Unlocking The Treasure

Posted on July 10, 2013 by admin-vasanti

[AsrAi??la Gurudeva was usually surrounded by hundreds of devotees in the West and in India. However, in Hawaii, from mid-April to mid-May of 2002, he was externally almost alone, accompanied only by a few assistants, so that he could work on his translation of AsrAi?? RAi??pa GosvA?mAi??ai??i??s AsrAi?? Ujjvala-nAi??lamaa?i??i and our A?cA?ryasai??i?? commentaries on that literature. He only gave one public discourse, the transcription of which is presented herein.]

Parama-pAi??jyapA?da AsrAi??la BhaktivedA?nta SvA?mAi?? MahA?rA?ja inspired me to go to Western and Eastern countries to preach the same mission that he preached, and I am happy that by the combined mercy of AsrAi??la BhaktivedA?nta SvA?mAi?? MahA?rA?ja and my dAi??ka??A?-guru, AsrAi??la Bhakti PrajAi??A?na KeAi??ava GosvA?mAi?? MahA?rA?ja, I am doing so.Ai??AsrAi??la SvA?mAi?? MahA?rA?ja preached everywhere by his books. The words we speak in class may disappear into the sky, but what is written as a document, in books like AsrAi??Ai??Caitanya-caritA?ma?i??ta, AsrAi??mad-BhA?gavatam, and the books of the GosvA?mAi??s, will remain forever and help for millions of years.

He used to come to this island to write, for it is very favorable here, and I have been totally absorbed in writing here for the last three weeks. I have not been giving classes during this time. Do you know why? I am concentrating on my translation work so that I can give ai???document writingsai??i?? to the world.

I am writing about the very elevated moods of AsrAi??la RAi??pa GosvA?mAi??, moods that were inspired in him by AsrAi?? Caitanya MahA?prabhu Himself. MahA?prabhu ordered him to write about the deep feelings of the gopAi??s, as well as the process by which we can achieve similar feelings. Most of you are not qualified to hear or read about this, what to speak of follow, and yet we are writing. Otherwise, if we do not do so, these moods will be lost to the world. We must record this for future generations. The moods of the gopAi??s have not been clearly written about even in the AsrAi??mad-BhA?gavatam, except in a hidden way, but AsrAi??la RAi??pa GosvA?mAi?? has given definitions of each of their moods in AsrAi?? Ujjvala-nAi??lamaa?i??i.

We see that in this world, those who are overwhelmed by lust, anger, and other bad qualities cannot advance in sA?dhana-bhajana, what to speak of entering the transcendental realm. If a person cannot remove all the anarthas  delineated in the first Ai??loka of UpadeAi??A?ma?i??ta, like the urge to speak about mundane topics, the urge of the mundane mind, the urge of anger, the pushing of the greedy tongue, belly, and genitals, he cannot advance in bhakti.

On the other hand, we see that there is quarreling in Goloka Va?i??ndA?vana. AsrAi??matAi?? RA?dhikA? has a somewhat jealous mood towards CandrA?valAi??, and CandrA?valAi?? has the same mood towards RA?dhikA?. Why is this present in that sphere? Actually, the gopAi??s are transcendental, Ka?i??a??a?i??a is transcendental, their love and affection is transcendental, and their quarreling is also transcendental. Their quarreling is not worldly. Rather, it is an expression of love and affection, to increase the pleasure of Ka?i??a??a?i??a.

If these moods were not present in their pure forms in the transcendental world, they could not exist in this world. AsrAi??la RAi??pa GosvA?mAi?? has written about all the gopAi??sai??i?? moods for our benefit. He has explained why the gopAi??s experience sulkiness and other moods that may seem material, and I am giving you a very slight taste of their moods in my translation and writing.

Jealous of CandrA?valAi??, AsrAi??matAi?? RA?dhikA? told LalitA?, ViAi??A?kha, and other sakhAi??s , ai???CandrA?valAi?? does not know even the ABCs of love and affection. Since she has no real mA?na (transcendental loving anger due to jealousy), no sulky mood, how can she please Ka?i??a??a?i??a? She will never be able to please Him.ai???

The prema of CandrA?valAi?? is called gha?i??ta-sneha. Gha?i??ta means ai???ghee,ai??i?? which has the quality of being very soft and smooth, but not sweet. The prema of RA?dhA? is called madhu-sneha. Madhu means ai???honey,ai??i?? which is both soft and smooth, and also sweet.

Even if RA?dhikA? abuses Ka?i??a??a?i??a, or even if She is in mA?na, Her mood is very attractive and wonderful to Him. All become happy to see Her activities, and the love between Her and Ka?i??a??a?i??a becomes more intense. Therefore, in all situations, Her madhu-sneha prema can be called soft and sweet. RA?dhikA? continued, ai???CandrA?valAi?? is very soft in her dealings with Ka?i??a??a?i??a. Even if she sees that Ka?i??a??a?i??a has committed an offense to her lotus feet and is meeting with other gopAi??s right in front of her, she will generally not become sulky. She may do so occasionally, but not often. Without this sulky anger, no one can serve Ka?i??a??a?i??a or please Him. CandrA?valAi?? does not have a trace of love and affection, so I donai??i??t want to even hear her name. Never mention her name in My assembly.ai???

CandrA?valAi?? likewise told her sakhAi??s, ai???I donai??i??t want to hear the name of RA?dhikA?. I donai??i??t even want to hear the name of the star constellation called anurA?dhA?. Why not? Neither the experts on the subject of love nor the great sages and munis appreciate the mood of RA?dhikA?, nor do the yogis and a?i??a??is meditate on the mood of RA?dhikA?, nor do they appreciate Her name. Those a?i??a??is who always meditate upon Ka?i??a??a?i??aai??i??s lotus feet never attract RA?dhA? to their hearts. Those who want to peacefully meditate on the lotus feet of Ka?i??a??a?i??a become disturbed if they think about the moods of AsrAi??matAi?? RA?dhikA?. In fact, Her name alone makes them tremble and become disturbed. That very same Ka?i??a??a?i??a fell at the feet of RA?dhikA?, and still She rejected Him by saying, ai???I donai??i??t want You here. O black Ka?i??a??a?i??a, get out of My kuAi??ja.ai??i?? So donai??i??t utter Her name, and donai??i??t even utter the word anurA?dhA?.ai???

Although RA?dhikA? and CandrA?valAi?? both speak in this way, RA?dhikA?ai??i??s love and affection is superior. The highest truths of RA?dhikA?ai??i??s madhu-sneha prema have been described, in minute detail, in AsrAi??la RAi??pa GosvA?mAi??ai??i??s Ujjvala-nAi??lamaa?i??i. They have not been Ai??disclosed in AsrAi??mad-BhA?gavatam, nor in the books of AsrAi?? Jayadeva GosvA?mAi??, nor by other A?cA?ryas. Only AsrAi??la RAi??pa GosvA?mAi?? has revealed these intimate moods, in his VidagdhamA?dhava, Lalita-mA?dhava, and here in Ujjvala-nAi??lamaa?i??i.

Except for works like these, there are no other descriptions of these moods, and therefore my mind and activities are absorbed in writing here in Va?i??ndA?vana dA?saai??i??s house in Hawaii. The topics in Ujjvala-nAi??lamaa?i??i are exceptionally elevated subject matters, which you would never be able to imagine even in thousands of births. I am translating this most valuable literature for future generations, and those who are qualified will experience a new life by reading it. Although I have little formal education, I am so fortunate that by the mercy of my guru-paramparA?, this ability to translate and write commentaries is coming automatically.



  1. David Rogers
    6 years ago

    Thank You
    Hare Krsna

  2. David Rogers
    6 years ago

    thank you for the opportunity to begin my journey to self realization.