From Garga Samhita, Canto Six, Chapter Fifteen, Translation by Sri Kushakratha Das
- Simply by hearing about Gopi-bhumi, which is so named because the gopis resided there, one become free from the bondage of karma.
- In Gopi-bhumi , gopi-chandana was manifested from the gopis’ cosmetics. A person who marks his limbs with gopi-chandana tilaka attains the result of bathing in the Ganga.
- A person who daily wears gopi-chandana tilaka attains the pious result of daily bathing in all sacred rivers.
- A person who daily wears gopi-chandana tilaka attains the result of performing a thousand ashvamedha-yajnas and a hundred rajasuya-yajnas. He attains the result of giving charity and following vows at all holy places. He attains the goal of life. Of this there is no doubt.
- Twice as sacred as the mud of the Ganga is the dust of Chitrakuta. Ten times more sacred than that is the dust of Panchavati-tirtha.
- A hundred times more sacred is the dust of gopi-chandana. Please know that gopi-chandana is equal to the dust of Vrindavana.
- Even if in the past he has committed hundreds of sins, if a person wears gopi-chandana tilaka, then Yamaraja cannot take him away. How, then, can Yamaraja’s messengers touch him?
- A sinner who daily wears gopi-chandana tilaka goes to Lord Krishna supreme abode, Goloka, which is beyond the world of matter.
In Sindhu-desa there was a king named Dirghabahu. He was cruel and sinful and he was addicted to visiting prostitutes. While he was on the earth this cruel sinner murdered a hundred brahmanas and ten pregnant women. One day he mounted a sindhu horse and went hunting. With a flood of arrows he accidentally killed a brown cow in that hunt. One day, greedy to get his kingdom, with a sharp sword his angry minister killed him in the forest.
Seeing him fallen to the ground and dead, the Yamadutas came, bound him, and, joking as they went, took him to the city of Yamaraja. Seeing this sinner brought before him, powerful Yamaraja said to his scribe Chitragupta, “What is the proper punishment for him?”
Sri Chitragupta said: O great king, he should be thrown into eight million four hundred thousand hells for as long as the sun and the moon shine in the sky.
On the earth he did not perform a single pious deed. He killed ten pregnant women. He killed a brown cow. He killed thousands of deer in the forest. He offended the demigods and the brahmanas. He is a great sinner.
Sri Narada said: Then, by Yamaraja’s order, the Yamadutas took that sinner and threw him into a terrible, eight-thousand mile wide cauldron of bubbling boiling oil in the hell of Kumbhipaka. The moment that sinner came to it, the boiling oil, which was as hot as the great fires at the time of cosmic devastation, suddenly became cool.
O king of Videha, as Prahlada was unhurt in the same situation, that sinner was not hurt by the boiling oil. Then the Yamadutas described that great wonder to noble-hearted Yamaraja.
Yamaraja and Chitragupta carefully reviewed the sinner’s case and concluded that while he was on the earth the sinner had not for a moment performed even a single pious deed.
Then Vyasadeva arrived in that assembly.
Bowing down before Him, and carefully worshiping Him, saintly and noble-hearted Yamaraja asked Vyasadeva the following question.
Sri Yamaraja said: When a certain sinner, who had never performed even a single pious deed, was thrown into the terrible boiling oil of Kumbhipaka, the oil suddenly became cool. Because of this my mind is now tortured with doubts.
Sri Vyasadeva said: O great king, the intelligent sages, who have studied all the scriptures, know that the ways of piety, sin, and spiritual progress are very subtle and difficult to understand. Somehow or other, by destiny, this sinner did perform a pious deed, and by that deed he became purified. O noble-hearted one, please hear the story of this.
That sinner died in a place where from someone’s hand some gopi-chandana from Dvaraka had accidentally fallen. Dying in gopi-chandana, that sinner became purified.
A person who wears gopi-chandana tilaka attains a spiritual form like that of Lord Narayana. Simply by seeing him one becomes free of the sin of killing a brahmana.
According to the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, gopi-chandana, or the sacred mud from Dwaraka, is applied on the body in twelve places while reciting mantras to Lord Vishnu. This process purifies one’s body, designating it as a temple of the Lord. Besides purification, the tilak also offers the wearer protection from ghosts, evil influences, bad dreams, accidents and many other things. It keeps one’s mind calm and allows one to constantly remember Lord Krishna.
Somehow or other, by destiny, this sinner did perform a pious deed, and by that deed he became purified. O noble-hearted one, please hear the story of this
Sri Narada said: Hearing this, Yamaraja, who understands the glories of gopi-chandana, took the sinner, placed him a an airplane that goes anywhere one wishes, and sent him to Vaikuntha, which is above the worlds of matter. O king, thus I have described to you the glories of gopi-chandana. One who hears this account of gopi-chandana’s glories becomes exalted. He goes to the supreme abode of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Room Conversation: January 27, 1977, Bhuvaneshwara
Prabhupada: And you must see that what you are doing, that is according to the principle which all other sadhus and devotees do. They have tilaka and you say, "I have no tilaka" That is not sadhu- marganu Sadhu marganugamanam. They have kanthi. You say, "I can avoid it." That is not sadhu marganugamanam. So, from very beginning, if you disobey, then how you'll make progress?