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Title: 01 Chp Dedication and Preface
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-16 16:57:44
Navadvipa Dhaam in the Vedas
Compiled and Translated
by His Holiness Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gaurangapada
†shri-navadvipa mahatmyam, vidvadbhir yat samiritam;
prabhupada sarasvati, vinoda arpayamy aham.
“This book, a collection from various revealed† scriptures and acaryas on the glories of Lord Gauranga’s Shri Navadvipa-dhama, is dedicated with utmost† humility unto the three great senapati-bhaktas of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu: His Divine Grace Shri Shrimad A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; his eternal spiritual master and gaura-vani-shri-murti, His Divine Grace Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Prabhupada; and gaura-sakti-svarupa Shri Shrimad Saccidananda Thakura Bhaktivinoda. I hope that they will be satisfied by this humble effort of an insignificant soul and bless me with eternal residence and service to Lord Nitai-Gauranga in Shri Navadvipa-dhama.”
The Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna, the origin of the spiritual and material creation and the source of innumerable incarnations-like Rama, Nrisimha, Vishnu, Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Vamana, and so on-out of His supreme causeless mercy personally appeared 516 years ago (on February 18, 1486) in the Nadia district of West Bengal, as the transcendental son of Shri Jagannatha Misra and Shrimati Sacidevi. With His complete potencies as Lord Shri Krishna, along with His own transcendental abode of Shri Navadvipa, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu descended specifically for the deliverance of the fallen souls of this most degraded age of Kali. It is described in Shrimad-Bhagavatam that in Satya-yuga the Lord appears with a white complexion, in Treta-yuga His complexion is red, and and in Dvapara-yuga His complexion is black (krishna). And in Kali-yuga He appears with a yellow complexion, the color of molten gold. Thus Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is also known as Gaurasundara (“golden moon”) and the Golden Avatara. Lord Balarama, the Lord’s elder brother appeared as Lord Shri Nityananda Prabhu.
But the conditioned souls of Kali-yuga are so unfortunate, ill-fated, and covered by the illusory energy that very few of them have even heard about the incarnation of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, what to speak of His transcendental abode Navadvipa. Even among the handful of people who know about Him, most consider Him simply a great saint, prophet, or seer. In the words of Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura:
cinite na pare keha prabhu apanara,
ya’ sabara lagiya haila avatara.
“Even among those for the deliverance of whom Lord Chaitanya personally descended, very few recognize Him as their own worshipable Lord.”
††††††††††††††† Because Lord Chaitanya has appeared to deliver all the movable and immovable living entities in this age of Kali, which lasts 432,000 years, how can the people even hope to be delivered unless they have tangible information about His incarnation and abode? This is our question to all the intelligent people of this world: What could be a greater misfortune than the present situation, in which the general populace has not even the slightest bit of information about the incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in Kali-yuga, as Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Navadvipa (130 km north of Calcutta, India)? Thus, due to this most hapless condition of humanity-arising from a lack of knowledge and understanding of the philosophical truths regarding the actual position, pastimes, and abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who specifically descended to rescue the most sinful living entities from the fearful cycle of birth and death-the entire human society is suffering greatly and is on a suicidal course. This ever-increasingly miserable situation of human society during this age of Kali can at once be permanently eradicated simply by the widescale acceptance of Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and Shri Navadvipa as the topmost holy place during this age of Kali. Acceptance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as Lord Krishna Himself, our supreme father and the cause of all causes, and His abode as our supreme destination, is not to be done on the basis of blind faith, but by accepting the authority of our mother, the Vedas.
††††††††††††††† This compilation of verses from the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Samhitas, Tantras, Yamalas, Upa-puranas, Yoga-vasishtha, Navadvipa-sataka, other bhakti-smriti-sastras, and the like, clearly establishes that Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s abode of Navadvipa is the topmost holy place in Kali-yuga. Hence this book fills a great need, by illuminating the mass of people as to the real philosophical truth about Shri Navadvipa, the† eternal abode of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, which unfortunately has thus far remained unknown, for the simple reason that it is the most confidential part of the Vedas.
††††††††††††††† The Lord is sometimes known as Triyugi, “He who appears openly in three yugas (namely Satya, Treta, and Dvapara).” But He also appears in Kali-yuga in a covered incarnation, in the form of His own devotee, as Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. In this incarnation the Lord personally teaches by His own example how to worship Himself, Krishna. Thus He becomes His own devotee to practically demonstrate the process of devotional service for our benefit. But according to His desire, this incarnation along with His abode have been described in theVedas only in a very concealed and† confidential manner, so as not to obstruct His mission during His presence on this planet. Had people openly known then that He was God during His time, He would not have been able to freely perform His pastimes as His own devotee, and thus teach us bhakti-yoga by His own example.
Though the dhama is always transcendentally situated, it appears geographically about 130 km north† of Calcutta (West Bengal, India), next to the River Ganges. Across the Ganges from Navadvipa city on the eastern side is Mayapura. Historically Navadvipa was the capital of Bengal in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Before Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance this place was known as Nadia, and after the Lord’s advent it became known as Navadvipa. Over a million pilgrims visit Navadvipa every year.
It is also stated in the Irdhvamnaya Tantra:
dhanye kalau sampravishte, gaura-lila manorama;
prakata bhavita hy etat, vyaktam tada bhavishyati.
“The advent of the Age of Kali is most auspicious because in the near future the philosophical truths and beautiful pastimes of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His abode will be most openly and widely established and broadcasted.”
Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself predicted that His holy names will spread all over the world in the Chaitanya-bhagavata (Antya 4.126):
prithivite ache yata nagaradi-grama;
sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama.
“My Name will be broadcasted and glorified in all various towns, villages, cities, countries and continents of the world.”
These Names are Gauranga, Gaura, Gaurahari, Shri Krishna Chaitanya, Nimai, Shri Nityananda or Nitai etc. alongwith the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and the names of Lord Krishna.
It is also predicted by Shrila Nityananda Prabhu in Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya that:
†adbhuta mandira ei haibe prakasa;
gaurangera nitya-seva haibe vikasha.
“Very soon, a most wonderful and superexcellent temple will manifest in Shri Mayapura, Navadvipa-dhama. From this temple, the eternal service to Lord Gauranga will spread and† expand throughout the world .”
Bhaktivinoda Thakura in Samalocana, Sajjana Tosani 4/3:
†shri chaitanya-lila sakala bhashaya likhita haoya prayojaniya.
“It it very urgently required to translate and publish the books about the pastimes and abode of Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu into all the languages of the world.
†ati alpa dinera madhyei mahaprabhu sarva desa vyapi haiya eka matra upasya-tattva haitechen.
“This is so urgently necessary because in a very short time, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu will become the sole object of worship or the Supreme Worshippable Lord in all the villages, towns, and cities of the world. If these books about His pastimes are available in various languages, people can read and hear them regularly and thus constantly increase and nourish their faith in the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.”
††††††††††††††† Thus from the above quotes it is clear that this very important book fulfills the desire of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself. Compilation of the verses contained herein was possible by revelation of the relevant scriptures, by the causeless mercy and desire of none other than the Supreme Personality of Servitor Godhead Lord Shri Nityananda Balarama, and by His great devotees Shrila Thakura Bhaktivinoda, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada, and Shrila Prabhupada. Thus we hope that readers will take the subject matter of this book very seriously, and read it repeatedly, to fully understand the position of Shri Navadvipa-dhama and thus take full shelter of the dhama. On the other hand, if in spite of reading such overwhelming scriptural evidence about Shri Navadvipa-dhama, a most unfortunate person remains averse to the process of surrender unto the dhama, and does not develop faith in Navadvipa, then such a person is doomed to perpetually revolve throughout 8.4 million species of life in the cycle of birth and death. And according to Thakura Bhaktivinoda, “There is no good reason for† such a person to continue living, not even in this present human form of life.”
††††††††††††††† After Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu returned to His transcendental abode, His eternal associates the six Gosvamis of Vrindavana, fully knowing His mind, on the basis of the Vedic literatures emphatically established Him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His Navadvipa-dhama as the ultimate destination. Indeed it is the duty of every living entity in Kali-yuga, if he desires his real self-interest, to accept this ultimate conclusion and thus worship Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s abode of Navadvipa with full faith through the congregational chanting of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare; and the holy names of Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda.
††††††††††††††† The publication of this book is thus a humble contribution towards the fulfillment of the above prediction from the Urdhvamnaya Tantra and all previous acaryas. The publication of this book will hasten the advent of the already overdue Golden Age (next 10,000 years in Kali-yuga), as predicted in the Vedic literatures like the Brahma-vaivarta Purana.
††††††††††††††† Once having understood the philosophical truth about the actual position of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Shri Navadvipa-dhama, readers of this book will naturally become eager to hear about the glorious Navadvipa pastimes of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda Prabhu (the original spiritual master), in order to increasingly enrich their understanding of the Lord and thus attain eternal residence in His eternal spiritual abode of Navadvipa at the end of their life. To fulfill this demand, we are trying to publish in as many languages as possible a highly affordable edition of Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, the most authorized and accessible biography for the common man on Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, written in A.D. 1538 by Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura, none other than the incarnation of Vyasadeva.
Navadvipa-vasa-abhilashi-Navadvipa -vasi dasanudasa,
Tridandi Swami Bhaktiratna Sadhu.
Completed on April 5, 2002, the most auspicious occasion of the Appearance Day celebrations of Shrila Shrivasa Thakura, the incarnation of Shrila Narada Muni in Gaura-lila and an eternal resident of Shri Navadvipa-dhama. Lord Chaitanya constantly performs His sankirtana pastimes in his home in Navadvipa.