Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi

Table of Contents
Table of Contents................................................................................................................................................................. 1 Introduction....................................................................................................................................................................... 2 Day 1: 6th January, 2007 Saturday.................................................................................................................................. 5 Glories of Çré Jagannätha Puré Dhäma........................................................................................................................ 5 Life of Haridäsa Öhäkura........................................................................................................................................... 10 Siddha Bakul.............................................................................................................................................................. 13 Glories of Jagannätha Puré Dhäma II........................................................................................................................ 17 Day 2: 7th January, 2007 Sunday .................................................................................................................................. 19 Life of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya.............................................................................................................................. 19 Çveta Gaìgä ............................................................................................................................................................... 23 House of Käçé Miçra – Gambhérä.............................................................................................................................. 25 Description of Rasikänanda, Choöa Haridäsa, Brahmänanda Bhäraté, Jagadänanda Paìòita ................................. 29 Day 3: 8th January, 2007 Monday ................................................................................................................................. 33 Life of Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura............................................................................................................... 33 Märkeëòeya Sarovara ................................................................................................................................................ 37 Jagannätha-vallabha Gardens.................................................................................................................................... 40 Contribution of Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura to Lord Caitanya’s mission, Description of Jagadänanda Paìòita, Questions & Answers ............................................................................................................................................... 44 Day 4: 9th January, 2007 Tuesday ................................................................................................................................. 49 Description of Çré Gadädhara Paìòita ...................................................................................................................... 49 Çré Öoöä-gopénätha Temple ....................................................................................................................................... 52 Bhajana Kuöéra of Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura ............................................................................................ 57 Parmänanda Puré’s Well............................................................................................................................................ 58 Description of Caöaka-parvata, Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s exchanges with Gadädhara Paëòita, Questions & Answers ..................................................................................................................................................................... 59 Day 5: 10th January, 2007 Wednesday ........................................................................................................................... 63 Description of Bhavänanda Räya .............................................................................................................................. 63 Indradyumna Sarovara, Guëòicä Temple & Narasiàhä Temple............................................................................ 65 Pastime of Kälidäsa at Äiöoöä Garden ....................................................................................................................... 69 Pastime of Çäkñé-gopäla, Q&A.................................................................................................................................. 71 Day 6: 11th January, 2007 Thursday .............................................................................................................................. 74 Description of Residence of Rämänanda Räya – Älälanätha.................................................................................... 74 Residence of Çréla Rämänanda Räya ......................................................................................................................... 78 Narendra Sarovara..................................................................................................................................................... 79 Äöhäranälä Bridge ...................................................................................................................................................... 81 Day 7: 12th January, 2007 Friday and Conclusion ......................................................................................................... 83 Kñéra-corä-gopénätha – Remuëä ............................................................................................................................... 83 Life of Çréla Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa......................................................................................................................... 87

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Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi

Introduction

gurudev! kåpä-bindu diyä, koro’ ei däse, tåëäpekhä ati héna sakala sahane, bala diyä koro’, nija-mäne spåhä-héna “With a drop of mercy make this servant of yours humbler than a blade of grass. Give me the strength to bear all trials and troubles, and free me from all desire for honor.” -Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura A prominent theme in the songs and writings of Vaiñëava äcäryas is to call out for the mercy of the previous äcäryas. The phrase that we had been hearing time and again is, “Just one drop of mercy!!!” It is the mood of a Gauòéya Vaiñëava. It is the cornerstone of Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s teachings. Yäträs provide a wonderful opportunity to call out for the mercy of these very compassionate äcäryas. Someone may hear about them or see their pictures. But in the yäträ, we are in front of their Samädhis and in front of their worshipable Deities. We could rest our head at the Samädhi or in the temple and offer our sincere prayers to these great souls—prayers to bestow their kindness and compassion, and fill our hearts with some of the same humility, pridelessness, and attraction for the holy name that they have. The theme that emerged from Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ was the revelation of abject humility and intense eagerness of the associates of Lord Caitanya. In the concluding remarks of the Mäyäpur yäträ last year we heard, “Yäträs embed in us good saàskäras that replace the bad ones, which we have accumulated from so many past lives. This makes our heart purer and more sacred to understand that Kåñëa is a person, the supreme person, an inconceivable person, the most loving person and He is reciprocating with us in an infinite number of ways.” Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ gave us an opportunity to go to the places of the pastimes of Lord Caitanya, His followers and the äcäryas of our disciplic succession. These great devotees and äcäryas have fully realized that Lord Caitanya is the most magnanimous form of Kåñëa. They experienced His loving reciprocations in every breath and every moment of their lives. Their lives were an expression of the message of pure devotional service. They preserved and carried the message of pure devotional service to the subsequent generations. In the course of our yäträ, we got an opportunity to hear about them and beg from them for a drop of their mercy, so that we may also be able to carry a drop of deep humility and eagerness to serve Lord Caitanya and His representatives. We were extremely fortunate to hear about these äcäryas from Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja, a transparent representative from the same unbroken disciplic succession of great äcäryas. As Mahäräja took us deep into the pastimes, we could appreciate the different moods of the various associates of Caitanya Mahäprabhu and how well Caitanya Mahäprabhu reciprocated with each one of them. We were able to

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Where we would have just seen bricks and stones. Mahäräja was eagerly and selflessly sharing his realizations with us. we are making a humble attempt to recollect some of the ecstatic moments we had at Çré Puruñottama kñetra dhäma. After the morning class. we used to leave for our spiritual excursions. Çréla Kåñìadäsa Kaviräja Gosvämé says. almost every school of thought has its maöha there. unique and sweet. we became attracted and inquisitive to hear more. the personal Deities of two devotees. We felt that through these yäträs. but each and every aspect of the yäträ made it very special. It was uplifting to get his association and see him in action for seven consecutive days. Most of the temples (where we went) were trodden. and profound dedication in service to the mission of Çréla Prabhupäda. Caitanya Mahäprabhu has declared that by constant chanting of the holy name and humbly serving the Vaiñëavas. they would lovingly serve sumptuous prasädam and would also spiritualize the ambience by performing sweet kértana. We got ample time after breakfast. While we were proceeding for our next place of visit blissfully chanting and dancing on the streets. “caitanya-caritra ei — amåtera sindhu” or “The pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu are an ocean of nectar. Through his well-versed and powerful discourses. We felt that Mahäräja showered his mercy in the form of columns of rains and inundated our days with nectar and purification. we got a glimpse of the mood of Mahäräja—deep submission. While we were listening to the morning classes. we ourselves and the readers would surely become more appreciative of these great personalities and would become eager to hear about them more and more. transparent and empowered representative of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. after lunch and in the evenings to take rest and hear from other devotees about their realizations. We feel -3- . some would arrange for the breakfast prasädam. breakfast prasädam and chanting. who took into account each and every minute detail so that everyone could get the maximum out of the yäträ. some devotees would prepare for the Deity worship. On the altar were Çré Çré Jagannätha Baladeva Subhadrä and Çré Çré Gaura Nitäi. a deep mood of devotion can awaken within one’s heart. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. we were able to perceive the devotional vibrations of the sacred place. intense love. but Mahäräja’s words and classes brought them back to life. When we returned tired and hungry in the afternoon. Due to the spiritual significance of Çré Puruñottama-kñetra. we have used the expressions and realizations of some senior disciples of Mahäräja and therefore we are obliged to them for helping us see the glories of our beloved spiritual master. The yäträ days were lesser this time. a few devotees would make arrangements to carry various recording and heavy amplifying instruments. Everyone applauded the mood of service of the organizers. we would not have recognized the spiritual importance of these places. By observing Mahäräja and through the loving association of senior Vaiñëavas. This is only because we were trying to see those places from the eyes of a pure. On the desire of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. While we were chanting in the early hours. In his association. The hotel hall was converted into a temple.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi appreciate more the esoteric meanings of these wonderful loving exchanges. If this rendering is from our heart. In this journal. we got a rare opportunity to greet Çré Guru and Çré Kåñëa during Maìgal-ärati and chant with Mahäräja and the rest of the group.” When we took a little dip in the ocean of His pastimes during the yäträ. During the course of yäträ. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja expertly planned the yäträ so that everyone got many opportunities to internalize the mood of devotion in the yäträ. It helped us become deeply resonant with and appreciative of Lord Caitanya and His great associates. Mahäräja’s association protected us from going astray into the mire of so many maöhas and many apasampradäyas that are in charge of some of the important places that we visited. That opportunity was not present in the previous yäträs. We are ever indebted to Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja to create an opportunity for us to hear from him in the association of so many elevated Vaiñëavas. we got an opportunity to visit the temples which we would have never even known. we felt more connected to the disciplic succession. Even if we would have visited these temples.

encouraged us and guided us to undertake this service. We thank Zubin Prabhuji and Lubhit Prabhuji for recording. Nityänanda Präëa Prabhuji and Aravindäkña Prabhuji. We pray that the readers and we may perceive the glories and presence of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja in our hearts and that we may be able to live the teachings that he has profusely given to us. We also thank Priya Mätäji and Srini Prabhuji for offering their help to us. We always felt inspired by the quality of their writings. whose heartfelt compositions of the prior journals had set examples for us. who blessed us. All glories to Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja and his dedicated entourage!! nama oà viñëu-pädäya kåñëa-preñöhäya bhü-tale çrémate çrila romapäda svämin iti nämine nama oà viñëu-pädäya kåñëa-preñöhäya bhü-tale çrémate bhaktivedänta-svämin iti nämine namas te särasvate deve gaura-väëé-pracäriëe nirviçeña-çünyavädi-päçcätya-deça-täriëe om ajïäna-timirändhasya jïänäïjana-çaläkayä cakñur unmélitaà yena tasmai çré-gurave namaù -4- . We are grateful to all the photographers for sharing their cameras with us to download the nectarean pictures. editing and distributing the lectures at the end of the yäträ. We also acknowledge various sources of many other pictures that we have used in this document – paintings from the Samädhi Mandir of Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura and Çré Caitanya-caritämåta.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi indebted to Anand Våndävana Mätäji. We thank Ashish Prabhuji and the devotees of Gaura Vani Club (GVC) who shouldered tremendous responsibilities. anxieties and challenges to make this pilgrimage practical and spiritually surcharging. We are obliged to the editors – Partha Prabhu and Ayushi Mätäji for spending a lot of time on the journal to carefully identify and correct the errors. Hemangi Mätäji and Prema Taringini Mätäji. We are deeply grateful to our mentors.

He chanted Jaya Rädhä Mädhava ecstatically and prepared us to hear the lecture attentively. Glories of Çré Jagannätha Puré Dhäma Although we were in a holy dhäma. The room was gradually getting filled up with devotees. we see the thin covering of the oil above it. he looked radiant and fresh to conduct a weeklong yäträ in Çré Puruñottama dhäma for the benefit of all of us. “If we try to mix a little oil in the water. With whatever speck of love and respect we could muster in our hearts. just like a father is delighted to see his children. He said. All we could see were dirty roads. Tulasé-püjä. we watched him and eagerly waited to hear from him. the reason we have come here is not to see the veneer. Our thoughts became focused and we felt that each one of us was bound by his love. still some of us did not have the correct conception of being in a holy place. hotels. After reciting the prema-dhvani prayers. Mahäräja offered his obeisances to the Deities and then sat on the Vyäsäsana. one has to have the desire and one should use the proper medium. We experienced that the entire room became saturated with respect and gratitude towards him. Some of us were getting the opportunity of his personal association after almost a year. It felt like a festival time when various devotees met each other and exchanged their happiness. written by Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. but to see what is beneath it. Mahäräja entered the room. He said that the way to enter the glories of the holy dhäma is by submissive hearing from the descending system of knowledge. As we were occupied with our zealous thoughts. The room felt like a purification chamber with uplifting association of wonderful Vaiñëavas. microphones and recording instruments were arranged. Similarly. Now. To go beneath the surface. when we try to see the water. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja expressed his happiness to see us all: “So many devotees are present that I had no idea were coming here. Nevertheless. The proper -5- . What a great satisfaction the devotees were feeling to see him! It was also an ever-fresh experience for those who had been with him frequently. we are not able to perceive the spiritual realm while we are in the material realm. The oil would spread on the surface of the water. Some devotees told that Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja was coming straight from Mäyäpur after conducting a yäträ there for the youth.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Day 1: 6th January. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja gave a very nice and simple metaphor from Navadvépa Dhäma Mähätmya. But. tourists etc. So immediately Mahäräja inspired us to go beyond the superficial covering that was blocking our vision of the dhäma. Many of us were wondering our fortune to be able to make it to this spiritually rejuvenating pilgrimage. Our hearts were joyful and bubbling in the anticipation of hearing from Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. they will not mix. shops. 2007 Saturday The first day of the yäträ started with Maìgal-ärati. Nice to see you all! We are very fortunate to be in such a sacred place. Mahäräja mercifully revealed to us the proper mood to be cultivated while in the sacred dhäma.” We realized that Mahäräja was even happier to see us than we were to be in his company. Japa and Guru-püjä. As he sat on the Vyäsäsana.

• This place is glorified in various scriptures like Brahmä Puräëa. we were all prepared to enter into the glories of the dhäma. he also saw a temple of Néla-Mädhava and Lakñmé. externally he may be a barber. Lord Viñëu answered to him. Mahäräja wasted no time and took us on our first plunge into the Glories of Çré Jagannätha Puré Dhäma. Mahäräja evoked deep appreciation for Çréla Prabhupäda’s pure message and inspired us to see the light beyond the external coverings. By great fortune when someone comes in contact with this transcendental realm. as Lord Jagannätha. we find that he is a dhämväsi. but if we go deeper. several sages headed by Jaiminé Åñi were discussing about a verse that said. Brahmä understood that he had reached the correct place. You may go and experience that transcendental abode of Mine. Mahäräja described several glories of Çré Puruñottama-kñetra: • Lord Caitanya spent the last 18 yrs of His lélä here. manifests fullness of His opulence here. who. Being the engineer of this place Lord Brahmä understood that the material universe is a place of suffering and illusion. the place where the Supreme Personality of Godhead resides eternally. near the tall mountain Nélächal. It is Çré Puruñottama-kñetra dhäma. the barber revealed his heart to Mahäräja. He saw a large Kalpa-våkña on a hill. “I have manifested My own spiritual abode in the material world. Garbhodakaçäyé Viñëu and then Lord Brahmä. He asked Lord Brahmä. There. He felt compassion for the living entities and intensely meditated on Lord Viñëu to seek a solution to free oneself from the miserable conditions of this material world. he gave an example of a barber in Puré whom he met the day before. While shaving. Kürma Puräëa and Skanda Puräëa.” Then Jaiminé Åñi explained the process of creation starting from the appearance of Kñérodakaçäyé Viñëu. there is one place that does not get destroyed. He came to Utkal (the place where we were). Yamaräja saw all that from his abode and also came there. This place is Çré Puruñottama-kñetra. He saw a crow on the Kalpa-våkña. Afterwards. When taken up properly.” To drive home the point further. • Lord Kåñëa.” Lord Brahmä followed the instruction of Lord Viñëu and came to the middle planetary system. “How to perform my duty to punish the sinful living entities in a place where the lowest of birds (crow) can get liberation simply by touching the water of Rohiëé -kuëòa? This is a great obstacle to my service!” -6- . and near Ekämravana forest. “After the cosmic annihilation.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi medium is submissive hearing from the descending system of knowledge. he becomes free from all sufferings and becomes situated in his natural loving service to Me. Thus. the barber asked Mahäräja of his sampradäya. It is situated to the south of Mahänadé River. The barber goes to the ISKCON temple in Mäyäpur on every Gaura Pürëimä. Glories of Çré Puruñottama-kñetra from Skanda Puräëa Once upon a time. He said that when he was young he saw Çréla Prabhupäda and could recognize his qualified position. even with his meager earnings. So. goes to take shelter of Caitanya Mahäprabhu's birth place every year! With this background. one can enter into the glories of the holy dhäma. On its east was a huge Rohiëé Kuëòa. it turned into four armed Viñëu form and ascended to the spiritual world. When the crow dived into the Rohiëé-kuëòa and touched its water.

So Goddess Lakñmé narrated the story of Märkeëòeya Åñi. -7- . we formed a narrow assembly and walked in the direction of Jagannätha temple. followed by the rest of the devotees. Taking one step here (we had taken many) is equivalent to circumambulating all the holy places. assembled outside the Paradise hotel.” Yamaräja wanted to hear more. it was unaffected by the cosmic annihilation that occurs at the night of Lord Brahmä. he gets the benefit of entering in one mahä Samädhi. We entered into a narrow lane. Undisturbed by the noises. We took darçana of the beautiful chakra. In the front was a small palanquin with Çréla Prabhupäda’s photo manifestation. motorcycles and occasional auto rickshaws. We heard a similar narration when we visited Surabhé-kuïja (in Mäyäpur) last yäträ. and happily chanting. The traffic consisted of cycle rickshaws. our first session ended. Outside the hotel. He rules here! If anyone comes here and rests just for one night (that some of us had done). We passed through some temples. Mahäräja clarified that these dhäm’s are spiritually non-different. carried by two devotees.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Goddess of Fortune Lakñmé explained. Walking towards the Jagannätha temple Cakra on the top of Jagannätha temple With immense shower of pure nectar. We were ready to uncover more and more of the transcendental mysteries of the dhäma. If one speaks. Onlookers were appreciative and many uttered Hare Kåñëa. where we had to keep our assembly thin in order to keep room for the traffic to pass. He took shelter of Çré Puruñottama-kñetra during the partial cosmic annihilation. We passed by the temple and kept walking straight into a crowded market place. The smoke was coming out of the kitchen of Lord Jagannätha through the chimney. Mahäräja was walking in the front. the devotees captured the attention of everyone who watched. This is the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. lodges and houses. We honored our morning breakfast prasädam and by 9:30 am. cycles. Being the spiritual realm. maöhas. We followed him. when the entire universe was submerged in water. Most of the shops had heaps of Jagannätha prasädam. absorbed in the kértana. most of which were just two-storied old buildings. he gets the benefit of vibrating all the sacred Vedas. “Here no created being has any influence. along with the pure and transparent representative of Lord Caitanya. Behind Çréla Prabhupäda was Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. If one eats even fish (Mahäräja cautioned us to not take the meaning literally) one gets the benefit of eating the offerings of Vedic sacrifices. Märkeëòeya Åñi had the benediction to live for seven kalpas.

Çré Çré RädhäGiridhäré. and Çré Çré Kåñëa Balaräma (photo on top). We felt grateful for his causelessly kind gesture and concern to give the full benefit of these places to everyone. we took darçan of Çré Çré Rädhä-Giridhäré (photo on top left). Maharaja was telling Prema Taringini Mätäji about the different temples and the Deities that we just visited . Çré Çré Rädhä-Çyämasundara With a very loving tone in his voice and a transcendental smile on his face. we entered the temple of Choöa Haridäsa. We entered straight into one room through a narrow opening to reach the altar. On the altar were the Deities of Çré Çré Rädhä Räsabihäré. the Deities were “Çré Çré RädhäÇyämasundara” of Brahmänanda Bhäraté and the Deities of Choöa Haridäsa. Inside.the Deities of Jagadänanda Paìòita . Then we went out and just on the opposite side of the narrow lane. -8- .Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Çré Çré Rädhä-Giridhäré Çré Çré Kåñëa Balaräm We arrived at a temple.” He told her to pass on the information to others. the Deities of Jagadänanda Paìòita. Mahäräja announced that the Deities were “Çré Çré Rädhä-Çyämasundara” of Brahmänanda Bhäraté (photo on right). We got a heartfelt darçan of the Deities while the pujärés were enthusiastically sharing with us the glories of Jagadänanda Paìòita. Just a few steps away was another temple-like structure. Çré Çré Rädhä Dämodara. which looked more like a singlestoried residential house.

Meditating on that. Lord Nityänanda and Advaita Äcärya respectively. after crossing a portion of the hallway. The qualities of humility. That was a relatively bigger hall. there was a book shop and an ISKCON restaurant which had a sitting capacity of over 25 people. Like some other temples we had visited so far. Mahäräja spent a lot of time observing them appreciatively. there were two lions carved outside the temple. On the other end of the hall were the beautiful Deities of Rädhä-Kåñëa and Lord Caitanya. The Vyäsäsana of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura was slightly raised than Çréla Prabhupäda. Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura (as Lord Brahmä) was the original preceptor of our sampradäya. tolerance. which was donated to ISKCON a few years back. we found an ISKCON center. Mahäräja sat near the altar -9- . After crossing the small crossroad and within 100 meters. on the right side was the Samädhi Mandir of Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura. Mahäräja observing the paintings on the walls very appreciatively The Samädhi of Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura Then we took a left from the Samädhi mandir and at a very short distance after taking an immediate right. there were three altars with the Deities of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. We had to take the stairs down to enter the temple. depicting various pastimes of Lord Caitanya. That was the bhajana kuöéra of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. took right and walked straight. on the left side. We climbed the stairs and came into a big hallway. where we took darçana of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura and Çréla Prabhupäda. The entrance of the Samädhi Mandir of Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura As we entered. There were several wall paintings all around the top of the walls. It was just opposite to the Samädhi mandir of Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura and a kilometer away from Siddha Bakul (the bhajana kuöéra of Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura). we paid our prostrated obeisances at the Samädhi. On the ground floor. we saw the most sacred Samädhi mandir of Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi We came out of the temple. Perpendicular to the Samädhi. The teachings of Caitanya Mahäprabhu were pure devotional service and Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura was pure devotional service personified. pridelessness and respectfulness required for chanting the holy names were perfectly exhibited by Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura.

Haridäsa Öhäkura knew her intentions and promised to fulfill her desires after finishing his fixed number of japa. that Lord Brahmä would participate in the lélä that He would soon perform. Gauräìga Mahäprabhu appeared in His beautiful form and informed Lord Brahmä. The whole night got over.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi and all the devotees quickly filled up the remaining space in the hall. Lord Brahmä begged for forgiveness.10 - . He sent the best of prostitutes to deviate Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura. Haridäsa Öhäkura delivers the prostitute Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura was born in a Muslim family in Boordhan. Rämcandra Khän was a powerful land owner. As the sun rose. Lord Brahmä wanted to see more of the Lord’s glorious pastimes. The inspiration of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura for choosing that place as his bhajana kuöéra was to be close to Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura’s Samädhi. This happened for three consecutive nights. the prostitute was completely purified and she disclosed Rämcandra Khän’s conspiracy and the reason she came there. We have briefly described them here. The bhajana kuöéra of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura The Deities of Çré Çré Rädhä-Kåñëa and Lord Caitanya Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura and Çréla Prabhupäda Life of Haridäsa Öhäkura Mahäräja shared several pastimes of Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura before Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura came to Puré. From the very beginning. Bangladesh. Then she expressed her lusty desire to have union with Haridäsa Öhäkura. he had great attraction for Kåñëa and used to chant incessantly. and thus he stole His calves and cowherd friends. The prostitute understood that Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura was a saintly person and so she paid her obeisances to the sacred Tulasé plant and then to Haridäsa Öhäkura. Lord Brahmä became Haridäsa Öhäkura Lord Brahmä was surprised how a little boy like Kåñëa could act so wonderfully with His friends in Våndävana. he moved to Benapol that was ruled by a Muslim king. he knew that Lord Kåñëa would appear in the next Yuga as Lord Caitanya. By the third night. the prostitute paid her obeisances to Haridäsa Öhäkura and left to return again in the night. who was envious of Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura because of his popularity. So he came to Antardvépa and underwent severe austerities by chanting “Gauräìga”. So. Lord Brahmä appeared as Haridäsa Öhäkura. In his youth. but Haridäsa Öhäkura kept chanting. As the knower of the Vedas. After realizing his mistake. Lord Brahmä requested Gauräìga Mahäprabhu to uproot his tendency for pride by not giving him high opulence. So Mahäräja chose to speak on the life of Haridäsa Öhäkura here. he hatched up a vicious plan to denigrate Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura. . high knowledge or high parentage. Out of his enviousness.

“I knew why you came and the intentions of Rämcandra Khän. By such episodes. “One cannot reach the platform of love of God by deep study of scriptures or by undergoing severe austerities for many lifetimes. Likewise. Haridäsa Öhäkura’s pastimes in Pulia Before the birth of Lord Caitanya. you are the most qualified to receive the highest honor. “According to the Vedas. Gopäl Cakravarté. Thus.” Haridäsa Öhäkura established the glories of the holy name Later Haridäsa Öhäkura went to Chändpur and was invited in an assembly of brähmaëas to speak on the glories of the holy name. an envious brähmaëa insulted him by saying. inspired by the Supersoul. In the same cave. One brähmaëa said that one can get liberation by chanting. they felt fearful in the presence of the snake and got disturbed by its poisonous fumes. He told her to come there after shaving her head and chant beside the Tulasé plant.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Haridäsa Öhäkura said. . in his utter humility reminded Advaita Äcärya that since he was a yavana. The bad reactions not only fall upon the individual who commits the offense but all the people in the assembly receive bad reactions.11 - . There was an envious Kazi who complained to the King and Haridäsa Öhäkura was called in the assembly. one can achieve liberation. Advaita Äcärya gave the highest respect to Haridäsa Öhäkura in the assembly of learned brähmaëas. So. all those who associate with persons who are spiritually dear to the Lord get incredible spiritual benefits. The serpent. he had firm understanding on the conclusive truth of the scriptures through the realizations that he got from the chanting of the holy name. but I stayed for one reason: to deliver you. there was a big and poisonous snake. Haridäsa Öhäkura told her to give up all her riches and keep with her just one dress. but the real gift is that one gets the love of God directly. Haridäsa Öhäkura.” The prostitute pleaded to Haridäsa Öhäkura to accept her as his disciple. When people visited Haridäsa Öhäkura in the cave. Even though Haridäsa Öhäkura was not considered a learned personality. Another said that we get complete freedom from the actions of the material modes and the reactions of the past karma. Later Mahäräja told that the entire village of Rämcandra Khän was diseased and only those who left the village survived. “Our äcäryas declares that those who offend a Vaiñëava are subjected to dangerous reactions. Mahäräja described how Gopäl Cakravarté then offended Haridäsa Öhäkura because of which Gopäl Cakravarté suffered from leprosy. I wanted to leave this place the same day when you came.” Haridäsa Öhäkura was residing in a cave in Pulia by the bank of Ganges. Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura said that just by the reflection of the holy name. left that cave. So it is not possible that by just chanting the holy names one can achieve the love of God”. he was not worthy of so much respect and therefore Advaita Äcärya might lose his position as a celebrated brähmaëa in his association. He said. Advaita Äcärya replied. Haridäsa Öhäkura became more famous and several Muslims accepted the process of chanting the holy name. one who chants the holy name is in the topmost position. Haridäsa Öhäkura went to Çäntipura to get the association of Advaita Äcärya. she became an elevated Vaiñëava and Haridäsa Öhäkura left for Haridäspur. Haridäsa Öhäkura gave many scriptural references.

Haridäsa Öhäkura was passing by a snake charmer. please do not consider the actions of these guards in any punishable way. you are born in a Muslim family.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi King (respectfully) asked: “Haridäsa Öhäkura. knowing the saintly qualities of Haridäsa Öhäkura glorified him. The snake charmer. Mahäprabhu lifted the cloth of His upper body and showed the marks of the canes on His back. The lesson was that in difficulty what we do or don’t do. This point was again emphasized in the next pastime. I chant the holy name of Kåñëa. One brähmaëa thought that a low class Muslim person is . Lord Caitanya disclosed the following to Haridäsa Öhäkura. Sudarçan was powerless. “My dear Lord. “I was in Svetadvépa when I heard the cries of the holy name. All the while Haridäsa Öhäkura was chanting the holy name of the Lord and prayed from the core of his heart. But because of your prayers.” King (declaring a death sentence on Haridäsa Öhäkura): “Let Haridäsa Öhäkura be beaten in all the market places. Why have you given up your religion and taken up this chanting?” Haridäsa Öhäkura: “There is one supreme God. According to the inspiration given by Him. I could understand the soldiers were beating you. If he survives.” Saying so. ready to destroy them. protector and well-wishing friend. During the mahäprakäça lilä. when nothing happened to Haridäsa Öhäkura. So I personally took those blows upon My own body.” Haridäsa Öhäkura was taken to one market place after another and beaten brutally by strong guards. He is situated in the heart of every living being. So I came with My Sudarçan Cakra. But I could not bear you being beaten so severely. Haridäsa Öhäkura listened to it and entered the courtyard of the snake charmer in ecstasy.” After receiving the beating. then we will understand that he is a saintly person. our first thought should be that the Lord is my ultimate shelter. The snake charmer was reciting the Çrémad Bhägavatam verses of Käliya damana lélä while charming the snake. Because I’m very inspired by the Supreme Lord. They are just carrying out the order of the King.12 - . The Supreme Lord personally absorbed those blows. one person behaves like a King and another person chants the holy name of the Lord. the King understood that Haridäsa Öhäkura was a saint and pleaded forgiveness saying. Snake charmer praises Haridäsa Öhäkura While in Pulia. He spontaneously started dancing as Kåñëa did on the hoods of Käliya and then fell to the ground unconscious. “I have no idea who you really are!” He gave Haridäsa Öhäkura the freedom to chant anywhere.

So. a devotee’s personal situation is too challenging due to the influence of Kali. 2. “Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja takes umpteen anxieties on behalf of all of us. But we should become inspired by the pure devotion and the genuine humility of Haridäsa Öhäkura by which we can get the real taste of the holy name. 3. Just as a drowning man sometimes protests against a person who is trying to save him. Very dedicated to Vaiñëava sevä. for each soul. the spiritual master has to accept unwarranted criticisms for the purpose of keeping the devotees together. The snake charmer started beating the brähmaëa with a stick and the brähmaëa ran away. Message We should not imitate elevated Vaiñëavas. a devotee who is doing well catches some bad association.13 - . In this way. The brähmaëa was just a foolish pretender. They can sometimes even become inimical towards the spiritual master. It made us remember the words of a senior disciple of Mahäräja. when the next time the snake charmer was reciting the Çrémad Bhägavatam verses. When he was beaten in 21 market places. Occasionally.” We got a tiny glimpse of the kinds of sacrifices an äcärya has to take in this degraded age of Kali and we felt indebted to Mahäräja for extending his personal care to us and for taking all kinds of risks on our behalf. the spiritual master takes on endless anxiety on behalf of his own spiritual master and Lord Caitanya. Then snake charmer proclaimed that Haridäsa Öhäkura was a genuine saint. The conditioned souls do not cooperate so freely with the pure devotees. Many times. in addition to the challenges and struggles of such devotees. Although we had heard these pastimes several times. the brähmaëa fainted to attract others. The three qualities that Haridäsa Öhäkura represented are: 1. similarly the rebellious souls protests by kicking their hands and feet. We remembered the unimaginable risk that Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura took to deliver the prostitute. and comes under the influence of Mäyä. Traveling to different places is only a minor part of this anxiety. Siddha Bakul Siddha Bakul tree . Compassion for all living beings. he completely depended on the Lord and did not run. we relished them more when we heard them again sitting so close to Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura’s Samädhi mandir. Complete attachment to the holy name. Then.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi getting so much of praise and attention just because he fainted.

your humility is causing Me so much pain. “This is a Vaiñìava. Yet he was also very eager to see Mahäprabhu. Mahäräja cautioned us. Mahäprabhu came out to him. What to say about us?” When Caitanya Mahäprabhu returned from the tour. Käla Kåñëa däsa falling prey to the bad association of bhaööaharis got allured by women. We saw the Bakul tree. People paid their respects to Mahäräja who was walking swiftly in the front of the saìkértana group. and on the other were a series of Tulasé plants. still he came along with the first group of devotees. “Haridäsa Öhäkura. We traced our way back to the main road and proceeded towards Siddha Bakul. the kértana started. through which we entered. when Lord Jagannätha was kept in seclusion to recuperate from illness for fifteen days. Most of the houses had a painting of Lord Jagannätha-Baladeva-Subhadra on its entrance wall.” After receiving all the Vaiñëavas. lifted him and said. Mahäräja gave another practical instruction. These devotees arrived during the time of snäna yäträ. They compassionately thought what could be the best service for Käla Kåñëa däsa. became intoxicated and abandoned Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Ladies peeped out of window holding their small kids.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi As we stepped out of the bhajana kuöéra of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. His transcendental emotions took secondary position to the service to the Vaiñëavas. “Even in the association of Caitanya Mahäprabhu one can get deviated. We again saw the carving of two lions at the entrance. He relieved Käla Kåñëa däsa from the service as His personal assistant. Haridäsa Öhäkura was paying obeisances outside the dhäma considering himself unqualified to come in the association of all the Vaiñëavas and to be in the dhäma. under which Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura used to chant his rounds. But when He heard of the arrival of the Vaiñëavas. We entered into the temple and we saw the beautiful Ñaòbhuja form of Lord Caitanya and Narasiàhä deva. Käla Kåñëa däsa. The Deity of Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura was kept near the tree and we observed that the tree was hollow from inside. Caitanya Mahäprabhu enquired about Haridäsa Öhäkura. engaged him in the service to go to Navadvépa to inform the devotees that Lord Caitanya had returned back to Jagannätha Puré. For a long time. Finally we reached Siddha Bakul.to receive the Vaiñëavas. Mahäräja again emphasized. On one side was the temple room.14 - . He set aside His own personal feeling in favor of a higher service . There was a main door and a smaller opening in that door. The Ñaòbhuja form of Lord Caitanya Çréla Haridäsa Öhäkura under the Bakul tree Haridäsa Öhäkura arriving in Jagannätha Puré and the Significance of Siddha Bakul During the South India tour of Caitanya Mahäprabhu he had a personal assistant.” . Other Vaiñëavas understood the pain of Käla Kåñëa däsa and feeling compassionate towards him.” Haridäsa Öhäkura was old. “Caitanya Mahäprabhu was in a deep emotion of separation from the Lord. Caitanya Mahäprabhu had to drag him back from the bad association to save him.

Caitanya Mahäprabhu embraced him and all his sores got cured. “This is räsäbhäsa. The Lord descended to establish the Yuga-dharma of chanting and you are chosen as the äcärya for the holy name! You are perfect in both äcära and pracära!” Mahäräja cautioned us When we entered the premises of Siddha Bakul. He would chant the holy name all day.” Mahäräja viewing some photographs Devotees chanting under Siddha Bakul Other pastimes Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja then narrated an incident that happened in Pulia. who had visited Jagannätha Puré twenty years back. Then. sitting under the Bakul tree. It was on a little height because of which Haridäsa Öhäkura could easily see the chakra from there. One thing that he distinctly remembered from his visit was the spiritual vibrations at Siddha Bakul. Mahäräja continued. Sanätana Gosvämé and Rüpa Gosvämé used to stay here when they would visit Jagannätha Puré.15 - . “I'm not fit to be near the temple of Lord Jagannätha. Siddha Bakul became the residence of Haridäsa Öhäkura. one can get seriously deviated. we heard the pastime how Sanätana Gosvämé came to Puré with sores all over his body.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi When the arrangement was made for his residence. he said. the Bakul tree grew old. outside the sanctum-sanctorum. Caitanya Mahäprabhu embraced the tree. Mahäräja told that he received a phone call from one of his God-brothers. Caitanya Mahäprabhu would come here everyday to give His association and spend time with Haridäsa Öhäkura. We also heard the loving exchanges between Sanätana Gosvämé and Haridäsa Öhäkura where Sanätana Gosvämé glorifies Haridäsa Öhäkura: “You are the greatest recipient of Lord Caitanya's mercy. “This was the Bakul tree under which Haridäsa Öhäkura used to chant everyday till the end of his pastimes. After sometime. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura and Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura fought against this. in which Haridäsa Öhäkura emphasized that the holy name should be chanted out loud for the benefit of other life forms. some pujärés were not chanting Hare Kåñëa Mähä Mantra but a mixed up bhajana. Mahäräja cautioned us. But I want to stay at some place from where I can see the chakra on the top of the temple. Otherwise. it was named Siddha Bakul. We have to be careful only to hear Kåñëa-kathä in the disciplic succession.” . and it got rejuvenated. As a result.” Since then.

Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja then narrated how Haridäsa Öhäkura left his body at his will while gazing Caitanya Mahäprabhu. we have to advance in chanting. Some devotees were enthusiastically serving prasädam. thus giving him the same gift by which Mahäräja had uplifted most of us. Later we realized that those devotees also had a long day. he touched the lotus feet of Mahäräja and showed his palms.16 - . one beggar crept in and started asking for money from the devotees. and only then we can chant the holy name to receive the full benefit of chanting. and had not honored the prasädam yet. the authority for the holy name. But the beggar kept showing his palms. In the last class. indicating that he wanted something. Those . We were thinking that how unfortunate the person was. While we were chanting around the tree. we prayed for the mercy of Haridäsa Öhäkura so that some of his qualities can enter into our hearts. taking deep impressions of the sacred place. So. Mahäräja smiled and slowly said “Hare Kåñëa”. So we prayed for his mercy. He had received the holy name from a pure devotee in one of the most transcendental place and was still looking for some farthing. we went near the tree and felt extremely fortunate to be able to chant at one of the best places on earth to chant. As Mahäräja encouraged us. If we want to progress in Kåñëa Consciousness. we are not much different from him. When nobody was watching. Finally. Mahäräja ended by reciting the complete poem written by Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura in 1871. Haridäsa Öhäkura is näma-äcärya. The Vaiñëavas die to live and living try To spread the holy name around! Mahäräja suggested us to chant under the Siddha Bakul tree while the translation in Telugu and Hindi was going on. we were quite exhausted and feeling very hungry. He reasons ill who tells that Vaiñëavas die When thou art living still in sound. So without thinking. we also realized that. After the long walk of about 4 km back and forth. We too approach saintly persons with a desire to get material enjoyment. we sat down and started honoring the prasädam voraciously. a part of which is now imprinted at the Samädhi of Haridäsa Öhäkura. and three devotees were singing a wonderful kértana for the pleasure of the other devotees. Later. we came back from Siddha Bakul in a procession. to a great extent. We reached hotel Nayak Plaza where sumptuous lunch prasädam was ready to be served. Mahäräja narrated how Caitanya Mahäprabhu would set aside His own personal feelings in favor of serving other Vaiñëavas.

” The Lord said. He wondered. Soon Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja came and we were ready to hear more glorifications of Jagannätha Puré. I left that place to deliver this message to you. Lalitä disclosed the information of Néla Mädhava to him. You will find a Deity of Narasiàhä deva there. If you build a temple and perform 1000 açva-medha yajïas then the Supreme Personality of Godhead will appear. Vidyäpati was given the challenging task to locate that place. everyone is as qualified as the inhabitants of the spiritual world. The southern region of where we are is Néläcala. As they were about to start. His kingdom was in Avantipur.” After saying this. but by then We would have disappeared from here.17 - . they gave a secondary position to their feelings. and Brahmä. you should help King Indradyumna. But as they reached Utkala. “I have been traveling for many days. and you will definitely get His darçan. He was very powerful. Néla-Mädhava! In that place. just remain fixed. The Supreme Personality of Godhead wants to examine our determination. one of his ministers came and told him that he had found a log in the ocean. Lalitä.” Indradyumna was the King of the whole world. King Indradyumna followed Närada Muni in great anticipation. he raised this question. Vidyäpati traveled to Utkal (now Orissa) and found a place matching the description that the sädhu had given. But he wanted to know how and where to see the Supreme Personality of Godhead?” So in his assembly. So. Appearance of Lord Jagannätha Jaiminé Åñi continued to narrate the glories of Çré Puruñottama-kñetra. there are always obstacles. One sädhu stood up and said. Even though they were also exhausted. This place is to south of the Mahänadé River. they received the unhappy news that a great sandstorm destroyed the whole kingdom and Néla Mädhava was missing! King Indradyumna spoke in great anxiety. “In one's life.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi wonderful Vaiñëavas had so quickly absorbed the message. On being asked by Vidyäpati. Vidyäpati retuned to King Indradyumna and gave him the auspicious news of finding the whereabouts of Néla-Mädhava. in the service to the spiritual master. but testing. Vidyäpati married the daughter of Viçvaväsu. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja then narrated how Lord Siva made his residence at Ekämravana that is now called Bhubaneshwar. King Indradyumna immediately left along with the whole kingdom following Vidyäpati. “A great King Indradyumna would come here after a sand storm. you should install the Deity. compassionate and charitable. the Lord is not teasing. Ashish prabhu led a wonderful kértana. He had all the good qualities of a King and was a pure devotee of the Lord. the consort of Néla Mädhava told Lord Brahmä. we again assembled at the hotel Paradise at 4:30 pm. Viçvakarmä came in disguise of a carpenter and offered to sculpt the Deity in a closed room. Glories of Jagannätha Puré Dhäma II After taking some rest. He also remembered how this pastime was excellently narrated in the form of a drama in . Goddess Lakñmé. the sädhu left. Närada Muni also arrived to become their transcendental guide. he felt transcendental ecstasy. This log had the symbols of Viñëu and as soon as he touched the log. So. They recovered the log from the ocean and searched for a carpenter to carve the Deity. as you are a great devotee.” King Indradyumna followed the instruction of Närada Muni and on the last day of the last yajïa. Närada Muni told him that the log would be the hair of the Lord. “The goal of life is to attain love of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. “I will come as Daru Brahmana. He found that that place was populated by çabara race (pig farmers) and their leader was Viçvaväsu.” Närada Muni steadied the King by saying. But Brahmä. I know a place where you can see the Supreme Personality of Godhead. “Why is the Lord teasing me like this? He was here but now He is gone. on the mountain of Nélädri. in Ekämravana.

Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mäyäpur for several nights. and how all the great äcäryas had come there to take darçan of the Lord. in which the Lord desired to manifest Himself. we know that Lord Jagannätha is very merciful to His devotees. some of us went to the Jagannätha temple to have the first darçan of the most merciful Lord. He thought that the work was not completed and he felt devastated again. It was puzzling to understand that. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja ended the class by narrating how Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityänanda were deeply attracted by seeing the beautiful forms of Lord Jagannätha. What he saw before him seemed like an incomplete form of the Lord (as shown on the right). we carried deep feelings and prayed intensely to the Lord to allow our spiritual master to take His darçan. we could appreciate the glories of Lord Jagannätha much more. He started carving the Deity. By contemplating on the wonderful description given by Mahäräja. “This is the form of Kåñëa in ecstasy. King Indradyumna in his eagerness opened the door. Even though the spiritual master is never away from Kåñëa. the Deity was installed and was worshipped the way Viçvaväsu used to worship Néla Mädhava.” So. When Lord Jagannätha has expanded His jurisdiction all over the whole world.18 - . Meditating on the evening class. Some devotees decided to go to the Jagannätha temple that evening to have darçan of the Deities. After sometime when there was no sound coming from the room. And till this day that tradition is preserved. Viçvakarmä set a condition that no one should open the door for fifteen days. Närada Muni consoled him. under the direction of His Holiness Tamäl Kåñëa Gosvämé Mahäräja. . But whatever the pandas of the temple may think. It was yet painful to know that the darçan of Lord of the “Universe” (Jagat-nätha) is not allowed for someone who does not have an Indian body. but for our own purification. Baladeva and Subhadrä. why the servants of Lord Jagannätha in Puré should not allow everyone to take His darçana.

Yoga. Maheçvara Viçarada was a close friend of Nilämbar Cakravarté. Vedänta and Nyäya). Mahäräja said. Mahäräja entered the room and the lecture started at 7:45 am. King Pratäprudra of Orissa invited him to become the leading priest and scholar in his kingdom. Mémäàsä. So. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja told us that it was going to be an ecstatic day as we would be visiting very important places of Caitanya Mahäprabhu's lélä. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya traveled to Mithilä where he studied logic under Pakkadhar Miçra.” He memorized the entire literature and came back to Navadvépa and wrote it all down. Mahäräja described what an exceptional scholar Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya was!! At that time. Out of the six doctrines of knowledge (Säìkhya. His father. “Kåñëa Consciousness means loving exchanges between the Supreme Lord and His devotees or amongst His devotees with the Supreme Lord in the center. Vaiçeñika. 2007 Sunday Morning class Maìgala ärati The second day of the yäträ started with maìgala ärati led by His Grace Kåñëa Smaran Prabhu and Guru Ärati by His Grace Ashish prabhu. the father of mother Çaci. Due to his scholarship. not that we can go to a library or check something on the internet and think ourselves to be an authority on some subject matter. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya was born in Vidyänagara (near the present town of Navadvépa). Navadvépa was recognized as the best place for higher Vedic knowledge in the whole world (similar to Oxford or Harvard in the present day). These places were amazing because of the wonderful loving exchanges that took place there between the Lord and His loving devotees. he practically was the best in the world. Because Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya was the best scholar in Navadvépa. Life of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya Exceptional scholarship of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja started the lecture by establishing the connection between Jagannätha Puré and Navadvépa. .Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Day 2: 7th January. “That was the Vedic system for learning. Navadvépa was the best in five. It was on the life of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. The key highlight was the conversion of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya from a super smärta brähmaëa to a super Vaiñëava.” We then heard a very powerful morning class. Mahäräja said.19 - . logic). by the mercy of a devotee. Mithilä was the best in the sixth one – Nyäya (or. He was actually Båhaspati in Kåñëa's lélä. as it was.

20 - . Lord Caitanya became transcendentally angry and decided to enter Jagannätha Puré alone. Mahäräja then narrated about Gopénätha Äcärya.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi At that time. Understanding that Nimäi’s commentary was better than his. Nimäi tossed His own commentary into the river Ganges (as illustrated by the picture on the right). who was the brother-in-law of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. In order to not damage the pride of Raghunätha Çiromani. But before that. He ran toward Him in ecstasy and fainted. Mahäprabhu thus showed by example. Many times we are also asked to establish in conclusive manner as to why we accept Caitanya Mahäprabhu as the Supreme Personality of Godhead? Mahäräja opened Caitanya-caritämåta and read the following section directly. Gopénätha Äcärya disagreed with Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. Nimäi showed His commentary on logic to him. Mahäräja described how Lord Nityänanda broke the sannyäsa daëòa of Lord Caitanya and threw it into the river. So Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya brought Lord Caitanya to his home. the foremost student of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya was Raghunätha Çiromani. Gopénätha Äcärya brought Lord Nityänanda and other devotees to the home of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. Raghunätha Çiromani was devastated. With a desire to get adoration and distinction. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead! Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya: On what basis are you saying that? Students of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya: We determine things on the basis of hypothesis and logical support of that hypothesis. understood that Caitanya Mahäprabhu was experiencing mahä-bhäva and that He was not an ordinary person. All the devotees chanted and Caitanya Mahäprabhu came back to His external consciousness (illustrated in the picture on the left). When Éçvara Puré visited Navadvépa. he stayed at the house of Gopénätha Äcärya (another connection between Puré and Navadvépa). Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. Discussion between Gopénätha Äcärya and Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya once suggested Gopénätha Äcärya that he could do some ritual to promote the sannyäsa order of Caitanya Mahäprabhu to Särasvat Brähmaëa. Raghunätha Çiromani spent years and wrote a commentary on logic. He wanted to present his commentary to Mahäprabhu (Nimäi Paëòita). what the heart of a Vaiñëava is. When Caitanya Mahäprabhu saw Lord Jagannätha. What followed was a very important and technical discussion between Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya and Gopénätha Äcärya about the divinity of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Gopénätha Äcärya (being very unhappy): Mahäprabhu is not dependent on these mundane orders of life. being the scholar that he was. Gopénätha Äcärya: You can never understand Absolute Truth in that manner. Essentially what Gopénätha Äcärya said in the discussion is that the Absolute Truth can be known by the Lord's descending mercy and .

” On the request of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. What followed was in one of the five main portions of “The Teachings of Lord Caitanya”. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya used his scholastic ability in the service of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Caitanya Mahäprabhu showered upon him a flood of mercy by “disclosing” His conclusions. Caitanya Mahäprabhu replied. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya was still resting. He asked Caitanya Mahäprabhu to explain the ‘ätmäräma’ çloka from Çrémad Bhägavatam. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya’s hard heart softened and he was stunned by his transformation. he would understand these conclusions of the çästras.21 - .” Mahäprabhu said. “I can understand Vedänta sutra. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya began instructing Caitanya Mahäprabhu for seven days and Mahäprabhu did not speak anything. but the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya explained it in 16 different ways and then Caitanya Mahäprabhu explained it in 64 different ways without touching any of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya's 16 meanings. Çrémad Bhägavatam is the natural commentary on the Vedänta sutra. Mahäräja told that in this manner. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya has become a devotee as revealed by his absolute faith in the prasädam of the Lord!” Picture at the home of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya . Caitanya Mahäprabhu reminded him that a brähmaëa does not eat anything before taking his bath and performing his püjä. One can have a clear understanding of Vedänta sutra through Çrémad Bhägavatam. by Çréla Vyäsadeva himself. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya surrenders to Lord Caitanya Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya volunteered to teach Vedänta sutra to Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya passes the devotee test Next day morning. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya quoted (as Gopénätha Äcärya predicted). Caitanya Mahäprabhu was very pleased with the surrender and service of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya and He disclosed His divinity to Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. Finally. On the 8th morning. Then Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya understood that Caitanya Mahäprabhu was not just a better scholar. but without Lord’s mercy he did not know how to put them all together. He knew several things. But your explanations are like clouds that cover the sun. The real meaning of the Vedänta sutra gets covered more and more by what you are speaking. Only when the Lord was pleased with Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. “The sacred nature of prasädam is that one should take it at once regardless of one's condition. Caitanya Mahäprabhu started to explain the real purport of the Vedänta sutra. He explained that. Caitanya Mahäprabhu took Jagannätha Prasädam for Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. The emphasis was on two main points – The Lord is a person and He has unlimited potencies. Caitanya Mahäprabhu asked Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya to explain it first.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi not otherwise. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya got up and started honoring the mahä-prasädam. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya enquired whether Mahäprabhu understood his explanations of Vedänta sutra. He spontaneously composed 100 verses in glorification of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Caitanya Mahäprabhu agreed. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya was logician. “Finally.

gädham gädham léyatäm citta-bhångah “Let my consciousness.22 - . He tore the palm leaf on which it was written. His devotional service and detachment from whatever does not foster Kåñëa consciousness.” [Caitanya-caritämåta Madhya 6.254] kälän nañöam bhakti-yogam nijam yah . he ended the lecture. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya was stunned. by which our hearts had become softened and in various capacities we had surrendered to the Lord. A few people were taking a dip and washing clothes there. “What is the most important thing for a soul desiring spiritual elevation?” Caitanya Mahäprabhu explained elaborately and brilliantly the “Harer Näma” verse. who has descended in the form of Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu to teach us real knowledge.” Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya spoke to Gopénätha Äcärya. Around 40-45 steps down. When you receive some mercy from Caitanya Mahäprabhu. we can attract the attention of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Let me surrender unto His lotus feet. Such is the potency of His mercy.präduñkartum kåñëa-caitanya-nämä ävirbhutas tasya pädäravinde . Because you are so dear to Caitanya Mahäprabhu. We felt how we had been receiving the same mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu through His representative. Çveta Gaìgä. “I told you.” Later Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya wrote two verses exemplifying the true position of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. this will be your condition. The cooling breeze near . We learnt that our connection with devotees is very important. Just as Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya received mercy due to his connection with Gopénätha Äcärya. there was a beautiful pond. Çré Kåñëa. take shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Next day Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya submissively enquired from Caitanya Mahäprabhu. we left in a procession for the first spot of the day. Gopénätha Äcärya said.255] Mahäräja wanted to continue on but because of lack of time. Those verses were: vairägya-vidyä-nija-bhakti-yoga . Even a dry logician like you can become soft hearted. Çréla Romapäda Swämi. He has shown a drop of His kindness to me also. He has descended because He is an ocean of transcendental mercy.çikñärtham ekaù puruñaù puräëaù çré-kåñëa-caitanya-çaréra-dhäré .” [Caitanyacaritämåta Madya 6. which is like a honeybee. This system had almost been lost due to the influence of time. who has just now appeared as Çré Kåñëa Caitanya Mahäprabhu to teach the ancient system of devotional service to Himself. But Svarüpa Dämodara had already made a copy of them. After taking our morning prasädam. “Because of you this mercy has come into my life. Devotees settling down at the bank of Çveta Gaìgä Mahäräja taking some water from Çveta Gaìgä We passed the Jagannätha mandir and after 100 meters took a right turn. As soon as Caitanya Mahäprabhu read them. by becoming dear to devotees.kåpämbudhir yas tam ahaà prapadye “Let me take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

You are accustomed to royal comforts. “Please consider what our responsibility as members of ISKCON is!! We should fully accept the message of pure devotion ourselves and preserve it for future generations. But Çacé recalled the instruction of her spiritual master . Çacé came there and made Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya’s house her residence. Mahäräja emphasized. she went and took bath in Çveta Gaìgä. she heard about very elevated Vaiñëavas who lived in Våndävana and were followers of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. So. The assembly became larger and larger. his house was neglected and the teachings of pure devotion had deteriorated. In the evening. she came before Haridäsa Paìòita. Mahäräja made sure that a devotee was there on the main road to direct those who were coming behind. On the order of Haridäsa Paìòita. Çveta Gaìgä was very near the house of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. The news spread very quickly that her presentation of Çrémad Bhägavatam was very astounding. Just after two-three generations from Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. Once Çacé wanted to attend an annual festival called Mahä-Väruëé festival. The same Haridäsa Paìòita instructed Kåñëadäsa Kaviräja Gosvämé to write Caitanya-caritämåta. So. like the teachings of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. So Haridäsa Paìòita instructed Çacé to go to Puré. she would visit various temples and hear from sädhus about pure devotional service. “This is not possible. may also deteriorate over a period of time. Haridäsa Paìòita received the news that the descendants of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya were no longer maintaining the proper standard of the worship of his Deities – a çälagräma-çilä. Seeing her desire. she had a dream in which Lord Jagannätha appeared and said. Something that was glorious. and dropped the idea with no complaints and regret. She went to Våndävana and heard of one very great Vaiñëava named Haridäsa Paìòita. Initiation from Haridäsa Paìòita In her royal attire and royal ornaments. While she was taking . “On the day of the Mahä-Väruëé festival. Çacé.23 - . Dämodara-çilä and Rädhä Kåñëa Deities and gave classes on Çrémad Bhägavatam. who was a disciple of Gadädhara Paìòita. she maintained herself by begging like a sädhu. during which Väruëé takes bath in the Ganges. from her early childhood. She came to Jagannätha Puré in search of a spiritual master. With her sharp capacity to understand the message of pure devotional service. Çacé became very accomplished. take care of the Deities of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya and preach the message of pure devotion from Çrémad Bhägavatam to others. a Dämodara-çilä and Çré Çré Rädhä Kåñëa. She gave up her royal possessions. Haridäsa Paìòita initiated her into the chanting of Kåñëa’s holy names. Although she was a queen. He had only one daughter named Çacé. in a kingdom in the northern part of Orissa (and the southern part of West Bengal) there was one King named Naresh Näräyaëa.to worship the Deities. Throughout the day. who was the most eminent Vaiñëava during that time. and requested him to accept her as his disciple. I live in Våndävana where these material comforts are unavailable and thus it won’t be possible for you to live here as my disciple. The lecture started around 10:15 am. She was enthroned the Queen of the kingdom but had no interest in the affairs of the state.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi the pond was very soothing and Mahäräja spontaneously decided that we could sit there in that serene environment. Haridäsa Paìòita wanted to test her and replied. We have a great responsibility on us” Çacé worshipped Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya’s çälagräma-çilä. you can take bath in Çveta Gaìgä which is non-different from the Ganges”. was very scholarly and very devoted. accepted a simple cloth and remained in Våndävana. While she was in Puré. He was a disciple of Ananta Äcärya. offered him obeisances.” Çacé understood the message. You are from a royal family. Çveta Gaìgä Childhood and spiritual quest of Gaìgä-mätä About two or three generations after Caitanya Mahäprabhu left this world. what was abundant two-three generations back was hardly present.

we should try to eagerly receive the transcendental message of pure devotion with full faith. Çré Çré Rädhä-Ramaëa and Çré Çré Rädhä-Vinoda. The pujäré told us that the other four were Çré Çré Rädhä-Rasikräja (the Deities of Gaìgä-mätä Gosväminé). live it purely and in a very compassionate way give this message to others. By her incredible qualifications. we turned right and entered the house of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya. the side opposite to the altar. This pure and unbroken chain of disciplic succession is transforming millions of tiny Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya to devotees of the Lord.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi bath. As Mahäräja said. We recollected the strong message and descriptions from the morning class. On the walls. The biggest Deities were of Çré Çré Rädhä Madan Mohan. even this Kåñëa Consciousness movement and pure principles taught by Çréla Prabhupäda can also very easily collapse if we are not sincere. There were five Deities on the altar.24 - . At some point of time. The house of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya The house of Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya The underground passage to the Jagannätha temple After the class. On the back wall. many of us were also dry mental speculators till we received the mercy of our Spiritual Master. Çré Çré Rädhä-Çyämasundara. transcending knowledge that is based on logic and scriptural acumen and that achieve the stage of pure devotional service”. We meditated that such transformation was not just a single event in the history. So. This is our great privilege and great challenge. the water level rose considerably and waves started flowing out of the Çveta Gaìgä carrying Çacé right inside the Jagannätha temple. He showed several çiläs including the Dämodara çilä that was worshipped by Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya and Gaìgä-mätä. we saw the remains of what would have been very nice paintings once. We felt a deep gratitude for our Spiritual Master for transparently passing down the mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu to us and thus making us fortunate. A few generations from now. Çacé was known as Gaìgä-mätä Gosväminé. We have to take this message to our hearts very seriously. From that day. When we went further . Several of us have experienced this transformation in our personal lives. she became an initiating spiritual master in the line of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. There is nothing that can compare in purity and perfection to the message of pure devotional service. we took drops of water from Çveta Gaìgä on our heads and exited from the other side. “The name Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya represents. After climbing the steps. there was a mural painting of the Ñaòbhuja form of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. We went through a short passageway to enter the courtyard where the altar was.

The temple was pink in color. The temple compound was filled with sand and there were a few coconut trees around. that temple also had a very little space in front of the Deities. ‘Kunja Math’ was written on an old board outside. House of Käçé Miçra – Gambhérä From there we went to a very important and holy place in the Lélä of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Caitanya Mahäprabhu resided in Gambhérä for 24 years. all the ISKCON temples have a big temple hall such that several devotees can take their heartfelt darçana of the beautiful forms of the Deities. During those 24 years. Caitanya Mahäprabhu exhibited extraordinary stages of devotional ecstasies that we never have heard of . Typically. The Deities in the temple were Çré Çré Rädhä Rasikroyji. we went to the temple established by Çyämänanda prabhu. We meditated on how far-sighted our founder äcärya. the house of Käçé Miçra. we saw a tunnel that was a secret underground passage to the Jagannätha temple that Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya used. The Altar with five Deities The mural painting of Ñaòbhuja form Çré Çré Rädhä RasikRoyji – the Deities of Rasikänanda The Deities (on the left) and the temple (on the right) of Çré Çré Rädhä RasikRoyji Next.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi ahead. That was Gambhérä.25 - . a disciple of Çyämänanda prabhu. Mahäräja entered the temple through a narrow opening. Like several other temples. Çréla Prabhupäda was. They were worshipped by Rasikänanda.

How can I restrict the Supremely independent person?” King Pratäprudra said. Gambhérä became the residence of Mahäprabhu Caitanya Mahäprabhu went for the South India tour on the pretext of finding his brother. “You are the most learned person that I know. On one side of the room. we were able to hear the sound of monkeys jumping on it. I accept it. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya told him that Caitanya Mahäprabhu had already left. was another room with a lamp. but at the same time quiet and peaceful. It is said that the lamp has been burning since the time of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Caitanya Mahäprabhu lived in that room for twelve years! Adjacent to that room. The entrance to Gambhérä The temple courtyard where we had our class Outside the temple compound was a metallic arch with “Rädhä-Käntä Maöha” imprinted on it. from which ample sunlight was entering the courtyard. The main focus of Mahäräja’s talk were the wonderful loving exchanges that took place there and the intense mood of Mahäprabhu in His feelings of separation from Lord Kåñëa.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi before. we saw a big courtyard. The whole place was colored in yellow from outside. The King requested Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya to arrange a meeting with Him. We cannot understand Him by speculation. We came to the main courtyard and sat for the class. There were windows on the top. “He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. . Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya replied. Because King Pratäprudra was eager to render any service for Caitanya Mahäprabhu. On the left was the altar of Çré Çré Rädhä Käntä Deities. Viçvarüpa. As we entered the temple premises. The courtyard had a high ceiling of metallic sheets. One can just imagine what loving pastimes would have taken place there. his house (Gambhérä) eventually became the residence of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Mahäräja sat on a raised platform and we eagerly waited to hear more about Gambhérä. Meanwhile King Pratäprudra heard about a young sannyäsi (Caitanya Mahäprabhu) that had come from Bengal. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya requested him to arrange for a residence for Caitanya Mahäprabhu that would be near the Jagannätha temple. but only by submissive hearing as exemplified by the King Pratäprudra”. As Käçé Miçra was a wealthy and pure Vaiñëava. The King enquired. “This is the how one can understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead. in a glass box there were Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s original wooden sandals and His water pot. Because you say that Caitanya Mahäprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. On a little raised platform was a small sanctorum and through a barred window we could see Gambhérä. what used to be the room of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Intermittently. There were dioramas depicting Çré Caitanya’s life. Devotees would come to meet Caitanya Mahäprabhu like iron filings are attracted to a magnet. “Why was such an elevated personality allowed to go?” To that.” Çréla Prabhupäda explains. On the top of the temple there was a cakra with a fluttering red flag.26 - .

a great scholar. Caitanya Mahäprabhu requested him to take leave from his government service and come to stay with Him in Puré.Rädhä Käntä. Govinda and Käçéçvara Paëòita also came to Gambhérä. Çréla Kåñìadäsa Kaviräja Gosvämé. On the far right is Çré Caitanya and on the far left is Çré Nityänanda. His name was Svarüpa. Raghunätha däsa Gosvämé would narrate those pastimes. Later. he took a brahmacäré name. The room behind the wall is Gambhérä. Importance of the order of the Spiritual Master After some time. they used to pacify the heart of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Käçéçvara Paëòita was given the service to assist Rüpa Gosvämé in the . So he also took sannyäsa. Spiritual significance of the association of Rämänanda Räya & Svarüpa Dämodara Puruñottama Äcärya. on the instruction of Sanätana Gosvämé and Rüpa Gosvämé. used to regularly listen to these pastimes. “The order of the spiritual master is very strong and cannot be disobeyed! That is the injunction of the revealed scriptures. Rämänanda Räya had a deep understanding of the transcendental emotions of Kåñëa Lélä and would direct dramas in the finest way to churn those emotions in the audience. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya replied. where Çré Caitanya lived. loved Caitanya Mahäprabhu very much and he didn’t know what to do when Caitanya Mahäprabhu took sannyäsa. the principal associates of Rädhä. Caitanya Mahäprabhu was in the mood of Rädhä experiencing separation from Kåñëa in Våndävana. Rämänanda Räya was a minister in the kingdom of King Pratäprudra. Thus. Lalitä and Viçäkhä. Svarüpa Dämodara would sing songs to pacify Caitanya Mahäprabhu and at the same time compliment His emotions. who instructed them to go and serve Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Rämänanda Räya and Svarüpa Dämodara were none other than Lalitä and Viçäkhä. Dämodara was added to his name by Caitanya Mahäprabhu as he used to sing very sweetly. he wrote Çré Caitanya-caritämåta based on his hearing and a personal diary of Muräri Gupta. a friend of Caitanya Mahäprabhu from Navadvépa. Rämänanda Räya and Svarüpa Dämodara were constant companions of Caitanya Mahäprabhu during the final twelve years of Mahäprabhu’s lélä. Govinda became the personal servant of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. He took distilled notes of the pastimes and the inner mood of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Caitanya Mahäprabhu enquired from Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya whether it was alright to accept service from one’s God brothers.27 - . so that as a brahmacäré. He shared his notes with Raghunätha däsa Gosvämé. on the order of Haridäsa Paìòita. He would recite verses for Caitanya Mahäprabhu simply to enhance His mood further and further.” So Mahäprabhu accepted their service. who would experience transcendental emotions in His separation from Kåñëa. Instead of taking a sannyäsi name.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi The Deities of Çré Çré Rädhä. he could easily serve a sannyäsi. Caitanya Mahäprabhu accepted Svarüpa Dämodara as His personal secretary. Later. They were disciples of Éçvara Puré.

Caitanya Mahäprabhu gave Käçéçvara Paëòita His Deity to mitigate the pain of separation that Käçéçvara Paëòita was experiencing. feeling separation of Kåñëa was worshipping Kåñëa. We could not imagine the good fortune we just had by visiting the place where Caitanya Mahäprabhu lived for so many years. So Mahäräja explained that we would understand this if we get the mercy of the disciplic succession. At Gambhérä. This mercy comes through the medium of service. He had the emotions of Kåñëa and the luster of Rädhä. these loving exchanges had been exhibited by Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Then we heard three extraordinary pastimes of Mahäprabhu when He was absorbed in His internal consciousness. So. who was in the mood of separation from Rädhä. One should be eager to have Lord Caitanya’s mercy. This seemed very difficult for us to understand. Twice His body became elongated and once His body shrunk to the size of a pumpkin. These pastimes reveal the deep loving exchanges between Caitanya Mahäprabhu and His associates. and consequently our attraction for temporary things fades away. We heard about the intense emotion of Rädhä in separation of Kåñëa. Lord Jagannätha represents Kåñëa in the mood of separation from Rädhä.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi worship if Çré Çré Rädhä-Govindadev ji in Våndävana. He then delved into the deeper moods of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. This mercy takes us out of the material consciousness. the qualification for pure devotional service is one’s eagerness to have it.” We felt an increased desire in us to cooperate with pure devotees like Mahäräja by hearing from him very submissively. The connection of Jagannätha Puré with Våndävana is very strong and this mood of separation intensifies this connection. The intense mood of Caitanya Mahäprabhu at Gambhérä To illustrate the intense mahäbhäva mood of Caitanya Mahäprabhu in separation from Kåñëa. which is the same what Mahäprabhu was experiencing in Gambhérä. He regained His external consciousness and came back to His original form when the devotees gathered around Him and chanted the holy name. . Many devotees expressed their joyfulness and purified motivations with one another. Spiritual significance of Caitanya Mahäprabhu coming to Puré Caitanya Mahäprabhu was the combined form of Rädhä and Kåñëa. Service is nothing but an exchange of love in relationship with the devotees. Mahäräja read from Rüpa Gosvämé’s Lalitä Mädhava. Kåñëa in the mood of Rädhä. Through the medium of service and loving exchanges in our services. He also described the appreciation that Uddhava had for the gopés of Våndävana. That Deity is still being worshipped in Jaipur along with Çré Çré Rädhä-Govinda. Lord Caitanya represents Rädhä in separation from Kåñëa. so that we can become intensely eager to achieve the lotus feet of our beautiful Lord. The journey back to our hotel gave us time to hear these messages again and again in our hearts and allowed the inspirations to emerge more and more in us. “According to the Nectar of Devotion. with a lot of love and with an open heart to receive his mercy in our lives. What it means to visit Gambhérä Mahäräja concluded. We did not realize that time had passed by and we have traversed back to our hotels. Jagannätha. So Jagannätha Puré represents this mood of separation.28 - . we can experience awakening of our attraction for Kåñëa.

Mahäräja entered the room. some wild elephants came charging towards Rasikänanda. Çyämänanda became the initiating spiritual master of Rasikänanda. When they saw each other for the first time. We heard the narration of how once Dukhé Kåñëadäsa. he was married to Icchä devé. “Hare Kåñëa”. Once. the Spiritual Master of Rasikänanda Çyämänanda Prabhu (earlier Dukhé Kåñëadäsa) was a disciple of Hridoy Caitanya däsa (a disciple of Gauridäsa Paìòita). She claimed that it belonged to her friend. He got a Deity of Gopévallabhji from Çyämänanda and since then. They bowed down to him and roared. Rasikänanda said. Rasikänanda recovered another Deity at Remuëä that was hidden in a lake from the fear of invasion. Dukhé Kåñëadäsa requested her to take him to her friend. One day a local village girl came looking for the anklet and inquired Dukhé Kåñëadäsa about it. Çyämänanda. he asked whether we were exhausted with so much of moving around in Puré. you have come. we again gathered at the Paradise hotel around 4:00 pm. “At last. We took darçana of these personalities in their deity forms that day as well as the previous day. Brahmänanda Bhäraté and Jagadänanda Paìòita. “Now. When he was 18 years old. Çrématé Rädhäräné pressed her ankle bracelet on the forehead of Dukhi Kåñëa Däsa (that appeared like a tilak) and gave him the name Çyämänanda. He arranged a huge kértana and in the middle of the kértana he . while sweeping the ground found an anklet. Jagadänanda Paìòita After sumptuous lunch prasädam. Choöa Haridäsa. He prayed intensely to get a qualified Spiritual Master. A vast numbers of meat eaters were converted to Vaiñëavas by him. Choöa Haridäsa. His Grace Nanda Gopäl Prabhu led a wonderful kértana. The anklet had transcendental effulgence. Mahäräja spoke more about Rasikänanda. They were both very strong and dynamic preaching team. knowing well that it belonged to Çrématé Rädhäräné. Rasikänanda rode on the rock to meet the mystic yogi. Rasikänanda being an empowered Vaiñëava Rasikänanda and Icchä devé moved to Käçépur for preaching. At 4:45 pm. So he was taken in his spiritual body by Lalitä Devé (who came as local village girl) to Çrématé Rädhäräné. He took some water and chanted “Gaura Gaura Kåñëa Kåñëa !!” and sprinkled the water on them. they had an instant recognition of their relationship that was beyond time. Brahmänanda Bhäraté. He became a disciple of Rasikänanda. Rasikänanda was seated on a large rock and was applying his tilaka.29 - .Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Description of Rasikänanda. Once a mystic yogi. the town where he stayed was called Gopévallabhpur. Dukhé Kåñëadäsa was sent to Våndävana to study under Jéva Gosvämé. was amazed and felt humbled. there is hope for the future of Vaiñëavism!” He then instructed Rasikänanda and Icchä devé in the process of devotional service. Thousands of people from all walks of life became Gauòéya Vaiñëavas under their care. The mystic yogi. Çyämänanda appeared in his dream and revealed that he would be coming soon. Now my life has a real meaning!” Çyämänanda said. Out of his concern. Dukhé Kåñëadäsa with Lalitä Devé Rasikänanda’s meeting with Çyämänanda Rasikänanda from his childhood had a strong spiritual inclination. riding a tiger came to meet Rasikänanda.

Mahäräja said. • From Mahäräja’s personal experience: In his recent trip to Ekacakra. with complete trust that the supreme potency of devotion will carry us to the higher stages of spiritual elevation. Devotees were attracted to the blind man and the blind man was also attracted to the genuine devotees.” From that point onwards. the devotees would not associate with women even in their dreams. Caitanya Mahäprabhu didn’t like a sannyäsi mixing freely with women and so He rejected Choöa Haridäsa from His association. He said. Choöa Haridäsa Öhäkura Once Bhagavän Äcärya invited Caitanya Mahäprabhu for prasädam. Caitanya Mahäprabhu wanted very much that His followers would be straight-forward and honest in their dealings. But even after a year. Choöa Haridäsa was in great anxiety.30 - . This lélä helped us to understand the proper standard of each äçrama and also the standard of real devotion. entered into the Deity and that was the last time his followers saw him. Çikhi Mähiti’s very elderly and saintly sister Mädhavé devé was at home. understanding the duplicity in his heart. In spiritual life. the pujärés at the Bankim Räya temple tried to take away the microphone to get some donations. Other devotees assured him that the Lord just wanted to instruct us and soon His anger would subside. After Brahmänanda Bhäraté exchanged his attire. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa was introduced to the teachings of Lord Caitanya by one of the grand disciples of Rasikänanda.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi got up. • Snake charmer praising genuine feelings of Haridäsa Öhäkura and beating the imitator brähmaëa. • The straightforwardness of Satyakäma in telling Gautama Muni that he did not know his Gotra was the qualification for his being accepted as a disciple. “A genuine expression of devotion is very attractive and imitation is very displeasing. we should not pretend something we are not. When Mahäprabhu heard that.” Because that was an important principle. who happily supplied the rice. Simplicity or saralatä means no duplicity (or. Mahäprabhu’s mood did not change. . Rather we should genuinely try to serve Kåñëa according to our position. when a blind Vaiñëava was very beautifully singing the songs of Narottama däsa Öhäkura. saying one thing and meaning another). Mahäräja cited several instances so that we do not miss it. Caitanya Mahäprabhu offered him all respects. • Pradyumna Miçra seeing Rämänanda Räya decorating the devé dasés and Mahäprabhu commenting that the pure consciousness of Rämänanda Räya was not to be found in anyone. “This is the only atonement for one who has committed such an offense of transgressing from one’s vows of being a sannyäsi. So Choöa Haridäsa left in the dead of a night and drowned himself in the confluence of Gaìgä and Yamunä in Varanasi. With great emphasis. We should also not lament that we are not something. • When Caitanya Mahäprabhu went to see Brahmänanda Bhäraté. Caitanya Mahäprabhu was firm on His decision. Even after persuasion from Svarüpa Dämodara and Parmänanda Puré. He requested Choöa Haridäsa to get some first class rice from Çikhi Mähiti’s home. “My Brahmänanda Bhäraté would never wear a deer skin to make a show of renunciation”. Caitanya Mahäprabhu said. Caitanya Mahäprabhu did not look at him.

is blackish. where Brahmänanda Bhäraté expresses his wonderful realization to Caitanya Mahäprabhu : “At the present moment. He who is the nonmoving Brahman. Sanätana Gosvämé appreciated the intense love that Jagadänanda Paìòita had for Caitanya Mahäprabhu. But Mahäräja helped us appreciate the mood of Jagadänanda Paìòita. as they were. and the other Brahman. Mahäräja then narrated several pastimes that clearly brought out the mood of Jagadänanda Paìòita and how other devotees would appreciate his deep love for Caitanya Mahäprabhu. voice modulation and expressions he would bring out the mood of each of these intimate associates of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. . Lord Jagannätha. seemingly to confront Kåñëa or become angry with Kåñëa or to challenge Kåñëa.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja read from a section in Caitanya-caritämåta. Mahäräja’s command over Caitanyacaritämåta and Çréla Prabhupäda’s purports was reflected as he would narrate all the finer details of the pastimes. Jagadänanda Paìòita’s dealings with Caitanya Mahäprabhu are very difficult to understand. who is moving here and there. but since I have seen You. As an expert storyteller. One Brahman is Lord Jagannätha. I now want to chant the holy name of Lord Kåñëa. After this Mahäräja read some narrations from Prema-Vivarta that Jagadänanda Paìòita wrote in his own unique style on the request of Svarüpa Dämodara. Both of You are delivering the whole world. And in a fit of anger Jagadänanda Paìòita broke the pot and went home. You are faircomplexioned. is You. Caitanya Mahäprabhu could take rest.31 - . But You are Lord Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu. who is moving. By his words. who being a sannyäsi did not accept it. The same feelings were reflected in Jagadänanda Paìòita. within my heart I consider You to be Kåñëa and I am therefore very eager to serve You.” Jagadänanda Paìòita Mahäräja said that Jagadänanda Paìòita is one of the wonderful personalities to talk about and remember. After getting the report that Jagadänanda Paìòita had taken his meal too. two Brahmans are now simultaneously residing at Jagannätha Puré. Jagadänanda Paìòita could not bear that Sanätana Gosvämé was wearing something that was not given by Caitanya Mahäprabhu and was ready to hit Sanätana Gosvämé with a pot. Jagadänanda Paìòita once brought some first class sandalwood oil for Caitanya Mahäprabhu. I have been meditating on the impersonal Brahman since my birth. Over and above this. I see two Brahmans. He fasted and sulked that Mahäprabhu did not accept service from him. Jagadänanda Paìòita once saw Sanätana Gosvämé wearing a red cloth on his head that was not given to him by Caitanya Mahäprabhu. I have fully experienced Kåñëa. Jagadänanda Paìòita immediately jumped off and prepared a big feast for Mahäprabhu and fed Him ten times. Then Caitanya Mahäprabhu came and told Jagadänanda Paìòita to prepare prasädam for Him. while the other. the worshipable Deity. Sometimes he would become a distinct person and sometimes the narrator. Of the two Brahmans. Jagadänanda Paìòita in Kåñëa’s Lélä is Satyabhämä who would act in a way. hands and facial expressions to describe different parts of the dialogue. Lord Jagannätha is the arcä-vigraha. In this way. Mahäräja would use his voice. who does not move.

only by the mercy and association of Mahäräja. if there were no living models to give expression to these ideals. The possibility to have such a dynamic team would look quite remote in the present day. We were inspired to hear about the strong preaching team of Rasikänanda and Icchä Devé. After hearing about so many spiritual personalities. . We could understand these exchanges and felt inspired by these personalities to the extent our capacities allowed. Thanks to some of the senior disciples of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi It was 6:30 by the time we ended. who are living examples of such purity and are training several people from all walks of life to become first class devotees. We appreciated the uniqueness of exchanges of transcendental affection between Jagadänanda Paìòita and Caitanya Mahäprabhu. we reflected how each one had a distinct way of expressing his deep love for Caitanya Mahäprabhu.32 - . We shivered remembering how the incident of Choöa Haridäsa was used to teach us that we should not take our spiritual vows leniently.

That day. We also felt completely uplifted by a lecture at Jagannätha-vallabha gardens and a subsequent Q/A session in the evening. 2007 Monday As the days of the yäträ progressed.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Day 3: 8th January. When Bimal Prasäd was born. Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura made a fervent appeal to the Supreme Lord for sending His direct representative from the spiritual world to check the rapid deterioration in Kali Yuga. mind and senses with transcendental sound vibrations of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. followed by chanting in his association. Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura consulted the best astrologer who exclaimed. Bimal Prasäd was an answer to that prayer and hence his biography is titled “A Ray of Viñëu”. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja captured our attention to his lecture. the Deities of Çré Çré Gaura Nitäi were wearing blue dresses. through which we would be able to appreciate the pastimes. We felt that the ocean of the glories of great Vaiñëavas. the dhäma and the Deities . Çré Çré Jagannätha Baladeva Subhadra wore beautiful multicolored crowns. Life of Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura Birth of Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura and Garland from Lord Jagannätha One of the glories of Çré Jagannätha Puré Dhäma is that Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura made his appearance here. nama oà viñëu-pädäya kåñëa-preñöhäya bhü-tale çrémate bhaktisiddhänta-sarasvatéti nämine .33 - . adorned with dark-red flower garlands and bedecked with big peacock feathers. we got darçan of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja during maìgala ärati. Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura knew that his son. we found ourselves getting more and more absorbed in the teachings and the pastimes of the Lord. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura was born in Feb of 1874. “This boy has all the 32 symptoms of a Mahäpuruña and would become a great spiritual leader and reformer of his time. the devotees. After Guru Püjä we were ready to fill our body. His father. their loving exchanges were increasing in our hearts and intensifying the inspirations that we carried from the previous days. Orange and yellow flowers decorated Their and the Guru paramaparä’s lotus feet. which began around 7:45 am. which helped us increase our indebtedness to them. the umbilical cord was wrapped around him like a brähmaëa thread. and his name was Bimal Prasäd. We heard about the life of Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura and Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura – the prominent äcäryas of the recent times. As a regular feature.” When Bimal Prasäd was born.

In his free time. His father trained him how to edit and publish books. He was even capable of giving a 10-minute dissertation on any verse from Bhagavad Gétä. there was ratha-yäträ festival of Lord Jagannätha.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi After 6 months of his appearance. he formed a sabhä of “chiran kumära” – like a brahmacäré äçrama with people who had taken a life-long vow of celibacy. Lord Jagannätha’s garland fell down and circled the child. he read and memorized the entire library. he had access to learned scholars. While he was a teenager. Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura found a Kurma Deity and gave it to Bimal Prasäd. “You have taken what was meant for the Lord”. During his sannyäsa initiation. he discontinued his college from the fear of getting married after finishing his college. In his teenage. who was only 7 years old at that time. Bimal Prasäd had also memorized the entire Bhagavad Gétä by the time he reached 7 years of age. he accepted the name Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura. trained personally by his father who was himself a pure devotee. . “I am a great offender.” Once at an excavation site. Çréla Prabhupäda said that sometimes he was considered a walking encyclopedia. As a librarian. I will never take mango again. Schooldays He was the best student in his school. Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura would take him on a pilgrimage tour to South India and to the places of Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s pastimes. He was enrolled in a college when he was 18. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura worshipped the Kurma Deity.34 - . Bimal Prasäd’s mother. He wrote many articles for his father’s publication. he was titled Siddhänta Sarasvaté. the birth Place of Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura Character Even when Bimal Prasäd was just a small boy of 2-3 years. “I am a great offender to the Lord. He would use that opportunity to learn the details of Deity worship and various practices of devotional service from them. He was an extremely powerful Vaiñëava. Since then. Being a son of Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. he would read books of Çréla Narottama däsa Öhäkura. I cannot take mangoes. he wrote his first book “Siddhänta çiromaëi” on astrological calculations. he took the position of a librarian. Later. He understood completely whatever he heard in the class.” Once Çréla Prabhupäda witnessed that when a mango was offered to Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura had a similar vision as his father–to preach Kåñëa Consciousness all over the world. Caitanya Gauòéya Maöha. He wrote a large volume book. After leaving college. Subsequently. he never deviated from his vows. he denied it saying. Later he dismissed the entire field of astrology as worldly. like an encyclopedia of Vaiñëavism. During that performance. expressing his learning’s from the tours with his father. Lord Jagannätha’s cart halted in front of their house and would not move ahead for 3 days. Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura admonished him by saying. Bhagvati devé had the privilege to perform his grain ceremony in front of Lord Jagannätha. Once Bimal Prasäd ate a mango before it was offered to the Deity. Bimal Prasäd immediately declared. He would quote verbatim from various books he had read. Everyone understood that that was a great soul and was a recipient of the Lord’s great mercy.

He was once riding on an elephant for Våndävana parikramä and Navadvépa maëdal Parikramä. especially in the dhäma. He was such a powerful and brilliant personality that both sides applauded him. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura very innovatively used technology in the service of Kåñëa.” Later on. On the other hand. Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé came to Navadvépa-dhäma. “If I do not take initiation from a qualified spiritual master. “I have to ask Mahäprabhu. In spite of differences in social background. “Mahäprabhu has not given His answer yet”.35 - . Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura took sannyäsa and proactively engaged in the preaching mission in Caitanya Maöha. Once he was driven through the loi bazaar of Våndävana in a convertible car. He quoted verse after verse. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura was very learned in the Vedic scriptures. Çréla Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé showed his reluctance and told him. He was trained in a vaiçya family of a grain-merchant. and concluded the conference by establishing Vaiñëavas to be superior to Brähmaëas. He took it as a preparation for his future missionary engagements.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Meeting with Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé When Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura discovered the birth place of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Bhaktisiddhänta very sincerely and with deep sentiments said. when he was in his mid-30s. When Bhaktisiddhänta approached Çréla Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé for initiation. At that time sannyäsis would not ride conveyances. he wonderfully dismantled smärta brähmaëa’s pride with Gauòéya Vaiñëava’s practice of païcarätrika system. Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé was a renunciation personified. He observed this strong näma-vrata of chanting 192 rounds a day. Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura recommended his son to go to Navadvépa-dhäma and chant the holy name 1 billion times. which created uproar in Puré. Rädhä-Ramanacarana dressed his disciple like Lalitä sakhé. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura prepared a paper – Brähmaëism and Vaiñëavism. He said that Vaiñëavism is the pinnacle of Brähmaëism. whenever he would approach Çréla Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé again. .” Appreciating his service mood. But his message was yukta-vaéragya. he had deep realizations of the conclusions of the scriptures. Çréla Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé would say. At that time a member of an apa-sampradäya. wherein he extolled the glories of a brähmaëa. Both were disturbed by the many deviations prevalent in the society. we can prepare ourselves with some kind of purification to bring about greater transparency doing the service. Then Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura started speaking about the glories of Vaiñëavas very logically and strongly. Everyone was impressed by him. both had instant attraction towards each other and great appreciation for their genuineness. being trained by Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura in an aristocratic family. Meeting failures after failures in his repeated imploring of Çréla Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura encouraged Bhaktisiddhänta’s natural attraction for Çréla Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé and directed Bhaktisiddhänta to seek initiation from Çréla Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura felt inspired to speak publicly to bring out these deviations. to bring the attention of people to Kåñëa. The smärta brähmaëas objected saying. I will give up my life. A strong missionary person Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura once came to Jagannätha Puré with his father. His preaching was so powerful that he was called siàha-guru. After departure of Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé and Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. in service to Kåñëa. In 1911. Even though he was not literate. presented logical arguments. one cannot worship çälagräma-çilä”. “Unless one is a brähmaëa by birth. Çréla Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé accepted Bhaktisiddhänta based on his qualities and subsequently accepted no other disciple. When we want to take up some important undertaking. for 5 years without fail.

understanding that he would soon leave this world. Birth place of Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura Caitanya Gauòéya Maöha Çré Çré Rädhä-Nayanmaëé . bustle of taking breakfast prasädam packets and delicacy of sugarcane juice. fruit vendors. Mahäräja came and in no time the march began. When Mahäräja stopped speaking. who had difficulty in walking. cars. Once while describing intense mood of separation of Caitanya Mahäprabhu from Kåñëa at Caöaka Parvata. There were 5 flag posts fluttering in the soothing breeze and behind the foot walkers was a row of rickshaws with devotees. Kértana had already started. other animals. cows. Vedänta Caitanya Prabhu led a surcharging kértana and all the devotees enthusiastically participated. we felt that the silence and the air around was surcharged with transcendental vibrations and felt eager to visit the places mentioned by Mahäräja. “May all (those who are near and those who are far away) receive the lotus feet of Caitanya Mahäprabhu within their hearts. focused and determined group and it stood out in the background of randomness of cycle vendors. we went out of the room. the procession was ready to leave as soon as Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja arrived. He gave his blessings. grey buildings and confused situation of the dhäma that is now infested with modernization. At 10:00 am. streamlined.36 - . We formed a big. beggars. With prayers filling our mind. He taught to abandon pride and cast aside attachments to worldly possessions. A small girl was very innocently dancing in the center and attracting everyone’s attention and smiles. in order to whole-heartedly receive the message of Rüpa and Raghunätha. he lost his external consciousness. We felt to take a moment to let the message and glories of Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura sink in us. He went to Calcutta.” Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja smelled a flower garland that was kept for him and placed it near the lotus feet of Çréla Prabhupäda. into the hustle. externally. There was a gap of about an hour before we met again outside the Paradise hotel to start our march through the Grand Road to the decided places.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi One time he was challenged to speak on the limitation of spiritual knowledge and he spoke on 1st verse of 1st Canto of Çrémad Bhägavatam for 30 days without repeating himself.

we paid our obeisances and offered respects by taking drops of water from Sarovara on our heads. Mahäräja told us that the main Deities are Çré Çré Rädhä-Nayanmaëé. There were people bathing and washing clothes on the other end of the ghat. Located on the Grand road. Some devotees sprinkled water on others who were still above on the stairs.37 - .Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi We reached Caitanya Gauòéya Maöha. A small hut or covering formed a very nice sitting place for Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja and Çréla Prabhupäda. very peaceful and not congested. when he very well knew the differences. Kåñëa and Rädhä. there were two sets of mike. one of the 64 maöhas established by Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura. We all sat on the steps and got ready to take our notes. We should simply strive to bring shelter to those who have no shelter at present. Let us collectively offer our prayers to Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura and surely such a Vaiñëava is happy to give those blessings if we are eager to receive it and use it properly. There were the Deities of Çré Çré Jagannätha Baladeva Subhadrä were on the left altar. This time. This revealed the great preparation and devotional brain-storming that has been done in the background by the organizers in order to make this yäträ very successful and smooth . The faces of the Deities of Lord Caitanya and Çrématé Rädhäräëé were golden. and looked very attractive. We can receive blessings of Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura by making our hearts pure and thus receive his empowerment to become qualified and transparent preachers. There were three altars. This was Märkeëòeya Sarovara. His opposition was not towards four sampradäyas but towards the deviation. Organizers brought the mike in no time.without a jitter!! Mahäräja spoke that this place is very ancient. In center were the Deities of Lord Caitanya. . One was a ready-to-use mike which could be used while the battery operated one could be set. craziness and degraded state of society. Märkeëòeya Sarovara We walked further and stepped down towards a large Sarovara. this was the house of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura and the birth place of Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura. Following Mahäräja. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura was a great reformer but at the same time he wanted to bring harmony amongst the four sampradäyas. On the right altar was the Deity of Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura. We went inside and got darçana of the Deities. He emphasized on the similarities of various sampradäyas. We could hear beating of clothes but it was reasonably peaceful and quiet on our side. deep in the city.

He wrote many eloquent poems. cure them of their life long diseases. Thousands of his followers considered him god. This was a very productive time for Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura to write. Çrémad Bhägavatam is the topmost and is the essence of all the knowledge of the Vedäs. His heart was so moved by reading these books that he wrote poems in glorification of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. It wasn’t till end of 30 years of his age (1868) that he got these books. Observing ritualistic ceremony can bring elevation and piety but cannot bring one to the realm of the Absolute. Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura came to his camp to expose his serious deviation – “Jéva posing himself to be Viñëu”. For many years he was searching for a copy of Çrémad Bhägavatam and Caitanya-caritämåta. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura was fearless and determined to uphold the standard of virtue. he was very joyful on taking darçana of Lord Jagannätha. When Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura got transferred to Jagannätha Puré. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura asked a Paìòita to read Çrémad Bhägavatam under that tree. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura’s faith in Çrémad Bhägavatam Mahäräja then narrated the story of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura taking all kinds of risks to deal with a dangerous bramha daitya ghost inhabiting a banyan tree. Strong dealings with deviated people There was a deviated personality Bisika Sen who claimed that he was Viñëu. Even though Bisika Sen gave life threats to . The day reading of Çrémad Bhägavatam got over. He very innovatively used the technology of offset press to make these books readily available. One of his choicest literary pieces was “To love God”. western rationale/intellectuals and Hindus of his time. He remembered how much joy Caitanya Mahäprabhu felt on reaching Jagannätha Puré. showing that the essence of various religions of the world was to love God and not the rituals or externals.38 - .Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Märkeëòeya Sarovara Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura’s life in Jagannätha Puré Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura was born in West Bengal in the year 1838 in the month of September.the smärta brähmaëas. 3. He addressed challenging audience . The style of preaching of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura was humble persuasion with a very reasonable and gentle yet strong logic. He had 3 main messages – 1. He had mysterious powers to read other people’s mind. It is not part of some mythology. and make fire come from his hair. the tree fell apart and the bramha daitya ghost left the tree. By rationale thought one can never reach the Absolute Truth 2. He had deep convictions in the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

We felt grateful to have a powerful äcärya amongst us. In a few days. We climbed up the steps remembering the stature of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura both spiritually and materially. he should beg forgiveness from Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. personal and loving in training devotees. He has been fearlessly residing and preaching in Brooklyn. He envisioned and inspired devotees to form a community in Chicago. bäbäjé came down with fever and was diagnosed to die soon. He has deep conviction in the principles taught by Çréla Prabhupäda and leads his life representing the Guru paramparä. there were disasters happening all around in Jagannätha Puré. Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura said. The bäbäjé pleaded before Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura for forgiveness. “How is that possible? You are my superior and I would like to learn from you.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. A very prominent bäbäjé came and started speaking ill of Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. Dealing with Bisika Sen was very dangerous but Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura remained fearless. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura would hold Çrémad Bhägavatam classes.39 - . just as Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé Mahäräja and even Jagannätha däsa Bäbäjé came to hear Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura speak because of his deep realizations. He elaborately answers the questions submitted to the Inquiries Into The Absolute. he died in a few days. Mahäräja indicated that we would hear more about Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura in the evening and indicated to go to our next place – Jagannätha-vallabha Gardens. who is ever ready to hold our hands and take us back to Godhead. He considered protecting people from getting mislead not only his government duty but more importantly his spiritual duty. One devotee shared that we can observe so many qualities of these great äcäryas exemplified by Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. He shoulders the challenges and responsibility of a GBC leader. In order to make the general public aware of these deviations. . In his dreams. He has been unifying intelligentsia of this age from various universities and companies. After Bisika Sen was put in jail. the darkest place and capital of mäyä devé and rode on saìkértana truck through the streets of New York. Bäbäjé would come to hear from Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. Other such deviated people were similarly dealt with. He shares his deep meditations while reading Çréla Prabhupäda’s books. We observed a person asking for money. New York. they became close friends and Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura cured his illness with appropriate medicines. Lord Jagannätha appeared and told that if he wanted to live. He is very sensitive. Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura fearlessly arrested him. Mahäräja emphasized that Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura was a very powerful äcärya in the recent times.” In due course of time. Mahäräja gestured to a devotee asking what this person is selling. Due to mystic powers of Bisika Sen. He powerfully uses technology by making PowerPoint presentations to attract people of all age groups. he wrote a book describing 13 divisions of apa-sampradäya that deviate from the pure teachings of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. He was very prolific and a powerful personality!! Relishing the discourse at Märkeëòeya Sarovara A Bäbäjé humbled before Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura At Jagannätha-vallabha Gardens.

one desires to have million of eyes. By the grace of Caitanya Mahäprabhu he perfectly understood the fine details of the rasa. As a service to all the devotees. When one smells the fragrance of Kåñëa. This will strengthen the desire to achieve. purity and beauty of that place was filling our hearts and preparing us to hear the pastimes of elevated Vaiñëavas like Rämänanda Räya and King Pratäprudra. That was what Caitanya Mahäprabhu was experiencing. One devotee pointed out that all the coconut trees were bent towards Lord Jagannätha’s temple as a sign of respect towards the Lord. it is required that we perform our practices thoughtfully. . experience. and would go from tree to tree calling out “Where is Kåñëa? Where is Kåñëa? He must have passed this way because your foliage is filled with fragrance of Kåñëa. It was not just a play. Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu being reminded of Våndävana Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu liked to come to the Jagannätha-vallabha Gardens. who was Lord Kåñëa experiencing separation from Rädhä. It was quite contrary to the mundane mentality where one decorates oneself to attract the opposite sex.40 - . One cannot help but become inspired and enlivened by hearing Mahäräja. and see Kåñëa all the time. he stirred those emotions in the heart of the residents of Jagannätha Puré. one wants all of one’s senses to become nose. on hearing Kåñëa. He used to actually see the cows. the trees and the birds in Jagannätha-vallabha Gardens. In our stage of sädhana. the trees and the birds of Våndävana while seeing the cows. Rämänanda Räya was able to uplift others to go beyond mundane consciousness. By the grace of Caitanya Mahäprabhu he perfectly understood the fine details of the rasa.” Çré Jéva Gosvämé explains that on seeing Kåñëa. fragrance.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Jagannätha-vallabha Gardens We came out to the Grand road and turned in the same direction as the first temple we visited in the morning. Caitanya Mahäprabhu came to Jagannätha Puré to worship Lord Jagannätha. and fine clothing to enhance the pleasure of the Lord. We could also appreciate how Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja weaves the core messages of becoming humble and pure in our hearts through his insightful rendition of these pastimes. assisting the Gopés to dance for the pleasure of Kåñëa. That place used to remind Him of Våndävana. Everywhere He felt being in Våndävana. Similarly. while sitting in dust of this transcendental place. Caitanya Mahäprabhu was Rädhä experiencing separation from Kåñëa. We crossed it and reached a very beautiful area. The auspiciousness. All the senses at once want to experience Kåñëa. As a service to all the devotees. This extreme eagerness on the spiritual platform is the mature stage of prema. Rämänanda Räya regularly came and trained dramatist and dancers to perform Kåñëa lélä. He would decorate the dancers very nicely with ornaments. Rämänanda Räya was an expert in the matter of rasa. one wants all the senses to become ears. It was amazing to observe that. full of coconut trees outstretched in all directions. but Rämänanda Räya was in the mood of a maïjaré. he stirred those emotions in the heart of the residents of Jagannätha Puré. Rämänanda Räya was expert in the matter of rasa. devotionally and carefully. observing his expressions and gestures. Elevated consciousness of Çré Rämänanda Räya In Jagannätha-vallabha Gardens.

we heard how King Pratäprudra came to Puré after Caitanya Mahäprabhu had gone for a South India tour. “I want to have an audience with Caitanya Mahäprabhu.his ever increasing eagerness for Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s association and his position of humble service. King Pratäprudra expressed to Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya.” Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya asked. “But you can do some service”. and he would not associate with any worldly person.” Obstacles in meeting Caitanya Mahäprabhu Mahäräja stressed this point: “In spiritual life. one’s attraction for the Lord is sure to increase. “Yes! Yes! Some service. “You cannot control the independent Supreme Lord. “I can try. King Pratäprudra “heard” about Caitanya Mahäprabhu Another very important theme of Jagannätha Puré is: Our lone efforts. This place resembled another garden where Caitanya Mahäprabhu gave His full mercy to King Pratäprudra in a wonderful exchange with the King. There were two foremost important qualities that King Pratäprudra manifested progressively . When we visited Gambhérä.41 - . The main obstacle is our own stubborn mind.” King Pratäprudra said.” The obstacle in this case is that Caitanya Mahäprabhu was a very strict sannyäsi.” . even for a moment. at once pleaded. One must get the mercy of the Lord. I accept that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. “Yes! Yes! I will go to Käçé Miçra and speak to him right away. can you please make that arrangement?” Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya replied. “Can you arrange a residence for Caitanya Mahäprabhu?” King Pratäprudra said. we also had “heard”. if you have not noticed. “Why did you let him go?” Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya replied. When he returns back. Somewhere along the line. Then. This is all the more reason for me to want his association. King Pratäprudra enthusiastically said. are insufficient. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya said. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja then described the qualities of eagerness and humility of King Pratäprudra which attracted the full mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu and taught us how we too can achieve such a shower of mercy. though necessary. if possible. “He is gone.” King Pratäprudra. Eagerness and humility of King Pratäprudra to get mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu King Pratäprudra went from a position of piety to receive the full mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu.” Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya said.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi We felt much purified after hearing the pastimes of Çré Rämänanda Räya and his single-pointed pure devotion to Caitanya Mahäprabhu. but there will be obstacles. If we can extract these two things from this lélä and put them in our heart. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. we have the essence of how to make advancement in Kåñëa Consciousness. “Simply on your making this declaration. through the mercy of His devotees by serving them in a very sincere manner as King Pratäprudra served. there are obstacles. He “heard” about Caitanya Mahäprabhu – that’s where it all started.

Finally Lord Nityänanda fervently urged. If Dämodara Paëòita gives his permission. “You are on the topmost platform of spiritual life. Caitanya Mahäprabhu said. because by nature You are merciful. the Vaiñëavas decided to glorify King Pratäprudra in front of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. First. “It would be a deviation for one. . A whole group of devotees went to meet Caitanya Mahäprabhu and just stood silently before Him. I know You will show Your mercy to the King. “How can a sannyäsi associate with a king? Do not bring this up again or you will not see Me in Puré. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya made a request to Caitanya Mahäprabhu for meeting King Pratäprudra. who is in the renounced order. Everyone will criticize Me.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi King Pratäprudra joyfully released Rämänanda Räya Caitanya Mahäprabhu returned from his South India tour and had requested Rämänanda Räya to join him in Jagannätha Puré. Pratäprudra worshipped the outer garment as if he was directly worshipping the Lord of his life.” On the proposal of Lord Nityänanda.42 - . When he met Caitanya Mahäprabhu (as illustrated by picture on left side). You are the independent Supreme Personality of Godhead and Your will manifest regardless of what anyone says. “King Pratäprudra is going to give up his kingdom because You will not give him mercy while he is a King. “O Lord. He is ready to deliver everyone but this King Pratäprudra. How fortunate you are! I will not only give you leave but increase your pension!” King Pratäprudra also came along with Rämänanda Räya to Jagannätha Puré. “What is the use of kingdom without the mercy of the Supreme Lord? He has descended to deliver Jagäi and Mädhäi (as illustrated in the picture on right side). When Rämänanda Räya told King Pratäprudra that Caitanya Mahäprabhu was asking him to come to Jagannätha Puré. he said.) Caitanya Mahäprabhu replied to Rämänanda Räya. “Caitanya Mahäprabhu has requested you to come to Jagannätha Puré to take your association.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu gave a piece of His outer cloth for King Pratäprudra Meanwhile the eagerness of King Pratäprudra was increasing. He went to Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya and said.” (Basically saying. then I am fine”. Even Dämodara Paëòita will criticize Me. What are we to do?” Caitanya Mahäprabhu answered.” Rämänanda Räya was very expert in diplomacy. Kåñëa will be merciful to him who has rendered service to you. No one has the capacity to love others and Kåñëa as you have. give him your mercy. How unfortunate I am! I will give up all my kingly possession and my kingdom”. Caitanya Mahäprabhu gave a piece of His outer cloth for King Pratäprudra. “King Pratäprudra such a genuine love for You. When I told him that You have called me. He has such an intense love for You that I don’t even know what love is. he immediately released me and doubled my pension. Not knowing what to do. Dämodara Paëòita said. King Pratäprudra replied. Rämänanda Räya was a very expert person in King Pratäprudra’s kingdom.

As Caitanya Mahäprabhu heard his recitation. When Caitanya Mahäprabhu saw the son of King Pratäprudra. He kept on appreciating King Pratäprudra and said multiple times. Like a go and stop situation. As Caitanya Mahäprabhu was lying down in the garden beneath a tree. “Who are you? You are so kind to Me. What better service can one do for someone than reminding the other of Kåñëa?” Caitanya Mahäprabhu embraced him. It actually expands eagerness. thinking.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi King Pratäprudra’s son became dear to Caitanya Mahäprabhu King Pratäprudra became more and more eager. If there is pride in one’s heart along with eagerness. and He will be merciful”. Caitanya Mahäprabhu asked. “Go on speaking.43 - . In Çré Dhäma Mäyäpur. Message The mood of humble service and intense eagerness to achieve the goal of life was the recurrent theme of the yäträ. That’s the way of facing obstacles. Receiving the mercy is not a time bound thing or an individual specific thing. Caitanya Mahäprabhu is merciful. He is giving the opportunity to intensity our devotion and gives an opportunity to let go off our false material shelters. Caitanya Mahäprabhu saw King Pratäprudra doing the menial service of sweeping the place before Lord Jagannätha with a golden broom. The son was dressed in a very similar manner as Kåñëa would dress. King Pratäprudra came and began massaging the feet and legs of Caitanya Mahäprabhu and started reciting rasa lélä dance from the 10th Canto of Çrémad Bhägavatam.the mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. he stayed fixed.” There were several obstacles that King Pratäprudra faced in order to receive the goal of his life . who wanted to hear exchanges between Caitanya Mahäprabhu and Rämänanda Räya. “How will I get a chance to see the Personality of Godhead even for a moment?” Caitanya Mahäprabhu finally conceded to bring the son of King Pratäprudra to Him because a son is a representative of the father. By the mercy of Vaiñëavas and his humble mood of service. These pastimes are there to help bring out that inspiration in our hearts. Challenges are sometimes very strong.” King Pratäprudra spoke many verses. When the mood of humility takes the form of service. Reminding someone of Kåñëa is the greatest service one can render. King Pratäprudra receives full mercy of the Lord During the ratha-yäträ. the service becomes the medium of loving exchange for receiving Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s mercy. The King would embrace his son and feel the ecstasy as if experiencing the embrace of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. The Vaiñëavas kept on encouraging him by telling him. “I am a very lowly servant of the servant of the servant of Your servant.” This mood of genuine humility and eagerness for mercy are two qualifications that attract the Supreme Personality of Godhead. His complexion was darkish and had a very beautiful face. Only then will one understand Caitanya Mahäprabhu. He exclaimed in delight. That does not mean that Caitanya Mahäprabhu is not being merciful or is ignoring the devotee. You are reminding Me of Kåñëa. “Just by seeing you I am reminded of Kåñëa. Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé replied. . once Gaura-kiçora däsa Bäbäjé was approached by a prominent wealthy person. The eagerness of the King increased further. Humility seems to check eagerness but it does not. “Stay fixed in your devotion. Eagerness is sustained by humility. Caitanya Mahäprabhu understanding his genuine mood of humility decided to give His mercy to the king. How can I pay you?” King Pratäprudra said. then the eagerness dissipates. Everyday the prince would come to see Caitanya Mahäprabhu and became His dear servant. “The way to understand lélä of Caitanya Mahäprabhu is to serve and hear Caitanyacaritämåta in a humble mood in the association of Vaiñëavas. The prince felt transcendental ecstasy just exploding in his body and tears came from his eyes.

This is a painting that King Pratäprudra himself commissioned an artist to make. wanted to hear Kåñëa-kathä from Gadädhara Paëòita and was ready to serve them in any way he could. we felt encouraged to face the obstacles. He just wished to be in their association somehow. Gadädhara Paëòita is reciting Çrémad Bhägavatam. In the assembly there is Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Lord Nityänanda. Hearing the words of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja.44 - . I will try to do my best. Advaita Äcärya. The location is the bank of Narendra Sarovara. He felt himself unqualified to sit amongst them. as if freed from heavy contaminations and the air felt heavy with this strong spiritual message of Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s mercy being our whole and sole shelter. King Pratäprudra is the one who is paying prostrated obeisances to all the Vaiñëavas on the bank of the Sarovara. We prayed with deep feelings to be able to serve Vaiñëavas. The white and black squares mark the shore of the Sarovara. It depicts the humility of King Pratäprudra. Description of Jagadänanda Paìòita. Our hearts felt lightened. Hearing about these pastimes in the sacred place makes it even more profound. Haridäsa Öhäkura and other Vaiñëavas. He envisioned a world wide organization of Vaiñëava saìga. hear Kåñëa kathä in their company and serve them menially. We gathered in the temple room at 4:30 pm to immerse ourselves in kértana and waited for Mahäräja to come.” . “I have lost my voice.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi This Jagannätha-vallabha Gardens and other gardens in Jagannätha Puré represent these strong spiritual emotions. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura was a visionary. had a wonderful lunch feast and waited for the evening lecture. inspired to follow in the footsteps of King Pratäprudra and enlightened by the qualities of a Vaiñëava that attracts the mercy of the most merciful. Questions & Answers Contribution of Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura to Lord Caitanya’s mission As a preacher. Let that mood enter our heart and our soul. Caitanya Mahäprabhu. he got the full mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja stressed “For one who is enthusiastic and has full faith in instructions of the Lord. That vision has now become a reality.” Contribution of Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura to Lord Caitanya’s mission. Mahäräja said. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja has given us this photo in our return gift package (illustrated on left). He passed this motivation on to Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura and then to Çréla Prabhupäda. We relished very much hearing Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja speak on life of Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura and by his words we could feel the indebtedness we should carry for such a visionary äcärya. only time separates the vision and the reality. Therefore. We walked back to our hotels.

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namo bhaktivinodäya sac-cid-änanda-nämine gaura-çakti-svarüpäya rüpänuga-varäya te I offer my respectful obeisances unto Saccidänanda Bhaktivinoda, who is transcendental energy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. He is a strict follower of the Gosvämés, headed by Çréla Rüpa
Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura Whole spectrum of preaching activities Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura had boundless devotional enthusiasm to fulfill the vision of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityänanda. He designed and structured Näma Hatta programs. He single-handedly managed 500 Näma Hatta branches. He compiled an extensive syllabus for Näma Hatta programs and gave weekly exercises for these programs. He also presented the philosophy by constructing questions and answers. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura wrote many books in terse Sanskrit. He wrote verses, explanations, commentaries, poems, essays, topics, summary studies and novels (like jaiva-dharma) explaining the teachings of Caitanya Mahäprabhu and Çréla Rüpa Gosvämé. He wrote commentary on Çrémad Bhägavatam emphasizing its philosophy, ethics and theology. He prepared simple pamphlets and composed songs to explain the process of surrender. By being very broad-minded in his approach, he could inspire a variety of people and brilliantly conquer the hearts of inimical people. In order to spread the glories of Caitanya Mahäprabhu and to educate people in the foreign lands, he sent books on the life and the precept of Caitanya Mahäprabhu to various universities outside India. Reformation of Gaudiya Vaiñëava reputation and devotional standards Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s followers were in ill repute due to upsurge of many apa-sampradäyas. By his own example Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura brought back the reputation of the sampradäya of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. He also established various temples and conducted many parikramäs to increase the awareness of people regarding the teachings of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Being a reformer, he brought back proper standards of worship of Lord Jagannätha. Transcendental disputes between Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura and his son Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura used to have transcendental disputes with his father. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura had a strong and straight forward approach and thus was known as siàhä guru. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura had the style of humble persuasion. Anticipating our question, Mahäräja said, “Kåñëa Consciousness allows a variety of styles; it is perfectly valid to have different moods of preaching and it enriches one another to be effective.” Training devotees An important part of preaching is training, which is enacted through both äcära and pracära. Although Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura was a gåhastha, many bäbäjés and sannyäsis who were in a superior äçrama, would come to hear from him. They would take deep inspiration from Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura for their own spiritual lives. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura had a strong desire and conviction to see the message of Caitanya Mahäprabhu be heard all over the world. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura carried the same mood. Çréla

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Prabhupäda also put his deep faith in that instruction and came to the West to form an International saìga of Vaiñëavas. How fortunate we are to have a world-wide society of devotees!! Wherever one travels, there is association of devotees and access to the pure teachings of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. It was Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura who envisioned this international saìga and fully dedicated himself to make it happen. We are very much indebted to Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura for this gift of an International society. Let us try to serve and assist in whatever little way we can and collectively stay inspired in a humble mood of service to such great souls to get their mercy. We prayed for immense humility and cooperation to bind us all in the service of our disciplic succession. We felt indebted for Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura’s vision, his preaching efforts, his impeccable example and his heart rendering songs. While we were feeling grateful that somehow his mercy had trickled down into our lives, what followed in sequence was more nectar – the description of Jagadänanda Paìòita. Çré Jagadänanda Paìòita’s strong and charming love for Caitanya Mahäprabhu Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja spoke - One word that describes Jagadänanda Paìòita is eccentric. His love for Caitanya Mahäprabhu was very charming and strong. His closest friends were Gadädhara Paëòita, Svarüpa Dämodara, Sanätana Gosvämé and Kavi Karnapur. All of them were extremely scholarly and vastly learned. They encouraged Jagadänanda Paìòita to write a book on Caitanya Mahäprabhu and he wrote a book named Prema-vivarta, in his own natural style. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja read very wonderful excerpts from Prema-vivarta that revealed to us Jagadänanda Paìòita’s intense love for Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Following is an excerpt from that reading. “In Navadvépa-dhäma one day I was totally absorbed in playing and my Lord entered the deep forest on the bank of the river Alakanandä. Gadädhara Paëòita and I quickly got up and followed behind Him. The Lord saw a splendid parrot and catching hold of the parrot, He said, “Please sing the glories to Rädhä-Kåñëa and increase our bliss”. The parrot began to sing, “Gaura Hari. Gaura Gaura!!” We felt pangs of ecstatic emotions. Lord Gauräìga told her, “O parrot, this is Våndävana please sing the names of Rädhä-Kåñëa so that everyone can hear”. Parrot responded, “Våndävana has now been transformed into Navadvépa-dhäma. And I see Rädhä-Kåñëa in the form of Gaura Hari. I am a parrot living in the forest, simply surviving on chanting of the name Gaura. You are my Kåñëa and Gadädhara is my Rädhäräëé. I offer my prostrated obeisances to You and to one who remembers the ambrosial pastimes of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu”. Breaking of the oil pot Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja continued reading from Premavivarta, “I can suffer all the tribulations because His happiness gives me great joy. I experience pangs of separation from the Lord day and night. That sannyäsi, Lord Gauräìga is a cheater and I love His wonderful pastimes and nectarean words. Once I broke a pot of pure sandal wood oil in anger and in a sulking mood I kept fasting. But my wonderful Lord using devious means dissolved my ire. He immediately asked me to cook various varieties of spinach, telling that the food prepared by an angry cook enhances the taste of the preparation. His joy is my only precious concern. I hold on to His lotus feet for His shelter. This Jagadänanda humbly declares that he likes this transcendental mood of always fighting with Lord Gauräìga more than anything else.”

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Instructions from Jagadänanda Paìòita Then Jagadänanda Paìòita instructed us, “Do not indulge in useless criticism and finding faults with others. Simply worship the feet of Caitanya Mahäprabhu deep within your heart with an unflinching devotion. Chant the name of Lord Gauräìga because His name is omnipotent and all names of demigods are harmonized in His name. One has to choose either to engage in transcendental service of Caitanya Mahäprabhu or take shelter of mundane activities with friends, family and relatives. It is impossible to do both simultaneously.” Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja said that he has put the following phrase on the bulletin board right in front of his desk. We all listened with great attention. “I, Jagadänanda Paìòita humbly caution that if we don’t serve Caitanya Mahäprabhu with single-minded devotion, then we are placing ourselves in the impossible task of crossing the river in two boats with one foot in each.” It is a very foolish proposal to cross the river like that. And, Jagadänanda Paìòita is proposing to lead a life of full commitment to devotional service and execute it single-mindedly. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja read further instructions, “One should not make an external show of worshipping Caitanya Mahäprabhu when internally one commits offenses while chanting the holy name. It destroys the creeper of devotion. The priceless spiritual gem is the holy name. It will extinguish all the sinful reactions and give us the highest perfection. Just take complete shelter of the holy name. Chanting the holy name is the essence of all religious practices, which easily takes one over the ocean of birth and death. Discard your lamentation and illusion, and chant the holy name incessantly.” Message We may be struggling to make advancement in Kåñëa Consciousness. The message of our disciplic line is that we should have great faith in the chanting process that would take us beyond the position of our struggles. When one feels the spiritual strength of Kåñëa, one is carried beyond the acute struggles of the material nature. Questions and Answers Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja invited questions today and this gave us extra time in his association. Many of us inquired from him and felt Mahäräja personally addressed the hearts of each and everyone. We mention here some salient points from the answers that Mahäräja gave during the Q/A session. 1) Real humility is to understand that my position is very tiny in relation to Kåñëa. A material conception of one’s insignificance leads to envy, but the spiritual conception leads to the service of the Supreme. 2) Empowerment comes from great eagerness. We need to open our hearts to receive that empowerment. A pure heart is one who does not know any agendas or purposes (that drain our energy) but is single pointedly serving the Supreme. 3) We should not pretend to be on an elevated spiritual platform. We can understand that I do not have the qualifications but I can aspire to gain these qualifications. We are just beginners and one should be honest about it. We are trying to follow these elevated souls and since they are very compassionate, there is hope. 4) It is good to be honest to acknowledge that I am not so spiritually advanced. So, what to do? Just go on hearing! The process of hearing will become most effective when we go on serving and when we stay in that honest and humble mood of service. When we go to our rooms today we can think about the intensity of love of Jagadänanda Paìòita. With a crying need in our hearts we can pray for one drop of mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu and His associates. His mercy is actually coming through His instructions. If we take them to our hearts, we make advancement.

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it is easy to be inattentive.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi 5) Like a cakora bird. we could recollect and appreciate the mood and spirit of all these exalted personalities. We all honored it while leaving for our respective rooms. . We heard about the glories of Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura. King Pratäprudra and Çré Jagadänanda Paìòita. That was the end of another day of yäträ when we felt completely nourished by the pure words of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. And these great souls want to give us that with many hands. Çréla Rämänanda Räya. that the Lord and His name are non different. similarly we just wait and want a drop of the descending mercy. As Mahäräja said. when we returned to our rooms. feel the vibrations of the places of pastimes and purify ourselves. We heartily attended Gaura-ärati in the evening. it is stated that one should appreciate the meaning of the mantra. are we going to be inattentive? Otherwise.48 - . Lubhit prabhu had brought some prasädam of Lord Jagannätha. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. who just waits for a drop of waterfall and feels that otherwise it would die. 6) Elements of faith in chanting: In Hari Bhakti Viläs. If one is in the presence of the Supreme Lord.

He was in the mood of Rädhä and had constant association of Gadädhara Paëòita who was also Rädhä. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja emphasized the role of descending mercy. Caitanya Mahäprabhu is Kåñëa and Rädhä in one form. He told us. Today we would visit Çré Öoöä-gopénätha temple. We felt greatly blessed by hearing that Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu would sit and hear Çrémad Bhägavatam from Çré Gadädhara Paëòita at the same place where we were sitting.” To prepare us for our visit to that temple. One of such loving associates is Çré Gadädhara Paëòita. We were overwhelmed to gaze at the Deities of Öoöä-gopénätha after knowing that Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu had entered those Deities and so did Çré Gadädhara Paëòita. one of the most inspiring places in Jagannätha Puré. çré-kåñëa-caitanya prabhu nityänanda çré-advaita gadädhara çréväsädi-gaura-bhakta-vånda (Çré Gadädhara Paëòita on left of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu) Çré Gadädhara Paëòita in the Mäyäpur ISKCON Temple Childhood of Gadädhara Paëòita . Mahäräja gave us a description of Gadädhara Paëòita and his loving exchanges with Caitanya Mahäprabhu. 2007 Tuesday That day Çré Çré Gaura-Nitäi wore yellow dresses and Çré Çré Jagannätha-Baladeva-Subhadra were decorated with very beautiful and noticeable silver crowns. Description of Çré Gadädhara Paìòita As the first message.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Day 4: 9th January. but he also left his worship of Gopénätha to be in the association of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Another beautiful day of the yäträ started with hearing the pastimes of Çré Gadädhara Paìòita followed by a visit to Çré Öoöä Gopénätha temple. Deep red and maroon colored flowers were offered at the lotus feet of the Deities and the paramaparä.49 - . These are mysterious transcendental exchanges and we can understand these léläs only by receiving the mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu that comes to us through His loving associates. Gadädhara Paëòita worshipped Gopénätha (The Lord of the Gopés) with his heart and soul. “The entire lélä of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu is on the transcendental plane and is not accessible by having a big brain or by having an expertise in speculation. We prayed for mercy of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja to deeply absorb the messages and be able to appreciate the exchanges of the Lord with His dear devotees.

Even though Nimäi knew the heart of Gadädhara Paëòita. his interest was in devotion to Kåñëa alone. Éçvara Puré rejected His proposal and Nimäi happily accepted defeat. “I am requesting a service and therefore there is no question of an offense. Puëòaréka Vidyänidhi Once when Puëòaréka Vidyänidhi was visiting Navadvépa-dhäma. Gadädhara Paëòita was amazed to see the real position of Puëòaréka Vidyänidhi. Devotees were joyful to see Nimäi transformed but felt pained empathetically to see Nimäi in deep grief. ducked behind the tree and He was gone. From a very early age. From day one.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Gadädhara Paëòita was of the same age as Caitanya Mahäprabhu. peaceful and reserved. “It would be an offense to consider something as mistake in your writings. Everyone came together to see Nimäi. “I made a grievous offense to think you to be a materialistic person. Gadädhara Paëòita was attached to Nimäi and could not bear His absence. Gadädhara Paëòita saw that a person was fanning Puëòaréka Vidyänidhi and he was surrounded by beverages.50 - . He just broke down crying. unlike Nimäi who was then very mischievous. Mukunda Datta persuaded Gadädhara Paëòita to meet him. Kåñëa smiled. Nimäi transforms into a devotee When Nimäi was on His way back from Känäi Näöaçälä to Navadvépa-dhäma.” Éçvara Puré affirmed. . Mahäräja emphasized that one cannot and should not estimate someone’s spiritual position by observing the externals. Devotees were astounded because they knew that Nimäi’s persona was so different from a devotee. Gadädhara Paëòita was very expert in his studies but was not as assiduous as Nimäi. With Nimäi’s submission to Éçvara Puré and hearing from him.” This madness of separation went on for hours. He saw Kåñëa and He ran towards Kåñëa.” Nimäi humbly said. Gadädhara Paëòita introduced Nimäi to Éçvara Puré. But when Mukunda started singing a verse from Çrémad Bhägavatam. He was the son of Mädhava Miçra. Gadädhara Paëòita was renounced even in his childhood and had no interest in frivolous plays of children. Nimäi requested Éçvara Puré to grace His home and Éçvara Puré gladly accepted His request. Caitanya Mahäprabhu was devastated and loudly called out. Nimäi started to describe what has transpired but He could not get through His first sentence. can You examine my book “Kåñëa-lélämåta” for any mistakes. he could not bear His presence because Nimäi used to challenge Gadädhara Paëòita in scriptural logic. He said.” Puëòaréka Vidyänidhi knowingly smiled and accepted his request. Gadädhara Paëòita begged for forgiveness from Puëòaréka Vidyänidhi for his grave mistake. He performed His lélä of troubling Gadädhara Paëòita. Gaurgauòadeça-dépikä describes that Puëòaréka Vidyänidhi is King Våñabhänu.” Nimäi accepted the service and reported back. The only way I can become free of my offense is. His mother was Ratnävati. a great bond of affection developed. Gadädhara Paëòita was gentle. Please do not do this. And later Nimäi accepted initiation from Éçvara Puré at Känäi Näöaçälä. fragrances and silk pillows. Éçvara Puré asked Nimäi. Like King Våñabhänu accepted Rädhäräëé as his child. Puëòaréka Vidyänidhi became so ecstatic that he lost his external consciousness. He washed his feet and personally served the prasädam items. a highly learned brähmaëa. “You are expert in grammar. Nimäi’s lélä of troubling Gadädhara Paëòita From the very beginning. Nimäi’s meeting with His spiritual master. “Kåñëa! Where have You gone? You are the Lord of My life. if you be so kind to accept me as your disciple. When Éçvara Puré arrived at the home of Nimäi. The most important element is the Kåñëa consciousness that one carries internally. Gadädhara Paëòita meeting his spiritual master. Gadädhara Paëòita felt very uncomfortable in his heart. Puëòaréka Vidyänidhi accepted Gadädhara Paëòita as his disciple. Éçvara Puré When Éçvara Puré was visiting Navadvépa-dhäma. Gadädhara Paëòita had to keep himself distant from Nimäi. in one’s heart. Nimäi suggested that the tense of a particular word could be changed to signify something better. rolled on the ground and cried in separation. But at the same time.

” Gadädhara Paëòita broke down crying and Caitanya Mahäprabhu left the place. Caitanya Mahäprabhu accepted sannyäsa and He came to Jagannätha Puré. Once Mother Çacé was watching this exchange and requested Gadädhara Paëòita to be always with Nimäi. When we went to Çré Öoöägopénätha temple. One can feel some special spiritual emotions when we visit the places of worship of these three sets of Deities. especially when Caitanya Mahäprabhu was crying grievously to see Kåñëa and the response of various devotees when they heard the news of Caitanya Mahäprabhu taking sannyäsa. “Haribol!! At last!!” Now he was able to associate with Caitanya Mahäprabhu with his heart’s delight.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Gadädhara Paëòita loudly said. We also understood the real purpose of Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s taking sannyäsa and what great sacrifices He and His devotees undertook. Then Caitanya Mahäprabhu visited Gadädhara Paëòita’s younger brother. Caitanya Mahäprabhu sanctioned (what had never happened before in His lélä) a Deity of Himself and Gadädhara Paëòita to be made. Mother Çacé has only You as her protector and You are going away.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu replied. surcharged with spiritual emotions and intense feelings of love and separation from Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Caitanya Mahäprabhu and Lord Nityänanda personally manifested in these Deities. “What kind of religious principle is this? You are going to kill Your mother. In the course of the lecture Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja modulated his voice to bring out the emotions in our hearts. Çréla Romapäda Swami Mahäräja’s words and purity took us on a journey through these pastimes. wife of Caitanya Mahäprabhu (which Caitanya Mahäprabhu Himself gave to console her intense separation from Him).” Lord Nityänanda could hardly speak any further. When Caitanya Mahäprabhu told Dvija Väëinätha about his decision of taking sannyäsa. under your order I will always stay with Him!!” Feelings of various devotees on hearing Caitanya Mahäprabhu taking sannyäsa When Caitanya Mahäprabhu disclosed His decision to take sannyäsa to Lord Nityänanda. “Please do not leave me. “My Lord. how can You do this? Everyone in Navadvépa-dhäma would be devastated. Dvija Väëinätha appealed with great sincerity. Lord Nityänanda responded.51 - . there are three Deities that have a special historical significance – (1) the Deity worshipped by Viñëu Priya. I must. “Very soon I am going to leave Navadvépa-dhäma and take sannyäsa. Gadädhara Paëòita would console Him. “Yes. When Caitanya Mahäprabhu would go into madness of separation. Mahäräja described in detail the pastimes of the Lord with Gadädhara Paëòita in Jagannätha Puré and the significance of the Öoöä-gopénätha Deity. The impending separation from Caitanya Mahäprabhu was too much to bear for Gadädhara Paëòita. Yes. “I must take sannyäsa for the purpose for which I have descended. Gadädhara Paëòita ecstatically said. Finally he spoke. Dvija Väëinätha. We felt that . How will I live?” To reciprocate with Dvija Väëinätha’s deep love and attachment.” Gadädhara Paëòita became stunned and still just like a stone. Dvija Väëinätha worshipped this Deity of Gaura-Gadädhara in Cämpä Häti. You cannot do this. (2) the Deities given to Dvija Väëinätha and (3) the Deities worshipped by Gauridäsa Paìòita at Ambikä Kalänä (illustrated on the left). In Navadvépa-dhäma area. Caitanya Mahäprabhu then informed Gadädhara Paëòita.

proper conceptions. Çréla Bhakti Räghav Mahäräja had lost one of his legs in fighting with dacoits who came to loot the Candrodaya temple. We got an opportunity to watch the sweet loving exchanges between them. The life was indeed very close to the nature. To keep ourselves synchronous with the timings of the yäträ. The picturesque scenes of a simple Vedic life could still be observed while walking through the streets. With these feeling. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja took brisk steps to reach the car and both Mahäräjas embraced each other. monkeys. Lord Gopénätha with Rädhä and Lalitä Lord Balaräma with Revati and Väruëé . At another place. cats. puppies. near a car. we observed some devotees gathered a little distance away from the hotel. empowerment and appreciation of these pastimes. As we assembled outside the Paradise hotel. We realized that Çréla Bhakti Räghav Mahäräja was sitting in the car. we bowed down to the lotus feet of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja.52 - . we had to move on to the next thing. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja was informed about the presence of his God brother. Many local people lined up on both sides of the streets in curiosity and appreciation towards our procession. around fifteen years ago. When we took darçana of Çré Çré Gaura-Nitäi Deities again. much awaited visit to Çré Öoöä-gopénätha temple.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi following the footsteps of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Çré Öoöä-gopénätha Temple We started marching towards Çré Öoöä-gopénätha temple around 9:30 am. etc freely moving around the streets in coherence. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja and many others have made that same sacrifice to uplift us to the spiritual realm. We participated in the melodious kértana and reached this sacred temple in ½ an hour. as he walked out of the room leaving us in silence to absorb the potency. an old lady came out from her house to buy some vegetables from a street vendor. a calf had innocently climbed the steps of a house and was patiently waiting in the verandah (an open place) before the main entrance of the house. Caitanya Mahäprabhu also exemplified how one should be in a deep humble mood of service and completely submissive in front of one’s spiritual master. breakfast prasädam feast and then the next. Çréla Prabhupäda. we felt that our hearts had been softened. and the devotees were taking his association. messages. At one place. We saw a variety of animals like dogs. Who were right in front of us. Mäyäpur. cows.

who was reciting the glories of Kåñëa to Kåñëa who was in the mood of Rädhäräëé. After reaching the end of hearing one pastime. Käla Kåñëadäsa went to Navadvépa-dhäma and invited the devotees to meet Caitanya Mahäprabhu in Jagannätha Puré. it became very difficult for him to put garland and necklaces on the Deity. Caitanya Mahäprabhu would call out. and it reminded Him of being in Våndävana. Although it was distant from Gambhérä but it was very peaceful. Recitation of Çrémad Bhägavatam Amongst the followers of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja began to speak – This was the place of worship of Gadädhara Paëòita during his entire stay in Jagannätha Puré. we saw Lord Balaräma with his bugle.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi As we entered the main temple doors. So the Deity sat down. Worship of Çré Öoöä-gopénätha The pujärés described that Gadädhara Paëòita found this Deity of Çré Öoöä-gopénätha under the earth. before the form of Öoöägopénätha for His pleasure. “Say it again!” He would be eager to hear especially the pastimes of Prahläda Mahäräja and Lord Nåsiàha again and again. . He never thought that ever fresh Kåñëa had become stale. The center altar was for the Gopénätha Deity. Gadädhara Paëòita was so happy to again be with Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Rädhä was on His left. Caitanya Mahäprabhu selected this place as a residence for Gadädhara Paëòita. Raghunätha Bhaööa and Gadädhara Paëòita both were known for their wonderful recitation of Çrémad Bhägavatam. we saw a series of archways from outer garden into the walkway. Gadädhara Paëòita took two vows – for the rest of his life he would worship Gopénätha and would not leave Jagannätha Puré (kñetra sannyäsa). Gadädhara Paëòita.53 - . Caitanya Mahäprabhu and Advaita Äcärya would come to hear from him. Both of them would cry in ecstasy. Gadädhara Paëòita spoke Çrémad Bhägavatam so nicely that all the three Viñëu tattvas – Lord Nityänanda. so much so that the pages of Çrémad Bhägavatam would get blurred with Their tears. When Caitanya Mahäprabhu returned from His South Indian tour. He informed Caitanya Mahäprabhu who then entrusted the worship of the Deity to Gadädhara Paëòita. There were three altars. Revati was on His right and Väruëé on His left. holding a viëä and Lalitä was on His right. Caitanya Mahäprabhu very much liked this place. In the left altar. A unique feature of the Deity was that Gopénätha was in the sitting position. There were the Deities of Çré Çré Rädhä-Madanmohan and Çré Çré Gaura-Gadädhara on the rightmost altar. surrounded with forest and gardens. leading to a covered courtyard and finally into a gallery to take a close darçana of the Deities. Advaita Äcärya and all the Vaiñìavas came from Navadvépa-dhäma. Gadädhara Paëòita was none other than Rädhäräëé. Haridäsa Öhäkura and other devotees also used to listen to the recitation of Çrémad Bhägavatam from Gadädhara Paëòita. holding a flute. When Gadädhara Paëòita was growing old. Çrémad Bhägavatam is an ever fresh shower of nectar when spoken to an eager and qualified audience. What a consort of love and loving exchanges!! Caitanya Mahäprabhu would come to Öoöä-gopénätha every afternoon and sit there (right where we were sitting) to hear Çrémad Bhägavatam for hours.

Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Position of Çrémad Bhägavatam Çrémad Bhägavatam holds a unique position in our Gauòéya Vaiñëava sampradäya. . He did not immediately translate the Teachings of Lord Caitanya.” Çrémad Bhägavatam was his message and his shelter. One time tears came from his eyes and in profound expression. singing each verse very sweetly and then explaining them. understanding that the Teachings of Lord Caitanya were none other than Çrémad Bhägavatam. love and concern for the humanity. He would then wash his hands and face and sit behind his desk to translate Çrémad Bhägavatam. The entrance to Çré Öoöä-gopénätha Temple Çré Öoöä-gopénätha Gardens In Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräjas words: I personally witnessed as a night guard of Çréla Prabhupäda’s quarters that every night Çréla Prabhupäda would take rest at 9:00 pm and without fail would get up around 11:30 pm.” There may be so many things that come and go but our real shelters are these two things – Çrémad Bhägavatam and chanting of the holy name. When Çréla Prabhupäda had come alone to the New York City. This translation was on the order of his spiritual master and out of his great compassion. because I had 1st Canto of Çrémad Bhägavatam. verse by verse of Canto 10 and topic-wise commentary called sandharbhas. Gadädhara Paëòita cooked tamarind rice out of it. one day there may not be any devotee. “One day there may not be any temples. with three different melodies. There was not any moment of equal joy that Çréla Prabhupäda experienced when he received Çrémad Bhägavatam and other literatures of Bhaktivedänta Book Trust. Çréla Prabhupäda first started translating Çrémad Bhägavatam when he was given the instruction to go to the West and speak the message of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. “One day there may be no temple.” Once Çréla Prabhupäda mentioned to Çréla Keçava Bhäraté Mahäräja a similar thing about chanting. Çréla Sanätana Gosvämé wrote Båhad-bhägavatämåta and Çréla Rüpa Gosvämé wrote his commentary as Laghu-bhägavatämåta. but there will always be the holy name. Caitanya Mahäprabhu also visited and all the three Lords enjoyed the prasädam. he said.54 - . one day there may not be any devotees. there is shelter. Pastimes that took place at Çré Öoöä-gopénätha temple Lord Nityänanda once brought a special kind of raw rice to offer to Gopénätha. “I felt completely confident. he wrote. Çréla Raghunätha Bhaööa Gosvämé daily recited Çrémad Bhägavatam like a cookoo bird. but as long as Çrémad Bhägavatam is there. Çréla Jéva Gosvämé wrote 3 commentaries on Çrémad Bhägavatam – verse by verse (as done by Çréla Prabhupäda too). in the age of seventy and did not know anyone.

” Gadädhara Paëòita became motionless and frozen like a stone. Caitanya Mahäprabhu told Gadädhara Paëòita.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi We know the benediction that Çrématé Rädhäräëé had – whatever She cooks would be like nectar. “My pastimes are coming to a close. That is why I have some service for you. As a result. Soon you will be without My association. You have purchased my heart. closed the door behind and entered the Deity of Çré Öoöä-gopénätha. In the same mood. “Gadädhara.” One time. I want you to train a Vaiñëava named Çréniväsa Äcärya after I am gone. Gadädhara Paëòita felt no reason to live other than to fulfill the service given to him by Caitanya Mahäprabhu. in order to show off his learning skills to Him. Gadädhara Paëòita understood who he was and it was as if his life was given back to him.” Çréniväsa Äcärya came to Öoöä-gopénätha temple and met Gadädhara Paëòita there. Caitanya Mahäprabhu stopped visiting Gadädhara Paëòita. Service is life of a Vaiñëava.” Gadädhara Paëòita began crying. “Whatever you prepare is like nectar. Gadädhara Paëòita was in dilemma because he knew Caitanya Mahäprabhu disdained to hear Vallabha Äcärya’s commentary. “I have made an arrangement with Gadädhara Paëòita to train you in Çrémad Bhägavatam.55 - . The whole reality of Kåñëa is blocked with that pride. “You are so kind. Consequently.” The way of a Vaiñëava life is not to push oneself toward a prideful position. I know your heart that in my absence you will not be able to maintain your life. Caitanya Mahäprabhu was not happy with the pride in the heart of Vallabha Äcärya. On the way he came to know that Caitanya Mahäprabhu had left this world. Çréniväsa Äcärya’s meeting with Gadädhara Paëòita Çréniväsa Äcärya was eagerly coming from Navadvépa to Jagannätha Puré to see Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Gadädhara Paëòita was devastated and crushed. Go to Puré at once. He wanted to show his commentary on Çrémad Bhägavatam to Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Vallabha Äcärya came to Öoöä-gopénätha. I was just testing you and you have won My heart. Caitanya Mahäprabhu told Gadädhara Paëòita. As Çréniväsa Äcärya entered the temple. there is a crack in the thigh of the Deity. I should beg forgiveness from Him. Caitanya Mahäprabhu appeared in his dream and spoke.” always be in the mood of a humble servant of the servant of the servants of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. He fell to the ground unconscious and felt like giving up his life. I am your property and you can do with Me whatever you like. Gadädhara Paëòita did not want to disrespect him and therefore he sat down to hear the commentary. Vallabha Äcärya finally understood. “Caitanya Mahäprabhu is not pleased with the pride in my heart. One should Later one day. Everything that You do is simply to teach the world what the pure devotional service is. Vallabha Äcärya then went to Gadädhara Paëòita with an expectation that Gadädhara Paëòita would hear his commentary. Caitanya Mahäprabhu came to Çré Öoöä-gopénätha temple to give His association to Gadädhara Paëòita and asked Gadädhara Paëòita “Why did you not become angry with Me? Your love for Me has purchased Me. . You can do with me as You like. The pastime of Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s departure from this world The transcendental mood of the pastime of Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s departure from this world very much resembles the pastime of Caitanya Mahäprabhu taking sannyäsa. What is life without service? It is not a life.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu then entered the altar room. Caitanya Mahäprabhu continued.

after it had been distributed to everyone and when it started to spoil was dumped there for the cows to eat. as he was entering Jagannätha Puré. There were intense feelings of deep love between Gadädhara Paëòita and Caitanya Mahäprabhu. and take shelter of Rüpa Gosvämé and Sanätana Gosvämé. When Çréniväsa Äcärya was to be trained in Çrémad Bhägavatam. It is very selfish!!” He grabbed some of his rice and starting eating. Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu grabbing rice from Çréla Raghunätha däsa Gosvämé Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja looking at the place where this pastime took place . That was where Raghunätha däsa Gosvämé would take his meals. Raghunätha däsa Gosvämé would gather what the cows would not eat.” Gadädhara Paëòita also left the world in the same way as Caitanya Mahäprabhu. They will train you in Çrémad Bhägavatam. This is a very important and transcendental place and somehow still preserved in a natural and simple way. The decision was made that Çréniväsa Äcärya would go all the way back to West Bengal to fetch another copy. The remnants of Lord Jagannätha’s prasädam.56 - . wash it carefully to take out the grains of uncooked rice. He was devastated and felt as if his life was useless. Gadädhara Paëòita felt that Hadai Paìòita in Navadvépa would have a copy of Çrémad Bhägavatam. Caitanya Mahäprabhu reciprocations with Raghunätha däsa Gosvämé When we were returning to our hotel. by entering the Deity of Öoöä-gopénätha. he heard that Gadädhara Paëòita had left this planet. we noticed a grazing area for cows on our left hand side. Gadädhara Paëòita realized that the pages of Çrémad Bhägavatam were washed away by tears of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Caitanya Mahäprabhu came here once and said to Raghunätha däsa Gosvämé. along the wall of the Jagannätha temple. which had manifested at this place. “We wish that you go at once to Våndävana. Both Gadädhara Paëòita and Caitanya Mahäprabhu appeared in his dream and said. “I heard that you are having a feast everyday without Me. soak it and that was his food.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi They used to sit together right there where we were sitting and discuss about Caitanya Mahäprabhu for hours and hours. Çréniväsa Äcärya went walking to Bengal and while returning back.

hence it created a traffic jam both while entering and exiting. We have to go beneath the superficial appearance of things by the merciful process of hearing Kåñëa kathä in the disciplic succession. The temple had a flag and a cakra on the top. We can feel grateful to Çré Öoöä-gopénätha (who revealed his form to Gadädhara Paëòita) for accepting the worship from future generations. We first entered the kértana room. The gate opening was very narrow and low. with a walkway separating the two. On the wall.57 - . Only one devotee could pass through it after bending down. Their lotus feet were at our eye level. We can offer our heartfelt prayers to be able to receive a drop of that inconceivable love Gadädhara Paëòita had for Caitanya Mahäprabhu. The altar was raised approximately four feet above the ground and when we stood to take darçana of the Deities. When we return from Puré. We can get a glimpse of that transcendental realm if Caitanya Mahäprabhu gives us some mercy. dirt and other things.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Message and Prayers Just by being in Jagannätha Puré. complained about all the noise. there were big photos of Sréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura. the Öoöä-gopénätha gardens and the wonderful exchanges of love that were experienced there. It was a beautiful place and meticulously maintained. it brings us to the spiritual realm. The opposite end of the room opened to the altar. we received so many rich inspirations of pure devotion in the association of wonderful devotees. taken pictures. Our group took that as an opportunity to conclude the ärati by singing Narasiàhä prayers. Sréla Gaurakiçora däsa Bäbäjé and other äcäryas. scratched our heads and wondered where we on earth we were. There were vegetable gardens in a big portion of the land. we could carry the spirit and impressions of the Öoöä-gopénätha Deities. The ärati had just ended when we reached there. looked around. Sréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. We took darçana and sat down for a short lecture by Çréla Romapäda Swämi. There were many pots of Banana trees that decorated the altar. with the lower half portion of the photo being covered with a cream colored shawl. Bhajana Kuöéra of Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura The Deities at the Bhajana Kuöéra of Sréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura The kértana room We took a short walk from Öoöä-gopénätha temple towards a nearby temple complex. When we listen carefully from the right source. What would we know if it wasn’t for our merciful Vaiñìavas who had left behind so many nectarean pastimes to talk about and get purified? Otherwise. we would have simply gone there as tourists. He spoke - .

He selected this place because the surroundings were like those of the Govardhana Hill and it was near the Öoöä-gopénätha gardens. On the right side were a deep well and a small kuöéra that had a picture of païca-tattva. many devotees did not sit. Parmänanda Puré was a God brother of Caitanya Mahäprabhu and he also accepted Caitanya Mahäprabhu as the Personality of Godhead.58 - . That place was completely obscured due to the modernization of the dhäma. Parmänanda Puré’s Well After taking several narrow roads. From that day onwards. You should fill this well with sweet Ganges water. One time Caitanya Mahäprabhu came to the residence of Parmänanda Puré and requested some water from the well. You know that one who takes water from the well of Parmänanda Puré will become free from all of their entanglement and material existence. “The water of this well is very bad and I cannot offer it to You. We paid our respects to Çréla Parmänanda Puré and prayed for his mercy. we would not have understood even a little bit of its significance.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi This is one of the temples that Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura established as a place for his bhajana. The whole place was filled with loose sand and we could see the impressions of the lotus feet of the devotees. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja sat on the steps and started to speak - . “Lord Jagannätha! You are a miser.” That night. Without hearing from Mahäräja.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu looked up in the sky and exclaimed very loudly. Parmänanda Puré said. Just nearby was the well of Çréla Parmänanda Puré. and seemed like it was a police/military place. we reached Parmänanda Puré’s well. Parmänanda Puré was able to drink very sweet Ganges water and others were able to take the remnants of Parmänanda Puré’s water. Because there was sand everywhere. non-different from Kåñëa. just as his father had established his bhakti kuöéra. After hearing the uplifting lecture of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura would come here and engage in his bhajana in a focused manner. The board outside the gate read “Outpost”. Parmänanda Puré’s well was filled with sweet Ganges water. We are very indebted to Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura and Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura for having the spiritual vision to spread Kåñëa Consciousness. we were eager to visit Parmänanda Puré’s well and get the remnants too.

59 - . we had our prasädam – luxurious. Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s exchanges with Gadädhara Paëòita. Similarly Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura also established either a temple or a shrine of the lotus feet of Caitanya Mahäprabhu in many places. something about Gadädhara Paëòita. that place is considered sacred and transcendental. During our lunch prasädam. Mahäräja started to speak: This evening we would conclude about the places that we visited today – description of Caöaka Parvata. the kértana was swiftly brought to an end. elaborate and sumptuous. Just after a couple of minutes. We went way out of our way to come to this place to offer our respects to Çréla Parmänanda Puré. Wherever the Lord and His pure devotees place Their footsteps. Description of Caöaka-parvata. Advaita Äcärya. the places of the pastimes and various bhajan kuöéra are very special and sacred.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi We are here to honor Çréla Parmänanda Puré. Éçvara Puré and çikña disciple Lord Nityänanda were most prominent amongst the disciples of Çréla Mädhavendra Puré. This is the place where he resided. Some devotees took great effort to take some water out of the well for us. Parmänanda Puré. Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu and the lélä that They performed here. and we were happy to honor it. Caitanya Mahäprabhu understood the very elevated position of Parmänanda Puré and personally came here to pay His respects to Parmänanda Puré. Questions & Answers We gathered in the temple room in the evening. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja and devotees at Parmänanda Puré’s well With deep reverence we bowed down again at the shrine and started walking back toward our hotels. and then we will have some questions. When Mahäräja came. participated in the kértana and waited for Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja to arrive. The dhäma is already transcendental and within the dhäma. King Pratäprudra established small shrines at every place where Caitanya Mahäprabhu crossed the river when He was going from Jagannätha Puré to Navadvépadhäma. . Based on the same principle. we got some water from Parmänanda Puré’s well.

His hairs were standing on end like thorns of a kadamba tree. He thought of Govardhana Hill and anticipated that Kåñëa must be present there. Lord Nityänanda misdirected Him towards Çäntipura. Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s attempts to go to Våndävana Mahäräja narrated to us about three attempts that Caitanya Mahäprabhu made to go to Våndävana – once. They just began chanting loudly in unison. He wanted to take permission from the devotees in Jagannätha Puré to go to Våndävana. I saw Kåñëa with His cowherd boy-friends. From this we can understand that Kåñëa reveals and reciprocates according to the mood of love that a devotee carries in his heart. Svarüpa Dämodara. and He fell to the ground unconscious. Caitanya Mahäprabhu is Kåñëa in the mood of Rädhä and is taking darçana of Jagannätha. There were many sand dunes in the area but that particular one was quite large. He began running towards Govardhana Hill with the speed of the wind to find Kåñëa. His voice was choked up. they did not know what to do. Even though Caitanya Mahäprabhu is the independent Lord and does not need anyone’s permission. He did not know which way He was going. Then gopés brought Rädhä forward. Third time. tears were flowing from His eyes like streams of a river. Rämänanda Räya employed various tricks to delay it as far as possible.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Description of Caöaka-parvata A group of devotees – Jagadänanda Paëòita. Caitanya Mahäprabhu was also playing the role of a devotee and as a devotee He had intense love for Kåñëa. His whole complexion was as white as a conch shell.60 - . when He was heading for Våndävana in His ecstasy. After a while His eyes opened and He asked. Here in Puri. Second time. I was given a service to gather flowers to make flower ornaments for Kåñëa. He was making inaudible sounds like jagga gagga. who is Kåñëa experiencing ecstatic separation from Rädhä while He was in Dwarka hearing Mother Rohiëé’s explanation of the léläs of Kåñëa in Våndävana. When devotees finally caught up with Him. His body manifested ecstatic symptoms to the maximum degree. He saw the Deity as Çyämasundara in three-fold bending form holding a flute. “Where am I? Why have you brought Me here? I was at Govardhana Hill. Suddenly there was a tumultuous sound and I was brought back here. He was playing His flute and many gopés had come there being attracted to the sound of the flute. . after His initiation in Gaya when He heard the demigods reminding Him of fulfilling the mission of yugaavatära and going to Våndävana later. He obeyed the devotees and did not leave them till they finally sanctioned His departure from Jagannätha Puré. His whole body was trembling. Why have you brought Me away from Kåñëa?” Similar situations of manifesting ecstatic symptoms would take place when Caitanya Mahäprabhu took darçana of the Jagannätha Deity. blood and perspiration were coming out from the pores of His skin. Parmänanda Puré and other Vaiñëavas were traveling along the sea shore to take bath in the sea and they passed by Caöaka-parvata (a hill). There was a great festivity and it was very thrilling to see the Lord’s pastime. When Caitanya Mahäprabhu saw Caöakaparvata. The devotees could not keep up with His speed. Then He suddenly stopped and became like a frozen pillar. Caitanya Mahäprabhu.

the dacoit King became very attached to Caitanya Mahäprabhu and felt separation from Him. You have broken kñetra sannyäsa and have stopped worshiping Öoöä-gopénätha Deity. Now pull yourself together. argued with Caitanya Mahäprabhu. smärta brähmaëas. “Now you should be satisfied. that is my Jagannätha Puré and seeing Your lotus feet is not less than the worship of Öoöä-gopénätha. Caitanya Mahäprabhu transforming a dacoit Muslim King Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s plan was to go to Navadvépadhäma and then to Våndävana. Paëòita to follow Him any longer Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya solaced Gadädhara Paëòita.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu was as much eager to be with Gadädhara Paëòita as much as Gadädhara Paëòita was. “Wherever You are. When they reached the perimeter of the kingdom of King Pratäprudra. unlike his character. On the way was a dangerous area of vicious plunderers and a dacoit Muslim King. Gadädhara Paëòita. But the heart of the dacoit king was softened by hearing about Caitanya Mahäprabhu and he surrendered to Him. reputation and principles of Gadädhara Paëòita. Gadädhara Paëòita was immediately ready to come along with in spite of his two vows – the vow of kñetra sannyäsa and the vow to always worship Öoöä-gopénätha. But He sacrificed His eagerness for the integrity. . “What Caitanya Mahäprabhu has done is just as Kåñëa did with Bhéñmadeva. Caitanya Mahäprabhu spoke to Gadädhara Paëòita.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu told Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya to take care of Gadädhara Paëòita and He went further on Caitanya Mahäprabhu forbidding Gadädhara the boat.61 - . Now I am giving you an instruction to return to Puré. Even in such a brief interaction with Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Kåñëa abandoned His own vow to keep the vow of His devotee. All the devotees were in great anxiety.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Gadädhara Paëòita disregarding his vows for going along with Caitanya Mahäprabhu When Caitanya Mahäprabhu informed Gadädhara Paëòita about His leaving Jagannätha Puré. It is very interesting to know how Caitanya Mahäprabhu brought people from all kinds of background – whether they were drunkards.” Gadädhara Paëòita finally followed the pilgrims till some distance. Muslims. You are such a fortunate recipient of Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s love and affection. atheists. or Buddhists – anyone who came in contact with Him were elevated to the platform of devotional service. be happy with His reciprocation and let us go back to Jagannätha Puré. The dacoit King took Caitanya Mahäprabhu and the devotees safely across the river and the tract of land where there were many robbers.

“It is not good to enter Våndävana with thousand of followers. 3. One should go in a quiet and simple way.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu agreed and decided to go back to Jagannätha Puré. I had to come back to take his permission. Caitanya Mahäprabhu did not allow Gadädhara Paëòita to accompany Him and Gadädhara Paëòita had to return back. How can I restrict You? You can certainly go but kindly stay for four months of rainy season and accept a lunch invitation at my home. leave all the devotees there and then go to Våndävana. “How can You speak like this? You are the independent Lord. . the duty transforms into attraction and love. And then we reminded ourselves that it is only by the descending mercy one can understand such loving dealings. Svarüpa Dämodara etc. Lord Nityänanda. Following are some points from the question and answer session. We should hold out the ‘mercy bowl’ and beg for a drop of mercy from all these very merciful Vaiñëavas like Caitanya Mahäprabhu. arms stretched out. Devotees were very happy to see Caitanya Mahäprabhu returning back to Jagannätha Puré. Initially we may follow the instructions out of duty but when one matures. Lord Nityänanda. The inspiration that we can draw is to cultivate the mood of humility. We should sacrifice anything to fulfill the interest of the spiritual master. face lifted up. Haridäsa Öhäkura. Most happy was Gadädhara Paëòita. Then later Caitanya Mahäprabhu could not go because Gadädhara Paëòita was unhappy. We should yearn to take instructions from a pure devotee and carry it out in submission. That is Våndävana mood. We felt that yäträ is a very sacred opportunity for us to just grab the jewels from the treasure house that has been opened by Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. Through his sound vibrations. and Gadädhara Paëòita with deep intensity and humility to beg for Their mercy.” Gadädhara Paëòita started crying. We should invoke the remembrance of the visit to Siddha Bakul and bring that mood into our own practice of chanting. Mahäräja invited questions and some devotees were ready with their submissive inquiries. 1. who is Kåñëa. he called out one by one Caitanya Mahäprabhu. It was wonderful to hear how Mahäräja answered the queries very expertly and gave us the understanding to properly apply the inspirations in our lives. This is the lélä of the Lord. Many of us were very deeply inspired by the “mercy bowl” example that Mahäräja illustrated in one of his answers. 4. The exchange between Caitanya Mahäprabhu and Gadädhara Paëòita is beyond one’s imagination. 2. Haridäsa Öhäkura. Different Vaiñëavas have different moods and that is fine because there is diversity in the spiritual world. The whole ambience and the vision of Mahäräja enacting it out for us made a deep and vivid impression in our hearts.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Caitanya Mahäprabhu returned to Jagannätha Puré Caitanya Mahäprabhu reached Rämakeli to give His association to Rüpa Gosvämé and Sanätana Gosvämé. That was His fourth attempt. Questions and Answers Glory of Haridäsa Öhäkura is not significantly for the numerical count of his chanting but the quality of his heart that enabled him to chant so many rounds. We contemplated and relished the glories of Gadädhara Paëòita and his love for Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Rädhä (Gadädhara Paëòita) is feeling separation from Kåñëa and Gadädhara Paëòita left his Gopénätha Deity. “I wanted to go to Våndävana but Kåñëa did not let me go because I made Gadädhara Paëòita unhappy. With his palms joined to form a bowl. Gadädhara Paëòita.62 - . these places were brought to life for us and the incomparable mercy of these divine personalities were made accessible to us. Sanätana Gosvämé made a ministerial recommendation.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu agreed and in due course of time He left for Våndävana. Caitanya Mahäprabhu then told Gadädhara Paëòita in an assembly of devotees. We tried stretching our imagination in all dimensions to understand the deep loving and spiritual exchanges between Them. to go with Caitanya Mahäprabhu.

Many of us were distinctly carrying the message from the question and answer session (from the day before) in our hearts and were contemplating on holding the mercy bowl in our hands and hearts to collect the mercy of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. Gopénätha Paööanäyaka was a Tax collector in the Kingdom of King Pratäprudra.63 - . Narasiàhä Temple and Äiöoöä Garden. The word spread out fast. He lived in Älälanätha (12 miles west of Puré). Sudhänidhi and Näyak Väëinätha. The days of the yäträs were now coming to an end and our greediness to assimilate was increasing more and more. We would visit Älälanätha on Day 6. When son of the King came to know that Gopénätha was embezzling finances (reporting less and keeping more for himself). he ordered to execute Gopénätha. Caitanya Mahäprabhu replied with an affectionate anger. Others were Paööanäyaka Gopénätha. Yellow and orange colored flowers were offered at Their lotus feet. “mänasa. Bhavänanda Räya replied. In the morning. The eldest son was Rämänanda Räya. In his company I will experience the greatest happiness by discussing topics of Kåñëa.” Mahäräja quoted from the song of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura. Çré Çré Jagannätha-Baladeva-Subhadra were wearing a yellow dress. The entire altar looked very cheerful. “I’m nothing but a fourth class man.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu sweetly replied. I’m eagerly looking forward for the company of your son. Deliverance of Gopénätha Paööanäyaka In Caitanya-caritämåta. he enlivened us with the description of Çré Bhavänanda Räya and his sons. Although I’m such a low born worldly person. nandakiçor!” ascertaining that this is ätma-nivedana. I surrender myself and all my possessions fully at Your lotus feet. Daily we had been getting a chance to observe immaculate äratis offered to the Deities by the püjäré and in our hearts we appreciated his devotional mood. You have shown Your kindness upon me and You have even touched me. deho. we would inevitably recall the pastimes of Lord Caitanya and His exchanges with His devotees. “I’m a sannyäsi. While taking darçana of the Deities. Bhavänanda Räya requested. “You and your sons are my eternal associates. Rämänanda Räya. engaged in mundane affairs. After Caitanya Mahäprabhu returned from His South Indian tour.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Day 5: 10th January. “You are Mahäräja Päëòu. jo kichu mor arpilü tuwä pade. after which they left. there is a chapter describing the life at risk situation of Gopénätha Paööanäyaka. Çréla Kåñìadäsa Kaviräja Gosvämé presents the main and the sub branches of the Caitanya tree after introducing Païca-tattva. we visited Indradyumna Sarovara. Bhavänanda Räya had 5 sons. your wife is Queen Kunté and your five highly intellectual sons are the Päëòavas”. the eldest son of the King was a little envious of Gopénätha Paööanäyaka. Guëòicä Temple. This proves that You are the Personality of Godhead.” Mahäprabhu then placed His feet upon the heads of Bhavänanda Räya and each of his sons. You can do whatever You want with them. Çré Çré Gaura-Nitäi were wearing beautiful red and white dresses with shining silver crowns. After the lecture. You are a great personality!” Mahäprabhu declared in front of all the Vaiñëavas. 2007 Wednesday On Wednesday. Kälanidhi. “The glories of a person who has a jewel of a son like Rämänanda Räya cannot be estimated. The devotees came to Caitanya Mahäprabhu and requested Him to do something. Mahäprabhu said. with all his sons at Gambhérä. Unlike the King. He met Bhavänanda Räya. Description of Bhavänanda Räya In the Ädi lélä of Caitanya-caritämåta. life-times after lifetimes. I accept your request. One of the associates of Caitanya Mahäprabhu was Bhavänanda Räya. “May my son Väëinätha stay with You to serve Your lotus feet day and night. geho. Why are you dragging Me into these mundane affairs? One should be responsible for executing one’s duties in a .

you may spend for religious and fruitive activities. He even reinstated Gopénätha with honor and doubled his salary so that a need to fraud did not arise in the first place. my Lord. because he has the responsibility to represent Kåñëa and His devotees. One should abide by the ethical. Kindly bestow upon me Your pure mercy so that I may also become renounced. one should always consider how to please and satisfy Kåñëa. Do not spend a farthing for sinful activities for which you will be a loser in this life and in the next.” Çréla Kåñìadäsa Kaviräja Gosvämé concludes this pastime saying. even if someone is involved in major material affairs. However. the King being very compassionate absolved Gopénätha and excused him of his debt. I am no longer interested in material enjoyment. I think that I have not been favored by such mercy. “If one is a devotee. Your real mercy has been granted to Rämänanda Räya and Väëinätha Räya.64 - . moral and lawful conduct. Thus. one can easily become entangled in the material affairs. (who got transformed from äbhäsa bhakti to çuddha bhakti) said to Caitanya Mahäprabhu.” Mahäräja paused and stressed this point again. We should not try to understand these pastimes. “Pay your dues to the King. it doesn’t mean that one can do whatever one likes. “It is so wonderful. Then he can understand the Lord.” When the word reached the King. The balance that you get. Mahäräja opened his laptop and read from Çré Caitanya-caritämåta the ensuing conversation between Bhavänanda Räya and Caitanya Mahäprabhu: Gopénätha.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu instructed Gopénätha Paööanäyaka. If Gopénätha is using the money of the King for his sense gratification. But the deep meaning of this behavior is very difficult to understand. A devotee should remain fixed and faithful when faced with an obstacle. The intentions of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu are so deep that one can understand them only if he has complete faith in service to the lotus feet of the Lord. In any condition.” • Messages from this pastime Our real identity is that we are eternal servants of the Lord. for You have detached them from all material opulence. he will not become materially attached. Otherwise. these are not the principal results of meditating upon Your lotus feet. just to covet such a pure desire and in a sincere manner to pray for the fulfillment of such a desire.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi proper way. but rather nurture our faith in the merciful nature of Caitanya Mahäprabhu through the hearing process. Material opulence is very flickering. Therefore it is simply a glimpse of the result of Your mercy. “I was saved from the greatest danger because I remembered Your lotus feet.” Mahäräja summarized the message for us. His intentions and His compassion. One should do it even more ethically. • • . Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu gave so much mercy to Gopénätha Paööanäyaka without directly making requests of either Käçé Miçra or the King. “I have simply described the chastisement of Gopénätha Paööanäyaka and Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu's indifference. he should be punished.

cautioned us to be watchful of the big vehicles. After walking for over a kilometer. Multiple times Mahäräja made sure we were not blocking the traffic on the road while we were walking. Indradyumna Sarovara. We all entered one by one while Sukumar prabhu lead the Narasiàhä prayers and we responded enthusiastically. But a couple of western devotees marched in confidently and managed to remain unnoticed. a devotee held a torch to enable others to see their way in the dark entrance to the Deity room. There were multiple rooms inside. We felt very fortunate to have an example of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja who very meticulously carries out his work and in a very elegant manner conducts himself. A unique feature of this Deity was that there was another small Deity of Ugra Narasiàhä hidden inside the çänta Narasiàhä Deity. towards Guëòicä Temple. resembling a maze. we realized our responsibility to represent the teachings of Caitanya Mahäprabhu properly. We also prayed to get a drop of the pure mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu that Gopénätha Paööanäyaka begged for to be transformed into çuddha bhaktas. The sitting place for the Deities of Çré Çré Jagannätha Baladeva Subhadrä was similar to the inside of the main Jagannätha temple. not only by performing our devotional services deeply but also abiding by the ethical conduct in our worldly dealings and not neglecting our material responsibilities.The gate opened into a simple garden with high coconut trees. There was a narrow walkway around the altar. we moved in the opposite direction. The room was very small and dark. The front of the temple was very colorful and peaceful. He had a sharp human nose. we had our prasädam and got ready for our excursion. After hearing the class. and many more. One end of the Grand Road was Jagannätha temple and the other end was Guëòicä Temple.65 - . Guëòicä Temple & Narasiàhä Temple After the morning class. we should use it in a religious manner and not in a sinful way.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi • Through this lélä. the Narasiàhä deva Deity was visible due to several lamps that were lit inside. On the altar. we should abide by the laws of this world and act ethically. Western devotees were barred to enter this temple also. But that day. The Deity was very old. made arrangements for devotees who had certain bodily requirements. Whatever comes through our honest labor. On the way to the Guëòicä temple The Guëòicä temple After visiting Guëòicä temple. There was a checking counter where one had to buy a ticket to enter the premises. The floor was black colored and very smooth. one can imagine the ecstasy of cleaning this entire temple in leadership and association of the Lord Himself. Caitanya Mahäprabhu is revealing to us that though our teachings are transcendental. This is a straight road where the Rath Yäträ carts are pulled from Jagannätha temple to Guëòicä Temple. a large curly mustache. The pujäré was reluctant to give us the . Standing there. and an outstretched tongue. we walked further towards the left side of the Guëòicä temple and reached the Narasiàhä deva temple. Since the sanctum-sanctorum was very dark from inside. On entering the gate (picture below on right). we reached the Guëòicä temple. On other days we used to walk towards the Jagannätha temple.

. and allowed him to take darçan of the Lord. Çréla Indradyumna Swämi Mahäräja has been worshipping Lord Narasiàhä Deva for several years. As we went down. Mahäräja made us realize what miracles quality association can do. Devotees spread themselves on the stairs to listen about the nectar of this place.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi darçan of the inside Deity and asked for some donation. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja later narrated that. We felt safe and protected in the able hands of Mahäräja. We then realized that the main Deity looked solid from outside but had a hollow space inside and the ribs of the main Deity was engulfing the smaller Deity. Since that time. Through this incident. where we received kheer prasädam. It was already a beautiful. Two pujärés were enthusiastic to tell the story of this place. This was the first time we had seen such a manifestation of two Deities. like several other temples. We offered our obeisances to the Sarovara and took the water from it on our heads. soothing place and the ecstasy doubled as we heard from Çréla Romapäda Swämi about some very delightful and significant pastimes of Caitanya Mahäprabhu that took place here. The temple authorities understood the quality of his devotion. We descended down the stairs. Devotees translated the story in English and Mahäräja accepted one story as bona fide (as it is mentioned in Skanda Puräëa) and rejected the other as bogus. Çré Narasiàhä deva temple Çré Narasiàhä deva Indradyumna Sarovara We marched further on the mud-covered roads. we reached Indradyumna Sarovara. Dust would rise as devotees merrily chanted and danced on the road. After another kilometer of our walk. we saw a temple entrance on our right. western devotees were not allowed inside the temple’s premises too. As we kept going down further. they’ve been permitting western devotees inside. We came out from the left side of the temple. Pujärés were enthusiastically calling us inside these temples. He then removed the cloth of the main Deity and we had darçan of the smaller Deity. The temple apparently looked a little newer compared to the other temple that we visited so far. which were under the cooling shade of big Banyan trees. Çréla Indradyumna Swämi Mahäräja (one of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja’s God brothers) made friendship with the temple authorities. we saw small temples of King Indradyumna on the left and his queen Guëòicä Räné on the right.66 - .

The King came to know that the Lord was worshipped in some remote place.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Indradyumna Sarovara History from Skanda Puräëa King Indradyumna along with his whole kingdom went in search of Çré Néla Mädhava. Närada Muni appeared. The devotees surrounded Caitanya Mahäprabhu and Caitanya Mahäprabhu started splashing water on all the devotees around and all the devotees splashed water on Him. Advaita Äcärya began calling Him ill names. Caitanya Mahäprabhu told Gopénätha Äcärya.67 - . The King performed the sacrifices and gave away 1. they became transcendentally playful. He found that the Lord had disappeared. Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s transcendental hands were able to splash more water than what all the devotees together could splash. Devotees came here and by Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s inducement. During the blazing hot summers. the cool.” Gopénätha Äcärya cleverly . Caitanya Mahäprabhu also entered into the sarovara. Then the devotees paired off. There are variations in descriptions of how Indradyumna sarovara manifested. Some say that by the weight of the cows. Advaita Äcärya and Lord Nityänanda were splashing water on each other. and others proclaim that by the milk of the cows the sarovara was created. “Can you tell your brother-in-law (Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya) to stop behaving like a small child? He is a great scholar but has lost all his sobriety and gravity. Seeing that. Joyful pastimes of Mahäprabhu and His devotees Caitanya Mahäprabhu and the devotees would come here after ecstatically dancing and chanting for the whole day in the Ratha-yäträ. the Lord of his heart. King was in great despair. some say by the horns.25 lacks of cows in charity. refreshing and soothing water of the Indradyumna sarovara was very inviting. consoled and instructed the King to perform one thousand açva-medha sacrifices. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya and Rämänanda Räya formed another pair. But when he reached there. When Lord Nityänanda won in their splashing game.

.” Lord ordered the devotees to clean the temple once again to remove the finer particles. We brought our attention back to the kathä and immersed ourselves in the deep rendering of Mahäräja on the very significant pastime of the Lord – The Cleansing of the Guëòicä temple. Advaita Äcärya manifested His form of Çeña Näga. we should make our hearts pure. It is certainly Your great mercy upon him. the dirt collected by Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu alone was much greater. “Only a drop from the ocean of Your mercy can drown great mountains like Sumeru and Mandära.” After Gopénätha Äcärya finished talking. One person begged for the water pot by saying.” Mahäprabhu reclined on Çeña Näga. Mahäräja (pointing towards the Sarovara) said. “KåñëaKåñëa” and another delivered the water pot while chanting “Kåñëa-Kåñëa”. Devotees brought hundred new water pots and hundred new brooms. A day before the Ratha-yäträ. This cleansing has become an annual event since then as a preparation to invite Lord Jagannätha to the Guëòicä temple. Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya is a little hill by comparison and it is no wonder that he has been drowned in the ocean of Your mercy. The Bhaööäcärya passed his life in eating such dry cakes. and very peacefully He floated over the Indradyumna Sarovara. some kids were making noise in the background while they were bathing in the Sarovara. Hundreds of devotees brought the filled water pots from Indradyumna sarovara and hundreds took the empty pots out to be filled again. Mahäprabhu instructed Advaita Äcärya to assume His Çeña Näga form.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi answered and said. Then He ordered devotees to wash the entire temple. Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu smiled and called for Advaita Äcärya. The devotees increased the ecstasy of the Lord by having kértana. Caitanya Mahäprabhu decided to clean the Guëòicä temple. All the devotees enjoyed transcendental bliss while participating in the pastime of the Lord. “Right here.68 - . Mahäprabhu said. Meaning of the cleansing of the Guëòicä temple (from Caitanya-caritämåta) When the class was going on. but now You have made him drink the nectar of Your transcendental pastimes. The cleansing of the Guëòicä temple signifies preparing our heart to receive Kåñëa. At first they cleansed the temple with brooms. “The more one has cleansed the temple. the more one’s heart has become purified. Logic is like a dry oil cake from which all the oil has been extracted. In other words. Then they piled up the dirt they collected. Even though all the devotees collected dirt in one pile. so that we can perceive the presence of Kåñëa.

“Just like by testing one grain in a pot of rice one can understand the consistency of the whole pot. After sporting in the water for some time. we visited and paid respects at temple of Païca-mukhi Hanumän. Mahäräja mentioned that if it is done in right consciousness. Guëòicä represents Våndävana. conviction and devotion that Kälidäsa had for taking mahä mahä prasädam. we traced our way back to go to Äiöoöä garden. Mahäprabhu’s mood during the Ratha-yäträ was to bring Kåñëa back to Våndävana. accompanied by His devotees. “Similarly. we should also purify our hearts and throw our anarthas far away. The pastime of cleansing the Guëòicä temple emphasizes on the message of cleaning our heart to receive the mercy of the Lord. On our way. it is joyful.” More esoteric meaning of the pastime In the lélä of Lord Jagannätha’s Ratha-yäträ. even by tricks! . When it is done in the right consciousness. Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu would return to His place at Äiöoöä garden. similarly by understanding this one pastime one can understand the commitment. This requires a lot of endeavor. Meanwhile we all went inside and sat. where Caitanya Mahäprabhu would stay for nine days during the Ratha-yäträ festival.69 - . Doing this is a challenge but it is a necessity. Mahäräja recognized that that was not the actual place and he sent Ashish Prabhu to locate the actual place. Païca-mukhi Hanumän On the way to Äiöoöä Garden Pastime of Kälidäsa at Äiöoöä Garden We reached a place that some people were claiming to be Äiöoöä garden. The place was full of mosquitoes which were unusually bigger. Everyone cleansed the temple. After hearing from Mahäräja we felt a stronger desire in us to have a cleaner heart to be able to perceive the presence of Kåñëa. Mahäräja earnestly requested us. We felt encouraged and confident to cooperate with Kåñëa to remove our anarthas and feel His presence in us. One devotee fanned him from the back side and the other one from the front side to prevent Mahäräja from the bites of the robust mosquitoes. Mahäräja did not waste any time and started sharing some more pastimes in connection with the Guëòicä temple. All these contaminations in our hearts just cause pain to us and to others. it is joyful too. Lord Jagannätha is taken from Puruñottama-kñetra’s opulent worship to the very simple gardens of Guëòicä.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Guëòicä märjana or anartha-nivåtti process is a necessity to feel the presence of the Lord. and threw it far away. That gave opportunities to devotees to fan Mahäräja. Mercy goes to the one who is faithful Kåñëadäsa Kaviräja Gosvämé describes. gathered the dust. Similarly.

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Even if one knows the story, one should hear it again and again and again because it is transcendentally delightful.” One Bengali Vaiñëava washed Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s feet while cleaning the Guëòicä temple and drank the water. Though Caitanya Mahäprabhu was internally happy but showed His anger towards that Vaiñëava by expelling him from the assembly. Caitanya Mahäprabhu had never permitted anyone to wash His feet. But, He abandoned that principle when He saw genuine devotion in the heart of that Bengali Vaiñëava. Since He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He knows whether someone’s devotion is genuine. One such Vaiñëava in whom Caitanya Mahäprabhu saw genuine devotion was Kälidäsa. Kälidäsa took a vow to honor the prasädam remnants (mahä mahä) of every Vaiñëava devotee of Caitanya Mahäprabhu all over Bengal. Now during the time of Caitanya Mahäprabhu one can imagine how many Vaiñëavas were there in all of Bengal! Kälidäsa was very straightforward in requesting remnants from Vaiñëavas. Once, he went to a Vaiñëava family and asked for their remnants. Since Kälidäsa was a brähmaëa and they were from a lower class, they denied him. With great confidence Kälidäsa quoted from various scriptures telling them that a person who chants the holy name of the Lord is a Vaiñëava and a Vaiñëava is in the topmost position of all the social orders. Both sides tried to establish that the other person was superior and it was transcendentally very sweet. Kälidäsa was determined to receive their mahä mahä prasädam but did not want to disturb them either. He decided to hide behind a nearby tree and wait till they honored their prasädam. The devotees discarded the remnants near the refuse after having their prasädam. Kälidäsa waited until they left and collected the banana leaf. He licked the leaf and relished it thinking, “Aha! Mahä Mahä Prasädam!!” In this way, Kälidäsa kept his vow. Kåñëadäsa Kaviräja Gosvämé also mentions that when Caitanya Mahäprabhu entered the Jagannätha temple through the ‘Simha dwär’ entrance, Govinda would wash His feet with water. Mahäprabhu was so strict that no one was allowed to take that water. Once, as Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s feet were being washed, Kälidäsa boldly came up to Him. He took a palm full of water and drank it, right in front of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. He held his hand out again and again to take more water. The fourth time Caitanya Mahäprabhu said “Kälidäsa enough!” Caitanya Mahäprabhu awarded Kälidäsa that special mercy because of the deep faith that Kälidäsa had in the mahä mahä prasädam of the devotees of the Lord. At the end of description, Kåñëadäsa Kaviräja Gosvämé says, “It is not possible to understand these pastimes unless one has great faith in the Personality of Godhead.” Another day, Caitanya Mahäprabhu was honoring prasädam and He observed that Kälidäsa was looking through the window. Caitanya Mahäprabhu knew what it meant - Kälidäsa wanted His mahä prasädam. So, when Mahäprabhu finished prasädam, He left the whole plate and said to Govinda, “Make sure that Kälidäsa gets the whole plate.” Mahäräja concluded “Mercy goes to one who is faithful. One can receive the mercy of Caitanya Mahäprabhu as Kälidäsa received when there is a strong faith.” We walked back to Nayak Plaza hotel while contemplating on the pastime of Kälidäsa and letting the message penetrate our hearts. We could appreciate the deep realizations that Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja has on the principle of having strong faith. We meditated that through all the turbulent times in the last couple of decades, Mahäräja had always remained faithful to the mission of Çréla Prabhupäda. Çréla Prabhupäda wanted his followers to become pure devotees and deliver teachings of pure devotion to others. So, Mahäräja is systematically training us, to lead our lives based on those principles. Çréla Prabhupäda also wanted that this

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International Society of Kåñëa Consciousness should be taken forward intelligently. As a member of Governing Body Commission, Mahäräja is expertly leading this society forward. Çréla Prabhupäda’s heart was in book distribution and preaching to the scientific community. These are the areas that Mahäräja has been emphasizing greatly. There are many preaching centers in India and America that have sprung up due to his inspiration, direction and love. Above all, Mahäräja has given us access to this sacred Gauòéya-Vaiñëava-sampradäya and has given us the rarest opportunity to re-establish our lost relationship with our most loving master - Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja’s transcendental nature and purity is brilliantly visible by looking at his highly elevated and very loving senior disciples. We beg at the feet of such an äcärya to be able to cultivate an unflinching faith in him to be able to attract a drop of his mercy in our lives just as Kälidäsa was able to receive from Caitanya Mahäprabhu.

Pastime of Çäkñé-gopäla, Q&A
We eagerly waited for the evening class to be able to hear more from Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja and fill our hearts with more inspirations, joyfulness and satisfaction. That evening, we heard the pastime of Çäkñégopäla where the Deity walked to reciprocate with the great faith of a brähmaëa. It helped us to understand more deeply that the Deity is not merely a stone or wood. When approached with great faith and earnestness, the Deity actually reciprocates. Gopäla Deity becomes the witness Nityänanda Prabhu once narrated this story of Çäkñé-gopäla to Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu. There were two brähmaëas, a young and an old, who were touring together to visit different places of pilgrimage. Finally, they came to Våndävana. After taking their baths in the river Yamunä, they visited the temple of Gopäla. The young man had been assisting the elder brähmaëa. The elder brähmaëa being very satisfied with the service of the young brähmaëa decided to give him his daughter in charity. The younger brähmaëa agreed and in order to preserve the word of the elder brähmaëa replied, “If you have decided to give your young daughter to me, kindly say so before the Gopäla Deity.” And the elder brähmaëa did as the younger brähmaëa suggested. Then the younger brähmaëa addressed the Deity saying, “My dear Lord, You are my witness. I shall call for You to testify this promise if it is necessary later on.” After these talks, the two brähmaëas started for their respective homes. After some time had passed, the young brähmaëa came to the house of the elder brähmaëa and very humbly folding his hands, reminded the elder brähmaëa of his promise. Elder brähmaëa said that he did not remember making such a promise. So the young brähmaëa started for Våndävana to request the Gopäla Deity to bear witness. Younger brähmaëa requested Gopäla to bear witness The younger brähmaëa reached Våndävana and came before the Deity and requested, “My Lord, You are the protector of the brähmiëical culture, and You are also very merciful. Therefore, kindly show Your great mercy by protecting our religious principles by bearing the witness. A person who knows things as they are and still does not bear witness becomes involved in sinful activities.” Gopäla said: “My dear brähmaëa, go back to your home and call a meeting of all the men and in that meeting just try to remember Me. I shall certainly appear there and at that time I shall protect the honor of you both brähmaëas by bearing witness to this promise.” Younger brähmaëa said: “My dear Lord, even if You appear there as the four-armed Viñëu, still no one will believe Your words. Only if You go there in this form of Gopäla and speak the words from Your lotus mouth, Your testimony will be heard by all those people.” Gopäla said: “I've never heard of a Deity walking from one place to another.” Young brähmaëa said: “That is true, but how is it that You are speaking to me, although You are a Deity? My dear Lord, You are not a Deity, You are the son of Mahäräja Nanda. Now for the sake of the old brähmaëa You can do something that You’ve never done before.”

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Gopäla: “My dear brähmaëa, listen to Me. I shall go with you but do not try to see Me by turning around. As soon as you see Me, I shall remain stationary in that very place. You will know that I am walking behind you by the sound of My ankle bells. Cook one kilo of rice each day and offer it to Me. I shall eat that rice and follow behind you.” Gopäla followed brähmaëa step by step

The next day the brähmaëa begged permission from Gopäla and moved towards the place of the elder brähmaëa. Gopäla followed him step by step. While the brähmaëa was walking, he could hear the sound of Gopäla’s ankle bells and he became very pleased. Younger brähmaëa informed all the people about Gopäla’s arrival. Hearing this, people were struck with wonder. They paid their obeisances and appreciated the beauty of the Lord. They were all very surprised. In the presence of everyone, Lord Gopäla bore witness to the fact that the elderly brähmaëa had offered his daughter in charity to the young brähmaëa.

Thus Çäkñé-gopäla stayed in Vidyänagara and accepted services for a very long time. Later there was a fight amongst the Kings, and this country was conquered by King Puruñottama-deva of Orissa. King Puruñottama-deva was a great devotee and was advanced in the civilization of the Äryans. He begged at the lotus feet of Gopäla and took the Gopäla Deity to Kaöaka. Since then, Gopäla has been situated in the city of Kaöaka [Cuttack], and He has been known ever since as Çäkñé-gopäla. At some later point, the Deity was moved to the current place of worship, which is 20 kilometers from Puré. Thus Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu heard the narration of Gopäla's activities. Both Caitanya Mahäprabhu and His personal associates became very pleased. When Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu was sitting before the Gopäla Deity, all the devotees saw Caitanya Mahäprabhu and the Deity to be of the same form. They were of the same complexion, and both had gigantic bodies. Both wore saffron cloth, and both were very grave. The devotees saw that both Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu and Gopäla were brilliantly effulgent and had lotus-like eyes. They were both absorbed in ecstasy, and Their faces resembled full moons. Kåñëadäsa Kaviräja Gosvämé says, “The Lord is very merciful to His devotees.” Surely Lord is merciful proportionate to one’s faith and surrender. Çréla Prabhupäda’s example is that the sun shines equally everywhere but when covered with a cloud, the sun is not visible. Lord’s mercy is like sun shine, which falls everywhere. Our anarthas are compared to the cloud or mist that blocks us from perceiving that mercy. So we have to position ourselves free from the obstructions of our own impurities, then the merciful nature of the Lord can be directly experienced. We prayed to the Lord, with our mercy bowl stretched out, to give us a drop of faith to be able to perceive Him in our homes, where He is residing in His Deity form. We also felt that the message of deep internal cleansing to see through the clouds of our anarthas was reinforced in the class again.

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As we walked out of the room. Our small decorative bulb of appreciation for these personalities should become a 1000 watts bulb. so we are just being careful of where we go and what we listen. Firstly. The session lasted for over an hour. He explained that we are not Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura or Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura to know how to react when we see someone from an apa-sampradäya. My arms are now tired!” Then he said. Some devotees took that opportunity to ask several questions. some devotees in this group are young. Since we were visiting only selected places in Puré. we saw big pots of sumptuous prasädam being carried inside. we love Çréla Prabhupäda.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Questions and Answers That was the last chance for us to ask questions. just like a small tree requires a fence for protection. 3. someone questioned whether we were being sectarian. 1.73 - . 2. We mention here some touching points from the answers that Mahäräja gave. “What are the key inspirations from the yäträ?” Mahäräja jokingly answered. We felt completely sheltered and protected under him. We should have faith in this principle and to get that faith we should associate with those who are faithful. We knew that spiritual master is always concerned to elevate and protect all those who have taken shelter of his feet. We should eagerly take the mercy of äcäryas and be ready to share it with others. but do not want to associate with them either. We felt grateful and honored it with great enthusiasm.” 5. “I have been pumping inspirations all through the yäträ. . our heads will spin if we hear from all of them. Relationship means. The problems in our life do not come because of Kåñëa Consciousness. With this we ended our day. We were told that some devotees have brought Jagannätha prasädam for us. The question of being sectarian lingered in our thoughts. he again asserted his deep love and concern for each one of us. lasting almost for two hours. Secondly. Carry it in your heart. Mahäräja remained silent for some time and then explained it in two ways. We can expand our inspirations by hearing and then we should serve these personalities. Someone asked. By Mahäräja’s strong answer. Go back and hear it again. and that we should not do in the name of being non-sectarian. so naturally we are attracted to hear about and visit certain places that Çréla Prabhupäda liked to visit. “GIVE & TAKE. 4. This was one of the longest sessions in the yäträ. We do not want to offend them. We should deeply desire to serve them. We should endeavor to become genuinely humble and recognize our tiny position in front of great devotees. but rather due to lack of Kåñëa Consciousness. LOVE & TRUST”. “Hearing should bring out the inspirations. At a neophyte level.

It was like meeting after a long separation and it was a happy spiritual reunion. A sädhu sannyäsi (Caitanya Mahäprabhu) was inquiring and hearing from a gåhastha (Rämänanda Räya). Rämänanda Räya felt enlightenment in his heart. after the Snäna-yäträ and before the Ratha-yäträ. where they worship the four-handed form of Viñëu. at the end of which both achieved spiritual perfection. there is a Çré Vaiñëava temple. the roles were reversed. Caitanya Mahäprabhu showing His real form to Rämänanda Räya .74 - . So. During the morning lecture. But. He did not interrupt the class. the electricity went off and Mahäräja raised his voice to make it audible for all of us.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Day 6: 11th January. we will visit Älälanätha. This is reminiscent of the meeting of Sukadeva Gosvämé and Mahäräja Parékñit. we were on-board a train to go to Remuëä. the residence of Rämänanda Räya. the place of Çré Kñéra-corä-gopénätha. We had breathed in the air and absorbed some of the mood of this sacred place. the access to the fullest perfection is available whether one is hearing or speaking on the transcendental subject matters. That was the last day of our stay in Çré Jagannätha Puré dhäma.” Meeting between Rämänanda Räya and Caitanya Mahäprabhu Rämänanda Räya met Caitanya Mahäprabhu during His South India tour. and became purified and realized by speaking. in that meeting. Description of Residence of Rämänanda Räya – Älälanätha A devotee who was running late to the morning class saw Mahäräja almost running to be in the class on time. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja spoke – “Today. Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s feelings would be very intense. in the mood of separation from Lord Jagannätha. At the end of the day. He was amazed at the swiftness with which Mahäräja climbed the stairs and dashed into the room to give us his audience. That was Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s desire. At Älälanätha. one by speaking and the other by hearing. The conventional Vedic method is that persons from other äçramas inquire from a sädhu (a person in the Sannyäsa äçrama). We were hopeful that the merciful dhäma would impart in our hearts a drop of intense love that was shared between Lord Caitanya and His associates there. We yearned for more and more association of Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja and more opportunities to hear from him in the company of eager Vaiñëavas. 2007 Thursday The days of the Yäträ were coming to an end. We heard about a very important meeting between Rämänanda Räya and Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Caitanya Mahäprabhu could not bear to remain in Jagannätha Puré without Lord Jagannätha and would come here every year. but just went on speaking without wasting a minute. This is the place where Caitanya Mahäprabhu would go when Lord Jagannätha is in seclusion. In Älälanätha.

75 - . I will give you protection from all of life’s sinful reactions. It is not just the form (offering) but the substance (love for Kåñëa that we carry) in it that matters. Rämänanda Räya spoke – 1. The means is perfect execution of varëäçrama duties. karma-sannyäsa – or. These are the teachings of our äcäryas. After describing Rädhä-bhäva and Her mahä-bhäva. if you come to Me. is worshiped by the proper execution of prescribed duties in the system of varëa and äçrama. He started from the system of varëäçrama institution and finally expressed the fundamentals of unmixed devotional service based on the principle of hearing and chanting. through Rämänanda Räya. It is You who is speaking through me. whatever you give in charity. abandon prescribed duties completely to render service onto the Supreme Lord. and whatever austerities you perform. and not be awakened to the fullness of God Consciousness. “This is external”. please tell me further on this matter. The goal of life is to get liberation from material circumstances of existence and to achieve Vaikuëöha. “We do not trash these important verses from Bhagavad Gétä. Caitanya Mahäprabhu said.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu rejected that statement also and told. all the results of such activities should be offered to Me (Kåñëa). There is no other way to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Mahäräja explained that it is external in the sense that one can follow all the dos and avoid all the don’ts and still hold on to the material conception of life and material desires. “No one has the capacity to ask such questions as You are asking and no one has the capacity to answer these questions that You are asking. and take shelter. The reference comes from the Viñëu Puräëa.” Mahäräja clarified. sarva-dharmän parityajya mäm ekaà çaraëaà vraja ahaà tväà sarva-päpebhyo mokñayiñyämi mä çucaù “After giving up all kinds of religious and occupational duties. yat karoñi yad açnäsi yaj juhoñi dadäsi yat yat tapasyasi kaunteya tat kuruñva mad-arpaëam “My dear son of Kunté. whatever you do. Do not worry. the Supreme Personality of Godhead. the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I can clearly understand that You are a puppeteer who is making me speak. We should understand that we must follow the above verse but with the understanding that it is not the essence. varëäçramäcära-vatä puruñeëa paraù pumän viñëur ärädhyate panthä nänyat tat-toña-käraëam “The Supreme Personality of Godhead. Caitanya Mahäprabhu would prompt him to go deeper into the Absolute Truth.” 4. “Go ahead and say something more.” 3. whatever you offer in sacrifice. Caitanya Mahäprabhu delineated the teachings of the real goal of life and how to attain it. Rämänanda Räya said. Lord Viñëu. jïäna-miçrä bhakti .” Caitanya Mahäprabhu said. “What is the goal of life and what are the means to achieve it?” Rämänanda Räya enunciated a 5-step sequential answer. worship of the Lord with the fruits of one’s work.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Caitanya Mahäprabhu asked.” So. One must be situated in the institution of the four varëas and äçramas. brahma-bhütaù prasannätmä na çocati na käìkñati samaù sarveñu bhüteñu mad-bhaktià labhate paräm . Karmärpaëa – or.” 2. “This is also external. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura taught us to follow daivi-varnäçrama as an offering to the Supreme. For example. whatever you eat.Devotional service mixed with impure knowledge is the essence of perfection. Whatever Rämänanda Räya would say.

For example. ‘One who is thus transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brähmaëa and becomes fully joyful. Jéva Gosvämé. The goal and the means are the same – chanting Hare Kåñëa more and more. Pure devotional service without any touch of speculative knowledge is the essence of perfection. offering prayers. we engage in the process of hearing and chanting. it is not who we really are. Rämänanda Räya and Svarüpa Dämodara both understood the exact mood of Lord Caitanya. One can give up one’s duties and fully surrender to Kåñëa. He is equally disposed toward every living entity. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me.” The Lord rejected it to be external and asked him to go further. From the explanations of Çréla Romapäda Swämi. The Lord makes Himself the property of such a devotee. in the impersonalist traditions. Then the ajita (the unconquerable) becomes jita (controlled/conquerable) by the love of His devotee.. he should follow the codes of sannyäsa properly. from Lord Brahma’s prayers jïäne prayäsam udapäsya namanta eva jévanti san-mukharitäà bhavadéya-värtäm sthäne sthitäù çruti-gatäà tanu-väì-manobhir ye präyaço ’jita jito ’py asi tais tri-lokyäm Messages from the discussion between Rämänanda Räya and Caitanya Mahäprabhu One should perform devotional service and discuss the topics of Kåñëa by engaging in the process of hearing and chanting. Kåñëa Consciousness is not just a theistic conduct but it also does not dismiss theistic conduct. On the other hand. “According to the Bhagavad-gétä. He never laments or desires to have anything. Our hearts were filled with deep gratitude that the process to achieve uttama bhakti was purely preserved and delineated to us even in the age of Kali by the dedicated representatives of . while the attention should go to hearing and chanting. and all the processes must include chanting and proceeding it is hearing. we could understand that we were being trained for Uttamabhakti through Sädhana-bhakti. The substance is the awakened consciousness of love of God that we carry in our hearts. then he should earn the money in an honest and proper way. all the processes are accompanied by hearing and chanting.76 - . Rämänanda Räya made a request to King Pratäprudra to release him from his government services. And it is hearing and chanting that ignites that love of God within the framework of goodness. the means are not abandoned when you reach the goal. Caitanya Mahäprabhu proclaimed that Rämänanda Räya was nondifferent from Him. Caitanya Mahäprabhu would meet with Rämänanda Räya every evening of the last 12 years of Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s léläs. All the while moving from one step to another. If one has taken the position of a sannyäsi. One should leave aside speculation (jïäna) and should carry out the activities (karma) according to one’s psychophysical nature. The reference verse is Çrémad Bhägavatam 10. Rämänanda Räya came to Jagannätha Puré. serving the lotus feet of Kåñëa.3. but it must be accompanied by hearing and chanting. If one is a gåhastha. described 9 processes of devotional service. i. In a genuine process. they throw the Deity into the river when they feel that they have become God. King Pratäprudra was very happy because he had deep love for Caitanya Mahäprabhu. We do respect varëäçrama but to a certain degree.66.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Rämänanda Räya continued. One can give up speculative knowledge but hearing and chanting should fill in the space of speculative knowledge. We also know that it is external. Following the Bhagavad Gétä verse 18.e. How unpleasant it is!! Caitanya Mahäprabhu requested Rämänanda Räya to come to Jagannätha Puré Caitanya Mahäprabhu relished His discussion with Rämänanda Räya very much and then requested if Rämänanda Räya could be relieved from his ministerial duties so that he could reside in Jagannätha Puré. while performing Deity worship.14. without attachment to the fruits of labor. 5. we surrender ourselves to hearing and chanting. We abide by the theistic conduct but we know that theistic conduct is not all in all. in his bhakti sandharbhas.

who was ready to travel in the bus taking all discomforts in the stride of his service. After the class. It was an unusually hot day. We got down on the main road and walked on the dusty. We were happy to get his constant darçana. rustic roads of Älälanätha. We were amazed to see the loving exchanges between the devotees. The devotees had various moods and internal emotions regarding Mahäräja’s waiting outside. village ponds where people were washing their clothes. and so we were feeling a little sad. We saw hatched huts. We felt the significance of hearing and chanting daily. Ashish Prabhu made an announcement for the next yäträ at Våndävana. Mahäräja kept on chanting and his chanting grew louder when the bus driver would blow the horn liberally. Some stayed back and watched Mahäräja walking and chanting. Älälanätha temple We gathered outside the Paradise hotel to board our buses. We were even more touched that Mahäräja came all the way along just to accompany us. and Vedänta Caitanya prabhu applauded the mood of service of the organizers. We were touched by the humility of Mahäräja. Many went inside to offer deep prayers to the Lord that this racism may somehow end and devotees from all over the world be allowed to take His darçana. Many devotees participated in a devotional kértana led by Aravind Prabhu. The western devotees were not allowed in the Älälanätha temple as well.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Caitanya Mahäprabhu.77 - . Ashish Prabhu humbly begged forgiveness on behalf of the organizers. That was the last morning class at Puré. Anticipation for the next yäträ brought back smiles to our faces. We desire to commit ourselves strongly to these two processes. huge piles of logs-a typical village sight. Mahäräja was also in the bus with us. The bus journey to Älälanätha started at 10:30 am. Lord Älälanätha Älälanätha temple .

hands and legs of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu While walking Rüpa Sanätana Prabhu and Çacé Kumar Prabhu repeatedly filed us into a disciplined group and eased the travelers on the road.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi There was a queue of devotees inside to take darçana of the Lord. A devotee accompanied Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja to the shrine. Mahäräja took darçana of the place from the door steps of the entrance and later in the lecture explained the significance of the stone slab. While going back.78 - . in recognition of their contributions towards renovating the site. By the main temple. The impressions of the head. The stone had been melted by the heat generated by the intense mood of separation of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Mahäräja paying obeisances to the Deities of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu and Çréla Rämänanda Räya . There were small Deities of Çré Çré Jagannätha-Baladeva-Subhadra and big Deities of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu and Çréla Rämänanda Räya on either side of Them. where Çréla Prabhupäda and Çréla Gaura Govinda Mahäräja were mentioned. there was a shrine with a huge stone inside. low banyan trees and high coconut trees. The archway opened into a big courtyard where there were many tulasé plants. The lecture there was very short and we were soon on our way to the next stop. The confusion got resolved and we were instructed to get back to our seats for we were supposed to travel a little further. Residence of Çréla Rämänanda Räya We entered a very small house with a cool shade of trees on all sides. there was some confusion regarding the exact location of the residence of Çréla Rämänanda Räya. It was wonderful to see how Kåñëa decorates the face of the earth with bouquets of various kinds of vegetation. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja was as peaceful and jovial as ever. We crossed through rice fields. We did not miss to read the inscriptions on a stone on the outside wall. He humored and smiled at every situation while we were apprehensive of discomforting him by the confusion. The pujäré at the shrine invited Mahäräja.

Narendra Sarovara We reached at the bank of a dark-blue lake and we saw a pink colored structure in the middle of the lake. so much so that it melted the stone. there was a small shrine that had a stone slab where Caitanya Mahäprabhu would lie down. Very gently (gentler than the lotus flower).” Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja then told about the courtyard of Älälanätha: In the courtyard of Älälanätha. reaching the structure in the lake. But the intensity of His separation was demonstrated there. All the places where the Lord and His associates perform Their pastimes are very sacred and are places of pilgrimage. we walked back through the dusty roads into our bus. We saw the impressions of head.79 - . It was a tradition for the devotees coming from Navadvépa to take bath there before proceeding to take darçana of Lord Jagannätha. There was a leeway into the Sarovara. After begging for the mercy of Rämänanda Räya. It was 12:45 in the afternoon and the sun was . Many of us could not even fathom the heat of Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s body to create those impressions in the stone (as shown in the picture on the right). The bus took us to our next destination. Some of them waived at us and so did we. We saw jubilant school children who just got a break from their school. We saw a devotee offering a very beautiful. freshly plucked lotus flower to Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. The lake is called Narendra Sarovara. Narendra Sarovara was the biggest Sarovara we had visited in Jagannätha Puré so far. We came to pay our respects to Çré Rämänanda Räya and his intense devotion for Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Rämänanda Räya (the eldest son of Bhavänanda Räya) and Svarüpa Dämodara were constant companions of Caitanya Mahäprabhu in His final 12 years of pastimes in Puré. he tucked the stem of the flower in his saffron colored bag. Please consider what it takes to melt a stone! Of course. It was very hot in the bus and we eagerly waited for it to start moving to get some relief from the heat. The lotus flower happily drooped on a side. Caitanya Mahäprabhu is the creator of all stones. The intensity of His separation made His body very hot. Mahäräja accepted it very gracefully and smelled it very respectfully and devotionally. somewhat resembling a beach pier. hands and legs of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. It was majestic and beautiful. Just the three would stay inside Gambhérä discussing kåñëa-kathä and after late hours Rämänanda Räya and Svarüpa Dämodara would go to their respective homes.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja spoke – “This was the ancestral home of Bhavänanda Räya and his sons.

Särvabhauma Bhaööäcärya said that those pilgrims were not just performing sankértan but prema-sankértan. Caitanya Mahäprabhu would ask. remarked that these pilgrims are chanting and dancing with an exceptional ecstasy. A devotee provided shade for Mahäräja. whatever we might deem as important. honor and have sweet exchanges with them. who was sitting with his back resting on the boundary wall.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu would order them. Caitanya Mahäprabhu manifested His intense feelings of separation in Älälanätha. who was looking at the road from a distance. “Have you taken darçana of Lord Jagannätha?” The devotees would reply. the devotees would take bath in Narendra-sarovara and then proceed to see Lord Jagannätha. Caitanya Mahäprabhu was in an intense mood at Älälanätha. Each pilgrim was then personally greeted by Caitanya Mahäprabhu and each received a garland and sandalwood paste from Caitanya Mahäprabhu Himself. His own sense of what was important took less priority over receiving the Vaiñëavas.” . as they would be very satisfied to take darçana of Caitanya Mahäprabhu because He was non-different from Lord Jagannätha. “Take your bath and go to see Lord Jagannätha. Sometimes devotees would not go to see Lord Jagannätha. King Pratäprudra. We should try to reflect on this point. The devotees spread themselves in the open area as well as on the stairs of the Sarovara. He gave up His own feelings.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi shining very hot. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja described – “The devotees from Navadvépa would come through Äöhäranälä. This is very instructive. the opportunity to serve the Vaiñëavas is higher than whatever that something is. It was practically like we receive Deities – by offering flowers. They would directly go to Gambhérä. So. but how strong His feelings would be to meet the devotees that He left Älälanätha just to come to Narendra Sarovara and greet them! After a long journey. we came right here to see You. sandalwood paste and sweet words. Once. “No.80 - . a walk through a winding road to reach here. experiencing a strong emotional feeling of separation from Lord Jagannätha. and came there (to the banks of Narendra-sarovara) to personally receive. When He came to know that the Vaiñëavas from Bengal were arriving.

feeling deeply. and sleeping on a bare floor. “We may represent the Supreme Personality of Godhead as best as we can in a transparent way in the disciplic succession. Many trucks and other vehicles were passing by. the Äöhäranälä Bridge and contemplated on the joy and intensity that devotees felt while walking through that bridge. The temple was of Kapita Mahädeva.” We eagerly walked to the next place. We were right on a side of the main road. On the front was a dried river with green wild plants. From a distance we could see a small shrine that was built by King Pratäprudra to honor the pastime that took place there. He said. Lord Nityänanda said. All our services are to bring our and others’ attention to the Supreme loving Master.81 - .” Lord Nityänanda felt by the thought that Caitanya Mahäprabhu had to observe the severe vrata of carrying the daëòa.” It was very hot and dry. Äöhäranälä Bridge Mahäräja kept the lecture very short. where Lord Çiva underwent severe austerities and became very thin like a Kapita bird.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja concluded. Lord Nityänanda had a conversation with the daëòa. We saw a milestone reading Puré “0” kms and Bhubaneshwar “48 kms”. We could see cows enjoying their lunch and wagging their tails. so that He could easily cross the Mahänadé River to visit a Çiva temple. Caitanya Mahäprabhu was in deep ecstasy and He did not remember to ask about His daëòa.” Visiting Jagannätha Puré should stir and inspire the desire to have Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s mercy. whom I bow down and pay My obeisances. “Standing in the hot sun we will not go into too many details. as it should for us. when He was the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Suddenly He came back to His external consciousness and He turned to Lord Nityänanda asking for His daëòa. and the little spark of devotion should become a flame or a flame should become a blaze. Lord Nityänanda and all their associates to enter Jagannätha Puré for going to Narendra-sarovara through the same path we treaded to go there. The Äöhäranälä Bridge Mahäräja explained the pastime that took place on the bridge Once Lord Caitanya entrusted His sannyäsa daëòa to Lord Nityänanda. Lord . We have come to Narendra-sarovara for that purpose. The original bridge is underneath what we saw. it served as an impetus for him to increase his eagerness. His state of ecstasy continued till He reached the Äöhäranälä Bridge. When King Pratäprudra saw the affection that the Vaiñëavas had for Caitanya Mahäprabhu and what He had done for them. So He broke the daëòa into 3 pieces and threw it into the river. Caitanya Mahäprabhu. How wonderful and fortunate were those Vaiñëavas who had that intimate exchange with Him. He is holding you in His hand. “He who is the Lord of My life. “I want to have this opportunity for myself. While Caitanya Mahäprabhu went inside the temple. The bridge had 18 columns and it was the same bridge that was used by Caitanya Mahäprabhu.

” Then Lord Caitanya crossed the Äöhäranälä bridge and He walked the same path that we followed. He went into an extraordinary state of ecstasy. which was about an hour away by bus. If You want to punish Me.” Lord Nityänanda knew Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s wish to go to Lord Jagannätha’s temple alone. which was traversed by Caitanya Mahäprabhu and His entourage. So when the devotees would come each year. You all go ahead of Me and I will come later. He saw Lord Jagannätha and fell to the ground unconscious. throngs of people would come in and make noise. So. We walked back to our hotels and honored sumptuous prasädam. many devotees decided to not go and instead visit shops to buy token gifts for other devotees and their Deities at home. Mahäräja also traveled along with us in the second class sleeper compartment of the train. Mahäräja did not accompany the devotees. We also understood that it was only a minor part of the anxiety that Mahäräja generally takes on our behalf. . It was chilly outside. and the window was not closing properly. A few took rest. You fell on the daëòa and it broke. He felt that as if a millennium was passing with every step He took. Many devotees left for taking darçana of Çäkñé Gopäl. It is an entrance into the immediate region of Puruñottama-kñetra. It took Him 9 hours to cover what generally would take one an hour from the Äöhäranälä bridge to the temple. Now Lord Nityänanda has lost My only possession – daëòa.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Nityänanda replied. At 9:15pm. “How can that be possible? O Lord. As the train stopped at each station. please do as You like. Some of us thought of remaining awake at night in shifts to see if Mahäräja was comfortable.82 - . One moment to Him seemed like 12 years or more. But Mahäräja sensed our plans and instructed us to take rest. His intense mood of anticipation and eagerness to see Lord Jagannätha grew stronger and stronger. “I am very grateful that you all accompanied me so far and by your mercy there was no difficulty during My journey. By the time He reached Lord Jagannätha’s temple. Caitanya Mahäprabhu in a little angry mood said to all the devotees. I do not know where it is. packed and comfortably got ready for the evening journey. We have heard that Guru should be given as much importance as given to Kåñëa.” Mukunda Datta said. so it was a painful for us to see Mahäräja taking the austerity of traveling in a second class compartment. We felt very fortunate to have arrived at the Äöhäranälä Bridge. “My Lord. His seat was near a stinking bathroom and tea-coffee vendors would often pass by screaming “Chai-Chai”. Some of the kids were very unruly and were shouting late till night. You go ahead and we will come behind. they would be greeted at the Narendra-sarovara or sometimes at the Äöhäranälä. This was the second consecutive Yäträ for Mahäräja and this Yäträ also had been very hectic so far. we were having kértana and in the mood of ecstasy. we all boarded a train to leave for Balasore.

There were two buses ready to take us to our respective hotels. At 1:50 am. Kñéra-corä-gopénätha – Remuëä Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja taking darçana of Çré Çré Kñéra-corä-gopénätha Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja entered the bus sharp at 7:00 am. Mahäräja was absorbed in chanting as he crossed the maze of several passengers at the bridge and the main platform. Mahäräja was the first one to take the overhead bridge to cross the railway tracks to reach the entrance of the station. But there is a long history of this temple. The temple was adjacent to the courtyard. several devotees hurried to enter the first bus.83 - . After seeing him. “Kåñëa Kåñëa!!” reminding us of the Guëòicä pastime. A casual observer may feel that this temple is in the middle of no where. with great enthusiasm we entered the temple. We left at 7:15 am and reached Remuëä at 7:30 am. It had a big covered courtyard and we came to know in the lecture that the entire Païca-tattva had danced and chanted in this courtyard. There were very old and illustrative photos of Daçävatära on the walls of the hall. who is in such an elevated position.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Day 7: 12th January. We felt very lightened and glad to visit the temple. The bus started to move through the dead of the night and reached our respective hotels. The devotees would pass the luggage from one hand to another chanting. When the bus started to fill up. We walked further and came in front of the beautiful Deity of Gopénätha that attracted several Vaiñëavas by His loving reciprocation. The rich decorations. It was a little cold especially at such an early hour. we got down at the Balasore station. On His either side. Devotees formed a queue to get the luggage from the bus to the hotel. We climbed a few steps to reach a small hall. Although the worshippers of the Deities were not from the Gauòéya Vaiñëava . some devotees saw Mahäräja coming down two flights of stairs to the reception to collect an extra blanket for himself. lively colors and devotional potency of the temple were visible as we took our first step in. So. was so sensitive and present in every situation. Before disembarking the bus. We felt very fortunate to be with Mahäräja all the time and observe his respectful conduct. it was decided that we would leave for Remuëä at 7:00 am after taking some rest. Mahäräja entered the bus and kept on chanting on his beads. were the Deities of Madana-mohana and Govindaji. We felt how Mahäräja. 2007 Friday and Conclusion We woke up at 1:30 am and packed our luggage. There was some confusion about who would travel in which bus and then shifting luggage took almost an hour. Soon the second bus arrived at the hotel. he removed his bag from the adjacent seat to create one extra space for someone to sit. Half an hour later.

Slowly other devotees arrived. there were many cows. The kértana lasted for almost 30 minutes. they had great love and devotion for Caitanya Mahäprabhu. we got the opportunity to have a prolonged darçana of the Deities. he ran and entered the Deities. On one side was the small and colorful temple structure. 4 maïjaré assistants of the principal Gopés. He saw several cows in the care of the sages there and smiled anticipating the pastimes that He would perform in the next Yuga as Kåñëa. so Mahäräja requested us to move closer to him. Mädhavendra Puré had wonderful exchanges with the Deity at this temple. took darçana of the Deities and got settled to hear the lecture. and saw that beautiful Deity apparently not being worshipped by anyone. Then we went out and sat in shaded portion of the covered courtyard. the Deity of Gopäl was worshipped by Lord Brahmä.” Manifestation of the Deity of Gopénätha (along with Madana-mohana and Govinda) Millions of years ago in Dväpara-yuga. Mahäräja participating in the kértana Çré Rasikänanda Samädhi mandir Unraveling the spiritual significance of the place Mahäräja chanted prema-dhvani prayers and Hare Kåñëa Mahämantra. dancing.84 - . Çréväsa Öhäkura. Kåñëa fighting with Canura. we learnt how we should respect other devotees and facilitate their participation in the yäträ. Mahäräja was reading from his notes. taking darçan and hearing about the devotees in our Vaiñëava sampradäya. Lord Räma along with Laxman and mother Sitä came to Chitrakoot. Then he said. Caitanya Mahäprabhu. the most elevated Vaiñëavas in our disciplic line including Mädhavendra Puré. Lord Nityänanda. He visited Chitrakoot. In this very courtyard. In 13th century. Gadädhara Paìòita. There was not enough space to accommodate all of us. It was an old-styled Deity made of black stone. trees and river Yamunä.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi line. Advaita Äcärya and Haridäsa Öhäkura had performed enthusiastic kértanas. Narsingadev. Mahäräja also asked devotees to arrange some chairs for the elderly devotees. Gopäl . On being asked by mother Sitä. the King of Orrisa. Éçvara Puré. In his dream. He carved the Deity of Gopénätha to depict His pastimes as Gopäl (the same Deity that we saw on the altar). Pigeons were flying in and out of this area. Dayäl Nitäi prabhu brought a garland of Gopénätha for Mahäräja which he gladly accepted. It was wonderful to sit in close proximity to him. In the midst of an ecstatic kértana. went on pilgrimage along with his wife. 8 principal Gopés. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa’s birthplace is also nearby. In the association of Mahäräja we participated in the same activities that previous exalted Vaiñëavas had done . After Lord Räma left.chanting. Since other buses were yet to come. “We are extremely fortunate to be at this very special and sacred place of great spiritual significance. Balaräma fighting with Mustika. From those gestures of Mahäräja. Along with the Deity. Since we are not sure of the exact location. we will not go there. On the other were samädhi and bhajana-kuöéra of Çré Rasikänanda. Later the kértana became more intense as Mahäräja also joined enthusiastically by raising his hands and deeply chanting along with us. never to be seen again. Rasikänanda also came here and had darçan of the Deities for hours.

Seeing the form of the Deity." So the Gopäla Deity was brought out and Mädhavendra Puré worshipped Him with great opulence for 3 years. the Gopénätha Deity came in the dream of Rasikänanda and told him the exact place where He was. As the news spread. Connection between Kñéra-corä-gopénätha and Mädhavendra Puré Many devotees were attracted to the Kñéra-corä-gopénätha temple and made their residence there. Mädhavendra Puré also resided in Remuëä for several years." That night. In our disciplic succession. This jïäna is presided over by Çré Gopénätha. the queen named the Deity as The Lord of the Gopés or “Gopénätha”. I am the lifter of Govardhana Hill. This jïäna is presided over by Çré Govinda. no one fasts. Finding Gopäl Deity Mahäräja narrated the same story of Mädhavendra Puré and Kñéracorä-gopénätha that was narrated at that place by Caitanya Mahäprabhu to His disciples. Gopénäthaji had been worshipped very opulently. holding his hand. Mädhavendra Puré would read one verse and would taste its content again and again (an important Gauòéya Vaiñëavas principle). the seed of ecstatic spontaneous love in the mood of the Gopés was planted and that seed was then passed on to Éçvara Puré and then in turn passed on to Caitanya Mahäprabhu (as per the lélä). On the way he passed the simple and beautiful place of Remuëä. took him to a bush in the jungle and said. The presiding Deity of the sambandha jïäna is Çré Madana-mohana. and because of this I suffer very much from severe cold. He said. After sometime. "I am a cowherd boy. The Deity in the center of the altar is Çré Gopénätha. and I reside in this village. I reside in this bush. Please bring the people of the village and get them to take Me out of this bush. • Prayojana jïäna: Knowledge of the fruit of acting in one’s relationship with the Supreme. and very nice milk products are offered to the Deities daily. “I want to reside here. • Abhidheya jïäna: Knowledge of acting in our relationship with the Supreme. . Mädhavendra Puré is very important because beginning with him. Please make arrangements for My worship here”.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi appeared to him and indicated the King to take Him from the forest to a place having more population. rain showers. the Gopénätha Deity was hidden in a lake 3 miles away from Remuëä. Çré Govinda and Çré Madana-mohana are on His each side. the Deity was recovered and brought to the prior place of worship. in a dream Mädhavendra Puré saw the very same boy. The King decided to take the Deity to Jagannätha Puré where He could be worshipped very nicely. Gopäl again appeared in the King’s dream and told him. These three are the presiding Deities of our relationship with the Lord. "My name is Gopäla. There are lots of cows in this area. Since then. The boy came before him and.85 - . It has 3 divisions. Once Mädhavendra Puré was sitting beneath a tree at Govardhan hill. In My village. winds and scorching heat. He placed it before Mädhavendra Puré and requested him to have it. • Sambandha jïäna: Knowledge of all things that exists and their relationship with the source of their emanation. So. Caitanya Mahäprabhu has taught that Çrémad Bhägavatam is the natural commentary on Vedänta Sutra. An unknown cowherd boy came with a pot of milk. A Mughal King was once on a campaign to destroy all the ancient Deities.

Mädhavendra Puré noticed the offering brought to the Deities and thought. took his hands to either side of mouth. Mahäräja said in a humorous way. Mädhavendra Puré is in Remuëä. Gopénätha appeared to him in a dream.86 - .” .” Mädhavendra Puré hearing the pujäré came before him. So the pujäré immediately got up to fulfill the instruction of the Lord. “In the service to my Gopäl Deity. “Door to door delivery. somehow if I can taste a little amount of the sweet rice.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Gopäl requesting Mädhavendra Puré to bring sandalwood and camphor from Puré Then Mädhavendra Puré had a dream. he traveled all the way across the country. I have hidden one pot of sweet rice behind My dress for him. “Mädhavendra Puré! Mädhavendra Puré! Where are you? You are the most fortunate person in entire three worlds. then My body will become cool. “One great Vaiñëava. I can make the same wonderful sweet rice for Gopäl. He carefully broke the clay pot in which the kheer was kept and tied it in his dhoti. in which Gopäl appeared and requested him. “Soon the summer season is coming and the summer season in Våndävana is very hot. “We should not try to imitate actions of such great personalities. when pujäré locked the door of the altar and took rest. “What does a devotee want other than the service to the Lord? What to speak about being instructed by the Deity directly? Mädhavendra Puré would not go out of his way for his own survival.” Immediately he thought. Gopénätha has stolen sweet rice for you. But to fulfill the wish of Gopäl.” Mahäräja emphasized the great eagerness of Mädhavendra Puré and said. What an offender I am!” So he left the temple silently and went to an empty market place feeling pained by his thought. But Gopénätha did not consider Mädhavendra Puré’s thoughts as an offense. “Oh! I’m thinking of enjoying something that is not even offered to the Deity.). He heard about the excellent quality of the sweet rice that was offered to the Deity. Gopénätha instructed him. Mahäräja cautioned us. on foot!” Gopénätha stole sweet rice for Mädhavendra Puré During the course of his travel. At the end of the day. The pujäré handed over the pot to Mädhavendra Puré and paid obeisances to him. He found the pot hidden behind the dress of the Deity and went to the market place calling out (Mahäräja imitating the pujäré. During the course of his travel. then I will get a sense of how they prepare it. I want you to take the pot of sweet rice to Mädhavendra Puré”. When I return to Våndävana. Mädhavendra Puré understood that it was a transcendental loving reciprocation of Gopénätha. Advaita Äcärya took initiation from him. each day he would eat a piece of the clay pot as prasäda of Gopénätha. Can you go to Puré and bring some sandalwood and camphor for Me? If that is smeared upon My body. We sat captivated watching Mahäräja and hearing attentively. Today we too will get some of the kheer prasäda. Mädhavendra Puré passed through Navadvépa where he met Advaita Äcärya. On his way. he came to Remuëä where he observed an exceptional care that the devotees were giving to the Gopénätha Deity. No service charge!” Mädhavendra Puré drank the sweet rice and tasted it with great happiness.

Since childhood. By the time Mädhavendra Puré had reached Jagannätha Puré. possessing them. Mahäräja also sat in the hall to honor prasädam. he again visited Remuëä. Subzi etc. and self-promotion for çuddha-bhakti. He also illustrated the teachings of Caitanya Mahäprabhu with strong . Soon we saw small mud pots being served. Mahäräja suggested having a break and taking our breakfast prasädam followed by some dancing and chanting. there were many similarities. but some important differences as well. Due to the travel last night. and everyone knew what was in it. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa was an incarnation of Gopénätha Äcärya. Mahäräja quoted Çréla Prabhupäda. He was a very enthusiastic young student and had strong spiritual aspirations. With our material senses. Mädhavendra Puré wanted to avoid any encounter with the people and hence he left before the day break. After Mahäräja started. unadvertised. Unique qualification of Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa was born in a vaiçya family and his father was a weaver. His Holiness is the model of quiet. “For a Vaiñëava. his reputation travels with him”.87 - . As devotees throughout the ISKCON world know. Then we came back to the temple courtyard. Gopénätha Äcärya was combined incarnation of Lord Brahmä and a gopé named Ratnävali in Rädhä’s lélä. So you apply the camphor and sandalwood on the body of Gopénätha for the rest of the summer. we also started relishing nice preparations of Upma. On his way back. and had a wonderful kértana followed by a class on the life of Çréla Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa. Since Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s teaching is in the line of Madhväcärya.” Mädhavendra Puré followed the instruction gladly.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi It becomes difficult to appreciate such wonderful qualities of eagerness and humility if we do not see a contemporary example. His Holiness Devamåta Swämi Mahäräja had written. Rädhä Dämodara däsa.” One of the most wonderful parts of the lélä that demonstrates the humility of Mädhavendra Puré is as follows. Rädhä Dämodara gave very lucid explanations on the actual position of Lord Caitanya. That was the first time in the yäträ. Poha. he had an indomitable desire to study the sacred scriptures under the most qualified spiritual teachers. “I must point out that if you have confused flamboyance. We tasted the special kheer prasädam that we just heard about. So he left his home in the quest of a genuine spiritual teacher. we were fortunate to be with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. Noticing that. “I was simply testing you to see how much trouble you would undergo for Me. He anticipated that the word would spread out very quickly that Gopénätha has stolen the sweet rice for him and people may come to praise and offer respects to him. They developed great affection towards each other. yet wondrously selfless service. devotees were feeling a little tired and sleepy. He got a large quantity of sandalwood and camphor at Jagannätha Puré. So we went to the back side of the temple where we saw a nice long prasädam hall. The body of Gopénätha and My body are non-different. Gopäl appeared in his dream again and said. Later. then Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja is not for you. Life of Çréla Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa The birth place of Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa was not far away. In Jagannätha Puré he came across a grand disciple of Rasikänanda. he made his residence there at Remuëä. He received the teachings of Caitanya Mahäprabhu from a grand disciple of Rasikänanda Prabhu. slackness. Several devotees have observed similar qualities in him. The head pujäré of the Jagannätha temple took special care of Mädhavendra Puré. his glories had already become known to the people there. when we were honoring prasädam outside of the hotel premises. we savored it so much that it was hard to imagine the ecstasy that Mädhavendra Puré would have felt when he had tasted it with his spiritual senses. he got inspired to move to Jagannätha Puré. But. After receiving the detailed teachings of Madhväcärya and getting fixed in knowledge of devotion. At last he met Änanda Tértha. The summer season has already come here in Våndävana. He left Remuëä before sunrise. one of the members of the disciplic succession of Madhväcärya and accepted initiation from him.

So Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa arrived in Jaipur and said.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi scriptural support (including the sublime acintya-bhedäbheda tattva). Rämanädis seriously challenged to take over the Deity worship from Gauòéya Vaiñëavas claiming them and their practices to be unauthorized. in the territory of Rämanädis. He requested Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa to handle that situation. It was like a world championship debate. He received a strong training in Çrémad Bhägavatam and in the science of räsas. He accepted Caitanya Mahäprabhu as his worshipable Personality and took shelter of Him and His teachings. they raised objections and questions to the young King Jaisingh. he could not refute the protests of Rämanädis. Other Vaiñëavas accepted Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s teachings. They both discussed the unique features of Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s teachings and how to substantiate them in the face of a serious challenge. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa was then introduced to the sandarbhas of Jéva Gosvämé. The world championship debate Rämanädis: How can you even stand before us. So Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa became the store-house in understanding the teachings of Madhväcärya. First. . who then approached Viçvanätha Cakravarté Öhäkura. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa was intrigued by the very concise. The ruling King of Jaipur was a 14 year old boy called Jaisingh. In order to defend their position. who was the most prominent amongst the Gauòéya Vaiñëavas at that time. But because he was a king and not an äcärya. the royal order had a strong connection with Rämanädis of Çré Sampradäya. He sought support from Gauòéya Vaiñëavas. the Rämanädis asked. “I have come from Våndävana and I’m prepared to answer the questions of Rämanädis on behalf of the Gauòéya Vaiñëavas”. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa: They are also qualified because they have gone through päïcarätrika initiation. “Who is this Caitanya Mahäprabhu? What is His disciplic succession?” The answer that the King got was. The King had great faith in Kåñëa and in the followers of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa was quite young and appeared naive in front of the experienced Rämanädis. But. followers and worship Çré Çré Rädhä Govinda deva Deity were once moved to Jaipur due to constant threat of invasion in the Northern India. if you do not have any disciplic succession? Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa: I have a disciplic succession. but what about the pujärés? They are not qualified to worship the Deities. I was initiated in the Madhvä sampradäya. rasas. He eagerly sought the association of Viçvanätha Cakravarté Öhäkura. Viçvanätha Cakravarté Öhäkura was almost 90 years old then. That was a very important event in history to authenticate the teachings of Caitanya Mahäprabhu and win the acceptance of other Vaiñëavas. precise and yet very deep elaborations of Jéva Gosvämé. There he got attracted to Kåñëa bhakti. When the Deities of Çré Çré Rädhä Govinda deva came to Jaipur and the succeeding King (Jaisingh) became a Kåñëa bhakta. it is a bona fide disciplic succession!” Rämanädis raised further objections: • Why Rädhä is worshipped with Kåñëa when there is no evidence that Rädhä was married to Kåñëa? • Do they have any commentary on Vedänta sutra? (A commentary is a comprehensive compilation of the conclusions of all the Vedas). Since the Rämanädis were Räma bhaktas.88 - . and the mood of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. each of the successive Kings was also a Räma bhakta. in the line of Änanda Tértha. Rämanädis: It may be fine that you are in a proper sampradäya. Since this disciplic succession begins from the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Çrémad Bhägavatam. Jaisingh as a young boy went to Våndävana along with his father for some military maneuvers. the Rämanädis felt threatened. The King was greatly relieved. “Caitanya Mahäprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He went to Våndävana via Navadvépa.

89 - . The document was given to Rämanädis for examination. Çré Çré Rädhä Govinda deva being worshipped at Jaipur Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa disclosed that the commentary was dictated by Govindaji Himself (hence the name of the commentary is Govinda-bhäñya). The Deity of Çrématé Rädhäräné was brought back to the altar and Gauòéya Vaiñëavas became the worshippers of the Deities. it is perfectly appropriate to worship Her along with worshipping Kåñëa. Jaisingh was very happy. Rämanädis (after reading the commentary for a few days): We could notice clearly that these teachings are just in the line of Çrépäda Madhväcärya. “Imagine if the discussion would have gone the other way. The Rämanädis were speechless and they fully accepted his reasoning. There you will find the scriptural references and explanations for why the worship of Çrématé Rädhäräëé is acceptable. he got up and started writing the commentary in the temple itself.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Rämanädis: This worship of Rädhä on the altar has never been seen before. offering prayers to Govindaji to give him the clarity. It is called Vijay Govinda Mandir. strength and capacity to carry out that very difficult task. Mahäräja pointed out. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa went to the temple of Govindaji and prostrated himself before the Deity for three full days. His writing was necessary to convince the other members of the society who carried a different perspective. there is a temple where that debate took place. Then. Where would our sampradäya be? The original Deities of Gosvämés would have been no longer worshipped by Gauòéya Vaiñëavas in the original mood. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa then wrote several . They were astounded by the lucid and brilliant exposition of Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa. Rämanädis: You can bring your commentary to us.” Compiling Govinda-bhäñya was not a transgression Mahäräja clarified that it was not a transgression of etiquette on the part of Çréla Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa to write a commentary after Caitanya Mahäprabhu had declared that Çrémad Bhägavatam is the natural commentary on Vedänta Sutra by the author Himself. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa: I will have to write a commentary. Give me a few days. and he just wrote it down. Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa (leafing through the pages of the commentary): The difference in the worship procedures in Gauòéya sampradäya is explained in chapters 40 to 43. Because She is the internal potency of Kåñëa. He wrote his Govinda-bhäñya for seven days and nights and then presented it to the King. Presently. Can you explain this on the basis of a commentary on Vedänta Sutra? Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa: I will produce a commentary and validate the worship of Çrématé Rädhäräëé along with the Deity of Çré Kåñëa.

you all have to carry this message. His writings are also the basis of the commentary that Çréla Prabhupäda gave on Bhagavad Gétä. deep love. etc.Kñéra-corä-gopénätha temple. This loving connection is established through the medium of service. Çréla Baladeva Vidyäbhüñaëa was a great äcärya. Open your hearts wide and fill your hearts with that wonderful message and carry the message in your heart in the course of your activities day by day. eager to serve the devotees in some way. which are very important for us. just at the right time. We felt indebted to partake in this yäträ and get blessed to deepen our devotion to Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu. After the class we all went to the Samädhi Mandir of Çré Mädhavendra Puré. From his Prameya Ratnävali. Be eager to make the loving connection with Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu and His associates. This great Vaiñëava took his birth very near to Remuëä. You can carry that inspiration with you back to your place of preaching and become little emissaries of this message.” He continued.” Concluding remarks Mahäräja concluded the yäträ by saying. “I hope that we all have become more deeply appreciative of the spiritual family of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu. We can bring the picture of these places like . The responsibility then gets passed on to you to be the living examples of these wonderful teachings. As the wheel of time turns. Indradyumna Sarovara. and some of the immediate followers that are representing Çréla Prabhupäda are gone.90 - . Attract the hearts and the minds of others to the lotus feet of Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Thank you very much for joining for the whole duration of this yäträ. We can aspire to develop similar mood of deep submission. deep dedication in service to the mission and the message of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Be eager to hold out our vessel for just one drop of mercy and beg Them for some service. Siddha Bakul. Gambhérä. He wrote a commentary for our entire sampradäya. or show the qualities by your own example.” Çré Mädhavendra Puré Samädhi mandir We all felt deep seriousness and gravity in us to become more and more responsible and devoted to be able to become instruments in hands of our spiritual master. We can try to go more deeply in the mood of devotion to Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu that we experienced during this yäträ.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi literatures. You can either directly speak the messages. try to render whatever service is placed before us. Take this mood of humble service in your heart. the Life and Teachings of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Jagannätha-vallabha Gardens. the little temples that we visited. eager to take opportunities to serve the Deity and be eager to carry the message of Caitanya Mahäprabhu forward. Öoöä Gopénätha. according to our capacity. That place was just a few steps away from Kñéra-corä-gopénätha temple. So. Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura wrote his book. in our mind. Outside the . “Hear these pastimes again and again and bring the impressions from this yäträ in your mind.

It was just a remote village.91 - . We were amazed to see the intense mood of service of the organizers.Çré Jagannätha Puré Yäträ 2007 with Çréla Romapäda Swämi Samädhi mandir was the tree under which the pujäré of Kñéra-corä-gopénätha handed over the kheer prasädam to Mädhavendra Puré. beg for a drop of his mercy and pray to him to keep us in the shelter of his guidance. as the yäträ came to an end. we should repeatedly contemplate on these places and the associated pastimes by hearing the lectures again and again. These places are spiritual. Zubin prabhu handed over the CD of all the edited lectures that we heard during the course of the yäträ. We stretch out our mercy bowl at the lotus feet of a selfless and deeply loving äcärya. Rather the yäträ has now begun in a new phase in our hearts. . and sincerely endeavor to keep this yäträ alive in our lives. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja. We went to the Prasädam hall and we found Ashish Prabhu offering us an extra pot of condensed milk Prasädam. As Mahäräja said. we returned to the main temple. not bound by the material realm and therefore the impressions of visiting these places in the form of the torch-light of Mahäräja’s words will remain forever with us. still so many people were coming to take darçan of Kñéra-corä-gopénätha. It was worth all the trouble that we took to go to that temple. We went inside and prayed at the Samädhi mandir to be able to receive a drop of that love that he had for the Lord. The tree under which the pujäré handed over the kheer prasädam to Mädhavendra Puré Samädhi Mandir of Çré Mädhavendra Puré Then. We then realized that these yäträs do not end. Some devotees were not able to control their tears. requesting us to come for the Våndävana Parikramä. Çréla Romapäda Swämi Mahäräja got into the car and left.