Purport to Jiv Jago
Columbus, May 20, 1969
Prabhupada: Jiv jago, jiv jago, gauracanda bole. Jiv means the living entities. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is asking all living entities to "Wake up. Please wake up. Please get up." Jago. Jago means "Wake up."
"How long you shall go on sleeping on the lap of the witches, maya?" Bhajibo boliya ese samsara-bhitare: "In the womb of your mother you promised that this life you shall engage in the matter of developing your Krsna consciousness." Bhuliya rohile tumi avidyara bhare: "But you are forgotten everything under the spell of illusory energy." Actually, when$the child remains within the womb of his mother, packed up in airtight bag, at the age of seven months within the womb, when he develops his consciousness, he feels very uncomfortable, and the fortunate baby prays to God, "Please relieve me from this awkward position, and this life I shall fully engage myself in developing my God consciousness or Krsna consciousness." But as soon as the child comes out of the womb of his mother, under the spell of these three modes of material nature he forgets, and he cries, and the parents take care, and the whole thing is forgotten.
There is one instance of Pariksit Maharaja. When he was in the womb of his mother, their paternal, I mean to say, enemy, Drona..., son of Dronacarya, Asvatthama, he released a weapon called brahmastra. The brahmastra could kill even within the womb. So at that time Lord Krsna entered and saved the child. The child saw the form of Krsna and was remembering. And when the child came out, he was trying to find out where is that form. He was searching after Krsna. So the astrologers who were present there, they could understand that this child is seeking something. Therefore his name was given, Pariksit. Pariksit means one who is trying to test. Pariksa. Pariksa means test, examination. So there are many examples, of course, very rare, the child remembers. Generally forgets. So Lord Caitanya is trying to wake up all children of maya, nature's son, to wake up. The similar instruction is in the Vedic Upanisad. Uttisthata jagrata. The advice is that "Everyone should now wake up. They should not sleep under the spell of illusion, material nature. This human form of body must be utilized." The same thing Lord Caitanya is speaking in ordinary songs, jiv jago, jiv jago, gauracanda bole: "All living entities wake up. Don't miss this opportunity." Kota nidra jao maya-pisacira: "How long you shall remain asleep in this way, under the spell of maya? This is the opportunity. Don't sleep."
Then He says, "You have forgotten. But I have brought one medicine so that..." Just like when a man remains unconscious under some intoxication or snake bite, there are some herbs. If it is put before the nostril and if the patient smells, immediately he gets consciousness. Similarly, Caitanya Mahaprabhu said that "I have brought also one medicine." Enechi ausadhi maya nasibaro lagi': "This medicine can dissipate your this forgetfulness under the spell of maya." Enechi ausadhi maya nasibaro. What is that? Hari-nama maha-mantra lao tumi: "This is this chanting Hare Krsna mantra. You please take it." The idea is that if one simply chants Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, his unconscious stage, or sleeping stage under the spell of illusory maya, will gradually vanish. Ceto-darpana-marjanam [Cc. Antya 20.12].
So this is a song composed by Bhaktivinoda Thakura. So he says that bhakativinoda prabhu-carane pariya: "Bhaktivinoda Thakura took the advantage of the instruction of Lord Caitanya and immediately fell down on the lotus feet of the Lord." Hari-nama maha-mantra loilo magiya: "And very humbly he begged Lord Caitanya, 'Kindly give me this medicine, and I shall utilize it.' '' The whole instruction is that all sleeping members of the human society, they should take advantage of this Krsna consciousness movement and willingly they should accept. Then there will be immediate effect and everyone will be out of the clutches of maya, and his original consciousness, or Krsna consciousness, will be awakened, and his life will be sublime. (end)
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