Hari bol! So you have been hearing His Holiness Bhakti Dhira Damodara Maharaj. You’re heading on the way from Belpukur to Jagannath Mandir. In this place Simantini Devi has been worshipped for a very long time. We worship Simantini Devi and Gauranga deity in Jagannath Mandir. Since we are in the dham of Simantini Devi ,since they have been worshipping here for a long time so we stop here and speak.
Lord Shiva, he was chanting one day, on his ‘Dundhubhi’ drum “Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! He was dancing ecstatically and the Patalaloka started to have earthquakes. So Simantini devi being the mother of the material world she thought it’s not time for my husband to do the Maha Pralaya. So she went up and called her husband “Swami! Swami! And he stopped chanting. He said ” You have interrupted my ecstasy. I was feeling most ecstatcy and you interrupted it.” Simantini Devi said, “I am sorry but the universe was breaking apart by your dancing. “What you were chanting? So he said the name of “Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! ” “Then why didn’t you tell me?” He thought “Well, I thought you were not qualified” he said. Then she really got angry, “I am known as Vaishnavi, I am known as Bhagavathi, how can you say I am not qualified? I am the Lord’s energy.” I won’t speak more on this topic so that Subang Maharaja can speak, what happens with Simantini.
So we are in a very blissful place, where even Siva and Parvathi are all chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and chanting Gauranga’s names. So you all are very fortunate that you have so many illustrious Vaishnavas who are the sharing the pasttimes with you.
Here you can find the Sridhar Angan, Kolaveca Sridhar, he was visited by Gauranga many times and this Jagannath temple is non different from the temple in Jagannath puri. So the Deities of Jagannath are very responsive. There are many pastimes which are still going on. Recently a Muslim came to temple and pujari offered him some Maha prasadam. He threw the Prasadam and said, “I don’t take the Prasad of idols. The Pujari said , “Then why do you come here? Don’t come!” Then he left. The next day he came and this time he offered his prostated obeisances. And he begged the Pujari for Prasadam. So the Pujari said, ” You are crazy or what? Yesterday you threw the Prasad and today you are begging for Prasad!” He said, “I dreamt last night. “The one with white face, he grabbed me by the neck, he said, “I am going to kill you, you threw my brother’s Prasad.” And the one with yellow face, the lady, she said ,”Get him! Get him!” But the one with black face and big smile, said “Oh let him go! His first offense and it’s not so bad!”Then he said ,” I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE! I BELIEVE ! And so he became a devotee of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra. So many pastimes like this happened. So you can hear from Jananivas prabhu, some of these pastimes.
Tonight is the realisation night. We think ahead, what realisation you have, whom you you want to thank and what did you like about the classes, what improvements we could make, what realisation you had. It is very interesting, we have people from different continents and each can say something . And some of the senior devotees should come and listen to the realisations.
Thank you very much for your participation in the Navadwip Mandala Parikrama. I’ll be coming to Mayapur in a few days, Krishna willing. Hari bol!
(Transcribed by Rasa Priya Gopika Devi Dasi)