HOW TO TAKE POSSESSION OF KRISHNA’S LOTUS FEET?

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

jayatām suratau pangor

mama manda-mater gatī

mat-sarvasva-padāmbhojau

rādhā-madana-mohanau

[Cc. Adi 1.15]

This is the surrendering process of the author, Kavirāja Gosvami. Before beginning to write Caitanya-caritamrta, he submitted himself to the lotus feet of Madana-mohana. Those who have gone to Vrindavana, they have seen the temple of Radha-Madana-mohana. It was established by Sanatana Goswami, the first disciple of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

The Radha Madan-mohan Temple in Vrindavana. It was established 500 years ago by Srila Sanatana Goswami.

The exquisite temple of Sri Sri Radha Madan-mohan in Vrindavana. It was established 500 years ago by Srila Sanatana Goswami.

Sanatana Goswami established this Madana-mohana temple, Rupa Goswami established the Govindaji’s temple, Jiva Goswami established Radha-Damodara temple and Gopal Bhatta Goswami established Radha-Ramana temple. In this way, in Vrindavana there are seven temples authorizedly established by the Gaudiya-sampradaya, Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s sampradaya.

Later on, many big, big kings and zamindars (landlords) also established many temples, big, big temples. And altogether, there are five thousand temples in a small city like Vrindavana, and thousands of men go to see the Deities in every temple almost every day, and especially during the four months of Srāvana, Bhādra, Asvina, Kārttika: July, August, September, October. So Vrindavana is always crowded by many pilgrims, and anyone who goes there, immediately he feels spiritual consciousness.

Gaudiya Vaishnava, means the followers of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Especially in Bengal, there are many thousands followers. In Bengal and Orissa, they are mainly followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. And in Vrindavana and Navadvipa, you will find many Bengali Vaishnavas, followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. They are living there very austerely, not very much careful about their bodily maintenance. But they are living. They have practically no income, but still, they do not go away from Vrindavana. Similarly, Kaviraja Goswami also took shelter of Vrindavana under the lotus feet of Madana-mohana.

Therefore he says, mat-sarvasva-padāmbhojau: “The lotus feet of Madana-mohana are my everything. I have taken shelter of Madana-mohanji. That is my everything.” That is Vaishnava feeling. They think the lotus feet of Krishna as their only possession. But that is the greatest possession. What will this material possession do? One who has taken possession, at least one who is allowed to take possession of the lotus feet of Madana-mohana, is not a very easy thing. If Krishna gives him the facility… Krishna is prepared. How? Simply by service, one can easily take possession of the lotus feet of the Lord. Sevonmukhe hi jihvādau svayam eva sphuraty adah [Brs. 1.2.234]. We cannot take possession of the lotus feet of the Supreme Being. That is not possible. But if we render service, He gives the allowance, “Yes, you can be under the shelter of My feet.”

[An excerpt from a lecture on the Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi Lila 1.15 delivered in Dallas, USA on March 4, 1975]

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