prabhu ajnaya kaila saba sastrera vicara
vrajera nigudha bhakti karila pracara
prabhu ajnaya—upon the order of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; kaila—they did; saba sastrera—of all scriptures; vicara—analytical study; vrajera—of Sri Vrndavana-dhama; nigudha—most confidential; bhakti—devotional service; karila—did; pracara—preaching.
The Gosvamis carried out the preaching work of devotional service on the basis of an analytical study of all confidential Vedic scriptures. This was in compliance with the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Thus one can understand the most confidential devotional service of Vrndavana.
This proves that bona fide devotional service is based on the conclusions of the Vedic literature. It is not based on the type of sentiment exhibited by the prakrta-sahajiyas. The prakrta-sahajiyas do not consult the Vedic literature, and they are debauchees, woman-hunters and smokers of ganja. Sometimes they give a theatrical performance and cry for the Lord with tears in their eyes. Of course, all scriptural conclusions are washed off by these tears. The prakrta-sahajiyas do not realize that they are violating the orders of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who specifically said that to understand Vrndavana and the pastimes of Vrndavana one must have sufficient knowledge of the sastras (Vedic scriptures). As stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.2.12), bhaktya sruta-grhitaya. This means that devotional service is acquired from Vedic knowledge. Tac chraddadhanah munayah. Devotees who are actually serious attain bhakti, scientific devotional service, by hearing Vedic scriptures (bhaktya sruta-grhitaya). It is not that one should create something out of sentimentality, become a sahajiya and advocate such concocted devotional service. However, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura considered such sahajiyas to be more favorable than the impersonalists, who are hopelessly atheistic. The impersonalists have no idea of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The position of the sahajiyas is far better than that of the Mayavadi sannyasis. Although the sahajiyas do not think much of Vedic knowledge, they nonetheless have accepted Lord Krsna as the Supreme Lord. Unfortunately, they mislead others from authentic devotional service.

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