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Traditions of sambhogecchamayI-devotion - Where are they, which books do they read?

Madhava - Sat, 28 Aug 2004 18:58:02 +0530
I recently received an inquiry from a person who was intereted in sambhogecchamayI-devotion, and inquired whether I would have any tips as to where to head with the desire. He pointed out the words of Rupa Goswami in his Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu:

"Its two divisions are (1) filled with desire for union (sambhogecchamayi) and (2) consisting of a desire for Her feelings (tad-bhaveccatma)."

keli-tAtparyavaty eva sambhogecchA-mayI bhavet |
tad-bhAvecchAtmikA tAsAm bhAva-mAdhurya-kAmitA || 299 ||
zrI-mUrter mAdhurIM prekSya tat-tal-lIlAM nizamya vA |
tad-bhAvAkANkSiNo ye syus teSu sAdhanatAnayoH |
purANe zruyate pAdme puMsam api bhaved iyam || 300 ||

"Those who are desirous to attain bhava after beholding the sweetnes of the beautiful deity or hearing of His pastimes may follow one of these two sadhanas (methods of attainment). As known from the Purana, this is so even for the men."

yathA -
purA maharSayaH sarve daNDakAraNya-vAsinaH |
dRSTvA rAmaM hariM tatra bhoktum aicchan suvigraham || 301 ||
te sarve strItvam ApannAH samudbhUtAz ca gokule |
hariM samprApya kAmena tato muktA bhavArNavAt || 302 ||

I am posting my response below, in hopes that others would have further insights on the matter.

I am well aware of the fact that rAgAnuga-sAdhana refers to following in the wake of any VrajavasIs. This is clearly documented in the Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu.

However, the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition tends to be rather exclusive in its preference for bhavollasa-rati, or ma˝jarI-bhAva. It is not that sambhogecchamayI is not accepted, it is simply not our tradition.

Among commonly recognized traditions, I believe the Nimbarka-sampradaya would be a place of choice to pursue sambhogeccamayI-devotion.

As for helpful texts, I would recommend Gita-govinda of Jayadeva and Krishna-karnamrita of Bilvamangala. The Gaudiya commentaries tend to interpret them in a way befitting the cultivation of the mood of a ma˝jarI, but the texts themselves are divine chrystals willing to reflect your sambhogecchamayI-devotion if you so will.
Satyabhama - Sat, 28 Aug 2004 20:52:43 +0530
I would advise to try the writings of Srimati Andal (Tiruppavai and esp. Nacciyar Thriumoli) and some other Alvars also.

Nacchiyar Thirumoli with excellent commentary by Sri V. Sadagopan

Tiruppavai w/ commentary by U.Ve.E.S. Bhuvarahacharya Swamy

(I think I posted these links in another thread also, but I can't remember where...)

Of course Madhurashtakam of Vallabhacharya

Gopala Vimsati of Swamy Vedanta Desika (especially verse 9 onwards)

Will try to think of some more
Satyabhama - Thu, 02 Sep 2004 18:45:38 +0530
Referring to the title of the thread... yes, "where are they?"
Satyabhama - Mon, 13 Sep 2004 19:20:00 +0530
I posted Sri Vallabhacharya's "Yamunashtakam" in Pearls of Wisdom. That should be useful. Read it here.