Meditations On Jagadānanda Paṇḍita

Hare Krsna,

While reading the pastimes of Jagadananda Pandita and Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, I am amazed how upfront Jaganananda was in his behavior with the Lord. He would be angry at the Lord; he would be pick up fights with the Lord. I find it very usual. Usually a devotee is very meek, humble and submissive towards the Lord. I couldn’t think of someone like Ramananda Raya or Svarupa Damodar Goswami behaving in that way with the Lord. But Jagadananda’s relationship with the Lord is very unique. Of course, he was Mahaprabhu’s childhood friend and classmate. Therefore, I was thinking, “what special relationship does these two have?” At times it felt like their exchanges are very similar to those between a husband and a wife. Therefore, I wanted to dig deeper and wanted to find out what role Jagadananda played in Lord’s Krsna pastime.

One clue is given in CC Antya 12.151-154: The affectionate loving exchanges between Jagadānanda Paṇḍita and Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu continued in this manner, exactly like the exchanges between Satyabhāmā and Lord Kṛṣṇa related in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

On further research, I found that in the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika, Jagadananda Pandita is described as Satyabhama, one of the principal queens of Krsna in Dvaraka – Satyabhama prakaso pi Jagadananda Pandita. What I also found interesting is Jagadananda Pandita exhibiting a volatile nature sometimes towards Lord Caitanya. It is mentioned that just as Satyabhama possessed a ‘leftist’ mood and nature, so did Jagadananda Pandita. Among the queens of Krsna in Dvaraka, Rukmini and others were restraint; they were always ready to surrender to the will of the lover. But the ‘leftist’ mood is recalcitrant, argumentative, intransigent and always trying to impose her will on the lover. This ‘leftist’ mood was fully embodied in Jagadananda Pandita. And this is the same mood that we see in the pastimes between Jagadananda and Mahaprabhu.

We could see several such instances. In one instance, Jagadananda threw the jug of scented sandalwood oil that he brought for Mahaprabhu from Bengal because the Lord wouldn’t use them. He then angrily returned to his residence, bolted the door and lied down. Exactly as a wife in love would sometime show such tantrums to her beloved. Then the lover (Lord Caitanya) would come to him, pacify him and request her to cook for Him. In the Purport of CC Antya 12.155, it is mentioned that Jagadānanda Paṇḍita appeared very angry, but this anger was a manifestation of his great love for Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

What is also very interesting is that Mahaprabhu never tried to confront Jagadananda Pandita or gave him any reason to believe that Jagadananda was offensive to the Lord. Like a husband totally in love and under control of the wife, Mahaprabhu accepted everything that Jagadananda said or did. He always submitted to the dictates of Jagadananda’s intense love for Him. This tells volumes about the intimacy of their relationships. The Lord fully knew that Jagadananda acted out of pure spontaneous love for Him.

For a conditioned soul like me, it is impossible to understand this highest form of love between Jagadananda Pandita and Mahaprabhu. Their dealings were enacted on the transcendental plane of pure divine consciousness. Their relationships had no speck of mundane hate, selfish motivations or evil intentions. This is the platform of pure love for Godhead.

I am, therefore, very eager to read Prema-Vivarta to get a better understanding and appreciation of Jagadananda Pandita’s loving dealings with Mahaprabhu.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

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