7th March 2020
Goloka is our final destination
gaurangera sangi-gane nitya-siddha kari mane
se yaya vrajendra-suta-pasa
sri-gauda-mandala-bhumi yeba jane chintamani
tara haya vraja-bhume vasa
One who considers Sri Gauranga's associates to be eternally liberated reaches Krsna. One who always thinks about the holy land of Gauda resides in the land of Vraja. [ Song by Narottam Das Thakur, Verse 3]
Those who have this realization that the associates of Caitanya Mahaprabhu are Nitya Siddha and they take inspiration from their lives and teachings, such people will reach Krsna. This is the Sruti phala. Yesterday’s discussion was presented from Gaura Ganodesa Dipika by Kavi Karnapura who is the son of Sivananda Sena. He reveals the identity of Gaur Parsadas (associates of the Lord). There is also talk of associates of the Lord in Christianity.
Just like one is Jesus Christ, the son of the Lord. Unfortunately, people believe him be the Lord. In Hinduism, such gods wander in the streets. Today's swami is becoming to-morrow's Narayana. There were such roaming in Pune and other cities. Jesus Christ is recognised as the son of the Lord. He was the true devotee of the Lord. Jesus Christ was just one son of Lord.
But look at Gaudiya Vaisnavism. There are so many sons and daughters of the Lord. It's not a question of ours and theirs. Jesus Christ is also ours. He is the son of the Lord. We can take inspiration from him. The whole world can take inspiration from the associates of the Lord. In terms of numbers, Christianity has very few Saints from which they can learn the teachings and take inspiration to do Bhakti. But our parampara has so many associates of the Lord. We can understand a lot regarding devotional service from Gaura Parsadas. Even if you say in terms of quality, they are the topmost devo-tees. They can't be compared to Jesus Christ or others. They were devotees of Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Raga Marga. They were given Madhurya or Srinagar Rasa by Caitanya Mahaprabhu. In Hinduism, Christianism, Islam or Buddhism, the problem is that they don't understand that they are nitya -siddha.
kṛṣṇa-bhakta--niṣkāma, ataeva 'śānta'
Because a devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa is desireless, he is peaceful. Fruitive workers desire material enjoyment, jñānīs desire liberation, and yogīs desire material opulence; there-fore they are all lusty and cannot be peaceful.[ CC Madhya 19.149]
Three kinds of people are found in this world - bhukti-kami, mukti-kami and siddhi-kami. They are found to be restless. But the devotees of Krsna are always peaceful.
Bhukti-kami worship demigods and keep on doing sacrifices. They are very large in number. Some of them might go to Heaven. Many people would be going to hell be-cause Kama, Krodha , lobha have been said to be the gates to hell. Amongst those who are in the mode of goodness will go to the planets of demigods. I'm telling you that the number of people going to Vaikuntha is very less. When a person dies people write on his photo frame that he is a swarga vasi.
But heaven also is itself a first-class prison. Mukti-kami means Advaita vada. They be-lieve that the Lord doesn't have any form. They are not only Hindus, but also Muslims and Christians who are Mayavadis. In truth, they want to become Supreme. They want to merge in the Lord. They don't want to do anything after liberation.
mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya sarva-nasa
Anyone who follows the principles of Mayavada philosophy is certainly doomed. Such a fool needs to be reformed by punishment. [CC Madhya 6.169]
They don't go to Vaikuntha or Goloka. There is no question of nityalila pravishtha. When we become sadhana siddha, nitya siddha then we can enter in eternal pastimes of Lord. This is a very high level thought. There are very few who try this.
kaścid yatati siddhaye
yatatām api siddhānāṁ
kaścin māṁ vetti tattvataḥ
Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth.[ BG 7.3]
We need to understand the Lord as He is. There are many things to know. Bhukti kami are known as dharmic. They also follow dharma. But they don't have any relationship with Vaikuntha. They don't even know about Vaikuntha. Heaven is the final destination for such people. Few want to go to heaven and few want to become Supreme or some keep on hanging in between. Such who enter spiritual planets don't meet the Lord. They don't do bhakti. They want to merge their existence in the Lord.
bahūnāṁ janmanām ante
jñānavān māṁ prapadyate
vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti
sa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ
After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare. [BG 7.19]
He did this and that and after many births, he got to realize that Vasudeva is all in all. Others don't understand Vasudeva. Vaisnavas understand Vasudeva or Visnu and they take His shelter, worship Him and go to Vaikuntha.
Such sadhakas keep themselves engaged in sadhana. Those who worship Visnu are called Vaisnavas and those who worship Krsna are called Karsnas and worshippers of Radha are called Gaudiya Vaisnavas. The specialty of Gaudiya Vaisnavas is that they worship Radha.
aradhyo bhagavan vrajesa-tanayas tad-dhama vrndavanam
ramya kacid upasana vraja-vadhu-vargena va kalpita
srimad bhagavatam pramanam amalam prema pum-artho mahan
sri-caitanya mahaprabhor matam idam tatradarah na parah
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna, the son of Nanda Maharaja, is wor-shipped along with His transcendental abode Vrndavana. The most pleasing form of worship for the Lord is that which was performed by the gopis of Vrndavana. Srimad Bhagavatam is the spotless authority on everything and pure love of Godhead is the ul-timate goal of life for all men. These statements, for which we have the highest regard, are the opinion of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. [Caitanya-matta-manjusa by Srila Viswa-natha Cakravarti Thakura]
A Gaudiya Vaisnava doesn't go to heaven, or merge in brahmajyoti or go to Vaikuntha. They go to Goloka.
Before Gaudiya Vaisnavas, there was first Acarya Madhavendra Puri. That's why devo-tees go to Santipur in 30-40 buses. Madhavendra Puri went to Santipur and gave initia-tion to Advait Acarya. Today is the disappearance day of Madhavendra puri. Those who go to Santipur and honour prasada there get Krsna Prema. Those who are in Mayapur are surely requested to go to Santipur. Today is his disappearance day and he entered the eternal pastimes of the Lord. If he wouldn't have been there then there wouldn't have been Isvara Puri.
Discuss the glories of Madhavendra Puri and pray that we also may become eternal as-sociates of the Lord at the end of this life.
Madhavendra Puri ki Jai!