Once a doctor we knew, came to the temple Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha in Mathura. He worked at the nearby hospital and regularly read Caitanya Caritamrta. He kept some sadhus wooden shoes, padhukars, thinking they were Mahaprabhu’s shoes to worship. After seeing him give so much respect, and serving the devotees there so nicely, Gurudeva asked him how he had become to be so attached to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu?
The surgeon explained that after reading how Sri Visnupriya, Lord Sri Caitanyas Mahaprabhu’s wife, began worshipping Mahaprabhu’s wooden shoes after He left home and took sannyasis, he decided to also begin this practice. Due to worshiping the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, more and more his meditation on the Lord began to manifest, and all Mahaprabhu’s pastimes began to awaken in his heart, thus taking away all his material desires.
He came to the temple wanting to see Mahaprabhu’s devotees and followers. He desired to serve them and to read all the books on devotional service. Simply by worshipping the lotus padhukars of Sri Mahaprabhu, all these desires for devotional service had awakened in his heart. Gurudeva instructed him to chant harinama and follow Ekadasi.
This doctor was only a middle-aged man in his mid-forties, and a very successful intelligent handsome surgeon. One day he told all his family including the sons and daughters “I am going to Mahaprabhu now directly. If I appear to be leaving my body, don’t touch my body, only call for the devotees at Keshavji Gaudiya Math, and please ask Maharaja, Srila Gurudeva, to come and do kirtan”. Thus keeping the padhukars on his chest and meditating on Mahaprabhu’s lotus feet, he left his body very happily and easily by his own choice. Just like Bhismadeva had chosen to leave his body of his own accord, the doctor entered into Sri Mahaprabhu’s transcendental abode.
Meditating on Sri Krsna lotus footprints, we can easily overcome all material hurdles and easily obtain the Lord’s service. The elephant goad, ankus, will always keep us on the right path, having us go towards Krsna, to the dhama and transcendental service of the Lord. We will not get lost in the jungle of material enjoyment. The ankus (elephant goad) has so much power that anyone who takes shelter of it cannot lose sight of Sri Krsna. All the devotees, the Bhagavat bhaktas, never forget any of the symbols on the Lord’s lotus feet, such as the chakra, lotus, conch, goad, and barleycorn, because they have so many auspicious qualities that give us strength in bhakti. When Sri Krsna lifted up Goverdhana hill, He touched Giriraja with his lotus feet, and Sri Giriraja opened up like an umbrella. Wherever the devotees are if they meditate on Krsna’s lotus feet, they will have complete shelter, because Giriraj Goverdhana will become an umbrella for you, a chatra. Sudarsana Chakra is always over the heads of the devotees protecting them. When Sri Krsna lifted Goverdhana, Sudarsana Chakra was also over the Giriraja and the devotees, protecting them from the attacks of Indra and the storm Devas the Maruts.
Krsna’s conch the sankhya gives the devotees all transcendental knowledge. By meditating on the left lotus foot of Sri Krsna, with the symbol of the conch on it, all transcendental knowledge will be obtained. Nobody will be able to fool you, cheat or trick you, all transcendental knowledge will enter your heart. The auspicious sound of Sri Krsna’s conch fills the devotee’s heart with joy, and signals the impending doom of all demons opposed to bhakti, making them flee far away, back into the darkness. The conch heralds the devotee’s auspicious victory over material existence, just as the Lord’s conch the Panchjanya signaled the defeat of the Kurus, headed by Duryodhana, by the Lord’s devotees the Pandavas.
Catch hold of the Lord’s lotus feet and deeply embrace them in your heart, then meditate on the bow, astagon (eight sided star), trikona (equal sided triangle), Kalasha (full water pot), matsya then all Veda, Vedanta, and Upanishads will come and manifest in your heart. In Jaganatha Puri and Bhubaneswara, it is called Sankhaksetra the place of the Lord’s conchshell. It is the land of the Lord’s conch. By the Vaitarani river, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada made a place to worship Lord Caitanya’s lotus feet a padapitha. Wherever the Lord’s lotus footprints are, the devotees have no shortage of anything. In the Jagganatha Puri temple the king also established Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s padapitha, and a murti of Sri Gaurasundara at the southern gate. The king was not happy with only having the Lord’s lotus footprints outside the temple. Later he established Mahaprabhu’s lotus footprints within the temple, then he felt very happy.
All good qualities come to Sri Krsna’s devotees simply by their meditation on his lotus feet. When you go to Giriraja Goverdhana, entering at Dhanghati, there is the sign of Sri Krsna’s lotus feet. Offer pranams at the lotus feet of the Lord there, and then go forward, remembering His feet. Then offer some puspanjali and flowers there as if it was your own heart. Then in your heart all of Krsna’s pastimes will appear.
Otherwise you will be distracted by monkeys, pilgrims, various walas (merchants) and even the Devas will compete for your worship, all trying to distract you. Just as Indra was envious of the worship that the Vrajavasis gave to Giriraja, instead of him. When we come back from circumambulating Sri Giriraja at Shantalaya, the Radha Kunda side, you also see Sri Krsna lotus footprints there also. Gurudeva on Vraja mandala parikrama, at Nandagaon would go to the Choti Caran Pahadi, where the lotus footprints of Sri Krsna are to be found. People would say what is this place? It is just an empty hill, and the people there don’t have any pure knowledge. Gurudeva would go there and give nice harikatha, telling them if just once you meditate on Sri Krsna’s lotus feet, then all obstacles will flee from your heart.
This is such a powerful method for the sadhakas to perform their bhajan and it is the essence of all sastra. When Akrura was going to Vraja and saw the lotus footprints of the Lord, he got down from his chariot and began to roll in the dust, and pray to these footprints. If you take shelter of Sri Krsna’s lotus feet, then naturally you will have Sri Krsna’s shelter. In the beginning of sadhana when someone takes diksha, at that time, you must offer yourself to the lotus feet of Sri Krsna, and meditate on them. Then all good qualities will come within you, and all the processes of service to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga will easily be learned.
HOW WAS THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL DEMON CONQUERED BY THE LORD’S LOTUS FEET? + Does the Lords Lotus feet really have a svastika on them?
Once in Gaya there was a demon called Gayasura attacking all the different lokas or worlds within the material universe. After experiencing defeat, the Devas prayed to the Lord. The Lord came and began to fight with the demon Gayasura. No matter how many times the Lord smashed Gayasura, seemingly defeating him, the powerful asura (demon) would always recover. Despite the fact that to anyone else, the Lord’s consummate blow, would mean certain death to his mortal body. But the demon Gayasura could not be vanquished. Then the Lord placed his lotus foot on the demons head. He held his head to the ground so that he could not rise up again.
Then the demon called out “save me, save me, I am so hungry, you are holding me down with your foot to the ground. I am so hungry at least give me something to eat. If you give me some nice prasadam I promise not to fight or disturb anyone again. I will leave the devas alone”.
Sri Visnu said; “There is so much sin in your heart, you have done so many sinful activities, so I will give you these sinful activities to eat. Eat all of them and be happy”. The demon replied “One thing, if you take your lotus foot away from my head, then I will again start to fight with everyone. I didn’t understand the power and peace, present in your feet, before I fought with you. But once you placed your lotus foot on my head I felt so much bliss and peace. So I am requesting you to please always keep your lotus feet on my head, otherwise I will again become proud and challenge everyone to fight”.
The Lord offered to feed Gayasura the sins of all the people who commit suicide, by jumping of buildings, murdering people and other similar sins. Gayasura only agreed to accept then as long as the Lord would keep his lotus feet there to cure him of any stomach upsets that came with eating so many sins. Now in Gaya people go there to do pinda or oblations, to the forefathers in order to purify them of any sins they may have committed throughout their life. In this way they hope to have a better destination in their next life, or to attain supreme liberation. This is coming only by the grace of the supreme Lord’s lotus feet. which has the power to subdue even the most powerful demon in the world.
CLOSE THE TEMPLE
One time the British came and said “Oh these Hindus are only making some drama.” close the Jaganatha Temple and in Gaya stop the pinda offerings. Taking all the pandas or temple servants away from the temples, they told them to go do some proper work, otherwise you are just creating some drama, that is a joke through your foolish worship. Even In Calcutta they closed the Kali Mandira saying they will tear down the Kali mandir.
In Gaya when they stopped the pinda or the offerings to Gayasura, immediately an earthquake began to start, Gayasura was shaking the earth preparing to come out because Gayasura was a Dayita, he was a huge demon, like a titan or a giant, so the British government immediately agreed to start the pinda offerings again, fearing some supernatural wrath would come upon them. Immediately the pandas and Brahmins restarted many offerings in Gaya feeding him in order to keep his hunger satiated.
Also in more recent times in Puri the Congress came trying to take over the temple of Sri Jagganatha. They had become envious of the grand worship of Sri Jaganatha, Baladeva and Subhadra. They claimed that there was no use making such opulent worship of wooden deities, claiming that their Lordships were only pieces of wood and that they don’t need to eat so much, They claimed this is only a waste of time and a big joke. The governor and the leader of the congress, tried to stop the Jaganatha puja, but all the members of the government, and their staff, such as Indira Gandhi and her son, were all destroyed in a very short time. They thought all of this was just imagination, and they foolishly tried to stop all the worship of Krsna.
WORSHIPING KRSNA’S FOOTPRINT
In Gaya all your karma can be destroyed by worshipping that place where Krsna’s footprint permanently holds back the dayita, Gayasura. In Kasi you can have darshan of Lord Siva and bathe in the Ganga, afterwards you can go to Prayag and bathe in the confluence of the Yamuna, Saraswati and Gangadevi, after that you can go to Mathura, and finally you can progress further into Vraja.
There are nineteen symbols on the lotus feet of Sri Krsna, O Devarshi I see there are nineteen symbols on the feet of Sri Krsna. On the right foot there is the barley corn (yava),flag (jayapataka), lotus (padma), goad ( ankus), thunderbolt (vajra), disc (Sudarshana), umbrella (chatra), swastika, Jaman fruit, udhav rekha (auspicious line), astagon ( 8 pointed star ),. On the left foot there is the Akash ( 2 circles), conchshell (sankya), bow (dhanu), cow hoofprint (goksura), waterpots (Kalash,triangle, (trikona), halfmoon (ardha candra), fish (matsya).
Nowadays if you make a swastika people become very upset and ask why are you putting a swastika there. Ghosts will see the swastika and be very afraid of it because this is the symbol of Sri Krsna. Even then some people say, why are you disturbing ghosts, because the ghosts don’t like the swastika symbol, they become afraid and go away. If you put up a flag they say why did you put up a flag, why are you disturbed? Take it down. All these symbols of Sri Krsna lotus feet are very powerful. Kali Maharaja and all his followers flee from them, therefore some people will try and keep them away so the Lord’s auspicious qualities cannot spread all over the world.
If you see a flag or swastika symbol, they will remind you of the lotus feet of Krsna, therefore we should always meditate on the Lord’s lotus feet and the symbols on his lotus feet. By seeing a lotus the mood to offer yourself to the lotus feet of Krsna is awakened. By seeing the barley or the waterpots we think of how Laksmidevi took the dust of the lotus feet of the Lord, creating grains in order to stop the jivas being so hungry and eating each other at the beginning of creation due to lack of food. Just like snakes will eat their own offspring, unless one or two babies survive, from the hundreds born, and the mother’s and father’s tendency to kill and eat their own offspring, there will be no next generation of snakes. Even nowadays there are some people who will cut out their own babies from the womb and cook them before eating them. (CLICK ON THE TITLE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE)
At that time the Gopis began to imitate all the pastimes of Sri Krsna, One said, “O cowherd boys, look a dangerous fire is coming to engulf us, close your eyes, don’t worry I will protect you from this danger. “They were so absorbed in the pastime of the Davanala forest fire, the Gopis didn’t even see one another, all they saw was that each of them was one of Krsna’s cowherd friends, the sakhas and that they were protecting the calves. The fire had completely surrounded them and the gopis told one another, “Close your eyes, I will save you! Don’t worry“! Srila Jiva Goswami says, in this way they began to imitate the pastime of Kaliya lila first, then the subsequent lila of the forest fire that threatened the cowherd boys and calves.
On the occasion of Sri Krsna dancing on the hoods of Kaliya’s heads, the Gopis were considering how fortunate Kaliya was that he was embracing Krsna in his coils and kissing (biting) him. Today Kaliya’s fortune has dawned because he has achieved something that we have not, the chance to dance with Krsna. When Krsna escaped the embrace of Kaliya he wanted to show the Gopis his expertise in dancing on Kaliyas many hoods in order to increase their desire for the rasa lila in the future.
The Gopis thought, “Oh Kaliya you are so fortunate! Krsna has easily given you the dust of his lotus feet on your heads, without any endeavour you are receiving this, Krsna’s lotus feet are rarely obtained.“ When the gopis prayed to Krsna in the “Gopi Gita”, can you please put your lotus feet on our chests, Krsna replied; “I cannot put my feet on your chests, because they are so hot that they will burn my feet.“ So the Gopis were thinking how did Kaliya get the immeasurable wealth of the lotus feet of Sri Krsna on his heads, despite being so envious and malicious that he would destroy anybody who came near him. Simply by the touch of Krsna’s lotus feet Kaliya became the, “servant of Krsna’s servants”, and all his violence and enmity left him.
As previously mentioned, all the gopis were immersed in remembering Krsna’s pastimes with such absorption, that they forgot who they were and became “one in heart” with Krsna. After remembering Kaliya, they remembered the Davanala forest fire. One gopi in complete absorbtion of Krsna said; “Oh Sakha close your eyes I will protect you, if you don’t close your eyes, the bright blazing glare of the forest fire will blind you, so close your eyes quickly, and I will save you from this fire”. In a forest fire the heat and glare are so intense and dangerous that it can destroy your eyes making you blind, so the gopis who were totally absorbed in Krsna cautioned the sakhas in this way. Then another Gopi came in the mood of Yasoda mata with a rope and said; “O Krsna why have you spilt this milk, come here and I will bind you”. And another Gopi replied; “O Vrajesvari I was so hungry and you didn’t feed me”, while tears of fear streamed down her cheeks. It was as if she was the little darling Krsna Himself being subject to Yasodamayis chastisement.
Jiva Goswami explains in his commentary that if anything is lacking, if there is any fault or shortcoming in his pure devotees, then, “Krsna lila shakti”, personally comes into the heart of the devotee, making him, purna rasattva, completely satisfied in His relationship with Krsna. He also fulfills their earnest desire to associate with the Lord in loving communion.
If someone has the desire to serve Sri Krsna or has already come into his loving service but for some reason, they have some shortcoming or deficiency, then they may at some point leave that service, but for someone who is completely absorbed in the mood of the Vrajadevis this can never happen. If we give even a little space or room in our heart for something other than Sri Krsna then there is a chance of falling down.
One Gopi took the mood of Yasoda Vrajesvari, the mother of Sri Krsna and had a garland of flowers to bind another Gopi, who had taken the mood of Krsna. Taking Krsna she bound him with a garland of flowers which represented the rope. Then the Gopi who was absorbed in the mood of Krsna protested; “Oh Maiya I didn’t break the pot of milk, or steal any butter don’t punish me or beat me.“ The other Gopi in the mood of Yasoda, took the Gopi’s hands, thinking them Krsna’s and bound her waist with the flower garland.
Feeling acute vipralamba, separation mood, from Krsna, one Gopi fainted while the other Gopi playing Krsna, began to shiver and weep. By their intense moods and the influence of lila shakti, the Vrajadevis were feeling all these “unmadas”, various madnesses, in the various transcendental moods. These transcendental moods overtook the Gopis consciousness and could not be defeated or diminished easily, because it had fully internalized and blazed strongly within their hearts. The antardasa, antarbahir, and bahir, stages begin within the heart, manifesting as external displays and absorption in Krsna lila. Eventually when the Vrajagopis regained full external consciousness, they were completely disorientated began to wonder where they were. This was because of complete absorption in Krsna lila, they had completely forgotten themselves.
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