28 February 2020
Realize ,You have come back home!
Hare Krishna !You are all welcome in this Dhama also. Although, there is nothing like this Dhama or that Dhama. There is only one Dhama. Especially for our upliftment, Lord manifests himself and his Dhama.
brahmānda bhramite kona
According to their karma, all living entities are wandering throughout the entire universe. Some of them are being elevated to the upper planetary systems, and some are going down into the lower planetary systems. Out of many millions of wandering living entities, one who is very fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master by the grace of Krsna. By the mercy of both Krsna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service. (Caitanya-caritamrita Madhya 19.151)
Those who have become fortunate to go back to Godhead, for such ladies and gentlemen, the Lord has extended his Dhama. We had also heard this when there was the Adhivas ceremony of the Parikrama, "This Dhama has been created by Srimati Radharani". H.H.Bhakti Purushottama Swami Maharaja was sharing this. There is Parikrama Khanda and other is Praman Khanda which gives reference about it. Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur has also written in Praman Khanda that Navadvipa Dhama has been created by Srimati Radharani.
karunam kuru mayi karuna-bharite
O, You who are filled with compassion! O, You whose divine characteristics are described by the great sages Sanaka and Sanatana! O Radha, please be merciful to me! (Verse 3, Radhe jaya jaya, Vaisnava Song)
Radharani's compassion has manifested in the form of this Dhama to give shelter to the bewildered souls of this world.
paras tasmāt tu bhāvo 'nyo
'vyakto 'vyaktāt sanātanah
yah sa sarvesu bhūtesu
naśyatsu na vinaśyati
Yet there is another unmanifest nature, which is eternal and is transcendental to this manifested and unmanifested matter. It is supreme and is never annihilated. When all in this world is annihilated, that part remains as it is. (Bhagavad-Gita 8.20)
Krsna has said in Bhagavad-Gita that there is creation, maintenance and destruction. Sometimes it is created and annihilated. But there is one more Dhama which is beyond these changes.
na tad bhāsayate sūryo
na śaśānko na pāvakah
yad gatvā na nivartante
tad dhāma paramam mama
That supreme abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by fire or electricity. Those who reach it never return to this material world. (Bhagavad-Gita15.6)
Once we go there, we never come back. While drinking milk, if it burns our lips then when we drink milk the next time, we will be careful. Once bitten twice shy. When living, while always getting humiliated and troubled then one always remembers it and decides never to return to this world.
Radharani has created this Dhama. Navadvipa is known as Audarya Dhama and Vrndavana is Madhurya Dham. Audarya is because of Radharani. Now those who are chanting with us have reached over here in Navadvipa.
Yesterday, I joined the Russian party in Parikrama in Naimisaranya. In Navadvipa, all the tirthas or Dhamas are there. All the Dhamas are inside one Dhama. Hence, it is said that if you circumambulate this Dhama then you have done Parikrama of all the Dhamas. Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur has said that a person who rejects such a Parikrama is a rascal who thinks of going to another Dhama.
sa vai pumsām paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhoksaje
The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self. (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.6)
This is the reason for all souls to take up Krishna Consciousness. I told the Russian party to wake up and understand that you are back in Bhagavat Dhama (back to Godhead). Realize this. We don't realize that while we are in Dhama. There is some consciousness that we booked tickets from Mauritius, came by plane, train or boat then walked over here in Mayapur but we don't fully realize that we have reached Dhama.
Srila Prabhupada would say that you cannot reach the Dhama by any airplane. You can take your body. But one needs a mood like when Akrura went to Vrindavan Dhama from Mathura. That is the way to go to the Dhama. His journey is famous for his mood. He didn't only take his body, but also his mind there. Sometimes we take our body to the Dhama but our mind sticks to our family. Russian devotees were given a reminder to realize that you have come back home, back to Godhead. This is full fledged Bhagavat Dhama. This is Goloka itself.
Here is the original Naimisaranya. Lucknow has its manifestation. When Suta Goswami was narrating Bhagavad katha in Naimisaranya, 88 thousand sages were there headed by Saunak Muni. On behalf of all the sages, Saunak Muni was asking the questions to Suta Goswami. Naimisaranya is the land of sages. Naimisaranya is in Madhya dvipa of Navadvipa where sapta rushi (seven sages) came by the order of Brahma. Sapta rishis are the sons of Brahma. There's a pastime on this. Madhya dvipa is known for smarana. Simanta dvipa is known for sravana, Godrume dvipa is known for kirtana . Sapta rishis meditated over there. As they followed all the things which Brahma asked them to do, Lord gave them darsana at noon time (Madhyanha). That's why that dvipa is called Madhya Dvipa. Gauranga Mahaprabhu also performs kirtana at noon time. That's why it is also called Madhya dwip.
I told the Russian devotees that Russia was a place of sages or rishis or rusyaha. The Russian party was the first to be sent to Naimisaranya where seven sages had assembled as ancestors of the Russian devotees. It was very appropriate for them to go over there. There were so called Russian devotees. Devotees cannot be termed Russian, Bengali, Canadian or French. Hence, we say so called. Body is not devotee, but the devotee is the soul. Body is sand only. Hair and skin do not make up devotees. It's just a combination of 5 elements which we call the body. The soul is the real devotee. Devotees cannot be Russian, Australian or Negro. This is body business.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
The number of participants have increased to 444. When we chant, then all our differences gets dissolved. We don't care and remember which face from which country has come in front of us. In the Hare Krishna movement, all misconceptions are dissolved. Srila Prabhupada would say that Krsna consciousness is clear consciousness.
Go on chanting and dancing. Chant, dance and eat.
Nitai Gaur Premanande Hari Haribol!