Discussions specifically related with the various aspects of practice of bhakti-sadhana in Gaudiya Vaishnavism.
Taranga-rangini - Madhurya-Kadambini
jatayu - Mon, 04 Jul 2005 12:19:26 +0530
My question is about the meaning of taranga-rangini, playing in the waves of the ocean of bhakti and getting stuck at the sixth stage - what are the other stages? If someone kindly could explain ( found it at Pritha dd's website)?
Spiritual master must be above the six stages mentioned in Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakur's book Madhurya-Kadambini, the six stages of unsteady or anisthita stages of bhajana-kriya. The sixth stage is enjoying the facilities of bhakti, or playing in the waves of the ocean of bhakti, a position known as taranga-rangini.
"When one has attained the topmost position of mahä-bhägavata, he is to be accepted as a guru and worshiped exactly like Hari, the Personality of Godhead. Only such a person is eligible to occupy the post of a guru."
Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 24.330 P
Madhava - Mon, 04 Jul 2005 23:56:40 +0530
- utsAha-mayI (“initial enthusiasm”) - the initial sporadic enthusiasm due to novel realizations and consequent conception of status.
- ghana-taralA (“running hot and cold”) - the fluctuations in enthusiasm that make one sometimes slack and sometimes attentive.
- vyUDha-vikalpA (“parading possibilities”) - the inability to make one's mind one way or another in the practices of devotion.
- viSaya-saGgarA (“the sensual struggle”) - attempting to overcome sensual pleasures with occasional failures and setbacks.
- niyamAkSamA (“vow failure”) - taking varieties of vows one is generally unable to carry out.
- taraGga-raGgiNI (“whirling in the waves”) - becoming distracted by profit, respect and distinction that come about in the course of devotional practice.
The last, taraGga-raGgiNI
, is counted among the bhaktyuttha-anarthas
, or anarthas arising out of devotional practice. Such anarthas are overcome partially at the stage of bhajana-kriya, completely at the stage of nishtha, and absolutely at the stage of ruchi. When real taste for devotion arises, taste for its by-products vanishes. You'll find all of this described elaborately in the upcoming release of Madhurya Kadambini with Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji's commentary.
jatayu - Wed, 06 Jul 2005 13:01:53 +0530
Thanks Madhava prabhu, this here seems to be the only place in the www where to find online answers about GV philosophy!
The upcoming release of Madhurya Kadambini with Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji's commentary - is it published/mentioned here or at http://www.granthamandira.org/