Prema Vivarta Lecture Given On March 22, 2002

PREMA VIVARTA

Navadvipa, W. Bengal; March 22, 2002

Tridandiswami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja


Sri Sacinandana Gaurahari is Krsna Himself. Jagadananda Pandita, the
very intimate associate of Sri Sacinandana in Navadvipa and Puri, is
telling us who he is. Many people think that he is Satyabhama in
krsna-lila. If he is Satyabhama, how is it that in Prema Vivarta he
himself says, "I offer my pranama to the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika,
whose partial expansion, Satyabhama, resides in Dvaraka."

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who brought gaura-prema from Goloka Vrndavana
and Svetadvipa, is there in Navadvipa, and His friends are also there.

Krsna brought Srimati Radhika as Gadadhara Pandita. Jagadananda Pandita
wrote, "Mahaprabhu brought Gadadhara Pandita to Sri Purusottama-Ksetra,
Puri. There, as Gaura-Gadai, they manifested many confidential pastimes
in the conjugal mellow."
He also wrote, "Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave Gadadhara Pandita the service
of Tota-Gopinatha." And then he wrote, "He gave me the service of
Giridhari and the service of Radha and Krsna." Where is the possibility
of his being Satyabhama? Giridhari is the same sila given to Srila
Raghunatha dasa Gosvami by Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
He then wrote, "Svarupa Damodara is my life and soul. He is more dear to
me than my life, for he is the life and soul of Caitanya Mahaprabhu."
Svarupa Damodara is Lalita. Can Satyabhama say, "Lalita is my life and
soul"? * [see extra notes below]

He then wrote, "I offer my entire self unto the lotus feet of Caitanya
Mahaprabhu. I am able to write Prema Vivarta only on the order and
inspiration of the devoted Vaisnavas. I have witnessed many of
Mahaprabhu's pastimes because I was with Him since childhood."

Jagadananda Pandita explained that we have forgotten Krsna since time
immemorial. Therefore, chasing after us, Krsna came as Caitanya
Mahaprabhu to give what no other acarya or incarnation gave before -
unnatojjvala-rasa. By the mercy of the dhama and Mahaprabhu, we can
remember this and worship Gauranga with nistha. We came here to
Navadvipa, from all parts of the world, for this. We came for what
Caitanya Mahaprabhu has come to give - unnatojjvala-rasa. So begin from
the beginning: adau sraddha tatah sadhu-sanga.

Don't worship other demigods and goddesses. For the Westerners there is
no question of this. But in India, even in Mahaprabhu's dhama and in
Vrndavana, all smarta brahmanas worship Kali with 20 hands. They eat
fish and onions and they don't worship Mahaprabhu. In the West there is
no need for devis and devas. They have nothing to do with them. But here
it is a very big problem. All demigods are servants of Gauranga.

Krsna and Gauranga are non-different, but Krsna gave so much mercy in
the form of Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Understand that your Gurudeva is a
recipient of Mahaprabhu's mercy. He is most near and dear to
Gauracandra, and he has all the symptoms described by Srila Visvanatha
Cakravarti Thakura in Sri Gurvastakam. He can give krsna-prema.
Jagadananda Pandita explains here that by the mercy of Mahaprabhu we can
meet such a guru.

Those who are against Gauranga are like Kamsa. Without Kamsa, the Vraja
pastimes would not have happened. Similarly, in gaura-lila, some appear
to be against Gauranga but they are not. They assist in His pastimes.

Tomorrow we will begin our parikrama, starting with arati at 4.30 am. We
must be very careful here. Don't criticize anyone. Engage in
hari-kirtana. Don't waste time. Don't neglect the rules and regulations.
Always glorify Caitanya Mahaprabhu. For the next seven days, don't ever
criticize anyone. Then, Mahaprabhu's mercy will be showered upon you.

Gaura Premanande

Transcribed by Radhika dasi

* [extra notes: a quote from Jagadananda Pandita in Prema Vivarta: "One
day the Lord jokingly said to me, 'You have been the chief queen of
Dvaraka for a long time, and I am just a poor beggar. Why do you serve
Me? You can get so many hundreds of renunciants like Myself to serve.'

"I replied, 'Give up Your pretension and deceit. Why don't You say that
I am simply a maidservant engaged at the lotus feet of Srimati
Radharani?

"'You have stolen the luster of my dear mistress, Radharani. Hence, You
are a thief, and I shall catch You and return You back to the land of
Vraja.

"'My only desire is to serve Srimati Radharani, but You want to send me
to far away Dvaraka. This is all Your mischievous pastime. Your
activities as a renounced sannyasi are only too well-known to me. In
fact, You just want to deceive and deprive us while You serve the lotus
feet of Radharani all by Yourself.'"]

 

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