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Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami and Vrindavan-dham are very intimately connected. Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami was living at Radha-kunda at times, he was also staying with Srila Jiva Goswami, he established deities called Radha-Vrindavanchandra and these deities are today in the temple of Radha-Damodar, because the former temple fell apart and I guess nobody was there to fix it, so they were moved to the Radha-Damodar temple. Radha-Vrindavanchandra are standing left to the Radha-Damodar deities, they are very tall deities, bigger than Radha-Damodar it'self. These are the deities of Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami. We are all very intimately connected to Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami because he was so humble that when you read his writing then you think: "Oh my God, I guess we have a chance". One of the shlokas he wrote was: Jagai and Madhai undoubtedly were sinful but I think I am much more sinful then them and if we watch the worm in the stool it is surely in a very fallen condition but I am considering myself even more lowclass". In this way he has given us an extreme example of humility, an extreme example of service. He always wanted to do service. So Krishna Das Kaviraj was requested that there was not really a totally comprehensive biography of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Vrindavan Das Thakur has written allot, Murari Gupta has written allot, Locan Das Thakur has written allot. It is not that there were no writings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, but a very few have gone deeply into the philosophy, into the ontology according to all the sastras, like Srila Jiva Goswami was expounding. So the proposal was made that he should write that and he went to the Madan-mohan deity at that time and a garland dropped from the Madan-mohan deity at that moment and he took that as a sign that: "Yes, I am supposed to write this". Even though he felt that he had no qualification whatsoever for such a task, he considered that this was the order of the Vaishnavas. So he is always saying: "Rupa Raghunatha pade", he was always asking to Rupa and Raghunatha to give blessings to him. The extreme humility of our Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami will always be a guiding star, a shelter for all of us. His Caitanya Caritamrita, which was so mercifully translated by our Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, my most worshipable Lord and master, has really transmitted to the whole world the most intense understanding of who is Lord Caitanya. And those who are spanish speaking, they have the good fortune of having this Caitanya Caritamrita being translated into spanish poetry by our Atulananda Acarya. Inspired by Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami, Atulananda Acarya is already fininshing the madhya-lila, and that is quite an accomplishment. This Caitanya Caritamrita is very important for understanding the mission of Lord Caitanya. We have so much literature, and Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami is definetely one of those very rasik-authors who has given us inside into the feelings of the devotees of Lord Caitanya. His Govinda-lilamrita for example is a very, very intensive book which is definetely prohibited to be read by the ordinary sannyasis, as Srila Prabhupada put it. One time Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said: "This book is so important, it has to be published", so he want to his Gurudeva, his father Bhaktivinod Thakur and asked him if he could publish the book, Bhaktivinod Thakur responded: "definetely not". After some time again he approached his Guru and again the answer was: "definetely not", so after some time again he approached him and finally Bhaktivinod Thakur accepted: "Ok, you may publish it", Bhaktisiddhanta became very enthusiastic and asked his Gurudeva: "How many copies we can publish ?", Bhaktivinod Thakur answered: "One copy". So this is a very high book Krishna Das Kaviraj has written, I can quote you just one verse from that book, actually sometimes acaryas quote from that book. This one shloka from Govinda-lilamrita which I found very, very charming, it was: "Oh fools, listen carefully you foolish atheists, you are not very intelligent, and what is the proof of that ? Well you want to have material opulence but you neglect and don't accept the existence of the one who is giving everything to everyone. You are so foolish, you want to get lot of knowledge, but you neglect the contribution of the only one who knows everything and who is giving the information about all the secrets. And you are so foolish that you always want to be loved and you always want to feel this happiness of love, but you are going against that very Lord of love Sri Krishna, so then we can conclude that the atheists are everything but intelligent". Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami and Vrindavan Das Thakur were quite intensive preachers, when they got into it so to speak, when they got enchanted or enthused in their preaching, sometimes they were very radical in their expressions. Vrindavan Das Thakur he said sometimes: "If you don't accept Lord Caitanya then I don't know what I shall do with you ! You ruin your existence, you are such a nonsense, I don't want to see your face. " Sometimes in the spirit of love somebody becomes a bit extreme, he says extreme things and this is the spirit of the preachers of Lord Caitanya, to a certain degree extreme, because they see the whole world rotting in impersonalism. Just recently I have been exposed to some of the impersonalists influencing, like there is one impersonalist group, they are quite famous around the world, a so-called sikh-tradition, and they are teaching that Vishnu is just an insignifican't person in the vedic tradition, and they say sometimes Vishnu is even a name of a demon and if in their meditation they see Vishnu, they immediately leave him aside to go and search for the real substance. Very offensive statements and offensive attitudes. So when the devotee, the Vaishnava, listens to the Mayavadi and he is not careful then he can loose his sraddha. About your mother you don't talk with anybody who is not favourable towards her, you don't entertain conversations about somebody dear to you with somebody who is questioning the validity, integrity or what to speak of the existence of that person. That is impossible, that is untoleratable to our heart. So in the same way our Lord and master Sri Krishna, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, our guru-parampara, we cannot allow to discuss that in a minimizing fashion, we cannot permitt that whats holy to us is being trampled down upon by those who have no sense of spiritual generosity, because last not least we may not forget that the guru is a function and that the name of the Lord is totally powerful. So if anybody is calling the Lord, he is connected. It really does not matter what name he chants, If he is calling out for the Supreme Lord. Therefore Lord Caitanya has said there are thousands and millions of names such as Krishna and Govinda and whoever chants His names with sincerity, he will be blessed with the effect of the sankirtan-yajna. We chant Krishnas name because we have met Srila Prabhupada, because we got the mercy of this tradition, but we should not think that because we got the name of Krishna we got everything, and somebody else because he got a different mantra, or a different name he is not going to get anything. It all depends on the heart, what you feel in your heart when you chant, that is the crucial issue here, what are you in your heart calling. Our Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaja he used to tell that we should chant the name, we should chant from the core of our heart. He made that emphasis above everything, that you should chant from the core of your heart. Because when you call Krishna from the core of your heart He will immediately respond to you. Sometimes devotees are chanting a bit mechanical, it s like their daily duty: „Ok, I got to chant my rounds, I got to chant my rounds“ and of course we have to chant our rounds, we have to chant the Holy Name, because if we loose the contact with the Holy Name, this holy message, then we are going to be in maya for sure. But it should not be like that you are chanting your rounds because you have to chant your rounds, it must be that you chant your rounds because you want to chant your rounds, because you want to call the Supreme Lord, otherwise it becomes monotone, it becomes ritualistic, it becomes a thing you do you don't even think about it, you don't even accompany it by the inner content. So that is not the idea. The whole mission and essence of the Krishna-consciousness movement is that we should try to do things so surcharged with some feeling, and what can be that feeling ? Well the first feeling can be maybe that we are doing this because we want to get the mercy of Krishna and we want to get the blessing of our spiritual master. Actually my spiritual master he had taught me so many things, and some of them apparently contradict each other, but on a different level they do not contradict each other, they are going just deeper and deeper and deeper, and this issue of going deeper and deeper in spiritual life that is really the point, that you shouldnt just remain there where you are and where you simply accept a few rules and regulations, do a few external changes in your life, put on tilak on your nose, wear some different dress and then you think: „Oh I am done, I am done with it, I became a Vaishnava now, you can see it, look in the mirror, isnt this a Vaishnava ? nice tilak, nice dress, kanti-mala, he even got a guru, so must be a Vaishnava“. But what about the aspirations in your heart, are they Vaishnavas ? or are they other things obscuring the path of real enthusiasm. What is your relationship with money, what is your relationship with the opposite sex, what is your relationship with pleasures and pains, what is your relationship with tapasyas, or what is your relationship with your commodities, with your climate, with your physical wellbeing, are you ready to go for your love ? to make any Steps to get closer to Krishna even if it s being requested from you to do very difficult things ? That is the real point where you can really find out more about yourself. Are you a kanishta-adhikari, are you a madhyam-adhikari, are you an uttama-adhikari. There are so many descriptions in the scriptures about that and very often we find people to say: „Hey, you guys are all a bunch of kanishtas“. But these informations in the scriptures are not there to judge others, these descriptions in the scriptures are there so you can get an idea about yourself, so you get an idea where you are at and how you can understand where you have to develop all these things. Hare Krishna.

 
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