Radhanath Swami explains whoever carefully recites the mysterious appearances of the Lord, with devotion in the morning and in the evening, gets relief from all miseries of life.

anma guhyaà bhagavato ya etat prayato naraù

säyaà prätar gåëan bhaktyä duùkha-grämäd vimucyate


In the Bhagavad-gétä the Personality of Godhead has declared that anyone who knows the principles of the transcendental birth and activities of the Lord will go back to Godhead after being relieved from this material tabernacle. So simply knowing factually the mysterious way of the Lord’s incarnation in this material world can liberate one from material bondage. Therefore the birth and activities of the Lord, as manifested by Him for the welfare of the people in general, are not ordinary. They are mysterious, and only by those who carefully try to go deep into the matter by spiritual devotion is the mystery discovered. Thus one gets liberation from material bondage. It is advised therefore that one who simply recites this chapter of Bhägavatam, describing the appearance of the Lord in different incarnations, in sincerity and devotion, can have insight into the birth and activities of the Lord. The very word vimukti, or liberation, indicates that the Lord’s birth and activities are all transcendental; otherwise simply by reciting them one could not attain liberation. They are therefore mysterious, and those who do not follow the prescribed regulations of devotional service are not entitled to enter into the mysteries of His births and activities.

Recite Appearances Of The Lord With Devotion

Whoever carefully recites the mysterious appearance of the lord with devotion in the morning and in the evening gets relief from all miseries of life, particular chapter from Bhagavad Purana. Shrila Vedvyas is beautifully describing various of the principles incarnation of the supreme lord Shri Krishna and he as is describing here that one who carefully recites this particular subject matter of the appearances of the lord with devotion on a regular basis every morning and every evening will get relief from all the miseries of life.

This material existence has been created by the lord for the particular purpose of giving impetus to the souls shackled in the prison of material life to take shelter of his lotus feet.  We are all given independent will and our life is determined by how we exercise that free will that has been so kindly given to us by the lord.  Our eternal constitutional position is to offer with devotion our every act, our every word, our every thought to the supreme personality of Godhead for his pleasure, but in order for the intensity of love to be real and satisfying to the soul.

Radhanath Swami explains Krishna says “Surrender To Me I Will Reward You Accordingly”

Krishna also gives us the entitlement by which we can choose to deny him on various levels.  Krishna says in Gita

ye yathä mäà prapadyante täàs tathaiva bhajämy aham

mama vartmänuvartante manuñyäù pärtha sarvaçaù

That as you surrender to me I will reward you accordingly.  Krishna also explains that everything is emanating for him,  “ahaà sarvasya prabhavo mattaù sarvaà pravartate”  that all material and spiritual worlds are but his various energies, paräsya çaktir vividhaiva çrüyate and Krishna has two primary energies Yoga Maya and Mahamaya.  Yoga Maya is that energy of the lord being personally directed by Shreemati Radharani and her spiritual expansions to bring our hearts closer to the love and devotion of the lord.  Yoga means to connect to reunite.  Maya means energy that energy, which serves to reunite our hearts in love and devotion to Krishna is call Yoga Maya and Mahamaya means that great all powerful, all the devouring energy of this material world, which distracts all of our attention away from Krishna.

Suffer Miseries If Enjoyed Away From Krishna by Radhanath Swami

Mahamaya works through the three modes of material nature and through these gunas she attracts our mind and she attracts our senses to want to enjoy when the soul comes under the subjugation of the mind and senses the soul wants to enjoy independent of god and Krishna has created the three miseries adhyatmak, Adhidaibik, Adhiboutik just to frustrate all of our attempts to enjoy separate from him or to Lord it over material nature.  Doorga means prison, this material world classified as a prison and what keeps us here only one thing our desire to stay, our desire to enjoy independent of Krishna is what keeps us birth after birth after birth in the frustration of experiencing the threefold miseries, those miseries caused by ones own body and mind.  Miseries caused by other living being and miseries caused by higher natural powers and it does not take much logic or argument to convince people these days that there are many sufferings and miseries in life it is all around us.  For this reason Kaliyuga is the very good time to take shelter of the lord.  In Satyuga although.

ä-brahma-bhuvanäl lokäùm punar ävartino ‘rjuna

It is all miserable it is all places of birth and death, there is a large degree of covering of those miseries is more of an illusion of enjoyment what to speak of the heavenly planets, but in this earth planet in Kaliyuga misery is blatantly manifested all around us.  You have to really be duet in utter ignorance to think that you can enjoy in this world, but the amazing thing is most people are in that category.  Though we assume that those who come to this temple have understood the reality around them just see we can make so many plans and arrangements, but ultimately the threefold miseries conquer us what is the most progressively advanced economic country that is practically taking over the world it is Japan.  A major part of the United States of America is owned by Japanese business men some of the biggest most famous hotels, biggest most famous buildings, last I heard the were trying to buy the empire state buildings, Sears tower the largest building in Chicago.  The main places in America they were trying to buy. The state of Hawaii is owned by the Japanese so they lost the war and they suffered miserably they thought they could conquer the world, the bombed the American navy and destroyed every ship in the American navy, then America came back and dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima and dropped all kinds of fire bombs on Tokyo the devastated the whole nation and they suffered miserably, but under the illusion of maya they were convinced that we will come back, we will enjoy, we will take over the world and they are doing it.  One little island, but so much of the world is depending on them on their knees for their technology, and their various other goods.  So many of the biggest companies and industries that made America so strong are completely out of business and shut down because the Japanese sell the same products for cheaper so they are economically trying to conquer the world why so that they could enjoy, enjoy a higher position and they are building their cities so wonderfully, but last week there was earthquake and one of the principle cities and none of their computer chips could rescue them, none of their economic strategic planning could convince the earth quake to go somewhere else and there was no diplomacy or negotiations involved, it struck and I think it was about 40 seconds, thousands dead, all their highways, bridges destroyed, that is called Adhidaibika that means the miseries caused by natural forces.

Here in India earthquakes, Los Angeles and California the most advanced city in America, recently there was also mystic earthquake destroyed billions of dollars and they are waiting for another one that are supposed to throw the whole city in the ocean and so much disease and frustration and inability to get along with even our own family members, friends, this material world is full of miseries.  We should just admit it is a miserable place, but we should make the best use of a bad bargain and we should understand why these miseries are here.  Krishna could have created a perfect place where we could be happy forever, in illusion without any of the ecstasy of loving him, but Krishna knows that this soul cannot be satisfied with any amount of material luxury or convenience or happiness because the soul is seeking the ras of loving devotion to the supreme lord so out of his mercy and kindness he has made this material world a place of misery by which we can have the impetus to surrender to god.  Of course, it is our duty to try to ward off the miseries according to our capacity, but for what just to survive a few more years.  Human life is meant for self realization,

tapo divyaà putrakä yena sattvaà

çuddhyed yasmäd brahma-saukhyaà tv anantam

The Higher Goal of Human Life by Radhanath Swami

Human life is meant for something beyond the animals.  It is meant to experience the ultimate joy of Krishna Consciousness, and therefore we try to on the physical and mental level create an atmosphere where there is good health, where there is as much unity and harmony as possible, and hopefully that environment will give one convenience by which they can dedicate their mind, their intelligence in seeking the higher goal of life. We have not been created just to survive comfortably.  We have been created with a goal and every human being is obliged to seek this goal of life and that goal is to realize the eternal soul, which is transcendental to this physical body, which is the source of all our miseries.  The gross and subtle physical body.  Krishna explains very beautifully in the second chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita Gita, the nature of the soul it is transcendental relationship with the absolute truth and he declares that that is Rajya Vidya it is the king of all knowledge, why because it brings about real joy, real happiness, Änanda-mayo ‘bhyäsät and that is what every living being is looking for spiritual transcendental joy. Enjoy in order to be satisfying, to be spiritual part of Krishna within our hearts, must be not subjected to the three modes of material nature, not subjected to the threefold miseries of material nature and practically all the attempts of science, technology, medicine, and everything is to so how or other alleviate suffering.

 Human Being Try To Alleviate Suffering and Boredom

As practically all men do and all women do in this world, is try to create a situation in their life to alleviate suffering.  All the entertainment industry is just to keep people from suffering utter boredom.  People are so dissatisfied with themselves and so bored with life that they have to just forget everything by watching the television or by going to the cinemas or by listening to various forms of music or by going to various athletic events.  It is all just to cure people from the frustration of boredom for the time being, but how long does it last. It actually intensifies the frustration in our hearts due to further agitating the bewilderment of our mind and senses.  Most of the things that we do is just to try to satisfy the frustration of boredom in our hearts and then we work so hard to eat so we do not suffer hunger, to get clothes we do not suffer embarrassment of looking poor, to get nice home so we do not have to suffer humiliation amongst our society or caste members thinking why you live like this, so much social pressures causes a so much misery and we have to work so hard to counteract it. Place to sleep, a place to eat.

Eating, sleeping, mating, and defending.  The animals are also try to ward off the misery by providing those things for themselves and their family members, but there is no solution. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati would say that there are so many problems that are causing so much anxiety, but really there is only one problem and that is a lack of Krishna Consciousness because the body has to suffer, no matter what you do it is its nature, you cannot free the body from suffering anymore that you can make water dry or the sun cold because it is the nature of sun to be hot, it is the nature of water to be wet, and it is the nature of the body to suffer and no one can deny it, but there can be some relief, there could be some sense of enjoyment, but it is all in the room of suffering and Krishna created it like this as his way of calling us all back home back to godhead. Just like with if your child is doing very, very nasty things and neglecting studies and creating terrible future for himself you make him feel good about it, you want him to suffer a little to teach him a lesson that he should do the right thing so Krishna is our father and how he has created his world he is not the reason for our suffering, we are the reason for our suffering, he has just created the scenario by which we have just except the foots of our own activities, but how merciful is Krishna.

Srimad Bhagavatam alleviates the miseries of life by Radhanath Swami

It is explained here in the Srimad Bhagavatam how to get relief from all the miseries of life.  Let us study this verse carefully, whoever, whoever means anybody, no one specific it does not matter what qualification of disqualification you have in this material world, whoever whether you are Indian or Western, whether you are richer, poor, whether you are low caste or high caste by material standards, whether you are dark color or light color, whether you are man or woman, whoever anyone who recites carefully.  Carefully means with great attention not just as a ritual.  We have seen that some people have in their homes they have Brahmins just reciting and they just go on with their household duties and feel that everything is auspicious because somebody is reciting, but you have to careful, carefully to speak it, carefully to hear it, and mostly to be carefully to be conscious of what is being spoken and what is being heard, to be attentive. This is the process by which we must hear and chant the mysterious appearances of the lord.  It is being explained that the lord’s appearances are very mysterious.  No one can, no one can fathom them no one can understand them unless the lord himself reveals within our heart the transcendental nature of his pastimes and his words.  There are so many translations of Bhagavad-Gita Gita, but practically none of them can understand the purpose of the Bhagavad-Gita Gita and there are so many people who narrate Srimad Bhagavatam, but their conclusion has nothing to do with Srimad Bhagavatam.  We have seen there are men who can sit and recite Bhagavatam for seven or eight days and keep people in thrawed with the way that they tell the stories even make people cry and laugh, but their conclusion has nothing to do with the Srimad Bhagavatam there are many proper recitors too we not saying, but there are many who are not.  The conclusion of the Bhagavatam is the same as the conclusion of the Gita that Krishna is a person, he is the absolute truth and unless we surrender to him with devotion we cannot understand what is the Bhagavatam and what is the Gita,

bhakto ‘si me sakhä ceti rahasyaà hy etad uttamam

Krishna tells Arjuna that my message is a mystery, but because you are my devotee you can understand it you are fit to hear it, no one else, but my devotee and devotion is eternal.  The soul is eternally part of Krishna.  The soul is eternally meant to surrender to Krishna, these mysterious and wonderful explanations are only realized by the grace of god and there is no other way.  Not through any amount of academic study of scripture is the mystery revealed only by humble, submissive devotion and it is described that one should recite in the morning and in the evening that means everyday,

nañöa-präyeñv abhadreñu nityaà bhägavata-sevayä

bhagavaty uttama-çloke bhaktir bhavati naiñöhiké

It is not something that is just done when we have time, it is not something that is done according to our convenience, it is not something that is done once a week to superstitiously protect us from anything we may have done wrong during the week this is way most people follow religion these days, it must be done every morning and every evening that means we must make it a priority in our life above everything else.

The Srimad Bhagavatam is giving a very liberal concession especially for grihastas who may say how can I be a devotee if I have to work so hard to maintain my family, yes you must work hard to maintain your family, if you have family it is your duty.  Srila Prabhupada said being a devotee does not mean you be a bum, do you know what is bum, it means a lazy person who does not take any responsibility for his life or any of the situation around him. Krishna Consciousness is not for lazy people, Krishna Consciousness is for dynamic, responsible, exemplary people.  If one is a grihasta one must be exemplary in society.  One must make provisions as long as we are in this material world we cannot neglect the needs of good health and physical maintenance, but that does not become our purpose of life that is something we do to facilitate the purpose of life, but the purpose of life is to become free and help others become free from the miseries of material existence by surrendering to Krishna.  By becoming purified through spiritual practices and if we take that goal seriously we must make it such a prominent priority that every morning and every evening we make Krishna first in our life by hearing and chanting his glories that is essential.  We begin our day and we end our day hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord and that society, their practices this principle is called civilized and however nicely we develop our economic conditions, if we do not live for that purpose we are uncivilized this is the conclusion of the scriptures.  Krishna has come in so many wonderful incarnations why just to give us more and more subject matter to hear and chant about.

All Powerful Almighty Lord

We just sung the beautiful song of Shri Jaydev Goswami, which is the introduction to the Gita Govinda.  Jaydev Goswami in his Gita Govinda he describes the very, very advanced pleasing pastimes of Brindavan.  He explains that this particular poem is meant for liberated souls not for ordinary beings.  He explains himself that this poem is for those liberated souls who have awakened by the grace of the lord within their hearts.  Pure devotion to the rasas of the lord in the spiritual world for those who have perfected their sadhana he has written Gita Govinda and in introduction he is explaining who is this Krishna that is playing so sweetly with Radharani in the Kunja of Brindavan.  He is that same Krishna who assumed the form of a great fish millions of miles long name Matsya Avatar that Krishna is dancing with the Gopis in Braja he is not an ordinary boy.  He was the one who expanded himself as Kurma Avatar a turtle millions of miles wide.  He was the lord who appeared as Varaha Dev a bore who was so big and so powerful that he held the entire earth on the tusks, which are placed just above his nose and then he killed the great demon Hiranyaksha that sweet son Yashodha who steals butter and engages in so many naughty activities.  By his mere expansion he appeared as Lord Nrsimha Dev that mighty half man half lion whose very roar shook the entire universe and who killed the greatest most powerful, envious demon Hiranyakashipu.

He appeared as Vaman Dev and with two steps although he appeared in a little form of a dwarf.  Dwarf means like these little children that were dancing that size tilakram so with two steps he covered all the planets and the universe.  We are so proud if we can shoot a rocket ship that claims to touch the moon and we spend so many millions and billions, trillions of tax payers, dollar, so much effort, so many dangers to cover some distance, but the lord with two steps he covered the whole universe in a matter of second and that same lord Shri Krishna who is weeping and crying in separation of the Gopis and the Gopis are weeping and crying in separation from him, who people think what is this why is he dancing with these young girls this is not the way we are taught to live that same Krishna he wants to show us what is his real position that he appeared as Bhrigupati, Parashuram, and he destroyed single handedly without even another soldier to help him all of the kshatriyas 21 times.

We hear in India we are building big, big army because we are afraid of China and Pakistan and so much so many people we have draft and recruit may be not draft, but recruit and put so many pressures to keep them in the army and we are begging on our hands and knees other nations to give us missiles and other resources and this is a powerful one of the greatest armies of the world, but the Lord when he comes he with one chopper he destroyed all the armies in the world 21 times consecutively one chopper.  He does not need stud missiles.  He does not need negotiators, diplomats to make proper battle plans.  He does not need spies.  One chopper finish within seconds that is Krishna and he appeared as lord Shri Ram Chandra with his mighty bow one arrow he shot them through all the trees and then the arrow went all the way down to Patal loka and all the way up to the heavenly aboard and then came back into his glover and he told Sugreeva you see you have nothing to fear, I am Ram.

All powerful and he appeared as lord Balaram.  Lord Balaram Ji the entire Kuru dynasty when they offended him with his plough with one push of the plough the whole city of Hastinapur came out from the ground he was ready to throw it in the river Ganges and all the greatest warriors on earth came to surrender to him and the same lord Balaram in one of his expansions as Anantsesha he is holding all the planets of the universe effortlessly on his hoods and he appeared as Buddha. In the form of Buddha avatar that Krishna who is so much enjoying amorous pastimes with his devotees he showed what is real renunciation.  As Buddha he was such an enunciate, he gave up his queens, he gave up everything.  He was king, he was prince.  He left all the luxuries of the palace.  He sat under trees.  He emaciated his body. He performed such tapasya this world has never seen and then he preached self control, meditation, and he drove out all rascals who were teaching animal slaughter in the name of religion and that same shri Krishna will appear also as Kalki Avatar and we see how terrible kaliyuga is becoming.  We see how people are becoming more and more demoniac and the demoniac people are becoming more and more powerful and what can we do. We are all helpless.  We are all so small compared to the propaganda of this world is taking place, but Kalki with his horse and his sword he destroys all the classes of demon in the matter of minutes on this earth so established.  Who is this Krishna who is playing in the groves with the Gopis.  He is not an ordinary person he is the absolute truth and whatever he does is perfect, whatever he does is absolute, and then he begins to narrate it that song, which is meant for the most exalted liberated souls.

Radhanath Swami speaks about Jaydev Goswami

Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu personally would relish very much hearing the wonderful poems of Jaydev Goswami.  It is described when he was living in Jagannath Puri, Ramanand Rai and Srila Swaroop Damodar Goswami would regularly each night, sometimes throughout the day narrate the poems of Chandidas and Vijapati the Krishna Karnamrita by Bilvamangal Thakur and the Gita Govinda of Jaydev Goswami.  All of these are very advanced literatures.  It is described by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur that all of these poets they lived before Mahaprabhu.  Jaydev Goswami lived approximately 400 years before lord Chaitanya, but Bhakti Vinod explains that lord Chaitanya who was eternal preparing for his own incarnation he impregnated his own conception of love of god into the hearts of these great souls and by his mercy they wrote and this disappearance day of Jaydev Goswami like to narrate few stories, which illustrate the beauty of the love between the lord and his devotees.

Jaydev was born in Bengal in a village and he came to Navadweep.  There is a place called Preetu Kund just very close to the place where lord Chaitanya 400 years later would appear and when he saw the beauty of that place he was so charmed that he told his wife Padmavati let us live here.  So they began to live and he was a Brahmin and a grihasta, but he was very, very, austere. He was very simple.  He would just spend his days and nights along with his wife just chanting the holy names of the lord, and worshiping the lord, and serving the devotees of the lord, and especially he would write due to inspiration beautiful, beautiful poetry in glorification of the lord.

Jaydev Goswami Became The Chief Court Pandit of Bengal

So he wrote one poem. It is described that the subject was Krishna’s flute was speaking, describing the wonderful pastimes between Radha and Krishna and that poem somehow or other was circulated and the king of Bengal whose name was Lakshman Singh somehow or other he heard that poem and he was so captivated by it.  He asked his chief priest whose name was Govardhan who wrote this poem this is spectacular this is tremendous who wrote it, I must meet this person.  When Govardhan heard the poem he said these realizations is only one person possible and that is Jaydev Goswami where does he live, he told him where he lives, but he told him that Jaydev Goswami does not associate with any materialistic people he is very, very careful to only associate with devotees of the lord, so the king who was actually a very great devotee he took off all of this royal dress and he put on the robes of a mendicant, of vaishnav mendicant and he went to the house of Jaydev during the evening and he went and he offered very humbly offered his obeisance’s to Jaydev Goswami and Jaydev looked at him and said who are you what are you doing, why are you in this disguise I can see that you are not a vaishnav mendicant you like some sort of a king why are you coming here to fool me who are you, so Lakshman Singh understood you cannot lie to a holy man, it is an offence when a holy man asks you a question you have to be very honest, even if it is an embracing thing you have to be honest you have try, you tried because the holy men are representatives of Krishna.  If you try to cover you own duplicity by telling some lie you may fool him, but Krishna in your hearts knows that you have lied to my representative and you must atone to that and he will give you atonement.

So those people who are cultured and understand they will never lie to a holy man when they are asked.  So Lakshman Singh said I am the king of Bengal and I am in disguise, but I am coming to you as a beggar I am begging for your mercy this is my real position.  I am begging you that you kindly come and visit my palace with me and be my guru and Jaydev Goswami he just looked at him and said no way I will have nothing to do with you.  He said associating with materialistic people is worse than drinking poison willingly not only will I not have anything to do with you, not only I will live in your palace, I will not even live in your kingdom, I will move to the other side of the Ganges, Hari Bol.

You see sadhus do not, they are not supposed to just say anything or do anything to flatter wealthy or powerful people for their own conveniences.  They speak what is in their mind.  So this is the kind of sadhu that Jaydev was.  So when the king heard these very severely critical remarks he became even more humble and he said please if I have inconvinced you I am terribly sorry just be kind upon me, be merciful upon me, he said you have already spoken that you will go on the other side of Ganges let me build a nice house for you on the other side of the Ganges and you be happy there and let me serve you and worship you there.  So Jaydev looked at him and he said I spoke harshly just to test you I did not mean it I just wanted to test to see how detached you were whether you could remain humble even when you are being criticized.  He says that you have passed the test.  I can understand that although you are king and you have tremendous power and opulence you are not attached to any of it, you are only attached to serving the great vaishnavas and serving the lord, therefore yes I will live in the cottage that you build for me and you can come to me anytime you like and take instruction and inspiration.  In this way Jaydev Goswami became chief court pandit for the whole kingdom of Bengal.

Radhanath Swami explains how Krishna becomes subordinate to the Bhakta


While he was living in Navadweep and there is a beautiful story that is told who one day Jaydev, while he was writing the Gita Govinda.  The place of Navadweep that he was writing was a place called Champahatti it is also very close to the place that later Gadhadhar Pandit was born.  So he was writing and his writing was based on the inspirations of his pure devotion from within his heart.  He was not speculating. He was not imagining with his mind like so many writers today, but Krishna was writing through him.  Even Srila Prabhupada would explain that I have not written any books that is Krishna writing these books he is just using me as an instrument to give his words to the world and sometimes Srila Prabhupada would ask his devotees to read his books to him and he would sit there and just ecstatically listen.  Now someone may think how can you listen to your own books so ecstatically is this something kind of proud, but Srila Prabhupada he was in full total realization that he did not write a word of it.  It was also always Krishna writing through him.  He was simply enjoying write anything hearing the words of Krishna taking no credit for himself.  So in this way Krishna was revealing so many inspirational visions of spiritual world of Brindavan and as Jaydev was seeing it he was writing it and in this narration he explains that Sri Radharani became very angry with Krishna, Mana-leela, and Krishna tried to do everything that he could to make her pacified  so that she would associate with Him once again, but nothing worked.  So then Krishna who is a supreme lord of the universe the attracter of even cupid,  He begged Sri Radharani if he could place his head on her lotus feet and when Jaydev had that inspiration who was about to write it, his limbs just began to tremble and his mind just exploded that how can I write such a thing? Who will understand Krishna? He is the Absolute Truth, Krishna is the Personality of Godhead, Krishna is worshipped by everyone.  All the great gods, all the great sages, everyone worships Krishna who wouldn’t? Krishna, even Radharani worships Krishna, how could he place His head on Her feet? ‘This’ is “I cannot write it, this cannot be put in writing,” and in a bewildered state he decided “I should just go bathe in the Ganges.” So he told his wife Padmavati “I am going to take my Ganga snan and you should have Prasad prepared for me when I return.”

So he went to the Ganges, but at that time Krishna disguised himself as Jaydev, Hari Bol!; for Krishna what is the difficulty? If he can became a boar big enough to all the earth he could certainly become Jaydev. So his form was Jaydev exactly so much perfectly Jaydev. He was not Jaydev, and if anybody could detect the difference it was Padmavati, his wife who lived with him in the same little thatched hut for so many years.  So He came there. She said “oh! you have come back from your bath very soon?”, he said ‘yes’; so she served him Prasad and he ate Prasad and then after Prasad he went to his palm leaves where he was writing his book Gita Govinda and he picked it he said Padmavati give me my pen he took his pen and exactly the words that came to Jaydev’s mind that he was going to write, but he could not write Krishna wrote it exactly the amazing thing is he wrote it in handwriting that was identical to Jaydev’s again Krishna wants he could make his handwriting more Jaydev’s than Jaydev’s how is that possible? Krishna can do anything.  He is Bhagavan possessing in all opulences and then he just left the house, and a few minutes later the other Jaydev he came in still wet from the Ganges and he said to Padmavati “so Prasad is ready?” she said “you already ate Prasad!”, “I did?”, she said “yes, you took another bath already.”, he said “another bath? what is this another bath?”.  So he did not understand what is happening so he just said I am just going to continue my writing so he picked up his palm leaves and there he saw in his own handwriting the verse that he was too ashamed to write the verse that explains how Krishna the charmer of millions of cupids subordinate to the love of his supreme devotee Radharani placed his head on Her lotus feet, which exhibits how Krishna, although He is all powerful, His greatest pleasure is to accept the position of being subordinate to the love of the bhakta.

Radhanath Swami enlightens how God becomes servant of His Bhakta


Guru Maharaja used to say that some people want to become god, but a bhakta becomes greater than god.  God becomes servant of his bhakta.  Krishna trembled in fear of Yashodha.  Krishna drove the chariot for Arjuna.  Krishna was the supplier of saree material for Draupadhi and Krishna washed the lotus feet of Sudama and drank the water.  Krishna held the shoes of Nanda on his head.  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu he would bring the clothes of his devotees on the banks of the Yamuna and when they were carrying something heavy he would pick it up and carry it himself to their house as a service and Krishna placed his head on the feet of Sri Radhika. This is bhakti.  So when he saw that Krishna had written the very, very exact Sanskrit verse that was in his heart he understood that that was Krishna who disguised himself as me and he began to weep profusely tears of love and he went to his wife Padmavati and he said that you are so unlimited be-fortunate that you directly had the personal darshan of Krishna and not only that you were allowed to feed Krishna personally Prasad with your own hands and He accepted it! How fortunate you are and showed her the verse and then both began to cry in ecstatic love and then the most wonderful part of the story takes place.

Right before his eyes and his wife Padmavati the beautiful form of lord Shree Gauranga Mahaprabhu appeared in his beautiful, beautiful golden complexion, shining like millions of suns of molten gold and his beautiful, beautiful hair cascading down his shoulders, and his arms reaching down below his knees with beautiful garland, and dhoti like lightening, lotus like eyes.  Every part of his body was the most meticulously, perfectly spiritually structured form just to attract all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul to his loving service and when Jaydev and Padmavati saw the beautiful form of Lord Gaurasundar, they were just infatuated with gratitude for that mercy they received and they surrendered their lives at the lotus feet of lord Gauranga knowing that he was Krishna himself in this most magnificent form and after they worshiped him Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu explained that in the future I will appear in this form that you are seeing now in this very place of Navadvip Dham. I will appear for the purpose of spreading Yuga dharma.  The congregational chanting of the holy names of Sri Krishna, ”Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare’.  I will jubilantly dance through these streets of Navadvip crying out the holy name, ”Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare’ and for 24 years I will reside here and after that I will cut my hair and I will take Sannyas throughout life, and I will live the remaining part of life in Jagannath Puri. And while I am in Jagannath Puri Jaydev this very poem that you are writing Gita Govinda, He said “I will be in great ecstatic love personally hearing this poem being recited to me everyday and every night.” So Jaydev Goswami was very happy with this inspiration he continued to write the Gita Govinda as the matter of service and pleasure to Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu knowing that He will be personally listening and Lord Chaitanya told Jaydev you should leave this place and go to Jagannath Puri.  Jaydev asked how, “how could I leave your abode of Navadvip?”  Lord Chaitanya said “it is the service you must render, you go there and you worship Lord Jagannath.”

So very soon Jaydev and Padmavati moved to Jagannath Puri and there they resided and Lord Chaitanya told him that after you leave this world you will eternally live in the eternal land of Navadvip Dham through my association chanting the holy names ”Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare’.  So these wonderful literatures we must approach with dignity.  Srila Prabhupada explains, Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati explained, and Jaydev Goswami himself explains that this Gita Govinda is for Rasik Bhaktas who are liberated from the modes of the material nature.  To read them prematurely will not help our spiritual life, but will only confuse our spiritual life, therefore under the guidance of a proper spiritual master we must approach the proper Vaishnava literature, but for the rest of the us these great literature give us something just to hear some little excerpt for it gives us the understanding of what we are going to receive of what we are giving are life for, of the magnitude, of the treasure house of what Gaudiya Vaishnavism is all about. But then, we must proceed step by step, according to our particular realization under the guidance of guru and the great vaishnavas. If we accept this principle of humble submission and the service of guru and vaishnavas, then gradually all these realizations awaken within our heart, not according to our time, planning, but according to Krishna’s will and that is possible to enter into this room of transcendental realization if we follow this principle of Srimad Bhagavatam.

“Whoever carefully recites the mysterious appearances of the Lord with devotion in the morning and in the evening gets relief from all miseries of the material life.”

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Radhanath Swami

H.H Radhanath Swami is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. A Bhakti Yoga practitioner for 40 years, he is a guide, community builder, philanthropist, and acclaimed author.Born and raised in Chicago,at the age of 19 he discovered India's Mystical devotional tradition and now spread his message of compassion and love around the world.

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Radhanath Swami

H.H Radhanath Swami is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. A Bhakti Yoga practitioner for 40 years, he is a guide, community builder, philanthropist, and acclaimed author.Born and raised in Chicago,at the age of 19 he discovered India's Mystical devotional tradition and now spread his message of compassion and love around the world.