“Nowadays even brand new devotees are reading Kṛṣṇa-karṇāmṛtam and saying, ‘Oh, very good’. They also reading Govinda-līlāmṛta and thinking that—“The Gauḍīya Maṭha Devotees they know nothing about rasa–tattva. Oh, we are always in excellent rasa.” We should not follow them (Gauḍīya devotees) their strict siddhanta-vichar. Never mind, instead of following this very dangerous path of sahajiyā which can lead us up to hell for infinite period, we should try to follow the bona fide process of rūpānuga-bhajan (rāgānuga-bhajan) laid down in scriptures and instructed by our previous rasik ācāryas like Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmīpad, Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmīpad , Śrīla Raghunātha Gosvāmīpad, Śrīla Jiva Gosvāmīpad, Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura or Śrīla Prabhupāda Bhakti Siddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Ṭhākura etc. etc.
At this present stage we should not hear or read Govinda-līlāmṛta, Krsna-bhāvanāmrta or Ujjvala nīlamaṇi, etc. Rather we must engage ourselves in reading Jaiva Dharma, Caitanya-Śikṣāṣṭakam, Mahāprabhus Śikṣā, Bhajan Rahasya, Śrī Hari-Nāma-Cintāmaṇi , Jagadānanda´s Śrī Prema-Vivarta, Śrī Upadesamṛta (Śrīla Rūpapād and by Śrīla Prabhupāda), Śrī Manaḥ-śikṣā by Śrīla Raguṇatha Gosāi or Śrī Śikṣāṣṭakam, etc. to make the solid foundation of our bhajan to get enough maturity to enter into rasa-tattva, because in this immature stage if we are going to discuss about aprākṛta-rasa-tattva then in that case we can go to hell forever, because we know from śāstra that–
aprākṛta vastu nahe prākṛta-gocara
veda-purāṇete ei kahe nirantara
“Spiritual substance is never within the jurisdiction of the material conception. This is always the verdict of the Vedas and Purāṇas.”
Until then we need not read those books, like a three-year-old boy does not require a young and beautiful wife. Under the strict guidance of a bonafide spiritual master who is always in śrauta-panthā we can get the chance to serve our previous rasik ācāryas to get entry into rasa-tattva field in true sense, because prākṛta-rasa and aprākṛta rasa can never stand together. In course of doing bhagavat-sevā (bhakta -bhagavat and grantha-bhagavat) gradually prākṛta–rasa can go away from our heart completely. Prākṛta-rasa completely gone means aprākṛta-asānubhūti can appear inside our heart. So we must wait up to that point with full patience.
(By Paramahaṁsa Jagat Guru Śrī Śrīla Bhakti Pramode Puri Gosvāmī Mahārāja)