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Transcendental Mellows


1. Why is Sri Krsna the personification of all nectarean rasas! Why is He unique in this regard?


Sri Krsna is the object of the highest transcendental mellows. If one considers impartially and becomes free from the clutches of prejudice, one will  conclude that in rasa the form of Sri Krsna is the most suitable and the best. His other forms are eternal, spiritual, transcendental, and full of divine  qualities. They are the master of maya. Krsna also possesses all these transcendental qualities. The special characteristic of Krsna is that He displays His  spiritual pastimes in this material world through His spiritual energy and allows the material senses to perceive them. When the Lord descends to this world,  His behavior appears mundane, but actually He is always full of all opulences. He reciprocated with the cowherd boys as their beloved friend, with His  parents as their dependent child, and with His devotees who are absorbed in madhurya-rasa as their beloved Lord, yet He never failed to display His  supremacy. Even while performing His pastimes as a human being, He surprised the learned community by exhibiting His superiority over the demigods, who are  dependent on Him. If Krsna had not mercifully displayed His most enchanting pastimes as a cowherd boy, could anyone realize the Supreme Lord as the object of  madhurya-rasa? (Sri Manah-siksd 5)


2.Are Sri Krsna's pastimes as a paramour abominable?


When Sri Krsna Himself is the only enjoyer, there is no question of His pastimes as a paramour being abominable. Whenever an ordinary living entity claims to  be the enjoyer, immediately the question of religiosity or irreligiosity arises.(Jaiva Dharma Chapter 31)


3.What is the science of Sri Radha Krsna?


According to the teachings of Srlman Mahaprabhu, worship of the Lord in the mood of madhurya-rasa is the highest. In this mood one cannot relish the  transcendental mellows of devotional service unless one becomes subordinate to Sri Radhika. The Supreme Brahman is eternal (sat), full of knowledge (cit),  and full of bliss (ananda). Sri Krsna is the personification of sat-cit and Sri Radha is the manifestation of ananda. Radha and Krsna are one truth, but for  the expansion of rasa, They have appeared as two.(Caitanya-siksamrta 6/5)


4.What are the symptoms of ecstatic love for Krsna?


After honoring prasdd, Vijay Kumar, taking the road by the ocean, immediately departed for the house of KasI Misra. On seeing the waves and billows of the  ocean, the mood of the ocean of transcendental mellows began to appear in his mind.He thought, "Oh! This ocean is awakening my sentiments. Although it is a  material object, it is arousing my internal spiritual mood. The topic of the ocean of mellows, which the Lord always explains to me, are as follows. When my  gross and subtle bodies are thrown away, I sit on the shore of the ocean of mellows in my own form as a manjari and relish transcendental mellows. Krsna  alone, whose complexion is like a new cloud, is my beloved Lord. On His side stands the daughter of King Vrsabhanu. She is our controller. In other words,  She is the controller of all living entities. The ocean is the transformation of Radha Krsna's ecstatic love. Transcendental mellows of ecstatic love are the  waves. Whenever a particular mood arises, it drowns me, a sakhl, in the mellows of ecstatic love, as I stand on the shore. Krsna is the ocean of mellows and  therefore the ocean has adopted the complexion of Krsna. The current of the ocean is Sri Radha and therefore it appears golden. The big waves are the sakhls  and the small waves are their maidservants. I am one of the maidservants thrown away from the ocean to the shore."


Thinking in this way, Vijay became overwhelmed. Coming back to external consciousness after some time, he went before his spiritual master, offered his  respectful obeisances, and sat down.(Jaiva Dharma Chapter 32)