Teacher: Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa
The course is complete but it only covers the Eastern wave.
This work is one of the most essential books of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava sampradāya. Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī establishes in it the theoretical and esoteric foundation of sādhana-bhakti by utilizing the theory of aesthetics (rasa) developed in ancient poetic Sanskrit literature.
In this course, we study the Eastern Division that gives the definition of pure bhakti and expounds its progressive stages from beginning (śraddha, or faith) to perfection of pure love (prema). It is also an erudite exposition of the various rasas. Most important, it also teaches the correct practice of bhakti so that one can get the expected result.
Jiva has its own identity, separate from Bhagavan. If Bhagavan and Jiva are absolutely one, then there can’t be a relationship between worshipper and the worshipped, or master and servant, or lover and the beloved. For a relationship there must be two distinct individuals with their separate identities. Advaitavada says that in the ultimate stage there is no distinction between Jiva and Brahman. We don’t agree.
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