This is meditation in the sentiment of longing for God. We do Roop Dhyan of Radha Krishna while harbouring the sentiment ‘When will They give me actual darshan? The fact that They are not manifesting in person indicates that I still lack bhakti.’ With a prayerful heart, the devotee then cries out for divine grace. Viraha Dhyan is one of the deepest bhavs of meditation. What is the logic behind this? When our mind develops fondness for a person or an object, our senses find joy in it—the eyes want to see it, the tactile sense wants to feel it, and the ears want to hear its sounds. As it is said, ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder.’
For example, someone says, ‘I have no other attachment in the world. But when I hear the broken words of my grandchild, I experience immense joy.’ What does this statement imply? It implies that the person’s mind is attached lovingly to his grandchild, making his childish gibberish pleasing to the ears.
By the same principle, when we develop love for God, our senses begin longing for Him. ‘When will I see Shree Krishna?’, ‘When will I hear His divine flute?’, ‘When will I smell the flowers of His vaijayantimala?’, and so on.
In Viraha Dhyan, the goal is to proactively create this longing. The longing is accompanied by a humble awareness of the limitations of sadhana and need for God’s grace.