“Narottama dasa begs for his association”

“Narottama dasa begs for his association”

by | Apr 9, 2018 | Caitanya, Uncategorized

Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja continues to glorify the process of bhajana as it is described in Sri Bhajana Rahasya


Sriman Mahaprabhu (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 1.211) has described the public behaviour of raga-marga-bhaktas with the following words:

para-vyasaninī nārī vyagrāpi gṛha-karmasu
tad evāsvādayaty antar nava-saṅga-rasāyanam

When a woman is attached to a man other than her husband, she continues to carry out her many household duties, but within her heart she relishes the new pleasure of her meeting with her paramour. [Similarly, a devotee may be engaged in activities within this world, but he always relishes the rasa of Krsna that he has tasted in the association of devotees.]

para-puruṣette rata thāke ye
ramaṇī gṛhe vyasta thākiyāo divasa-rajanī
gopane antare nava-saṅga-rasāyana
parama-ullāse kare sadā āsvādana
sei rūpa bhakta vyagra thākiyāo ghare
kṛṣṇa-rasāsvāda kara niḥsaṅga antare

In this verse, by using a mundane example, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu explains both the internal and external behaviour of the raga-marga-sadhaka. A woman who is attached to her paramour very competently performs her household duties, but her mind and heart are with her lover. She remembers their laughing and loving exchanges, and she relishes the happiness of their recent meeting. Similarly, the raga-marga-sadhaka always tastes the pleasure of serving Bhagavan within his heart, even though he seems to be occupied with his various duties. The opinion of the acaryas is that externally one should serve with the physical body, and internally one should remember Krsna’s form, qualities, pastimes, associates and so forth.

Srila Narottama dasa Thakura sings:

grhe va vanete thake, ‘ha gauranga’ bole take, narottama mange tara sanga – whether a person lives in his home as a householder or in the forest as a renunciant, as long as he exclaims ‘O Gauranga!’ Narottama dasa begs for his association.”

SOURCE : Sri Bhajana Rahasya, Sastha Yama Sadhana

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