In his Jaiva-dharma, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has written everything about the authentic process to become a paramahaṁsa. Jaiva-dharma is the essence of the Vedas, Upaniṣads, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and the writings of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrī Ragunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, and our Guru-varga. Aṣṭa-kālīya-līlā is described for those that are advanced, but how does one become qualified to understand it? One must systematically study Jaiva-dharma from beginning to end, starting with the first part where there is a description of the material world, and proceeding through a study of Daśa-mūla and all the tattvas. By following Jaiva-dharma properly, your anarthas will gradually disappear and you will be able to practice bhakti as exemplified by the two disciples, Brajanātha and Vijay kumāra.
September 19, 2002 Vienna