to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga
By His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
From Divine Guidance page 44-45:
When Mahaprabhu experienced mahabhava for seven
days in Srivas Pandit's house, the different devotees saw
Him in different forms.
Devotees of Ramachandra saw
Mahaprabhu as Ramachandra,
devotees of Vishnu saw Him as
Vishnu; others saw Him in the form of Nrsimhadev, and yet
others saw Him as different incarnations of Vishnu.
In that gathering Mahaprabhu restricted Mukunda
Prabhu: "I shall not give you darshan." Mukunda remained outside the house, weeping. Seeing
him crying, the devotees reported to Mahaprabhu, "Mukunda
is very sad and he wants to end his life by drowning in the
River Ganges. He does not want to maintain his body if he
cannot see Your Form. He is continually crying outside."
Mukunda sent a message with the devotees asking
Mahaprabhu, "When shall I see Your form?" Mahaprabhu answered, "After crores of births he will be
able to see Me." Hearing this, Mukunda became very happy and began
dancing outside the entrance, "Oh, after only crores of births I
will again see Mahaprabhu! Therefore I have no problem.
Crores of births I can tolerate to again have His darshan."
Hearing that, Mahaprabhu was happy and said, "Now he
has already crossed those crores of births and he can see Me— he can come immediately."
So the devotees called Mukunda: "Oh Mukunda, come,
Mahaprabhu is calling you." But Mukunda said, "Mahaprabhu said 'after crores of
births,' then how can I go there now? If I go now I will not be
able to see the real form of Mahaprabhu. Only after crores of
births shall I be able to see, but not now - if I 'see' Him now,
that will not be really seeing Him, it will be illusion. So why
shall I go there? I do not want to go there now."
Real vision is necessary, and that is the main thing.
seeing the Deity, the Dham or anything else is only
an exercise of the eye; it is not actual vision and we shall not
gain real benefit from that.
But Mahaprabhu said, "Now his
crores of births have gone, and he can come and see Me."
Mukunda very much chastised himself that he had done
wrong, and so had caused Mahaprabhu to at first refuse him
entrance. Mahaprabhu then showed His real form to him.
The main thing is that without devotion and transcendental
knowledge we can neither see the real Vrindavan Dham nor the
real Nama, Rupa, Guna and Lila (Name, Form, Qualities and
Pastimes) of the Lord. All these are transcendental, therefore we
cannot see them with our mundane eyes - that is the main thing.
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Mukunda Datta, a branch of the Chaitanya tree
Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi Lila 10.40
Translation and purport by Srila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad
sri-mukunda-datta sakha—prabhura samadhyayi
yanhara kirtane nache chaitanya-gosai
Mukunda Datta, a class friend of Lord Chaitanya's, was
another branch of the Chaitanya tree. Lord Chaitanya
danced while he sang.
Sri Mukunda Datta was born in the Chattagrama
district, in the village of Chanhara, which is under the
jurisdiction of the police station named Patiya. This
village is situated ten krosas, or about twenty miles,
from the home of Pundarik Vidyanidhi. In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (140) it is said:
vraje sthitau gayakau yau
"In Vraja there were two very nice singers named
Madhukantha and Madhuvrata. They appeared in
Chaitanya-lila as Mukunda and Vasudev Datta, who
were singers in the society of Lord Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu." When Lord Chaitanya was a student,
Mukunda Datta was His class friend, and they
frequently engaged in logical arguments. Sometimes
Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu would fight with
Mukunda Datta, using tricks of logic. This is described
in the Chaitanya-bhagavata, Adi-lila, chapters eleven
When Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
returned from Gaya, Mukunda Datta gave Him
pleasure by reciting verses from Srimad-Bhagavatam about Krishna-lila. It was by his endeavour that
Gadadhar Pandit Goswami became a disciple of
Pundarik Vidyanidhi, as stated in Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata,
Madhya-lila, chapter seven.
Mukunda Datta sang in the courtyard of Srivas
Prabhu, Mahaprabhu danced with his singing, and
when Lord Chaitanya for twenty-one hours exhibited
an ecstatic manifestation known as sata-prahariya,
Mukunda Datta inaugurated the function by singing.
Sometimes Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu chastised
Mukunda Datta by calling him 'khadajathiya beta' because he attended many functions held by different
classes of nondevotees.
This is stated in the Chaitanya-bhagavata,
Madhya-lila, chapter ten.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu dressed Himself as the goddess
to dance in the house of Chandrasekhara,
Mukunda Datta began the first song.
Before disclosing His desire to take the renounced
order of life, Lord Chaitanya first went to the house of
Mukunda Datta, but at that time Mukunda Datta
requested Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to continue His
sankirtan movement for a few days more before
This is stated in Chaitanya-bhagavata,
Madhya-lila chapter twenty-six.
The information of
Lord Chaitanya's accepting the renounced order was
made known to Gadadhar Pandit, Candrasekhara Acharya and Mukunda Datta by Nityananda Prabhu,
and therefore all of them went to Katwa and arranged
for kirtana and all the paraphernalia for Lord
Chaitanya's acceptance of sannyas. After the Lord took
sannyas, they all followed Him, especially Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Gadadhar Prabhu and Govinda,
who followed Him all the way to Purusottam-ksetra.
In this connection one may refer to Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata,
Antya-lila, chapter two.
In the place
known as Jalesvara, Nityananda Prabhu broke the
sannyas rod of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Mukunda
Datta was also present at that time. He went every year
from Bengal to see Lord Caitanya at Jagannath Puri.
'The appearance of Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi' an excerpt of, Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Vol.2 by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
"Mukunda Datta went to Gadadhar Pandit and asked him, "Would you like to have the darsan of a Vaisnav?".. .From childhood Gadadhar Pandit was very fond of Vaisnavas and Krsna-nama... So Mukunda Datta took Gadadhar Pandit to Pundarik Vidyanidhi. And what kind of Vaisnav was Pundarik Vidyanidhi?.. .Gadadhar Pandit thought, "Mukunda has brought me to this luxury-loving man sitting
on the bedstead and smoking? What type of Vaisnav has he brought me to see?" He was disappointed at heart, and Mukunda could guess it."