Sri Gadadhara Tattva


Sri Radhika came in the form of Sri Gadadhara. It is extremely important to know Gadadhara-tattva, the established philosophical truths of Sri Gadadhara Pandita. There is no difference between Sri Gadadhara Pandita and Srimati Radhika, but the activities are different in Krsna’s pastimes and Gaura’s pastimes. In Gaura-lila Sri Gadadhara Pandita is in the mood of a servant.

No gopi, including Candravali, Lalita and Visakha, is qualified to experience Srimati Radhika’s madanakya-mahabhava (Her supermost ecstatic prema). Krsna experiences the ecstatic loving moods of rudha and adirudha, but not madanakhya-mahabhava. Sri Gadadhara Pandita, on the other hand has madanakya-mahabhava. In Gaura-lila, however, it is covered, so that Gadadhara Pandita can help Krsna to play the part of Srimati Radhika. In the form of Sri Gadadhara Pandita, Srimati Radhika is looking and examining, and if there is something wrong in Krsna (as Mahaprabhu), She corrects it.

Sri Gauranga is not nagara (the role of the male enjoyer). No one can serve Gauranga by thinking oneself a gopi and thinking of Gauranga as Sri Krsna. Everyone has to serve Him in dasya-bhava. No one should think, “I am Lalita, Visakha, or any other gopi.” This misconception is called gauranga-nagari-vada.

It is possible for Krsna to be the enjoyer of conjugal mellows, but not Mahaprabhu. He is always in the role of a gopi, Srimati Radhika. Anyone can serve Mahaprabhu in dasya-rasa, but not in madhurya-rasa. In that pastime, this would be absurd. Sri Caitanya-caritamrta says that this vada (philosophical point of view), gauranga-nagari-vada, is sahajiya (a pretender of knowing the true tattva). The scripture Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, and our entire guru-parampara, rejects this idea, and Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has defeated this argument.

Sri Gadadhara Pandita is Srimati Radhika, and he therefore has up to madanakya mahabhava, but He wants to serve Mahaprabhu. He wants to do what Krsna wants, and thus he covers this madhurya-bhava. Sri Gadadhara Pandita knows what Mahaprabhu wants: Mahaprabhu wants to play the part of Srimati Radhika. Right from the beginning He is in Srimati Radha’s mood, and He is chanting “Krsna! Prananatha!”

He came here to Tota-Gopinatha to hear Srimad-Bhagavatam from Sri Gadadhara Pandita, Srimati Radhika, to learn better how to play Her part. In its deepest understanding, Srimad-Bhagavatam is really the glories of Srimati Radhika’s moods.

(as told by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja)


About TP Das

I am a initiated disciple of Prabhupada. I love to write, creatively and also to edit. My love of reading is for Vedic shastras like Jaiva Dharma, Bhagavatam, etc. My path is bhakti-yoga. I live mostly in India. The title for my blog comes from both Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums and Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma (The Dharma of Souls). My instructing Gurus are Srila BR Sridhara and Srila BV Narayana. Haribol!

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  1. Dandavats Tirtha prabhu,

    I heard yesterday in a class about Gadadhar Pandit prabhu that the deity of Tota Gopinath sat down so that he could listen to the discourses of Gadadhar Pandit explaining the Srimad Bhagavatam to Mahaprabhu. Is this the correct explanation according to Srila Gurudeva and other acharyas?


    • Dandavats Abhiramaji, Not that I know of. As far as I remember hearing Srila Gurudeva talk about it is that the Tota Gopinath deity was the place that Mahaprabhu left this world… through the knee. Some may speak this in Puri but I never heard it verified by Gurudeva. Gadadhara Pandita left the world only eleven months after Mahaprabhu, so he was no more than 48 also. I never heard the Srimad Bhagavatam story either. Thanks for tuning in to “Dharmasouls”…it is an experiment and diary to reach devotees with… your friend Tirthapada

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