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50 -Bhava


1. What is bhava? What stage of prema-bhakti is bhava?


Prema-bhakti is the fruit of sddhana-bhakti. There are two stages of prema-bhakti, bhava and prema. Prema is just like the sun, and bhava is the sun's rays. Bhava is the form of pure goodness, and when mixed with ruci it melts the heart. The stage of Krsna consciousness in which devotional symptoms are described as resembling pure goodness and which melt the heart with the help of ruci is called bhava. Bhava manifests in the propensity of the mind and attains its nature. [The mind's propensity is its devotional attraction, and "attaining its nature" means attaining the form of that attraction, or sthdyi-bhdva.] In fact, bhava is self-manifest, but accepting the nature of the mind it appears as if it were manifest separately.

{Caitanya-siksdmrta 5/1)


2. What are the examples of bhava born from vaidhi-sadhana-bhakti and bhava born from rdgdnugd-sadhana-bhakti?


Sri Narada's life is given as an example of bhava born from vaidhi-sddhana-bhakti. The women devotees mentioned  in the Padma Purdna are given as an example of bhdva born from rdgdnugd-sddhana-bhakti. {Caitanya-siksamrta 5/11)


3. Is there any illicit activity found in the life of a devotee who has attained bhava ?


It is not that the life of bhdva changes the life of regulative devotional service all of a sudden, but the activities of a bhdva-bhakta appear to be independent of the regulative principles. All his activities are regulated by his strong spontaneous attachment. Although the nature of a person on the platform of bhdva is independent, yet there is no possibility of him causing a disturbance. Such a person does not have any taste for either pious or sinful activities. He does not engage in any activities out of duty. He does not feel like imitating anyone. He maintains body, mind, and his society automatically, out of habit. Since he is indifferent to all material activities, there is no possibility that he will engage in sinful activities.

{Caitanya-siksamrta 5/11)


4. What is the fate of a devotee practicing regulative devotional service who disregards a bhdva-bhaktal


A bhava-bhakta's lifestyle resembles the lifestyle of a sddhana-bhakta. A devotee who has attained bhdva is fully satisfied. If a devotee practicing regulative devotional service disrespects such a bhdva-bhakta, his accumulated devotional wealth will gradually diminish. {Caitanya-siksamrta 5/11)


5. What are the external symptoms of bhdva's awakening?


The first stage of prema is known as bhdva, and this is when the eight sdttvika-vikdras (bodily transformations), such as standing of the hairs on end and crying begin to manifest slightly.

{Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 6)


6. What anubhdvas manifest when the seed of bhava fructifies?


If love of Krsna in a seedling state has fructified in one's heart, one is not agitated by material things. Not a moment is lost. Every moment is utilized for Krsna or things connected with Him. In the material field, people are interested in material enjoyment, mystic power, and sense gratification. However, these things do not appeal to the devotee at all. Although a pure devotee's standard is above all, he still considers himself on the lowest stage of life. A fully surrendered devotee always hopes that Lord Krsna will be kind to him. This hope is firm in him. His eagerness is chiefly characterized by an ardent desire to attain the Lord's mercy. Due to having great relish for the holy name, one is inclined to chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra constantly. At this stage of bhdva, a devotee has awakened the tendency to chant and describe the transcendental qualities of the Lord. He is attached to this process. A devotee absorbed in ecstatic emotion for Krsna always has affection for residing in a place where Krsna's pastimes were performed. {Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 6)


7. Do the eight symptoms of ecstatic love appear in devotees who have attained bhava?


The eight symptoms oibhdva are being stunned, trembling, perspiring, standing of hairs on end, fading of bodily color, weeping, choking, and devastation. These symptoms manifest in devotees who have attained bhava. {Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 6)


8. How do the bhdva-bhaktas spend their lives?


Bhdva-bhaktas constantly chant the holy name and fame of the Lord, ignoring all the formalities of the material world. Such chanting and remembering of the Lord's transcendental   pastimes is benedictory. While engaging in such hearing and chanting, bhdva-bhaktas travel all over the world without envy, humble and fully satisfied.{Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 6)


9. How are the bhdva-bhaktas' dealings beyond worldly and Vedic consideration?


Having achieved love of Godhead, the devotees sometimes cry aloud, absorbed in thought of the infallible Lord. Sometimes they laugh, feel great pleasure, speak aloud to the Lord, dance, or sing. Such devotees, having transcended conditioned life, sometimes imitate the unborn Supreme by acting out His pastimes, and sometimes, having achieved His personal audience, they remain peaceful and silent. {Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 6)


10. What does a devotee see when he sees Sri Syamasundara?


Sri Syamasundara's complexion is dark blue and His garments golden. He dresses just like a dramatic dancer. He wears a peacock feather, colored minerals, sprigs of flower buds, and a garland of forest flowers and leaves. He rests one hand upon the shoulder of a friend, and with the other, twirls a lotus. Lilies grace His ears, His hair hangs down over His cheeks, and His lotuslike face is smiling. {Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 6)


11. How do the qualities of the Supreme Lord manifest in the hearts of those who have attained bhava?


O Lord, we do not know how the serpent Kaliya has attained this great opportunity of being touched by the dust of Your lotus feet. For this end, the goddess of fortune performed austerities for centuries, giving up all other desires and taking austere vows. {Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 6)


12.What kind of humility and desire for perfection do renounced bhdva-bhaktas display?


The gopis of Vrndavana have given up the association of their husbands, sons, and other family members, all of whom are difficult to give up. They have forsaken the path of chastity to take shelter of the lotus feet of Mukunda, Krsna, whom the sages seek through Vedic knowledge. Oh, let me be fortunate enough to be one of the bushes, creepers, or herbs in Vrndavana, because the gopis trample them and bless them with the dust of their lotus feet. {Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 6)


13.Do the gopis who have attained perfection in bhdva have any desire for material enjoyment or liberation?


Among all persons on earth, these cowherd women alone have actually perfected their embodied lives, for they have achieved the perfection of unalloyed love for Lord Govinda. Their pure love is hankered after by those who fear material existence, by great sages, and by ourselves as well. For one who has tasted the narrations of the infinite Lord, what is the use of taking birth as a high-class brdhmana or even as Lord Brahma himself? {Bhajana-rahasya, Chapter 6)


14. To what subject do bhdva-bhaktas show attachment?


Persons who have attained bhdva always manifest the desire to hear, chant, and remember the transcendental qualities of the Lord.

{Caitanya-siksamrta 5/2)