It's been just 5 minutes that I opened my computer to compile today's daily article, and was looking at the list of topics (that I have compiled for writing these articles) and was selecting a topic for today.
This particular topic caught my attention and I opened the web page-editor to begin compiling this.
Just as I had closed my eyes and prayed to Radharani for direction on how to begin, the article Hare Krishna Mahamantra that I was made to write earlier (as inspired by Sri Vrindavan Dham) struck my heart.
So, am inspired to put this subject "Love in separation & separation in love of Divine Couple" for today's article. This deep tattva and inner confidential rasa were preached by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Btw this article is derived from the article Confidential meaning of Hare Krishna Mahamantra. One might understand this article much better if they know about guru-tattva as it's impossible to approach this inner rasa without guru kripa (mercy).
The Hare Krishna Mahamantra is not an ordinary mantra for wellness, prosperity or wealth BUT directly comes from groves of Goloka Vrindavan in the 7th and 8th prahar (time period) of asta-kaliya lila of Divine Couple Sri Radha and Sri Krishna in topmost vipralambha prema rasa of Prema Vaichittya (For sincere seekers, you can refer the book Krishna Bhavanamrta BUT only after going through these foundational books strictly).
Prema Vaichittya is no ordinary thing. Reading text is one and understanding context is other. The inner meaning of Vedic Texts and scriptures is very difficult to understand, leave apart understanding the prema-rasa of Vrindavan which is very very rarely achieved by one in millions (Bhagavad Gita 7.3).
The Vrindavan vraja-prema-bhakti can only be attained by rare of rare devotees who have the kripa (mercy) of Rasika Vaishnavas and Divine Couple. As I have heard from Rasika Vaishnavas, I will try to write the madhurya aspect of Hare Krishna Mahamantra as Sri Vrindavan Dham inspires me at the time of writing this.
[IMP NOTE: Read this only for getting an idea and hint that this topmost pure form of love is the prayojana or goal of chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra. It can't be imitated on the mundane material plane with the conditioning of mind, body and senses. The inner meaning manifests with sincere chanting of Hare Krishna Maha-mantra. It is well mentioned in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13, that this material world is a perverted reflection of the spiritual world, and hence it is important to chant to cleanse our heart and make it fertile enough to appreciate and be eligible to dive into the nectarian parishudh (eternally pure) love of Vrindavan Prema-Rasa]
Aindra Prabhu mentions in some of his lectures that if devotees are really serious about going back to Godhead, back to Goloka Vrindavan in this one lifetime, then they might dare to read these two books - Govinda Lilamrta and Krishna Bhavanamrta (both written by Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami 500 years ago). He also adds that he takes a great risk in telling it to all, and anyway very few handfuls of devotees would read it because not everybody has (eligibility) adhikar to read it. (The last few sentences are paraphrased from lectures of Sripad Aindra Prabhu).
If anybody is chanting Hare Krishna maha-mantra for several years and looking for more confidential aspects of bhajan (devotional life), then these two books are a must-read for them. They must not be limited to vaidhi bhakti (bhakti bound by rules and regulations) for a lifetime. The prayojana (goal) of vaidhi bhakti is raganuga bhakti (spontaneous) in the mood of vrajvasis.
So, coming back to Prema-Vaichittya, it is the highest stage of vipralambha prema (love in separation). There are 4 types of vipralambaha as described in Caitanya Caritamrta (Purport by Srila Prabhupada) and Ujjvala Nilami (by Srila Rupa Goswami). The four types of vipralambha prema (love in separation) are:
- Purva Raga: Separation before meeting the lover (Krishna)
- Mana: Separation due to loving fight with the lover
- Pravas: Separation when lover goes to another place or country
- Prem Vaichittya: Separation when lovers are present at the same place but fear that they might get separated in future
This Prem Vaichittya state is extra-ordinary. As described in Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami's Krishna Bhavanamrta, when Radharani and Krishna meet in the seventh & eighth prahar (of asta-kaliya lila) in groves of Vrindavan, they are looking into each other eyes, are at the same place but tears start pouring from their eyes due to the fear of being separated in the future.
They are cursing their tears as it is stopping them from relishing each other's vision. There is an intense separation in the heart of each other even though they are at the same place together! This is the pinnacle of love, or also called as Prem Vaichittya.
It is very tough to even think or describe the intensity of this transcendental love or prema. This is the mood of separation in which Chaitanya Mahaprabhu lived and preached Hare Krishna Mahamantra during his earthly passtimes 500 years ago. He carried this separation mood of Prem Vaichittya for the entire lifetime!! It is very difficult and impossible to describe the intense separation of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!
Mahaprabhu doesn't see the qualification of the devotee and gives this inner confidential prema-bhakti for Sri Radha and Sri Krishna to all via this Hare Krishna Mahamantra. It is from here that Hare Krishna Mahamantra descends to revive the fallen conditioned souls back to the original home, Goloka Vrindavan. It can only be understood by taking shelter of Rasika Vasihanvas who own Sri Radha and Sri Krishna.
Even demigods like Brahma and Shiva can't fathom this except for pure Rasika Vaishnavas devotees of Lord like Six Goswamis, Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Srila Prabhupada, Aindra Prabhu etc.
When one takes just one name of Krishna and Radha in the form of Hare Krishna Mahamantra, their prema rasa journey starts then and there. That is the power of Hare Krishna Mahamantra and this Kali-yuga is a blessing as it is simplest in all 4 yugas to revive the love of Godhead and our original constitutional position as a dear servant of Divine Couple.
Even though Mahaprabhu is Krishna Himself in the mood of Srimati Radharani, He is more kripalu (merciful) than Krishna Himself, as He doesn't sees any good or bad quality in any jiva (living entity) but directly gives prema (love) for Krishna in topmost madhurya rasa.
For those sincere seekers who made it up to here, please please please read the complete confidential meaning of Hare Krishna Mahamantra if you haven't read it.
Jai Jai Shri Radhe!
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