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This blog is for sharing one of the six loving exchanges between vaishnavas - bhajana katha sravanam alapa - sharing and discussing bhajan topics with devotees.

It is also my humble attempt to follow the instruction my gurudeva would give at the end of every class: take these pastimes and instructions into your heart. Therefore in the hopes that it will make some impression in my heart, I am sharing lecture notes, quotes, book excerpts, and other words from the brahma-madhva-gaudiya sampradaya and vaisnava/is around the world.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sri Gadadhara Pandita

om ajnana timirandhasya jnananjana salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri gurave namah

"O Gurudeva, you are so merciful. I offer my humble pranama unto you and am praying from the core of my heart that, with the torchlight of divine knowledge, you open my eyes which have been blinded by the darkness of ignorance."

From Sri Gadadharastakam by Srila Svarupa Damodara Goswami:"That personality who eternally wanders in Vraja while
playfully performing Her own loving devotional service,
(in other words, Sri Rädhä, who is non-different from Sri Gadädhara Prabhu) is the chief among the beloved
damsels of Sri Hari. As the foremost of the beloved
associates of the son of Saci (in other words, Sri Gadädhara Prabhu), he reveals the process of service to Sri Rädhä and Krsna. I worship that magnanimous, exalted
Pandita and Guru, Sri Gadädhara Prabhu."

Sri Gaura Gadadhara

Please accept my apologies for strange typos; I got this from The Rays of the Harmonist, no. 9, Winter 2001, which you can download in its entirety at by searching 'gadadhara': 

"One day, after hearing Srimad-Bhägavatam,
Mahäprabhu was sitting on the sand here at Cataka-parvata,
which He considered to be Govardhana. He told
Gadädhara Pandita, ’Gadädhara, I want to give you my
most valuable property. Will you accept it?’ When
Gadädhara Pandita agreed, Mahäprabhu said, ’This is the
property of My heart.’ He began removing the sand and
said, ’My präna-dhana is here.’ In the mood of Srimati
Rädhikä, He exposed Gopinätha’s head and crown, and
others then began to help reveal His form. Mahäprabhu
then requested Sri Gadädhara Pandita, ’You should take
Him and serve Him throughout your life.’

"Gadädhara Pandita is always serving Krsna. In krsnalila,
Srimati Rädhikä always satisfies Krsna more than
Candrävali, Lalitä, Visäkha, and others.
Her whole mood is to satisfy
Krsna. In mahäprabhu-lila, because Krsna wants to taste
Himself, He takes Rädhikä’s mood, and She responds
accordingly: ’He wants that, so I should not disturb Him.
If I help Him in this, this will be my service.’ Do you

"When Mahäprabhu was calling, ‘Krsna! Krsna! O
Pränanätha!’ Rädhikä was there, but as an obedient servant.
She was in a daksina (submissive) mood. The relationship
of däsa is always in a daksina mood. Sri
Gadädhara Pandita was even more daksina than Rukmini.
Rukmini sometimes had some mäna (transcendental loving
anger), but Sri Gadädhara Pandita was not like that.
If he had been in a vämya (left-wing or unsubmissive)
mood, it would have been unfavourable to the mood of
Krsna as Mahäprabhu. Gadädhara Pandita was always
thinking, ’I am His servant.’ If he had said, ’My dear
Krsna, my dear beloved’, Mahäprabhu’s mood would have
been disturbed.

"This was also true in Navadvipa. At that time Gauräìga
was also calling out, ‘Krsna, Krsna!’ not, ‘Rädhe, Rädhe!’
But at that time He was untrained; He had not yet been
admitted into the school of Visäkhä, Sri Räya Rämänanda.
At that time also, Gadädhara Pandita always served as an
obedient servant, covering all his moods as Srimati
Rädhikä. And he is in the same mood in nitya Navadvipadh
äma. He is never nägari in mahäprabhu-lilä."

Sri Gadadhara Pandita ki jai!! May he rain his mercy on us all!

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