Srila Prabhupada honors Sri Jagannatha dasa Babaji tirobhava tithi [disappearance day] – Friday, February 16, 2018 = Mayapura India time

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Sri Jagannatha dasa Babaji tirobhva tithi [disappearance day] – Friday, February 16, 2018 = Mayapura India time

compiled by Padmapani dasa and  Yasoda nandana dasa
THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
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.Honoring Srila Jagannatha das Babaji

gauravirbhava-bhumes tvam
nirdesta saj-jana-priyah
vaisnava-sarvabhaumah
sri-jagannathaya te namah
 
“I offer my respectful obeisances to Jagannatha das Babaji, who is respected by the entire Vaisnava community and who discovered the place where Lord Caitanya appeared.”   (Srila Jagannatha Pranati)
 
Srila Jagannatha das Babaji, the spiritual master of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, confirmed Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s discovery of the birthplace of Lord Caitanya. Upon arriving at the birthplace, Jagannatha das Babaji, though blind and crippled, leaped high into the air and began chanting the names of Krishna and dancing.
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Srila Prabhupada explains the glorious position of Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji.
compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa
 

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is none other than the combined form of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. He is the life of those devotees who strictly follow in the footsteps of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī are the two principal followers of Śrīla Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī, who acted as the most confidential servitor of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, known as Viśvambhara in His early life. A direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī was Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī. The author of Śrī Caitanyacaritāmṛta, Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, stands as the direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī.
 
The direct disciple of Śrīla Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī was Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, who accepted Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī as his servitor. Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura accepted Śrīla Jagannātha dāsa Bābājī, who initiated Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, who in turn initiated Śrīla Gaurakiśora dāsa Bābājī, the spiritual master of Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, the divine master of our humble self.
 
Since we belong to this chain of disciplic succession from Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, this edition of Śrī Caitanyacaritāmṛta will contain nothing newly manufactured by our tiny brains, but only remnants of food originally eaten by the Lord Himself. Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu does not belong to the mundane plane of the three qualitative modes. He belongs to the transcendental plane beyond the reach of the imperfect sense perception of a living being. Even the most erudite mundane scholar cannot approach the transcendental plane unless he submits himself to transcendental sound with a receptive mood, for in that mood only can one realize the message of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. What will be described herein, therefore, has nothing to do with the experimental thoughts created by the speculative habits of inert minds. The subject matter of this book is not a mental concoction but a factual spiritual experience that one can realize only by accepting the line of disciplic succession described above. Any deviation from that line will bewilder the reader’s understanding of the mystery of Śrī Caitanyacaritāmṛta, which is a transcendental literature meant for the postgraduate study of one who has realized all the Vedic scriptures such as the Upaniṣads and Vedāntasūtra and their natural commentaries such as Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and the Bhagavad-gītā.
 
This edition of Śrī Caitanyacaritāmṛta is presented for the study of sincere scholars who are really seeking the Absolute Truth. It is not the arrogant scholarship of a mental speculator but a sincere effort to serve the order of a superior authority whose service is the life and soul of this humble effort. It does not deviate even slightly from the revealed scriptures, and therefore anyone who follows in the disciplic line will be able to realize the essence of this book simply by the method of aural reception. Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta – 1975 Original unrevised edition – Chapter 1. The Spiritual Masters
 
 
Srila Prabhupāda: So, that signboard… [break] Yes.
Nitāi: What’s the story behind the rediscovery of Māyāpura?
Srila Prabhupāda: Eh?
Nitāi: Is there some story related to the way in which Māyāpura was found by Jagannātha dāsa Bābājī?
Srila Prabhupāda: The Ganges is going sometimes that side, then this side. So, it was under the impression that original Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s birthsite is now under water. Or there were many theories and suggestions. Later on, Jagannātha dāsa Bābājī said that “Here is the…” Hare Kṛṣṇa.
Nitāi: In previous days, it was a very big city.
Srila Prabhupāda: (Bengali)
Indian: Ācchā. (end) Srila Prabhupada morning walk, March 3, 1974
 
 
 
Srila Prabhupāda: Today, the auspicious day of our predecessor spiritual master, Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Paramahaṁsa Parivrājakācārya Aṣṭottaraśata Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura’s mission… Apart from his life, we are especially stressing on the mission of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura. This place, Māyāpur, was formerly known as Miyapura. Mostly it is inhabited by the Muhammadans. Some way or other it converted into the name of Miyapura instead of Māyāpur. Still, people are very much doubtful where is the birth site of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. And Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura was researching to find out the actual place. So under the direction of Jagannātha dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, this present Yogapīṭha was ascertained to be the birth site of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. So Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura in the beginning wanted to develop this place very gloriously, befitting the holy name of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. So he started this movement of developing Māyāpur. He could not finish it, so it was handed down to Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura. So, under his effort, assisted by his disciples, this place has gradually developed, and our attempt is also to develop this place. Therefore, we have named this temple Māyāpur Chandrodaya. We have got great ambition to develop this place nicely and gloriously, and fortunately we are now connected with foreign countries, especially with the Americans. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s great desire was that the Americans would come here and develop this place and they would chant and dance along with the Indians, 
Srila Prabhupada lecture on appearance day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Māyāpur, West Bengal, India -February 21, 1976
 
 
So, the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is so nice that it makes a person perfect in everything: perfect in knowledge, perfect in strength, perfect in age, everything. We need so many things. So this perfection of life, the process how to make life perfect, is coming down from Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa, He is the origin of everything. Therefore, the knowledge of perfection is also coming from Him, and periodically-periodically means after millions and millions of years—Kṛṣṇa comes. He comes once in a day of Brahmā. So Brahmā’s days, even one day, the span of one day, it is very difficult to calculate. Sahasrayuga-paryantam arhad yad brāhmaṇo viduḥ [Bg. 8.17]. The Brahmā’s one day means about 433,000,000’s of years. So in each day of Brahmā, Kṛṣṇa comes, once in a day. That means after a period of 433,000,000’s of years He comes. Why? To give perfect knowledge of life, how a human being should live to make his life perfect. So the Bhagavad-gītā is there, spoken by Kṛṣṇa in this millennium, in this day. Now Brahmā’s one day we are passing through the twenty-eighth millennium. No, twenty-eighth… In Brahmā’s day there are seventy-one Manus, and one Manu lives for… That is also many millions of years, seventy-two millenniums.
 
So, we are not interested now about calculation the perfect knowledge. This perfect knowledge comes from God, or Kṛṣṇa, and it is distributed by paramparā system, by disciplic succession. The example is just there, a mango tree. On the top of the mango tree there is a very ripened fruit, and that fruit has to be tasted. So if I drop the fruit from up, it will be lost. Therefore it is handed over, after one, after one, after… Then it comes down. So all Vedic process of knowledge is taking from the authority. And it comes down through disciplic succession. Just like I have already explained, Kṛṣṇa gives the knowledge, perfect knowledge, to Brahmā, and Brahmā gives the knowledge to Nārada. Nārada gives the knowledge to Vyāsa. Vyāsa gives the knowledge to Madhvācārya. Madhvācārya gives the knowledge to his disciplic succession, later on, to Mādhavendra Purī. Mādhavendra Purī gives that knowledge to Īśvara Purī. Īśvara Purī gives that knowledge to Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Lord Caitanya. He delivers that knowledge to His immediate disciples, six Gosvāmīs. The six Gosvāmīs delivers the knowledge to Śrīnivāsa Ācārya, Jīva Gosvāmī. Then Kavirāja Gosvāmī, then Viśvanātha Cakravartī, then Jagannātha dāsa Bābājī, then Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, then Gaura Kiśora dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, then my spiritual master, Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī. Then we are distributing the same knowledge.
Devotees: Jaya Prabhupāda! Haribol!
Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja lecture, New Vrindavana, Moundsville, West Virginia, USA, September 2, 1972
 
 
So this is necessary. Therefore, it is said samādhinā, means “Don’t manufacture your meditation.” Samādhi, this trance by meditation, cannot be attained by something manufacturing. Anu: “Just follow the great predecessor ācārya.” Samādhinā anusmara tadviceṣṭitam. Tat means the acyuta, acyuta, the activities of the Lord. Therefore we have to learn Kṛṣṇa consciousness through the disciplic succession. Our, this sampradāya, the Gauḍīyasampradāya, is also in the same line-Nārada, Vyāsadeva. Nārada is the disciple of Brahmā. It is, therefore, called, this sampradāya… This party is called Brahmasampradāya. Brahmamadhvagauḍīyabrahmasampradāya. Originally from Brahmā. Brahmā instructed Nārada. You’ll find in the Bhāgavata. Brahmā is instructing Nārada. Now you see Nārada is instructing Vyāsadeva. Similarly, Vyāsadeva instructed Madhva Muni. Now, Madhva Muni, by disciplic succession, Mādhavendra Purī. Now, Mādhavendra Purī instructed Īśvara Purī. Īśvara Purī instructed Lord Caitanya. Lord Caitanya instructed the six Gosvāmīs. The six Gosvāmīs instructed Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja. Kṛṣṇadāsa instructed Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura. Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, Viśvanātha Cakravartī. Viśvanātha Cakravartī, Jagannātha dāsa Bābājī. In this way, there is a clear line of disciplic succession.
Srila Prabhupada Srimad Bhagavatam lecture New Vrindavana, Moundsville, West Virginia, USA, June 11, 1969