16th June 2019
Today’s participants are 527 cannot be very proud with this number. You did lot of chanting on Nirjala Ekadasi and now it’s declined. You thought ‘we did it, we did it, we chanted 108 rounds, we chanted 64 rounds we are fine.’ Some of you are from hero to zero, so far this conference is concerned. Those who are chanting like Yugadharma is chanting from Kaundanyapur, those who are chanting are still heroes and those who are not chanting they are kind of zeros, proving to be zeros. Don’t do this.
So what should we talk about today? Yesterday, we were remembering dahi chida festival of Panihati. Not far from Panihati there lived a very special associate of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, called Narasimhananda brahmachari. Sivananda Sena also lived there. Of course, all the associates of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu were liberated souls. Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is performing pastimes with all these unlimited number of devotees. It’s like spiritual world has descended on earth in Navadvipa or where ever these different disciples were residing. When we hear these lilas or pastimes of Gauranga we get glimpse of spiritual world and some experience also.
And the way, Lord deals with His devotees and reciprocates with them or exhibits different pastime is also meant to teach us lessons or to reveal Lord’s intimate relationships with His devotees.
I was trying to philosophise or setting the scene. What I want to share was that Narasimhananda brahmachari, he said to Sivananda Sena ‘you know I am going to get Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to our town. He will be here in three days time.’ When Sivananda Sena heard this, he said ‘If Lord is going to here in our town, I want to cook for Him, I want to feed Him.
Infact, Narsimhananda through his meditation on the Lord, he was inviting Lord to his town. He was telling, “Oh! now Lord is this far, He is now in Panihati today by tomorrow He will there in our town.” Like that there was no prior communication with the Lord with any other means, no correspondence or no telephonic, no sms and Lord had agreed to come to this town. Nothing of that sort had happened. But Narsimhananda knows and he is appealing to Lord, he is dragging the Lord to his town. And these two prabhus Narsimhananda and Sivananda Sena are preparing for the reception of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
And finally, as Narsimhananda brahmacari has scheduled or predicted, there He was. They saw Chaitanya Mahaprabhu coming in the direction of their town. He was coming closer and closer and He was right there. They both fell flat as His lotus feet. He was received and He was brought to Narsimhananda brahmacari’s house. And there was time for madhukari, bhiksha-lunch of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
There madhukari meant lunch, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was not going door to door. He was going to eat His lunch at Narsimhananda brahmacari’s residence. So Sivananda Sena had cooked big feast for Gauranga Mahaprabhu. He had prepared three plates because on the altar of Narsimhananda brahmacari there were three deities. There were Lord Narsimha, Lord Jagganath and Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was also personally present today.
So, for the three Lords Sivananda Sena had prepared three plates.
So when finally Lord was made to sit and honor lunch prasad what happened was Lord Gauranga ate all that prasad. He ate His own plate and He also ate Lord Narsimha’s plate and Lord Jagganath’s plate. Narsimhananda brahmacari was surprised. Oh! Lord! how would other two Lords eat? You ate Their food also. He was kind of complaining or expressing displeasure.
Narsimhananda brahmacari said ‘I understand you are non-different from Lord Jagannath, so you ate His plate understandable, but why did You eat Lord Narsimha’s plate of prasad also?
Narsimhananda brahmacari was a great devotee of Lord Narsimha. He used to have dialogue with Lord Narsimha and reciprocate with Him.
Seeing this Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had changed Narsimhananda brahmacari’s name. His official name was Pradumnya brahmacari. Seeing devotion of Pradumnya brahmacari and his realization for Lord Narsimha, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was the one who changed his name from Pradumya brahmacari to Narsimhananda brahmacari. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu always addressed him Narsimhananda brahmacari. So, Narsimhananda brahmacari was not happy that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had eaten Lord Narsimha’s prasad or bhoga.
Krsnadas Kaviraj Goswami writer of Chaitanya Craitamrita makes comment that Narsimhananda brahmacari was not sure about Narsimha tattva or Bhagavat tattva. He was considering ok, Lord Chaitanya and Lord Jagannath are same. Jei gaura sei Krsna sei Jagannath
That’s fine but Lord Narsimha He is different. He is not same as Lord Jagannath or Lord Gauranga. So, Narsimhananda brahmacari had this doubt. So Krsnadas Kaviraj Goswami has explained that is why, that’s the reason Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, He not only ate the plate of Lord Jagannath but also Lord Narsimha to clear that I am not only non-different from Jagannath but also non different Lord Narsimha. To clear his doubt a lesson is taught to us also.
This is my comment Lokanath Swami’s comment that this ignorance exhibited by Narsimhananda brahmacari is for our sake, may be Lord has put some kind of illusion into the head or heart or thoughts of Narsimananda brahmacari. Through him, Lord is making him instrument or middle person, Lord is clearing this doubt not necessarily Narsimhananda brahmacari’s doubt but our doubt, my doubt or your doubt whole world’sdoubt has been cleared. The question has been answered by Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by displaying this particular pastime.
There is another significant pastime in connection with Narsimhananda brahmacari. After Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, visited Narsimhananda brahmacari’s home and honored prasad and spent some time. He travelled on. He has come from Jagannath Puri and He wants to visit devotees of Navadvipa so He leaves for Navadvipa goes to Kuliyagram from there He had gone to Ramkeli.
He had met Rupa and Sanatana. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to go from Kuliya to Vrindavan that time Kuliya was in Navadvipa. So He wanted to go from Navadvipa to Vrndavan. Narsimhananda brahmacari again he had this realization that Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is going to be traveling from Kuliya present day Navadvipa was called Kuliya. From Kuliyagram He is going to travel to Vrindavan, he knew this so he immediately started constructing road for Chaitanya Mahaprabhu mentally including he was spreading flower petals without stem.
Chaitanya Caritamrita states, so that when Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would walk on it, He would not get hurt. He was building that road ahead of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s travel or journey to Vrindavan. While he was in the middle of constructing the road as he had started construction 10 miles, 20 miles but at a point he came to the conclusion that he came upto Kanai Natashala then he was not able to construct further. He had built road from Kuliya gram to Kanai Natshala, which is considered kind of Bengal – Bihar border he was not able to construct further. Then he meditated and he realized that Lord is not going to go to Vrindavan this time.
So, what is going to happen is that when the news spreads that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is going Vrndavan then thousands and thousands of Navadvipavasis are going to be join Him. And Lord is not going to be happy with the big crowd travelling with Him, so He is going to drop this plans to go to Vrindavan.
So, instead of going to Vrindavan He will just return to Jagannath Puri. So Narsimhananda brahmacari had realized this in advance, no one knew what is going to happen whether Lord is going to Vrindavan or not going to Vrindavan. But Narsimhananda knew he told everybody “You will see, Lord is not going to go to Vrindavan, He will only go to Kanai Natshala. And from there He will go to Jagannath Puri, you will see.”
Infact that is what happened Mahaprabhu did not go to Vrndavan He went back to Jagannath Puri.
Ok I stop here. Will leave for airport I am going to Noida Delhi.