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Sudarsana Tattva

Sudarśana never likes to leave his master. Sudarśana says, “I do not want my Prabhu to have to do any hard work.”

For example, if one’s Guru is working, cleaning, cooking, massaging his disciples and feeding them, then the disciples will feel very bad. The parents do everything for their ignorant children when they have no strength or knowledge. But when a child becomes older, if he does not do anything for his parents, and remains accepting their service to him, then he is called lazy and crazy.

Śrīla Gurudeva continuously gives us spiritual help. He helps to achieve realization of the soul and the Supersoul. He takes care of us so that we never go distant from the guru-paramparā. But if we make Śrīla Gurudeva wash our cloth, massage our feet and do all kinds of services, then this is not guru-sevā. This is improper.

Sudarśana thought, “My Prabhu fought with Aghāsura, Pūtanā, Kāliya and many other demons, but why didn’t He simply call me to kill them? There was no need for Him to do such hard labor. I cannot tolerate this.”

The real disciple cannot tolerate seeing Śrī Guru working very hard in front of him. Sudarśana thought, “Why am I allowing this disturbance to my Prabhu? He may not invite me to Vraja but how can I gain entrance and a chance to serve?”

Sudarśana said, “Oh Prabhu, I can never leave You. Do as You like, but please don’t leave me. May I always be with You. Please accept me and my service. Otherwise I will be a useless orphan and my life will be destroyed.”

How can a sevaka be near to and accepted by Śrī Guru?

One time Śrīla Gurudewa called me into his room and asked me, “Do you have faith in me?”

Eternal love connate be expressed openly, so I didn’t directly answer.

“Why are you asking?” I said.

“Do you believe that I would give you 10,000 rupees if you asked me for it?” I understood his words. If the disciple does not have faith that Guru can give 10,000 rupees, than how will he have faith that Guru can give vraja-prema and kṛṣṇa-prema.

All souls are God’s children. If you do not give affection to God—if you distance yourself from Him and go to mundane cheaters for relationships, then you will suffer. If you have even a little affection for God, then He will never reject you or kick you away. You will never have any problems in our life.

Sudarśana prayed to his master, “O Prabhu, You left Dvārakā. The great city sank in the ocean and all the Yādavas were finished. You also left Mathurā, but please do not leave me. Give me some service.”

Jagannātha said, “What service will you perform?”

Sudarśana said, “If anyone comes to you and just once offers praṇāma with a desire to serve you, I will help them.”

Jagannātha said, “Yes, very good. People want to come to Me, but they have been blinded by ignorance and false ego. Who will show them to the right path? I am very pleased that you will help them.”

When Vallabhācārya started his preaching, he advised whoever approached him to first offer obeisance to Sudarśana. Su means good. Sudarśana is he who gives pure illuminating knowledge by which we can reach our ultimate goal of life. By first offering obeisance to Sudarśana, he will show you with his light which way is the path to God.

Jagannātha was very pleased. Whoever comes to Jagannātha, they first see Sudarśana and he gives all conditioned souls very good help and by this they can understand what their duty is and who they will meet with and what their proper service and etiquette is.

Sudarśana Prabhu came to Jagannātha Purī to help all conditioned souls. Cakra tīrtha is the place where Cakra Sudarśana came and is now also present. If anyone prays to him and offers him obeisances, then he will give ability to meet with Jagannātha.

We must offer praṇāma to Śrīla Gurudeva. He is very kind. We came like orphans not knowing anything. Without him, how could we understand Sudarśana, Jagannātha and the Holy dhāma? By the mercy of Śrīla Gurudeva, a center has been opened at Cakra Tīrtha. Sudarśana has given shelter at his lotus feet. So Jagannātha also has accepted everyone. Jagannātha is very happy with all and he gives mahā-prasāda and all blessings. Cakra Sudarśana gives fresh air near the sea. But this is external. He gives the soul pure energy, strength and taste to practice bhajana. It is first necessary to go to Sudarśana for light, strength and power. If we don’t have Sudarśana, good vision, then we will have kudarsana, bad vision. Then we will think, “This person has very long beautiful eyes and a sweet figure!” Day and night we will be involved in the material energy. But Sudarśana will never give this opportunity to those who are in his shelter. He will say, “Why are you only looking at meat, flesh, pus, stool and sewer plants? Why are you running for this? This is very bad.”

If you remember Sudarśana when any mundane desire is present, he will immediately cut this burning desire. He will cut your relationship with anyone other than God and God’s family. Relationship with God is a good relation and relationship with blood is a bad relation. Have spiritual relation with all, as all souls are the parts and parcels of God. All are my friends if all together we will serve God. This is the philosophy of Sudarśana. If he doesn’t help, the brain won’t work. Young age will run to the wrong way. Real young age means you will be strong! Then you are young. If you are weak and hopeless, then you are not young, you are wrong.

Sudarśana will make you eternally young. Jagannātha, Baladeva and Subhadrā came in the forms of tree trunks without eyelids, ears, hands, mouth, only standing like wood. How can we understand He is God, Parabrahma? Sudarśana gives the power for transcendental vision.

Mahāprabhu says:

pratimā nahe tumi sākṣāt vrajendra-nandana

(Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, madhya 5.96)


“You are not a statue; You are directly Vrajendra-nandana Kṛṣṇa Himself.”

Śyāmasundara sikhanda Śekhara

smera—hasa murali-manohara

radhika-rasika mam krpa-nidhe

sva-priya-carana-kinkarim kuru

(Śrī Vitthalacarya)


O Śyāmasundara, O beautiful dark boy with a peacock-feather crown, Your playful smile and Your flute completely bewilder our minds. You are expert at tasting the nectar of Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s love, and You are an ocean of mercy. Please make me a maidservant of Your beloved.

Mahāprabhu said, “You are Śyāmasundara wearing a peacock feather and playing a flute.”

But we see Jagannātha and think, “He has no hands, how can He play a flute?”

Jagannātha is hidden like Kūrma avatāra. If only the Vrajavāsīs are there, then He brings out His hands, legs and limbs and plays with them. But otherwise, Jagannātha acts neutral. If we get the mercy of Sudarśana, we can understand where Jagannātha hides His hands, where His flute is, and how He eats and distributes mahā-prasāda all over the world. Jagannātha’s hands are all over the world.

Once, a crow came to Ayodhyā. At that time Rāmacandra was a small child and was playing with Lakṣmaṇa, Bharata and Shatrugna. Daśaratha and the queens were very happy. Rāma was running and playing, rolling and crawling. Then the queens gave maupura. Rāmacandra is the incarnation of Kṛṣṇa, but in His līlā, He greatly liked maupura sweets, Dahl Purī and Tikuwa Ladoo. Kausalya made these preps for Rāma and He ate them as a child and walked around playfully. Then a crow named Kakh Basundi came to take Rāma’s remnants. Rāma said, ‘Take!’ The crow came and took the maupura and flew away. But the crow saw that Rāma’s hand was coming behind him. He moved all over the whole world, but the hand of Rāma was always coming behind to catch him. He became hopeless and then entered Rāma’s mouth and saw all fourteen planetary systems. Then Rāma laughed and Kakh Basundi came out and saw that Rāma was eating maupura and he was coming to take it.

God’s blessings and hands are for everyone. Our hand is only with us to feed our mouth, or for disturbing others. By hand you can kill someone, and by pen one can disturb many people at once. But Jagannātha’s hand is not for His own enjoyment or disturbing anyone, He gives His hands for the service of the devotees. Wherever the bhaktas have any problem, Jagannātha helps.

In the purāṇas there is one nice story. There was a brāhmaṇa who worshipped Jagannātha, but his wife was an enjoyer. She said, “Day and night you are worshipping a piece of wood, you don’t do any work and bring me money, I am young and you haven’t given me a son, you have stayed with wood, therefore, become like wood! You are useless! I will throw out Jagannātha!”

She threw out Jagannātha and said, “Enjoy with me! Why did you marry me if you won’t give me a son?”

The brāhmaṇa was very disturbed not finding Jagannātha, and he didn’t eat or sleep. The woman was by force trying to make him her doll. She said again and again, “Give me one son!” But he had no desire to enjoy and his body had no energy for anything other than God’s service. But how could she understand, she was nearby her own enjoyment, not him and God. Only by staying nearby sādhus, one cannot get benefit if he is divided by selfishness.

That lady could not change. Some time passed and she said, “Hey useless person, you have only disturbed my life! Why did you marry me?” She always beat him with a broom. She saw he was healthy and strong, but his relationship was only with God. She could not understand his nature. She beat him and abused him, thinking, ‘He is healthy, why isn’t he enjoying with me?’

She became as if crazy and mad. Her body had a big heat she wanted to cool, but he would be no fan for her. Where is the sādhu? Ordinary people cannot understand this.

The lady said, “I give you one week’s time, give me a son, or buy me one from the market!”

The brāhmaṇa said, “Okay.” She gave him one rupee to buy a child in the market. Now also it is possible to buy children. Poor families make many children and sell them.

The brāhmaṇa went to a carpenter and asked, ‘Please make me one Jagannātha in a week’s time.”

“Yes, I will do it for one rupee.”


The brāhmaṇa went back and his wife said, “You haven’t brought a son?”

“Yes, I made arrangements. But he is just a newborn. The mother said she will give him after seven days when he is stronger from drinking milk.”

The lady arranged everything for the boy’s arrival. She got a palanquin, umbrella, baby clothes and so many things. After a week she gave all things to her husband to bring the boy. The brāhmaṇa gave the carpenter one rupee and took Jagannātha covering Him with a cloth like a baby.

He thought, “Today will be my last day. She will definitely beat and kill me with a stick. She likes mundane flesh dolls. She has no love for Jagannātha.”

He gave her Jagannātha swaddled up in cloth and said, “He is sleeping. Don’t open his cloth or disturb him now.”

“What is his name?”


She took him to her room and thought, “How can I wait another night?”

She opened the cloth and said, “Hey Gopāla! Look at me!”

Gopāla was smiling up at her. He played with her and drank her milk. The brāhmaṇa was outside peeking in to see her reaction. He thought, “Oh, very good!” and came inside, but then Gopāla became wood. His wife took a stick and shouted, “Get out! Never come in my house! You have turned my son into wood! Before he was smiling and playing with me!”

She took a stick and beat the brāhmaṇa out of the house and down the street. He began doing bhajana staying on the bank of a river. He thought, “O Prabhu, Your pastimes are very sweet. If You like her and not me, that is fine, stay with her.”

Back at his home, the baby talked, played, and drank milk from the lady. She was happy and said, ‘You are my Gopāla, I bought you with one rupee.”

Four years passed while she was serving Gopāla.

When he began speaking, Gopāla asked, “Where is My father? Who is he?”

“Don’t think about him!” She said, “If you meet him You will become wood!”

“I will be wood!”

“Yes, with no eyes or hands, You will only be like a small tree trunk! He is a very stupid and useless man. Whoever is with him will become like wood. So You should never want to meet with him.”

In due course of time, she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Then Gopāla would pinch the baby and make it cry. She became very angry, “You are disturbing the real son born from my womb! Which caste are you from? From where did you come! Get out!”

She kicked out Gopāla. Why? Now she had her own blood son and no longer liked Gopāla. He cried and went looking for the brāhmaṇa. He found him like a beggar in a straw hut by the river. He saw Gopāla come and asked, “Who are You?”

Gopāla said, “I am your Gopāla.”

“Why have You come to me?’

“I like you. You gave me to your wife, but now she has kicked Me out.”

The brāhmaṇa embraced Gopāla and He then became wooden Jagannātha.

The brāhmaṇa said, “Oh, You are testing my faith. Don’t worry, I believe in You and love You in any form. You are my all and all.”

The brāhmaṇa nicely worshipped Jagannātha. Back at his wife’s house, while her boy was sleeping, one big python came and wrapped itself around her infant and squeezed, making it very long like spaghetti to eat. She came and tried to kill the snake, but the snake swallowed her boy. This is the nature of pythons.

Sudarśana gives pure darśana, he bestows pure intelligence. Then one can understand the physical body is only a corpse. Otherwise we think our body is everything and śālagrāma is only stone and Jagannātha is wood and Kṛṣṇa is only one brass Deity. People think, “If I sell the Deity, then I can buy some rasagullas.” This is not business of the soul, this is only material body business. By the mercy of Sudarśana, we will see everything properly. Sudarśana cuts and kills our anarthas and false ego and bad desires.

Śrī Guru-pāda-padma has externally left, but he is really present here. He has given us place near Sudarśana here in Cakra tīrtha. If we pray to Sudarśana we can understand his mercy and get relationship with Jagannātha. Śrīla Gurudeva is taking care of all his devotees and disciples. We are very lucky, by his mercy we have come to Jagannātha Ratha Yatra under the guidance of the Vraja-devīs.

The Vraja-devīs are taking Kṛṣṇa from Kurukṣetra to Śrī Vṛndāvana. The lover has a very sweet relationship with the beloved. If the beloved becomes anyhow imprisoned or in a difficult situation to escape from, the lover will run and make any tricky policy to save the beloved.

Śrīla Gurudeva told one sweet story. Once, there was a king’s prince who became upset with his father and left the country to another. The king was distraught and asked his minister, ‘How can I meet again with my son?’

The minister said, “Your son is very proud and sentimental. He could not tolerate your slight chastisement.”

The king said, “You are my minister, please help to bring my son back.”

“Yes, on your request.”

The minister went in simple cloth to the next state. He searched for the prince, inquiring and watching everywhere, but he couldn’t find him. Finally, he saw that in one very poor hotel the prince was cleaning pots and serving, working hard day and night. The manager would give him a few scrapes of food that were left over from plates in the evening. In the night, he didn’t give any bed. The prince slept on the ground. The minister watched for some days and then went to the manager and said, “Can I work for you?”

The manager said, “I already have one servant boy, I don’t need more.”

“Please accept me, I won’t take food or pay.”

“Okay, but don’t disturb my worker,” the manager said.

The minister desired to change the boy and acted very humble. He went to the boy while he was going to rest and seeing no bed, cloth or blanket in the winter, he gave a blanket, some nice food and made friendship with him.

The prince asked, “Why do you like me? Why are you helping me?”

“Seeing your unfortunate condition, I am just naturally affectionate to you,” the minister said.

The minister would perform all the prince’s chores such as washing pots before the prince. He gave the prince extra food and took care of him.

“Why are you helping me?” the prince asked.

“You are like my heart,” the minister said.

Later, the minister asked, “Where did you come from. Who is your father?”

The prince said, “Don’t ask me this!”

He wept but would not speak of his past.

After many days of insistent asking and showing him much affection, the prince said, “I am the prince of the neighboring kingdom.”

“Why did you leave? Why is your position like this?”

“I was very proud and left my father, now I am working here in this hotel and suffering.”

With great sweetness and compassion the minister changed his mind and brought him back to the king. The king was overjoyed and crying, embraced his son.

Śrīla Gurudeva explains, “God is full of compassion for the lost souls. He sends His close associates to bring back the conditioned souls. They go door to door without any selfishness to collect all conditioned souls. They serve, house and feed them and tolerate everything. They very carefully take them in their laps and with more affection then a million parents, they care for them and bring them to God. When God sees His children, how much happiness does He feel? When God is happy, automatically the souls become happy. If God is displeased with someone, they can never be happy or satisfied. But if God is pleased, everything will be very sweet.

Śrīla Gurudeva brings us to Lord Jagannātha. If Lord Jagannātha watches us and we make relationship with Him, then all our problems will cease. For millions of lives we have been orphans moving and suffering. With great compassion, Śrīla Gurudeva brings us and offers us to God. Then God is very pleased, “After so long you have come to Me?” Then God’s pleasure is His blessings and mercy. This is very powerful. God’s bless doesn’t go to everyone. This is distributed by Śrī Guru-pāda-padma. Śrīla Gurudeva’s blessings is given by his causeless mercy.

Śrīla Gurudeva brings and offers all to God. If anyone meets with Śrīla Gurudeva, then the mood of the gopīs will come and we will understand, “In this world, no one is my lover, only Kṛṣṇa is my nearest and dearest friend.” We have made millions of relationships, but there is never satisfaction or real love. When Śrīla Gurudeva brings us to the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, we receive unlimited happiness and satisfaction. Śrīla Gurudeva brings us to the Holy dhāma, working very hard to arrange everything, and we can then meet with Jagannātha.

Jagannātha comes out to give all darśana. He looks, “How many people have come near Me? Who likes Me? Who is waiting to welcome Me?” He has big eyes with no lids. He watches more powerfully than the sun’s light. Jagannātha stays outside and watches who comes and has love for Him. He watches who offers Him flower garlands and any drinks or food. He isn’t greedy for material objects, He only wants our love and relationship with us.

Śrī Jagannātha, Baladeva, Subhadrā and Sudarśana have gone to Śrī Vṛndāvana by chariot. Sudarśana is present serving Kṛṣṇa in Dvārakā, Mathurā and Vaikuṇṭha. But Kṛṣṇa never accepts his service in Śrī Vṛndāvana. Kṛṣṇa doesn’t need weapons and other things in Śrī Vṛndāvana. What service will Sudarśana perform? Sudarśana desires to serve Kṛṣṇa in Śrī Vṛndāvana also. In Śrī Vṛndāvana many demons came sent by Kaṁsa, but Kṛṣṇa never called for Sudarśana to kill them. Sudarśana prayed to Jagannātha repeatedly to get a chance to go to Śrī Vṛndāvana, than Jagannātha finally agreed and They took Sudarśana with Them. But in Śrī Vraja-maṇḍala he is not Cakra Sudarśana. His mood is changed. By the mercy of the vraja-devīs he is changed and the mood he has is not to cut, kill or destroy anything. Now Sudarśana serves all the lakes, ponds, trees, creepers, animals and Girirāja Govardhana .

Before, Sudarśana saw that Indra attacked and attempted to destroy Śrī Vraja-maṇḍala and the Vrajavāsīs. Sudarśana was disturbed, “One demigod Indra, Varuṇa and Candra disturbed the Vrajavāsīs, I won’t allow this!”

He prayed to Kṛṣṇa to be able to serve all the Vrajavāsīs. Sudarśana then went with Jagannātha in the form of a piece of wood. In this way he hides his form. Just as the vraja-devīs hide their power by appearing like ordinary cowherd girls, but really they have millions of times more power than the most powerful goddesses. They don’t show this and have no pride. Similarly, in Śrī Vṛndāvana, Sudarśana takes the form of a piece of wood near Yogamāyā Subhadrā. He is not nearby Kṛṣṇa or Baladeva. Why has he gone nearby Subhadrā? Sudarśana rides to Śrī Vṛndāvana on the cart of Subhadrā. But usually he is always connected to Kṛṣṇa. Sudarśana Cakra stays on the hand of Visnu, who has a conch, cakra, club and lotus in His four hands. But now Sudarśana cakra has gone to Yogamāyā. What will he do? In Śrī Vṛndāvana, Subhadrā Devī teaches Sudarśana how to serve the Vrajavāsīs. In Śrī Vṛndāvana, she is Pu rnamasi, or Vṛndā-devī. She is Subradra, she bestows bhadra, auspiciousness, and he is Su-darsana, who bestows pure vision. She is bhadra, very auspicious, sweet, humble, without her mercy, this sweet nature cannot come. Jagannātha has cakra Sudarśana, he is very ferocious, by going to Subhadrā, she makes him very soft and sweet and appropriate to enter Śrī Vṛndāvana. Before he had no place in Śrī Vṛndāvana. Subhadrā is the sister of Kṛṣṇa and Baladeva. Baladeva gives the souls chance for Kṛṣṇa’s service, and Subhadrā makes them qualified. Thus by Subhadrā’s mercy, Sudarśana became qualified and attained the moods of the Vrajavāsīs.

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