4 January 2020
Gaudiya connection with Pandharpur
Those who chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra are Hare Krsna bhaktas or devotees. They are Gaudiya Vaisnavas. We are devotees of Radha Krsna, our aradhya Lord:
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
krsna stu bhagavan svayam
The Lord is complete when He is with his alahadini sakti. Radhe gives pleasure to Lord Krsna.
mahātmānas tu māṁ pārtha daivīṁ prakṛitim āśhritāḥ
bhajantyananya-manaso jñātvā bhūtādim avyayam [BG 9.13]
The great souls, mahatmas take shelter of the divine nature [daivi prakriti] and the divine nature is Srimati Radhika.
Another energy of the Lord is Durga. One is Yoga maya and another is Mahamaya. Yogamaya is Radha and Mahamaya is Durga. When we say sat-cit-ananda. How is the Lord? He is sat-cit-ananda. As Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in West Bengal and its called Gaudadesh, so from Gauda comes Gaudiya. People from Orissa are called Udiya and from Gauda are called Gaudiya. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu was Gaudiya as well as Udiya. So our aradhyadev is Radha Krsna.
Every mantra has its mantra devata. So we worship that mantra Devata with that specific mantra. The Devi of Hare Krsna maha-mantra is Radha. I was thinking as I am in Pandharpur and this japa talk is live from Pandharpur. This dhama is called Bhuvaikuntha. It’s famous as Bhuvaikuntha dhama. Tukarama Maharaja went to Vaikuntha saying “ami jato amchya gava amcha rama rama ghyava.” So Pandharpur is Vaikuntha. Pandharpur is Golok also, Pandharpur is Vrndavan also. Caitanya Mahaprabhu also became dhami of this dhama. He stayed here also. Nitayananda Prabhu also stayed here, so he is also dhami of Pandharpur. Visvarupa is also dhami of Pandharpur. Golok has two parts. One is Vrndavan and another is Navadvipa or its also called Svetadvipa. Pandharpur dhama is also the dhama of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Pandharpur is not only Vaikuntha, its also Golok. Sometimes Golok is also called Vaikuntha. Vaikunthanayak Sri Krsna. If one says Visnu it also indicates Krsna, like that if one says Vaikuntha it also indicates Vrndavan. But there are many indications as this dhama is imprinted with many others symbols which proves that Pandharpur dhama is not only Vaikuntha
goloka-namni nija-dhamni tale ca tasya
devi mahesa-hari-dhamasu tesu tesu
te teo prabhava-nicaya vihitas ca yena
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
Lowest of all is located Devi-dhama [mundane world], next above it is Mahesa-dhama [abode of Mahesa]; above Mahesa-dhama is placed Hari-dhama [abode of Hari] and above them all is located Krsna's own realm named Goloka. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, who has allotted their respective authorities to the rulers of those graded realms.[Brahma-samhita Verse 43]
First is Devi dhama then Hari dhama then Saket or Ayodhya then Golok dhama. Golok is the topmost as Krsna is the topmost. In Pandharpur’s Viththala temple there is not only Rukmini, but there is also Radhika. Satyabhama is also is there so that means Dwaraka is also there, all in one. Mangal arati of Pandharpur is called as Kakad arati. At the time of mangal arati Lord Viththala is not Viththala. He is standing on a brick that’s vit in local language so Lord is called Viththala.
He has come from Dwaraka so He is Dwarakadhish also. But at the time of abhishek, it is done by Yasoda. As Lord is a baby in the morning. In the morning the Lord is offered a lot of sweets and in the afternoon He is fed like a king. Why sweets in the morning? Prabhupada said that as the Lord is a baby in the morning so balabhoga is offered to Him. He grows up by afternoon so rajbhoga. So food like a King Dwarakadisa is offered.
Abhishek means bathing the Lord. First is arati in the morning and then abhishek. Then in the middle of the abhishek the Lord is reminded of makhan/butter. What’s the time of makhanchori? This much at least you know. You should have learnt it. Maybe you also have done makhan chori with Krsna. So as He remembers makhan He is feed makhan, a big ball of makhan. In Marathi it’s called ‘lonyacha goda.’ So this lila of eating makhan Lord Panduranga also does. What ever Lord does is a lila, a pastime. Here we have Gopalpur. One is Pandharpur and another is Gopalpur. So its two in one. Gopalpur makes it more clear. In Dwaraka Lord sits in a chariot so there godapal [horse for chariot]. Lord Krsna does cow herding here in Gopalpur. So Gokul of Vrndavan is equal to Gopalpur of Pandharpur.
Visnupad is once again the same thing. The foot prints are Krsna’s, but they are called Visnupad. So it’s interchangeable. As in sastra Lord Krsna is also called Visnu. There are also imprints of foot prints of Kanhaiya, hooves of the cow, flute what else you need? People say Pandharpur is Vrndavan then show it? Also darsana in Gopalpur is of Krsna Kanhaiya. All the pastimes of Kanhaiya are depicted there. And in Pandharpur there is Radha Pandharinath. Pandharinath appeared here to make it clearer to all of you.
baap dakhav nahitar sraddha, proves we will not believe. So here Radha Pandharinath appeared in nitya-lila of Pandharpur.
There are two types of lilas. Nityalila and Pragatlila. In Pragatlila what ever see in Gopalpur the darsana there or whatever we see at Visnupad. And then the deity of Lord Viththala does the pastime of eating makhan. Caitanya Mahaprabhu also came here and does His lilas. Nityananda Prabhu came here. So we have our Gaudiya connection with Pandharpur. Srirangapuri, disciple of Madhavendrapuri came here. There are many disciples of Madhavendrapuri. He is our first acarya in whose heart the love for Radha Krsna manifested. He was first initiated in Madhvacarya sampradaya. Sriranga Puri was staying in Pandharpur. Caitanya Mahaprabhu came here and as He got the news that Sriranga Puri in here in Pandharpur he went running to Sriranga Puri. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is also acraya here. He was on pilgrimage.
sarvatra prachar hoibe mora nama
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
He was preaching His own name. prachar hoibe mora nama. My name will be preached all over. And what is my name? Hare Krishna is My name. I am not only Krsna, but I have also brought Radha with Me. So I am Radha Krsna-Caitanya Mahaprabhu. My name will be preached all over but now I am not alone.
sri krsna caitanya radha krsna nahi anya
When Caitanya Mahaprabhu met Sriranga Puri there was katha for 7 days. I wish we could get a recording of that katha, but unfortunately we don’t have. Here recording is going on. Wherever there is a katha in ISKCON immediately the recording is done. But there is no record of the 7 day Hari katha or bodhayanta parasparam. There are no details of that dialogue of Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sriranga Puri.
Every God has it’s dhama, so Pandharpur dhama is the dhama of Radha Krsna. It’s originally the dhama of Radha Krsna? Pandharpur dhama is famous for kirtana, Nada brahma. Jagannatha Puri is famous for anna brahma. Another dhama is Srirangam which is famous for suptam madhuram. Lords is sleeping is also madhur. Lord’s sleeping is also a pastime. Tirupati is kanchan brahma. So Pandharpur is Nada brahma.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Question: It is good to leave body in Pandharpur?
Answer: Why do you doubt? Yes, it is. Why not?
itna to karna swami govind nama leke tab prana tana se nikale
Oh! Lord if you could do this much for me, how much?That I utter your name while leaving this body. There is prayer like that:
jamuna ka vamsi vata ho
Srila Prabhupada also rushed to Vrndavan when he was not well. I better leave my body in Vrndavan. So devotees aspire to leave their body in the dhama. ‘May I utter your holy name at the time of my departure?’ If You could be there next to me when I am leaving this body. As it happened in the case of Bhisma and Haridasa Thakur.
radha ko sat lana
Please bring Radharani also with You when You come at the time of my departure. And if this could happen in the dhama that could be most ideal. Over one hour we were talking Pandharpur is dhama.We would be happy enough if you leave your body here in Pandharpur.
Question: When Narayana or Viththala eat makhan He is no more Viththala?
Answer: No, that’s not the case, Narayana and Krsna are non-different. For Krsna's devotees, Lord Viththala becomes Krsna. When Tusli Dasa went to Vrindavan he wanted to darsana of Sri Rama. So for him Krsna became Sri Rama, his worshipable Lord. Radhika is also there on the altar. He is Viththala of Rukmini and Krsna of Radhika. Everyone knows that Tukaram Maharaja is a Viththala bhakta, but the abhangas he has written are of Krsna.
gokudichya sukha antapar nahi lekha
gudiya torane karati katha gati gane
There is description of all Krsna’s pastimes. With all his heart Tukarama Maharaja has described the pastimes of Krsna in his abhangas. Many other saints have also described pastimes of Lord Krsna in their abhangas.
Lord Dwarakadhisa went to Kuruksetra and became Jagannatha. And He stays for one full year in His temple that’s Dwaraka dhama. He goes to Gundicha temple for 7 days, that’s Vrndavan dhama. And Gambhira is Navadvipa, where Caitanya Mahaprabhu stayed.