Where Do You Draw The Line Between Vairagya And Bhakti

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 2.14)

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Friend1: Vairagya.

Friend2: Renunciation.

Friend1: Yes. It’s important.

Friend2: Do you know the meaning to the two terms that make up that word?

Friend1: I didn’t know there were two terms.

Friend2: Vai and ragya. “Without attachment.”

Friend1: Interesting. But there is raganuga bhakti, right?

Friend2: Yes. Devotion to God. Spontaneous attraction. It’s a high level of devotion.

Friend1: For us mere mortals, struggling through the material existence, renunciation is pretty important.

Friend2: Absolutely.

Friend1: There is that Bhagavad-gita verse that I always try to keep in mind.


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