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What is rasika bhakta?

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2008-01-05 17:10:51
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
All glories to Swami Gaurangapada!
All glories to Srilla Prabhupada!

I would like to know what is exactly definition of rasika bhakta?Srilla Bhaktisidhantha Sarasvati T hakura preached that devotee must pass through many stages before tasting rasa in Krsna lila. What is different between rasika bhakta and sahajiya? Is rasika bhakta above external sadhana and how to recognize who is genuine rasika devotee and who is sahajiya?
Also I have heard some commentaries that neophite devotee should not read rasika books. What are rasika books for Gaudiya Vaisnavas? Also some say that Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata is not for rasika devotees? I am humbly asking to give us guidance and right understanding of this topic.
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

Post Author: Amiya    Date: 2008-01-06 07:12:10
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

A rasika bhakta is a devotee who is 100% in love with Shri Krishna and who also knows that Krishna is 100% in love with him. For one who has attained such a position by the mercy of the Lord and His internal potency there is no need for following rules or regulations although he (or she) may still do so to show an example to the general populace.

It is said that this stage is hard to attain and that there are many stages because the Lord's heart is precious and His devotees do not want Him to be treated badly by upstarts. The stages are simply there so you can pass through them and show the Lord's associates that you are worthy of Him.

The true rasika bhakta will never flaunt his love for Krishna and he will only reveal himself to the right person at the right time. It is not possible to recognise the rasika bhakta unless he reveals himself or, as they say, 'it takes one to know one'. The true rasika bhakta will never desire to be honoured as such and therefore we must guard ourselves from being too eager to dub each and every advancing devotee (or non devotee in most cases) as rasika bhaktas or pure devotees, lest we fall into error and lose our way on the path.

For as long as one is afflicted by lust and material conceptions of right and wrong reading rasika books will be very detrimental for the advancement of the sadhaka. Only after attaining the rasika stage should such books be read otherwise we will make offenses that are very painful to heart of Shri Krishna.

There are no books which are not for the rasika bhakta, for he is always at the top most stage, so why should anything be forbidden for him?

You are very fortunate to ask such auspicious questions for all sincere souls should aspire for this stage. It is not that the Lord wants us to have a dry, meaningless, miserable existance spending our days and nights suffering continuously. Shri Krishna loves us and all he wants is our love in return. The rasika stage is attained by the mercy of the Lord and his devotees when they see that we will have some spiritual integrity and maturity to accept the mercy they so desperately want to give us.

However, raskia bhakti is not child's play, and if one loses one's humilty and becomes puffed up after attaining the mercy of the Lord he will become the grreatest offender and attain the wrath of the pure devotees. For such a person the future is very bleak. If one at all wishes to attain the rasika stage and the heart of Shri Krishna it is imperative that he cuts himself off from such dispicable association first.

Desire for fame, honour and praise and all such things must be renounced before the rasika stage can be attained. One must always be humble and by the grace of Shri Radha the passion for service will be awakened. After which there is nothing else to be attained.

Your servant,

Amiya Gauranga dasi.

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2008-01-07 17:13:15
Nityaananda! Gauraanga! Hare Krishna! The best explanation of the qualities of a Rasika Bhakta is given by Shrila Sarasvati Prabhupada here. :)

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

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