Srila Locana dasa Thakura’s
Sri Caitanya-mangala, Volume Two
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
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
10. To these boys, His students, Lord Gaura-Hari one day
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
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
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’
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
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
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
51. To deliver the conditioned souls was His secondary
purpsoe. This I know. That is why I say He is the crest jewel of
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
vettha tvaà puruñottama
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
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
108. The physician Murari bowed down and said:
Lord, please be kind. Please give me the gift of ecstatic
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
156. Another moment the demigods placed their heads at the
Lord’s feet and begged: Please keep Your feet in our
157. Again and again the Lord replied: So be it.”
The demigods became filled with the treasure of ecstatic
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
29. Chanting His own holy names, He became wild at heart.
Rolling on the ground, He wept. His spiritual love was very
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
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
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
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
The mystics derive unlimited transcendental
pleasures from the Absolute Truth, and therefore the Supreme
Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead, is also known as
51. Then Lord Gaura-Hari again mercifully said to the
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
57. Your lotus feet are an umbrella placed over my
head. Please bathe me in a shower of service to You. That is my
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
65. O physician, please listen. Listen to My words.
In your heart you chew and chew the spiritual message of
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
14. Hearing these words, Lord Advaita said: Your
two reddish eyes will make even the offenders melt with ecstatic
15. The offenders say there is no devotional
service in Kali-yuga. With their own eyes they should see My Lord
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
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
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
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
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
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
54. In Våndävana the land os made of cintamaëi
jewels, the trees are all kalpavåkña trees, and the cows are all
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Meeting Lord Nityänanda
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:
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.
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
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
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
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
23. All of you please understand this. All of you
please serve Çrivasa. Then you will attain the splendor of My
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
30. Smiling, ord Gaura said to them: Listen, a
great wonder has come. Çripada Nityananda Avadhuta has come
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Meeting Advaita and Haridasa
Refrain: Lord Gaura weeps. May Lord Gaura be manifest in my
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
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.”,
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
16. Lord Nityananda saw Lord Viçvambhara manifest a very
handsome form, an effulgent form with great arms and a deep
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
18. His complexion was like molten gold. On His chest was a
Kaustubha gem. A pair of shark-shaped earrings glistened at His
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
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
37. Sitting in the temple room at Çrivasa’s home, Lord Gaura
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
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
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
55. At sunrise their dancing began. When night came they
continued to dance. When the sun rose again they were still
56. )vercome with the bliss of spiritual love, they passed
day and night in this way. Finally Lord Gaura commanded them to
57. He said: Return to your homes, bathe, and
worship your Deities. After you have taken your meals, return
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
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
70. Then Lord Gaura bid farewell to Avadhuta Lord
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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’
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
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
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
105. After speaking these words, everyone sang the glories
of Lord Hari. Wild with ecstatic spiritual love, Lord Gaura Raya
106. Everyone please hear this wonderful story, the story of
how in Navadvépa Lord Gaura revealed the jewel of ecstatic
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
Bhakta-gana-saha-vihara o Jagai-Madhai-uddhara
Song 13 (Dhanaçé raga)
Refrain: O! O! He who has a wonderful golden form dances in
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
4. Understanding His intentions, Çrivasa, Haridasa,
Murari, and Mukunda sang. They were overcome with the bliss of
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
77. By Lord Gaura’s command all the devotees assembled
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
85. The kértana’s sound was like an iron lance pushed into
their hearts. If you wish to stay alive, then please be
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
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
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
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
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
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
114. Lord Gaura said: Kill Jagai and Madhai.
They wounded Lord Nityananda and brought great sorrow to My
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
117. Glancing at the Sudarçana-cakra, Lord Nityananda
smiled and said: Lord, why reveal Your powers in this
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
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
123. Hearing Lord Nityananda’s words, merciful Lord Gaura
said: Glory to You, Nityananda! Glory to You, O son of
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
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
141. How many cows have we killed? How many women?
How many men? How many sins have we committed. No one can count
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
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
147. Whe Ajamila spoke the name `Narayana’,
Lord Narayana delivered him. Lord Narayana did not come and
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
152. The people of Nadéya ran there to see the great
wonder. There Lord Gaura manifested very wonderful ecstatic
153. Respectfully standing, the brahmaëas and saintly
devotees watched. In their presence Lord Gaura spoke these
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:
160. Again Lord Gaura extended His hand to accept their
sins. Then Jagai and Madhai placed the tulasé leaf in Lord
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
167. Thus taking on Himself all of Jagai’s and Madhai’s
sins, Lord Viçvambhara, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, also
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
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
2. Please hear the story of another day’s wonderful
pastimes. To Navadvépa Lord Gaura brought the most precious
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
44. Seeing Lord Nåsiàha, everyone fled. In amoment Lord
Gaura put doen His stick and abandoned His manifestation of Lord
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
54. Manifesting the nature of Lord Çiva, Lord Gaura danced.
Forgetting himself, the devotee of Lord Çiva was filled with
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
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
63. In this way Lord Gaura, who is an ocean of mercy, showed
great mercy. Hearing of this pastime, Locana dasa is overcome
Song 17 (Diça)
Refrain: Lord Gauraìga places ecstatic spiritual love in
the living entities’ hearts. Who will not weep to hear of Lord
64. Now please hear the wonderful pastime of another day.
Lord Gaura had just completed His pastime of dancing with His
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Refrain: Hari! Rama! Narayaëa! Çacé’s son splendid
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
69. When He spoke these wordds, Lord Mahaprabhu became very
joyful at heart. Locana dasa thus happily sings the glories of
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
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
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
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-
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
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
34. He was adorned with golden ornaments. He was
splendid like the sun. He glistened with the splendor of many
35. Speaking and speaking in this way, in a vision Lord
Gaura gazed at Lord Balarama, whose form was like a white
36. Then Mahaprabhu Lord Viçvambhara Raya entered the
ecstasy of being Lord Balarama. Again and again He sang and
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
91. Hearing these words, the devotees wept and wept. Falling
down before the Lord’s feet, again and again the devotees offered
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
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
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
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
102. You are the crest jewel of the beautiful
gopis. You deeply love Lord Kåñëa. How can I describe the truth
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
4. Çri Candraçekahara Bhaööacarya also became joyful.
Please hear of the wonderful pastimes the Lord enjoyed in his
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
32. Speaking these words, He broke the sacred thread resting
on His neck. Separated from Lord Kåñna, He was overcome with
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
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
45. His form is the most wonderful in the three worlds. His
pastimes are the most blissful. He stands at the summit of all
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
49. In this way Lord Gaura was surrounded by His devotees.
Gently, gently smiling, Lord Gaura told everyone of dream. He
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
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
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
77. That morning Çrivasa told the Lord of the sannyasé’s
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
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
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
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
105. Outside You are like a fragrant nectar lotus
flower, but inside You are like a thunderbolt. This truth my
106. I know Your heart is very hard. Your heart is
like a pot of poison, poison with a little milk floating on its
107. Your heart is like a wooden modaka candy
anointed with camphor. No one knows that candy can never be
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Mother Çacé’s Grief
Song 25 (Ahiré raga – Diça)
1. Mother Çacé heard the rumor that her son would accept
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
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
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
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
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
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
36. It is said (Padyavalé 8):
15. vyadhasyacaranaà dhruvasya ca vayo vidya gajendrasya
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
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
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
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
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
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
77. If, walking on the path, he was tormented by
hy hunger, he would eat a sweet ripe fruit that he found
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
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
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
87. `By the power of serving Lord Kåñna I will
attain an exalted post even my father of my grandfather cannot
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
114. Indra’s elephant tried to push its tusks into
Drhuva’s chest.Then the elephant wrapped its trunk around
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
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
119. With single-pointed concentration Dhruva
meditated on Lord Kåñëa’s feet.” Locana dasa joyfully sings his
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
126. Hearing Narada’s words, lotus-eyed Lord
Kåñëa said: `Who is this devotee, on whom you meditate? Please
127. Narada said: `He is Uttanapada’s very
noble-hearted son. His saintly-hearted mother is not favored by
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
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
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
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
145. Lord Kåñëa said: `I must grant whatever you
wish. Please ask for an exalted post. I will give whatever post
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
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
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
`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
166. Your son purely worshiped Lord Kåñëa. Now your
son will return. Please know he is a tilaka mark glorifying your
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
215. Because I was very fortunate, for some days
You stayed under my control. Now, by Your own wish, You will
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
68. Speaking these words, Lord Gaura departed for His own
home. With a heart filled with sorrow Locana dasa sings this
The Lord’s Sannyasa
Song 35 (Karunaçré raga)
Refrain: O! O! O! Lord Gaura! I gaze at the moon of Lord
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
4. Then He walked to the Gaìga. Crossing the Gaìga, He left
5. Offering obeisances to the Gaìga, He left Navadvépa.
This act was like a thunderbolt striking the heads of all the
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
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
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
30. Think of what you have seen and heard of the
Lord, and make your heart peaceful. Everyone do this in your
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
66. If I delay, this human body may be lost. How,
then, will I attain the association of another great Vaiñëava
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
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
74. He who is the master of the worlds, who is the
guru of the worlds, stands before me with folded hands and calls
75. Thinking in this way, the sannyasé Keçava Bharaté
said: If You will accept sannyasa, then first return to
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
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
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
104. As the people gazed at the Lord’s form, tears flowed
from their eyes. They could not bear to see the Lord accept
105. How can His mother continue to live? Simply by
hearing He will accept sannyasa, we girls feel on the verge of
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
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
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
119. The Vaiñëavas’ hearts trembled. As the Lord was
about to be shaved, the people covered their faces with their
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
87. Everyone was delighted. All grief fled far away.
Everyone joyfully spoke auspicious words. Everyone chanted
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
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
1. The auspicious night passed in that way. Then the dawn
came. After performing His morning duties, Lord Gaura sat on His
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
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
20. You are supremely independent. We are under
Your dominion. We are poor, ill-behaved sinners. We have no true
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
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
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
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
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
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
53. Hearing these words, everyone fell at Lord Gaura’s feet.
Lord, please promise that these words will always be
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
120. Overcome with ecstatic spiritual love, Lord Gaura ran
ahead. Overcome with love for Lord Kåñna, Lord Gaura forgot
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
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
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
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
136. You don’t have any scholarship. You never
follow the rules of religion. You reject varnaçrama. You do
137. You don’t think it’s wrong to torment the
demigods and varëaçrama. If I tell You all this You only
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
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
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
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
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
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
20. Lord Gaura and His companions happily ate that maha-
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
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
31. Bowing down before the Viraja River, Lord Gaura said:
To Me please give pure love and devotion for Lord
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
34. Then Lord Gaura gazed and gazed at the very holy city of
35. I have no power to describe the gracefulness of that
city, where there are ten million forms of Lord Çiva and
36-37. At that time Çri Mukunda Datta said to Lord Gaura:
I know that we need not fear any more wicked toll-
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
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-
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
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
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
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
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
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
72. After first offering obeisances, the leader of the toll-
collectors bid farewell to the devotees and then returned to hsi
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
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
85. Entering the temple, Lord Gaura saw Çiva and Parvaté. He
bowed down before them. He was overcome with ecstatic spiritual
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
89. Thus Lord Gaura recited prayers to Lord Çiva. The
Vaiñnavas around Him on four sides also recited prayers to
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
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
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
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
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
108. In truth Lord Gaura was a guest on Lord
Çiva’s house. With a happy heart Lord Çiva offered Him all
109. Please hear. Bhågu Muni’s curse is meant for
non-devotees. A devotee who honors Lord Çiva brings pleasure to
110. Lord Gaura descended to this world to teach
the people.” Damodara then said: You have destroyed my
111. Hearing these words, everyone became joyful at heart.
In this way Locana dasa narrates Lord Caitanya’s pastimes.
Refrain: Please chant the sweet names Çri Kåñëa Caitanya and
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
114. Bowing down before the Deity, Lord Gaura continued His
jounrey on the path. In this way He saw many holy places and many
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
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
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
134. His saffron garments defeated the splendor of the
135. Lord Gaura Raya gazed at Lord Jagannatha’s temple.
Again and again Lord Gaura offered respectful obeisances as He
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
139. With a happy heart Lord Gaura offered obeisances to
Yajïeçvara and then, His heart filled with longings, hurried on
140. Again Lord Gaura saw Lord Jagannatha’s temple in the
distance. Again He fell to the ground to offer respectful
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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
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
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
191. Though they knew of these secret pastimes, they did not
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
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
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
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
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
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
227. Speaking respectful words, He offered an asana for the
Lord to sit. Lord Gaura requested: How can I know what
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
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
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
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-
248. Overcome, he fell before Lord Gaura’s feet. In this way
Lord Gaura revealed His true identity to Sarvabhauma. Thus says
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
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.