19810830 Maha Prakasa Lila of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu with Translation @ Villa Vrindavan, Florence, Italy
he following is a class given by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj on Aug 30th 1981, in Florence, Italy.(Invocation prayers)
We are all here today due to the special causeless mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The greatest mysticism ‘raja vidya raja guhyam pavitram idam uttamam’ the greatest mystery is that connected with the Supreme Person, the Supreme Godhead. If one sees the sun, when the sun comes out….let me put it this way that ,we are all sometimes in the dark of night, when the sun comes out everything is illuminated. Similarly, when we are in the darkness of ignorance, when the sun of realization of the Supreme Personality of Godhead comes, everything is illuminated.
What you can do and what I can do, this may all be limited by time, by space and by conditions. But what Krsna can do is unlimited. So, sometimes people try to limit the Supreme Person by saying, how can He come down on to this earth. But this is a great offence to God. We should never limit Him to think that He cannot come down. He can do anything! Sometimes He personally comes, and sometimes He sends His representative - His son, His Prophet, His representative, the guru.
paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskritam dharma samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge
Krsna said in Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit that He is coming in every millennium to protect his devotees and destroy the miscreants, to establish pure, spiritual life.
The Vedas are covering a history of millions of years. Therefore it discusses dozens of different avatars or incarnations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead over this period of millions of years. And it discusses several different paths for realizing that Supreme Person, by purifying one’s consciousness. So some great saints, they have analysed that, which form of the Lord, which time that He came down, was He the most merciful? Every time the Lord comes, each of His comings has different special qualities. Sometimes He shows His extreme power. Just like one time, He came and expanded bigger than the whole universe. Sometimes, He comes and just shows His beauty, like Mohini murti - He attracted everyone. Sometimes he shows his vairagya, His ability to do great penances, like Nara Narayana, who for thousands of years stayed in meditation and austerities. Sometimes He shows his great learning like Vyasadeva who wrote down all the Vedas. And sometimes He shows His great devotion, like Narada Muni, who is the incarnation of a pure devotee. So, the source of all the different incarnations of the Lord is Krsna and He showed all the qualities in one. He showed that, in the kingdom of God, one thing is the most prominent, that is pure love. He showed the most exquisite loving relations with His devotees, with His parent, with His so called parents, His lovers…perfect relations, incomparable in this world.
In fact, His pastimes were so wonderful that He realizes His devotees love Him so much that He decided to come down as a devotee Himself, just to experience that. Actually 500 and some years ago, there was a great priest. He was the topmost of all the priests in Bengal, India. His name was Advaita Gosai. And he saw that the people were becoming materialistic, that they were going away from the purpose of yoga and he wanted that they should become purified, that they should come back on the path of perfection. But he felt himself incapable to personally cause the change. So he began to pray to Krsna to personally come down and deliver all the people. And sitting by the side of the sacred Ganges river, he began to worship the Saligrama sila. Saligram sila is a self-manifested deity , appears by His own potency, no one makes Him. He just comes. So that is worshipped as non-different from Krsna. So he was worshipping by offering the tulsi leaves, tulasi manjaris and Ganges water and loudly he was crying, he was shouting out Hare Krsna - Hare Krishna, Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, and he was just praying to the Lord , “ please come down and deliver these fallen souls”. And his shouting was so heart rendering that it reached right to the kingdom of God and it woke up, it just shook Krsna, that He decided I will come down.
So Krsna came down in disguise as devotee, 495 years ago.And, His name was Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Gauranga , the Golden Avatara. When He came, the whole world was chanting Hare Krsna, on the day of His appearance because it was a full moon eclipse and everyone would chant Hare Krsna on a full moon eclipse. And He performed so many different pastimes and finally He was heading up the sankirtan movement with hundreds and hundreds of devotees in Navadwip, Mayapur in India, when He was about 15-16 years old. He is 7-feet tall, golden colour like molten gold, long black hair and His arms would reach down to His knees. His chest was broad and His waist was thin like a lion’s waist. His eyes were in the shape of a lotus flower and they went down to His ears. They were so long and beautiful. He had the marks, sacred marks on his hand of lightning bolt, flag and so many other marks which ordinary human beings do not have. But even though He was leading this chanting of Hare Krsna with so many hundreds and thousands of followers, but in the beginning no one thought that He was actually Krsna Himself. One day, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, He went to Srivas Pandit’s house and suddenly Hejust sat down on the simhasana, altar of the Lord. Normally no human being will ever sit on the Lord’s altar…this is a highly unusual thing to do. So Lord Chaitanya, His mood was always of a devotee, but today His mood was different. Actually He was manifesting His original mood because He was Krsna Himself. He was only playing as a devotee. So Srivas’s younger brother, Ramai , he came there and He called him “Ramai come here…. come here, you go and immediately you see Advaita Gosai . you tell him that That person for whom he was shouting loudly…That person for whom he had desired that he come, That person for whom he was crying, crying…. you tell Advaita Gosai, the head of the priests, to come with his wife and bring all the paraphernalia for worshipping Vishnu. Now go immediately.”
So Ramai Pandit, he ran over to the house of Advaita Gosai, the head of the priests. And Advaita Gosai, he said “Advaita.. Advaita there is an important message…you are being called with your wife”. But Advaita was a bit preoccupied, he was thinking “what is this all about, what are you calling me for?” Then when he saw that Advaita had just settled his mind a bit and Ramai told him as follows: ‘That person who you were desiring in the inner part of your heart that He would come, That person to whom you were shouting loudly to come, that person whom you were crying profusely for, That person has come and He is calling for you.”