Madhurya is Superior and More Influential Than Aishvarya

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

(From "Bhakti Tattva Viveka" - click to read more from it.
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Out of these three manifestations of the Absolute Truth (Brahman, Paramatma, and Bhagavan), it is only the manifestation of Bhagavan’s personal form which is the object of bhakti.

But even within Bhagavan’s personal manifestation there is one important distinction.

Where the internal potency (svarupa-shakti) displays its complete opulence (aishvarya), there Bhagavan appears as Vaikunthanatha Narayana, and where the internal potency displays its supreme sweetness (madhurya), there Bhagavan appears as Sri Krsna.

In spite of being predominant almost everywhere, aishvarya loses its charm in the presence of madhurya.

In the material world we cannot draw such a comparison; no such example is visible anywhere.

In the material world aishvarya is more influential than madhurya, but in the spiritual world it is completely the opposite.

There madhurya is superior and more influential than aishvarya.

O my dear devotees! All of you just deliberate upon aishvarya one time, and then afterwards lovingly bring sentiments of madhurya into your hearts.

By doing so you will be able to understand this truth.

Just as in the material world when the sun rises and consumes the moonlight, similarly when a taste of the sweetness of madhurya appears in a devotee’s heart, he no longer finds aishvarya to be tasteful.

Srila Rupa Goswami has written (Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu 1.2.59):

siddhantatas tv abhede ’pi srisha-krsna svarupayoh

rasenotkrishyate krsna-rupam esha rasa-sthitih

Although from the viewpoint of siddhanta Narayana and Krsna are non-different, Krsna is superior due to possessing more rasa.

Such is the glory of rasa-tattva.

All of this tattva will be made clear later in this discussion.

But for now it is essential to understand that the favorable cultivation of activities meant to please Sri Krsna (anukulyena-anushilanam) is the sole intrinsic characteristic (svarupa-lakshana) of bhakti.(from Part 1 – "The Intrinsic Nature of Devotion")

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Natural Brotherhood (Bhaktivinoda Thakura):

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"Gradually, when the offensive portions of the established religions are destroyed, there will be no more differences in the bhajana performed by the various Sampradayas nor any quarrel between them.

Then as brothers, the people of all castes and countries will spontaneously chant the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord together.

At that time, no one will hate anyone or consider others dogeaters; nor will anyone be overwhelmed by the pride of high birth.

The living entities will not forget the principle of natural brotherhood."

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