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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Humility, wanting to be cheated, Goswāmīs rob, who attains Vaikuṇṭha?

Advaitaji, what kind of relationship should we have towards other religions? The "harer nāma" verse means that others, who do not chant harinām, they are at a lower level. But I do not want to think that I am better than others because I chant harinām...

Advaita Das:
Śrīman Mahāprabhu said: uttam hoiyā āpnāke māne tṛṇādhom “The Vaiṣṇava is the greatest but he thinks himself lower than a blade of grass.” It is not that I am the greatest because I am the greatest - I am the greatest because Guru and Gauranga are the greatest. They have mercifully taken me into their realm. Their greatness rubs off on me too. mādhurya sindhum adhi yasya bhaven nipātas tat kevalaṁ madhurimānam urīkaroti “Whatever falls into the ocean of sweetness becomes sweet too”

But most people, they accept different kinds of false Gurus. What does it mean? That they have lack of saṁskāras? They want to be deluded?

It is all destiny - adhikāra bheda. Nobody wants to be cheated.

Another bhakta -
radhe radhe!
Recently I have read one of the boards about Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism where one mātājī has written a very offensive thing, I quote, "The 6 Gosvāmīs used to rob people in order to earn money for book writing".  I've asked her to show me the source of this statement in Caitanya Caritāmṛta or Caitanya Bhāgavat.  But she said that this information she has heard from some ISKCON devotee, and she can't give any source.  So what can you say about this statement? What are the roots of this statement? I realize that this is total bullshit, but I have a very anxious mind and things like that disturb me very much.

Advaita Das
There is no evidence for such a scandalous slander. In 35 years śāstra-study this is the first time I hear  such an outrage. The Goswāmīs did not need money for book writing - there were not even books then. The printing press was brought by the British in the 19th century only.

Bhakta: is it true that everyone who leaves the body in Vraja will attain the spiritual world?

Advaitadas: There are such statements in the Purāṇas, yes, but these same Purāṇas also say that Vaikuṇṭha can be a temporary destination for those who performed pious acts. This refers to Śvetadvīpa, an outpost of Vaikuṇṭha in the top of the material universes. Furthermore, Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmīpāda has stated in Bhakti Rasāmṛta Sindhu (1.2.56) that of the four types of Vaikuṇṭha-liberation one is called sukhaiśvaryottarā, which means the predominant desire (uttarā) for the happiness and powers which are natural to the spiritual world. This explains how it is that simply by leaving the body somewhere, even if one is not a pure devotee, which could be the case with many Vraja-residents, one can attain Vaikuṇṭha.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa combined?

Bhakta: “You said that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is not Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa combined but just Kṛṣṇa accepting the mood and complexion of Rādhā. But in Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 8.282 it is said that Rāmānanda Rāya saw Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as rasarāja-mahābhāva dui eka rūpa, Rādha and Kṛṣṇa in one form.”

Advaitadās – ‘Look at the context. Earlier, Rāmānanda Rāya saw Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as follows: (verses 268-270)

pahile dekhilun tomāra sannyāsī-svarūpa
ebe tomā dekhi mui śyāma-gopa-rūpa
tomāra sammukhe dekhi kāncana-pancālikā
tāra gaura-kāntye tomāra sarva anga ḍhākā
tāhāte prakata dekhon sa-vaṁśī vadana

“First I saw You as a sannyāsī, but now I see You as a Śyāma cowherd boy. Facing You I see a golden doll, which covers Your whole body with a golden luster. In that I see manifest Kṛṣṇa playing His flute. “

After Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu playfully denied His own godhood, Rāmānanda Rāya repeats (verse 279):
rādhikāra bhāva-kānti kori angīkāra
nija rasa āsvādite koriyācho avatāra

“You have accepted Rādhā’s feelings and complexion, and have descended to relish Your own rasa.”

Finally, after ‘seeing Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa combined’ Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu repeats again: (verses 287-288)

gaura aṅga nahe mora----rādhāṅga-sparśana
gopendra-suta vinā teho na sparśe anya-jana
tāra bhāve bhavita kori' ātma-mana
tabe nija-mādhurya kori āsvādana

“My body is not golden. It is touched by Rādhā’s body. She will not touch anyone but that prince of cowherds, my heart and mind think in Her way. Thus I relish the flavors of Her sweetness.”

Gaur vs Kṛṣṇa-līlā practise is like biting an apple - the peel is Gaur-sādhana (bite by just offering vandana), and the flesh is Rādhā- Kṛṣṇa-līlā.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Tainted through sanga

Śrī Viśvanāth Cakravartīpāda comments on Ujjvala Nīlamaṇi 1.21:

“Because the upapati (adulterer)’s actions are depicted in plays and poems, one may develop a taste for them as if the upapati had worthy conduct. 

tathā tat-tac-ceṣṭitasya kāvya-nāya-gatatvena upādeyatayā svādane yad adharma-kta sthāna sūcakasyāpi tad bhavet iti nyāyāc carvaa-daśāyā sabhyānām api tādrūpyāpatteś ca vidharma-sparśāt  

Even persons of good conduct, absorbed in such depictions, may fall into identification with such a person and becomes tinged with irreligion, in the manner of yad adharma-kṛtaḥ sthānaṁ sūcakasyāpi tad bhavet: the person who points out the sinner attains the same place as the sinner. (SB 1.17.22) “

On my website, in the file ‘Wisdoms’, I had quoted a mundane philosopher saying that if one gets obsessed with thoughts of an enemy one assumes that enemy’s very qualities. That quote has been replaced with this one now, as mundane philosophers are non-Vedic and subject to the four defects. In this way all material on my site will follow śāstra