Relation of a Devotee with Lord

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Relation of a Devotee with Lord

Postby tbansal » Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:56 pm

Hare Krishna.

In Bhagavat Gita As It Is, it is written that "A devotee is in a relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead in one of five different ways

1. One may be a devotee in passive state
2. One may be a devotee in an active state
3. One may be a devotee as a friend
4. One may be a devotee as a parent
5. One may be a devotee as a conjugal lover"

With my limited intelligence I am unable to understand these relations completely. Can you please explain these to me in more detail..
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Re: Relation of a Devotee with Lord

Postby gopinath » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:30 pm

A relationship is characterized by the type of exchange of love between two persons. So the relationship with God also has variety based on the type of exchange of love. Although the Supreme Lord Krishna is always the master of the entire world, He enjoys different relationships with His devotees to enjoy the variety of relationships and to reciprocate with His devotee's according to their desires.There are 5 prominent types of such exchanges (or rasa) in relationship with God.
1. shanta rasa - One may love God as a passive devotee, meditating in Krishna's form as a Paramatma (or the Supersoul) in the heart or to assist Him personally as one of trees, or ornaments or flute in the spiritual world. In exchange, such relationship results in eternal peace.
2. dasya rasa- Higher than merely the eternal peace is the active blissful service or the "dasya rasa". Examples are Chitraka, Patrak, or Akrura who served Him personally. Krishna reciprocated with them as a master.
3. sakhya rasa- This is higher than dasya rasa. One in sakhya rasa serves the Lord as a friend. Krishna reciprocates as a friend.
4. Vatsalya rasa- Serving Krishna as a parent and taking care of Him (apparently). Krishna reciprocates as a son.
5. Madhurya rasa- This is the highest rasa. One serves Krishna as a conjugal lover. In turn, Krishna reciprocates as a conjugal lover.

Everyone has one of the above relationships in servitude towards Krishna. However, in conditioned state, one forgets this relationship and suffers the pangs of Maya in the material world. Our goal is to revive this relationship through devotional service under the guidance of bona fide authority.
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