Saturday, August 31, 2013

Shri Chitrakut Baithakji Number 24

Here by the side of the Kantanath mountain under a shady tree Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya conducted a discourse on the Shrimad Bhagavatam and Ramayan, the story of Lord Rama. Hunuman, the monkey god, standing daily came to hear the dscourse while standing on one foot. Shri Mahaprabhuji requested him to take his seat, but the monkey god replied that to stand was his oath of austerity.

Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya later explained that the Kantanath mountain is the brother of Shri Giriraja Hill, therefore we should not walk on the sacred mountain. Kantanath mountain, wishing Mahaprabhuji to bless him with the touch of his feet, came disguised as a Brahman saying, “Sita and Ram have told me to tell you that they are on top of the Kantanath mnountain and are very hungry so please bring them some food.”

Mahaprabhuji then requested Damala to prepare bananas with sugar, cardaman, and rose water, Krishnadas questioned, “How is it possible to offer the foodstuff to Shri Krishna and to Shri Ram. Shri Mahaprabhuji replied, “Ram is no other than Lord Krishna, the only difference is that Lord Ram is controllec by law while Krishna is governed by grace.” Shri Mahaprabhu then ascended the mountain and there saw Sita and Ram sitting with Laxshman by their side holding an umbrella while Manuman stood by with folded hands.
Shri Rama, taking Shri Mahaprabhu’s hand made him sit next to him on his jewelled throne. After Lord Ram and Sita partook of the bananas, Laxshman and Hamunan took the remains. For some time Lord Rama and Mahaprabhuji became engrossed in diving discourse. Shri Ram then said, “It was my great desire to partake of the food offered by your hand. Mahaprabhuji then took his leave and returned to the bottom of the mountain.
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