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Title: A verse from Geeta, Ch. 9
User: Anonymous Date: 2007-04-11 19:33:01
My dear Gurudev,
Please accept my humble Pranam at your lotus feet. All glories to Viashnava Acharyas and Lord Gauranga Krishna's devotees.
I was listening to Shrila Prabhupada lecture cd this morning. The verse discussed was from Ch. 9. Lord indicates to Arjuna that " those who desires to go to demi Gods attains that. Those who desires to go to forefather and ghostly planets attains that aswell. Those who desires to come to me in Goloka I fulfill their desires." I do not understand about the planet of Forefathers. Where exactly is this located in our eggshell bhoo mandala? This could be very thickly populated as many generations of forefathers from time immemorial will be located there. Is this not correct? I am curious that if any body visit there in pitru planet then he/she will have reunion with their long departed family forfathers? How can soul recognize many previous generationsof forefathers? Is this reunion is like someone travel to India from USA or viceversa? In another question, If our forefather had their karmic destiny then why are they situated there in Pitruloka? Would they not move on to next body and so on?
I thought that most worldly people probabely has desires to be promoted and enjoy the heavenly comfort of life. Some of us desires to be with Nityananda-Gauranga. Is Gauranga Mahaprabhuji along with his devotees is now situated in Golok-Vrindavan or some other spititual Planet? Gurudev, my appology for asking the first grader questions. I always feel kanista kind bhakta whose advancement is like turtle speed walking on incline plane. He walks with slow speed but slips back too. Please kindly bless me for my advancement in Lord Nityananda-Gauranga bhakti.
Yours in Gauranga's service,
Title: Re: A verse from Geeta, Ch. 9
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-04-11 20:39:24
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pitra loka is one of heavenly planets ruled by Yamaraja. Pitraloka is the place where the forefathers enjoy the results of the good deeds done by themselves or by their family members like son etc. in the form of shraaddha, pinda, daana etc. When that allocated time of enjoyment ends, they have to get another body according to their karma. So it is not a grand reunion or something like that.
Yes, Navadvipa is a part of the topmost Vaikuntha spiritual planet of Goloka Vrindavana as Gaura Lila and Krishna Lila are equally topmost in Vaikuntha. No problem, please keep the questions coming. I am happy to answer them since they are directly about the Lord.