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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Sat Aug 22 1998 - 05:43:29 PDT
Dear Sri Chandrasekhar : Thanks for your note . I guess you intended to copy your note to the other members .Hence I am copying them .I am delighted to know that the Bangalore ISKON temple has the ArchA Murthys of Prahlada Varadan , Srinivasan besides Sri Krishnan , RaadhA RaaNi and Gauranga DevA .That is rather unique combination for an ISKON temple . You had asked as to who this Gauranga DevA is . Number of our members following the Gaudiya VaishNavA tradition would have lot more precise information on this subject . I will say a few words based on my limited understanding . For the Gaudiya VaishNavAs , Sri Guru and Gauranga are very important tattvams . A Gaudiya VaishNavA beleives that his/her only hope in approaching RadhA KrishNA is by surrender at the lotus feet of Guru and Gauranga . BhakthAs of this faith beleive in SaraNAgathi and they beleive further that "slavery" (nithya Kaimkaryam ) to the Infinity is the highest freedom ( Muktha Jeevan ) . To them KrishNA is Maadhurya LilA ,which is one step below audhArya Lila or Gaura LilA , which is recognized as " the whole sale distribution of KrishNa prEmA " .In Brindhavanam , the "highest person " or position is held NOT by KrishNA , but by Sri RadhA RaaNi .The PrayOjana TattvA for the Gaudiya VaishNavites is to be engaged in Her service ( Position of Sri Devi and Her relationship to the Lord in our darsanam). Sri GaurangA is the SOLE access to that plane of service . Chaithanya MahA Prabhu born in Bengal ( 1486 AD ) was given the name of GaurangA after his Upanayanam ceremony . A dear fellow bhakthA by the name NithyAnandhA Prabhu preached about the greatness of Gauranga LilA . In summary , GaurangA is the Combined form of Sri KrishNA ( VrajEsvarA ) and Sri RadhA RaaNi( Nappinnai?). The supreme Lord combined with His inner pleasure potency ( HlAdhini Sakthi ? ) appears in this world according to Gaudiya VaishNavAs as " the most merciful manifestation of God to distribute pure love for God to the most fallen souls of this present age " . RadhA and KrishNA have in short come to this world in the form of Gauranga to "destroy the material world " . I request my Gaudiya ViashNava friends to correct any inaccuracies in this summary . V.SadagOpan >The vigrahams on the right side were "Sri Krishnan >and Sri Balaraman", the left ones are those of Sri Gauranga >lifting both his arms above his head (other one I don't know; >also I don't know who this Sri Gauranga is) . Is he a saint >from Bengal?). > adiyEn, > chandrasekaran.