I hope that you are having a very illuminating experience on Navadvip Parikrama. You are now at Suvarna Vihar. This place was discovered by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupad. There are some pillars from the bygone ages. There are also small pieces of bricks. I think someone will tell you the pastime of the Raja of Suvarna Vihar. So I am not repeating that. If they haven’t told you, then they can tell you now! But he was able to see Gauranga by chanting the holy name of Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! Gauranga! And the Lord told him that you will appear in My pastimes. You will arrange My marriage and you will be known as Buddhimanta Khan. So I studied the books on Lord Caitanya and I thought I would share with you what Buddhimanta Khan did. He was a chief tax collector. And he had many assistant tax collectors under him. He was a very rich man. So when he heard that Lord Caitanya was getting married to Vishnu Priya, he said that he wanted to arrange the procession and others said, well, what about me? He said that he wanted to arrange such a procession, like a prince! So he arranged the procession of Lord Caitanya in such a way that in the beginning of the procession, there were some of his tax collectors carrying rifles. After them, some brahmins, chanting mantras, some clowns making funny expressions and dancing, there were little kids doing somersaults and like this, he had a band, musicians, dancers, and the people they had never seen such a procession before! Lord Gauranga was carried in a palanquin. And all the ladies of Navadvip they became so excited, they started saying, come on, come on, Nimai Pandit is getting married! Normally the ladies would be very humble and meek, but the whole city became flooded with love of Krishna, and love of Vishwambhar, Gaurasundar. People were blowing on the conch shells and the ladies were doing ulu dhwani. It was amazing! AMAZING! So this was some of the service that Buddhimanta Khan did. So I just wanted to share that with you because it is not in any of the books about parikrama. Thank you very much and remember this Navadvip Parikrama is very, very, purifying. You should try to keep Lord Gauranga in your heart and become more and more attached to Him! Haribol! Thank you!
Jayapataka Swami here, signing off!
Transcribed by Jayaraseshwari devi dasi
09 March 2019