Book of the Month: SRI RAYA RAMANANDA SAMVAD

Posted on May 2, 2013 by sanatana

Every month we will feature one of Srila Gurudeva’s English publications, respective to the corresponding book-of-the-month featured in the 2013-2015 Vaisnava Calendar. This month’s book is Raya Ramananda Samvad, an excerpt from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta in which Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu displays the pastime of accepting instruction from his associate, Ramananda Raya. Srila Gurudeva has said, “There is nothing beyond Raya Ramananda Samvad. It takes us from the very beginning of human pursuit to what you cannot even think about.”

Please download a free .PDF of this important Gaudiya Vaisnava text via PureBhakti.com. If you would like to purchase a hard copy, please visit BhaktiStore.com. Below is a glorification and explanation of the text by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, taken from the introduction of his Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila, Chapter 8:

“After visiting the temple ofA�Jiyada-nrsimha,A�SriA�CaitanyaA�MahaprabhuA�went to the banks of the riverA�Godavari, to a place known asA�Vidyanagara. WhenA�SrilaA�RamanandaA�RayaA�went there to take his bath, they met. After introducing himself,A�SriA�RamanandaA�RayaA�requestedA�SriA�CaitanyaA�MahaprabhuA�to remain in the village for some days. Honoring his request,A�CaitanyaA�MahaprabhuA�stayed there in the home of some Vedic brahmanas. In the evening,A�SrilaA�RamanandaA�RayaA�used to come to seeA�SriA�CaitanyaA�Mahaprabhu.A�RamanandaA�Raya, who was clothed in ordinary dress, offered the Lord respectful obeisances. SriA�CaitanyaA�MahaprabhuA�questioned him on the object and process of worship and also asked him to recite verses from the Vedic literature.

“First of all,A�SrilaA�RamanandaA�RayaA�enunciated the system of theA�varnasramaA�institution. He recited various verses about karmarpana, stating that everything should be dedicated to the Lord. He then spoke of detached action, knowledge mixed with devotional service, and finally the spontaneous loving service of the Lord. After hearingA�Srila RamanandaA�RayaA�recite some verses,A�SriA�CaitanyaA�MahaprabhuA�accepted the principle of pure devotional service devoid of all kinds of speculation. After this, SriA�Caitanya MahaprabhuA�askedA�RamanandaA�RayaA�to explain the higher platform of devotional service. ThenA�SrilaA�RamanandaA�RayaA�explained unalloyed devotional service, love of Godhead, and serving the Lord in the moods of pure servitude, fraternity and parental love. Finally he spoke of serving the Lord in conjugal love. He then spoke of how conjugal love can be developed in various ways. This conjugal love attains its highest perfection inA�SrimatiA�Radharani’s love forA�Krsna. He next described the position of SrimatiA�Radharani and the transcendental mellows of love of God.A�SrilaA�RamanandaA�RayaA�then recited a verse of his own concerning the platform of ecstatic vision, technically calledA�prema-vilasa-vivarta.A�SrilaA�RamanandaA�RayaA�also explained that all stages of conjugal love can be attained through the mercy of the residents ofA�Vrndavana, especially by the mercy of the gopis. All these subject matters were thus vividly described. GraduallyA�RamanandaA�RayaA�could understand the position ofA�SriA�CaitanyaA�Mahaprabhu, and whenA�SriA�CaitanyaA�MahaprabhuA�exhibited His real form,A�RamanandaA�RayaA�fell unconscious. After some days,A�SriA�CaitanyaA�MahaprabhuA�askedA�RamanandaA�RayaA�to retire from government service and come toA�JagannathaA�Puri. These descriptions of the meetings betweenA�RamanandaA�RayaA�andA�SriA�CaitanyaA�MahaprabhuA�are taken from the notebook ofA�SvarupaA�DamodaraA�Gosvami.”

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One Comment

  1. Don
    3 years ago

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