17th June 2019
We are in Noida. Yesterday we celebrated snana yatra here. Official snana yatra festival is today in Jagannath Puri, Jagannath Puri dhama ki jai.
They must be getting ready for maha maha bathing abhsihek- snana yatra of Jagannath Baladev Subhadra today.
Today, as I said snana yatra as I said earlier, leading later in two weeks time there will be ratha yatra festivals. Series of yatras and festivities and today is beginning of those festivities in Jagannath Puri, snana yatra of Lord Jagannath.
Why snana yatra done on this day in Jagannath?
Reason being today is the day when Krishna manifested as Jagannath. We expect you to know the pastime which took place in Kurukshetra. When Dwarkavasis and Vrindavanvasis had assembled and Rohini was narrating to the Dwarkavasis about the state of affairs of devotees of Vrindavan specially how they had been missing Krishna. This she has been narrating to residents of Dwarka.
Rohini, of course, the mother of Balarama was sharing the realizations, the experiences on this day to Dwarkavasis in Kurukshetra. As she was about to begin her narration, she did not want Krishna Balarama to hear this narration. She appointed Subhadra at the door, and was told not to allow Krishna and Balarama. Rohini was thinking that Krishna and Balarama They will not be able to handle or tolerate. They could be disturbed hearing the transcendental suffering of Vrajavasis. This would be too much for Them to hear this. So Rohini never wanted that Krishna Balarama to hear these pastimes.
So Rohini’s was addressing and Subhadra was at the door Krishna and Balarama for sure came at the door. Subhadra did try to stop Them but They overpowered her. They said ‘ok We will not go inside but We could stand at the door.’
And Krishna Balarama and Subhadra heard about the residents of Vrindavan. Now all the three are hearing the pastime as Rohini had predicted They could not handle that was too much for Them to digest. There was agitation in Their hearts. Externally, They were getting transformed there was change in Their whole personality and form. Krishna becoming Jagannath with Balarama and Subhadra.
So, this form They assumed as They heard Rohini speak about devotees in Vrnidavan. And that transformation as I said earlier happened today.
Krishna assuming form of Jagannath, we could say it’s lila of Krishna appearing as Jagannath took place today. Hence, snana yatra takes place today. So, this was just one pastime one episode that was briefly narrated to you and that happened today and lasted for a while then They assumed Their normal regular forms.
The form that Krishna Balarama and Subhadra had assumed as They were hearing Rohini that became immortalized as it's said every lila of Lord is eternal. This was one lila that took place on this day. Lord Krishna is worshipped in Jagannath Puri as Jagannath.
And by the arrangement of Srila Prabhupada and Hare Krishna movement, Jagannath Swami is remembered and worshipped all over the world. We all are devotees of Jagannath, worshippers of Jagannath because Caitanya Mahaprabhu worshiped Jagannath, Baladev, Subhadra or He preferred to perform His last pastimes in Jagannath Puri.
So, when we of course, whole world takes darsana and then Gaudiya vaisanavas take darsana. Caitanya Mahaprabhu takes darsana. What do we see when we take darsana of Jagannath? What is that darsana reminding us of?
The whole world does not understand but Jagannath gives the darsana or true darsana to Gaudiya vaisanavas, as we take darsana or try to understand Jagannath through the vision of Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
To understand Jagannath or as we take darsana what reminders He is giving to us?
He loves His devotees so much. The other day we were talking, Lord was saying to Duravasi Muni,
sādhavo hṛdayaṁ mahyaṁsādhūnāṁ
hṛdayaṁ tv aham
mad-anyat te na jānanti
nāhaṁ tebhyo manāg api
The pure devotee is always within the core of My heart, and I am always in the heart of the pure devotee. These are feelings of the Lord. And these feelings are exhibited, manifested in the form of Jagannath. This is what is in our minds as we take darsana of Lord, who is He is thinking of?
So, we say I love the Lord, you all love the Lord but as we take darsana, Lord is showing us or expressing us communicating that I love My devotees. This is two way traffic, this love this exchange. It's not that living entity only loves Krishna but Lord doesn't love us. No!Lord is showing I love My devotees. He says I love My devotees. So this is the darsana we are getting on Jagannath Puri.
So, when we take darsana of Jagannath His feets they have entered the truck. His main body but half of the hands are still out from elbows. So, when we take darsana, why is He is extending His hands forward. Some realizations of the acaryas, Lord is trying to pick the child, embrace the child, kiss the child. Lord is extending His hands to love us, accept us and embrace us.
Those Gaudiya vaisnavas who chant, chanting this Hare Krishna maha mantra this revives our love for Krishna resulting in understanding Jagannath, understanding the form of Jagannath, understanding heart of Jagannath, understanding what is on the mind of Jagannath thus having two way communication or reciprocation with Jagannath. This is the result of chanting and hearing about Jagannath.
prema pumartho mahan
Attaining love of Godhead is goal of human form of life that is achieved by chanting Hare Krishna, worshipping Jagannath, serving Jagannath, performing snana yatar of Jagannath and performing ratha yatra of Jagannath. Thus, by chanting and worshipping Jagannath we achieve love of Godhead.
So you may be taking part in snana yatra wherever you may be. Some devotees must have reached Jagannath Puri or at your homes if you have Jagannath deities take part in snana yatra. Hear the pastime, perform snana yatra.
Today we have 627 devotees are chanting with us. Congratulations and best wishes on snana yatra. Every snana yatra, ratha yatra is incomplete without chanting of Hare Krsna mantra. Chanting accompanies all other activities.
Jagannath snana yatra mahotsava ki jai!