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SWAMI VIVEKANANDA ON NARADA BHAKTI
Swami Vivekananda discussed about Narada Sutra in America in 1895. The main discussion was about the essence of Narada Bhakti.

THE SUTRAS :

Narada Bhakti Sutras are :

1. Bhakti is intense love for God.

2. It is the nectar of love,

3. Getting Narada Bhakti à man becomes perfect, immortal, and satisfied for ever,

Explanation:

Narada Bhakti is found in
Swami Vivekananda’s love , Bhuddha’s love , Sree Ramkrishna’s love – all have no personal desire . Their selfless love is eternal.

Pure love makes a man perfect.

Radha & Krishna’s love is immortal.

Selfless love is immortal what we find in Krishna and Radha.

4. Getting which man desires no more, does not become jealous of anything, does not take pleasure in vanities,

5. Knowing which man becomes filled with spirituality, becomes calm , and finds pleasure only in God .

6. It can not be used to fill any desire , itself being the check to all desired.

7. Sannyasa is giving up both the popular and the spiritual forms of worship.

But it’s not for all. Sannyasa is the best means to achieve perfection , but it’s not for the common people. Remuneration is not possible for a man who has deep attractions in the worldly pleasure.

8. The Bhakti-Sannyasin is the one whose whole soul goes unto God , and whatever militates against love to God , he rejects.

9. Giving up all other refuge, he takes refuge in God.

10. Scriptures are to be followed as long as one’s life has not become firm.

11. Or else there is danger of doing evil in the name of liberty.

12.When love becomes established, even social forms are given up , except those which are necessary for the preservation of life.

13. There have been many definitions of love, but Narada gives these as the signs of love; When all thoughts, all words, and all deeds are given up unto the Lord, and the least forgetfulness of God makes one intensely miserable, then love has begun.

14. As the Gopis had it-

15. Because, although worshipping God as their lover , they never forgot his God- nature ;

16. Otherwise they would have committed the sin of unchastity.

17. This is the highest form of love, because there is no desire of reciprocity, which desire is in all human love.

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nitinsingh · February 12
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Wayne B · February 28
“13. There have been many definitions of love, but Narada gives these as the signs of love; When all thoughts, all words, and all deeds are given up unto the Lord, and the least forgetfulness of God makes one intensely miserable, then love has begun. 14. As the Gopis had it- 15. Because, although worshipping God as their lover , they never forgot his God- nature ; 16. Otherwise they would have committed the sin of unchastity. 17. This is the highest form of love, because there is no desire of reciprocity, which desire is in all human love.”
This last part really interests me, and resonates with me.

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Sushil Rudra · December 12
I’m very glad that you have read my post seriously. Your comments are always welcome. Thanks a lot.

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Bhavanajagat · March 9
The Concept of Detached Devotion: Saint Narada is indeed a great devotee of Lord Krishna. But, it must be noted that Lord Krishna has categorically claimed that He is not attached to His creation. “By Me, in My unmanifested form, this entire universe is pervaded. All beings are in Me, but I am not in them.” ( Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, verse 4) Lord Krishna remains aloof, distant, disinterested, or even alienated from His creation. For God has detached Himself, the devotee has no choice other than that of showing his devotion without seeking attachment to God.

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Sushil Rudra · September 21
Thank you so much for your comment