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Title: Divine Wedding
User: Nava Gauranga dasa Date: 2006-07-16 10:56:21
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Dear Swami Gaurangapada and devotees,
please accept my simple obiesances.
In the week just gone I was priveledged by the association of a devotee who is a member of this Naam-Yoga community. It is a real treat to be able to associate and talk about GaurangaMahaprabhu via this internet technology. Especially as Nityananda Gauranga devotee association is so limited where I live.
We chatted only briefly via google talk but for me the conversation was worth more than gold. The topic of conversation was the book Chaitanya-bhagavata by Shri Vrindava dasa Thakura.
I asked the enthusiastic devotee what was his experience of reading the Chaitanya-bhagavata like...since he had read it over several times.
Paraphrasing here...but his response was that 'the more you read it, the more you enter the pastimes.'
Each day over the last couple of months I make my way down to the public library, and pull up my favorite chair. It is very relaxing and a bit social too as there is always people about. I am in the habit of carrying a devotional book in my bag, so I sit in the library for about an hour and read it.
Currently I am reading Chaitanya-bhagavata (this time I will be attempting to read it right through). This day I began reading Chapter 15 Adi Khanda - Shri Nimai Marries Shri Vishnupriya. As I was reading the chapter, the words, 'the more you read it, the more you enter the pastimes,' shone like a clear light in my mind. As I proceeded reading, the beautiful wedding pastimes of Nimai and Vishnupriya illuminated in my heart. Vishnupriya laid a garland at Mahaprabhu's Lotus Feet and the beautiful Lord picked it up and placed it around Her neck.
The wedding was fully opulent and the audience present, upon seeing this divine pastime became fully ecstatic and joyous.
To read this pastime was something very special. The most beautiful wedding, beyond description. I left the library and walked up the street to eventually catch a bus home. The Divine Wedding pastime clearly still in my heart. I tried my best to look calm and together externally, while walking around town, but in my heart I was overjoyed with what I had just read - the most beautiful transcendental wedding in the universe.
Eventually I caught the bus home and enthusiastically began Japa meditation on the Holy Name of Gauranga.
Association of the devotees and their mercy is a precoius jewel. I feel we are so fortunate to be witnessing the development of this Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna Naam-Yoga Community on the world wide web. I feel very fortunate to have been inspired to dive into the wonderful Chaitanya-bhagavata by Shri Vrindavan dasa Thakura.
****The Divine Wedding of Shri Nimai and Shri Vishnupriya****
Chaitanya Bhagavta adi khanda ch. 15
When sunset came, the Lord went to the palace of the raja-pandita.
There was a tumult of glorious sounds. The musicians played their instruments.
Very respectfully, the raja-pandita helped the Lord down from the palanquin, embraced Him, and gave Him a place to sit.
He happily showered flowers on the Lord. Gazing at his son-in-law, he became so happy he no longer was aware of his own body.
Bringing many gifts of cloth, the brahmana welcomed his son-in-law and gave Him a place to sit.
Giving Him padya, arghya, acamaniya, garments, and ornwments, he properly welcomed the Lord.
Then, accompanied by many other ladies, his wife performed auspicious rituals.
She placed rice and durva grass on the Lord's head. Then she offered arati with seven ghee-lamps.
Showering Him with coins and puffed rice, she uttered sounds of victory. In this way she observed the customary rituals.
Then after decorating Her with all ornaments, she brought out Goddess Lakshmi and gave her a seat.
Then the Lord's kinsmen happily picked up the Lord and placed Him in His seat.
Then, following custom, she held a curtain around the Lord and had Goddess Lakshmi circumambulate Him seven times.
When she had completed the seventh circumambulation, Goddess Lakshmi stood before the Lord and then bowed down before Him.
Then there was a great shower of flowers, and the two groups of musicians played their instruments.
From the four directions the men and women made sounds of victory. Bliss descended on everyone.
Goddess Lakshmi, the mother of the worlds, placed a garland at the Lord's feet and then offered herself to Him.
Gently smiling, Lord Chaitanya picked up the garland and placed it around Goddess Lakshmi's neck.
Then a blissful shower of flowers fell on Shri Shri Lakshmi-Narayana.
Appearing in disguise, Brahma and the demigods came there and happily showered flowers.
Goddess Lakshmi's kinsmen and Lord Chaitanya's kinsmen engaged in a loud contest of making blissful sounds. Their hearts joyful, they picked up the bride and groom.
One moment the Lord's kinsmen won the contest. The next moment Laksmi's kinsmen won it. laughing and laughing, the Lord encouraged them to shout louder and louder.
The Lord gently smiled. Gazing at His handsome face, everyone floated in transcendental bliss.
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