(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 8 September 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa, Home Program)
The Hamsaduta is a work of a hundred and forty verses and today I will not go into so much detail.
Lalita is an expansion of Srimati Radharani. It is explained that Radharani has these eight principle gopis and they are her expansions. For different pastimes, different moods, she manifests these other forms. Therefore these gopis; Lalita, Vishaka and the other astasakhis; are described as shakti tattva. They are not jivas or living beings, like we are. These gopis are assisted by manjaris who are jivas. So, Srila Rupamanjari is the assistant of Lalita, a very intimate assistant of Lalita, and Srila Rupamanjari is none other than Rupa Goswami. So Rupa Goswami is the leader of our line, of our tradition. We are following Rupa Goswami and it is Rupa Goswami’s plan for us that is really the guideline for our life.
Rupa Goswami has given us the teachings in the Bhakti-Rasamrta-Sindu (Nectar of Devotion) and he continues in Ujjvala Nilami a then, he summarizes the points of Bhakti-Rasamrta-Sindu in the Upadesamrta, The Nectar of Instruction. They are very similar in context but summarized; very short. In the Upadeshamrta, he describes:vaco vegam manasah krodha–vega
First we must be controlling the senses because one who can control the senses, he can be a teacher for the entire world. That is a messenger; he is transparent. He is a messenger of Krsna or a messenger of the representative of Krsna. Ultimately, he is doing Krsna’s work. That is where it begins.