[Excerpt from Srila Gurudeva: Around the World, U.K. 1996 (Radlett, 20 May), the second book in a series of volumes on Srila Gurudeva’s world preaching tours.]

Srila Gurudeva: If one goes to Caitanya Mahaprabhu then even if he is a wretched person like Jagai and Madhai or more than them i.e. he has no qualifications at all and is full of evils, ego, lust, anger, greed, pride, madness, and illusion; but yet, if he cries out and says, “Sacinandana Gaurahari! Patita Pavana Nityananda Prabhu!” then Caitanya Mahaprabhu is at once merciful to them. And, He is seen in the form of Radha-Krsna there. So we should take shelter. I am saying this for the glorification of Svamiji.

He has said, “My office is in Bombay. My sadhana-bhumi is in Navadvipa-Mayapura. I will practice bhakti in Navadvipa Dhama because Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu are so merciful. Unconditional mercy can come from Them to the fallen conditioned souls who have worldly ego and many desires to taste worldly things. So, I went to Navadvipa first and not to Vrndavana. My place of worship is Navadvipa Dhama. And my motherland is Vrndavana.”

So we know that our sadhana-bhumi (place of worship) is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s land—Navadvipa-Mayapura Dhama. He will mercifully make our hearts sarasa from nirasa. We are now nirasa, having no love and affection; we have no rasa at all. But when we will take shelter of Navadvipa Dhama and Sacinandana Gaurahari, then our hearts will change. May I explain the last line of the anarpita-carim-cirat sloka from the Caitanya-caritamrita?

harih purata-sundara-dyuti kadamba sandipitah
sada hrdaya-kandare sphuratu vah saci-nandanah

Rupa Gosvami has written this sloka. What does he mean? Sacinandana Gaurahari is Krsna Himself who has the mood and golden color of Srimati Radhika. He has come in the form of a Brahmana boy. And now He is Gauranga. Actually He is not Gauranga; He is black. And that very black person who is a great cheater, has come in the form of a Gauranga sannyasi. He has taken the color of kunkuma from the bodies of the gopis i.e. He wears red clothes (the clothes of a sannyasi). And He is black but He has taken this golden color of Srimati Radhika. He has also taken the mood of Srimati Radhika.

And now He cries out, “Hare Krsna! Where is Krsna? I cannot live without Krsna? My heart is broken! Where can I have Krsna?”

He is experiencing this separation mood. We should try to be in the same separation mood because we have not seen Krsna. So, Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to give this separation mood to the jivas so that they can cry for Radha, Krsna, and Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He has come to give what I have explained elsewhere. He has come to give the sri (the beauty) of unnata-ujjvala-rasa. He has not come to give ujjvala-rasa. He has come to give the mood of the gopis who are serving Srimati Radhika. And we are qualified for only this. And this mood is more than that of the nayika gopis (independent heroines).

Sri Rupa Gosvami says, “Harih purata-sundara-dyuti kadamba sandipitah.”

There are two meanings of Hari. One meaning of Hari is Krsna. And another Hari means a lion. Here, harih purata-sundara-dyuti kadamba sandipitah is stated. He is describing and explaining that there are so many mad elephants. What are they? They are offenses like nama-aparadha. They are also many anarthas, which are like mad elephants. They attack us in our heart. Our heart is like a very big cave. In that cave, many mad elephants live. And they live with their mates and children. They are very fond of their wives. Without their wives, they cannot live for a moment. They want to touch their wives all the time. They are so lusty and they are like mad elephants. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is a lion. When we will take Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s name, He will come in our heart like a lion. The mad elephants will see Him and run away at once. And if they are not going, He will attack them and take their blood. They will either be killed or they will leave the place. Thus, Caitanya Mahaprabhu is like a lion. And as Hari:

harih purata-sundara-dyuti kadamba sandipitah

Hari is so beautiful. But when He is joined with Srimati Radhika i.e. when He is adorned with the golden color and mood of Srimati Radhika, then He becomes more and more beautiful. He is more beautiful than Krsna and Srimati Radhika because the beauty of Krsna and Srimati Radhika has combined in the form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The mercy of Krsna and the mercy of Srimati Radhika have combined—double mercy is there in Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

harih purata-sundara-dyuti kadamba sandipitah
sada hrdaya-kandare sphuratu vah saci-nandanah

Rupa Gosvami says, “Sacinandana is like a lion. He is Hari; He is Krsna Himself. He should come in our hearts.”

Rupa Gosvami has stated the word, “Sacinandana.” Why has he not used any other name of Caitanya Mahaprabhu like Gauranga? The poet Rupa Gosvami has said, “O Sacinandana. Mother Saci is full of mercy. She is so liberal and merciful. She has given birth to You. She is so merciful. So, You have all the qualities of Your mother. And You especially have her quality of causeless mercy. She bestows her mercy without any reason.

The mother loves her children without any motive of gain. The father and mother’s mercy is causeless. The father may sometimes be so strong but a mother is not like so. Even if the child is not affectionate to the mother; yet, the mother will always love her child. So, You are the son of Saci-devi. In Saci-devi, personalities like Yasoda, Kausalya, Devaki, and Aditi reside. All are there in a combined form in Saci-devi. So, she is more and more merciful. And I think that You are the son of Saci-devi, so You are also so merciful as well. Please come in our heart and clear it. Make an asana (a seat) for Yourself. And then, the Divine Couple—Radha and Krsna will also reside there as well. So, I pray for this benediction.”

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