Translation of the Verse
D. An interview with Sripad Madhava Maharaja
Madhava Maharaja is a disciple of Srila Bhaktivedanta Vamana Gosvami Maharaja.
He is a siksa disciple of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, and
has been his personal servant and secretary since 1979. In the following interview of May 4, 2006, he was asked to share his understanding regarding statement 3
of the video/documentary:
[Question:] "The narrator of
the documentary 'The Universal Teacher' quoted
verse, 'matala hari-jane visaya range, pujala
raga-patha gaurava-bhange.' Then he gave the translation, 'Always worship the
path of raga-marga, spontaneous devotion. Do not rush ahead. Keep yourself a
little distant and below. One who transgresses these instructions will be cast down. That was the motto of
"Can you explain the verse further?"
Maharaja:] "The English you quoted is not the translation. It is a
statement by Prapujya-carana Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara
Maharaja. He did not mean for his statement to be the translation."
[Question:] "Then what is the
Maharaja:] "'Pujala raga-patha gaurava bhange.'
Raga-patha means spontaneous devotion. What is spontaneous devotion?
["When one becomes attached to
the Supreme Personality of Godhead, his natural inclination to love is fully
absorbed in thoughts of the Lord. That is called transcendental attachment, and
devotional service according to that attachment is called ragatmika, or
spontaneous devotional service." (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.272, and
is the devotion situated in the hearts of the eternal associates of Krsna in
Vraja. Here, the word gaurava-bhange refers to the breaking (bhange means
break) of the awe and reverence mood (gaurava) by raga-bhakti. The word matala
means complete absorption. Such liberated devotees have only one visaya (object
of love), and that is Sri
The word range refers to Sri
many pastimes. Hari-jana means those who are the kith and kin or intimate
associates of Sri
or Krsna. They are absorbed in visaya-range.
Krsna is the only visaya (the supreme
Enjoyer of His devotees' devotion), and all others are asraya (the repository
or container of devotion to Him). These devotees are absorbed in His pastimes.
"Because of the raga in their hearts, they
have no awe and reverence mood. In this world they worship raga-patha; that is,
the path of complete absorption in and attachment to
Krsna. By this they also teach us
how to enter and then practice raganuga-bhakti.
we want to worship this path? We are now aspiring sadhaka-jivas, and our
ultimate object is to attain raga-bhakti. For that we have to go step by step.
By following the correct process we will gradually enter raganuga-bhakti, and
then we will attain raga-bhakti."
of the beautiful verse
matala hari-jane visaya range
pujala raga-patha gaurava-bhange
Sometimes this Bengali verse is found with
the words "visaya range"; and sometimes, as in the inscription on the
wall of the Sri
Matha, with "kirtana
range." In either case, the deep import is the same.
With "visaya range":
of Hari revel in satisfying His transcendental desires.
They worship the
path of spontaneous devotion, whereby awe and reverence is overthrown."
Internally the hari-janas are absorbed in their
pastimes with Sri
and externally they teach us by their example how to worship the path of raga.
Raga means spontaneous devotion, the devotion of
friends, parents and beloveds.
is the only visaya, the only enjoyer. As the enjoyer He has unlimited
transcendental desires. These desires are fulfilled by His associates, the hari-janas, who are asraya. The hari-janas
revel in fulfilling His desires. They are maddened with the ambition to fulfil
Srila Narayana Maharaja explains that this verse applies to the
liberated associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in this world, who have come as
Mahaprabhu appeared in this world
along with His associates. This verse refers to His associates who were with
Him during His time, as well as to all those who appeared after Him.
With "kirtana range":
of Hari revel in the chanting of the Holy Name.
They worship the path of spontaneous devotion, whereby awe and reverence is
F. The real existence of Bhaktisiddhanta
devotees say this verse originally manifested from the lips of
and some say it manifested from the lips of Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara
Maharaja. Either way, according to Srila Sridhara Maharaja himself, this verse
is the heart of
of Sripad Narasingha Maharaja's websites has a link to a very short, fifteen
second, audio statement of Srila Sridhara Maharaja referring to this verse. We therefore had the good fortune to hear his
recorded voice: "Pujala raga-patha gaurava bhange. This is Bhaktisiddhanta
vani. The real existence of Bhaktisiddhanta
[bhakti-siddhanta] is there."
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