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From Sri Jaganathastakam

Sometimes in great happiness Lord Jagannätha, with His flute, makes a loud concert in the groves on the banks of the Yamunä. He is like a bumblebee who tastes the beautiful lotus-like faces of the cowherd damsels of Vraja, and His lotus feet are worshiped by great personalities such as Laksmi, Siva, Brahmä, Indra and Ganesa. May that Jagannätha Swami be the object of my vision.”

I was born in the darkness of ignorance but my spiritual master(s) have opened my eyes with the torchlight of knowledge.

Although by nature depraved, unfortunate, and very sinful, to serve the order of my initiating spiritual master Srila Prabhupada I write for self purification and to assist his mission, it is a miracle of God.

Here in this prayer, said to have been spoken by Lord Chaitanya, the Golden Avatara, Lord Jagannatha is being glorifed. Who is Lord Jagannatha? First of all, who is Lord Chaitanya?  Lord Chaitanya, historically, appeared in West Bengal India in the late 1400’s.  He was known as a fantastic scholar, practically the best of his time period, and a great saint, full of God Love.

Lord Chaitanya initiated a movement of spreading love for God everywhere in West Bengal, and He also traveled up and down India. He was truly an amazingly divinely ecstatic, loving, kind, compassionate personality who performed a number of “miracles”, but especially His miracles were those of turning the deeply sensual atheistic hearts of various people into soft, loving, divine devotees of God. He made saints out of sinners, rogues, ruffians, hard hearted scholars, in the thousands.

God is God, yet in the ancient Vedic scriptures one can find divine details of Godhead not to be found elsewhere.  Like an unabridged dictionary the ancient Vedic scriptures contain everything other revealed scriptures do, and much more. 

The Islamic tradition has 99 Names of God, the Persian Tradition over 10o Names, the Kabbalist calls upon many Divine Names,  focusing on one or the other of the Supreme Lord’s Qualities. The Vedas contain tens of thousands of Divine Names of Godhead, and Jagannatha is one of Them, meaning, in English, “lord of the Universe’ which the Supreme Spirit Father is.

Here in this prayer Lord Chaitanya calls upon the One Lord of All Creation as “Jagannatha”, absorbed in a mood of deep appreciation and communion.

Lord Chaitanya glorifies the Lord, Supreme Soul, Supreme Personality of Godhead as “making a loud concert with His flute on the banks of the river Yamuna’” This may astound the sensibilities of many, and it does astound mine!  What an idea! God playing a flute? Making a loud concert?   What are we to think about that, who often here that God is “beyond the beyond”, “indescribable”,  ”unthinkable”, etc, as is sometimes expressed by certain theologians.

The Vedic scriptures agree, most definitely - God is indescribable, He is beyond the beyond. In the sense that He is beyond our ordinary way of thinking. In the sense that He cannot be completely known. In the sense that  His being is possessed of such inconceivable powers that we cannot dream of fully grasping those powers.

In that sense, and surely so, God is “beyond the beyond”. Then again, He is surely not “nothing”, and He is surely possessed of at least as much ability as we have. At the very least.

What a preposterous idea, that God cannot do this and cannot do that, and must live inside a small box constructed out of own inability to think outside of the box – so to speak.

Rabbits have forms, bodies, horses have bodies, and certainly the Supreme Creator can manifest a Form of His own if He so chooses. This seems to be just common sense.  The Vedic scriptures inform us that He most certainly does manifest Forms.

Not material, limited forms like we have, but spiritual Forms, possessed of the most amazing powers and abilities. It is said in the Vedic scriptures that the Lord can see with His ears and hear with His eyes. The spiritual realm of existence is not like this realm of limited existence.

With a grain of common sense, letting loose for a moment  the mental chains that box in our thinking, I think many will agree this make sense and is reasonable, although fantastic in scope.

And so we find descriptions in the Vedas of the spiritual realm, where we and the Supreme Soul live in spiritual bodies, with spiritual activities and spiritual feelings.

The realm we live in now is so full of variety and detail, how could we think for a second that the spiritual realm is any less detailed? By what logic could that be so?

Makes no sense to me, although I admit my mind simply spins sometimes considering the spiritual world and it’s nature.

Don’t believe the hype! Why be  boxed in with limited conceptions and miss out on this opportunity…..

Check out the teachings of Lord Chaitanya and the dynamic, beautiful spiritual realml at :

http://files.krishna.com/en/pdf/e-books/Teachings_of_Lord_Chaitanya.pdf

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