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Gardens of Shrila Shrivasa
Location: Reached Mayapura, Antardvipa, Navadvipa today. By Swami Gaurangapada:
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Chanting the Holy Names was good on the train. I got the top seat for taking rest, I could spend a few hours in deep meditation while chanting the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga, and Hare Krishna while others were sleeping in the night. While chanting, I went deep into the palatial home and gardens of Shrila Shrivasa Thakura in Navadvipa Dhaam. In the night, when Lord Krishna dances with Shrimati Radharani and the Gopies in the rasa dance, Lord Gauranga dances with Lord Nityananda, Shri Gadadhara Pandita and His Associates in the palatial mansions and gardens of Shrila Shrivasa Pandita. Oh those gardens of Shrila Shrivasa are the ultimate destinations for all souls who are worshipers of Lord Gaurahari.
While chanting, I saw Lord Gauranga resting on a most enchanting beautiful couch studded with gems. emeralds and rubies. Lord Nityananda was fanning Him and Shrila Gadadhara and Lord Advaita were drinking His beauty with the cups of Their lotus eyes. I saw Lord Nityananda limbs tremble in bliss due to which He was fanning the Lord most uniquely. Even as I am typing this, I can see this pastime vividly in my heart. I started deeply chanting Gauranga, Gauranga, Gauranga...and then I could feel some thoughts of Lord Gauranga due to His causeless mercy. He was in rapt meditation on the eternal pastimes of Shri Shri Radha Krishna going on in the night and was directly witnessing them.
Oh, now I can understand a little bit about how all energies and realizations are there in the Holy Names. The Holy Names are so so powerful. The Lord gives a glimpse of His own heart to the chanter of His Holy Names. This proves that chanting the Holy Names with devotion is undoubtedly the most pleasing thing to Lord Gauranga Krishna. Oh how how easy the Lord has made for us?
And this Lord Gauranga, how unparalleled He is! He takes another Form and meditates on His own Pastimes. His ways are inconceivable. I am surprised that He is giving even a tiny drop of these realizations to someone as insignificant as me who is not even qualified to be the servant of His servants. Ah, His Holy Names is my only lifeline to connect with Him. If the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga, and Hare Krishna were not manifest, then there would be no meaning for the existence of the soul also as it would be impossible for the soul to establish the connection with the Lord.