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"This timeless classic, composed in Sanskrit in the seventeenth century, gives a compelling description of the stages of spiritual progress, likened to the flourishing of a beautiful vine. What do we, as spiritual practitioners, experience as the vine of devotion blossoms? How do our dealings with others, our attitudes and our behaviour affect its development? How can we assess and enhance its growth? Citing verses from Vedic antiquity, Madhurya-kadambini answers these and other questions with unparalleled clarity, insight and beauty. Many leaves now suddenly manifest on this vine, expanding its beauty at every moment and causing the flower of pure spiritual emotion(bhava) to blossom to its ultimate potential and bear the fruit of rapturous love of God (prema)". Madhurya-kadambini, Shower 8.
Madhurya-kadambini ("A Cloud Bank of Nectar") is a cherished companion, inspiration and guide on one's momentous inner journey. It illuminates the nature of bhakti (selfless devotion), the sequence of the symptoms indicating bhakti's blossoming, and the practices integral to tangible spiritual progress. Showering its ambrosial rain upon the heart, it gives full nourishment to the wish-fulfilling vine of devotion. Srlla Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura (1626—1708) is venerated for protecting and revealing the most esoteric secrets of the Gaudlya Vaisnava tradition. Among his works, and indeed among all texts on devotion, this Madhurya-kadambini is unique for the insight it gives on the stages of bhakti.
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has cleverly crafted this poem with simple yet profound language, in such a way that the charming transcendental sentiments of these four pastimes will astound and infatuate the hearts of all devotees who are expert in tasting transcendental sentiments. These pastimes are filled with the transcendental mellow of laughter (hasya-rasa), which will submerge all readers in an ocean of blissful delight. The scriptures on rhetoric say, “rase saraù camatkaraù – the essence of rasa is astonishment.” This book is the very essence of rasa, and thus it derives its name, Sri Camatkara-candrika – a moonbeam of complete astonishment.
mādhurya-kādambinī-grantha jagat kailo dhanya
cakravartī-mukhe vaktā āpani śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya (1)
Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura has blessed the whole world by writing the book Mādhurya-kādambinī. In reality, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu is the speaker of this book. He has spoken it through the mouth of Śrī Cakravartī.
keho kahen-cakravartī śrī rūper avatāra
kaṭhina je tattva saral korite pracāra (2)
Some people say that Śrī Cakravartī Ṭhākura is an incarnation of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. He is very expert in the art of describing extremely complex truths in an easily understandable manner.
ohe guṇa-nidhi śrī-viśvanātha cakravartī
ki jānibo tomār guṇa mui mūḓha mati (3)
O ocean of mercy, Śrī Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura! I am a great fool. Kindly reveal the mystery of your transcendental qualities in my heart. This is my prayer at your lotus feet.
CONTENTS/SYNOPSIS: Introduction, Editors Preface:
"May that unrestrained and unlimitedly powerful cloud bank of Śrīman Mahāprabhu’s sweet mercy, the influence of which is felt even from a great distance, fill me, a dry, lifeless tree in the desert, with life-giving rasa." Mādhurya-kādambinī, First Shower of Nectar - Pre-eminence of Bhakti
"Meanwhile, fresh sprouts appear. When fully manifest, these sprouts are known as the two leaves of sādhana-bhakti. One leaf is kleśa-ghnī – that which destroys all misery. The other is śubha-dā – that which bestows auspiciousness." - Mādhurya-kādambinī, Second Shower of Nectar - Delineation of the First Three Stages of Bhakti
"According to this logic, after commencing the practice of devotional service (bhajana-kriyā), the eradication of anarthas arising from past aparādhas is partial. Upon developing firm faith (niṣṭhā), the eradication is extensive. When one develops transcendental affection (rati) for Śrī Bhagavān, the eradication is almost complete. When the sun of love of Godhead (prema) rises, its destruction is complete. And when one obtains the lotus feet of Bhagavān [that is, becomes His direct associate], the eradication of this anartha is absolute." - Mādhurya-kādambinī, Third Shower of Nectar - Elimination of All Impediments to Bhakti (Anartha-nivṛtti)
"Even when someone desires to daily perform the limbs (aṅgas) of bhakti, such as śravaṇa and kīrtana, if he is still in the stage of being bound by anarthas, then he will be unable to make his performance of bhakti steady on account of the following five almost irrepressible obstacles: laya (drowsiness), vikṣepa (distraction), apratipatti (incompetence), kaṣāya (bitterness) and rasāsvāda (taste for mundane pleasure)." - Mādhurya-kādambinī, Fourth Shower of Nectar - Flow of Ambrosia (Niṣṭhā)
"When ruci is awakened, a person does not experience even the slightest trace of fatigue in his repeated performance of hearing, chanting and other limbs (aṅgas) of devotion, as he did at previous stages. This ruci quickly makes the devotee addicted to his practice of the aṅgas of bhakti." - Mādhurya-kādambinī, Fifth Shower of Nectar - Realization of Transcendental Taste (Ruci)
"This āsakti represents the stage in the growth of the wish-fulfilling vine of devotion in which clusters of buds appear, indicating that very soon this wish-fulfilling vine will produce the flower of bhāva and the fruit of prema. Ruci makes bhajana (developing a mood of devotional service) its object, whereas āsakti makes bhajanīya (Śrī Kṛṣṇa – the goal of bhajana) its object. Āsakti cleanses the mirror of the heart of the sādhaka to such an extent that when Bhagavān’s reflection suddenly manifests in his heart, the sādhaka feels that he is having Bhagavān’s direct audience." - Mādhurya-kādambinī, Sixth Shower of Nectar - Enchantment of the Heart (Āsakti)
"The intelligence of the devotee who has attained bhāva is incessantly fixed on attaining his sole cherished goal. In each of the three states of consciousness – wakefulness, dreaming and deep sleep – he remains a traveller on the path of constant remembrance of Śrī Bhagavān." - Mādhurya-kādambinī, Seventh Shower of Nectar - Flow of Divine Rapture (Bhāva)
"First, Śrī Bhagavān manifests His beauty (saundarya) before the eyes of the utterly astonished devotee. The influence of Bhagavān’s sweetness as it manifests before the devotee’s sense of sight is such that all the devotee’s senses, even his mind, become like eyes. The devotee’s darśana is interrupted by ecstatic transformations (sāttvika-vikāra), such as becoming stunned, horripilation and tears, and in bliss, he loses consciousness." - Mādhurya-kādambinī, Eighth Shower of Nectar - Absolute Fulfilment of the Soul’s Yearning (Prema)
Glossary - Section Index, Verse Index, Fold Out Chart.
TITLE: Madhurya Kadambini - A Cloud Bank of Nectar
AUTHOR: Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura
Translated from the Hindi edition of Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
PUBLISHER: Gaudiya Vedanta Publications.
ISBNs: 978-1-633161-69-6 9781633161696 1633161692 16-33161-69-2
Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number: 2018908478
EDITION: First August, 2018.
Pages and Size : 70, 9" X 7", With Golden Embossed Dust Jacket and a Fold Out Chart.
SHIPPING WEIGHT: 990 grams.
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