While meditating on the various rasas, I was trying to come up with a comparative analogy in the material world. Of course, we do not have the exact pure rasa in the material world because of the conditioning nature of the world. I meditated on this for few days and I could not come up with anything similar.
Then I went back to the lesson and tried to go through the rasas again. For ease of understanding, I created a simple tabular chart that depicted unique qualities inherent in each rasa. The picture is attached below.
I then came back to my earlier attempt of a similar rasa in the material world. I tried to come across examples of trees, food, buildings, etc. to show how each of these goes through various transformational journey and each subsequent stage contains the qualities of the previous stages. But these analogies did not make sense to me as I realized that they are all impersonal. The beauty of the transcendental rasas is that in those rasas, a common unseen thread flows. That thread is the object of our love and attachment – Lord Krsna. So those transcendental rasas are not impersonal – but personalism of the highest order. Without Lord Krsna in the center, those rasas are meaningless. Rasas are transcendental mellow that flows like rivers to the sea. Similarly the transcendental rasas are the mellow that flow from the living entity to our asraya – Lord Krsna.
Having understood these concepts, I could easily come up with the analogy in the material world. In my previous attempts, I forgot the personal aspect of the rasas. This time I tried to find something more personal in my example. Then, by the mercy of the Lord, it clicked. What is the closest pure love that is manifested in the material world? It is not pure love as in transcendental world but the love is still purer that other mundane love. And what is that love. That love is the love between a person and his/her mother. Using the analogy of the transcendental rasas, let me decipher this motherly love.
In the santa rasa stage, the inherent rasa or quality is the attachment for one’s mother. This is manifested when one is a small child. In that stage, the child knows nothing but his mother. He is naturally attached to her.
The dasya rasa stage is manifested when the child grows up to a small boy or girl. In this stage, the attachment of santa stage is still there. But the additional quality is the service attitude that develops in the child. The mother may order the child, “please bring me this or that?” And the child obeys. So at this stage, the service attitude develops.
In the sakhya rasa stage, the qualities of santa and dasya are still manifested. In addition, the friendly intimacy also develops. When the child grows up and becomes a teenager, both the child and mother develops a friendly relationship. It is very common to see a son and father, or a daughter and mother, bonding like friends. They eat together, play together, travel for vacation together, celebrates birthday together, etc. They play games, they fight, they argue, they make up. All these happens in a friendly mood.
In the vatsalya stage, the teenager grows up and earns his livelihood. The mother or father retires and becomes dependent on the child. In this stage, the child considers it his/her duty to maintain his/her mother. He/she thinks the mother is helpless without his/her support. This is the same as Mother Yasoda thinking that Krsna is dependent on her.
In the madhurya stage, the teenager takes care of the mother who is completely old, bed ridden and totally dependent on others for her sustenance. The son/daughter devotes everything (money, time, emotions, etc.) to take care of the mother. In other words, the child surrenders completely to the well-being of the mother just as the gopis surrendered everything for Krsna’s pleasure.
I hope my analogies are correct and helpful. I have attached the second picture in the forum below.
Thus we see that in each stage of rasa, the qualities of previous rasas become inherent progressively. This exercise also gave me the realization that it takes time for the rasas in each stage to become manifest or develop. Just as the rasas of the child develop progressively with the passage of time, similarly the qualities of all rasas inherent progressively. Therefore, we need to be patient with our sadhana. We have so much contamination in us that the rasas will not become manifest so quickly. We just need to follow the rules and regulations instructed by our spiritual masters including chanting the holy name of the Lord.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!