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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 7.09.2015 morning, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Friday) 

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu continued to speak “You have deep regard for Radha and Krishna and as such you can perceive Their presence everywhere.”[1] So, this was the answer of Mahaprabhu without duplicity. But Ramananda Raya was not satisfied. “He was not satisfied within His heart although the words of the Lord were certainly correct. Therefore finally Ramananda Raya said: “My Lord, please, give up this roundabout way of revealing Your true personality. Do not try to hide Your real identity. I know who You are. You are Shri Krishna Himself, covered by the complexion of Shrimati Radharani. You have descended to relish the ecstasy of Your transcendental pastimes with Her. The main purpose of Your appearance is to relish the feelings of Your devotees’ love for You and simultaneously to distribute that love throughout the three worlds. You have come to me out of Your own accord, so how is it that You want to hide Yourself?”

Here Ramanada Raya describes the three main reasons why God came as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. In the last place He mentioned that: “You wanted to distribute divine love.” This is like a duty – duty of God or duty of an avatar. It’s a divine function – that somehow the pure religious principles must be maintained. But this is like a general reason of appearance. In the second place it was mentioned that: “You want to taste the nectar that devotees enjoy”. Therefore we understood that to be a devotee is a very prestigious position. So much so that even Krishna wants to taste the nectar that you taste. But ultimately the main reason for His appearance was to enjoy the pastimes with Radhika. So, Ramananda gave these three secrets about Mahaprabhu’s appearance. And then finally he said: “You came to me, now why do You want to hide? Don’t hide!”

“At this Chaitanya Mahaprabhu smiled and revealed Himself as Rasaraja, the king of all divine rasas, and also as His other self, Shrimati Radharani, who is Mahabhava, love of Godhead personified”. So, one aspect of Mahaprabhu is the enjoyer of all divine mellows – Rasaraja. And He is never without the source of all the happiness that He can enjoy and this is Mahabhava, the greatest feelings of divine ecstasy. Then He revealed Himself in one form, as the unity of the Divine Couple Shri Shri Radha-Krishna, appearing with the sentiments and color of Shrimati Radharani. And then there is a quote from the notebooks of the personal secretary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – Svarupa Damodara: “The loving affairs of Radha and Krishna are transcendental manifestations of the Lord’s internal pleasure-giving potency. Although Radha and Krishna are one in Their identity, They separated themselves eternally. Now these two transcendental personalities have again united in the form of Shri Krishna Chaitanya. I bow down to Him who has manifested Himself with the sentiments and complexion of Shrimati Radharani, although He is Krishna Himself.” Internally black, externally silver – and this mix gives golden. Inside Govinda, outside Radha and when They combine – it’s Goura.

Then what happened? When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu revealed His real identity – one aspect Krishna, other aspect Radhika – another transformation came. “Ramananda Raya fainted in ecstasy upon seeing the unique manifestation of the divine form. In a swoon he collapsed to the ground. At that moment Lord Chaitanya touched the body of Ramananda and brought him back to his external senses. Ramanada was again astonished to see Chaitanya in the form of a sannyasi. Then the Lord embraced Ramananda and pacified him by saying: “Except you nobody has ever seen this transcendental combined form”. Lord Chaitanya said that nothing is unknown by Ramananda about His own pastimes and therefore He showed him this unique manifestation.”

Therefore we try to follow the example of the great ones, because nothing is unknown to them about the divine pastimes. It is a very long path until we reach the other shore of reality. But you can cover this distance in a shot.

(to be continued)

[1] In Search of the Ultimate Goal of Life, by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



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