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How To Actually Achieve Vrindavan

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2006-01-14 16:27:11
Title: How To Actually Achieve Vrindavan
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa    Date: 2005-02-22 11:16:19

How To Actually Achieve Vrindavan -- By Swami Gaurangapada

In Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya, it is described that is very easy
to achieve success in the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and
the 'Gauranga' Mantra by chanting them while residing in the most
merciful Shri Navadvipa-dhama and thus actually achieve Vrindavana-
dhama:

(1) navadvipe vasi jei mantra japa kare;
shri mantra chaitanya haya anayase tare.

"For one who chants one's mantra while residing in Navadvipa, the
mantra becomes supremely conscious very soon and he or she is
effortlessly delivered from material bondage."

(2) yei sei vraja giya nahi paya rasa;
aparadha-vase rasa haya ta virasa.

"Though the rasa (loving mellows) of Radha-Krishna is the ultimate
goal, an ordinary person who goes to Vrindavana to achieve that rasa
will not be able to attain it there. Infact due to the offenses, the
rasa will turn sour or will become perverted (virasa)."

(3) hetha vasa kari nama karile asraya;
rase adhikara janme aparadha ksaya.

"But if one goes and resides in Navadvipa and takes shelter of the
name of Lord Gauranga and the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, then one's
offenses will be finished and he or she will become quickly qualified
to understand the mellows of love of Shri Radha and Krishna (because
Navadvipa is non-different from Vrindavana)."

(4) svalpa dine krishna prema haya ta ujjvala;
yugala rasera varta haya ta prabala.

"In a very days in Navadvipa, one heart will be illuminated by the
effulgent rays of pure love for Krishna. And the mind will always want
to remain absorbed and merged in the topics of Shri Radha-Krishna."

MOST IMPORTANT VERSE TO BE REMEMBERED ALWAYS

(5) ei dhame vrndavana haya ta udaya;
tabu vrajadhama tava hauka asraya.

"WHEN VRINDAVANA ARISES IN THE HEART WHILE RESIDING IN NAVADVIPA,
THEN AND ONLY THEN ONE CAN FACTUALLY TAKE SHELTER OF SHRI VRINDAVANA-
DHAMA."

(6) navadvipa krpa yabe labhe sadhujane;
tabe anayase labhe dhama vrndavane.

"Only by the causeless mercy of Shri Navadvipa-dhama on a sincere
devotee, can that devotee achieve the shelter of Vrndavana without
much delay or effort."

From Navadvipa-Shataka by Shrila Prabodhananda Sarasvati. Bengali
versification by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura:

78 sevilei navadvipa vrndavana sphure, navadvipa seva vina vrndavana
dure ye sevila gaura paya yasoda-nandana, gaura-seva vina krsne na
paya kakhana

"If one worships the nine forests of Navadvipa, he then finds himself
in the forest of Vrndavana. But he who does not worship Navadvipa
remains far away from the forest of Vrindavana. Similarly, if one
worships Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu, he achieves the association of the
hero of Vrindavana, Lord Krishna. But he who does not worship Lord
Gauranga will never attain Lord Krishna.

79 e gauda-mandale navadvipa-vrndavana, sacira tanaya saksat
vrajendra-nandana sei nandasuta radha-dyuti acchadita, vrajera
durlabha lila karila vihita

"Navadvipa is actually Vrndavana manifested in the land of Bengal.
Lord Chaitanya, the son of Saci, is Lord Krishna, the greatest hero, the
son of Vraja's king, and the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Accepting the complexion of Shrimati Radharani, the Lord Gauranga
performs pastimes in Navadvipa which are very rarely manifested even
in Vrndavana.

80 gauranga sambandhe yanr navadvipe sthiti kara-sthiti vraj tanra
sanatan riti anyatra shri-vrndavana ye kare sandhana, maru-maricika
yena krame dure bhana

"It is an undisputed fact that one who resides in Navadvipa,
faithfully worshiping Lord Gauranga, holds in his hand the ultimate
goal of eternal residence in Vrindavana. In any other place,
Vrndavana is like a faraway mirage.

81 vrndavane ache yata vana upavana, shri-krishna-lilara sthala ke kare
ganana navadvipe se sakala ache sthane sthane, gaura-rupe krishna-lila
prakata karane

"To make Lord Gauranga's pastimes perfect, Navadvipa embraces to its
chest all of beautiful Vrndavana's forests and gardens of Krishna-
lila. Thus Navadvipa and Vrindavana are completely non-different.
There is nothing in Vrindavana that does not exist in Navadvipa."

>From Ananta-Samhita:

NAVADVIPA IS THE STAIRCASE TO VRINDAVANA:

(15) dhama-sarasya krishnasya, vrndaranyasya sailaje;
arohanasya sopanam, navadvipam vidur budhah.

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

(5) yadi tirtha-sahasrani, paryatanti narah ksitau;
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.

(10) sakrd 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.

(12) ye vasanti navadvipe, manavah gaura-devatah;
na ca te manava-jneya, shri-gaurasya ca parsadah.

"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) tesam 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!.

(15) dhama-sarasya krishnasya, vrndaranyasya sailaje;
arohanasya sopanam, navadvipam vidur budhah.

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

(16) navadvipe ca sa krishna, adaya hrdaye 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 vrndavanam 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 Vrndavana will become the
beautiful and auspicious Navadvipa.

(19) vrndavane navadvipe, bheda-buddhis ca yo narah;
tam eva radhika-krsne, 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
Vrndavana 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 krpa-nidhim,
yadi vrndavane 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 Vrndavana, then go at
once to Navadvipa and worship Lord Gaura, who is an ocean of
causeless mercy.'

(22) tatra gatva navadvipe, naga-rajo drdha-vratah;
pujayam asa gaurangam, api varsayutam 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;
darsayam 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, vrndavana-samo 'nagha;
anugrahaya jivanam, radhaya nirmitah pura.

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

(25) yatha mama priya radha, tatha vrndavanam mahat;
tadvad ayam navadvipa, iti satyam vadamy aham.

"'As Radha is dear to Me, so the great Vrndavana and Navadvipa are
also dear to Me. I speak to You the truth.

(26) vrndavane yathananta, vasami radhaya saha;
radhaya militango ''ham, tathaivasmin sada vase.

"'O Ananta, as I reside in Vrndavana with Shri Radha, so also do I
stay eternally in Navadvipa, in My transcendental form embraced by
Shri Radha.

(27) yatha vrndavanam tyaktva, gacchami na ca kutracit;
tatha deva navadvipam, na tyajami kadacana.

"'O Anantadeva, as I do not leave Vrndavana to go to any other place,
so also do I never give up Navadvipa to go anywhere else.'"

(From the recently published book by Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami: 'Our
Eternal Home -- Navadvipa')

Daso'smi, Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami

Title: How To Actually Achieve Vrindavan (2)
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa    Date: 2005-02-27 21:21:14

More on "How To Actually Achieve Vrindavan" -- By Swami Gaurangapda


From Shri Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Chp 6, Lord Nityananda Prabhu tells Shrila Jiva Goswami:

(1) vraja-tattva navadvipa-tattve dekhe bheda;

krishna aparadhi labhe nirvana abheda.

"Just see the difference between Vraja-tattva (Vrndavana) and Navadvipa-tattva. In Vrndavana, the offenders to Lord Krishna (like the demons) attain oneness with the Lord (sayujya) by merging into the brahman effulgence of the Lord. (The same Kamsa who got liberation by being killed by Krishna's hands in Mathura in krishna-lila, got pure love of God from Lord Gauranga in Gauranga-lila in Navadvipa, without having to die.)

(2) hetha aparadhi paya prema-tattva dhana;

ataeva ei gaura-lila sarvopari dhana.

"In Navadvipa however, the offenders achieve pure love for Lord Gauranga. That is why the pastimes of Lord Gauranga is the topmost treasure in this universe (even more merciful than Krishna-lila.)

(3) gaura-dhama, gaura-nama, gaura rupa-guna;

aparadha nahi mane tarite nipuna.

"Lord Gauranga's transcendental Name, Abode, Form and Pastimes are most expert in instantly delivering all the living entities because They do not consider any offenses."

(4) yadi aparadha thake sadhakera mane;

krishna-name, krishna-dhame tare bahu dine.

"If offenses or unwanted things are present in the heart of the spiritual aspirants, then the regular chanting of Lord Krishna's Names (maha-mantra) and direct residence Krishna's Abode (Vrndavana) etc. will deliver him only after a very prolonged period of time."

The ten Dhama Aparadhas which are apllicable in Vrindavana but not in Navadvipa

1. To have contempt or disrespect towards the guru who reveals the holy dham.
2. To think that holy dham is temporary.
3. Commit violence towards any of the residence of the holy dham, or to any of the pilgrims who come here, or to think that they are ordinary mundane people.
4. To perform mundane activities while living in the holy dham.
5. Earning money by, and making a business of Deity worship and chanting the holy name.
6. To think that the holy dham belongs to some mundane country or provinces such as Bengal, or to think that the dham of the Lord is equal to a holy place connected with some demigod, or to attempt to measure the area of the dham.
7. To commit sinful activities while in the dham.
8. To consider Vrndavan and Navadvip different.
9. To blaspheme the sastras which glorify the holy dham.
10. To be faithless and to think that the glories of the dham are imaginary.



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