Seva sadhaka rupena

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seva sadhaka-rupena
siddha-rupena catra hi
tad-bhava-lipsuna karya

The advanced devotee who is inclined to spontaneous loving service should follow the activities of a particular associate of Krishna in Vrindavan. He should execute service externally as a regulative devotee as well as internally from his self-realized position. Thus he should perform devotional service both externally and internally.

Srila Rupa Goswami has given the above mentioned verse in Sri Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu to guide the devotees in how to perform sadhana. He has instructed all the sadhakas to follow in the footsteps of the vaishnavas of Vraja, both internally and externally. In one’s form as a Sadhaka, one must follow in the footsteps of Rupa Goswami, Sanatan Goswami, Raghunath das Goswami and other great vaishnavas who were living and performing their bhajan in Vraja mandal. Following their example, one should constantly engage in the chanting of the holy names of the Lord, discussing about the pastimes of the Lord, associating with other exalted vaishnavas, and remembering and serving the Lord with body, mind and words. By thus performing sadhana bhakti, one will eventually come to the platform where one will be able to perceive one’s spiritual form by the grace of Guru and Krishna. In that stage then one starts internally serving the divine couple of Vraja, Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar, under the guidance of the nitya parikars of Golok Vrindavan in the mood which the sadhaka aspires for. One can then start serving the Lord with their siddha swaroop under the guidance of Yashoda devi or Subal and other cowherd boys or Lalita devi, rupa manjari and other sakhis of Vraja. In this stage also one continues to perform sadhan bhajan with the sadhak deha, this body which is meant to perform sadhana. By thus engaging in the service of the Lord, both with the Sadhak deha and the Siddha deha, one will eventually advance in their spiritual life and attain the service of the lotus feet of Srimati Vrindavaneshwari Radhika and Sri Rasraj shiromani Shyamsundar, under the guidance of Rupa manjari and other sakhis.