Prākṛta-rasa Śata-dūṣaṇī (100 Condemnations of Material Rasa) - Commentary by Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha MahārājaIntroduction

Prākṛta-rasa Śata-dūṣaṇī
(100 Condemnations of Material Rasa)

Preface

Although obscure to many devotees today, Prākṛta-rasa Śata-dūṣaṇī was well known amongst the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava community during the time of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Prabhupāda. It was relished by the rūpānuga Vaiṣṇavas and despised by the sahajīya community for its condemnations of their mundane practices committed in the name of śuddha-bhakti (pure devotion).

Prākṛta-rasa Śata-dūṣaṇī was first written in 1916 by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī and published in the magazine Sajjana-toṣaṇī. During his lifetime it was republished in the Gauḍīya magazine and in the book Vraja-maṇḍala Parikrama (1935).

We now live in a time when sahajīyaism is no longer confined to Bengal, Orissa and Vṛndāvana. The pollution of prākṛta-rasa has now crossed the borders of India and found its way to foreign lands. Thus, Prākṛta-rasa Śata-dūṣaṇī is as relevant now as it ever was, if not more so.

As in the time of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta, the true followers of Rūpa Gosvāmī will appreciate the cautionary advice given in this book. Similarly, they will also value the contribution of Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja in the form of his commentary (vivṛtti).

Nonetheless, those pretenders that dupe themselves into thinking that they can make spiritual advancement by eliminating the scientific step-by-step process of bhakti, will reject the intelligent advice found in Prākṛta-rasa Śata-dūṣaṇī. In this regard, there is a famous Sanskrit maxim –

ajñāna-varasandena
prasupto nara-gardabhaḥ
kaḥ samarthaḥ prabodham tam
jñāna-bheri satairapi

“Who is capable of waking, even with hundreds of drums of knowledge, that ass of a man who sleeps with the eunuch of ignorance?”

This publication of Prākṛta-rasa Śata-dūṣaṇī will surely find favour with the predecessor ācāryas and the followers of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī.

Śrī Rūpānuga-dasānudāsa

Svāmī B.V. Giri

Prākṛta-rasa Śata-dūṣaṇī (100 Condemnations of Material Rasa) - Commentary by Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha MahārājaIntroduction
Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja (Jagat Guru Swami) appeared on Annadā Ekādaśī at Corpus Christi, USA in 1946. After studies in haṭha-yoga, he took initiation from his guru, Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda in 1970 and preached in the African continent for 3 years before accepting sannyāsa in 1976. After Prabhupāda’s disappearance, Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja took śīkṣā (spiritual instruction) from Śrīla B.R. Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī and Śrīla B.P Purī Gosvāmī. Although he spent most of his spiritual life preaching in India, Narasiṅgha Mahārāja also travelled to Europe, Mexico and the United States to spread the message of his spiritual masters. He penned over 200 essays and 13 books delineating Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava siddhānta. He left this world in his āśrama in South India in 2020.