Quintessence of Form

Our Gaudiya Parampara is the most profound system of Bhakti which promulgates enhancing our limited individual consciousness through supreme submission. It is the basis of knowing, through such submission, the mood of the Absolute, the confluence of the form and spirit of the Absolute.

Vrindavana Dhama is the divine substrate which holds this mood of the divine couple, the epitome of which is represented by the seven temples of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas which is the heart and soul of every committed practitioner of Raganuga Bhajana. These temples are those of Sri Sri Madana Mohana, Sri Sri Radha Govind Dev Ji, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Ji, Sri Sri Radha Damodar Ji, Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar Ji, Sri Sri Radha Ramanji and Sri Sri Radha Gokulanand ji. These ancient temples represent the highest ideologies and the mood of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas. Of these seven 3 temples namely Sri Sri Madana Mohana, Sri Sri Radha Govind Dev Ji, Sri Sri Radha Gopinathji represent the confluence of form and mood of the divine couple. Rasa Sadhana is the process by which the aspirant of Raganuga immerses himself in quest of being able to behold one’s divine service to the divine couple present in the transcendental representations presented to one by the Parampara. It is matter of Nishtha or unbounded certainty with which the sadhaka performs his sadhana through the medium of those representations given to him by his Guru Varga and the System. This process thus leads one naturally towards one’s Prayojana.

The 3 temples that stand in the heart of Vrindavana were first conceptualized historically by Sri Vajranabha, the divine great-grandson of Lord Sri Krishna, with a goal of being able to represent the mood of his great ancestor who is the Absolute Himself. The temples endured the ravage of the Mughals who tried to ransack divinity but remained utterly unsuccessful. The form and the mood were then injected into it by the Six Goswamis of Vrindavana. The deities in their most potent form were installed there by Sri Sanatana, Sri Rupa and Sri Madhu Pandita (direct disciple of Sri Gadadhara Pandita, the incarnation of Srimati Radharani in Kaliyuga).dscn0099 It is the Gaudiya mood that says that the Sambandha tattva is directly represented by the feet of Sri Madan Mohanji (The original deities are now at Karauli, Rajasthan), the Supreme attractor, where all the living entities of the three worlds are given shelter unconditionally. The Abhidheya tattva is represented by the face of Sri Govind Devji (The original deities are now in Jaipur owing to the Mughal attack) and the broad chest of Sri Radha Gopinathji represents the Prayojana Tattva, the heart of the perfected devotee which is no different from the heart of the Lord where there is compassion for the entire creation. It is said that whoever is able to contemplate the three aspects of the Supreme Lord of the three different deities, having surrendered oneself to the cause of the Parampara, will be able to see the dazzling living form of the Lord replete with all his divine flavoured moods. The quintessential readiness of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas to embark on their journey back to Godhead, stand today in the shape of the temples of Vrindavana.

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