Panihati Chida Dahi Festival (Part 2)

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By Radhanath Swami. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
what brings real enjoyment is not what the senses experience, what brings actual enjoyment is the condition of your heart. You know Raghunath Das Goswami, he was eating that rejected rice from the cows of Puri, and when Chaitanya Maha prabhu ate it, he said it is the most delicious thing I have ever tasted. You can see something, you can hear something, but real enjoyment is not how it influences your senses, real enjoyment is how something influences your heart. Chipped rice is a very simple food. However, if you eat it with faith, if you recognize how specially dear this is to Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda on this occasion, then your heart will taste nectar. And this is how we always try to honour prasad, not simply with our senses. Bhakti Vinoda Thakura says the sense are network of paths that leading to death. And sense gratification is the path of death. Our vaishanva shastras say if one sees a devotee according to how that particular person body may be, that’s a great aparath. Roopa Goswami says when a great vaishanva, when he suffers from a terrible decease or when his skin is decomposed with some decease and may be very horrible to look at, but its like foaming bubbles on the Ganga, very pure. Therefore, devotee doesn’t consider these things. What to speak of the colour of one’s skin or one’s cast or creed? It is jada budhi, hellish mentality to see things that are spiritual and evaluate them on the basis of how they appear to our senses. So, this simple feast of chida and dahi, was such a glorious festival that even today five hundred years later, all over the world, people are celebrating it, and with tears in their eyes they are eating chida dahi.

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