The jiva is Krishna dasa. He has some form, some potency in his heart. Everything is there. We cannot add anything. If there is a mango tree in the seed then the seed will only make a mango tree and not any other tree like an orange tree or anything. Only orange seeds will make an orange tree. In the same way everything is there as a potency in our atma and by sadhu-sanga, and the mercy of guru, it comes out.
What is sadhana? Srila Rupa Gosvami explained and protected the process of sadhana. We are not actually doing sadhana. We are doing sadhanabhasa. But we say, “Oh, you are a madhyama-adhikari.” Why do we say this? To give some respect, otherwise we will not do sadhana. One name of Krishna can give everything so why do we chant His name so many times? Why is Rupa Gosvami always chanting? Why is Caitanya Mahaprabhu always chanting? Why? To taste that prema. What prema? The prema that Caitanya Mahaprabhu is teaching.
So we have everything in our atma and like a seed we water our atma with the water of hari-katha. If we water our atma properly then the mood will come which matches the potency of our atma. We could have the mood of a sakha, of mother Yasoda or of the gopis. Any one of these could appear in our heart.
So when somebody does bhakti to achieve bhava, to realise who he is and what is his relationship with Krishna, and how he will serve Krishna, then it is really sadhana. If you do not have a goal for your activities then it is not sadhana. First we must know what our sadhya (goal) is, then we can decide what our sadhana is. If you want money then you will have to do business, you will have to serve somewhere and then you can make money. If you want to go to heaven then you will have to do very good activities. If you want to go to Vaikuntha then you will have to go to Hanumana or Ramanuja or Lakshmi and they will tell you what to do. And if you want vraja-prema then you will have to follow the path of Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Rupa Gosvami.
So first we should try to know what our sadhya is. What do we want? If you want fruit then if you go to the car shop you won’t be able to get an orange. If you want cloth but you go to the fruit market you won’t find any garments there. So we should decide what our sadhya is. What do we want? We want Krishna. What Krishna? Dvarakadish Krishna? What do you want? Mathuradesh Krishna? Or Ramacandra? Or Krishna in Vaikuntha? We don’t know anything so we should do sadhu-sanga and realize what we want and then we will decide what our sadhana is.
Krishna will not give a pot, He will not give qualification. But Gaura-Nityananda Prabhu gives prema and the qualification to receive the prema. So Nityananda Prabhu is so generous and merciful that there is no consideration at all. He has come with Caitanya Mahaprabhu to give krishna-prema that even Krishna Himself has not given. He has tasted and given to some, but not to all. Not to those who are not qualified. But those who took shelter of the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu received this amulya prema, this krishna-prema, this vraja-prema. He gave it to everybody. Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami said, “By his mercy I went to Vrndavana. By his mercy I met Rupa and Sanatana. By his mercy I took darsana of Govinda, Gopinatha, and Madan Mohan. I am not writing this Caitanya-caritamrita, the pen is in the hand of Madan Mohan. Madan Mohan Himself is writing, by the grace of Nityananda Prabhu.”
So Narottama dasa Thakura is praying, “O Nityananda Prabhu, please wash my heart and give me krishna-prema, and then I will call out, ‘O Gauranga, O Sacinandana Gaurahari, O Krishna, O Radhe, where are You?”