Eleven Kinds of Sign

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.03.31 - Eleven Kinds of Sign (download mp3)
by Gauranga Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.3.31
smarantah smarayantas ca
 mitho ’ghaugha-haram harim
bhaktya saƱjataya bhaktya
 bibhraty utpulakam tanum

The devotees of the Lord constantly discuss the glories of the Personality of Godhead among themselves. Thus they constantly remember the Lord and remind one another of His qualities and pastimes. In this way, by their devotion to the principles of bhakti-yoga, the devotees please the Personality of Godhead, who takes away from them everything inauspicious. Being purified of all impediments, the devotees awaken to pure love of Godhead, and thus, even within this world, their spiritualized bodies exhibit symptoms of transcendental ecstasy, such as standing of the bodily hairs on end.

The word aghaugha-haram is very significant in this verse. Agha refers to that which is inauspicious or sinful. The living entity is actually sac-cid-ananda-vigraha, or eternal and full of bliss and knowledge, but by neglecting his eternal relationship with Krsna, the Personality of Godhead, he commits sinful activities and undergoes the inauspicious result in the form of material suffering. The chain of sinful reactions is called ogha, or a relentless wave of suffering. Krsna is aghaugha-haram harim; He takes away the sinful reactions of His devotees, who are thus entitled to experience the inconceivable bliss of the kingdom of God even while remaining in this world.

The words bhaktya saƱjataya bhaktya indicate that there are two divisions of bhakti-yoga: sadhana-bhakti and raganuga-bhakti. Srila Prabhupada has elaborately explained in his book The Nectar of Devotion the progress of the devotee from sadhana-bhakti, or the execution of regulative principles, to raganuga-bhakti, or service executed in love of Godhead. According to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, a liberated soul is always enthusiastic due to the appearance of transcendental ecstasy within his body. Thus he always aspires to remain overwhelmed in chanting the glories of the Personality of Godhead, Hari.