prema namadbhutarthah sravanapathagatah kasya namnam mahimnah
ko vetta kasya vrndavanavipina-mahamadhurisu pravesah
ko va janati radham paramrasacamatkarmadhuryasimam
ekascaitanyacandrah paramkarunayah sarvvamaviscakara
Had anyone ever heard of something known as Prema, as the ultimate aim of mankind?
Did anyone know of the divine power of the holy name?
Had anyone entered the sweet, charming forest of Vrindavana?
Did anyone know of Sri Radha as the embodiment of the highest transcendental ecstasy, worthy of loving adoration?
Only due to the absolute compassion of Sri Caitanyacandra were these rarest gems discovered, found shimmering in the darkness of Kaliyuga, lit by the moonlight of his benevolence.
From Caitanya Candramritam
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.82.48
आहुश्च ते नलिननाभ पदारविन्दं
योगेश्वरैर्हृदि विचिन्त्यमगाधबोधै: ।
गेहं जुषामपि मनस्युदियात् सदा न: ॥ ४८ ॥
āhuś ca te nalina-nābha padāravindaṁ
yogeśvarair hṛdi vicintyam agādha-bodhaiḥ saṁsāra-kūpa-patitottaraṇāvalambaṁ
gehaṁ juṣām api manasy udiyāt sadā naḥ
The gopīs spoke thus: Dear Lord, whose navel is just like a lotus flower, Your lotus feet are the only shelter for those who have fallen into the deep well of material existence. Your feet are worshiped and meditated upon by great mystic yogīs and highly learned philosophers. We wish that these lotus feet may also be awakened within our hearts, although we are only ordinary persons engaged in household affairs.
Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.1
यं ब्रह्मा वरुणेन्द्ररुद्रमरुत: स्तुन्वन्ति दिव्यै: स्तवै-
र्वेदै: साङ्गपदक्रमोपनिषदैर्गायन्ति यं सामगा: ।
ध्यानावस्थिततद्गतेन मनसा पश्यन्ति यं योगिनो
यस्यान्तं न विदु: सुरासुरगणा देवाय तस्मै नम: ॥ १ ॥
yaṁ brahmā varuṇendra-rudra-marutaḥ stunvanti divyaiḥ stavair
vedaiḥ sāṅga-pada-kramopaniṣadair gāyanti yaṁ sāma-gāḥ
dhyānāvasthita-tad-gatena manasā paśyanti yaṁ yogino
yasyāntaṁ na viduḥ surāsura-gaṇā devāya tasmai namaḥ
Sūta Gosvāmī said: Unto that personality whom Brahmā, Varuṇa, Indra, Rudra and the Maruts praise by chanting transcendental hymns and reciting the Vedas with all their corollaries, pada-kramas and Upaniṣads, to whom the chanters of the Sāma Veda always sing, whom the perfected yogīs see within their minds after fixing themselves in trance and absorbing themselves within Him, and whose limit can never be found by any demigod or demon — unto that Supreme Personality of Godhead I offer my humble obeisances.
An excerpt from Srimad Bhagavatam (11.19.27–45) in which Lord Krishna answers Uddhava’s questions about seeing the world in the proper way.
Q: What is dharma?
A: That which produces devotion to Me.
Q: What is knowledge (jnan)?
A: Seeing the presence of the Supersoul.
Q: What is detachment (vairagya)?
A: Disinterest in the sense objects.
Q: What is equanimity (sama)?
A: Being intent upon Me (not simply peace of mind).
Q: What is discipline (dama)?
A: Control of the senses (not control over others).
Q: What is tolerance (titiksa)?
A: Enduring suffering (as prescribed by the scriptures or as inflicted by disrespectful persons; not a foolish self-induced attempt to endure heat or cold).
Q: What is steadiness (dhrti)?
A: Mastery of the tongue and genitals (other types of steadiness are useless without this).
Q: What is the greatest charity (dana)?
भुञ्जान एवात्मकृतं विपाकम् ।
जीवेत यो मुक्तिपदे स दायभाक् ॥ ८ ॥
tat te’ nukampam susamiksamano
bhunjana evatma-kritam vipakam
hrid-vag-vapurbhir vidhan namas te
jiveta yo mukti-pade sa daya-bhak
My dear Lord, one who earnestly waits for You to bestow Your causeless mercy upon him, all the while patiently suffering the reactions of his past misdeeds and offering You respectful obeisances with his heart, words and body, is surely eligible for liberation, for it has become his rightful claim.
Srila Guru Maharaj (Srila Bhakti Rarhak Sridhar Maharaj) quotes SB 10:14:8 and says,
With the help of the Guru, the Sastra, and the previously experienced persons, I shall try to stand the test, that, “Yes, because the bile is so, everything is tasting bitter. But this process will remove the bile. I shall have to wait for some time, and when the bile is gone, I shall taste sugar candy as sweet.”
Adhyatmika: miseries coming from one’s own body and mind
( aching bones, rotting teeth, headaches, worry and stress.)
Adhibahutika: miseries coming from other living beings
( mosquitoes, envious people, vicious dogs, etc. )
Adhidaivika: miseries coming from nature / demigods
( earthquake, famine, extreme weather conditions, etc. )
Seeing how these four limiting factors of the material world create suffering for the living entity is an item of knowledge listed in Bhagavad-gita 13.8-12
It takes a little contemplation and discussion to grasp. We usually forget the suffering of birth, and while we are young and healthy, old age, disease, and death seem distant and irrelevant.
Birth, Disease, Old age and Death
Therefore the Vedas ( Bhagavatam ) attempts to awaken us.
- * Consider the suffering the child goes through at birth.
- * The disease is a misery that repeatedly arises throughout life. See how many different kinds of disease and affliction you can think of.
- * Consider also the disturbing symptoms of old age.
- * Lord Kapila describes ( SB 3.30 ) the typical miseries surrounding the death.
- * Old age, severe disease, and death are bad enough in themselves but they also cause pain to loved ones who see the suffering condition.
Hmmmmmmm.. something to think about..
The material nature provides the living entity with much more opportunity to suffer than to enjoy. For example, how many ways can you give pain to your foot compared with how many ways you can give it pleasure?
The Bṛhan-Nāradīya Purāṇa (quoted in Hari-bhakti-vilāsa 11.353) states:
naśyanti sakalā rogāḥ satyaṁ satyaṁ vadāmy aham
I vow this is the truth. By hearing the names Achyuta, Ananda and Govinda one becomes strong and all diseases are cured.
Srila Bhaktivionda Thakur
Oh, for that day when the fortunate English, French, Russian, German and American people will take up banners, mrdangas, and kartalas and raise kirtana through their streets and towns.
When will that day come?
Oh for the day when the fair-skinned men from their side will raise up the chanting of
‘jaya sacinandana, jaya sacinandana, kijaya’
and join with the Bengali devotees.
When will that day be?
On such a day they will say, “Our dear Brothers, we have taken shelter of the ocean of Lord Caitanya’s Love; kindly embrace us”.
that day will witness the holy transcendental ecstasy of the Vaisnava dharma to be the only dharma, and all sects and religions will flow like rivers into the ocean of Vaisnava dharma.
Oh, when will that day come?
Oh, when will that day come, when pure and transcendental Vaisnava prema will be the only religion of all souls and all tiny sectarian religions will meet in the unlimited and universal religion of Vaisnavism as rivers merge into the great ocean?
O when will that day come?
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur
Sri Godrumadwip and Madhyadwip,
Sri Surabhi Kunj,
Suvarna Bihar Math,
Sri Nrisimha Palli,
Sri Harihara Ksetra, and other places
Glory of Sri Nabadwip Dham – Quotes
“I offer one prayer at the feet of all Vaisnavas.
O Vaisnavas, let my connection with Sri Chaitanya become firm.
By your mercy, allow me to become a resident of Nabadwip-dham.
This is my only request.”
“I am an evil worm in the hole of materialism, devoid of devotion, filled with lust, and insane with anger.
If you are not kind upon me, how can an evil servant of maya like me have any connection with Sri Chaitanya?”