February 28, 2006

Accept that gift which Lord Caitanya came to give. Open your heart to Him, and to His associates, because ecstatic love of Godhead is the gift they came to give. Open your heart and receive it!

-- Srila Romapada Swami

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March 6, 2017

Navadvipa dhama is unique because it is audharya-dhama. There are terms that indicate the specialty of the Personality of Godhead. His opulence, aisvarya, is manifest in Vaikuntha. In Vrndavana, His madhurya, which is the mood of intimacy of love, is so strong that it eclipses the opulence and prevails. Although Krsna lifts Govardhana Hill and displays so many pastimes that show His omnipotence, the residents of Vrndavana overlook that because of the intimacy of their love. In Navadvipa, eclipsing even that mood of intimacy of love is audharya - the munificence, magnanimity, or compassion exhibited by Caitanya Mahaprabhu.


"Lord Krsna appeared 5,000 years ago in Vrndavana to fulfill the desire of His devotees to gain His association. In Bhagavad-gita, Krsna describes that there are three divisions of His purpose for appearing. Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge. Giving protection to His devotees (paritranaya sadhunam) is one of the features of the Personality of Godhead. For those who are surrendered to Him, who are depending upon Him, Krsna always gives His protection. At the time that Krsna appeared there was an over abundance, an over burdening weight, of demoniac elements on the planet.

Lord Caitanya
March 14, 2006

The text of Caitanya-caritamrta presents topics in a code-like form. At the end of every chapter Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami prays at the lotus feet of Rupa and Raghunatha, always desiring their mercy. Rupa and Raghunatha are both the bestowers of the highest form of love. Krsnadasa Kaviraja is very much anxious for that same fruit of love of God that Rupa and Raghunatha are giving. They're giving because they've been given by Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Krsnadasa Kaviraja begins many chapters, particularly in Adi-lila, with this same type of invocation -- calling for the mercy of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, because only by that great, great mercy that Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to deliver is it possible even to describe Caitanya Mahaprabhu in any way. Krsna-sakti vina nahe tara pravartana.