Gaura-purnima: Flood of Love from Mayapur for Everyone—Even Rogues


We welcome you on the auspicious occasion of Sri Gaura-purnima, the appearance day of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna Chaitanya. We are gathered here in the most holy abode of the Supreme Lord at the feet of the Panca-tattva.

This year Gaura-purnima is especially significant for us because in Sri Mayapur-dhama, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, devotees have just started to serve very special, large Deities of the Panca-tattva. These extraordinary, seven-foot-tall Deities will eventually be worshiped in the magnificent Mayapur Candrodaya Mandira, the great temple to be constructed in Mayapur.

According to tattva, or ontological truth, Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His original form. And the same Krishna who appeared five thousand years ago as the son of Nanda Maharaja and Yasoda Maiya appeared again five hundred years ago as the beautiful son of Jagannatha Misra and Sacidevi—Sri Krishna Chaitanya. And just as Lord Krishna’s first expansion appeared along with Him as Balarama, so the same Balarama appeared again five hundred years ago to assist Lord Chaitanya in His pastimes. He appeared as Lord Nityananda.

Nityananda Prabhu is the original spiritual master. As the first expansion of the Lord, He is the first servant of the Lord, and the first teacher of the science of Krishna consciousness. He teaches us how to serve the Lord and how to glorify the Lord.

Nityananda Prabhu predicted that there would be a wonderful temple (adbhuta mandira) built in Mayapur for the service and glorification of Sri Krishna Chaitanya. At the end of the nineteenth century, another great acharya in the line coming from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, had a vision. While chanting his rounds on his balcony at his house in Godruma-dvipa (his house is still there), he looked across the river to Mayapur. And there he saw before him, revealed to his spiritual vision, the adbhuta mandira that had been envisioned by Lord Nityananda almost four centuries earlier. Bhaktivinoda Thakura had rediscovered the actual birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Mayapur, and it was his order and desire that devotees of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu build this wonderful temple. The same order from Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, and from him to our Srila Prabhupada, has now come to us through disciplic succession. So, to inspire the devotees for the project, the large, life-size Deities of the Panca-tattva were recently installed in Mayapur. (“Life-size” means life-size for the Panca-tattva, about seven feet tall, but for us, they are larger-than-life size.

I will now read some verses that express our mood on the occasion of Sri Gaura-purnima, especially with the arrival of the wonderful Deities of the Panca-tattva in Mayapur. We read from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, Chapter Seven: “Lord Caitanya in Five Features.”


saj-jana, durjana, pangu, jada, andha-gana
prema-vanyaya dubaila jagatera jana


The Krsna consciousness movement will inundate the entire world and drown everyone, whether one be a gentleman, a rogue, or even lame, invalid, or blind.


uchalila prema-vanya caudike vedaya
stri, vrddha, balaka, yuva, sabare dubaya


The flood of love of Godhead swelled in all directions, and thus young men, old men, women and children were all immersed in that inundation.

PURPORT by Srila Prabhupada

When the contents of the storehouse of love of Godhead are thus distributed, there is a powerful inundation that covers the entire land. In Sridhama Mayapur there is sometimes a great flood after the rainy season. This is an indication that from the birthplace of Lord Caitanya the inundation of love of Godhead should be spread all over the world, for this will help everyone, including old men, young men, women and children. The Krsna consciousness movement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is so powerful that it can inundate the entire world and interest all classes of men in the subject of love of Godhead.

COMMENT by Giriraj Swami

I will tell a little story. Of course, Mayapur is thirteen and a half hours ahead of us, so evening here is the next morning there. By circumstances, on the evening here that was the morning in Mayapur when the Deities were to be installed, I had to attend a function with many ordinary people who had no interest in Krishna consciousness. While in their midst, I suddenly felt a great calm pass over me—a great peace—and even though they were talking and laughing, as people do when they get together, my mind went to Mayapur. I had actually forgotten that the night here was the morning there. I looked at my watch and saw that, indeed, it was the time for the Deities to be installed in Mayapur. I felt a great sense of peace and a great sense of love, causelessly. And then I started to feel a flood coming over: there was actually a flood of love of God originating in Mayapur and spreading all over the earth. And I thought of the verse we just read, that the Panca-tattva will inaugurate an inundation that will cover the whole world with love of God.

When I thought of the Panca-tattva, I was full of love for them—not my usual condition. It was definitely Their mercy, a manifestation of Their mercy. It felt exactly like what was described here: “The Krishna consciousness movement will inundate the entire world and drown everyone, whether one be a gentleman, a rogue or even lame, invalid and blind.” So, even rogues [points to self] can be drowned in the inundation of love of Godhead that arises from Mayapur by the grace of the Panca-tattva. I felt, “Now the flood has been set in motion, and nothing and no one will be able to stop it.” It is with this conviction that I come here tonight. We are blessed here to have the Panca-tattva (I don’t even know the history of how the Panca-tattva came to be here), but certainly They are here by Their mercy.

One of our dear godbrothers, His Holiness Sridhar Swami Maharaja, is in Mayapur now. He was an early disciple of Srila Prabhupada. Eventually he moved into the temple in Vancouver in 1969, and by 1973 he came to India, to Bombay. From then we were together, serving Srila Prabhupada in Bombay. About six weeks ago, Sridhar Swami was diagnosed with liver cancer, which had spread throughout his body. He left Bombay and went to Vancouver to see if he could get a liver transplant. But because the cancer had spread so much, he was not considered eligible for the transplant. So he decided that he would just go to Mayapur. He was ready to leave his body, to leave this world.

The scriptures say that no one can understand a Vaishnava (vaisnavera kriya-mudra vijne na bujhaya). Although he was preparing to leave his body, at the same time he was very jolly. He was always very jolly, and he seemed even more jolly when I spoke to him on the phone in Vancouver. He told me that his first desire was to make it alive to Mayapur, his second desire was to stay alive until the installation of the Panca-tattva, and his third desire was, if possible, to stay alive until Gaura-purnima.

I spoke with him by phone last night, which was the morning of Gaura-purnima in Mayapur. So we know he lived till the morning of Gaura-purnima. Because Maharaja and I too have been a little sick, people tend to ask us, “How are you now?” But Sridhar Swami is very funny. He is like a cowherd boy of Vrindavan, or one of the associates of Nityananda Prabhu—very humorous. He told me that when people ask him how he is or how his health is, he answers, “Well, I lived through last night. And if you want to know about tonight, ask me tomorrow.” Therefore he got the nickname “The Jolly Swami.” Anyway, he has lived through the morning of Gaura-purnima. And tomorrow I’ll phone to see if he lived through the night. But I am sure, by the grace of the Panca-tattva, that he will be all right.

Now, this is a great mission we have: to come together and build the great temple. His Holiness Sridhar Swami has been involved with the plans for the temple and the effort to gather resources to build the temple, so I know it is his desire that we should contribute to this effort, somehow or other, directly or indirectly. We should contribute to this effort, and that will increase the inundation.

Another verse here indicates that by spreading Krishna consciousness one feels transcendental ecstasy; that is the purport. Srila Prabhupada has explained that there are two categories of transcendentalists: the bhajananandis and the gosthy-anandis. The bhajananandis derive pleasure mainly from their own spiritual practices. They do go, when invited, to speak, but their main focus is on their own spiritual practices, and they derive pleasure mainly from their bhajana. The other category is the gosthy-anandis, and their main concentration is on spreading Krishna consciousness, and their pleasure comes from the distribution of Krishna consciousness. Of course, they relish chanting the holy names, hearing Krishna-katha, and so on, but their main concentration is on spreading Krishna consciousness. That is the mood of the Panca-tattva, as this verse reveals:


jagat dubila, jivera haila bija nasa
taha dekhi’ panca janera parama ullasa


When the five members of the Panca-tattva saw the entire world drowned in love of Godhead and the seed of material enjoyment in the living entities completely destroyed, they all became exceedingly happy.

COMMENT by Giriraj Swami:

So, this is the mood of the Panca-tattva. This was Srila Prabhupada’s mood, too, and this is the mood that Srila Prabhupada wanted us to imbibe from him and the disciplic succession. Therefore, even talking about the spread of Krishna consciousness is very enlivening. On the absolute platform, there is no difference between Krishna, His name, His form, His qualities, His pastimes, His paraphernalia, and His entourage. They are all the same. And one of the Lord’s pastimes—this is so wonderful—one of His pastimes, especially in the form of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, as we just read, is to inundate the world with love of Godhead, with Krishna consciousness. That is one of His pastimes.

From the very beginning, Srila Prabhupada wanted to get land in Mayapur and establish a center there. (Eventually, after a great struggle, His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami was instrumental in getting some land.) But when some of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples first visited this property in Mayapur, they expressed some regret: “Oh, we are not at the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu; the actual birth site is down the road.” Srila Prabhupada responded, “No, there are two things, birth and activities—janma and karma—but of the two, the activities are more important.” He explained, “Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is not famous because He took birth in Mayapur. He is famous because He spread Krishna consciousness. Because He spread Krishna consciousness, His birthplace has significance.” Srila Prabhupada continued, “Of the two, the activities, or karma, are more important than the birth, or janma.” He said that from our place in Mayapur, the activities of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the Panca-tattva, the activities of spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world through the sankirtana movement, will continue, and that is more important than the birth.

Of course, the Lord does not take birth like an ordinary human being, conceived by the union of the mother and father. Rather, the Lord manifests Himself before our vision. That is why we use the term “appears.” For example, the sun does not take birth. A child might see the sun rising over the horizon and out of ignorance think that the sun has taken birth, as some primitive people might think, but actually the sun is always there. We say the sun rises when it comes before our limited vision, and we say the sun sets when it passes out of our limited vision, but the sun is always there. For the sun, there is no rising or setting. Similarly, God is always there: Krishna is always there, and Krishna Chaitanya is always there. But 518 years ago, Lord Chaitanya appeared. As the Caitanya-caritamrta describes, He appeared on the horizon of Gauda-desa just like the sun. He never actually took birth. Although we say “birth” and “janma,” we don’t mean that He took birth like an ordinary person. He appeared on the horizon of Gauda-desa like the sun. And Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda Prabhu are like the sun and the moon together. The Caitanya-caritamrita describes that They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda to dissipate the darkness of the age of Kali and bring happiness to all.

This was actually Srila Prabhupada’s mission, on behalf of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the disciplic succession: to make people happy.

You may know that, in 1965, Srila Prabhupada left India to come to America. From one point of view, you could say he was a penniless beggar, although he carried the greatest treasure of love of God within his heart. Anyway, he approached Sumati Morarji, the Chairman of the Scindia Steam Navigation Company, for free passage on one of her ships to America. Mrs. Morarji had an officer named Mr. Choksi. They were all actually very nice people. Anyway, before Srila Prabhupada came to America, Mr. Choksi (whom, obviously, I met only later) teased Srila Prabhupada, “Why do you want to go to America at such an old age? I think you want to see the sights. You want to enjoy there.” Srila Prabhupada replied, “My life is practically finished. What is there for me to enjoy? But I know the young people there—a whole generation—are frustrated and confused. I want to help them. I want that they should become happy.” That was Srila Prabhupada’s mood and mission, and it is the same mood and mission of the Panca-tattva, of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. And the great wonder of Krishna consciousness, the great beauty of Krishna consciousness, is that the more you make others happy in Krishna consciousness, the more your own happiness increases.

It is described that the Panca-tattva opened up the storehouse of love of Godhead and distributed its contents, and the more they distributed the contents, the more the stock increased. That is the nature of spiritual existence: The more we give Krishna consciousness to others, the more we become Krishna conscious. The more we make others happy, the happier we become.

Now, on this auspicious occasion; at this auspicious place; in this auspicious assembly; at he feet of the Panca-tattva, the Six Gosvamis, the guru-parampara, and Srila Prabhupada, we feel blessed with a drop—I don’t even know if it’s a drop, or a fraction of a drop, or a fraction of a fraction of a drop, but we have been blessed by some particles or nanoparticles of their love. Some tiniest particulate of a drop of that love of Godhead has somehow touched us, and that’s why we are here. Just that one particulate of a drop is enough to completely enliven us and make us forget everything else—to make us just want to serve the mission of the Panca-tattva, the mission of Srila Prabhupada.

So on this occasion we offer our lives to them. If we could offer more, we would, but that’s all we have. We offer our lives to them for the great mercy that they have bestowed upon us, and upon the world—love of God. We offer ourselves in their service to their mission, to add our little might to fulfill their desire that the whole world be inundated with Krishna consciousness, with love of God.

Now I will give a brief introduction to tonight’s drama, and maybe afterwards one or two of you will feel inspired to share something with us. We come again to this verse, because it is so important, but this time we will read the purport:


saj-jana, durjana, pangu, jada, andha-gana
prema-vanyaya dubaila jagatera jana


The Krsna consciousness movement will inundate the entire world and drown everyone, whether one be a gentleman, a rogue, or even lame, invalid, or blind.

PURPORT by Srila Prabhupada

Here again it may be emphasized . . . [now there’s some strong language here!] Here again it may be emphasized that although jealous rascals protest that Europeans and Americans cannot be given the sacred thread or sannyasa, there is no need even to consider whether one is a gentleman or a rogue [so there is hope for us!] because this is a spiritual movement which is not concerned with the external body of skin and bones. Because it is being properly conducted under the guidance of the Panca-tattva, strictly following the regulative principles, it has nothing to do with external impediments.

COMMENT by Giriraj Swami

During the period of the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Mayapur, there were two rogues named Jagai and Madhai. Although they were born in brahmana families, they had become completely degraded into the worst of debauchees. They were meat-eaters, drunkards, womanizers, and criminals. Lord Chaitanya, in the mood of delivering the most fallen (patita-pavana hetu tava avatara), sent out Nityananda Prabhu and Haridasa Thakura to approach whomever they could meet and instruct them to chant the holy names of Krishna, learn the science of Krishna, and worship Krishna.

Nityananda Prabhu and Haridasa Thakura, hearing about the notorious brothers Jagai and Madhai, thought, “If we can bless them with Lord Chaitanya’s mercy, then the reputation of Lord Chaitanya and His mercy will be magnified.” So they decided to approach the most notorious, debauched, sinful rogues of the time, Jagai and Madhai. It is said that when the scribe of Yamaraja, Citragupta, was tabulating all the sinful activities of Jagai and Madhai, he almost had a nervous breakdown. He couldn’t keep up with the list. As soon as he would record one sinful activity, they committed ten more. They were so sinful. It is these sinful brothers, Jagai and Madhai, that Lord Nityananda and Thakura Haridasa decided to approach.

So there may be some hope for us too!

[A devotee stands to speak.]

Yes? Yugadharma Prabhu! Wait, please! Along with the yuga-avatara, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, comes the yuga-dharma, hari-nama sankirtana.

Devotees: Haribol!

Giriraj Swami: Now Yugadharma dasa, the servant of the yuga-dharma, will speak.

Yugadharma dasa: I have a small story to share with everybody. It took place a week and a half ago at the UCLA Medical Hospital. I was being interviewed by a very top doctor at the hospital. I was looking at him very closely, and around his neck he had this black string with a medallion on it. I was looking and looking at it, and finally I asked him, “What is this you have?”

He answered, “I don’t know. Someone gave it to me from India.”

I said, “Hmm, do you mind if I inspect it?” Because I had a kurta on, and my pajama pants—I was preaching, you know. So I took my glasses out and started looking at it. It was a little larger than a quarter, and on the coin—it was copper-brassy looking—on the coin there was this figure like this [gesturing towards the Deity of Lord Chaitanya].

Devotees: Haribol!

Yugadharma dasa: On Mahaprabhu’s left was a pot, on top of a block. There was a little pot, like Yajna. And on His right there was an Om sign. I looked at it and I said, “Dr. Urskin, I know what this is.”

Surprised, he asked, “What is it?”

“This is Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu! He is the golden avatara, and you have Him on your neck! How long have you been wearing this?”

“Four years.  After four years, you have come, and now you have revealed to me that this is . . . who?”

“Lord Chaitanya,” I said. “You must come to our Hare Krishna temple and see Lord Chaitanya.”

“And after four years! . . . Thank you very much!” he exclaimed.

And I said, “Hare Krishna!”

Devotees: Haribol! Haribol!

Yugadharma dasa: So, Lord Chaitanya is everywhere!

Giriraj Swami: Jaya! What a wonderful story! Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ki jaya! Sri Sri Panca-tattva ki jaya! Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!

[A talk by Giriraj Swami on Gaura-purnima, March 6, 2004, Laguna Beach, California]

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