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Tenth Ray

Prema Pradipa - Tenth Ray Consideration of rati—rati is the root of rasa “Rasa doesn't arise without the mixing of these four bhāvas—sthāyī-bhāva, anubhāva, vibhāva, and sañcārī-bhāva. “First, one must consider sthāyī-bhāva. In the act of evoking rasa, the bhāva which is prominent is called sthāyī-bhāva. Rati itself is sthāyī-bhāva, because when rati gains taste it is rasa. When rati is supported by vibhāva, anubhāva, and sañcārī-bhāva, it becomes rasa. On their own, vibhāva, anubhāva, and sañcārī-bhāva do not become rasa. Vibhāva is the cause which awakens rasa. Anubhāva is the activity which awakens rasa. Read More...

Ninth Ray

Prema Pradipa - Ninth Ray The two Bābus conclusion regarding Paṇḍita Bābājī's teachings on rasa Carefully meditating on the topics they had heard from the lips of Paṇḍita Bābājī, Naren Bābu and Anand Bābu could not sleep. Mallik Mahāśaya was practicing kumbhaka in another kuṭira. Bābājī had mercifully trained him in that practice. Anand Bābu and Naren Bābu began to talk between themselves. Naren Bābu said, “Anand Bābu! I cannot believe at all that the propensity for bhakti is separate from the propensity for sense enjoyment as stated by the Brāhmācārya. Whatever instructions Paṇḍita Bābājī Read More...

Eighth Ray

Prema Pradipa - Eighth Ray Brahmo preceptor's reply to Naren Bābu's questions One morning Naren Bābu was sitting under an āmalakī tree reading a long letter. Anand Bābu and Mallik Mahāśaya with a few other Vaiṣṇavas came there. Anand Bābu asked, “Naren Bābu! Who has written that letter?” With a somewhat dry face, Naren Bābu said, “Today I've received a reply from Brāhmācārya Mahāśaya.” On Anand Bābu's request, Naren Bābu began reading the letter. Brother! I became extremely unhappy by reading your letter. I don't know whose false logic you have fallen victim of so Read More...

Seventh Ray

Prema Pradipa - Seventh Ray Naren Bābu questions the Brahmo preceptor by letter In the morning, Naren Bābu posted a long letter he had written the previous night. The letter was addressed to the head Brahmo preceptor. In it he glorified devotional service and condemned dry speculation. He wrote in detail specifically about the condition of his mind, and he asked the Ācārya some questions. Prema-kuñja and the festival there which everyone joined Just after sending the letter, one Vaiṣṇava came and invited everyone for a festival at Prema-kuñja. Anand Bābu, Bābājī, Mallik Mahāśaya, and Read More...

Sixth Ray

Prema Pradipa - Sixth Ray Naren Bābu receives the Brahmo preceptor's letter and the result For a few days there was no rain, so the sun's rays were very hot. After taking prasāda, Yogi Bābājī brought the Bābus to sit under the pañcavaṭī. There was a soft breeze blowing. As they were discussing various topics, a mailman brought two letters. One of the letters was for Naren Bābu, and the other was for Mallik Mahāśaya. Naren Bābu carefully read his letter before the others. The letter, written by a Calcutta Brahmo preceptor, was: Naren Bābu, Read More...

Fifth Ray

Prema Pradipa - Fifth Ray According to modern western thought, Vaiṣṇavas are debauchees and bhakti is simply licentiousness Naren Bābu and Anand Bābu were lying down together, but for a long time they were unable to sleep because of various thoughts. Naren Bābu said, “Anand Bābu! What do you think? For a long time we knew Vaiṣṇavism as most despicable. Some debauchees turned Kṛṣṇa, the crest jewel of debauchees, into God. Even that day Reverend Chart gave a long captivating speech on this subject. Our own head ācārya especially warned us many times about Kṛṣṇa. Read More...

Fourth Ray

Prema Pradipa - Fourth Ray Accompanying Yogi Bābājī, Mallik Mahāśaya and the two Bābus go to the Govardhana cave, and they hear a song on the way The day was almost over. The heat of the sun had reduced. A soft western breeze was blowing. Many people were out on pilgrimage. Some lady pilgrims were singing the following song as they walked along: tyaja re mana hari-vimukha loka-saṅga jāka saṅga hi, kumati upajatahi bhajana hi paḍata vibhaṅga. satata asat patha, lei yo yāyata upayāta kāminī-saṅga śamana dūta, paramāyu parakhata dūra hi nehārata raṅga. ataeva se Read More...

Third Ray

Prema Pradipa - Third Ray Mallik Mahāśaya, Naren Bābu, and Anand Bābu arrive at Yogi Bābājī's kuñja On the way, while leaving Paṇḍita dāsa Bābājī's āśrama, Yogi Bābājī could understand by the sun's position that it was about eleven o'clock. He was walking rather quickly towards his kuñja. Near a tamāla tree he saw three Bengali gentlemen coming. He considered that one of them was Mallik Mahāśaya. Bābājī had previously received news of their intended arrival, so he had kept his kuñja cleansed. As the three gentlemen came near, Bābājī inquired, “Where do you live? Read More...

Second Ray

Prema Pradīpa - Second Ray Haridāsa and Premadāsa Bābājī enter Paṇḍita Bābājī's cave in Govardhana, hey go with him to the assembly stage,and a Bābājī from Birbum performs kīrtana Fully decorated as Vaiṣṇavas, Haridāsa and Premadāsa arrived at Paṇḍita dāsa Bābājī's āśrama. Gopī-candana shone on their foreheads, and three strands of tulasī beads decorated their necks. Their right hands continuously counted the holy names on japa-mālā within their japa bags. The lower part of their bodies were covered with kaupīna and outer cloth, their heads were beautified by śikhās, and their limbs were marked with Read More...

First Ray

Prema Pradīpa - First Ray The meeting of Premadāsa Bābājī with Haridāsa Bābājī As the sun set one spring day, Haridāsa Bābājī, the crest jewel of the devotees, finished his evening prayers, came out of his kuñja, and went out on the forest path along the Yamunā. It is difficult to describe the various feelings of love which manifest in him as he went along in great ecstasy. On the way, Bābājī had a vision reminding him of the Lord's pastimes, and he began rolling on the ground exclaiming, “O Vrajendra-nandana! O Gopī-jana-vallabha!” Incessant tears Read More...

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