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How Krishna’s Mercy Manifests

Srila Thakur Bhaktivinode
Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 22
A conversation between the Sri Raghunath Das
Babaji and his student, Vijay Kumar.
Babaji: Krishna’s mercy is manifested in three
ways: 1. väcika (by his words), 2. äloka-däna (by
a glance), and 3. härda (by the mercy in his heart).
Krishna may give his mercy to someone by saying,
“O king of the brahmins, may devotion to me, devotion
that brings all transcendental bliss and is the crest
jewel of all auspicious things, appear within you.”
Simply by the Lord’s speaking these words, bhäva
suddenly appears in that brahmin. The aborigines
residing in the jungle had never seen Krishna before.
However, simply by seeing him they at once attained
bhäva because of the compassion in Krishna’s heart.
This is called äloka-dänaja-bhäva (bhäva created
from a glance). When feelings of compassion arise in
Lord Krishna’s heart, they produce the bhäva called
härda. This bhäva is seen in Sukadev Goswami and
other devotees. When he descended to this world,
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu granted these three kinds
of bhäva from mercy on many occasions. Simply by
seeing the Lord, many people attained bhäva. Jagai,
Madhai, and many others attained bhäva because of
the Lord’s words. Srila Jiva Goswami attained bhäva
because of the mercy in Lord Krishna’s heart.
Vijaya Kumar: What is the nature of bhäva created
by the mercy of a devotee of Krishna?
Babaji: Because of the mercy of Sri Narada Muni,
auspicious desires appeared in the hearts of Dhruva
and Prahlad. By the mercy of Srila Rupa Goswami,
Srila Sanatan Goswami, and their associates, the
desire to perform devotional service appeared in
the hearts of numberless persons. ·
— Jaiva Dharma. Translated by Sri Sarvabhavana Das. Published
by Brhat Mrdanga Press. Vrindavan. 2003.

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