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Gundicha Marjan

Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai !!

 

After the Snan Purnima (bathing ceremony) of Lord Jagannath, the three Lords would be “indisposed” with a “chill” and so withdrawn from public view for 15 days.  These fifteen days of not seeing His beloved lotus-eyed Lord caused great torment to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

He would be deeply morose with the pain of separation. Unable to bear the pain, He would run all the way from Puri to Brahmagiri, to the temple of Lord Allalnath, an ancient deity of Lord Vishnu situated around 25 km from Puri.

The legend goes that Lord Jagannath Himself told this to Mahaprabhu saying there is no difference between the two – Jagannath and Allalnath.

Some 3-4 days before Rath Yatra, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would return to Puri in great anticipation of beholding His Lord again. With all the eagerness and enthusiasm of a Gopi, Mahaprabhu would lead a team of his associates to clean the Gundicha Temple, where the Lord would stay after the Rath Yatra.

The cleansing of the Gundicha Temple is summarised by Śrīla Krishnadas Kavirāj Goswāmī in Śrī Chaitanya-Charitamrita Madhya-lila, Chapter 12.

Sri Gaurasundar swept and cleansed the Gundicha temple with His devotees, making it as cool and bright as His own Heart and a befitting sitting place for Sri Krishna. Mahaprabhu cleansed the temple with brooms, water pots and His own cloth, accompanied by hundreds of devotees.

The Lord swept in the ecstasy of prema while calling the Holy Name of Krishna. The devotees also called out, ‘Krishna!’ as they engaged in their service. The body of the Lord became covered with dust and dirt and was beautiful to behold. The Lord cleansed some areas of the temple with His tears.

Combining all the grass, dust and sand into a pile, the Lord began to gather it into His outer cloth and throw it outside. In this way all the devotees, in great ecstasy, then started throwing all the grass and dust outside using their own cloths.

The Lord said to the devotees, “By seeing how much grass and dust you throw outside the temple, I will know how much you have laboured and cleaned.” The dirt collected by all the devotees was combined into one pile yet the pile made by the Lord was greater. In this way the interiors of all the temple’s rooms were swept.

This lila shows on the importance of chanting the Lord’s Holy Name while engaged in practical service. For the transformation of the mind’s nature, cheto-darpana-marjanam, it is necessary to remember the Lord constantly. One who is able to do this will experience that transformation.

Devotees perform many activities, but while they are doing their work they will always try to chant the Name of Krishna. Then, through their habit of chanting, their mood and mind will transform.

Through this pastime, Jagad-guru Śrīman Mahāprabhu teaches that if a fortunate soul desires to seat Krishna on the altar of their heart, then they should first of all clean their heart of all contamination making the heart spotlessly clean, peaceful, and resplendent with devotion.  If any thorny bushes, weeds, dust, or sand—anarthas—remain within the field of the heart, then the Lord, the ultimate recipient of all service, cannot be seated therein. Contamination and litter within the heart means anya-abhilāshita (extraneous desires), karma (worldly action), gyān (speculative knowledge), yoga, and so on. 

In this way, adopting the mentality of a Gopi, Śrī Gaurasundar, as a Jagad-guru, personally taught how a practitioner should, with great enthusiasm, while loudly chanting Krishna’s Name, clean their heart in order to make their heart a place so full of love and devotion for the Supreme Thief Śrī Krishna that in fact He just cannot stay away from them and comes and dwells in their hearts.

 

Nitai Gaur Hari Bol!