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Deity Dreams

Friday, 19 November 2010 / Published in Articles / 11,487 views

By Amogha das

In the modern day many pastimes between devotees and the Lord in His Arca

Avatar, or Deity forms are happening. There are many stories….

Dreams have long been a feature of exchanges between the Lord and His devotees.

In Remuna, Kshirachora Gopinath told His pujari in a dream to take the pot of

sweet Kshira the Lord had hidden under his dress, and bring it to His beloved

devotee Mahdavendra Puri. Madhavendra Puri, who was outside under a Banyon

tree, had left the temple, feeling he had offended the Lord by desiring to

taste the Kshira so he could offer it to his own Deity. (narasimhalilala. com/

remuna. html)

When Govinda Gosh, one of Lord Caitanya’s dear associates, abandoned all of his

service in frustration after his wife and son died, Lord Gopinath appeared to

him in a dream masssaged his legs. “I don’t understand your intelligence,” the

Lord Said. “One of your sons dies, and you decide,

‘Whats the point in feeding the other one let him die also.'” The Lord agreed

to perform the last rites and yearly pinda ceremony for Govinda, who was then

very happy and got up to prepare an offering. Every year this Deity is taken to

the place where He performs the annual pinda ceremony, but Pankajanghri Prabhu

told me the Deity actually went there Himself at the time of Govinda’s

departure. (narasimhalila. com/ govindagosh. html)

Dreams of Krishna or Guru are a great insiration for the devotee. In the cases

above, they are also a great inspiration to us and future devotees, because the

dreams are revealed to us through literature or verbal tradition. The devotees

involved spoke about their dreams, or wrote about them, so that we could share

in the ecstatic inspiration, and feel greater faith in Guru and Krishna. If

they kept the pastimes to themselves, we would no know about them.

In the modern day many pastimes between devotees and the Lord in His Arca

Avatar, or Deity forms are happening. There are many stories in regard to Lord

Nrsimhadeva in Mayapur and Lord Jagannath in Rajpur. (narasimhalila. com/

jagraj1. html) Many devotees have given their realizations, dreams and miracles

they have witnessed. His Grace Pankajanghri Prabhu released them in book form..

World Deity Pastimes is a new section aimed at revealing histories of other

Deities, pastimes, and personal accounts Deities manifesting Their mercy.

Here we have some ancient histories, as well as some from the present. One

obstacle we face is that many devotees who have had experiences with Deities,

don’t want to talk about it.

It is more convincing to read the experiences of someone who gives their name

and tells who they are, as in Mayapur Lord Nrsimhadeva’s pastimes. But if

devotees won’t reveal who they are, at least they could spare us some mercy to

know what happened, even if they don’t give their name.

Seva Priya devi dasi, who tells of how her daughter Jagannath Lila was born by

the mercy of Lord Jagannath at Rajpur, said she promised Lord Jagannath to

always speak of His glories, so she has to tell everyone. She adds that

devotees who read her story say their faith has been increased.

(www. narsimhalila. com/jagraj11. html)

We have the chance to serve the devotees by inspiring their faith in the Lord

by revealing any pastimes we have seen or experienced. If our life ends without

sharing the mercy we miss that opportunity.

Below are some personal accounts of dream related experiences from present-day


Pujari’s Dream Come True

One of the pujaris from Soho temple visited our family in Mayapur in 2009. She

told us a very interesting story about Lord Jagannath in Soho.

The pujaris were preparing to offer a flower set to Sri Sri Radha London

Isvara. A donor had offered the funds required.

During her sleep, Lord Jagannath appeared in a dream. He said, “I am God just

as much as He is! I want a flower set also.”

“But Lord Jagannath,” she pleaded nervously, “Someone donated the money for the

flower set. We don’t have the money to buy a flower set for You.”

“Don’t worry,” Lord Jagannath said. “Radharani will arrange everything.”

The next day someone came to the temple and donated the money needed to buy

Lord Jagannath’s flowers, and the devotees enthusiastically prepared a flower

set to Lord Jagannath also.

Most Wonderful Dream as told by Kaisori devi dasi

This is the most wonderful dream I have ever had of a Deity of Krishna. We were

living at St. Augustine, so we would drive to Alachua temple .

This was during a time when I was going through a lot of tests, in spiritual

life, in life in general. I dreamt that I was in the car driving to the temple

with my husband and my mother was also there. We were driving and then we

arrived at the temple.

As soon as we saw the temple I see this mataji coming out of the temple room,

and she says to me, “Take advantage. Krishna is still outside.” And I said to

her, “What do you mean Krishna is still outside?”

She said, “The Deity, Shyam, He’s right in the center of the temple room. He

came out!”

I said “Ok. I have to go see that.” So I rushed to the temple, and there He

was! The Deity of Shyam was right in the middle of the temple room!”

I offered my obeisances and I started walking close to Him. Then once I was

really–literally this close–suddenly He became Himself. He was no longer a

Deity, He was Shyam. And then He smiled at me.

And He said, “Kaisori, don’t worry so much about things. It’s not good for


He said, “Whenever you have a problem, or anything that worries you, just come

and tell me and I will take care about it.”

It was very very beautiful. That’s the most beautfiul dream I have every had.

Lord Balaram’s Appearance Day, New Mayapur

As told by Vaiyasaki Prabhu.

We were in New Mayapur in France for Lord Balaram’s Appearance Day. Sri Sri

Krishna Balaram are the main Deities of the temple, and Lord Balaram is the

only Lord Balaram Deity in Europe. It is a big festival. Every temple has their

big yearly festival. That’s their big one.

I gave class and there was a big kirtan. Right on the final day, in the

evening, the devotees presented a play in French. So a few of us went back to

the temple for sayana arotike rather than sit and see a play in French. There

were a few devotees there in the temple, maybe about ten. I led the kirtan, the

consch blew, but the pujari didn’t close the curtains, so I just kept chanting.

Then the pujaris started putting the Deities to rest like they do after closing

the curtains. They brought in the beds, they took off all the garments. They

did everything. They put Them to rest, said all the mantras with the curtains

wide open. So I just carried on chanting. Then when the pujaris were finished

they blew the consch and closed the curtains.

This is unusual that the pujaris put the Deities to rest with the curtains

open. It’s very unusual. So I said the premadvani prayers, and I said to

everbody, “We really got Lord Balaram’s mercy!”

Anyway, I went home. That night I had a dream. I was walking in some temple. I

don’t know where it was. I didn’t recognize it. Just me and Prabhupada. We were

walking and I said to Srila Prabhupada, “I think that we got Lord Balaram’s

mercy.” Srila Prabhupada said, “Yes, you definitely got Lord Balaram’s mercy.”

Just then I woke up. I was like wide awake, and I thought “Wow!” I looked at my

clock and it was one o’clock in the morning. I thought “I’ve got to go back to

sleep,” but I couldn’t. So I just chanted sixteen rounds.

This happened about ten years ago.(year 2000)

To share some pastimes or Deity histories, please write to me

at amogha. acbsp

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11 Responses to “Deity Dreams”

  1. pustakrishna says :

    When I first came to Krishna consciousness movement in Gainesville, Florida in 1970, I had never seen an ISKCON temple. I took one Hinduism course which showed a movie about Deity worship of Sri Sri Radha Krishna in India. I remember going back to speak with Gargamuni Swami and I asked him if he did that also. He said “Yes”. Coming from the Jewish tradition where idolatry was frowned upon, I was uneasy. So, in February 1971, we started our hitch-hiking trip up to New York, on the way to East Pakistan on Srila Prabhupad’s orders. When I first arrived in the Brooklyn temple, it was night-time. The following morning, I went to my first Mangala-aratik. I was really shaken seeing the odd forms of Jagannath Deities. I had literally joined the movement under a tree in the Plaza of the Americas in Gainesville.
    Anyway, the years passed, I took sanyas in 1972 at age 22. Some months later, I was at the Los Angeles Temple. The current temple room was then the old church with pews. At the front of the room was the single Deity of Kartamasha (forgive spelling error), Krishna as an elephant herds boy. While I was taking rest one afternoon, that Kartamasha Deity appeared in my dream. I looked down at His Lotus Feet and noticed He was circumducting His big toe, making circles with it. I thought to myself, “the Deity can’t move His toe!” I bent down in my dream to take a closer look, and He kicked me in the head with His foot!!! I was immediately transported to the Brahman plane, very laughingly liberating knowing that my Lord had such a wonderful and charming sense of humor. Needless to say, I never looked upon another Deity the same way again. Although They may stand still on the altar…I know They do so at Their own sweet will, being capable of wonderful activities if They so choose. True story. Pusta Krishna das

  2. krishna-kirti says :

    Not all dreams of Srila Prabhupada or of Krishna are going to be authentic. And those that aren’t authentic will have the potential to misdirect large numbers of people from the path of devotion. Thus there will be a need for some official body to authenticate at least some of these dreams–especially when they raise fundamental questions about authority and siddhanta.

  3. Akruranatha says :

    Beautiful story by Pusta Krishna Prabhu.

    I was reading a book about Lord Jagannatha some time back (I think it was Bhakti Purusottama Swami’s book, but it might have been by Mahanidhi Swami’s or someone else’s) and I noted how many charming stories there were of important decisions being made by the pujaris based on dreams they had.

    In Caitanya Caritamrta there is also a story about how Pundarik Vidyanidhi was (very happily) beaten in a dream by Lord Jagannatha and discovered on waking that his physical body showed signs of the beating. [Lord Jagannatha was chastising him for the offense of mentally judging the pujaris for having left too much starch in Lord Jagannatha’s dress]

    Regarding Krishna-kirti’s suggestion of a need for an official body to authenticate dreams, my initial reaction is not enthusiastic. I mean, aren’t there better things for our official bodies to be doing than ruling on the authenticity of spiritual dreams? And even if an official body decides a particular dream is not authentic, each individual devotee will still have his or her own opinion about whether the official body got it right.

    It could happen that a particular dream may cause a ruckus between those who think some major instruction given in the dream should be followed and those who doubt it. In such a case the GBC or some commission it delegates might have to decide whether to follow that instruction or take some other decision, but this is just a natural consequence of the GBC being the ultimate managing authority and not because of some special characteristic of dreams.

    That is, dream or no dream, if there is a major, ISKCON-wide decision that needs to be made about how ISKCON should be run, the GBC has to make the decision in accordance with its own criteria and methods, which may or may not include giving credence to dreams or other realizations of specific devotees. The necessity arises from the nature of the decision to be made, rather than whether the decision was prompted by a dream.

    I guess I question the premise that dreams that are not authentic will have the dangerous potential of misleading many people from the path of devotion. This may be true for a tiny subset of dreams, in which case everyone is just going to have to decide anyway whether or not they believe the dream to be authentic and conclusive.

    I suspect most of us will trust our own dreams, when they are clear and spiritual. How (or whether) we tell others about them may vary.

  4. krishna-kirti says :

    Akruranath Prabhu wrote: “It could happen that a particular dream may cause a ruckus between those who think some major instruction given in the dream should be followed and those who doubt it.”

    In case anyone has any doubt about the extent of influence dreams can have in religious affairs, I have one word to dispel it: Mohammed. He thought he was getting instruction from Archangel Gabriel, and everything followed from there.

  5. pustakrishna says :

    Prabhu, many of us have had wonderful Krishna conscious dreams. I value these personally. Some instructions from Srila Prabhupad to me are personal, clearly, and I relate to them personally. But, one dream I will tell you about because it is very wonderful for all.

    I was standing at the back of a hall where a KC meeting was taking place. Srila Prabhupad walked up to the stage and sat on his asana. He began to chant the Mahamantra with karatals. Literally, I was transported to a wonderful spiritual ecstatic plane even hearing Srila Prabhupad chant the Holy Names in my dream….unfortunately for me, only one time. But, it impressed upon me the potency of hearing the Holy Names from a pure vaishnava, even in dream. I long to again hear that Holy Name from his person when I am in such a receptive state. True, we can hear him on tape and CD, but the state of dream perhaps eliminated some of the obstacles to hearing for me.

    Pusta Krishna das

  6. Puskaraksa das says :

    Here is a famous and interesting story, in relation to the importance of dreams, as the topic was raised by our dear devotee friends:

    Genesis 41
    Pharaoh’s Dreams
    1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
    5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. 6 After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind. 7 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.
    8 In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.
    9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. 13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.”
    14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.
    15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
    16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

  7. Puskaraksa das says :

    17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile, 18 when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds. 19 After them, seven other cows came up—scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt. 20 The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first. 21 But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.
    22 “In my dream I saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk. 23 After them, seven other heads sprouted—withered and thin and scorched by the east wind. 24 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none of them could explain it to me.”
    25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream. 27 The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.
    28 “It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, 30 but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. 31 The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. 32 The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.
    33 “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. 35 They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. 36 This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.”

  8. Puskaraksa das says :

    37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God[a]?”
    39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”

    Hence, the importance and the validity of dreams does occur…

    Wasn’t Srila Prabhupada repeatedly ordered to take sannyasa by his spiritual master via some dreams…

    Hadn’t pujaris and devotees many significant dreams, when the Deities revealed Themselves to them and/or ordered them to do something…

    Now, whether the situation occurs when a dream is of collective concern, more so than of personal concern, may be more seldom and may be analyzed case by case…

    Yours in service
    Puskaraksa das

  9. Puskaraksa das says :

    For those who are interested, here is the end of the story…

    Joseph in Charge of Egypt
    41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command,[b] and people shouted before him, “Make way[c]!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
    44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,[d] to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.
    46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. 47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. 48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. 49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
    50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh[e] and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 The second son he named Ephraim[f] and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
    53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. 55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.”
    56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.

  10. Puskaraksa das says :

    On a more personal level, I had a story in mind which I thought might be interesting to share with devotees… Funnily enough, it does also relate to food, as the above quoted story from the Bible…

    Shortly after I had settled in Bhubaneswar (Orissa) for some time, in early 1994, I had a dream of the local Deities Who very kindly and mercifully revealed some of Their Lila.

    When I joined ISKCON in 1981, I was told that the Deities are offered bhoga and that, by Their unlimited potency, being on the platform of the Absolute, one sense may fulfill the role of another… Hence, the Lord would taste the food offered to Him by glancing at it…

    Yes, and why not… God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent… He already impregnates material nature with the jives, via His glance… So, why wouldn’t He taste food just by looking at it…?

    So, wasn’t I surprised and blissful to see, in my dream, Lord Krishna and Balarama, along with all other Deities present, sitting down on the altar, and enjoying the feast, putting food to Their mouth with Their hands…and talking playfully together…

    This story may inspire many a cook and pujari to even pay more attention to the food they prepare, the way they cook it and they offer it… as the Lord really eats it, of course, if He so pleases, by His unlimited mercy…

    Some doubt however may still remain in our conditioned minds… Yes, Krishna tastes the food, be it through His transcendental glance or as we would put it “for real” by putting it in His mouth and eating it “for good”… But then, how is it that the preparations offered remain on the offering plate and in the offering bowls…?

    In that respect, we may relate to the story when Krishna replaced the cows and cowherd boys identically after Brahma had stolen them…! So, why wouldn’t Krishna eat the food offered to Him for good and why couldn’t He replace it identically, once finished…and trun it into prasadam…?

    In other words, why would a Deity feel so hungry after having been left unattended for so many years and why would the villagers offer mounts of rice and vegetables and other delicacies to make up for it, if Krishna didn’t eat the food…?

  11. Puskaraksa das says :

    Mother Yasoda calls to Krsna, “My dear Damodara, it is very late. Please come right now, sit down in the dining hall, and take Your lunch.”
    On the direction of Nanda Maharaja, Krsna, the holder of Govardhana Hill, sits down, and then all the cowherd boys, along with Krsna’s elder brother, Sri Baladeva, sit down in rows to take their lunch.
    They are then served a feast of sukta and various kinds of green leafy vegetables, then nice fried things, and a salad made of the green leaves of the jute plant. They are also served pumpkin, baskets of fruit, small square cakes made of lentils and cooked down milk, then thick yogurt, squash cooked in milk, and vegetable preparations made from the tower of the banana tree.
    Then they receive fried squares of mung dahl patties, and urad dahl patties, capatis, and rice with ghee. Next, sweets made with milk, sugar and sesamum, rice flour cakes; thick cooked-down milk; cakes floating in milk; and sweet rice.
    There is also sweet rice that tastes just like nectar due to its being mixed with camphor. There are bananas, and cheese which is nectarean and delicious. They are also served twelve kinds of sour preparations made with tamarinds, limes, lemons, oranges, and pomegranates.
    There are puns made with white flour and sugar; puns filled with cream; laddus; and dahl patties boiled in sugared rice. Krsna eagerly eats all of the food.

    raidhikara pakka anna vividha byanjana
    parama anande krsna korena bhojana

    In great ecstasy and joy Krsna eats the rice, curried vegetables, sweets, and pastries cooked by Srimati Radharani.

    Bhoga-arati (Gitavali) by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur