Key to all my works

Mahaprabhu and Ramananda Raya.

My heart follows their conversation closely. This is my favorite phenomenon: the development of the theistic concept of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, the Bhagavata school, in a conversation between Ramananda Raya and Mahaprabhu. This development is fully represented in their discussion. Mahaprabhu asks questions, and Ramananda answers: in this way, step by step, we rise to the top. I follow their conversation with close attention, and this is the key to all my work.
The conversation begins with the measurement of varnasrama. We should closely watch how this phenomenon gradually, step by step, develops, strictly and sincerely follow it, and then we will be able to gain an idea of ​​everything: what is Gaudiya Vaishnavism, what is Bhagavatam, what is Krishna consciousness. All this is contained in this conversation, and any real student of this divine conversation can gain a true understanding, access to the secret core of Gaudiya Vaishnava theology. Of course, rupa-siksha and sanatana-siksha are important, but the whole system is in embryo, its essence, its quintessence, is exhaustively presented in this discourse [Ramananda-samvade].

Hare Krishna! This phenomenon always lives in my heart.

Divine Words of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami

 

Sri Ramananda Ray

SRI RAY RAMANANDA

By His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev Goswami

Ramananda Raya was a married man, but he was recognized by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as a master of his senses to the extreme degree. Once a brahmana priest named Pradyumna Misra came to Mahaprabhu and told Him, “I would like to hear about Krishna from Your lips.” Mahaprabhu said, “I do not know anything about Krishna, but Ramananda Raya knows. Go to him and hear about Krishna. Take My name, and perhaps he will talk with you.”

Pradyumna Misra was hesitant, but he went and observed Ramananda Raya for some time and then returned and reported to Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu asked him, “Have you heard about Krishna from Ramananda?” “No.” “Why?” “I saw him engaged in something objectionable. I watched for some time, and then returned here.” “What did you see?” Pradyumna Misra answered, “I saw Ramananda Raya training some young dancing girls!”

Girls who are generally devoted to the service of the Jagannath Deity from a young age are known as deva-dasis. They do not marry, and sometimes their character is not very good. Pradyumna Misra saw Ramananda Raya training deva-dasis in a very objectionable way. He was showing them how to go before the Jagannath Deity and dance and sing. He showed them how their posture should be, how they should gesture, and how their looks should be enticing. And for such training he would sometimes even touch their private parts. So Pradyumna Misra told Mahaprabhu, “Seeing Ramananda doing all these things, I had no regard for him, so for some time I saw him busily engaged in that matter, and then I went away.”

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