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Title: Manjari Bhava Sadhana
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-12-30 16:25:45
Is manjari-bhava-sadhana bonafide?
Answer by Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gaurangapada:
There is no mention of such a process of sadhana in the primary biographies of the Supreme Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu nor has it been even mentioned of being taught or preached by the Lord or any of His associates in these primary biographies. If it was so important or being taught by some then I am sure the Acharyas would have described about it in detail or at least mentioned it as bonafide in these primary biographies which contain all the important instructions of Lord Gauranga and His eternal Associates.
Infact what has been repeatedly taught and stressed in all these Holy Books, by Lord Gauranga Himself and all His Associates is, Naam Sadhana, which leads to the awakening of the constitutional bhava of the soul with the Lord which can be in any of the five primary mellows of neutrality, servitude, brotherhood, parenthood or lover and which includes manjari-bhava.
The words manjari-bhava and sadhana do not go well together. Manjari bhava (entering into the group of the manjari gopies who are assitants of the sakhis in the service of Shri Shri Radha Krishna) is the attainment in the siddha or perfected stage not in the stage of sadhana bhakti. Hari Naam Chintamani describes the sampatti dashaa, the final stage of being established in one constitutional relationship in the perfected stage. For souls in the mellow of a lover of Lord Krishna as a servant of the sakhis, it can be called manjari-bhava-dashaa in the perfected stage but manjari-bhava can never be realized or taught or discussed in the sadhana stage so manjari-bhava-sadhana is not an appropriate word. Both the teacher and disciple have to be in the sampatti-dashaa or manjari-bhava-dashaa to understand these highest level topics. We see that this practice of manjari-bhava-sadhana is not taught in any of the principal books about Lord Gauranga because it simply does not exist as manjari-bhava cannot be even understood what to speak of being taught or practiced in the sadhana stage.
Even raganuga bhakti (spontaneous attraction to the Holy Names) cannot be artifically taught or practiced as it has to compulsorily arise spontaneously either due to our Naam Sadhana in vaidhi bhakti or due to the causeless mercy of the Lord or another Naam siddha devotee or due to the intense greed for attaining the Lord which arises due to many previous lives of practicing Naam sadhana and vaidhi bhakti or due to great causeless mercy received in the association of advanced devotees. Trying to prematurely jump from the stage of vaidhi bhakti and trying to theoretically hear or learn about raganuga bhakti without constant and quality chanting and shelter of Naam for a long time (at least 15 years as stated by Shri Shrila Prabhupada) is just trying to lick the outside glass of a sealed honey bottle.
In fact...dusta phala karibe arjana...such a devotee by doing this anadhikaara charchaa (discussion without proper qualification about raganuga and manjari bhava) has a big chance to get proud in the sadhana stage and actual start falsely believing that he or she is qualified to discuss and hear these topics for which actually he or she has no qualification. And when such illusion and pride enters, one will not be able to progress to the higher stages thus defeating the very purpose of sadhana. This is because one may subtly feel that one is already on that stage since one is talking and discussing about it. With such a consciousness, one will not care for or listen to the wise words of our Acharayas like Shri Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada or other mature devotees who are constantly warning us against the big pitfalls of theoretically discussing or indulging in such high topics for which we are not qualified for. In fact many give up the line of the pure teachings of Shri Shrila Prabhupada who is everyone's real well-wisher and dive into this artifical indulgence and hearing of such high topics and start imagining that they have become more advanced than other devotees who are simply doing Naam Bhajana and Bhagavata Shravana just by freely talking about these high topics here and there.
By simply talking or discussing about high topics of Shri Shri Radha Krishna, one does not become eligible or qualified infact one may displease the Lord and His Associates by trying to barge in without qualification. One needs Naam siddhi or Shuddha Naam to actually understand and realize these high topics. And when one gets Naam siddhi then all these truths will be spontaneously revealed in our heart without any artificial attempts to practice or teach them. This is sum and substance of the great book Hari Naam Chintamani which is spoken by Naamaacharya Shrila Haridasa Thakura.
It has been strictly warned: "http://www.gaurangapada.org/essays/1601-qualification-hear-radha-krishna-lila.html" by great compassionate Acharyas like Shri Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura and Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura who was ragatmika eternal associates of the Lord from Vraja and Navadvipa that one should abstain from cheaply discussing such elevated topics in the sadhana bhakti stage what to speak of teaching or preaching them to others. Please consider and understand that Shri Shrila Prabhupada had nothing to loose personally if his followers would indulge in such high topics without qualification. He stopped them from doing it because of his compassion for them and to remove the obstacles in their bhajana. In fact by prohibiting and disciplining his followers about this, he lost some follwers and disciples who wanted to take up these discussions cheaply at the unqualified stage. But still he was truthful to the siddhanta. So instead of attacking him for this magnanimity and leaving his shelter, we should be intensely grateful to him for saving us from this great and subtle pitfall in bhakti and eternally remain under the shelter of his lotus feet and his sincere followers and empowered disciples like Shrila Abhaya Charanarvinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Talking or writing about high topics to attract and win over followers is quite easy. One can just open Govinda Lilamrita or Krishna Bhavamrita or Ujjvala Nilamani or Vilapa Kusumanjali etc. and memorize such topics and start speaking or writing about these high level topics. And people will be attracted in large quantities thinking that this person is giving something higher which no one else is giving or talking about. They start feeeling that maybe this person knows and realizes more than others because he is talking of such high topics. But like Shrila BR Shridhara Swami said that fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Indulgence in such high topics is not what our Acharyas wanted or have instructed us to do so we restrict ourselves from such things. Many Gaudiya Math devotees know this. So they don't try to compete with others outside the Gaudiya Math by starting this kind of cheap rasa katha even though more and more followers are getting attracted to this kind of katha and leaving the shelter of Shri Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. We cannot change the teachings in this regard to accomodate others but we can surely educate them to accept the pure teachings of Shri Shrila Prabhupada on this matter and why he was so strict in this regard.
A really advanced devotee will never distribute this confidential treasure cheaply to a general audience even if it means loosing many followers because it will displease our Guru Varga. Better have a few sincere followers who act according to their qualification (adhikara) and respect the words of our Acharyas then hundreds and thousands who want to jump into higher topics about Shri Shri Radha Krishna without qualification and criticize the very Acharyas whose teachings made them devotees in the first place. A Guru does not cater to public demand but to the demands and orders of his own Guru Varga. People may ask for cheap discussion about these topics but it does not mean that we have to give it. Like for example, Shrila ACBS Prabhupada refused to talk to the very influential and rich man Mr. Balu in Mumbai about Shri Shri Radha Krishna's intimate pastimes even upon being repeatedly requested to do it.
Unfortunately some have started to openly teach and preach these higher level topics while being in the line of Shri Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. This is quite risky and it is already leading to a mass exodus of followers leaving the pure teachings of Shri Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura and trying to take it the easy way of jumping into these topics without qualification. When they see that we are teaching the same cheap thing compared to what others outside the teachings of Shri Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura are teaching, they say why not go to them as they can do it better than us without any restriction. As the saying goes that insiders can create bigger problems than outsiders. It is truly said that when the great Acharya sun leaves, there will be chaos.
So back to the manjari-bhava-sadhana. It is being claimed that Lord Gauranga taught this manjari-bhava sadhana but we never find this word manjari-bhava-sadhana or even the word manjari-bhava uttered from the lotus mouth of Lord Gauranga Himself in his primary biographies and teachings. The Supreme Lord Gauranga Himself was very careful not to talk about or display high-level ecstatic symptoms in front of the general people. So are we greater than Him?
Lord Gauranga simply taught in Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata...iha haite sarva siddhi haibe tomara, sarva kshana bola ithe viddhi nahi ara..."You will get all perfection simply by chanting the Holy Names. Chant Them at every moment since there is NO OTHER SPIRITUAL PROCESS than this." All mellows (bhavas) are included in the Holy Names and the advantage of Naam bhajana (chanting) is that by Naam sadhana the mellows are awakened at the right time in our heart when we are qualified so that we don't take it cheaply. In fact Naam Bhajana gradually creates our qualification and then reveals to us these higher truths at the right time. The difference is that one needs patience for Naam Bhajana whereas for jumping into and indulging in these higher topics without qualification or purity does not require any patience. Like the old saying goes...no actual gain without pain.
I personally suggest devotees who want to understand the higher truths about Shri Shri Radha Krishna in an accessible manner to reverentially read the Holy Scriptures like Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita (especially), Jaiva Dharma, Madhurya Kadambini, Hari Naam Chintamani, Shrimad Bhagavatam, Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu, Gopala Champu and Ananda Vrindavana Champu but not greatly intimate books like Ujjvala Nilamani, Govinda Lilamrita, Radha Rasa Sudha Nidhi etc. and expressly not recommended to be read as per the desire of Shri Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita is most ideal holy scripture to understand Shri Shri Gaura Radha Krishna Tattva fully because it is composed by Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami who is Katuri manjari in the pastimes of Shri Shri Radha Krishna. So it should be read 100 times as instructed by Shri Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura to grasp these confidential secrets. Since it describes Shri Shri Radha Krishna Tattva along with Gauranga Tattva, one can effortlessly understand the confidential pastimes of Shri Shri Radha Krishna by reading Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita again and again. There is no need of reading other highly esoteric scriptures on the stage of sadhana bhakti.
For those who want to do lila-smarana i.e. meditation of the pastimes while chanting (Naam bhajana), I streongly suggest meditation on any pastime from Lords Nityananda Gauranga's lila including Their daily eight-fold pastimes. According to Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami, from the pastimes of Lord Gauranga, millions of streams of Lord Krishna's pastimes automatically flow, so the safest way to approach Krishna lila is through Gauranga lila. This is also the recommendation of Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura. Chant the Holy Names incessantly and meditate on Gaura's Lila (eternal pastimes) and gradually one will get the qualification and the pastimes of Shri Shri Radha Krishna will spontaneously manifest in one's heart...yatha yatha gaura padaravinde...I do not recommend meditation of Shri Shri Radha Krishna's intimate pastimes till they spontaneously arise in the heart by the causeless mercy of Gaura Naam, Gaura Lila and Gaura Bhakta Vrinda.
Another point which is quite prominently not in favor of manjari bhava sadhana is that not all the followers of Lord Gauranga in the past or in the present or in the future were, are, or are going to be only in the mellow of a lover with Lord Krishna. We see that even amongst Lord Gauranga's Associates, devotees of all mellows are present like Shrila Murari Gupta (Shrila Hanuman from Ayodhya), Shrila Ananta Acharya (Shrila Ramanuja from Vaikuntha), Shrila Jagadananda (Shrila Satyabhama from Dvaraka) etc. So how can we say or force all followers of Lord Gaurahari in the present and future to follow manjari-bhava or the mood of manjari gopies? Lord Gauranga is the Lord of the devotees with all mellows and by restricting His worship and approach only to manjari-bhava or unduly emphasizing it exclusively would be an injustice to millions of souls whose constitutional relationship with Lord Krishna may not be as a lover. Even in the mellow of a lover, one have different relationships with the Lord other than manjaris like for example the svakiya queens in Dvaraka etc. Therefore this new exclusive process of manjari-bhava-sadhana is not found to be taught by the Lord or His Associates in His primary biographies. Whereas it is established in all our holy scriptures that Naam-bhajana or Naam-sadhana includes all realizations and stages of Bhakti right upto Prema (pure love) and Mahabhava.
Please also read the following article which are the compiled instructions of our Acharyas in this matter: : http://www.gaurangapada.org/essays/1601-qualification-hear-radha-krishna-lila.html]Qualification to Hear Radha Krishna Lila[/b
I will continue on this topic in the future if I get some time. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams and Blessings!
Title: Re: Manjari Bhava Sadhana
User: hadai Date: 2006-12-31 00:57:00
Niyananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Dear Gurudeva and devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to the guru parampara. All glories to the devotees of the Lord.
I have read with great anticipation the articles about the aparadhas and Swamijis latest essay about Manjari Bhava Sadhana. Thank you Maharaja and devotees for the wonderful inspiration!
I think that everyone will agree that when our hearts would be filled with love for Gauranga Krishna that aparadhas would not even enter our minds. Out of that immeasurable love all we would feel is compassion for all living entities and we would naturally be everybody’s well-wishers. Our only business is to attain that love for Gauranga Krishna by practicing Naam Yoga constantly. Even before we attain that pure love for Gauranga Krishna our focus is on Naam Yoga so we don’t have the time to let anything else slip into our minds. However for the sake of clear understanding I would like to reflect on the psychology of the dos and don’ts.
According to psychology we all are pulled by two great forces: pleasure and pain. There are things we want and things we want to avoid. When we drive on the correct side of the road we automatically don’t drive on the wrong side of the road. Even so when pleasure is prominent pain is absent and when pain is prominent pleasure is absent. This means that when we focus on what we want we automatically do not focus on what we don’t want. Our thoughts and feelings shape our reality. When we focus on Naam Yoga we automatically make Nityananda Gauranga Krishna our reality and with Their grace we receive blessing after blessing as waves on the ocean keep coming and coming without limitation.
In a sense we are like magnets. Whatever we hold on to in our minds is what we attract into our lives. Eerything we are we have attracted into our lives and everything we put our focus on is what we will be. The problem is that most people think about what they don’t want and they attract more of what they don’t want into their lives. When you look at a thing you want and you say ‘yes’ to it you are activating a thought. The law of attraction is responding to that thought and bringing you things that match that. But when you are looking at something you don’t want and you shout ‘no’ you are actually not pushing it away, instead you are activating the very thought that you don’t want and the law of attraction is lining those things up for you. This law of attraction is always working whether we understand it or not. Have you ever noticed that those who speak the most of illness have it? And those who speak the most of prosperity have it? What is predominately on our minds is shaping our reality whether it is on our minds in terms of embracing or avoiding, conscious or sub-conscious. That’s why people who stub their toe when they step out of bed tend to spiral and their whole day goes like that. What we think and what we feel and what manifests is always a match every single time. No exception.
When we read ‘be careful in your dealings with devotees and never create any ill feelings in their hearts’ we can also read ‘in our dealings with devotees we always create favorable spiritual feelings in their hearts’. When our focus is to always create favorable spiritual feelings in devotees’ hearts we automatically don’t create ill feelings in their hearts. When we create pleasing feelings in the hearts of devotees we accelerate our advancement in spiritual life.
Our main focus is Naam Bhajana and having Nityananda Gauranga Krishna always in our hearts. Then by Their grace we will progress gradually into the more confidential topics of the Lord. We cannot barge into the confidential topics without qualification. When Lord Chaitanya performed his nightlong kirtans the door was locked for outsiders who were not qualified to partake in His inner circle. Likewise we will not be able to understand the higher topics without qualification. That door is locked as long as we are not qualified. We can only knock on the door by holding on to the feet of our beloved Gurudeva and our persistent, constant chanting of the holy names Nityananda, Gauranga, Hare Krishna. Then we can be sure that over time the door will be opened and everything will be revealed from within our hearts.
Your aspiring servant,
Hadai Nityananda dasa
Title: Re: Manjari Bhava Sadhana
User: Nava Gauranga dasa Date: 2007-01-20 04:22:36
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Dear Swami Gaurangapada and assembled devotees,
please accept my humble obiesances.
Below is a Shri Chaitanya caritamrita verse of Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami, as quoted in Gurudeva’s above lecture. Gurudeva has given us the sure and safe path to approach higher topics. Very nicely following in the footsteps of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada and his wishes.
Gurudeva’s above essay has drawn me into a small study and contemplation on the said subjects. The two following verses from Shrila Prabhodhananda Thakura’s Shri Chaitanya-Candramrita, also nicely highlight this mood.
I hope these verses are helpful in some small way, and draw us closer to service of Shri Guru.
Shri Chaitanya- Caritamrita Madhya 25: 271
krishna-lila amrita-sara, tara sata sat dhara
dasa-dike vahe yaha haite
se chaitanya-lila haya, sarovara aksaya
mano-hamsa caraha tahate
The pastimes of Lord Krishna are the essence of all nectar, and that nectar is flowing in hundreds of rivers in all directions. The pastimes of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are an eternal reservoir, and one is advised to let his mind swim like a swan on this transcendental lake.
Verse 88: The secret how to achieve Radha's feet...
yathaa yathaa gaura-padaaravinde
vindeta bhaktim krita-punya-raashih
tathaa tathotsarpati hridy akasmaat
Explanatory Translation by BRS Swami Gaurangapada:
Verse 88: "As much as an elevated person with an accumulation of unlimited pious deeds attains an intimate devotional relationship to the Lotus Feet and Holy Name of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu, only to that extent and proportion the supreme ocean of the nectar of the Lotus Feet of Shrimati Radharani spontaneously and effortlessly floods his or her heart."
Verse 90: How to preach Lord Gauranga's Holy Name...
dante nidhaaya trinakam padayor nipatya
kritvaa cha kaaku-shatam etad aham bravimi
he saadhavah sakalam eva vihaaya duraad
gauraanga-chandra-charane kurutaanuraagam (90)
Explanatory Translation by BRS Swami Gaurangapada:
Verse 90: "I humbly take a piece of straw between my teeth and praise you while falling down and beseechingly clasping your feet. Oh Sir, you are such a great and brilliant man, there is no one greater than you, you are so intelligent, rich and beautiful. I earnestly adore and applaud your good qualities hundreds of times. You may ask me, 'Why are you so humble? Why are you flattering me? What is your intention, tell me?' I reply: 'My dear Sir, you are a great sadhu and gentleman. You have learned and been educated in so many nice things, I know, but reject them please, whatever unwanted and hogwash things are there in your brain, please kick them out, throw them far away and direct all your love and affection to the the most merciful Lord Gaurangachandra and His Holy Name and in this way become an ardent devotee of His lotus feet. This will be the supreme perfection of your life."
Title: High above our heads
User: Igor Date: 2007-01-20 20:20:42
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna
Great thread! Thank you all for such nice eplanations!
We should always place ourselves in position of servant of servant of servant of Supreme Lord, and not directly engage or rush into such esoteric topics or "practices" like manjari bhava. If we are really humble, we will chant Holy Name constantly and then all perfection will come. Imagination and "playing role within our mind" is something completely diferent then original spiritual realisation that can be revailed only if we surender to Naam.Then all "higher" knowladge will be there.All spiritual realisations are within Naam - namnam akari bahuda nija sarva saktis...All energies, all knowledge..everything is within Naam.
We should not rush to enter into "higher esoteric realms" by force. Nowone should not become proud on some shastric knowledge and think that only because some theoretical knowledge person actually attain manjari bhava. Gurudeva wonderfully explained that in this essey. Thank you Nava Gauranga and Hadai Prabhu for very nice texts.
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna
Title: Re: Manjari Bhava Sadhana
User: Nava Gauranga dasa Date: 2007-01-29 09:07:52
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Dear devotees, I have copied the below writing from HH BR Shridhara Maharaja's book, 'Follow the Angels'.
I have found a re-reading of Swami Gaurangapada's article very very helpful. Due to immature enthusiasm or maybe lack of true humility, sometimes my tendency is to rush in. These sacred pastimes and this gift of Krishna consciousness is our greatest gift. Such a rare oppurtunity. Something that is awaiting each of us. Rather than rushing in and treading heavily on sacred soil, how much more so would we love to tread gently, in humility and love.
Our Acarya's are guiding us toward this gentleness and love. By following the saints I have sure hope that all things will manifest in the core of our heart in due course. And offences against this sweet beauty will be kept to minimal.:gift:
Do Not Approach Directly
Our Guru Maharaja, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada, asked that we keep Radharani in great reverence, "On your head, over your head-don't be bold enough to approach directly: Pujala raga-patha gaurava-bhange. Try to keep Her and Her group at a respectful distance, above your head. Don't rush towards that position. It is not that cheap." How valuable they are for those situated in raga-marga, who worship Krishna in this way, the way of love!
In His deep trance, Mahaprabhu experienced Vraja-lila and expressed His ecstatic feelings. The sahajiyas try to imitate these things by their mundane mind; they attempt to experience that lila through their imagination. But that is not possible. If there is any imitation, only offenses will be created. Those offenses will be recorded in the circle of the examiners of the upper quarter, and they will give a stamp of disqualification: the imitators are criminal and unfit. Imitation will be held against us and hamper our future progress. We must be very careful not to commit offenses, aparadha. It is better to be a newcomer with a fresh introduction than to have a
criminal record. We must be very, very careful in our quest for the highest objective of our eternal life. Our Guru Maharaja, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, has especially given this caution, and he attracted us to the line of exclusive devotion.
Mahaprabhu has distributed what He experienced in His deep trance. But we must be ready to pay for it, and our Guru Maharaja came for that purpose. Pujala raga-patha—don't go hurriedly.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. That experience is for the highest minded. It is the highest. One must go step by step. If we omit any step, we will be nowhere.
We should be mindful of every step, and automatically that will take us in the right direction. Don't ever try to run very hurriedly. Try to remain a little down and back. That will forcibly take you to the goal, naturally. The higher Vaishnavas will take you there. You can't go there on your own, yam evaisa vrnute tena labhyas. That is true all the way, yam evaisa vrnute tena labhyas.
Your acceptance will come from the higher quarter. You should go, but don't try to trespass. Otherwise you are gone, finished.
Prema—seva, loving service, is not an ordinary thing, a mechanical thing. Don't try to finish it, to limit it; it is of an unlimited nature. Don't rush to enter there, to trespass. Don't commit offenses. This is the highest prospect of your life after many lifetimes. The center of the Infinite is everywhere; the circumference is nowhere. Don't create a circumference around the center of your
My Ideal Is Always to Serve Him
Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami, who holds the highest position of madhurya-rasa prayojana acarya,
says dasyaya me raso'stu raso'stu satyam,
sakhyaya me mama namo'stu namo'stu nityam. What does it mean? Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Is that plane an intellectual field about which we can reflect or remark in any way we like, in our own fashion? Dasa Gosvami, who is situated in the highest position of the prayojana-tattva, the preceptor of prayojana in madhurya-rasa radha-dasya, says: "I'll try to show my reverence to the sakhya, but I crave in real earnestness for dasya-rasa. Radharani Herself wants me to serve always. Because Krishna wishes to enjoy me, He enjoys. But my mark, my ideal is
always to serve Him."
In madhurya-rasa, the highest conjugal relationship, even Radharani's own tendency is always to serve Krishna. Her inclination is towards dasya-rasa, service. Is sakhya-rasa, intimate friendship with Krishna, a very small thing? No, it is too high for me. Pujala raga-patha gaurava-bhange.From a distance I want to show my respect to sakhya-rasa, but I really crave dasya-rasa. That should be the inclination of a real devotee. If we disregard all these things, we are playing like children.
Do Not Discuss Higher Lilas
We are not to enter into the discussion of the higher and subtle aspects of the lila of Radha-Krishna. That is not to be discussed in public. That is the distinction between the Gaudiya Matha and the sahajiya section. The sahajiyas are trying to imitate all these things, but we have no faith in imitation. The higher lila will come personally, and it will awaken in an irresistible way. When the program of the sadhana stage is finished, it will come automatically, spontaneously. It is not that we will know the form first and then we will reach there. That is not the policy accepted by Guru Maharaja, Prabhupada.
Pujala raga-patha gaurava-bhange, that is always upon our head. The prospect of our life's future, life after life, cannot be finished so easily. We shall rather foster the hope, the pure hope that we may be taken one day into that service camp with this idea: Pujala raga-patha gauravabhange.
It is very sweet. The raga-patha, the path of spontaneous devotion, is above our heads. We are servants of the raga-patha. We are in viddhi-marga, the path of regulated practice, under sastric rule. We must live and move under sastric rule, and always keep the raga-patha above our head. Pujala raga-patha gaurava-bhange.
The whole tenor of Guru Maharaja's life was such: "That is high, very high, and from below we are to honor that." We must establish this conception, the proper regard for that higher lila, throughout the entire world: "That is too high."