Monday, August 12, 2013

Vishram Ghat: Mathura Baithakji Number 5

At Vrindavan, Shri Mahaprabhuji offered to Prabhudas some prasada who in turn replied that he was not able to take the prasada because he had not bathed. Shri Mahaprabhuji then His flute under every tree and resides in His four-armed form within every leaf. Vrindavan’s greatness is concealed to some and visible to others. In such sacre land where even the dust is purifying, why consider whether one has bathed or not?”

Prabhudas then had the divine vision of that very sloka and saw Shri Krishna permeating every leaf on all the trees. After that sight, prabhudas partook of the prasada before taking his bath.

Once, a disciple of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, Gopaldas, prayed to Shri Krishna Chaitanya to give him a Deity to worship. Shri Chaitanya in turn entrusted to him a shaligram. Gopaldas worshipped the shligram but was distressed at heart because he desired a Deity which he could decorate with clothes and jewels, and on a shligram this can not be done. He later approached hiis guru in hopes of securing such a Deity. Shri Krishna Chaitanya, however, remained silent. After Shri Chaitanaya and proceeded to Jagannathpuri, Gopaldas had a dream in which Shri Krishna Chaitanaya told him, “I have appeared to establish the greatness of chanting the Lord’s najes. Only Shri Vallabhacharya Mahaprabhu has the right to give the service of the Lord’s svarupa. By His grace your wish will become fulfilled.”

When Shri Mahaprabhuji arrived in Vrindavan, Gopaldas prayed to Him “my guru has entrusted me with the service of a shaligram, but within my heart is the desire to serve and adorn the Deity. Are you aple to entrust me with a svarupa of Lord Krishna?” Shri Mahaprabhujii then said, “If your sentiment is pure while you are performing your worship, then that shaligram will be transformed into the image of Shri Krishna. The shaligram will remain in the back of the Deity. You should not worry, for Lord Krishna Himself will accomplish everything. You just see in the morning what is the condition of your shaligram.”

Gopaldas then returned home, and the following morning, by the grace of Shri Mahaprabhuji, his shaligram became transformed into the most enchanting svarupa of Shri Krishna called Radha Raman. (This Deity can be presently seen in Vrindavan.)

Gopaldas, realizing that Shri Mahaprabhuji was Shri Krishna Himself, approached Shri Mahaprabhuji with the hope of becoming His disciple, but Shri Mahaprabhuji told him, “In this birth you are the disciple of Shri Krishna Chaitanaya; in your nest birth you will enter into the path or Grace.” So it is said, “After thousands of years and many births of meditation Lord Narayana removes one’s sins and grants the soul devotion.” In his nest birth, Gopaldas became the renowned devotee of the path of Grace, Gopal Naga.
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