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Divine Wine

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks on the appearance day of Sri Gadadhar Pandit.


Today is a very good day, it is the appearance day of Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadev’s dearmost associate Srila Gadadhar Pandit Goswami. It is a very auspicious for everyone because Gadadhar Pandit Goswami is an Avatar of Radharani after Mahaprabhu took Her mood of service for His own satisfaction.

I can remember one verse our Srila Guru Maharaj composed for Gadadhar Goswami. This verse is very famous and its meaning is so exalted.

nilāmbhodhi-taṭe sadā sva-virahā kṣepānvitaṁ bāndhvaṁ
śrīmad-bhāgavatī katha madirayā sañjīvayan bhāti yaḥ
śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ sadā sva-nayanāśru-pāyanaiḥ pūjayan
goswāmī-prabaro gadādhara-vibhur-bhūyāt mad-ekā-gatiḥ
  (Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj)

Krishna wanted to take Radharani’s divine form to understand how Radharani tastes Her prem for Him. In this way Krishna became Mahaprabhu and felt so much separation from Himself. Union-in-separation was Mahaprabhu’s target. When He would feel great separation all the symptoms of mahabhav would become visible in His divine form—sveda, kampa, stambha, ashru, pulaka, vaivarnya, and so on. Lastly He would faint.

During those times Gadadhar Pandit served Mahaprabhu near the bank of the ocean by chanting the Bhagavatam for Him. If someone has a friend who is very sad and feeling a mood of separation, they sometimes give their friend wine. Similarly, Gadadhar Pandit Goswami supplied the wine of Srimad Bhagavat-katha to Mahaprabhu to nourish Him. Mahaprabhu would cry and Gadadhar Pandit would also cry with Him. As Gadadhar would recite Srimad Bhagavatam and cry, his tears washed away the words of the book. In this way He would give full nourishment and heartfelt joy to Mahaprabhu.

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