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We are Called Rūpānuga-vaiṣṇavas

When will that glorious day come to me that I am free in Vṛndāvana and I will see Goloka
Vṛṇdāvana, sat-cid-ānanda Vṛṇdāvana, transcendental Vṛṇdāvana. When we go there we don’t have the eyes to see transcendental Vṛṇdāvana. But if the dust of Rūpa and Raghunātha comes on our heads then we will take birth in Vṛndāvana and then we shall see. And then we will realize what is there; we will realize that the main object of life is there; we will realize what Caitanya Mahāprabhu came to distribute. We are called rūpānuga-vaiṣṇavas, rāgānugā-vaiṣṇavas. To be a bona-fide devotee we must follow the Mānaḥ-śikṣā.

June 03, 1996 London

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