The following is a transcription of a darśana with Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja in Maui, Hawaii, on May 26, 2000


Devotee: Some persons were speaking about Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita. They said that because Kṛṣṇa has taken Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s bhāva from Her, now She has become like Rukmiṇī.

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Bogus.

Devotee: They said that because She has become like Rukmiṇī, She now stays with Mahāprabhu in the form of Gadādhara Paṇḍita.

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: This is bogus.

Devotee: They say that Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita has taken that form to try to get Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s bhāva back.

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī was like a guru. In the form of Gadādhara Paṇḍita, She was watching Kṛṣṇa in the form of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu to see whether He was playing Her role properly or not. And, if He made a mistake, he would correct Him. You can say that Kṛṣṇa took the mood of Rādhikā, but it is not that He took everything from Rādhikā and She thus became a male. This thought is quite wrong. If anyone is following my moods, then my moods are with him. In the same way Kṛṣṇa is taking, in the sense of following, the moods of Śrīmatī Rādhikā.

Devotee: If someone takes your mood, it doesn’t mean that you have no more mood.

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Yes, you should reject a foolish person who is speaking like this.

Devotee: Some people think that Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s mood is left-wing and Rukmiṇī’s mood is right-wing. So after Kṛṣṇa took the left-wing mood of Rādhikā, only the right-wing mood was left.

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita was there in navadvīpa-līlā, and he was full with Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s moods. Then, when he went to Jagannātha Purī, he was also full of Her moods. Kṛṣṇa was only following some of Her moods, not all moods. He was trying to follow and, in the form of Gadādhara Paṇḍita, Rādhikā was giving Him guidance in His form as Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. She would say, “You should do like this,” or “You are making some mistakes.”

Devotee: I think they are committing some offence to Śrīla Gadādhara Paṇḍita by saying that something is missing in him.

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Yes.

Devotee: They say that Gadādhara Paṇḍita is like Rukmiṇī, and thus she has no left-wing mood. They describe the pastime of Śrī Vallabhācārya. How can we reconcile this?

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Śrī Kavi-karṇapūra has clearly written that Śrīla Gadādhara Paṇḍita is Śrīmatī Rādhikā. Nowhere is it written that he is Rukmiṇī.

baḍa śākhā, — gadādhara paṇḍita-gosāñi
teṅho lakṣmī-rūpā, tāṅra sama keha nāi

(Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 10.15)

Gadādhara Paṇḍita, the fourth branch, is described as an incarnation of the pleasure potency of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. No one, therefore, can equal him.

In the Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā (147-53) it is stated, “Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s pleasure potency, formerly known as Vṛndāvaneśvarī, is now personified in the form of Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita in the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Śrī Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī has pointed out that in the shape of Lakṣmī, the pleasure potency of Kṛṣṇa, she was formerly very dear to the Lord as Śyāmasundara-vallabhā. The same Śyāmasundara-vallabhā is now present in Lord Caitanya’s pastimes as Gadādhara Paṇḍita.

Devotee: Once, when Gadādhara Paṇḍita was in Jagannātha Purī, Mahāprabhu neglected him when he heard Vallabhācārya’s commentary on the Bhāgavatam. Then, when Mahāprabhu met with him later on, He said, “Oh, I was just trying to make you angry. But you didn’t become angry.”

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Yes.

Devotee: “…so your mood is like Rukmiṇī.”

gadādhara-paṇḍitera śuddha gāḍha bhāva
rukmiṇī-devīra yaiche ‘dakṣiṇa-svabhāva’

(Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā 7.144)

Gadādhara Paṇḍita’s pure ecstatic love for Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was also very deep. It was like that of Rukmiṇīdevī, who was always especially submissive to Kṛṣṇa.

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Mahāprabhu also told Śrī Jagadānanda Paṇḍita Prabhu that he was Satyabhāmā, but He said this only to joke with him.

bāra-bāra praṇaya kalaha kare prabhu-sane
anyo-’nye khaṭmaṭi cale dui-jane

(Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā 7.143)

Jagadānanda Paṇḍita was accustomed to provoking loving quarrels with the Lord. There was always some disagreement between them.

gadādhara-paṇḍitera śuddha gāḍha bhāva
rukmiṇī-devīra yaiche ‘dakṣiṇa-svabhāva’

(Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā 7.144)

Gadādhara Paṇḍita’s pure ecstatic love for Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was also very deep. It was like that of Rukmiṇīdevī, who was always especially submissive to Kṛṣṇa.

tāṅra praṇaya-roṣa dekhite prabhura icchā haya
aiśvarya-jñāne tāṅra roṣa nāhi upajaya

(Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā 7.145)

Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu sometimes desired to see Gadādhara Paṇḍita’s affectionate anger, but because of his knowledge of the Lord’s opulences, his anger was never invoked.

Devotee: Only joking.

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Yes. His constitutional position was not that of Satyabhāmā. Mahāprabhu said this only to joke. Then, in an angry mood, Śrī Jagadānanda Prabhu would reply, “Why did You say that I am Satyabhāmā?” He would sometimes be angry and Mahāprabhu would like him to be angry.

Devotee: But in Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, doesn’t it say that Śrīla Jagadānanda Paṇḍita is Satyabhāmā?

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: No, it has been told only for that reason. But Jagadānanda Prabhu himself reveals in his book Prema Vivarta that he wants to be the maidservant of the gopīs. [He is a pālya-dāsī of Śrīmatī Rādhikā.]

Devotee: I discussed this point with one of my god-brothers and asked him, “What is the fact? Is it that Jagadānanda Paṇḍita is Satyabhāmā or not?” He said that he is Satyabhāmā, but in gaura-līlā, there is some speciality because of the associates.

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: No, no. He was never Satyabhāmā.

Devotee: Never?

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: Never, never, never, and never. It is said only because his mood is similar to that of Satyabhāmā. [The mood of Satyabhāmā is also within him, as a smaller number is included in a larger number.]

(The following is an excerpt from a lecture that Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja gave two days later in Los Angeles.)

Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja: If Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu were making some mistake, Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita would twist the ears of Kṛṣṇa. “O, you are doing wrong. You should do like this.” Mahāprabhu was singing, “Barhāpīḍaṁ naṭa-vara.” Gadādhara quickly came and said; “O, you should do it like this.”

barhāpīḍaṁ naṭa-vara-vapuḥ karṇayoḥ karṇikāraṁ
bibhrad vāsaḥ kanaka-kapiśaṁ vaijayantīṁ ca mālām
randhrān veṇor adhara-sudhayāpūrayan gopa-vṛndair
vṛndāraṇyaṁ sva-pada-ramaṇaṁ prāviśad gīta-kīrtiḥ

(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, 10.21.5)

[Wearing a peacock-feather ornament upon His head, blue karṇikāra flowers on His ears, a yellow garment as brilliant as gold, and the Vaijayantī garland, Lord Kṛṣṇa exhibited His transcendental form as the greatest of dancers as He entered the forest of Vṛndāvana, beautifying it with the marks of His footprints. He filled the holes of His flute with the nectar of His lips, and the cowherd boys sang His glories.]

In the mood of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, Gadādhara Paṇḍita’s heart was melting and tears were coming. There was some defect in Kṛṣṇa. Some say that when Mahāprabhu took the beauty and intrinsic mood of Rādhikā, She became like Rukmiṇī. This is quite wrong. It was not like this. Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja came for the same object and mission, that you should be given rāgamārga. Why? You should know who is Śrīmatī Rādhikā, and what are all these moods.

(The following is a summary of a conversation with Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja two weeks later in Alachua, Florida. Devotees showed him three verses from Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta regarding the moods of Śrī Jagadānanda Paṇḍita)

paṇḍita jagadānanda prabhura prāṇa-rūpa
loke khyāta yeṅho satyabhāmāra svarūpa

Paṇḍita Jagadānanda, the sixth branch of the Caitanya tree, was celebrated as the life and soul of the Lord. He is known to have been an incarnation of Satyabhāmā (one of the chief queens of Lord Kṛṣṇa).

[Here Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja explained that the word ‘loke’ means ‘the ordinary people of the world’. ‘Loke khyāta’ means that he is known by the ordinary people in the world as such.]

jagadānanda-paṇḍitera śuddha gāḍha bhāva
satyabhāmā-prāya prema ‘vāmya-svabhāva’

(Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā 7.142)

Jagadānanda Paṇḍita’s pure ecstatic love for Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was very deep. It can be compared to the love of Satyabhāmā, who always quarrelled with Lord Kṛṣṇa.

jagadānande-prabhute prema cale ei-mate
satyabhāmā-kṛṣṇe yaiche śuni bhāgavate

(Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā 7.152)

The affectionate loving exchanges between Jagadānanda Paṇḍita and Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu continued in this manner, exactly like the exchanges between Satyabhāmā and Lord Kṛṣṇa related in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

[Here Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja explained that his love is compared with that of Satyabhāmā-devī because they are both in a leftist mood. Jagadānanda Paṇḍita would quarrel with Mahāprabhu, and Satyabhāmā would quarrel with Dvārakādhīśa Kṛṣṇa.]


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