Caitanya Mahaprabhu distributes the unnata ujjwala rasa
Venue: Jagganath Puri
Dated: December 27, 2018
Occasion: Annual yatra, day three
radha-krishna prana mora jugala-kisora
jivane marane gati aro nahi mora
Jugal means two, the divine couple, Sri Sri Radha and Krishna, are my life and soul. In life or death I have no other refuge but Them.
In this dhama also Radha Krsna lila takes place. Who is Radha in this dhama?? Caitanya Mahaprabhu looks like a man but bhava is of Radharani.
To understand the bhava of Radha Rani is the confidential reason of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance. How does She feel when She sees Krsna?? What emotions does She experience? So Caitanya Mahaprabhu thought let Me become Radha to understand it.
We also sing,
yadi gaura na hoito, tabe ki hoito, kemane dharita de?
radhara mahima, prema-rasa-sima jagate janata ke
If Caitanya Mahaprabhu was not there, how the world would know the glories of Radha Rani? He became Radha and stayed as Radha in Jagannath Puri. The world then could know about the glories of Radha Rani. Sukhdev Goswami could not glorify Radha Rani in Srimad Bhagavatam. But Caitanya Caritamrita is filled with Her glories.
Prabhupada used to say Srimad Bhagavatam studying is graduation. But studying Caitanya Caritamrita is post graduation. Madhuraya rasa is described in Caitanya Caritamrita. Caitanya Mahaprabhu relishes madhurya rasa.
anarpita-carim cirat karunayavatirnah kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-sriyam (Vidagdha-madhava (1.2))
Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in this Age of Kali to exhibit the superexcellence of madhurya-rasa, a gift never previously bestowed by any acarya or incarnation. Consequently Caitanya Mah?prabhu is accepted as the most magnanimous incarnation. It is He only who distributed love of Krsna while exhibiting the superexcellence of loving Krsna in the conjugal rasa.
jaya jayojjwala-rasa, sarva-rasa-sar
To offer the ujjwal rasa that is madurya rasa Caitanya Mahaprabhu comes. He distributes the madhurya rasa in Jagannath Puri. Caitanya Mahaprabhu relishes the madhurya of Vrindavan in Jagannath Puri. Vrindravan is madhurya dhama and Mayapur is audarya dhama.
Hare Krsna means Radha Krsna. Radha Krsna means madhurya rasa. This is above all the rasa. Caitanya Mahaprabhu in this dhama practically became Radha. His behaviour, His bhava was like Radha. From Gambhira comes gambir word, Lord is also dhira gambhir. Vishvambhar stayed here and searched Krsna all over. Sri Krsna is sitting in ratha during ratha yatra and Caitanya Mahaprabhu is in Radha bhava. He participated for 18 years in ratha yatra. Caitanya Mahaprabhu was always in front of the ratha during ratha yatra. Jagannath would keep looking at Caitanya Mahaprabhu and He saw Radha rani. Kirtan nrutya is going on.
Radha Krsna pran Mora…
Hare Krsna we chant this and they are our Prana. Krsna is prana of Radha and Radha is pran of Krsna. And Jagannath’s full concentration is on Radha Rani.
Jagannath ji kept looking at Radha rani. Like they are meeting after a long time.
Tava katha amritam tapta jivanam
With the pain of separation when Radha and the Gopis hear Krsna katha then they get some relief.
Krsna had sent message to all Vrajvasis, “Dwarka is far away for you. So why not meet at Kurukshetra?” So all Gopis and Radha went to Kurukshetra. So when they met there after 70- 80 years, the Vrajavasis went with sankalpa that once we meet Krsna and Balarama, we will bring them to Vrindavan. They will all come in ratha. We villagers will go in bullock cart. So when we meet, they will be on their rath, so we will pull that ratha and bring them to Vrindavan.
In one tent Dwarkavasi were sitting. And mother Rohini describes the stories of separation of Vrajavasis from Krsna. Rohini while describing thought that Krsna, Balarama may come to hear the Katha and they will not be able to digest the katha. They may get bewildered and become sad when they hear the painful stories of seperation of Vrajavasis. So Subhadra was kept on the door to stop Krsna and Balarama from coming.
So when Krsna and Balarama came, Subhadra tried to stop Them but They did not stop. So all the three started hearing the painful stories of Vrajavasis. Rohini had already said that they will not be able to bear the pain of Vrajavasis. The same happened and that time Krsna Balarama and Subhadra became this form of Jagannath Puri. So when they heard how the Vrajavasis loved them, it was like an eye opener. They had never thought that the Vrajavasis loved them so much.
As they heard their eyes became bigger and bigger and their hands went inside, like the tortoise takes his hands and legs inside. Eyes became big and now we can’t hear more so they blocked their ears. This was the condition of Krsna Balaram. The Lord meditates on the devotion of His devotees and these changes come into His body. Caitanya Mahaprabhu also had such changes in His body in Jagannath Puri.
When Caitanya Mahaprabhu left from Gambhira in search of Krsna, Rai Ramananda used to recite Srimad Bhagavatam, Krsna Karnamrita and Govinda Geet for Him. Svarupa Damodhar used to sing for Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He used to sing understanding the bhava of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Gambhira is a small place so only limited people could be there. So Rai Ramananda and Svarupa Damodhar used to go. They are Lalita and Vishaka, the friends of Radha. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Radha and Svarupa Damodhar is Lalita and Ramananda Rai is Vishaka.After hearing from them Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to rest but did not sleep. Astakalin Lila’s are always going on. Like that Radha Rani as Caitanya Mahaprabhu alone would keep performing kirtan.
Hare Krsna… Oh Radhe Oh Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is calling. He wants to meet Krsna.
maya saha ramasva…
Commentary on Hare Krsna mantra is written by our Acarya Gopal Guru Goswami. He was the associate of Caitanya Mahaprabhu and was from Jagannath Puri. 16 names in each mantra.. He explains the meaning of each name. One of them is Maya saha ramasva. Caitanya Mahaprabhu while doing kirtan would start crying. If He did not find Krsna, He would bang His head on the walls of Gambhira. He would leave in middle of the night, so devotees locked the doors. But He is Krsna. Who can lock Him?
Ha ha Krsna.. Where are you?? Saying this He would run. Once He reached a goshala near Jagannath temple. Seeing cows He thought it’s vrindavan, oh then Gopal must be around and He fell down. His head went inside and the joints of body separated out of love for the Lord. He became Kurma like tortoise.
Govind was his personal servant. He was Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s god brother but his guru Isvara puri before his tirobhava told govind, “Oh Govind, you go to Jagannath Puri to serve Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “No, No, we are God-brothers. I can’t take your seva.” Govinda said, “But its desire of our Gurudev.”
At siddha bakul Caitanya Mahaprabhu had sent prasad of Jagannath. Govind came with prasadam. So he is in service of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Once in gambhira Caitanya Mahaprabhu was lying down. Govind was going to do seva but as Caitanya Mahaprabhu was lying on the way, he covered Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s body with a cloth and crossed him, served him and sat there. Caitanya Mahaprabhu got up and said, “Oh! What are you doing here? Why didn’t you go for prasad? Govind said, “How can I cross your body?” Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “But you came inside.” Govind said, “That was for your seva. For my own self I can’t cross your body.”
Once Caitanya Mahaprabhu was not there in Gambhira, so all associates started searching Him. So while searching they went to goshala and found Him in a different state. Once again while searching Caitanya Mahaprabhu all of them went to the beach. When Caitanya Mahaprabhu saw the sea, He said Yamuna maiya ki jai and entered the sea. In night so many fisher men are busy with their work. One fisher man thought oh golden fish I have caught. As he tried to lift Caitanya Mahaprabhu, he got scared and shouted, “Oh! Oh!! ghost.”
So the associates went on sea searching Caitanya Mahaprabhu and on the way they asked this Fisher man. He said, “No, No. I have not seen Caitanya Mahaprabhu.” Fisher man told them that he got ghost while fishing. The associates understood that He was Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Jagannath Puri is like a sankha, also called as sankha setra. So flowing in the sea Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to Konark. He is the Lord and does not need air to breath. His body is not made of earth, water, fire, ether.
Krsna, Balarama while searching the son of Sandipani, entered the sea and They did not enter with oxygen cylinder. They remaind in water for a long time. Understand this. Understanding this is also knowing Krsna. So during ratha yatra Jagannathji’s full concentration is at Caitanya Mahaprabhu. *Jagannath temple is Kurukshetra or Dwarka and Gundicha temple is vrindavan. So the devotees pull Jagannath Baladev and Subhadra to Vrindavan.
Gaudiya Vaishnavas can understand this. Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Radha rani is meeting Krsna after a long time. So does He love me the same as before? Let’s see whether the love is decreased. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu as Radha goes to back of Ratha. So if He loves me as before, the ratha will stop and He will start searching me. So as Radharani goes back, the ratha stops. To pull the ratha a lot of efforts were put but the Ratha did not budge even an Inch. Movement of ratha depends on Jagannath. Where is Radha? Where is Radha? So as Caitanya Mahaprabhu comes in front, the ratha moves on. Radha says, “Oh! Krsna has passed the test.” Hari Bol.
“Jagannath swami nayana patha gami bhava tume”
Oh Lord come on the path of vision of my eyes. Krsna also thinks the same, “Oh! Radha come on the path of vision of my eyes.”
So as Radha comes, the Lord thinks, Hari Bol! Radha has come and He starts moving. Without Radha He does not want to move. Some times lot of load is put on the back of a donkey and to make him walk they tie a carrot on a stick in front of his eyes. The donkey thinks oh the carrot is near and he keeps walking with the hope of getting the carrot.
So with the lalasa of meeting Radha, Krsna also moves forward as He is always eager to meet Her. King during Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s time was Prataprudra. Caitanya Mahaprabhu never wanted to meet him as it’s thought that the king is materialistic. Caitanya Mahaprabhu once saw the king sweeping the road before ratha yatra with all humility.
Seeing his humility, Caitanya Mahaprabhu thought there is no problem in meeting such a king. I would like to meet him. So as Caitanya Mahaprabhu thought that was enough and all arrangements were made.
So as ratha yatra was going on, on the way there is Jagannath Vallabha Udyana ratha stopped and the Lord was being offered bhoga. That time Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to Jagannath Vallabha garden and lied down. And Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya said to the king, “Hey, this is the time go go.” The devotees tried a lot that Caitanya Mahaprabhu should meet the king but He never agreed. But now Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to meet him. And when u meet, serve His lotus feet and while serving you sing Gopi Geet.
While Caitanya Mahaprabhu is lying down, the king comes and starts serving His lotus feet and sings Gopi Geet. Jayate te dhikam….and singing he reached the 9th verse…
Tava Kathaamritam tapta jeevanam kavi bhiriditam kalma shaap-ham,
Shrawan-mangalam shrimadaa tatam bhuvi grinanti te bhurida janaah.
So last line of this sloka Gopis say bhuvi grananti te bhurida jana.
The Vishnujana by reciting Hari Katha gives jivana dana to the suffering ones. Bhurida Jana..they are all magnanimous. Caitanya Mahaprabhu says who ever you are very udara. Gopi Geet is also glorification of Krsna lila. I am thankful to you. Your have recited Krsna katha for me. Thank you.
Prabhupada when went to the West, he said, “I have not come here to take, but to give something.”
So Caitanya Mahaprabhu is saying you have recited Gopi Geet for me. I am grateful to you. I also want to give you something but I am sannyasi and I don’t have anything to give you. I can do one thing and Caitanya Mahaprabhu stood up. Will you accept my embrace? That’s what I have. Caitanya Mahaprabhu hugged king Prataprudra.
Then what is left to give? The Lord has given Himself to the king like Krsna had said Arjuna and Duryodhana, “Take my army or me.” Arjuna took Krsna and army/ Narayani sena was taken by Duryodhana.
Hanuman came with the news that he has found sita Maiya. When Rama heard this, He said, “I am Vanavasi, I don’t have anything to give you. So accept my embrace, oh Hanuman.” And He embraced Hanuman. Jai Sri Rama.