Chapter 3: The Means of Achievement

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Narada Bhakti Sutra 42

tad eva sadhyatam tad eva sadhyatam


tat -- that; eva -- only; sadhyatam -- should be strived for; tat -- that; eva -- only; sadhyatam -- should be strived for.


Strive, strive only for the association of pure devotees.


Naradadeva blesses the hearers of the Narada-bhakti-sutra with his advice, repeated twice here for emphasis -- strive, strive for attaining the lotus feet of guru and Krishna via the association of pure devotees. When the Lord and His devotees see our sincere efforts, they will give us all required assistance.

The best expression of single-minded devotion to Krishna was given by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Let us strive to follow in His footsteps, always asking for direction from His well-wishing followers and always praying as He showed us in His Sikshashtaka (4):

na dhanam na janam na sundarim

kavitam va jagad-isa kamaye

mama janmani janmanisvare

bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi

"O almighty Lord, I have no desire to accumulate wealth, nor do I desire beautiful women, nor do I want any number of followers. I only want Your causeless devotional service, birth after birth."

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