Sri Jagannatha Puri: Oct. 13, 2001
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
Dandavat pranama. All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga. We are in Puri
now. Yesterday, there was a surge of electrical power. Although we had our
computers plugged in to our voltage regulator, still, our computer
adapters began to smoke. Now we cannot use our computers. We will try to
get the adapters fixed, but in the event that we cannot fix them here, you
may not receive lectures or tourphotos for the next two weeks. Let's see
how the will of Providence acts.
your aspiring servants,
Anita, Syamarani and Vasanti dasis]
[This year's Purusottama Masa Jagannatha Puri parikrama, led by and under
the guidence of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja, is based at Sri
Caitanya Gaudiya Matha,the birthplace of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
Thakura's Gaudiya Mathas. On the first day, Aug 5, 2004, Srila Maharaja
took the international pilgrims to the Sri Gambhira and then to
Siddha-Bakula, which is the bhajana-sthali of namacarya Srila Haridasa
Thakura. He spoke at length at both places, and also called on other
Vaisnavas to speak. After that the devotees went to the house of Sri
Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya and then to the famous Sri Jagannatha Mandira.
You will soon receive this year's classes given at these most important
places of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's pastimes in Puri, and in the meantime
we ask you to kindly accept the class Srila Maharaja gave on the previous
Purusottama Mas parikrama.]
[Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja led 600 pilgrims to the Gambhira,
where Lord Caitanya Mahaprabu lived for over 12 years. After everyone took
darsana of Sri Sri Radha-Kanta and the deity of Sri Gopal Guru Gosvami,
Srila Maharaja spoke about the glories of the place, and the glories of
the holy name, in Hindi, Bengali, and English. The following is a
transcript of the English sections.]
We have come to this very sacred place called Sri Gambhira, the
palace residence of Kasi Misra, who offered it to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
This place was given to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu on the request of the
king, who said, "Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krsna Himself. I want Him to
stay here." And it was so managed.
I have already explained how Sriman Mahaprabhu used to leave from here,
crossing through seven doors, how He used to be in Vallabha Baithaka,
where we went for parikrama, and how He used to go sometimes to Jagannatha
temple, sometimes to Cataka Parvata, and sometimes He would jump in the
ocean. He performed very wonderful pastimes here.
Gambhira is the place were all the devotees from all over Bengal and
elsewhere used to assemble and meet with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and
Vallabha Bhatta also met Him here.
Today I want to tell you the most important thing: how Caitanya Mahaprabhu
wrote eight verses called Sri Siksastakam. What is not even written in
Srimad Bhagavatam is given here in Sri Siksastakam. Sri Siksastakam is the
essence of all the Vedic literature, including Srimad Bhagavatam. It was
given by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to Srila Svarupa Damodara and Srila Raya
Ramananda. Srila Svarupa Damodara and Srila Raya Ramananda were the
listeners, and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was the speaker. Only those very
rare high class of qualified maha-bhagavatas can relish the slokas of Sri
Siksastakam. This is very hard for ordinary devotees.
This first verse should be glorified, for it is topmost. Why? Each of the
seven parts of this first sloka has been explained in the other seven
slokas. This first sloka is the root sutra, and the other slokas are
explanations of each of these seven lines.
All types of auspiciousness are present in the holy names. This is not
worldly auspiciousness. It is transcendental. All kinds of auspicious
qualities will manifest by the names, and bhakti will also come.
Anandambudhi-vardhanam. After passing the previous stages, one will
realize his gopi form, or whatever form he has in his constitutional
position. The spiritual form will manifest according to the kind of greed
present during the time of one's sadhana-bhajana. He will be under the
guidance of a Vrajavasi, like Sridama or Subala for sakhya-rasa, and those
in other rasas will be under the guidance of Krsna's associates in that
rasa. For madhurya-rasa, one is especially under the guidance of Sri Rupa
Manjari and Sri Rati Manjari, and he will relish so much the waves of that
high class of love, like the high waves in the ocean.
Then, prati-padam purnamrt-asvadanam. Though all jivas are infinitesimal,
if their love and affection is for Krsna, it will be unlimited like Krsna.
It will be depthless and bottomless. When the devotee leaves his body, he
will not come back from the ocean of love. He will sink here, and he will
come out there, in Goloka Vrndavana. These are the influences of harinama.
Namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-saktis. Harinama is Sri Krsna Himself, and
it has unlimited power. It can do anything that is impossible to be done.
There are rules and regulations regarding gayatri mantra, which brahmanas
utter at the times of sandhya, the three junctions of the day. You may not
perform sandhya at any arbitrary time. Sandhya can be performed at a
special time at sandhya. It can be done in the early morning, the
junction between night and day; at noon, the junction between morning and
afternoon; and in the evening, the junction between day and night. In this
way there are three sandhyas (time periods). You cannot do sandhya at
midnight. I see that so many devotees who do aanhik (diksa-mantras) at
about nine or ten, before taking prasadam, and some also do it after
prasadam. This is wrong. Don't do this. Especially try to do it in the
early morning, from one hour thirty-six minutes before sunrise until
sunrise not after that. At midday, you can do it at twelve or some
fifteen minutes later, and in evening you should do it at about 6.30 p.m.
If you do not do it at the proper time, the proper fruit will not come.
On the other hand, there are no rules for chanting harinama. It doesn't
matter whether you have taken any prasadam or not, whether you are pure or
not, or whether it is day or night.
If you joke while chanting, however, it may be that some offenses may
come. You should try not to joke. Also, don't criticize any Vaisnavas,
even if they deserve to be criticized. Your Gurudeva has not given
permission to you to criticize any Vaisnava. Krsna will see, and Guru and
Vaisnavas will see. Don't hear criticism, and don't criticize.
Trnad api sunicena taror api sahisnuna. The tree never asks anyone for
anything. He gives his bark, his seeds, leaves, flowers, fruit, and
everything else to others, but he never asks even for water. He will dry
up but still he will not ask. If you want to have prema, anuraga (great
attachment), for krsna-nama, you will have to follow the example of that
tree. Lord Krsna told all these principles to Baladeva prabhu. We should
be like those trees.
Amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih. There are so many things to
desire, but don't have any desires. Pray, "O Lord Krsna, please be
merciful to me so that all kinds of worldly desires will go away. I only
want to serve You." Pray for ahaituki-bhakti, causeless devotion.
Ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram / patitam mam visame bhavambudhau / krpaya tava
pada-pankaja- / sthita-dhuli-sadrsam vicintaya. Pray to become a particle
of dust at Krsna's lotus feet: "I want to be at Your pure lotus feet,
serving You." This is our constitutional position. When our transcendental
form will manifest, then:
vadanam gadgada-ruddhaya gira
pulakair nicitam vapuh kada
tava nama-grahane bhavisyati
"My dear Lord, when will My eyes be beautified by filling with tears that
constantly glide down as I chant Your holy name? When will My voice falter
and all the hairs on My body stand erect in transcendental happiness as I
chant Your holy name?"
Bhavavasta (the status of bhava-bhakti), svarupa sakti, the essence of
hladini and samvit, mixing on the platform of sandhini, has now come.
You should hear about this, and then try to realize these truths by
practice. This stage of bhava comes only by the mercy of Krsna and His
associates; otherwise you cannot attain it. The perfection of bhava is
found in the associates of Krsna. They are ragatmika - Subala, Sridama,
Nanda Baba, Yasoda, the gopis, and especially Srimati Radhika. By
practicing and always praying for mercy, it may come, and your life will
then be successful.
Yugayitam nimesena / caksusa pravrsayitam. At this time, one moment seems
like so many yugas, and a yuga becomes like a minute. At that time one
always weeps in separation. At that time devotion is continuous, like the
flow of honey from a jar. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to weep during
Ratha-yatra, "Where is my Prananatha?" His tears fell like rain, wetting
all His associates who were with Him. We cannot imagine this stage. At
that time suddha-sattva has come and the universe feels vacant.
aslisya va pada-ratam pinastu mam
adarsanan marma-hatam karotu va
yatha tatha va vidadhatu lampato
mat-prana-nathas tu sa eva naparah.
"Krsna may be a cheater, black in heart and also outside. He may also be a
lampata, a debauchee. Whatever He may be, He is My Prananatha, the lord of
My life's breath. Even if He engages in sportive pastimes with other gopis
in front of Me, no harm. He is My Prananatha."
Saying this, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu fainted.
na prema-gandho sti darapi me harau
krandami saubhagya-bharam prakasitum
bibharmi yat prana-patangakan vrtha
"Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu continued, 'My dear friends, I have not the
slightest tinge of love of Godhead within My heart. When you see Me crying
in separation, I am just falsely exhibiting a demonstration of My great
fortune. Indeed, not seeing the beautiful face of Krsna playing His flute,
I continue to live My life like an insect, without purpose.'" (Cc Madhya
jatanurago druta-citta uccaih
hasaty atho roditi rauti gayaty
unmada-van nrtyati loka-bahyah
(Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.40)
"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
[Sripad Ramacandra dasa Adhikari (translating Srila Maharaja's Hindi):]
Sri Gopal Guru Gosvami was living here in Puri. From his childhood he
associated with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as His servant. He would accompany
Him when He went for His bodily duties in the forest. Once, seeing
Mahaprabhu holding His tongue when He went to pass water, he asked the
reason, and Mahaprabhu answered that He didn't want the pure holy name to
be in a contaminated place, and so He was forcing His tongue not to chant.
Gopal Guru told Him that at the time of death one is very contaminated,
but still he must chant. Appreciating his statement, Mahaprabhu told him,
"You are My guru."
After Gopal Guru Gosvami disappeared from this world, his disciple
Dhyanacandra prabhu took the charge of his seat and became acarya. The
king's persons objected, and said, "You have taken over the charge of the
seat of Gopal Guru Gosvami. Do you have any documentary proof that you are
Dhyanacandra prabhu replied, "I don't have any documentary proof. My
Gurudeva has given me this status. He made me take charge of his place,
and therefore I am naturally doing whatever he orders me to do."
They said, "No, no. We don't accept this. We want some documentary proof."
Someone from Vrndavana came then and told Dhyanacandra prabhu, "Your
Gurudeva, Gopal Guru Gosvami, is in Vrndavana. I have seen him. He is in
Dhira Samira" Dhyanacandra prabhu immediately left this place and went to
Vrndavana on foot. He reached there after three or four months of walking,
and there he saw his Gurudeva. He paid his obeisances and began weeping,
"Please come with me to Puri and tell your king that you have situated me
on that seat."
Sri Gopal Guru Gosvami said, "No, I'm not returning to Jagannatha Puri.
You can make a vigraha (Deity form) of me from the wood of a neem tree and
install it there. After that everything will be better. Go and see."
Dhyanacandra prabhu returned here and made a vigraha from the neem tree,
and that same vigraha is still situated here in the temple, just beside
the altar of Sri Radha-Kanta. Gopal Guru Gosvami then gave a dream to the
king of this place and told him, "You should not object. You should not be
an atheist. My disciple, Dhyanacandra prabhu, has been situated here by
me. He will look after everything." The king became fearful. He came here
and apologized, and then he began helping Dhyanacandra prabhu.
In Jaiva Dharma we see that Vijaya-kumara and Brajanatha came here and
heard hari-katha from Sri Gopal Guru Gosvami. We should not think that
Jaiva Dharma is a novel. It is a true story, which Srila Bhaktivinoda
Thakura has realized and seen in trance. It is all true. In fact it is
more than true. Everything in Jaiva Dharma is even more bona fide than the
Vedas and sastras, because it is the essence of the Vedas and sastras.