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Raya Ramananda Samvada (22): Prema Tattva and Vilasa Tattva, CC Madhya 8.195-214

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  • Sri Raya Ramananda Samvada; about prema-tattva, vilasa-tattva.
  • 'Man mana bhava' applies only to gopis.
  • The only reason for Krsna to perform His lilas is the sakhis and gopis. These lilas give unimaginable pleasure to rasika devotees.
  • All kinds of literature of Sriman Mahaprabhu and the gosvamis are priceless treasures of the Gaudiya Sampradaya.
  • To achieve greed for these lilas, a lot of devotional practice is required like the austerities undertaken by the Vrndavana Gosvamis. Even in their sleep, they dreamt of Radha-Krsna lilas; The rate at which we are performing our sadhana bhakti, it will take us millions of birth to reach the raganuga stage of bhakti.
  • Our japa (nama) should be with pure love.
  • How to achieve greed for Radha-Krsna bhakti.
  • Gopis are very secretive about their nature as it is not easily displayed. The letter correspondences between Sri Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami used to be encrypted to hide their bhava.
  • In this material world, everyone is self-centred.
  • Even we are doing bhajana to come out of the cycle of birth and death, although we may say we want to serve Radha-Krsna but need to introspect. Gopis' service is selfless and Krsna accepts their service, not for Himself but to give pleasure to the gopis.
  • Gopis find pleasure when they witness Radha and Krsna meeting.
  • Radharani is kalpa-lata. Kalpa lata means who can fulfil all our desires. But Radharani is kalpa lata to fulfil Krsna's desires, not ours.
  • Syamantaka mani meeting with Kaustubha mani is just like a meeting of Radha and Krsna.
  • Gosvamis' lila descriptions are very sweet, likewise Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja's mangala-arti.
  • Although listening to hari-katha is our birthright but these moods appear in our hearts only once the time is ripe (gained adequate spiritual advancement). We cannot understand these transcendental pastimes with material intelligence.
  • Radhika’s sakhis are Her kaya-vyuha. Just like Radhika, they are hladani sakti of Krsna. Radha is kalpa-lata and all these sakhi are leaves, buds flowers etc of this creeper; Even Krsna is happy when Radha and Her sakhis are happy.
  • Radha and gopis' service to Krsna is selfless. Gopis' prema for Krsna is aprakrta (transcendental) , not understandable with material intelligence. If not qualified, we should not hear these lilas else will take them as lust in the material sense.
  • Kama means what pleases the senses, it’s beyond prema (love). So gopis and Radha have kama towards Krsna in aprakrta-jagata (world) but if we are unqualified, we will try to equate it with material lust.
  • Similarly, Yogmaya is in aprakrta world which is called Maya (which binds jiva) in this prakrita (material) world. Actually, Yogamaya means pure love.