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(on Gaura Purnima at Shri Yoga Pith Mayapur)
Now by the unlimited mercy of Shri Prabhu Nityananda, the original guru, as well as by the blessings and inspiration from my own beloved spiritual master, Shri Guru Carana Shrila Bhaktiprajnana Keshava Goswami Maharaj, and by the love, affection, encouragement and generosity shown by my dear godbrother, Parivrajakacarya Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Vaman Goswami Maharaj, the Acarya and President of the Shri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti, our Shri Navadwip Dham Pari-krama has been ecstatically and successfully completed. Thus by the unlimited blessings of Bhagavan, by the mercy of Guru, and by the causeless compassion of the Vaishnavas, we have completed one of the principal limbs of devotional service in the transcendental land of Shri Navadwip Dham.
Today is Gaura Purnima, the appearance day of the most munificent incarnation of the Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. If one does not have darshan of the Lord's appearance place in Shri Mayapur Dham on this day, one's parikrama is not complete.Underneath this neem tree, the Supreme Lord Krishna descended and incarnated as Shri Krishna Chaitanya to inaugurate the sankirtan movement. When the full moon arose over the celestial Ganges and dispelled the darkness of night, the full moon of Shri Krishna Chaitanya arose over the ocean of material existence to dispel the darkness of ignorance and liberate the souls of this world by His glorious sankirtan movement. Let us offer our most humble obeisances to Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Prabhu Nityananda and take the dust of the Yoga Pith in Shridham Mayapur upon our heads. Cherishing the memories of this most sacred parikrama within our hearts, let us now pray to Nitai and Gauranga, and beg Them to shower us with Their mercy without reservation.Most of us cannot physically live in Shri Navadwip Dham. But we should remember that although we cannot remain in Shri Navadwip Dham in our physical bodies, we should remain here in our minds and hearts. In our meditation we must remain in Shri Navadwip Dham. When I say Shri Navadwip Dham I mean this as non-different from Shri Vrindavan Dham.
Shri Vrindavan Dham is the wish-fulfilling tree in the Age of Kali. Although, just like Shri Vrindavan Dham, one is inspired to perform the highest form of loving devotional service to Shri Shri Radha and Krishna, in Shri Navadwip Dham there is an extra bonus. One is exempt from all offenses while performing bhakti. This is because Shri Krishna Chaitanya, who is non-different from Shrimati Radharani and Krishna, does not consider any offenses. Whoever has the good fortune to somehow arrive here with his physical body automatically qualifies to immediately receive mercy. This is Shri Navadwip Dham's natural propensity: to completely disregard offenses while mercifully bestowing prema bhakti upon the surrendered souls who perform pilgrimage.If one commits offenses in Shri Vrindavan Dham, he factually has no chance of receiving mercy. In Shri Vrindavan Dham, one must first be free from all offenses before being awarded prema bhakti.In Shri Navadwip Dham, even if a person is full of offenses, the offenses are not an obstruction for obtaining love of Krishna. In Shri Vrindavan Dham, offensive persons are swiftly and severely punished. Shri Navadwip Dham is so merciful that these same offenders are merely purified as their punishment.
Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, in the following verses, eloquently describes the summum bonum of human existence and also reveals the confidential process which guarantees success:
1.If you desire the very best of all kinds of devotional services, loving devotional service to Shrimati Radhika and Krishna in beautiful Vrindavan, then immediately journey to Shridham Navadwip and worship that transcendental ocean of mercy, Lord Gaurasundara.
2.By devoutly worshiping Lord Gauranga, who is most merciful, with one's mind, heart and physical body, one will surely attain the lotus feet of Shrimati Radharani and Krishna in the forests of Vrindavan.
3.In order to award the living entities the love which the gopis felt for the Supreme Lord Krishna, which is the topmost mellow and the goal of all rasas, Krishna descended and incarnated Himself as Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the son of Sacimata.
4.Those fortunate and blessed souls who, like bumblebees, relish the honey emanating from Lord Chaitanya's lotus feet, certainly attain the service of Shri Shri Radha Krishna without having to prescribe to any Vedic rituals.
5.Without becoming eligible to have association with the gopis, even if one hears and chants Vishnu's glories for millions of lifetimes, one will not be able to attain the services of Shrimati Radharani and Krishna.
6.Unless one has received the mercy of Nitai and attained the lotus feet of Gauranga, one cannot ever possibly have the opportunity to associate with the gopis. Therefore with all one's heart one should always devoutly worship Nitai and Gauranga.
Shrila Rupa Goswami also wrote the following wonderful verses called Shri Navadwip Astaka in praise of Shri Navadwip Dham:
Shri Navadwip Astaka
1.Meditate on Shri Navadwip Dham, the beautiful land of Lord Gaura by the side of the heavenly reservoir, which is eternally pure, shining and full of bliss.
2.Meditate on Shri Navadwip Dham, which some say is the spiritual sky, Vaikuntha loka, and others say is the transcendental realm of Goloka. But those who have realized the truth know it as Shri Vrindavan Dham.
3.Meditate on Shri Navadwip Dham, where in all directions gentle, cooling breezes and various shade trees manifest where Lord Gaura performed His lila.
4.Meditate on Shri Navadwip Dham, where the Ganges flows within banks of golden stairs and where Lord Gaura enjoyed transcendental pastimes.
5.Meditate on Shri Navadwip Dham, where limitless golden palaces charmingly house the goddess of fortune.
6.Meditate on Shri Navadwip Dham, where the people are endowed with knowledge, compassion, tolerance, sacrifice and the six opulences, and are glorified by the rishis, demigods and siddhas.
7.Meditate on Shri Navadwip Dham, where in the center lies the ever blissful home of Jagannath Misra enriched with the radiant pastimes of Lord Gaura.
8.Just meditate on Shri Navadwip Dham, where the golden Lord Hari is wandering with His devotees, chanting the Holy Names of Krishna with great love and immersing everyone in the ocean of prema bhakti.
To have these inner realizations, we must always humbly chant Krishna's Holy Names following the instructions of Shri Krishna Chaitanya in His Siksastaka:
trnad api sunicena taror api sahisnuna
amanina manadena kirtaniyah soda harih
"One should chant the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord Krishna in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than a blade of grass. One should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and one should always be ready to offer all respect to others."
We can thus glorify Shri Navadwip Dham by always chanting:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Gaura Premanandi! Haribol! Haribol! Nitai! Nitai! Gauranga! Gaurahari! Jaya Shri Navadwip Dham Parikrama! Jaya Shri Navadwip Dham parikrama! Jaya Shri Navadwip Dham parikrama! Hari! Haribol!
shri navadwip parikrama etat nitai-gauranga
subhadam asubhanasi sraddhaya-svadayed yah
tad-amala-pada-padme subhera karana so'yam
rasayati rasam uddaih prema-radhika-puram
"Shri Navadwip Dham Parikrama is offered at the lotus feet of Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Prabhu Nityananda. It invokes all auspi-ciousness while destroying all inauspiciousness. Anyone who tastes this nectar by performing Shri Navadwip Dham Parikrama with faith and love will be blessed with all good fortune and will soon attain the transcendental mellow of ecstatic love for Shrimati Radhika and Krishna."
DEDICATED TO THEIR DIVINE GRACES
SRILA BHAKTIPRAJNANA KESHAVA MAHARAJ
AND SRILA BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI MAHARAJ
To all disciples of Shrila Prabhupada, devotees, friends and well-wishers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness:
Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Shri Guru and Gauranga! This book, Krishna Chaitanya's Holy Land, Shri Navadwip Dham Pari-krama was able to manifest only by the causeless mercy of my spiritual master, His Divine Grace Shrila Bhakti Vedanta Narayan Maharaj, an associate of Shrila Prabhupada and an eternal well-wisher of his disciples and grand-disciples.I wish to also express my heartfelt thanks to the ISKCON devotees who helped me prepare this book for print. I wish to further humbly express my thanks to all the Vaishnava devotees who were understanding and patient with me while waiting for this book and I pray to Lord Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda that all the devotees will be merciful unto me.
— Your humble servant, Jagannath Das