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Bhakti Sandarbha 295 : Adhiṣṭhānas of the Deity

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This interesting section is about a series of verses that discuss adhiṣṭhānas or "seats of the Deity."

Anuccheda 295
Seats of Worship of Bhagavān
अथाधिष्ठानन्तराणि चैवम्। यथा (भा. ११.११.४२-४६)—

In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Bhagavān Kṛṣṇa describes [11] other receptacles or seats (adhiṣṭhānas) of worship:

सूर्योऽग्निर्ब्राह्मणा गावो वैष्णवः खं मरुज्जलम्।
भूरात्मा सर्वभूतानि भद्र पूजापदानि मे॥
O Uddhava, the sun, the fire, the brāhmaṇas, cows, a devotee of Viṣṇu, the sky, the air, water, earth, one's own body and all living beings are the places of My worship. सूर्ये तु विद्यया त्रय्या हविषाग्नौ यजेत माम्। आतिथ्येन तु विप्राग्र्ये गोष्वङ्ग यवसादिना॥
वैष्णवे बन्धुसत्कृत्या हृदि खे ध्याननिष्ठया। वायौ मुख्यधिया तोये द्रव्यैस्तोयपुरःसरैः॥
स्थण्डिले मन्त्रहृदयैर्भोगैरात्मानमात्मनि। क्षेत्रज्ञं सर्वभूतेषु समत्वेन यजेत माम्॥
धिष्ण्येष्वित्येषु मद्रूपं शङ्खचक्रगदाम्बुजैः। युक्तं चतुर्भुजं शान्तं ध्यायन्नर्चेत् समाहितः॥

One should worship Me as present
in the sun by "the three sciences,…

Bhakti Sandarbha 287-294 : Eligibility for Honor

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The next seven anucchedas continue the discussion of pātratā begun in the previous (286.4). This discussion is based on eleven verses, SB 7.14.34-41, 15.1-2 in response to the question of who is the proper recipient of honors at the Rajasuya sacrifice.


Anuccheda 287
Worship of Kṛṣṇa is Worship of All
(भा. ७.१४.३६)
जीवराशिभिराकीर्ण अण्डकोशाङ्घ्रिपो महान्।
तन्मूलत्वादच्युतेज्या सर्वजीवात्मतर्पणम्॥
इत्यादि।Bhagavān Kṛṣṇa is the root of the vast tree of this cosmos, which is pervaded by the living beings. Thus by worshiping Him, all beings become satisfied. (SB 7.14.36) सर्वेषां जीवानामात्मनश्च तर्पणरूपा सैव भवतीत्यर्थः॥

Nārada’s statement to the King implies that the worship of Bhagavān Kṛṣṇa is itself an offering to all living beings and to oneself also.


Anuccheda 288
Paramātmā is the Source of Life
(भा. ७.१४.३७)
पुराण्यनेन सृष्टानि नृतिर्यगृषिदेवताः।
शेते जीवेन रूपेण पुरेषु पुरुषो ह्यसौ॥
इत्यादि।Having created innumerable residences in the form of the bodies of human beings, birds, anim…

Bhakti Sandarbha 286 : Other Important Aspects of Arcana

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This lengthy anuccheda treats several subjects related to the arcana process. Again, in passing, several items are brought up that are of interest to me in my quest to get a full understanding of the Guru Principle and its manifestations


Anuccheda 286
Yoga-pīṭha, Bhūta-śuddhi, Mānasa-pūjā and Eligibility for Pujā
286.1 Yoga-pīṭha (the "sanctum sanctorum")

भूतादिपूजा तु तत्पूजाङ्गत्वे विहितापि न कर्तव्या, तदावरणदेवतात्वाभावात्। निषिद्धं च तत्रैव (प.पु. ६.२५३.९५) —

Although worship of the bhūtas, or ghosts, is prescribed as part of the worship of Bhagavān, a pure devotee should not worship them because they do not belong to the associates who form Bhagavān’s entourage. Furthermore, worship of the bhūtas has been forbidden in the same part of the Padma Purāṇa :

यक्षाणां च पिशाचानां मद्यमांसभुजां तथा।
दिवौकसां तु भजनं सुरापानसमं स्मृतम्॥ इति।
The worship of Yakṣas, Piśācas and other celestial beings who eat meat and drink wine, is understood as equal to drinking wine. (Uttara-khaṇ…