Sri Navadvipa Dham
All glories to Lord Caitania. The moon of Navadvipa & son of mother Saci! All glories to Nityananda Raya, the avadhuta! All glories to Sri Advaita Prabhu, the Supreme Lord! All glories to Sri Gadadhara & Srivasa Pandita! All glories to Navadvipa-dahama, the essence of all dhamas! And all glories to the residents of Navadvipa, the associates of Gouranga!
He who lives in Navadvipa – dhama is very fortunate, for he achieves attraction for Krishna. He who happens to go there becomes freed from all offenses. What one attains by traveling to all the holy places is attained just by remembering navadvipa. In this way the scriptures sing. He who sees navadvipa-dhama gets ecstatic love of Krishna birth after birth. Even one who goes to Navadvipa desiring to gain material comforts through pious activities will not take another birth. The sastras say that one who walks around Navadvipa attains the fruit of millions of asvamedha yajyas at every step. And one who lives in Navadvipa and chants mantras obtains the sound of Caitania as his mantra and easily gets free from maya. What yogis obtain after the years at other tirthas is obtained in three nights at Navadvipa.
Navadvipa-dhama within Gausa-mandala is served by the Ganges and situated in eternal splendor. This Gausa-mandala is one hundred sixty- eight miles in circumference, with the Ganges running through the center. Gausa-mandala takes the form of hundred – petaled lotus with the most beautiful Navadvipa in the center. The circumference of the central stamen of the flower, or Navadvipa, is thirty two miles. Outside this are the hundred petals of Gausa-mandala, whose circumference measures one hundred sixty eight miles. According to the scriptures, the diameter of Gausa – mandala is 56 miles and the radius is 28 miles. The center point, situated within Navadvipa, is the Yogapitha, the sacred spiritual abode where the Lord advented.
The whole of Gausa-mandala is cintamani, or touchstone, yielding all desires. The dhama is full of knowledge and bliss and is completely spiritual. The water, the land the tress-everything in the dhama is spiritual, unlike the dull matter of this material world. Always present in the dhama are Krishna’s 3 spiritual energies – sandhini, samvit and hladini. Krishna’s original energy, svarupa sakti, manifests in these three divisons. Of these, the sandhini energy, which supports all existence, finds its perfect function in manifesting the eternal dhama. In that position, the dhama acts eternally as the base or support for the the Lord’s appearance and activities. All this is the action of the inconceivable energy of the Lord, which is anti-material and completely transcendental. transcendental.