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Title: Dwelling In Navadvipa

User: neilsf††† Date: 2006-08-25 18:29:51


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

All Glories to Swami Gaurangapada, the Guru Parampara and the Devotees!

I've been reading Swami Gaurangapada's translation of the Navadvipa-Shataka and I've been relishing the nectar of the decription of the Divine Abode.

This has brought up a question for me regarding the location of the Holy Dhama and how one can truly reside there.

According to my understanding, it seems that there are actually multiple locations of the Holy Dham. First it seems that there is the material place in India, in West Bengal called Navadvipa where the Lord made his appearance and enacted his pastimes so many hundreds of years ago. It is my understanding that it is said that the Lord dwells there and eternally enacts his pastimes, with his associates and that sometimes they are manifested and sometimes they are unmanifested and that if one is a Pure Devotee one is able to see the true spiritual nature of Navadvipa when one is in the material place in West Bengal in India. It seems that it is good to reside in the actual material place because it has a purifying effect on the sincere devotee.

Then it also seems to me that there is the Eternal Navadvipa that is located in the Spiritual Sky where the Lord also eternally resides with His associates and enacts his pastimes. This is the place that we aspire to go to after this life is over so that we can eternally serve the Lord and His associates. This is the place that once we get to, we will never have to return to the material world of suffering ever again. question is this: If the Lord also dwells within the heart of the living entity as the Supersoul dwelling next to the individual soul, like two birds on a tree, couldn't one suppose that because the Lord is within the heart, that His Holy Abode is there as well? Isn't it the case that wherever the Lord is His associates, paraphenalia and abode is as well?

So, when I've been chanting, I've been trying to visualize the Holy Form of Nityananda and Gauranga within my mind. After reading such beautiful descriptions of the Lord's Holy Abode, I've been trying to visualize the Lord and his accociates and the abode.

So, I'm wondering if this visualzation is the right thing to do? By seeing an image in my mind of the Lord, His associates and His abode, am I really connecting with the Holy Navadvipa that is in my heart, or am I just creating my own idea of what I think that the eternal Navadvipa looks like? Am I creating an illusion or am I really learning to go to and dwell in the Eternal Abode of the Lord in my heart? I sometimes think that it is just imagination, but at other times I feel that it is real and that this is what I'm supposed to be doing. Is it real? Should I continue to try to visualize Lords Nityananda and Gauranga, their associates and Holy Navadvipa, or should I just chant, try to clear my mind and trust that the Lord will reveal Himself in his own time? I'm confused...

Always aspiring to serve the Lotus Feet of Lord Nityananda, Lord Gauranga, Swami Gaurangapada and all the Vaishnavas.



Title: Re: Dwelling In Navadvipa

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-08-26 06:51:59


Dear Neil, Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! :pranams: Pranams! and :bless: Blessings! The four-handed Paramatma feature of the Lord in the heart is a partial expansion and is an expansion of Lord Kshirodakashayi Vishnu who is an a Purusha incarnation for this material universe. The topmost abode of Navadvipa-Vrindavana is only revealed in the heart when the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Gauranga Krishna appears in His original form in our heart.


Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura recommends us in Hari Naam Chintamani to remember the Lord's form, qualities and pastimes while clearly hearing the sound vibration of the Holy Names. Meditation on the Lord's form, qualities and pastimes as described in the scriptures (not as per our imagination) is a bonafide process to adopt while chanting. But one should see to it that this meditation does not replace the process of hearing the sound vibration of the Holy Names but it should accompany and assist the primary process of vibrating and hearing the Holy Names.


Title: Re: Dwelling In Navadvipa

User: neilsf††† Date: 2006-08-28 15:56:39


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!



Thank you Swami Gaurangapada for your answer to my question. I will continue to chant and I'll also try to remember the Lords form, pastimes and qualities as described in the scriptures as best as I can.

I hear that you are saying that chanting and hearing the Lord's holy names is the most important thing, so I will do my best to focus on my chanting.

Always aspiring to serve your lotus feet -