Aug 03

August 3, 2013 Sadhu-Sanga — Bhakti Vijnan Muni Maharaja read from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita.

Topic: Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu sees Krsna by the Yamuna River

Here is the recording of the August 3, 2013 sadhu-sanga.

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  • Seeing the transcendental beauty of Lord Krsna playing His flute by the Yamuna River, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu fell unconscious. All the devotees, headed by Swarupa Damodara Goswami, gathered round the Lord, and by a concerted effort, brought Him back to consciousness.
  • Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, followed by Ramananda Raya, began to recite many slokas which describe the transcendental beauty of Lord Krsna. Then Swarupa Damodara was asked to sing a verse from the Gita-Govinda. His singing induced the Lord to dance again and again, manifesting all the symptoms of ecstatic love.
  • The devotees all gathered round and began to chant in unison. Ramananda Raya then fanned the Lord to dissipate His fatigue. Then all the devotees took the Lord to the beach where they bathed Him before taking Him home and feeding Him lunch.
  • We then continue with Chapter Sixteen which begins with the activities of Kalidasa, a very advanced devotee who managed to eat the remnants of every Vaisnava in Bengal. Kalidasa would present first-class eatables to each Vaisnava, even those from sudra families, and then beg for the remnants. If he did not receive any, he would hide until he had the opportunity to lick the discarded leaves.
  • In response to a question, Sripad Puri Maharaja then explains that many high topics are described in the scriptures so that we may have faith and then he briefly explains why faith is so necessary in our lives.
  • Sripad Muni Maharaja then relates the profound difference between engaging in material activities for the sake of sense enjoyment versus engaging in similar activities under the direction of the Vaisnavas for the devotional service of the Lord. In the later case, the mind becomes a servant of the soul.

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