The Root of Raganuga-bhakti – Srila Madhavendra Puri by rasik_mohan | Sep 11, 2019 | Kripa Daily | 0 commentsAfter taking sannyāsa, Caitanya Mahāprabhu went to Jagannātha Purī, and there He met with Śrī Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya. When He was in South India, traveling here and there, He was so merciful that all the living entities, even those who saw Him from very far away, became overwhelmed with prema.What is the glory of Navadvīpa? “I pray to all the living entities of Vṛndāvana, including the grass, bushes, insects and birds.” This verse is also applicable to Navadvīpa-dhāma. Every living entity here, every tree and creeper, is sat-cit-ānanda, made of eternity, full of knowledge and bliss, and they assist the Lord’s pastimes. Therefore, even great personalities such as Lord Brahmā have prayed to become stones and blades of grass in such an unprecedented and transcendental abode.Our previous ācāryas used to give respect even to the dogs of this abode. Śrīla Jagannātha dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja used to take his prasādam with puppies, who were eating from his plate. He used to say, “Oh, they are the dogs of Navadvīpa-dhāma.” Our ācāryas illustrated through their lives what kind of very high-level of respect one should have in approaching this extraordinary place.Spoken by Srila Gurudeva, March 17, 2005 NavadvīpaKrsna Bhavanamrta – 15 March 2019: Mahaprabhu Sahasranama – 15 March 2019: Krsna Bhavanamrta – 14 March 2019: Mahaprabhu Sahasranama – 14 March 2019: Tirobhava Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Goswami – 13 March 2019: Madhavendra PuripadaToday is the disappearance day of the root of Raganuga-bhakti in this world, the eternal Vrajavasi Srila Madhavendra Puri.Madhavendra Puripada accepted diksa from Laksmipati Tirtha from the Madhva, Tattva-vadi Sampradaya in South India. In South India only brahmanas are given sannyasa and normally people from Northern India are also not given sannyasa. They say that North Indians do not follow sastric regulations and are therefore restricted from sannyasa.Madhavendra Puripada was not a Southerner or Northerner, but a Vrajavasi. He was above these rules and the rules of Laksmi-devi’s followers. His Lord was that Krsna who left all aisvarya (which is found in the South) and lived as a cowherd boy, eating the remnants of others, sleeping under trees, and stealing butter from the homes of the inhabitants of Vraja. He does not go to school, study sastra, chant mantras, or anything; nor do the Vrajavasis. The Vrajavasis do not ring bells and lock a plate of food in the room with Krsna for Him to eat alone. This is Laksmi’s business. Krsna likes to sit with His friends and eat on the bank of a river.So Madhavendra Puri was a follower of vraja-bhakti. His diksa-guru also had deep respect for the Vrajavasis and he told Madhavendra Puri, “Serve the Vrajavasis; then Krsna will be happy. Worshiping him as Paramatma and Paramesvara will not please Him so much.”Sri Madhvacarya’s Gopala Deity in Udupi holds a stick. This stick is actually His mother’s rod for churning yogurt. Yasoda was once churning yogurt lost in thinking of the pastimes of her baby Gopala. Hungry Gopala came to her, desiring to be fed, but because she was so absorbed in loving remembrance of Krsna, she did not notice Him even when He pulled on her sari. Gopala says, “I appreciate your love and seva, but I don’t like it if you become too busy to notice me.” So He caught the churning stick and she awoke from her trance. She then gave him milk from her breast. As she did this, however, she noticed that the milk cooking on the stove was overflowing. She immediately put Gopala aside and ran to save the milk. Krsna not yet satisfied but she quickly put Him down and ran to save the cow milk because she wished to make butter for Krsna, which she could not do with Her own milk.Previously, Yasoda Mata had decided to make butter and milk sweets for Krsna Herself because many complaints had come to her stating that her child was going from house to house stealing butter. “My servants must be careless,” she thought, “so I will make everything with my own hands and that way I can be sure the taste is nice. Then Krsna will not look for tastier butter here and there.” Actually, Krsna goes from house to house because the Vrajavasis are waiting for Him there. He goes to accept their gifts and presentations. “If I don’t do this they will suffer,” He thinks. “I cannot tolerate the idea of letting them feel pain. I must go. In reality, I go not to give them My darsana but to have their darsana.” This is the love of the Ragatmika-Vrajavasis. Before leaving this world, Laksmipati Tirtha gave raganuga-seva-adhikara to Madhavendra Puri.Madhavendra Puri later took sannyasa from a mayavadi. If one has some attachment for name, fame, or anything of this world then he cannot do bhajana or bhakti. Samyak-rupena nyasa. Sannyasa means to be accepted by Yogamaya. Madhavendra Puri took sannyasa—this means that he gave up everything and took shelter of Bhagavati Paurnamasi Yogamaya.He went to Navadvipa-dhama and was the guest of Jagannatha Misra and Saci-devi. He discussed bhakti with them and with Nilambara Cakravarti and then went on to Santipura where Advaita Acarya greeted him. As soon as Advaita Acarya saw Madhavendra Puri he thought, “He is no mayavadi. He is a Vrajavasi!” He then revealed to him the troubles of his heart.“I give lectures on the Gita and Bhagavatam,” Advaita Prabhu said, “but the jivas do not change. They want only Maha Maya-devi’s mercy. They want to stay in illusion. How can we help them?”Madhavendra Puri replied, “The jivas have spread their love here and there. The seed of pure love cannot be sown in a desert. They have lost their love. There is only one way to help them now. We must give them spiritual taste and energy. There is a medicine. By taking just one drop of that medicine then they will receive spiritual energy.”kaler doṣa-nidhe rājan asti hy eko mahān guṇaḥ kīrtanād eva kṛṣṇasya mukta-saṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajetDear King, Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, but there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by doing krsna-kirtana, one can become free from material life and be promoted to the transcendental abode.“Nothing else is helpful. Only by nama-sankirtana will they change.”So Advaita Prabhu started collecting people and doing sankirtana, but to his disappointment, they still did not change. He approached Madhavendra Puri again and asked for advice. “Why are they not changing?” he asked.Madhavendra Puri replied, “In order for one’s eternal loving relationship with Bhagavan to be realized, they must do krsna-kirtan; this is a fact. But if one does not have seva-bhava then his chanting of Hari’s names will not be effective. The jiva must learn to direct his love to the Lord. It is not so difficult to serve Bhagavan:patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyaṁ yo me bhaktyā prayacchati tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam aśnāmi prayatātmanaḥ Bhagavad-gita 9.26If, with devotion, someone gives Me a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept that loving offering.“So both seva and nama are necessary. Without doing service, one can chant for lifetimes uselessly. Also, one can do so much service but if he does not chant harinama that will not be seva but karma. Both are necessary.”With renewed inspiration, Advaita Prabhu taught this, but no one wanted to follow him.Disheartened, He again spoke with Madhavendra Puri. “I want to help the jivas of Kali-yuga,” He said. “I want them to recall their forgotten love for Bhagavan, but no one wants to follow.”Then Madhavendra Puri quoted a verse from the Gautamiya Tantra. He said:tulasī-dala-mātreṇa jalasya culukena vā vikrīṇīte svam ātmānaṁ bhaktebhyo bhakta-vatsalaḥ“The Supreme Lord, who is affectionate to His bhaktas, sells Himself to a devotee who offers Him merely a tulasī leaf and a palmful of water.”“Just offer these two things to Bhagavan and He will be pleased. Then by His own sweet will, the jivas will be changed and will have their eternal love back. Start this now.So Advaita Prabhu began to offer ganga-jala and Tulasi leaves to His Salagram. He prayed loudly with tears in His eyes—and we all know what happened after that.Madhavendra Puri taught the anuraga-mayi-bhakti of Vraja. How can we give up everything and serve? This is impossible. But if the Vrajavasis accept you then anything is possible.We have heard about Madhavendra Puri’s meeting with Nityananda Prabhu in South India, as he was traveling with many followers and disciples. He was old at that time and Nityananda Prabhu was young, but even seeing each other from a distance was enough to cause their bodies to display symptoms of sattvika-vikara. When they came close they embraced and cried uncontrollably. Madhavendra Puri’s disciples thought, “Who is this young boy? Gurudeva is always grave and never attracted to anyone. Why does he have so much affection for this person?”No one understood their moods or language at that time. It is not possible to understand the Guru-varga without their desire and mercy.Madhavendra Puri used to always sing:ayi dīna-dayārdra nātha he mathurā-nātha kadāvalokyase hṛdayaṁ tvad-aloka-kātaraṁ dayita bhrāmyati kiṁ karomy ahamThis verse can be found in Padyāvalī 334.O Master, O You whose heart always melts because of Your compassion for the destitute! O Lord of Mathurā, when will I see You again? O beloved Lord of My life, because I am hankering so fervently to see You, My heart has become intensely restless. What shall I do now?Enter Your Email to receive the KRIPA DAILY newsletterer Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.