Embracing Lord's Arrangement

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Puri Dham, second evening class
21 June 2017, translated from Bengali, part 4

 

Later on, Haridas Thakur came to Puri too, and Mahaprabhu said to Kashi Misra, "I have come now. Give one more room for Me, please." In this way Mahaprabhu arranged for a place at Siddha-bakul for Haridas Thakur. We will go there tomorrow.

If we are to stay at the feet of Guru and Vaishnavs properly, we must always remember about these pastimes...

Tomorrow, on the way, we will also go to pay obeisance at the bhajan-sthali of Srila Jagadananda Pandit, it is a very small place, so we will pay obeisance from outside. Jagadananda Pandit was so dear to Mahaprabhu.

One year, Sanatan Goswami and Rupa Goswami came from Vrindavan at the Ratha-yatra time. When the Ratha-yatra festival finished, the chariots went back, Sanatan Goswami told Jagadananda Pandit, "It is time for us to go back. You are very fortunate that you are staying with the Lord, and we are very unfortunate, we have to stay so far away, in Vrindavan!..." Jagadananda Pandit said, "Yes, it is time for you to go. Ratha-yatra is over, so why are you still here?" Jagadananda Pandit does not mind anyone, this is a kanistha mood.

Then, Sanatan Goswami went to Mahaprabhu and said crying, "Prabhu, it is time for us to leave for Vrindavan, Ratha-yatra has finished, the chariots have returned also, soon chaturmasya will start... Jagadananda also says why we are still here, it is time for us to go..."

Mahaprabhu was annoyed, "What?! He was just a baby yesterday and today he is saying this?!" He told devotees to call Jagadananda Pandit. When Jagadananda Pandit came, Mahaprabhu chastised him, "What is this? Sanatan Goswami sometimes teaches even Me, he is a great scholar! He has given up everything, all material things and stays in Vrindavan despite so much austerity, and you tell him, 'Why are you still here?'?! What has given you the right to say this?"

Hearing Mahaprabhu chastise Jagadananda Pandit, Sanatan Goswami began to cry. He said, "Prabhu has never chastised us, He only chastises Jagadananda... O Jagadananda, there is no one as fortunate as you are! Prabhu gives you sweets and us bitter."

It is a great fortune to be chastised by the Lord—not everybody can understand this.

On another occasion, Sivananda Sen's wife said crying, "This sadhu here [Nityananda Prabhu] has cursed us that our two sons will die!" Sivananda Sen replied, "You do not understand, this is a blessing! If a sadhu says your sons will die, it means they will get supreme benefit. You do not understand, such is the mercy of great Vaishnavs!"

When Srila Raghunath Das Goswami made the chira-dahi mahotsav, Nityananda Prabhu placed His feet on his head and said, "Now you can go—you have made Vaishnav seva, and the material bondage you had is now all removed." He then came to Puri, and Mahaprabhu gave him the service to Svarup Damodar, but before that Mahaprabhu kept telling him, "Go back to your home, do not become crazy! Do not show off monkey renunciation just to impress others. Accept what is necessary with detachment." Mahaprabhu told him not to show false renunciation like a monkey—monkeys also live naked, and you can also see many naked, covered in ash sadhus in Ganga Sagar. Mahaprabhu says one can enjoy material things (you can make a house, a room, a big building, a big temple, etc.), but without attachment.

মর্কট-বৈরাগ্য না কর লোক দেখাঞা ।
যথাযোগ্য বিষয় ভুঞ্জ' অনাসক্ত হঞা ॥

markata-vairagya na kara loka dekhana
yatha-yogya visaya bhunja' anasakta hana

"Do not show your false renunciation to people. Serve accepting material things, but without attachment."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 16.238)

আসক্তিরহিত সম্বন্ধসহিত ।
বিষয়সমূহ সকলি মাধব ॥

'asakti-rahita,' 'sambandha-sahita,'
visaya-samuha sakali 'madhava'

"When you are free from material attachment and establish relationship with the Lord, then you will see that everything around you is Lord Madhav Himself."

('Vaishnav ke?' verse 12)

Mahaprabhu says it is necessary to be detached. He had sent Raghunath Das Goswami back many times at first, but when his material bondage was cut, then he could come and stay with Mahaprabhu.

One of the times when Mahaprabhu sent him back, Raghunath Das Goswami asked Mahaprabhu, "Prabhu, how will I come to You then if I go back? So many guards are always with me." Mahaprabhu said,

সে ছল সেকালে কৃষ্ণ স্ফুরাবে তোমারে ।
কৃষ্ণকৃপা যাঁরে, তাঁরে কে রাখিতে পারে ॥

se chhala se-kale krsna sphurabe tomare
krsna-krpa yanre, tare ke rakhite pare

"Krishna will reveal to you how you can come. Who can stop the one who has got mercy of Krishna?"

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 16.241)

"When the time is right, Krishna will reveal it to you, He will arrange everything."

When Krishna appeared in Mathura, He was in prison, there were so many guards, so many things, but how did the door open? Where did the guards go? Vasudev took Krishna to Gokula—where did the water of the Yamuna go? There was so much rain that night, but Anantadev protected Vasudev from the rain like an umbrella over his head. Can you see? Kamsa arranged so many things—a big prison house, so many guards, so many soldiers and servants, but when Vasudev took Gopal Krishna out, how was everything set right? Where did the rain go? Where did the waters of the Yamuna go? The Yamuna's water stopped and moved aside to let Vasudev carry Krishna across. That is why, "If Krishna kills, He will kill. If Krishna saves, He will save. "Marabi rakhabi yo ichchha tohara (মারবি রাখবি, যো ইচ্ছা তোহার): You can kill me, You can protect Me—as You wish." Everything is in His hands. He is the cause of all causes.

ঈশ্বরঃ পরমঃ কৃষ্ণঃ সচ্চিদানন্দবিগ্রহঃ ।
অনাদিরাদির্গোবিন্দঃ সর্ব্বকারণকারণম্ ॥

isvarah paramah krsnah sach-chid-ananda-vigrahah
anadir adir govindah sarva-karana-karanam

"Krishna, who is known as Govinda, is the supreme controller. He has an eternal, blissful, spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin, for He is the prime cause of all causes."

(Sri Brahma-samhita, 5.1)

Nothing happens without His desire.

 

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