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SB 11.27.1

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


śrī-uddhava uvāca
kriyā-yogaṁ samācakṣva
bhavad-ārādhanaṁ prabho
yasmāt tvāṁ ye yathārcanti
sātvatāḥ sātvatarṣabha


śrī-uddhavaḥ uvāca—Śrī Uddhava said; kriyā-yogam—the prescribed method of activity; samācakṣva—please explain; bhavat—of You; ārādhanam—the Deity worship; prabho—O Lord; yasmāt—based on what kind of form; tvām—You; ye—who; yathā—in what manner; arcanti—they worship; sātvatāḥ—the devotees; sātvata-ṛṣabha—O master of the devotees.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Śrī Uddhava said: My dear Lord, O master of the devotees, please explain to me the prescribed method of worshiping You in Your Deity form. What are the qualifications of those devotees who worship the Deity, on what basis is such worship established, and what is the specific method of worship?


In addition to performing their prescribed duties, devotees of the Lord engage in regulated worship of the Lord in His Deity form in the temple. Such worship acts powerfully to cleanse the heart of both the lust to enjoy one's material body and the material family attachment that results directly from this lust. To be effective, however, the process of Deity worship must be performed in the authorized way. Therefore Uddhava now inquires from the Lord about this subject.

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