Day 189: Gaurābda 532, Mādhava Māsa – Astamī 13 Feb 2019 – Wednesday

Bhakti Bullets

Bhakti Bullets

Even those persons who have no relation with transcendental devotion and transcendental moods,
whether in India or elsewhere, worship Tulasī. For instance, in America people are planting Tulasī
everywhere—in their gardens, rooftops, and so on. They have discovered that if Tulasī is planted
somewhere, then, by her influence, any dangerous germs in that vicinity are automatically killed.
Also, by wearing Tulasī beads around the neck, blood pressure is automatically controlled.
Nowadays there is no medicine for cancer. However, they are now researching and finding out that if
one takes Tulasī with Ganges water, and touches it to a śālagrāma-śilā, it manifests a potency that can
reduce the effects of cancer. In fact, it has even been stated in scripture that all types of diseases can
be eradicated just by the aroma of Tulasī.
Not only that, even on the subtle platform so much benefit can be derived by wearing Tulasī. For
instance, one may have many problems that would normally cause so much mental agitation.
However, by the potency and grace of Tulasī-devī, these problems become inconsequential.

Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, February 13, 2002 Murwillumbah

Prema Flame

Prema Flame

Rasa Varsa


After thus speaking with Sanātana Gosvāmī, Mahāprabhu asked him to continue to Vṛndāvana and there to begin writing granthas and revealing the holy places.

Upon arriving in Mathurā, Sanātana Gosvāmī bathed at Visranti-tīrtha. He there met Subuddhi Rāya, before proceeding to Vṛndāvana; where he met with Lokanātha dāsa Gosvāmī, Bhugarbha Gosvāmī, and his brother Rūpa Gosvāmī.

Sanātana Gosvāmī would walk to Mathurā everyday from Vṛndāvana. He would then go to Govardhana from Mathurā, and do the entire parikramā there. He would then return to Mathurā, before arriving in Vṛndāvana, where he would spend the night. He would especially have darśana of all the ancient temples of Mathurā. He visited the Madana-Gopāla temple daily, and he also met with all the Vrajavāsīs.

One morning in Mathurā, Sanātana Gosvāmī came across a brāhmaṇa lady, who was cooking in a most unusual manner. While she brushed her teeth with a neem stick, she used the other end to stir the porridge.

After cooking, she would say, “Madana and Sadana, come and eat.”

Sanātana Gosvāmī witnessed Madana descend from the altar and eat with great relish, as a young boy, along with the son of the brāhmaṇi. Sanātana Gosvāmī witnessed these exchanges everyday.

One day, he said, “Mother, you cook everyday for your children. Why do you bathe after cooking and cleaning the pots? And why do you use the same twig to brush your teeth that you use to stir the khicari. This is not proper.”

“What can I do? The children are very hungry. I don’t have time to bathe before I cook.”

Sanātana Gosvāmī then went on his way to do Govardhana parikramā. When he came again the next day, he saw that the boys were crying while their mother was just preparing to cook. The boys said, “Bābā! You are old and cannot digest what you eat. You don’t suffer from hunger. But we are children.
Why did you disturb our mother? Now she is cooking very late. Why don’t you arrange something for us to eat!”

The boys caught hold of Sanātana Gosvāmī’s hands and began crying. Sanātana Gosvāmī requested the brāhmaṇi, “Please continue what you were doing before. I have committed a fault. I will not say any­thing. The Vrajavāsīs have natural love. Bhagavān is happy by your service. Kṛṣṇa cannot be attained without such love.”

Kṛṣṇa is only controlled by love. The brāhmaṇi would always do kīrtana and thus bring great joy to Madana-mohana.
She would weep and sing. When Madana and Sadana would play gilli-daṇḍa, they would make a wager that the loser would have to carry the winner on his shoulders. Although Sadana would carry Madana when he lost, Madana would not do the same. When He lost, He would run onto the altar and assume His deity form.

Sadana would angrily say, “I carried You when I lost.
But why are You not carrying me? You are a great cheater!”

The pūjārī would chastise Sadana and say, “Where are you going? Why are you shouting at Ṭhākuraji?” He didn’t have the eyes to see. Madana would gleefully laugh while their mother would cook and do kīrtana. Sanātana Gosvāmī saw how these two boys were playing with each other.

One day, Madana told Sanātana Gosvāmī, “I will go with you.”

“Where will You go? I reside under a different tree every night.”

“Still, I will stay wherever you stay.”

“I have nothing nice to eat.”

“I will eat your mādhukarī.”

“The people of Mathurā will be very angry with me.”

“I am present here as a Deity. So carry Me on your shoulders.”

“I cannot.”

“I am a Deity, how can I walk?”

“If You can talk, then You can walk as well.”

Thus Madana-mohana came with Sanātana Gosvāmī to Vṛndāvana. They stopped near Dvādaśa-Ṭīlā. Sanātana Gosvāmī bathed the Lord with Yamunā water and begged for some flour.
With this, he would make dough balls, cook them in coals, and offer it to Madana.

After a few days of such bhoga, Madana began to plead with Sanātana, “There is no salt, sabjī, butter, or sweets. How can I eat just this dough ball?”

“Even Yaśodā Māiyā could not satisfy You,” Sanātana Gosvāmī replied. “Neither could the gopīs, although they would prepare more then 56 items daily for You. You still ran away from Vraja. So how will I ever satisfy You?”

“Can I make My on arrangements then?” Madana asked.

“Certainly,” Sanātana replied with a smile.

In the meantime, a ship was traveling from Āgrā to Delhi along the Yamunā. The merchant was startled when the ship became stuck on the riverbed. He came and pleaded to Sanātana Gosvāmī, “Bābā! Do something! My ship is stuck. I will donate as much wealth as I can if the ship is let loose.”

“I will ask Madana.”

By the desire of Madana, the ship broke free, and the merchant was able to make a large profit selling his goods. He soon returned, wanting to render some service. Over time, he sponsored the construction of a large temple for Madana-mohana, with full time priests to serve the Lord.

Madana-mohana, offering him delicious items, said to Sanātana, “Bābā, take this prasāda.”

“No, I am leaving,” Sanātana Gosvāmī replied. “Staying only under the guidance of Rādhikā, I will live in Vraja. I only want to serve with the Vraja-devīs under Her guidance.”

Sanātana Gosvāmī traveled on darśana of Vraja, while calling out the names of Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the gopīs.
He would come regularly for darśana of Madana-mohana and there would read Madana-mohan his writings.

Parikramā and Mahādeva

Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī would offer daṇḍavat-praṇāmas to all the pastime places of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, and would faithfully offer his śraddhā-puṣpāñjali.

It was the desire of Cakleśvara Mahādeva in Govardhana that Sanātana Gosvāmī stay with him. When he was in Vṛndāvana, he would go for Gopeśvara Mahādeva’s darśana, and serve him while offering many prayers, similar to:

vṛndāvanāvani-pate jaya soma-soma-

maule sanandana-sanātana-nāradeḍya

gopīśvara vraja-vilāsi-yugāṅghri-padme

prema prayaccha nitarāṁ nirupadhikāṁ me

Saṅkalpa-kalpa-druma 103

O gatekeeper of Vṛndāvana! O Soma, O you whose fore­head is decorated with the moon, and who is worshipful for the sages headed by Sanaka, Sanātana, Sanandana, and Nārada, all glories to you! O Gopīśvara! Desiring that you bestow upon me pure love for the lotus feet of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava who perform joyous pastimes in Vraja-dhāma, I offer obeisances unto you time and time again.

Sanātana Gosvāmī would offer prasāda and the water of the Yamunā to his dear associate, Cakleśvara Mahādeva. Mahādeva desired that Sanātana Gosvāmī stay with him. Sanātana Gosvāmī decided to fulfill his wish. But after some time, Sanātana said, “I can no longer stay with you because many people offer you butter and milk and thus many mosquitoes and flies swarm here. Those who offer you worship don’t clean the area. I cannot do bhajana here.”

Mahādeva said, “Please don’t leave me. Now, no one will offer milk, butter, or yogurt after noon. By that time, everything will be cleaned and I will be properly dressed. Kīrtana will go on, and no mosquitoes will stay here. Please stay with me. I am very happy being in your association.”

Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī agreed. He would go on parikramā daily and in the evenings speak hari-kathā with Mahādeva.

In the daytime, he met with Rūpa Gosvāmī and Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī and they would speak hari-kathā continuously with each other. With Rūpa Gosvāmī, he had darśana of the swing pastimes of Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa.

One day, while he was doing parikramā despite his advanced age, Sanātana Gosvāmī fell unconscious because of the heat of separation. He then saw that Madana-mohana had Himself come, along with His sakhās and covered him with His upper garment.

Madana-mohana wiped Sanātana’s head gently with a wet cloth, and said, “Bābā, please desist from daily doing parikramā like this. I will give My Girirāja-śilā that has the foot prints of the cows, My sakhās, and the imprint of My flute. This is My non-different form. Keep it with you and do parikramā.
By doing parikramā of this śilā four times, you will get the fruit of doing parikramā of all Girirāja-Govardhana.”

Sanātana Gosvāmī brought the Girirāja-śilā to Vṛndāvana and there established Him in the Rādhā-Dāmodara temple.
In this way, his parikramā continued unhindered.

In Jagannātha Purī with Mahāprabhu

After staying in Vraja for some time, Sanātana Gosvāmī traveled to Jagannātha Purī, for Mahāprabhu had invited him there. He reached Purī by traveling through the forest pathways. Because he drank impure water out of necessity, many sores and boils appeared all over his body. This caused him great irritation.

Upon arriving in Purī, he stayed with Śrīla Haridāsa Ṭhākura at Siddha-bakula. When Mahāprabhu would meet Haridāsa Ṭhākura after maṅgala-āratī everyday, Sanātana Gosvāmī would offer daṇḍavat-pranāma to the Lord from afar. But when he did so, Mahāprabhu would daily run to embrace him.

Sanātana Gosvāmī would say, “Prabhu! Don’t touch me. I am impure and of a low caste. And my body is riddled with boils which ooze pus and blood. Please don’t touch this impure body.”

But Mahāprabhu would forcibly embrace him and His body would also be smeared with the blood and pus from these sores. Everyone would cry out, “Alas!”

Although Sanātana Gosvāmī was unrelenting in his requests, Mahāprabhu would embrace him everyday.

Sanātana Gosvāmī asked Jagadānanda Paṇḍita, “What should I do?”

“After Ratha-yātrā, you should return quickly to Vraja,” Jagadānanda Paṇḍita replied.

But Sanātana Gosvāmī thought, “During Ratha-yātrā, I will give up my life by falling under a wheel of the advancing chariot. There is no use for this body as it is not engaged in service.”

Mahāprabhu understood Sanātana’s sentiment, being the indwelling Supersoul. He came to him and said, “Sanātana, your body is Mine. You have offered it to Me. I would give up My life a thousand times if prema could be achieved in this way. But this is not the method. This body is My property, I will not allow you to destroy it.”

Sanātana Gosvāmī became very shy after hearing Mahāprabhu’s words.

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