Preface to The Wealth of Śrī Rūpānuga-bhajana

Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti-prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja in his Preface to the book, Śrī Rūpānuga-bhajana-sampat [“The Wealth of Śrī Rūpānuga-bhajana”] has written:
“Nowadays, many people in the sārasvata-bhaktivinoda-dhārā, or the line of thought of Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura and Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, stray from the line of thought following Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī (rūpānuga-vicāra-dhārā), and, licking the feet of the ‘īcaḍe-pākā’ sahajiyās, say, “What’s the use of preaching? What is there in performing kīrtana? Do bhajana, just do bhajana.” By saying “Do bhajana”, this class of heretic, instead of performing [genuine] śrī nāma-bhajana, use the chanting the holy name on beads as a pretext for considering only their deceptive pulling of rope on beads while sitting quietly, to be bhajana. The surprising thing is that they don’t even feel shame in practicing this in front of many people. Indeed, service in the form of glorifying Śrī Hari (hari-kirtana) is true rūpānuga-bhajana. Any other practice is not the practice of rūpānuga-bhajana.

Thus, propagating the teachings of Śrīman Mahāprabhu is true hari-kīrtana. ‘Śrī nāma-kīrtana’ is to be understood as the performance of the kīrtana of all aspects [of the Lord], such as the kīrtana of the Lord’s name, form, qualities, pastimes, associates, and specialities. Therefore, only those who are preachers have taken shelter of harināma; they are truly kīrtanīyas and thus performers of rūpānuga-bhajana. Those who do not propagate the kathā (message and teachings) of Śrīman Mahāprabhu, or do not help with its propagation, are fully ignorant of anything in regards to rūpānuga-bhajana. By discussing the life and activities of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, one can realize the truth of this matter. “Āpani ācari dharma jīvera śikhāya – teach dharma to the living entities by personally practicing dharma yourself.” This instruction of Śrīman Mahāprabhu is fully reflected in the life of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī.”

—from the second issue of Engineering Your Inner Self