SRIDHAM MAYAPUR, situated on the central one of the nine islands constituting holy Nabadwip, contains the abode of Sri Jagannath Mishra, the house of God in which the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna Chaitanya, was born 443 years ago, in the year 1486 A.D. The islands were formed by the branching arms of the Bhagirathi. We reserve for a subsequent section the discussion regarding the identification of the holy site of Nativity.
But before we proceed to do so we desire to offer certain considerations which will make it appear that the quest of the holy site of Advent is part and parcel of the eternal function of all pure souls. It is not the purpose to prejudice the reader against, or, in favour of, any local sect or narrow creed. We assure the reader that we have no ambition of leading a crusade against rationalism (which by the way is allowed, on grounds that will hardly bear scrutiny, to be the chartered monopoly of the empiric sciences) in the venerable, but withal much-abused, name of dogmatic theology. Neither do we bind ourselves down to credal methods that are followed by non-theological thinkers who engage in investigations, no doubt very useful for limited purposes, of water-tight compartments of truth. We stand against all unnecessary dogma whether scientific or otherwise. We, therefore, in announcing our purpose and method at the very outset hereby crave the patience of the modern reader for extending his and her unprejudiced hearing to a free rational discussion of a universal subject that vitally concerns everybody. The real Truth has the eternal quality of being one. So there need be no sectarianism among those who are not really resolved to avoid the Truth, when It presents Itself, under the fatal lure of prejudices and interests less than the universal.
The night was dark and the sky threatening. The hour of crisis came nearer and the fortified palace of king Kansa cast the shadow of an unknown disaster through the dazzling lights all around. The innumerable objects of pleasure and luxuries seemed futile to Kansa. His strong cruel mind began to falter and fail. Everything only served to increase dull monotony and the dubious heart of Kansa could not bear the association of sight of his erstwhile beloved companions. So he retired to be a solitary place.
The ebullient human nature is regulated by censorious warning from ceremonial agencies. The sound waves irritate the auditory nerves and, the helping prior experiences lead the aural reception to the brain for quodlibetic exploitation. Over this, a remedy is suggested by the epistemological order to approach unending transcendental nature of vibratory movements without indulging in restless disproving temper of an empiricist. The characteristic feature of mundane sounds is that the sounds retire after pointing out an object of the phenomena whereas the transcendental nomenclature is naturally endowed with the manifestation of the object in full without the assistance of temporary limited gross or subtle entourages of matter suitable to reciprocate the different senses as in the case of sensuous scrutiny.
‘DHARMA’ means ‘that by which we are enabled to fully understand the reality’. In regard to such understanding all objects are found to be divided into two broad classes viz. Those that are living and those that are devoid of the principle of life. We are living beings. We see the world as its observers. We act independently on our own initiative. But in our present estimation life-less objects cannot do all this. Knowing, willing, feeling are the natural functions of the living. The non-living do not appear to possess these functions. These functions of the living are exercised in two different ways viz. positively by the srauta process, that is by the descent of the transcendental reality or the descending method, - and negatively, by the ordinary method of empiricism or the ascending process based on perception of the external world by the channels of the senses. Both of these methods have been employed from eternity in the attempt to obtain the knowledge of the reality. The Sreemad Bhagabat, the unconcocted commentary of the Brahma sutra, says -
The Fountain-head of all eternal and temporary manifestations is confined in Sree Krishna alone. The non-absolute phases are emanations from a particular potency whose analytical distributions are known as Gunas or qualities. In the factor of time, they are branded as past, present and future and their material representations have three characteristics viz., evolution, sustenance and dissolution. The Fountain-Head is Absolute and His borderland emanations are absolute infinitesimals, through they are recognised in the same qualities. Their quantitative reference is then considered as apart from the Absolute, but swayed by a quality and their special characteristic is that the infinitesimal bearing should not be confused with the infinitude.
His Excellency Sir George Frederic Stanley performed yesterday evening the very pleasant function of laying the foundation stone of the "Sree Krishna Hall" of the Sree Gaudiya Math, Mowbrays Road, and Royapettah Madras in the presence of a very large and distinguished gathering of ladies and gentlemen.