Bhakti Tattva – Part Three

The transcendental position of Vishuddha Sattva is also described in Bhagavat Sandarbha.The Bhagavata Sandarbha establishes that the Personality of Godhead is the original compiler of the Vedic system and thus establishes the aspect of Bhagawan that is the form of Parabrahman or the original Purusa, Sri Krishna.The Paramatma Sandarbha describes the particular aspect of Godhead that exists in the heart of every living entity.

482987_521444307869716_1247370138_nIt explains the theory of Maya and the theory of transformation of the jeeva or living entity.The aspect of transactions of the jeeva and the leela avataras of Godhead are discussed in great detail in the Paramatma Sandarbha.The Krishna Sandarbha totally focuses on Sri Krishna, the Supreme personality of Godhead. It gives a vivid description of the eternal planetary system of Goloka along with the expansions of Sri Krishna. It also discusses in great detail the various potencies of the Lord and also how the secondary expansions of the Lord’s Energy exist and transact in the planetary system of Dwaraka. It also discussions the superiority of the base potent energy of the Lord, Srimati Radharani and about Her personal expansions that populates Goloka and the lower realms of Dwaraka.

The Bhakti Sandarbha establishes the superiority of the Bhakti process over all other systems of Yoga. It discusses the necessity of Bhakti as a part of even Karma kanda and the uselessness of all processes in the absence of the Bhakti process. So thus it is established that Bhakti process needs to supplement all the processes that are directed towards higher goals. It also establishes that Vaishnavas are a class apart when compared with Karmis,Jnanis and Yogis and that there can be no comparison between Vaishnavas and any other class of people. A comparison of perfection stages is also made and Raganuga Bhakti is also dealt with ; establishing the fact that this is the highest gear in the field of Bhakti.The sixth Sandarbha is termed as Priti Sandarbha and establishes the meaning of Love of Godhead.The different aspects of liberation are gradually explained. It also discusses how the liberation of the person on the path of Jnana is different from the person who is liberated on the path of Bhakti. It also establishes emphatically that a person who meets the Supreme Lord face to face is on the highest platform and the most desirable form of being eternally liberated is to be established in the personal service of the Supreme Lord.Jiva Goswami also composed Gopal Campu that elucidates the Vrindavana pastimes of the Lord.

After the description of the various literature composed by the Goswamis of Vrindavana, the activities of Sriman Mahaprabhu in Jagannath Puri is considered.The Lord accepting Sanyasa , lived the life of a perfect renunciant and established through his very life that in Kaliyuga no one can actually do justice to the order of Sanyasa , the way prescribed in the Sastras. The Lord demonstrated the perfect model of Sanyasa Dharma.He also established through his personal demeanour that following Sanyasa in Kaliyuga is actually not recommended considering the amount of contamination in Kaliyuga. The Lord was visited by many of His devotees like Advaita Acarya during his stay at Puri. The devotees of Sriman Mahaprabhu spent four months in Puri every year and associated in ecstasy with Him.They spent their time wholly in chanting and kirtana oblivious of the passage of time. Lord Sriman Mahaprabhu bid them adieu after four months with the promise that all of them returned next year at the time of Ratha Yatra to witness the journey of  their dear Lord Jagannatha to the Gundica temple.Without break the association of Sriman Mahaprabhu and the devotees continued for twenty long years once every year for four months during the Ratha Yatra festival in Puri.

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