6th July 2019
Jagannath swami ki jai
Jagannath is at Gundicha temple, we mentioned that on ratha yatra day. And we should remember it forever that, Jagannath is at Vrindavan and Gudicha is Vrindavan.
Krishna is at Vrndavan and He is very happy, He is all settled there. He is not thinking of going to any other destination or any other dhama. He does not want to go anywhere. This is it, this is the topmost dhama and topmost experience of Bhakta prema –Bhagavad prema.
When Lord is away from Vrindavan, He is in Mathura, He is in Dwarka, He is missing Vrindavan, He is in Vaikuntha, He is in Ayodhya, He is missing Vrindavan. Now as Jagannath is at Vrindavan, He is not missing anything He is at home. It's said you are where your heart is. So Lord's heart is also in Vrindavan. So He is feeling at home in Vrindavan. He says to Uddhava when He is in Mathura,
udhav mohi braj bisrat nahi
gvala bala saba kart kolahal
Lord is sharing His heart, He is opening His heart to Uddhav, “I can’t forget Vrindavan”. He is remembering Yashoda maiya, He is remembering cowherd boys. He is remembering gopis of Vrindavan and Radharani. Also in Dwarka its daily experience of Rukmini. She ends up hearing, ‘Oh! Radhe where are you? He also cares for Rukmini but not as much as He cares and loves Radharani. He wants close association and proximity of Radharani.
This is how when Lord is away from Vrindavan, He is mentioning how He is missing Vrindavan and devotees of Vrindavan. Vrindavan is known as ‘madhurya dhama.’ Vrindavan is known for its loving dealings and prema lila that takes place in Vrindavan. Other dhamas there is aishwarya, Mathura, Dwarka, Ayodhya. Vaikuntha there is awe and relevance. Other dhamas Dwarka, Ayodhya Mathura are full of aishwarya while in Vrindavan there is madhurya. Lord's sweet dealings that is also called vishrambha bhava.
Vishrambha means equality, in Vrindavan the Lord and His devotees they are equal and this experience is there. There bhava is same as Lord, there is samarasa. The cowherd boys even say,
tumi ami sama tumi kon bada loka
They say we are equal.
So Vrindavan is madhurya dhama, Lord dealings with His devotees is equal that’s vishrambha. His dealings with His devotees there are more pure, more loving dealings, more spontaneous dealings between Lord and His devotees as compared to other abodes. Vrindavan is known for vishrambha vatsalya, vishrambha madhurya, vishrambha shakya.
Elsewhere aishwarya misarit sakhya, isvarya misarit vatsalya and ishwarya misarit madhurya is experienced by the Lord. Like Arjuna is declared by Lord as His friend,
bhakto si me sakha cheti
Arjuna is My friend but he is friend form Hastinapur. But this friendship is aishwarya misarit. This is aishwarya misarit vishrambha. While in Vrindavan the cowherd boys, Madhumangal and Subal and so many others, Lord deals with them in sakhya rasa and that is vishrambha sakhya. They play with Krishna and sometimes when Krishna is defeated in wrestling match, He has to take His friends on His back and these boys kick Him as a house rider kicks the horse. So this is because of vishrambha sakhya this is different from other abodes. So such lilas are possible only with sakhya misarit vishrambha.
When Krishna showed Arjuna the virat roop he realized and witnessed the greatness of Krishna. Then Arjuna was begging for forgiveness ‘oh Lord I am sorry I thought we are equal, we ate from same plate, slept on the same bed, I should not have done that. I am sorry. I thought I am equal to You but that’s not true.’ So Arjuna was asking for forgiveness for his dealings with Krishna.
But cowherd boys they will never ask for forgiveness to Krishna they think their behavior is perfectly alright with Krishna. They think Krishna is equal to them. They will never say sorry to Krishna as there is sakhya misarit vishrambha bhava. Sakhya, there is friendship between equals. There is truly sakhya bhava or sakhya rasa in Vrindavan. Also vatsalya bhava in Vrindavan is pure. In Mathura there aishwarya misarit vatsalya. When Lord appeared, Vasudev and Devaki were offering obeisances to the Lord. This is experience of vatsalya bhava in Mathura is aishwarya misarit. But in Vrindavan the vatsalya bhava of Yashoda for kanhaiya is different.
Krishna kanhaiya lal ki jai!
Infact, no one prays or worships Krishna in Vrindavan. He is just my child, He is our friend. There is no thought of being great or greater. He is just my child. So Yasodha would pick up a stick and chastise Him and bind Him to mortar. All these kind of pastimes are only possible due to vatsalya misarit vishrambha.
Krishna enjoys like anything. Lord is very happy and ecstatic in Vrindavan. Those loving dealings with His devotees- vatsalya rasa.
itidrk sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde sva-ghosam nimajjantam akhyapayantam [Damodarastakam Shloka 3]
As we hear from Damodarastakam, itidrk sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde,
These lila spontaneous lilas, Madhurya lilas of Vrindavan, these create an ocean of bliss and everyone including Lord they are swimming diving deep into ananda sagar. This is due to loving dealings with His devotees, loving reciprocation between Him and His devotees. Lord is blissful ecstatic in Vrindavan. The happiness experienced by devotees in Vrindavan is topmost that can't be obtained anywhere except Vrindavan not in Mathura, not in Dwarka, not in Ayodhya. This is only possible in Vrindavan because there is vishrambha sakhya. vishrambha vatsalya, vishrambha madhurya. The dealing between Radha and Krishna are full of love there is no tinch of aishwarya they are full of vishrambha madhurya that's why they are spontaneous- more sweet and more loving.
So Lord is more happy and blissful. Lord is completely settled there in Vrindavan dealing with His devotees. While His dealings in Ayodhya, dealings between Sita and Rama there is awe reverence. And what to speak of Vaikuntha Laxmi and Narayana and Laxmi Varaha, between Dwarkadhish and His queens are full of aishwarya of different degrees. There is aishwarya misarit vishrambha. There is sringar rasa or madhurya rasa between them. So Vaikuntha is known as aishwarya dhama and Vrindavan is known as madhurya dhama.
Mayapur is known as audarya dhama, udara- magnanimous. Lord became udara. And all that we are hearing, experiencing to some extent this became possible because of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Lord sharing the madhurya of Vrindavan with all His devotees and with the whole world. So Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu shared the madhurya of Vrindavan and He was very magnanimous, charitable sharing and experiencing madhurya dhama, madhurya lila, spontanoues lilas of Lord. That’s why Mayapur is known as audarya dhama, magnanimous dhama. Magnanimous Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and we are His followers through parampara receiving the madhurya of Vrindavan through Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
golokera prema-dhana harinama-sankirtana
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came down with wealth of Golok dhama. That prema dhana is in form of holy name:
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
That we had been chanting, this is gift of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from Vrindavan. As we chant Hare Krishna,
sravana adi suddha citta karaha udaya
Our love for the Lord vraja prema or madhuraya prema vishrambha prema is revived. As we chant Hare Krishna mahamantra we develop same qualities as that of Vrindavan by chanting of Hare Krishna mahamantra.
So Jagannath is in Gudicha temple which is Vrindavan and He is very very happy we could also experience and enjoy that kind of happiness by chanting Hare Krishna, we could purify and our love is revived and we could come to the status of Krishna, equality vishrambha vatsalya, vishrambha sakhya or vishrambha mathurya or whatever is our relation with Krishna and this could be achieved by chanting.