Nector of Devotion​

That is another name of the mercury. Hydrargyri. So in Sanskrit it is called rasa. Rasāyana. From mercury, rasa, the chemistry is called rasāyana-śāstra. Actually, rasāyana-śāstra, chemical composition, begins from mercury and sulfur. That is the beginning of chemical composition. So rasa-vidhānena, by chemical interaction of sulfur and mercury, if you can add tin and copper, then it becomes gold. You can manufacture gold, provided you know the process, how to mix up copper, tin and mercury, with via media of sulfuric acid. Sulfuric acid is the mother of chemical. Without sulfur, you cannot make any chemical composition. Therefore all chemical composition are called sulfate, sulfite, like that. So Sanātana Gosvāmī gives this idea of chemical composition. It appears that he knew how to work with chemicals.

yathā kañcanatāṁ yāti

tathā dīkṣā-vidhānena
dvijatvaṁ jāyate nṛṇām    [Hari-bhakti-vilāsa 2.12]                                  

So we are trying to follow Sanātana Gosvāmī, by dīkṣā-vidhānena, by initiating persons any, from anywhere; it does not matter. Because in this age, Kali-yuga, the dīkṣā-vidhāna is performed according..., according to Pāñcarātrika-vidhi. Not Vaidika-vidhi. Vaidika-vidhi is very strict. Unless one is bona fide son of a dvija, the initiation was not given. To the śūdras, there was no initiation. A brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya. So these are the Vedic process.

So in the Kali-yuga, because it is to be understood that everyone is a śūdra, therefore Vaidika-vidhāna cannot be applied. Vaidika-vidhāna requires that one must be born by a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya. Then he's eligible for being initiated. But in the Kali-yuga, that is not possible. Therefore the Pāñcarātriki-vidhi is accepted [Cc. Madhya 24.331, purport]. Nārada-Pañcarātra. Tathā dīkṣā-vidhānena. This dīkṣā-vidhāna, recommended by Sanātana Gosvāmī, means Pāñcarātriki-vidhi.

Now Rūpa Gosvāmī says in his Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu,

pañcarātriki-vidhiṁ vinā
aikantiki harer bhaktir
utpatayaiva kalpate       [Brs. 1.2.101]

Without undergoing the process of śruti---means Vedas---smṛti, the Purāṇas, and other corollary literatures, Bhagavad-gītā, Mahābhārata, Smṛti, Manu-smṛti, the laws given by Manu, Parāśara... So hari-bhakti, devotional service to the Lord, must be approved by Vedas, Purāṇas. Pāñcarātriki-vidhi. Otherwise, any show of devotional service is simply disturbance. – Lecture by Srila Prabhupada (Oct 27, 1972 Vrindavan)

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