That person who accepts parakīyā-bhāva as supreme becomes dear to Śrī Rūpa Mañjari. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī is always engaged in fulfilling the innermost heart’s desire of Śrī Gaurahari. Himself being always absorbed in the exclusive service of Vraja, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī grants entrance into vraja-sevā to those who are greedy to serve in parakīya-rasa. By coming under the guidance of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī it is possible to realize that mādhurya, sweetness, of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī, to relish which Kṛṣṇa Himself followed the footsteps of the gopīs by assuming the form of a sannyāsī.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu came and began a spiritual revolution. However, the majority of conditioned souls have no taste for transcendence, so how can they accept or follow what Mahāprabhu came to give? Mahāprabhu brought unnata- ujjvala-rasa-sva-bhakti-śriyam. How to distribute that? How to teach the conditioned souls the process to gain this rasa? How can the jīvas accept it? Therefore, from the spiritual world, Mahāprabhu called Śrī Rūpa Mañjarī, who entered Mahāprabhu’s pastimes in this world as Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī.

Rūpa Gosvāmī manifested bhakti-rasa-śāstra, unprecedented spiritual books describing the divinely sweet affairs of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa and the method of entrance into them. He was especially qualified for this task owing to his stature in transcendental Vraja as the most intimate maidservant of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. Through his instructions, Rūpa Gosvāmī helped the jīvas attain their spiritual bodies, service, and relation, and in this way, he arranged a means for them to enter the spiritual world. When the jīvas taste a drop of bhakti-rasa or vraja-rasa, then they forget the mundane jaḍa-rasa, having experienced a higher taste.

Rūpa Gosvāmī fulfilled the heart’s desire of Mahāprabhu by preparing the jīvas to achieve svarūpa-siddhi, the perfection of their inherent but dormant spiritual forms.

Rupa Gosvami - Bhaktabandhav
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