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Vaishnava Siddhanta Mala
by Seventh Goswami Shrila
Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura
Chapter 2: Bhagavan Alone Is the
Pastimes of God
Commentary by His Holiness
BRS Swami Gaurangapada
What is Sri Krsna's lila?
A. Among the limitless variegated realms of the entire spiritual world, the most supremely charming portion is called Sri-Vrndavana. There, Sac-Cid-Ananda Sri Krsna is present in the form of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna for the purpose of performing eternal pastimes. When souls manifest their own form of divine bliss, then they live in Vrindavana in the mood of Sri Radhika's girlfriends (since She is the personification of supreme bliss), and thus they attain the qualification for participation in Sri Krsna's eternal pastimes.
His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : so this is the most beautiful answer given by Srila Thakur Bhaktivinode. Jiva Goswami confirms this in one of his 6 classic Sandharas, he explains that when a soul gets the qualification to see the form of the Lord while chanting the Holy Names, the form of the Holy Names gradually become fixed in the heart and gradually he gets the qualification to see the Lord, see his qualities, the 64 qualities of the Lord. One can refer to the book the Nectar of instruction at http://www.nectarofdevotion.com, they are written there, by Srila Prabhupada, in a summary study of Bhakti Rasamrita Sindu Bindhu.
We study the question who is God? Then we study his form, his specific identification as the Lord. Sac Cid Ananda Vigraha, the transcendental form of supreme knowledge and bliss. God has a personified form of truth,knowledge and Bliss. Externally it appears like us with arms, feet etc, but unlike us the Lords form does not have blood mucus and stool, the Lords body is full of bliss,truth,and knowledge, even his cloth is made of bliss, he doesnt have to change his body as we do. When out bodies become worn out, then the soul leaves and takes another material body, just like when we take off old clothes and put new ones in the morning, similarly the soul does the same, death is like a change of clothes for the soul.
When the time is over the soul leaves this body and takes another body just like in the morning we take off old clothes and wear new clothes. Death bewilders those in the mode of ignorance, but someone who is chanting Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, is not bewildered.
Someone chanting at the time of death, is not bewildered, because he understands that if the Lord wishes him to have a material or spiritual body, either, the soul should wish that he should get a body that he will have a tongue to chant and ears to hear the Holy Names,. If the Lord wants us to take another material body the soul should pray that the Lord chooses as per his desire, so that his whole life is meant simply for the Lords enjoyment, that he be put in any situation, but always put him in the association of devotees and with the oportunity to read the acharyas books, the great scriptures.
Bharata Maharaja became attached to a deer just before his death and that 1% of attachment to that dear made him temporarily forget his advancement in devotion, so he became a deer in his next life,
but his 99% advancement in bhakti stayed, and even as a deer he remembered his previous mistake and as a deer, he separated himself from the deer family and he went, even as a deer he would go where the sages were chanting and describing the glories of the Lord. He was an exceptional deer and only interested in bhakti and hearing of the Lord, so he heard the glories of the Lord at the edge of the forest where the devotees would go. So then in his 3rd life as Jadbharat Maharaj, he was 100% perfect, it was some special blesssing from the Lord and he was very detached and he went on to become a great guru to a great king and he became very dear to the Lord. The point of this, is that the Lords pasttimes, if we read the pastimes of the Lord daily, this is actual nourishment of the soul. We are so engaged in maintaining our bodies and it will become increasingly difficult as Kali Yuga increases, so i is of utmost importance to receive the spiritual nourishment.
It says in Chaitanya Charitamrita, that if we dont hear the lila of the Lord daily and simply eats food for the nourishment of the body, such a person, is very weak, he may be very fat and strong physically, but on the platform of the soul he is weak as the food of the soul is the name form qualities of the Lord. Why does the Lord take the trouble to come into the material world as he is already performing eternal pastimes in the Dhamas? He has to take so much trouble as he has to get all his associates to advent and even then unless he has the proper place to perform he still cannot perform his pastimes. He needs to bring his abode into the material world also to perform his pastimes. All the different paraphernalia have to come. He goes to a lot of trouble, i mean for him it is easy as it is simply by his desire but still it is alot that happens for this to occur
So Bhaktiivinode Thakur gives the answer, he comes for us, he wants us to go back to godhead. If he doesnt display his activities in front of us then we may think it is all fiction, all imaginary, one would not be able to really have faith in the Lord if we dont see his dhama, his lila, it would be very difficult, so the Lord says even though he is in the spiritual world the souls who cant go there being encapsulated by the material energy, he will go to there, as Krishna in Vrindavan and then he came as Gauranga in Kali Yuga as he performed in Dvarapa Yuga in Vrindavan. Not everyone has seen, so he came in Kali Yuga to teach them to chant the Holy Names and give them entry into the pastimes very easily. Gaurangas names are the secret key to Krishnas pastimes.
If we dont hear Gaurangas pastimes we can never understand Krishnas pastimes, they will remain very far away from us. Those into whose ears the sweet pastimes of Gauranga enter, that heart will be fully purified and will understand Radha Krishnas Lila. Srila Prabhupada would cry in bliss as he sang , The one who really absorbs and fixes oneself in the qualities of Nityananda and Gauranga, automatically the Nitya Lila of Radha Krishna, the eternal pastimes are manifested in his heart. Simply by hearing Gaurangas pastimes one achieves this great good fortune
If someone accepts the eternal associates of Nityananda Gauranga as liberated souls, siddha purusha, then he will find himself with Krishna easily. Krishnas lila is full of madhurya and Gaurangas is full of audarya. The Lord has these 2 qualities for which he is so famous. Sweetness and Magnamity : Madhurya and Audarya
When Madhurya is predominant then that form is known as Kishna, when Audarya, magnanimity is predominant then that form is known as Gauranga.
So I use the name Gauranga Krishna, which expresses both these qualities of sweetness and magnanimity, as they are present in his names, Shri Krishna Chaitanya!
There are 3 types of souls, those who are only attracted to Krishnas form and they will only go to Krishnas planet in the spiritual world, and those who worship Gauranga go to his pastimes. Those who worship both will achieve both, if we hear and chant Nityananda Gauranga and the Maha Mantra, then we go to both places. It becomes very easy for us to go to Radha Krishnas pastimes, as once we take sheletr of Nityananda Gauranga, he takes us there.
Questions and Answers
Bharati : a change of clothes can be an instant or continuous process but the bewielderment may arise during the transmigration of the soul be.of the complex & indefinable facors involved. Please clarify.
His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : Actually death is not the changing of all the clothes, we have 2 changes of clothes, the subtle body and the gross body,
like a shirt and a coat, the shirt the subtle body, the coat the gross body and we the soul are the ones wearing these.
Candrika Gauranga dasi : so u mean that when we die we take our subtle bodies with us? just lose our gross bodies? If this is the case then how come there is no memory of past lives, if the mind is part of the subtle body and the subtle body goes with us, then why do babies not be born with a full mind. But the mind of a baby is empty isnt it?pure? If he has a mind already why can he not know how to walk and speak?Are these abilities not coming from the mind maybe?
His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : The mind is full of impression, it is all stored in the inner consciousness of the mind, but the temporariyly pushes the memories to the background, so we do not panic, so the Lord takes away the memory temporarily in a child, just like the memory of a computer may be empty at times, but the hard drive is full.
Candrika Gauranga dasi : It explains alot why there are so many many variegated and unexpalinable characteristics in people in some way, if they are stored like this by the Lord in an unconscious place so we are not panicked.
Gauranga dasi : isnt it Lords mercy that he is washing our past memories as we dont know how many births we have taken in various species?
His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : So the Lord makes us forget temporarily so the impressions go in and we dont know how many impresions are there in the subtle mind, some people say..oh i have been chanting for 2 weeks and nothing has happenned, and i say...well u may have had 1000000000000000000s of lives worth of impressions to be cleraed, it would not be possible to achieve perfection in 2 weeks we have taken birth in so many species of life and yes it is his mercy that he makes us forget, like in dreams we see things that may be impressions from preveious lives. some people think that children ate innocent, so why is he punishing children by making a child deaf or dub etc, but actually none of us are innocent in this material world, everyone has done some crime, in as much as trying to become God, rebelling against our natures, not necessarily crimes like murder etc. So if we live for the Lord we become proper citizens of his kingdon otherwise we remain in the prison of the material world
Gauranga dasi : but how can our soul manifest in two bodies and be at both pastimes we cannot expand our soul like the Lord?
His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : Once a soul achieves perfection, then the soul can expand, by the mercy of the Lord, the Lords associates can expand So perfected souls also are expanding he wants their association so much that he gives them the power to expand, and it is inconceivable, but in fact the soul does expand into 2 bodies, 1 in Gaurangas pastimes one on Krishnas pastimes
Ronald McCarthy : When we have taken birth in a particular species...do we also have to take birth in various breeds (types) of those animals? Like in cows or dogs which have various breeds?
His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : There are 8.4 million species of life, that the soul transmigrates through, like compartments. So every species has a particular number for example associated with it. As stated in the Vishnu Purana:
jala-ja nava-lakshani sthavara laksha-vimsati
krimayo rudra-sankhyakah pakshinam dasa-lakshanam
trimsal-lakshani pasavah catur-lakshani manushah
"There are 900,000 species living in the water. There are also 2,000,000 nonmoving living entities (sthavara), such as trees and plants. There are also 1,100,000 species of insects and reptiles, and there are 1,000,000 species of birds. As far as quadrupeds are concerned, there are 3,000,000 varieties, and there are 400,000 human species."
His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : there are many varieties within each species, people like to keep dogs but people dont know that of you keep a dog that you may have to become a dog in yoru next life. In one species there may be many vreeds. It is difficult to identfy these 8.4 million species as mentioned in the vedas, as some species have become extinct, each species is designed in such a way that it is in a form that will fulfil the desires of a soul
Ronald McCarthy : And...some species have been developed and evolved from other primary ones....
His Holiness Swami Gaurangapada : No all the 8.4 million species are existing simultaneously .
transcribed by Gauranga dasi and Chandrika Gauranga dasi
final layout by Chandrika Gauranga dasi