Sahajiya & Importance of Preaching

pamho, Hare Krishna,

What is Sahajiya ?  Somewhere in Vaishnava literature, Bhaktivinoda Thakur has discussed about prakrata sahajiyas.

What are the dangers of not following the outlined path of devotional service by previous acharyas ?

What kind of the dangerous traps are laid down by mayadevi that sahajiyas do fall a prey to ?

Why is preaching given so much importance by Srila Prabhupada ?

How and what type of conditioning is affecting the soul ?

What will happen if conditioned souls do not understand and try to act in their constitutional position ?  What is the importance of acting in one's constitutional position ?

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  • Hare Krishna Prabguji
    Dandvat pranam.

    Your question is very much logical. And I think Radha rasmayi Mataji Has given the answer in very nice and illustrative way.
    Thank you mataji for clearing our doubts
  • SB 11.3.31The devotees of the Lord constantly discuss the glories of the Personality of Godhead among themselves. Thus they constantly remember the Lord and remind one another of His qualities and pastimes. In this way, by their devotion to the principles of bhakti-yoga, the devotees please the Personality of Godhead, who takes away from them everything inauspicious. Being purified of all impediments, the devotees awaken to pure love of Godhead, and thus, even within this world, their spiritualized bodies exhibit symptoms of transcendental ecstasy, such as standing of the bodily hairs on end.


    SB 11.3.32Having achieved love of Godhead, the devotees sometimes weep loudly, absorbed in thought of the infallible Lord. Sometimes they laugh, feel great pleasure, speak out loud to the Lord, dance or sing. Such devotees, having transcended material, conditioned life, sometimes imitate the unborn Supreme by acting out His pastimes. And sometimes, achieving His personal audience, they remain peaceful and silent.
    SB 11.3.33Thus learning the science of devotional service and practically engaging in the devotional service of the Lord, the devotee comes to the stage of love of Godhead. And by complete devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Nārāyaṇa, the devotee easily crosses over the illusory energy, māyā, which is extremely difficult to cross.
    The word ''Easily '' is very promising for all, but not without first having the association of those who waked love for Lord.
    One can be infected by transcendental disease, only in the association of those who are already infected.
  • E-Counselor

    Hare Krsna Prabhuji,


    Sahajiya was very much prevelant at the time of Bhakti Vinode Thakura, thats why he mentions. Sahaj means easy - that way sahajiya means people who have made the bhakti process to be easier than it is. These devotees (men) typically wear petticoats and dance in radha bhaav. They have made it appear that attaining Radha bhaav is very simple and easy - taht is why they are called sahajiya. Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur & Srila Bhakti Siddhant Saraswati Thakur worked very hard to prove that their method is not the genuine method to cultivate devotion. 

    Dangers of not following the outlined path of previous acharyas - we are prone to attacks by maya, in ways we will not even realise. Then we will not attain the purpose of all our efforts, which is Krsna prema.

    Mayadevi can lay as many traps as there are deviations. The kind of trap depends on the victim. 

    The conditioning affecting the soul is - I am this body. False ego identifies the self with the body - taht is the conditioning and root cause of all entanglement.

    If conditioned souls do not understand and try to act in their constitutional position - then what is happening today will happen. The world is a chaos, there is so much strife and unrest and absolutely nobody is happy. 

    Acting in one's constitutional position as servitor of the lord will remove the lifetimes of sin that we have accumulated gradually.

    A post from you after a long time prabhu. How have you been? Hope all well at your end and you are doing your sadhana very nicely.


    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

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