Sri Rupa Goswami

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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– Raya Ramananda was entrusted to spread the science of bhakti-rasa. Who completed that responsibility?

– The responsibility of preaching the science of bhakti-rasa, which Sriman Mahaprabhu entrusted to Raya Ramananda, was completed by Sri Rupa Goswami. (Jaiva Dharma Chapter 39)

– What are the activities and preaching of Sri Rupa?

Sri Rupa heard the name Mahaprabhu, the son of Saci and the moonlike personality of Navadvipa, and from that day, Sri Rupa felt pain in his heart because of his intense desire to see Mahaprabhu. On his way to Sri Vrndavana, Sri Caitanyadeva, who is fully acquainted with the heart of His bhaktas, and who is the Paramatma of everyone, came to the village Ramakeli and gave darshana to Sri Rupa.

After seeing Mahaprabhu, Sri Rupa considered his life successful and became merged in the ocean of transcendental bliss. Maha-maya of the Lord can never bind the eternally liberated bhaktas of Krsna.

Within a few days of their meeting, Sri Rupa gave up the desire for material happiness, and being fully detached, he went to the holy place Prayaga and fell at the lotus feet of Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu empowered Sri Rupa by bestowing mercy on him, and after instructing him on the subject of bhakti-rasa, Mahaprabhu sent him to Sri Vrndavana to discover the lost holy places. Taking the instructions of Mahaprabhu as his life and soul, Sri Rupa went to Vraja. In Vraja, after meeting with all the devotees, he discovered the lost holy places and inaugurated the deity worship of the Lord.

Thereafter, with a desire to benefit the living entities of this age of Kali, who are bewildered by their sinful activities and the threefold material miseries, he composed many books based on the teachings of Sriman Mahaprabhu. Some of his books are Bhaktirasamrta-sindhu, Laghu-Bhagavatamrta, Hamsaduta, Uddhava-sandesa, Krsna-janma-tithi-vidhi, Laghu and Brhat Ganoddesa-dipika, Stavamala, Vidagdha-madhava, Lalita-madhava, Dana-keli-kaumudi, Ujjvala-nilamani, Prayuktakhya Candrika, Mathura-mahatmya, Padyavali, and Nataka-candrika.

Sri Caitanyadeva, the deliverer of the fallen souls, preached humility through Rupa and Sanatana, detachment through Svarupa Damodara, tolerance through Haridasa Thakura, and self-control through Ramananda Raya. According to the statements of some bhaktas, Mahaprabhu preached about His pastimes through Sri Rupa, devotional service through Sri Sanatana, the glories of Harinama through Haridasa Thakura, and love of God through Raya Ramananda. We have no argument in this regard.

However, the sad part is that many mundane sahajiyas, such as nedas, baulas, karttabhajas, and rasika-sekharas, unlawfully claim that those great souls are Acharyas of their respective line, and therefore many civilized persons do not have faith in the most sanctified philosophy of Vaishnava-Dharma preached by Mahaprabhu. (Sajjana-toshani 2/8)

– Are the conclusions of Sri Rupa acceptable to all?

Sri Rupa has always established his conclusions with reason and scriptural evidence. Followers of different sampradayas do not like to accept many of his conclusions, but those who follow the path of worship to attain the platform of shuddha-sattva certainly respect the conclusions of Sri Rupa. (Sajjana-toshani 11/3)

– Is Raghunatha dasa Goswami a follower of Sri Rupa?

Sri Krsna Caitanya, the Lord of the sannyasis, lived at Nilachala in the guise of a sannyasi. He enjoyed spiritual bliss in the association of Svarupa Damodara and Ramananda Raya, and revealed to them the most confidential subject matter. He taught this same spiritual truth to Raghunatha and sent him to Sri Rupa. Sri Raghunatha dasa Goswami worshiped Krsna in Vraja in the association of Sri Rupa and composed the famous book Sri Manah-siksa. (Sri Manah-siksa Verse 5)

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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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