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Q: Which of these two states is higher - where one desires to become an intimate companion of Shri Radha, or where one desires to participate in the maharasa?

Shri Maharaj Ji: One of the ways to love Shri Krishna is to do so purely for your own happiness, like Kubja. Another way is to desire your own happiness as well as Shr

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Shri Maharaj Ji: One of the ways to love Shri Krishna is to do so purely for your own happiness, like Kubja. Another way is to desire your own happiness as well as Shri Krishna's, like Rukmini. However, the selfless divine love of the gopis is in a class all of its own. You see, the gopis loved Shri Krishna purely for His happiness only. Within this kind of love, there are three classes or levels, even though each one is divine, blissful and of an exceptionally high order.

One gopi desires to participate in the maharasa, whereas another wishes to become a personal maidservant of Kishori Ji. Now despite the apparent difference both gopis' have the same common goal of making Shyamasundara happy. The one who desires maharasa wishes to please Shri Krishna through her melodious singing, her loving touch, her beauty and ornamentation, her intoxicating fragrance and the array of delicious dishes she has prepared for Him. Everything she does is ultimately to please Shri Krishna and to make Him happy. She has no desire for her own self-gratification.

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Please understand that any individual soul who desires even a hint of their own happiness is ineligible to enter maharasa, and such a gopi remains happy in the happiness of her Beloved Shri Krishna.

Now the gopi who desires to become a maidservant of Kishori Ji does so in order to please Shri Radha Krishna by assisting Them in Their divine pastimes. Even this gopi derives happiness from seeing the happiness of Shri Radha Krishna.

Q: Many a time we observe that when a person first meets a Saint he exhibits intense devotional feelings, but after a short while these feelings quickly subside. Why is this?

Shri Maharaj Ji: The one and only reason for this downslide is that the person did not make consistent or sincere efforts to nurture those devotional feelings. He rema

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Shri Maharaj Ji: The one and only reason for this downslide is that the person did not make consistent or sincere efforts to nurture those devotional feelings. He remained content with his initial feeling, and lacked a genuine eagerness or hunger for more and more of those divine feelings. Nevertheless, if he were to realise the heights of his initial devotional feelings even now and sincerely practiced consistently to attach his mind to God and Guru, then it is most probable that he will regain his earlier spiritual state of mind, and even surpass it.

Q: What are the indicators of a clean heart and mind?

Shri Maharaj Ji: What constitutes impurities of mind in the spiritual area? All those unwanted byproducts of the endless string of worldly attachment that exists withi

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Shri Maharaj Ji: What constitutes impurities of mind in the spiritual area? All those unwanted byproducts of the endless string of worldly attachment that exists within your mind. If your mind is deeply attached in the world, then you can be sure that it is also feculent. The barometer to gauge the depth of your worldly attachment is to see how bad you feel when you lose someone or something that your loved. Inversely, how good do you feel when you get something or someone that you love? If these feelings of good and bad reduce with your devotional practice, then it means that you have made some progress towards cleansing your heart.

The most effective way to evaluate the true state of your mind is to see how deep your attachment is to God and Guru, and everything associated with them. What is the extent of your eagerness and desperation to know about God and to meet Guru? This is a far more reliable means of self-evaluation than the one described initially, because even in the world an illiterate, uneducated person can appear to be completely detached from the world.

Q: How can we practice non-stop devotion while living in the world and performing all our worldly duties?

Shri Maharaj Ji: The agitation in your mind and feeling of discomfort due to the loss of precious time for spiritual practice is a form of sadhana in itself; it is a k

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Shri Maharaj Ji: The agitation in your mind and feeling of discomfort due to the loss of precious time for spiritual practice is a form of sadhana in itself; it is a kind of devotion. However, similar feelings in relation to the loss of precious office working hours are only valuable if you devote every moment of your remaining time to devotional practice.

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Q: Which of these two states is higher - where one desires to become an intimate companion of Shri Radha, or where one desires to participate in the maharasa?
Ans: One of the ways to love Shri Krishna is to do so purely for your own happiness, like Kubja. Another way is to desire your own happiness as well as Shri Krishna's, like Rukmini. However, the selfless divine love of the gopis is in a class all of its o...

Q: Many a time we observe that when a person first meets a Saint he exhibits intense devotional feelings, but after a short while these feelings quickly subside. Why is this?
Ans: The one and only reason for this downslide is that the person did not make consistent or sincere efforts to nurture those devotional feelings. He remained content with his initial feeling, and lacked a genuine eagerness or hunger for more and more of...