Stavavali- Sweetest of the Sweet


Verse: 2

Purīdevasyāntaḥ praṇaya madhuni snāna madhura

Muhur govindodyad viśada paricaryārcita padaḥ

Svarūpasya prāṇārbuda kamala nīrājita mukhaḥ

Śacī sūnuḥ kiṁ me nayana śaraṇim yāsyati punaḥ


When will that son of mother Saci, having been sweetened by the love-honey of Ishvara Puri’s heart, whose lotus feet are always served by Govinda (Ishvara Puri’s personal servant) and who is the very life of Swarup Damodara , again cross the path of my eyes?

Rasa Vyakhya (Purport of mellows): Srila Dasa Goswami has introduced the Lord in connection with His mother, Saci Devi. This establishes the magnanimity of the aspect of motherhood. It is the mother whose womb is compared to that of an ocean which has provided the world the most benevolent incarnation of the Lord in the mode of sweetness. Sriman Mahaprabhu is the Jagadguru, the crest-jewel of the Guru Tattva. He is the Samasti Guru personified. Yet for the sake of establishing the highest position of the Sadhguru, He accepted Srila Isvara Puri of the Madhva Sampradaya as His guru. Srila Isvara Puri had already realized on his meeting with the Lord for the first time, guru-paduka-1170x396that Sriman Mahaprabhu is Sri Krishna Himself. On the order of Sriman Mahaprabhu (in a hidden way), Srila Isvara Puri accepted the Lord as his disciple though he begged to be incapacitated to taking that position. This in a way establishes that fact that unless one accepts a Sadhguru in a physical form, there is no question of spiritual attainment. A person who gives Hari Nama to a jeeva in the Parampara order is the instructing spiritual master and a person who renders Deeksha to a jeeva in the Parampara order is the initiating spiritual master. Both forms of the Guru are to be revered and followed. He who does not use the body as a boat captained by Sadhguru and the sail of which is guided by the favourable winds of the Lord’s infinite mercy is an unfortunate being. The Lord, although was in a superior position, fell at the feet of His guru and pleaded for His mercy. Sri Isvara Puri was already intimated by a dream the previous night that the Lord of the three worlds would seek his shelter. Ishwara Puri showered His honey-laden mercy on the already sweet constitution of the Lord by saying “Oh Pandita, you are the Supreme Lord Himself. I had a sacred dream last night and I am granted its fruit in the form of you accepting me as your preceptor. To tell you the truth, when I see you, I am beholding none other than the master of the Gopis.” The Lord having accepted the initiation from Sri Ishvara Puri, now desired to inundate the universe with His sweetness. The Lord accepted the ten syllable Gopala mantra, the king of mantras from Sri Ishvara Puri.  The word “purideva” in the verse also indicates Sri Jagannath, the Lord of Sriman Mahaprabhu. Lord Chaitanya sometimes in the mood of separation viewed Lord Jagannath as Dwarkadheesh, Lord Krishna as the Lord of Dwaraka, who is now a stranger to the Gopis having transformed His mood to Royalty. This would pain Lord Mahaprabhu who wanted to have a vision of Jagannath as the flute-wielding Lord of the Gopis. Thus Sriman Mahaprabhu would sometime feel union and at other times feel separation from Lord Jagannath.

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