Acaryas of the Bhakti Tattva

Bhakti, to be felt and experienced is a very deep phenomenon. If one is interested to devote oneself to the highest cause of Bhakti, one should drown oneself into the depths of the unfathomable ocean of Bhakti. This will give one “some” satisfaction, otherwise everything else is just superficial and mundane. Commitment and sincerity will eventually force the fountain of divine love to spurt out from one’s heart.

From the Gaudiya Vaishnava perspective, the aspect of Bhakti can have varied and delectable tastes as one takes it up with passion. The three aspects of Sambandha, Abhidheya and Prayojana are the three levels of rewards that are available to a sincere aspirant in the Gaudiya Vaishnava line. Sambandha represents the aspect of relationship, the starting point of Bhakti. If there is nothing worthwhile then there is no need to pursue. Pursuance of any kind requires something or someone worthwhile. Here in this case Lord Madana Mohana and His potency Srimati Radhika is the Sambandha Tattva, who attract the ones who are parched out roaming dissatisfied on the material plane; people who are tired and exhausted with the heat of Mayic delusion. After having exhausted all options, the Lord benevolently attracts these living entities to the Madana Mohana form, the all attractive one. Srila Sanatana Goswami is the Acarya of the Sambandha Tattva, one who lays down the rules of the game. How one is to approach this transcendental relationship with Madana Mohana, how one gets introduced to Bhakti and conduct oneself in this new game, the Acarya in the form of Srila Sanatana Goswami defines. A person who wants to take to Krishna Bhajana, if he mentally takes shelter of Srila Sanatana Goswami will be accepted by Sri Madana Mohana, the Lord of Srila Sanatana Goswami.

As one develops the initial pull towards Krishna following the earlier enthusiasm, one will want to get deeper into the Sambandha or one will want to strengthen one’s relationship with Krishna. A person who is in love with a lady will want to make her happy by serving her and thus impressing her. On the same lines when we become interested in Krishna, we would want to impress Him by serving Him. Srila Rupa Goswami has compiled many works to explain how one can serve Krishna in a transcendental mood. Sri Sri Radha Govinda deva is the deity of the Abhidheya Tattva, the means to serve Krishna with passion. This mood of service includes accepting a Guru and rendering devotional service as a means to surrendering one’s heart and intentions for the pleasure of Krishna. This is the methodology by which one progresses in the art of loving Krishna. Unless one accepts the supremacy of Srila Rupa and his permission for approaching Krishna, one will not actually develop a serious mood of service in the mood of the Parampara. Srila Rupa Goswami also represents Sri Rupa Manjari in the spiritual realm who has to be propitiated before one gets eligible to render service to the divine couple. Verily Srila Rupa Goswami is the Acarya of the Abhidheya Tattva.

11893272_908924862476342_3199715930538674610_o_0As one deeply gets involved with service to Guru and Bhagawan under the spiritual guidance of Sri Rupa, one will hanker for higher satisfaction, for Prema which is the Prayojana or the final goal of service. This Prayojana Tattva appears in the mood of the damsels of Vrindavana who serve Srimati Radharani in the divine orb of Goloka. One hankers at this advanced stage to be one of those fortunate damsels who serve the divine couple. This is the zenith of spiritual ambition. There is nothing beyond this mood and the nectar of these devotional mellows is achieved when one takes shelter under Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami who is the Acarya of the Prayojana Tattva, who serves Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha in the holiest abode of Radha Kunda where Srimati Radhika has melted out of Her ecstasy in separation of Her Lord Gopinatha. Dasa Goswami serves Srimati Radhika as Tulasi manjari in a mood that has never been exhibited in the annals of devotee history and perhaps a mood that can never be exhibited by anyone ever after. Das Goswami is the Acarya of the mood of conjugal love, the perpetrator of Radha Dasyam, the most fortunate condition that any living being can cultivate, suitable for eternal service in Goloka.

The three Acaryas represent the 3 fold stages a living entity has to undergo on this physical plane, before one can qualify to enter that unassailable land called Goloka. One who has taken the shelter of these 3 Goswamis is sure to attain the cherished goal which is the highest achievable as defined by Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. One who follows the parampara system undeterred following the life and teachings of the Six Goswamis of Vrindavana is indeed most fortunate.

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