The Discussion Between Lord Chaitanya And Ramananda Raya by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
Sri Ramananda Raya requested Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to stay in that village for several days. Honoring his request, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stayed in the homes of some Vedic brāhmaṇas there. Every evening, Srila Ramananda Raya came to see Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Ramananda Raya, who was dressed in ordinary clothes, first offered the Lord his respectful obeisance. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then questioned him on the object and process of worship asking him to support his statements with citations from the Vedic literature.
Firstly Srila Ramananda Raya enunciated the system of varṇāśrama-dharma. He then recited various verses about karmārpaṇa, stating that everything should be dedicated to the Lord. Next he spoke of detached action, knowledge mixed with devotional service, and finally the spontaneous loving service of the Lord. After hearing Srila Ramananda Raya recite some verses on this last topic, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu accepted the principle of pure devotional service devoid of all kinds of speculation. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then asked Ramananda Raya to explain the higher platforms of devotional service. Then Srila Ramananda Raya described unalloyed devotional service, love of Godhead, and serving the Lord in the moods of pure servitude, fraternity and parental love. Finally he spoke of serving the Lord in conjugal love.
He then spoke of how conjugal love can be developed in various ways. The conjugal mood attains its highest perfection in Srimati Radharani’s love for Krishna. He next described the position of Srimati Radharani and the transcendental mellows of love of God. Srila Ramananda Raya then recited a verse of his own composition concerning the platform of ecstatic vision, technically called prema-vilāsa-vivarta. Srila Ramananda Raya also explained that all stages of conjugal love can be attained through the mercy of the residents of Vrindavana specifically the gopis.
— Amṛta-pravāha-bhāṣya of Srila Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura. Chapter 8; Summary