Dandavat Pranams Everyone and Happy Phalaharini Kali Puja day!
Have a question regarding Ramprasad's poem in Usha Ma's book reading for this week and how it relates to Revered Pravrajika Divyanandaprana Bhakti lecture.
The part of the poem which says "Of what use is nirvana?Water mingles in water.O mind! becoming sugar is not desirable;I am fond of eating sugar."
This stimulated contemplation on the types of Samadhi, and how it relates to Bhakti (and found the Lecture to be wonderfully sweet and enlightening). Though personally it feels like a very long journey be granted any type Samadhi, would like to refine the understanding and properly calibrate which spiritual realization to strive for.
The Bhakti Lecture mentions how the Gopis of Vraja (specifically mentions Vishaka Devi) were great Rishis that appeared in bodies to experience an intense Bhakti Samadhi when having Sri Krishna's direct darshan. Also that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared with similar reasons.
However, Nirvakalpa Samadhi seems to be the ultimate perfection of the Atma ( in the readings from last week) as these epitomized Sri Ramakrishna's and Swamiji's realizations. Albeit they are both Avataras and experienced intense devotion for Kali Ma as well.
The question: In light of Sri Ramakrishna's teachings, is it possible for a jivatma to come in union with Brahman in Nirvakalpa Samadhi, and to be able to experience the type of Bhakti Samadhi that the Gopis experienced (tasting the sugar vs. becoming the sugar as Ramprasad says) without taking on a material body on this Earthly realm (to instead exist in a "Spiritual body"*)?
*from hearing lectures in the past from the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition its been said that jivatma's may be granted a "Spiritual body" free of false ego (existing in ones eternal Swarupa) to serve Bhagavan in the Spiritual realm - Vaikuntha. An example of a Divine Being with a "Spirit Body" is Narada Muni who is said in the Bhagavatam can travel from Spiritual Vaikuntha lokas, to Brhama Loka to the Earthly realms without incarnating in a material body. There are a couple references in the Srimad Bhagavatam regarding the "Spiritual body", but the clearest found was in Ninth Skanda, 13 chapter, text 11: "The demigods said: Let Mahārāja Nimi live without a material body. Let him live in a spiritual body as a personal associate of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and, according to his desire, let him be manifest or unmanifest to common materially embodied people." The purport goes on to explain the "Spiritual body" that may be granted by Bhagavan. As this is a specific interpretation and translation from a Vaisnava sampradaya, it would be wonderful to get the translation/interpretation in light of Sri Ramakrishna's teachings for understanding this concept as it relates to Samadhi.
Last weeks readings from Swamiji Vivekananda truly inspired to strive for "Realization", and not only belief. Therefore hoping to practically implement all of the wisdom we are learning to someday imbibe Prema Bhakti, have Kali Ma's uninterupted darshan, and become realized.
Thank you for your time and patience!