23rd February 2018 – 08:25 am
I offer my respectful obeisances unto Srila Prabhupada.
International party crossed the Ganges, Pratap Nagar to Rudradvip and heading on to Belpakur tonight. So there are many pastime places on this side of the river. This is the first year they are going to Rudradvip. Rudradvip extends from here to the Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir. Prabhupada said that Narshinga dev is just on the border. Pancatattva is in Antardvip and Radha Madhava, Ashta Sakhi in Rudradvip.
This is the eighth process of devotional service, friendship with the Lord. In Vrindavan the Lord wants to treated as equal, like a friend and there the pastimes are in spontaneous mood. So Lord Caitanya is Krishna Himself and he extends His pastimes in unassuming way. When He was a child, he had an argument with Jagadananda pandit and Jagadananda Pandit sat by the Ganges and was not eating.He was very dissatisfied that the Lord dealt with him very harshly, in his estimation. So he sat whole night crying, sitting by the side of the Ganges.Just before the sunrise, Lord Chaitanya went with Gadhadar Prabhu and they were calling out , “Jagadananda! Jagadananda! So, Jagadananda who was sitting by the side of the Ganges, seeing Nimai coming in search of him asked, “Why did You come here in this night. There are many pebbles and hard things that may hurt your feet. Lord Chaitanya said, “I cannot sleep when you are here” So he said, “Come with us”. So Jagadananda held the leg of Gadhadara and rose up. And all three went to mother Saci mata’s house. When they reached Sachi Mata’s house, Jagadananda was given puffed rice, ‘Muri’. Then Lord Chaitanya said, “We are friends. Sometimes friends have disagreement, sometimes we agree sometimes we disagree but we should not take it very seriously because after every disagreement one thing is sure, our love for each other increases.” Then Jagannath Mishra brought a plate of rice and milk and Jagadananda Pandit took rice and milk and fell asleep.Like this there are so many pastimes of Lord Caitanya.
Those great devotees, they are very fortunate to have exchanges with the Lord.We may not be so fortunate but we are very fortunate that we had exchanges with Srila Prabhupada.
I remember once, I told Srila Prabhupada that, “I am the most fallen,” then he said, “You are not the most of anything,” Srila Prabhupada, he kept us humble.
So as you are visiting various places in Navadvipa Dham, so we hope that your love for Lord Caitanya increases and the loving exchanges with Lord Chaitanya with increases.
(Transcribed by Rasa Priya Gopika Devi Dasi)