Viareggio, Italy: April 13, 1999
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
Today I went to the seashore for a walk. I was chanting and remembering
some pastimes of Sri Krsna, and I was especially chanting this verse:
jatanurago druta-citta uccaih
hasaty atho roditi rauti gayati
unmada-van nrtyati loka-bahyah
[By chanting the holy name of the Supreme Lord, one comes to
the stage of love of Godhead. Then the devotee is fixed in his vow
as an eternal servant of the Lord, and he gradually becomes very much
attached to a particular name and form of the Supreme Personality
of Godhead. As his heart melts with ecstatic love, he laughs very
loudly or cries or shouts. Sometimes he sings and dances like a madman,
for he is indifferent to public opinion. (Srimad-bhagavatam
I was also thinking about the meaning of this verse, which applies
to devotees who have developed their Krsna consciousness up to rati,
(bhava). Rati is the first glimpse of prema; it is a semblance of
prema. Those who have rati sing the name of their beloved: Govinda,
Damodara, Madhaveti, Radha-Govinda, Radha-natha and all the other
sweet holy names of Lord Krsna. They give up their shyness and become
as though mad. With tears in their eyes, they fall down and roll on
the earth, sometimes laughing without any reason and sometimes weeping
Common devotees will generally think that such a devotee has become
mad. They consider that for no reason he is laughing, for no reason
he is weeping and for no reason he is rolling on the earth. They can
not understand, and even Lord Brahma and other demigods cannot understand,
why devotees even from the preliminary stage of love of God are behaving
Those who do not have very much attraction for Krsna and have not
served Him, those who have no love and affection like gopis, cannot
be like this. These are the symptoms of a most high class devotee.
So while I was walking on the seashore, I was chanting and remembering
the meaning of this verse. Just then I saw a very pathetic scene,
which touched my heart. There was a dog on the road at the seashore.
He looked like he was waiting for someone, and he had tears in his
eyes and mud all around his eyes. He was a German Shepherd dog. When
he was young he had been very beautiful and strong, but now he was
old and neglected.
He was searching for someone. He would look at all the cars passing
by. He would run towards the people who passed by, looking at
them with eyes full of expectation. Then again, he would run
away in the direction of the sea, or sit down with very sad
I asked Brajanatha and Lila-purusottama prabhus, Is this dog
waiting for his master, who is perhaps walking here and there?
They replied, No, no. Perhaps some cruel master saw that his
dog was becoming old, or he thought, I dont want any dogs
now. He left him in this area, during summer, when thousands
of persons were at the seashore.
That master left his very dear dog, and now the dog is remembering,
Where is my master? He loved me so much. He used to wash me
daily with soap with his own hands and he loved me so
affectionately. But where is my master now? Perhaps he has lost me,
so one day he will come and again take me in his car.
Remembering the past love and affection of his master and thinking,
How sweet it was, he is sitting and weeping.
Why did the gopis lament for Krsna? Why did Sridama weep so bitterly?
Why did Srila Rupa Gosvami and the other Gosvamis weep?.
he radhe vraja-devike ca lalite he nanda-suno kutah
sri-govardhana-kalpa-padapa-tale kalindi-vane kutah
ghosantav iti sarvato vraja-pure khedair maha-vihvalau
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri jiva-gopalakau
[I offer my respectful obeisances to the six Gosvamis, namely
Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Govami, Srila Raghunatha Bhatta
Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami, Srila Jiva Gosvami and Sri
Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, who were chanting very loudly everywhere in
Vrndavana, shouting, O Queen of Vrndavana, Radharani! O Lalite!
O son of Nanda Maharaja! Where are you all now? Are you just on the
hill of Govardhana, or are you under the trees on the bank of the
Yamuna? Where are you? These were their moods in executing Krsna
consciousness. (Sad-Gosvami-astaka 8)]
If a dog can weep, why can the associates of the Supreme Lord not
Sometimes that dog thinks, I should die. He walks towards
the sea and weeps. He is about to enter, but then he returns thinking,
My master may come. That is why I dont want to die.
The gopis are like this. They want to die, but at the next moment
they remember Krsnas words: I will come back.
The gopis, or any devotees who weep bitterly for the Lord, also laugh
sometimes that their Lord has come. But this cruel master will never
come, because his love and affection has stopped. The love of the
cruel master is mundane, but the love and affection of Lord Krsna
is transcendental. Krsna may come and satisfy His devotees, saying,
I have come; but the cruel masters of this world will
That dog has been waiting for years. No one gives him bath now, and
no one takes him into their car. So he weeps. If he sees anyone, he
thinks, My master has come. Then he looks more closely,
and then again weeps.
This world is meant for our learning; it is like a school or college.
We can learn many things from this world by examples such as
this one about the abandoned dog. Today I was realizing why the gopis
lament and weep so much and why they sing. We should realize
these topics, but we cannot do so by speculation of the mind. Such
realization is possible only by the association of high class of devotees
of the Lord.
That dog will die one day, and his cruel master will not return. But
Lord Krsna is always controlled by the love of His devotees, and they
cannot die. When they weep like this they become mad: and from time
to time Lord Krsna comes and pacifies them. But they will say they
have seen Him only in a dream. They will consider, Perhaps I
was mad, and that is why I thought I saw Him; but I have not really
seen Him. Actually they have seen Him. Thus, the devotee increases
his love for Krsna.
Lord Krsnas cowherd-friend Madhumangala wept bitterly, as did
Madhavendra Puripada. He prayed, O Lord of Mathura, O beloved.
When will I see You? I am dying, so please come and give me Your darsana.
Srimati Radhika, the crest-jewel of the gopis, prays,
ha natha ramana prestha
kvasi kvasi maha-bhuja
dasyas te krpanaya me
sakhe darsaya sannidhim
[O master, O My lover! O dearmost, where are You? Where are
You? Please, O mighty-armed one, O friend, show Yourself to Me, Your
poor servant! (SB 10.30.39)]
The gopis all weep in this way. They will never die, but that dog
will die. The cruel master will also die, but Krsna and His devotees
will never die. One day Krsna is bound to give His darsana and service.
We should be like those gopis and the other associates of Lord Krsna.
Editorial advisors: Sripad Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanatha
Transcriber: Krsna-vallabha dasi
Typist: Anita dasi
Editor: Syamarani dasi
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