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Title: Who are Gauranga Nagaris?

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-09-06 14:02:00


Who are Gauranga's Nagaris?


Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:


The Gauranga Nagaris are a type of sahajiya (rasabhasa bhaktas) who mix moods of devotion (rasas) in an unpalatable way. This error is technically called rasabhasa.


The gauranga-nagaris are quite prominent in Bengal and Bangladesh. Some of their customs seem praiseworthy: for example, like staunch Vaishnavas, they wear tilaka and neck beads, are good kirtana performers and strictly abstain from flesh and fish. But the Gauranga Nagaris have no standing in the pure Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya because of a subtle contamination in their conception of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu due to their trying to think of themselves as female lovers of Lord Gauranga.


In the main, sahajiyas are concerned only with the pastimes of Krishna and the Gopis and conjugal pastimes in general. The activities of great devotees who preach Gauranga Krishna consciousness to the fallen souls hold no interest for them. Thus they are never able to rightly grasp the Person and Activities of Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, about whom C.c. Adi 1.14 states: panca-tattva makam krishnam bhakta-rupa-svarupakam bhaktavataram bhaktakhyam namami bhakta-saktikam "I offer my obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna Chaitanya, who is non-different from His features as a devotee, devotional incarnation, devotional manifestation, pure devotee and devotional energy."


Lord Gauranga mood of devotion is personified in the Shri Panca-Tattva, the five-fold incarnation of Godhead that features Him, Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Gosai, Gadadhara Pandita and Shrivasa Thakura. But the Gauranga Nagaris impose Krishna's role as the free enjoyer of the village damsels of Vrindavana upon Shri Gauranga (another name of Shri Chaitanya, meaning "then golden-limbed Lord.") They style Him as nagara (a lusty village youth), and themselves as nagari (village girls).


In Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi 1.5, Lord Gauranga's golden complexion is said to be radha-bhava-dyuti-suvalita, "the adornment of the mood and luster of Shrimati Radharani," Krishna's foremost maidservant in the spiritual world. Nowhere in any revealed scripture is He said to be krishna-bhava-dyuti-suvalita, "adorned with the mood and luster of Shri Krishna," in a way which would support the gauranga-nagari conception. Spokesmen of this apasampradaya not only say that Lord Chaitanya exhibited Krishna's enjoying mood with the Gopies, they claim further that Vishnupriya-devi, the Lord's second wife, was Shrimati Radharani, and that her close female friends were Gopis. But as Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura makes clear in Shri Chaitanya- bhagavata, Vishnupriya-devi is actually Bhu-sakti, a form of the goddess of fortune, Lakshmi.


The wives, mothers and daughters of Lord Gauranga's associates in Nadia attended Vishnupriya in her bathing and dressing exactly as the maidservants of Lakshmiji serve Her in Vaikuntha. These services are rendered in the mood of awe and reverence. The so-called mood of conjugal love of the gauranga-nagaris for Lord Gauranga is unfavourable to the mood of Lord Gauranga Himself as stated in Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata by Shrila Vrindavana Dasa Thakura and thus is not in the line of pure devotion for Lord Gauranga. Their conception of being a female lover of Lord Gauranga is a creation of their impure minds, and as they meditate upon this wrong conception, they succumb to lust. But, following the sahajiya line, they take that lust to be spiritual ecstasy. (References from Suhotra Swami's article)