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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Gaura Purnima 2006

Upon reflecting on the significance of this year's Gaura Purnima festival, I was also surprised to note that it is exactly 520 years since the Golden Lord appeared. 1486-2006. The great flood of His supremely sweet Krishna-prema continues to wash over the world with wave after wave of honey-sweet love that testifies to His great divinity and His overflowing mercy and compassion for all living beings.

This verse from the Chaitanya Bhagavata attracted my attention:

kon hetu kRSNacandra kare avatAra
kA'ra zakti Ache tattva jAnite tAhAra?

Who has the ability to know why Krishnachandra incarnates?
(CB 2.15)

What a great progression from what was stated in Bhagavad Gita! For the protection of the virtuous and for the vanquishing of the demons, and not forgetting the re-establishment of religious principles, it is amazing that this verse posits a query!

Although there are plenty of sections and verses in the Chaitanya Bhagavata and the Chaitanya Charitamrita that detail the reasons for His advent, I found the above-quoted verse to be most intriguing. For the great and glorious avatar of Mahaprabhu who deigned to establish the dharma of Kali-yuga as well as to fulfill His own three internal desires, could there be another reason?

The verse clearly reveals the mystery and predicament that mortals face; who has the ability to know why Krishnacandra incarnates? Clearly this is not a question of God's own unknowing รก la the Rig Veda. The reason is probably that since so many reasons have been given for the appearance of this avatar - as well as for all other avatars - who has the capacity to understand exactly why avatars take place?

On the other hand it can be seen as a testament to human folly; whereas there are many pundits who gain immense pleasure from a scholarly reputation and the ability to 'know it all', this verse serves as the blade that undercuts their assumptions at the very root. Who has the ability to know? The human mind cannot know it, but can only revel in the bliss of it all. When Mahaprabhu was pleased to appear, He brought with Him a huge flood of prema that completely washed away all the slime and filth of this world. Those who are wise can see it, whereas it's material results will appear in due course.

How we should wait for that day! We want every town to reverberate with the sound of 'Shri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu Nityananda'. How he overlooks the world with His wide eyes and slight smiling, observing the worldwide celebrations of His holy appearance day and granting his blessings to all. His hair falls down to his shoulders and is slightly blown back by a cool breeze. The beautiful golden hue of His body perfectly complements his brightly-shining yellow garments and the jewels that adorn Him pale in comparison to the gleaming rays that emanate from His toenails.

Watch Him dance in utter and causeless joy with Nityananda! The Sun and the Moon frolic gaily to the roaring sound of the Sri Harinam-sankirtan that arises at dawn and continues into the small hours of the night. What more is there to say? Who has the ability to know why Krishnachandra incarnates?

And as a delightful tidbit, my deities are two years old. :-)


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