Stavavali- Prema Rasa


Verse: 4

Anāvedyām pūrvair api mun-gaṇair bhakti nipuṇaih

Śrutair gūḍhāṁ premojjvala rasa phalaṁ bhakti latikām

kṛpālus tām gauḍe prabhur ati kṛpābhiḥ prakaṭayan

Śacī sūnuḥ kiṁ me nayana śaraṇim yāsyati punaḥ


When will that son of mother Saci who mercifully revealed in Bengal the vine of devotion which bears the fruits of “ujvala prema rasa” (flavours of amorous love) which is hidden in the Vedas and was not known by even wise men who are experts in devotion of God, cross the path of my eyes again?

Rasa Vyakhya (Purport of mellows): Sriman Mahaprabhu represents the very source of Sri Sri Radha Krishna, the initiator of the variegated Leelas, starting with Sri Sri Radha Krishna. Sriman Mahaprabhu who came 530 years ago in this planet was the self-same master of the planet Svetadwipa. In the material planet beings display various moods, but these moods are distorted and animalistic because they are centred on the limited false ego. Thus there is widespread discontentment and discord in the material world. The most base and the most unconscious aspect of these emotions on the material plane is sex.  Life starts with this base act and since this act is unconscious and steeped around self-centeredness. Since the source itself is contaminated, activities and events on the material plane is infected with dissatisfaction.

The goal of sadhana is to become free of these impulsive emotions and attain a fluid and freely flowing state which will qualify an individual towards his journey to the spiritual plane. The focus now changes from self-satisfaction to the satisfaction of the Lord. The highest mood in such a progressive state lcm14is the mood of service to Srimati Radhika and assisting Her in her amorous pastimes with Sri Nandanandana. This is the highest conceivable mood given to us by Sriman Mahaprabhu. Unless one accepts Sriman Mahaprabhu in mood and form, the mood of amorous love between Sri Sri Radha Krishna shall remain unknown. The path of Raganuga sadhana provides one, the process of manjari bhava sadhana which represents the highest goal of a Gaudiya Vaishnava was given by the Goswamis of Vrindavana. This is the sadhana that will free us simultaneously from all that is undesirable and attainment of the Prayojana. The Bhagavata Purana has represented Gopi-Prema and offering one’s all to Sri Krishna. The manjaris offer their all to Srimati Radhika and as a sadhaka develops the mood of service to Srimati Radhika, he automatically travels to the eternal realm.

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