Yashoda trying to capture Krishna

Below are a few mantras from Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana's Prameya Ratnavali

yad uktam padma-purane— sampradya-vihina ye mantras te nisphala matah atahh kalau bhavisyanti catvarah sampradayinah, sri-brahma-rudra-sanaka vaisnavah ksiti-pavanah catvaras te kalau bhavya hy utkale purusottamat

yat – which; – uktam – is spoken; – padma-purane – in the Padma Purana; – sampradaya-vihinah – those who are not connected to the bona-fide disciplic succession; – ye – those who; – mantrah – mantras; – te – they; – nisphalah – without result; – matah – are considered; – atah – for this reason; – kalau – in the age of Kali; – bhavisyanti – there will be; – catvarah – four; – sampradayah – bona- fide disciplic successions; – sri – from Laksmi-devi; – brahma – from Lord Brahma; – rudra – from Lord Siva; – sanakah – and from Sanaka and the Kumara sons of Brahma; – vaisnavah – in relation to Lord Visnu; – ksiti – the world; – pavanah – purifying; – catvarah – four; – te – they; – kalau – in the age of kali; – bhavyah – will be; – hi– indeed; – utkale – in Orissa; – purusottamat – from Jagannatha Puri.

The Padma Purana explains: “Unless one is initiated by a bona-fide spiritual master in the disciplic succession, the mantra he might have received is without any effect. For this reason four Vaisnava disciplic successions, inaugurated by Laksmi-devi, Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, and the four Kumaras, will appear in the holy place of Jagannatha Puri, and purify the entire earth during the age of Kali.”

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yatha smrtau—
hari-namaksarair gatram
ankayec candanadina sa loka-pavano bhutva tasya lokam avapnuyat

yatha – just as; – smrtau – in the Smrti-sastra; – hari – of Lord Hari; – nama – of the holy names; – aksaraih – with the letters; – candana – with sandalwood paste; – adina – and other similar substances; – sah – he; – loka – of the entire world; – pavanah – the purifier; – bhutva – having become;tasya – of the Supreme Lord; – lokam – the planet; – avapnuyat – may attain.

The Smrti-sastra explains: “One who marks his body with the letters of Lord Hari’s holy names drawn in sandalwood paste or other similar substances, purifies the entire world and becomes eligible to enter the Lord’s spiritual abode.”

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vidhinabhyarcyate devas catur-bahv-adi-rupa-dhrk rucyatmakena tenasau nr-lingah paripujyate

vidhina – by the rules and regulations; – abhyarcyate – is worshiped; – devah – the Supreme Personality of Godhead; – catuh – four; – bahu – arms; – adi – and other; – rupa – forms; – dhrk – manifesting; – ruci-atmakena – by spontaneous attraction; – tena – by this; – asau – He; – nr-liggah – appearing as a human being, the son of Yasoda-devi; – paripujyate – is worshipped.

By the process of vidhi-bhakti, the Supreme Personality of Godhead is worshipped in His Narayana feature, manifesting four, or sometimes eight or ten arms. By the process of ruci- bhakti, the Lord is worshiped in His original human-like form as the son of Yasoda.

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loka-sangraham anvicchan nitya-naimittikam budhah pratisthitas caret karma bhakti-pradhanyam atyajan

loka – of the devotees; – saggraham – the association; – anvicchan – desiring; – nitya – regular; – naimittikam – and occasional; – budhah – the learned devotees; – pratisthitah – fixed; – caret–should perform; – karma – action; – bhakti – devotional service; pradhanyam – principally; – atyajan- not abandoning.

A learned and intelligent devotee, fixed in service to the Lord, should reside in a holy place, aspire for the association of advanced devotees, and engage in the regular and special activities of devotional service.

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krsnavapti-phala bhaktir ekantatrabhidhiyate jnana-vairagya-purva sa phalam sadyah prakasayet

krsna – of Krishna; – avapti – the attainment; – phala – the fruit; – bhaktih – devotional service; – ekanta – unalloyed; – atra – here; – abhidhiyate – is described; – jvana – with scriptural knowledge; – vairagya – and renunciation; – purva – formerly; – sa – that; – phalam – fruit; – prakasayet – causes to become manifest.

Unalloyed devotional service, which causes one to attain Krishna, is described here. When that devotion is enriched with renunciation and scriptural scholarship, it very quickly bears fruit.

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tatha hi srutih—navedavin manute tam brhantam. iti. aupanisadam purusam prcchami. iti.

tatha hi–furthermore; – srutih – the Vedas explain; – na – not; – aveda-vit – one ignorant of the Vedic revelation; – manute – understands; – tam – Him; – brhantam – the greatest; – iti – thus; – aupanisadam – described in the Upanisads; – purusam – Supreme Person; – prcchami – I am inquiring about; – iti – thus.

This conclusion is confirmed in the Vedas:“One ignorant of Vedic knowledge cannot actually understand the Supreme.” (Sruti-sastra)

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atha pratyaksanumana-sabdanam eva pramanatvam— yatha sri-bhagavatesrutih pratyaksam aitihyam anumanam catustayam

atha – now; – pratyaksa – direct perception; – anumana – logic; – sabdanam – and Vedic authority; – eva – certainly; – pramanatvam – sources of evidence; – yatha – just as; – sri-bhagavate – in the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.16.17); – srutih – the four Vedas; – pratyaksam – direct perception; – aitihyam – the Puranas and historical records; – anumanam – and logic; – catustayam – four sources of evidence.

Direct Perception, logic and Vedic revelation are three sources of actual knowledge:
This is described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.16.17): “The Four Vedas, direct perception, the Puranas and Vedic histories, as well as logic are four sources of actual knowledge.”

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pratyaksam anumanam ca yat-sacivyena suddhimat maya-munkavalokadau pratyaksam vyabhicari yat

pratyaksam – direct perception; – anumanam – logic; – ca – also; – yat – to which; – sacivyena – favorable; – suddhimat – pure; – maya- munda – of those bewildered by the illusory energy of the Lord; – avaloka – in the vision; – adau – beginning with; – pratyaksam – direct perception; – vyabhicari – evidence; yat – which.

Direct perception and logic are actual sources of knowledge when they confirm the authoritative statements found in Vedic revelation. Only foolish persons bewildered by the illusory material energy of the Lord accept the misleading evidence of direct sensory perception.

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anuma cati-dhume ‘drau vrsti-nirvapitagnike atah pramanam tat tac sa svatantram naiva sammatam

anuma – logic; – ca – also; – ati-dhume – with much smoke; – adrau – on a mountain; – vrsti – by rain; – nirvapita – extinguished; – agnike – on a fire; – atah – from this; – pramanam–evidence; – tat – this; – tat – and that; – ca – also; – sva-tantram – independent; – na– not; – eva – certainly; – sammatam – considered.

Logic and mental speculation are inconclusive and unreliable sources of knowledge. They may be compared to the forest fire on top of a hill which has just been extinguished by showers of rain, and thus yields no light, but only a great quantity of smoke. Intelligent persons do not therefore consider logic and sensory perception to be independent and infallible sources of knowledge, but rather they are dependent assistants to the principal source of knowledge: the Vedic revelation.

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anukulo matas tarkah suskas tu parivarjitah

anukulah – favorable to the knowledge revealed inthe scriptures; – matah – considered; – tarkah – logic; – suskah – dry; – tu – but; – parivarjitah – rejected.

When logic confirms the Vedic revelation, it should be accepted, but otherwise not.

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tatha hi vajasaneyinah— atma va are drastavyah srotavyo mantavyo nididhyasitavyah. iti.

tatha hi – furthermore; – hi – indeed; – vajasaneyinah – Yajvavalkya explains in the Brhad-aranyaka Upanisad; – atma – the Supreme Personality of Godhead; – vai – certainly; – are – O Maitreyi; – drastavyah – should be seen; – srotavyah – should be heard; – mantavyah – should be understood; – nididhyasitavyah – should be meditated upon; – iti – thus.

The proper use of logic is described by Yajnavalkya Muni in the Brhad-aranyaka Upanisad (4.5.6): “O Maitreyi, one should directly perceive the supreme Personality of Godhead by hearing about Him from a bona-fide spiritual master. In this way one can properly understand His position, and constantly meditate upon Him.”

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anandatirthai racitani yasyam prameya-ratnani navaiva santi prameya-ratnavalir adarena pradhibhir esa hrdaye nidheya

anandatirthaih – by Madhvacarya; – racitani – written; – yasyam – in which; – prameya – of philosophical truths; – nava – nine; – eva – certainly; – santi – are; – premeya-ratnavalih – this book, Prameya-ratnavali; – adarena – with great respect; – pradhibhih – by those who are intelligent; – esa – this book; – hrdaye – in the heart or upon the chest; – nidheya – should be placed.’

The nine jewels of philosophical truth formulated by Madhvacarya have been described in this book. Let those who are actually intelligent, respectfully place this book, Prameya-ratnavali, within their hearts.