The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Modadrumadvipa
BY: SUN STAFF
May 25, 2014 CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 97.
Next on the Jaiva Dharma 'Glossary of Places is Modadrumadvipa, which Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur describes in this way:
"Modadrumadvipa - one of the nine islands of Navadvipa. Modadrumadvipa is situated on the west side of the Bhagirathi to the north of Jahnudvipa. This place is also known as Mamgachi and as Mahapata. Narayani (the mother of Sri Vrndavana dasa Thakura), Sri Vasudeva datta, and Sri Saranga Murari used to live here. Sri Vrndavana dasa Thakura, the writer of Caitanyabhagavata, took birth in Modadrumadvipa.
In Satya-yuga, Sri Rama along with Sita and Laksmana came here during Their exile. Sri Ramacandra built a hut here underneath a large banyan tree and they lived happily for some time. This place is therefore known as Modadrumadvipa, the place where Sri Rama lived with great delight under a banyan tree (moda means happiness or delight and druma means a tree). Sri Rama disclosed to Sita that in Kali-yuga He would appear in Navadvipa with a splendid golden complexion as the son of Saci Mata and that she would appear as His wife, Sri Visnupriya. This place embodies the devotional practice of dasyam, becoming a servant of the Lord."
There is only one mention of Modadrumadvipa in Jaiva Dharma, in chapter fourteen, and an alternate spelling is used in one transcript: Modruma-dvipa. This passage has been mentioned in earlier segments, on some of the other islands of Navadvipa:
"Vrajanatha: What is the size of Navadvipa-dhama?
Babaji: The circumference of Sri Navadvipa is sixteen krosas (32 miles). The holy abode of Navadvipa is an eight-petal lotus flower. Eight of the dvipas form the eight petals, and the island in the middle is the whorl of the lotus. The eight islands that are petals of the lotus are: Simantadvipa, Godrumadvipa, Madhyadvipa, Koladvipa, Rtudvipa, Jahndvipa, Modadrumadvipa and Rudradvipa. The whorl in the middle of the lotus is Antardvipa. In the middle of Antardvipa is Sri Mayapura. A soul who performs sadhana-bhakti (devotional service in practice) in Navadvipa-dhama, or especially in Sri Mayapura, quickly attains the perfection of prema (pure love of God). In the centre of Sri Navadvipa is the very holy place of Sri Jaganatha Misra's home. The most fortunate devotees are able to see Lord Gaurangadeva enjoying His eternal pastimes in this holy place."
In Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati's Sri Navadvipa-sataka we find this glorification of Modadrumadvipa, one of many passages we will mention in the segments to come describing this transcendental island of Sri Navadvipa-dhama:
"10 (Rudradvipa and Modadrumadvipa)
O feet, please walk in Rudradvipa! O eyes, please gaze at Modadrumadvipa's beauty! O tongue, please chant what the ears have heard of the glories of Lord Gaura's sacred places! O nose, please smell the sweet fragrance of Lord Gaura's forest! O limbs, your hairs erect in ecstatic joy, please roll on the ground in the places of Lord Gaura's transcendental pastimes!
32 They who relish blaspheming the residents of Lord Gaura's sacred place, they who will not glorify Godadruma, and the fools that somehow think Godruma like other places, cannot attain eternal, blissful spiritual forms in Modadruma. I pray that even in dreams I may never come near these sinful people, the lowest of men."
(Modadrumadvipa, to be continued…)
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