Chaitanya Mangala Madhya

Srila Locana dasa Thakura’s

Sri Caitanya-mangala, Volume Two

 

 

 

 

Madhya-khanòa

 

 

 

Song 1 (Karuna – Çriraga)

 

 

1. O life master of Narahari and Gadadhara, pleas be kind

to me. Please make Your auspcious glance fall upon me.

2. The Adi-khanòa is concluded. Now the Madhya-khanòa

will begin. Whoever hears it will quickly attain a great treasure

of ecstatic spiritual love.

3. Now I will speak the Madhya-khanòa, which is full of

nectar, and which describes the Lord’s Nadéya pastimes of

preaching the gospel of ecstatic love.

4. In the Madhya-khaëòa the Lord deliverd the sinners

Jagai and Madhai and gave them a gift of ecstatic spiritual

love even the demigod Brahma finds difficult to attain.

5. In the Madhya-khaëòa the Lord openly manifested the Hari-

nama-saìkértana movement of chanting Lord Kåñëa’s holy names,

and in that khaëòa, to deliver the fallen people, the Lord

accepted sannyasa.

6. I will tell all these stories. The Madhya-khaëòa is full

of nectar. Any person who hears it will find that the offenses in

his heart are all destroyed.

7. with a hapoy heart the Lord returned to Nadéya. Happily

He stayed with His friends and kinsmen.

8-9. To the brahmaëa boys of Navadvépa, boys whose actions were

pure, boys who were the most pious and fortunate in the three

worlds, Lord Viçvambhara personally gave transcendental

knowledge.

10. To these boys, His students, Lord Gaura-Hari one day

kindly said:

11. Lord Kåñna’s feet are the only truth you should

study. One who knows that truth has devotion for Lord Kåñna.

12. Do not study any other truth the çastras describe, any

truth other than devotion to Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñna.

13. Persons intoxicated with pride in their

learning, wealth, and honorable families do not attain Lord

Kåñna. Only by devotional service does one easily attain Lord

Këñëa, the king of the Yadus.

14. Lord Kåñëa is conquered by the nectar of

devotional service. To prove this I quote these words from the

çastras (Padyavalé 8):

 

15. vyadhasyacaraëaà dhruvasya ca vayo vidya gajendrasya

kià

kubjayaù kim u nama rupam adhikaà kià tat sudhamno dhanam

vaàçaù ko vidurasya yadava-pater ugrasya kià pauruñaà

bhaktya tuñyati kevalaà na ca guëair bhakti-priyo madhavaù

 

 

Where was the hunter Dharma’s piety, Dhruva’s

maturity, and Gajendra’s knowledge? Where was Kubja’s beauty?

Where was Sudama’s wealth? Where was Vidura’s noble birth?

Where was Ugrasena’s chivalrous strength? Lord Madhava is

pleased only by devotional service and not by material

qualifiications.”

 

16. Teaching His students in this way, the Lord manifested

the ecstatic spiritual love and bliss He felt.

17. One time, as He lay sleeping in His own home, He wept in

the ecstsy of love for Lord Kåñna.

18. Overcome with the love Rädhä feels, the Lord called out:

Now that He has gone to Mathura, a weapon is plunged

into My heart. Now I am dead.

19. Wretch Akrura, it was you who took My Kåñëa

away.” Speaking in this way and weeping, the Lord was overcome

with feelings of ecstatic love.

20. Wicked-hearted Kubja, you took My Kåñëa away.

Ah! Kåñëa was always a rake, a cheater, a thief of young girls’

hearts.”

21. Speaking in this way, the Lord wept, His weeping like a

great rumbling roar. the hairs of His body stood erect. His

manifestation of ecstatic love was astonishing.

22. Astonished, Çacé asked Lord Viçvambhara:

Dear, why do you weep? Why are You unhappy?”

23. The Lord heard His mother’s words, but gave no reply. He

only wept. He was overcome with ecstasy.

24. In her heart Çacé-devé thought: By Lord

Kåñna’s mercy He manifests the symptoms of ecstatic love.”

25. Very fortunate Çacé knew all the truths of spiritual

life. Facing her son, she sweetly said:

26. Listen. Listen, my dear, my golden son. I see

that You have something very wonderful, something very rare in

all the worlds.

27. Whatever wealth You find in Your journeys You

always bring to me.

28. In Gaya You found a great treasure of

ecstatic love for Lord Kåñëa, a treasure more valuable than

priceless jewels, a treasure even the demigods cannot attain.

29. If You truly have kindness in Your heart, then

please give to me that treasure of ecstatic love for Lord Kåñëa,

a love that I fear to look upon.”

30. In this way Çacé-devé spoke. His heart melting, the

Lord gazed at His mother and said:

31. Mother, by the mercy of the Vaiñëavas you

will attain that ecstatic love. Please know this for certain.

What I say is the truth.”

32. Hearing these words, Çacé became very joyful at

heart. That moment she attained ecstatic love and devotion.

33. The hairs on her limbs stood erect. Her body trembled.

Endless flooding rivers of tears flowed from her eyes.

34. With a joyous heart she called out: Kåñëa!

Kåñna!” In this way Locana dasa describes the first time Lord

Gaura manifested of ecstatic love.

 

 

Song 2 (Çri raga – Diça)

 

 

35. In this way the Lord was overcome with ecstatic love.

There was a brahmana named Çuklambara Brahmacaré.

36. At his house the Lord was overcome with ecstatic love.

There flooding rivers of tears always flowed from the Lord’s eyes.

37. Mucous always flowed from the Lord’s nostrils. The

brahmaëa Çuklambara always cleaned the mucous from the Lord.

38. Day and night the Lord rolled on the ground and wept.

Overcome, He would ask what the time was.

39. During the day He would ask: How far has the

night progressed?” Everyone would say: It is day. It is

not night.”

40. In this way the Lord was overcome with love. Overcome

with ecstasy, again and again He wept.

41. When three hours of the night had passed, He would ask

what time of day it was. He was given thwe answer: It is

not daytime.”

42. He was so overcome with love He did not know whether it

was day or night. If He heard the holy name of Lord Kåñëa come

from any mouth, He would fall to the ground.

43. If he heard someone sing songs of Lord Kåñëa’s names or

glories, He would roll on the ground and weep.

44. One moment He would fall to the ground like a stick. The

next moment He would loudly sing Lord Kåñna’s names.

45. The next moment He would speak with a voice choked with

emotion. His body trembled. The hairs standing erect on His limbs

defeated the glories of the kadamba flower’s filaments.

46. He was always in ecstasy. Some moments He was calm and

peaceful. In those moments, on His friends’ entreaties, He owuld

bathe and give charity.

47. Then He would worship His Deity and offer food. Then He

would honor the maha-prasadam.

48. As the days passed He enjoyed pastimes of ecstasy in

this way. Every evening He sang and danced with great joy.

49. In this way the days and nights happily passed. The Lord

tasted the nectar of ecstatic love. He also taught the world.

50. Everyone please hear these words: To taste the nectar of

love for Himself was the Lord’s primary purpose in coming to this

world.

51. To deliver the conditioned souls was His secondary

purpsoe. This I know. That is why I say He is the crest jewel of

all avataras.

52. All the avataras remain in Lord Gaura’s body. All the

avataras are His companions. They are all His servants.

53. When Lord Gauracandra was manifest in Navadvépa, the

blinding darkness in the hearts of the world’s peoples fled far

away.

54. The effulgence of His mercy extinguished the flames of

suffering burning in the hearts of Kali-yuga’s peoples.

55. The devotee associates of the Lord became like cakora

birds overwhelmed by drinking the nectar moonlight of ecstatic

love.

56. Gadadhara Panòita became an associate of the Lord.

Narahari \Thakura stayed with the Lord.

57. Çrinivasa, Murari, Mukunda, Vakreçvara, and Çridhara

Panòita all had homes in Navadvépa.

58. Çriman, Saïjaya, Dhanaïjaya Paëòita, Çuklambara,

Nélambara, and many other great souls were also there.

59-60. Çri Rama Paëòita, Maheça Paëòita, Haridasa,

saintly Nandana Acarya, Rudra Paëòita, Damodara Paëòita,

and amny others were all followers of Lord Gauåaìga.

61. I cannot write all their names. I cannot name them all,

for then this book would become an ocean without any shores.

62. From many different places the devotees came and

gathered at Lord Gaura’s feet.

63. To the people of this world giving the great treasure of

ecstatic love, these devotees became wild with ecstatic love.

64. The Lord was equally king to all the conditioned souls.

With the devotees Lord Gaura enjoyed pastimes of ecstatic love.

65-66. One day, accompanied by Çrivasa Panòita and his

brothers, the Lord walked on the path. Thne He suddenly heard the

sound of a flute. He did not know who made the music.

67. Hearing this flute music, the Lord was overcome with the

love Çri Rädhä feels. He wept and wept. He roared and roared.

68. Overcome, He fell like a stick to the ground. He wept.

He manifested many symptoms of ecstatic love.

69. The Lord was now completely wild. His loud laughter was

a great blessing to His followers.

70. One moment He spoke to His students things beyond the

touch of this world. The next moment He became like a wild man.

The next moment He became silent.

71. Accompanied by Çrivasa Panòita, Rama, Narayana,

and Mukunda, the Lord went to Çrivasa’s house.

72. Within the house, the devotees filled with the four

sides. In the midst was Lord Gaura-Hari. He was wild with love

for Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñëa.

73. One moment He stood up. The next moment He fell to the

ground. Then He rolled on the ground. Calling out, Hari!

Hari!”, He loudly wept.

74. Day and night He was filled with the ecstasy of

spiritual love. The hairs of His body stood erect. He spoke only

of Lord Kåñëa. He spoke nothing else.

75. In His own home one time He was overcome with ecstatic

love. He loudly wept. Five or seven flooding rivers of tears

streamed from His eyes.

76. What will I do? Where will I go? What is the

way? How will I become able to give My heart to Çri Kåñëa?”

77. Speaking these words, He wept in despair. Hearing His

anguished words, everyone else wept also.

78. At that moment a divine voice respectfully said:

Please hear, O Viçvambhara. You Yourself are the Supreme

Personality of Godhead.

79. To reveal the ecstasy of spiritual love You

descended to the earth. To others You will mercifully teach the

ecstasy of spiritual love.

80. To establish the true religion on the earth You

will begin the movement of chanting the holy names. Don’t lament.

Begin Kåñëa-saìkértana (the chanting of Lord Kåñëa’s holy

names).

81. By Your mercy everyone in Kali-yuga will be

delivered. To everyone You will give the ecstasy of love for

Yourself. In this way everyone’s sorrows will perish.

82. Don’t doubt. Please hear these words: Throw

Your sorrows far away, and perform saìkértana (chanting) of Your

own holy names.”

83. Hearing these words from a demigod’s mouth, the Lord

became joyful at heart. He did not speak a word.

84. Please hear the wonderful story of what happened on

another day. The songs of Lord Viçvambhara’s glories are filled

with nectar.

85. One day the Lord went to Murari Gupta’s house. The Lord

was marked with the symptoms of ecstasy. The hairs of His body

stood erect.

86. Entering the Deity room, the Lord was overcome with

ecstasy. He began to speak.

87. Flooding rivers of tears flowed from the oceans of His

eyes. His tears were like the celestial Gaìga flowing from

Mount Sumeru.

88. Everyone said: Look! Look at that wonderful

form. A form like a great mountain, the form of a boar, now

stands before us.

89. Look! Look at the very powerful form of Lord

Varaha! With His great tusks He yearns to kill us!

90. With His two tsusks the boar will kill us!”

Saying these words, everyone ran into the Deity room.

91. In this way the Lord again manifested the ecstasy of

Lord Varaha. On His hands and feet He paced the ground.

92. His form was enormous. His eyes were red. His steps were

powerful. His roaring was ferocious.

93. He came upon a brass pot. Picking it up in His tusks,

He lifted His head. For a moment held the pot aloft.

94. Discarding the pot, He opened His mouth. He asked

Murari: This is My form.

95. I am the Supreme Lord. In this form I rescued

the Vedas. I tell you I am the master. I am the Supreme Person.

96. What is this form of Mine? Do you know it? Say

something about it.” Murari said: Lord, how can I know

You?”

97. Falling like a stick to the ground, Murari offered

obeisances. Lord, even the demigod Brahma does not

understand Your nature and Your pastimes.”

98. Then Murari quoted a verse from Bhagavad-géta. I will

repeat it here. Everyone please hear these words.

99. In Bhagavad-géta (10.15) it is said:

 

 

svayam evatmanatmanaà

vettha tvaà puruñottama

bhuta-bhavana bhuteça

deva-deva jagat-pate

 

 

Indeed You alone know Yourself by Your own

potencies, O origin of all, Lord of all beings, God of gods, O

Supreme Person, Lord of the universe.”*

 

100. This verse means: O Supreme Personality of

Godhead, You alone know Yourself. No one else knows You.”

101. Thne Lord Gaura-Hari again said: Do the Vedas

have the power to know Me?”

102. In a voice choked with emotion, Murari replied:

Even thousand-headed Lord Ananta Çeña has no power to know

the truth about You.

103. How can the Vedas know thwe truth of Your

pastimes? O Lord, no one knows Your glories.”

104. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura again said:

The Vedas mocked Me. Listen to these words (Çvetaçvatara

Upaniñad 3.19):

 

105. apani-pado javano grahéta

paçyaty acakñuù sa çånoty akarnaù

sa vetti vedyaà na ca tasyasti vetta

tam ahur agryam puruñaà mahantam

 

 

`Learned transcendentalists explain that God is the

greatest, the original person. He has no material hands, but He

can take anything. He has no material legs, but He can travel

faster than anyone. He has no material eyes, but He sees

everything. He has no material ears, but He hears everything. He

knows everything, but no one knows Him.’ “*

 

106. The Vedas say I have no hands and legs. Others

do not mock Me like these Vedas.”

107. After speaking these words, the Lord laughed. His face

was cheerful and kind. The Vedas do not know Me.”, He

said.

108. The physician Murari bowed down and said:

Lord, please be kind. Please give me the gift of ecstatic

spiritual love.”

109. The Lord again said: Listen, Murari.

You already love Me. Ecstatic spiritual love is already yours.

110. You should worship the Supreme Personality of

Godhead, the Lord with a humanlike form, the Lord whose three-

fold-bending form is dark like sapphires, the Lord who holds a

flute in His hands.

111. The root of His potencies bears the name

Våñabhanusuta (Çri Rädhä, Våñabhanu’s daughter).

Her glorious complexion breaks the pride of new gorocana.

112. Of how many beautiful gopis is Lord Kåñna the

beloved? Dedicate your body to Nanda’s son Kåñna. Then you will

attain Him.

113. In a land of cintamaëi jewels, in a jewel

palace, on a jewel altar surrounded by kalpavåkña trees,

handsome Kåñëa sits on a throne.

114. He is surrounded by kamadhenu cows. His powers

are beyond conception. His every desire is at once fulfilled.

Give your love to Him.

115. The effulgence of His limbs is the impersonal

Brahman. Know that Kåñëa’s sweetness is the greatest of all

truths.”

116. In the presence of all the devotees Lord Gaura spoke

these words. Hearing these words, everyone felt their hearts

become filled with bliss.

117. Hearing these words, Murari said before the Lord’s

feet: Lord, please allow me to see Lord Ramacandra with

my own eyes.”

118. The moment he spoke these words, Murari saw Lord

Ramacandra, whose form is dark like durva grass, and who is the

life of Séta-devé.

119. Lord Rama was accompanied by Lakñmana, Bharata,

Çatrughna, and a host of others. Gazing at the Lord, Murari

became filled with bliss.

120. His external consciousness fled far away. He fell and

rolled on the ground. With a gesture of His lotus hand, Lord

Rama gave a blessing of peace to him.

121. Lord Rama gave this blessing: You will be

filled with ecstatic spiritual love. You are Hanuman. I am Your

Ramacandra.”

122. After speaking these words, the Lord departed for the

temple. On another day Lord Gaura went to Çrivasa’s house.

123. Sitting amongst His associates, He described the truth

of ecstatic spiritual for Himself.

124. With a joyful heart He called out: Hari!

Hari!” To His personal associates He said: Listen.

Listen to these wonderful words.

125. With one heart listen to the words I speak,

words that say how one may attain Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñna.”

126. Then the Lord recited a verse of Naradéya Purana. No

one else there understood the heart of that verse.

127. That verse was (Naradéya Purana 38.126):

 

 

harer nama harer nama

harer namaiva kevalam

kalau nasty eva nasty eva

nasty eva gatir anyatha

 

 

In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means

of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no

other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.”*

 

128. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the same

as His name. In the Kali-yuga the Lord is manifest in the form of

His holy name. This the fools do not know.

129. Please know that the Supreme Personality of

Godhead is identical with His holy name. That truth is shown in

this verse by the word `kevalam’. In this verse Vyasa three

times refutes the idea that the Lord is different from His name.

130. To emphasize this truth to the miseld sinners,

three times he repeats it.

131. By Lord Hari’s holy name alone one attains

liberation. Here please know that the word `kevalam’ means

`liberation’.

132. The holy name here refers even to namabhasa

(the dim light of the holy name). Even by namabhasa one

attains liberation. This all the scriptures teach.

133. By namabhasa one attains liberation. These

truthful words the scriptures speak. When the holy name itself

rises, then one attains ecstatic spiritual love. This the

Puraëas affirm.

134. To teach the demigod-worshipers that there is
no other way, this truth is three times stated in this verse.

135. Chanting the holy name of Lord Hari is the

same as meditating on Lord Kåñëa surrounded by His cows, gopas,

and gopi associates. Please know that the holy name contains all

the truths of the Vedas.”

136. Rapt in the ecstasy of Lord Varaha, Lord Gaura spoke

these words. Then, filled with ecstatic spiritual love, He danced

in nama-saìkértana (chanting of the holy names).

137. Ecstatic love for Lord Kåñëa quickly takes birth in

anyone who hears of Lord Gaura’s glorious pastimes in Nadéya.

138. Holding a straw between my teeth, I, Locana dasa,

declare: Lord Gaura’s feet are my only treasure. I have no other.

 

 

Song 3 (Dhanaçé-raga)

 

 

139. Shining like a full moon in Navadvépa, Lord Gaura

always manifested a flooding nectar stream of ecstatic love.

140. The devotees became like cakora birds, always drinking

the nectar effulgence of the moons of His feet. With limitless

mercy the Lord revealed the truth of ecstatic spiritual love.

141. Please hear the wodnerful story of the Lord’s pastimes

on another day. The Lord was sitting in His home, His effulgent

form more glorious than the forms of ten million Kamadevas.

142. His neck was like a lion’s neck, or like a conchsell.

His eyes were like lotus flowers. In a voice deep like rumbling

clouds He said:

143. Why do I see men with four, five, and six

faces in My house? My heart is filled with wonder to see them.”

144. Staying at the Lord’s side, and hearing these words,

Çrinivasa Panòita gave this reply:

145. All the demigods have come to see You. The

beings with four, five, and six faces are Brahma and the

demigods.

146. You are an ocean of ecstatic spiritual love.

Your form is a great treasure of ecstatic spiritual love. All the

demigods have come to beg from You a gift of that treasure of

ecstatic spiritual love.”

147. Lord Mahaprabhu sat on a glittering throne. On one

devotee’s body He rested His body. Another devotee was at His

feet.

148. Falling down before His feet, Çrinivasa and the other

devotees wept and said:

149. We would ask of You a boon. O master of

the highest limit of mercy, please give us the nectar honey of

love for Your lotus feet.”

150. In a voice like a thundering cloud Lord Viçvambhara

said: Everyone lick up that nectar honey. I give you the

mercy of ecstatic spiritual love.”

151. At that time all the demigods attained ecstatic

spiritual love. Thier bodies were filled with ecstatic love. They

were struck with wonder.

152. Calling out, O Rädhä-Govinda!”, the demigods

danced. Seeing this, the Vaiñëavas became joyful at heart.

153. The demigods and goddesses danced. Tears flowed from

their eyes. The hairs of their bodies stood erect. They

perspired. They were tossed by waves of ecstatic spiritual love.

54. One moment they rolled on the ground and fell before the

Lord’s feet. Another moment they called at the top of their

voices, Haribol!” and danced.

155. Another moment they offered prayers to Lord Gaura-

Govinda. Another moment they fell like sticks before the Lord’s

feet.

156. Another moment the demigods placed their heads at the

Lord’s feet and begged: Please keep Your feet in our

hearts.”

157. Again and again the Lord replied: So be it.”

The demigods became filled with the treasure of ecstatic

spiritual love.

158. Having attained the treasure of ecstatic spiritual

love, the demigods departed for their own abodes. Seeing all

this, the devotees became blissful at heart.

159. This shows why the people say the Lord loves his

devotees. Seeing the Lord’s mercy, Çuklambara Brahmacaré

spoke some words.

160. Çuklambara Brahmacaré was very pure. His body was

purified by many pilgrimages. His nature was gentle and sweet.

161. He approached the Lord and spoke some words. He was not

afraid. Yearning to attain ecstatic spiritual love, he spoke what

was in his heart.

162. O! O, Lord Gaura! O Supreme Lord! Please hear.

Please hear. Today with my own eyes I have seen Your mercy.

163. I have traveled to many holy places, but

still I am unhappy. Why I do not know.

164. I traveled to Mathura and Dvaraka, but

still I was unhappy. Please give me the treasure of ecstatic

spiritual love.”

165. Hearing these words, the Lord replied: Please

hear, O Çuklambara, My words.

166. How many dogs and jackals live in that forest?

What am I to them?” Thus spoke the Lord.

167. If Lord Kåñëa does not stay in one’s heart,

one cannot attain the mercy of the holy places.

168. Love for Lord Kåñëa is the only true religion.

There is no other. Look, the scriptures declare:

 

169. ménaù snana-paraù phaëé pavana-bhuì meño ‘pi

parëaçanaù

çaçvad bhramyati cakrigaur api bako dhyane sada tiñöhati

garte tiñöhati muñiko ‘pi gahane siàhaù sada vartate

teñaà phalam asti hanta tapasa sad-bhava-siddhià vina

 

 

`Fish intently bathe. Snakes eat only air. Sheep eat

only grass. The ox circling the grinding wheel always walks.

Cranes are rapt in meditation. Mice live in holes. Lions live in

the forest. A person who, without love for Lord Kåñëa, practices

austerities like the austerities of these animals, attains a

result like what these animals attain.’

 

170. In the Narada-païcaratra (2.6) it is said:

 

 

aradhito yadi haris tapasa tataù kià

naradhito yadi haris tapasa tataù kim

antar bahir yadi haris tapasa tataù kià

nantar bahir yadi haris tapasa tataù kim

 

 

Ifone can understand the Supreme Personality of

Godhead and engage in His service, there is no more need of

severe austreities, penances, and so on. However, if after

performing severe austerities and penances, one does not

understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead, such practices are

useless.’*

 

171. Hearing these words, the brahmana Çuklambara fell to

the ground. Distraught, he wept, and his devotion for the Lord grew.

172. Lord Gaura could not tolerate His servant’s grief. His

fair form became reddened with compassion. It was red like the

rising sun.

173. I give you ecstatic spiritual love! I give you

ecstatic love!”, the Lord called out in a voice choked with

grief. In this way Çuklambara attained the mercy of ecstatic

spiritual love.

174. When Çuklambara attained ecstatic spiritual love his

body trembled. The hairs of his body stood erect. Tears streamed

from his eyes.

175. Joyfully he chanted the Lord’s holy names. Seeing this,

everyone became very joyful at heart.

176. Çri Gadadhara Panòita was the abode of all virtues.

He stayed at the Lord’s side. He always chanted the holy names.

177. One night he took rest in the Lord’s room. Glancing at

him, the Lord was pleased and said:

178. Tomorrow at dawn you will attain rare ecstatic

spiritual love. By the Vaiñnavas’ mercy your desire will be

fulfilled.”

179. Speaking these words, the Lord took the flower garland

from His own body and placed it around Gadadhara’s neck. At dawn

everyone came to see the Lord.

180. The Lord told everyone His words of the previous night.

By those words Gadadhara attained ecstatic spiritual love.

181. With a happy heart Gadadhara bathed in the Gaìga.

Overcome with ecstatic spiritual love, his body trembled.

182. He worshiped Lord Jagannatha, and then he worshiped

his own master, Lord Gaura.

183. He anointed Lord Gaura’s limbs with fragrant sandal

paste, placed a splendid flower garland on the Lord’s neck, and

recited many prayers.

184. Every day he worshiped the Lord in this way. He slept

in the Lord’s bedroom.

185. He slept at the Lord’s feet. His heart was always

filled with devotion and faith.

186. The words he spoke to the Lord were always sweet like

nectar. Hearing these words, Lord Viçvambhara felt bliss in His

heart.

187. His words were like nectar showers in the Lord’s heart.

When He went to dance, the Lord held his hand.

188. With Narahari at one hand and Gadadhara at the other,

the Lord danced the rasa dance pastime in Çrivasa’s house.

189. Then the devotees saw Lord Gaura manifest the dark form

of Lord Kåñna and Gadadhara manifest the form of Çri Rädhä.

190. Then Narahari manifested the form of Madhumati gopi.

Seeing all this, the Vaiñnavas called out: Hari! Hari!”

191. Then the land of Våndävana was manifest in that place.

There Çacé’s son stood, surrounded by cows, gopas, and gopis.

192. Then the Lord’s personal associates manifested their

original forms as gopas and gopis. The Lord and His devotees

tasted the nectar of the different rasas.

193. Çri Raghunandana is the eternally new Kamadeva. He is

counted among the spiritual Kamadevas.

194. Surrounded by these devotees, who stood in front and on

every side, the Lord danced.

195. Seeing the Lord and the devotees in their Kåñna-léla

forms, everyone wept. In this way Lord Kåñna, who is the moon of

Vraja, was manifest in Navadvépa.

196. One moment Lord Gaura danced with Gadadhara. The next

moment They were transformed into handsome dark Lord Kåñëa and

Çri Rädhä in the nectar rasa-dance arena.

197. Gazing at these wonders, the devotees called out:

Hari! Hari! Jaya! Jaya!” They made a sound like thundering

clouds.

198. As a beautiful sunset filled the horizon and daytime

came to an end, rainclouds suddenly filled the circle of the sky.

199. The rainclouds rumbled deeply. Seeing them, the

Vaiñëavas became anxious.

200. Seeing a disturbance had come, they became unhappy.

How cane we escape this disturbance?”, they thought.

201. Actually the rainclouds had come to taste the nectar of

ecstatic love. Watching Lord Gaura’s pastimes, they thundered

with ecstatic love.

202. At that time Lord Mahaprabhu began to play karatalas.

Loudly He chanted the holy names.

203. In their hearts the demigods felt that their lives had

then become successful. Craning their necks, they eagerly gazed

at Lord Gaura from the sky.

204. Then the rainclouds fled. The sky became clear, and the

Vaiñëavas became joyful.

205. A spotless moon shone in the evening sky. As the

devotees sang the Lord’s glories, Lord Gaura danced.

206. Manifesting humanlike forms, the clouds came by the

Lord’s side. Following the devotees, they danced.

207. What more can I say of these clouds? Lord Gaura gave

ecstatic spiritual love to everyone in the three worlds. Lord

Gaura-Hari did not consider to whom He should give the gift of

love and to whom He should not give it.

208. In the midst of the devotees the Lord danced.

Surrounded by everyone, Çacé’s son danced.

209. Overcome with love, the great king of dancers danced.

The anklets on His lotus feet made a great melodious sound.

210. The saintly brahmaëés happily chanted Jaya!

Jaya!” From the sky the demigods eagerly watched.

211. Overcome with ecstatic love, all the devotees danced.

What austerities did they perform in how many births that they

were able to join in these pastimes? I do not know.

212. Somehow they were able to dance with Lord Gaura. Filled

with bliss, they had attained the treasure of ecstatic spiritual

love.

213. The Lord filled the earth and the sky with His mercy.

Hearing all this, Locana dasa is filled with bliss. Locana dasa

speaks these words.

 

 

Mukundera prati Kåpä

 

Mercy to Mukunda

 

Song 4 (Çyamagaòa raga)

 

 

Refrain: His handsome tall form is like Mount Sumeru’s

summit. He trembles, overcome with ecstatic spiritual love. From

head to foot the hairs of His body stand erect. Tears stream from

His eyes. Overcome with bliss, Çacé’s son dances in Nadéya’s

villages.

 

1. Çrinivasa and his four brothers joyfully sang auspicious

songs. Haridasa called out: Hari! Hari!” There was a

great roar of songs comparing Lord Gaura to the teenage couple of

Vraja. Everyone was tossed by waves of ecstatic spiritual love.

2. Without stop Murari and Mukunda Datta sang songs

glorifying the Lord. The hairs on their bodies standing erect in

ecstasy, they sang. Yearning to taste the nectar of ecstatic

spiritual love, like intoxicated bumblebees the devotees

surrounded the lotus flower of Lord Gaura’s feet.

3. On all four sides came calls of Jaya!” In the

middle danced Lord Gaura, effulgent like gold. Everyone there was

overcome with bliss. Wherever anyone looked everyone was filled

with bliss. The weeping of ecstatic love filled the ten

directions.

4. Whenever two devotees met, they embraced in the ecstasy

of spiritual love. Poets recited poems. Falling down before the

Lord’s feet, panòitas and gsovamés recited prayers. The

devotees created what was like a marketplace of the holy name.

5. The hairs of His body erect with ecstasy, Lord Gaura

seemed decorated with pearls and gold. His face was reddened with

ecstatic love. He smiled a gentle nectar smile. Then He revealed

the treasure in His heart.

6. On moment He spoke wildly like a drunkard. The next

mometn He declared: I am the Supreme Personality of

Godhead”. The next moment He bowed down to offer obeisances. The

next moment He spoke blessings. The next moment He gave boons

to His followers.

7. No man or woman in the seven continents had ever seen the

ecstatic love the Lord revealed. Gazing at Lord Gaura’s ecstay of

love, Locana dasa also is overcome with love.

 

 

Song 5 (Tarajabandha-dhanaçé raga)

 

 

Refrain: How did the demigod Brahma create Lord

Gauraìga’s handsome form? How can anyone, even a person with a

heart hard like stones and wood, gaze at Lord Gaura’s form and not

melt with love?

 

8. Who churned what nectar to make the butter that fashioned

Lord Gaura’s limbs? Who kneaded the nectar of the worlds to

fashion the nectar of love Lord Gaura feels?

9. Who, mixing together the nectar of love and the yogurt of

infatuation, fashioned Lord Gaura’s two eyes? Who, gathering the

sweetest honey, fashioned Lord Gaura’s soft, soft words and gentle,

gentle smile?

10. Who, stirring togather many flooding streams of sweet

nectar, fashioned Lord Gaura’s golden complexion? Who, gathering

together many sweet pheëi candies, fashioned Lord Gaura’s limbs?

11. Who anointed Lord Gaura’s limbs with the paste of

lightning? Who anointed Lord Gaura’s face with paste of the moon?

What sculptor fashioned Lord Gaura’s wonderful form from the clay

of exquisite handsomeness?

12. Overwhelmed by the fragrance of the lotus flowers that

are Lord Gaura’s hands and feet, the shining moons of all the

full-moon nights weep. The twenty nails on Lord Gaura’s fingers

and toes fill the world with light, light that gives eyes to

persons blind from birth.

13. Where do I not see Lord Gaura? Gazing at Lord Gaura’s

form filled with the wonderful pastimes of ecstatic spiritual

love, the women wept. How could they tie up their hearts to keep

them safe from Lord Gaura?

14. What heart is not delighted by Lord Gaura’s playful

pastimes, which are the sweetest nectar of nectars? Who anointed

Lord Gaura’s face with the paste of amorous playfulness? Unable

to see His face, I weep.

15. Who placed on Lord Gaura’s forehead the rainbow and the

half-moon? Beautiful and saintly girls yearn to touch Lord

Gaura’s form with their hands.

16. Who fashioned the jewel palace that is Lord Gaura’s

form? Seeing Lord Gaura’s playful pastimes, the saintly girls,

overcome with desire, weep.

17. The girls cannot always gaze on Him, even from the

corners of their eyes. Now the birds of their eyes fly to Lord

Gaura. Seeing their thirst to gaze at His face, graceful Lord

Gaura walks very slowly.

18. Saintly girls flee from their homes. The lame run. The

atheists and offenders sing Lord Gaura’s glories. Rolling in the

dust, everyone weeps. No one is peaceful and composed. Lord

Gaura’s glories have sweetness without limit.

19. Some call out: Run! Run to see Him!” Some

embrace in the bliss of spiritual love. Some dance. Some loudly

laugh. Attracted by the breeze bearing the fragrance of Lord

Kåñna’s form and glories, many saintly ladies say: Go to

see Him!”

20. Gazing at the moon of Lord Gaura’s face, the girls of

Nadéya’s villages wept, tears again and again streaming from

their eyes. Their hearts became filled with love. The hairs of

their bodies stood erect. In their hearts they kept a vigil,

always thinking of Lord Gaura.

21. Overcome, the kings of the yogés and sages meditate day

and night on Lord Gaura in their hearts. He who is the king of all the

planets now rolls in the dust, weeps, and calls out

Rädhä! Rädhä!”

22. Renouncing His pastimes with Goddess Lakñmé, He now

yearns to enjoy pastimes of spiritual love. His two eyes are now

red with love. meditating on Rädhä in His heart, He does not

reveal His true identity. Now His form is fair like Hers.

23. Look! Look, O people of the world, at the wonderful love

the master of the three worlds now manifests. Why is He

surrounded by people who have no wealth? I do not know. What

treasure does He hope to find? Why, overcome with bliss, does He

dance in this way?

24. Glory! Glory! Glory! Lord Gaura Raya has broken open

the treasure house of the nectar of ecstatic spiritual love. Now

He distributes that nectar to everyone. He brings life to the

lifeless. He gives cripples the power to leap over mountains.

Locana dasa joyfully sings His glories.

 

 

Song 6 (Varaòi raga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: Hari! Rama! Narayana! Çacé-dulal! Gaura!

 

25. Please hear the wonderful story of another day’s

pastime. The pastimes of Çacé’s son are eternally new and

fresh.

26. This story is very wonderful. The like of it has never

been heard in this world. Still, the fallen people will not

believe it in their hearts.

27. In this pastime Lord Gaura revealed the secret truth

about Himself. To His personal associates He said:

Please see this world of birth and death is maya.”

28. Saying this, He spoke of other things. Then, forgetting

all the worlds, He became rapt in chanting Lord Hari’s holy

names.

29. Chanting His own holy names, He became wild at heart.

Rolling on the ground, He wept. His spiritual love was very

strong.

30. Suddenly He stood up, clapped his hands, and to His

personal associates revealed His true identity, the truth that He

is indeed the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

31. Look. Look. I now plant a mango seed. The seed

I plant will now grow into a tree.”

32. Saying these words, Lord Gaura planted a mango seet. At

once it sprouted.

33. As everyone watched and watched, the tree quickly grew.

On the top branches buds and flowers formed.

34. As everyone watched and watched there was a great

wonder. Everyone saw the flowers turn into mangoes.

35. In a moment the mangoes became ripe. With a finger

Lord Gaura pointed to one of the fruits.

36. Someone picked that fruit and brought it to the Lord.

Everyone watched. Then he offered it to the Lord.

37. Suddenly no one in three worlds could see that tree.

Only the fruit remained. The tree was an illusion.

38. Please see that it was only maya.”, the Lord

said to everyone. Aware that this world is maya, do

not be overcome by lamentation in this world of birth and death.

39. By the power of My maya this world of birth

and death is created. unaware of this truth, the people claim

this world is their property.

40. How will one get the power to cut the ropes

of My maya? There is only one path. Following it, one can

conquer maya.

41-42. If one desires to attain liberation as a result

of the actions he does with his material body,

then one should dedicate one’s body to Lord Kåñna’s lotus feet.

Such a person is not bound by pious deeds or neglect of pious

deeds, or by what, in material terms, is auspicious and what is

not.

43. Therefore I consider that devotional service to

Kåñna, offering everything to Kåñna, is the highest truth. When

one offers everything to Kåñëa, one cannot stay aloof from Him.

44. A person who offers everything to Lord Kåñëa

attains Lord Kåñëa in all respects. The Bhagavad-géta, Çrimad-

Bhägavatam, and in all the Puraëas sing this truth.
45. A person who does not offer everything to Lord

Kåñëa lives in vain. A person who offers everything to Lord

Kåñëa attains the most valuable treasure one can find in this

world of birth and death.”

46. In this way Lord Gauracandra revealed a very wonderful

truth. Hearing it, Locana dasa becomes filled with bliss. Locana

dasa tells this story.

 

 

Song 7 (Çri raga)

 

 

Refrain: Glory to You, O Lord Gauraìga1 Glory to You!

 

47. Seeing the physician Mukunda, Lord Mahaprabhu smiled and

said:

48. You know the truth of Brahman. This I have

heard. O Mukunda Datta, I will now explain that truth to you.”

49. Speaking these words, the Lord recited a verse. Their

herts beating quickly, everyone listened.

50. The Lord said:

 

 

ramante yogino ‘nante

satyanande cid-atmani

iti rama-padenasau

paraà brahmabhidhéyate

 

 

The mystics derive unlimited transcendental

pleasures from the Absolute Truth, and therefore the Supreme

Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead, is also known as

Rama.”*

 

51. Then Lord Gaura-Hari again mercifully said to the

physician Mukunda:

52. In your heart you think worship of four-armed

Lord Narayaëa is the best worship. But you have very little

knowledge of meditating on two-armed Lord Kåñëa.

53. Please look at this treasure, the best of all

treasures, that now stands before you. Please see what is truly

auspicious for you. Please worship two-armed Lord Kåñëa. Plunge

your heart in thinking of Lord Kåñëa.

54. It is from Lord Kåñëa that the form of

Narayaëa has come. This the scriptures say. Never do the

scriptures say the form of Lord Kåñëa has come from Narayaëa.”

55. Lord Viçvambhara spoke these kind words. Hearing them,

the physician Mukunda respectfully bowed his neck and said:

56. I will bathe in the Gaìga, and then I will do

as You wish. For me the dust of the Vaiñëavas’ feet as the

greatest mercy.

57. Your lotus feet are an umbrella placed over my

head. Please bathe me in a shower of service to You. That is my

only wish.

58. O Lord, how can I know what is good and what is

bad? Within and without I am like a drunken blind man.

59. O Lord, please be merciful to me. Please

mercifully give the gift of being able to render service to You.

60. You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the

master of all masters. Your form is made of transcendental bliss.

You are Lord Kåñna. You are the root from where all the

avataras have sprouted.”

61. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura became satisfied at

heart. With His lotus foot He touched Mukunda’s head.

62. At that moment the hairs on every limb of Mukunda’s body

stood erect. Tears filled his eyes. His voice became choked with

emotion. In this way the physician Mukunda manifested the

symptoms of ecstatic spiritual love.

63. With a voice choked with emotion he spoke many prayers.

He said: O Supreme Personality of Godhead, O master of

all masters, O first cause of all causes, all glories to You!”

64. Glancing at Mukunda, Lord Mahaprabhu Viçvambhara Hari

said:

65. O physician, please listen. Listen to My words.

In your heart you chew and chew the spiritual message of

Bhagavad-géta.

66-67. If you wish to attain what is truly good for

the spirit soul, if you yearn to attain the bliss of pure love for

Lord Kåñna, then please stop chewing and chewing the Bhagavad-

géta’s words. Instead, with great love chant the holy names of Lord

Kåñna.

68-69. Instead, worship Lord Kåñna, whose handsome

dark form glistens like sapphires, who is the crown of all

dancers, who holds a flute in His hand, whose garments are yellow,

whose neck is adorned with a garland of forest flowers, and who

is surrounded by a host of gopis.”

70. Hearing the Lord’s command, the physician Mukunda was

overcome. The tears he wept fell to the ground.

71. Humbly offering prayers at the Lord’s feet, he said:

O Lord, I have no power to escape the inescapable world

of birth and death.

72. Even Brahma, Çiva, Lakñmé, and Ananta have no

power to defeat Your undefeatable maya.

73. Without Your mercy, who has the power to defeat

Your supremely powerful maya? Please listen, O Lord

Viçvambhara.

74. O am very lowly and fallen. What power have I

to defeat the world of birth and death and worship Your feet?

75. O Lord, if, seeing how unhappy I am, You feel

merciful to me, then please become like mercy personified to me.

76. O Lord, please be merciful and ggive me the

secret treasure of ecstatic spiritual love.

77. Please make my heart like a bumblebee filled with love

for the honey-pollen of the lotus flower of Your feet.

78. Please splash me with the ocean of Your mercy.

Please don’t hate me. I am very fallen and unimportant.”

79. Hearing this anguished appeal, the Lord felt great mercy

in His heart.

80. Smiling, the Lord said: Listen, Mukunda. Soon

you will attain your wish.”

81-82. Then, accompanied by his brothers, the wise and very

pure-hearted devotee Çrinivasa Paëòita served Lord Kåñëa. Then,

with great love, he worshiped Lord Viçvambhara’s feet.

83. Again and again he chanted the Lord’s holy names and

praised His glories. His younger brother Çri Rama was very

affectionate to him.

84. Çri Rama Paëòita was very devoted to his older

brother. Together the two brothers would sing the Lord’s glories.

85. Çrivasa and Çri Rama were both very dear to Lord

Gaura. With a joyful heart the Lord enjoyed many pastimes with

them.

86. In their house the Lord danced with His personal

associates. At those times Lord Gaura seemed like Lord Kapila

surrounded by a host of sages.

87. In their house Lord Gaura passed many days happily

teaching hundreds and hundreds of students.

88. There the Lord met and taught student after student.

Amongst them one student was a very great fool.

89. That foolish son of a brahmana said: I say

Çri Kåñna is only a manifestation of maya.”

90. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura covered His ears with

His hands and ran to bathe in the Gaìga.

91. Accompanied by His associates, and still wearing His

clothes, the Lord bathed in the Gaìga. Then, roaring like

thunder, and the hairs of His body erect with ecstasy, Lord Gaura

chanted the holy names of Lord Hari.

92. My ears were contaminated by the wicked words

of that sinful and degraded offender who is worthless like a pile

of ashes.”

93. After speaking these words, Lord Gaura, His voice like

thundering clouds, chanted Lord Hari’s holy names. Thus Locana

dasa describes the splendor of Lord Gaura’s glories.

 

 

Advaita-tattwa-kathana

 

Description of the Truth of Lord Advaita

 

Song 8 (Bhaöiyari raga)

 

 

Refrain: Lord Gauracandra, who is Çacé’s son, and who is

also the Supreme Personality of Godhead known as Hari and

Narayana, in His heart decided on a plan to catch in the trap

of ecstatic spiritual love the souls in maya’s prison.

 

1. Now I will tell another wonderful story. Everyone please

turn your thoughts from other things, and listen with great care.

2. The hairs of my body stand erect as I sing Lord Gaura’s

glories. The splendor of Lord Gaura’s glories is a limitless

flood of the sweetest nectar.

3. Accompanied by Çrivasa and many devotees and students,

Lord Gaura happily went to see Advaita Acarya.

4. Some sang songs. Others chanted Lord Hari’s holy names.

others called out: Hari! Hari!” Nothing was like that

procession.

5. The devotees sang, and Lord Gaura personally danced. The

Lord forgot Himself. He was overcome with the splendor of

ecstatic spiritual love.

6. From head to foot the hairs of His body stood erect. His

eyes were red. Gazing at Lord Gaura’s, face, everyone became

restless with ecstatic love.

7. Lord Gaura slapped His arms and loudly called out.

Everyone rolled on the ground and wept.

8. As to see Lord Advaita they walked on the path, everyone

was overcome with ecstasy in this way.

9. When they saw Lord Advaita Acarya Gosai, they all fell to

the ground like sticks.

10. With great respect Lord Advaita fell before Lord Gaura’s feet.

His voice choked with emotion, He spoke humble prayers.

11. Saying, You are the crest jewel of ten million

Advaitas”, Lord Advaita offered obeisances and rolled on the ground.

12. Finally Lord Gaura and Lord Advaita embraced. They

spirnkled each other with tears from Their eyes.

13. Then Lord Gaura sat down and spoke graceful words, words

that remove sins, words that bring the gift of pure devotional

service.

14. Hearing these words, Lord Advaita said: Your

two reddish eyes will make even the offenders melt with ecstatic

love.

15. The offenders say there is no devotional

service in Kali-yuga. With their own eyes they should see My Lord

Caitanya Gosai.”

16. When Lord Gaura heard these words His lips trembled.

With a deep voice like a thundering cloud He said:

17. There is no devotional service in Kali-yuga?

What else exists in Kali-yuga? Devotional service is all that

exists in Kali-yuga. Devotional service is all that exists in

this world of birth and death.

18. Persons who say, `There is no devotional

service in Kali-yuga’ are born in vain. Everyone please listen.

19. In Kali-yuga the great mercy of devotional

service to Lord Kåñna is very prominent. No other yuga is

merciful like Kali-yuga.”

20. Anxious at heart, Çrivasa Panòita then said:

21. Lord, look. Standing before us is such an offender

brahmana. He will be a great obstacle in the festival of

glorifying Lord Kåñëa.”

22. That person was a great offender. His actions were evil.

He was very proud of his learning.

23. To that person Lord Mahaprabhu said: Demon,

don’t stay in this place.”

24. That brahmaëa bewildered by maya did not stay. With

a happy heart Lord Mahaprabhu then enjoyed His pastimes.

25. Lord Gaura took Çrivasa’s hand in His right hand and

Gadadhara’s hand in His left hand.

26. He leaned on Narahari’s body. Glancing at Raghunandana’s

face, He wept.

27. He placed His lotus feet on Çri Rama Panòita’s body.

In this way Lord Mahaprabhu enjoyed pastimes in Advaita

Acarya’s presence.

28. On the four sides the Vaiñnavas sang the holy names.

In the middle Çacé’s son danced.

29. As Lord Kåñna had danced with the gopis in the great

festival of the rasa dance, so Lord Gaura gracefully danced in

the kértana of chanting the holy names.

30. As the dancing continued, Advaita Acarya and Séta

became joyful.

31. Then Lord Gaura accepted a meal in Advaita’s house.

Advaita placed a garland on Lord Gaura’s body and anointed Lord

Gaura’s graceful limbs with fragrant sandal paste.

32. Advaita Acarya considered Himself very fortunate.

The Lord is merciful to Me.”, He thought.

33. Falling down before Lord Viçvambhara’s feet, Lord

Advaita’s associates wept. Picking them up, Lord Viçvambhara

embrced each one.

34. As His own holy names were sung, Lord Gaura sang and

danced. Then, accompanied by His own associates, Lord Gaura

returned to His own home.

35. Day after day Lord Gaura enjoyed pastimes in this way.

Hearing of these pastimes, Locana dasa has become blissful at

heart.

 

 

Song 9 (Varaòi raga)

 

 

Refrain: Chasing away all inauspiciousness, Lord Gaura gave

to the world the treasure of ecstatic spiritual love.

 

36. Sitting in His own home, Lord Mahaprabhu explained the

spiritual truth of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

37. He said: There is only one Supreme Lord. He is

Lord Kåñëa. He is the creator and maintainer of the worlds. He is

the Supersoul present everywhere in this world.”

38. Speaking these words, the Lord made a fist. Everyone

watched.

39.Again He said: Everyone listen. Only a person

who has devotion can understand the truth of Lord Kåñëa.

40. Without devotion to Lord Kåñëa one may struggle

and struggle, but one will not attain liberation.

41. If he thinks he is the same as Lord Kåñëa, a

conditioned soul cannot become free from the prison of repeated

birth and death.

42. Without being liberated one cannot understand

Lord Kåñëa in truth.” Saying this, Lord Gaura continued:

Listen to this example.

43. Look. Look at the five fingers of My hand. One

finger may be anointed with honey. The other four fingers may be

anointed with something horrible.

44. The four fingers with a foul smell one will not

even look at with his eyes. But the one finger anointed with

honey one will try to lick with his tongue.

45. The one finger is Lord Kåñëa. A person whose

interest lies only in Lord Kåñëa and nowhere else is truly

liberated.”

46. With these words Lord Gaura, who is a treasure house of

transcendental virtues, described the philosophy of jïana-yoga

in many way. Then He was silent for a moment.

47. Then Lord Gaura kindly said: Devotional service

ot Lord Kåñëa is the best of all truths. There is no other truth.

48. The people think that by cultivating

transcendental knowledge one may attain Lord Kåñëa. But the truth

is that rendering loving devotional service to Lord Kåñna’s lotus

feet is the best way to attain Lord Kåñëa.

49. One who knows the truth keeps his heart

attached to Lord Kåñëa. A person whose heart is attached in that

way develops unalloyed devotion to Lord Kåñna.

50. Such a person meditates on Lord Kåñëa’s lotus

feet. Chanting `Hari! Hari!’, he always thinks of Lord

Kåñëa’s lotus feet.

51. Lord Kåñëa’s dark three-fold-bending form is

spiritual, eternal, and full of bliss. Lord Kåñëa always stays

with Çri Rädhä. Lord Kåñëa is more enchanting than Kamadeva. He

is the best of dancers. He enjoys many pastimes.

52. In Våndävana forest, in a palace of nine kinds

of jewels, charming Lord Kåñëa is surrounded by beautiful gopis.

53. Våndävana is beautiful with many cuckoos,

peacocks, parrots, bumblebees, and many kinds of blossoming

flowers.

54. In Våndävana the land os made of cintamaëi

jewels, the trees are all kalpavåkña trees, and the cows are all

kamadhenu cows.

55. Beautiful Våndävana is surrounded by the

Yamuna. Seeing the sweet beauty of Våndävana, Goddess Lakñmé

yearns to go there.”

56. As Goddess Lakñmé gazed at Våndävana, a flood of

tears rose in her two reddish eyes, and the hairs of her body

stood erect.

57. One moment she laughed. The next moment she wept. The next

moment she sang and danced.” Addressing everyone, Lord Gaura said in a

voice choked with emotion:

58. In this way My great devotees mercifully purify

the three worlds.”

59. After speaking these words, Lord Gaura became very

joyful at heart. He danced and He made His devotees dance also.

60. In this way Lord Gaura happily enjoyed pastimes in

Navadvépa. He would meet His devotees by the Gaìga’s banks.

61. On another day Lord Advaita Acarya Gosai came to

Navadvépa to see Lord Viçvambhara.

62. At that time Lord Mahaprabhu had gone to Çrivasa’s

house. Waiting for Lord Mahaprabhu’s return, Lord Advaita bathed

and performed worship.

63. At Çrivasa’s house, with a happy heart Lord Mahaprbahu

placed flowers on a stick and said:

64. To kill the demons I worship this stick. In My

hands this stick will become like a lion to protect the

devotees.

65. With this stick I will punish the demons.” To

everyone the Lord said:

66. One demon especially hates My devotees. For

many births he will be afflicted with leprosy.

67. I will make him live in a hell of witches and

goblins. He will become a stool-eating pig.

68. I will punish his students. With this stick I

will kill all the offenders.

69. In My heart I decided: `I will enter the

jungle.’ To Me this world is a great jungle.

70. Some people here are like tigers. Others are

like boulders. Others are like trees. Others are like blades of

grass.

71. Some people I consider ferocious animals.

Therefore I say that to Me this world is like a great jungle.”

72. Hearing that Lord Advaita had come, Lord Gaura thought:

I was not there to greet Him. I should go to greet Him.”

73. At that moment Lord Advaita arrived at that place and

came before Lord Gaura.

74. Placing a gift before Lord Gaura’s lotus feet, Lord

Advaita offered obeisances, falling like a stick to the ground.

75. Grasping Advaita’s hand, Lord Gaura said: It is

because of You that I came to this world.

76. You bowed Your head before My lotus feet. You

offered Me tulasé-maïjarés. You worshiped Me and wept.

77. With the heart of a true devotee You loudly

called for Me. It is because of Your love for Me that I came here

with My devotees.”

78. Saying these words, Lord Mahaprabhu sat on a seat.

Dance.”, He commanded Advaita Acarya.

79. Singing the daça-avatara prayers, the great brahmana

Lord Advaita Acarya danced very elaborately.

80. Overcome with bliss, Çrivasa and the other devotees

sang the holy names of Lord Hari.

81. Watching all this Lord Gaura Mahaprabhu became happy. He

smiled and said to Lord Advaita:

82. Your children always pray that I give them

ecstatic spiritual love. I will give it. I will give them the

gift of ecstatic loving devotion. This I tell to You.”

83. Hearing these words, Lord Advaita Acarya became

pleased. In His heart He thought: Now My mission is

successful.”

84. Then Advaita Acarya said: Lord, please hear My

words. These people are all devoted to Your lotus feet.

85. You love Your devotees. You are an ocean of

mercy. Please give them a great treasure of ecstatic spiritual

love. Please protect Your devotees.”

86. The devotees all approached the Lord. Sitting on all

sides, they surrounded Him.

87. Lord Gaura was like a moon filling the evening sky with

glorious light. Glancing at Advaita Acarya, Lord Gaura said:

88. O lotus-eyed Advaita, You are My greatest

devotee. It is because of You that I came here.

89. You happily sing My glories and dance. Everyone

I see here is intent on devotional service.”

90. Hearing these words, Çrivasa Panòita approached Lord

Gaura and with a happy heart said:

91. I have one request. Please hear my words. I am

afraid to speak. My heart is in turmoil.

92. I have one doubt in my heart. Therefore I ask

this question: Is Advaita Acarya a devotee of Yours?”

93. When Lord Gaura heard these words His face became

flushed with anger. His eyes red with anger, He spoke this

rebuke:

94. Uddhava and Akrura are both very dear to Me.

You think Advaita Acarya is less than them?

95. Of all My devotees in Bharata-varña who is

equal to Advaita Acarya?

96. Brahmana, you are very foolish to speak these

words. None of My devotees is equal to Advaita Acarya.

97. He is the king of the Vaiñnavas. He is My

very self. This I say. He is the creator of all the worlds. He

has come here to deliver the people of Kali-yuga.

98. He whom the scriptures call Maha-Viñëu has

assumed the role of a devotee, descended to this world, and

become Advaita Acarya.

99. Therefore I very emphatically say to You:

Glorify Advaita Acarya with prayers. At every moment serve Him

with devotion.”

100. Hearing these words, the brahmaëa Çrivasa felt fear

in his heart. He remained silent. No word came to his mouth.

101. Then Lord Gaura-Hari again said: Don’t again

chew the ideas of impersonalism.

102. If again you hear and gaze on the ideas of

impersonalim, I will not again give ecstatic spiritual love to
you and your followers.

103. Only persons who turn away from karma and

jïana attain ecstatic love for Lord Kåñëa. Knowing this, don’t

take shelter of karma or jïana.”

104. Hearing these wofds, Çrivasa Panòita said:

Please grant me this boon: That my heart will forget

everything about impersonalism.”

105. Murari said: I do not know anything about

impersonalism.” Lord Gaura said: From lotus-eyed Advaita

Acarya you may learn the actual truth.

106. With a pure heart earnestly engage in

devotional service to Lord Kåñëacandra. Liberation is a

maiservant serving devotional service.”

107. Hearing these words, everyone became joyful at heart.

In their hearts the devotees thought: I will obey this

command.”

108. Wild by tasting the honey at Lord Kåñëa’s lotus feet,

and glorious like a host of demigods, the devotees joyfully danced.

109. The stories of Lord Gaura’s pastimes in Nadéya are

all glorious like this story. In this way Locana dasa describes

Lord Gaura’s preaching the philosophy of ecstatic spiritual love.

 

 

Song 10 (Sindhuòa raga)

 

 

110. His eyes are red lotus flowers. His moving glances are

restless birds. He is plunged in the nectar honey of compassion

for others. His face is a full moon. Its moonlight makes every

heart weep with ecstasy. How much spiritual love has he brought

to this world?

 

Refrain: Trembling with ecstatic spiritual love, the moon

that is Çacé’s son joyfully dances in Nadéya’s villages.

Everyone sings auspicious songs of Jaya! Jaya!” Gazing

at Him, everyone is filled with wonder. He is handsome like

Kamadeva. He is the king of dancers.

 

111. The hairs on His body stand erect, hairs like the

filaments on golden kadamba flowers. His body is covered with

perspiration. His body is filled with ecstatic spiritual love.

He is is glorious like the newly-risen sun. On His conchshell neck

choked with emotion, half-spoken words rest.

112. On His fragrant lotus feet glisten ten toenail moons

and a pair of golden anklets. He glistens like a moving lightning

flash. He fills the demigods with wonder.

113. In the midst of the seven continents of the earth rest

the nine islands of Navadvépa. In Navadvépa Lord Gaura-Hari

manifests ecstatic spiritual love. Chanting the holy names of

Lord Hari, Lord Gaura-Hari fills with bliss the land and sky.

114. He is graceful like a lion cub. His deep voice is like

thundering rainclouds. He is tossed by the waves in the ocean of

spiritual love. He chants: Hari! Haribol!” He makes the

whole world overcome with bliss. On both sides the saintly girls

drink the sight of Him.

115. His limbs are effulgent like glistening lamps or like

the shining sun. His pastimes are glorious. His graceful form

defeats ten million Kamadevas grasping bows and arrows of

flowers. He has brought ecstatic spiritual love to this world.

116. The graceful sandal-paste moons on His face defeated

hundreds of thousands of full moons in the sky. The swiftly flowing

streams of tears from the corners of His eyes gave to the people

of the world, people bewildered from birth, the gift of ecstatic

spiritual love.

117. He was graceful like an intoxicated elephant. He was

overcome with ecstatic love. Gazing at Him, everyuone became

filled with wonder. He charmed the beautiful girls. Gazing at

Him, they forgot their homes. Gazing at Him, they became filled

with the longings of Kamadeva.

118. How can I speak any metaphors or similes to describe

my Gaura Raya? His graceful form was filled with kindness. He

filled the people of Nadéya with such ecstatic spiritual love

they no longer knew whether it was day or night. Locana dasa

joyfully sings this song.

 

 

Nityänanda-milana

 

Meeting Lord Nityänanda

 

Song 11

 

 

Refrain: O! O! Lord Gauracandra is my very life!

 

1. In His home Lord Gaura sat on a splendid seat. On the

four sides He was surrounded by His devotees.

2. Glancing at Çrivasa, Lord Gaura said:

o you know the meaning of your name?

3. You are the abode of devotional service.

Therefore you have the name Çrivasa.”

4. Glancing at Gopinatha, Lord Gaura said: You are

very devoted to Me. Wherever I go, you follow.”

5. Glancing at Murari, Lord Gaura said: Recite

your stanzas. I will hear them.”

6. Hearing these words, intelligent Murari recited the

stanzas he had written. As Lord Gaura listened, Murari recited:

 

7. rajat-kiréöa-mani-dédhiti-dépitaçam

udyad-båhaspati-kavi-pratime vahantam

dve kunòale ‘ìka-rahitendu-samana-vaktraà

ramaà jagat-traya-guruà satataà bhajami

 

 

Again and again i worship Lord Ramacandra, the

master of the three worlds. His effulgent jewel crown fills the

directions with light. His two earrings are the forms of

Båhaspati and Çukra. His face is like a spotless moon.

 

8. udyad-vibhakara-maréci-vibodhitabja-

netraà su-bimba-daçana-cchada-caru-nasam

çubhraàçu-raçmi-parinirjita-caru-hasaà

ramaà jagat-traya-guruà satataà bhajami

 

 

Again and again i worship Lord Ramacandra, the

master of the three worlds. His eyes are two lotus flowers

blossoming wide in the glistening sunlight. His lips are bimba

fruits. His nose is graceful. His charming smile defeats the

glistening moon.”

 

9. After hearing these verses of the Raghuvérañöaka,

Lord Gaura wrote a word on Murari’s forehead.

10. Writing the word Ramadasa” on Murari’s

forehead, Lord Gaura said: By My mercy you are

Ramadasa (Lord Rama’s servant).

11. Without Lord Rama you cannot live for even a

single sesame seed’s worth of time. I am your Lord Rama. Please

know that for certain.”

12. Speaking these words, Lord Gaura manifested His form as

Lord Ramacandra. He was accompanied by Séta-devé, and by all

His companions and associates.

13. Murari recited many prayers before the Lord’s feet. He

said: Glory, glory to Lord Ramacandra, who has now

become Çacé’s son!”

14. Again and again Murari recited prayers. Then he rolled

on the ground. Then he again spoke many different kinds of

prayers.

15. Then Lord Gaura mercifully said to Murari:

Please do not know anything but devotion to Me.

16. If that is your desire, I will be Lord

Ramacandra to you. I will be Lord Ramacandra, and you will

taste the nectar of service to Me.

17. Still, in this saìkértana movement you must

chant the glories of Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñna. In this way please

render devotional service to Me. Please hear these words with all

your heart.”

18. After speaking these words, Lord Gaura recited a stanza.

He said: O brahmana Çrivasa, please listen as I

recite this stanza (Çrimad-Bhägavatam 11.14.20):

 

19. na sadhayati maà yogo

na saìkhyaà dharmam uddhava

na svadhyayas tapas tyago

yatha bhaktir mamorjita

 

 

My dear Uddhava, neither through añöaìga-yoga (the

mystic yoga system to control the senses) nor through impersonal

monism or an analytical study of the Absolute Truth, nor through

study of the Vedas, nor through practice of austerities, nor

through charity, nor through acceptance of sannyasa can one

satisfy Me as much as one can by developing unalloyed devotional

service unto Me.”*

 

20. After reciting this verse, Lord Gaura said:

Everyone please hear. Please follow My instruction.

21. Following Çrivasa Panòita’s advice, please

serve Me with devotion. Then you will become very happy.

22. O Çri Rama Panòita, please hear My words.

Please serve your elder brother. That is the same as service to

Me.

23. All of you please understand this. All of you

please serve Çrivasa. Then you will attain the splendor of My

feet.”

24. To everyone Lord Gaura, who dearly loves His devotees,

spoke these words. Tears came from His red with mercy eyes.

25. Then intelligent Çrivasa Paëòita offered Lord Gaura

some milk. The Lord happily drank it.

26. Then he offered the Lord fragrances, sandal, garlands,

fragrant betelnuts, incense, and a lamp.

27. With a happy heart Lord Gaura accepted the offerings and

then gave the remnants of them as gifts to His devotees.

28. In this way the night happily passed. At sunrise the Lord

returned to His own home.

29. The devotees also returned to their homes. They bathed,

worshiped their Deities, and again went to see Lord Gaura’s lotus

feet.

30. Smiling, ord Gaura said to them: Listen, a

great wonder has come. Çripada Nityananda Avadhuta has come

here.

31. Who has the power to describe His glories? We

are very fortunate. We must have performed many past pious deeds

that today We will see His feet.

32. Rama, Narayana, Mukunda, and Murari,

quickly find the answer to this question: Where is Nityananda?”

33. When the Lord gave this command, they at once went

searching in the southern part of the city.

34. They searched, but they could not find Him. Then they

returned to Lord Gaura’s lotus feet.

35. Folding their hands, they said to the Lord: We

searched, but we could not find Him.”

36. Lord Gaura said: Everyone please hear. Everyone

should search their own homes.”

37. On the Lord’s command they all rushed to their homes.

38. At dusk they again met before Lord Gaura.

39. Seeing him walking on the path, the Lord called out:

Murari!” Murari replied: Lord, I did not find

the Avadhuta.” Then Lord Gaura gently smiled.

40. Then the Lord confidently said: The great saint

is at Nandana Acarya’s house. Let s go there.

41. Hearing these words, the devotees became joyful.

Chanting Jaya! Jaya!”, they walked with the Lord.

42. Walking on the pathways, they made a great tumult of

Hari! Hari!” The hairs on Lord Gaura’s body stood upright.

His voice was choked with emotion.

43. Tears streamed from Lord Gaura’s eyes in five or seven

flooding rivers. Overcome with ecstatic love, His golden youthful

form had no power to walk.

44. One moment He strode like a powerful lion. The next

moment, wild with ecstasy, He stumbled and fell, motionless, to

the ground.

45. His deep voice was like a thundering raincloud. Wild

with bliss, He roared.

46. Overcome with bliss, Lord Gaura walked in this way. Then

He suddenly saw Avadhuta Lord Nityananda Raya.

47. Lord Nityananda had a glorious ruddy fair complexion.

He was very handsome. Glistening ornaments graced His limbs.

48. A glorious yellow garment graced His hips. On His head

was a loosely tied turban the color of a yellow campaka flower.

49. As He walked, the anklets on His feet jingled. Hearing

that sound, beautiful doe-eyed girls felt their hearts tremble.

50. His smiling like glistening lightning robbed the

beautiful girls of their shyness.

51. His deep voice was like the rumbling of rainclouds.

Hearing the lion’s roar of His voice, the wild elephant of Kali-

yuga was at once defeated.

52. His graceful walking was like the graceful walking of an

intoxicated elephant. Flooding streams of ecstatic spiritual love

flowed without stop on His cheerful face.

53. He was flooded with ecstatic love. The hairs of His body

stood erect. He trembled, perspired, and manifested a host of

ecstatic symptoms. He was filled with the desire to taste the

nectar rasas of ecstatic love.

54. In His hand He held a golden staff to crush Kali-yuga’s

pride. His graceful palms were like red lotus flowers.

55. He wore bracelets, armlets, necklaces, and a host of

jingling ornaments. On His cheeks were earrings. He was glorious

like the sun.

56. He stumbled and fell. Then He fell again. Then He

stood up. Someone said: Hold Him up.” Then He asked the

assembled devotees: Where is Gopala Kåñëa?”

57. He was like a divine child, a being not of this world.

One moment He wept. The next moment He laughed. The next moment

He addressed Revaté: Give Me some honey.”

58. One moment He jumped and jumped with His two feet. The

next moment He spoke words no one could understand.

59. The fragrance of His limbs filled the young girls with

bliss.

60. Falling to the ground, Lord Gaura offered obeisances to

Him.With sweet words Lord Gaura spoke auspicious prayers.

61. Then Lord Nityananda fell before Lord Gaura’s feet.

They both tried to touch each other’s feet.

62. They embraced. They wept and wept. How many times did

They embrace? They talked and laughed. They gazed at each

other’s graceful faces.

63. I wandered the whole earth. Where were You? I

could not find You.

64. Finally I heard that Nanda’s son was hiding in

Navadvépa in Gauòa-deça.

65. I came to catch the thief. Now I have Him in My

grasp. Where will He flee to now?”

66. Saying these words, Lord Nityananda laughed, wept, and

danced. Lord Gauraìga joyfully danced at Nityananda’s side.

67. Lord Nityananda will crush Kali-yuga’s pride.

He will deliver the fallen, lame, blind, foolish, and everyone

else.

68. Lord Nityananda’s power will purify the three

worlds. The fools, sinners, and offenders do not know His power.

69. Everyone will fall into Lord Nityananda’s

trap.” Lord Gauracandra spoke these words.

70. Then Lord Gaura happily performed saìkértana of

chanting Lord Hari’s holy names. He danced and Lord Nityananda

danced with Him.

71. When the dancing ended, They sat down together. Filled

with bliss, everyone fixed their eyes on Them.

72. Then Lord Gaura took the dust from Lord Nityananda’s

feel and placed it on the devotees’ heads.

73. When the dust of Lord Nityananda’s feet was placed on

thee devotees’ heads, their hearts became filled with ecstatic

spiritual love. Tears streamed from their eyes.

74. In this way the Lord enjoyed blissful pastimes moment

after moment. Finally Lord Gaura, Çacé’s son, returned to His

own home.

75. Walking on the paths, He described Lord Nityananda’s

glories. He said: No one in the three worlds can compare

with Lord Nityananda.

76. Everyone hear. Please hear My words.

Nityananda’s love and devotion for Lord Kåñëa is not ordinary.

77. First is born knowledge. After that devotional

service is born within one. After that, detachment from sesne

pleasures takes its birth.

78. In this way, day by day, gradually, gradually

one falls in love with Lord Kåñëa. Then one becomes advanced in

spiritual life.”

79. On another day Lord Mahaprabhu invited Lord

Nityananda, the best of sannyasés, to His home.

80. Again and again Lord Gaura offered alms to Lord

Nityananda. He anointed His limbs with sandal paste, offered

Him a splendid garland, and rightly worshiped Him.

81. Gazing at Lord Nityananda, Çacé felt her eyes become

filled with with cooling pleasure. Again and again gazing at His

face, she became wild with ecstatic love.

82. Lord Gaura said to her: Know that Nityananda

is your true son. Please take care of Him better than you take

care of Me.”

83. Loving Him like a son, Çacé gazed at Lord

Nityananda’s face. You are my son.”, Çacé-devé said.

84. Please always be kind to my Viçvambhara. From

today on You are both my sons.”

85. As she spoke and spoke in this way, tears flowed from

her eyes. Loving Him like a a son, Çacé embraced Lord

Nityananda.

86. Loving her like a mother, Lord Nityananda fell like a

stick before Çacé’s feet. He sweetly said:

87. You say you are My mother, and that is the

truth. I am your son. Please now that for certain.

88. A mother never takes seriously her son’s

mischief. I am your son. Please know that is true in every way.”

89. Çacé was filled with a mother’s love for Lord

Nityananda. Tears flowed from her eyes. Her voice was choked

with emotion.

90. In this way Çacé tasted the nectar of a mother’s love

for her two sons. As she gazed at her two sons, her heart became

filled with cooling pleasure.

91. On another day Çrivasa Panòita invited Lord Nityananda

for a meal. Avadhuta Lord Nityananda came to his home.

92. Lord Nityananda enjoyed the meal. Çrivasa Panòita

pleased Him in many ways. In that way the day passed.

93. At that moment smiling Lord Gaura Mahaprabhu entered

Çrivasa’s courtyard.

94. Entering the temple-room and sitting down on the Diety’s

throne, Lord Gaura said: Look with your eyes at Me.”

95. Hearing these words, Lord Nityananda, the best of

sannyasés, respectfully gazed at Lord Gaura’s body.

96. What was Lord Gaura’s intention? Lord Nityananda did

not exactly know.

97. Glancing at His associates, Lord Viçvambhara

Mahaprabhu said:

98. Everyone leave the temple room. On My command

everyone leave the temple room.”

99. What did Lord Gaura say to Lord Nityananda when They

were alone? Who knows the heart of that secret?

100. Lord Gaura said: Look at Me. You struggled so

greatly to find Me.”

101. Then Lord Gaura manifested a six-armed form, then a

four-armed form, and finally a two-armed form.

102. Gazing at these very wonderful forms, Lord Nityananda

Avadhuta remembered the pastimes They both had enjoyed before.

103. As Lord Nityananda watched, my Lord Gaura manifested,

in a single form, three avataras.

104. Lord Nityananda saw Lord Ramacandra, Lord Kåñna, and

Lord Gauraìga combined in a single glorious divine form. Then

He saw the eternally young teenage couple Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñna.

105. Lord Nityananda joyfully danced. His bliss had no end.

He was flooded with an ocean of ecstatic spiritual love, an ocean

that had no horizon.

106. Everyone please hear this wonderful story. Locana dasa

sings this song glorifying Lord Gaura.

 

 

Advaita-Haridasa-milana

 

Meeting Advaita and Haridasa

 

Song 12

 

 

Refrain: Lord Gaura weeps. May Lord Gaura be manifest in my

heart.

 

1. Now I will tell another wonderful story. No one has seen

or heard of these pastimes of Lord Gaura.

2. Lord Gaura is the master of all the worlds, the Supreme

Personality of Godhead now descended to the earth.

3-4. Persons who are offenders at heart, who are worthless like

piles of ashes, whose intelligence is destroyed, and whose hearts are

made dull and stunted by Lord Viñnu’s maya, will all become

pure and holy saints when they hear of Lord Gaura’s glories. They

will become saints because their disease of materialism will die.

5. Once, during the ninth hour of the night, Lord Gaura

suddenly began weeping.

6. Surprised, Çacé asked her son: Dear one, why

do You weep? Will You not tell me.

7. Hearing You weep, I could not be peaceful. I

felt as if my body had burst into flames, or as if an arrow was

shot into my heart.”

8. Hearing His mother’s words, Lord Gaura was silent.

Then, sitting on His bed, He described what He saw in a dream.

9. He said: I saw a person with a body handsome and

glorious like a dark monsoon cloud. His crown was of peacock

feathers. His effulgence was wonderful.

10. He wore bracelets, armlets, necklaces, and

anklets. On His forehead were sandal-paste moons. He was very

effulgent.

11. He wore yellow garments and held a flute in His

left hand. With a joyful heart I gazed at His handsome form.”

12. Lord Gaura wept. A flood of tears streamed from His

eyes. Don’t tell anyone. No one should hear of this.”,

He said.

13. Hearing these nectar words from Lord Viçvambhara’s

mouth, Çacé became filled with bliss.

14. The hairs on Lord Viçvambhara’s body stood erect. His

body was effulgent.
15. At that moment Lord Nityananda Raya arrived from

Çrivasa’s house.

16. Lord Nityananda saw Lord Viçvambhara manifest a very

handsome form, an effulgent form with great arms and a deep

navel.

17. In His right hand was a club, and in His left a flute.

In another right hand was a lotus, and in another left hand was a

bow.

18. His complexion was like molten gold. On His chest was a

Kaustubha gem. A pair of shark-shaped earrings glistened at His

cheeks.

19. A necklace of emeralds glistened on His chest. Avadhuta

Nityananda Raya gazed at this wonderful form.

20. Lord Nityananda gazed at this four-armed form. Suddenly

there were no bow, no flute, and no four arms.

21. In a moment He was a two-armed form, a form very

merciful to the people, His form of Lord Gaura.

22. Lord Nityananda gazed at Lord Gaura, embraced Him, and

then began to sing and dance.

23. Overcome, He wildly danced. He was plunged in a great

ocean of ecstatic spiritual love.

24. Lord Gaura said: Taking Çrivasa, Narayana, Çri

Rama and Murari with You, please depart.

25. Go, O Avadhuta, to Advaita Acarya’s house.

Tell Him of these wonders.”

26. Hearing Lord Gaura’s command, They all became joyful at

heart.

27. Accompanied by Lord Nityananda, with joyful hearts they

hurried to Advaita Acarya’s house.

28. Bowing down, they told everything. Hearing their words,

Advaita Acarya danced, overcome with bliss.

29. Two by two They joyfully embraced. Nityananda and

Advaita joyfully danced.

30. They were plunged in an ocean of bliss. Tossed by the

waves of that ocean, They called out like thundering clouds.

31. Nityananda and Advaita talked of Lord Gauraìga’s

confidential pastimes. Talking and listening, They both becasme

wild at heart.

32. Two days blissfully passed in this way. The Vaiñnavas

blissfully sang Lord Gaura’s glories.

33. After first placing their request at Lord Advaita’s

feet, the devotees quickly left to see Lord Gaura-Hari.

34. Approaching Lord Gaura, they all offered respectful

obeisances. Folding his palms, Murari recounted everything.

35. He described the confidential pastimes at Lord Advaita’s

home. Hearing these pastimes, Lord Gaura became joyful. A smile

took birth upon His face.

36. Then next day Advaita Acarya came to see Lord Gaura’s

lotus feet.

37. Sitting in the temple room at Çrivasa’s home, Lord Gaura

gently smiled.

38. Then Lord Gaura joyfully sat on the Deity’s throne. The

effulgence of His body filled the room with light.

39. His body was effulgent like molten gold. Then, filled

with the passion of ecstatic spiritusl love, His body became

reddish like the morning sun.

40. His ornaments, garlands, and fragrant sandal all

glistened. He was glorious like the full moon.

41. Gadadhara and Narahari stood there. Çri Raghunandana

gazed at the graceful moon of Lord Gaura’s face.

42. The devotees surrounded Lord Gaura on four sides.

Glorious like a moon surrounded by a host of stars, Lord Gaura,

the king of the brahmanas, smiled.

43. Filled with the bliss of ecstatic love, Lord Nityananda

sat down before Lord Gaura. Gazing at Lord Gaura’s face, Lord

Nityananda boisterously laughed and deeply wept.

44. At that time Lord Advaita also gazed at Lord Gaura. Lord

Advaita Acarya, the moon of the brahmaëas, loudly roared like

a lion.

45. From head to foot, the hairs of Lord Advaita’s His body

stood erect. The whole world could not contain the bliss in His

heart.

46. Lord Advaita offered prayers and many gifts. He placed

splendid new cloth before Lord Gaura’s lotus feet.

47. Offering tulasé-maïjarés, He worshiped Lord Gaura. He

offered fragrant sandal and a fragrant jasmine garland.

48. Falling down like a stick, He offered respectful

obeisances. Lord Gaura picked Him up and embraced Him.

49. Lord Gaura accepted the offerings and then distributed

the remnants of them to the devotees.

50. The garments and ornaments adorned His graceful body.

Calling out, Hari! Hari!”, He danced with the devotees.

51. LordAdvaita Acarya, Lord Nityananda Raya, Çrivasa,

Murari, and Mukunda sang Lord Gaura’s glories.

52. All the Vaiñnavas there were filled with bliss.

Forgetting themselves, they tasted the nectar of rasa.

53. Praising each other, they said: You are

fortunate. Fortunate.” They thought the happiness of impersonal

nirvaëa was very pathetic and unimportant.

54. Filled with the bliss of spiritual love, they did not

know if it was day or night. Their hearts were overcome with

bliss.

55. At sunrise their dancing began. When night came they

continued to dance. When the sun rose again they were still

dancing.

56. )vercome with the bliss of spiritual love, they passed

day and night in this way. Finally Lord Gaura commanded them to

stop dancing.

57. He said: Return to your homes, bathe, and

worship your Deities. After you have taken your meals, return

here. ”

58. When these duties were completed, the devotees met again

at Lord Gaura’s feet.

59-61. At that time the great soul Haridasa, who with a joyful

heart always chanted Lord Kåñna’s holy names, who was like a

bumblebee intoxicated by tasting the pollen of Lord Kåñna’s lotus

feet, and who, wild by tasting the nectar of the spiritual rasas

was like a lion cub, unexpectedly came to Navadvépa. Happily

smiling, Lord Gaura said: He has come. He has come.”

62. With great love Lord Mahaprabhu embraced Haridasa and

offered him a sitting place.

63. Wise Haridasa bowed down to offer respects. The Lord

grasped his hand and picked him up.

64. The Lord anointed his body with fragrant sandal paste.

The Lord placed His own prasadam flower garland on Haridasa’s

body.

65. Then the Lord commanded him to eat. He offered him

abundant maha-prasadam food.

66-67. In this way, accompanied by Haridasa, Advaita Acarya,

Nityananda, Çrivasa, and a host of devotees, with a joyful

heart Lord Mahaprabhu enjoyed saìkértana pastimes of chanting

Lord Hari’s holy names.

68. Day and night passed in these blissful pastimes. At the

end, saying, Now please go home”, Lord Gaura bid

farewell to Advaita Acarya.

69. Obeying Lord Gaura’s command, Advaita Acarya returned

to His home. Whoever saw or heard these pastimes was overcome

with bliss.

70. Then Lord Gaura bid farewell to Avadhuta Lord

Nityananda Raya.

71. Walking a few steps with Him, Lord Gaura was overcome

with ecstatic love. He did not allow Him to go very far.

72. Lord Nityananda could not bring Himself to depart, even

though Lord Gaura had bid HIm farewell.

73. As He was bidding Him farewell, Lord Gaura said to Him:

Please give a portion of Your kaupéna to these

devotees.”

74. On Lord Gaura’s word, Avadhuta Lord Nityananda gave a

wonderful portion of His kaupéna to the devotees.

75. Accepting that portion of the kaupéna, Lord Gaura

smiled and gave it to His personal associates.

76. Accepting that kaupéna-prasadam, the devotees wrapped

portions of it around their heads.

77. Finally bidding farewell to Lord Nityananda’s lotus

feet, Lord Gaura’s associates returned to their homes.

78. Their hearts filled with despair, they all returned to

their homes. As they sat in their homes, tears streamed from

their eyes.

79. For some moments they bathed and worshiped their

Deities. But at dusk they all went to see Lord Gaura-Hari.

80. Lord Nityananda went to Lord Advaita Acarya Gosai’s

home. Day and night They happily talked of Lord

Gauraìga.

81. Everyone please hear the story of another day’s

pastimes. When you hear it you will attain ecstatic devotion for

Lord Kåñëa’s feet.

82. Songs glorifying Lord Gaura are the sweetest nectar. The

wonderful stories they tell are beyond what the world or the

Vedas have the power to know.

83. Lord Gaura gazed at His associates and embraced them.

Hearing the chanting of His own glories, He danced in ecstasy.

84. On the four sides everyone joyfully sang and danced. In

the center Lord Gaura Raya danced, overcome with bliss.

85. Taking Çrivasa’s hand in His, Lord Viçvambhara

suddenly departed. Where did He go? I don’t know.

86. In the four directions the devotees sang and danced, but

Lord Mahaprabhu was not in their midst. No one could see Him.

87. Fear took birth in the devotees’ hearts. Distraught,

everyone wept.

88. They rooled on the ground and wept. No one was peaceful

and composed. Everyone in Nadéya wept.

89. They all ran. They searched house after house. They did

not find the Lord. Tears streamed from their eyes.

90. Where did my Lord go? I will drink poison and

die.”

91. Everyone lamented in this way. Hearing these laments,

Çacé fell unconscious.

92. Her garments were not neatly arranged. Her hair was

untied. Striking her breatsts and running about, she was like a

wild woman.

93. Son! Dear son!”, she called out.

Viçvambhara! Come home! Six hours have already passed!

94. You are the lamp of our family! You are the

moon of Nadéya! You are the star of my eyes. Unable to see You,

I will go blind!”

95. Seeing how everyone was now overcome, Lord Gaura, who

dearly loves His devotees, suddenly came before them.

96. As a rising sun suddenly appears in the blinding

darkness, so Lord Gaura suddenly appeared in the Vaiñnavas’

hearts.

97. Falling before the Lord’s feet, the devotees loudly

wept. Gazing at His graceful face, they wildly danced.

98. Someone said: Lord Mahaprabhu, when our eyes

could not see You, the ten directions became filled with blinding

darkness.”

99. Now become wild, Çacé embraced her son. Millions of

kisses she placed on His lotus face.

100. I am a blind woman, and You are My walking-

stick. You are the stars shining in my eyes. You are the soul

that keeps my body alive. You are all I have. I have nothing but

You.

101. My whole world became a barren desert. But now

the rising moon of Gaura has killed the blinding darkness.”

102. Murari, Mukunda Datta, and Haridasa humbly said:

O Çrivasa, please hear our words.

103. The Lord thinks no servant more dear than you.

It is by your mercy the Lord’s feet noe stand before us.

104. What can we say to you? Please be merciful to

us.”

105. After speaking these words, everyone sang the glories

of Lord Hari. Wild with ecstatic spiritual love, Lord Gaura Raya

danced.

106. Everyone please hear this wonderful story, the story of

how in Navadvépa Lord Gaura revealed the jewel of ecstatic

spiritual love.

107. Pure ecstatic love and devotion is very rare in the

three worlds. Who has the power to attain it?

108. Even Lakñmé, Ananta, Çiva, and Sanatkumara do not

know the heart of pure ecstatic devotion.

109. Lord Gaura revealed the truth about pure ecstatic love

and devotion. With a joyful heart Locana dasa speaks these

words.

 

 

Bhakta-gana-saha-vihara o Jagai-Madhai-uddhara

 

Song 13 (Dhanaçé raga)

 

 

Refrain: O! O! He who has a wonderful golden form dances in

Nadéya.

 

1. Forgetting Himself, Lord Gaura manifested the ecstasy of

spiritual love. In this way He enjoyed pastimes in Navadvépa.

2. Although He is supremely independent, He agrees to be

controlled by His devotees. Very humble, He begs His devotees for

the gift of ecstatic spiritual love.

3. The people of this world cannot understand the ways of

His pastimes. Only His personal associates understand His

intentions.

4. Understanding His intentions, Çrivasa, Haridasa,

Murari, and Mukunda sang. They were overcome with the bliss of

spiritual love.

5. Overcome with bliss, the Lord’s personal aasociates sang

and danced. Then Avadhuta Lord Nityananda Raya arrived.

6. Someone said: Avadhuta Lord Nityananda has

come!” There were greetings of Jaya! Jaya!” Everyone

joyfully sang auspicious songs.

7. Lord Nityananda walked slowly like an intoxicated

person. But when He heard the sounds of Hari! Hari!”,

His heart was overcome.

8. He stopped. He became unsteady. His too feet walked and

then stopped. He looked in the four directions.

9. From head to foot the hairs of His body stood erect,

hairs that defeated the glory of the kadamba flower’s filaments .

10. He tilted His neck. With two reddish eyes He intently

looked about. Then He became wild. He screamed and He ran.

11. He ran to the hundreds and hundreds of devotees.

Overcome with bliss, He ran to Lord Gaura Raya.

12. Seeing Lord Nityananda, Lord Gauraìga tightly

embraced Him. They were both overcome with spiritual love.

13. From Their eyes tears of spiritual love and bliss

flowed. Overcome with bliss, Their bodies trembled.

14. They blissfuly danced with Their associates. They were

like Kåñna and Balarama surrounded by the cowherd boys.

15. When the dancing came to an end, Lord Gaura announced:

Now please wash Lord Nityananda’s feet.

16. On your heads accept the water that has washed

Lord Nityananda’s feet. Then you will be tossed by waves of

spiritual bliss and love.”

17. Hearign Lord Gaura’s command, everyone felt their hearts

become filled with bliss.

18. They said: We accept the Lord’s command. On our

heads we will place the water that has washed Lord Nityananda’s

feet.”

19. Hearing Lord Gaura’s command, Lord Nityananda wept in

ecstatic love. Tears fell from His reddish eyes.

20. He joyfully embraced everyone. Everyone was tossed by

blissful waves in the ocean of spiritual love.

21. Overcome with spiritual love, everyone wept. They held

Lord Nityananda’s feet to their hearts.

22. There was an endless festival of spiritual love. Within

their hearts everyone was effulgent with love. Outwardly on

their bodies were the various symptoms of ecstatic love.

23. Seeing this, Lord Gaura was pleased at heart. Smiling,

He watched.

24. Surrounding Him on four sides, the devotees spoke many

prayers. At that moment Haridasa suddenly arrived.

25. A glistening jewel necklace rested on his neck, and

anklets of gold and jewels rested on his reddish feet.

26. The hairs of his body stood erect. His eyes were

filled with tears. His body trembled in ecstatic love. He roared

in ecstasy.

27. He danced ecstatically before the Lord. The whole world

could not contain the bliss and love he felt.

28. To Lord Gaura Haridasa offered padya, arghya, and

acamana. Then Lord Gaura asked him to accept some food.

29. At that moment Advaita Acarya suddenly arrived.

Approaching Lord Gaura, He offered respectful obeisances.

30. Lord Gaura picked Him up and then offered obeisances to

Him. Everyone stood respectfully and then bowed down to offer

respects.

31. Manifesting the form of Lord Brahma, Haridasa danced

and danced. Then he fell like a stick before Lord Gaura’s feet.

32. With his four mouths he loudly recited many prayers from

the Vedas. Saying, Be as you were before”, Lord Gaura

picked him up and embraced him.

33. Manifesting his form as Haridasa again, he wept,

laughed, and danced. He floated in a limitless ocean of spiritual

bliss and love, an ocean that had no horizon.

34. Respectfully placing Lord Gaura’s command on his head,

Advaita Acarya Gosai also honored prasadam.

35. Accompanied by all His associates, Lord Gaura sat down

in a private room. He gently smiled.

36. To His associates Lord Gaura talked about Himself. He

told them of His plan to save the world.

37. Lord Gaura said: I will taste the sweet nectar of

ecstatic love. I will destroy irreligion. I will establish the

true religion. I will manifest the nama-saìkértana movement of

chanting the Lord’s holy names.

38. In country after country, in home after home,

I will manifest the ecstasies of Vraja: the dasya, sakhya,

vatsalya, and çåìgara rasas.

39. I will enjoy the great treasure of love for Çri

Çri Rädhä-Kåñna. I will enjoy it Myself and I will distribute it

to the three worlds. I will make everyone enjoy it.

40. I will give that treasure of ecstatic spiritual

love to the devotees and demons, to the canòalas, yavanas,

fools, women, and children.

41. The bliss of Våndävana I will bring to

Nadéya. In country after country I will make every person taste

that bliss.”

42. In this one book I will tell these wonderful narrations,

the narrations of Lord Gaura’s pastimes in Nadéya.

43. Gadadhara and Narahari sat at Lord Gaura’s two sides,

and Çri Raghunandna happily sat at the Lord’s feet.

44. Lord Advaita Acarya and Lord Nityananda Raya sang

songs glorifying Lord Gaura.

45. Murari, Mukunda Datta, Çrivasa, Haridasa, and the

other devotees were all the abodes of ecstatic spiritual love.

46. Çuklambara, Vakreçvara, Çriman, Saïjaya, Çridhara

Paëòita, and many others were all great souls.

47. Who has the power to glorify all the great souls

properly? They accompanied Lord Gaura when He descended to this

earth.

48. With a joyful heart Locana dasa declares: Nothing is

equal to Lord Gaura’s pastimes in Nadéya.

 

 

Song 14 (Çri raga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: Lord Gaura is my very life! O! O! O! The Supreme

Personality of Godhead, who is known as Hari, Rama, and

Narayaëa, has now become Çacé’s son effulgent like gold!

 

49. Everyone please listen. I will tell a very wonderful

story. Anyone who hears this story will become free of all sins.

50. Making His home in Navadvépa, Lord Gauracandra enjoyed

many pastimes with His students.

51. The devotees would assemble and, with great love and

bliss, chant the holy names in saìkértana.

52. Smiling, Lord Gaura told the devotees: In house

after house please chant the holy names of Lord Hari.

53-54. Teach the children, adults, canòalas,

unfortunates, saints, sinners, and everyone else in Navadvépa

how to chant the holy names of Lord Hari. Then everyone will

easily cross over this world of birth and death.”

55. Hearing these words, the devotees said to the Lord:

We have no power to chant Lord Hari’s holy names from house

to house.

56. In Navadvépa dwell two very wicked persons.

Their sins have no end.

57. They are two brothers. Though they are

brahmanas, they are great sinners. They have great power in

Navadvépa. Their names are Jagai and Madhai.

58. They will not leave any woman, be she a

brahmané, a yavané, or a guru’s wife, in peace. They drink

wine. They turn from any pious deed.

59. Again and again they violently attack the

brahmanas, gurus, and Deities. If they do not see their victims

outside, they invade their homes and attack them there.

60. Hundreds and hundreds of times they have

murdered brahmaëas, women, and cows. How many are their sins? I

have no power to count them.

61. Though they live by the Gaìga’s bank, they

never bathe in her waters. In this birth they have never

worshiped the Supreme Lord.

62. Again and again they hurt even their friends

and kinsmen. They are great offenders. They hate Çri Kåñëa-

saìkértana, the chanting of Lord Kåñna’s holy names.”

63. On that day the devotees spoek these words to Lord

Gaura.

64. When he heard everyone speak these words, Lord Gaura

became angry in His heart.

65. His two eyes became red like the rising sun. In His

heart He thought:

66. A sinner-brahmana named Ajamila spoke at the

moment of his death the word Narayana.

67. Though he spoke the word Narayaëa only out

of love for his son, that brahmaëa attained a spiritual body

and went to Vaikuëöha.

68. But Jagai and Madhai are more sinful than

Ajamila. How will I deliver them?

69. When I think of them I fell unhappy at heart.”

Then the Lord openly spoke. He said: Everyone please

hear My words.

70. Hari-nama-saìkértana, the chanting of Lord

Hari’s holy names, is the kali-yuga-dharma, the religion for
Kali-yuga. By chanting the holy names one performs all pious

deeds.

71. Everyone should gather with his friends and

kinsmen and chant the holy names.

72. There should be a fragrant breeze of song.

There should be mådaìgas and karatalas. There should be sweet

loud chanting of the holy names.

73. I will fill the city with kértana, the

chanting of the holy names. When the people hear it, they will

all come and join the chanting.

74-76. Lord Advaita Acarya and His followers, the smiling

Avadhuta Lord Nityananda, Haridasa, and Çrivasa with his four

brothers, as well as Murari, Mukunda Datta, Gadadhara

Panòita, Çri Candraçekhara Acarya, Çuklambara, and all

the other personal associates of the Lord assembled at Lord

Gaura’s house.

77. By Lord Gaura’s command all the devotees assembled

there.

78. Everyone began a great kértana of chanting the holy

names. Then Lord Gaura led them in a procession.

79. Tossed by waves of bliss, they walked through the

neighborhoods of Nadéya. Their chanting of Hari!

Hari!” rose and filled the sky.

80. Meanwhile Jagai and Madhai slept in their house.

Drunk with wine, the two brothers slept.

81. Lord Gaura brought His kértana along the path to their

house. Everyone in Nadéya ran to watch.

82. There was a tumultuous kértana with karatalas,

mådaìgas, and other musical instruments. In the four directions

Hari! Hari!” were the only sounds anyone could hear.

83. The tumultuous kértana wakened the two brothers.

Raising their heads, they looked. Then they screamed with rage.

84. With eyes red with rage, they watched. When they heard

the kértana’s sound it was like an iron club striking their

ears.

85. The kértana’s sound was like an iron lance pushed into

their hearts. If you wish to stay alive, then please be

quiet.”

86. These words the people in the neighboring houses said.

They said: Please stop at once. Who is it that has made

these powerful men so angry?

87. We command you: Go at once. We forbid you to

sing. By whose power have you come by this path?”

88. The neighbor-messenger said to Jagai and Madhai:

Accompanied by a host of brahmanas, the brahmana Nimai

Panòita, who is Jagannatha Miçra’s son, performs kértana of

chanting the holy names.”

89. Jagai and Madhai said: Forbid Him to sing.

Make Him walk on another path. If He wishes to remain alive, He

should be quiet.

90. If He does not understand, if He continues this

senseless uproar, then with my own hands I will take away His

caste, His kinsmen, and the breath that keeps Him alive.”

91. Saying these words, Jagai and Madhai sent the

messenger back to the devotees. The messenger said to Lord Gaura:

Please listen, O son of Çacé.

92. Raising Your arms, You chant the holy names of

Lord Hari from house to house.

93. In this way You double the spiritual love and

bliss in the world. Your chanting of Hari! Haribol!”

touches the sky.”

94. Meanwhile, unable to tolerate the sound of the kértana,

the two sinful-hearted brothers rushed out the door of their

house.

95. Their faces and eyes were red with rage. Their garments

fell and fell from their limbs.

96. They trembled as they walked. They were almost

unconscious with rage. Their voices roared with a host of threats

and curses.

97. They looked in the four directions. They walked up to

Lord Gaura. Be smart and get out!”, they screamed.

98. Ha! Ha! Brahmana, You should try to save

Yourself a lot of trouble.” Then they spoke a host of threats and

curses.

99. Seeing this angry outburst, the people of Nadéya looked

at each other in the four directions. They were frightened.

100-101. Accompanied by Lord Advaita Acarya Gosai, Lord

Nityananda, Haridasa, Çrivasa, Murari, Mukunda, and all His

associates, Lord Viçvambhara again sang the holy names of Lord

Hari.

102. They happily sang Lord Hari’s holy names. They never

tired of singing Them. At this point Jagai and Madhai became

wild with rage.

103. Grabbing a stick, one of them smashed a clay pot into

pieces. Then the two brothers ran toward the devotees.

104. They angrily pelted the devotees with fragments from

the broken pot. One of those pieces struck Lord Nityananda’s

head.

105. Where the pot fragment struck blood began to flow.

Seeing this, the devotees said: Alas! Alas!”

106. Seeing this, Lord Gaura became filled with sorrow. To

the two sinners He shouted:

107. No one is more sinful than you. Reports of

Your sins fill the whole earth.

108. You have done what no one else dare do. Look

at what you have done!”

109. Saying these words, Lord Gaura went to Lord

Nityananda. With cloth from His own garment Lord Gaura bandaged

Lord Nityananda’s wound.

110-111. Lord Gaura knew the great glory of Çripada Nityananda.

If a single drop of Lord Nityananda’s blood had fallen to the

ground, great inauspiciousness would have come to the earth.

Therefore with care and fear Lord Gaura, with cloth from His own

garment, bandaged the wound on Lord Nityananda’s head.

112. Then Lord Gaura angrily called for His Sudarçana-

cakra, With folded hands the Sudarçana-cakra respectfully stood

before the Lord.

113. The Sudarçana-cakra said: Glory, glory to

Lord Mahaprabhu, to Çacé’s son! O master, what is Your command

for me?”

114. Lord Gaura said: Kill Jagai and Madhai.

They wounded Lord Nityananda and brought great sorrow to My

heart.”

115. Hearing these words, the Sudarçana-cakra burst into

flames, the same flames that destroy the universe when the

worlds are all destroyed. Then the flaming Sudarçana-cakra

charged at Jagai and Madhai.

116. Seeing the flaming Sudarçana-cakra attacking them,

Jagai and Madhai felt their hearts fill with fear. Their bodies

trembled.

117. Glancing at the Sudarçana-cakra, Lord Nityananda

smiled and said: Lord, why reveal Your powers in this

way?

118. We have kindly come here to deliver all the

fallen, wretched, patheic sinners in the three worlds.

119. We should deliver Jagai and Madhai. We

should be the friends of the fallen. Then We will protect Our

good reputation as the purifiers of the fallen (patita-pavana).”

120. Speaking these words, Lord Nityananda fell at Lord

Gaura’s feet. Before Lord Gaura’s feet He placed this humble

request:

121. Lord, please give these two sinners to Me.

Then the people will call Us by the name Patita-pavana (the

purifiers of the fallen).

122. In other yugas We killed many demons. But

these two sinners We should deliver. We should deliver them, body

and soul.”

123. Hearing Lord Nityananda’s words, merciful Lord Gaura

said: Glory to You, Nityananda! Glory to You, O son of

Rohiné!

124. I am Your submissive servant. This all the

scriptures say. I agree with all You have said.

125. Anyone who just once his life speaks the word

`Nityananda’ becomes purified. He becomes My pure devotee.”

126. Then, accompanied by His personal associates, Lord

Gaura returned to His own home. Filled with wonder, Jagai and

Madhai stood there.

127. The sound of saìkértana and the sight of Lord

Mahaprabhu filled them with wonder. Stunned, they stared ahead.

128. Again and again in their hearts they tried to

understand the meaning of Lord Mahaprabhu’s words.

129. There is no sin that we have not done, that we

have not done. We attacked a sannyasé.”

130. As they thought in this way again and again, their

hearts became pure and free from sin. Look! Look at the power of

Lord Mahaprabhu’s mercy!

131. Filled with sorrow and repentance, the two brothers

ran. Seeing them, the people of Nadéya became filled with wonder.

132. Finally coming to Lord Mahaprabhu’s door, they called

out: Lord! Lord!”

133. Sitting at home amongst His associates, Lord Gaura

said: Who calls for Me? Please see who is at the door.

134. Murari, please bring the visitors here to

Me.” Following the Lord’s command, Murari embraced the two

brothers and brought them before the Lord.

135. Seeing the Lord, the two brothers made a great sound of

grief and repentance. They fell to the ground before the Lord’s

feet. They wept. They said:

136. You are the purifier of the fallen. You are an

ocean of mercy, the master of the worlds, the friend of the

fallen.

137. You are an ocean of mercy. O Lord, Your heart

is filled with mercy.” Seeing the two brothers’ anguished

repentance, Lord Gaura melted with mercy.

138. Picking them up, Lord Gaura asked them:

Listen, O Jagai and Madhai. Why have you come to My place?

Why do you weep?

139. You are the two great masters of Navadvépa.

You are very wise and learned. Why do you weep?”

140. Hearing the Lord’s eords, Jagai and Madhai said:

It is only because of Your mercy that we have come to

You.

141. How many cows have we killed? How many women?

How many men? How many sins have we committed. No one can count

them.

142. Fie on us, the so-called masters of

Navadvépa. We have killed many brahmanas and many gurus.

143. How many girls from brahmana, yavana, and

canòala families did we not leave in peace? How many guru’s

wives did we not leave in peace?

144. To the people of the world we gave nothing but

violence. We did no pious rituals to peace the demigods or

pitas.

145. We are worthless like piles of ashes. What

more can we say to You? The nÇri umber of hairs on our heads does

not equal the number of our sins.

146. Everyone say the person namwed Ajamila was a

great sinner. Still, they do not say he was not more of a sinner

than us.

147. Whe Ajamila spoke the name `Narayana’,

Lord Narayana delivered him. Lord Narayana did not come and

deliver us.

148. People like us are never delivered. Why do You

feel compassion for us?”

149. Hearing these words of sincere sorrow and repentance,

Lord Gaura said: I give My mercy to you.”

150. When He sees the sorrows of sorrowful souls, the

Supreme Lord also feels sorrow. Therefore He is mercy

personified. His form is filled with mercy.

151. He is an ocean of mercy. He shows great mercy. Taking

the two brothers with Him, the Lord then went to the Gaìga’s

bank.

152. The people of Nadéya ran there to see the great

wonder. There Lord Gaura manifested very wonderful ecstatic

spiritual love.

153. Respectfully standing, the brahmaëas and saintly

devotees watched. In their presence Lord Gaura spoke these

merciful words:

154. Now I will take upon Myself all your sins.

Please give all your sins to Me.”

155. Speaking these words, Lord Gaura extended His hand to

accept a tulasé leaf. Frightened, the two brothers would not

give the tulasé leaf.

156. Then Lord Gaura, the Supreme Personality of Godhead,

mercifully said: Jagai and Madhai, now you must give

your sins to Me.”

157. Jagai and Madhai said: Lord, please listen. No

one can even count our sins.

158. We are the lowest of lowly persons, the most

sinful of sinners. At the thought of giving our sins to You, our

hearts tremble in fear.”

159. When Lord Gaura heard these words, tears streamed from

His eyes. Then, in a voice like thundering cloud, He said:

Haribol!”

160. Again Lord Gaura extended His hand to accept their

sins. Then Jagai and Madhai placed the tulasé leaf in Lord

Gaura’s hand.

161. From the four sides came a great tumult of

Hari! Haribol!” Then Lord Gaura embraced Jagai and Madhai.

162. Touching them, Lord Gaura delivered Jagai and Madhai.

He took all their sins upon Himself.

163. Overcome with ecstatic spiritual love, Jagai and

Madhai spoke half-formed words with a choked voice. The tears

from their eyes drenched their garments.

164. They trembled. The hairs on their bodies stood erect.

Before the Lord’s feet they fell to the ground. They spoke many

prayers filled with anguished repentance.

165. In this way Lord Gaura delivered them and many others

also. Lord Gaura is an ocean of mercy. He is the great purifier

of the very fallen.

166. In this way Lord Gaura delivered Jagai and Madhai

from their sins. Filled with ecstatic spiritual love by the touch

of Lord Gaura’s glorious graceful body, Jagai and Madhai

danced.

167. Thus taking on Himself all of Jagai’s and Madhai’s

sins, Lord Viçvambhara, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, also

danced.

168. Who is glorious and supreme like Lord Gaura? He is an

ocean of mercy. He does not see faults. He loves everyone.

169. Happy to have delivered some fallen souls, Lord Gaura

danced. This pastime brings great hope to Locana dasa, who

remains shackled in the prison of maya.

 

 

Mahaprabhur Bhagavad-bhave Vicitra-léla

 

Lord Mahaprabhu’s Extraordinary Pastime of Manifesting Lord

Kåñna’s Form

 

Song 15 (Dhanaçé raga)

 

 

Refrain: O Lord Gaura, O moon of the brahmanas, O Lord who,

to free the people from the world of birth and death, set various

traps to catch the fallen souls.

 

1. Glory to Lord Gauraìga! Glory to Gadadhara and Narahari!

Anyone who hears Lord Gauraìga’s glories attains ecstatic

spiritual love.

2. Please hear the story of another day’s wonderful

pastimes. To Navadvépa Lord Gaura brought the most precious

treasure.

3. Surounded by His associates in His own home, Lord Gaura

placed very gentle words on the lotus flower of His mouth.

4. The words He spoke were like flooding rivers of nectar.

Bathing in those rivers, the devotees became wild with bliss.

5. As Lord Gaura was enjoying these wonderful blissful

pastimes, a wandering mendicant unexpectedly arrived.

6. This mendicant was named Vanamalé. He came with his

son. He had been born in a brahmana family in East Bengal.

7. Seeing Lord Viçvambhara surrounded by His devotees, the

brahmaëa and his son became filled with joy.

8. The brahmaëa and the boy could not speak. In a voice choked

with ecstasy the brahmaëa said:

9. I am afflicted by poverty. Although I am poor, I

always remained pure and upright.

10. I know for certain that Viçvambhara is the

Supreme Personality of Godhead. This I see directly. He is no

other.

11. Now my birth in this world has borne its fruit,

for I have seen fair Lord Viçvambhara, who is a treasure house

of all transcendental virtues.

12. Now that I gaze at Him, I feel my heart filled

with cooling pleasure. Now the horrible flames of my poverty are

all extinguished.

13. By tasting nectar food, one is pleased within.

In the same way when I gaze at Lord Gauracandra I feel my body

is sprinkled with showers of nectar.”

14. With merciful eyes Lord Gaura glanced at the two

brahmanas.

15. The two brahmanas then happily sang the glories of Lord

Hari. By Lord Gaura’s mercy they attained the treasure of

ecstatic spiritual love.

16. The brahmaëa and his son joyfully dance. In a moment

the size of a single sesame seed the ropes that bound them to the

world of birth and death were cut.

17. Lord Gaura Mahaprabhu is an ocean of mercy. No one else

is a a greater friend of the poor and fallen.

18. On another day Lord Viçvambhara, the king of dancers,

danced in the midst of saìkértana.

19. At that time the two brahmaëas again came. Watching,

the boy became filled with wonder.

20. Where His fair form once was, Lord Gaura now manifested

a dark form. His hips were decorated with a yellow cloth. In His

hands was a flute.

21. The peacock feather in His crown fluttered in the

breeze. Gazing at this form, the devotees began to sinmg.

22. In this way everyone saw Lord Kåñna, whose form is dark

and who is the king of dancers, manifest with Çri Rädhä in

Våndävana forest.

23. They saw the Yamuna, Govardhana Hill, Bahulavana,

Bhanòéravana, Madhuvana, and many other places also.

24. They saw the cows, gopis, and gopas. In Navadvépa they

saw Lord Kåñna, the cowherd boy handsome like Kamadeva.

25. Seeing all this, the brahmaëa fell unconscious. The

hairs of his body stood erect. Tears filled his eyes.

26. Then he roared like a thundering cloud. He slapped his

arms. He called out: Kåñëa! Kåñëa!” He became like a

brass-pot cymbal making a great din in a noisy marketplace.

27. Seeing this, the Lord stopped dancing. Hold

him. Hold him still.”, He said. The devotees held the brahmaëa.

28. Everyone please hear these songs of Lord Gaura. Lord

Gaura is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is eternally

young.

29. He cuts the shackles of karma. He gives the treasure of

ecstatic spiritual love. Who is like Him?

30. When there was no material world, He created it. He is

attained only by loving devotion. He is beyond the touch of the

material senses.

31. Again and again He mercifully gives to the people the

prasadam remnants of His divine garlands, sandal-paste, and

food. He is not proud. He loves everyone.

32. He is always untouched by matter, yet no spirit soul in

the material world is ever bereft of His company. He performs no

pious rituals, yet it is He who commands that pious rituals be

performed.

33. In the Vedas He declares what actions are right, yet He

feels free to break His own rules any time He pleases.

34. To the people He gives the great treasure of ecstatic

love and devotion to the Supreme Lord, who is Himself. He is

called Nava-vidhata-ratna” (the jewel who is the

eternally young Supreme Personality of Godhead).

35. My Gaura Raya is an ocean of mercy. To everyone He

easily gives the greatest treasure.

36. Lord Gaura gives the great treasure of ecstatic

spiritual love. No one else gives it. Locana dasa says this:

Please worship Lord Gaura, the eternally young Supreme

Personality of Godhead.

 

 

Song 16

 

 

Refrain: Anyone who once sees Lord Gaura’s form will not,

even till the moment of death, forget Him.

 

37. Now please hear the wonderful pastimes of another day.

The Lord enjoyed blissful pastimes in Çrivas’as home.

38. One day Çrivasa Panòita performed rituals for the

pitas. With a pure heart he listened to the recitation of

Viñëu-sahasra-nama (thousand names of Lord Viñëu).

39. At that time Lord Gaura came to visit. Hearing the

thousand names, Lord Gaura felt His every desire was fulfilled.

40. Listening and listening, Lord Gaura heard the name

Nåsiàha”. At that moment Lord Gaura’s two eyes became red

with anger. He shook His hair upward.

41. The hairs of His body stood erect. His body became red.

He roared like a lion.

42. Taking a stick in His hand, He began to run about.

Seeing Him, all the people felt their hearts tremble.

43. Then Lord Gaura began to chase everyone. His hair was no

longer bound. Filled with anger, Lord Gaura had no power to

restrain Himself.

44. Seeing Lord Nåsiàha, everyone fled. In amoment Lord

Gaura put doen His stick and abandoned His manifestation of Lord

Nåsiàha.

45. Çacé’s son is the seed from where all avataras grow.

Whenevr He wishes He can manifest any avatara.

46. Stopping His manifestation of Lord Nåsiàha, Lord Gaura

sat down on His seat. Surprised, Lord Gaura said:

47. I don’t know what I just did. Did I commit any

offense? What do you think in your hearts?”

48. Hearing these words, everyone said: Why do You

speak these words? How can You commit an offense?”

49. Çrivasa said: Whoever sees You becoems free

from the shackles of material life.”

50. Everyone please hear the story of another day’s

pastimes. One day a persons singing Lord Çiva’s glories arrived.

51. He offered obeisances to the feet of Lord Gaura-Hari,
and then with a happy heart he sang Lord Çiva’s glories.

52. Çiva! Çiva!”, he joyfully called out. Pure

devotion for Lord Çiva was manifest in his body.

53. Listening, Lord Gaura became joyful at heart. As He

heard Lord Çiva’s glories, Lord Gaura felt His joy increase more

and more.

54. Manifesting the nature of Lord Çiva, Lord Gaura danced.

Forgetting himself, the devotee of Lord Çiva was filled with

joy.

55. Then Lord Gaura climbed on that devotee’s shoulders. No

one is fortunate like that devotee.

56. Carrying Lord Gaura on his shoulders, that devotee

joyfully sang and danced. His eyes now red, Lord Gaura manifested

the form of Lord Çiva.

57. The Lord spoke orders like Lord Çiva. He spoke words

like Lord Çiva’s words. He played a òambaru drum. With His mouth

He loudly sounded on a horn.

58. Loudly chanting, Rama! Kåñëa!”, Lord Gaura

laughed and wept. Filled with the sentiments of Lord Çiva, Lord

Gaura wept.

59. Aware of all spiritual truths, Çrivasa Paëòita

carefully recited many prayers.

60. Çri Mukunda Datta also recited many prayers. Aware of

all spiritual truths, they joyfully danced.

61. Lord Gaura descended from the singer’s shoulders. With

great devotion, Lord Gaura sang the glories of Lord Hari.

62. Wild with bliss, Lord Gaura danced. Joyfully singing the

glories of Lord Hari, Lord Gaura was plunged in an ocean of

bliss.

63. In this way Lord Gaura, who is an ocean of mercy, showed

great mercy. Hearing of this pastime, Locana dasa is overcome

with bliss.

 

 

Song 17 (Diça)

 

 

Refrain: Lord Gauraìga places ecstatic spiritual love in

the living entities’ hearts. Who will not weep to hear of Lord

Gauraìga’s glories?

 

64. Now please hear the wonderful pastime of another day.

Lord Gaura had just completed His pastime of dancing with His

associates.

65. Lord Gaura fell to the gound likje a stick. Everyone

joyfully sang: Hari! Hari!”

66. At that moment a brahmana came and, smiling, took the

dust of Lord Gaura’s lotus feet.

67. Seeing this, Lord Gaura suddenly jumped up. Seeing what

the brahmana had done, Lord Gaura became very unhappy.

68. His face became withered with grief. Filled with rage,

He breathed heavily from His nostrils.

69. Lord Gaura stood up, ran, and jumped into the Gaìga’s

waters.

70. The Lord sank into the waters. No one could see Him.

Everyone jumped in after Him.

71. The people of Nadéya became wild. Everyone wept with

grief.

72. Calling Son! Son!”, Mother Çacé ran and tried

to jump into the water.

73. Liek a wild woman she wpet. She wept and wept and wept.

She rolled on the ground.

74. Seeing how everyone was filled with anguish, Avadhuta

Lord Nityananda Raya jumped into the Gaìga.

75. Diving into the water, with His hand Lord Nityananda

grabbed Lord Gaura and quickly lifted Him to the Gaìga’s bank.

76. Seeing this everyone became filled with joy. Relieved,

everyone wept.

77-78. Embracing Lord Viçvambhara, Çacé-devé wept.

Gazing at Lord Gaura’s face, with anxious hearts Çrivasa,

Murari, Mukunda, Çuklambara, Haridasa, and the other devotees

all wept.

79. Gazing at Lord Gaura’s face, they became free of all

grief. Then they happily returned to their homes.

80. Accompanied by His associates, Lord Viçvambhara hurried

to Murari Gupta’s house.

81. Staying there for a moment, Lord Gaura proceeded to

Vijaya Miçra’s house.

82. There Lord Gaura passed the night. At dawn He walked on

the Gaìga’s northern bank.

83. There He wandered. No one knew what was in His heart.

Frightened, the devotees followed Him.

84. From among the devotees a saintly brahmana humbly said:

85. O Lord Gaura, O ocean of virtues and glories,

please be kind. In this age everyone is an offender.

86. O Lord Mahaprabhu. Please be merciful. Please

abandon Your anger. Please forgive Your servant’s offense.

87. O Lord, O ocean of mercy, O mercy personified,

it was to give Your mercy to the people that You mercifully

descended to this world.

88. Please don’t turn Your face from us. How can we

understand all the thoughts within Your heart?

89. Please return home. Please abandon Your anger.

Please look again at Your followers. Please give Your mercy to

them.”

90. Hearing these humble words from one of His followers,

Lord Gaura felt His heart melt with mercy.

91. With a joyful heart Lord Gaura returned home.

Accompanied by His followers, Lord Gaura sang the glories of the

Supreme Lord, who is actually Himself.

92. In this way the villages of Nadéya became filled with

bliss. Locana dasa joyfully sings this song glorifying Lord

Gaura.

 

 

Song 18 (Varaòi raga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: O! O! O! To chase away all calamities Lord Gaura

filled the world with the treasure of ecstatic spiritual love.

 

93. Renouncing all grief, and accompanied by His followers,

with a happy heart Lord Gaura-Hari went to Çrivasa’s home.

94. Lord Gaura sat down with Çrivasa, Haridasa, and the

other devotees. They all gazed at Lord Gaura’s face.

95. At that time Lord Mahaprabhu spoke to everyone there

these confidential words: Everyone please hear.

96. Wealth, youth, and followers are all worthless

for a person who does not worship Lord Kåñëa’s eternal feet.

97. As I stay in this world of birth and death My

heart is scorched by flames of suffering. Although I have

attained a valuable body like this one, I never served Lord

Kåñëa.

98. In this world of birth and death a human body

os very rare and difficult to attain. Why should a man or a woman

worship Lord Kåñëa?

99. A person who does not worship Lord Kåñna wastes

his valuable human body. His comfortable home is in vain. His

activities as a husband, son, father, or mother all all vain.

100. Someone has secretly told everyone that I will

leave My family. I will go far away.”

101. I must stop this rumor. What I have

heard will make me die.

102. Please hear, O Lord Mahaprabhu. No one speaks

this rumor. I have not heard it from any mouth.”

103. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura, the Supreme

Personality of Godhead, held Murari. He gave him the gift of an

embrace.

104. Embraced by the Lord, the physician Murari was

overcome. He forgot himself.

105. From head to foot the hairs of his body stood erect. He

quoted this ancient verse (Çrimad-Bhägavatam 10.81.16):

 

106. kvahaà daridraù papéyan

kva kåñnaù çré-niketanaù

brahma-bandhur iti smahaà

bahubhyaà parirambhitaù

 

 

He said, `Who am I? The sinful poor friend of a

brahmana. And who is Kåñëa? The Supreme Personality of Godhead

full in siz opulences. Nonetheless He has embraced me with His

two arms.’ “*

 

107. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura manifested a form

effulgent like ten million suns.

108. Sitting on an asana, Lord Gaura sweetly saidf:

I am spiritual, eternal, and full of bliss. Don’t think I am

ever far from you.”

109. Hearing these words, everyone was overcome with bliss.

The hairs of their bodies stood erect.

110. Then saintly Çrivasa Panòita performed an abhiñeka

ceremony, bathing Lord Gaura with Gaìga water.

111. After the abhiñeka he rightly worshiped Lord Gaura.

Lord Gaura, who is a treasure-house of all virtues, was pleased

by His worship.

112. Everyone blissfully sang Lord Hari’s glories. Glancing

at the devotees’ faces, Lord Gaura Raya danced.

113. Placing Narahari’s lotus feet on his head, Locana dasa

describes these sweet pastimes of Lord Gauraìga.

 

 

Song 19

 

 

114. Everyone please carefully listen as I tell the

wonderful story of another’s day’s pastimes.

115. Lord Gaura, who is an ocean of mercy, a klap-avrksa

tree of loving devotional service, and the çikña-guru

(teacher) of all the worlds, taught everyone in the world.

116-119. He acted in such a way as to teach His followers.

Taking with Him Advaita Acarya, Çrivasa, Haridasa, Murari,

Mukunda, Gadadhara, Çuklambara, Rama, Narahari, Raghunandana,

Çri Mukunda dasa, Vasu Ghoña, Jagadananda, and all the

devotees, with a joyful heart Lord Gaura went to the temple of

Lord Kåñëa.

120. Wearing a kaupéna and carrying a broom and dustpan on

His shoulder, Lord Gaura was surrounded by His associates.

121. Each of the Lord’s followers was dressed in this way.

Each had his hair tied. Each held a broom and dustpan in his

hands or resting on his shoulders.

122. In this way Lord Gaura went to clean the temple. Never

have I heard of sauch wonderful pastimes.

123. Having become sweepers for Lord Kåñëa, the Vaiñëavas

went from door to door gathering recruits. In this way the

Vaiñëavas assembled and cleaned the temple.

124. By His example Lord Gaura thus taught the people of the

world. Everyone please worship Him. He is supremely wise.

125. He is the giver of pure love and devotion. No one is

like Him. Aware of these truths, please worship Lord Gauraìga’s

feet.

126. How many avataras descend to this world yuga after

yuga? They are all manifest from Lord Gaura.

127. No one is like Him. He is the Supreme Lord, the supreme

master. To teach the world how to engage in devotional service,

He carried a broom and dustpan on His shoulder.

128. He rarely descends to this world. He does not come in

every catur-yuga. Still, He went from house to house and begged

the people to engage in devotional service.

129. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the supreme

master. This I say to the devotees: No one is His equal.

130. Without considering who is worthy and who not worthy to

receive it, to everyone Lord Gaura happily gave the great

treasure of Våndävana.

131. Lord Gaura begged everyone to accept the feelings of

pure spiritual love, love that is beyond the pious and impious

deeds of this world. In this way Çacé’s son delivered everyone.

132. Neither Brahma, Çiva, Lakñmé, nor Ananta Çeña

have the power to describe all of Lord Gaura’s glories.

133. With their words they have no power to describe all of

Lord Gaura’s glories, for Lord Gaura’s glories are beyond the

conception of the material mind.

134. O my brothers, please worship Lord Gaura’s glories.

Please do not neglect them. Simply by worshiping Lord Gaura

everyone will escape this world of repeated birth and death.

135. Lord Gaura is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There

is no one like Him. I, Locana dasa, declare: All the avataras

are manifest from Lord Gaura.

 

 

Kuñöha-vyadhira papa-mocana o Baladevaveça

 

The Lord Frees a Leper From Sin and Manifests the Ecstasies of

Lord Balaräma

 

Song 20

 

 

Refrain: Hari! Rama! Narayaëa! Çacé’s son splendid

like gold!

 

1. Please hear another wonderful pastime of Lord Gauraìga.

Anyone who hears this pastime will attain great spiritual love.

2. Walking on the path with His associates, Lord Gaura

tasted the nectar of talking about Lord Kåñëa. His limbs trembled

in ecstasy.

3. On that path a leper came and humbly placed some words

before Lord Gaura’s feet:

4. Falling to the ground, he offered respectful obeisances.

Very agitated and distressed, he humbly said:

5-6. Lord, everyone says You are Lord Janardana, You

are eternal, You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, You are

the master of the great demigods, the friend of everyone in the

three worlds. O master, O ocean of mercy, please deliver me.

7. Hearing that You are the purifier of the fallen,

I have come to You. O master of all, please deliver me.

8. O son of Çacé, O master of the poor and

helpless, O Lord Gauraìga, O Lord Gopala, please deliver me.

9. In the three worlds no one is more sinful than

me. Please deliver me from this unbearable leprosy.”

10. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura became angry at heart.

With angry eyes He stared at the leper.

11. The Lord said: Listen, O wicked sinner wretched

like a pile of ashes. Why did you blaspheme a Vaiñëava?

12. Every living entity in this world of birth and

death is My friend. But anyone who hates a Vaiñëava is My enemy.

13. When someone insults Me I am not unhappy. But

when someone insults Çrivasa Paëòita, how can I remain

peaceful and happy?

14. You spoke insulting words to him. Even after a

hundred births you will not be free of your offense.

15. I will not deliver anyone who has offended a

Vaiñëava.

16. Now you may see only the outside of my body.

But inside My heart the Vaiñëavas are My life breath. Of this

there is no doubt.

17. If someone hates Me buts serves the Vaiñnavas,

then I will deliver him. I will kill all his sufferings.

18. But if some fool attacks a Vaiñnava, then I

will throw that fool into hell. I will not give him shelter.

19. You are a wretched, wicked sinner. How long

will you suffer in hell? Your sufferings will never end.”

20. Hearing these words, the leper fell to the ground and

wept. He wept with anguish. He could not restrain himself.

21. The leper said: In other avataras You are

merciful to your devotees. But in Kali-yuga in house after house

everyone is a wretch and a sinner.

22. If You kill anyone who does not worship You,

then why should You be known as Patita-pavana (the purifier of

the fallen)?

23. Glory to You, O Lord who bear the name

Viçvambhara and who give auspiciousness to everyone! Glory to

You, O mighty-armed Lord who establish the true religion!

24. You build the bridge of the true religion. By

walking on that bridge the people cross the ocean of repeated

birth and death. Lord, O son of Çacé, please do not reject me.

25. If there is any mercy in Your heart, then

please be merciful to me. Still, I know You are not independent.

You are a servant of the Vaiñnavas.”

26. After hearing these words, Lord Gaura went o Çrivasa’s

house. Sitting down, He told everything. He said:

27. On the path I saw a leper. For many births he

will suffer the results of his offense.

28. Because he offended you, his whole body is

melting with leprosy. I saw him, but I did not deliver him.

29. `Please deliver me!’, the leper called. `How

can I deliver you? You are an offender.’, I told him.

30. Of course, if you wish to give mercy to him,

then by your mercy you can deliver that sinner.”

31. Hearing Lord Gaura’s description of His activities,

Çrivasa smiled and said:

32. You speak of me in this way, but actually I am

very low and fallen. On my wish, please deliver that sinner.

33. Please end any offense he has committed to me.

Please be merciful to him and end his sufferings.”

34. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura said: Hari!”

Becoming merciful, Lord Gaura delivered that person from the

disease of leprosy.

35. At that moment, on the Gaìga’s bank, that leper

attained the supreme medicine, the medicine of Çrivasa’s mercy.

36. At that moment he attained a splendid spiritual body.

Overcome with ecstatic love, and shouting Gauraìga!”,

he ran about.

37. He said: Where is Lord Gauracandra, the moon of

my heart? He delivered me from the great blindness, from the

disease of material life.”

38. At that moment Lord Gauracandra left Çrivasa’s house to

find the leper and deliver him from his leprosy.

39. The Lord met the leper on the path. The leper fell to

the ground before the Lord’s feet.

40. Picking him up and embracing him, Lord Gaura gave that

soul the gift of rare ecstatic spiritual love, love even the

demigod Brahma finds difficult to attain.

41. That soul laughed, wept, danced, sang, and rolled on the

ground. Calling out: Kåñna, the holder of the club, is my

friend!”, he danced.

42. Seeing this, all the devotees became joyful. Seeing

this, all of Nadéya was filled with wonder.

43. Everyone plase hear of Lord Viçvambhara’s pastimes.

Anyone who hears of them quickly attains loving devotional

service (prema-bhakti).

44. Overcome with bliss, Locana dasa hears Lord Gaura’s

wonderful pastimes in Nadéya.

 

45. On another day, as Lord Gaura enjoyed pastimes of

dancing, a brahmana came to His door.

46. The brahmana who came then yearned to see Lord

Gauracandra dance.

47. That brahmana waited at the door, but he could not

enter. Unable to see the Lord, he became unhappy.

48. Unhappy, the brahmaëa returned to his home. Meanwhile

Lord Gaura joyfully danced. He did not know what had happened.

49. The next day that brahmaëa unexpectedly meat Lord Gaura

as the Lord was bathing in the Gaìga.

50. As Lord Gaura was bathing in the Gaìga, the brahmaëa,

his body trembling, with angry eyes stared at the Lord.

51. Staring at the Lord, he angrily said: I went to

Your house. I wanted to see You.

52. I wanted to see You dance, but a most sinful

brahmaëa forbade me.

53. As I, not allowed to enter, had to stay outside

the door, so will You also have to stay outside the world of

household life.”

54. Speaking these words, that brahmaëa angrily broke his

sacred thread. He was wild with anger. He was not peaceful.

55. I cannot bear to be left outside the door. I

give You this curse: You will stay outside the door of household

life.”

56. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura became happy at heart.

He said: This curse is a great boon for Me.”

57. In this way the Supreme Personality of Godhead accepted

the curse. Hearing this, the brahmaëa became afraid at heart.

58. He said: What did I just do? O Lord, You made

me speak those words. You are all-pervading. You are the

Supersoul present in every heart.

59. You will deliver the false philosophers.

Accepting sannyasa, You will give them all the gift of ecstatic

spiritual love.

60. People with call You `sannyasé’ and `guru’.

They will humbly bow before You. Then You will give them the gift

of ecstatic spiritual love.

61. O Lord Gaura-Hari, O crest-jewel of the

philosophers, You will break open the treasure-house of ecstatic

spiritual love and You will freely distribute its contents.

62. You have vowed to plunge the whole universe in

ecstatic spiritual love. What pious or sinful person will You not

deliver?

63. Only I will be cheated of that love. Only I

will remain unwounded by that arrow of ecstatic spiritual love. O

purifier of the fallen, what will become of me?”

64. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura said: Your

words were not a curse. They were a blessing for Me. You have

fulfilled My desire. You need not fear.”

65. Hearing this, the brahmana fell down before the Lord’s

feet. Picking him up, Lord Gaura embraced him.

66. Embraced by the Lord, the brahmana was overcome with

ecstatic spiritual love. He trembled with ecstatic love for Lord

Kåñëa.

67. Lord Gaura fulfilled the desire in that brahmaëa’s

heart. Lord Gaura gave him a gift of ecstatic spiritual love even

the demigod Brahma finds difficult to attain.

68. In this way Lord Gaurasundara enjoyed wonderful

pastimes, pastimes the wicked-hearted have no power to

understand.

69. When He spoke these wordds, Lord Mahaprabhu became very

joyful at heart. Locana dasa thus happily sings the glories of

Lord Gaura.

 

 

Mahäprabhur Vividhaveçe Prema-vitarana

 

Lord Mahäprabhu’s Manifestation of Various Divine Forms and His

Distribution Then of Ecstatic Spiritual Love

 

Song 21 (Vibhasa raga – Diça)

 

Refrain: Glory, glory to the moon of Lord Gauraìga, a moon

that in Kali-yuga has risen in the land of Nadéya.

 

Please hear this story of Lord Gaura’s pastimes. The three

worlds are filled with the glories of Lord Gaura. Please hear

this story of Lord Gauraìgacandra’s pastimes.

 

1. Now I will tell another story. Please hear this very

wonderful story of the Lord’s very wonderful, eternally-new

pastimes in Nadéya.

2. With a happy heart Lord Gaura sat in His own home.

Surrounding Him on four sides were His associates.

3. Suddenly a sound came from the sky. Give Me

honey.”, declared a voice like a thundering raincloud.

4. At that moment Lord Gaura manifested the form of Lord

Balarama. His form was like a white mountain-peak. His garments

were blue.

5. His feet were graceful. His eyes were like lotus flowers.

Gazing at His wonderful form, everyone was delighted at heart.

6. The Supreme Lord who gives to everyone the gift of

ecstatic spiritual love, then Himself enjoyed many pastimes of

ecstatic love. Filled with ecstatic love, the glorious Lord

danced.

7. Accompanied by His pwrsonal associates, Lord Gaura sang

the holy names of Lord Hari. In this way He went to the home of

Advaita and Murari.

8. Stuttering, Give, give Me honey-wine”, Lord Gaura

loudly, loudly laughed.

9. He had become like the king of small boys. Holding out

His hands, He said: Give Me honey-wine. Give.”

10. In His hands the devotees placed a cup filled with

water. Thinking it honey-wine, Lord Gaura raised the cup, drank it,

and then hiccuped.

11. Intoxicated with ecstatic love, Lord Gaura trembled and

danced. Again He drank and hiccuped.

12. One moment He fell down. The next moment He stood up.

Then next moment He wept and laughed. The next moment He placed

the sweet liquid to His lips. The next moment He loudly, loudly

laughed.

13. Seeing this, all the devotees offered prayers. Calling

out Haladhara!”, someone grasped Lord Gaura’s feet.

14. Then, enjoying the pastimes of Lord Balarama, Lord

Gaura Mahaprabhu spoke peerless words sweet like nectar.

15. I am not Çri Kåñna”, He cheerfully announced.

Therefore you may bring Me more of this wonderful nectar honey-

wine.”

16. A certain brahmana was standing there. Saying,

You are a fool”, with a finger the Lord pushed him.

17. Pushed by the Lord’s finger, the brahmana fell far away.

Pushed by the Lord, the brahmaëa felt ashamed.

18. From morning to evening Lord Gaura enjoyed pastimes as

Lord Balarama.

19. Decorating his head with the lotus flower of Narahari’s

feet, Locana dasa sings this song glorifying Lord Gaura’s glories.

 

20. Now please hear the wonderful pastimes of another day.

Rapt in the ecstasy of Lord Balarama, Lord Gaura danced.

21. Lord Gaura was suddenly rapt in ecstasy. As He

remembered Lord Balarama, His eyes became reddened.

22. He rolled on the ground. His hair became dishevelled.

Saliva flowed from His mouth. Everyone became distraught.

23. Seeing Gadadhara, Lord Gaura regained external

consciousness. He spoke some garbled words. Gadadhara could

guess what He meant.

24. Lord Gaura said: I know you are My friend. You

are dear as life to Me. O jewel of the brahmanas, please hear.

I am conquered by the love you bear from Me.

25. I am your master, and you are My very life.

That is why it is said that Gauraìga is Gadadhara’s property

(gada-ir Gauraìga). Please listen carefully.

26. What I feel is not beyond your understanding.

Your body is My internal potency.

27. Night and day you stay with Me. You do not

leave for even a single sesame seed’s worth of time. Except for

you, who understands Me?

28. Please bring all the Vaiñnavas who are My

dear friends. I want to see them.”

29. Accepting the Lord’s command, Gadadhara brought Advaita

Acarya and all the devotees.

30. When the devotees came, Lord Gaura gazed at them. He was

overcome with emotion. Tears filled His eyes.

31. Advaita Acarya sweetly asked: Dear one, why

have You called for Us?”

32. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura tried to speak, but He

could not. His voice was choked with emotion.

33. Overcome, Lord Gaura spoke half half words. He somehow

said: I saw Balarama like a white mountain-peak. He

embraced Me.

34. He was adorned with golden ornaments. He was

splendid like the sun. He glistened with the splendor of many

ornaments.”

35. Speaking and speaking in this way, in a vision Lord

Gaura gazed at Lord Balarama, whose form was like a white

mountain-peak.

36. Then Mahaprabhu Lord Viçvambhara Raya entered the

ecstasy of being Lord Balarama. Again and again He sang and

danced.

37. The Vaiñnavas were overcome with bliss. Everyone

trembled with love for Lord Balarama.

38. On every side everyone was overcome with bliss. Two days

passed. Still Lord Gaura’s ecstasy did not break.

39. On the next day Lord Gaura was still dancing. On four

sides He was surrounded by saintly devotees.

40. His footsteps made the earth tremble. His half-closed

eyes were red like the rising sun. He spoke in half half words.

41. Like an intoxicated elephant He walked slowly. Finally

He was so overcome with ecstatic love He no longer had any power

to walk.

42. In this way Lord Gaura was overcome with ecstasy. His

companions were also overcome. Overcome with the ecstasy of being

Lord Balarama, Lord Gaura danced.

43. He sang and danced until sunset. Then the scent of

varuné wine suddenly filled the air.

44. The splendid divine fragrance of varuné wine scented

the four directions. Filled with wonder, the devotees gazed at

each other.

45. The ten directions were scented with the fragrance of

varuëé wine. With that fragrance the devotees became

intoxicated with the intoxication of ecstatic love.

46. At that time the great brahmaëa Çrivasa Paëòita saw

a vision. Please hear what he saw.

47. Many splendid, divine, splendidly-dressed, jewel-like

persons suddenly approached.

48. One had lotus eyes and a lotus on his ear. Another had

earrings and blue garments.

49. Another wore a turban and yellow garments. I have no

power to describe their graceful forms, garments, and ornaments.

50. A brahmaëa named Vanamalé was there. I will speak of

him. Please listen.

51. He saw a form made of gold, a form decorated with

jewels, and glorious like the peak of Mount Sumeru.

52. Gazing at this form, he felt his heart become filled

with bliss. The hairs of his body stood erect. Filled with

wonder, he looked at everyone there.

53. Rapt in the ecstasy of Lord Balarama, Lord Gaura, the

master of the three worlds, danced with His devotees.

54. With joyful hearts the demigods watched from the sky.

Then, satisfied at heart, the demigods returned to their own

abodes.

55. In this way the day and night passed. Then, smiling

and smiling, Lord Gaura went to bathe in the Gaìga.

56. Gathering together, the Vaiñnavas also bathed in the

Gaìga.

57. Laughing and joking, in the water Lord Gaura enjoyed

wonderful nectar pastimes with His associates.

58. When His bathing ended, the Lord quickly rose from the

water. Offering obeisances to the Lord, the devotees returned to

their own homes.

59. Then Lord Gaura also happily returned to His own home.

At dawn everyone again came before the Lord.

60. Please hear what Lord Gaura said. Speaking half words in

a voice choked with emotion, He said:

61. Lord Varaha embraced Me. Then Lord Balarama

entered My heart.

62. The black aïjana on My eyes is the flute-

player Kåñna.” Lord Gaura spoke nectar words. Everyone please

listen.

63. Seeing Çrivasa, Lord Mahaprabhu said: Give Me

My flute.” Then He held out His graceful hand.

64. Then the very intelligent and saintly devotee Çrivasa

said to the Lord:

65. Listen. Listen, O Lord Mahaprabhu. Rukminé,

the daughter of Bhéñmaka, now holds Your flute in Your own

house.

66. Tonight when You close Your door You will regain

Your flute. This I tell to You.”

67. Moment after moment Lord Gaura enjoyed blissful pastimes

in this way. His pastimes in Nadéya are very wonderful.

68. Anyone who understands the nectar of Lord Kåñna will

understand the heart of these descriptions. The descriptions of

Lord Gaura’s pastimes in Nadéya are the greatest treasure.

69. To everyone who does not know of Lord Gaura I humbly

say: Please do not turn away from Lord Gaura. Give all your heart

to hearing of Lord Gaura’s glories.

70. O my brother, please give your heart to hearing of Lord

Gaura. What else is there to do in this world? By hearing of Lord

Gaura in this way you will soon hold Lord Kåñna, the master of

the three worlds, in your hand.

71. They who do not worship the Lord will not, not, not

attain deliverance. Locana dasa says this again and again.

 

72. On another day Lord Gaura, sitting on a divine seat,

said to the devotees:

73. All the scriptures declare the glories of My

saìkértana-yajïa (chanting the glories of Lord Kåñëa).

74. Saìkértana is the best of all spiritual

activities. Please know that especially in the Kali-yuga it is

the best activity.

75-76. This truth is revealed in the fifth Veda (the

Mahabharata), where it is said that with his five mouths Lord

Çiva sings Lord Kåñëa’s glories without stop, Narada, playing

his véna and dancing, also sings them, and the great sages headed

by Çukadeva and Sanaka-kumara also sing them.

77. The Vedas describe Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñëa in

Våndävana. Filled with ecstatic love, Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñëa dance

with the gopis.

78. Eternally Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñëa saty in the

spiritual world of Våndävana. Filled with great ecstatic

spiritual love, Lord Çiva chants Their glories.

79. Although he always sings of Them, Lord Çiva

can never come to the end of Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñëa’s glories. These

truths the Vedas reveal in Kali-yuga.

80. Anyone who chants Lord Kåñëa’s glories attains

spiritual enlightenment. Appearing in the form of that

glorification, the Vedas bestow their mercy on that person.

81. The living entities ears are sacrifical

openings. The tongue is a sacrifical ladle. The sound of Lord

Kåñëa’s glories is charming sacrifical ghee.

82. When the ladle of the tongue pours that ghee

into the openings of the ears, the ghee enters the heart. In the

heart the ghee adds fuel to the fire of ecstatic love. It makes

that fire burn with great flames. The flames of that fire make

the body tremble. They make the body’s hairs stand erect.

83. Freed from sin in this way, the living entities

dance. Salokya and the other kinds of liberation follow behind

them.

84. However, the living entities will not cast even

a sidelong glance at liberation. Instead, tasting the sweet

nectar of Lord Kåñna’s glories, they joyfully dance.

85. The Vaiñnava acaryas all perform this

yajïa. Please know that saìkértana-yajïa is the best of all

yajïas.

86. In this way the great treasure of ecstatic

spiritual love takes birth in the heart. Lord Nityananda is the

master of that treasure.

87. Gadadhara Panòita is the goddess that

controls that ecstatic spiritual love. O jewellike devotees,

please understand these truths.

88. Advaita Acarya Gosai brought Me here. Therefore

it is He who firmly establish the saìkértana-yajïa.

89. Çrivasa, Narahari, and the other devotees also

helped establish the saìkértana-yajïa.

90. In Kali-yuga please take this saìkértana-yajïa

from house to house. In this way please deliver all the fallen

people.”

91. Hearing these words, the devotees wept and wept. Falling

down before the Lord’s feet, again and again the devotees offered

respectful obeisances.

92. Each one of them Lord Gaura, the Supreme Personality of

Godhead, picked up and embraced. Filled with bliss by hearing of

these pastimes, Locana dasa sings this song.

 

 

Song 22 (Varaòi raga – Dhula Khela-jata)

 

 

93. Please hear another wonderful song describing Lord

Gaura’s glories, a song beyond anything the people or even the

demigods know. Lord Gaura, who is decsroated with the jewels of

all virtues, who is filled with ecstatic love, and who is mercy

personified, preached the glories of bhakti-yoga (devotional

service).

94. Please listen with all your heart, and I will tell

another story. Accompanied by His associates, Lord Viçvambhara,

the Supreme Personality of Godhead, went to Candraçekhara’s

house.

95. With a voice choked with emotion, Lord Gaura glorified

the gopis. Tears flowed from His reddened eyes. He manifested the

ecstasies of the transcendental rasas.

96. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the gopis’

master, and whose feet Goddess Laksmi is wildly eager to serve,

became filled with feelings of devotion. Simply by describing

devotional service, Lord Gaura became rapt in ecstasy.

97. Manifesting the features of a gopi, and now overcome

with bliss, Lord Viçvambhara, the Supreme Personality of

Godhead, danced in Çri Candraçekhara’s house. Then Çrivasa

manifested the features of Narada Muni.

98. Bowing down before Lord Gaura’s feet, Çrivasa humbly

said: Please think of me as Your servant.” After

speaking these words, the great sage Narada said to Gadadhara

Panòita:

99. Please listen to what I say. You are a gopi.

Please understand who You were before. I describe great wonders.

You are a very exalted a rare person in this world. Please

carefully hear my description of You.

100. Everyone please hear my description. Life

after life You are born in Gokula. Rejecting Your vow of

faithfulness to Your husband, You always serve Lord Kåñëa. In

this way You stay in Våndävana.

101. You are Lord Kåñëa’s most imprtant potency.

You are Kåñëa’s potency Rädhä. What do I know that I can describe

You?

102. You are the crest jewel of the beautiful

gopis. You deeply love Lord Kåñëa. How can I describe the truth

about You?

103-104. No one understands the great devotion You

feel for Lord Kåñëa. That devotion is the greatest secret in the

three worlds. Brahma, Çiva, Lakñmé, Ananta, Prahlada,

Narada, Sanat-kumara, and all the sages and demigods do not

understand even a small fragment of the devotion You feel for

Lord Kåñëa. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of all

the glory and opulence in the world, desires to feel the love

that You feel. Therefore He has now placed Your fair complexion

on His own limbs.

105. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose

maidservant is Goddess Lakñmé, yearns to feel the spiritual

love You feel. He nows holds that love in His heart. The master

of all the worlds is now overcome by those feelings of love, the

glorious love that You feel.

106. You know the glories of Lord Kåñna’s heart.

With Your love You bind Him. Uddhava, Akrura, and the other

great devotees serve Your feet. In Your heart please do not stop

being merciful to us.”

107. In this way Çrivasa, the jewel of the brahmaëas,

spoke. Hearing his words, the devotees became blissful. The

Vaiñëavas embraced each other. They gazed at Lord

Viçvambhara’s feet.

108. Overcome with bliss and love, they danced. At that time

Hariòasa arrived. He held a stick in his hand. He respectfully

stood before the Lord. Then he very joyfully sang the Lord’s

glories.

109. O my brothers, at every moment please sing the

glories of Lord Hari (hari-guëa-saìkértana).”, he said. Then

he loudly, loudly laughed. As he sang Lord Hari’s glories,

flooding rivers of tears flowed from his two eyes. He joyfully

looked in the four directions.

110. Hearing Haridasa’s words, all the jewellike

Vaiñnavas responded by making a great rain-shower of nectar.

They joyfully sang and danced. In the center danced Lord Gaura

Raya. Weeping, the devotees grasped the Lord’s reddish feet.

111. Then the devotee whho is the king of all the

Vaiñnavas, the devotee who is an abode of all transcendental

virtues, the devotee who bears the name Advaita Acarya, arrived.

His handsome glory had never before been seen on the earth. He

stood before Lord Gaura. He was very powerful. He was born as a

plenary expansion of the Lord.

112. Calling out Hari! Hari!”, Lord Advaita danced

with bliss and love. From head to foot the hairs of His body

stood erect. Tears flowed from His two eyes. He filled everyone

with wonder.

113. He gazed at Lord VIçvambhara’s graceful feet. He

roared. He slapped His arms. The kértana had become like a great

marketplace, a wonderful marketplace of ecstatic spiritual love.

114. All the Vaiñnavas found their hearts filled with

bliss. They were plunged in an ocean of ecstatic spiritual love.

Surrounded by the Vaiñnavas, Lord Gaura-Hari placed spiritual

bliss within the world of birth and death.

115. Then Lord Gaura said: Listen. Everyone be

attentive.” Then Lord Gaura was suddenly transformed into a gopi.

On His breast was a bodice. On His wrists were conchshell

bracelets. His two eyes were plunged in nectar.

116. His garments were silk. Anklets adorned His feet. His

waist was slender like a fist. His beauty enchanted the three

worlds. What metaphor can I speak to describe His form? In this

way Lord Gaura manifested the form of a gopi.

117. The splendor of His limbs was beyond anything of this

world. The breeze from them was like the fragrant breezes from

the Malaya Hills. He was adorned with a garland of new jasmine

flowers. He was like the peak of Mount Sumeru. It was as if two

flooding celestial Gaìga rivers flowed over Lord Gaura’s limbs.

118. Tasting the nectar of the rasas, Lord Gaura, the king

of dancers, danced in the midst of the Vaiñëavas. Then Lord

Gaura thought of Goddess Lakñmé. Filled with ecstasy, He

entered the Deity room of the temple.

119. In the Deity room Lord Gaura manifested the divine

four-armed form of Goddess Lakñmé. Seeing this, everyone

respectfully stood like sticks. In this form the Lord walked with

graceful half-steps. A veil covered His half-closed eyes.

120. Falling before the Lord’s graceful feet, everyone

offered prayers. Overcome with bliss, someone prayed:

This boon I ask: Please give me pure love and devotion.”

121. Listening to everyone’s prayers, the Lord thought of

Goddess Durga. Suddenly He manifested the form of Goddess

Durga. Everyone was filled with wonder. How many demigods

suddenly came and recited how many prayers?

122. Sitting on a throne, and pleased with the prayers of

the devotees and demigods, Goddess Durga gently, gently smiled

and said: I have come to see your love and devotion.

123. I have come to see you sing and dance. Please

speak the desires in your hearts.” Hearing these words, everyone

prayed: Please give us devotion to You.”

124. When everyone had asked this boon, Goddess Durga said:

Listen. Listen. Listen, everyone. I am powerful Goddess

Durga. I fulfill everyone’s desire..”

125. Hearing these words, everyone offered obeisances,

falling like sticks to ground. Then Goddess Durga smiled, took

Haridasa by the hand, and placed him on her lap.

126. Placing him on her lap, the goddess rocked Haridasa to

and fro as if he were a five-year old boy. Seeing this wonder,

everyone became joyful at heart. Even the birds and beasts became

joyful.

127. Then someone said: Please cast a merciful

glance at Murari. He is Your servant.” Hearing these words, the

Lord smiled with a smile sweeter than nectar.

128. Tears of love and mercy flowed from the Lord’s eyes.

The moon of His face was red with mercy. Overcome with bliss and

love, Çacé-devé served the Lord’s graceful feet.

129. In His heart thinking of them as His children, Lord

Gaura as Goddess Durga brought everyone there close to Him.

Loving them like a mother, with eyes filled with tears of love He

looked at everyone.

130. At that moment a brahmaëa suddenly arrived. Loudly he

called out to the Lord. Seeing the distressed person’s

sufferings, the Lord became wild with grief. Tears flowed from

His eyes.

131. Again manifesting his form of Lord Gaura, the Lord

mercifully gave ecstatic spiritual love to that person. Seeing

that the Lord again manifested His form of Lord Gaura, the

devotees offered obeisances. Again and again they fell down ltke

sticks.

132. In these nectar pastimes the night passed. At dawn

everyone returned to his home. Accompanied by His associates,

Lord Gaura, a stout staff in His hand, walked home.

133. At that moment merciful Lord Gaura, who is the master

of all the worlds, humbly and mercifully removed all suffering

from the earth.
134. Anyone who hears this wonderful truth will find that

all material sufferings in his heart become destroyed. Such a

person will never perish. Fie on the wretches who doubt these

words!

135. How can a person who, accepting only logic, scripture,

and direct perception as sources of knowledge, and not having

directly seen any of these pastimes, and not willing to accept

them on the basis of logic, and not having read of them in any

scripture, does not accept that these pastimes are true, become

delivered?

136. To give His mercy to others, Lord Gaura descended to

this world. No one is like Him. Let the people say what they say.

I will say what I have directly seen, and what I know in my mind

and my heart.

137. In this way I worry. This worry brings pain to my

heart. My heart weeps. To whom will I tell this? Locana dasa

sings this song glorifying Lord Gaura.

 

 

Sannyaser Purvavastha

 

Before Accepting Sannyasa

 

Song 23 (Varaòi raga)

 

 

Refrain: O! O! O! Lord Gauracandra is my very life!

 

1. Now I will tell the wonderful story of a pastime no one

in the world has ever seen. No one in the world has ever seen or

heard of such a pastime.

2. Anyone who has even a single sesame seed of doubt should

pay careful attention with all his heart. To benefit everyone

Lord Gaura revealed the truth about Himself.

3. Singing and dancing, joyful Lord Gaura came to

Candraçekhara’s house.

4. Çri Candraçekahara Bhaööacarya also became joyful.

Please hear of the wonderful pastimes the Lord enjoyed in his

home.

5. Lord Gaura came dancing. His effulgence was like millions

and millions of rising moons.

6. More than nectar His effulgence was wonderful, glorious,

and cooling. No one could look at it. It was as if lightning

filled the four directions.

7. Gazing at the Lord, everyone felt their hearts become

filled with bliss. Tears filled their eyes. The Lord’s effulgence

was blinding.

8. Gazing at this sight, the people of Nadéya became

filled with wonder.

9. Someone asked the Vaiñëavas: What is the

meaning of this? Please tell us.”

10. The Vaiñëavas replied: What do we know? Lord

Viçvambhara, who is rich in the jewels of transcendental

virtues, has come dancing.

11. That is all we know. We do not know anything

more. His pastimes are beyond the knowledge of the world and the

Vedas.

12. He manifested an effulgent form for seven days

without stop. Because of His effulgence we did not know if it

was day or night.

13. Çacé’s son, who follows the religion of

compassion, manifests blissful pastimes that are eternally new

and fresh.”

14. On another day, speaking from his heart, Çrivasa, the

best of brahmanas, asked this question of Lord Gaura:

15. In Kali-yuga the chanting of Lord Hari’s holy

names brings the perfect and complete fruit of all spiritual

endeavors. What does the chanting of the holy names bring any

lesser result in the other yugas?”

16. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura said: Listen, O

Çrivasa. Your question is good. I will give a clear answer.

17. In Satya-yuga the perfect religion is

meditation. In Treta-yuga the perfect religion is performance of

yajïa.

18. In Dvapara-yuga it is said that the worship of

Lord Kåñna’s Deity form is the heart of religion. However, in

Kali-yuga no one has the power to perform these activities

properly.

19. The Supreme Lord is identical with His holy

name. Therefore in Kali-yuga Lord Hari’s holy name has all power.

20. In the three other yugas the great devotees

serve Lord Narayaëa by properly performing medittaion, yajïa,

or Deity worship.

21. In Kali-yuga every is very sinful and ill-

behaved. Therefore the Lord feels extreme compassion for therm.

22. Therefore the Lord has arranged that in Kali-

yuga all perfection may be obtained very easily. It is attained

simply by chanting the Lord’s holy names.

23. In the other yugas one must strive with a great

effort. But in Kali-yuga one may very easily attain the Lord’s

mercy.”

24. Placing Narahari’s feet on his head, Locana dasa

repeats Lord Gauraìga’s sweet words.

 

25. The days happily passed in this way. Then Lord Gaura

suddenly saw this thought in His heart:

26. I cannot stay here. I cannot. I must go to see

the land of Våndävana.

27. Where is My Yamuna? My Våndävana? Where is My

Bahulavana? My Bhanòéravana? My Govardhana?

28. Where is My Rädhä? My Lalita and the other

gopis? Where is My Nanda? My Yaçoda?

29. Where are My Çridama and Sudama? Where are My

white and dark surabhi cows?” Calling out in this way, Lord Gaura

ran about, overcome with ecstatic love.

30. Holding a straw between His teeth and gazing in the four

directions, He wept piteously.

31. How can I continue to pass My time in this

world of birth and death? Where must I go to find the feet of

Nanda’s son?”

32. Speaking these words, He broke the sacred thread resting

on His neck. Separated from Lord Kåñna, He was overcome with

grief.

33. He called out, Hari! Hari!” He sighed. The shed

flooding rivers of tears. He did not say anything.

34. The hairs of His body stood erect. His body became red.

Seeing all this, Murari said:

35. Listen. Listen, O Mahaprabhu, O Gaura, O

Supreme Personality of Godhead. Nothing is impossible for You.

36. You have the power to go or stay anywhere. But

please do not go anywhere without first telling me.

37. If You want to go to another county, You may

go. You are independent. You may separate Yourself from the

Vaiñnavas.

38. You are independent. You can do whatever is in

Your heart. But if You depart then all the people will again

enter the world of birth and death.

39. Lord, please do not do anything without

considering the results. This I say to You.”

40. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura became silent. Defeated

by Murari, He had no power to speak.

41. Then some more days passed happily. His eyes filled with

tears, Lord Gaura gazed at the people of Nadéya.

42. Filling His mother’s eyes and heart with a mother’s

love, Lord Gaura-Hari enjoyed many pastimes with Viñëupriya.

43. He enjoyed many happy pastimes with His friends and

kinsmen. He delighted everyone in Navadvépa.

44. With the Vaiñëavas He enjoyed pastimes of chanting

the holy names. Gazing at Him, the city’s women hopelessly

sighed.

45. His form is the most wonderful in the three worlds. His

pastimes are the most blissful. He stands at the summit of all

handsome grace.

46. His ornaments glistened. Reaching to His shoulders, His

hair was decorated with jasmine flowers.

47. He was gracefully decorated with sandal tilaka. His red-

bordered garments were the most graceful in the three worlds.

48. His associates and everyone else in the city gazed at

Him.

49. In this way Lord Gaura was surrounded by His devotees.

Gently, gently smiling, Lord Gaura told everyone of dream. He

said:

50. Listen, everyone. At night I saw a dream. He

who is the jewel of the brahmanas suddenly came before Me.

51. In My ear he spoke the sannyasa mantra. Now

that mantra is manifest in My heart.

52. From the mnoment that mantra entered, My heart

has been unable to keep its independence.

53. How can I abandon the dear master of My life?

If I abandon Him, what will I do?

54. He is sublimely handsome. His luster defeats

the sapphire. Smiling, He always stays in My heart.”

55. Hearing these words, Murari said: You wrote

that mantra’s sañöhé-tatpuruña-samasa.”

56. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura said: Your

words do not pacify My heart.

57. I try to become peaceful, but I only weep.

Please don’t speak words like those to Me. Instead hear My words.

58. The sound of that mantra is very powerful. What

can I do? I cannot resist it, as you suggest.”

59. Hearing these words, everyone became sorrowful at heart.

With an sorrowful heart Locana dasa speaks these words.

 

60. After some days the great pure-hearted sannyasé Çri

Keçava Bharaté arrived.

61. Because in his previous births he had accumulated a

mountain of pious deeds he was now a very powerful sannyasé and

a great devotee.

62. Lord Viçvambhara saw him when he arrived. Seeing Lord

Viçvambhara, the sannyasé became joyful.

63. Lord Viçvambhara respectfully stood and then bowed down

before the sannyasé’s feet. As He gazed at the sannyasé,

tears of ecstatic spiritual love flowed from the Lord’s eyes.

64. Seeing Lord Viçvambhara’s body, the very intelligent

king of the sannyasé’s understood a little of the Lord’s

nature.

65. Keçava Bharaté Gosvamé then said: Are You

Çukadeva? Are You Narada?” These questions rest in my heart.

66. Hearing these words, Lord Viçvambhara wept. Twice as

many tears flowed from His eyes.

67-68. Very surprised, the sannyasé again said:

Thinking of all this, my heart has come to the conclusion

that You must be the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You are the

life of all the worlds. Of this there is no doubt.”

69. Hearing these words, Lord Viçvambhara continued to

weep. He said: After how many days will I find Lord

Kåñna’s feet?

70. You love Kåñna very fervently. Therefore you

see Kåñna everywhere.

71. After how many days will I see Kåñna? I will

wear garments like yours.

72. To find Kåñna I will travel from country to

country. Where should I go to find Kåñna, the master of My life?

73. Speaking these words to the sannyasé, and then falling

like a stick to offer obeisances to him, Lord Viçvambhara,

taking the sannyasi with Him, returned to His own home.

74. Seeing Çrivasa, the Lord said to him: Please

take this sannyasé to your home.”

75. Hearing the Lord’s words, Çrivasa took the sannyasé

and fed him very grandly.

76. After taking his meal, the sannyasé passed that day at

Çrivasa’s house. At dawn of the next day the king of sannyasés

departed.

77. That morning Çrivasa told the Lord of the sannyasé’s

departure.

78. Hearing these words, the Lord became sorrowful at heart.

Thinking of the sannyasé, the Lord walked home.

79. Returning home, Lord Gaura-Hari thought and thought. He

decided to accept sannyasa.

80. From various hints understanding the Lord’s decision,

Mukunda tried to stop Him.

81. All the devotees came. Weeping, Mukunda placed these

words before hte devotees’ feet:

82. Everyone please hear. Hear my owrds. Lord

Viçvambhara will accept sannyasa.

83. For as long as He stays among us please fill

your eyes with the sight of His form and fill your ears with the

sound of the words from His mouth.

84. The Lord will leave His home and go away. He

will leave His mother and His servants.”

85. Hearing these words, everyone became sorrowful at heart.

In their hearts they tried to plan a way for the Lord to stay

amongst them.

86. The Lord is independent. We have no power to

control Him.” When these words were spoken, the frighetend

devotees fell down.

87. Falling to the ground, they wept. Covered with dust,

they called out: O master of oure lives! O Lord

Viçvambhara!

88. O! O Lord Mahaprabhu, where will You go? The

black snake of Kali-yuga will grab and devour us.

89. O Lord, please protect us from the fearful

snake of Kali-yuga. Afraid of You, the snake of Kali will not

attack us in Your presence.

90. At that time Lord Viçvambhara arrived there. Seeing

Çrivasa, the Lord said:

91. Please hear. Hear, O dear brahmana Çrivasa.

I will say something, if you are not afraid to hear My words.

92. To find ecstatic spiritual love I will go to

another country. That love I will bring back and give to you.

Please hear, O best of the brahmanas.

93-94. As a man may climb on a boat, travel to a

farway country, earn wealth, endure many difficulties, return

home and with the wealth he brought maintains his kinsmen, in the

same way I will gather ecstatic spiritual love and give it to

you.”

95. Hearing these words, Çrivasa Panòita said:

Lord, if we do not see You, how will we remain alive?

96. A person can maintain his friends and kinsemn

only as long as they remain alive in their bodies. When they have

left their bodies one can only offer çraddha to them.

97. Only if we remain alive can You give us the

treasure of ecstatic spiritual love. If we cannot see You, we

will certainly die.”

98. Then Mukunda said: Lord, my body is on fire.

Though flames burn in my heart, my life breath cannot leave.

99. I may be a fallen, wretched sinner. but You are

a crooked-hearted cheater. I know the way You act.

100. Not knowing Your true nature, fools like

myself renounced the material world and took shelter of You.

101. Renouncing religious rituals and duties we

took shelter of Your feet. Why do You now renounce us?

102. You are the purifier of the fallen. This all

the scriptures declare. That is why we renounced all other

duties and surrendered unto You.

103. Now You will renounce us and go away. Lord, it

is not right. This appeal I place befoere You.

104. Not knowing how crooked is Your heart, we took

shelter of You. In truth Your heart is very hard. It is like a

thunderbolt.

105. Outside You are like a fragrant nectar lotus

flower, but inside You are like a thunderbolt. This truth my

heart knows.

106. I know Your heart is very hard. Your heart is

like a pot of poison, poison with a little milk floating on its

top.

107. Your heart is like a wooden modaka candy

anointed with camphor. No one knows that candy can never be

eaten.

108. If You go to another country, how will we stay

alive? You enjoy being cruel to us. That is why You act in this

way.

109. If we cannot see Your face for even s single

sesame seed’s worth of time, we will die. We will weep and weep.”

Then Murari said:

110. Please Listen. Listen, O Lord Gaura, O

Viçvambhara. Fallen Murari speaks. Please pay attention.

111. With Your own finger You planted a wonderful

tree. You watered it. Day and night it grew. It sprouted buds.

112. Day after day You very carefully protected it.

You built a fence around it. It’s base You decorated with many

jewels.

Now, as it is about to give flowers and

fruits You want to cut it down. Now we will all die. Our hearts

will break into pieces.

114. Day and night we know no one but You. When we

dream we see the moon of Your face.

115. We don’t want anything in this world of birth

and death. We want only to feel the breeze coming from Your feet,

feet so rare and difficult to find in this world.

116. If You leave us and go to another country, the

tiger of material life will grab and devour us.”

117. When these words were spoken, the devotees assembled

together and fell down before Lord Gaura’s feet.

118. O friend of the fallen, O protector of the

unprotected, O deliverer of the fallen, You are the master of all

the worlds.”

119. With a blade of straw between his teeth, one devotee

spoke these words filled with emotion. Another devotee raised his

arms and loudly called out.

120. Lord Gaura said: You are all My servants. I

tell you all: Please listen. Please have faith in Me.”

121. As the Lord began to speak, His voice became choked

with emotion. Tears flowed from the red lotus flowers of His

eyes.

122. With an emotion-choked voice He spoke half half words.

Finally He could not speak. For a moment He was silent.

123. The fear of being separated from Me torments

you. My body is also tormented, tormented by separation from Lord

Kåñëa.

124. Thinking you will be happy by doing it, you

try to please Me. How is that love?

125. Separated from Lord Kåñëa, My heart is on

fire. My senses are burned to ashes. My whole body is aflame.

126. Even My mother is like a blazing fire. All

your words are laced with poison.

127. Life without Kåñëa is not life. A person who

lives without Kåñëa is worthless like a pile of ashes. He is like

a bird or a beast.

128. He is like a corpse, or like a dead leaf

fallen from a vine or a tree.

129. Without Kåñëa religion and pious deeds are

like a brahmana ignroant of the Vedas, or like a girl without a

husband, or like a fish out of water.

130. They are like ann unemployed poverty-stricken

man trying to build a house, or like trying to build a university

amongst the illiterates.

131. Without Kåñëa, My life throbs with pain.

Whatever you say will never enter My ears.

132. Wearing a yogé’s garments, I will go from

country to country to find the master of My life.”

133. Speaking these words, Lord Gaura fell to the ground and

wept. The brahmaëa-thread on His body He broke and threw away.

134. Kåñëa! Kåñëa!”, He called out in a voice

filled with pain. In a piteous voice calling out, Master

of My life!”, He wept.

 

 

Song 24 (Vibhasa raga – Tarjjabandha)

 

 

Refrain: O! O! O! O!

 

135. Everyone please hear. This world of birth and

death is very horrible. It is filled with danger and uncertainty.

The dangerous sense objects are filled with poison, poison that

makes My heart burst into flames.

136. Whatever the senses command, everyone does. No

one can turn away from material desires. The people think

material pleasures are eternally new and fresh. Never will they

give them up.

137. Lust, greed, and illusion never spare the

people. Illusion, pride, and anger rob the people’s hearts. Not

for a single sesame seed’s worth of time will the people turn from

these and become enlightened.

138. The people are imprisoned in this external

world. They wander in the world of illusions. Thinking only of

family and caste, they forget Kåñëa. Wandering and wandering,

and filled with material desires, they commit many sins.

139. They gaze at the wonders of this world,

wonders behind which hides Lord Kåñëa. It is only with great

effort that one attains a human birth, a birth where one can

worship Lord Kåñëa.

140. It is only with great difficulty that one

attains this rare human birth. In such a birth one should worship

Lord Kåñëa. A soul who attains a human body but turns away from

Lord Kåñëa perishes. He falls into a world of illusions.

141. Everyone please hear. I will describe what is

in My heart. Please give this blessing to Me. Bless Me that I

will attain love for Lord Kåñëa, and that I will be freed from

the sufferings of this world. This blessing I beg of you all.

142. Please always sing songs of Lord Kåñëa’s

pastimes. With your eyes gaze at His lotus face. Hold His feet in

your hearts.

143. What will I do? I cannot see Lord Kåñëa.

Separated from Kåñëa, My heart has burst into flames. I am

drowning in the ocean of repeated birth and death. My heart is

tortured with sufferings.

144. The devotees should tell others that Lord

Kåñëa is the true father, the true mother, the true God, the true

teacher, the true friend. The devotees should speak about Lord

Kåñëa. They should worship Lord Kåñëa’s feet.

145. You are all My friends. You are all great

Vaiñëavas. Please do not stop Your hearts from giving mercy to

Me. I will accept sannyasa. For everyone’s benefit I will freely

distribute ecstatic spiritual love.

146. After speaking these words, Lord Viçvambhara rolled on

the ground. His hair became dishevelled. His fair limbs became

covered with dust.
147. Hari! Hari!” He loudly called. Heavily He

breathed through His nostrils. From head to foot the hairs of His

body stood erect. His voice choked with emotion, He spoke in half

words.

148. One moment He wept. One moment He was filled with

grief. One moment His eyes were filled with wonder. One moment He

joyfully lept into the air. One moment His body trembled. One

moment He was overwhelmed by feelings of separation from Lord

Kåñna.

149. One moment He called out, Våndävana!” One

moment He called out, Rädhä!” One moment He slapped His

arms and called out, Hari! Hari!” One moment He struck

His hand to His chest.

150. Seeing all this, everyone became anxious at heart. What

more can I say? Everyone was plunged in an ocean of sorrow.

151. Then Murari said: Please hear, O Lord Gaura-

Hari. You are supremely independent in every way. To teach the

people of the world You kindly manifest these sorrows of

separation from Lord Kåñëa.

152. Whatever You wish in Your heart You will

certainly do. What more can I say? You know everything. Every

soul’s destiny is controlled by You.

153. Individual souls like myself do not know what

the future holds. We are like flies or ants. You are an ocean of

mercy, the friend of all. Please do what You think is best.”

154. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura smiled and embraced

everyone. Manifesting ecstatic spiritual love, He addressed

everyone. He spoke these words of enlightenment:

155. Everyone please hear the words I speak. Please

do not doubt them. Wherever I go, I will always stay with you.

Please know that for certain.”

156. Bidding farewell to all, Lord Gaura returned to His own

home. In His heart He hasd already accepted sannyasa. This His

mother did not know.

157. Çacé’s heart throbbed. For her there was no peace.

Locana dasa says: How can anyone willingly leave the association

of Lord Gaura, who is like an ocean of spiritual love?

 

 

Çacé-matar Çoka

 

Mother Çacé’s Grief

 

Song 25 (Ahiré raga – Diça)

 

 

1. Mother Çacé heard the rumor that her son would accept

sannyasa.

2. It was as if the sky had fallen on her head. Her heart

overcome, Çacé fell unconscious.

3. She became like a wild woman. She went everywhere in the

four directions. Everyone she saw in Navadvépa she asked about

that rumor.

4. She became convinced. Her son would accept sannyasa.

Approaching Lord Viçvambhara, she sighed and said:

5. You are my son. You are the only eye in my body.

If I cannot see You, I will see only blinding darkness.

6. From the mouths of the people I heard my dear

son will accept sannyasa. This news is like the sky falling and

breaking my head.

7. I am all alone. I have no husband. I have no one

but You. Forgetting everyone, I gaze only on Your face.

8. Your eyes are the lamps of my family. Everyone

in Navadvépa tells me: `You are fortunate to have such a son.’

9. Don’t destroy my pride in my son. If You do not

stay, my whole world will be burned to ashes.

10. When they see my face, everyone thinks I am

fortunate. If You go, when they see me everyone will turn his

face away.

11. You are my son. You are my great treasure in

this world of birth and death. If I cannot see You, my whole

world will become a jungle.

12. If You leave me and go away, I will become

unfortunate, filled with sorrows. I will drown in the Gaìga. I

will kill myself.

13. How will Your soft feet walk on many journeys?

When You are hungry and thirsty from whom will You beg food?

14. How will Your body soft like butter bear the

burning sunshine? That though fills me with sorrow.

15. O my son, my golden Nimai. if You leave me,

where will You go?

16. While You are here I will drink poison and die.

Then with my ears I will never hear that You have accepted

sannyasa.

17. Dear son, first I will die, and then You may

go to another country. I will enter a fire and die in its flames.

18. You are merciful to every living entity. Only

to me You are not merciful. Why did the creator Brahma give me

such a terrible fate? I do not know.

19. Son, YOu are handsome, virtuous, and righteous.

You are glorious in the three worlds. Your appearance charms all

beautiful women. His hair is graceful.

20. Decorated with jasmine flowers, Your garceful

hair falls upon Your shoulders. When I see Him, Your appearance

cools the burning sufferings of my life.

21. Surrounded by friends and a book in Your left

hand, You walk on the path. When I see You in this way my heart

becomes pleasantly cool.

22. Dear son, will You leave all Your friends? You

will not chant the holy names with Your friends?

23. You will not gloriously dance? Seeing You, the

whole world becomes enchanted.

24. You are the life of Your dear friends. Your

acceptance of sannyasa will kill them all.

25. I will die. Viñnupriya will die. Their

hearts broken, all the devotees will also die.

26-28. Murari, Mukunda Datta, Çrivasa, Advaita

Acarya, Haridasa, Gadadhara, Narahari, Çri Raghunandana,

Vasudeva Ghoña, Vakreçvara, Çri Rama, and the other

devotees will all die of they cannot see You. My dear son,

please see all these truths and stop Your heart from thinking of

sannyasa.

29. You are a son without a father. Twice I

arranged for Your marriage. I still have not seen any children.

30. Sannyasa is not for a young man. Stay as a

householder and perform Your duties.

31. Lust, anger, greed, and illusion are all

powerful in youth. How will You be successful in sannyasa?

32. Controlling the heart is not easy in Kali-yuga.

A restless heart destroys sannyasa.

33. A householder is not accountable for

sinful thoughts. But in sannyasa one’s thoughts must be always

pure.”

34. Hearing Çacé-devé speak these words, Lord Gaura spoke

these words of enlightenment to His mother:

 

 

Song 26 (the same raga)

 

 

Refrain: Nectar words flow from the moon of Lord Gaura’s

mouth. How can the creator Brahma have remained peaceful after

creating Lord Gaura’s glorious form?

 

35. Please listen and I will tell the wonderful

story of Dhruva’s mother and how Dhruva Maharaja became a

great Vaiñnava.

 

36. It is said (Padyavalé 8):

 

15. vyadhasyacaranaà dhruvasya ca vayo vidya gajendrasya

kià

kubjayaù kim u nama rupam adhikaà kià tat sudhamno dhanam

vaàçaù ko vidurasya yadava-pater ugrasya kià pauruñaà

bhaktya tuñyati kevalaà na ca gunair bhakti-priyo madhavaù

 

 

`Where was the hunter Dharma’s piety, Dhruva’s

maturity, and Gajendra’s knowledge? Where was Kubja’s beauty?

Where was Sudama’s wealth? Where was Vidura’s noble birth? Where

was Ugrasena’s chivalrous strength? Lord Madhava is pleased only

by devotional service and not by material qualifications.’

 

37. With a single heart please hear, O mother, the

story of how Dhruva Maharaja attained a very exalted abode.

38. Svayambhuva Manu was a mind-born son of the

demigod Brahma. He was powerful and effulgent Lord Brahma

himself.

39. He had two sons: Priyavrata and Uttanapada. By

Brahma’s mercy they both became great kings.

40. King Uttanapada married twice. Sruci and

Sunéti were his two beautiful wives.

41. From Suruci were born dseven sons headed by

Uttama. From Sunéti was born only one son, named Dhruva.

42. Uttama’s mother was favored by Uttanapada,

but Dhruva’s mother was not favored by him.

43. Beautiful Suruci was the favored queen.

Dhruva’s mother became her maidservant.

44. Though she floated in an ocean of sorrows,

Sunéti never complained.

45. Unhusked rice and unsalted vegetables were the

meals given to Dhruva’s mother.

46. By the time Dhruva was five years old, his

kother was suffering many troubles.

47. One day King Uttanapada enjoyed pastimes with

Suruci on a great throne.

48. On that jewel throne the seven brothers headed

by Uttama also enjoyed many pastimes.

49. Meanwhile, five-yhear-old Dhruva, playing with

other boys, had become covered with dust.

50. Seeing his seven brothers on his father’s lap,

Dhruva began to climb the jewel throne.

51. Reaching the throne, he went to sit in his

father’s lap when his stepmother threw him to the ground.

52. Falling to the ground, Dhruva wept. Controlled

by his wife, the king said nothing.

53. Fallen to the ground, Dhruva wept, his pride

crushed. That he was the son of a mother not in favor he did not

know.

54. Dhruva’s stepmother said: `You weep for no

reason. Though you are a maidservant’s son, you tried to sit on

the jewel throne.

55. `Birth after birth your mother did not worship

Lord Kåñëa. Have you no shame? You tried to sit on the jewel

throne.

56. `You are the son of an unfortunate mother.

Your mother is not a devotee of Lord Viñëu. Why should you

have the right to sit on a jewel throne?’

57. These words Dhruva’s seven brothers said to

him. Weeping and weeping, Dhruva went to his mother.

58. `My stepmother hit me. She threw me from

the throne.

59. `She said: `Your mother never worshiped Lord

Kåñëa. Are you not ashamed to try and sit on the jewel throne?’

60. `She spoke very strange words. I did not know

you were a maidservant.”

61. Hearing these words, Dhruva’s mother wept and

said: `Dear son, i never worshiped Lord Kåñna. I am very

unfortunate.

62. `Birth after birth I never worshiped Lord

Kåñna. I was never a servant of Lord Kåñna. I never served Him.

63. `Don’t cry. Don’t cry, my son, if your

stepmother calls you the son of an unfortunate woman, or the son of a maidservant, or insults you.’

64. As Dhruva wept, his mother spoke to him the

truth of spiritual life.” In this way Locana dasa joyfully sings

the glories of Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 27 (Sinduòa raga)

 

 

65. `Dhruva, you took birth from the womb of an

unfortunate woman. I never served Lord Kåñëa. You are not loved

by your father. When you are born from a woman who is not so

unfortunate, then you may wish to sit on a throne.

66. `Don’t cry. Don’t cry, Dhruva. I’ll tell you

what I know. Listen. Listen to my words. In the past your

stepmother worshiped Lord Kåñëa. That is why she is fortunate.

67. `Why would a person who worships Lord Kåñëa

even want to sit on a throne? If you want, you can sit on a

throne. If you worship Lord Kåñna’s feet you can easily attain

the false fame and glory of this world.

68. `Why were you forced to leave your father’s

lap? Why will everyone in thee world insult you? Because you are

my son. From birth I am very unfortunate.” Hearing Queen

Sunéti’s words, Dhruva floated in a flood of tears.

69. `Dhruva, listen. Listen to my words. O lotus-

eyed one, there is one way you may become free from

your sufferings. Only one and no other way.

70. `How many times did Brahma and thre

demigods serve Lord Kåñna that they attained their exalted posts

in Svargaloka? If you worship Lordf Kåñëa you can get a throne.

You can be worshiped by everyone in the three worlds.’

71. Hearing his mother’s words, Dhruva thought and

thought. `How will I find Lord Kåñëa?’ He asked. His mother

replied: `In Madhuvana you can find Lord Kåñëa. Somehow go there.

This advice I give to you.

72. `Go there if you are a true son of

Uttanapada, if you wish to sit on his throne, if the name

Dhruva that I gave to you will truly bring you good fortune, if

you truly wish to sit on the throne.’

73. Making the dust of his mother’s feet the

ornament of his heads, at an auspicious moment Dhruva departed

for Madhuvana. He was rapt in meditation on Lord Kåñëa. At that

moment sounds of `Jaya! Jaya!’ resounded in Svargaloka.”

 

 

Song 28 (Suhai raga)

 

 

Refrain: Please tell me: Where shall I go to find handsome

dark Lord Kåñëa?

 

74. Everyone please hear these wonderful words. Lord Gaura

said: Please hear, O Mother Çacé.

75. Bowing down, Dhruva placed on his head the dust

of his mopther’s feet. Weeping and weeping, he consoled her.

76. Then, his heart yearning to attain a exalted

post by worshiping Lord Kåñëa, the great saint Dhruva departed

for Madhuvana.

77. If, walking on the path, he was tormented by

hy hunger, he would eat a sweet ripe fruit that he found

accidentally.

78. If he became thirsty, Dhruva would drink some

sweet-smelling water that he found by the path.

79. Watching him, the demigods were filled with

wonder. Who was this person able to act in this way? They did not

know anything about Dhruva.

80. Approaching Dhruva on the path, Narada Muni

sweetly said:

81. `You are a king’s son. At your age you should

be playing games. Why are you so proud and angry for no reason?

82. `It is not right for you to go to the forest.

When you are old you can worship Lord Kåñëa, the treasure-house

of transcendental qualities.’

83. Dhruva said to him: `If I worship Lord Kåñëa

when I am old, I may still die in my youth. What will happen to

me then?’

84. Hearing these words, the great sage became

happy. To Dhruva he gave the twelve-syllable mantra.

85. Dhruva said: `I suffered because in the past I

did not worship Lord Kåñëa. That is why the arrows of my

stepmother’s words wounded my heart.

86. `You are very kind and I am very unfortuna5te.

Please teach me about Lord Kåñna. Please cast my sufferings far

away.

87. `By the power of serving Lord Kåñna I will

attain an exalted post even my father of my grandfather cannot

attain.’

88. Then Narada Muni said: `Dhruva, go to the

Yamuna’s bank in Madhuvana. Sit down there very calmly. Stay

always calm and determined.

89. `Always chant this béja-mantra: `Oà namo

bhagavate vasudevaya.’

90. `Always chant japa of this mantra. After seven

days you will attain spiritual realization.’

91. Attaining this instruction (çikña) and

spiritual initiation (dékña), Dhruva became happy. He offered

respectful obeisances to Narada Muni. Then he left for

Våndävana.

92. After some days He arrived in Madhuvana. Seeing

the kalpa-våkña trees there, he became free of all ignroance.

93. In this way Uttanapada’s son arrived in

Madhuvana.” Locana dasa thus happily sings this song glorifying

Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 29 (Sindhuòa raga)

 

 

Refrain: The great souls take sshelter of Lord Kåñëa’s feet.

They know that great sweetness stays at the Lord’s reddish feet.

 

94. Seeing Madhuvana, Dhruva becanme joyful.

Observing the fast appropriate for arriving at a holy place, he

passed the night.

95. At dawn he bathed and chanted his mantra. He

had neither hunger nor thirst. He floated in tears.

96. Every five or seven days he ate one badaré

fruit. On the other days he accepted only some water touched by

tulasé.

97. Then he would fast for thirty days. Dhruva

broke his fast only once a month.

98. Once he would raise his arms with cupped palms.

Then he would chant japa of the twelve-syllable mantra.

99. His feet up, he stayed under the Yamuna’s

waters. In the summer he sat with fires on four sides.

100. In the winter he stayed in the Yamuna’s

waters. During the monsoon he bore much suffering.

101. Dhruva meditated and meditated. He was in a

trance od samadhi. In his meditation he saw Lord Kåñna, whose

form bends in three places.

102. Indra and the demigods were surprised. How did

Dhruva become qualified to perform such activities. They did not

know.

103. Brahma said: `In the end he will be qualified

for my post. Then Dhruva will sit in Brahma’s post. I must do

something to stop him.’

104. Kuvera and Varuëa said: `He will attain our

posts. Lord Kåñëa will give our posts to him. This we know.’

105. Indra said: `Dhruva will attain my post. Lord

Kåñëa will kindly give it to him.’

106. Indra said: `Everyone else yearns after my

post. Dhruva, though he does not yearn after it, will attain my

post.’

107. All the demigods said: `We sit on exalted

thrones. By his great austerities Dhruva will attain our posts.’

108. Brahma ansd the other demigods devised

various strategies to break dhurva’s great austerities.

109. With single-pointed concentration Dhruva

meditated on three-fold-bending Lord Kåñëa. Brahma, Indra, and

the other demigods came to test Dhruva’s resolve.

110. One demigod called aloud into Dhruva’s ear:

`Dhruva, you will die. Did you come here to die?’

111. Another demigod said: `Dhruva, your father is

dead.’ Another demigod said: `Dhruva, a black snake approaches.’

112. Another demigod said: `Dhurva, your mother is

dead.’ Another demigod said: `Dhruva, quickly flee.’

113. Another demigod said: `Dhruva, a forest fire

approaches.’ Another demigod said: `Dhruva will did. He will

die.’

114. Indra’s elephant tried to push its tusks into

Drhuva’s chest.Then the elephant wrapped its trunk around

Dhruva’s waist.

115. Vayu’s snake tried to devour Dhruva. Surya’s

tiger tried to drink Dhruva’s blood.

116. With snake ropes the demigods bound Dhruva and

threw him into a fire. Candra tried to drown Dhruva in the

yamuna’s waters.

117. What can the bites of ten million snakes do to

a person who keeps Lord Kåñna’s name on his tongue?

118. How can a person who meditates on three-fold-

bending Lord Kåñëa become broken. In the end Brahma and the

demigods fled.

119. With single-pointed concentration Dhruva

meditated on Lord Kåñëa’s feet.” Locana dasa joyfully sings his

glories.

 

 

Song 30 (the same raga)

 

 

Refrain: I take shelter of the reddish feet of the cowherd

boy Kåñëa, who is kind to the poor and fallen.

 

120. Your name is Patita-pavana (the purifier of the

fallen). O savior of the fallen, glory, glory, glory to You!

121. Everyone please hear more of this wonderful

story. Narada Muni spoke to Lord Kåñna.

122. Sitting with Goddess Lakñmé on a jewel

throne, the Lord listened to Narada’s véna music.

123. Gently smiling, Lord Kåñna said to Narada:

`Why does your heart not pay attention to your véëa music?’

124-125. Narada Muni replied: `Please hear, O lotus-

eyed Lord. My heart does not pay attention to my véëa music

because I am rapt in thinking of one of Your devotees. My mind

thinks of how You are always the master of the poor and

helpless.’

126. Hearing Narada’s words, lotus-eyed Lord

Kåñëa said: `Who is this devotee, on whom you meditate? Please

tell Me.’

127. Narada said: `He is Uttanapada’s very

noble-hearted son. His saintly-hearted mother is not favored by

her husband.

128. `Dhruva’s stepmother bears the name Suruci.

One day she enjoyed many pastimes with her husband on his throne.

129. `Her seven sons headed by Uttama also laughed

and enjoyed pastimes on that jewel throne.
130. `Seeing his brothers hugged by their father,

Dhruva climbed up on that jewel throne.

131. `Climbing on the throne, Dhruva sat in his

father’s lap. Then Dhruva’s stepmother threw Dhruva to the

ground.

132. `Falling to the ground, Dhruva wept.

Controlled by his wife, King Uttanapada said nothing.

133. `Distraught by his stepmother’s words, Dhruva

went to Madhuvana and performed austerities on the Yamuna’s

banks.’

134. Hearing Narada’s words, lotus-eyed Lord Kåñëa

gently smiled and sweetly said:

135. `I do not give mercy to persons who are not

initiated. Neither do I take affense with the misdeeds of a

person who is not initiated.

136. `Renouncing his father and mother, this boy

performs austerities in Madhuvana. With a vow he meditates on Me.

137. `From a Vaiñëavé’s womb a non-Vaiñëava

is never born. Vaiñëavas and Vaiñëavés are ready to

tolerate all difficulties.

138. `I must make a Vaiñëava’s vow successful.

I will visit Dhruva. I will grant him a boon.

139. `The devotees bind Me with ropes of love and

devotion. Bound by the devotees’ devotion, I have no power to

escape. I have no power to escape from a devotee who meditates

on Me.’

140. Narada Muni said: `It is not that Dhruva is

uninitiated. Please viti him and be merciful to him. At this

moment it is as if he is burning in a forest fire.’

141. Hearing these words from Narada’s mouth,

lotus-eyed Lord Kåñëa climbed on Garuòa and flew to Madhuvana.

142. Gently smiling, Lord Kåñëa said to Dhruva:

`For your sake I have come from Vaikuëöha. I have come to grant

you a boon.’

143. Hearing Lord Kåñëa’s words, Dhruva was filled

with bliss. His meditation broken, with folded hands he stood

before the Lord.

144. Dhruva said: `O great Lord, what boon shall I

ask? Please be kind to me that I will be able to chant Your

glories.’

145. Lord Kåñëa said: `I must grant whatever you

wish. Please ask for an exalted post. I will give whatever post

you wish.

146. `Why did you come to Madhuvana? Please tell

Me. Your stepmother did not allow you to sit on a throne.

147. `If I do not give you an exalted post, then

how can I bear the name Vaïcakalpataru (He who is like a tree

that fulfills all desires)?

148. `Exalted posts are like blades of straw. Your

devotees do not desire them. They are like ashes.’

149. Lord Kåñna said: `I will give you the throne

of every king. I will give you the highest post in the three

worlds.

150. `You are Uttanapada’s son. You will become

king. All your subjects will chant My glories.

151. Everyone will talk of Dhruva’s realm, which

will be above the worlds of all the sages.’

152. Giving this boon, Lord Kåñëa suddenly

disappeared. Viçvakarma built Dhruva’s world of Dhruvaloka.

153. Attaining this boon, Dhruva left Madhuvana.”

Locana dasa happily sings the glories of Lord Gaura.

 

 

Song 31 (the same raga)

 

 

Refrain: He who is Lord Gaura and the cowherd boy Kåñëa is

my very life.

 

154. Hearing Lord Kåñna’s words, Dhruva returned

to his own country. Meanwhile King Uttanapada’s remorse had

become very great.

155. Even Dhruva’s stepmother wept. She lamented:

`Where has Dhruva gone? I am very unfortunate. For my sons’ sake

I pushed Dhruva from the throne.’

156. King Uttanapada said: `Perhaps my son’s

death is already written by fate. How many days must pass before

I see Dhruva again?’

157. King Uttanapada said: `O mother of Dhruva, now

you are my most important queen. From this day on all my other

saintly queens are your maidservants.’

158. Unable to see his son, the king was overcome.

He fell to the ground unconscious.

159. At that time seeing Narada unexpectedly

arrive, the king, the heart filled with worry and sorrow,

respectfully stood to receive him.

160. The king offered Narada padya, arghya, and a

sitting place. Revealing his heart, he said:

161. `I have a five-year old son. Where did he go?

I do not know.’

162. Narada said: `Enduring many troubles, Dhruva

attained pure devotion to Lord Kåñna. Now he will return to his

own place.

163. It is said:

 

 

kulaà pavitraà janané kåtartha

vasundhara sa vasatiç ca dhanya

svarge sthitas tatra pitaro ‘pi dhanya

yasyaù suto vaiñnava-nama loke

 

 

`A woman whose son is famous as a Vaiñnava in

this world is glorious and successful. Her family is purified.

Her home and country are glorious. Her ancestors in Svargaloka

are glorious and fortunate.

 

164. yasyasti vaiñëava-putraù

putriëé sa vidhéyate

avaiñëava-çata-putra

janané çukaré-sama

 

 

`A woman whose son is a Vaiñëava is the mother of

a glorious son. A woman who has a hundred sons that are not

Vaiñëavas is like a mother of piglets.’

 

165. Father, mother, in-laws, and all family

members are delivered when one of their number becomes a

Vaiñnava.

166. Your son purely worshiped Lord Kåñëa. Now your

son will return. Please know he is a tilaka mark glorifying your

dynasty.

167. Hearing Narada’s words, the king became

joyful, Now his desire was fulfilled. He had the royal road

sprinkled with sandalwood perfume.

168. Khadi, yogurt, maìgala, durva grass,

kuìkuma, and musk were sprinkled on the path. The path was

splendid with flowers. It was decorated with rows of glistening

lamps.

169. The king ran to greet his lost son. After

going some distance, he found Dhruva.

170. Seeing Dhruva, the king said: `Now my life

breath has returned.’ He embraced his son. He kissed him millions

of times.

171. King Uttanapada brought Dhruva back to the

royal assembly. Hand after hand offered gifts to him.

172. Giving the kingdom to Dhruva, Uttanapada

retired to the forest. After some days every heart in the kingdom

was filled with bliss.

173. With power and valor he conquered many

kingdoms one by one. Untroubled by any thornlike rival, he

ruled his empire for forty years.

174. To the demigods and gandharvas he proved his

power and valor. Then, accompanied by his mother, Dhruva went to

his own abode, Dhruvaloka.”

175. Then Çacé said: I will go with You. I will

stay with You and we will enjoy pastimes of talking about Lord

Kåñëa.

176. You, my golden son, will shave Your head. I

will also shave my head.

177. I will wear saffron robes. I will place an

earring in my ear. I will become a yoginé and I will travel with

You.”

178. Hearing His mother’s words, Lord Gaura became agitated.

Worried, He spoke words to enlighten His mother.

179. Çacé’s son, the crest-jewel of the all-knowing, then

enlightened His mother. Thus says Locana dasa.

 

 

Song 32 (Varaòi raga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: Please hear this song glorifying Lord Gaura, of

Çacé’s moonlike son, a song full of wonderful words, a song

that brings auspiciousness to the ears.

 

180. Lord Kåñëa said to Çacé: Don’t be agitated.

Please hear My words. Why make your heart become sorrowful with

the falso activities of this world?

181. Again and again I tell you: Still you do not

listen. Please know that the greed, bewilderment, anger, and pride

of this world are all illusions.

182. Who are you? Who is your son? Who is the

mother? Who is the son? Please know the words `Yours’ and `Mine’

are only illusions. Please renounce these illusions.

183. Who is a woman? Who is a man? Who is a wife?

Who is a husband? But for Lord Kåñna’s feet there is no

auspicious goal.

184. Lord Kåñëa is the father. He is the mother. He

is the friend and kinsman. He is the creator. He is the one who

takes away. He is the only true wealth.

185. Without Him everything is an illusion. I speak

the truth. Without Him this whole world is an illusion.

186. The people in this world are captives in the

prison of Lord Viñëu’s illusory poetncy Maya. They are

shackled by their own pride and false-ego.

187. The people act selfishly. Later they are bound

by the reactiosn of thos acts.

188. Bound y the ropes of karma, the souls wander

in the material world. They do not know who in truth they are.

Forgetting Kåñëa, they are bewildered.

189. In all the fourteen worlds a human birth is

very rare and valuable. I tell you the heart of the truth.

190. The sufferings in this world are like an ocean

without a shore. In a single moment all may be destroyed.

Everything in this world is temporary.

191. A person who, aware that this human body is

very rare and difficult to obtain, worships Lord Kåñna becomes

free from Maya.

192. Simply by worshiping Lord Kåñëa, that person

attains everything. Free from maya’s shackles, he falls in love

with Lord Kåñëa.

193. If you loved Lord Kåñëa as much as you love

Me, how much good fortune would you attain?

194. By loving the things of this world one attains

only death as one’s reward. By loving Lord Kåñëa one attains

liberation from the world of birth and death.

195. He is the true friend, the true mother, the

true father, who gives to his associates the gift of love and

devotion for Lord Kåñëa’s feet.

196. My heart is tormented by separation from Lord

Kåñna. I fall at your feet and beg:

197. You loved Me deeply. By following your

teachings I became pure at heart.

198. You have always protected Me. Please worship

Lord Kåñëa’s feet. Renounce the idea that I am your son.

199. To attain love for Lord Kåñëa I will accept

sannyasa. In country after country I will distribute the great

treasure of love for Lord Kåñëa.

200. Other sons bring gold and silver. After

enjoying them, one perishes. They are not the true goal of life.

201. Though one gathers great wealth, in the end he

must suffer. The wealth must go and he must die.

202. The wealth I give is love for Lord Kåñëa. Lord

Kåñëa’s feet give the greatest wealth and good fortune to

everyone.

203. That wealth of love for Lord Kåñëa is not

destroyed in this world or in the next. Mother, thsse words I

speak to you. In your heart please forgive Me.

204. In every birth one gets a mother, father, and

host of associates. It is not in every birth that one finds a

spiritual master and Lord Kåñëa. Please know this truth in your

heart.

205. In a human birth one may find a spiritual

master and Lord Kåñna. A human being who has not accepted a

spiritual master I consider like the birds and the beasts.”

206. Hearing these words, Çacé was very surprised at

heart. She gazed at the lotus flower of Lord Viçvambhara’s

face.

207. Now the illusory Maya controlled by the master of the

fourteen worlds was flung far away. Now Çacé saw all spirit

souls with equal vision.

208. At that moment Çacé understood that her

Viçvambhara was in truth Lord Kåñëa. Though all illusion was

thrown far away, she still spoke the words my son”.

209-210. Filled with wonder, she gazed at her son, who now

manifested a dark form defeating a host of new monsoon clouds, a

form bent in three places, holding a flute, glorious with yellow

garments, and surrounded by hosts of cows, gopas, and gopis in

Våndävana forest.

211. Gazing at her son, Çacé felt great wonder in her

heart. The hairs of her body stood erect. She trembled.

212. She did not renounce the love she felt for her son. She

thought herself very fortunate to have Lord Kåñna as her son.

213. Lord Kåñëa, who is very difficult to find in

all the worlds, has become my son. I cannot bring Him under my

control. What power have I over Him?”

214. Thinking in this way, Çacé said: You are the

jewel of persons. You are the independent Supreme Personality of

Godhead.

215. Because I was very fortunate, for some days

You stayed under my control. Now, by Your own wish, You will

accept sannyasa.

216. One request I place before You: How can I lose

the priceless treasure that You are?”

217. Speaking these words, Çacé wept in a piteous voice.

Five or seven flooding streams of tears flowed from her eyes to

her neck.

218. Saintly Çacé wept and wept. As she wept, Lord Gaura

bowed His head.

219. Again raising His head, Lord Viçvambhara said:

Mother, please hear My words.

220. Any day when you wish to see Me, you will see

Me at once.”

221. Hearing these words, Çacé still wept. With a

sorrowing heart Locana dasa speaks these words.

 

 

Viñnupriyä-viläpa

 

Viñnupriyä’s Lament

 

Song 33 (Varaòi raga – Dhula khela-jata, Karuna-chanda)

 

 

1. In this way Çacé spoke her heart. Her heart was

sorrowful. Her face was withered. No words came to her mouth.

From her two eyes tears streamed. Seeing her, Viñnupriya fell

unconscious.

2. Viñëupriya spoke no nectar-sweet words. Her heart was

agitated. From the peoples’ mouths she had heard whispered

rumors. From hints she could understand the truth. It was as if

she was struck by a thunderbolt. Poor Viñëupriya fell

unconscious.

3. Viñëupriya thought in her heart. At the day’s end

Lord Gaura cheerfully returned home. He ate and drank. Then He

lay down on His bed. Viñëupriya quickly approached Him.

4. Touching His lotus feet, she sighed. Her face anxious,

she gazed at Him. Wrapping the vines of her arms around the

feet of her master more dear than life, she pressed those feet to

her heart.

5. Tears from her eyes soaked her bodice. The flooding

streams of her tears washed the Lord’s feet. Lord Gaura suddenly

awakened. He asked Viñëupriya what she was doing.

6. You are most dear, most dear to Me. Why do you

weep? O goddess, please tell.”, He said. He placed her on His

lap. He placed His right hand on her chin. With sweet words again

He asked His question.

7. Goddess Viñnupriya wept. Her heart was broken. She

spoke not a word. The life breath in her heart was filled with

suffering. She felt no longer could she stay in her body. Tears

streamed from her eyes.

8. Again and again Lord Gaura asked, but saintly-hearted

Viñnupriya never answered. She only held His feet and wept.

Lord Gaura knows every art. With the cloth from His own body He

wiped her tears. Then He asked some questions.

9. Speaking of how They could enjoy many pastimes, He made

the love within her grow. His words could make a stone burst into

flowers. Seeing how eager Lord Gaura was to enjoy with her, moon-

faced Viñnupriya spoke some words in a voice choked with

emotion.

10. She said: Please listen. Listen, O master of my

life. Please place Your hand on my head. Will You not accept

sannyasa? This I heard from the peoples’ mouths. Now my heart is

broken. I will enter fire.

11. My life, wealth, beauty, youth, garments,

grace, playfulness, love, and skill are meant only to please You.

If You leave me, what will I, worthless like a pile of ashes, do?

My heart will burn in flames of poison.

12. Let my body perish. I have only this to say:

How will You walk on the pathways? Your feet are soft like

çiréña flowers. I fear even to touch them with my hand.

13. When You stumble and fall like a stick to the

ground, my life breath trembles and streams of tears flood my

limbs. How will You place Your reddish feet on the bramble-filled

forest paths?

14. When You do even the slightest action, I see

drops and drops of perspiration on the moon of Your face. The

monsoon will come. Some days rain will come. Other days the sun

will shine. In sannyasa the sufferings are great.

15. I know nothing but Your feet. Why do You throw

me away? Why do You not fear to break the rules of religion? Why

will You leave Your elderly mother Çacé, who is already halfway

to her death?

16. Why will You accept sannyasa? Why will You

leave Murari, Mukunda Datta, Çrivasa, Haridasa, Advaita

Acarya, and all the other devotees?

17. You are filled with love. You live in

everyone’s heart. Still, Your actions are very troublesome. When

they hear You have gone to a faraway country, Murari and all the

devotees will perish.

18. What will I do? I am worthless like a pile of

ashes. I am the material attachment You wish to renounce. It is

because of me that You wish to accept sannyasa. That is my fear.

Very well, I will take one last look at You, and then I will

swallow poison. Then You may happily live in Your own home.

19. O master, please don’t go to another country.

There is no one but You in my world. My heart is on fire to gaze

at Your face.” Viñnupriya had no power to say any more

words. Her heart was filled with sorrow. She only grasped Lord

Gaura’s feet and wept.

20. Hearing Viñnupriya’s words, Lord Gaura smiled,

picked her up, and placed her on His lap. With His garment He

wiped the tears from her face. He joked with her in many ways.

Don’t be unhappy for no reason.”, He said.

21. Who said I would leave you and accept

sannyasa? Whatever I do will tell you. Don’t perish with this

needless sorrow.”

22. After saying these words, Lord Gaura-Hari kissed and

embraced her. With her He enjoyed many wonderful nectar pastimes.

With limitless loving pastimes, with pastimes at the highest

point of all grace and beauty, He satisfied Viñnupriya.

23. With blissful nectar pastimesa They passed the night.

Flames again rose in Viñëupriya’s heart. Gazing at the face of

hre beloved more dear than life, again she questioned Him.

24. Placing her Lord’s hand on her breast, Goddess

Viñëupriya asked: Please don’t lie to me. Tell me

the truth. Will You leave me?

25. You asre the supreme master. You will do

whatever You like. You are never controlled by anyone. You will

do whatever You wish. If You wish to accept sannyasa, what can I

say to stop You? Please tell the truth to me.”

26. Hearing thewse words, the Lord gently smiled and said:

Please listen, O dearest beloved. What I say is for your

benefit. Please listen carefully.

27. Whatever you see in this world is an illusion.

Only the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Vaiñnavas are

real. Please know that everything else is an illsuion.

28. Children, husband, wife, father, and mother are

all illusions. They are all temporary. Who has a relationship

with whom? Lord Kåñëa’s feet are our only family. We have no

other family in truth. Please see all other family as the

illusions of Maya.

29. Who is a husband and who a wife? Both are

spirit souls. Their relationship is false. it is only the

shackles of material illusion. Lord Kåñëa is the hsuband of all.

All are His wives. This truth no one knows.

30. Seed and egg join, and then an infant is

born from the place where urine flows. Filled with ignorance, the

infant falls to the ground. That infant grows to become a child,

then a youth, and then elder. He suffers many troubles. Still, he

is very proud of his body and his home.

31. For so long he maintained his family, but in his

old age his family only insults him. In old age he has no honor.

Gradually he grows blind and deaf. Despondent, he weeps. He never

worshiped Lord Kåñna.

32. He accepted a human body in this world of birth

and death to have an opportunity to worship Lord Kåñëa. But,

bound by maya’s shackles, he forgets his true purpose.

Intoxicated with pride, he forgets his teue master. At the end he

dies and goes to hell.

33. Your name is Viñëupriya (She who is dear to

Lord Viñëu). Now please make that an appropriate name for you.
Please don’t needlessly lament in your heart. This I tell to you:

Throw your worries far away and dedicate your body and mind to

serving Lord Kåñna.”

34. Then Lord Gaura manifested His power as the

Supreme Personality of Godhead. He threw his illusory potency

maya far away. He made Viñëupriya joyful at heart. Her

suffering and lamentation fled far away. Her heart was filled

with bliss. Suddenly she saw four-armed Lord Viñëu standing

before her.

35. Even though she saw four-armed Lord Viñnu before her,

Goddess Viñëupriya naver abandoned the idea that Lord Gaura

was her husband. Falling down before the Lord’s feet, she said:

O Lord, please hear the one request I place before You.

36. I, a person worthless like a pile of ahses,

have taken birth in this world of birth and death. You are the

dear master of my life. You are my great treasure. I am Your

maidservant. Why, then, do I feel like I am falling down into

hell?”

37. Speaking these words, sorrowing Viñëupriya wept. She

was wild with grief. Seeing His dear dear devotee’s distress,

Lord Gaura also wept, the tears flowing from His eyes. Then He

embraced her and gave her His mercy.

38. He said: Please hear, O Goddess Viñnupriya. I

will tell you what is in My heart. Whenever you think of Me, I

will come before you. I solemnly tell you this is the truth. It

is the truth.”

39. Hearing Lord Kåñna’s promise, Viñnupriya thought for

a moment and said: You are the independent Supreme Lord.

You will do whatever You wish. What power have I to stop You? I

will never say anything to stop You.”

40. Viñnupriya bowed her head. Tears flowed from her

eyes. Gazing at her, the Lord spoke sweet words. Listening to

Lord Gaura’s words and deeds, sorrowing Locana dasa sings this

song.

 

 

Song 34 (Varaòi raga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: O! O! He who is the moon of the brahmanas is my

very life. The sweetness of Lord Gaura’s form charms even

Kamadeva. May the sight of Lord Gaura’s form always be awakened

within me.

 

41. In this way some days and nights passed. Flames blazed

in the devotees’ hearts.

42. Gathering together, the devotees sang the glories of

Lord Gaura. Weeping, they revealed their hearts.

43. Çacé and Viñëupriya wept day and night. For them

the ten directions were filled with blinding darkness. For them

every place was a lifeless desert.

44. The devotees and people of Navadvépa found no peace.

Walking in the city, they were always anxious and troubled.

45. His heart filled with sorrow, Çrivasa, the king of the

brahmaëas, then spoke to Lord Gaura.

46. He said: I fear to speak. Lord, if You permit,

I will go with You.

47. The others would also go with You. If they

cannot see You, they will not maintain their lives.

48. Amongst them I will be the first to die. Please

hear, O Lord Viçvambhara. I speak what is in my heart.”

49. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura gently, gently smiled

and said: Please hear, O Çrivasa.

50. Please do not fear that you will ever be

separated from Me. I will never leave the side of you and the

devotees.

51. I will always stay in the Kåñna-temples in your

homes. Please be peaceful at heart.”

52. Speaking these enlightening words, Lord Gaura pacified

Çrivasa. At dusk the Lord went to Murari Gupta’s home.

53. Accompanied by Haridasa, Lord Gaura went to Murari’s

home. In the temple room there, Lord Gaura privately said to him:

54. O Murari, please hear My words. To Me you are

more dear than life. That is why I now speak these words to you.

55. I will tell you the highest truth. Please listen

with care. I will teach you something for your great benefit.

56. Advaita Acarya Gosai is the most glorious

person in the three worlds. To Me no one is more dear a friend

than He.

57. He is a plenary incarnation of the Supreme

Personality of Godhead. He is the guru of everyone. Anyone who

desires his own welfare should serve Him.

58. He is the king of the Vaiñnavas. He is the

auspiciousness of the worlds. Therefore you should worship Him

with great devotion.

59. Anyone who worships Him worships Lord Kåñna.

Now I will tell you another secret. Please keep this secret in

your heart.

60-61. Please know that I reside in the bodies of

Gadadhara Panòita Gosai, Nityananda, Advaita, Çrivasa, and

Ramai. I tell you this secret. Please keep it in your heart.”

62. Hearing these words, Murari, the king of physicians, in

his own heart understood the actions of Lord Gaura’s heart.

63. Weeping and weeping, he fell before hte Lord’s feet. He

knew very well the Lord was about to accept sannyasa.

64. Then Murari offered obeisances to Haridasa. Like a

shoreless ocean of humbleness, he offered all that he had.

65. Hearing Murari’s weeping, Lord Gaura became very

unhappy. He quickly stood up and hurried back to His own home.

66. With these words He comforted Murari: I will

always stay near you.

67. There is still time before I accept sannyasa.

When I have accepted sannyasa, the words I spoke to you will be

your shelter.”

68. Speaking these words, Lord Gaura departed for His own

home. With a heart filled with sorrow Locana dasa sings this

song.

 

 

Prabhur Sannyasa

 

The Lord’s Sannyasa

 

Song 35 (Karunaçré raga)

 

 

Refrain: O! O! O! Lord Gaura! I gaze at the moon of Lord

Gaura!

 

1. Rising at dawn and performing His morning duties, Lord

Gaura-Hari decided: Now I will acept sannyasa.”

2. Keçava Bharaté Gosvamé now stays in the town of

Katwa. Nimai Panòita will accept sannyasa from him.”

3. In His heart Lord Viçvambhara thought in this way. At the

time of beginning His journey He breathed through His right

nostril.

4. Then He walked to the Gaìga. Crossing the Gaìga, He left

Navadvépa.

5. Offering obeisances to the Gaìga, He left Navadvépa.

This act was like a thunderbolt striking the heads of all the

devotees.

6. Though it was midday, the sun hid. The swans suddenly

abandoned the lakes. Where did they go?

7. The bumblebees were now averse to the lotus flowers. It

was as if the life breath has suddenly left their bodies.

8. A great grief of separation filled Navadvépa. It was as

if a mountain of anguish now crushed everyone.

9. Çacé, Viñnupriya, and all the Lord’s associates

fainted. Their bodies suddenly fell to the ground.

10. Hugging Viñëupriya, Çacé-devé wept.

Viñëupriya fainted and fell to ther ground. There she stayed.

It was as if she were dead.

11. The life breath seemed to have left her limbs. Then

Çacé and Viñëupriya both wept. They rolled on the ground.

12. Calling out, Nimai!”, Çacé-devé wept. It

was as if her heart was ablaze with a host of flames.

13. She lamented: Why have the ten directions

become a desert covered by blinding darkness. Why has my home

become filled with horrors?

14. My house is devouring me. The sweet words of my

relatives have become poison.

15. Now no one will call out to me, `Mother!’ No

one remembers me. Even Yamaraja forgets me.

16. Why am I tormented in this way? Why has my son

left me? I had only one son. Now He has abandoned me. Where did

He go?

17. Alas! Alas! My son is merciless. Where did my

son go? Who will bring Him back to me?

18. Dear son, when I remember Your sweetness, my

heart breaks. O Gaura-Hari, again and again You called out,

`Mother!’ No other word would You call out.

19. Dear son, leaving me without a master to

protect me, where did You go? In Your heart did You think how You

would make Your mother suffer? I am filled with sorrows.

20. O son, You read, and listened, and learned so

much. Still You made Your mother so unfortunate, a mother without

anyone to protect her.

21. Abandoning Viñnupriya, where did You go?

You did not think of the love the devotees bear for You.”

22. Viñëupriya wept. Her heart was no longer

wise. One moment she stood. The next moment she fell down. Her

heart was wild.

23. She placed no garments on her limbs. She did

not tie her hair. She wept and wept. She became wild. She

became a madwoman.

24. She said: Holding to my heart the garland that

touched my master’s body, I will burn in a fire’s flames. Thus I

will die.”

25. Someone said: I have no rope to hang myself, so

I will stab my heart.” Another said: This is punishment

for our past misdeeds.”

26. Saying, O Lord, Your glories were sweeter than

nectar”, everyone wished to enter a fire’s flames.

27. No one has the power to understand the confidential

pastimes of these devotees. Their hearts now become blazing

fires, they wept, making a great wail of their grief.

28. The four directions were filled with devotees whose

hearts were tormented with sorrow. How could they restrain

themselves? They had no power to do that.

29. One powerful devotee gently, gently said to the others:

What shall I say to concole you? Please be peaceful at

heart.

30. Think of what you have seen and heard of the

Lord, and make your heart peaceful. Everyone do this in your

hearts.

31. Who understands the Supreme Personality of

Godhead? We can only hear of what He has done when He descended

to this world.

32. His activities are beyond what the Vedas or the

people can understand. The very fortunate devotees chant His holy

names.

33. Therefore whatever command the Lord gives

everyone should resolutely obey with all their hearts.”

34. Hearing these words, the sorrowful-hearted devotees

checked their weeping.

35. Then Lord Nityananda reasoned with the devotees:

Where did the Lord go? Let us try to understand.”

36. One devotee said: Perhaps He went to a

pilgrimage place. Perhaps we can find Lord Gauracandra there.”

37. Lord Nityananda said: Perhaps He went to

Våndävana, or Varanasé, or Jagannatha Puré. Many

sannyasés stay in those places.

38. Keçava Bharaté Gosvamé now stays in Katwa.

Perhaps Nimai Panòita accepted sannyasa from him.

39. That news I heard from Lord Gaura’s own mouth.

But I do not know for certain that is what He did.

40. Perhaps it is not true that He did that. First

I will go, learn the truth, and then report to everyone.

41. Give me some steady devotees to come with me,

and I will go, find Lord Gauraìga, and bring Him back.”

42. The devotees agreed. Some of the most prominent devotees

agreed to go with Him.

43. Çri Candraçekhara Acarya, Damodara Panòita,

Vakreçvara, and some others set out at once.

44. After first giving comfort to the hearts of Çacé and

Viñnupriya, Lord Nityananda departed with Candraçekhara and

the others.

45. Meanwhile, walking like a graceful wild elephant, Lord

Gaura-Hari proceeded to Katwa.

46. Flooding rivers of tears of spiritual love flowed from

His eyes. The hairs on His golden limbs stood erect.

47. His hair was tied. He walked like a wrestler of

Mathura.

48. His was overcome with thoughts of separation from Çri

Rädhä. He thought: Where is Rädhä? Where is My Gokula?”

49. One moment He quickly walked. Another moment He slowly

walked. Another moment He slapped His arms. Another moment He

looked in the four directions.

50. Overcome with ecstatic spiritual love, He walked in

this way on the path. He thought: My Lord Jagannatha

is the master of all.

51. In this way Lord Viçvambhara came to Katwa and

approached Keçava Bharaté, the best of the sannyasés.

52. With great devotion Lord Viçvambhara bowed down. The

sannyasé respectfully picked up Lord Viçvambhara. The

sannyasé was reminded of Lord Narayana.

53. They both thought themslves very fortunate. They

talked. Lord Viçvambhara said: Please give Me

sannyasa.”

54. As these two thus met, Lord Nityananda, Candraçekhara,

and the others suddenly arrived.

55. They offered obeisances to the sannyasé and to Lord

Viçvambhara. Lord Viçvambhara smiled and said: It is

good You have come.

56. Your arrival is auspicious for Me. I will

accept sannyasa. Now My birth in this world will bear its

fruit.”

57. After speaking these words, the Lord again said to the

sannyasé: I bow down before you. I humbly say to you:

I wish to accept sannyasa.”

58. Keçava Bharaté replied: Please hear. Hear, O

Viçvambhara. My heart trembles to offer You sannyasa.

59. Your form is handsome. Your age is youth. From

the time of Your birth You have known neither trouble nor suffering.

60. You have no children. I will not offer You

sannyasa.

61. When You are fifty years old and You have

turned away from the passions of youth, the it will be right to

offer You sannyasa.”

62. Hearing these words, the Lord gently said: What

shall I say to you?

63. Please do not bewilder Me. Please hear, O wise

sannyasé. Who but you knows the difference between right and

wrong?

64. In this world of birth and death a human birth

is rare and diffifult to attain. In that human birth devotion to

Lord Kåñëa, the highest religion, is also rare and difficult to

attain.

65. Association with Lord Kåñëa’s devotees is

especially rare and difficult to attain. At any moment, in a

single sesame seed’s worth of time, this human body may be broken

into pieces.

66. If I delay, this human body may be lost. How,

then, will I attain the association of another great Vaiñëava

like yourself?

67. Please don’t try to bewilder Me. Give to Me

sannyasa. By your mercy I will become Lord Kåñëa’s servant.”

68. When the Lord had spoken these words, His eyes became

red with sorrow. Tears of sorrow streamed down His face.

69. Then, more ferocious than a lion, Lord Gaura roared. His

body was marked with the signs of ecstatic spiritual love.

70. Hari! Hari!”, He called out in a voice like a

thundering cloud. Streams of tears flowed without stop from His

two eyes.

71. Calling out, Flute! Flute!”, He manifested the

threefold-bending form of Lord Kåñna. Then, calling out

Rasa-dance circle!”, He joyfully jumped.

72. Calling out, Govardhana! Rädhä-kunòa!”, the

Lord loudly laughed. The sannyasé was filled with wonder. His

heart was afraid.

73. Keçava Bharaté, the king of sannyasés, reflected in

his heart. In his heart he thought: What I did was not

good.

74. He who is the master of the worlds, who is the

guru of the worlds, stands before me with folded hands and calls

me `guru’.”

75. Thinking in this way, the sannyasé Keçava Bharaté

said: If You will accept sannyasa, then first return to

Your home.

76. Go to Your mother and get her permission. Go to

Your saintly wife.

77. Go to all Your associates and get their

permission. Inform Your associates. Then return to me.”

78. In his heart Keçava Bharaté thought: When

Lord Gauracandra goes to get permission, I will leave this place

and go away.”

79. Lord Gaura, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead,

the Supersoul present in every heart, knew the thoughts in

Keçava Bharaté’s heart. Smiling, Lord Gaura said: I

will obey Your command.”

80. Then Lord Gaura departed for Navadvépa. Seeing this,

the sannyasé Keçava Bharaté thought in his heart:

81. The many universes rest in the pores of His

body. To what country will I flee to escape Him?

82. My heart is bewildered. I see but I do not see.

He is the life of everyone. He is the witness who watches

everyone.”

83. Thinking in this way, the snnyasi called out:

Gaura-Hari! I have a humble request to place before You.

84. O Viçvambhara, please hear the words I speak.

I am very afraid to offer You sannyasa.

85. You are the guru of all the worlds. Who can be

Your guru? Why do You try to trick me and mock me in this way?”

86. Hearing these words, Lord Viçvambhara Raya wept. He

offered arati. He grasped the sannyasé’s feet.

87. He said: Why do you speak so harshly to a

surrendered soul? If I leave your feel I will die.

88. My heart accepts whatever you say. Still, I

have one request. Please hear My words.

89. Once, at the end of night, I saw a dream. I

brahmana told Me the sannyasa mantra.

90. Is this the mantra, or not? Please look and

see.” Saying these words, the Lord whispered the mantra in

Keçava Bharaté’s ear.

91. By speaking the mantra in the sannyasé’s ear, Lord

Gaura, the supremely independent Personality of Godhead,

initiated him and became his guru.

92. Keçava Bharaté Gosvamé understood all that had

happened. Please hear, O Nimai. I will offer You

sannyasa”, he said.

93. Hearing these words, the Lord joyfully danced.

Hari! Hari!”, He called out in a voice like a thundering

cloud.

94. The hairs on His fair form stood erect. The sweetness of

His limbs was like a flood of nectar.

95. Tears flowed without stop from His reddish eyes. Seeing

Him, everyone loudly called out, Alas! Alas!”

96. The people of Katwa town ran to see Him. Gazing at Him,

their eyes and hearts were filled with cooling bliss.

97-98. The elders, the blind, women, men, paëòitas, fools, and

children all ran to see Him. Running, the beautiful respectable

girls paid no attention to attractive dress and ornaments.

99. Resting waterpots on their hips, some women stood still

like sticks and gazed at the Lord. They had no power to move.

Grasping staffs, some ran to watch.

100. The lame, the sick, and the pregnant women all gazed at

the Lord. Seeing the Lord’s graceful limbs, the people mocked the

sannyasé about to offer Him sannyasa.

101. Saying, Glorious! Glorious!”, the people gazed

at the Lord’s wonderful form.

102. They thought: Fortunate, fortunate is the mother

that bore Him in her womb. We hear that in her previous birth she

must have been Devaké herself.

103. Who is fortunate like the girl that has Him

for her husband? In the three worlds no girl is fortunate like

her.”

104. As the people gazed at the Lord’s form, tears flowed

from their eyes. They could not bear to see the Lord accept

sannyasa.

105. How can His mother continue to live? Simply by

hearing He will accept sannyasa, we girls feel on the verge of

death.”

106. Thinking in these ways, everyone wept. Then Lord Gaura

called out to them: Please don’t lament.

107. Please bless Me. O My mothers and fathers,

please hear. I yearn to bow My head before Lord Kåñëa’s feet.

108. Lord Kåñëa is My master. I yearn to see Him. I

yearn to tie My heart to Him.

109. A person who employs His grace, youth, and

nectar handsomeness to worship His true master attains all good

fortune.

110. Please think in your hearts. Everyone knows

that without serving her husband a young girl wastes her life.

111. In the same way, without serving Lord Kåñëa’s

feet I have no auspicious future. Dedicating My body to His

service, I will worship the master of My life.”

112. Speaking these words, Lord Mahaprabhu wept. For a

moment everyone felt stunned at heart.

113. Again Lord Gaura bowed down before Keçava Bharaté,

the best of sannyasés. Again He spoke the desire in His heart.

114. Following His guru’s command, on the following day

smiling Lord Gaura prepared for the ritual of accepting

sannyasa.

115. When He had prepared everything for the ritual, with a

joyful heart He said: Please offer Me sannyasa.”

116. To Keçava Bharaté, the jewel of acaryas, Lord

Gaura offered worship worthy of Lord Kåñna Himself. From the four

directions the Vaiñëavas called out: Hari! Hari!”

117. With folded palms standing before His guru, Lord Gaura
offered respectful obeisances and requested the sannyasa mantra.

118. Now please hear how the Lord’s head was shaved. Hearing

the Lord’s head was then to be shaved, the people felt sorrow in

their hearts.

119. The Vaiñëavas’ hearts trembled. As the Lord was

about to be shaved, the people covered their faces with their

garments.

120-124. Lord Gaura’s hair, the most graceful hair in the

three worlds, the hair Goddess Lakñmé playfully fondles, the

flower-decorated hair that rests on graceful elephant shoulders,

abundant hair tied in a topknot, the hair that charms all the

worlds, the hair on which the devotees meditate, the hair that

sustains the devotees’ lives, the hair that made the gopis

renounce their shyness, the hair that pulled down the gopis’ fear

of losing their families, honor, and righteousness, the hair

Çiva, Brahma, and Narada glorify with many songs, the hair the

devotees in their hearts think the most glorious of all

treasures, that glorious hair Lord Gaura now wished to shave

away. Everyone wept. They did not stop for a moment.

125. The barber would not place His hand on the Lord’s head.

The barber’s limbs trembled in fear.

126. The men and women of Katwa town wept and wept. They

made a piteous sound.

127. The barber said: Lord, I place these words

before Your feet. Who, after placing his hands on Your head, has

the power to remain alive?

128. I have no power to shave Your graceful curly

hair, hair that charms the three worlds.

129. Gazing at Your hair, every eye and heart

becomes filled with cooling bliss. O Lord, please do whatever You

wish to do, but please do not shave Your hair.

130. No other person in this universe is like You.

You are the master of all the worlds. You know what is in every

heart.”

131. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura was displeased. Aware

of this, the barber was afraid at heart.

132. Again he begeed, his heart filled with sorrow:

How can I place my hand on Your head?

133. I fear I will offend You. Who can place a hand

on Your head?

134. What will be the fate of someone who places a

hand on Your head? I am the lowest person. I am born in a low

family. I am worthless like a pile of ashes.”

135. Hearing these words, kindhearted Lord Gaura said:

No misfortune will befall you.

136. By Lord Kåñna’s mercy you will happily pass

this lifetime. At the end you will go to My abode.”

137. At the time of shaving His hair Lord Gaura gave this

blessing to the barber. With a sorrowing heart Locana dasa sings

this song.

 

 

Song 36 (Puravé-sindhuòa raga)

 

 

138. Seeing the shaving was now done, Lord Gaura accepted

sannyasa on an auspicious day and an auspicious moment.

139. At the junction of Capricorn and Aquarius, the guru

Keçava Bharaté recited the sannyasa mantra.

140. As the Vaiñnavas in thw four directions chanted Lord

Hari’s holy names, the sannyasé Keçava Bharaté whispered the

sannyasa mantra in Lord Viçvambhara’s ear.

141. When Lord Viçvambhara heard the sannyasa mantra, the

hairs of His body stood erect. He was tossed by waves of ecstatic

love for Lord Kåñna, waves that were now greater by hundreds and

hundreds of times.

142. Tears flowed from His reeddish eyes without stop. He

slapped His arms. He let out a roar.

143. The sannyasa is done.” He joyfully said.

Again and again He loudly laughed in the bliss of spiritual love.

144. At that time Keçava Bharaté said: Please

hear, O Nimai. What shall be Your name?”

145. As the Vaiñnavas were assembled around him, that best

of the sannyasés considered what name to give.

146. As he was about to speak the name he had chosen

according to his own intelligence, an auspicious voice spoke from

the sky.

147. Hearing this voice, everyone became filled with wonder.

Give Him the name Çri Kåñna Caitanya.

148. Manifesting a dreamlike form, Goddess

Mahamaya has covered all living entities. In this way

everyone’s intelligence is covered.

149. By her power everyone is asleep and dreaming.

The Supreme Lord will now personally awaken (caitanya) everyone.

150. This person is lord Kåñna Himself. Because He

is Lord Kåñna who will teach everyone about Lord Kåñna, I give

Him the name Çri Kåñëa Caitanya.”

151. Hearing this divine voice, everyone became filled with

bliss. Everyone called out, Hari!”

152. Following his command, Lord Gaura happily and devotedly

served His guru Keçava Bharaté Gosvamé. In this way the day

passed.

153. When evening came the Vaiñëavas gathered and

performed saìkértana of chanting Lord Hari’s holy names.

Dancing with His guru, Lord Gaura enchanted all the worlds.

154. Filled with the bliss of spiritual love, Lord Gaura and

Keçava Bharaté danced. Everyone chanted, Hari!”

155. Filled with the bliss of spiritual love, They both

forgot Themselves. They both thought the bliss of Impersonal

Brahman very insignificant.

156. In this way the night blissfully passed. When morning

rose, Lord Gaura requested permission to depart.

157. He circumambulated His guru. Then He offered

oebisances. If I go to Jagannatha Puré, I will attain an

auspicious situation.”

158. Lord Gaura placed this request before His guru’s feet.

Keçava Bharaté’s heart trembled.

159. Tears of sorrow flowed from his eyes. At thr time of

bidding farewell, he embraced Lord Gauracandra.

160. You are the supremely independent Personality

of Godhead. Because You are compassionate, with Your own feet You

will wander this world.

161. You have shown how a disciple should be

devoted to his guru. Now You will establish the religion of

saìkértana (chanting Lord Hari’s holy names) in this world.

162. Manifesting Your mercy, You will deliver

everyone in the world. You tricked me into offering You

sannyasa.

163. O Lord Viçvambhara, please deliver me also.

In Your heart please agree to my request.”

164. After touching His guru’s feet, Lord Gaura departed.

Walking on the path, He was overcome with spiritual bliss and love.

165. With great joy and love He called out, Kåñna!

Kåñna!” One moment He wept. The next moment He loudly laighed.

166. Like the celestial Gaìga flowing from the summit of

Mount Sumeru, a flooding river of tears flowed from His eyes onto

His chest.

167. Defating the filaments of the kadamba flowers, the

hairs of his body stood erect. From head to foot, His body seemed

adorned with brambles.

168. One moment He wildly ran. Another moment He sang

Kåñëa!” with great love.

169. Another moment He became stunned and fell to the

ground. Another moment He called out, Haribol!” and

leapt in the air.

170. One moment He felt the ecstasy of the gopis. Another

moment He felt the ecstasy of dasya-rasa (service to the Lord).

One moment He was calm and peaceful. Another moment He swiftly

ran.

171. Overcome with bliss, He did not know if it was day or

night. However, when He came to Räòha-deça, He could not find

even the scent of Lord Kåñna’s holy name.

172. Not hearing Lord Kåñëa’s holy names, Lord Gaura felt

sorrow rise in His heart. At that moment He decided to enter the

water.

173. Seeing this, everyone was struck with grief and

remorse. Lord Gauraìga has gone to Goloka. O dear

friends, what will happen now?

174. Then heroic Lord Nityananda said: With My own

power I will rescue Lord Caitanya.”

175. At that moment some boys came, herding cows. Lord

Nityananda entered their hearts.

176. Approaching the riverbank, one boy suddenly began to

call out, Hari!”

177. Hearing this, Lord Gaura-Hari ran to the boy, grasped

his hand, and urged him: Chant! Chant! Chant!

178. May the Supreme Lord be merciful to you. By

making Me hear Lord Hari’s holy name you made My life perfect.”

179. Now Lord Gaura was joyful. His heart floated in bliss.

Begging alms, He had something to eat, and then He continued on

His journey.

180. Filled with bliss, He did not know if it was day or

night. In this way three days passed until again He placed some

food and water in His mouth.

181. Filled with spiritual bliss and love, the days and

nights passed in this way. Then Lord Gaura bid farewell to Çri

Candraçekhara Acarya.

182. Lord Gaura said: We will see each other again.

We will see each other soon. Please don’t be unhappy.”

183. Speaking these words, Lord Gaura quickly departed.

Weeping and weeping, Çri Candraçekhara continued on his path.

184. As if from a single mouth, the people of Navadvépa

heard that Çri Candraçekhara had returned.

185. Locana dasa says: I have no power to describe

the scene when Çri Candraçekhara returned to Navadvépa.

 

 

Prabhur Çantipure Agamana

 

The Lord’s Arrival in Çantipure

 

Song 37 (Karunaçré raga)

 

 

Refrain: O! O! O! O!

 

1. Candraçekhara Acarya entered Navadvépa. Flooding rivers

of tears flowed from his eyes without stop.

2. Seeing him, the people of Navadvépa felt their hearts

burst into flames. Their hearts trembled.

3. The Vaiñëavas gathered around him. They had no power to

check their tears. Their faces were withered with grief.

4. They had no power to speak. No word came to their mouths.

Hearing of Candraçekhara’s arrival, Çacé-devé, her hair

dishevelled, ran there.

5. Like a wild woman she called out, Acarya!” Not

seeing Lord Gauraìga, she let out a cry of grief.

6. Where is my Nimai? Where did you take Him? Did

He shave His head? To what country did He go?

7. What cruel-hearted sannyasé worthless like a

pile of ashes gave the sannyasa mantra to Viçvambhara. That

sannyasé has no mercy.

8. His hair was so graceful and beautiful to see.

Who is the merciless-hearted barber worthless like a pile of

ashes that shaved His hair?

9. Who is the sinner that touched a razor to His

hair? How can such a cruel, merciless person continue to live?

10. From whose house did my Nimai beg alms? Did my

son truly shave His head?

11. O son, never again will I see Your face. For me

this whole world is now filled with blinding darkness.

12. Never again will I cook rice and offer it to

You. Never again will I place my hand on Your graceful limbs.

13. Never again will I kiss Your graceful face. Who will

understand when You are hungry?”

14. In this way Çacé-devé lamented. Then Viñnupriya

came there.

15. Viñëupriya’s weeping made the ground crack. It made

the birds, beasts, trees, vines, and stones weep with her.

16. She said: Alas! Alas! What will become of me?

Without Lord Gaura the whole world is covered with blinding

darkness.

17. Never again will I see His smiles or His

charming handsome form. Never again will I hear His wise and

eloquent words like streams of nectar.

18. You made me a girl without a master or a

shelter. Where did You go? I will always remember Your glories.

This I say to You:

19. How can I be foretunate if I cannot see You? Im

will only weep and weep. The people will only mock me.

20. They will say: `Renouncing the embraces of

that unfoertunate girl, He went away. Now her household life is

broken. She is unfortunate. Why does she not simply die?”

21. With amorous eyes I worshiped Your face. If I

cannot see You, how will I keep my heart alive?

22. Many beautiful girls died out of separation

from You. I am very unfortunate, for still I keep my body alive.

23. I will die. I will die. O handsome Lord

Gauraìga, where can I go? My nature is weak. I am a very

unfortunate girl.

24. To what country should I go? Where should I go

to find You? If I do not find You I will die.

25. Renouncing helpless me, to what country did You

go? Alas! Where will I find You?

26. No longer will I keep my sinful body alive.”

Rolling on the ground, Goddess Viñnupriya called out,

Alas! Alas!”

27. Pushed by the grief of separation, she sighed without

stop. Her lips became withered and dry. Her body trembled.

28. Her garments and hair became disarrayed. She fell in the

dust. In a moment her body became emaciated. She fell to the

ground. There she stayed.

29. Meditating on Lord Gaura’s reddish feet, she fell

unconscious. Regaining consciousness, she was tortured by grief.

30. Master! Master!”, she called out in a voice

filled with pain. Hearing Viñnupriya weep, everyone there

wept also.

31. Many came to comfort her. But when they saw

Viñëupriya, their hearts burst into flames.

32. Everyone said: Look. Listen, O Viñëupriya.

How can we give comfort to you? Please make your heart peaceful.

33. Your master’s actions are not outside your

knowledge. Meditate on them and bring some comfort to your

heart.”

34. In this way the devotees comforted her. They talked

about Lord Gauracandra.

35. They said: By accepting sannyasa He brought us

great suffering. Without any mercy He left us and went away.

36. How could He leave us? Cruel Lord Gaura

left us all and went away.

37. His name is more kind than He is Himself. By

chanting His name we will attain Him. That is our first desire.

38. He said to all of us: `Anyone who chants My

name will attain Me.’ ”

39. Thus Çacé, Viñnupriya, and everyone else sat down

and chanted Lord Gaura’s holy names.

40. Children, youths, and elders all sat down and chanted

Lord Gauraìga’s holy names.

41. In this way the ferocious lion of Lord Gauraìga became

bound by the ropes of His own holy names. In this way Lord

Mahaprabhu was trapped. His journey was broken.

42. Leaning on Lord Nityananda’s boyd, Lord Gaura wept.

Tears flowed from His eyes.

43. He said: O Nityananda, please go to

Navadvépa. I will show Myself to everyone at Çantipura.”

44. Hearing this, Lord Nityananda became joyful at heart.

Lord Gaura said: I will show Myswelf to everyone. It is

the truth.”

45. Then Lord Gauracandra continued His journey. With a

sorrowful heart Locana dasa speaks these words.

 

46. Lord Nityananda continued walking with Lord Gaura. Then

Lord Gaura smiled and bid Him farewell.

47. Lord Gaura said: Please hear My words. Go to

Navadvépa. My friends are in the towns of Nadéya.

48. In the name of Lord Narayana tell everyone I

will go to Advaita Acarya’s house.

49. Bring My mother there. She will see Me at

Advaita Acarya’s house.”

50. After speaking these words, Lord Mahaprabhu quickly

walked, and Lord Nityananda returned to the towns of Nadéya.

51. The people of Nadéya’s towns were half alive and half

dead. Their bodies were bent. No one had a healthy ruddy

complexion.

52. No food was in their stomachs. Their bodies trembled.

Without Lord Gauracandra they were blind.

53. Lord Nityananda had unexpectedly come to Nadéya’s

towns. The word spread. Everyone ran to Him.

54. Trembling, the people had no power to walk on the paths.

Their eyes filled with tears, they could not even see the paths.

55. Falling at Lord Nityananda’s feet, all the Vaiñnavas

wept. They had no power to speak. Every mouth was silent.

56. Eager Çacé wildly ran. In her grief it seemed to her

the sky and land had joined and become one.

57. In a voice filled with grief Çacé called out:

O Avadhuta, where is my Nimai, my golden son?”

58. Speaking these words, Çacé wept and beat her chest

with her hand. She trembled. She could not even see the pathway.

59. Seeing Çacé, Lord Nityananda respectfully stood.

Çacé said: How far away is my son?”

60. Lord Nityananda said: Please do not be unhappy

at heart. He sent Me to you all with a message.

61. The Lord will stay at Advaita Acarya’s house.

Please do not be unhappy. Go to see Him. It is not far.

62. Everyone should go and see the Lord.” In this

way everyone at once went on that journey.

63. Children, elders, youths, the dumb, the wise, the fools,

the ascetics, everyone went.

64. Ahead of everyone Çacé went. All the Vaiñnavas

joyfully went.

65. Finally they came to Advaita Acarya’s house. They did

not see Lord Gaura. Everyone felt broken.

66. Lord Nityananda asked Advaita Acarya: Lord

Gaura said He would come to Your açrama.

67. He sent Me to tell everyone. What was in His

heart? That I do not know.”

68. When He had spoken these words the two of Them embraced.

Hearing that Lord Gauraìga had accepted sannyasa, Lord Advaita

became distraught at heart.

69. He said: I am very unfortunate. I did not have

His association. When will I again see the moon of His face?”

70. Wild with grief, Çacé asked about her son. Everyuone

said to her: Soon the Lord will come.”

71. Every heart was filled with longing. At that moment Lord

Mahaprabhu arrived.

72. His body was ten million times more effulgent. It was

anointed with splendid long tilaka marks of sandal.

73. Lord Gaura wore saffron garments. He was effulgent like

the rising sun.

74. Lord Gaura carried a danòa. He walked like a lion.

Seeing Him, everyone fell before His feet.

75. Gazing at the effulgence of His body, everyone felt

their hearts become filled with cooling bliss. Everyone forgot

their millions and millions of sorrows.

76. Every heart was filled with ecstatic love. No one felt

any grief or sorrow. With unblinking eyes Çacé gazed at Lord

Viçvambhara’s face.

77. No sorrow was in her heart. Gazing and gazing at the

Lord’s face, she felt showered with nectar.

78. Lord Advaita Acarya Gosai felt His heart was filled

with bliss. He offered a splendid asana for Lord Gaura Raya to

sit.

79. He washed the Lord’s feet and then He dried them with a

cloth. Everyone drank the water that had washed the Lord’s feet.

80. Hearing the words Jaya! Jaya!” and

Hari! Haribol!”, every Vaiñnava felt his heart tossed by

waves of bliss.

81. Gazing at the Lord’s effulgence, Haridasa, Murari,

Mukunda Datta, and Çrivasa became filled with bliss.

82. Falling down like sticks, they offered respectful

obeisances. As they gazed at the Lord’s face, tears flowed from

their eyes.

83. Their voices were choked with bliss. The hairs of their

bodies stood erect. The bodies that were once almost dead were

now filled with life.

84. In this way the devotees gazed at Lord Gaura Raya. Lord

Gaura’s heart was filled with mercy. With eyes filled with mercy

Lord Gaura glanced at everyone.

85. Someone Lord Gaura touched. With someone He joked and

talked. Someone else He embraced.

86. In this way Lord Gaura filled the desires of each

devotee. Every heart there was filled with ecstatic spiritual

love.

87. Everyone was delighted. All grief fled far away.

Everyone joyfully spoke auspicious words. Everyone chanted

Hari!”

88. Lord Advaita Acarya Gosai was a very wise devotee. At

His açrama Lord Gaura accepted alms.

89. Everyone there was exalted like Lord Advaita. At His

home they all joyfully accepted their meal.

90. That Lord Gaura had accepted sannyasa did not enter

anyone’s mind. Filled with bliss, everyone passed the day and

night in singing the Lord’s holy names in saìkértana.

91. In that saìkértana Lord Gaura sang His own holy names.

He danced and He inspired others to dance also.

92. Delighted by tasting the nectar of ecstatic love, all

the devotees danced. Accompanied by His sons, Lord Advaita

Acarya also danced.

93. Every heart was filled with a shoreless ocean of

ecstatic spiritual love. Beginning with tears, trembling, and

standing erect of the body’s hairs, the ecstatic symptoms of

sattvika-bhava were manifested on every body.

94. Every heart was filled with the glistening splendor of

bliss. Hearing of all this, Locana dasa has also become filled

with bliss.

 

 

Prabhur Nélacala-gamana o Danòa-bhaìga-léla

 

The Lord’s Journey to Nélacala and His Pastime of Breaking the Daëòa
Song 38 (Bhaöiyari raga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: O! O! O! Please sing the glories of Lord Gaura! O!

O! O! Please turn away from all material desires! As long as you

stay in this world, please never turn away from Lord

Mahaprabhu’s feet!

 

1. The auspicious night passed in that way. Then the dawn

came. After performing His morning duties, Lord Gaura sat on His

asana.

2. A sannyasa danòa in His hand, He seemed like the

monarch of all kingdoms. On His limbs saffron garments glistened.

3. His followers sat around Him. Smiling and smiling, the

Lord said to them:

4. O devotees headed by Çrivasa, please return to

your own açramas.

5. If the smiling-faced Lord is merciful to Me, I

will go to Nélacala to see Lord Jagannatha.

6. Please follow My command. Stay in Navadvépa.

Day and night perform saìkértana of chanting the holy names.

7. Chant the holy names of Lord Hari. Serve the

devotees. Establish the saìkértana movement. This command I give

to you all.

8. Keep no envy in your hearts. With all your

hearts worship and serve each other.”

9. After speaking these words, Lord Gaura at once stood. He

embraced everyone in His arms.

10. Tears of love flowed from His two eyes. His voice was

choked with emotion.

11. At that moment Haridasa, a blade of grass between his

teeth, fell down before the Lord’s lotus feet.

12. He wept piteously. Every heart broke to hear him.

13. Lord Gaura became filled with emotion. His eyes were

filled with tears. His heart overcome, He said:

14. After how many days will I become fortunate

like you? When will I fall before Lord Jagannatha’s feet and weep

as you do?

15. When, approaching Lord Jagannatha’s feet, will

I speak words filled with sincere emotion? When, gazing at Lord

Jagannatha’s graceful glorious face, will My eyes bear their

fruit?”

16. After speaking these words, Lord Gaura fell to the

ground. The devotees around Him on four sides wept.

17. Gazing at her son, Çacé yearned to embrace His neck.

But she did not weep, for in a moment she fell unconscious.

18. One devotee, his hair in disarray, grasped Lord Gaura’s

feet and wept. The devotees struggled to control their emotions.

19. Çrivasa, Haridasa, Murari, and Mukunda said to the

Lord:

20. You are supremely independent. We are under

Your dominion. We are poor, ill-behaved sinners. We have no true

devotion.

21. What power have we to say anything? You have

accepted sannyasa. Now You will leave Your servants and go away.

22. You are the only master of us all. How will You

walk on the pathways? When You become hungry or thisty, from whom

will You get food?

23. You are Çacé’s dear son. Viñnupriya

serves Your two feet.

24. Your glance is nectar splashed on the devotees’

eyes. With Your own hands You planted the tree of spiritual love

and made it grow.

25. Now that tree yearns to bear many fruits of

ecstatic spiritual love. By accepting sannyasa You made that

tree’s hopes barren.

26. The life breath will not leave our sinful

bodies. We will bid You farewell and we will return to our homes.

27. We, the most fallen, will return to our homes.

All this is not Your true nature. You are the purifier of the

fallen (patita-pavana).

28. Destiny anointed Your form with mercy. Destiny

gave You many treasures of playful, glorious, graceful pastimes.

29. You are the protector of the individual spirit

souls. You are full of ecstatic spiritual love. Your form is the

greatest wonder in the three worlds.

30. Nothing in the three worlds compares to You.

But when You speak cruel words, the whole world becomes filled

with sorrow.

31. Please do not try to cheat us in this way. Why

will You cut the roots of the tree You Yourself planted?

32. Please take the devotees with You when You go.

If You do not, we will fall into flames and die.

33. Look. Look at Your helpless widowed mother

Çacé. We cannot bear to hear her lament.

34. Viñnupriya’s weeping makes the ground crack.

The busy marketplaces of Navadvépa have become a barren desert.

35. The Vaiñëavas’ homes have become barren

deserts. It seems that the Vaiñëavas’ homes are now eight

miles from each other.

36. If we sit down and talk about You, we will die.

We cannot do otherwise.

37. Never again will we hear of Your confidential pastimes.

Never again will we see you dance in ecstasy or give everyone ecstatic

spiritual love.

38. Never again will we see You dancing or

embracing everyone. Never again will we see Your reddish eyes

filled with tears of ecstatic spiritual love.

39. Never again will we hear the nectar of Your

loud calls. Who now blocks our eyes and ears?

40. If we cannot see the moon of Your face, how

will we remain alive? We still have eyes. Who, then, now makes us

blind?

41. O Lord, please do not bid us farewell. We will

go with You. Your cruel words make our bodies burst into flames.

42. When the hunter rings his bell, the doe

approaches. Then the hunter grabs the doe and kills her.

43. In the same way from You we learned of ecstatic

spiritual love. You made us yearn to attain that love. Why do You

now kill us?

44. Separated from You, the devotees will all die.

How can You be called Bhakta-vatsala (the Lord who loves His

devotees)?

45. How can You bid farewell to Çacé? Who will

give her this news?

46. Simply by hearing this news Visnupriya will at

once die. Please consider these words.”

47. When the devotees had spoken these words, kind-hearted

Lord Gaura smiled and said:

48. O devotees, please hear My words. Never will I

be cruel to you.

49. I will reside in Nélacala. You may always

come and see Me there.

50. The shoreless ocean of ecstatic spiritual love

will increase. The whole world will float in the ecstasy of hari-

nama-saìkértana (chanting Lord Hari’s holy names).

51. No heart will feel suffering or sorrow.

Everyone will be plunged in the ocean of saìkértana.

52. I will always stay in the embrace of

Viñnupriya, of My mother Çacé, and of anyone who worships

Lord Kåñëa.”

53. Hearing these words, everyone fell at Lord Gaura’s feet.

Lord, please promise that these words will always be

true.”

54. They will always be true, always be true,

always be true.”, Lord Gaura said again and again. I

will reside in Nélacala. These words of Mine will always be

true.”

55. Çacé-devé fell down like a stick. She was not

peaceful. Two devotees picked her up.

56. She said: You are merciless. Where will You go?

Unable to see You, my dear son, I will die.

57. How many times will everyone else see Your

face? Only unfortunate I will never see Your face again.

58. Everyone else You have comforted. Dear son, how

will You comfort me?

59. In this world no one is unfortuane like me. Now

an iron spear of grief is pushed into Viñnupriya’s heart.”

60. Smiling, merciful-hearted Lord Gaura said:

Forgetting the spiritual truth you already know, you make

yourself die with false grief.

61. Please return home. Keep no grief in your

heart. Without envy stay amongst the devotees.”

62. Falling down like a stick, Lord Gaura offered obeisances

to His mother. With many words He comforted her.

63. After comforting His mother, the Lord said:

Haribol!” Then He quickly departed. A tumult of weeping at

once arose.

64. Lord Advaita Acarya ran after Lord Gaura. After an hour

He caught up with Him.

65. Lord Mahaprabhu fell down like a stick to offer

obeisances to Advaita Acarya. Lord Advaita picked HIm up and

embraced Him.

66. Lord Advaita’s face was withered with grief. Drops and

drops of perspirated rested on His chest. His heart was filled

with sorrow. To Lord Gaura He said:

67. You will go to another country. That brings Me

great sorrow. Flames of sorrow burn in My heart.

68. I have spoken My heart. Lord, please consider

My words and give Your reply.

69. In separation from Your lotus feet Your

sorrowing devotees only weep.

70. Why does My sinful heart not melt with grief?

My hard heart is made of wood. That is why tears do not come to

My eyes.

71. My actions are all evil. That is why, in Your

absence, ecstatic spiritual love does not arise in My heart.”

72. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura smiled, embraced Lord

Advaita, and said: I will tell You the truth. Please

listen to My words.

73. Because You love Me so dearly I will never

leave You. I am tightly bound by the ropes of Your love.”

74. Speaking these words, Lord Gaura tied a knot in His

garment. Advaita Acarya was overcome with feelings of love. In

His heart He again and again thought of Lord Gaura.

75. Five or seven flooding rivers of etears flowed from the

oceans of His eyes. He had no power to express the love He felt.

76. Then Lord Gaura restrained His turbulent emotions. Wise

Advaita Acarya also restrained His emotions.

77. Lord Advaita said: Love for You has never risen

within Me. I have no power to attain love for You.”

78. Lord Gaura said: O Acarya, please hear. I am

controlled by the love You bear for Me. Please always remember

Our pastimes together.”

79. After speaking these words, Lord Gaura quickly departed.

All the Vaiñnavas then returned to their homes.

80. Thus Locana dasa describes how Lord Gaura, the Supreme

Personality of Godhead, accepted sannyasa, and how that act

pushed an iron lance of sorrow into the devotees’ hearts.

 

 

Song 39 (Bhaöiyari raga)

 

 

81. Bidding farewell to everyone, Lord Gaura departed. The

town of Navadvépa became like a barren desert.

82. Accompanied by Çri Gadadhara Panita, Lord Nityananda

Avadhutaraya, Narahari, and other devotees, the Lord walked.

83. Accompanied by Çrivça, Murari, Mukunda, and Damodara,

Lord Gaura walked.

84. In His heart Lord Gaura thought, Soon I will

see Lord Jagannatha’s Dola-yatra festival. Chanting,

Hari! Hari!”, Lord Gaura quickly walked.

85. In this way He walked on the pathways. One moment,

overcome with ecstatic love, He trembled. Now He had no power to

walk.

86. Another moment He quickly walked like a ferocious lion.

Another moment He loudly roared with Lord Hari’s holy names.

87. Another moment He danced. Another moment He sang.

Another moment He piteously wept. Another moment He slapped His

arms. Another moment He became wild with ecstatic spiritual love.

88. From His reddish eyes flooding rivers of tears flowed

without stop. The hairs of His body stood erect.

89. One moment He slowly walked. Another moment He spoke

words not of this world. Another moment He loudly, loudly

laughed. Another moment He fell down like a stick.

90. If some food was offered to Him, He would not accept it.

He said: It was not offered to Lord Kåñna.”

91. By this example He kindly taught the people of the

world how to act. Only two or three times, after some effort, did

He find some Kåñna-prasadam that He would eat.

92. Keeping an all-night vigil, He chanted ther holy names

of Lord Hari. Loudly He chanted this verse, the abode of

glories:

 

93.

rama raghava rama raghava rama raghava rakña mam

kåñëa keçava kåñëa keçava kåñëa keçava pahi mam

 

 

94. In a sweet voice He sang this song. Then, overcome with

ecstatic spiritual love, He became choked with emotion.

95. With joyful hearts many pilgrims accompanied Lord Gaura

as He went to see Lord Jagannatha at the Dola-yatra festival.

96. At a certain time and place the pilgrims encountered on

the path a wicked and sinful toll-collector.

97. This toll-collector harassed many travelers. Lord Gaura

suddenly ran behind everyone.

98. Avadhuta Gadadhara Paëòita was surprised.

Why did the Lord go behind everyone?”, he thought.

99. Thinking and thinking, Gadadhara fell further and

further behind. Then Gadadhara looked ahead and saw the toll-

collector binding the pilgrims.

100. Seeing this he was very surprised and relieved. The

hairs of his body stood erect.

101. Seeing the withered and saddened faces of the pilgrims,

Lord Gaura approached them like a ferocious lion.

102. Seeing the Lord, the pilgrims loudly wept. They were

like frightened children suddenly placed on their mother’s lap.

103. They were like singed forest animals fleeing a forest

fire and suddenly jumping into the Gaìga’s waters.

104. Falling at Lord Gaura’s feet, the pilgrims wept. Seeing

Lord Gaura, the sinful toll-collector thought in his heart:

105. There is no human being in this world like

Him. In my heart I know He must be Lord Jagannatha, the moon of

Nélacala.

106. I have brought sorrow to many people. What

will happen to me? My heart trembles in fear.”

107. Thinking this in his heart, the toll collector fell

before Lord Gaura’s feet. In a voice choked with emotion he said:

108. I will release the pilgrims. I will not try to

collect a toll from them. In my heart I know that You are the

Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself.”

109. Speaking these words, the toll-collector fell at the

Lord’s feet and wept. He placed his head before Lord Gaura’s

lotus feet.

110. He trembled. In a voice choked with emotion he spoke

many prayers. He said: Please don’t think I am a

materialist and thus hate me.”

111. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura smiled. He released the

pilgrims and then happily continued walking.

112. After a few moment, the toll-collector, raising his

arms and caling out, began to follow Him.

113. Gazing st Lord Gaura, the toll-collector touched Him

with his hand. Suddenly the toll-collector stopped.

114. Tears flowed from his eyes. The hairs of his body stood

erect. He chanted the holy Hare Kåñna mantra without stop.

115. Seeing this, Nityananda and Gadadhara became joyful.

In this way Locana dasa describes Lord Gauraìga’s pastimes.

 

 

Song 40 (Sindhuòa raga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: O my brothers, please sing. Sing and hear the

glories of Lord Gaura. O! O! O! Please yearn to attain the lotus

feet of Lord Gauraìga. O! O! O! O! Whatever you see, whatever

you see in this material world is all false. Therefore, O my

brothers, please sing and hear the glories of Lord Gaura.

 

116. In this way, visiting and visiting many temples, Lord

Gauracandra walked on the path,

117. At village after village He would stop, viti the

trmple, and dance.

118. Now please one hear a pastime of Lord Nityananda, the

king of avadhutas.

119. Placing His sannyasa danda in Lord Nityananda’s hand,

Lord Gaura Hari went ahead. Lord Nityananda followed somewhat

behind.

120. Overcome with ecstatic spiritual love, Lord Gaura ran

ahead. Overcome with love for Lord Kåñna, Lord Gaura forgot

Himself.

121. Gadadhara and the others kept pace with Lord Gaura.

Seeing this, Lord Nityananda lagged farther and farther behind.

122. Slowly, slowly walking, Lord Nityananda thought and

thought. Now My Lord holds a danòa in His hand.

123. Rejecting His beautiful flute that charms the

three worlds, He now holds a danòa. How can I tolerate that?

124. My Lord accepted sannyasa. He shaved His head.

That brought sorrow to everyone.”

125. Thinking and thinking in this way, Lord Nityananda

felt His suffering grow more and more. Finally He held up the

danòa and broke it.

126. The broken danòa He threw into the water. Afraid of

Lord Gaura, Lord Nityananda stayed behind and slowly, slowly

walked.

127. After some time They both met. lord Gaura said:

Why do I not see My danòa?”

128. Stepping back from Lord Gaura, Lored Nityananda gave

no reply. Surprised, Lord Gaura thought in His heart.

129. Again Lord Gaura asked: Where is My daëòa?

Not seeing My daëòa, I fell great sorrow in My heart.”

130. Hearing these words, Lored Nityananda Raya said:

When I gazed at Your daëòa in My hand, My heart burst

into flames.

131. You accepted sannyasa. You shaved Your head.

And now You carry on Your shoulder a daëòa, a burdensome

daëòa that must bring great sorrow to Your shoulder.

132. I could not tolerate that. I broke Your

daëòa and threw it into the water. Now You may do whatever You

do.” With a voice choked with emotion, Lord Nityananda spoke

these words.

133. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura became unhappy. Angrily

He said: You do everything backward.

134. The demigods made their home in My danòa.

Why did You break it?

135. You are a wild man. You have no steady

intelligence. You act like a wild man. You have the heart of a

child.

136. You don’t have any scholarship. You never

follow the rules of religion. You reject varnaçrama. You do

everything backward.

137. You don’t think it’s wrong to torment the

demigods and varëaçrama. If I tell You all this You only

become angry.”

138. Hearing these words, Lord Nityananda smiled. In a

voice choked with emotion He said to Lord Gaura:

139. I never gorment the demigods or varnasrama. I

may have acted well, or I may have acted ill. You decide.

140. The demigods reside in Your daëòa. How can I

tolerate Your carrying the demigods on Your shoulder?

141. You acted well, and I acted ill. Why should I

argue with You?

142. I committed an offense. Please forgive Me this

one time. By chanting Your holy name this whole world will become

delivered.

143. You are famous as Patita-pavana (the purifier

of the fallen). Therefore please forgive My offense.

144. Simply by chanting Your holy name everyone in

this world will become delivered. Your accepting sannyasa

brought great sorrow to Your devotees.

145. You shaved the hair of Your head, hair that

delighted everyone. That act brought great sorrow to Your

devotees’ hearts.

146. Seeing their sorrows, I feel My heart burst

into flames. You don’t need to ask Me. All the devotees are

witness to this sorrow.

147. Because of the sorrow it brought to Your

devotees, I broke Your daëòa and threw it away. It was

not a daëòa. It was an iron lance pushed into My heart.”

148. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura spoke no reply. His

face was withered and sorrowful, but His heart was actually

filled with joy.

149. Lord Nityananda knows all the rasas of love for Lord

Gaura Mahaprabhu. That is why He broke the daëòa. So says

Locana dasa.

 

 

Sarvabhauma-sammilana

 

Meeting Sarvabhauma

 

Song 41 (Bhaöiyari raga – Diça)

 

 

Refrain: O! O! O! O! O my brothers, sing, please sing the

glories of Lord Gaura!

O friend, O friend of my life, please do not desire

anything in this world of birth death. For as long as you live in

this world please never abondon Lord Mahaprabhu’s feet.

 

1. Walking on the path, Lord Mahaprabhu came to the very

holy place named Tamoluka.

2. He bathed in Brahma-kunòa and saw the Deity of Çri

Madhusudana. Lord Gaura was overcome with ecstatic spiritual

love. His heart was joyful.

3. After some more days of walking on the path, Lord

Mahaprabhu came to the village of Remuna.

4. In the great village of Remuëa the Deity was Gopala.

Tossed by a shoreless ocean of bliss, Lord Gaura ran to see

Him.

5. In ancient times Uddhava established this Deity
in Varaëasé. On the pretext of showing mercy to a certain

brahmaëa, that Deity unexpectedly came to Remuëa.”

6. Saying these words, Lord Gaura offered obeisances again

and again. O master of Uddhava!”, He called out.

7. Today My eyes have borne their fruit. Now I see

the Lord that Uddhava so dearly loved.”

8. Udhava! Uddhava!”, Lord Gaura plaintively

cried. Overcome with ecstatic spiritual love, Lord Gaura fell to

the ground and wept.

9. From His reddish eyes tears flowed without stop. The

hairs of His body stood erect. He trembled again and again.

10. Calling out, O master of Uddhava!”, He

circumambulated the Deity. He danced with His followers. He

called out, Hari! Hari!”

11. The spiritual love and bliss was very great. It filled

the land and sky.

12. Thd demigods joyfully flew there from outer space. With

unblinking eyes they gazed at Lord Gaura.

13. With a thousand eyes King Indra gazed at Lord Gaura’s

body sweeter than nectar.

14. At that moment a flower suddenly fell from the crown on

the Gopala Deity’s head.

15. A flower suddenly fell from the Deity’s crown to the

ground. With His hand Lord Gaura picked up that flower.

16. On four side the Vaiñnavas called out, Hari!

Hari!” Waves of ecstatic love touched even the sky.

17. Indra, the king of the demigods, gazed at Lord

Viçvambhara. Seeing these wonders, Indra bowed his shoulders and

wept.

18. Till the day’s end Lord Gaura danced. He did not stop.

Then, at sunset, His dancing came to a stop.

19. Many different kinds of foods were offered to the Deoty

of Lord Kåñna. Then a brahmana offered the remnants to Lord

Gaura.

20. Lord Gaura and His companions happily ate that maha-

prasadam.

21. They passed the night happily talking of Lord Kåñëa. At

sunrise they all departed.

22. In this way Lord Gaura walked and walked on the path. In

this way He came to the bank of the Vaitaraëé River.

23. Lord Gaura bathed in that river and drank its water.

After bathing in that river that purifies the fallen, Lord Gaura

went to see the Deity of the Lord.

24. Supremely wise Lord Gaura eagerly went to see the Deity

of Lord Varaha.

25. Anyone who sees that Deity delivers his mother’s and

father’s ancestors. Then Lord Gaura wne to the village of

Yajapura.

26. In that place Brahma and the demigods offered a yajïa.

They gave that village to a certain brahmana.

27. If a great sinner dies in that village he becomes free of

all sins. He attains a body like that of Lord Çiva himself.

28. In that village are hundreds and hundreds of Çiva-

liìgas. Lord Gaura, who is Lord Kåñëa Himself, bowed down before

those liìgas and then continued His journey.

29. With a joyful heart Lord Gaura went to see the Viraja

River. Who has the power to describe the Viraja River’s glories?

30. The sight of that river destroys many millions and

millions of sins. With a joyful heart Lord Gaura gazed at the

Viraja River.

31. Bowing down before the Viraja River, Lord Gaura said:

To Me please give pure love and devotion for Lord

Kåñëa’s feet.”

32. Lord Mahaprabhu then continued His journey on the path.

At Nabhi-gaya He offered pinòa to His ancestors.

33. He happily bathed in the waters of Brahma-kuëòa.

Completing His worship of the Deity, Lord Gaura quickly continued

His journey.

34. Then Lord Gaura gazed and gazed at the very holy city of

Çivapura.

35. I have no power to describe the gracefulness of that

city, where there are ten million forms of Lord Çiva and

other Deities.

36-37. At that time Çri Mukunda Datta said to Lord Gaura:

I know that we need not fear any more wicked toll-

collectors.”

38. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura smiled and said:

What can I say to you? You are a great soul.

39. I have accepted the sannyasa-açrama. What

can a toll-collector do to Me? Tell Me.”

40. Hearing these words, Mukunda was no longer afraid.

Still, he said: That last toll-collector tried to

trouble You.”

41. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura said: Please

hear, O Mukunda. My family will protect Me.

42. It is said (Çanti-çataka 4.1):

 

 

dhairyaà yasya pita kñama ca janané çantiç ciraà gehiné

satyaà sunur ayaà daya ca bhaginé bhrata manaù-

samyamaù

çayya bhumi-talaà diço ‘pi vasanaà jïanamåtaà bhojanaà

yasyaite hi kuöumbino vada sakhe kasmad bhayaà yoginaù

 

 

`Steadiness is his father, patience his

mother, peacefulness his wife, truthfulness his son, mercy his

sister, steadiness of mind his brother, the ground his bed, the

directions his clothing, and the nectar of transcendental

knowledge his food. These are the family of a yogé. Whom should

such a yogé fear? Please tell.’

 

43. Hearing these words, Mukunda kept no fear in his heart.

Smiling and smiling, Lord Gaura said to him:

44. Wait here some time for Me.” Speaking these

words, Lord Gaura departed to collect alms.

45. Gadadhara and some others also went. From place to place

they collected alms.

46. At that time a toll-collector stopped everyone. He

angrily bound Mukunda.

47. The whole day he kept Mukunda captive. His anger did not

fall away. After many words he released him at sunset.

48. But first that wretched sinner took away each person’s

blanket, their only possession.

49. After collecting alms from place to place, at sunset the

devotees assembled at the prearranged meeting place.

50. Lord Gaura also returned to that place. Seeing Him, the

devotees felt their hearts become filled with bliss.

51. Falling at Lord Gaura’s feet, Çri Mukunda Datta wept and

said: Lord, I did not know Your true glories.

52. As long as I stand before You I need not fear

any toll-collector. They will stay far away from me.

53. You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I

know this, but then again I do not know it. Who is superior to

You? Who is in a position that he can give alms to You?

54. When I spoke to You I said I had no fear.

Therefore it was good that the toll-collector did what he did to

me.”

55. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura asked Gadadhara:

What did the toll-collector do?”

56. Then Mukunda said: Don’t make a fuss. It was

good. That is what I say of it. That is all I have to say of it.”

57. That night the leader of the toll-collectors in that

place had a dream. In that dream Çacé’s son appeared before

him.

58. The toll-collector saw Lord Gaura reclining on Ananta

Çeña in the ocean of milk. Lakñmé and Sarasvaté served

Lord Gaura’s feet.

59. Then the toll collector saw the sages headed by Sanaka

and the demigods headed by Brahma offering prayers to Lord

Gaura from afar.

60. Seeing all this, the toll-collector trembled in his

heart. Seeing the Lord’s power and glory, he fell to the ground.

61. Then Lord Gaura said: Wearing sannyasa

garments, I now stand by the bank of the Viraja River. Your

servants gave trouble to one of My devotees.”

62. The toll-collector trembled in his heart. He was flooded

by a shoreless ocean of fears. Quickly he went to Lord Gaura, who

is Lord Kåñna Himself.

63. In a moment the leader of the toll-collectors very

humbly offered obesiacnes to Lord Gaura.

64. He said: You are the Supreme Personality of

Godhead. You enjoy pastimes on the ocean of milk. To deliver the

people of the world You have accepted sannyasa.

65. You are a moon illuminating the blinding

darkness of this world of birth and death. You are the Vedas

personified. You are the highest truth described in the Vedas.”

66. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura smiled and said to the

toll-collector: My Lord Kåñëa quickly give His mercy to

You.”

67. Saying these words, Lord Guara placed His feet on the

toll-collector’s head. At once the toll-collector was overcome

with ecstatic spiritual love. Raising his hands, he began to

dance.

68. Giving His mercy to him, Lord Gaura empowered that toll-

collector to deliver the people of that place. He taught him the

truth of devotional service to Lord Kåñëa and He made him

qualified to engage in devotional service.

69. Atr that moment the Vaiñëavas said to the toll-

collector: Your servants put in many troubling

situations.

70. Your servants also took away our blankets.”

Hearing these words, the toll-collector felt sorrow in his heart.

71. The leader of ther toll-collectors then gave new

blankets to the devotees. At this the Vaiñëavas became pleased at

heart.

72. After first offering obeisances, the leader of the toll-

collectors bid farewell to the devotees and then returned to hsi

own home.

73. Returning home, he engaged in devotional service to Lord

Kåñëa. He took shelter of Lord Kåñna. Day and night he chanted

Lord Hari’s holy names in saìkértana.

74. The devotees happily passed the night. At dawn they

happily performed their morning duties.

75. Again and again Lord Gaura gazed at the Viraja River.

Anyone who sees that river becomes delivered from this world of

birth and death.

76. After offering obeisances to the Viraja River, Lord

Gaura continued His journey. Ecstatic love for Lord Kåñëa arose

within Him. The hairs of His body stood erect.

77. Lord Gaura walked like a ferocious lion. Walking and

walking, He came to the village of Ekamraka.

78. In this village Çiva and Parvaté stay. His heart now

wild, Lord Gaura ran to see them.

79. After a little time Lord Gaura found the temple. Great

longings filled His heart. He became wild with ecstatic love.

80. A beautiful flag fluttered above the temple. There were

many Çiva-liìgas in the village of Ekamra.

81. Seeing the flag on the temple, Lord Gaura offered

obeisances. Walking and walking, Lord Gaura entered the temple of

Lord Çiva.

82. In the village of Ekamra are ten million Çiva-liìgas.

When a person walks there, his heart should tremble in fear.

83. In that city are ten million Çiva-liìgas, beginning

with the liìga named Viçveçvara. The ground of that city

looks like sandeça candy.

84. The waters of all holy rivers rest in the Maha-bindu-

sarovara lake there. Many different holy places also rest in that

city.

85. Entering the temple, Lord Gaura saw Çiva and Parvaté. He

bowed down before them. He was overcome with ecstatic spiritual

love.

86. Anyone who sees the liìga of Çiva and Parvaté finds

his troubles broken into pieces.

87. Seeing the liìga of Lord Çiva, Lord Gaura was overcome

with ecstasy. His body trembled. He could not remain peaceful.

88. From His reddish eyes tears flowed without stop. The

hairs of His body stood erect. Again and again He recited

prayers.

89. Thus Lord Gaura recited prayers to Lord Çiva. The

Vaiñnavas around Him on four sides also recited prayers to

Lord Çiva.

90. Then one of the servants of Lord Çiva offered to Lord

Gaura Lord Çiva’s prasadam remnants of fragrances, sandal paste,

and flower garlands.

91. Offering obeisances to Lord Çiva, Lord Gaura left the

temple. Entering a devotee’s house, He rested.

92. He ate the food that devotee offered. In that devotee’s

home He happily slept that night.

93. In this way He happily passed the night. Then, at dawn,

He who is the master of the three worlds arose.

94. Lord Gaura bathed, performed His morning duties, offered

obeisances to Lord Çiva, and then departed.

95. Accompanied by His associates, Lord Gaura continued His

journey. Now I will describe His associates’ conversation.

96. Please carefully hear a conversation of Murari and

Damodara, a conversation I will now describe.

97. Damodara Panòita asked Murari Gupta: Why

did Lord Gaura, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, accept

the prasadam ramnants offered to Lord Çiva?

98. Because of Bhågu Muni’s curse, no one should

accept the prasadam remnants offered to Lord Çiva. Why, then,

did Lord Gaura accept them?

99. Lord Gaura is very kind to the brahmanas.

Hearing and knowing of Bhågu Muni’s curse, why did Lord Gaura

disregard it?”

100. Murari said: Please hear. Hear, O Damodara.

How can I know what is in Lord Gaura’s heart?

101. I can only speak as far as my intelligence

knows. If your heart thinks they are right, you may accept my

words.

102. A person who serves Lord Çiva but does not

honor the prasadam remnants Lord Çiva leaves behind does so

only because he thinks Lord Çiva and Lord Kåñna are different.

103. The brahmaëa Bhågu spoke his curse for such

persons, impure-hearted persons do not know Lord Çiva’s true

glories.

104. However, a person who is fully aware that Lord

Çiva and Lord Kåñëa are not different, and who serves Lord

Çiva, should certainly honor the prasadam remnants Lord Çiva

leaves behind.

105. Fully aware that Lord Çiva and Lord Kåñëa are

not different, he honors the prasadam remnants Lord Çiva leaves

behind. Such a person brings great pleasure to both Lord Çiva

and Lord Kåñëa.

106. Lord Çiva is the king of the Vaiñëavas.

For this reason he should be worshiped.

107. A person who eats the prasadam Lord Çiva ate

with his own hand is released from the prison of the material

world.

108. In truth Lord Gaura was a guest on Lord

Çiva’s house. With a happy heart Lord Çiva offered Him all

hospitality.

109. Please hear. Bhågu Muni’s curse is meant for

non-devotees. A devotee who honors Lord Çiva brings pleasure to

Lord Kåñna.

110. Lord Gaura descended to this world to teach

the people.” Damodara then said: You have destroyed my

foolish idea.”

111. Hearing these words, everyone became joyful at heart.

In this way Locana dasa narrates Lord Caitanya’s pastimes.

 

 

Song 42

 

 

Refrain: Please chant the sweet names Çri Kåñëa Caitanya and

Gauracandra!

O my brothers, the names of Lord Gaura are very rare in this

world. To attain deliverance please do not chant anything else.

With your ears please drink the nectar of these songs about

Lord Gaura for as long as you live in this world. Please never

abandon hearing them.

 

112. Again please hear Lord Gauracandra’s pastimes. Love for

Lord Gaura is like a flood of ever-new nectar.

113. Walking on the path with His associates, Lord Gaura

continued His journey. He happily saw the Çiva Deity named

Kapoteçvara.

114. Bowing down before the Deity, Lord Gaura continued His

jounrey on the path. In this way He saw many holy places and many

Çiva-liìgas.

115. Accompanied by His assoxciates, He bathed in the

glorious river named Bhargavé.

116. After bathing He continued His journey. Suddenly He

could see the temple of Lord Jagannatha in the distance.

117. The glory and effulgence of the temple defeated

moonlight. Upon it was a red flag fluttering in the breeze.

118. On top of Nélagiri Mountain was the temple of Lord

Jagannatha. The temple was wonderfully white. Its glory

defeated Mount Kailasa.

119. Then Lord Gaura saw a bow black like aïjana sitting on

top of the temple.

120. Motioning with His hand, the body seemed to invite Lord

Gaura to come. Seeing this, Lord Gaura was overwhelmed. He fell

down to offer respectful obeisances.

121. Lord Gaura fell to the ground. No longer was He

conscious. He made no sound. It was as if He had abandoned His

life.

122. Seeing this, everyone became anxious at heart.

Lord! Lord!”, they cried. The Lord gave no reply.

123. What should we do! What should we do?”, they

asked. Everyone was distraught. Lord Gaura made no sound. It was

as if His life and ended and now He was dead.

124. At that moment Lord Gaura suddenly awakened. The hairs

of His body stood erect. He was overcome with ecstatic spiritual

love.

125. Seeing this, everyone felt revived. It was as if life

was again placed in their bodies.

126-127. Lord Mahaprabhu asked everyone: With your

eyes did you see atop the temple a graceful boy splendsid like

sapphires, a boy who charms the three worlds?”

128. Though no one had seen Him, they all affirmed:

Yes. We saw Him.” Everyone was bewildered and worried.

129. Again Lord Gaura said to everyone: Look. The

boy is standing by the temple’s flag.

130. His face is smiling. His graceful form is

filled with nectar. With wonderful grace He moves His fingers.

131. With His graceful lotus hand He beckons Me. In

His left hand He holds a flute. He is the most glorious person in

the three world.”

132. Speaking these words, Lord Gaura very quickly walked.

The Vaiñëavas joyfully followed Him.

133. The splendor of Lord Gaura’s limbs defeated the

splendor of ten million moons. His sandal-paste tilaka was

effulgent.

134. His saffron garments defeated the splendor of the

rising sun.

135. Lord Gaura Raya gazed at Lord Jagannatha’s temple.

Again and again Lord Gaura offered respectful obeisances as He

walked.

136. Flooding streams of tears flowed from His eyes without

stop. The hairs of His trembling body stood erect.

137. His heart overcome with ecstatic spiritual love, Lord

Gaura came to the very holy lake named Markanòeya-sarovara.

138. There Lord Gaura bathed, performed auspicious

rituals, offered obeisances, and hurriedly continued on His

journey.

139. With a happy heart Lord Gaura offered obeisances to

Yajïeçvara and then, His heart filled with longings, hurried on

His journey.

140. Again Lord Gaura saw Lord Jagannatha’s temple in the

distance. Again He fell to the ground to offer respectful

obeisances.

141. Tears flowed from His eyes. Overcome with very deep

love, He wept.

142. Seeing Lord Gauracandra’s great love, Lord Jagannatha

again beckoned with His hand.

143. Come! Come!”, Lord Jagannatha called. Gazing

at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Gaura was overcome. He rolled on the

ground.

144. Smiling with bliss, Lord Gaura said: O Lord

Jagannatha, please be merciful to Me, so I may see Your feet.”

145. Again Lord Gaura gazed at Lord Jagannatha and again He

wept. Again gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Gaura felt His

heart become filled with bliss.

146. The hairs of His body stood erect. Tossed by nectar

waves of ecstatic spiritual love, Lord Gaura roared.

147. Lord Gaura quickly walked. Finally He came to the house

of Vasudeva Sarvabhuama.

148. Seeing Lord Gaura, Sarvabhauma felt great bliss. He

offered the Lord a place to sit.

149. Glancing at Sarvabhauma, Lord Gaura said: My

heart longs to see Lord Jagannatha.

150. How will I see the master of the great

demigods? My heart longs to see Him.”

151. Hearing these words, saintly Sarvabhauma glanced at

Lord Gaura’s form. Sarvabhauma’s heart was filled with wonder.

152. Lord Gaura’s form was glorious like molten gold or like

Mount Sumeru. His face was effulgent. His eyes were like

moonlight.

153. His neck was like a conchshell, or like a lion’s neck.

His eyes were long. His arms reached to His knees. His form was

marked with all auspicious signs.

154. Gazing at Lord Gaura, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya was

overcome with bliss. He thought: What I see is very

wonderful.

155. In all the worlds there is no man like Him. I

do not know who among the demigods He is.

156. It is Lord Narayana, the master of

Vaikunöha who has come before me. I can guess that this person

is the Supreme Lord Hismelf.”

157. Thinking in this way, saintly Sarvabhauma glanced at

his son and said:

158. Quickly go with Lord Caitanya. Whatever this

great soul says, hear with great care.

159. Take Him to Lord Jagannatha. Stay with Him.”

160. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura Raya became delighted.

Accompanied by Sarvabhauma’s son, He departed.
161. As Lord Gaura approached the Siàha-dvara gate, His

body began to tremble. He had no power to control it. He was

overcome with ecstatic love.

162. He could not remain peaceful. He became like a wild

man. His associates carefully stayed by His side.

163. After many efforts He controlled Hismelf enough to

enter the Siàha-dvara gate. Then He quickly came to the Naöa-

mandira.

164. Staying behind the Garuòa-stambha, With steady eyes He

gazed at the graceful moonlike face of Lord Jagannatha, the king

of the three worlds.

165. His heart was filled with bliss. Like kadamba

filaments, the hairs of His body stood erect.

166. Five or seven flooding rivers of tears flowed from his

eyes. He forget Himself. He was caught in the power of ecstatic

love.

167. His garceful body overcome, Lord Gaura fell to the

ground. His body was like the peak of golden Mount Sumeru fallen

in a great wind.

168. Lord Gaura, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, was

overcome with ecstatic spiritual love. With His two tightly

closed hands He rubbed His closed eyes.

169. Calling out, Hari!”, Çacé’s son began to

dance. In this way Lord Gaura and His associates entered the

temple.

170. Gadadhara, Narahari, Nityananda, Çrivasa, Damodara,

Murari, and Mukunda all danced.

171. Every devotee there joyfully danced. There was a great

kértana of songs glorifying Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñna.

172. Then, accompanied by His associates, Lord Gaura

returned to Sarvabhauma’s açrama.

173. Returning to Sarvabhauma’s home, again Lord Gaura

began a kértana and again He danced.

174. Seeing this, Vasudeva Sarvabhauma Bhaööacarya

felt great bliss in his heart. He was filled with wonder.

175. When Lord Mahaprabhu’s dancing came to an end,

Sarvabhauma asked that food be brought.

176. He sent some brahmans to bring prasadam. Then he sat

down with Lord Gaura.

177. To learn about Him he asked some questions of Lord

Gaura.

178. Where is Your birthplace. Please tell me.”

Lord Gaura replied: What you say is true.”

179. Bhaööacarya asked: Why do You speak in this

way? I ask a question, and You reply by speaking of something

else. Why do You do that?”

180. To this Lord Gaura became silent. He was deep like an

ocean. Again the learned brahmana Sarvabhauma asked questions

of Lord Gaura.

181. Who are Your mother and father? Please tell

me.” Lord Gaura replied: What you say is true.”

182. Again Sarvabhuama asked a question. He asked:

Where did You accept sannyasa?”

183. Lord Gaura replied: You will know the truth.

That is certain.” Hearing this, Sarvabhauma became very

surprised at heart.

184. He had no power to understand the intentions of Lord

Gaura, who is victorious over all the Brahmas.

185. Is this person the Supreme Personality of

Godhead? or is He only a wild man?” His intelligence stunned,

Sarvabhauma became angry.

186. At that moment a large quantity of prasadam was

brought to Sarvabhauma. Seeing the prasadam, Lord Gaura became

wild with ecstatic spiritual love.

187. Attaining Lord Jagannatha’s maha-prasadam food

remnants, Lord Gaura, smiling and smiling, bowed down to offer

respectful obeisances.

188. He made a great deep sound, a sound like a lion’s roar

that filled the universe.

189. At that moment a host of demigods, gandharvas, humans,

jackals, dogs, and snakes came before Lord Gaura.

190. Into the mouths of all of them Lord Gaura Joyfully

placed that prasadam. Lord Nityananda, Gadadhara, and the

other personal associates of the Lord had the power to see all

this.

191. Though they knew of these secret pastimes, they did not

tell anyone.

192. Then Lord Gaura and His associates ate that prasadam

At that time Çrivasa said:

193. Lord, there is a question i would ask, but I

fear to speak. Lord, if You give Your permission, I will not be

afraid to ask.

194. As You were eating the prasadam I was

surprised to see You so joyfully smile and laugh. Please tell me

the reason You smiled and laughed so.”

195. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura became joyful.

Revealing His heart, He said:

196. Please hear, O brahmana. Because of Goddess

Katyayané’s vow the dogs and jackals eat the great treasure

that is the Lord’s prasadam.

197. Indra, Candra, and all the demigods and

gandharvas could not attain this prasadam. Even with a heroic

struggle they could not attain it.

198. Even Narada, Prahlada, Çukadeva and the

other great devotees could not attain it. Now I have revealed My

heart.

199. That was in the past. Now every living entity

eats this maha-prasadam. With these words I have revealed to

you My heart.

200-201. Anyone who, somehow attaining maha-

prasadam, thinks it only ordinary food, and thus does not eat it

loses all the piety he has earned in his past births. He takes

birth in the womb of a pig.

202. Even if it has fallen from a dog’s mouth, one

should eat prasadam. Prasadam never has any defect.”

203. Then Lord Gaura respectfully ate prasadam. At dusk He

went to see Lord Jagannatha.

204. Entering the temple, He gazed at Lord Jagannatha’s

graceful face. The whole universe could not hold the bliss He

felt within His heart.

205-206. Gazing at the effulgence of Lord Jagannatha’s body, an

effulgence that defeats the new monsoon clouds, and also gazing

at Lord Jagannatha’s wonderful lotus eyes, Lord Gaura became

plunged in an ocean of bliss. Overcome with ecstatic spiritual

love, He rolled on the ground.

207. Lord Gaura was wild with bliss. His tall form glorious

like Mount Sumeru rolled on the ground.

208. The effulgence of lord Gaura’s body made dark Lord

Jagannatha become fair. Lord Gaura’s body was filled with

ecstatic love. He was completely overcome.

209. Lord Balarama also became fair. The pujarés did

also. Every person there felt his body become filled with

ecstatic spiritual love.

210. The pujarés picked up Lord Gaura and placed Him next to

Lord Jagannatha. Then the pujarés offered arati to Them both: the

moving and the unmoving forms of the Supreme Personality of

Godhead.

211. Lord Jagannatha manifested the form of a sannyasé.

No one had seen such a wonder.

212. After some moments Lord Gaura returned to external

consciousneses. Accompanied by His associates, He returned to

Sarvabhauma’s açrama.

213. In this way Lord Gaura saw Lord Jagannatha three times.

Plunged in an ocean of bliss, Lord Gaura did not know if it was

day or night.

214. In this way Lord Gaura, who is very wise in the ways of

ecstatic spiritual love, passed some days enjoying wonderful

pastimes with His associates.

215. Please carefully hear of a pastime from that time. It

was the first time Lord Gaura manifested such a pastime at

Jagannatha Puré.

216. To teach the people of the world, the Supreme Lord

accepted the role of a penniless sannyasé. Unaware of the

Lord’s true nature, the fools thought Him a mere human being.

217. Staying in a cottage by the seashore, and accompanied

by His associates, Lord Gaura sang His own holy names.

218. Çri Sarvabhauma was bewildered by pride in his great

learning. When Lord Gaura was not present Sarvabhauma once spoke

some foolish words.

219. In an assembly of saintly brahmanas Sarvabhauma

said: In my heart I know He is a good brahmana.

220. He is born in an exalted family. He is a

learned panòita, and now He is a sannyasé. Still, a man so

young should not accept sannyasa.

221. It is not right to accept sannyasa at that

time of life. Unaware of this truth, He has accepted very serious

responsibilities.

222. Again He should perform the saàskara. He

should study Vedanta and perform the duties of his açrama.

223. To sing and dance is not a sannyasé’s duty.

Instead He should hear my explanation of Vedanta.”

224. Smiling Lord Gaura suddenly arrived in that assembly.

He was like an unending monsoon of sweetness.

225. Aware of all that had happened, Lord Gaura approached.

Remaining seated, Sarvabhauma read from Vedanta.

226. Lord Gaura approached Sarvabhauma. Seeing the Lord,

Sarvabhauma respectfully stood. His heart was filled with

wonder.

227. Speaking respectful words, He offered an asana for the

Lord to sit. Lord Gaura requested: How can I know what

is proper?

228. O Sarvabhauma Bhaööacarya, you know

everything. Therefore I ask you: Please teach Me what is right.

229. Unaware of the sannyasa-açrama’s duties, I

have somehow accepted sannyasa. Therefore you please teach me

how to follow the rules of sannyasa.

230. You know all truths. Please explain Vedanta.

Howe should I act? Please teach that to Me.

231. A young man should not accept sannyasa.

Should I, then, again accept the sacred thread and the status of

a householder brahmana?”

232. Hearing these words, Sarvabhauma Bhaööacarya

hesitated in his heart. He was very surprised.

233. He thought: How did this sannyasé know what

I had said to my disciples?”

234. Thinking in this way, he felt crushed by embarrassment.

He did not say anything. His heart was filled with wonder.

235. On another day Lord Gaura, accompanied by His

associates, again came to Sarvabhauma’s home to see.

236. Sarvabhauma was sitting at home and studying Vedanta.

Smiling and smiling, Lord Gaura asked him about the conclusion of

Vedanta.

237. Lord Gaura asked him to explain the hidden secrets of

Vedanta, the secrets that are nectar descriptions of

surrendering to Lord Kåñna’s feet.

238. Hearing these words, Sarvabhuama felt his heart become

filled with wonder. He thought: Çacé’s son is not a

mere human being.

239. Now I am pressed by embarrassment. In my heart

I am afraid. Although I heard the Lord’s words, I did not

understand their true meaning.

240. Fill of pride, I listened, studied, and taught

my disciples.

241. Now that I have heard His explanation of

Vedanta, I know Lord Gaura must be Lord Kåñna Himself, The Lord

whom Goddess Sarasvaté dearly loves.”

242. Thinking in this way, Sarvabhauma, the king of the

brahmanas folded his palsm, gazed at Lord Gaura, and spoke many

prayers.

243. At that moment Lord Gaura manifested a six-armed

form. Gazing at this form, Sarvabhauma became wild with bliss.

244. In His upper two arms, the Lord held a bow and arrow.

In His middle two arms He placed a flute to His lips.

245. In His lower two arms He held a daëòa and kamaëòalu.

Gazing at this form, Sarvahauma was overcome with bliss.

246. Falling at Lord Gaura’ feet, humbled Sarvabhauma wept

and spoke many prayers in a voice choked with emotion.

247. In a voice choked with emotion he spoke the thousand

prayers the people of this world know as the Caitanya-

sahasra”.

248. Overcome, he fell before Lord Gaura’s feet. In this way

Lord Gaura revealed His true identity to Sarvabhauma. Thus says

Locana dasa.

 

249. In this way Lord Gaura enjoyed many blissful pastimes.

The people of Nélacala blissfully gazed on the Lord.

250. Thr glories of Lord Jagannatha delighted every heart.

Present everywhere, they touched the sky.

251. Who has the power to know and describe all of Lord

Caitanya’s pastimes? I do not know them all. I know and speak

only of some few of them.

252. The physician Çri Murari Gupta is very fortunate and

glorious in the three worlds. Çri Damodara Paëòita asked

questions of him.

253. Murari Gupta wrote a book of çlokas describing those

questions and answers. By the mercy of those two persons the

people of this world can hear something of Lord Gaura’s pastimes.

254. Hearing that book, my heart has become wild to taste

the sweetness of Lord Gaura’s glories. Not looking at my own

faults, my heart is now overcome.

255. Therefore, as far as my intelligence allows, I, a fool

worthless like a pile of ashes, write this book in the meter

païcalé.

256. I have spoken the Sutra-khaëòa, Adi-khaëòa, and

Madhya-khaëòa. Now I will speak the Çeña-khaëòa.

257. The Madhya-khaëòa, where Lord Caitanya’s pastimes

and divine revelations are described, is now concluded. Thus

says Locana dasa.

 

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