Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī anxiously prays to the beloved friends of Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava and tells them of his painful love-in-separation. The aspirant devotee can only understand this by awakening his svarūpa. How sweet is that feeling: “I am a maidservant, dedicated to the devotional service of Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava!”
Bhāva (feeling) makes the stream of thoughts in the human mind deeper and deeper. There is always one particular feeling arising in the human mind that clashes with the objects of the phenomenal world. But the feelings that awaken in the world of devotion as a result of clashing with the transcendental objects of this world are completely different from the sensual feelings in the material world.
When the human mind is absorbed in a certain object, that can be called a ‘bhāva’, and when the devotee’s mind is absorbed in the sounds and flavours of God it is called ‘bhagavad bhāva’.
Mañjarī bhāva is the highest kind of bhagavad bhāva, and the mañjarīs can relish Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava’s transcendental flavours, forms and qualities to the utmost.
The aspirant can also experience this by following in the footsteps of the Gosvāmīs.
mahatera bhāva, bhāvite bhāvite, tad bhāve hobe sarva vismaraṇa
antar bāhye tabe, ekākāra hobe, mahad bhāve rasa hobe āsvādana
“When you think in the way that the great devotees do you will forget everything else. The external and the internal world will then take one single form and in the mood of the great saints rasa can be relished.”
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