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Title: 09 Chandogya Upanishad about Navadvipa

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-16 17:45:44

 

Chandogya Upanishad

 

In Chandogya Upanishad (8.1.1), Navadvipa is described as the city of Brahmapura:

 

harih om, atha yad idam asmin brahmapure daharam pundarikam vesma daharo ’smin antarakasas tasmin yad-antas tad anveshtavyam tad vava vijijnasitavyam iti.

 

“Hari! Om! In the very heart of this spiritual city (Brahmapura) is a lotus abode (vesma). The internal part of that abode should be sought. This is the part everyone should desire to understand.”

 

[The verse is further explained by Thakura Bhaktivinoda in the Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, Pramana-khanda as follows:

 

atra brahma-puram nama, pundarikam yad ucyate;

tad evashta-dalam padma-sannibham puram adbhutam.

 

“In Chandogya Upanishad that place is described as a transcendental spiritual city (Brahmapura) surrounded by a wonderful eight-petal lotus flower, each petal of which represents an island.

 

tan-madhye daharam sakshat mayapuram itiryate.

tatra vesma bhagavatas chaitanyasya paratmanah.

tasmin yas tv antarakaso hy antar-dvipah sa ucyate.

 

“In the center of that eight-petalled-lotus city is the ninth island, the whorl of the lotus, called Antardvipa. And in the heart of Antardvipa is Shridhama Mayapur (Yogapitha), which is directly the abode of Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.]