Śrīpāda Śrīdhara Mahārāja: By performing bhajana, gradually, step by-step thru śraddhā, how far can a madhyama-adhikārī go?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: First madhyama-kaniṣṭha, then madhyama-madhyama, and then madhyama-uttama – one will reach up to ruci and āsakti (spontaneous attachment for Kṛṣṇa). Then, when rati (bhāva) manifests, that is the beginning of uttama-adhikāra.
Śrīpāda Śrīdhara Mahārāja: Does the uttama-adhikārī have prema?
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: The uttama-adhikārī goes up to the level of prema, but when he achieves prema his body changes. His physical body can no longer exist.
Walking with a Saint – Morning Walks and Conversations 2009
Nityānanda dāsa (from Los Angeles): I have read, that part of our siddhānta is that there must be at least one devotee in the world who is performing worship of Śrīmatī Rādhikā on the level of bhāva – otherwise the world would be destroyed. I read this in an article by Śrīla Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja.* I don’t understand why the world will be destroyed if there is no such devotee in the world.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: This is correct, but such devotees are rare.
Śrīpāda Mādhava Mahārāja: He can’t understand why the world will be destroyed.
Śrīla Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja: This is the rule and regulation of Kṛṣṇa; no one can change it.
*“Performing bhajana with the inclination to serve Śrīmatī Rādhikā is the best type of bhajana. It cannot be said that no one is qualified to perform this kind of bhajana. In this world there is always a rūpānuga Vaiṣṇava who is capable of doing such bhajana. Past, present, and future, there will always be someone with this qualification. To say otherwise is incorrect because the world would face destruction if it lacked the presence of such a qualified person” (“Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja, Remembering the transcendental nature of Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja,” Rays of The Harmonist, No. 15, Kartika, 2005).
Walking with a Saint – Morning Walks and Conversations 2010
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