The Confidential Meaning of Ratha-Yātrā

The Confidential Meaning of

Ratha-Yātrā

There are many misconceptions about Lord Jagannātha and Ratha-yātrā. We should understand the tattva that Mahāprabhu spoke about and manifested, because Mahāprabhu is the supreme authority. Who is Jagannātha? There is no difference between Mahāprabhu, Kṛṣṇa and Jagannātha—yei kṛṣṇa, sei gaura, sei jagannātha.

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Receive Mercy Through Sādhu

The people in general do not understand. They have many speculations or concoctions. They are proud of their material learning, merit, intelligence and knowledge, but one cannot understand the Supreme Lord without the mercy of the Lord. That is the only thing required, and that mercy is received through sādhu, guru, Vaiṣṇavas, without which no one is able to understand. Many speculations are going on and they are just creating a hue and cry, filling the whole atmosphere with it. Those of you who have been to Jagannātha Purī on the Ratha-yātrā day might have heard how they are speaking, with big microphones, all kinds of speculation and nonsense, filling the whole atmosphere with their misconceptions.

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