Reflections On Sacred Teachings 2

Madhurya Kadambini

The Sweetness of Devotion

The Bhakti Trilogy is one of the great works of Visvanatha Cakravarti and his first presentation is the Madhurya Kadambini. The word kadambini means a long bank of clouds that are showering madhurya, the sweetness of devotion. These clouds manifest over the environment to shower the madhurya and extinguish the blazing forest fire of material attraction and attachments. His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami explores these verses as a way of reminding the reader how such mentors and their teachings, although ancient, are as relevant now as they were in the past. Let the madhurya, the sweetness of devotion, shower us all as we take shelter of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura’s unlimited mercy.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti has given us a detailed analysis of the obstructions to our individual and collective devotional service. He has given us a sublime outline of the stages of progress up to prema [ecstatic love of God]. Now the challenge is before each of us to fully use what he has given us. How blessed we all are to receive this opportunity through the blueprints given by such great acaryas, to facilitate us in returning back to the realm of pure, enchanting, enduring and animated love.

Excerpt from Reflections on Sacred Teachings Vol. 2