syama-rupera vasa-sthana srestha mana' kaya?
'puri madhu-puri vara'--kahe upadhyaya
syama-rupera—of the supreme form, Syamasundara; vasa-sthana—residence; srestha—the supreme; mana'-you accept; kaya—which; puri—the city; madhu-puri—Mathura; vara—best; kahe—said; upadhyaya—Raghupati Upadhyaya.
"Of all Krsna's abodes, which do you think is the best?" Raghupati Upadhyaya said,"Madhu-puri, or Mathura-dhama, is certainly the best."
Lord Krsna has many forms, as stated in the Brahma-samhita (5.33): advaitam acyutam anadim ananta-rupam. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu asked Raghupati Upadhyaya which form was the best of Lord Krsna's millions of forms, and he immediately replied that the supreme form was the Syamasundara form. In that form, Krsna stands curved in three places and holds His flute. The Syamasundara form is also described in the Brahma-samhita (5.38):
santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti
yam syamasundaram acintya-guna-svarupam
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
"I worship the primeval Lord, Govinda, who is always seen by the devotee whose eyes are anointed with the pulp of love. He is seen in His eternal form of Syamasundara situated within the heart of the devotee."
Those who are filled with ecstatic love for Krsna always see the form of Syamasundara within their hearts. Raghupati Upadhyaya confirms that the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, has many incarnations-Narayana, Nrsimha, Varaha and others-but Krsna is distinguished as the supermost. According to Srimad-Bhagavatam: krsnas tu bhagavan svayam. "Krsna is the original Personality of Godhead." Krsna means Syamasundara, who plays His flute in Vrndavana. Of all forms, this form is the best of all. Krsna lives sometimes in Mathura and sometimes in Dvaraka, but Mathura is considered the better place. This is also confirmed by Rupa Gosvami in his Upadesamrta (9): vaikunthaj janito vara madhu-puri. "Madhu-puri, or Mathura, is far superior to the Vaikunthalokas in the spiritual world."
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