Nov 042014

Gadadhara-Pandit-200x300Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila, Chapter 7.

“I wanted to agitate you,” the Lord [Caitanya] said, “but you did not become agitated. Indeed, you could not say anything in anger. Instead, you tolerated everything. Your mind was not disturbed by My tricks. Rather, you stayed fixed in your simplicity. In this way you have purchased Me.” (161-162) No one can describe the characteristics and ecstatic love of Gadadhara Pandita. Therefore another name for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Gadadhara-prananatha, “the life and soul of Gadadhara Pandita.” No one can say how merciful the Lord is to Gadadhara Pandita, but people know the Lord as Gadaira Gauranga, “the Lord Gauranga of Gadadhara Pandita.” (163-164) No one can understand the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. They are like the Ganges, for hundreds and thousands of branches flow from even one of His activities. (165) Gadadhara Pandita is celebrated all over the world for his gentle behavior, his brahminical attributes, and his steady love for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. (166) The Lord purified Vallabha Bhatta by cleansing him of the mud of false pride. By such activities the Lord also instructed others. (167) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was actually always merciful within His heart, but He was sometimes externally negligent of His devotees. We should not be preoccupied with His external feature, however, for if we do so we shall be vanquished. (168)

Giriraj Swami: “This is a very important point about judging devotees. Externally the Lord may appear to be neglecting a devotee, but we shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about the devotee, because internally the Lord is always affectionate toward His devotees. He may be dealing with the devotee in a particular way for the benefit of that devotee. He could be purifying the devotee or showing the devotee’s wonderful qualities. If we judge externally we may misjudge the devotee and misjudge the Lord’s attitude toward the devotee—and fall down.”

Gadadhara Pandita, Cc Antya 7