Govardhana, India; November 25, 2004
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
[On November 25, one of the ISKCON leaders, Pujyapada Bhakti
Svarupa Damodara Maharaja, came to Govardhana to visit Srila Narayana
Maharaja. After that meeting he attended bhajanas and Srila Maharajas
class, and Srila Maharaja requested him to speak.
Sripad Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Maharaja then enthused the audience
of over 600 international pilgrims, by sharing with them Srila Prabhupadas
order to him that he preach to the scientists and convince them about
the existence of the soul, and God as the Supreme Soul. He related
his recent experiences in that preaching work, in a special conference
in Italy, and told of its successes.]
[Srila Narayana Maharaja] I think always, and I also tell my devotees,
that we are in only one family the family of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
and Sri Nityananda Prabhu. We should always be together and preach
their mission throughout the world. If we are united again, we can
preach throughout the world as in the time of Srila Bhaktivedanta
Sripad Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Maharaja is very qualified. He is not
sectarian: He does not think, They are Gaudiya Matha and
we are ISKCON. From the beginning I saw him in this way. He
always wanted that we preach together for the same purpose
for the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu.
I am requesting him to give some instructions to the devotees, so
that they can develop in Krsna consciousness.
[Sripad Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Maharaja (after sharing with his attentive
audience some examples of scientific-logical arguments used by him
to convince the scientists, he concluded with these words):] It is
difficult to preach to scientists without proving Gods
existence in scientific language. Many brilliant scientists today
are becoming interested in this angle. We have our god-brother
Jnanadasa, who is now Bhaktivedanta Nemi Maharaja sitting in the
audience. Maybe we can join together again.
I was remembering Srila Narayana Maharaja today. In Vrndavana, at
our Krsna-Balarama temple, our Disappearance Day of Srila Prabhupada
festival remains incomplete without Him. Now the time is right
that we should do something. In the family there are sometimes misunderstandings,
but now the time has come to do something so that our mission will
go on as before.
I came to know about Srila Maharaja several years ago, when he
was giving us guidelines. Especially when our Srila Prabhupada
departed, he took care of us in such a wonderful and very loving
manner something we can never forget.
At the exact time Srila Prabhupada was passing away, Srila Maharaja
was not there. He was in Mathura. There were a few of us and we didnt
know what to do. Prabhupada had passed away and we did not know how
to do the last rites. Without Srila Maharajas loving guidance
we would not have known what to do. He came from that time on, he
took care of everything, and we followed his direction.
That incident was very important and memorable. Srila Maharaja took
care of us, and also taught all of us how to attend to the acarya
when he leaves this world. This always remains fresh in our minds.
So how can we remain isolated? It is not possible. Without Srila Maharaja
we cannot be in a good position. Again we should re-unite.
I pray for Srila Maharajas blessing that I can do my seva to
[Srila Narayana Maharaja:] By the causeless mercy of Sri Sri Guru
and Gauranga and also Sri Giriraja Govardhana, today we have successfully
completed our parikrama to Kokilavana, Yavatgaon and other places.
There is a question however. What is the goal? What is the aim and
object of performing this Vraja-mandala parikrama? The object is this:
by its performance we will obtain perfection in our bhajana. We will
attain perfection in our devotional service under the guidance of
Srila Rupa Gosvamipada.
Sri Narada Muni previously received a benediction from Sri Krsna that
if someone will do parikrama and touch the dust of those places where
Krsna performed His sweet and beautiful pastimes, that persons
innermost hearts desires will be fulfilled. Especially, his
desire to attain Vraja-bhakti would be fulfilled. If he will do parikrama
under the guidance of a realized rasika Vaisnava, he will surely obtain
perfection in his bhajana.
We go to these places, touch the dust there and pray to the lotus
feet of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna. It is for this reason that I have
invited and called devotees from all the various countries of the
world. This is the reason Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja
went to the West and traveled throughout the many countries of the
world. He went there to explain the meaning of Sri Rupa-siksa, the
teachings of Srila Rupa Gosvamipada, and also the special confidential
purpose of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhus descending to this world
and preaching through the medium of harinama-sankirtana.
Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja went to the West and
preached. Most of his time, however, was taken up by cutting the jungles
of the misconceptions of those who have no idea what is God, what
is the soul, and what is devotion to God. He preached to those infected
with impersonalism and atheism, and first he had to defeat all their misconceptions.
But he came to the world to fulfill the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu,
who came to this world for this:
anarpita-carim cirat karunayavatirnah kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-sriyam
sada hrdaya-kandare sphuratu vah saci-nandanah
[May the Supreme Lord who is known as the son of Srimati Saci-devi
be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart.
Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the
Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation has
ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant mellow of devotional
service, the mellow of conjugal love. (Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-lila
Srila Rupa Gosvami said that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu came here to
offer the beauty of the mood of Srimati Radhika service to
Her lotus feet. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja descended to give this
service, but because he spent most of his time defeating opposing
conceptions, he had little opportunity to establish the gift
that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to give. He did the most excellent
work of making a very good platform, so that in the future a qualified
person would come and, on the basis of that platform, present the
positive contribution of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to all the living
entities of Kali-yuga. He translated and commented on these deep subjects
in his books, and he also spoke of them occasionally in his classes
and darsanas. For the most part, however, in his general preaching
he did not discuss these topics.
Today we went to Yavat, where Sri Sri Radha and Krsna perform very
beautiful and astonishing pastimes. In these pastimes there is a very
high class of teaching to everyone. For example, once Srimati Radhika
was in maan She became upset with Lord Krsna and refused to
meet with Him. The days were passing and Krsna became very desperate
to meet with Her, but it was not possible. In His desperation, He
disguised Himself as a brahmana brahmacari, wearing wooden shoes and
taking a book underneath His arm. In this way He came begging
in the area of Radhas home.
At that time Jatila devi had not bathed, and being in an impure condition
she could not give alms to Him. She told Srimati Radhika, You
should give Him alms, because if a saintly person comes to ones
house and leaves empty-handed, a great calamity will fall upon that
house. Our cows will become weak and die, and many problems will come.
Ordered by Her mother to give Him something, Srimati Radhika took
a golden plate, and on this golden plate She placed some flour and
other ingredients. Covering Her face with Her veil She went to the
door of the house with Her sakhis, where that brahmana beggar was
waiting. Sri Krsna said, I have not come to beg for these things,
but rather I have come to beg one jewel. I want You to place in my
bag the jewel of Your sulky mood.
When Srimati Radhika heard these words She recognized the identity
of that beggar. She smiled very slightly, which meant that Her maan
was broken. Smiling, She turned that plate of flour, dahl and
other ingredients upside down on the head of Sri Krsna and quickly
went back inside the house.
Who was that person suffering and burned by the sulky mood of Srimati
isvarah paramah krsnah
anadir adir govindah
[Krsna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has
an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has
no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes.
(Sri Brahma-Samhita 5.1)]
He is the Supreme Controller of the entire universe, the eternal Supreme
Personality of Godhead, the cause of all causes. How He becomes controlled
by the prema of Srimati Radhika!
This is the nature of aprakrta-lila, the Lords transcendental
pastimes which transpire eternally in Goloka Vrndavana. Sri Krsna
descended to this world and displayed those pastimes, and Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu came and taught how to perform bhajana. In this way the
conditioned souls could realize and enter into those pastimes to serve
Radha and Krsna.
Radha-dasya the service of the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika
is the aim and object of our life. This has been explained
explicitly by our acaryas such as Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha
dasa Gosvami, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati
and others. Therefore, the attainment of service in these transcendental
pastimes is the root cause of all the preaching of all the acaryas,
and this should be the root cause of our preaching also.
(To Sripad Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Maharaja) Your Prabhupada would
be very, very happy to hear this.
We see that many people around the world are familiar with Lord Krsna
as we see Him in Srimad Bhagavad-gita or Mahabharata. In Bhagavad-gita
and Mahabharata He gives some instructions about religion, and He
also sets an example of proper behavior. People have faith in this,
and they try to follow this in their lives.
However, they have no faith in Krsna as we find Him described in Srimad-bhagavatam,
and this is their great misfortune. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and His
prominent associate Srila Rupa Gosvamipada and his associates, taught
that the teachings found in Bhagavad-gita are just a foundation in
spiritual life. Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja also taught this,
as this is our Vaisnava pholosophy. The post-graduate study is Srimad-bhagavatam
[See Endnote 1], so one must advance further in ones education
and come to the conclusion. This conclusion is extremely confidential.
What to speak of ordinary people, even Vaisnavas of other sampradayas
like the Vallabha sampradaya cannot understand the confidential teachings
which are given in Srimad-Bhagavatam. That very person who is Parabrahma,
the Supreme Absolute Truth who is so powerful that He can create millions
upon millions of universes in a second and destroy them, and again
recreate them, who can make the impossible possible and the possible
impossible goes to Srimati Radhika and begs for Her prema.
The people in general, and also those from other sampradayas, dont
believe He exists.
Here is another example of the pastimes in Yavat: Once, in Nandagaon,
Mother Yasoda took a large box and placed jewels, cloth, ornaments
and many other valuable paraphernalia inside. Krsna came from behind
her and said, O Mother, mother, is it My birthday today?
Are these things for Me? Mother Yasoda replied, Go outside
and play. This box was for Srimati Radhika. If Mother Yasoda
would send Her valuables, Jatila would be pacified and very easily
allow Srimati Radhika to come everyday to Nandagaon to cook.
Mother Yasoda packed the box, locked it and sent a message for Abimanyu
to come and deliver it to Yavat. Before Abimanyu came to get the box,
however, Lord Krsna came along with His friends like Subala and others
and broke open the lock. Krsna took out the valuables from the box
and threw them elsewhere. He then went inside and His friends helped
to lock the box. After some time, Abimanyu came to pick up the box,
and then he carried it on his head from Nandagaon to Yavat.
When Abimanyu arrived in Yavat, Srimati Radhika was in the company
of Her sakhis and he gave them the box. When they opened the box,
what did they find? One black person was inside. Who is that person?
That person is Parabrahma, the Supreme Absolute Truth, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead who came to this world to hide inside a box
and be a present for Srimati Radhika.
Our acaryas like Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and others have
described many pastimes like this in order to inspire the mellows
of transcendental love of Radha and Krsna in Vrndavana in the hearts
of all the living entities of this world. There are not one or two
pastimes like this; there are thousands unlimited pastimes
like this. When we come to Vraja-mandala parikrama, it is essential
to hear these pastimes from the lips of a realized Vaisnava, so that
the inspiration will come in our bhajana to attain the goal of life
loving service of the lotus feet of Srimati Radha and Lord
Another time in Yavat, Srimati Radhika was in a sulky mood. Sometimes
She is in a sulky mood with a cause, and sometimes without a cause.
At those times She has a contrary mood and refuses to meet with Krsna,
and on this occasion She refused to meet with Him. Days were passing
and Krsna was feeling intense separation and distress. Seeing His
distress, His very close friend Subala began to think to himself,
How can I help my friend Krsna?
Subala is very attractive. If he dresses himself as Srimati Radhika,
it is very difficult for anyone to tell the difference between him
and Srimati Radhika or vice-versa. He thus made a plan and went to
Yavat. As he was approaching Radhikas house, Jatila saw him
and thought, Oh, this is a friend of that black person. He is
probably coming here to make some trouble.
She told him, Go away from here. Why have you come here?
He replied, I have lost my calf. I think he has gone inside
your courtyard.. She said, You can go inside and get your calf;
and then leave.
Subala went inside and made his way to the room of Srimati Radhika.
He began to speak to Her on behalf of Krsna: Krsna is suffering
greatly in separation from You. Sometimes He faints and becomes unconscious.
If He will not meet with You right now, He may leave His body.
Srimati Radhikas heart melted but She said, I am being
guarded by My mother-in-law. How is it possible for Me to go and meet
with Him? Subala suggested, We can exchange our clothes.
You can dress as me and then You can leave and nobody will know.
Srimati Radhika put on his turban and dressed up as a cowherd boy.
But there were some differences between Her and Subala; so they planned
that she pick up a baby calf, cover Her chest with the calf and then
leave the house. As she was leaving, Jatila saw Her but she did not
know she was her daughter-in-law. She asked Her, Did you find
your calf? Srimati Radhika said in Subalas voice, Yes
mother, I have my calf right here; so I am going now.
She went to the place where Krsna was sitting and waiting. When Krsna
saw Her He did not recognize Her; He thought Subala was coming. Imitating
the voice of Subala Srimati Radhika said, It was impossible.
I could not bring Radhika to meet with You. Hearing these words,
Krsna began to weep and He was overwhelmed with remorse. Then, being
satisfied with Krsnas deep love, Radhika put down the calf and
took off Her turban. In this way there was a very sweet meeting between
Radha and Krsna.
All these pastimes are of Goloka Vrndavana of the spiritual
world. We are very fortunate to hear them and to take part inthis
Vraja-mandala parikrama. We are engaged in sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana,
bhagavat-sravana, residing in the dhama, performing parikrama of tulasi
and the Deities, and all other opportunities to engage in the 64 limbs
of devotional service come to us when we take part in this Vraja-mandala
parikrama. Tomorrow, our Kartika-vrata will be completed and
the next day we will celebrate the installation festival of the Deities
and the official grand opening of this new Giridhari Gaudiya Matha.
[Endnote 1: Srimad-Bhagavatam is the post-graduate study of
knowledge for one who has thoroughly understood the principles of
the Bhagavad-gita. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.10.22, Srila Prabhupadas
Editorial advisors: Sripad Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanatha
Translator: Sripad Aranya Maharaja
Transcriber: Vasanti dasi
Typist: Anita dasi
Editor: Syamarani dasi