Srila Rupa Gosvami appeared in this world from Vraja-dhama to fulfill the desire of Mahaprabhu by distributing vraja-prema and the mood of the manjaris. He taught that the highest form of spiritual practice is anuragamayi-bhakti: devotion towards Sri Radha-Krsna imbued with spontaneous and powerful loving attachment and attraction towards Them with the desire to pleasurably serve Them. He described the sweet pastimes of Radha-Krsna in such a wonderful way that hearing or reading evokes greed to gain acceptance into the Divine Couple’s inner circle of loving servitors. Upon the awakening of spiritual greed, people naturally lose taste for earthly infatuations.

One who remembers and follows the instructions of Srila Rupa Gosvami, taking shelter of his lotus feet, will certainly achieve spiritual perfection, or anuragamayi-seva in eternal Vraja. He can thus be a Rupanuga-Vaisnava. Fortunate souls can perceive the specialty of Rupa Gosvami and the pricelessness of his teachings. One who approaches Srila Rupa Gosvami through prayer and by adopting his method of spiritual practice will understand and be empowered by Mahaprabhu’s karuņa-sakti, mercy potency.

Our Guru-varga is in the line of Srila Rupa Gosvami. We cannot understand Mahaprabhu’s true movement without coming under the guidance of Srila Rupa Gosvami.

Sri Kavi Karnapura glorifies Rupa Gosvami:

priya-svarūpe dayita-svarūpe
prema-svarūpe sahajābhirūpe
nijānurūpe prabhur eka-rūpe
tatāna-rūpe sva-vilāsa-rūpe
Caitanya-candrodaya-nātakam 9.39

Srila Rupa Gosvami is priya and dayita, extremely dear and beloved to Sriman Mahaprabhu. Because he is beloved to Srimati Radhika, he is also beloved to Mahaprabhu. Priya-svarupa refers to Krsna’s svarupa and dayita-svarupa refers to Radharani’s svarupa. Prema-svarupe sahajabhirupe – Sri Rupa Manjari is the prema-mayi-murti of Radharani, the embodiment of Her love.

She arranges everything for the service of Radharani, so one who receives the mercy of Rupa naturally receives the mercy of Srimatiji. Prabhur eka-rupe – Sri Rupa Gosvami is so close to Mahaprabhu that he is like the second form of the Lord. Sva-vilasa-rupe – one who takes shelter of Rupa Gosvami can achieve vraja-rasa and vraja-seva.

He is also vilasa-rupa in the sense that he manifests rasa-sastra, the storehouse of transcendental nectar. All of Mahaprabhu’s love and mercy, moreover, the love of Srimati Radharani, Lalita, Višakha, and the sakhis and manjaris, is preserved in the books of Sri Rupa Gosvami.

 

Rupa Gosvami

 

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