Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja : On Raganuga-bhakti – This is the meaning of vraja-lokanusaratah
Bhurijana dasa reading from purport of Sri Upadesamrta version of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada : The whole verse: “In this Vraja, one engaged in spiritual practices under subservience to the residents of Vraja, with an eager longing to follow in the mood of their bhavas, (the feelings, and sentiments, of one’s desired dearest one of Sri Krsna) should serve Them both – Sri Krsna and his dearest Sri Radha (or Sri Nanda-Yasoda, as the case may be). This is applicable both in the stage of a sadhaka, the stage of spiritual practices while still in bondage, and also in the stage of siddha, when one has attained the object of such spiritual practices.”
[“In the transcendental realm of Vraja one should serve the Supreme Lord, Sri Krsna, with a feeling similar to that of His associates, and one should place himself under the direct guidance of a particular associate of Krsna and should follow in his footsteps. This method is applicable both in the stage of sadhana and in the stage of sadhya , when one is a siddha-purusa, or a spiritually perfect soul.
Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja: I have also told this…
Bhurijana dasa: You have explained it very nicely.
Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja: This is the second sloka quoted by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura.
[*Endnote 1 (Jagannatha Puri, Oct. 13, 2001)
[Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja:] But it is only in viraha (separation) that the gopis, and all the Vrajavasis, sometimes say, “Oh, He’s God, the Supreme Lord.” And in what context do they say this? They say, “Paurnamasi has told us this.” Or, “Gargacarya has told us.” Somehow they have heard this from them, but they themselves have no realization that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. They ‘knew,’ but ‘know’ in this connection means ‘knowing (hearing) from others.’ It does not mean, “I know; I have realization.” It means they were ‘hearing’ that Krsna is God.
[*Endnote 2 (Holland, June 28, 2002)
[Syamarani dasi:] In the middle of your class you were explaining that none of the Vrajavasis know, or believe, that Krsna is the Supreme Lord.
[Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja:] Yes.
[Syamarani dasi:] Someone who doubted that principle once asked you, “What about the pastime in which Krsna became Visnu and Radhika became Laksmi?” You replied, “No. There’s a deep meaning there…”
[Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja:] This was play.
[Syamarani dasi:] Can you please explain further?
[Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja:] It was only play. No associates – not even the grasses, creepers, parrots and birds, what to speak of any Vrajavasis like Nanda Baba or Yasoda Ma – ever believe that Krsna is the Supreme Lord. Krsna may be the Supreme Lord, the Lord of lords. He may be; but to the Vrajavasis Krsna is a friend, a son, or a beloved; only this.
[Syamarani dasi:] So they were playing a game?
[Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja:] Yes, it was for the recreation and entertainment (mano-ranjana) of Radha and Krsna and the gopis. Actually they do not know. They are all greater than Brahma, Sankara, and even Narada. They can teach bhakti to Narada, but still they don’t know that Krsna is the Supreme Lord. If anyone would tell them that He is God, the Vrajavasis would reply sarcastically, “Oh yes, you are right. Be right. Very good. If He is the Supreme Lord, then I want that everyone will attain bhakti to His lotus feet.” Then bas [a Hindi word meaning ‘that’s the end of it’]; nothing is felt regarding Krsna’s being God, and nothing is said further.