19 DECEMBER 2019
The oneness of Krsna-Lila and Gaur-Lila
namne gaura-tvishe namah
Sri Krsna Caitanya namne - I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Krsna. Krsnaya namaha - to which Krsna obeisances are being offered? krsnaya krsna-caitanya-namne -that Krsna whose name now has become Krsna Caitanya, or the one who has accepted the name as Krsna Caitanya. Unto such Krsna I offer my obeisances. We offer such prayers unto Him. Srila Rupa Goswami has offered such prayers. krsnaya krsna-caitanya- namne. Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Himself Krsna. We talk of non-difference, 'abhinnatva'. Krsna and Sri Krsna Caitanya are non different. So there is oneness between Krsna and Sri Krsna Caitanya.
We have to understand that not only are Krsna and Krsna Caitanya one, but even all the residents of Navadvip are non different from the Vrajavasis. Sri Krsna of Vrndavana is Sri Krsna Caitanya of Navadvip. Similarly Vrajavasis become Navadvip-vasis. Krsna incarnated as Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. So it is not that only Krsna incarnates and becomes Sri Krsna Caitanya, but all the Vrajavasis appear in the manifested pastimes of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
So the way Krsna incarnates as Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu I can almost say, that almost all the residents of Vraja appear in the pastimes of Caitanya Mahaprabhu and become residents of Navadvip. Those Vrajavasis appear in Krsna Lila and they help Krsna in those pastimes and all those who appear in Gaur Lila help Caitanya Mahaprabhu in His manifest pastimes. They become associates (parikar and parshad) of Mahaprabhu. So this non-difference should be understood properly. Residents of Navadvip and Vrajavasis are non different. Vrajavasis only become residents of Navadvip.
There was one associate of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu named Kavi Karnapur. You must have heard the name of Sivananda Sen. He was a special personality. Kavi Karnapur was his son and he has written a book named Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika. Kavi Karnapur received close association of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu when he was a small child to the extent that sometimes he used to lick the feet and toes of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu bestowed special mercy on Kavi Karnapur.
divya jnan hrde prokasito
When he grew up he wrote this book called Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika. Gaur gan means associates of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Who are they? Or what is their identity in the Vrindavan pastimes of the Lord? Which role were they playing in those pastimes and now which role have they have taken in Gaura Lila. All the explanation about this is in his Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika. There was Parjanya Maharaja who was the grandfather of Krsna. He had five sons (Nand, Upanand Abhinanad etc. ) and all of them were known as Nanda. Out of those Nandas one was Nandababa. Parjanya Maharaja appeared in Bangladesh. Later after the appearance of Caitanya Mahaprabhu they migrated to East Bengal and West Bengal and then towards Navadvip. This Parjanya Maharaja appeared as Upendra Misra who had seven sons. One of them was Jagannatha Misra and Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu was his son.
So this is for your information as to how Parjanya Maharaja of Vrindavan appeared as Upendra Mishra in Navadvip and his five sons in Vrindavan appeared as the 7 sons in Navadvip. Son of Nand became Nanda-Nandan. Similarly the son of Jagannatha Misra was Sri Krsna Caitanya. Then Balarama also appeared. Balarama hoila Nitai. You must have heard about the Chaturvyuha of Vasudev, Sankarsana, Pradyumna so they all appear in Navadvip. Even King Vrsabhanu of Barsana, who was the father of Radharani appeared in Navadvip. Kamsa of Mathura appeared as the Chand Kazi of Navadvip. Vyasadev who was there at the time of Krsna Lila becomes Vrindavan Das Thakur in Gaur-Lila. As Vyasadev he compiled Srimad-Bhagavatam and when he became Vrindavan Das Thakur he compiled Caitanya Bhagavat. Jay and Vijay also appeared as Jagai and Madhai. The whole team of so many cowherd boys including Sudama, Sridama, Subala all appeared in Gaur Lila.
Subala became Gauradas Pandit. So many Gopal friends who used to play with Krsna and Balarama appear in Gaur Lila. There were a team of Dvadas Gopala of Balarama and they all became associates of Nityananda. Gopis and manjaris of Vrindavan also join Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Rupa manjari becomes Rupa Goswami. In Vrindavan they were gopis or manjaris or women, and all the sad-goswamis are different gopis and manjaris. Someone is Rasa manjari and there is Manjulali manjari and like that there were many manjaris. And Yasoda maiya you can think. She becomes Saci Mata. Kavi Karnapur has very descriptively explained all these in his book called Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika. He explains as I explained to you earlier how Vrajavasis become residents of Navadvip. They all join in the sankirtana moment of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Very unique and sweet pastime of Vrindavan is Rasa Lila. So all those gopis who participated in Rasa Lila participate in the sankirtana which includes singing and dancing with Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. the whole night there would be kirtana and dance of Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Srivas Angana.
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always glad dened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
So all join in the sankirtana movement of Mahaprabhu which is the religion for Kali Yuga. This way Caitanya mahaprabhu established sankirtana movement with the help of his eternal associates.
udilo aruna puraba-bhage,
dwija-mani gora amani jage,
bhakata-samuha loiya sathe,
gela nagara-braje ( Arunodaya kirtana by BVT in Gitavali)
Tribhanga Lalit Sri Krsna of Vrndavana used to play flute there and same Krsna in the form of Caitanya Mahaprabhu with
visvambharau dvija-varau yuga-dharma palau
vande jagat-priyakaro karunavatarau
He used to raise his hands. Carane nupur baje. There are anklets on His feet. He used to wear anklets in Vrndavana during Rasa pastime and in Navadvip also carane nupur baje. He wears anklets. Preme dhala dhala sonar anga carane nupur baje. There was the bliss of kirtana. So we all also have to join the kirtana of Mahaprabhu. This International Society of Krishna Consciousness lets us all reach the feet of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. For this reason Prabhupada revealed Navadvipa dhama to us and started Mayapur festival. He introduced Caitanya Mahaprabhu to the whole world. So now we are joining the sankirtana movement of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Navadvipa is like an entrance and we will reach Vrndavana via Navadvipa. We join the sankirtana pastimes of Navadvipa of Mahaprabhu and we keep chanting and dancing and go back home to Vrndavana. This way we will return to Vrndavana.
Remember this much. I have given some glimpses of this book, but you can also read this book. This way we try to understand dhama-tattva, nama-tattva, or parshad-tattva.
janma karma ca me divyam
evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma
naiti mam eti so ’rjuna
One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna. (BG 4.9) This tattva is to be remembered always . We must understand this, because we should achieve perfection of our chanting.
During the day you all distribute books. While chanting we pray to the Lord seva yogyam kuru! Seva yogyam kuru - Make me eligible for seva. So nowadays which seva is going on? - Marathon. It's the month of Gita-Jayanti. So there is seva of book distribution. So all of you while chanting pray to Caitanya Mahaprabhu to give you strength and intelligence so that you can do jare dakho tare kaho krsna upadesa . Bhagavad-Gita is Krsna Upadesh. So we have to distribute Gita.
Gaur Premanande Hari Haribol!