Sri Imlitala from Vrindavana 11/11/12
A hug from the heart.
Sri Vrindavan Dham ki jay.
Vraja Mandal Vrinda family parikram ki kay.
This month of Kartik is of deep meditation. How can I be better servant in this life? How many people am I bringing happiness to with my actions and words? How many people resonate for you at this point in your spiritual life? How many people's hearts find refuge in yours? How do we feed the spirit of our soul in distributing the message of Mahaprabhu? Many important issues of life, it is time to evaluate ourselves and regain our votes. I want to serve better. Leading to serve better.
What sense is there in studying, pursuing a career in medicine, working hard, then you finish your studies and ultimately unable ton exert it or someone tells you: You know you can cure but you cannot exercise it? The purpose of schools is that you become a professional and can offer something to others. A school prepares its students to become teachers one day. And as a medical student he thinks: when will the day come so I can heal people. We are doctors of the soul.
Today we are visiting a beautiful place in Vrindavan. Imlitala Mandir. I hope that all who come to our spiritual family may know this place and its mystical transcendental love. Mahaprabhu was here. He is still present here. Sending his message of love. Mahprabhu came to this world to taste vipralambha rasa (transcendental mellow of separation). Over in Vamsi vat Krishna expanded to taste the rasa dance and so He can be with all the gopis. Sri Krishna took the form where each Gopi felt and thought that Krishna was with only them and no one else. Only Srimati Radharani could see Krishna was not only with Her, but also with all the other gopis.
Then Radha felt: "What? My position is annulled because Krishna put me at the same level with the other gopis" and became angry. This is written by Srila Rupa Goswami in Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu. There is a sloka there that says love moves like a snake, zig zag. So Radharani was triggered by Krishna so she became angry and went to the other side of the Yamuna and began to mourn. And the tears of Radha came in abundance and formed the lake called Mana Sarovar, anger or sarovar.
In Mana Sarovar, while Radharani cried and thought of Krishna, her color darkened to black. When Radharani left the Rasa Lila, Krishna continued dancing with the gopis another time, but the charm of the Rasa Lila left. And Krishna thought: oh, how is it that I feel the rasa as such? And then He realized that Radharani was not there. And he began to ask everyone in Vrindavan, all the gopis: Where is Radharani? but Radharani was nowhere to be found so He came to this place, Imlitala, where there is a tamarind tree and started Radha-nama.
When Krishna was singing the name of Radha in separation, He was so absorbed in her name,that His color changed from blackish to the golden luster of Radharani. The name of Krishna and Krishna Himself are identical. There is no difference between nama and nami. Sri Krishna taking the name and color of Srimati Radharani unsettled Radharani while she was at Maja Sarovar, she felt that. Radharani came to Imlitala and saw the Lord, but gold. And said, O Lord Who is this? My Krishna is different, how is this? What happened here?
Lalita sakhi, the dearest friend of Radharani said: No, he is Krishna. Look, He has the flute and peacock feather, just His color changed. He is the King of Thieves. So Radharani went to touch Krishna. And when She touched Him, the samadhi of Krishna disappeared.
So Radharani Krishna asked: Why did you take this color? And Krishna said:
Radharani loves me so much, what is this love (prema) of Radharani for me? For others love Me, but Radha loves me more ...I want to taste this love. Thus the desire to taste this love that Radha feels for Him arose. Krishna was very angry, because he realized that Radha felt much love for him, but it is said that when you look through the eyes of the other you can perceive the true feelings of the other for you, rather than viewed from their own eyes.
Therefore, Sri Krishna took the color of Radharani and appeared in Kaliyuga as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. For that reason, only Imlitala Mahaprabhu came to for this reason to Imlitala to sing and remember everything of that pastime.
Before, once in Dvapara yuga, Radha passed through this same place where the same tamarind tree was and there was a mature tamarind tree that made her slip. So, Radha became angry and cursed this tree, so in the entire area of Braj there are no tamarind trees bearing fruit.
About 200 years ago, the king of Madya Pradesh came here and decided to build. There was a tree branch of Imlitala that interrupted the build. Then the king ordered to cut this branch. And by doing so blood started coming out of the tree. They were three days of non-stop bleeding. Because of this offense, the King's entire family left the world.
Thus, Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj (disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur) proposed to take care of the site and many people were opposed to it. The people who lived in the house that the King had built, after cutting the branch, they also left their bodies. But Srila B.S. Goswami Maharaj said, I have no problem in using this site because it will be dedicated to the service of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The deities of the temple are Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and were worshiped by Srila Sanatan Goswami. Radha Gopinath deities were worshiped by Srila BS Goswami Maharaj. This temple is full of devotional art, a museum. All Imlitala arts narrate the wonderful pastimes of Mahaprabhu in different places. Thus the glorification will come to a finish of such a beautiful place and share this with the whole Vrinda family. May all your spiritual yearnings be fulfilled in this life.
Krishna gives us much more than we deserve, we are simply distracted and do not realize it. For example having the association of a single devotee in this life is a blessing and is a personal form of Krishna for your life. Imagine having the association of many devotees. With just the association of one devotee you can consider yourself beyond lucky, super lucky. And if you're with a devotee now or close to you, you can do this: Thanks prabhu Thanks mother for being here or being around.
Can you believe that all the mercy of Krishna came into your life by having one Vaisnava close to you. And all Vaisnavas are worshipable, a walking altar. I am also very fortunate to have the association of all of you, you are my saviors. This Srila Sridhar Maharaj taught us. And these are the issues we meditate on these days. And I ask you to also share them with everyone in their temples. Increase our love for the devotees. That is the true understanding of love of Krishna because he loves his devotees. And one of them can get us out of this world. My prayers for all to keep fighting in Krishna consciousness.
If you have any questions you can send with Pancatattwa and these days I can assist you via email or skype. With all my affection from Vrindavan.
Srila Prabhupada Ki Jay.
Your always well wisher,
Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti.
Etiquetas: November 2012