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Purport by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

“O Govinda, the world is simply an immense void in Your absence. My eyes are raining tears like monsoon-laden clouds, each batting of an eyelid seems to last a millennium.” This is an excellent example of vipralambha-rasa. The shloka intends to point out that for the jata-rati devotee, it is absolutely essential that he seek to experience vipralambha-rasa, and not care for sambhoga, or enjoyment.


In material life viraha, or separation causes only grief, whereas on the transcendental plane it produces exultant ecstasy even though it seems like acute anguish. Vipralambha nourishes sambhoga, or enjoyment. As a matter of fact in prema-vaicitra, or variegatedness of love within the vipralambha-rasa there is sambhoga, but only externally. Vipralambha is marked by incessant and intense recollections of Krishna and His pastimes, and in fact one never forgets Krishna. This is the super-excellent stage of bhajana.


The over-indulgence in sambhoga exhibited by the pretentious group known as the gaura-nagari, who are not actually sincere followers of Lord Krishna, is due to hypocrisy; it simply causes obstacles on the path to pure devotion. Their sambhoga is nothing more than self-aggrandizement and selfserving pleasure. It is bereft of pure devotion to Krishna. If one inderstands the meaming of the following shloka, then he will not allow himself to be goaded into enjoying his senses, and hereby as an excuse try to present Lord Chaitanya as a pleasure-seekers, or nagari [Chaitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 4.165]:


“The desire to gratify one's own senses is kama (lust), but the desire to please the senses of Lord Krishna is prema (love).”


The esoteric import of Lord Chaitanya's pastimes is that although Lord Krishna has accepted the sentiments of an asraya-tattva, or a pure devotee, He is always situated in the mood of vipralambha. Jiva is asraya-tattva; for him to fully relish sambhoga-rasa and give it full expression he must take shelter of vipralambha, or the mood of love in separation. To propagate and exhibit this truth Lord Krishna appeared as Lord Chaitanya who is eternally the embodiment and incarnation vipralambha-rasa. Devotees should discard any notions of endeavoring for sambhoga-rasa, since such an attempt will certainly end in failure.