(An Interview by Srimati Satyarupa dasi)
(Murwillumbah, Australia, January 15, 2000)
[Satyarupa devi dasi is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. She is attending University to get her PHD in religious study. She asked many important and essential questions about our guru parampara. Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja was so pleased with her that he later requested her to be always on tour with his travelling party.]
Satyarupa dasi: Can you tell me about the development of Gaudiya Matha, maybe from the time you joined? And can you explain how and why it branched out into different mathas?
Srila Narayana Maharaja: I will tell you all things, beginning from where Gaudiya Matha originally came.
Satyarupa dasi: You told me in one darsan that the Gaudiya Matha came from Brahma.
Srila Narayana Maharaja: But now I will tell you more. Those who follow Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, especially those who are from a place called Gauda, these devotees are called Gaudiya. There are five Gaudas, and each is between two rivers. The first is Punjab, located between the Sindhu and Yamuna rivers; another is between Ganges and Yamuna. Another is between Ganges and Gundaka, and the fourth is between two other rivers and the fifth is Bengal. Of the five, the prominent Gauda is Bengal.
Satyarupa dasi: Why?
Srila Narayana Maharaja: Because Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared there. He practiced love and affection for Krishna in parakiya mood. Do you know what is meant by parakiya? It is paramour-love (transcendental unwedded love). In India there are so many sampradayas and they do not know about this; but Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu discovered it from Srimad Bhagavatam.
Satyarupa dasi: What specific verses are evidence of this in Srimad Bhagavatam?
Srila Narayana Maharaja:
pati sutanvaya-bhratr bandhavan ativilanghya te 'nty acyutagatah gati-vidas tavodgita-mohitah kitava yositah kas tyajen nisi (S.B. 10. 31. 16)
When Krishna played His flute on the full-moon night, all the gopis left their husbands, children, friends, fathers, mothers, and everything, and they went to Krishna. Their husbands were there at home; and therefore this is parakiya. Although the gopis had husbands, Krishna was their beloved. From the beginning they had no relation with their husbands; Yogamaya arranged it so that their husbands never touched them. She made artificial wives, and the husbands used to be with them. Those who accept this, and who follow the teachings of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, are called Gaudiya.
Satyarupa dasi: Like the false Sita?
Srila Narayana Maharaja: Yes, something like that. There are so many slokas in Srimad Bhagavatam:
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