DARSHAN OF LORD JAGANNATH AT RATHA-YATRA –His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada addresses the question as to whether *everyone* who sees Jagannath at Ratha-yatra gets liberation.
Devotee: Prabhupada, can you explain a little more about Ratha-yatra? Anyone who takes part in Ratha-yātrā, are they liberated?
Devotee: Does that mean they will not take birth again?
Prabhupada: Yes. Yes, provided they take it seriously. Otherwise, if they keep their mentality differently, then according to mind, one has to get a body. But… Just like so many boys. They come here in the beginning out of curiosity, but gradually, they get the chance of becoming devotee. Similarly, if they take the chance, then they will be liberated. They come out of curiosity, but if they take it seriously, then they will be liberated. Just like hospital is meant for curing disease. So one should take the treatment. If he simply goes and visits the hospital and thinks “Now I am cured,” how it can be done? Hospital is a… Suppose if I advertise that “Anyone who comes to this hospital, he will be cured of his disease,” that’s a fact. But if he thinks that “I have come here. Now I am going,” then how he will be cured? To see Jagannātha on the Ratha-yātrā, his way for liberation is open, but if he comes back again and entangles himself, then? One goes to the doctor. He gives injection. The disease is cured. But again he comes back and does the same thing so that he develops this disease again. So whose fault it is? This is called hasti-snāna. Hasti-snāna. The elephant takes bath very nicely, and as soon as comes on the bank of the river or the lake, he takes dust and throws it over body again. If we do that, then we shall remains always dirty. You go, take bath, cleanse, but don’t take dirt again. That is not going on. They become immediately mukta, liberated, but they come, again becomes entangled. If it is a fact seeing Jagannātha is mukta, that’s all… He becomes mukta. But if he again comes to māyā, then who can check him? Just like you are all on the path of liberation, but if you again come back to māyā, then where is your liberation? Why Jagannātha in the ratha here? If somebody comes here and sees his path for liberation is open… Now he should protect himself. Just like disease, fever is subsided. Now one should be careful not to relapse the fever. That care is in my hand, everyone’s hands. And if you become prone to be relapsed again, then again the same thing. Just like in Christian church they confess. Of course, that is the injunction. That’s all right. After confessing, the sins are excused. That’s a fact. But if he comes back, again commits the same, then where is the effect? But they are happy in that way. They are… “After one week, I shall go to the church and confess my sins. Then everything will be neutralized.” This is all right. Suppose on Sunday you become free from all contamination of your sinful activities. And Monday you again do the same thing. So you become again contaminated. And, say, on Tuesday if you die, then you are dying with sins. Is it not? Then what is your condition? If the God or Christ excused you of your sinful life, that’s all right. But when you come back, you don’t commit again sin. Then you are all right. But we have taken it as a business that we go to Sunday, neutralize our sins, and come back again and do the same thing. So from logical point of view, suppose you do the same sinful activities, and if you die immediately, then you die with sinful activities, go to hell. What benefit you derive by confessing in the church? This business is going on. “Now I have seen Jagannātha. My liberation is guaranteed. Now I can do anything.” That’s all. This mentality. This mentality will not give you liberation. You have seen Jagannātha, your sinful activities are now neutralized, but don’t commit again. Now make progress. Then your liberation is guaranteed. Is it clear?
KK Bindu #402: The Mystery of Jagannath’s Return Ratha-yatra part 2
* DARSHAN OF LORD JAGANNATH AT RATHA-YATRA –His Divine Grace A. C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada addresses the question as to whether
*everyone* who sees Jagannath at Ratha-yatra gets liberation.
* DUTIES AT KURUKSHETRA DURING A SOLAR ECLIPSE – Srila
Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada describes the deep behaviour of
the Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
* THE FORMS OF JAGANNATH, BALADEV, SUBHADRA –Srila Thakur
Bhaktivinode speaks about an allegorical meaning behind the forms of the
deities in Jagannath Puri.
* LORD JAGANNATH’S RETURN RATHA-YATRA PART 2 – The second and
concluding installment of a two-part series analyzing how we are to
understand Lord Jagannath’s return Ratha-yatra festival, wherein he leaves
the Gundhicha temple and comes back to the Sri Mandir.
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