[Due to poor audio quality, certain parts of the lecture could not be transcribed, and are marked inaudible. When the audio is improved, we shall update the lectures with the missing parts added in.]
Try to understand. But now I have begun, what to do. I have begun to speak about Rāya Rāmānanda, but the time is over. So tomorrow we will…[Everyone pleads No! Mādhava Mahārāja makes a comment] Very good. Oh. You can speak after that… [laughter]
Then he [Rāya Rāmānanda] prayed to Caitanya Mahāprabhu. At first I used to know You as a mad person but now I am seeing by Your grace that You are a topmost Vaisnava; and not only the topmost, but also so merciful. He was very glad. This is the outward result externally. But the internal reason was that He [Caitanya Mahāprabhu] had made up His mind that, “First I should meet there and I should go to the school of Visaka, that is Rāya Rāmānanda, and there I will learn so much. Then I will be qualified to realize Kṛṣṇa and Śrīmatī Rādhikā.” So He went to the school as a student.
Caitanya Mahāprabhu had taken bath and He was sitting on the bank of the Godāvarī River. The Godāvarī River is very sacred. She is like Laksmi. He was sitting there on the bank. What was He thinking? That, “I will know the greatness of Śrīmatī Rādhikā and Her heart.”
At once, this big crowd surrounded. So many learned scholars and Sanskrit paṇḍitas were reciting Vedic mantras and playing on a drum, he [Rāya Rāmānanda] was coming in a palanquin, as a king. When he took off all of his things and wanted to take bath, he saw nearby, not so nearby, but a little far away, the bal sannyāsī. Bal sannyāsī means, a kisora, a young sannyāsī. And while sitting, lakhs and lakhs of sunrays [emanated from Him]. He was astonishing.
“Who is he?” [thought Rāya Rāmānanda].
He was so attractive. But he [Rāya Rāmānanda] was fearing the paṇḍits. “What will they say?” That being a śūdra, he is going to a brahmana sannyāsī. He wanted that, “I should not do it.” But his heart was so stolen and attracted that he could not check himself. (inaudible 4:38) He told the brahmanas, “Wait for me,” and he left his crown and royal dress, and wearing one kaupīna, came like a beggar.
He went there, to Caitanya Mahāprabhu, who saw this and said, “Oh, you have become more nice.” Caitanya Mahāprabhu was…(inaudible 5:34) Rāya Rāmānanda? I am so (inaudible 5:38) “I am not Rāya Rāmānanda, I am your servant. I am a śūdra. I am so wretched and fallen.” But why (5:52 inaudible). He [Caitanya Mahāprabhu] at once embraced him.
Rāya Rāmānanda was thinking, “He has embraced me? A brahmana sannyāsī, a very beautiful sannyāsī whose rays are emanating from Him. And when prema arises in Him, tears are coming, and all His hairs are standing on end and His heart is melting. And my heart is also melting from His touch.” Then he also began to weep and weep and both fell down on the earth calling, “Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa!” And when they came to their senses, he began, “I will tell these talks, these very sweet talks.”
Now another day! (No! The audience pleads) Do you like this? This is bhakti. And this will take you to rāgānuga-bhakti at once without any delay. Caitanya Mahāprabhu did this and allof Rūpa Gosvāmī’s group. One should have a very deep greed to know all these things just like Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Remember all these things. Even in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam we cannot find [such things]. Whatever is in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Caitanya-caritāmṛta has explained. Who is Kṛṣṇa? Who is Rādhā? What is prema? What is līlā? What is a devotee? How can I have service? (inaudible 8:09)
ādau śraddhā tataḥ sādhu-saṅgo ’tha bhajana-kriyā
tato ’nartha-nivṛttiḥ syāt tato niṣṭhā rucis tataḥ
athāsaktis tato bhāvas tataḥ premābhyudañcati
sādhakānām ayaṁ premṇaḥ prādurbhāve bhavet kramaḥ
(Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, Pūrva, 4.25,26)
[This verse describes advancement on the vaidhī-mārga, in which there is first śraddhā (faith), then the association of sādhus and then the eradication of anarthas (unwanted desires) through engagement in bhajana. Immediately after that comes niṣṭhā, ruci, āsakti and bhāva. In this process, bhāva remains the sādhya (final goal) for a very long time.]
Rāya Rāmānanda has explained eight stages of bhakti to Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Rāya Rāmānanda is being questioned and he is answering. I like to describe this [pastime], which is in Caitanya-caritāmṛta as well as Sanātana-śikṣā, Rūpa-śikṣā, Ratha-yātrā prasanga. You should try to deeply immerse yourself in all of this so that you can realize who Mahāprabhu is and what purpose He came here for. We will do all these things tomorrow in the morning session.
[Produced by Bhaktabandhav Team]