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.
It is better to have a physical sickness like a fever or diarrhea, than to be tortured by your own mind. A fever is visible – you may look feverish in your face, or your skin is hot to the touch. But when something is torturing your mind, it is not easy to see, yet the suffering is there. Mental suffering is subtle and thus difficult to get rid of.
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