MADHU BINDAVAH

THE ABSOLUTE RASA

The scientific basis for Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as the ultimate reality.

By Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

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In my Prema-dhama-stotram I have written that the highest conception of the Absolute cannot but be the highest form of anandam, rasam, and that is conscious rasa. Mahaprabhu’s dancing indicates that He has got the acme of rasa by feeling, and His kirtan means that He is eager to distribute that to others. So, scientifically if we come to search who is Mahaprabhu we cannot but find that He is the ultimate reality. He is mad in feeling His own internal nectar, dancing is the outcome of that, and He is chanting, that is, He is distributing that to others. That should be the real character of the absolute rasa: progressive, giving, dynamic rasa, not static rasa. He must try to extend Himself outside. Rasa Himself is almost mad in drinking His own inner nectar.

Saukhya [happiness], matta [madness], nrtya [dancing], and kirtan: if we follow quite closely and surely the character of Mahaprabhu, if we approach Him following this thread, then we cannot but think that He is the absolute representation.

Reference:

ātma-siddha-sāvalīla-pūrṇa-saukhya-lakṣaṇaṁ
svānubhāva-matta-nṛtya-kīrttanātma-vaṇṭanam
advayaika-lakṣya-pūrṇa-tattva-tat-parātparaṁ
prema-dhāma-devam eva naumi gaura-sundaram
(Śrī Śrī Prema-dhāma-deva-stotram: 66)

“I offer my obeisance to the abode of divine love, Śrī Gaurasundar, the embodiment of complete, self-manifest, dynamic joy. Maddened by experience of Himself, He dances, chants, and distributes Himself. Replete with this unparalleled characteristic, He is the Supreme Absolute Truth.”

Note

Spoken on 9 January 1982.

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Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the foremost modern exponent of the conception of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the school of Srila Rupa Goswami. Subtle and profound yet vivid and practical, his representation of both the broadest and deepest spiritual truths has and continues to fortify and nurture the faith of spiritual aspirants the world over. For more information on Srila Sridhar Maharaj, please visit his biography page.
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