The Nectar of Devotion – Complete Science of Bhakti Yoga


Readers will find in The Nectar of Devotion, the complete science of bhakti yoga many interesting and instructive pastimes of Krishna and His devotees, from a variety of Vedic scriptural sources, each meant to illustrate a particular aspect of rasa—relationship with Krishna—and to show how each manifests practically in one’s life.


The Nectar of Devotion – The Complete Science of Bhakti Yoga:

The Nectar of Devotion is Srila Prabhupada’s summary study of Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (“The Ocean of the Pure Nectar of Devotional Service”) by Rupa Goswami, a direct disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Readers will find in The Nectar of Devotion many interesting and instructive pastimes of Krishna and His devotees, from a variety of Vedic scriptural sources, each meant to illustrate a particular aspect of rasa—relationship with Krishna—and to show how each manifests practically in one’s life.

Srila Prabhupada specifically composed The Nectar of Devotion as an essential volume for practitioners of bhakti-yoga, Krishna consciousness. Part one consists of four “waves,” the first being a general description of devotional service. The second concerns the regulative principles for executing devotional service, and the third wave, devotional service in ecstasy. In the fourth is the ultimate goal, love of God. The Nectar of Devotion explicitly describes all these topics along with their different symptoms.

Table of Contents of The Nectar of Devotion – The Complete Science of Bhakti Yoga:

          • NoD: Preface

          • NoD: Introduction

          • NoD 1: Characteristics of Pure Devotional Service

          • NoD 2: The First Stages of Devotion

          • NoD 3: Eligibility of the Candidate for Accepting Devotional Service

          • NoD 4: Devotional Service Surpasses All Liberation

          • NoD 5: Purity of Devotional Service

          • NoD 6: How to Discharge Devotional Service

          • NoD 7: Evidence Regarding Devotional Principles

          • NoD 8: Offenses to Be Avoided

          • NoD 9: Further Consideration of Devotional Principles

          • NoD 10: Techniques of Hearing and Memorizing

          • NoD 11: Aspects of Transcendental Service

          • NoD 12: Revealed Scriptures

          • NoD 13: The Maha-mantra

          • NoD 14: Devotional Qualifications

          • NoD 15: Spontaneous Devotional Service

          • NoD 16: Varieties of Love for Krsna

          • NoD 17: Ecstatic Love

          • NoD 18: Character of One in Ecstatic Love

          • NoD 19: Devotional Service in Love of God

          • NoD 20: Transcendental Mellow

          • NoD 21: Qualities of Sri Krishna

          • NoD 22: Qualities of Krishna Further Explained

          • NoD 23: Krishna’s Personality

          • NoD 24: Further Traits of Sri Krishna

          • NoD 25: Devotees of Krishna

          • NoD 26: Stimulation for Ecstatic Love

          • NoD 27: Symptoms of Ecstatic Love

          • NoD 28: Other Ecstatic Symptoms

          • NoD 29: Expressions of Love for Krishna

          • NoD 30: Further Features of Ecstatic Love for Krishna

          • NoD 31: Additional Symptoms

          • NoD 32: Symptoms of Continuous Ecstasy

          • NoD 33: Conjugal Affection

          • NoD 34: The Nectar of Devotion

          • NoD 35: Neutral Love of God

          • NoD 36: Transcendental Affection (Servitude)

          • NoD 37: Impetuses for Krishna’s Service

          • NoD 38: Indifference and Separation

          • NoD 39: Ways of Meeting Krishna

          • NoD 40: Reverential Devotion of Sons and Other Subordinates

          • NoD 41: Fraternal Devotion

          • NoD 42: Fraternal Loving Affairs

          • NoD 43: Parenthood

          • NoD 44: Devotional Service in Conjugal Love

          • NoD 45: Laughing Ecstasy

          • NoD 46: Astonishment and Chivalry

          • NoD 47: Compassion and Anger

          • NoD 48: Dread and Ghastliness

          • NoD 49: Mixing of Rasas

          • NoD 50: Further Analysis of Mixed Rasas

          • NoD 51: Perverted Expression of Mellows

The Nectar of Devotion teaches us the science of loving every one of the living entities perfectly by the easy method of loving Krishna. We have failed to create peace and harmony in human society, even by such great attempts as the United Nations, because we do not know the right method. The method is very simple, but one has to understand it with a cool head. The Nectar of Devotion teaches all men how to perform the simple and natural method of loving Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If we learn how to love Krishna, then it is very easy to immediately and simultaneously love every living being.

It is like pouring water on the root of a tree or supplying food to one’s stomach. The method of pouring water on the root of a tree or supplying foodstuffs to the stomach is universally scientific and practical, as every one of us has experienced. Everyone knows well that when we eat something, or in other words when we put foodstuffs in the stomach, the energy created by such action is immediately distributed throughout the whole body.

Similarly, when we pour water on the root, the energy thus created is immediately distributed throughout the entirety of even the largest tree. It is not possible to water the tree part by part, nor is it possible to feed the different parts of the body separately. The Nectar of Devotion will teach us how to turn the one switch that will immediately brighten everything, everywhere. One who does not know this method is missing the point of life.


As far as material necessities are concerned, the human civilization at the present moment is very much advanced in living comfortably, but still we are not happy because we are missing the point. The material comforts of life alone are not sufficient to make us happy. The vivid example is America: the richest nation of the world, having all facilities for material comfort, is producing a class of men completely confused and frustrated in life. I am appealing herewith to such confused men to learn the art of devotional service as directed in The Nectar of Devotion, and I am sure that the fire of material existence burning within their hearts will be immediately extinguished.

The root cause of our dissatisfaction is that our dormant loving propensity has not been fulfilled despite our great advancement in the materialistic way of life. The Nectar of Devotion will give us practical hints how we can live in this material world perfectly engaged in devotional service and thus fulfill all our desires in this life and the next. The Nectar of Devotion is not presented to condemn any way of materialistic life, but the attempt is to give information to religionists, philosophers and people in general how to love Krishna.

One may live without material discomfiture, but at the same time he should learn the art of loving Krishna. At the present moment we are inventing so many ways to utilize our propensity to love, but factually we are missing the real point, Krishna. We are watering all parts of the tree but missing the tree’s root. We are trying to keep our body fit by all means, but we are neglecting to supply foodstuffs to the stomach. Missing Krishna means missing one’s self also.

Real self-realization and realization of Krishna go together simultaneously. For example, seeing oneself in the morning means seeing the sunrise also; without seeing the sunshine no one can see himself. Similarly, unless one has realized Krishna there is no question of self-realization.


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