Sri Jagannatha Puri, Purusottama-ksetra: October 10, 2001
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
[Setting the scene: After visiting
Sri Paramananda Puri's asrama, the devotees walked to Lokanatha
Mahadeva's temple, chanting the half hour walk through the villages
and open land of beautiful Jagannatha Puri dhama. Arriving at the
site they passed through a very large gate and down wide stairs to a
courtyard, on the right of which there was a large pond, and on the
left of which there were some shops selling sweets and other
Westerners are not allowed in many of the
Indian temples, and this was also the case with Lokanatha Mahadeva.
Among the 600 pilgrims accompanying Srila Narayana Maharaja on the
parikrama, over 200 were Westerners. Srila Maharaja and the Indian
devotees went into the temple while the Western devotees stood in the
courtyard, performed acamana at the pond, chanted, and wished they
could go inside.
After a few minutes Srila Maharaja
came out of the temple alone, without the hundreds of Indian
devotees, and sat down on a stone stab platform in front of the
shops. All the Western devotees immediately gathered around him,
eager to hear.
One of the Lokanatha Mahadeva pujaris
approached and talked to Srila Maharaja for a few minutes, saying
that he would allow the Western devotees entrance if they would give
him money. Srila Maharaja rejected his proposal and began his
Sankara is a very, very exalted
mahabhagavata. He always serves Krsna and all His manifestations,
like Rama, Nrsimha, Kalki and Varaha. In this world he has five kinds
of manifestations: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. You cannot see
other than these five. You can see water, you can see earth, you can
see sky and you can see fire. Our body, the world and the universe
are made out of these five elements. You cannot see the soul. If you
render pure devotional service, then you can also see the soul. You
can see Krsna first, and by His light you can see your own soul. So
here in this world these are the five prominent elements, and it is
Sankara who has taken their form.
We went inside the
mandira, but we simply saw a room full of water. You are lucky to be
out here, where there is a very big pond of water; so no need of
going inside. You can see water here, and this is also a symbol of
Sankara. In Bengal and other places there is an Ambulinga (linga
means symbol), a linga made of water, to which you can offer your
pranama. The pond here at Lokanatha Mandira is called Ganga Parvati
Those who want to make Krsna, God, their own
property, ban others saying, "You cannot come into our temple." Krsna
becomes very angry with them, and Sankara is also not pleased with
them. Those who think, "Krsna is our property and we can therefore
use Him for our maintenance", do not have bhakti. They will ban the
whole world from entering, saying, "If you pay something, then you
can go in; otherwise not."
Sankara is a manifestation
of Krsna, and he is always hungry for love and affection. He is
qualified to manifest from all the five elements and to serve his
masters, Lord Krsna and Lord Rama. He is very kind. He was first in
Kailasa, and then he shifted his place to Kasi Varanasi where he
helped the atheist king of Varanasi. He also helped Paundraka
Vasudeva, who became four-handed and challenged Lord Krsna. Krsna cut
off Paundraka Vasudeva's head and also the head of Kasi-Naresa, the
king of Kasi, who considered himself one of the best servants of
Sankara. Sankara could not save him when Krsna's Sudarsana cakra
burnt down Kasi Varanasi. [see Krsna book ch.66.]
Sankara simply fled. Where his deerskin fell, he did not know. He
also left his trident and everything else, including his wife, and
very quickly ran from there. He arrived in Ekamrakanana in
Bhubaneswar, and took shelter of Lord Jagannatha. Lord Jagannatha
told him, "Because you have come to my shelter, I will give you the
post of Lokanatha. So don't fear. If anyone comes to Jagannatha Puri
and takes my darsana without taking yours, his coming here will not
be complete. He must come here to your place after having my darsana.
Then he will be very happy."
Sankara is the abode of
love, and in that regard Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has
vrndavanavani-pate! jaya soma
prema prayaccha nirupadhi namo
"O Lord Sankara, even Sri Narada Muni, Sanaka,
and Sanandana are always worshiping you. You can give love and
affection like that of the gopis. In your purest form of Gopisvara
Mahadeva, you are very powerful. You are Hari-hara-eka-atma.
Hari-hara-eka-atma means that Krsna has become your atma and you have
become His atma.
Here atma means dearmost, or very
beloved. Sankara can serve as Hanuman, as Bhima, as Madhvacarya, at
the time of Mahaprabhu as Advaita Acarya Sadasiva, and in so many
We have come here to beg the mercy of
Lokanatha. But I personally don't see Lokanatha here. I see Gopisvara
Mahadeva. Gopisvara Mahadeva ki jaya! You can repeat after me:
[After Srila Maharaja uttered each half line, the devotees
["O gatekeeper of Vrndavana! O Soma, all
glories to you! O you whose forehead is decorated with the moon, and
who is worshipable for the sages headed by Sanaka, Sanandana,
Sanatana and Narada! O Gopisvara! Desiring that you bestow upon me
prema for the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava who perform joyous
pastimes in Vraja-dhama. I offer pranamas unto you time and again."
(Sankalpa Kalpadruma 103, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura)]
"O Gopisvara Mahadeva! We have come to you. Here your name is
changed and you have become Lokanatha. But we don't know you as
Lokanatha; we only know you as Gopisvara Mahadeva. You cannot cheat
us. You can cheat Ravana, Kamsa, Jarasandha, and others, but you can
never cheat us. This is because we have taken shelter of Yogamaya,
Paurnamasi. If you cheat us we will complain to Paurnamasi and she
will punish you. Do you remember when all the gopis slapped you and
your cheeks became so swollen? Kindly remember this." Sankara will
then come in the form of Gopisvara Mahadeva. He will be very helpful,
and happy to give mercy.
Lokanatha Mahadeva ki
Sri Sri Gopisvara Mahadeva ki jaya!
Mahadeva ki jaya!
Nandisvara Mahadeva ki jaya!
Chakalesvara Mahadeva ki jaya!
Parvati-pati ki jaya!
Sri Sankara ki jaya!
Hara Hara Hara Hara Mahadeva ki
I have given you a special thing, which I did not
give to the Indian devotees. I like you most because you are feeling
separation from Sankara. Sankara will therefore surely be merciful.
He must sprinkle his mercy upon you.
Transcribed with introduction
by: Srimati Radhika devi dasi
Editor: Srimati Syamarani
Typist: Srimati Vrindavanesvari devi dasi