Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu

Chaitanya Mangala Adi Khanda

Srila Locana dasa Thakura’s

Sri Caitanya-mangala

 

 

 

 

Adi-khanòa

 

 

 

Janma-lilä

 

Birth Pastimes

 

Song 1 (Danaçi räga – Diçä)

 

 

Refrain: O master of the lives of Gadadhara and Narahari! O Supreme Lord! Please cast Your merciful glance on all the conditioned souls. O Lord Gauracandra, glory, glory to You!

 

1. Glory, glory to Lord Gauraìga! Glory to Gadadhara and Narahari! Glory to all-powerful Lord Nityananda!

2. Glory, glory to Advaita Acarya, who is Lord Çiva himself! Glory, glory to the great devotees of Lord Gauraìga!

3. I place my head in the dust of all their feet. Now I will speak the Adi-khaëòa. Please listen attentively.

4. When the Lord’s personal associates had taken birth on the earth, a great proclamation was sounded.

5. It said: Everyone go to the earth. Don’t delay. Our Lord will soon take birth from Çacé’s womb.”

6. Then sounds of Glory! Glory!” filled the universe. Filled with ecstatic love, the demigods, nagas, and human beings all watched to see.

7. Some said: It is the eternal spiritual elfulgence.” Others said: It is Lord Narayaëa, who is greater than the greatest and smaller than the smallest.”

8. Others said: It is the Supreme Brahman, who is greater than the greatest and smaller than the smallest.” In this way the people described the Lord who had entered Çacé’s womb.

9. Filling with air, Çacé’s womb grew larger and larger. Seeing this, everyone felt more and more spiritual love.

10. One, two, three, four, five, and six months passed. Great bliss was manifest in Çacé’s womb.

11. Day by day Çacé’s body grew more and more effulgent. Seeing this, everyone felt great joy in their hearts.

12. No one knew who it was that had entered Çacé’s womb. In house after house everyone speculated on that person’s identity.

13. When the sixth month ended the effulgence in Çacé’s womb filled her body and her entire house with light.

14. At that time there was a wonderful event. Advaita Acarya unexpectedly came there.

15. Seeing Advaita Acarya, Jagannatha Miçra respectfully stood up.

16. Advaita Acarya Gosai is thwe abode of all transcendental virtues. In all the three worlds no one is fortunate and glorious like him.

17. Seeing him, Jagannatha Miçra respectfully offered a sitting place to his guest.

18. On his own head he placed the dust from Advaita Acarya’s feet. He was very humble and respectful.

19. Çacé-devé washed Advaita Acarya’s feet with water. As she respectfully gazed at her, Advaita Acarya felt ecstatic spiritual love arise within himself.

20. His two lotus eyed became red with ecstatic love. Tears flowed from his eyes. His face became red.

21. His limbs trembled. He spoke broken words. He had no power to restrain himself.

22. Her circumambulated Çacé, and then he bowed down before her. Seeing these unusual activities, Çacé was very surprised.

23. Saci was surprised, and Jagannatha Misra was full of doubt. Unhappy at heart, he said: Why do you do this? Why?”

24. Jagannatha Miçra said: Please hear, O Advaita Acarya. I do not understand your actions.

25. If you are kind to me, then please dispel my doubt. Do not allow my body to burn in the flames of worry.”

26. Then Advaita Acarya said: Please hear, O Jagannatha Miçra. In the future you will understand it all.” That was his reply.

27. Then Advaita Acarya, learned in all the scriptures, and the hairs on his body erect, anointed Çacé’s glorious womb with fragrant sandal paste.

28. Seven times he circumambulated her. Then he bowed down. He said nothing. Then he left for his own home.

29. Çacé and Jagannatha wondered: Why did he bow down before my womb?”

30. In this way Advaita Acarya bowed down before Çacé’s womb. Now her womb became a hundred times more effulgent. Çacé forgot herself.

31. She saw that everything was fill of bliss. She saw no sufferings. She saw all the demigods were now standing before her.

32. Brahma, Çiva, Sanaka, and all the demigods now offered prayers to her womb.

33. They said: Glory, glory You, O limitless, eternal Supreme Lord who has no rival! Glory, glory to You, O Supreme Lord whose bliss is eternal and who rescues His devotees.

34. Glory to You, who are beyond the material modes of goodness, passion, and ignorance. Glory to You, O Lord Maha-Viñnu, who reside in the Karaëa Ocean.

35. Glory to You, O very glorious master of the spiritual sky! Glory to You, O Lord beyond material goodness, O Lord whose form is made of spiritual goodness.

36. Glory to You, who are the master of Goloka and the lover of Rädhä! Glory, glory to You, O king of limitless Vaikuëöha worlds!

37. Glory, glory to You, who are playful and graceful! Glory, glory to You, O Nanda’s son, who charm the hearts of all!

38. In the Kali-yuga You have now entered Çacé’s womb. You have come here to enjoy pastimes.

39. Glory, glory to You, O Supreme Lord, O giver of transcendental bliss. No one is compassionate like You.

40. In the Kali-yuga You come and gives Yourself. You do not consider whether the people are worthy or not to receive Your mercy.

41. Even though again and again we begged for it, we demigods could not attain even the slightest fragrance of ecstatic spiritual love.

42. Now You will give the sweet nectar of that love to everyone, even the canòalas. They will all taste it. You will not see anyone has any faults.

43. O Lord, please allow us to taste a small particle of that love. Please allow us to sing Çri Çri Rädhä- Kåñna’s glories in Your company.

44. Glory, glory to You, O Çri Gaura-Hari, O Lord who gives the gift of saìkértana!” After speaking these words, the demigods all performed circumambulation.

45. With his four mouths the demigod Brahma spoke many prayers. Çacé-devé was frightened. Her heart was full of wonder.

46. Mercy to all living entities made its appearance in Çacé’s heart. Aware of the spiritual truth, she was kind to everyone. She did not think anyone an outsider.

47. Now she was ten month pregnant. Wherever she went, her heart was full of bliss. She forgot herself in bliss.

48. During the month of Phalguna, on anauspicious day, on an auspicious tithi, on an auspicious full-moon night, at an auspicious moment, the cooling moon shone.

49. Then, with surprising power, Raghu suddenly devoured the moon. At that moment a great cry of Hari! Hari!” rose in the four directions.

50. A sweet divine fragrance filled with four directions. Then ten directions became clear and blissful. A gentle, gentle breeze blew.

51. Then the six seasons appeared simultaneously. At that auspicious moment the Supreme Personality of Godhead was born on the earth.

52. Yearing to see Lord Gaura’s form, the demigods flew their airplanes through outer space.

53. At that time Hari! Hari!” was the only sound anyone heard. In this way my Lord took birth.

54. At the time the gloruy of Vaikunöha entered Çacé’s courtyard. Overcome with bliss, Çacé called out in a voice choked with emotion.

55. To Jagannatha Miçra, who was near at hand, she called: Now our births have borne their fruit. Look at your son’s face!”

56. The village ladies happily called out, Jaya! Jaya!” Seeing the newborn infant, everyone was overcome with bliss.

57. The demigods, Vedas, and Naga girls all came. Seeing Lord Gauraìga, they all called out, Jaya! Jaya!”

58. Lord Gaura’s fragrance filled the worlds. His every limb was an endless flood of nectar.

59. Gazing and gazing at Him, every eye felt cooling bliss. In every heart arose the thought: This boy must be Lord Kåñna, the very life of Vraja’s girls.

60. Never have I seen or heard of such a boy. What happens to my heart when I gaze at Him?

61. Never have I seen any person like Him.” A beautiful demigoddess said: Later we will know the truth of this boy.”

62. Overcome, Jagannatha Miçra gazed at his son’s face. The universe had no power to contain the bliss he felt in his heart.

63. How many rising moons do I see in His face? I say His face is like the petal of a blooming lotus.

64. His raised nose is like a sesame flower, I think. His fair limbs are like a flood of nectar light.

65. Gazing at His red lips, splendid graceful cheeks, and graceful chin, I feel great love arise within me.

66. His neck is like a lion’s neck. His shoulders are like an elephant’s shoulders. His chest is broad. His arms reach to His knees. His body is made of nectar.

67. His hips are broad. His thighs are like banana trees. His feet are like two red lotus petals.

68-69. On his soles are the marks of a flag, thunderbolt, elephant goad, lotus, chariot, parasol, camara, svastika, jambu fruit, urdhva-rekha, triangle, elephant, and waterpot. No form is like His. His form is the sweetest nectar.

70. Never had such a wonderful form come to the earth. His glory is more than the glory of the greatest kings of kings.

71. Indra and Candra, as well as many devas, gandharvas, and kinnaras all came then to the earth. Why did they become filled with such bliss and wonder?

72. Every eye became anointed with nectar. With eternal love everyone gazed at dear Lord Gaura.

73. How long did the people gaze at the newborn infant, gaze at Him as if He were a very old friend?

74. His every limb was a great flood of nectar. In their hearts what did the people feel as they gazed at Him with their eyes?

75. As they gazed at the infant boy, the people felt their hearts tremble with bliss. Why did the ladies look at Him with languid eyes? Why did their tight belts become slackened?

76-77. Everyone gazed at the newborn infant. Thinking, How many Kamadevas does this boy conquer?”, everyone called out, Jaya! Jaya! Çacé’s divine son is not a mortal.

78. Çacé’s son is the new Kamadeva.” When this nectar comes to my ears, I weep.

79. The master of Goloka has descended to this world.” Considering everything, the ladies came to this conclusion.

80. The master of all the worlds came to the earth. Overcome with bliss, Locana dasa speaks these words.

 

 

Song 2 (Maìgala-gurjari räga)

 

 

Refrain: Jagannatha Miçra was overcome. His words were choked with emotion. Quickly he invited his kinsmen and performed a great festival for his son. He earnestly tried to make everything auspicious. Bliss filled Çacé’s house. No one had the power to stop singing Lord Gaura’s glories.

 

81. Glory! Glory! Glory! The four directions were filled with bliss. The whole city melted with bliss. Hundreds and hundreds of saintly ladies came. They brought gifts of rice paste and red sindura.

82. With love and bliss placing her son on her lap, in a voice choked with emotion Çacé-devé said: Please give us the dust of your feet. Please give us your blessings. Bless

us, saying, `May this child live long.’ ”

83. Saying, Even though He is not our child, we still think of Him as our very own”, all the ladies gave their blessings. Saying, To protect His sweeter than nectar

body from any calamity, He should be named Nimai,” they named Him.

84. On the eighth day añöa-kalai gifts were given to please the children. On the ninth night was a blissful festival with joyful music.

85. Day by day Çacé’s son grew. He was like a full moon walking on the earth. His two eyes were splendid with black kajjala. He was graceful with gorocana tilaka.

86. He crawled on His hands and knees. He smiled gently. With unblinking eyes, Çacé and Jagannatha watched their wonderful son.

87. Çacé regularly washed her son’s body and anointed it with turmeric and scented oil. Her heart filled with love, she kissed His cheeks. Saintly Çacé was very fortunate.

88. Day by day, moment by moment, the bliss grew in the Nadéya’s villages. No one knew what day of the month it was, or what day of the week, or whether it was day or night. Overcome with ecstatic spiritual love, people forgot themselves.

89. House after house in Nadéya’s villages became filled with bliss. No one was mindful of who was a man, who was a woman, or who was a child, an elder, or blind. Everyone was overcome with love. Everyone was wild with peerless bliss.

90. Thinking Lord Gaura’s face was like a full moon and His form had conquered Kamadeva, the young girls would wildly leave their duties at their homes.

91. Three times a day the village girls ran to see the infant Lord Gaura. let me see! Let me see!”, they said. Playcing the infant Lord on their laps, the hairs of their bodoes would stand erect.

92. In this way, day by day, moment by moment, everyone was full of bliss. Locana dasa, whose only hope and only desire is the feet of Çri Narahari dasa, thus sings the glories of Lord Gaura.

 

 

Bälya-lilä

 

Bälya (Ages 1-5) Pastimes

 

Song 3 (Sindhuòä räga)

 

 

93. Day by day Çacé’s son grew. To Çacé He was like a shower of nectar.

94. To what shall I compare Him? I will not compare Him to anything. I have no power to do it. Still, my restless heart says: I will give a comparison.”

95. His face was like an eternally full moon. Even persons blind from birth would run to see Him.

96. On His lips a half smile rested. He was like waves in an ocean of nectar.

97. His reddish eyes were flooded with nectar. The nectar black kajjala decorating them were dams build to keep that flood of nectar from overflowing.

98. Saintly Çacé and fortunate Jagannatha lovingly gazed at their son’s face.

99. One moment He laughed. Another moment He cried. Another moment He wanted something. Another moment He sat on Çacé’s lap. Another moment He rode on a swing.

100. Keeping His feet on Çacé’s breasts, like a golden vine moving in the wind He swung back and forth.

101. His eyes were very long. His loud laughter was charming. On His lips flowed a stream of nectar.

102. His nose was charming like a parrot’s beak. His symmetrical cheeks were effulgent.

103. One, two, three, four, five, and six months passed. Then came the day of the nama-karana (name-giving) ceremony and anna-praçana (first-grain) ceremony.

104. Jagannatha Miçra performed a great festival for his son. With many ornaments he decorated his son’s golden body.

105. Lord Gaura wore bracelets on His hands, armlets on His arms, a pearl necklace on Hix neck, a golden belt on His waist, and anklets on His feet.

106. His palms and soles were anointed with red hiìgula. His lips were like a bandhulé flower. His eyes were like red lotus flowers.

107. His fair limbs seemed washed with lightning. His limbs are so effulgent I have no power even to look at them.

108. He was given the name Viçvambhara”, which means the maintainer of the worlds”. The learned followers of Goddess Sarasvaté say this word is a name of the

Supreme Personality of Godhead.

109. On moment, holding His mother’s and father’s hands, He took two unsteady steps and then fell.

110. He made a child’s experiment in a few half-spoken syllables. His broken words were like nectar waves in an ocean agitated by the moon’s rising.

111. Day after day He walked in the courtyard. To the world He brought a soothing coolness. He destroyed the world’s feverish sufferings.

112. His feet worshiped by Goddess Lakñmé now rest in the earth’s lap. Filled with love, the earth goddess now forgets herself.

113. In the sky one moon shines, but on the earth ten moons now shine. Because of their light even the blind now have eyes.

114. Those ten moons are Lord Gaura’s fingertips. Seeing them, the blind-hearted sinners have become fortunate.

115. Of how many millions of moons is Lord Gaura’s face-moon the king? Offering them his bow, Kamadeva worships Lord Gaura’s eyebrows.

116. What more can I say? The moon of Lord Gaura’s mercy cuts the darkness in the heart into pieces. That darkness has no power to resist.

117. Who has the power to describe Lord Gaura’s childhood pastimes? Although they seem like the actions of an ordinary child, they purify the whole earth.

118. In a short time Lord Gaura’s saintly elder brother, Viçvarupa, became learned in all the acriptures.

119. Who has the power to describe His glories? His younger brother is Viçvambhara, Lord Mahaprabhu.

120. Day by day Lord Gaura manifested His mercy. Hearing of it, Locana dasa feels his heart become filled with bliss.

 

 

Song 4 (Varäòi räga)

 

 

Refrain: O moon! Moon, moon up in the sky. Come down. I’ll wash away your spots and make you a wonderful ornament on Gaura’s cheeks.

 

O! O! O, my golden son Nimai! You cry a great complaint. One thing You demand. Your demands are sweeter than nectar.

 

121. Nimai’s father will come with bananas and milk. Look, father will come. O bad boy, stop complaining. Close Your eyes.

122. O boy whose face is a golden lotus, O boy whose eyes are red lotuses, O boy whose half-closed eyes are glistening stars. Your eyes are two black bees swimming in an ocean of sweet honey.”

123. After preparing the soft bed with cotton quilts, Çacé, holding her son in her arms, lay on her side and slept.

124. From one breast He drank with His mouth while the other He grasped with His fingers. Locana dasa says: The crest jewel of all the demigods acted like a small boy.

 

 

Song 5 (Dhanaçi räga)

 

 

Refrain: O! O! O! O! O! O! O! O! Please hear these songs of Lord Gaura’s glorious, songs full of wonderful stories, songs full of holy names auspicious for the ears!

 

125. Please carefully hear another story, a story of what happened on another day, a story of how Lord Gaura revealed His true identity.

126. In one room was Jagannatha Miçra, and in another room Çacé, her son in her arms, happily slept.

127. How many soldiers filled the empty room? Seeing them, Çacé was frightened.

128. From Çacé’s arms these demigods took Lord Gaura. They placed Him on a jewel throne.

129. They performed an abhiñek and various kinds of worship. Then they circumambulated Lord Gaura, fell down before Him, and grasped His feet.

130. Again and again they sounded bells and conchsells. They made a great sound of Jaya! Jaya Hari!

131. Glory, Glory to the master of the worlds, the protector of the devotees! In Kali-yuga You have come to rescue us.

132. Please give us the nectar treasure of Våndävana. O Lord Viçvambhara, this we beg at Your feet.

133. Again and again Çacé watched all this. She was shocked. Son! Son!” She called. She was very afraid.

134. She was not afraid for herslef, but only for her son, who was her very life. She grabbed the boy and took Him to Jagannatha Miçra.

135. She said: There are no demigods in the room where Your father sleeps. Go there and happily sleep in his arms.”

136. On His mother’s words, Viçvambhara went there. Although He wore no anklets, Çacé heard the tinkling of anklets as He walked.

137. When Lord Gaura, the creat jewel of the demigods, left the room, all the demigods followed Him with folded hands.

138. Then Lord Gaura said: Don’t stare at Me, O demigods. Sing the pastimes of Çri Çri Rädhä and Kåñna.” That He said to them.

139. Gathering the demigods together, He made them sing about ecstatic love for Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñëa. Touching them, Lord Gauracandra filled them with bliss.

140. He wept and He made the demigods weep also. In the courtyard Lord Gaura called out: Rädhä! Rädhä! Govinda!”

141. He called,out: Kalindé! Yamuna! Våndävana!” Then the demigods very joyfully called out: Rädhä! Rädhä!”

142. Watching her son’s pastimes, Mother Çacé fell unconscious. Hearing all the noise, Jagannatha Miçra became agitated.

143. Jagannatha Miçra called out: Çacé! What’s that noise I hear?” Frightened Çacé screamed.

144. Jagannatha ran outside. His son hugged both father and mother. Then, seeing his son’s feet had no anklets, Jagannatha forgot herself.

145. At that moment Lord Kåñna’s pastimes came into his thoughts. Then Çacé described what she had seen.

146. She said: Brahma, Çiva, and other demigods came here on celestial airplanes and served our son.

147. Our son sang `Rädhä! Kåñëa!’ while the demigods danced in our courtyard.I heard all this. I think it was like a dream.

148. Seeing all this, I became afraid. Then I sent Him to you. His feet had no anklets. Still, I heard the tinkling of anklets as He walked.

149. Our boy has such a glorious form. I don’t know what I should do.

150. Seven of our daughters have died. If this boy leaves us I will not live any longer.

151. I don’t have five or seven children. Nimai is the star of my eye. As a walking stick is a blind man’s greatest treasure, He is my greatest treasure.

152. As the body cannot live without the precious soul, so I cannot live without my Gauracandra.

153. Please think of some way to protect Him from dangers, some way where the demigods, from first to last, all bring auspiciousness to Him.”

154. In this way the night passed. Then the sun rose. Çacé’s son then went to play with the other boys.

155. For some moments rolling on the ground in the courtyard, He was covered with dust. Seeing this, unhappy Çacé said:

156. Your glorious body is like a golden statue. I cannot compare it to anything. It is like the moon in the sky.

157. Why do You roll Your beautiful body in the dust? That is like biting Your mother’s head.”

158. After saying these words, Çacé washed the dust away and then kissed her son’s face. The hairs of her body stood erect. Her eyes were red.

159. On another day Çacé’s son went wandering with the other boys His age.

160. Under a tree by the Gaìga’s bank they played like monkeys. They stood on one foot.

161. Hearing of this, Çacé went to the Gaìga’s bank to get Lord Gaura-Hari.

162. With one knee up and the other knee down, He stood on one foot. Seeing this, Mother Çacé loudly called to Him.

163. Seeing His mother, Lord Gaura fled. Like a maddened elephant He ran.

164. Catch Him! Catch Him!”, Çacé called. My Lord, the jewel of the brahmaëas, continued to run.

165. Çacé pursued, but could not catch Him. Lord Gaura ran home.

166. Once home, He grabbed every pot and every vessel. He threw and broke every one.

167. She rested her finger on the side of her nose, Çacé wanted to punish Him. Lord Viçvambhara bowed His head in shame.

168. His whole body trembled in shame. As He bowed His head, tears streamed from His eyes.

169. His face was like the moon. His eyes were like restless khaïjana birds. His tears were like strings of pearls.

170. Gazing at Lord Gaura’s face, Çacé became filled with love. Hugging Him, she said, My bad boy.”

171. Holding Him in her arms, Çacé said: I must wash you of all these things from the house.”

172. In this way Lord Gaura-Hari enjoyed many pastimes. Çacé had no power to understand her son’s mind.

173. The shoreless ocean of His pastimes is beyond the knowing the Vedas or of the world. Çacé had no power to understand His wild arrogance.

174. She knew her son Nimai was very restless and mischievous. With an unhappy heart she meditated on the Supreme Lord.

175. One day, meeting with the other women, she placed before them a question and a request.

176. She said: My son is very frivolous. He acts whimsically. He does not use His intelligence.

177. He does one thing and says another. I have mo power to understand Him. He does not consider whether His actions are pure.”

178. Hearing this, the ladies sadly wept. Meeting Lord Gauracandra, they hugged him and said:

179. Why, why, O child, do You act so badly?” Hearing these words, Lord Gaura became very restless and mischievous.

180. Seeing this, the ladies became sad at heart. They at once saw what Çacé had described.

181. The ladies asked, When did He start to act like this?” Çacé said: I don’t know what to say.

182. One night, as I held my son in my arms, all the demigods entered my room.

183. They placed my Nimai on a throne. Falling like sticks, they bowed down before Him.

184. Rising from sleep, I saw all these wonders. From that time my son has been very independent.”

185. Hearing this, everyone truthfully said: We think one of those demigods has entered His body.

186. Assembling all the brahmanas, Jagannatha Miçra should perform a yajïa where all the demigods are called by name.

187. In the part of the yajïa where blessings are asked, he should ask blessings for his son. When the demigods are worshiped in this way, the demigod that now haunts your son will leave and return to his home.

188. Çacé, don’t worry. This we say for certain: If you worship the demigods you will become fearless.”

189. Taking the dust from their feet, Çacé bid farewell to the ladies. Then she approached Jagannatha Miçra and told him all that had happened.

190. Hearing all this, Jagannatha Miçra became worried. Calling all the brahmanas, he performed the yajïa.

191. Then Çacé took Lord Gauracandra for a bath in the Gaìga. She thought: Now His mischievousness is ended.”

192. Lord Viçvambhara went ahead and Çacé followed. She watched and watched as the Lord went to an unclean place.

193. He touched some rejected pots, and then continued on. Seeing this, Mother Çacé said: Alas! Alas!

194. Now my son is even more mischievous. He stays far away from good deeds.”

195. Then she angrily called to Him: Bad! Bad!” Hearing her words, Lord Viçvambhara compassionately said:

196. What is pure and impure? What is religious and not religious? Not knowing the answers to these questions, the whole world is on the verge of destruction.

197. This material world is made of earth, water, air, fire, ether, and form. Here is nothing else.

198. There is no religion but Lord Kåñna’s feet. The heart of religion says: Lord Kåñna is thre master of all masters of all masters.”

199. Hearing these words, Çacé became filled with wonder. Taking Lord Gauraìga with her, she bathed in the Gaìga.

200. Returning home, she said to Jagannatha Miçra: O saintly one, please hear what our boy has done.

201. Our son is all yajïas personified. He knows the conclusion of religion. He alone, and no one else, knows it.

202. He went to an unclean place and then He spoke words I never saw or heard a child speak.

203. Hearing these words, Jagannatha Miçra hugged his son. He said: Maybe You touched an unclean place, but all is good now.

204. You are the lamp of my family, the star of my eye. As the body cannot live without the soul, so I cannot live without You.”

205. When these words were spoken, Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra both gazed at their son’s face. Overcome with love, they forgot themselves.

206. A hundred streams of tears flowed from their reddened eyes. The hairs of their bodies stood erect. They spoken with broken words.

207. Smiles were born on both their faces. Locana dasa thus happily sings thr glories of Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 6 (Çriräga – Diçä)

 

 

Refrain: Glory, glory to Lord Gauraìga! Glory, glory to Lord Gauraìga! Alas! Why do I not taste the nectar bliss of love for Lord Gauraìga?

 

208. Day by day, moment by moment, Lord Gaura’s body grew. He became like Mount Sumeru.

209. His sweet words were like flooding streams of nectar. Hearing them, Mother Çacé felt her heart become filled with wonderful bliss.

210. Sometimes she would tell Him something, and Lord Gaura would reply: I can’t hear your words.”

211. Then She would playfully shout the words. Still, forest-flower-garlanded Lord Gaura only said: I can’t hear.”

212. Mother Çacé was completely overcome with a mother’s love. Wild with anger, she picked up a stick as if to chase Him.

213. Proud boy! You cannot hear me?”, she called out. When I am old You will not give me even a grain of rice.”

214. In this way she spoke. Çacé’s son still insisted: I cannot hear My mother’s words.”

215. Then Çacé became very angry. One glance was enough. Lord Gaura fled. Stick in hand, Çacé chased Him.

216. Lord Gaura ran to an unclean place where rejected clay pots were thrown.

217. Seeing this, Mother Çacé put her hand to her head. Ha! Ha!”, she angrily said.

218. Now she was even more angry at Lord Viçvambhara. To the top of the heap of rejected pots He climbed.

219. Hearing her angry words, He did the exact opposite. Realizing this, Çacé happily and affectionately said:

220. Come. Come, dear son. Give up these horrible acts. It is not right. You should follow a brahmana’s dharma.

221. You are a brahmaëa’s boy. You were born in a very good family. What will the people say when they hear about Your horrible acts?

222. Come. Come, dear son. Bathe in the Gaìga’s waters. Your mother’s life is cracking. Come and give me a hug.

223. If You don’t, I will die. I will jump in the Gaìga and drown. Then You’ll only stay at home, walk from room to room, and cry and cry.

224. Your body is like the purest gold. Why do You rub ashes on Your beautiful body?

225. My dear boy, please leave this horrible unclean place. The ashes on Your body are like the spots on the moon.”

226. Hearing these words, Lord Viçvambhara became angry. Again and again He said: You don’t understand.

227. When you speak the words `clean’ and `unclean’ you are not speaking very intelligently. What is clean? What is unclean? Try to understand My questions.”

228. After speaking these words, Lord Gaura picked up a piece of brick in His hand. With the brick He struck His mother’s head.

229. With that blow Mother Çacé pretended to fall unconscious. Calling out, Mother! Mother!”, Lord Gaura wept again and again.

230. Hearing the Lord’s weeping, the village ladies ran there.

231. They sprinkled Gaìga water on Çacé’s face. She became conscious again. As soon as she became conscious, she called out, Viçvambhara!”

232. Holding her son in her arms, Çacé again fell unconscious.

233. Looking at His mother, Viçvambhara wept. Then a smiling glorious woman spoke to Him.

234. Touching His chin, she said to Viçvambhara: Bring two coconuts for Your mother.

235. Then You will bring her back to life. Hear my words. If You do not, she will die.”

236. Hearing this, Lord Viçvambhara became happy. In a moment He returned with two coconuts.

237. In a moment He affectionately gave the two coconuts to His mother.

238. Seeing this, the ladies were astonished. From where did the boy get two coconuts in a single moment?

239. Then one very glorious and graceful lady gently gently asked Lord Viçvambhara:

240. Child, from were did You get the coconuts? From You actions I can know a little of Your true nature.”

241. Hearing these words, Lord Viçvambhara cried out and hugged His mother’s neck.

242. Returning to consciousness, Çacé hugged her son. Millions and millions of times she kissed His lotus face.

243. With the edge of her garment she wiped His face and limbs. Then she bathed His body in the Gaìga’s waters.

244. Bathing Him, she performed an abhiñeka with the Gaìga’s waters. Her heart filled with wonder, she gazed at her son’s face.

245. He was deep like the ocean. He glistened like ten million suns. His ten fingernails and ten toenails were more glorious than ten million moons lighting up the night.

246. His graceful form defeated ten million Kamadevas. His playful curved eyebrows were bows held by the archer Kamadeva.

247. Gazing at her son, who is the master of all the worlds, the Supreme Lord now manifest on the earth, Mother Çacé felt fear in her heart.

248. She remembered the secret of how when she was pregnant she saw many demigods arrive in their airplanes.

249. Then she remembered her son’s other activities.

250-253. She decided: The effulgent, eternal, untouched by matter Supreme Lord Narayana, whose form is not material, who is everything, who posseses all powers, who is self-satisfied, who is the peerless object of the yogé kings’ meditations, and who is worshiped by everyone has now become my son. Brahma, Çiva, and all the demigods do not know how fortunate I have become.” Thinking and thinking in this way, she hugged Lord Gaura Raya.

254. Hugging Him, Çacé-devé forgot all thoughts of Lord Gaura-Hari’s supreme power and opulence. Again she became convinced that He was only her small son.

255. Filled with wonder, Çacé returned home. What demigod has entered my son?”

256. In this way she worried. To protect Him, she placed her hand on His body. She chanted: O Lord Janardana, Lord Håñékeça, Lord Govinda.”

257. May the Sudarçana-cakra protect Your head. May Lord Narayana protect Your eyes, nose, and mouth.

258. May Lord Gadadhara protect Your chest. May Lord Giridharé protect Your arms.

259. May Lord Damodara protect Your belly. May Lord Nåsiàha protect Your navel.

260. May Lord Trivikrama protect Your two knees. May Lord Dharadhara protect Your two feet.”

261. Then Mother Çacé blew air on every part of Lord Gaura’s body. She was completely convinced that Lord Gaura was her son.

262. In this way a blissful day passed. Then an auspicious sunset came.

263. Çacé gave the servants and maidservants their sunset duties. Then, taking Lord Gaura-Hari with her, she went to the courtyard.

264. After the sun set a full moon rose in the sky.

265. Then Lord Gaura, who knows everything, acted as if He were a foolish child. Mother! Mother!”, He called out.

266. Çacé said: Don’t cry at sunset. Hear my words. Whatever You want I will give You.”

267. Then Lord Gaura said: Bring the moon down here and give it to Me.” Laughing and laughing, Çacé said: Ha! You don’t understand.

268. Alas! Alas, that such a son is in my house. Who has the power to grasp the moon in the sky?”

269. Then the Lord said: You said You would give whatever I wanted. Why did you say that?

270. My heart wants the moon.” Speaking these words, Lord Gaura loudly cried.

271. Grasping His mother’s sash, He wept and spoke many different demands. He stomped His feet. He rubbed His eyes.

272. Clinging to mother’s neck, Lord Gaura Raya wept. He wanted to play with the moon in the sky.

273. One moment he made His demand. The next moment He rolled on the ground. Then He pulled His mother’s hair. His body was covered with dust. With His hand He struck His own head.

274. Seeing all this, Mother Çacé said: Son, You don’t understand. I am very surprised to see what You have done.

275. Who has the power to grasp the moon up in the sky? How many moons now shine on Your own body?

276. Look. As he watches You, the moon has become ashamed. That is why it is dark now. The moon is ashamed to appear before You.

277. Aware that You are present, the moon of Navadvépa is not manifest. Ashamed, he hides behind the clouds.

278. He is afraid that You are now in Navadvépa. Please hear my words. Don’t cry, dear child. You are my very life.”

279. Speaking these words, Çacé hugged and kissed her son. She gazed at His face. Filled with ecstatic spiritual love, she forgot herself.

280. In this way Çacé was overcome with bliss. Alas! Alas! I did not see Lord Gaura’s childhood pastimes.

281. Her heart overcome with bliss, Çacé spoke broken words. In this way Locana dasa joyfully sings Lord Gaura’s glories.

 

 

Song 7 (Dhanaçi räga – Madhya-chanda)

 

 

Refrain: Glory, glory, glory to Çacé’s son! He is thre youthful root of all bliss. Accompnied by a host of other boys, He happily played. In this way He enjoyed His childhood pastimes.

 

282. With many playful boys He played many games. With many boys He enjoyed childhood pastimes, blissful and wonderful pastimes.

283. Playing and playing, He suddenly met two or four puppies. Very happy, Lord Gaura-Hari chose one of them.

284. Then one of His companions said: Listen Viçvambhara. You chose the best puppy and left the ugly ones for us. You go home. We won’t play with You.”

285. Then Lord Viçvambhara said: This puppy belongs to all of us. Come to My house and We’ll all play with him.”

286. Speaking these words, and taking the puppy with Him, Lord Gaura went to His house. Arriving home, He put a rope around the puppy’s neck and tied him to the veranda.

287. All this time Lord Viçvambhara’s mother was busy with household chores. Then, accompanied by the village ladies, she went to bathe in the Gaìga.

288. Now the house now empty. Accompnaied by the boys, Lord Viçvambhara played many games with the puppy. They all became covered with dust.

289. As they played and played, a quarrel was born among the boys. One boy praised Lord Gaura-Hari, and another boy rebuked Him.

290. Lord Gaura said: Every day you come, and every day you pick a fight. Why do you act like that?” The other boy said: I know what You’re like. You stole the puppy.”

291. Angry at heart, that boy ran off. Meeting Mother Çacé, with a voice choked with anger he called out:

292. Listen! Listen! Your Viçvambhara has a pet puppy. One moment He hugs the puppy. The next moment He holds the puppy’s neck. Go and see for yourself.”

293. Hearing the boy’s words, Çacé hurried home. She saw the puppy in Lord Viçvambhara’s lap,

294. Putting her hand to her head, Mother Çacé said: Why do You play like this? I do not know. There are so many ways You could play. Still You play with a puppy. You are very mischievous.

295. Your father is very religious. You are his son. What will the people say? What happiness do You think You will find by playing with a puppy?

296. You are a brahmaëa’s son, but You do not even slightly act like one. What good words will I speak to defend You? Ah, the words I will hear will be like an iron spear pushed into my heart.

297. What happiness do You find by covering Your beautiful form with dust? I bow my head to speak such words. I feel that flames burn in my mouth.

298. How many moons does Your face defeat? Your limbs are like lightning. You do not wear nice garments. Instead You cover Your limbs with dust and stay among low-class boys.”

299. Angrily pressing her teeth to her lip, Çacé-devé rebuked all the boys. To Lord Gaura she said: Go to Your room and take Your puppy with You. You can renounce Your mother and father.”

300. After speaking these words, she looked at her son’s face. She was overcome with bliss. Then she said: Come. Dear one, come and sit in my lap. Be quiet. I will kiss Your face.

301. Leave Your dog, O dear one, and bathe in ths Gaìga’s waters. Six hours of the day have already passed. And You are not hungry? How much trouble do You give to me?

302. Tie up your puppy, and go take Your bath. Later You can play with Your puppy. Now You should eat some lunch.”

303. As a golden lotus wilts in the hot sunshine, so Lord Gaura’s face wilted. On the tip of His nose a drop of perspiration awakened. Gazing at her son, Çacé felt her life breath split apart.

304. Hearing Mother Çacé’s words, Lord Viçvambhara smiled and said: I will go to bathe.”

305. Speaking these words, the Lord hugged His mother’s neck and prepared for His bath. Wiping the dust from His face, Mother Çacé anointed the Lord’s limbs with scented oil.

306. For His bath Lord Viçvambhara went to the Gaìga’s bank. He happily palyed with His friends in the Gaìga’s waters.

307. Lord Viçvambhara’s form was wonderful and immovable like Mount Sumeru. As a wild elephant plays in the water with its companions, so Lord Viçvambhara played in the water with His friends.

308. Meanwhile Çacé-devé set the puppy free. She said: I do not know where the puppy went. Perhaps the puppy ran to his own mother.”

309. One of the boys was there at that time. He ran to the Gaìga’s bank and said: Viçvambhara, Your mother set the puppy free.”

310. Hearing the boy’s words, the Lord ran home. He saw that the puppy was gone.

311. He looked in the four directions. He did not see the puppy. His heart burned with flames of anger. He wept. He rebuked His mother. He was overcome with grief for His puppy.

312. He said: Listen, O foolish mother. Why did you do that? You gave Me great suffering. That puppy was very beautiful. Why did you do that?”

313. Çacé said: I did not know what happened to Your puppy. Perhaps some boys came and stole him.

314. Why must You cry for a puppy? Tomorrow I will search in forest after forest. I will find Your puppy and bring him back.

315. Don’t lament. Stop Your lament. I will bring back Your puppy. I promise. Don’t weep. Please don’t weep anymore.”

316. After speaking these words, she wiped the tears from her son’s face and hugged Him. Gazing at His face, she became filled with bliss. She kissed Him millions and millions of times.

317. She wiped His limbs, pretending to make Him a little more clean, and then she bathed Him with the Gaìga’s waters. Then she fed Him many delicious sandeça, modaka, kñéra, and kadalaka candies.

318. She tied His hair in a topknot and she decorated His eyes with splendid black kajjala. She made Him completely splendid.

319. Around His waist she tied a red sash that hung to His toes. On His chest she rested a string of pearls. On His forehead she placed sandal tilaka.

320. She decorated Him with bracelets and armlets of priceless jewels. On His feet she placed anklets. Grasping kñéra and laòu candies in His hands, He went to play with the boys.

321. His graceful walking defeated the graceful wild elephants. His voice was like thick honey. Surrounded by the boys, Lord Gaura, the king of the brahmaëas, was like a moon surrounded by stars.

322. Gazing at the Lord as He played, the demigods all smiled. Seeing that Lord Gaura touched even cats and dogs, Locana dasa is filled with wonder.

 

 

Song 8

 

 

323. By Lord Gauraìga’s touch a dog became fortunate. Abandoning his dog’s nature, he became filled with transcendental knowledge.

324. Calling out, Rädhä-Kåñëa! Govinda!”, the dog danced. Everyone in Nadéya ran to see him.

325. Everyone watched as the dog manifested signs of ecstasy. The hairs of his body stood erect. His eyes were filled with tears.

326. That soul suddenly renounced his dog’s body and went to Lord Kåñëa’s abode of Goloka.

327. A divine airplane suddenly arrived and took that soul on the path in the sky.

328. Decorated with jewels and pearls, that golden airplane glistened like a thousand-rayed sun.

329. Millions and millions of bells chimed. Hosts and hosts of karatalas sounded.

330. Hearing the sounds of the conchshells and the calls of Jaya1″ and Hari!”, the gandharvas an kinnaras sang the glories of Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñëa.

331. The airplane was decorated with hosts of flags. It glistened like the circle of the sun.

332. In the middle of the airplane the handsome, splendid, charming newly-liberated soul sat on a jewel throne.

333. He was pleasant coolness defeated ten million moons. He chanted, Rädhä-Kåñna! Gauraìga!”

334. A host of siddhas fanned him with camara whisks. In this way he traveled on the path to Goloka.

335. Brahma, Çiva, Sanaka, and a host of others stood before him with folded hands. Surrounding him on the airplane, they all sang the glories of Lord Gauraìga.

336. They sang: Glory, glory to Çacé’s son, who is an ocean of mercy! O Lord, why are You not merciful to us in this way?

337. You delivered a dog, gave him a spiritual body, and took him to Goloka. Why will You not do the same for us?

338. Glory, glory to Lord Gaura-Hari, the shelter of the shelterless! Glory, glory to Him, the best of all avataras!

339. By Your mercy the souls who live in Kali-yuga will be delivered. What other wonderful pastimes will You manifest?

340. When will we demigods become fortunate? When will we attain the mercy of Your feet?

341. By touching him, You delivered a dog. Even when You were Lord Kåñna You were not kind in this way.

342. When will we become fortunate? You gave perfection to a dog. We pray that we may become fortunate like him.

343. Obeisances, obeisances to You, O Lord Gaura Raya, whom only the pure and faultless may see! Obeisances, obeisances to Your two graceful feet!

344. We demigods are all the Lord’s followers and servants. When will we attain Lord Gauracandra’s feet?”

345. In this way that very fortunate soul went to Goloka, and the great devotees sang the glories of lord Gauraìga.

346. In this way very wonderful pastimes of Lord Gauracandra were manifest. With great joy Locana dasa describes them.

 

 

Song 9

 

 

347. One day Çacé-devé in her heart decided to follow a vow of worshiping Goddess Çañöhé. Accompanied by the village ladies, she observed that vow under a banyan tree.

348. She prepared nice offerings of food, ceovered them with the edge of her garment, she happily carried them to the banyan tree.

349. At that moment Lord Viçvambhara Raya was playing and playing on the path. Seeing His mother, He ran to her and asked: What do You carry in Your hands?”

350. Extending His arms, He blocked the path. He wanted to stop His mother. What is it? What offering do you carry? I want it.” He demanded.

351. She said: I carry food offerings to worship the demigods. I am going to a banyan tree to worship Goddess Çañöhé. Now You go and play.

352. Listen, dear son. Later I will come back and give You sandeça and banana. Now I will worship the goddess. I will ask a boon from her. With her boon I will destroy all Your sufferings.”

353. In this way she spoke. Aware of what was in His mother’s heart, Çri Viçvambhara gently spoke. Wwords like nectar came to His mouth.

354. He said: Again and again I tell You, O foolish mother, that You do not understand. Great flames burn in My stomach. I will eat the offering now.”

355. Speaking these words, Lord Gaura-Hari grabbed the offering and pushed it into His mouth. Seeing this, Mother Çacé said: Alas! Alas! Flames of suffering now burn in my heart.

356. I have seen my Viçvambhara eat the sweets meant to be offered to the demigods, sweets made of honey and milk and ghee.” Flames burned in Çacé’s heart. Tears of anger streamed from her eyes.

357. She said: Foolish son, how many times have I tried to teach You? Still You do not honor the demigods! You are a brahmaëa’s son. Still You act badly. Because of You I will die of suffering.”

358. Hearing His mother’s words, the jewel that is Lord Gaura became angry. Flames burned in His heart. He said: You don’t know anything. The words You speak to Me are nonsense.

359. Listen, foolish mother. I know everything. I am the most exalted person in the three worlds. I Myself am the whole world. The three worlds are not something different from Me.

360. As by watering a tree’s root one waters all the branches, and as by feeding the stomach one protects all the senses, so it is written of Me (Çrimad-Bhägavatam 4.31.14):

 

361. yatha taror mula-niñecanena

tåpyanti yat-skandha-bhujopaçakhaù

pranopaharac ca yathendriyanaà

tathaiva sarvarhaëam acyutejya

 

 

`As pouring water on the root of a tree energizes the trunk, branches, twigs, and everything else, and as supplying food to the stomach enlivens the senses and limbs of the body, simply worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead trhough

devotional service automatically satisfies the demigods, who are parts of the Supreme Personality.’ “*

 

362. After speaking these wise words, Lord Gaura-Hari hugged His mother’s neck. Her heart filled with wonder, Çacé went to worship Goddess Çañöhé.

363. In many was she served Goddess Çañöhé. With a voice choked with emotion she begged: O goddess, my son is very mischievous. Please forgive His offenses.

364. You gave Him to me. Why should you take His offenses seriously. Please give auspiciousness to my son. Please don’t be angry with Him.

365. I do not have five or seven sons. Nimai is my great treasure. Please be merciful to Him. Let no calamity befall Him. O goddess, this boy is yours.

366. After speaking these words, Çacé fell at the feet of the elder ladies. Humbly bowing before them, she begged: Please give a blessing.

367. Please give the dust of your feet so I may place it on my son’s head. Then my very mischievous son will become sober and intelligent.”

368. Placing a straw between her teeth, Çacé spoke these words. Worshiping the elder ladies’ feet, she prayed: Please bless my son Viçvambhara that He will live a long

life.”

369. Thus completing her worship of Goddess Çañöhé, Çacé-devi, holding her son’s hand, returned home. Later to Jagannatha Miçra she revealed what was in her heart.

370. What more can I say? Lord Gaura is the master of all the demigods. Manifest on the earth, He enjoyed many pastimes playing with a host of boys. Thus says Locana dasa.

 

 

Song 10 (Varäòi räga – Dirgha-chanda)

 

 

371. On another day Çacé’s son was playing in the dust of the royal path. His body was like a golden mountain covered with dust. He was accompanied by His friends.

372. Child after child played in the dust. One moment they hurled insults at each other. They next moment, their bodies clothed only by the four directions, they fought in the battlefield of dust. They were all the same age. Assembled together, their hearts beat as one. Because of the great effort they put into their playing, they were covered with drops of perspiration.

373. Together they played and played. They would hide, and then suddenly appear on the path. At that time, accompanied by his followers, a panòita learned in the path of jïana walked down that path.

374. Gesturing with his hands and moving his head, he was explaining the yoga-çastras. Seeing this, Lord Viçvambhara, imitating his words and gestures, followed behind him.

375. From the corner of his eye glancing at the Lord, the physician Murari continued his explanation of yoga. To Lord Viçvambhara he spoke about yoga. He spoke as if his hand was stuck in his mouth.

376. Again and again Lord Gaura-Hari and the boys mocked him. Seeing that he was being mocked, the physician Murari angrily said:

377. Who says this boy is well-behaved? I see this is Jagannatha Miçra’s son. Everywhere I have heard of His glories. His name is Nimai.”

378. Hearing thesae words, Lord Gaura-Hari, out of kindness to His followers, became angry. Knitting His eyebrows, eloquent Lord Gaura-Hari said: When you take your meal I will teach you something.

379. Hearing these words, Murari thought within his heart. His heart filled with wonder, he returned to his home. Absorbed in huis household duties, he forgot what had happened. Then the time for his meal came.

380. Lord Viçvambhara-Hari clad Himself in opulent garments, tied a sash about His waist, tied His hair in a triple topknot, and placed about His neck a string of tulasé beads and another string of great pearls.

381. He anointed His eyes with black kajjala, tied His hair five times, and decorated His body with glistening golden ornaments. On His feet he placed anklets. Carrying kñéra-laòus in His hands, Lord Viçvambhara walked.

382. He walked to Murari Gupta’s house. The king of physicians was taking his meal. With a voice like a thundering cloud the Lord compassionately called out: Murari!”

383. Hearing that sound, Murari remembered what Lord Viçvambhara had said. His heart was filled with wonder. Asking, What are you doing? What are you doing?” Lord Gaura-Hari approached.

384. He said: Don’t be frightened. It is only I. Continue with your meal.” As Murari ate, slowly slowly the Lord approached. Suddenly Lord Gaura passed urine, filling the plate.

385. Ah! Ah! What, what are You doing?”, Murari cried as he jumped up. Clapping his hands, Lord Gaura chanted: You walked away from the path of devotion. Waving your hands and moving your head, you talk about yoga.”

386. Give up karma and jïana! With all your heart worship Lord Kåñëa! Become learned in tasting the nectar of devotional service. Become filled with spiritual bliss. He who sees only matter cannot make progress in devotion. He is fool. His intelligence has no power to understand devotion.

387. Lord Hari is supremely merciful. He has all powers. He is the father of all souls. From Him the eternal Brahman is manifest. He is the life’s treasure of the gopis. Why do you not dedicate your life to worshiping Him?”

388. Where did jewellike Lord Gaura go after He spoke those words? I have no power to say. All of a sudden Murari Gupta had no power to see Him. Again and again in his heart Murari thought: He is not different from the Lord! Çacé’s son is the Supreme Lord Himself!”

389. Thinking in this way, Murari Gupta hurriedly left his house. He had no power to walk on the regular path. His heart was overcome with bliss. Somehow he arrived at Jagannatha Miçra’s house.

390. Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra were caressing their son. To Him they said: You are our nectar treasure. Wherever we go, whatever sufferings we feel, we forget them all when we gaze at the moon of Your face.”

391. Speaking these words, they both kissed His two cheeks. At the same moment they both hugged Him. At that moment Murari Gupta arrived. Overcome with bliss, he did not speak a word.

392. Seeing him, Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra became alarmed. They at once stood up before their physician guest. Murari did not say anything. He had forgotten everything. He only gazed at Lord Gauracandra’s face.

393. From his head to his feet the hairs of his body stood erect. Flooding streams of tears flowed from his eyes. His reddish eyes were filled with love. He spoke with broken words.

394. He fell like a stick before Lord Gaura’s feet. Again and again he bowed down. Watching him, and acting as if He did not understand, Lord Gaura sat in His mother’s lap.

395. Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra said: Ah! What happened? What happened? We see you are like a demigod. Please bless our son. Did He do something very bad?

396. O great sudra-muni, you teach the whole world. Diod our boy offend you? Let whatever is destined to happen to us happen, but let only goiod fall on our son. Saying, `May He live long’, please bless our son.”

397. Speaking these words, Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra grasped Murari’s hand and humbly bowed down before him. Smiling, Murari Gupta said: Your son Viçvambhara is the master of the masters of the demigods.

398. In the future you will know your son’s true identity. No one is fortunate like you. In your hearts remember my words: Your Viçvambhara is the Supreme Lord.”

399. Saying these words, Murari Gupta spoke no more. He quickly left. His heart filled with bliss from having seen Lord Gaura’s feet, he went to Advaita Acarya’s home.

400. Advaita Acarya is the abode of all transcendental virtuese. He is the siksa-guru of all living entities. Humbly falling at the Acarya’s feet, Murari said: To the devotees You are like a kalpa-våkña tree.

401. I have seen a great wonder. Jagannatha Miçra’s son Viçvambhara Nimai Panòita, who plays like a child with other children, is the most exalted person in the

world.”

402. Hearing these words, Advaita Acarya, who si the jewel of the brahmanas, made a great roaring sound. On every limb of His body the hairs stood erect. He said: I will tell you the secret of secrets. He si the Supreme Lord. His body is the

goddess of fortune’s resting place. He tastes the nectar of transcendental love.”

403. When these words were spoken, the two of them made a great roraing sound. Overcome with bliss, They forgot everything. Only fools do not believe this story. The truth is that the master of all the worlds mercifully descnded to the earth. In this way Locana dasa sings thr glories of Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 11 (Bhäöiyäri räga – Diçä)

 

 

404. Hearing how He had filled the four directions with sounds of Hari! Haribol!”, Lord Gaura, the jewel of the brahmaëas, chanted Jaya! Jaya!”, clapped His hands, and

danced.

405. Assembling all the boys, Lord Gaura made a game of chanting Lord Hari’s holy names.

406. Surrounding Him on four sides, the boys chanted, Hari! Hari!” Overcome with bliss, Lord Gaura rolled on the ground

407. With a voice like thundering clouds He called, Chant! Chant!” Replying, He has come! He has come!”, the boys embraced Him.

408. Touching Lord Gaura’s graceful limbs, the boys forgot themselves. Overcome, they fell to the ground and wept.

409. From head to foot the hairs of the bodies stood erect. Flooding streams of tears flowed down their necks. Clapping their hands, the boys chanted, Hari! Hari!”

410. Surrounded on four sides by the boys, Lord Gaura was like a lion, or like a bumblebee madly flying in a nectar lotus flower.

411. At that moment two or four paëòitas came walking down the path and saw Lord Viçvambhara enjoying these pastimes.

412. Seeing the boys’ wonderful pastimes, Lord Gaura placed forest-flower garlands around their necks.

413. Everyone clapped their hands and chanted Hari! Hari!” Lord Gaura-Hari joyfully danced in their midst.

414. Forgetting themselves, the paëòitas joined the boys. They also clapped their hands and chanted Hari! Hari!”

415. Then some women carrying waterpots came on the path and saw all these pastimes.

416. Hearing the chanting of Hari! Hari!”, the women chanted Jaya! Jaya!” Hearing all this chanting, other people came to watch.

417. Hearing the chanting, Çacé suddenly came there. She saw her son Nimai and she also saw the paëòitas.

418. Calling out, Son! Son!”, Çacé hugged Nimai. Seeing all the people, she spoke harsh words.

419. She said: You panòitas are all like this. You turn others’ sons into madmen. You made them dance like madmen.”

420. Hearing her harsh words, in their hearts everyopne thought: Why does she speak like that? Why?”

421. Taking her son with her, Çacé returned home. Locana dasa joyfully sings these songs glorifying Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 12 (Sindhuòä räga)

 

 

Refrain: A moon with no dark spots has risen in Nadéya.

 

422. Now I will describe a conversation of Murari Gupta and Damodara Panòita.

423. Damodara Panòita asked Murari Gupta: I would like to ask one question I have long considered in my heart.

424. Dear Murari Gupta, this question I ask you: How did the Lord’s brother, Viçvarupa, leave home and accept sannyasa?

425. This question I respectfully ask about His qualities and pastimes.” With a happy heart Murari Gupta replied:

426. Please listen. Listen, O Damodara, O best of the panòitas, and I will tell whatever I know.

427. Viçvarupa was Lord Viçvambhara’s elder brother. He was the abode of transcendental virtues. How can I describe all His virtues and pastimes?

428. In a short time He became learned in all the scriptures. He was devoted to duty and detached from matter.

429. He was happy at heart. He was devoted to His spiritual master, the Supreme Lord, and the brahmanas. He very affectionately served His mother and father.

430. He understood the conclusion of Vedanta. He knew the secret heart of all duties. He knew that no pious deed is separate from devotional service to Lord Viñnu.

431. He was loved by everyone. He was very perfect. In his heart lived renunciation, spiritual knowledge, spiritual faith, and true intelligence.

432. One day as, a book in his left hand, he conversed with a fellow student as they walked on the royal path, Jagannatha Miçra noticed Him.

433. Jagannatha Miçra thought: My son is 16 years old. Now, in the prime of his youth, he should be married.”

434. Father Jagannatha Miçra thought in his heart: I should consider what girl will be suitable for Viçvarupa.”

435. Thinking and thinking, the brahmana Jagannatha Miçra returned to his home. In his heart he was thinking of Viçvarupa’s marriage.

436. At that moment the brahmana Viçvarupa also returned home. His father was surprised to see Him. Viçvarupa knew what was in His father’s heart.

437. Glancing at him, the great brahmaëa Viçvarupa knew what His surprised father was planning.

438. In His heart Visvarupa thought: He is thinking how to arrange My marriage.

439. It is not right for Me to marry. But if I don’t marry, mother will be very unhappy.”

440. As He thought of all this, night turned to sunrise. Then, a book in His left hand, He left home.

441. Saintly Viçvarupa crossed the Gaìga and accepted sannyasa.

 

 

Song 13 (Paöha-maïjari räga)

 

 

442. In their hearts Mother Çacé and Father Jagannatha Miçra thought: Nine hours have passed. Why has our son not returned?” Jagannatha Miçra searched for Him. He went to every house, but he did not find His son.

443. From person to person, from ear to ear, the news circulated: Viçvarupa accepted sannyasa. The news went to you and also to me. Finally hearing it himself, Father Jagannatha Miçra fell unconscious.

444. When Çacé-devé heard it, she also fell unconscious to the ground. For them a blinding darkness covered the three worlds. Viçvarupa!”, Çacé called out. Son,

come back. We want to gaze on You. Why did You leave home and accept sannyasa?

445. Your limbs are so beautiful! Your feet are so beautiful! How can You travel on long journeys, walking on the roads? You cannot let even three hours pass without eating. Now You will not find even a single sesame seed. Before whom will You place Your requests now?

446. Now that my son has gone there is no peace in my heart. Moment after moment I yearn for His return. When I go to bathe, I am not peaceful. I think: My Viçvarupa may return.

447. When You call out, `Mother!’, that sound is more dear to me than millions and millions of treasures. When i gaze at Your face I forget myself. What sufferings did You feel that now You throw fire at my face, that now You have become a

poverty-stricken sannyasé? I do not know.

448. O father of Viçvarupa, wherever Viçvarupa went, go there. Go and bring my son home. Let the people say whatever they say. Bring my son back. Again I will arrange for His sacred-thread ceremony.”

449. Then Jagannatha Miçra said: O goddess, O queen Çacé, please listen. Please be peaceful at heart. Don’t lament any more. This whole material world is a lie. Viçvarupa

is a very exalted person.

450. Good fortune has now come to our families. Viçvarupa is a very good son. From childhood He was always a sannyasé in spirit. Please give Him your blessings. Bless Him that He will be always steady on the spiritual path, that He will easily maintain His vow of sannyasa.

451. Listen. Don’t think in terms of calamity or good fortune. Don’t lament without reason. When a man accepts sannyasa he delivers ten million of his kinsmen. Viçvarupa is a jewel among men.”

452. Hearing Jagannatha Miçra’s words, Çacé again said: What did you say? Please say it again, O saintly one.” Jagannatha Miçra repeated: When a man accepts

sannyasa he delivers ten million of his family members. Therefore our son has done good.”

453. In this way the two of them felt both grief and joy in their hearts. How can I describe their glories? Their good fortune has no end. They had Viçvarupa as their son.

454. Murari Gupta then said to Damodara Panòita: Now you have heard the story of Viçvarupa accepting sannyasa. Repeating the conversation of those two, Locana dasa sings this song glorifying Lord Viçvarupa.

455. At that time Lord Viçvambhara sat on His mother’s lap. She gazed at her dear son’s face. He said: Where did My brother go? Listen. Listen, O mother and father. I will protect you.”

456. Hearing these words, Jagannatha Miçra and Çacé-åané hugged their son. Gazing at Lord Viçvambhara’s face, they forgot all their sorrows. Locana dasa recounts this story.

 

 

Pauganòa-lilä

 

Pauganòa (Ages 6-10) Pastimes

 

Song 14 (Dhanaçi räga)

 

 

457. On another day Jagannatha Miçra saw Lord Viçvambhara and thought about Him in his heart:

458. On an auspicious day, during an auspicious tithi, when an auspicious star was prominent, at an auspicious moment Jagannatha Miçra first placed a writing chalk in his son’s hand. That was a wonderful moment.

459. Day by day Lord Gaura, the guru of all the words, pursued His studies. Seeing this, Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra forget themselves in bliss.

460. Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra decided: Now His days of only playing are gone.”

461. They decided to perform the Lord’s hair-cutting ceremony. They assembled their kinsmen.

462. They decided on an auspicious day and an auspicious moment for the hair-cutting ceremony.

463. In house after house in Nadéya everyone was filled with bliss. At the ceremony the brahmanas and saintly persons were duly worshiped.

464. The brahmaëas recited the Vedas, and the singers sang songs. The yajïa was rightly done.

465. The ladies chanted, Jaya! Jaya!” They gave gifts of fragrances, sandal, and betelnuts to the guests.

466-467. Many kinds of musical instruments were sounded. The bliss everyone felt was like an ocean that had no shore. conchshells, dundubhi drums, bheré drums, kahala flutes, mådaìgas, paöahas, kaàsyas, karatalas, and sanais were all sounded. The music was very sweet.

468. Sounds of Hari!” reverberated in the sky in the four directions. In this way Lord Gaura’s cuòa-karana (hair-cutting) and karëa-vedha (piercing ear lobes for earrings) ceremonies were performed.

469. Everyone in Nadéya’s villages became filled with bliss. Gazing at Lord Viçvambhara’s face, they forgot themselves.

470. In the marketplaces, pathways, river ghaöas, and wherever they went, two by two the people gathered and described Lord Gauracandra’s glories.

471. They said: Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra are very fortunate to have such a son. When we see Him, our hearts are overcome with bliss.

472. Navadvépa is fortunate. The earth planet is fortunate. Every eye that sees Lord Gaura’s form is fortunate and glorious.”

473. On another day Lord Gaura played with the boys on a ghaöa by the sandy banks of the Gaìga.

474. Let Us play a game of following the birds’ footprints in the sand.”

475. These owrds Lord Gauraìga Mahaprabhu spoke. All the boys played that game with great enthusiasm.

476. Anyone who skipped a bird’s footprint was at once defeated.

477. The boys who ran first to the riverbank were the winners. The winners were carried about on the losers’ shoulders.

478. As they rode on the losers’ backs, the winners hit them with sticks. In this way they ran to meeting ghaöa.

479. In this way the boys became exhausted by playing in the sand. Streams of perspiration flowed down their limbs.

480. At that moment Jagannatha Miçra went to the Gaìga’s bank for his bath.

481. When he saw his son, anger took birth within him. Seeing his son exhausted from playing, Jagannatha Miçra felt his heart burn with anger.

482. Lord Gaura’s perspiration-filled face was like a golden lotus flower, a lotus flower simultaneously dripping nectar and wilting in the hot sunshine.

483. Shouting and shouting, Jagannatha Miçra ran after his son. Seeing His father, Lord Viçvambhara became very embarrassed.

484. Embarrassed, the Lord did not lift His face. In His heart was fear. The pandita Jagannatha Miçra went to Lord Gauracandra’s side.

485. Taking his son by the hand, he departed. All the boys went to their homes.

486. Jagannatha Miçra bathed in the Gaìga and then returned home. Once home, he severely rebuked Lord Gauracandra.

487. He said: Like a low person You’re cheating on Your studies. Why do You foolishly spend every moment wandering about?

488. You don’t act like a brahmana’s son. Now I will give You the proper fruit of Your actions.”

489. Speaking these words, Jagannatha Miçra moved to hit the Lord with a stick in his hand. Rebuking him, Çacé grabbed Jagannatha Miçra’s hand.

490. She said: Don’t hit my son. He won’t play any more. He will stay with you and study always.”

491. Lord Viçvambhara ran to His mother’s embrace. I won’t play. I won’t play.”, He softly. softly said.

492. Jagannatha Miçra became like a bolted door preventing his son’s exit. Don’t hit my child. He’s dying in fear of you.”

493. Speaking these words, Çacé sheltered her son in her arms. With the edge of her garment she wiped the tears from her son’s eyes and limbs.

494. Let my son not study. Let Him become a fool. Let Him be a fool and live a hundred years.”

495. Hearing these words of Çacé-devé, Jagannatha Miçra angrily said:

496. If our son becomes a fool, how will He earn a living? Why would any brahmana give his daughter to Him?”

497. Then Jagannatha Miçra looked at his son’s face. With frightened eyes the son Lord Gaura looked at His father.

498. In his heart Jagannatha Miçra was burning. But on the outside he was hard. Now he was filled with love. The hand raised to hit his son now he put down.

499. Tears in his eyes, he hugged his son. To his son he sweetly said:

500. Dear son, if You listen and study the people will praise You. And I will give You a banana.”

501. In this way the remainder of that day passed happily. After sunset Jagannatha Miçra went to bed.

502. In the ninth hour of the night he had a dream. In the dream Jagannatha Miçra saw that he was now in trouble.

503. At sunrise he rose and called for everyone. I saw a dream.”, he told everyone.

504. In the dream I saw a great brahmaëa. He was effulgent like the sun.

505. His splendid body was decorated with jewel ornaments. I had no power to look at Him. He was the abode of great effulgence.

506. With a voice like a thundering cloud He said to me: `I am your son Viçvambhara. Why do you not honor Me?

507. `I am the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That you do not know. Why do you think I am only your son?

508. `An animal does not know what comes from a sparçamani jewel’s touch. You think that I am your son. That is very bold of you.

509. `I know all the scriptures. I am the guru of all the demigods. Why, to force Me to study, will you strike Me with a stick in your hand?’

510. This dream I saw last night. My heart does not know its meaning.”

511. With happy hearts Çacé and everyone else gazed at Lord Viçvambhara’s face.

512. Their hearts filled with bliss, Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra hugged their son. They said: This is our son Viçvambhara Gaura-Hari.

513. His glories have no end. Even the Vedas do not know where they end. In their meditations even Lord Çiva, Sanaka-kumara, and all the demigods and sages have no power to know where they end.

514. Who knows His great, great glories? This fair divine person took birth as our son.”

515. Speaking and speaking in this way, Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra felt their love, the love of parents for their son, grow more and more strong. As that love grew, their

awareness that their son is the Supreme Personality of Godhead fled far away.

516. When they heard of this dream, everyone became filled with joy. Locana dasa joyfully sings this song glorifying Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 15 (Varäòi räga – Diçä)

 

 

Refrain: Lord Gauracandra is my very life!

 

517. A very blissful day came. The villages of Nadéya floated in an ocean of bliss.

518. Who has the power to describe even a single sesame seed’s worth of that bliss? No one in the whole material world was fortunate like Çacé and Jagannatha Miçra.

519. One day, accompanied by his friends, Jagannatha Miçra suddenly noticed that his son had become very qualified.

520. In his heart he thought: My son is nine years old. He is very qualified. At an auspicious moment I will give Him a sacred thread.”

521. Returning home, he explained all this to Çacé. Bringing an astrologer to his house, he selected an auspicious day.

522. To his kinsmen he sent invitations that said: I will give Viçvambhara a sacred thread.”

523. To his house Jagannatha Miçra brought Lord Advaita Acarya, who was a famous panòita learned in the Vedas and in the performance of yajïa.

524. To the brahmanas Jagannatha Miçra gave betelnuts, sandal, and garlands. Hundreds and hundreds of saintly ladies were anointed with red sindura.

525. To every guest saintly Çacé gave khadi, bananas, oil, and turmeric.

526. There was a tumultuous sound of Jaya! Jaya!” and of conchshells sounding. There was a sweet fragrance. At sunset the adhivasa ceremony was performed.

527. The brahmaëas chanted auspicious verses. The poets recited poems. They gave blessings. In this way the ritual was performed.

528. When the night turned into sunrise Jagannatha Miçra gracefully performed the nandémukha çraddha ceremony.

529. He worshiped the brahmaëas and offered them padya and acamana. Then the time came to begin the yajïa.

530. When Çacé-devé brohght her son, wonderful bliss entered the ceremonies.

531. She anointed Lord Viçvambhara’s limbs with oil and turemric and His head with fragrant amalaké oil.

532. Then she bathed Him with Gaìga water. Tossed by waves of bliss, she forgot herself.

533. Conchshells, dunsubhis, bherés, kahalas, mådaìgas, paòahas, kaàsyas, and karatalas were sounded.

534. Eight miles away travelers on the path could hear the rumbling sounds of duòadubhi” from the òhaka drums. Hearing the sounds of the sanais, everyone felt their hearts become soothed and cooled.

535. A band of vénas, venus, kupilas, vaàçés, rababs, upaìgas, and pakowajas played in unison.

536. Dancers danced. Singers sang. At an auspicious moment Lord Gaura’s head was shaved.

537. His limbs were decorated with ornaments, fragrant garlands, and sandal paste.

538. As the brahmanas chanted Vedic hymns, Çacé’s son entered the yajïa arena.

539. He was dressed in saffron garments. A sacred thread was placed on His body. Gazing at His handsome form, everyone was overcome. He was like Kamadeva himself.

540. In Lord Viçvambhara’s ear Jagannatha Miçra repeated the Gayatri mantra. In Lord Viçvambhara’s hand he placed a staff. Seeing Lord Viçvambhara, sin personfiied was filled with fear.

541. Begging alms, Lord Viçvambhara acted as if He were in the sannyasa-açrama, the best of açramas.

542. When His head was shaved He thought, To preach the yuga-dharma I will accept sannyasa.”

543. Rapt in thought, He decided, I will destroy the sufferings of everyone in Kali-yuga.”

544. On every limb, from head to foot, the hairs of His body stood erect. The standing hairs defeated the glory of the filaments of kadamba flowers.

545. His long eyes were red and kind. His effulgent limbs were like the rising sun.

546. He gave a great roaring shout of ecstatic spiritual love. Gazing at Him, every brahmaëa was filled with wonder.

547. The prominet paëòitas headed by Sudarçana gathered together and discussed what had happened.

548. Gathering together, all the paëòitas agreed: Çacé’s son is not a mortal.”

549. Among them was born the conclusion that Lord Gaura has a demigod’s effulgence. But the truth is that only Lord Kåñëa, and no one else, has an effulgence like His.

550. What can I know of the Lord’s character and activities? I know only as much as my intelligence allows.

551. One person there said: Please hear my words. I do not understand the Supreme Lord’s actions.

552. Still, I will say something that is in my heart. Please hear it. To deliver the people, the Supreme Lord takes birth yuga after yuga.

553. Thus He manifests different avataras according to different missions He wishes to fulfill. Thus He manifests four avataras, one for each yuga.

554. He is manifest in this world to establish religion, destroy irreligion, and protect His devotees.

555. His mission also includes killing demons and performing other activities. An avatara that fulfills these missions (karya) is called karya-avatara.

556. Considering the nature of Lord Ramacandra and other avataras, it is seen that they were karya-avataras, for they all came to fulfill a certain mission.

557. In Treta-yuga the avatara has a red color. His dharma is yajïa. Then the Lord also appears in a form dark like durva grass. In that avatara His mission is to kill the

demons.

558. Lord Ramacandra, who enjoys pastimes of befriending the monkeys and killing Ravana, does not appear in every Treta-yuga.

559. Only in the fourteenth catur-yuga does Lord Ramacandra come and kill Ravana. He comes only in some Treta-yugas. That is written in the scriptures.

560. Some scriptures indeed say that Lord Ramacandra does not appear in every Treta-yuga. Only sometimes does He come to fulfill His mission.

561. In Satya-yuga the avatara is white, His dharma is austerity, and His name is Haàsa. Lord Nåsiàha and other avataras are also counted among the karya-avataras.

562. According to the different yugas some avataras manifest a specific appropriate color and engage in specific appropriate activities to establish religion. These

avataras are called yuga-avataras.

563. With one heart please hear the description of Lord Kåñna, who appears in ther Dvapara-yuga. He si the only original Supreme Personality of Godhead. There is no other.

564. He is both a karya-avatara and a yuga-avatara. He is the perfect and complete original Supreme Personality of Godhead. All other avataras are His plenary portions. He is the son of Maharaja Nanda.

565. He is the perfect and complete Supreme Personality of Godhead. This everyone says. Please know He is the gopis’ paramour in Våndävana.

566. The Kåñna-avatara is the crest jewel of all avataras. The Dvapara-yuga where He appears in the best of all Dvapara-yugas.

567. In other Dvapara-yugas there are two avataras. One is a karya-avatara and the other a yuga-avatara.

568. The Dvapara-yuga where the avatara is lord Kåñna is followed by a Kali-yuga where the avatara is Lord Gauracandra.

569. Lord Gauracandra is like Lord Kåñëa. The two yugas when They appear are different from all other yugas.

570. Lord Kåñëa does not manifest His pastimes in every Dvapara-yuga. Neither does Lord Gaura descend to every Kali-yuga.

571. In the Satya, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali-yugas, the avatara is generally a plenary portion (aàça) of the Supreme Lord.

572. The Dvapara and Kali-yugas where Lord Kåñëa and Lord Kåñëa Caitanya appear are very fortunate.

573. They descend to this world only once in Brahma’s day. In only one Dvapara and Kali-yuga do They manifest Their pastimes.

574. Lord Kåñëa and Lord Gaura descend to this world during the Vaivasvata-manvantara. In that Dvapara-yuga the yuga-dharma is puja (Deity worship), and in that Kali-yuga the yuga-dharma is saìkértana (chanting the Lord’s holy names).

575. Fortunate, fortunate is that Kali-yuga. It stands above all other yugas. In that yuga the people are able to perform the saìkértana-yajïa.

576. O merciful Lord Gauracandra, by performing saìkértana even the lame, dull, and blind can cross to the farther shore of the ocean of repeated birth and death.

577. You don’t believe my words? I ask you: Say what you think.

578. In each yuga the Lord manifests an avatara with a sepcific color, dharma, and mission.

579. In Dvapara-yuga the yuga-avatara is Lord Kåñna. He teaches the yuga-dharma of Dvapara-yuga

580. The scriptures say that Deity worship is the yuga-dharma in Dvapara-yuga. How did Lord Kåñëa establish the dharma of Deity worship?

581. Don’t be disrespectful. Only one person should speak at a time. What I speak is very reasonable. Don’t disrespect my words.

582. Our Lord Kåñëa is the independent Supreme Personality of Godhead. How did He fulfill His mission of establishing the yuga-dharma? Everything is maintained by Him.

583. His mission was indeed to establish the yuga-dharma. He fulfilled it in every way. Please know His activities are wonderful.

584. Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñëa descended to this world and manifested Their pastimes. Çri Rädhä is independent. She is Lord Kåñna’s transcendental potency in person.

585. As the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His transcendental potency, Çri Rädhä and Çri Kåñna manifest two forms. Originally they have one form, but to enjoy Their pastimes They manifest two different forms. This I know

586. Chanting Çri Rädhä’s name and worshiping Lord Kåñëa, the gopis engage in devotional service.

587. Loving devotional service (prema-bhakti) has hundreds and hundreds of branches, Still, every branch originally comes from a single source. That source is Çri Rädhä, the original form of the Lord’s transcendental potency.

588. To Lord Kåñëa Çri Rädhä offers Her very self. The deep and passionate love She feels for Him is eternally new and fresh.

589. No one understands the devotional service She performs. This all the devotees say.

590. In other Dvapara-yugas the Supreme Lord manifested His plenary portion (aàça) and taught the truth of religion. Still, the people did not understand the heart of what He taught.

591. He taught them the religion of charity, vows, and austerities. That dharma He gave to everyone.

592. To teach the people the Supreme Lord personally manifested in this world. Even so, the people still did not understand the seed from which sprouts the difference between religion and irreligion.

593. In Kali-yuga the Supreme Lord personally manifests as Lord Gaura. He is the yuga-avatara. His mission is to teach ecstatic spiritual love (prema).

594. His fair limbs are the color of Çri Rädhä. In His heart is the nectar of ecstatic love Çri Rädhä feels.

595. He is the crown of all who taste spiritual nectar . Feeling the ecstasy of the love Çri Rädhä feels, He weeps. Appearing like the filaments of kadamba flowers, the hairs of His body stand erect in His ecstasy.

596. Overwhelmed with ecstatic love, He becomes like a wild man. He shouts and roars. He weeps and weeps.

597. Hearing His shouts, the unconscious people of Kali-yuga awaken. They all become filled with bliss.

598. Chanting, `Rädhä-Kåñna!’, He dances, weeps, and laughs. His presence makes the blinding darkness of ignorance flee far away.

599. In Dvapara-yuga Lord Kåñëa takes birth. In Kali-yuga He takes birth in a fair form. He awakens the unconscious people of Kali-yuga.

600. Assuming the role of a humble devotee, the Lord reveals the truth of ecstatic spiritual love (prema). He personally gives Himself to the people.

601. He does not consider who is worthy or who is not worthy to recieve His gift. He freely gives it to everone. In this way He displays His supreme power and independence.

602. Some people say Lord Gaura is a yuga-avatara. In truth He is the origin of all avataras.

603. In other Kali-yugas the avatara is Lord Narayana. That avatara has a name of two syllables. That name is Kåñëa.

604. The scriptures say that avatara has a complexion like a parrot’s wing. The commentator on that verse explains that His color is dark like a sapphire.

605. Lord Gauracandra is the original Supreme Personality of Godhead. The other avataras are all expansions of Him. That is the heart of the scriptures’ teaching.

606. Lord Caitanya is the original form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is an ocean of mercy. No one is like Him.

607. Only in certain Kali-yugas does Lord Gaura, the original Supreme Lord, manifest. Then He becomes both karya-avatara anmd yuga-avatara.

608. In Kali-yuga the Supreme Lord appears in a yellow color and preaches the yuga-dharma of saìkértana. Çacé’s son Viçvambhara is that form of the Supreme Lord. He, and no one else, is that Lord.”

609. Discussing all these points, every paëòita there became firmly convinced in hsi heart that Çacé’s son Viçvambhara is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

610. Within a single sesame seed’s worth of time the word spread that Viçvambhara Gaura-Hari is in truth the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

611. From one ear to the next the wonderful news spread to every person. About this news there were five or seven opinions.

612. Some people were filled with wonder. Others still had doubts in their hearts. Who amongst them could see Lord Viçvambhara’s true nature?

613. They who heard this news about Lord Viçvambhara directly saw the creator of all the worlds.

614. Filled with bliss, the whole town chanted, Jaya! Jaya!” Fortunate Locana dasa sings this song glorifying Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 16 (Çri räga – Diçä)

 

 

Refrain: Glory, glory to Lord Gauraìga! Love for Lord Gauraìga is for me the sweetest nectar bliss. Glory, glory to Lord Gauraìga!

 

615. One day Lord Gaura, sitting at home, was rapt in thinking within His heart.

616. His entire body was then flooded with nectar light. His body was so effulgent no one at home could bear to look at it.

617. Glancing at His mother, Lord Gaura said: Hear My words. I see that you have committed a great offense.

618. Do not eat grains on ekadaçé. Carefully obey what I have now told you.”

619. With a voice like a thundering cloud, Lord Gaura spoke these words to His mother. Hearing them, Mother Çacé felt great awe and wonder in her heart.

620. Her body was filled with awe and love. Softly, softly she said: I will obey Your command.”

621. Hearing His mother’s words, Lord Gaura was pleased at heart. In this way the kind-hearted Lord taught the principles of religion.

622. At that moment a pure-hearted brahmana unexpectedly arrived. He gave some betelnuts to Lord Gaura.

623. Smiling, Lord Gaura began to chew those betelnuts. The next moment He called for His mother.

624. To His mother Lord Gaura said: I will go home. Take care of this person. He is your son now.”

625. Half a moment after speaking these words, Lord Gaura became motionless. Like a stick He fell to the ground.

626. He made not a sound. Çacé was terrified. Her heart beating quickly, she placed some Gaìga water in her son’s mouth.

627. Then next moment the Lord became conscious again. The effulgence of His body filled the room with light.

628. To His mother Lord Gaura said: I will go home.” Who has the power to understand these words?

629. Çri Murari Gupta is a confidential devotee of the Lord. He knows all spiritual truths. He is a very expert devotee.

630. Damodara Panòita asked him: O great soul, please explain those words to me.

631. Were these words only a trick by the Lord? What is the power behind these words? Please give me your opinion.”

632. Murari Gupta replied: Hear. Hear, O saintly one. How can I know everything in Lord Kåñëa’s heart? Whatever my intelligence can understancd I will explain to you.

633. If what I speak according to my intelligence is reasonable, then you may accept it.

634. When a devotee hears about the Lord, gazes at Hias Deity form, meditates on Him, or chants His holy names, the Lord enters that devotee’s heart.

635. The Lord’s body is not material. It is free from the touch of the material modes.

636. ‘Thus the Supreme Lord places His own body within the body of His devotee. There the Lord enjoys pastimes as He wishes.

637. The Lord thinks the worship of His devotees is more important than the worship of Him. In His heart He thinks of ways to worship His devotees.

638. In this way the Lord places Himself under the dominion of His devotees. Some people say these are ordinary material activities on the part of the Lord and His devotee.

639. `Why does the Supreme Personality of Godhead think the devotees are more important than Him?’ The residents of the material world have no power to understand the answer to this question.

640. The Lord’s form is graceful and handsome. It is made of spiritual nectar. It possesses all opulences.

641. It is never without playful, glorious, blissful pastimes. Who is the person, a person worthless like a pile of ashes, that will insult the Lord by saying, `The Supreme

Lord has no attributes’.?

642. Stopped by maya, these persons do not attain the Lord. Still, the Lord always enjoys pastimes in His devotees’ bodies.

643. When the devotee eats, sleeps, relaxes, or plays, Lord Kåñëa feels happiness.

644. Lord Kåñëa is equal to the devotees and the non-devotees. Still, only the devotees see Lord Kåñëa within their own bodies.

645. Even if somehow they see Lord Kåñëa, the non-devotees think He is an ordinary human being. They say: `Who is this Kåñëa? He must be an ordinary human being. After all, I can see Him with my own eyes.’

646-647. The truth is that Lord Kåñëa is the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of all masters of all masters. He is the Supreme Brahman, untouched by the modes of material nature. Persons who say, `Lord Kåñëa is an ordinary human being with a material body, a human being who performs

ordinary material actions.’, are the lowest of men. They do not understand the truth about Lord Kåñna. In truth Lord Kåñna manifests His own body within the bodies of His devotees.

648. That is the understanding in my heart. Please try to understand it with your heart and become happy.

649. Therefore I say a true Vaiñnava has a body within which Lord Kåñëa Himself resides. This I have heard in the Vedas, Puraëas, and Çrimad-Bhägavatam.

650. As the Gaìga and other holy places purify the pilgrims, so the dust of a devotee’s feet purifies everyone.

651. The lowly people who think a devotee’s body is ordinary, like the bodies of the ordinary people, does not understand the truth. He commits an offense.”

652. With happy hearts Murari Gupta and Damodara Paëòita discussed the spiritual truth in this way.

653. The Supreme Lord does not distinguish between His body and the body of His devotee. He thinks the devotee’s body is His own.

654. Hearing the discussion of these two devotees, Locana dasa is now filled with joy as he sings this song.

 

 

Song 17 (Vibhäsa räga – Diçä)

 

 

Refrain: Never lost, his life is never lost!

 

655. Everyone please hear another wonderful story. When you hear it the sufferings in your heart will perish.

656. One day, after studying the Vedas at his guru’s açrama, Jagannatha Miçra, the jewel of the brahmaëas, returned to his home.

657. Pushed by destiny, the flames of a fever began to burn in his body. When he saw the fever was very severe, fear arose within him.

658. Seeing this, agitated Çacé wept. Speaking the spiritual truth, Lord Gaura consoled her.

659-660. He said: Mother, death will come for everyone. Brahma, Çiva, the ocean, the mountains, the Himalayas, Indra, Varuëa, and Agni must all die in the course of time. Why do you fear death?

661. Gather all Our friends and kinsmen. Together We will chant Lord Kåñna’s holy names.

662. At the time of death is the duty of friends and kinsmen to help one remember Lord Kåñna, the jewel of the Yadus.”

663. Hearing these words, all the friends and kinsmen came. They gathered around Lord Gaura and Jagannatha Miçra.

664. The friends and kinsmen debated what should be done. Seeing the time was near, Lord Gaura spoke to them.

665. Lord Viçvambhara said: Mother, why is there a delay? This moment I will go with the friends and kinsmen.”

666. After speaking these words to His mother, Lord Gaura, accompanied by the friends and kinsmen, took His father to the Gaìga’s bank.

667. Grasping His father’s feet, Lord Viçvambhara wept. Tears filled His eyes. With a choked voice He said:

668. O father, if you leave Me, where will I go? Never again will I be able to call out to you, `O father!’

669. From today My house is a desert. O father, never again will I see your feet.

670. Today the ten directions are a great desert. They are filled with a terrible blinding darkness. Never again will I study under you. Never again will I hold your hand.”

671. Hearing these nectar words, Jagannatha Miçra had no power to reply.

672. In a choked voice he said: Listen, Viçvambhara. I will tell You what is in my heart.

673. I place You at Lord Ramacandra’s feet. After some time You will forget me.”

674. Then Jagannatha Miçra chanted, Hari! Hari!” and meditated on the Lord. Then all the brahmanas bathed him with Gaìga water.

675. Around his neck they placed a tulasé necklace. Surrounding him on four sides, the friends and kinsmen chanted Lord Hari’s holy names.

676. On his four sides there was saìkértana of Lord Hari’s holy names. At that moment Jagannatha Miçra, the best of the brahmanas, went to Vaikunëha.

677. Entering a celestial chariot, Jagannatha Miçra went to Vaikuëöha. Çacé’s weeping made the earth split into pieces.

678. Grasping her husband’s feet, Çacé wept. She rolled on the ground. Please don’t leave me. Take me with you.

679. For a long time I served you. Now you have gone to Vaikuëöha. And I must stay behind on the earth.

680. When you ate and when you slept I served you. For me the ten directions have now become a desert. They are filled with blinding darkness.

681. Now I am a widow. I have only your small son. Where will Nimai stay? Into whose face will He gaze?

682. A son like Nimai is very difficult to find in this world. Forgetting everyuthing, my master has now left us.”

683. Seeing His father’s death and His mother’s weeping, Lord Gaura also wept. Tears flowed from His eyes.

684. The large tears flowing from His eyes to His chest were like a string of enormous elephant pearls.

685. The devotees, friends, and kinsmen lamented, Ha! Ha!” When Lord Gaura wept the whole world wept with Him.

686. To pacify the Lord the people sweetly said: O Lord, Your crying will make the whole world perish.”

687. The ladies consoled Çacé-devé: Çri , look at Viçvambhara and forget about all this.”

688. Controlling His grief, the Lord became peaceful. When the time came He performed the funeral ceremony.

689. Surrounded by His kinsmen, He performed the Vedic ritual for His father’s funeral.

690. Lord Gaura, who dearly loved His father, performed His father’s yajïa. One after another He performed all the rituals. Then He worshiped the brahmanas.

691. Lord Gaura, who was devoted to His father, gave to the brahmanas pots of water, dishes of food, and many other gifts.

692. This is the story of Jagannatha Miçra’s journey to Vaikunöha. Lors Viçvambhara’s father, Jagannatha Miçra, was the best of brahmaëas.

693. Faithful persons who hear this story and die by the Gaìga’s banks will certainly go to Vaikuëöha.

694. Gazing at Lord Gauracandra, Çacé sighed. She feared raising her fatherless son.

695. If He dives into the nectar of scholarship, then my son will be happy at heart”, she thought.

696. Everyone please hear these wonderful stories. In this way Locana dasa narrates Lord Caitanya’s pastimes.

 

 

Song 18 (Dhanaçi räga – Diçä)

 

 

Refrain: O1 O! O!

 

697. One day Çacé took Lord Gaura-Hari by the hand and brought Him to pastimes of scholarship.

698. She took Her son to all the paëòitas and humbly said to them:

699. O saintly ones, please teach my son. Give Him shelter. Please don’t reject Him.

700. Please be affectionate to my fatherless son. Please think of Him as your own son.”

701. Hearing these words, the paëòitas hesitated in their hearts. They humbly said:

702. Dear mother, on this day our good fortune is born. Today we have attained the person who is loved by millions of Sarasvatés.

703. To everyone He will teach His own spiritual love and His own holy names. He is the best of the brahmaëas, the guru of all the worlds.

704. Dear mother, please know for certain that it is we who will learn from Him.”

705. Hearing these words, Çacé-devé humbly said: I will leave Him with you.” Then she returned home.

706. In those days Lord Viçvambhara would go to Viñnu Panòita’s home to study.

707. To bless them, Lord Gaura, the guru of the worlds, also studied under Sudarçana Panòita and Gaìgadasa Panòita.

708. Manifesting a form deceptively like that of an ordinary mortal, Lord Gaura acted like an ordinary person. Merciful to the people, he studied and taught.

709. One day, at Çri Sudarçana Paëòita’s house, Lord Gaura was joking with His classmates.

710. Speaking charming joking words sweet like nectar, the Lord imitated the speech of East Bengal.

711. Some days passed in this way. Then the Lord decided to visit Vanamalé Acarya.

712. The Lord went to his açrama to see him. Seeing him, Lord Gaura bowed down and then respectfully stood.

713. Taking him by the hand, they both walked on the pathways. Talking and talking, they spoke of many wonderful and secret things.

714-715. At that moment Lord Viçvambhara suddenly saw Vallabhacarya’s beautiful, virtuous, saintly daughter, a girl who was the most fortunate in the three worlds, a girl who, surrounded by her girl friends, was walking to a bathing place by

the Gaìga.

716. The Lord glanced at her and smiled. From that one born in the Lord’s thoughts.

717. Lord Gaura understood the hint that girl, Goddess Lakñmé herself, had given Him with that glance. In her thoughts Goddess Lakñmé placed Lord Gaura’s feet on her head.

718. Very intelligent Vanamalé Acarya understood what had happened. A confidential thought then sprouted in his heart.

719. On another day, with a joyful heart Vanamalé Acarya went to Çacé’s house.

720. Smiling, he bowed down before Çacé’s feet and then sweetly said:

721. I know a girl who is very suitable for your son. She is beautiful, virtuous, and saintly. She is the most fortunate girl in the three worlds.

722. She is the very well-behaved daughter of Vallabhacarya. If you wish, you may reveal what you think in your heart.”

723. Hearing Vanamalé Acarya’s words, Çacé-devé said: My son is still young. Let Him study.

724. My son has no father. Let him study for some days. Let Him grow a little older and become a learned panòita. Then you may try again.”

725. Hearing these words, Vanamalé Acarya was not happy. His face marked with disappointment, he walked home.

726. He was restless. He was agitated at heart. He wept and wept. He called out: O! O Gauracandra!

727. O purifier of the fallen, You refuse to make me fortunate. Why, then, do You accept the name Vaïcha-kalpa-taru (He who is like a desire-tree)?

728. If You will not fulfill my desire, why do You accept the name Vaïcha-kalpa-taru?

729. O Lord who rescued Draupadé from fear and infamy, glory, glory to You! O Lord who rescued Gajendra from a crocodile, glory, glory to You!

730. O Lord who rescued Ajamila from the Yamadutas, glory to You! O father of everyone, please rescue me also!”

731. At that moment Lord Gaura was at His teacher’s house. Fully aware of what was in Vanamalé Acarya’s heart, the Lord became unhappy that His devotee was in distress.

732. Lord Gaura hastily packed up His books, spoke to His teacher, and left.

733. He gracefully walked like a maddened elephant. Ornaments glistened on His fair form.

734. His curly hair charmed everyone. His lips were like bandhulé flowers. His teeth were like pearls.

735. His charming limbs were anointed with sandal paste. The fine garments gracing His form charmed every heart.

736. Of how many millions of Kamadevas was Lord Gaura-Hari the king? His graceful form agitated the saintly girls.

737. Lord Gaura quickly went to Vanamalé Acarya’s house. He went quickly because He bears the name Vaïcha-kalpa-taru.

738. Weeping, Vanamalé Acarya walked on path after path. Raising his arms, he called out: O! O Gauracandra!”

739. At that time Lord Gaura had just come from His teacher’s house. Walking, He suddenly saw Vanamalé Acarya.

740. Like a stick Vanamalé Acarya fell at Lord Gaura’s feet. Smiling and smiling, the Lord picked him up.

741. Then Lord Gaura offered obeisances to Vanamalé Acarya. Embracing him, the Lord sweetly asked: From where have you come?”

742. Vanamalé Acarya replied: Listen. Listen, O Viçvambhara. I have come from Your home.

743. I visited Your saintly mother. To her I spoke what was in my mind.

744. I told her of a girl that is very suitable for You. That girl is Vallabhacarya’s fortunate, all-virtuous daughter.

745. Hearing these words, Your mohter did not take them seriously. Disappointed at heart, I am now returning home.”

746. Hearing these words, the Lord did not speak. With a playful smile He returned home.

747. Seeing the Lord’s wise, graceful, sweet, gentle smile, Vanamalé Acarya knew in his heart that his desire would be fulfilled.

748. He thought: My mission will be fulfilled.” Again in his heart he thought: The Lord will marry her.”

749. Vanamalé Acarya joyfully returned to his home. In his heart he thought of Lord Gaura’s pastimes.

750. Returning to His home, Lord Gaura asked His mother: What did you say to Vanamalé Acarya?

751. I met him on the street. He was very unhappy at heart. I could not cheer him with My words.

752. Why did you make him so unhappy? Seeing his sorrow I became sorrowful also.”

753. Hearing the Lord’s words, in her heart intelligent Çacé at once understood the Lord’s hint.

754. At once she sent a messenger to bring Vanamalé Acarya. Hearing the messenger’s words, Vanamalé Acarya came at once.

755. His body flooded with bliss and his words choked, he bowed down before Çacé.

756. Falling down like a stick, he touched the dust at Çacé’s feet. O goddess, why have you called for me?”, he said.

757. You may make arrangements for what previously you spoke. To please everyone I sanction Viçvambhara’s marriage.

758. You love Viçvambhara more than I. Please arrange everything. What more need I tell you?

759. You spoke of Viçvambhara’s marriage. Now please arrange it. This I tell you.”

760. Hearing these words, Vanamalé Acarya said: I will obey your command.”

761. After speaking these words, he went to Vallabhacarya’s house. Vallabhacarya respectfully rose to greet him.

762-263. Vallabhacarya humbly offered a sitting place. Thinking of his own good fortune, Vallabhacarya smiled and said: I am very fortunate that you have come. What is your mission? Please tell it.”

764. Hearing Vallabhacarya’s words, Vanamalé Acarya spoke some words of graceful introduction and then described the mission in his heart.

765. He said: You were always very friendly to me. Controlled by the friendship of others, I have come to your home.

766. Jagannatha Miçra had a son named Viçvambhara. That son has good family, good character, and a host of virtues. His every limb is handsome.

767. How can I describe all His virtues? The creating demigod Brahma has placed every virtue in this person.

768. How can I describe Viçvambhara’s glories? Soon every mouth will chant His glories. Everyone will hear His glories.

769. Viçvambhara would be the perfect husbvand for your daughter. If in your heart you agree, then it will all be arranged.”

770. Hearing these words, Vallabhacarya thought in his heart. He said: These words you speak bring great good fortune to me.

771. I have no wealth. I cannot give any dowry. I can give only my beautiful daughter.

772. If you accept this offer, then I will give my daughter to Viçvabhara, the jewel of sons-in-law.

773. When I give my daughter in marriage to Gauracandra, then there will be great bliss in the planets of the dmeigods, sages, and pitas.

774. This event has come as the result of my many past austerities. To me no one is a better friend than you. This my heart says.

775. Of the possibility of this marriage I have thought day and night. Now it will happen. It is not too much to hope for.”

776. In this way the two of them concluded their conversation. Returning to Çacé’s house, Vanamalé Acarya told her everything.

777. Hearing the news, Çacé-devé became very pleased. To Vanamalé Acarya she gave her blessings.

778. She gathered her relatives and told them the news. Her body was filled with bliss. She was very joyful.

779. To all her relatives she told her decision. Thinking it over, everyone agreed: It is good. It is good.”

 

 

Kaiçora-lilä – Viväha

 

Kaiçora (Ages 11-15) Pastimes – The Lord’s Wedding

 

Song 19 (Varäòi räga – Diçä)

 

 

Refrain: He who is the moon of the brahmaëas is my very life!

 

1. Smiling and gazing at her son’s face, Çacé sweetly said:

2. Listen. Listen, O Viçvambhara, my golden son. Vallabhacarya’s daughter is very wonderful.

3. In my heart I know it is right that You marry her. How fortunate I am to have her as my daughter-in-law!

4. Think about it. Please accept this wonderful opportunity. Please gather the appropriate things, so everything will be rightly done.”

5. Hearing His mother’s words, Lord Viçvambhara Raya gathered all the appropriate things. Everything was right.

6. A very learned astrologer was called. He marked the auspicious moment for the wedding.

7. On that auspicious day, at that auspicious time, all the brahmanas, elegantly dressed for the occasion, came.

8. All the villages of Nadéya were filled with bliss. The ocean of ecstatic spiritual love rose. Everyone forgot himself.

9. Çacé and the fortunate married ladies made all thew auspicious arrangements. In this way everything was wonderful in the Lord’s adhivasa ceremony.

10. In the four directions brahmaëas chanted the Vedas. Conchshells and mådaìgas were sounded. Everything was marked with auspiciousness.

11. The directions were decorated with lamps, flags, and flower garlands. Scented with fragrances, sandal paste and flower garlands, the place was charming.

12. In this way all the brahmaëas performed the Lord’s adhivasa ceremony. Lord Gaura’s form was glorious like ten million Kamadevas.

13. Lord Gaura’s limbs glistened with great splendor. Gazing at Him, all the brahmanas became filled with wonder.

14. To the brahmanas He gave fragrances, sandal paste, and flower garlands. When He gave them glorious betelnuts they were very pleased.

15. Vallabhacarya arranged for the bride’s adhivasa ceremony. That very auspicious ritual was was performed by the best brahmaëas.

16. Fragrant scents, garlands, and sandal were exchanged. In the adhivasa ceremony Lord Gaura was decorated like the jewel of sons-in-law.

17. In this way the adhivasa and the night both came to an end. Saying, Now we will go and collect Gaìga water.”, the girls were filled with bliss.

18. Making waves of music, the instruments sounded in unison. The saintly ladies ended the adhivasa ceremony.

19. Tossed by the nectar waves of Lord Gauraìga’s wedding, the young girls of Nadéya became wild with bliss.

20. Walking in group after group, the brahmana girls were like groups of moons decorating the earth.

21. Their eyes were like does’ eyes. Their walking was like elephants’ graceful steps. The splendor of their limbs defeated Kamadeva.

22. Their hair, garments, and ornaments were peerless. They could conquer the most powerful sages’ hearts.

23. They smiled and laughed. They glistened like lightning. Their words were nectar. They laughed and joked. Walking along, they nodded and nodded with the desire to sleep.

24. With sweet words tbey chanted Lord Gauraìga’s glories. Their limbs, splendid like Kamadeva, trembled.

25. Waves of pearls decorated their noses and garments, pearls like a host of stars fallen to the earth during the reddish sunrise.

26. These saintly girls went to Çacé’s home. Çacé gave them gifts of fragrances, sandal, and betelnuts.

27. The girls went to collect Gaìga water. House after house they flooded with the ncetar of auspicious bliss.

 

(Sung in Tuòé-raga)

 

28. Their faces like moons lighting up the night, with sweet voices the girls sang songs praising Lord Gaura’s pastimes. They sang:

 

Refrain: Whoever went first sang songs of Lord Gaura’s pastimes. Thus they went to collect Gaìga water. Their hearts were all filled with bliss. Who amongst them had the power to remain calm and peaceful?

 

29. Some wore glorious silk garments. Others wore garments of yellow. As they walked they fanned Lord Gaura’s glorious limbs.

30. Placing Çacé in front, they walked behind her. They waited for Lord Gaura. They tried to get close to Him.

31. On the pretext of offering Him fragrances, sandal, and flower garlands, they touched Lord Gaura’s limbs.

32. Carefully they placed betelnuts and camphor in Lord Gaura’s hand.

33. Finally they met the married ladies. Filled with the nectar of wonderful bliss, they all performed the ritual of collecting Gaìga water. In this way Locana dasa sings the glories of Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 20 (Bhäöiyäri räga)

 

 

34. In this way night blissfully turned into dawn. With happy hearts everyone performed these rituals.

35. The rituals of bathing and giving gifts were rightly done. The demigods and pitas were worshiped.

36. The Vedic rituals of nandémukha and çraddha were performed. When all was concluded, gifts and a feast were offered to the brahmaëas.

37. Gifts were given to the dancers and poets. The guests were all satisfied with many gifts.

38. In their hearts everyone thought the sweet words of the hosts were far more important than the gifts. Gazing at the moonlike face of Lord Gaura, everyone felt his heart become pleased and cooled.

39. In this way Lord Gaura rightly performed this portion of His marriage ritual. Then He bathed again.

40. Then a barber came and did his barber’s work. Then the assembled saintly ladies washed the Lord’s graceful limbs.

41. Musical instruments made a sweet sound. In the four directions was a great tumult of Jaya! Jaya!”

42. Then Çacé-devé and the married ladies performed rituals of worship. All was rightly done.

43. To the friends and kinsmen that had come to her home, Çacé revealed her heart. She said:

44. I am worthless like a pile of ashes. My husband is gone, and now my son is fatherless. I am poor and lowly. How can I properly honor you all?”

45. With a voice choked with emotion Çacé spoke these words. Tears flowed from her eyes to her chest.

46. Hearing His mother’s anguished words, Lord Gaura lowered His head.

47. He thought: Where has My father gone?” His heart was aflame. He was very sad.

48. Tears like strings of pearls flowed from His eyes. Seeing this, Çacé-devé became afraid.

49. Seeing Lord Gaura weep, the saintly ladies began to weep also.

50. Why? O father, why do I see your sad face even now? Even during this auspicious ceremony You still make Me weep.

51. You are the whole world to Me. You are My only treasure. When you gave up your life you were very sad.”

52. Hearing His mother speak these words, Lord Gaura became very sad. His voice became choked with emotion.

53. His face became like a moon fading at dawn. His voice rumbled like a new thundering cloud.

54. To His mother Lord Gaura said: Please hear My words. Why is your heart so filled with grief?

55. What wealth is not yours? Why are you distraught? Why do you grieve as if you were abandoned and alone?

56. You remind Me I will never see My father again. Now My heart grieves like yours. What can I say to You?”

57. To the guests at Our door please give gifts of sandal and betelnuts. Please absorb your heart in giving gifts.

58. With fragrant sandal paste please anoint our guests’ limbs. Please do not fill your heart with grief.

59. Don’t treat Our guests in this way. This hint I give to you.”

60. Hearing her son’s words, Çacé calmly, calmly spoke. With sweet words she pacified Lord Viçvambhara.

61. All the brahmanas were pleased by these words Lord Viçvambhar spoke.

62. At that time, in his own house, and accompanied by a host of brahmaëas, Vallabhacarya worshiped the demigods and pitas.

63. He gave his daughter many ornaments. He decorated her with garlands, sandal, and fragrant scents.

64. At an auspicious moment he sent a brahmaëa to bring the bridegroom.

65. Meanwhile Lord Viçvambhara was surrounded by His friends. They dressed His graceful limbs with very wonderful garments.

66. They anointed His limbs with fragrances and sandal. On His forehead they placed a tilaka mark glorious like moonlight

67. On His cheeks they placed glistening shark-shaped earrings. His chest they decorated with a string of pearls.

68. His reddish eyes they anointed with splendid black kajjala. His eyebrows were like two bows held by the archer Kamadeva.

69. He was decorated with glistening jewel rings, bracelets, and armlets. He was so glorious and effulgent no one could bear to look at Him.

70. He was decorated with a splendid flower garland and a garment with a red border. The breeze from His limbs was very fragrant.

71. He was splendid like a full moon or a golden mirror. The people gazed at Him. Their hearts had no power to remain aloof from Him.

72. Gazing at His handsome form, the young girls were overwhelmed. With unblinking eyes the grown ladies gazed at His handsome form.

73. At the auspicious moment the Lord offered obeisances to His mother and then departed. Great auspicious sounds of Jaya!” and of Lord Hari’s holy names arose.

74. Surrounded by his friends, the Lord ascended a glorious vehicle. Before Him singers sang and dancers danced.

75. Brahmanas chanted the Vedas and poets recited poems. Trumpets, horns, flutes, and drums sounded.

76. Damamas, dagaòas, paöahas, mådaìgas, dosaris, and moharis also sounded. Hearing the music, everyone became filled with bliss.

77. Sounds of Hari! Haribol!” and Jaya! Jaya!” were heard. The people of Nadéya were wild with bliss.

78. Pushing and shoving, everyone ran. No one had the power to stay on the pathways. The townspeople were all filled with wonder.

79. Some had untied hair. Others were not completely dressed. Breathing heavily, all ran to see.

80. They did not whisper in each other’s ear. Thet sent no hints or signals. They were not shy or reserved. Loudly calling to each other, everyone in Nadéya ran.

81. Proud ladies threw their pride far away and joyfully ran to see Lord Gauraìga.

82. Demigods flying celestial airplanes in outer space also looked. Filled with love, they flew closer to gaze at Lord Gaura’s limbs.

83. Goddesses gazed at Lord Gaura’s face. In the four directions goddesses sang Lord Gaura’s auspicious glories.

 

 

Song 21 (Vihägaòä räga)

 

 

Refrain: During Lord Gauraìgacandra’s wedding sounds of Jaya! Jaya!” filled the four directions. The saintly ladies gathered and made a tumult of auspicious sounds. Joyfully they sang auspicious songs glorifying the Lord.

 

84. Decorate your hair. Dress in a silk sari. Decorate your eyes with black kajjala. We will assemble and go together to Çri Viçvambhara’s wedding.

85. Quickly decorate yourself with necklaces, bracelets, armlets, anklets, and tinkling ornaments. In the place where your hair is parted place a line of red sindura. On your forehead place dots of sandal.

86. Place betelnuts on your lips. Place betelnuts in your left hand. Walk with playful, languid grace. When we see Viçvambhara, who is like Kamadeva himself, we will have no power to remain peaceful and serene.

87. Many different musical instruments are sounded. A hundred concshells are blown. Mådaìgas, paöahas, kahalas, dundubhis, dinòimas, and muharis make a sweet and joyful sound.

88. The vénas make playful sounds. The flutes softly speak. The pakowajas are sounded. in Nadéya bliss fills home after home. Auspicious music is played everywhere.

89. Gazing at Lord Gauracandra’s face, everyone in Nadéya is filled with bliss. No one is shy. Everyone gazes at Lord Gaura, whose glory defeats ten million Kamadevas.

90. How many women, forgetting their husbands and children, flowers falling from their disheveled braids, and their garments in disarray, wildly ran?

91. Glorious! Glorious! Glorious!”, the beautiful girls called. No other sounmd could be heard. From thr four directions the ladies ran to see Lord Gaura.

92. Some played the véna. Others sang songs. Others glory and with sounds of Jaya! Jaya!” This says Locana dasa.

 

 

Song 22 (Bhäöiyäri räga – Diçä)

 

 

Refrain: O my heart, please gaze at the wonderful Deity of Navadvépa, a Deity I worship with every breath.

 

93. In this way Lord Gaura went to Vallabhacarya’s home. Ths sky was filled with sounds of Jaya! Jaya!”

94. Hundreds and hundreds of lamps glistened. The whole earth was effulgent. Lord Gaura’s limbs glistened with great splendor.

95. Vallabhacarya greeted Him with padya and arghya, escorted Him into the house, and offered auspicious blessings to Him.

96. Then Lord Mahaprabhu stood on a platform under a canopy. He was effulgent and joyful.

97. His face defeated the full moon. His sweet smile was filled with nectar.

98. His limbs glistened like molten gold. His tall body was like Mount Sumeru.

99. On His arms and hands were jewel arnlets, bracelets, and rings. The palms of His hands were glorious like red lotus flowers.

100. A celestial garland of jsamine flowers swung on His fair limbs. It was like waves of the Gaìga cascading down Mount Sumeru.

101. A splendid crown touched His forehead. Gazing at Him, ten million Kamadevas are overcome with embarrasment.

102. Earrings swung on His ears. To what can I compare them? They cast far away any other desire that may remain in the hearts of proud women.

103. As Lord Mahaprabhu stood under the canopy, the married ladies performed the ritual of welcoming the bridegroom.

104. They wore wonderful ornaments and glorious garments. Glistening lamps were in their hands and glorious joy in their hearts.

105. The married ladies were in the fore. Behind them was the bride’s mother. In this way the glorious ladies performed the ritual of welcoming the bridegroom.

106. Bearing seven lamps in their hands, they circumambulated Him seven times. With happy hearts they washed His feet with yogurt.

107. In this way they performed the ceremony of welcoming the bridegroom. Then the auspicious moment of dusk arrived.

108. Then the glorious brahmana Vallabhacarya commanded that his daughter be brought at once.

109. The beautiful girl sat on a glorious throne. The splendor of her limbs filled all the earth with light.

110. On her four sides jewel lamps glistened. Her face defeated the splendid full moon.

111. Her every limb was glorious with ornaments of jewels and gold. Her effulgence cast the darkness far away.

112. Seven times she circumambulated her master. Folding her hands and bowing her head, she offered obeisances to Him.

113. Then a curtain was drawn around Them. The two of Them gazed at each other. As They gazed at each other, Their eyes danced.

114. They were like Candra and Rohiné meeting. With Their glances They shot arrows of flowers at each other.

115. They were like Çiva and Parvaté meeting. In this ritual first meeting behind a curtain They both trembled, overcome with bliss.

116. In the four directions were great sounds of Jaya! Jaya!” and Hari! Hari!” Wild with bliss, everyone danced.

117. Then Lord Viçvambhara, who is in truth Lord Narayaëa, the goddess of fortune’s husband, sat down. His bride was on His left.

118. Her face bowed with shyness, she sat down beside Him. Then Vallabhacarya worshiped his son-in-law. All this was rightly done.

119-127. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose lotus feet the demigod Brahma worshiped with arghya, by whose mercy Brahma attained the power to create the material universe, from whose feet the Gaìga flows to the earth and gives liberation to all, whose three steps traversed the universe, to whom Maharaja Bali completely surrendered, the dust of whose lotus feet Maharaja Bali placed on his head, by chanting the glories of whose feet a certain great yogé became the demigod Çiva, whose feet the goddess of fortune joyfully serves, whose plenary expansion (aàça-avatara) is Lord Viñnu, whose plenary expansion Adi-Varaha rescued the earth, whose avataras Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Nåsiàha, Vamana, Paraçurama, Ramacandra, Buddha, Vyasa, and others are described in the eighteen Puranas, whose ten avataras are glorified with many songs, who yuga after yuga descends to the material world to deliver the conditioned souls, and whose glories cannot be completely described by anyone in the three material worlds, became Vallabhacarya’s son-in-law.

128. Songs that glorify Lord Gauraìga are floods of nectar. Anyone who hears descriptions of Lord Gauraìga destroys the offenses in his heart.

129. To Lord Gauraìga’s lotus feet, the worship of which destroys the darkness that fills this world of birth and death, Vallabhacarya offered arghya.

130. To Lord Gauraìga, who gave a royal throne to King Indra, Vallabhacarya offered a brahmana’s seat.

131. To the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is arrayed in celestial yellow garments, Vallabhacarya offered a simple cloth. To hear of it I tremble with fear.

132. Beginning with the yajïa, the rituals were performed one after the other. At the end everything was complete.

133. No one is fortunate like Vallabhacarya. He gave his daughter to the master of Vaikuëöha.

134. How can I describe Vallabhacarya’s great good fortune? In his home the Supreme Personality of Godhead enjoyed a feast of the five kinds of delicious foods.

135. Alone together in a private room, the bride and groom enjoyed a feast. In that room eventually hundreds and hundreds of saintly ladies gathered.

136. Group after group of young girls stayed at the Lord’s side. They were in front and also behind. They completely surrounded Lord Viçvambhara.

137. Seeing the smiling moon of the Lord’s face rise before them, the girls felt the darkness of their shyness flee far away.

138. In that wedding meeting one girl spoke playful puns. Overcome by Lord Gaura’s glories, everyone joked and laughed.

139. One girl said: Listen, O Viçvambhara. Give these betelnuts to Lakñmépriya just as she is about to fall asleep.

140. Personally place them in her mouth. Now all her friends may look at her with happy hearts.”

141. Another girl said: Who is fortunate like Lakñmépriya? She has Viçvambhara for her husband.

142-143. What austerities did she perform? What vows did she follow? What charity did she give? How did she worship the devas? How did she struggle to attain spiritual knowledge? How was she saintly and chaste that now on this earth she may gaze on Viçvambhara’s handsome form?

144. Viçvambhara’s handsome face defeats Kamadeva. He is the thief that has stolen the jewel heart of the proudest and most glorious girl.

145. His storng arms defeat Kamadeva’s staff. Filled with longings, His beautiful bride rests on His chest.

146. Lakñmépriya will enjoy glorious pastimes on His every limb. But when will I be able even to touch Him?

147. My desire is that some day I will become the maidservant of Gauraìga and Lakñmépriya. Then I will serve my Lord Gauraìgacandra.”

 

 

Song 23 (Varaòi räga)

 

 

Refrain: O! Lord Gauraìgacandra is my very life!

 

148. The Lord and His associates enjoyed many pastimes in this way. Then dawn came. The Lord performed His morning duties.

149. On the day after His wedding the Lord performed the kuçanòika ritual. He offered a great feast to the brahmanas. Then He performed His own brahminical duties.

150. All this He did on that day. On the following day He returned to His home. The narration is spoken in that way.

151. With a happy heart Lord Gaura returned to His home, where He worshiped His kinsmen with offerings of gold and silver.

152. Lord Gaura sat. Lakñmépriya sat by His side on the same seat. The ladies surrounded Them on four sides.

153. Vallabhacarya’s heart was both happy and sad. When They left his house, he blessed the bride and groom.

154. To his son-in-law he gave durva grass, grains, fragrances, garlands, betelnuts, and sandal. Then he said:

155. I have no wealth. I am worthless like a pile of ashes. I am not fortunate. What proper gift can I give to You? How can I be worthy to be Your kinsman?

156. Your mercy to me is my only virtue. By accepting my daughter You have made me fortunate.

157. O Lord, what can I say to You? How can I be worthy to be Your kinsman? By Your own glorious mercy You have become my son-in-law.

158. Now that I have taken shelter of Your fearless lotus-feet, Yamaraja will never trouble me.

159. Now that I have given my daughter to You, the devas and pitas are certainly pleased with me.

160. The feet I now worship Brahma, Çiva, and all the demigods worship in a trance of meditation.

161. Now I will say something more. Please listen, O Viçvambhara.” As he spoke these words his throat became choked with emotion.

162. Tears pushed by emotion flowed from his eyes. Taking Lakñmépriya’s hand, he placed it in Lord Viçvambhara’s hand.

163. I give Lakñmépriya to You. From today on she is Yours. Please know this. Now it is for You to maintain and protect her.

164. In my home she was always like a queen. From today on she is Your maidservant.

165. In my home she was always very free and independent. From her mother she would always demand very opulent foods.

166. In my home she was always affectionately hugged by her mother and father. She came and went as she liked.

167. Everyone was always very affectionate to Lakñmépriya. I had no son. In my home my one daughter is everything to me.

168. What can I say? I am Your follower. Overcome with a father’s love, I have spoken these words.

169. With a bewildered heart I spoke these words. What could I do? I was bewildered by maya, by the maya of which You are the master.

170. In the three worlds no girl is fortunate like my Lakñmépriya. Overcome with love, I speak these words.”

171. His lamenting eyes red like the rising sun, Vallabhacarya spoke these words.

172. His beloved on His left, Lord Viçvambhara departed. Accompanied by Lakñmépriya, He ascended a carriage.

173. Conchshells and dundubhi drums sounded. There were shouts of Jaya! Jaya!” Many different musical instruments were sounded. Everyone was tossed by waves of bliss.

174. Brahmaëas chanted the Vedas. Poets recited poems. Before the Lord dancers danced. Everyone was plunged in an ocean of bliss that had no shore.

175. Surrounded by His friends, the Lord proceeded on the pathway. Flying in outer space in their celestial airplanes, the demigods followed as the Lord proceeded.

176. Çacé and the married ladies were filled with bliss. With joy and wonder Çacé celebrated a great festival for her son.

177. Auspicious waterpots with twigs and coconuts adorned her door.

178. At an auspicious moment Lord Gaura returned home. With glistening ghee-lamps He was offered arati.

179. The ladies offered arati to Him. There was singing, dancing, and a great tumult of Jaya Jaya!”

180. Many different musical instruemnts were played. Everyone was plunged in an ocean of bliss that had no shore. Çacé’s home was filled with delight.

181. Auspicious sounds arose. The bliss was great. Holding Lakñmépriya’s hand, Lord Gaura entered His home.

182. Çacé-devé embraced her son and daughter-in-law. Offering Them a gift of grains and durva grass, she said: May You both live long.”

183. She kissed her son’s face and drank in the sight of her new daughter-in-law. Then she kissed her daughter-in-law’s face and gazed at her son.

184. Çacé’s home was filled with bliss. In this way Locana dasa sings this song glorifying Lord Gaura.

 

 

Kaiçora-lilä – Prabhura Baìga-vijaya

 

Kaiçora Pastimes – The Lord’s Glorious Journey to East Bengal

 

Song 24 (Çri räga)

 

 

Refrain: O, please gaze at the wonderful Deity of Navadvépa!

 

1. Everyone please hear this story of another day. Lord Viçvambhara’s glories are eternally new and fresh.

2. Accompanied by His friends Lord Viçvambhara went at sunset to the beautiful riverbank to see the Gaìga.

3. On both banks of the river brahmanas and saintly devotees again and again offered obeisances and prayers to the Gaìga.

4. Waterpots at their hips, the village ladies came. With open mouths they gazed at Goddess Gaìga.

5. A shoreless sea of miçras, acaryas, bhaööas, and panòitas came. How many saintly, pious men came?

6-7. Many people came to the Gaìga’s banks, fell down like sticks to offer obeisances, and gazed at the Gaìga’s pure waters. With many offerings of flowers, fragrances, sandal, garlands, and splendid bananas, Goddess Gaìga was worshiped by

children, adults, and teenage boys and girls.

8. Goddess Gaìga, who purifies the three worlds, flowed with great speed and force. Overcome with love for Lord Gaura, Goddess Gaìga could not restrain herself.

9. Goddess Gaìga rose. Her waters increased. All along her banks she made a great sound. She touched Lord Gaura’s body.

10. Yearning to touch Lord Gaura again and again, Goddess Ganga overflowed. Thinking of these events, the people began to doubt.

11. They thought: Every day I see the Gaìga, but today it is unusual. It is very powerful. I hear it roaring.

12. There are no rainclouds, but still the water has risen. The current is very swift.”

13. Everyone thought in this way. Amongst them was a certain brahmana who was a great devotee of Goddess Gaìga.

14. By Goddess Gaìga’s mercy this pure-hearted brahmana knew everything about the past, present, and future.

15. Seein that the Gaìga was celebrating a great festival, this brahmaëa became joyful. He thought and thought of what was then occurring.

16. Suddenly he saw Lord Viçvambhara and His friends approach the Gaìga.

17. With great love the Lord gazed at the Gaìga. The hairs of His body stood erect. It was as if His body had doubled.

18. Tears flowed from the Lord’s merciful eyes reddish like the rising sun. Seeing this, the brahmaëa gazed into his own heart.

19. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is no other.” Thinking and thinking in this way, he approached the Lord.

20. Approaching the Lord, the brahmana fell down like a stick to offer obeisances. He saw that the Lord was overcome with love for Goddess Gaìga.

21. Again and again the Lord remembered the Gaìga in His heart. Approaching, the Gaìga touched the Lord’s hands.

22. By touching the Lord’s hands, Goddess Gaìga felt her desires were not satisfied. On the pretext of making a sudden wave, Goddess Gaìga then spoke words of greeting to welcome Lord Gaura’s feet.

23. Filled with ecstasy, Lord Gaura shouted: Haribol!” Overcome, and taking His associates with Him, Lord Gaura embraced Goddess Gaìga.

24. Filled with love, Lord Gaura was now red like the rising sun. Standing erect, the hairs of His body defeated the filaments of the kadamba flowers.

25. Filled with love, Goddess Gaìga embraced Lord Gaura to her chest. The tears from her eyes flowed towards the ocean in a hundred currents.

26. From pore after pore of the Supreme Lord’s body, the water of the Gaìga flows. The people say it is the Supreme Lord’s perspiration. The Gaìga is a rising ocean of ecstatic spiritual love. The Gaìga is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself in a form of water.

27. In the four directions all the people shouted: Hari! Haribol!” With blissful waves the Gaìga became a rising ocean of ecstatic love.

28. The people of Nadéya were all filled with wonder. Only the brahmana devotee of the Gaìga understood the truth of these actions.

29. That brahmana saw that Viçvambhara is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and that the Gaìga overflowed as she gazed at Him with ecstatic love.

30. Falling at Lord Viçvambhara’s feet, the brahmana, in a voice choked with emotion, said: On the this day Goddess Gaìga has truly given her mercy to me.

31. With my own eyes I now see the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whom even the kings of the yogés and the kings of the sages cannot see in their trance of meditation.”

32. He rolled on the ground. He loudly wept. Overcome with the ecstasy of love, that brahmana forgot himself.

33. In the four directions all the people fell down like sticks. With open mouths they repeated what the brahmana had said.

34. Casting a glance at the brahmana overcome with ecstatic love, Lord Gaura, His heart filled with joy, returned to His own home.

35. Everyone please hear what the brahmaëa then spoke, his words describing Goddess Gaìga’s birth.

36. He said: I will tell why Goddess Gaìga has now risen so high. Please listen carefully.

37. One day Lord Çiva, chanting Lord Kåñëa’s glories, was filled with bliss.

38. Narada Muni came and also chanted Lord Kåñëa’s glories. Then Ganeça came and played on a musical instrument. From head to feet the hairs of their bodies stood erect.

39. The three of them together sang Lord Kåñëa’s glories. The waves of spiritual sounds that came from them broke the covering of the material universe.

40. Narada Muni played his véëa, Gaëeça played a musical instrument, and Lord Çiva sang. Then Lord Kåñëa personally came there.

41. Overcome with ecstasy, Lord Kåñëa came there. Then Lord Çiva, Narada Muni, and Gaëeça together sang Lord Kåñëa’s glories.

42. Lord Kåñëa said: `Please don’t sing like this. Lord Çiva, please listen. You don’t know what happens when you sing like this.

43. `When you sing like this my body cannot remain stable. My body will melt.’

44. Hearing Lord Kåñëa’s words, lord Çiva laughed and said: `I will see if that is the truth.’

45. Then Lord Çiva began to sing with even more fervor. His singing filled the sky and the ground. It filled the whole material universe.

46. Then Lord Kåñëa’s body began to melt. Frightened, Lord Çiva stopped singing.

47. He stopped singing. He became peaceful and composed. The part of Lord Kåñna that melted became famous in the worlds as the water of Lord Kåñna’s mercy.

48. That water of Lord Kåñëa’s mercy became known as drava-brahma” (the water form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead). Lord Kåñëa affirms that spiritual water is a very holy place where pilgrims gather.

49. That water is very rare, very rare in this world. Lord Brahma carefully kept that water in his kamaëòalu.

50. Later Lord Kåñëa mercifully gave that water to Maharaja Bali, who is a great devotee of the Lord.

51. Lord Kåñëa begged for as much land as He could walk in three steps. However, with His first two steps Lord Kåñna covered the three worlds.

52. Lord Kåñna then placed His third step on Bali Maharaja’s head. Only Lord Kåñëa is merciful in this way. No one else is merciful like Him.

53. Please hear the wonderful glories of Lord Kåñëa, who took three steps in this way. His mercy made everyone in the three worlds fortunate.

54. The water flowing from His toenails filled the material universe. With great spiritual love the demigod Brahma offered padya to that water.

55. Bowing his head, Brahma worshiped that water flowing from Lord Kåñna’s lotus feet. The people of this world therefore call the Gaìga `Tripada-sambhava’ (the water born from Lord Kåñna’s third step).

56. With your own eyes everyone please gaze at Lord Viçvambhara Mahaprabhu, who is the Supreme Lord Himself.

57. Seeing the Lord, Goddess Gaìga remembered these pastimes. That is why, filled with love, she overflowed her banks.

58. With eyes of love Lord Viçvambhara, whose fair limbs are sweeter than nectar, gazed at the Gaìga’s waters.

59. Then, on the pretext of making great waves, Goddess Gaìga touched Lord Viçvambhara’s feet. Goddess Gaìga explained all this to me.”

60. Hearing these words, everyone became filled with joy. Thus Locana dasa joyfully sings the glories of Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 25 (Dhanaçé räga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: Circling and circling, the bees that are the Lord’s devotees fly and land on the sweet lotus flowers of our Lord Gaura’s feet.

 

Please hear these songs of Lord Gaura, songs full of wonderful stories, songs filled with the Lord’s holy names so auspicious to hear.

 

61. In this way Lord Gaura passed many days in happy pastimes with His friends and kinsmen.

62. One day He suddenly thought: To bring auspiciousness to the people I should visit East Bengal.

63. Everyone says that country is the place rejected by the Panòavas. Even though the Gaìga certainly flows there, there the people do not call her by the name Gaìga.

64. By My touch the Padmavaté River there will become glorious and fortunate. Except for Me, no one knows her glories.”

65. In His heart thinking in this way, Lord Gaura said to His mother: I will go to gather wealth.”

66. Accompanied by His associates, Lord Gaura went to East Bengal. In this way He made Mother Çacé’s heart restless and anxious.

67. Her heart troubled, Çacé said to her son: One request I ask of You.

68. To gather wealth You will go to a far country. I will not see You. How will I live?

69. A fish cannot live without water. How can I live without You?

70. Dear one, if I cannot see Your moonlike face I will surely die.”

71. Hearing His mother’s words, the Lord gently reassured her:

72. Don’t be afraid We will be separated. I will come back.”

73. Smiling, He said to Lakñmépriya: Devotedly serve mother.”

74. The Lord did not hear any more from His mother. Gently, gently smiling, He proceeded on His journey.

75. Accompanied by His associates, Lord Mahaprabhu began His journey. With a happy heart He traveled.

76. Wherever the Lord went, the people that saw Him became overwhelmed.

77. Never had their eyes seen anyone like Him. One person said: I will gaze at Him day and night.”

78. Seeing His face, the village ladies said: Now our lives have borne their fruit. Now our eyes have borne their fruit.

79. What fortunate mother carried Him in her womb? Never have I seen any form handsome like His.

80. What fortunate girl, by worshiping Çiva and Parvaté, had the good fortune to have Him as her husband?

81. The splendor of His limbs conquers new gold. The stature of His body defeats Mount Sumeru.

82. Never has a form like His been manifest on this earth. He is so gracefully decorated with a brahmaëa’s thread.”

83. Gazing at Lord Gaura’s handsome smiling face, the ladies were overcome with love. He invaded their hearts. There He stayed.

84. One fortunate lady learned in the rasas could understand the truth of Lord Gaura. She said:

85. His long graceful eyes conquer the lotus flowers. Wonderful are His graceful charming glances.

86. When I gaze at Him I see He is like Rädhä’s beloved Kåñëa, but I see now His limbs have Rädhä’s color.”

87. When He bathed in the Padmavaté, the touch of His feet made it like the Gaìga.

88. Very gracefully decorated with many fish, turtles, and crocodiles, the Padmavaté very forcefully flowed between her banks.

89. On the banks stood all the brahmanas and saintly devotees. At the ghaöas divine men and women bathed.

90. When Lord Viçvambhara bathed in her waters the Padmavaté became sancified. When the people then bathed in her waters, all their sins were washed away.

91. If they did not blaspheme Vaiñnavas, the people who bathed in the Padmavaté all attained pure loving devotion to Lord Kåñna’s lotus feet.

92. Gazing at Lord Gauracandra, the people on the Padmavaté’s banks made their eyes glorious and fortunate.

93. Wherever Lord Gaura-Hari wandered on the Padmavaté’s banks, the people, touching the ground where the Lord had placed His feet, all became pure devotees of the Lord.

94. By the touch of the Lord’s cool feet, the earth goddess became cooled and refreshed. The hairs of her body stood erect with joy. All inauspiciousness fled far away.

95. In this way the Lord carefully delovered the land of East Bengal. The stigma brought by the Paëòavas not visiting it was thrown far away.

96. Lord Gaura personally gave the chanting of Lord Hari’s holy names to the caëòalas, saints, sinners, lowly people, and everyone else. He begged them all to take it.

97. He did not consider whether they were pure or impure, whether their actions were good, or whether they were thoughtful and learned. Everyone He carried to the farther shore of the ocean of birth and death.

98. Everyone he invited on His boat of nama-saìkértana (chanting of the holy names). He took them all to the farther shore of the ocean of birth and death. He begged them to come.

99. Anyone who tried to run away and escape, He grabbed and held in His arms. Placing them on His boat, He carried them to the farther shore of the ocean of birth and death.

100. In what yuga was such mercy given? I never heard of such mercy. What avatara begged the people to give Him their sins?

101. Lord Gaura made them all equally pure. He made them all qualified to attain pure ecstatic love for Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñëa.

102. He gave them all transcendental knowledge. In a month or half a month He made them all learned paëòitas.

103. Lord Gaura is the master of all the worlds. He is an ocean of kindness. By His mercy all the people became pure at heart.

104. As Lord Gaura was thus surrounded by saintly devotees, Lakñmépriya and Çacé-devé remained in Navadvépa.

105. Lakñmépriya was chaste and devoted. Her husband was her whole life. She happily served Çacé-devé.

106. She cleaned the house. She dressed and decorated the family Deity. To the Deity she offered incense, lamps, food, scents, garlands, and sandal paste.

107. Lakñmépriya kept everything in the Deity room very clean. Pleased by the virtues of her daughter-in-law, Çacé forget herself with joy.

108. Lakñmépriya was affectionate to Çacé-devé and pleased by her association. The hairs of her body stood erect with joy.

 

 

Song 26 (Vibhasa räga)

 

 

109. In this way Çacé stayed with Lakñmépriya. Still, what destiny commands no one can break into pieces.

110. Unable to see her husband, Lakñmépriya was anguished at heart. Separated from Him, she always trembled.

111. That anguished separation then took the form of a serpent. This truth saintly Lakñmépriya knew in her heart.

112. That great serpent bit Lakñmépriya’s ankle. Çacé-devé became frantic.

113. Lakñmépriya burned with fever. Seeing this, Çacé-devé knew the danger was great.

114. She called for a snake-bite doctor, a doctor who knew many mantras, herbs, and tantras.

115. He tried again and again. The doctor could not remove the poison. Çacé became very frightened. She was filled with grief.

116. Seeing the time of death had come, she carefully took Lakñmépriya to the Gaìga’s waters and chanted Lord Hari’s holy names.

117. Around Lakñmépriya’s neck she placed a tulasé necklace. Surrounding Lakñmépriya on four sides, many people chanted Lord Hari’s holy names.

118. Then Lakñmépriya went to the Lord’s spiritual abode. The people did not understand the events of that moment. Then everyone saw a great wonder.

119. Traveling on the pathways of the sky, a gandharva brought a celestial airplane to that place. Chanting Haribol!”, Lakñmépriya left her body and went to the

spiritual world.

120. Lakñmépriya, who was a plenary expansion of Goddess Lakñmé, returned to Vaikunöha. Seeing all this, everyone was filled with wonder.

121. Arriving in the city of Vaikuëöha’s king, Lakñmépriya went to her own palace. She was effulgent with glorious beauty. She was endowed with all opulences.

122. Stricken with grief, Çacé-devé wept. The ladies around her chanted Lakñmépriya’s glories.

123. Tears streaming from her eyes soaked her bodice. Striking her head with her hands, she sighed with grief and said:

124. Lakñmépriya had all virtues, all noble character, and all beauty. In the villages of Nadéya no girl was her peer.

125. How can I return home alone? First you touched me with your mercy. Now you have forgotten me.

126. You carefully served our Deities. You were always faithful and obedient to me. How can I return home without you?

127. From today my house is a barren desert. You married Viçvambhara. Now you are no longer at His side.

128. O sinful snake, where are you now? Instead of my daughter-in-law, why did you not bite me?

129. Commanding my daughter-in-law to serve me, my son went to a far-away country.

130. Now I am very unfortunate. How will I look at my son’s face? How, now unable to see my daughter-in-law, will I remain alive?”

131. Seeing her stricken with grief, Çacé-devé’s friends said to her: Çacé-devé, please stop lamenting.

132. When the destined moment comes, then one must die. This whole material world and every material body in it are all made of the Lord illusory potency.

133. Who must explain all this to you? You know all this. Hearing these words and understanding them, why do you not awaken your heart from its slumber of grief?

134. What person who has a material body will not die? Even Brahma and the demigods must die.

135. Some die soon and others late, but all must die. Everyone is born and dies.

136. Lord Kåñëa is the only eternal reality. This we know from the Vedas. Anyone who does not worship Lord Kåñëa is a fool.”

137. Speaking these words, Çacé’s friends concoled her. Together chanting Haribol!”, they stopped her weeping.

138. After performing the appropriate pious rituals, the women returned to their homes.

139. Weeping and weeping, Çacé returned to her home. Her friends gathered there and consoled her.

140. After staying for some days in East Bengal, with a joyful heart Lord Viçvambhara returned home.

141. Bringing gifts of silver, gold, pearls, coral, and costly garments, He worshiped the Vaiñëavas without end.

142. Bringing great wealth, the Lord returned to His home. He happily gave all that wealth to His mother.

143. First the Lord bowed down. Then He gazed at His mother’s face. Her face withered with grief, Çacé spoke not a word.

144. Taking the dust from her feet, Lord Viçvambhara again gazed at His mother’s withered face and then spoke some words.

145. To His mother He offered the wealth He had brought. Filled with wonder, the Lord gently, gently said:

146. Why do I see that your face is withered with grief? When I see your face withered with grief, My hear becomes alight with flames of suffering.”

147. Hearing these words, Çacé tried to speak, but her voice was choked with grief. Tears streaming from her eyes soaked her bodice.

148. She had no power to say even a word. Her voice was choked with grief. Finally she said: My daughter-in-law went to Vaikuëöha.”

149. Hearing these words, the Lord felt His heart become withered with grief. Tears of grief flowed from His eyes.

150. To His mother the Lord said: Please hear My words. I will tell you why she took birth in this world.

151. One time, by the arrangement of destiny, one of Indra’s apsaras stumbled as she danced.

152. The rhythm of the dance broken, Indra cursed the dancer, saying: `Go to the earth and take birth in a human home.’

153. After speaking this curse, Indra became compassionate and said: `You won’t suffer. You have a great mission to fulfill.

154. The Supreme Personality of Godhead will descend to the earth. You will become His bride. This benediction I give to you.

155. `When your mission is fulfilled, you will return to Indrapuré.’ Now I have told you everything. Laksmipriya is a beautiful dancing girl in Indra’s court.

156. Therefore please don’t lament any more. O mother, please listen. No one can rub out what fate has written.”

157. Carefully hearing her son’s words, Çacé did not lament any more in her heart.

158. Comforted, Çacé had a change of heart. Satying amongst the devotees, the Lord told of His journey.

159. After He spoke Lord Viçvambhara became thoughtful. He spoke of many things, but He carefully concealed those thoughts in His heart.

160. I, Locana dasa, speak these words. Please hear this wonderful account of Lord Gauraìga’s pastimes, an account that includes this description of Lakñmépriya’s ascension to Svarga.

 

 

Kaiçora-lila – 3}Prabhura Dvitiya-viväha

 

Kaiçora Pastimes – The Lord’s Second Wedding

 

Song 27 (Çri räga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: In the villages of Nadéya arose many joyful sounds of O jewel of Lord Gaura! O moon of the brahmaëas!”

 

Glory, glory to Lord Gaura!

 

1. In Navadvépa Lord Viçvambhara happily passed some days as Çacé’s unmarried son.

2. He happily stayed amongst His friends and kinsmen. Still, sadness came to Çacé’s heart.

3. Seeing there was no daughter-in-law in her home, she became very sad. In her heart she decided to arrange for Lord Viçvambhara’s marriage.

4. In her heart she decided: If there is a suitable girl, that would be good.”

5. Meeting in private with a brahmana named Kaçénatha, Çacé revealed the thoughts in her heart. She said to him:

6. Please go to Sanatana Panòita’s house and tell him these words I now say to you.

7. My son has good character and all virtues. He would, if you agree in your heart, be a good husband for your daughter.”

8. Hearing Mother Çacé speak these words, the brahmana Kaçénatha quickly departed.

9. The great brahmaëa Kaçénatha went to visit Sanatana Paëòita at his house.

10. Come in. Come in.”, Sanatana Paëòita said. He offered his guest a seat. Smiling and smiling, he said: What is your mission?”

11. Kaçénatha said: Listen. Listen, O paëòita. I will tell you everything, everything that is right.

12. You are learned in all the scriptures. You are the most fortunate person on the earth. What remains unknown to you?

13. You are very religious. You are devoted to Lord Viñëu. You are intent on performing your duties as a brahmana.

14. Viçvambhara’s mother, Çacé, knows all this. She called for me and told me what was in her heart.

15. She sent me with a message for you. Please listen carefully and I will repeat her words.

16. To you I will repeat what was at the heart of her words. Please listen and do what you think is right.

17. Viçvambhara would be a very suitable husband for your daughter. Now I have told you everything. Please give your reply.”

18. Hearing these words, Sanatana Panòita considered them in his heart. Then he discussed them with his kinsmen.

19. Finally Sanatana Paëòita said to Kaçénatha Paëòita: Now I will say what is in my heart. Please listen, O great soul.

20. Day and night I thought of this in my heart, but I had no courage to speak of it.

21. Today is very auspicious. Today Lord Viçvambhara, who is a great treasure of virtues, will become my son-in-law.

22. When Çacé-devé personally gives her consent, then I will know that I have become truly fortunate.

23. Who is fortunate like me? I will offer my daughter to Lord Kåñna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

24. By offering Him my daughter, I will worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose lotus feet Brahma and Çiva worship.

25. Please go and place these words before Çacé-devé’s feet:

26. `When the proper day is decided I will send a brahmaëa with the news. Then you may make arrangements for the auspicious ceremony.’ ”

27. When Sanatana Paëòita spoke these words, the great brahmaëa Kaçénatha quickly departed.

28. Bowing before Çacé’s feet, he told her everything. 29. Delighted, Çacé heard his words. Smiling, she began to arrange for her son’s wedding.

30. Fortunate Çacé gathered many different articles for the wedding. On various pretexts she went to see her prospective daughter-in-law.

31. After some days Sanatana Paëòita sent a brahmana with the news.

32. To the brahmana he said: Before Çacé’s feet please place these words:

33. `If you accept my proposal, I will become fortunate. Let this ceremony soon be performed.

34. `By giving my daughter to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Kåñëa, who has now become Çacé’s son, I will become liberated from this world of birth and

death.’ ”

35. After hearing these words, the brahmaëa went to Çacé’s house. Approaching Çacé’s feet, he said:

36. Çri Sanatana Paëòita sent me to give you this message from his heart:

37. `If you accept my proposal, I will become fortunate. I will give my daughter to your son Viçvambhara.’ ”

38. Hearing this, delighted Çacé siad: Excellent. Excellent. I agree. Please quickly arrange it.”

39. Hearing these words, the delighted brahmaëa sweetly said:

40. By attaining a husband like Viçvambhara, Viñnupriya (dear to Lord Viñnu) will becom e worthy of her name

41. In her heart she knows that she has now become like Rukminé, who attained Lord Kåñëa as her husband.”

42. Hearing these words, Çacé was delighted. Then the brahmaëa returned and repeated her words to Sanatana Paëòita.

43. Çri Sanatana Paëòita was very pleased. He began to gather all that was needed for the wedding ceremony.

44. That noble-hearted soul gathered the ornaments and various articles needed for the adhivasa ceremony.

45. Calling for an astrologer, he humbly said: i will arrange Viñëupriya’s wedding. Please determine the right moment.

46. The astrologer said: Listen. Listen, O paëòita. As I was coming here, I accidentally met Viçvambhara.

47. Seeing him, I became joyful at heart. Joking, I said to Him:

48. `Soon Your auspicious adhivasa ceremony will be performed. Then will come Your wedding. Please hear my words.’

49. Hearing these words, Viçvambhara said: `Where will be this wedding? Who are the bride and groom?’

50. These words He directly spoke to me. Please consider them and then decide what you should do.”

51. Hearing these words from thw astrologer’s mouth, Sanatana Paëòita was no longer calm and peaceful.

52. Sanatana Pandita was very noble and generous. Gathering his kinsmen, he considered what to do.

53. He said: I gathered many ornaments and articles for the ceremony. How can I be faulted for what I did?

54. I committed no offense. For no reason Lord Gaura-Hari has rejected my offer.”

55. Speaking these words, he manifested the sadness that was then born birth in his heart. Flames burned in his heart. Then his wife spoke to him.

56. She was modest, saintly, chaste, devoted to her husband, and born in a very respectable family. She had all virtues and good character. She was devoted to Lord Viñnu.

57. Seeing her husband’s sadness, she also became sad. Renouncing all shyness, she approached her husband and said:

58. Because Viçvambhara will not consent to this ceremony, why would the people of Nadéya find fault with you?

59. If Viçvambhara, who is Lord Hari Himself, will not consent, what power have you to convince Him?

60. He is the supremely independent Personality of Godhead. He is the master of all. Brahma, Çiva, Indra, and all the demigods are His servants.

61. Why would He become your son-in-law? Please meditate on Lord Kåñna’s teachings and be peaceful at heart.

62. You have no power to change things. You are sad for no reason. Please kill your sadness. I fear to speak these words.”

63. When his wife spoke these words, Sanatana Paëòita covered his sadness.

64. Consulting with his friends and knsmen, he said: Viçvambhara does not agree. How am I at fault?”

65. Saying this, he spoke no further. The brahmaëa and his wife were both sad at heart.

66. As he thought, sadness again was born in his heart. He thought: O! O Lord Viçvambhara, You have embarrassed me.

67. Glory, glory to the Supreme Lord who removed Draupadé’s embarrassment and fear! Glory, glory to the Supreme Lord who rescued Gajendra from the crocodile’s jaws!

68. Glory, glory to the Lord who protected the Paëòavas, rescued Rukminé, and freed Ahalya from her sins!”

69. In this way the brahmaëa spoke many prayers. Lord Gauraìga, the master of the worlds, knew all that had happened.

70. Hearing these prayers, Lord viçvambhara thought: Why should he suffer like this in his heart?

71. Two of My devotees are very unhappy at heart.” Smiling and smiling, the Lord then playfully spoke these words:

72. From amongst His friends, he selected one especially dear friend. In private the Lord revealed His heart to him.

73. Please go to Sanatana Paëòita’s house. Pretend tjust to have a chat with him. What he will say i do not know.

74. Tell him I was only joking when I told the astrologer I knew nothing of the wedding. Ask him: why are you so upset?

75. I have not rejected this wedding. It is not right that you are both so sad at heart.

76. I agree to the proposal he gave to My mother. Why should I do otherwise?

77. The idea that the wedding is cancelled is a lie. The sadness in your heart is not right. Please arrange for the wedding. That is what is right.”

78. Lord Gaura sent the brahmana with that message. The brahmana repeated it all to Sanatana Miçra

 

 

Song 28 (Rämakeli räga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: O Hari! O Rama! O Narayana! O Çacé’s son splendid like gold!

 

79. Sanatana Panòita became joyful at heart. Happily he determined the auspicious day and time.

80. Learning of Lord Gaura’s decision, he called an astrologer to his home and determined the auspicious day.

81. After careful analysis, the astrologer determined the auspicious day, time, lagna, tithi, and star.

82. At the time of the adhivasa ceremony, the saintly sadhus, brahmanas, and saj-janas met to bless Lord Gaura.

83. Delighted Çacé-devé met with the married ladies. To celebrate her son’s wedding, she gave them many gifts.

84. She gave them oil and turmeric. On their foreheads she placed red sindura. She gave them bananas, sandeça, khadira, and betelnuts.

85. The married ladies sang auspicious songs. The brahmanas also attended Lord Gaura’s adhivasa ceremony.

86. The brahmanas recited the Vedas. Conchshells were sounded. Mådaìgas, paöahas, and other musical instruments were played.

87. From the four directions the ladies chanted, Jaya! Jaya!” The Lord’s adhivasa ceremony was very glorious.

88. The brahmanas were worshiped with gifts of glorious ornaments, fragrances, garlands, sandal paste, and betelnuts mixed with camphor.

89. At that time faithful Çri Sanatana Panòita was very joyful at heart.

90. By sending some saintly brahmanas and their wives as his representatives, in his heart he observed the adhivasa ceremony of his prospective son-in-law.

91. Then he observed his daughter’s adhivasa ceremony. Her limbs glistened with many jewel ornaments.

92. At the time of the adhivasa ceremony he rightly worshiped the devas and pitas. The calls of jaya! Jaya!” had no end.

93. The brahmaëas recited the Vedas. Conchshells were sounded. Mådaìgas, paöahas, and other musical instruments were played.

94. In this way the two adhivasa ceremonies were performed. At dawn of the next day Lord Gaura arose.

95. He performed His morning duties, bathed in the Gaìga, and performed the nandémukha and çraddha ceremonies.

96. He carefully worshiped the devas and pitas. Then, to prepare for His wedding, He bathed again.

97. A barber came and did his barber’s work. The saintly ladies anointed His limbs with fragrances.

98. Bliss filled Nadéya’s villages. Everything was very auspicious for Lord Viçvambhara’s wedding.

99. Then the limbs of Lord Viçvambhara Raya Mahaprabhu were dressed in glorious garments.

100. He was decorated with glistening jewel ornaments and dressed in garments with a red border. A very fragrant breeze came from Lord Gaura’s limbs.

101. His limbs were naturally fragrant. To that many other glorious fragrances were added. The forehead on His glorious moonlike face was decorated with sandal tilaka.

102. His fingernails and toenails shone like a line of moons. Rings glistened on His fingers. His body was so effulgent no one could bear even to look at Him.

103. His thighs were graceful. His lips were like bimba fruits. Flower earrings rested on His ears and cheeks.

104. He wore bracelts, armlets, and anklets. Gazing at Himn, the ladies felt their hearts tremble.

105. Meanwhile, in his house Sanatana Paëòita decorated his daughter with many jewel ornaments.

106. She was dressed in exquisite garments, decorated with flower garlands, and anointed with sandal and fragrances. Even without ornaments her limbs were glorious and effulgent.

107. Viñëupriya’s limbs defeated millions of golden arrows. She was like lightning personified.

108. Her braids defeated the most glorious black serpents. She had the power to enchant the hearts of the greatest sages. Who can speak any metaphor that can properly describe the red sindura anointing her head?

109. Her charming eyeborws defeated the bow held by the archer Kamadeva. Her graceful nose defeated the parrot’s beak.

110. Her eyes defeated the doe’s eyes. Her ears defeated the gådhiné bird’s ear.

111. Her peerless glorious lips defeated the bandhuli flower. Her glistening teeth defeated pearls.

112. Her neck, which charmed every heart in the world, defeated the conchshell. Her graceful neck defeated the lion’s neck.

113. Her arms defeated the splendid grace of golden lotus stems. Her palms defeated the red lotus flower.

114. Her charming fingers defeated campaka buds. Her glistening fingernails and toenails defeated a host of moons.

115. Her graceful breasts defeated Mount Sumeru. Her hair defeated the lion’s mane.

116. Her hips defeated the great wheels on Kamadeva’s chariot. Her thighs defeated the graceful banana trees.

117. Her great beauty defeated everything created by Brahma in the three worlds. Her glorious hands and feet defeated the red lotus flowers.

118. Her splendid fingernails and toenails defeated a host of spotless moons. Glistening splendor took its birth on her eyes and on her limbs.

119. She was decorated with splendid garments and with garlands, fragrances, and sandal. Even without ornaments, the splendor of her limbs filled the whole country.

120. She charmed the three worlds. She defeated even Goddess Parvaté. Her limbs and ornaments filled the earth with light.

121. At the appropriate auspicious moment, Sanatana Panòita sent a brahmaëa messenger to bring the bridegroom.

122. Standing before the Lord Gaura, the brahmaëa messenger humbly spoke.

123. Gazing at Lord Gaura’s effulgent limbs, the brahmaëa thought of how he and Sanatana Paëòita had become very fortunate.

124. The brahmaëa said: Please listen, O Viçvambhara. The auspicious moment has come. Please hurry.

125. What can I say as I stand before You? You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I now see the Supreme Lord standing before me.

126. Gently, gently smiling, Lord Viçvambhara sat on a palanquin and, at the auspicious moment, departed.

127. Çacé and the married ladies gave Him their blessings. The Lord took the dust from His mother’s feet and placed it on His head.

128. Conchshells, dundubhis, bherés, kahalas, danòimas, muharis, and dinòimas all sweetly sounded.

129. Vénas, flutes, vilasas, rababs, upaìgas, and pakhowajas joyfully sounded together.

130. Paòahas, mådaìgas, kaàsyas, karatalas, bugles, and çanais all sounded together.

131. Many different musical instruments were played. I do not know all their names. Befiore the Lord dancers danced and reciters recited the Vedas.

132. Singers sang songs, and poets recited poems. Accompanied by His friends, the Lord proceeded.

133. From home after home the people, waving their arms, ran to see Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 29 (Vihagaòa räga)

 

 

134-135. Wearing glorious silk saris and glorious silk bodices, glorious earrings on their ears, their hair gracefully tied, wearing necklaces of pearls and gold, and rejecting red cosmetics, the beautiful, beautiful, beautiful young girls of Nadéya were

plunged in an ocean of bliss. Running to see Lord Viçvambhara’s wedding, they sang very auspicious songs.

136. Some had glorious silk garments in disarray. Some had a regal-scented campaka flower decorating an ear. They were graceful like regal elephants. With doe eyes they cast crooked glances in different directions. They did not know where to go.

137. Decorated with black aïjana, their restless eyes were like khaïjana birds. Their anointed with the ointment of Lord Gaura’s form, they would not go anywhere but to Him.

138. Hearing them coming, in village after village the girls ran behind them. Some still had a comb in their hair. Some had not finished arranging their garments.

139. The girls abandoned their pearllike husbands. They abandoned their families and kin. They paid no attention to their garments and ornaments. They became like wild women.

140. They were like a host of stationary lightning flashes, or swans, or autumn moons. Row after row after row, they held hands.

141. Men and women ran. As if they had only one mouth, no one spoke what was in his heart. Pushing and shoving, they ran like wild people to see Lord Gauraìga’s face.

142. The young, old, blind, lame, frail, and sick all yearned to see Lord Gaura. They were not shackled to each other. Still, the friends continued to hold each other’s hands as they ran.

143. Filled with Kamadeva’s desires, the girls gazed at Lord Gaura’s face. They became wild to see Him. Row after row of birds and animals stood, gazing at Lord Gaura.

144. Lord Gaura was surrounded by His friends. He was decorated with glistening ornaments. A crown was on His forehead. Locana dasa says: The girls were delirious. The doors of their hearts were broken open.

 

 

Song 30 (Varaòi räga – Dhulapelajata)

 

 

145. In this way Lord Viçvambhara arrived at Sanatana Panòita’s house. Now become like an ocean of joy, the panòita approached the Lord and offered padya and arghya. Glorious glorious was Çacé’s son.

146. After offering padya and arghya he placed Lord Gauracandra under a canopy. Everyone chanted: Hari!” Though hundreds and hundreds of lamps shone brilliantly, Lord Gaura’s glorious body defeated their splendor.

147. The married ladies made a joyous tumult. Conchshells, dundubhis, and musical instruments sounded. Dressed in splendid silk saris, the married ladies circumambulated the Lord.

148. The married ladies stood before the Lord and offered arati. Then the bride was brought before Him. Gazing at Lord Viçvambhara, who was decorated with the jewels of all transcendental virtues, the ladies became filled with bliss. They thought their feet no longer touched the ground.

150. In her heart Viñnupriya’s mother thought of Lord Gaura-Hari. She thought: My daughter Viñnupriya is very suitable for Him.”

151. One married lady offered arati with a jewel lamp. Lord Gaura’s limbs shone with great splendor. Smelling the fragrance of the Lord’s limbs, the ladies struggled to keep their hearts from going wild with bliss.

152. Seven times the ladies circumambulated Lord Gauracandra. With yougrt they washed His lotus feet. Sanatana Paëòita gave gifts of splendid garments and splendid ornaments to the bridegroom.

153. The bridegroom’s limbs he anointed with splendid fragrances and sandal. On the bridegroom’s neck he placed a malaté garland.

154. The Lord’s body was graceful like a Mount Sumeru with the celestial Gaìga cascading in two streams down both its sides. Gazing at His body decorated with a malaté garland, the Sanatana Paëòita felt the hairs of His stand erect with joy.

155. Then Sanatana Paëòita, the jewel of the brahmaëas, commanded that his daughter be brought there. Sitting on a jewel throne, she was the most beautiful girl in the three worlds. Her limbs were efulgent like lightning.

156. Viñëupriya, who charmed the hearts of the world, and whose namesake was Goddess Maha-Lakñmé, was brought before the Lord. With restless crooked glances she gazed at Lord Gauraìga’s face. She gently, gently smiled. She was beyond

compare.

157. Seven times she circumambulated the Lord. With folded hands she offered obeisances. When a curtain was drawn around Them, They gazed at each other with Their four eyes. Then They enjoyed flower pastimes.

158. From everyone joyous shouts of Hari! Hari!” arose. The bride and groom stood under a canopy. Everyone said: Glorious! They are glorious!” Someone said: They are like Candra and Rohiné”. Someone else said: They are like Çiva and Parvaté.”

159. Gently smiling, Lord Viçvambhara then sat on a throne. Then Sanatana Panòita offered his daughter to the Lord’s lotus feet.

160. Everything was rightly done. Many gifts were given. The bride and groom sat on the throne together. During that wedding ritual in Sanatana Panòita’s home, the bride and groom enjoyed a meal together.

161. Joyful at heart, the married ladies offered Them betelnuts and camphor. With their eyes they gazed at Çri Gauraìgacandra Hari as He sat in that room.

162. In their hearts the ladies thought: Today Viçvambhara and Viñëupriya sit in this house. Viñëupriya is actually Goddess Lakñmé, and Viçvambhara is actually Lord

Viñëu. They have both come to this earth.”

163. The ladies thought many thoughts like this. Many splendid garlands they placed around Lord Viçvambhara’s neck. The Lord fulfilled every desire in their hearts.

164. One lady anointed the Lord’s limbs with sandal and fragrances. Tocuhing the Lord, she became wild with bliss. Another lady enjoyed a conversation with the Lord. Overcome with bliss, another lady fell to the ground. The desires of her life were all fuflilled.

165. Another lady offered betelnuts to the Lord. Another lady offered a handful of flowers to the Lord’s feet. In her heart she thought: Birth after birth I offer myself to

You, O Lord.”

166. In this way the night passed. The Supreme Lord, who is adorned with the jewels of all virtues, was thus gloriously manifest before the married ladies. At dawn Lord Viçvambhara, who possesses the treasure of all virtues, performed His morning

duties. On that day He performed the kuçanòika ritual.

167. On the following day the Lord sat down and said: Now I will return to My home.” On the pretext of offering gifts, the Lord’s associates worshiped Him. There were sounds of conchshells and great sounds of Jaya! Jaya!”

168. Sanatana Panòita and his wife offered gifts of sandal paste, betelnuts, and flower garlands to the newly married couple. On the couple’s heads they placed durva grass and rice paddy. Saying, May You both live long”, they offered their blessings.

169. Her heart trembling, Goddess Viñnupriya gazed at her

mother and father. She humbly spoke in a voice filled with emotion.

170. Sad at heart, Sanatana Panòita said to the Lord: What can I say to You? It is only by Your mercy that I may give my daughter to You. How can I be qualified to give any gift to You?

171. This I say: I am fortunate to have You as my son-iu-law. My whole house is fortunate. Today I place my Viñnupriya at Your lotus feet.” With a voice choked with

emotion he spoke these words.

172. Tears streamed form his eyes. His eyes and face were red. He spoke with a choked voice. Into Lord Viçvambhara’s hand he placed Viñëupriya’s hand. Tears treamed from his eyes.

173. Then, at an auspicious moment, the Lord ascended a palanquin. Everyone was joyful at heart. Many musical instruments played. Mådaìgas and conchshells sounded. Calls of Hari!” filled the sky.

174. Dancers danced before the newlyweds. The virtuous people were all there. As the people chanted Jaya! Jaya!”, the Lord traveled on His palanquin. Finally He came to His own home.

175. Joyful Çacé and the married ladies offered arati to the newlyweds. Everyone made auspicious sounds of Jaya! Jaya!” Everuone chanted Hari!” They all offered many gifts.

176. Auspicious pots were placed before hte Lord. Poets recited poems. Brahmaëas chanted the Vedas. At the auspicious moment, taking Viñnupriya by the hand, the Lord entered His home.

177. Overcome with bliss and love, Çacé embraced Viçvambhara. She kissed His moonlike face. Surrounded by the married ladies, and overcome with bliss, Çacé embarced her daughter-in-law.

178. She could not contain the bliss she felt. The people offered many gifts. Seeing that Viçvambhara and Viñëupriya were now joined together, everyone was delighted and satisfied. In this way Locana dasa sings Lord Gaura’s glories.

 

 

Kaiçora-lilä – Prabhura Gayä-yäträ

 

Kaiçora Pastimes – The Lord’s Pilgrimage to Gayä

 

Song 31 (Varaòi räga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: O! He who is the moon of the brahmanas is my very life!

 

1. Lord Mahaprabhu joyfully stayed with His friends and kinsmen.

2. Talking amongst themselves, the brahmaëas of Navadvépa agreed that Viçvambhara is glorious, glorious.

3. Lord Viçvambhara, the jewel of persons, taught His students and performed the rituals followed by a pious man.

4. In philosophy and debate Viçvambhara defeated even Båhaspati. Viçvambhara was the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. Who has the power to praise Him enough?

5. Who has the power to describe the glorioes of His students? They studied under the guru of all the worlds.

6. Lord Viçvambhara is the beloved of millions of Sarasvatés. By His mercy everyone tasted the nectar of scholarship and became a panòita.

7. In this way Lord Viçvambhara taught the people. Then in His heart He thought: I will go to Gaya.

8. I will go to Gaya and offer piëòa to My ancestors. I will bow down before the Deity of Lord Gadadhara and before the footprints of Lord Viñëu.”

9. As the Lord thought in this way, a group of brahmaëa pilgrims came to Navadvépa.

10. Flames rose in Çacé’s heart. She approached her son. She sighed heavily. Her words were choked with emotion.

11. She said: Viçvambhara, please listen. If You go on pilgriomage, then I will not see You. Then blinding darkness will fill my house.

12. I am a blind person and You are the star that lights my eyes. You are the soul and I the body. I cannot live without You.

13. You will go to deliver Your ancestors. What can I say to You?”

14. When Mother Çacé said this, the Lord comforted her with sweet words:

15. The Lord said: Mother, please know I will stay with you at every moment.

16. Every son must offer pinòa. Please be kind and give Me permission. Don’t lament.” Then Çacé said to Him:

17. With a happy heart You may join these pilgrim brahmaëas.” In this way Lord Viçvambhara went on pilgrimage to

18. On whatever path Çacé’s son walked, all who saw Him felt their eyes filled with cooling pleasure.

19. Young, old, lame, and foolish all ran to see Him. Even the birds and beasts ran to see Him. Tears streamed from every eye.

20. Abandoning their families, saintly ladies ran to see Him. Everyone said: Look! Look! There is Lord Hari of Vraja!”

21. Saying this, they ran after the Lord. They did not bind their hair. They became like wild people. This happened as the Lord traveled from place to place.

22. On every path everyone ran after Him in this way. Everyone floated in a nectar ocean of ecstatic love.

23. In one place Lord Gaura-Hari saw a stag and a doe playing.

24. Seeing the stag and doe’s playing, the Lord gave out a mocking, mocking laugh, as if He were mocking the actions of ordinary men.

25. He said: Animals are wild with greed, illusion, lust, and anger. Any human who does not worship Lord Kåñëa is like those animals.”

26. Surrounded by His companions, the Lord mocked humans whose intelligence is like that of the animals.

27. He said: In an animal’s body knowledge of Kåñëa is not possible. Any human who does not worship Lord Kåñëa is an animal. This I say.”

28. Teaching in this way, the guru of the worlds traveled on the path. Lord Viçvambhara was like a kalpa-våkña tree.

29. Coming to the river that bears the name Cira, the Lord bathed and performed pious rituals.

30. Happily He worshiped the demigods and pitas. Then He entered a temple to see the Deity.

31. After worshiping the Deity, Lord Viçvambhara quickly descended a hill. Near the hill was a brahmana’s home.

32. At that time one of the brahmaëas in the Lord’s group of pilgrims, seeing the brahmaëas of that place, in his heart found fault with them.

33. Although the actions of the brahmaëas in that place were certainly proper and righteous, when he saw them, that brahmaëa thought these people were not true brahmaëas.

34. Seeing this person did not respect the brahmaëas, Lord Viçvambhara revealed the devotion his heart bears for the brahmaëas.

35. Suddenly a great fever blazed in the Lord’s body. Seeing the fever, everyone became afraid at heart.

36-37. The Lord said: Listen. Listen everyone. Fid I commit an offense when I worshiped the demigods and pitas? I do not know. Did I offend one of My fellow pilgrims? When offenses mar auspicious deeds the result is great suffering.

38. Something must be done to stop this fever. If I drink water that has washed a brahmana’s feet, My body will become cool again.

39. Water that has washed a brahmana’s feet removes all sins. It will kill this fever. How can I cure this fever by My own power?”

40. A brahmana from that place stood up and washed his feet

41. When Lord Viçvambhara drank the water that bhad washed that brahmaëa’s feet, the fever fled far away. In this way the Lord revealed to all His great devotion to brahmaëas.

42. The brahmaëa who offended the brahmaëas of that place then wisely said: You saved Me from the great sufferings that would have come from the offense I committed in My heart.

43. I thought these brahmaëas acted wrongly, and therefore I offended them in my heart. You saved me from the sufferings that would have come from the offense in my heart.

44. You revealed Your great devotion for the brahmaëas. I am an offender. Please forgive my offense.

45. You are the Supreme Lord who dearly loves the brahmanas. You are the person most qualified to be a devotee of the brahmaëas. On Your chest You bear the mark of Bhågu Muni’s foot.

46. With Your own mouth You preach the glory of devotion to You. In this way You deliver the world.

47. Glory to dear Lord Viçvambhara! Glory to the king of the brahmanas! They who serve you attain all perfection.

48. Obeisances to merciful Lord Gaura-Hari, who is dearly loved by the brahmanas! Obeisances to the Lord who establishes the true religion!”

49. Hearing these words of His fellow pilgrim, the Lord forgave the offenses of all the pilgrims there.

50. He said: The brahmanas of this place worship Lord Kåñna. Do not shun them. Do not stay far away from them.

51. Anyone who does not worship Lord Kåñna is not a true brahmaëa. The Puraëas teach:

 

52. caëòalo ‘pi muneù çreñöho

viñëu-bhakti-parayaëaù

viñëu-bhakti-vihénas tu

dvijo ‘pi çvapacadhamaù

 

 

`A so-called outcaste who is devoted to Lord Viñëu is the best of sages, but a so-called brahmaëa who has no devotion to Lord Viñëu is the lowest outcaste.` ”

 

53. After speaking these words, the Lord showed that He was satisfied with His brahmana companion. He kindly forgave that brahmana’s offense.

54. In this way the Lord showed His devotion to the brahmanas. Againa and again crossing holy rivers, the lord proceeded on His journey.

55. At these rivers He would bathe, worship the devas, perform pious rituals for His father’s benefit, and then coninue on His journey.

56. Then He came to a very holy place named Rajagiri. There He bathed at Brahma-kunòa and gave charity.

57. There He worshiped the devas and pitas. Then He hurried to see Lord Viñnu’s footprints.

58. There He met a sannyasé who was a great devotee of the Lord, a sannyasé named Içvara Puré.

59. To Him Lord Viçvambhara offered obeisances and said: I am very fortunate to see your two feet.”

60. Falling sown before that sannyasé’s feet, and overcome with emotion, the Lord spoke these words. Tears streamed from the Lord’s merciful reddish eyes.

61. How will I be able to cross the ocean of repeated birth and death? Please give Me devotion to Lord Kåñëa’s lotus feet.

62. I do not see any way to attain that devotion but by accepting initiation from a great devotee of Lord Kåñëa. All the words spoken by the Puraëa’s and by the mouths of the great devotees bear witness to this truth.”

63. Hearing these words, in a secluded place Içvara Puré repeated to the Lord the maha-mantra.

64. Thus attaining Lord Kåñëa’s maha-mantra, Lord Viçvambhara felt bliss in His heart. The hairs of His body stood erect.

65. Tears streamed form His eyes. The hairs of His body stood erect. He called out: Rädhä! Rädhä!” He was tossed by waves of bliss.

66. His heart became rapt in thinking of Vraja. His heart was plunged in the sweet nectar of madhurya-rasa.

67. His body became wild with the love Rädhä feels for Lord Kåñëa. Loudly He called: Kåñëa! Kåñëa!”

68. He called out: Våndävana! Govardhana!” and laughed. With great joy He roared: Kalindé! Yamuna!”

69. One moment He called out: Balarama! Çridama! Sudama!” The next moment He called out: Nanda! Yaçoda!”

70. White and dark surabhi cows!” He roared in a deep voice. The next moment He called out: Gopi friends!” The Lord had became wild.

71. One moment He placed a straw between His teeth and became like a servant. The next moment He was filled with pride. I am He”, He declared.

72. I lifted Govardhana Hill. I killed Aghasura. I killed Putana and a host of demons.”

73. The next moment He manifested a three-fold-bending form, a form with a flute at His mouth. From the four directions all who saw were filled with wonder.

74. Tears streamed from His eyes. His voice was choked with emotion. With sweet words He said to His guru:

75. By your mercy I have attained the goal of My life. From today My life of materialism has fled.”

76. In this way the Lord showed the perfect example of devotion for one’s guru. Then the Lord proceeded on His journey. Seeing the Phalgu river, he gently, gently smiled.

77. Remembering the pastimes He enjoyed there in ancient days, He felt both happy and said. Remembering Séta-devé, He became wild with emotion.

78. He worshiped the devas and pitas. He bathed and gave charity. He offered pinòa to his forefathers.

79. To a brahmana He gave the remnants of what was offered to the pitas. Going south, He visited Udécé.

80. Going north, He visited Jihva-lola. There He worshiped the devas and pitas. He gave wealth in charity.

81. Happy at heart, He then came to Gaya. He was very anxious to see Lord Viñëu’s footprints.

82. On sixteen altars the Lord offered piëòa. He longed to see Lord Viñëu’s footprints.

83. Having performed all these rituals, with a happy heart He hurried to see Lord Viñëu’s footprints.

84. With a happy heart He thought: With My own eyes I will see Lord Viñëu’s footprints.”

85. In this way He approached Lord Viñëu’s footprints. Joyfully falling down like a stick, He offered respectful obeisances.

86. Lord Gauraìga said: Listen. Listen, everyone. In what way does My heart now gaze at Lord Viñëu’s footprints?

87. With My eyes I now see Lord Viñëu’s footprints. Why, as I see Them, does ecstatic spiritual love not arise within Me?”

88. Saying these words, with a happy heart Lord Mahaprabhu performed an abhiñeka of Lord Viñëu’s footprints.

89. Then Lord Viçvambhara Hari manifested ecstatic devotion. O great devotees, please hear the ecstatic saymptoms He manifested.

90. At the beginning of His manifestation of ecstatic love, He trembled and the hairs of His body stood erect. Then flooding rivers of tears flowed from His eyes. The next moment He became stunned.

91. Overcome with ecstatic love, Lord Viçvambhara gazed at Lord Viñëu’s footprints. Celebrating a great, great festival of ecatatic love, He danced.

92. Thus after offering pinòa at Gaya and after seeing Lord Viñëu’s footprints, Lord Viçvambhara joyfully danced with His brahmaëa companions.

93. The next day in His heart He firmly decided to go on a journey to Mathura.

94. To His brahmaëa companions He said: You should all go to see Våndävana.”

95. Hearing this, the companions were stunned. They had little money to make the journey.

96. The Lord said to them: A human being who tries to enjoy material pleasures must again be born in the material world. Not knowing this truth, the materialists are very eager to act for their material benefit.

97. If one worships Lord Kåñëa, then one’s human life is a great success. If one does not worship Lord Kåñna, then one drowns in an ocean of sorrows.”

98. After giving these instructions, Lord Gaura-Hari left Gaya and began His journey to Våndävana.

99. As He was traveling with His companions, a voice spoke from the sky.

100. Rumbling like a new cloud, to enlighten Lord Viçvambhara, the voice spoke these words:

101. Listen. Listen, O Mahaprabhu Viçvambhara. Don’t go to Våndävana. Return to Your home.

102. When You accept sannyasa You will travel to many holy places. At that time You will go to Våndävana.”

103. With His own ears hearing this message from the demigods, Lord Viçvambhara ended the journey with His brahmana companions.

104. Lord Mahaprabhu journeyed to His own home. Walking and walking, His feet carried Him to Nadéya.

105. Bidding farewell to His pilgrim companions, He entered His home. He bowed down before Mother Çacé’s feet.

106. With a joyful heart Çacé embraced her son. Tears of love and joy streamed from her two eyes.

107. The people of Nadéya’s villages joyfully ran to see the Lord. They trembled. The hairs of the bodies stood erect.

108. Waves of bliss tossed Viñnupriya’s heart. She had no power to hold the bliss that filled her body. The bliss in her body had no end.

109. In this way Lord Gaura joyfully returned to His own home. Locana dasa sings this song praising Lord Gaura’s pastimes.

 

 

Song 32 (Varaòi räga)

 

 

Refrain; O! O moon of the brahmanas!

 

110. The stories of the Lord’s pastimes in Navadvépa are very wonderful. Songs glorifying Lord Gauracandra are filled with nectar.

111. The Lord’s pastimes in Nadéya are beyond the touch of both the Vedas and ordinary custom. Simply by hearing them everyone attains auspiciousness, ecstatic spiritual love, and spiritual joy.

112. Lord Çiva, Çukadeva Gosvamé, Narada Muni, Goddess Lakñmé, and Lord Ananta think themselves fortunate to hear Lord Gaura’s pastimes.

113. I myself am worthless like a pile of ashes. I am very unintelligent. I do not know the difference between good and bad, between day and night.

114. My deeds are like animals’ deeds. I am the lowest person. This I say. This I write of myself.

115. The Gaura-avatara is the best of all avataras. In the towns of Nadéya He preached the gospel of ecstatic spiritual love.

116. Bowing before the Vaiñëavas’ feet, I beg: Please be kind. Please give me the power to describe Lord Gaura’s glories.

117. Please don’t hold me in contempt, saying: You are very fallen.” This fallen person takes shelter of you all.

118. Out of your own natural kindness, please be kind to me. Please be kind. Please give me the power to sing Lord Gaura’s glories with my own mouth. Please fulfill my desire.

119. I bow down before Lord Gaura’s lotus feet and pray: Please give me a single sesame seed’s worth of Your mercy. Please allow me to see You with my own eyes.

120. Çri Narahari dasa is my master. O master, I faithfully sing your glories.

121. I am lower than the lowest. I am a sinner. I am worthless like a pile of ashes. How can I be qualified to sing your glories?

122. I am not qualified. Please give me your mercy anyway. I yearn to sing your glories.

123. What will be, will be. That I must say. I carefully sing the glories of the Lord’s confidential pastimes in Nadéya.

124. I may understand them, or I may not understand them. Still, I yearn to describe the Lord’s pastimes. In this way Locana dasa concludes the Adi-khaëòa

 

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