30 Oct “MURARI GUPTA” – A Very Intimate Associate Of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
.“SRI MURARI GUPTA’S HOUSE” AT “SRI ANTARDVIPA” ISLAND OF SRI NAVADVIPA-MAYAPUR DHAM
“Murari Gupta, the twenty-first branch of the tree of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. was a storehouse of love of Godhead. His great humility and meekness melted the heart of Lord Caitanya.” – Caitanya-Caritamrta Adi Lila 10.49
INTIMATE ASSOCIATE, INTIMATE PASTIMES
Sri Murari Gupta was a very intimate associate whose pastimes with Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu were steeped in the loving bond of their eternal relationship. As an incarnation of Hanuman, Murari Gupta is as dear to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as Hanuman is to Lord Rama. He appeared in Sri Hatta, the hometown of Jagannatha Misra (father of Lord Caitanya) and Srivasa Pandita, but became a resident of Mayapur when he was a young boy. He was only a few years older than Lord Caitanya and a close neighbour so they shared many experiences while growing up. Born into a lineage of Ayurvedic doctor, Murari Gupta followed that profession, but because of his elevated spiritual potencies, he also cured the spiritual diseases of his patients along with their physical ailments. Murari Gupta also wrote the first biography on Gauranga Mahaprabhu named Sri Caitanya-carita.
SIGN-BOARD FOR MURARI GUPTA’S HOUSE
DEVOTEES WALKING TOWARDS MURARI GUPTA’S HOUSE DURING NAVADVIPA-MANDALA PARIKRAMA. BEAUTIFUL PADDY PLANTATIONS ON THE WAY TO HIS HOUSE.
ENTRANCE TO SRI MURARI GUPTA’S HOUSE
THEIR LORDSHIPS SRI SRI SITA-RAMA, LAKSHMAN, HANUMAN AT SRI MURARI GUPTA’S HOUSE
There is also a black Deity of four-armed Narayana that was found while excavating the land to build this Temple. This Deity dates back to Satya-yuga (three million years ago) and is therefore said to have also been worshipped by Murari Gupta.
THEIR LORDSHIPS SRI SRI SITA-RAMA, LAKSMANA, HANUMAN AT SRI MURARI GUPTA’S HOUSE
LORD CAITANYA’S PASTIMES WITH MURARI GUPTA
When Murari Gupta came to meet Lord Caitanya at Jagannatha Puri, while meeting devotees at Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya’s house, seeing Murari Gupta, Lord Caitanya remembered this pastime with him.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “Previously I induced Murari Gupta again and again to be allured by Lord Krishna. I said to him, ‘My dear Gupta, Lord Sri Krishna, Vrajendra-kumara, is the supreme sweetness. “‘Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the origin of all incarnations and the source of everything. He is pure transcendental love itself, and He is the reservoir of all pleasure. “‘Krishna is the reservoir of all transcendental qualities. He is like a mine of gems. He is expert at everything, very intelligent and sober, and He is the summit of all transcendental humors. “‘His character is very sweet, and His pastimes are melodious. He is expert in intelligence, and thus He enjoys all His pastimes and mellows.’
“I then requested Murari Gupta, ‘Worship Krishna and take shelter of Him. But for His service, nothing appeals to the mind.’ “In this way, he heard from Me again and again. By My influence, his mind was a little converted. “Murari Gupta then replied, ‘I am Your servant and Your order-carrier. I have no independent existence.’
“After this, Murari Gupta went home and spent the whole night thinking how he would have to give up the association of Raghunatha, Lord Ramacandra. Thus he was overwhelmed. “Murari Gupta then began to pray at the lotus feet of Lord Ramacandra. He prayed that death would come that night because it was not possible for him to give up the service of the lotus feet of Raghunatha. “Thus Murari Gupta cried the entire night. There was no rest for his mind; therefore he could not sleep but stayed awake the entire night.
“In the morning Murari Gupta came to see Me. Catching hold of My feet and crying, he submitted an appeal. “Murari Gupta said, ‘I have sold my head unto the lotus feet of Raghunatha. I cannot withdraw my head, for that would give me too much pain. “‘It is not possible for me to give up the service of Raghunatha’s lotus feet. At the same time, if I do not do so I shall break Your order. What can I do?’ “In this way Murari Gupta appealed to Me, saying, ‘You are all-merciful, so kindly grant me this mercy: Let me die before You so that all my doubts will be finished.’ “Hearing this, I became very happy. I then raised Murari Gupta and embraced him. “I said to him, ‘All glories to you, Murari Gupta! Your method of worship is very firmly fixed – so much so that even upon My request your mind did not turn. “‘The servitor must have love and
affection for the lotus feet of the Lord exactly like this. Even if the Lord wants separation, a devotee cannot abandon the shelter of His lotus feet. “‘Just to test your firm faith in your Lord, I requested you again and again to change your worship from Lord Ramacandra to Krishna.’ “In this way, I congratulated Murari Gupta, saying, ‘Indeed, you are the incarnation of Hanuman. Consequently you are the eternal servant of Lord Ramacandra. Why should you give up the worship of Lord Ramacandra and His lotus feet?'”
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu continued, “I accept this Murari Gupta as My life and soul. When I hear of his humility, it perturbs My very life.”
– Caitanya-Caritamrta Madhya lila 15.137-157
LORD CAITANYA BECOMES LORD RAMA
During the manifestation of His Maha-prakasa pastime at Srivasa Pandita’s house, Lord Caitanya told Murari Gupta, “Look at Me,” and revealed Himself as Lord Rama along with Sita, Laksmana and Hanuman. Murari collapsed on the floor but Lord Caitanya continued, “Hey monkey! Did you forget how Ravana burnt your face and how you set his kingdom ablaze? I am that same worshipable Lord of yours. Arise Murari, you are dear to Me as My own life.” Regaining his senses, Murari asked Lord Caitanya for a boon that he always appear with the Lord in His pastimes as His servant.
Directions to reach Sri Murari Gupta’s house :
1) Going down the Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Marg, about 3kms from ISKCON Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Temple, past Yogapitha (birthplace of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu), take the second road on the right past Sridham Mayapur Post Office. Proceed down this road going through local village. After approx. 5mins (by rickshaw) you will come to the end of the village and see cultivated fields on the left and a wall and iron gate on the right. This is the house. Darshan times are 3pm to 8pm. It is possible to get darshan at other times. If the gate is locked, try calling out.
#2) Murari Gupta’s house is a stopover during “Navadvipa-Mandala Parikrama” which is organized every year about 10 days before Guara-Purnima Festival at Sridham Mayapur. One can visit this transcendental house by attending Navadvipa-Mandala Parikrama.
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By His Grace Dvarakadish Prabhu