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48- Ruci


1. What result does one achieve by engaging in rdgdtmikd-seva?


By developing greed for Krsna's service, the Vaisnava's service, and by chanting the  holy names, one will not develop greed for inferior things. One who becomes greedy by  seeing the Vrajavasis' service to Krsna is fortunate. By the mercy of that greed, he  attains the qualification for raga-bhakti. One's material greed is vanquished in  proportion to one's development of greed for rdgatmikd service. (Sajjana Tosanl 10/11)


2. What is ruci ?


The propensity born of two kinds of prejudices, ancient and modern, is called ruci.  This type of ruci is temporary. Those who have no taste or ruci for srhgdra-rasa but  who have taste for dasya- or sakhya-rasa should follow the instructions suitable for  their respective rasas. Otherwise, it will create unnecessary problems. The perfected,  original ruci of the great Vaisnava Sri Syamananda Prabhu was not manifest at first.  Therefore, he was instructed to enter sakhya-rasa. Later by Jlva Gosvami Prabhu's  mercy, Syamananda attained his original, spontaneous bhajana. This is a well-known  fact. Qualification and eligibility play a prominent role during Sri Caitanyadeva's  incarnation. (Hatinama-cintamani)


3. Who develops ruci for his constitutional propensity?


Those whose hearts are fully transcendental develop the taste to subordinate  themselves under the residents of Vraja. Therefore, greed, or ruci, for raganuga-bhakti  is the only indication of one's constitutional propensity. (Jaiva Dhatma, Chapter 21)


4. When one develops ruci for pure devotional service, does he become detached from  objects not related to Krsna?


Home, paraphernalia, disciples, wealth in the form of animals and grains, wife, sons,  servants, maidservants, relatives, fruitive activities described in flowery words, and  beautiful women are all considered important objects in the material world. I, however,  have no desire to obtain these things. O Krsna, I aspire only for Your mercy in the form  of pure devotion for You.

{Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 4)


5.When one develops a taste for chanting the holy names of the Lord, does he still  maintain a taste for name, fame, and so on?


Asannydsi must not present material allurements to gather disciples, nor should he  unnecessarily read many [nondevotional] books or give discourses to earn his  livelihood. He must never attempt to unnecessarily increase his material opulence. One  who has a taste for the holy name does not want such things. {Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter  4)


6. How should one perform bhajana with ruci?


Engage in hearing and chanting Krsna's name, form, and attributes with undivided  attention, and try to destroy your anarthas. Then the creeper of devotion will quickly  bear fruit. {Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 4)


7. If one is full of lamentation and illusion for material objects, is there a chance that he  will develop a taste for the Lord's service?


For one whose heart is full of anger, pride, or lamentation about the state of his wife or  children, there is no possibility of Krsna becoming manifest to him.

{Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 4)


8. What kind of ruci should one have when serving the lotus feet of Krsna in the  association of devotees?


0 Lord, if I take birth in this land of Vrndavana or in any other universe, or if I take birth  as a bird or animal anywhere within Your creation, my only desire is that I may be able  to

serve You in various ways in the association of Your devotees. {Bhajana-rahasya,  Chapter 4)


9. What type of ruci should one have when hearing the glories of Krsna's transcendental  qualities?


1 want the benediction of at least one million ears, for thus I may be able to hear about  the glories of Your lotus feet from the mouths of Your pure devotees. {Bhajana-rahasya,  Chapter 4)