Prakrta Rasa Sata Dusani

Amongst the higher classes of men in this world, there are three paths that traverse through the kingdom of transcendental beliefs. These are generally known as karma, jnana and bhakti. The path of karma is the process for attaining transitory pleasures that are enjoyed by the jivas ensnared in material bondage.

The path of jnana is the renunciation of temporary results and provincial interests in order to discover the undifferentiated Brahman. The path known as bhakti transcends both karma, jnana and material nature completely, in order to cultivate activities that are favorable in serving Krsna.

On the  path of bhakti there is a clear distinction between devotional practice (sadhana) and the achievement of devotional practice (sadhya). It is understood that there are three stages – devotional practice, the awakening of bhava (devotional sentiments) and prema (pure love for Sri Krsna). As one cultivates and acquires knowledge about the goal of bhakti, the various stages of bhava and love of Krsna, problems may arise. The process of becoming free of these problems is known as anartha-nivrtti (the removal of unwanted elements). The conceptions established in this work (Prakrta-rasa Sata-dusani) can be found in the supremely wonderful pastimes of Sri Gauranga-sundara as well as those of the Gosvamis, who are His eternal associates in those pastimes.

Sri Siddhanta Sarasvati

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