 April, 1976

Mā Umā, 

When I was about to return [to Mathurā], I saw you were not well. Inform me how you are at present. 

It is indeed recommended to practise yukta-vairāgya (renunciation that develops a mood of devotion) that is appropriate for oneself (yatha-yogya). The renunciation by which the body becomes completely useless and which awakens impediments to hari-bhajana is not favourable for bhakti. You must accept bhagavat-prasāda appropriately. It is indeed proper to accept all the objects of the senses that are essential for one’s well-being, in a manner that is favourable for one’s kṛṣṇa-bhajana. This consequently results in a natural vairāgya and causes no obstruction to hari-sevā and hari-bhajana

  I hope that along with performing harināma you are also studying some bhakti-granthas (devotional scriptures). The bhakti-granthas are śikṣā-gurus. By their mercy one’s bhakti gradually excels.  

How is your mother and Sāvitrī dīdī?  Send news of the well-being of the others there. I am well in one way. Here, the weather has started to become hot. 

Reply by letter. Thus I conclude.

Śrī Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa

Adapted from The Gaudiya Volume 23, Issue 10
by the Rays of The Harmonist team


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