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Thursday, August 24, 2017

manjari bhāva is the greatest, and book burning.

Vaiṣṇava - Jay Rādhe! Someone quoted the following from Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī's commentary on Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī's anarpita carim cirāt-śloka: "unnatojjvala-rasa (the elevated amorous mellow) of Vraja cannot be attained by any method other than accepting the position of Śrī Rādhā-dāsya.”
[The verse runs as follows:]

anarpita-carim cirāt karuṇayāvatīrnaḥ kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasaṁ sva-bhakti-śriyam
hariḥ puraṭa-sundara-dyuti-kadamba-sandīpitaḥ
sadā hṛdaya-kandare sphuratu vaḥ śacīnandanaḥ

“May the Supreme Lord who is known as the son of Śrīmati Saci-devi be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant mellow of devotional service, the mellow of conjugal love.”
(Caitanya-caritāmṛta ādi-līlā 1.4 and Vidagdha Mādhava 1.2)

Advaitadās - 
Yes, Jiva Gosvāmī writes in that commentary that

śrī-śrī-rādhā-dāsya-mātra-labhyānanya-labhya-vraja-sumadhura-prema-prakāśanāya tasyāḥ sarva-varīyastva-prakāśanāya ca

"Caitanya Mahāprabhu came to reveal the very sweet prema of Vraja which is only attainable through rādhā-dāsya and through no other means [ananya labhya]. He also came to reveal that this is the greatest thing there is."

This is significant because many devotees say Caitanya Mahāprabhu came just as well to give cowherd boy bhāva etc etc. It is also significant to show those who quote Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī's Ujjvala Nilamani so often to prove that sakhī-bhāva is actually the greatest thing, that not only Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī, who are famous as the ‘rasika Gosvāmīs’ but also Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī, famous as the ‘philosophical Gosvāmī’ proclaims that manjarī-bhāva is the greatest thing.

Vaiṣṇava -
Yes, there is no doubt about this. They are all manjarīs and who else are the best ones to give the highest bhāva than those who innately have it? If Caitanya Mahāprabhu selected those who are in mañjarī bhāva to give the unprecedented and more sublime rasa, it means that mañjarī bhava is higher, otherwise if gopī [sakhi-] bhāva would be higher there is no meaning that He chose mañjarīs to preach that mood, instead He would have selected those have the mood of Lalitā and Viśākhā, but no, He selected mañjarīs. It is ridiculous to think that He chose mañjarīs to give another mood than mañjarī bhāva.

Advaitadās -
Yes, that too. All branches of the Gauḍīya Sampradāya, including those that say cowherd bhāva is just as good, give initiation in Kāma Gāyatrī and of what use is the concept of Kṛṣṇa as Cupid for someone contemplating himself as a cowherd boy?

Vaiṣṇava - How to harmonize that manjarī bhāva is the highest love for Rādhā with the commentaries of Viśvanātha Cakravartīpada to Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī’s Ujjvala Nīlamaṇi stressing sakhī bhāva instead?

Advaitadās - See Vilāpa Kusumāñjali verse 16 - sakhyāya te mama namo'stu namo'stu nityam dāsyāya te mama raso raso'stu satyam – “Let me always offer my obeisances to Your friendship (I am not interested in it) – Let me truly and always relish Your servanthood (mañjarī bhāva).”

Vaiṣṇava - Still the question remains why Viśvanātha Cakravartīpāda wrote such commentaries.

Advaitadās - Well, look at it from another way - who wrote Sankalpa Kalpadruma??? 104 verses pure mañjarī bhāva....

Vaiṣṇava - Viśvanātha Cakravartīpāda.

Advaitadās – Right. And did he ever write a similar book about sakhī bhāva?


Vaiṣṇava -
Rādhe rādhe. One of my friends from ISKCON just now posted a picture of a burning book and commented that this book is Advaita Prakāśa and he burned it in cause that this is sahajiya literature and posted a quote from Bhaktisiddhānta Saraswati that such books as Advaita Prakāśa are non-authentic and do not lead to pure bhakti. But on this page I see names of Mahāprabhu, Gaura, Kṛṣṇa, Sanātana....

Advaitadās -

Yes. Bhaktisiddhānta may have opposed this book but even he didn't say 'burn śāstra'. Book burning is a nazi-practise. Not only the names of Mahāprabhu, Gaura, Kṛṣṇa, Sanātana are in this book, the full biography of Advaita-candra is there. This is the only complete biography that exists of Advaita Prabhu, written by his lifelong servant Śrī Īśāna Nāgara, who was adopted by Advaita Prabhu at the age of 5 and served him till age 70. So how can it be non-authentic? And how this is a sahajiya book? sahajiyas preach one should contemplate on oneself as Kṛṣṇa while having an affair with a married woman who is supposed to be Rādhā. Nothing of that kind is described in Advaita Prakāśa. And what about māyāvādī-books? So many condemnations are there in Vaiṣṇava śāstra of māyāvāda - but they don't burn these books - instead they burn the only full and detailed biography of Śrī Advaita Ācārya, without Whom there would not be any Mahāprabhu even. ISKCON as a whole shouldn't be blamed for this burning of course - the book was published by ISKCON in several languages, this is the work of some mad fanatics that burn publications of their own organization.

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