Vaikuntha, Ayodhya, Vraja and Navadwipa

Ayodhya is a special place in Vaikuntha, slightly above the rest, yet below Goloka (in terms of rasa). In Ayodhya, God has a mother and father filled with vatsayka bhava, whereas Narayan does not. Still Hanuman and the rest in Ayodya know that Rama is God and thier love is thus in consideration of this.

All the inhabitants of Vaikuntha will have natural love for God, rather than forced, but this does not make it raga bhakti. Vaidhi bhakti has a bhava and prema of its own that is, while natural and comsuming, different from the bhava and prema of Vraja, which causes the Vrajabasis to forget that Krsna is God and causes Krsna to forget it as well.

Regarding Navadwipa, in our line we are taught to think of Gaura Krsna in dasya bhakti, even in the nitya lila. However, this dasya bhakti is special, and according to Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura, it involves the spirit of engaging in kirtana with Nimai Pandita in Srivasa Thakura’s courtyard. There is no aisvarya in the name Nimai Pandita.

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