8th July 2019
Lord never forgets His devotees
The number of participants is 610. So, we are happy. Why am I happy? I am chanting, so I am happy. Chant Hare Krsna and be happy. So I become happy as I chant. And also when I see you all chanting, that makes me happier. Maybe I also become happy as I received this cloth, this is from Jagannath Puri dhama ki jai. [Guru Maharaj referring to a maha cloth around his neck]
One devotee just returned from Jagannath Puri and he offered me this cloth. There is certainly some Jagannath connection with this cloth. As I received this cloth, I thought Jagannath is still remembering me. And, then I thought Jagannath never forgets me, or he has not forgotten me, nor he has forgotten any one of you that is us. The living entities we become conditioned and we forget the Lord. The Lord never ever forgets us. He always keeps remembering us. As sometimes, children when they get old, they get married, they may forget their parents, ignore their parents, go away from their parents. The parents never ever forget their children. They always keep remembering, they are concerned about their children. They care, they want to take care or remember. They are always the well wishers for their children. So, like that, Lord is our father, mother, He is everything for the living entity. So, like parents Lord also never forgets us, although foolishly we forget the Lord. So, as I received this cloth, I was just thinking Lord is remembering, or He is reminding me “I remember you, I remember you or especially as you are chanting now, how could I forget you, you are calling Me.”
Jai Jagannath! So, we are supposed to be Krsna conscious. We were not Krsna conscious for quite some time now and gradually as we are chanting Hare Krsna and we are coming into contact with devotees of Krsna and the disciplic succession we have started remembering the Lord and big reminder of the Lord is as we chant,
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This is the reminder and this is meant to help us remember Lord, become Lord conscious, Krsna conscious, Jagannath conscious, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu conscious or Panduranga Vithala, Panduranga Panduranga Panduranga Panduranga conscious we become. So, as we are trying to become Krsna conscious. The Lord is always conscious of His devotees, His devotees or non-devotees also. He is conscious of all the living entities.
bhaviṣyāṇi ca bhūtāni
māṁ tu veda na kaścana [BG 7.26]
Lord disclosed His mind as He spoke with Arjuna. He said veda aham “I know I know I know and I remember and I am conscious of all the living entities”. And, “I know and I remember their past, present and future”. Of all the living entities He is talking about. “I know them, I remember them, and I am conscious of them, of all living entities.” The trouble part is, Lord says – veda na kaścana – “I know them, but they don’t know Me. I remember them, but they have forgotten Me”, the living entities in this universe, in this world. So, the Lord is always conscious of His devotees and His parts and parcels and we forget the Lord, or we are not conscious of the Lord and it’s now long time. But now, by His grace, he has made us fortunate and brought in contact with His devotees.
tatrāpi durlabhaṁ manye vaikuṇṭha-priya-darśanam [SB 11.2.29]
So, we have received rarest of the gift, rarest of the rare gift that is we have darshan, we could meet, see the devotees of the Lord. vaikuṇṭha-priya-darśanam or we have darshana, sparsana also, lot of things we could, or deal with the devotees of the Lord, we have been brought into contact with the devotees of the Lord. This is also the proof that Lord always had been remembering us, and now He is reminding us through the vaikuntha priya, His devotees.
golokam ca parityajam lokanam prana karanat
The Lord comes into this world, descends, takes avatar that is also Jagannath’s clear indication that we have forgotten, or we wanted to forget, we have forgotten Him, but He doesn’t forget us. That is why He is leaving His abode behind, Goloka behind, He comes to this world, sambhavami yuge yuge, His sole purpose is to communicate with us, extend His helping hand to those who have forgotten Him and, also remind him “This is also how I look like”, Lord appears and gives darsana and devotees take note of it. May be no photography or videography, write it down how Lord looks like and then the pastimes are compiled.
The Lord appears in many dhamas, Lord appears in Ayodhya sometimes, He appears in Ahobilam sometimes, He appears in Mathura, Vrindavan sometimes, the Adi Purusha in Mayapur. He appears in Jagannath Puri as Purusottam. Lord’s name is also Purusottam and abode name is also Purusottam Dhama and Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He appears in Mayapur, Navadvipa and later on moves to Jagannath Puri and performs pastimes there in relationship to Jagannath Swami. So, all this becomes the subject matter for remembering the Lord. He appears, gives darsana, this is how I look like. He appear here, there and those places reminds us of the pastimes of the Lord and these are the lilas that becomes the subject matter, or becomes a big reminder of not only He exists, this is how He exists, how He looks like and of all those things.
We also get to realize the quality of the Lord. The qualities of the Lord are so many. Amongst them is His magnanimity, His kindness, hey krsna karuna sindhu He is full of karuna, otherwise why would He come into this world if had no karuna, karunya, compassion, kindness for all of us. So, these are indication that the Lord has never forgotten, He is always remembering us.
Lord appears in this world in the form of arcavigraha and also He keeps reminding us of Him. Deities also perform lilas every day. They are busy; deities are active 24 hours a day. There are festivities associated with the deities, whether that is in Jagannath Puri or Pandharpur. Lord was here for 125 years in this world. The Pundalik, he requested in Pandharpur, “My Lord, thank You very much for giving me darsana, You are very very kind to this fallen soul, that as more and more devotees would visit this dhama in the future they could also get Your darsana if You just stayed on here”. So, this was the appeal of the Pundalik at the lotus feet of Panduranga Vitthal. So, Lord listened to the appeal and He stayed on. Panduranga Vitthal in Pandharpur is the Lord, or this is one form, where Lord has stayed on in this form, and He continues to give darsana, and continues to perform His pastimes here in Pandharpur and keep reminding us of Him. And He also keeps on waiting, as Pundalik had said more devotees would come and You could give them also Your association and your darsana and the opportunity to serve. So, Lord is waiting here for more and more devotees to come to get His darsana and serve Him.
So, some devotees have arrived and more are expected to arrive in Pandharpur. I ended up of talking all these things. I meant to talk about Hera Pancami, Lord’s pastimes in Jagannath Puri.
So, Jagannath is in Gundica, that is Vrindavan and Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is spending His time, lot of time in Gundica temple. He is also spending time at Vallabha Udhiyan or garden, Jagannath Vallabha garden and Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is in the mood of Vrindavan vasa, Vrindavan bhava. During nine days Jagannath spends time at Gundica temple.
Yeah, so Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is wandering, is doing Vrindavan vihara along with His devotees, His associates. All that area around Gundica temple is Vrindavan and Lord is going from one forest to another forest or from one region to another and He is having Vrindavan vihara, yamuna tira vanacari. There is lots of singing that is going on. It is also described how there is cool breeze flowing, floating around and all fragrance and the cool breeze and like in Vrindavan, there is cool breeze here also we are experiencing. Savan ka mahina pavana kare shor…this is about ashad-shravan, where the pavana, the wind is in my room also yesterday I was listening to the shor of the pavana. So, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates are experiencing that Vrindavan atmosphere or feeling like being in Vrindavan or like feeling at home, being in Gundica is like being in Vrindavan and, Caitanya Caritamrita describes Vasudeva Dutta is singing different songs and Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is dancing. Vasudeva Datta moves from tree to tree. He stands under one tree in Vrindavan and is singing one song and Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is dancing and He is expressing His emotion and devotion which is hearing through the medium of this song and all those expressions are displayed by corresponding emotions are displayed by Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu through His dance in different mudras, and bhavas and movements they correspond the mood of the song, the theme of the song, the rasa of the song.
Then, at one point, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is encouraging Vrakeshwara pandit to take over the dance, Caitanya Mahaprabhu wants Vrakresvara pandit to dance and Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprahbhu Himself begins singing and Svarupa Damodara is also joining in chorus and that goes on. Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is singing. He must be singing like gopi, or especially Radharani is singing, He is in Radha bhava, Radha bhava dhyuti, so He is singing like Radha for the pleasure of Sri Krsna and Vrakresvara pandit is doing His dance. Mahaprabhu wants Him to dance.
Today is also Vrakresvara pandit’s disappearance day. So that Vrakresvara pandit is dancing around Gundica in Vrindavan in the presence of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu while Mahaprabhu is singing and Vrakresvara pandit is dancing. He is known for his dance, in fact, he would dance and dance and dance, non-stop, nitya nrtya. And one time he danced, he broke all the records, the ‘Guinness book of records’, he danced for 72 hours. We are planning in Pandharpur, kirtan mela for 72 hours. So we could imagine 3 days and 3 nights. So, as kirtan started, his dance started and he is dancing one night, another day, another night, another day… So, this is not humanly possible, worldly dance. So Vrakresvara pandit is from another world. Such things are only possible in another world or beyond this world. So, that mood and that stamina, that consistency or continuity was displayed by Vrakresvara pandit in the matter of dance. He was that kind of devotee.
Vrakresvara pandit ki jai!
So, today is also Hera Pancami. Hera means to see and pancami means the 5th day. So, on this day Lakshmi goes to see Jagannath at Gundica temple. So, She sits in palanquin, she is very opulently dressed. She is called on this day Suvarna Mahalakshmi and she travels to Gundica temple and a big grand welcome is done. There is reception for her at the Gundica temple. As she enters the temple, She, is seated on the singhasana and She is having a dialogue with Jagannath. She is in an angry mood. She is kind of manini. This is maan of Vaikuntha, or Dwarka, not maan of Radharani, her maan is in Vrindavan. That’s some sort of maan, rosh or angry, not happy with something, Lord has done. First of all He left her behind lonely and left for Vrindavan for 4 days and this is the 5th day, “You have not come back, when will You return?” She is very angry with the Lord. Lord is pacifying her, - “Yes, yes, I have not forgotten, Just now coming, I will come, I will come.” And saying so, He offers a garland to Lakshmi and then Lakshmi is getting ready to leave Gundica temple, leaving for Jagannath mandir. So, before leaving She is ordering Her associates to – “break this chariot. This is the chariot that my Lord used to ride to arrive to Gundica temple…break this chariot.” So, some damage is caused to the chariot and She says “Arrest these Vrindavan devotees and beat them.” Then Lakshmi’s associates, parikaras, and bodyguards they rush forward with sticks, trying to beat, they start beating, “They are the one, they brought my Lord to Vrindavan leaving me behind alone.” So, there is a little war that takes place and then finally she returns to Jagannath mandir.
Hera Pancami mahotsava ki! Jai!
So, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is sitting in Gundica darsana mandap with Svarupa Damodar Gosvami, and before Lakshmi’s arrival that day, which was 500 years ago, there is a dialogue between Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Svarupa Damodar Gosvami, kind of question answers and doubts of Mahaprabhu are cleared by Svarupa Damodar Gosvami. Svarupa Damodar Gosvami is responding and giving replies to the queries of Mahaprabhu. One of the queries was why did Lord leave Lakshmi behind, why did He not bring Her along to Gundica? This was the enquiry made by Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Svarupa Damodar Gosvami replied saying that Lakshmi has no adhikara. She is not eligible, competent, she doesn’t deserve position in Vrindavan, she cannot enter the pastimes, the loving dealings, the kind of the quality of the love that is there in the lila of Vrindavan, loving dealing of Vrindavan, she is not fit for this. Only gopis are fit, only Radharani is fit. Those who want to enter Vrindavan especially madhurya rasa, madhurya sringara, rasa there is mention in Caitanya Caritamrita that there are two things required. They have to have a gopi rupa and gopi bhava. Their form has to be like gopi and their emotions, thoughts also have to be like gopi. Then only they can only enter the rasa dance and come in a close proximity of Vrajendranandana, Sri Krsna. So, Svarupa Damodar Gosvami is explaining why she is not qualified, not eligible to enter Vrindavan pastimes and that is why Lord left her behind in Dwarka.
Hera Pancami Mahotsava Ki Jai!
Jagannath Swami Ki Jai!
Patita pavana Jagannath Ki Jai!