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Gaurpurnima – Diving into an Ocean of Kindness

Napisao Sacinandana Swami

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu offers us an unprecedented gift: unconditional acceptance of ourselves and the bestowal of pure love of God. Especially on His appearance day.

When Srila Prabhupada visited the temple in Atlanta in 1975, he felt so moved about this unique quality of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that he finished his lecture in tears. He said,

“Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are very kind. They have appeared just to reclaim the fallen souls of this age. They are more kind than Krishna. Krishna is also very kind. He comes to deliver. But Krishna demands that first of all we surrender. Caitanya Mahaprabhu does not even demand surrender. He is so kind.” (voice choking) “So take shelter of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and be happy. Thank you very much.” (in choked voice). [1]

Whenever we meet with a great amount of kindness, we feel called to respond. But alas – am I really responding enough to the causeless mercy of Sri Caitanya? On Gaurpurnima I cannot neglect this question. Thus this festival always offers me a chance to review my year and then improve my quality and quantity of devotional service.

I once heard that the saintly Gaurkisora dasa Babaji especially appreciated one song of Narottama dasa Thakura, where he regrets that he has not given enough attention to worship Sri Caitanya and the devotees[2].

Such sincere regret is blissful. It gives rise to the strong determination to activate one´s devotional relationship with the most merciful Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. And that is always good. Sometimes the way down is the way up!

Wishing you a very fulfilling Gaurpurnima festival,

Sacinandana Swami

[1]Arrival address in Atlanta, Georgia, US, 28th February 1975

[2]Aksepa song 50, from Prarthana


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