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Title: 15 Ananta Samhita about Navadvipa

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-16 18:05:37

 

Shri Ananta Samhita

 

In Shri Ananta-samhita, it is said:

 

svarnadi-tiram ashritya, navadvipe* dvijalaye;

sampradatum bhakti-yogam, lokasyanugrahaya ca.

 

“To show causeless mercy to all the living entities and to award them devotional service, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will appear in a brahmana’s home in Navadvipa*, by the Ganges’ shore.”

 

(II) Sastras glorify Shri Navadvipa-dhama

 

In Shri Ananta-samhita, Part 2, chapter 3 (verses 5-19 and 38-41), Lord Siva describes to Parvati:

 

shri-mahadevŠ uvaca

(1) shrinu gauri pravakshyami, sarva-papa-pranasanam

navadvipasya mahatmyam, sa-prema-bhakti-dam nrinam

 

“O Gauri, please hear attentively and I will speak the great glories of Shridhama Navadvipa, which completely destroy all sins and award Krishna’s pure loving devotional service to all living entities.

 

(2) yatha vrindavanam dhama, shri-krishnasya kripa-nidheh;

navadvipas tatha kante, satyam satyam vadamy aham.

 

“The glories of Navadvipa are exactly the same as the glories of Vrindavana, the trancendental abode of Lord Krishna, who is an ocean of mercy. O beloved, I speak the truth.

 

(3) yadvad vrindavane ramye, shri-krishno radhaya saha;

reme bhaktananda-karas, tadvad dvipe nave sada.

 

“Lord Krishna, who delights the devotees by enjoying pastimes with Shri Radha in the most beautiful Vrindavana-dhama, also eternally enjoys with Shri Radha in Shri Navadvipa-dhama.

 

(4) ganga-yamunayor madhye, dvipah parama-sobhanah;

yasya smarana-matrena, shri-radha-krishnayo ratih.

 

“In the middle of both the Ganges and Yamuna is an exquistely beautiful island of Navadvipa. Simply by remembering it one attains pure love for Shri Shri Radha and Krishna.

 

(5) yadi tirtha-sahasrani, paryatanti narah kshitau;

navadvipam vina devi, na radham krishnam apnuyat.

 

“O goddess, people travel to thousands of holy places in this world will not attain Shri Shri Radha and Krishna if they do not also travel to visit Navadvipa.

 

(6) dvipasyasyaika-dese ca, tirthani sakalani ca;

rishayo munayo devas, tatha siddhasramani ca.

 

(7) vedah sashtrani sarvani, mantradini mahesvari;

vasanti satatam durge, shri-radha-krishna-tushtaye.

 

“O Durga, at a certain place on this transcendental island all holy places, all sages, saints, and demigods, all ashrams of perfected beings, all Vedic scriptures, and all Vedic mantras constantly reside for the satisfaction of Shri Shri Radha and Krishna.

 

(8) asvamedha-sahasrani, vajapeyadhikani ca;

nana-vidhani karmani, kritva bhaktya muhur muhuh.

 

(9) yat phalam labhate martyo, yogabhyasena yat phalam;

navadvipasya smaranat, tesham koti-gunam labhet;

kim punah darsanam casya, phalam vakshyami parvati.

 

“The result a human being attains by performing thousands of asvamedha-yajnas, as well as vajapeya-yajnas, and or many other pious rituals, repeatedly and constantly with great devotion, or by diligently practicing yoga for a very long time, is attained millions of times over by simply remembering Navadvipa only once. O Parvati, how then will I be able to describe the result attained by directly seeing Navadvipa?

 

(10) sakrid yadi navadvipam, samsmareyur naradhamah;

sadhavas te tadaiva syuh, satyam satyam hi parvati.

 

“If the lowest among men faithfully remember Navadvipa for just a single moment, they immediately become great saints. O Parvati, this is the truth, this is the truth.

 

(11) tesham dine dine bhaktir, vardhate natra samsayah;

tesham pada-rajah-puta, sapta-dvipa vasundhara.

 

“Every day their devotion increases; of this there is no doubt. The whole earth with its seven continents becomes purified simply by the dust of their feet.

 

(12) ye vasanti navadvipe, manavah gaura-devatah;

na ca te manava-jneya, shri-gaurasya ca parshadah.

 

“Those human beings who reside in Navadvipa and accept Lord Gaura as their worshipable Lord should not be considered as ordinary human beings. They are the transcendental associates of Lord Gaura.

 

(13) tesham smarana-matrena, maha-patakino ’pi ca;

satyam sudhanti vai durge, kim punar darsanadibhih.

 

“O Durga, simply by remembering them, the greatest sinners are purified. How much more blessed are those who directly see them or associate with them!.

 

(14) navadvipasyŠ mahatmyam, pancabhir vadanair aham;

kim varnayami nanantah, sahasrair vadanair alam.

 

“Even Lord Ananta, with His thousands of mouths, is not able to properly glorify Navadvipa. So how can I do so with only five mouths?

 

 

(15) dhama-sarasya krishnasya, vrindaranyasya sailaje;

arohanasya sopanam, navadvipam vidur budhah.

 

“O Parvati, the learned and wise know that Navadvipa is a staircase leading to Vrindavana, the topmost abode of Lord Krishna.

 

(16) navadvipe ca sa krishna, adaya hridaye svayam;

gajendra-gamanam radham, sada ramayate muda.

 

“Lord Krishna will appear in Navadvipa. Taking the mood of Shrimati Radha to His heart, Lord Krishna will constantly and blissfully relish Her love for Him. At that time, His movements will be more graceful than those of the best of elephants.

 

(17) navadvipe tu tah sakhyo, bhakta-rupa-dharah priye;

ekangam shri-gaura-harim, sevante satatam muda.

 

“O beloved, assuming the forms of male devotees, the gopis and other associates will also appear in Navadvipa. With great happiness they will constantly serve Lord Gaurahari, who is Radha and Krishna combined in a single form.

 

(18) ya eva radhika-krishnah, sa eva gaura-vigrahah;

yac ca vrindavanam devi, navadvipam ca tat subham.

 

“O goddess, know for sure that Radha and Krishna will combine to become the single golden form of Lord Gaura, and Vrindavana will become the beautiful and auspicious Navadvipa.

 

(19) vrindavane navadvipe, bheda-buddhis ca yo narah;

tam eva radhika-krishne, shri-gaurange paratmani.

 

(20) mac-chala-pata-nirbhinna-dehah so ’pi naradhamah;

pacyate narake ghore, yavad ahuta-samplavam.

 

“With my trident I will cut into pieces anyone who thinks that Vrindavana and Navadvipa are different, or that Radha-Krishna and Lord Gauranga are different, or that Lord Gauranga is not the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such a person is most degraded and will burn in a terrible hell until the time of the universal devastation.

 

(21) yahi turnam navadvipam, bhaja gauram kripa-nidhim,

yadi vrindavane ramye, shri-radha-krishna-sannidhau;

dasatvam durlabham loke, bhakti-saram yam icchasi.

 

“Lord Hari said to Anantadeva: ‘If you desire the most rare essence of all kinds of pure devotional service, i.e., the direct service to Shri Shri Radha-Krishna in the beautiful abode of Vrindavana, then go at once to Navadvipa and worship Lord Gaura, who is an ocean of causeless mercy.’

 

(22) tatra gatva navadvipe, naga-rajo dridha-vratah;

pujayam asa gaurangam, api varshayutam priye.

 

“O beloved, the king of serpents, Ananta, then went to Navadvipa. Following strict vows with great determination, He worshipped Lord Gauranga for ten thousand years.

 

(23) tatah prasanno bhagavan, shri-gauro jagad-isvarah;

darisayam asa svam rupam, anantaya mahatmane.

 

“Greatly pleased, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and master of all universes revealed His transcendental golden form to His great devotee Ananta.

 

(24) ayam eva navadvipo, vrindavana-samo ’nagha;

anugrahaya jivanam, radhaya nirmitah pura.

 

“Lord Gauranga then said to Ananta: ‘O sinless one, Navadvipa is equal to Vrindavana in all respects. To show mercy to the living entities Shri Radha created it long ago.

 

(25) yatha mama priya radha, tatha vrindavanam mahat;

tadvad ayam navadvipa, iti satyam vadamy aham.

 

“‘As Radha is dear to Me, so the great Vrindavana and Navadvipa are also dear to Me. I speak to You the truth.

 

(26) vrindavane yathananta, vasami radhaya saha;

radhaya militango ‘’ham, tathaivasmin sada vase.

 

“‘O Ananta, as I reside in Vrindavana with Shri Radha, so also do I stay eternally in Navadvipa, in My transcendental form embraced by Shri Radha.

 

(27) yatha vrindavanam tyaktva, gacchami na ca kutracit;

tatha deva navadvipam, na tyajami kadacana.

 

“‘O Anantadeva, as I do not leave Vrindavana to go to any other place, so also do I never give up Navadvipa to go anywhere else.’”