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Title: 28 Urdhvamnaya Tantra about Navadvipa
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-17 13:20:57
avataram imam kritva, jiva-nistara-hetuna;
kalau mayapurim* gatva, bhavishyami saci-sutah.
In the Irdhvamnaya-tantra, the Supreme Lord declares: “For the deliverance of the conditioned souls in Kali-yuga, I will incarnate in Shridhama Mayapura* as the son of Shrimati Sacidevi.”
‘klim gauraya namah’ iti, sarva lokeshu pujitah;
maya-ramananga-bijaih, vag-bijena ca pujitah.
shadaksharah kirtito ’yam, mantra-rajah sura-drumah.
In the Irdhvamnaya-tantra, Shrila Vyasadeva describes the six-syllable Gaura Gayatri-mantra to Shrila Narada:
“This gaura-mantra (klim gauraya namah) is worshipped by all the people in the world by using the bija-mantras of Maya, Rama, Ananga and Sarasvati. I have chanted to you this six-syllable Gaura-mantra (klim gauraya namah), which is like a desire tree because it fulfills all our desires and grants us pure love for Krishna.”
In the Irdhvamnaya-tantra, Lord Siva declares to Parvati:
(1) aprakritam navadvipam, cin-mayam cid-viseshanam;
jadatitam param dhama, brahma-puram sanatanam.
(2) vadanti srutayah sakshad, daharam sarva-sundaram;
nava-sankhyas tatha dvipa, vartante padma-pushpa-vat.
“The Vedas directly glorify Navadvipa as completely spiritual, with no material tinge, full of knowledge, beyond dull and inert matter, the topmost eternal transcendental abode, and an all-beautiful lotus flower. The nine islands of Navadvipa are just like the parts of that great lotus flower.
(3) shrinu devi pravakshyami, nava-khanda-svarupakam;
yatra vai rajate nityam, shri-gaurasundaro harih.
“O goddess, please listen attentively as I describe the nature and form of these nine islands where Lord Gaurasundara eternally shines with great splendor.
(4) antardvipas tatha devi, simantadvipa-samjnakah;
godrumadvipa-samjno ’nyo, madhyadvipas tatha parah.
(5) ganga-purva-tate ramye, devi dvipa-catushtayam,
koladvipa-ritudvipo, jahnudvipah, suresvari;
modadrumas tatharudrah, pancaite pascime tate.
“O goddess, on the beautiful eastern shore of the Ganges are the four islands Antardvipa, Simantadvipa, Godrumadvipa, and Madhyadvipa. On the western shore are the five islands Koladvipa, Ritudvipa, Jahnudvipa, Modrumadvipa, and Rudradvipa.
(6) ganga ca yamuna caiva, godavari sarasvati;
narmada sindhuh kaveri, tamraparni payasvini.
(7) kritamala tatha bhima, gomati ca drishadvati,
sarvah punya-jala nadyah, vartante ’tra yatha-yatham;
navadvipo maha-devi, tabhih sarvaih parivaritah.
“O great goddess, Navadvipa is surrounded by the pure and sacred waters of the Ganges, Yamuna, Godavari, Sarasvati, Narmada, Sindhu, Kaveri, Tamraparni, Payasvini, Kritamala, Bhima, Gomati, Drishadvati, and all other holy rivers.
(8) ayodhya mathura maya, kasi kanci hy avantika,
dvaravati kurukshetram, pushkaro naimisham vanam;
vartante ’tra navadvipe, nitye dhamni mahesvari.
“O goddess, Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya, Kasi, Kanci, Avantika, Dvaraka, Kurukshetra, Pushkara, and Naimisharanya are all eternally present in the transcendental abode of Navadvipa.
(9) bhagirathy-alakananda, mandakini tathapara,
bhogavatiti gangaya, asti dhara-catushtayam;
navadvipasya paridhis, catvari yojanani ca.
“Bhagirathi, Alakananda, Mandakini, and Bhogavati are the four streams of the Ganges that surround Navadvipa for thirty-two miles.
(10) prithivyam yani tirthani, rasayam divi va priye;
tani sarvani tishthanti, navadvipe suresvari.
“O dear goddess, all the holy places on the earth and in the upper and lower planetary systems are present in Navadvipa.
(11) naham vasami kailase, na tvam vasasi mad-grihe;
na deva divi tishthanti, rishayo na vane vane.
“I do not reside in Kailasa. You do not reside in my home. The demigods do not reside in heaven. The sages do not stay in the forest.
(12) sarve vayam navadvipe, tishthamah prema-lalasah;
gaura gaureti gayantah, sankirtana-para bhuvi.
“Overwhelmed with the great longing for obtaining pure love for Krishna, we all stay in Navadvipa. All of us constantly perform sankirtana, singing ‘Gaura! Gaura!’† while residing there.
(13) ye narah kritino devi, navadvipe vasanti te;
jivena marane tesham, patir eko mahaprabhuh.
“O goddess, for the extremely fortunate devotees who live in Navadvipa, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is their only Lord and maintainer, in this life and also after death.
(14) panca-tattvatmakam gauram, krishna-chaitanya-samjnakam;
ye bhajanti navadvipe, te me priyatamah kila.
“They who in Navadvipa worship Lord Gaura, who is known as Shri Krishna Chaitanya in His five features (Panca-tattva) are most dear to me.
(15) padmakaram navadvipam, antardvipam ca karnikam;
simantadi-sthalams tatra, dalan ashta-svarupakan.
“Navadvipa has the form of a great lotus. Antardvipa is the whorl of that lotus, and Simantadvipa and the other islands are its eight petals.
(16) karnika-madhya-bhage tu, pitham ratnamayam param,
panca-tattvanvitam tatra, gauram purata-sundaram;
ye dhyayanti janah sasvat, te tu sarvottamottamah.
“In the middle of that whorl (Antardvipa) is the topmost sacred place of jewels Shri dhama (Mayapura). There resides the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the handsome golden Gaura in His five features (Panca-tattva). They who always meditate on Lord Gaura in Mayapura are the most exalted of all exalted souls.
(17) yatra tatra navadvipe, sa sannyasy athava grihi;
ha gaureti vadan nityam, sarvanandan samasnute.
“Whether a sannyasi or a grihastha, a person who somewhere in Navadvipa always chants the name of Gaura merges in full transcendental bliss.
(18) bhagirathi-tate purve, mayapuram tu gokulam;
tasyas tate pascime hi, vrindavanam vidur budhah.
“The wise know that on the eastern shore of the Ganges, Mayapura is Gokula, and on the western shore, is Vrindavana.
(19) tatra rasa-sthali divya, pulinam baluka mayam,
rasa-sthali pascime tu, punyam dhira-samirakam;
yad yad vrindavane devi, tat tat tatra na samsayah.
“On the western shore is the most beautiful and transcendental sandy arena of the rasa dance, which is filled with bakula flowers and gentle breezes. O goddess, this place is nondifferent from Vrindavana, and all the opulences of Vrindavana are present here. Of this there is no doubt.
(20) tvam hi maya hareh saktir, durghatana-patiyasi;
cin-mayam antaradityam, acchadayasi sampratam.
“O Parvati, you are Lord Hari’s insurmountable and formidable illusory potency. So at present you cover the spiritual sun shining there.
(21) tato mayapura-khyatir, yoga-pithasya bhu-tale;
praudha maya tava khyatih, sarvatra vartate priye.
“O beloved, you eternally reside at the outskirts of this Mayapura Yogapitha as Praudha Maya, to keep unqualified people from entering the dhama.
(22) gate tu pulinabhyasam, kale shri-gaura-vigrahe;
vamsivatam samashritya, tvam pasi vaishnavan janan.
“When the form of Lord Gaura personally enjoys His pastimes on the shore there, you stay nearby in Vamsivata to protect the Vaishnavas.
(23) navadvipa-samam sthanam, shri-gauranga-samah prabhuh;
krishna-prema-sama praptir, nasti durge kadacana.
“O Durga, no place in the creation is equal to Navadvipa, no master is as merciful as Lord Shri Gauranga, and no attainment in the whole world is equal to pure love for Krishna.
(24) etad dhi janma-saphalyam, vaishnavanam viseshatah;
bhajanam shri-navadvipe, vraja-lokanusaratah.
“The success of life, especially for the Vaishnavas, is to worship Lord Krishna by residing in Navadvipa, and to follow in the footsteps of the residents of Vrindavana.
(25) kshauram uposhanam sraddham, snana-danadikam hi yat;
anya-tirtheshu kartavyam, navadvipe na tad vidhih.
“In other holy places, shaving the head, fasting, offering sraddha, taking ritual bath, giving charity, and other duties are mandatory, but in Navadvipa there is no such rule that they must be done.
(26) tani tani hi karmani, kritani yadi tatra vai;
nasyanti sahasa devi, karma-granthi-nikrintanat.
“O goddess, in Navadvipa one’s hard knot of karma is completely cut, and thus all the karmic reactions of previous lives are destroyed forever.
(27) bhidyate hridaya-granthis, chidyante sarva-samsayah;
kshiyante jada-karmani, gaure drishte parat pare.
“The strong knot of material attachment in the heart from millions of lives is pierced, all the misgivings and doubts are cut to pieces, and the chain of material fruitive activities is permanently terminated when one sees Lord Gaura-the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of all masters-in Navadvipa.
(28) ato vai munayo devi, nava-khandam samashritah;
kurvanty ahaitukim bhaktim, radha-krishna-padambuje.
“O goddess, all the great sages thus take full shelter of Navadvipa and serve Shri Shri Radha-Krishna’s lotus feet with unmotivated devotion.
(29) aho dvipasya mahatmyam, na ko ’pi varnane kshamah,
anya-tirtha-mritih pumsam, bhukti-mukti-pradayini;
navadvipa-mritih sakshat, kevala bhakti-dayini.
“No one has the power to properly and fully describe the glories of Navadvipa. Death in all other holy places brings future sense gratification or liberation, but death in Navadvipa awards with one with the greatest gift of kevala-bhakti, i.e. pure unalloyed devotional service to Lord Krishna, following in the footsteps of the Vrajavasis.
(30) akala-maranam vapi, kashta-mrityur grihe mritih;
apamrityur na doshaya, nava-khande varanane.
“O goddess with a beautiful face, in Navadvipa an untimely death, a painful death, a peaceful death at home, or an unnatural death are all extremely auspicious.
(31) anyatra yoga-mrityur va, kasyam jnana-mritir bhavet;
tat sarvam phalam carv-angi, navadvipe mritasya vai.
“O beautiful goddess, all the cumulative results of dying in a yoga trance in other holy places, or dying absorbed in transcendental knowledge in Kasi, are attained by dying in Navadvipa.
(32) varam dinam navadvipe, prayage kalpa-yapanat;
varanasi-nivasad va, sarva-tirtha-nishevanat.
“By staying for a single day in Navadvipa, one attains all the results of living for a kalpa (4.32 billion years) at Prayaga, staying for a very long time at Varanasi, or serving all the other holy places.
(33) yoge ’nyatra phalam yat tad, bhoge dvipe nave subhe;
pada-kshepe maha-yajnah, sayane dandavat phalam.
“Merely by living in Navadvipa, one attains the result of practicing yoga in any other holy place. In Navadvipa, walking one step is like performing maha-yajnas, and lying down to rest is like offering repeated dandavats.
(34) yatra tatra navadvipe, yad annam tan-niveditam;
tad grahyam brahmana sakshac, candalad api candike.
“O goddess Candika, if a brahmana is offered Gaura-prasadam anywhere in Navadvipa, he should accept it even if it is given by a candala (dog-eater).
(35) bhojane paramesasya, prasada-sevanam bhavet,
kim punah sraddadhanasya, hari-nama-parasya ca;
gaura-prasada-bhaktasya, bhagyam tatra vadamy aham.
“Even ordinary eating there becomes equal to honouring the prasadam of the Supreme Lord. So how much more fortunate are those faithful devotees who chant the holy names of Lord Hari and partake Lord Gaura’s prasadam while residing in Navadvipa!”