quarta-feira, 2 de setembro de 2015

Vaidhi (Ajata Ruci Raganuga) and Raganuga !!!

"Devotee: We have been hearing from you the reason for the hue [color] of Krishna, Radharani and Mahaprabhu's bodies. What is the reason for Lord Balaram's whitish hue?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Balaram is Nityananda Prabhu. Nitai pada-kamala, koti-candra susitala — the lotus feet of Nityananda Ram are as cool and merciful as the cooling effect of millions of moons. White is the color of  moonlight, which indicates coolness and mercy!

Therefore Balaram has a plow in His hand and Krishna has a flute. First, cultivation is needed, karsana. Then all nasty weed-like things will be rooted out. The field should be cultivated properly with the plow of Balaram, then the field of the heart, hrdaya-ksetra, becomes fertile and the seed of the devotional creeper, bhakti-lata, may be sown. The field must not be barren. 

If you sow the seed on barren land it will never fructify. That is what Gopinathacharya said to Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, "Why am I sowing  seeds in a barren land [by trying to convince you]? I am doing useless labor, because it will never fructify." After proper cultivation by Balaram's plow,  when the land is fertile, then the seed should be sown. When the seed sprouts and you develop prem-bhakti then you will be attracted by Krishna's flute. The flute represents akarsana, attraction.

Devotee: When we hear from a bona fide guru, is that cultivation of the land?

Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Cultivating the land means following the rules and regulations, vaidhi-bhakti. The guru will give you some do's and some don'ts: follow the rules and regulations, chant sixteen rounds per day, etc. 

After proper cultivation the unwanted weed-like things are rooted out,  anartha-upasama, and the field becomes fertile. Then the guru will sow the bhakti-lata-bija. Under his guidance you will do sravanam kirtanam, you will  hear krsna-katha, and then you will develop raganuga-bhakti. You will come to raga-marga-bhakti and develop prema under the guidance of that guru. 

Then you will see Krishna. Then you will get Krishna. Then the sweet flute singing of Krishna, which attracts everyone, will enchant you. Akarsana is the ultimate thing, but first must come karsana, cultivation. Karsana-akarsana, cultivation and enchantment, this is the Krishna-Balaram Mandir [name of the temple in Bhubaneswar]."

So, we can conclude from the excellent explanation of Srila Gaura Govinda Swami:

1 - Jiva Goswami explains that another name for Vaidhi is Ajata Ruci Raganuga. Want to go to Vrndavana, but still has Anarthas and did not wake Lobha. After purifying gross Anarthas and wake Lobha with the association and mercy of Guru (Diksa and / or Siksa) begins Jata Ruci Raganuga.

2 - Karsana. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta explains that after 15 years chanting 64 rounds the devotee should deepen the Tattva. We have devotees with almost 40 years chanting 16 rounds. It is time to Akarsana, enchantment. Not to mention the spiritual advancement that some devotees bring from past lifes.

3 - At what stage a devotee is situated, it is something very personal that relates only to him/herself in accordance with Guru (Diksa and / or Siksa) and Caitya Guru.