Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hari-bhakti-vilasa of Gopal under Sanatana





The subject matter of the Hari-bhakti-vilasa, by Sri Sanatana Gosvami, was collected by Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami and is known as a vaishnava-smriti. This vaishnava-smriti-grantha was finished in twenty chapters, known as vilasas.

1. In the first vilasa there is a description of how a relationship is established between the spiritual master and the disciple, and mantras are explained.
2. In the second vilasa, the process of initiation is described.
3. In the third vilasa, the methods of Vaishnava behavior are given, with emphasis on cleanliness, constant remembrance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the chanting of the mantras given by the initiating spiritual master.
4. In the fourth vilasa are descriptions of samskara, the reformatory method;tilaka, the application of twelve tilakas on twelve places of the body; mudra, marks on the body; mala, chanting with beads; and guru-puja, worship of the spiritual master.
5. In the fifth vilasa, one is instructed on how to make a place to sit for meditation, and there are descriptions of breathing exercises, meditation and worship of the salagrama-sila representation of Lord Vishnu.
6. In the sixth vilasa, the required practices for inviting the transcendental form of the Lord and bathing Him are given.
7. In the seventh vilasa, one is instructed on how to collect flowers used for the worship of Lord Vishnu.
8. In the eighth vilasa, there is a description of the Deity and instructions on how to set up incense, light lamps, make offerings, dance, play music, beat drums, garland the Deity, offer prayers and obeisances and counteract offenses.
9. In the ninth vilasa, there are descriptions about collecting tulasi leaves, offering oblations to forefathers according to Vaishnava rituals, and offering food.
10. In the tenth vilasathere are descriptions of the devotees of the Lord (Vaishnavas, or saintly persons).
11. In the eleventh vilasa, there are elaborate descriptions of Deity worship and the glories of the holy name of the Lord. One is instructed on how to chant the holy name of the Deity, and there are discussions about offenses committed while chanting the holy name, along with methods for getting relief from such offenses. There are also descriptions of the glories of devotional service and the surrendering process.
12. In the twelfth vilasa, Ekadasi is described.
13. In the thirteenth vilasa, fasting is discussed, as well as observance of the Maha-dvadasiceremony.
14. In the fourteenth vilasa, different duties for different months are outlined.
15. In the fifteenth vilasa, there are instructions on how to observe Ekadasi fasting without even drinking water. There are also descriptions of branding the body with the symbols of Vishnu, discussions of Caturmasya observations during the rainy season, and discussions of Janmashtami, Parsvaikadasi, Sravana-dvadasi, Rama-navami and Vijaya-dasami.
16. The sixteenth vilasa discusses duties to be observed in the month of Karttika (October-November), or the Damodara month, or Urja, when lamps are offered in the Deity room or above the temple. There are also descriptions of the Govardhana-puja and Ratha-yatra.
17. The seventeenth vilasa discusses preparations for Deity worship, maha-mantra chanting and the process of japa.
18. In the eighteenth vilasa the different forms of Sri Vishnu are described.
19. The nineteenth vilasa discusses the establishment of the Deity and the rituals observed in bathing the Deity before installation.
20. The twentieth vilasa discusses the construction of temples, referring to those constructed by the great devotees