On Visvarupa-Mahotsav, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu‘s older brother, Visvarupa, decided to enter the life of renunciation known as sannyasa. Caitanya Caritamrta informs us. Following this, Jagannatha Mira gave birth to a son named Vivarpa, who was very strong and well-suited since He was an incarnation of Baladeva. Let’s know about Bhadra Purnima.
What is Visvarupa- mahotsava?
On Visvarupa-Mahotsav, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s older brother, Visvarupa, decided to enter the life of renunciation known as sannyasa. Caitanya Caritamrta informs us.
Following this, Jagannatha Mira gave birth to a son named Vivarpa, who was very strong and well-suited since He was an incarnation of Baladeva.
Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Gaurahari’s older brother was named Vivarpa. When they planned Vivarpa’s marriage, He took sannyasa and fled his house. He adopted the sannyasa name “akarraya.” He vanished in the Sholapur area of Parapura in the 1431 Akbda Era (A.D. 1509). He is the immediate cause of the creation of this material universe because He is an incarnation of Sakaraa. He is identical to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu since there is no distinction between the component and the entire, or the a and the a. Vivarpa is a member of the quadruple manifestation of catur-vyha and is an incarnation of Sakaraa. According to the Gaura-candrodaya, Vivarpa continued to exist within r. Nitynanda Prabhu after His purported death.
What is Bhadra Purnima?
A particularly lucky day to serve Srimad Bhagavatam is Bhadra Purnima.
The Bhagvatam states:
He will reach the highest transcendental location if he lays the Ramayana on a golden throne on the full moon day in the month of Bhadra and offers it as a gift.
As per Varah Purana:
The celebration of Srimad Bhagavatam’s arrival is the best of all of my holidays. In the same way that a chaste wife subdues her husband, I am subdued by people who, during festivals, hear, decorate, and worship Srimad Bhagavatam with clothes, ornaments, flowers, incense, and lamps. O pious brahmana, Sri Narayana exclaimed to Brahma.
Therefore, there is the importance of Bhadra Purnima as it is a wonderful day to give someone close to us Srimad Bhagavatam and bring Srimad Bhagavatam into our homes. We can begin reading Srimad Bhagavatam now and even commit to reading at least one verse daily. This Bhadra Purnima, there are many ways we can serve Srimad Bhagavatam’s lotus feet and benefit from the blessings Krishna has lovingly given to us.
We can offer the same prayer to Srimad Bhagavatam that Srila Sanatana Goswami does.
‘I bow down to You respectfully, O Srimad-Bhagavatam. Reading you results in transcendental happiness since the reader receives pure divine love through your words. Everyone should always be willing to serve you since you are an incarnation of Lord Krishna. I respectfully bow down to you, O Srimad-Bhagavatam, O my one and only friend, O my companion, O my teacher, O my vast wealth, O my deliverer, O my deliverer, O my good fortune, O my bliss.
Please never leave me, Srimad-Bhagavatam, giver of saintliness to the ungodly and abettor of the very lowly. Please let your pure love for Krishna appear in my heart and throat.
Sannyasa ceremony of Srila Prabhupada
Santana, who was 90 years old and was scheduled to get sannyasa that day, sat next to Abhay on a mat of Kua grass. Nryaa Mahrja, Keava Mahrja’s student, prepared to lead the ceremony of mantras and offerings of grains and ghee into the fire while seated across from the two candidates. Abhay’s godbrother Akicana Kadsa Bbj, renowned for his lovely singing, played the mdaga and performed Vaiava bhajans. His Holiness Keava Mahrja presided while seated on an elevated sana. Only the sparse population of the maha attended because there were no announcements or invitations.
Nryaa Maharaja performed the necessary mantras before remaining silent and listening to Keava Mahrja’s lecture. Keava Mahrja then unexpectedly invited Abhay to speak. Abhay hadn’t anticipated it.
Alongside Santana, who was also set to get sannyasa that day, Abhay sat on a mat made of Kua grass. The student of Keava Mahrja, Nryaa Mahrja, took a seat across from the two candidates and got ready to lead the ceremonial of mantras and grain and ghee offerings into the fire. Abhay’s godbrother Akicana Kadsa Bbj, a talented singer, noted for playing the mdaga and singing Vai-ava bhajans, performed. His Holiness Keava Mahrja presided from a raised sana. Only a small number of the maha’s inhabitants showed up because there had been no announcement or invitation.
Keava Mahrja taught while Nryaa Mahrja sang the necessary mantras and then sat in silence. Then, to everyone’s amazement, Keava Mahrja requested a speech from Abhay. Abhay did not anticipate this.
Is it important for everyone to take sannyasa?
“The Krishna consciousness movement is not about requesting that everyone give up everything and become a sannyasin. No, that is not what we want. You take on the personas of a brahmana, kasatriya, vaisya, or sudra. It is irrelevant, but we strive to appease Krishna; the plan is that.
Relationship with Bhagavatam
Are you going to America? I questioned. “No, Srimad-Bhagavatam is going to America—I am going with it,” Srila Prabhupada retorted.
Glorious Vishvarupa Mahotasava, in every way
Salutations for Bhadra Purnima
Glory to Srimad Bhagavatam, everyone.
All praise belongs to Srila Prabhupada.
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