Varshana, India November 1, 2003
Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
[Over 1000 devotees participated in this year's Vraja Mandala parikrama. A beautiful play called "The Meeting in the Disguise of a Girl Doctor" by Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura was presented for the pleasure of Shrila Maharaja and the devotees while they were in Varshana.
A summary of the play is as follows: Jatila told her daughter Kutila that she is unable to protect her daughter-in-law Shrimati Radhika from Shri Krishna. Therefore, she decided to confine Her inside the house so that She would not be bitten by the eager glances of Shri Krishna.
Danistha came to Yavat to request that Shrimati Radharani cook, because Krishna did not eat anything prepared by anyone else. Shrimati Radhika would generally go to Nandagaon everyday to cook, but because Jatila now made Her stay in the house, she could not go. While Danistha was there, she whispered a secret into Lalita and Radhika's ear and then left. Visakha then came to Jatila crying and said a snake had bitten Shrimati Radhika. Jatila sent Kutila to get Abhimanyu and a snake-bite doctor to come and chant special mantras to free Shrimati Radhika from the snake poison. She herself then went to Paurnamasi and told her everything that had happened. Paurnamasi said she would help, and she took Jatila to see Gargi, the daughter of Garga Muni. She asked Gargi if she had learned the proper snake mantras from her father. Gargi replied that she had not, but fortunately her younger sister named Vidyavali had, and fortunately Vidyavali was now visiting Vraja from Kasi where she lived with her husband. Jatila begged Gargi to come to her home with Vidyavali to free Shrimati Radhika from the deadly snake poison.
Meanwhile, Danistha and the other gopis who had pre-planned the events disguised Shri Krishna as Vidyavali. When "Vidyavali" arrived at the home of Shrimati Radhika she told Jatila that in order to cure Jatila's daughter-in-law, she would need to chant mantras over Her body and also chew betel nut while chanting a special mantra on it, and then give it to Shrimati Radhika to chew. Jatila agreed. Vidyavali sent everyone out of Shrimati Radhika's room and pretended to have a conversation with the snake, and Shri Krishna Himself played the part of the snake. In the conversation that ensued between Vidyavali and the snake, Shri Krishna in the voice of the snake explained to Jatila that the dreadful incident was the result of a curse on her. If she would continue to keep Radharani from Her service at Nandagaon, no doctor would be able to reverse the power of the curse. In this way her son, who would be bitten by the snake on the very next day, and her daughter-in-law would both surely die. Hearing this from outside the door, Jatila quickly agreed to let Shrimati Radharani go to Nandagaon everyday with no obstruction. In this way Shri Krishna and Shrimati Radharani were able to meet, and the Divine Couple were both cured of the snake bite of separation.
After the performance, and after offering obeisances to Shrila Maharaja, the players listened as their Guru Maharaja blessed all those who participated and then gave instructions for the spiritual advancement of the players and all others present:]
I want you all to give up your enjoying moods - lust, sense gratification, and the like. So many cases are being brought to my attention regarding these matters - three or four cases daily - that I become puzzled and think, "What to do?" In this drama Jatila became puzzled about whether or not she should continue to send her daughter-in-law to the house of Mother Yasoda. She thought if she would not send Radhika then her son Abhimanyu might die, and if she would send Her, then all would criticize and ask, "Why is your daughter-in-law going to see Krishna?"
Similarly I am puzzled, thinking, "Should I continue to preach in Western countries about the goal of Krishna's service, or should I stop?" Those I believed in tried to cheat me. They should not try to cheat me. They have endeavored for sense gratification for so many lives, so why should they not give this human life to the lotus feet of Lord Krishna? My lady disciples should be determined and think, "Do or Die!" There are so many examples for ladies to follow, like Shrimati Gangamata Thakurani, Gargi, Savitri and many hundreds of thousands more. If males can be brahmacaris and sannyasis, why can't the ladies also control their senses? Why? You should all be like brahmacaris and sannyasis.
Our mission is only to preach that we should give our hearts fully to Shri Shri Radha and Krishna, not to any other person. We have some honor for Gurudeva and we have given everything to his lotus feet, but of course that attachment is not in the realm of lust or sense gratification. A guru is so-called and a cheater if he cannot take away all impurities from the disciple's heart. If he cannot cleanse all impurities, why should he be a guru? Guru should be ideal, our brahmacaris and sannyasis should not deviate, and our girls should also not deviate. They should be ideal. They should not come to me with concerns for satisfying their lust and other sense desires. I cannot help with that. Don't be animals - donkeys and monkeys. Be pure devotees like Hanuman and Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami. In this way we can preach the mission of Shrila Rupa Gosvami and Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu throughout the world.
The mission of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is:
anarpita-carim carat karunayavatirnah kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-sriyam
harih purata-sundara-dyuti-kadamba sandipitah
sada hrdaya-kandare sphuratu vah saci-nandanah
(Shri Vidagdha Madhava of Shrila Rupa Gosvami)
"May that Lord, who is known as the son of Shrimati Sacidevi, be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what has not been given in a very long time - manjari-bhava, the service of Shrimati Radhika as her confidential maidservant."
Ladies should not try to attract males and males should not try to attract ladies. They should try to become attracted to Shri Krishna and Shrimati Radhika.
My blessings to all who were in the play. Try to follow my instructions, and thus you will be happy in your life.
Transcriber: Govinda Priya dasi
Editor: Shyamarani dasi
Assistant Editor and typist: Rangadevi dasi