Stavavali – Spiritual Madness


Verse 6

Puraḥ paśyan nīlācala patim uru prema nivahaiḥ

Kṣaran netrāmbhobhiḥ snapita nija dīrghojjvala tanuḥ

Sadā tiṣṭhan deśe praṇayi garuḍa stambha carame

Śacī sūnuḥ kiṁ me nayana śaraṇim yāsyati punaḥ


Will I see the son of mother Saci, who is bathed in the incessantly flowing stream of His own tears of great love as He saw the Lord of Nilacala Jagannatha before Him standing behind His most bellowed Garuda Stambha.

Rasa Vyakhya (Purport of mellows):  Srila Das Goswami reminisces the auspicious vision of Sriman Mahaprabhu erupting with mahabhava in the mood of Srimati Radhika , standing at the Garuda Stambha and earnestly witnessing Sri Jagannatha. He was the personified epitome of the Vipralambha Bhava or in the emotion of sweet separation from His Lord. Srimati Radharani went to Kurukshetra after hundred years of separation from Her beloved Sri Krishna. She had tears in Her eyes as she met with Her life-air Sri Krishna. Yet in that meeting there were pangs34e0dff12f4566206efcee9e6e0d3e26 of separation, separation in union. She was reminded of those days at Gokula where she would meet Sri Nandanandana in the bowers of Vrindavana. How things had changed. It was the same Radha and it was the same Krishna, yet it was not like those times which were spent in Vrindavana. Sriman Mahaprabhu entered this very deep emotion of Srimati Radharani and heart-of-heart complained to Sri Jagannatha witnessing Him from a distance. The torrential tears flowing from the eyes of Sriman Mahaprabhu filled the canals below the Garuda pillar. Even today one can find the dent created by these tears of Prema that flowed from the eyes of Sriman Mahaprabhu.

In the mood of Srimati Radharani Sriman Mahaprabhu conversed with Lord Jagannatha. He said “Oh Nandanandana, you look very different now. You are dressed like a king. You wield a conch now. Where is your flute? Your emotions are dry. Where are those love filled eyes with which you stole the hearts of innocent gopis like us? You have forgotten the Gopis and what can be said about you who has even forgotten your own father Sri Nanda and Yasoda Mata. When Sriman Mahaprabhu witnessed Jagannatha, he never took note of Balabhadra and Subhadra who were Dwaraka residents. The mood of Sriman Mahaprabhu was that of seeing Lord Jagannatha as the resident of Vrindavana who had deserted the gopis and gone to Mathura. During the course of the Lord witnessing Jagannatha, an Oriyan Woman suddenly climbed on to the shoulders of Sriman Mahaprabhu. Lord Mahaprabhu came back to external consciousness and praised the woman for her eagerness to get a glimpse of Lord Jagannatha. However in the process Lord Mahaprabhu came to external consciousness and could again see Balabhadra and Subhadra. The Lord again plunged into the mood of the Gopis and was back in Kurukshetra and became restless as if one has lost a precious jewel. Remembering all this, having been a personal witness to the leela, Dasa Goswami shed tears of separation from Sriman Mahaprabhu.

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