This book consists of a collection of instructions by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja on how truly humble and harmonious dealings are conducive to our practice of bhakti. His purpose in giving us the tools by which we can have proper and affectionate dealings with each other is to ensure our strong and steady progress toward achieving the ultimate goal of life.
The soul’s nature is to seek real freedom, to hanker for lasting pleasure. We seek satisfaction and happiness in the world around us, but our experiences over time expose the futility of such ephemeral pleasure. Enlightened souls, who are full of compassion, describe the reality of a permanent bliss based on a lasting spiritual existence. Their writings provide us with an intimate insight into reality, which is replete with variety, form, qualities and exquisite, lustrous personalities.
During his second tour to the United States in May, 1997, our beloved Srila Gurudeva delivered a series of eleven lectures in Badger, California, on Srila Rupa Gosvami’s Upadesamrta as translated and commented on by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupäda. He spoke these lectures with the aim of encouraging Srila Prabhupada’s disciples and followers to move for- ward in their devotional practices.
We must know what is the aim and object of our sadhana-bhajana. We must know whether we are only performing arcana, or whether we are actually trying to enter into bhajana. We may think that we are engaged in so much devotional service and so much preaching work, but we must be careful. If we are not trying to do bhajana, if we are not trying to enter into the realm of real bhakti, then all of these activities are karmanga.