Navadvipa, India: March 13, 2006
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
Today is the fifth day of our parikrama, and by the mercy of Sri
Guru and Gauranga we have experienced no difficulties at all. Our
parikrama has been progressing in a very happy way.
Today, we went to two islands Jahnudvipa and Modrumadvipa.
In Jahnudvipa, under my guidance you heard about the relationship
between the Yamuna and the Ganga Rivers, just as I had spoken about
it in previous years. In Modrumadvipa you heard about the separation
pastimes of Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Lord Ramacandra.
When Rama, Sita and Laksmana left Ayodhya and went to dwell in the
forest, they came to this place called Mamagachi. There was a large
banyan tree here at that time, but in separation from Lord Ramacandra
it has since disappeared.
One day Lord Rama was standing near that tree and contemplating something,
smiling very sweetly and gently. Sita asked Him, "Oh Prabhu,
why are You smiling? What is the cause?" Ramacandra said, "Listen
Devi; Kali-yuga (the Iron Age of quarrel and hypocrisy) is coming
very soon. At that time I will appear in the form of Sacinandana Gaurahari,
and You will appear with Me in the form of Sri Visnupriya. I will
take sannyasa and enter the forest. You as Visnupriya will remain
here in Navadvipa and weep in My separation, and You will worship
a Deity of Me."
Sita-devi asked, "Oh Prabhu, why will You take sannyasa?"
Rama replied, "Prema has two sections: meeting (sambhoga) and
separation (vipralambha). Separation nourishes and increases the happiness
of meeting. In My pastimes as Rama, I will send You to the forest
and You will stay in the asrama of Valmiki Rsi. I will stay here in
Ayodhya and worship You in a golden Deity form."
It appears that Rama left Sita, but by mind He did not. He was always
thinking of Her. He never married again. He performed sacrifices for
16,000 years, and each year He sat beside a new a golden Sita deity
He had made. Common people think that Lord Rama was happy and that
there was actual separation between Rama and Sita, but this was not
true. Externally there was separation, but internally They were never
That vipralambha-rasa (transcendental mellow of separation) was also
tasted in the pastimes of Lord Sri Krsna. Sri Krsna remained in Vrndavana
until His adolescence, after which He went to Mathura. At that time
all the Vrajavasis felt extreme separation from Him. Tasting parental
love and desiring Krsna's return, Mother Yasoda and Nanda Baba wept
so bitterly that they became almost blind but Sri Krsna did
not return. And what to speak of the separation of the gopis, who
are the personification of conjugal love. Somehow or other the Vrajavasis
maintained their lives with the hope: "Krsna will return the
day after tomorrow." In this way they maintained themselves.
The separation pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are even more intense
When Sri Krsna comes to this world, there is a long separation. In
Goloka Vrndavana, however, that kind of separation is not present.
The question comes: why did Krsna, Rama and Mahaprabhu manifest this
type of separation in this world? The answer is that by thinking,
hearing and speaking about those pastimes of separation, one gradually
attains bhakti-rasa (pure devotion) and enters the eternal pastimes
of the Lord.
Navadvipa is the place of intense separation. Here, the residents
of Navadvipa experienced the suffering of separation to the extreme
extent. At the age of twenty-four Mahaprabhu went to Nrdaya-ghat on
the bank of the Ganga, swam to Katwa and took sannyasa. He left Visnupriya
and Saci-mata at home, weeping in separation. How fortunate we are
to visit these supremely holy places, where we can take the dust and
hear the pastimes that were experienced there.
Tomorrow there will be a fire sacrifice here in the temple at 3:00
pm. Men who have taken diksa should shave their heads and have a sikha,
but ladies should not.
Photos accompanying this lecture can be found in the Purebhakti.com
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