Rasika Vaishnavas often state how much will you perform devotional practice on own strength. One moment you are in deep realisation and remembrance of Lord and the very next moment, a visual of mayadevi comes and all the remembrance goes for a toss.
The brilliant example of Saurabhi Muni is well known. He meditated inside the water of Mother Yamuna for years to stay away from all the material glimpses and to just go deeper in his bhajan. He was a sincere, devoted and siddha saint who had mystic potency to meditate underwater far away from all the distractions. After years of Tapasya, he was disturbed by the sound of two fishes copulating. When he opened his eyes and saw them both mating, a sudden huge fire within him arose to enjoy the sexual pleasure.
Just imagine, a siddha yogi just falling to a visual of male and female fish copulating underwater, all but away from the material world.
Rasika Vaishnavas mention again and again that this material world is a place for crazy. Srila Prabhupada, in his Bhagavad Gita commentary (as well as in all his books) regularly conveys that this world is dukhayam ashasvatam, that means that it is a place of miseries.
Srila Prabhupada used to state that his guru maharaj, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Maharaj used to say that this material world is not a place for any fit gentlemen to be. Hankering for happiness in the material world is like a pig enjoying stool. This is a reference from the Bhagavad Gita! All the scriptures don't conclude this causally. It has been seen time and again, and will be seen time and again.
However, you try on your own strength to do bhajan or execute devotional service, you will fall on the face. Mayadevi is a dear most internal energy of the Lord. It is impossible to cross the tide of maya without guru kripa or causeless mercy of guru.
Bhagavad Gita or any Vedic Texts straight away tell to surrender to Lotus feet of Lord. Rasika Vaishnavas guide to hold the Lotus feet of Sri Radha. (Read the inner confidential exalted position of Srimati Radharani here).
And the secret is that Sri Radha is owned by Rasika Vaishnavas. Just taking shelter of Rasika Premi Vaishnavas helps one easily cross the tide of birth and death. Srila Prabhupada used to say that just hold my dhoti and that is enough to take you to Goloka Vrindavan!
The only way to please Rasika Vaishnavas, as stated by them, time and again, is to listen to their instructions. And their only instruction that they hold dear most is to chant the holy names of Lord.
Don't get trapped in prapanch (illusions) of the material world. Take to nama. Remember and fully surrender to Sri Radha and swan-like pure Rasika Vaishnavas devotees of Lord. This will help any layman, however sinful activities they have done earlier to transcend the material nature and fully revive their individual relationship with Divine Couple.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna | Krishna Krishna Hare Hare | Hare Rama Hare Rama | Rama Rama Hare Hare.
P.S. Read Advanced Guide to grow 1000x spiritually.
Nama Nama Nama
Harer Nama Eva Kevalam
Jai Jai Shri Radhe!
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