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Title: Gaura-prema and Krishna-prema

User: Matus  Date: 2007-06-27 08:07:38

 

Dear Swami Gaurangapada Gurudeva,

Nityananda! Gauranga! Haer Krishna!

 

Please accept my humble obeisances at Your Lotus Feet.

 

i have one question:

We know Lord Gauranga and Lord Krishna are the One Same Supreme Personality of Godhead, yet different (achintya-bheda-bheda). So what about Their Prema? Does Gaura-prema differ from Krishna-prema? If yes, difference of what kind is there?

 

Thank You very much.

 

Yours thankfully,

Matus

 

Title: Re: Gaura-prema and Krishna-prema

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-07-16 21:30:10

 

 

i have one question: We know Lord Gauranga and Lord Krishna are the One Same Supreme Personality of Godhead, yet different (achintya-bheda-bheda). So what about Their Prema? Does Gaura-prema differ from Krishna-prema? If yes, difference of what kind is there?

  

 

Though both Lord Gauranga and Lord Krishna and the same non-dual Truth, Gauranga Prema is higher and more confidential than Krishna Prema. It is Unnatojjvala Krishna Prema imbued with the Mahabhava of Shrimati Radhika which Lord Krishna does not freely distribute to everyone even in His pastimes in Vraja. This is confirmed by Shrila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura in Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita in the verses below:

 

Verse 119: Even higher treasure of love than Lord Krishna's pastimes...

 

bhrityah snigdha atha sumadhura-projjvalodara-bhajas

tat-padabja-dvitaya-savidhe sarva evavatirnah

prapuh purvadhikatara-mahaprema-piyusha-lakshmim

sva-premanam vitarati jagaty adbhutam hema-gaure (119)

 

Explanatory Translation by BRS Swami Gaurangapada:

 

Verse 119: "The supremely golden Lord Hema Gauranga is personally distributing the strikingly astonishing and exquisitely wonderful treasure of His own pure love through the chanting of His own Holy Names and Pastimes. Thus all His most affectionate and intimate servitors possessing the supremely sweet and greatly splendid love for Him appeared again in Kali Yuga with the desire to always reside near His two charming lotus feet. And surprisingly all of them attained an even higher treasure of Mahaprema i.e. pure nectarean mellows of love for the Lord by chanting Lord Gauranga's glorious Name and Pastimes in Lord Gauranga's pastimes, than what they had attained while participating directly in Lord Krishna's pastimes or in the pastimes of the other incarnations of Lord Gauranga-Krishna."

 

Verse 31: Even the unalloyed devotees of Lord Krishna are inglorious if...

 

apy aganya-maha-punyam ananya-sharanam hareh

anupasita-chaitanyam adhanyam manyate matih (31)

 

Explanatory Translation by BRS Swami Gaurangapada:

 

Verse 31: "Even those most exalted personalities who have taken pure unalloyed shelter of Lord Krishna due to their limitless and multitudinous spiritual pious credits remain inglorious in my estimation if they do not wholeheartedly and with full certitude worship Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu and His Holy Name."

 

Verse 40: Rare even for Lord Krishna's intimate Associates...

 

alaukikya premonmada-rasa-vilasa-prathanaya

na yah shri-govindanucara-saciveshv eshu kritishu

mahashcarya premotsavam api hathad datari na yan

matir gaure sakshat para iha sa mudho nara-pashuh (40)

 

Explanatory Translation by BRS Swami Gaurangapada:

 

Verse 40: "The Supreme Lord Gauranga is the greatest philanthropist in this world who is constantly performing His transcendental pastime of forcibly distributing to one and all the supremely astonishing festival of His Holy Name, which is ever-expanding, strikingly wonderful and overwhelming, and which is rarely attained by even the principle and intimate associates of Lord Govinda-Krishna. Thus the person who does not establish his or her consciousness in the supremely magnanimous Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu through the chanting of His Holy Name is certainly most foolish and destitute and an animal in the guise of a human being."

 

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.