Day 169: Gaurābda 532, Nārāyaṇa Māsa – Caturdaśī 20 Jan 2019 – Sunday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

Rūpa-Sanātana and all other saints used to weep bitterly and cry out like this: “Oh, Kṛṣṇa! Where are You? Oh, Śrīmatī Rādhikā! Where are You? Oh, Lalitā! Where are you? I’m going to give up my life! Please be merciful to me.” Sometimes they were rendered unconsciousness and Śrīmatī Rādhikā would come and say, “What are you doing?” I want that you all should be like that. Don’t quarrel among yourselves—for any reason. If you are all like this, then how could you quarrel?

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, January 20, 2001 Murwillumbah

Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa

HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE OUR SPIRITUAL FORM IN THE TRASCENDENTAL WORLD?

How can a person in this world achieve perfection and a spiritual form in the transcendental world? The path of spontaneous love and affection, rāga-mārga, is the means to achieve this svarūpa-siddhi as described in our Gauḍīya scriptures, such as Rāga-vartma-candrika. By following the guidance and example of rāgānugābhaktas, we can transcend this world and our material karma, saṁskāras and form, and take birth in transcendental Vraja. By the association of the eternally perfect associates of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa in Vraja, we will imbibe all the processes of loving service.

Many people think they have no qualification to follow the rāgānugābhaktas or to even hear their teachings. This is like a meat-eater saying he cannot give up flesh and become a vegetarian because he will not have any strength. Or it is like a drug addict saying he cannot give up his addiction because it will drive him mad. We should not be afraid of giving up a lower path for a higher one. Some initial difficulty may be there, but in time, we will feel hundreds of times better than we did under the grip of our vices. Before the awakening of divine love, we are all under the spell of māyā. We are intoxicated by the illusions of material life. To become free of this, we must follow the footsteps of the rāgānugābhaktas on the rāga-mārga path.

Svarūpa-śakti Śrīmatī Rādhārānī sends Her dear associates to this world. They appear and illumine their teachings on the path of spontaneous love and affection. They are the ācāryas in the Bhāgavata-paramparā. We cannot cross māyā and enter Vraja without their help, mercy, and guidance. By following them, first an affectionate familial feeling towards the ācāryas and their associates develops. As we gradually develop in our affection and faith, we will realize, “My home is in Vraja.” And we will pray, “When I will be amidst the Vrajavāsīs in my own spiritual form?”

People come to Śrī Guru from many countries, but over time, they begin to consider themselves as members of guru’s family, giving up their own self-identification with their material family and nationalities. As their love increases, they feel that the Vrajavāsīs are their own family and friends. They forget all the relations of this world.

Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura prays (Prārthanā Song 12):

hari hari! āra ki emana daśā haba

kabe vṛṣabhānu-pūre āhīrī gopera ghare,

tanayā haiyā janamiba

yāvaṭe āmāra kabe e-pāṇi-grahaṇa habe,

vasati kariba kabe tāya

sakhīra parama śreṣṭha je tāhāra haya preṣṭha,

sevana kariba tāṅra pāya

teṅha kṛpāvān haiñā rātula caraṇe laiñā,

āmāre karibe samarpaṇa

saphala haibe daśā pūribe manera āśā,

sevi duṅhāra yugala-caraṇa

vṛndāvane dui-jana caturdike sakhī-gaṇa,

sevana kariba avaśeṣe

sakhī-gaṇa cāribhite nānā jantra laiñā hate.

dekhiba manera abhilāṣe

dūṅhu cāṅda-mukha dekhi’ juḍābe tāpita āṅkhi,

nayane bahibe aśru-dhāra

vṛndāra nideśa pāba doṅhāra nikaṭe jāba,

hena dina haibe āmāra

śrī-rūpa-mañjarī sakhī more anāthinī dekhi,

rākhibe rātula duṭī pāya

narottama dāsa bhaṇe priya-narma-sakhī-gaṇe,

kabe dāsī karibe āmāra

O Hari Hari! Will this ever happen to me that in Vṛṣabhanu-pura I will take birth as a daughter in the house of Ahirī Gopa? When will my hand be accepted in marriage at Yāvaṭa and when will I begin to reside there? I will serve the lotus feet of a paramapreṣṭhasakhī for she is an intimate friend of Rādhā. Being merciful she will offer me into the service of Śrī Yugala’s lotus feet. My life will be successful, and all my aspirations will be fulfilled. In this way I will serve Their lotus-feet.

I will ultimately serve the Divine Couple surrounded by the sakhīs in Vṛndāvana. I will watch the Divine Couple to my heart’s content, surrounded by sakhīs with various instruments in their hands. Looking at the moonlike faces of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, my burning eyes will be cooled and tears will begin to flow. When will that day be mine when I receive Vṛṇda-devī’s order to approach Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa? Śrī Rūpa Mañjarī, seeing that I am alone without protection, will keep me at her reddish lotus feet. Narottama dāsa prays to the priya-narma-sakhīs, “When will you make me your maidservant?” The sādhaka prays in this way, “When will that day come that I will be born in the town of Vṛṣabhānu Mahārāja, in the home of the gopas. When will I be present in Yavata with Śrīmatī Rādhikā and Her sakhīs. When will they bestow upon me some small service? When will they shelter me and offer me at the lotus feet of Śrī Kṛṣṇa?”

While chanting harināma, we should pray, “Lalitā, Viśākhā, Rūpa, Rati, and Lavaṅga mañjarīs, and all the Vraja-devīs. Please help me, otherwise I will drown in māyā. Without your shelter and mercy, I will certainly be lost.” Pray for service from your Gurudeva.

prātaḥ śrīman navadvīpe dvi-netraṁ dvi-bhujaṁ gurum

varābhaya-pradaṁ śāntaṁ smaret tan nāma-pūrvakam

Guru-dhyāna-mantra

Early in the morning, chant Śrī-Gurudeva’s name, while meditating on him being situated in Śrī Navadvīpa or Śrī Vṛndāvana-dhāma, and having two eyes and two arms. He bestows fearlessness and is peaceful.

rādhā-sanmukha-saṁsaktiṁ sakhī-saṅga-nivāsinīm

tām ahaṁ satataṁ vande guru-rūpāṁ parāṁ sakhīm

Śrī Guru-rūpa sakhī-praṇāma

I always worship my guru in his form as an exalted sakhī who is always in the company of Śrī Rādhā and the other sakhīs.

tvaṁ gopikā vṛṣa-raves tanayāntike ‘si

sevādhikāriṇi guro nija-pāda-padme

dāsyaṁ pradāya kuru māṁ vraja-kānane śrī-

rādhāṅghri-sevana-rase sukhinīṁ sukhābdhau

Stava Kalpadruma

O Gurudeva! You are the intimate gopīkā of Śrīmatī Rādhikā and can grant Her service. Kindly give the shelter of your lotus feet, and make me blissfully engaged within the ocean of the ecstatic mellows of service to Her lotus feet in the forests of Vraja.

Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura prays like this. At the time of dīkṣā, Śrī Guru gives the seed of this mood. Śrī Guru in the rāga-mārga is always serving Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa in Vraja. Meditation on one’s own spiritual identity (ātmadhyānamantra) is performed as follows:

divyaṁ śrī-hari-mandirāḍhya-

tilakaṁ kaṇṭhaṁ sumālānvitaṁ

vakṣaḥ śrī-harināma-varṇa-subhagaṁ

śrī-khaṇḍa-liptaṁ pūnaḥ

pūtaṁ sūkṣmaṁ navāmbaraṁ

vimalatāṁ nityaṁ vahantīṁ tanuṁ

dhyāyet śrī-guru-pāda-padma-

nikaṭe sevotsukaṁ cātmanaḥ

I contemplate on myself as being surrendered at the lotus feet of Śrī Gurudeva and possessing a great desire to serve him. I meditate on myself wearing fresh tilaka, representing Śrī Hari-mandira, on my forehead. I am adorned with a beautiful set of tulasī neckbeads, and my chest is decorated with the auspicious names of the Lord and smeared with sandalwood pulp. I am wearing fine and pure cloth, and internally I am always absorbed in ever-fresh spiritual moods.

By Gurudeva’s mercy the sādhaka receives a spiritual body appropriate for service to Kṛṣṇa. This is described in the Śrī Sanatkumāra Saṁhitā. A sādhaka in mādhurya-rasa is always absorbed in his internally contemplated body in the following way:

ātmānaṁ cintayet tatra tāsāṁ madhye manoramām

rūpa-yauvana-sampannāṁ kiśorīṁ pramadākṛtim

nānā-śilpa-kalābhijñāṁ kṛṣṇa-bhogānurūpiṇīm

prārthitām api kṛṣṇena, tato bhoga-parāṅmukhīm

rādhikānucarīṁ nityaṁ tat-sevana-parāyaṇām

kṛṣṇād apy adhikaṁ prema rādhikāyāṁ prakurvatīm

prīty anudivasaṁ yatnāt tayoḥ saṅgama-kāriṇīm

tat-sevana-sukhāhlāda-bhāvenāti-sunirvṛtām

ity ātmānaṁ vicintyaiva tatra sevāṁ samācaret

brāhma-muhūrtam ārabhya yāvat tuṣyān mahāniśi

Śrī Sadāśiva said: O Nārada, meditate on your svarūpa being in the spiritual land of Vṛndāvana amongst Kṛṣṇa’s beloved gopīs, who see Him as their paramour in the following mood: “I am an unmarried beautiful young teenage girl, whose delightful adolscent form is filled with bliss. I am expert in many fine arts that give pleasure to Kṛṣṇa. I am forever a maidservant of Śrīmatī Rādhikā, who is Kṛṣṇa’s most dear beloved, and I am always happy to arrange for Her meeting with Him. Therefore, even if Kṛṣṇa begs for a meeting with me, I will do anything I can to avoid meeting with Him, because it would not be for the pleasure of His senses, but my own. I am always ready to render service and attend to Kṛṣṇa’s beloved Śrī Rādhā, and I have more love for Rādhā than I do for Kṛṣṇa. Everyday I am dedicated to lovingly and carefully arranging the union between Śrī Rādhā and Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Remaining immersed in the bliss of serving Them, I will increase Their happiness in that meeting.

Srila Narottama das Thakur ki Jaya! (Excerpted from, “Sri Sri Prema-Bhakti Candrika”. Available from rasik@bhaktabandhav.org )

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