HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj participated in the Gaur Nitai deity installation ceremony at Iskcon Newtown Kolkata. On this auspicious occasion Maharaj addressed the enthusiastic devotees at Iskcon Newtown, Kolkata numbering in thousands who had come to be part of Gaur Nitai deity installation ceremony.
Below is what Maharaj said
HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj on Gaur Nitai deity installation at Iskcon Newtown Kolkata
We are honoured that Sri Sri Gaur Nitai appeared here. Krishna said every yuga he comes – sambhavāmi yuge yuge, Bhagavad Gita 4.8. In this yuga, he came as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He came with Lord Nityananda and other devotees. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu once went to Gaya to offer pinda to his father. He met his gurudev in Gaya. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu displayed asta-satvik vikar.
So, for the first time, this eight-fold manifestation of ecstatic love was shown by Lord Chaitanya in Bihar. Lord Chaitanya stayed 24 years in Navadvipa. After he got initiated, he started sankirtana movement. At the age of 24 years, he took sannyasa because people were not respecting him, so it was harmful for the people.
He went to Jagananth Puri after sannyasa. He sent Lord Nityananda back to Bengal to preach. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu sent Tapan Misra and Chandrashekar Acharya to Varanasi. He sent Rupa Goswami and Sanatana Goswami to Vrindavan. He was sending devotees to different places.
Gaur Mandal bhumi is spread upto Remuna. Kolkata also comes in Gaur mandal bhumi.
Narottama Dasa Thakura has said that those who knows Gaur Mandala Bhumi can reside in Vrindavan Dham. Navadvipa Dham is like a lotus flower of eight petals and center is Antardvipa.
Lord Krishna’s mercy
Sri Krishna gives love when you surrender completely. Lord Chaitanya gives shelter without considering if you are qualified or unqualified. There is a pastime in Vrindavan. Krishna carried some rice in his hand. He was very small at that time. A fruit seller lady came there. Lord Krishna filled her basket with jewels.
Difference: Lord Chaitanya’s mercy and Lord Krishna’s mercy
When Lord Chaitanya was going through Jharikhanda forest, his associates were coming from behind. On the way there was a boy, he was selling butter milk in a pot. Lord Chaitanya said, “I am thirsty, give me some.” The boy said, “Take whatever u want.”
Lord Chaitanya drank all butter milk and said thank you to the boy. Boy asked for money. Lord Chaitanya answered that my associates are coming behind, they will give. And then Lord Chaitanya went away while dancing. His associates came and asked the boy that if he has seen any sannyasi this way.
The boy said yes one sannyasi drank all my butter milk and told me to ask money from you all. Lord Chaitanya’s associates said we do not have money. The boy said, “Ok fine, what can be done.”
When you meet Lord Chaitanya tell him that I have given donation. But the pot was heavy when he was trying to lift. It was filled with gold, diamonds and other precious jewels.
He then ran after Lord Chaitanya. And the Lord was waiting for his associates on the same path. So, the butter milk selling boy touched lotus feet of Lord Chaitanya and paid his obeisances. His associates also arrived there.
Lord Chaitanya said, “Krishna has given you the boon.” The boy started dancing and chanting because he had Krishna prema. The associates when they saw the boy dancing, they became very happy. This is the difference between Sri Krishna Chaitanya and Sri Krishna Chandra. Both gave the jewels and gold. But Lord Chaitanya gave love of Krishna.
Material life forest fire
You all are fortunate that Nitai Gauranga is being installed here. They are especially merciful. How many of you need mercy? How many devotees need mercy? I am very happy that Lord Chaitanya has come. Srila Prabhupada brought message of Lord Chaitanya. Therefore, many people should take mercy of Lord Chaitanya.
This human life Krishna says is duḥkhālayam aśāśvatam, Bhagavad Gita 8.15. Just like we see different forest fire in the world today – Greece, Mexico, Turkey, USA. And if the rain does not come it will not extinguish the fire. There is a song in Sri Sri Gurvashtaka. In the song it is said, the mercy of guru puts down the forest fire. So, if we do some service to Lord Chaitanya then our life will become perfect.
The donor who came up here have children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. According to sastra, if one does seva to Lord Krishna then one goes back to the abode of Krishna and ones 14 generation will get delivered – the upcoming 7 generation and the past 7 generation.
This material world is like forest fire. And by the mercy of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda we get forest fire of this material world extinguished. In the material world, people can be envious. If you are successful, they envy you. This is the defect of the material world. There are many defects. This is only one. We want you all to be happy and get the mercy of Lord Chaitanya.
Precious human life
Human life is an opportunity to take the shelter of Lord Krishna and Lord Chaitanya and go back home back to godhead. But if you do not take this opportunity then you will remain in this forest fire. You will have to take another birth in this material world. And you may not know which birth you may take. You may go to heaven or hell; you do not know. If you do seva, you get ticket to Back Home Back To Godhead.
Requesting Lord descend
We are going to request the Lord to descend down according to the procedure given by Brihaspati. Lord is Bhakta vatsala. All of you should pray in your heart to the Lord to come down. And Lord will listen to your prayers. We want the Lord to come so that we can serve him. Serving Lord is the secret to success.