Badger California: May 15 2003 (Part 1)
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
Whether it be the appearance or disappearance day of Srila
Madhavendra Puripada and Srila Srinivasa Acarya both are the
You should know that Krsna was controlled
by Madhavendra Puripada. Madhavendra Puri is superior to Sri Prahlada
Maharaja in various ways. I think Prahlada Maharaja cannot touch
the lotus feet of Madhavendra Puri.
Puripada is the root of prema-bhakti, the prema kalpataru (the
desire tree of love of God). The deity Srinatha (Krsna, the lifter
of Govardhana) manifested to him and gave His constant darsana.
Prahlada Maharaja and Nrsimhadeva had association for only a
moment, and Bhagavan often gave his association to Bali Maharaja in
the planet Sutala, but Madhavendra Puripada is a special
maidservant of Radhika.
Madhavendra Puri has
special love and affection for Radha and Krsna Conjugal.
His devotion is so high. He is the root of Vraja-rasa (the mellow
of conjugal love for Krsna), for he brought such love to this
world. Sri Isvara Puripada received that gopi mood from him and
then gave it to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Such wealth was then
bestowed upon Sri Svarupa Damodara, Sri Raya Ramananda and the Six
Gosvamis, and it is thus coming down in disciplic succession.
Srinivasa Acarya was the disciple of Srila Gopal
Bhatta Gosvami, and He was trained by his siksa- guru, Srila Jiva
Gosvami. He introduced many melodies for kirtanas, and he was such an
exalted devotee that our Srila Rupa Gosvami and the other Gosvamis
depended upon him. They directed him: "You should go and preach in
Bengal, and distribute all the literature written by us (Srila
Rupa Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Srila Jiva Gosvami, and the
other Gosvamis.") Along with his associates, Srila Narottama dasa
Thakura and Srila Syamananda Prabhu, he took their order and
books, bound for Bengal.
Along the way, some
dacoits looted all the books. They thought they'd gained a trunk
full of jewels. An astrologer had told the dacoits' leader, "This
trunk is full of treasure", and for this they had stolen the cart
with all the books. The three devotees became mad in separation
from the manifest heart of the Gosvamis their writings.
Srinivasa Acarya sent both his associates to Bengal, telling them,
"Ill stay here until I discover the location of the books."
The local king was the leader of all the dacoits, but
he was also a devotee. Though he used to loot so many things, he
would also meditate and hear scriptures Srimad Bhagavatam
especially. There was a Bhagavata pandita in his council who read
aloud and explained Srimad Bhagavatam. Srinivasa Acarya, in a very
simple dress, went there one day when a Bhagavata discourse was
taking place. He humbly sat in that assembly, hearing from the
court pandita. After the Srimad Bhagavatam discourse was finished
for that day, Srinivasa requested, "May I comment on what he has
The king said, "Oh yes, very well;
you may explain something about these topics." The pandita had been
speaking on Gopi-gita, but he was not able to explain it very
Srinivasa Acarya stood up and began to
explain it, weeping and making the audience weep. He gave the
explanations that were also given by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti
Thakura, Srila Sanatana Gosvami and Srila Jiva Gosvami in their
purports to Srimad Bhagavatam.
The king at once
approached Srinivasa Acarya and offered dandavat pranama, begging,
"I want to take diksa initiation from you, and I want to hear
Srimad Bhagavatam." Srinivasa accepted the king and gave him
initiation. Then the king offered, "I want to give you some
donation for this guru-daksina. As you like, I can give."
Srinivasa replied, "Oh, you are promising? Then you
should try to arrange to get our cart full of all the books."
The king immediately answered, "Oh, it is with
me! It is with me! My astrologers told me that 'three persons are
coming, devotees from Vrndavana, with lots of jewels more than
jewels.' And that is why we took the trunk. We could not tell in
what way they are jewels; but now, hearing from you, I know that
they are so much more than jewels."
cannot give Krsna-bhakti. They cannot help us. Those books can
help us thousands of times more than jewels. You are coming here
only by the grace of those books.
In this way Sri
Caitanya-caritamrta, the books of Srila Jiva Gosvami, Srila
Sanatana Gosvami, Srila Rupa Gosvami, and all the other Gosvami
literature were saved. So this was Srinivasa Acarya, a very high
class of devotee.
We pray to the lotus feet of
Srila Madhavendra Puri and Srila Srinivasa Acarya to sprinkle their
mercy on us.
Pujyapad Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanatha dasa
Transcriber: Janaki dasi
Ass't. editor: Syamarani dasi