Mahaprabhu's Pastimes with Jagadananda Pandit

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
13 March 2017, Sri Nabadwip Dham
Jagannath Misra's ananda-mahotsav,
Vishva-Vaishnava-raja Sabha, part 3

 

When Sriman Mahaprabhu took sannyas, He followed all rules and regulations very strictly, but you have heard that Jagadananda Pandit always wanted to control Him.

One time, Jagadananda Pandit saw that Mahaprabhu slept on the floor on some banana leaves. Mahaprabhu said He would not use any mattress or pillow, and Jagadananda Pandit thought, "Before, in Dvaraka, the Lord lived in so much luxury, how is possible that now He must sleep on the floor? I must do something..." So, he cut some banana leaves, dried and crushed them into small pieces and put them inside his uttariya making a kind of a mattress. He gave it to Mahaprabhu, and Mahaprabhu said, "What can I do? I have to use this otherwise Jagadananda Pandit will be angry."

Another time, Jagadananda Pandit asked Govinda, "Govinda, what do you use to massage Mahaprabhu's feet?" Govinda said he did not use anything, not even water, so Jagadananda Pandit brought some scented oil from Kulingram and gave it to Govinda. When Mahaprabhu came to His room, He asked Govinda, "What is this smell coming?" Govinda said that Jagadananda Pandit had given some oil. Mahaprabhu became very angry. Later, when Jagadananda Pandit came again, he asked Govinda, "Have you used the oil?" Govinda said that Mahaprabhu had got very angry and thrown it away thinking, "If I use that oil, people will say I am not a real sannyasi, they will say I am a dari-sannyasi (tantric sannyasi who lives gratifying his senses), then offence will come to the people. I cannot use this oil!" Jagadananda Pandit became very upset. He closed the door of his room and stayed there, fasting. Mahaprabhu knew everything. Three days later, He came to Jagadananda Prabhu's house and said, "O Jagadananda, please wake up! I want to take your cooking. Even when you are angry, I like your cooking very much. You have been fasting for three days, and I have been fasting too. Please come out now." Then, Jagadananda Prabhu got shy, he opened the door, cooked something and Mahaprabhu took that prasadam. Jagadananda Prabhu did not take anything, so Mahaprabhu said, "No, no, no. You come too and sit with Me, let us take prasadam together." Jagadananda Prabhu replied, "No, Prabhu, You take first. Believe me, I will take later." When Mahaprabhu finished prasadam, Jagadananda Prabhu asked Him to go to rest, but Mahaprabhu said, "No, first I want to see whether you take prasadam or not." "Please believe me, I will take." Mahaprabhu went away, but He sent Govinda, "Go and see if Jagadananda is taking prasadam or not." Govinda saw Jagadananda Prabhu taking prasadam and gave report to Mahaprabhu. Then Mahaprabhu said, "Good, he is taking prasadam, now I can sleep without any disturbance."

Such was the relation. Another time, in Puri, Sanantan Goswani said to Jagadananda Pandit with tears in his eyes, "Prabhu, Ratha-yatra has finished, the festival has finished... You are so fortunate, you always stay with Mahaprabhu, but we live so far in Vrindavan, we are getting so much austerity. Mahaprabhu ordered us to stay there and we cannot ignore it, we have to leave for Vrindavan..." Jagadananda Pandit said, "Yes, you should go." Then Sanatan Goswami came to Mahaprabhu and said, "Prabhu, the festival has finished, I have to go back to Vrindavan, and even Jagadananda Pandit says I should go now..." Hearing this, Mahaprabhu became very angry. He called Jagadananda Pandit and said, "You were born yesterday and now you think you have become such a great big scholar, you think you know everything! Sanatan Goswami is such a great scholar, he teaches even Me also, but think you think can teach him what to do! You think you have become more than Sanatan Goswmai!" Sanatan Goswami began to cry, "O! Mahaprabhu is giving sweet to Jagadananda Pandit and He is giving bitter to me!"

There are so many pastimes of Mahaprabhu, He showed us so many things, but I would like to finish today's meeting at this.

Om Vishnupad Jagad Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!

 

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