SmartMag02_TCBL-tsTaking Care of Bhakti-Latā 

A brilliant lecture on Caitanya-caritāmṛta,  Ādi-līlā  8.50-57
by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja.
Given on the 5th December, 1991 in Bhubaneswar, India.

The significance of Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma – plough and flute – is cultivation and attraction. First Lord Balarāma will use His plough and repeatedly cultivate the land. Only after all filth and nasty things are destroyed, the land, which is the heart, is properly cultivated. Then the land is ready for the seed, the bhakti-latā-bīja, to be sown. Then you, the mālī, or gardener, have to take care of it by regular watering. Śravaṇa-kīrtana-jale karaye secana – if you water the seed gradually by the process of śravaṇa and kīrtana [hearing and chanting], the seed will begin to sprout. This śravaṇa, hearing from the lips of sādhu, Vaiṣṇava, guru, ācārya and chanting under his guidance, is watering.

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