Narada Bhakti Sutras

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Chapter 2, Sutra 7


Prostrations to all.

Sutra 7 –
raja griha bhojanaadishu tathaiva dristatvaat

Word meaning
(bhakthi is self-sufficient)
Tathaiva dristatvaat – As it is seen similarly
Raja griha bhojanaadishu – in the case of king (who had forgotten his nature), house, food etc.

Sutra meaning
(Bhakthi is self-sufficient) As it is seen in the case of king, house, food etc.

In the previous sutra Narada had mentioned that Bhakthi is self-sufficient as it gives its own fruit thereby not requiring the help of any other path. In this sutra, he gives similar examples where it is found that the processes doesn’t require the help of any other path but gives its own fruit.

Let us first see the three examples that he is giving.

1. Raja – the example of the king
This example is quite popular in the Upanishads and found in Sankara’s Upanishad bhashyas as well. There was a son for a king but was lost when he was young. The son thus grew up like a farmer. But after a long time, he was informed that he is the son of the king thereby the future king and not a farmer. In this example, a new king was never made or created. The same person who thought himself as the farmer realizes his nature of king. Similarly in the case of bhakthi, there is nothing new created. Bhakthi when followed in itself gives the fruit which is realization of one’s own nature of ever-realized Lord. Thus bhakthi is self-sufficient and doesn’t require the help of any other path.

2. Griha – house
A person was going away from his house and suddenly wanted to return back to his house. Thus he started walking back and reached his own house. Here he didn’t come to a place which is not his – instead he came to the place which is his very nature. To return to his house, he doesn’t require any particular path but just remembrance of where the house is. Similarly bhakthi doesn’t require any other path’s help but just remembrance of the goal which is one’s very nature of Consciousness (symbolized by the house in this example).

3. Bhojana – food
A person feels hungry and thereby he eats food. The food can never remove hunger but it only gives the seeker the feeling that he has had food which in turn removes hunger which never really was there. There is nothing called hunger but it is only a feeling of wanting food. Similarly bhakthi doesn’t provide any new fruit so that it may have to depend on any other path – instead bhakthi just removes seemingly appearing ignorance of one’s own nature of Lord by making the seeker realize his very nature of Lord.

Narada justifies the examples by giving a reason in the next sutra. After that, he concludes this chapter with a final statement about bhakthi for seekers. We will see those in the next day.

Prostrations to all.


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