How May This Irresistible Vraja Bhava Be Obtained?

Source:  Sri Bhajana Rahasya, Sastha Yama Sadhana. Srila Gurudeva continues to glorify the process of bhajana as it is described in Sri Bhajana Rahasya.

by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja

Smarana (remembrance) is the primary limb of raganuga- bhakti. In accordance with one’s own internal mood, smarana, kirtana and the other limbs of devotion should be performed in relation to Krsna, His pastimes, His abode, His specific natures and His beloved associates. Because smarana is predominant in raganuga-bhakti, some persons, who still have anarthas and in whose hearts genuine attachment to Krsna has not yet appeared, make a deceitful display of solitary bhajana, and considering themselves raganuga devotees, they practise what they call asta- kaliya-lila-smarana.

However, Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (1.2.101) quotes from the agama-sastras as follows:

sruti-smrti-puranadi- pancaratra-vidhim vina
    aikantiki harer bhaktir utpatayaiva kalpate

If a person violates the regulations mentioned in the Sruti, Smrti, Puranas and the Narada-pancaratra, great misgivings (anarthas) are produced, even though he may be engaged in unalloyed devotion to Hari (aikantiki-hari-bhakti).

The specific point to be understood in connection with rasa is that, upon hearing of the sweetness of srngara-rasa and the other transcendental sentiments of the eternal associates in vraja-lila, a greed arises to obtain those same sentiments. At that point, a person is no longer dependent on the logic of the scriptures that explain vaidhi-bhakti and he inquires, “How may this irresistible vraja-bhava be obtained?” He must then depend on sastra, because only sastra describes the means by which he can attain it. The scripture that establishes the method of bhagavad-bhajana is Srimad-Bhagavatam.


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