Sri Sri Radha-Giridhari
New Govardhan, San Diego, California
"Vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau. We have to follow the footprints of the Gosvamis and learn how to search out Krishna and Radharani in Vrndavana or within our hearts. That is the process of Caitanya Mahaprabhu's bhajan, or worship: feelings of separation (vipralambha-seva).

"Feeling separation from Krishna, Mahaprabhu would fall into the sea. He would go out of His bedroom in the dead of night. Nobody knew where He had gone. He was searching for Krishna.

"That process of devotional service is taught by Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It is not that we can say very easily, 'I have seen Krishna and Radharani in the rasa-lila.' No, not like that. Feel the separation. The more you feel separation from Krishna, the more you should understand that you are advancing. Don't try to see Krishna artificially. Be advanced in feeling separation, and then your devotion will be perfect. That is the teaching of Lord Caitanya."

(Srila Prabhupada lecture, September 18, 1969)
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