(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Finland, 2011) I was travelling to India, and there was a lady sitting next to me who was a yoga teacher. She was going to India for training with Iyengar. She was a serious … more
Lord Jagannatha, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, we are worshipping Him by the manrta:
“Jagannatha Swami Nayana Patha Gami Bhavatu Me”
Which basically is a prayer to the Lord of the Universe and requesting Him to be visible to us. My Dear Lord of the Universe be visible unto me. So this indeed is the problem: for the conditioned soul the Supreme Personality of Godhead remains invisible. This is the biggest complication in the world. This has caused all the confusion, all the religious wars, it has caused all the doubt in all the individuals and it is also effecting us.
When Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu saw Lord Jagannatha, what to speak of seeing Lord Jagannatha, when Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was on the way to Jagannatha puri, and when he saw the chakra, the wheel on top of the temple of Lord Jagannatha, He crashed to the ground in ecstasy. And from that point on it took so long to cover that distance from the temple because he had so many ecstatic symptoms on the way, it was inconceivable! And it is a well known fact that when Lord Chaitanya saw Lord Jagannatha first time in the temple He wanted to jump up on the altar and embrace the deities and then he fell unconscious to the ground. So the pastimes and exchanges between Lord Jagannatha and Lord Chaitanya are very important. It is no coincidence that Srila Prabhupada bought Jagannatha Ratha Yatra to the western world. The relationship between Lord Jagannatha and Lord Chaitanya is a very intimate relationship which exists eternally. Within that exchange it is not only that Lord Chaitanya is expressing His devotion for Lord Jagannatha but it is also a fact that Lord Jagannatha is expressing His devotion for Lord Chaitanya.
(Kadamba Kanana Swami 09/08/2003)