Interview Siddhanti Mj - Jun 14, 2005
Interview Phulamala DD - Jun 14, 2005
Rainbow Festival - Jun 7, 2005
Gift of Giving - Apr 25, 2005
Gaura-Purnima - Mar 25, 2005
Holiday Celebrations - Mar 12, 2005
Mangal arati question - Feb 16, 2005
Sri Vyas Puja - Dec 28
Heartfelt Recollections - Dec 9
Moon-like Mercy - Nov 13
Waves of Nectar: Vyasa-Puja - Nov 6
Sannyas Anniversary - Nov 5
Opening 'Via Govinda' - Oct 30

Showers of Mercy: San Jose - Oct 23

Radhastami Reflections

Reflections - Sept 26

Auspicious Assembly
The First Morning
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga
Appearance Day of Sita Thakurani
- the Consort of Sri Advaita Acharya

Morning Darshan, by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
September 17, 2004, Soquel, California

Krishna has given this opportunity. I have no credit. It was impossible to think of coming to America with such difficult health. But there is some attraction here. This ashram is like Govardan. In India's Govardan there is another side. And here there is another side. There is remembrance of Govardan in everything -- clean air, clean sun. In London there is some pollution. Here there is no pollution

Sita Devi, Adwaita Prabhu's wife

So exalted were her devotional activities. We hear about the birth of Mahaprabhu. Sita Devi, Sita Thakurani, went with Malani Devi to see Mahaprabhu with the permission of Advaita Acharya. We know that Sita Thakurani had such an honorable position in society.

Srila Govinda Maharaj during morning darshan
Adwaita Acharya is an avatara of Mahavisnu; then she is Mahalaxmi. Her position is like that. But in Gaura-lila, she was like a grandmother to Mahaprabhu. She was the sixth wife of Advaita Acharya, and her son Achyutananda was so exalted. Sita Devi was always serving the devotees in the house of Advaita Acharya. Such great devotees, like Madhavendra Puri, came to his house.

Kaviraj Goswami said Advaita Acharya was Mahavisnu, but Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadev said Advaita Acharya was Siva. And Sita Devi's position was like Mahadevi. Vrindavan Das Thakur explained that Sita Devi served Sriman Mahaprabhu in her house many times and came to Mahaprabhu's house many times to meet with Sachi Mata and Mahaprabhu.

At the time when Mahaprabhu took sannyas, by the will of Nityananda Prabhu, he went to Advaita Acharya's house. Sita Devi made all the cooking arrangements and was feeding the Vaisnavas. Advaita Acharya was a wealthy Vaisnava. Not poor. Naturally Vaisnavas are poor like Srivas Pandit, but Advaita Acharya was wealthy. Everyone respected him. Even Hiranya Govardan, Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu's father, every year gave some offerings to Advaita Acharya.

One day Advaita Acharya made some duplicity. He was thinking Mahaprabhu was always respecting him, and he could not give proper respect to Mahaprabhu as his heart wanted. Mahaprabhu came to his house and saw him explaining the philosophy of Sankaracharya. Mahaprabhu could not tolerate it and tried to beat him. Beating and beating. Sita Devi said, "No more beating. This Brahmin will die." And Advaita Acharya was very happy. "You are always giving respect to me. Now where has that mood gone?"
Always like a shadow of Advaita Acharya, Sita Devi was serving Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadev and His devotees. Haridas Thakur was almost a regular visitor. When Haridas Thakur went to Shantipur, Advaita Acharya fed him as a super Brahmin. Sita Devi made all the arrangements for their satisfaction. Madhavendra Puri also stayed in Advaita Acharya's house. This is some history we understand about Sita Devi.

In the Chaitanya-charitamrita, the first impression others have of Sita Devi is like an honorable mother. When Mahaprabhu was born, Kaviraj Goswami wrote that Sita Devi took permission to visit Mahaprabhu's house for His birthday, and happily Advaita Acharya gave that permission. Malani Devi also went with Sita Devi. She gave her blessings to Mahaprabhu.

Everyone is always fearful of ghosts. I am surprised. Where there is no God conception there exists a ghost culture. In Russia, a communist country, they do not believe in God but they believe in ghosts. And so many ghosts come to me. Ghosts attack people. One time a devotee was very much disturbed by ghosts. He was seeing ghosts, coming and going, like that. Then he called me. I said you immediately come to me and ghost will go. He has a very big figure, big mind, big everything but he is afraid of a ghost. I was surprised. He stayed with me a few days and the ghost left, ghost conception left, and again the ghost not will attack him. I arranged something for him. Ghost conception is everywhere. Sita Devi was also fearful of ghosts. Nimai means bitter, for protection.
Ghosts are very strong. This is samskara -- village culture, village samskara, like that. They are thinking if we use some medicine for protection there will be no more difficulty. Disease may come later, but if we will take a vaccine, then disease will not come to us.

Transcription by Vrndavanesvari Devi Dasi


Srila Haridas Thakur - Sept 27
Srila Jiva Goswami - Sept 25
Darshan - Sept 17

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