Srila Locana dasa Thakura’s
Song 1 (Paöha-maïjari räga)
1. Obeisances, obeisances, obeisances to the saintly demigod Ganeça, who destroys all obstacles, who has a single tusk, who is stout, and who helps all auspicious projects. Glory, glory to Parvaté’s son!
2. Folding my palms, I bow my head before Gauré and Çiva. Falling at their feet, I serve them. They are the creators of the three worlds. They are the givers of devotion to Lord Viñëu. They are all the gods and goddesses.
3. I bow my head before Goddess Sarasvaté. O goddess, please play on my tongue. Please give me many songs praising Lord Gaurahari, wonderful songs like nothing known in the three worlds.
4. With a voice choked with emotion, I beg: O spiritual masters, O demigods, please place no obstacles before me. I don’t want money. I am an unimportant person. I want only that no obstacles will stop this book.
5. I bow down before the devotees of Lord Viñëu, devotees who are very fortunate, devotees whose virtues purify the whole earth, devotees who are merciful to everyone, devotees who love everyone, devotees whose pastimes bring auspiciousness to the
6. I am worthless. I don’t know right from left. I want to climb up and grab the sky. I am a blind man who wants to find a splendid jewel, even though I have no power to see even a mountain. What will become of me? I do not know.
7. There is but one hope. The Lord accepts any person, high or low, that sings His glories. He is merciful to everyone. To everyone He gives the shade of His feet. He does not worry whether the people are worthy to receive His mercy.
8. Please hear the glories of the Vaiñnavas. Without any ulterior motive they are merciful to everyone. They live to benefit others. To others they give even their ornaments. Their hearts become happy when they do good to others.
9. Narahari Öhakura is my life. I am his servant. His feet are my hope of hopes. Although I am fallen, I yearn to sing Lord Gaura’s glories. That is the hope of Locana dasa.
10. By the mercy of his feet I will be able to sing these songs. That is the hope in my heart. His two feet, which fulfill all desires, I always hold in my heart.
Song 2 (Kodära räga)
11. Glory, glory to Lord Çri Kåñna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda! Glory to Lord Advaitacandra! Glory to all the devotees of Lord Gaura!
12. Glory to Gadadhara and Narahari, who are the masters of my life. O masters, please be kind and cast an auspicious glance upon me.
13. Lord Gaura’s fair form is splendid like gold and filled with mercy. Falling down before the reddish soles of His cooling feet, I will sing His glories.
14. O devotees, let us sit down together and touch the coolness of Lord Gaura’s feet.
15. Let us bow down before Çacé’s son, our Lord. O Lord, for even a single sesame seed’s worth of time, please give us Your glance of mercy.
16. Advaita Acarya Gosai is the crest jewel of all masters. By the mercy of His feet this world has become fortunate.
17. I bow down and sing: O Advaita, O master of Séta’s life, please be merciful. With folded palms I stand before You. 18. I bow down before the saintly avadhuta Lord Nityananda, who is Balarama Himelf. He is not different from Lord Caitanya.
19. Falling down at his feet, I sing the glories of Gargacarya, who is Lord Gaura’s maternal grandfather. He is very proud of Lord Gaura’s virtues and glories.
20. I offer my respectful obeisances to Jagannatha Miçra, who is Lord Viçvambhara’s father. I offer my respectful obeisances to Çacé Öhakurané, who is the Lord’s mother.
21. I offer my respectful obeisances to Laksmi Thakurani, who is the Lord’s wife. She was bitten by the snake of separation from the Lord.
22. I offer my respectful obeisances to Mother Viñnupriya, who lives in Navadvépa. The reddish soles of Lord Gaura’s feet are the ornament she wears.
23. I offer my respectful obeisances to Punòaréka Vidyanidhi. Lord Mahaprabhu happily called his name.
24. With a single heart I offer my respectful obeisances to Çri Panòita Gosai. I offer my respectful obeisances to the feet of Içvara Puré and Madhavendra Puré.
25. I offer my respectful obeisances to Govinda Gosai and to Vakreçvara. They are like two wild bumblebees at the lotus flower of Lord Gaura’s feet.
26. Placing their feet on my head, I offer my respectful obeisances to Paramananda Puré, Viñnu Puré, and Gadadhara dasa.
27. I offer my respectful obeisances to Murari Gupta. To him I pray: If you place your mercy in my thoughts, I will earnestly and joyfully sing Lord Gauar’s glories
28. I offer my respectful obeisances to Çrivasa Öhäkura and Haridasa Öhakura. I yearn to attain the feet of Mukunda Datta and Vasudeva Datta.
29. I offer my respectful obeisances to Ramananda Raya, the abode of spiritual love. Eternally I offer my respectful obeisances to Jagadananda Panòita.
30. I offer my respectful obeisances to Rupa Gosvamé, Sanatana Gosvamé, and Svarupa Damodara Gosvamé. Many times I offer my respectful obeisances to Raghava Panòita Gosvamé.
31. I offer my respectful obeisances to Çri Rama, Sundarananda, Gaurédasa, and all the other associates of Lord Nityananda.
32. I offer my respectful obeisances to Narahari Öhakura, the spiritual master of my family. He is my worshipable deity. He is my protector in this world and the next.
33. I offer my respectful obeisances to Narahari Öhakura. But for him I have no friend in this world. He is an ocean of Lord Gaura’s glories.
34. Falling to the ground, I fold my hands and offer my respectful obeisances to Govinda Ghoña, Madhava Ghoña, and Vasu Ghoña.
35. With a single heart I offer my respectful obeisances to Çri Våndävana dasa Öhakura, whose song Caitanya-bhagavata charms the worlds.
36. O my brothers, at every moment I bow down before and sing the glories of the Deity in Çri Raghunandana’s home.
37. As a boy Ragunandna would feed laòòus to his Deity. Who dares think Raghunandana an ordinary person?
38. I offer my respectful obeisances to Rsghunandana’s father, Çri Mukunda dasa. His faith in the path of Lord Caitanya’s philosophy is pure and spotless.
39. Whether I know their names or not, I offer my respectful obeisances to all the devotees. They are the jewels I wear on my head.
40. I offer my respectful obeisances to the mahantas and their followers. I sing the glories of their feet.
41. In my heart I do not think one devotee is first and another is last. There is no reason I offered obeisances to some first and others later.
42. If by mistake I did not mention someone’s name, I offer my respectful obeisances to him a hundered times. In that way I will wash away my offense to him.
43. I offer my respectful obeisances to the devotees who live on the earth and the devotees who living in the worlds abode. One by one, I bow down before the feet of every devotee.
44. Yearing to attain spiritual love for Him, everyone please sing the glories of Lord Gaura. With a happy heart this Locana dasa sinsg this son.
Song 3 (Varäòi räga – Diça)
Refrain: Dear friends, again and again I beg you. O great souls, I beg for your blessings, so I may be able to sing Lord Gaura’s glories.
45. How can I, a lowly person, a pile of ashes, understand the spiritual truth? How can I sing the glories of Lord Gaura’s virtues and pastimes?
46. Not understanding these truths, I will talk foolishly. Then I will be embarrassed before the great souls.
47. I am not qualified. I am a fool. Still, I yearn to taste the sweetness of Lord Gaura’s glories.
48. Çri Murari Gupta lived in Navadvépa. He always stayed near Lord Gauracandra.
49. Who has the power to describe his glories. The people in this world say he is Hanuman himself.
50. Jumping the ocean, he set Laìka afire. He carried Séta’s message and repeated it to Lord Rama.
51. Bringing the viçalya-karané herb, he saved Lakñmana’s life. That same Hanuman became Murari Gupta and lived in Nadéya.
52. He knows all the Lord’s sercrets. He is very wise and very devoted to Lord Gaura’s lotus feet.
53. H edescribed Lord Gaura’s loving pastimes from birth through childhood, from beginning to end
54. Damodara Pandita asked him to describe all these pastimes from beginning to end.
55. In this way Murari Gupta wrote a book in Sanskrit verse, a book that bears the title Gauraìga-carita” (the Pastimes of Lord Gauaraìga), a book that came from Murari Gupta’s mouth as He conversed with Svarupa Damodara.
56. Hearing this book, I became very pleased. That is why I now write of Lord Gaura’s pastimes in these Bengali verses in the meter païcalé.
57. I am not qualified. I make many mistakes. Still, please don’t rebuke me. Don’t become angry.
58. Who does not like to taste nectar when he sees it? I foolish child will wish to grasp the moon in the sky.
59. I yearn to speak of Lord Gaura’s glories. That is why I now need the Vaiñnavas’ mercy.
60. I bow down before the Vaiñnavas’ feet. My heart yearns to sing Lord Gaura’s glories.
61. Narahari Öhakura io my lord and master. I humbly offer obeisances to him. I beg him: Please filfill my desire.
Song 4 (Märahaöi raga – Diçä)
Refrain: Lord Hari, who was the two Ramas, and who is now the moon among the brahmaëas, is my very life.
62. First I will tell a wonderful story, the story of how Advaita Gosai offered obeisances to Lord Gaura when the Lord was still an unborn child in his mother’s womb.
63. Accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons, and confidential companions, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of the three worlds, was born on the earth.
64. The Lord’s mother and father happily performed His anna-praçana (first grain) and nama-karaëa (name-giving) ceremonies for their son.
65. Now I will describe the boy-Lord’s pastimes. Even when He wore now anklets, the people still heard the sound of tinkling anklets on His feet.
66. He would touch unclean things. Then He would speak bewildering words of philosophy.
67. To test His powers, the village ladies asked Him to bring a coconut. Very quickly He brought it.
68. The Lord played with a puppy. Seeing this, everyone was pleased.
69. Murari Gupta saw that boy playing on the street with His friends.
70. With His friends the boy sang the names of Lord Hari and danced. Seeing this, everyone became blissful at heart.
71. The father placed a piece of writing chalk in the boy’s hand. Anyone who hears this pastime finds that sufferings and inauspiciousness flee far away.
72. Please carefully listen as I tell how the boy Viçvambhara played with His brother Viçvarupa.
73. Those two brothers were like Indra and Vamana. I will tell these stories and you will hear them.
74. I will tell how Visvarupa accepted sannyasa and how Visvambhara consoled His mother and father.
75. I will describe Viçvambhara’s pastimes, how He played with the other boys and how He did mischief.
76. The boys would meet and play on the Gaìga’s sandy banks. Once the Lord’s father followed the footprints he saw in the sand.
77. Seeing his son there, the Lord’s father bacame unhappy at heart. Taking Him home, the father loudly rebuked his son.
78. Later, the Lord gave His mercy in a dream. I will tell all these stories. Please hear them with a single heart.
79. With a joyful heart I will tell of the Lord’s karna-vedha (ear-piercing), cuòa-karana (hair-cutting), and upavéta (sacred thread) ceremonies.
80. When His childhood ended, the Lord’s teenage years entered. Day by day, the Lord’s spiritual Love became more completely manifest.
81. Then He studied at His teacher’s house. He would make fun of the way people spoke in East Bengal.
82. He commanded His mother to observe ekadaçé. At the proper times I will describe many things.
83. At that time Jagannatha Miçra went to the other world. Stricken with grief, the Lord wept for His father.
84. I will tell many other wonderful stories. I will tell of the shoreless ocean of bliss at the Lord’s wedding.
85. Please hear how The Lord and His bride secretly exchanged glances at the Gaìga’s bank. I must tell that story.
86. I will tell how the Lord traveled to East Bengal and how Lakñmépriya ascended to the spiritual world.
87. Returning to West Bengal, the Lord married again, taught His students, and traveled to Gaya.
88. One by one I will tell all these stories. Everyone please hear them. You will taste many blisses. Please do not turn away.
89. I will tell how the Lord returned to West Bengal, manifested ecstatic spiritual love, and was always plunged in the nectar of the spiritual rasas.
90. O my brothers, the stories in this book’s Madhya-khaëòa are filled with many blisses. They are filled with nectar. When you hear them, the hairs on your bodies will stand erect.
91. By telling these stories to the devotees, I will feel ecstatic love. Even before I tell them I feel joy arise in my heart.
92. O my brothers, the stories of Madhya-khaëòa describe the Lord’s pastimes in Nadéya. These pastimes, where the Lord preached the religion of ecstatic love, are like flooding streams of nectar.
93. The Lord manifested very wonderful pastimes. In the four yugas no devotee had heard of such wonders.
94. In the Madhya-khaëòa I will tell these wonderful stories of the Lord’s pastimes in Nadéya, of the Lord’s preaching the religion of devotional service.
95. I will tell how every day the devotees would gather together. I know how to describe those pastimes.
96. First I will tell how Çacé attained the gift of ecstatic love. I will tell how, walking on the street, the Lord heard flute music.
97. Then the Lord was overcome with ecstatic love, and then a divine voice suddenly spoke from the sky.
98. Being kind to Murari Gupta, the Lord assumed the role of Varaha. Brahma and the demigods saw the Lord assume that role.
99. Then Çuklambara Brahmacaré attained ecstatic love. I will tell all these stories. Please hear them with all attention.
100. By the Lord’s mercy Çri Gadadhara Paëòita was overcome with ecstatic love. Day and night he wept.
101. One by one the Lord gave ecstatic love to everyone. I will tell all these stories.
102. Being kind to the devotees, the Lord planted a mango seed. Any doubts that may stay in the heart of a person who hears that story will perish.
103. Concealing His original spiritual identity, the Lord manifested ecstatic spiritual love. By following impersonalist jïana no one can understand Him. He reveals Himself to His own associates.
104-108. Then I will tell the wonderful stories of the first sight of Lord Nityananda, the first meeting with Haridasa, the first meeting of Advaita Acarya and Lord Nityananda, how Jagai and Madhai were delivered, how the Lord was merciful to a brahmana and his son, how the lord was a merciful to a person singing Lord Çiva’s glories, how the Lord became unhappy to hear a brahmana’s misdeeds, and how the Lord then jumped into the Gaìga. Anyone in the three worlds who hears these stories will feel his heart tremble.
109. You will also hear the wonderful story of how the Lord cleaned a temple.
110. You will hear many very wonderful stories. The Lord cured a leper. That was very wonderful.
111. I will tell the stroy of Lord Gaura assuming the mood of Lord Balarama. All who hear that story feel endless bliss.
112. At Candraçekhara’s house the Lord manifested ecstatic love that cast a shadow over the land and sky.
113. I will tell many secrets, the secrets of the Lord’s wonderful renunciation.
114. Seeing Keçava Bharaté in Nadéya-nagara, the Lord felt joy in His heart. Then He decided to accept sannyasa.
115. At this all the devotees grieved. Çacé and Viñnupriya lept into an ocean of grief.
116. To accept sannyasa, the Lord left Navadvépa. With Keçava Bharaté’s help, He accepted sannyasa.
117. I will tell these stories in detail. Then Lord Gaura went to Lord Advaita Acarya’s house.
118. Then comes the story of the Lord meeting the devotees. Comforting everyone, the Lord began His travels.
119. Then the Lord went to see Jagannatha Puré. Then Then I will tell the confidential story of the Lord’s pastimes at Remuna-grama.
120. One by one I will tell of the Lord’s pastimes as He traveled on the path. Anyone who hears these stories will become filled with bliss and love.
121. I must tell the stories of the Lord’s secret pastimes at Ekamra-nagara on His way to Yajapura.
122. With a single heart you will hear the story of Lord Gaura seeing Lord Jagannatha and the story of Lord Gaura revealing His true identity to Sarvabhauma.
123. O my brothers, this Madhya-khaëòa is sweeter than nectar. Then I will speak the Çeña-khaëòa. Please hear it also.
124. At Madhya-khaëòa’s end, Lord Gaura manifests ecstatic spiritual love. With a blissful heart Locana dasa speaks these words.
Song 5 (Dhanaçri räga – Tarajächanda)
125. Glory, glory to You, O Çri Kåñëa Caitanya, who personally descended to this earth, who are thw auspiciousness of the worlds, whose feet are the earth’s ornament, who are dearly loved by the whole earth!
126. The lamp that lights up the worlds has come to Navadvépa. Now He shines with His light of mercy. Thirsting to receive the gift of ecstatic love, after many days the devotees ran to Him.
127. The devotees were like black bees flying to nectar-laden blossoming lotus flowers, or like cakora birds gazing at the moon, or like cataka birds gazing at rainclouds and wildly singing Piu! Piu!”
128. Overcome with ecstatic love, Lord Gaura danced. He showered a great monsoon of ecstatic love. He roared like a lion. Like poverty-stricken men who are suddenly rich, the devotees followed Him, worshiped Him, and wept.
129. As wild elephants jump into a nectar lake to escape a forest fire, so the devotees jumped into the nectar of ecstatic spiritual love to escape the burning sufferings of this world.
130. Someone called out, Lord!” Someone else slapped his arms. Filled with the bliss of ecstatic love, the devotees forgot even themselves. The ecstatic love that Goddess
Lakñmé begs for with folded palms, Lord Gaura freely gave to all.
131. What more can I say? Even Lord Ananta was overwhelmed by tasting the sweetness of that ecstatic love. Lord Ananta Çeña, who holds all the worlds on His head, came to the earth and assumed the name Nitai.
132. Overcome with bliss, He did not know who was a friend and who was not. He walked like a maddened elephant. The soles of His feet made the earth tremble.
133. Now hear of another wonder. Lord Çiva, whose glories are beyond conception, assumed the name Advaita. Talking with Lord Caitanya about the nectar of ecstatic love, Lord Çiva forgot all about yoga and jïana.
134. Staying among the rasika devotees, Lord Advaita and Lord Nityananda gave them ecstatic love without any restriction. Without these two Lords, Lord Gaura would not have given His mercy. They came to this world with Lord Gauracandra.
135. Glory, glory to the auspicious moment when the people of the world will chant Hari!”, and when everyone will yearn to attain ecstatic spiritual love, when everyone will desire to attain the ecstatic spiritual love even the demigod Brahma finds only
with difficulty. Smiling, Locana dasa speaks these words.
The Book Begins
Song 1 (Varaòi raga – Diça)
Refrain: O! O! O! I place many offerings before Lord Gaura. I sing of the virtues and glorious form of Lord Gaura, who to the whole world freely gave the gift of ecstatic spiritual love.
1. Glory, glory to Çri Kåñna Caitanya and Çri Nityananda! Glory, glory to blissful Advaita Acarya!
2. Glory to Gadadhara Paëòita! Glory to Narahari Öhakura! Glory, glory to Çrinivasa, who is worthy to perform pure devotional service!
3. In my heart I offer respectful obeisances to the dear devotees of Lord Caitanya.
4. Now I will speak the stroies of Lord Gaura. Please hear them carefully. In private, Damodara Paëòita asked:
5. Why did Lord Gauraìga descend to this world? You give the answer and I will hear it. My heart is filled with bliss to hear that answer.
6. Why did the Lord turn away from His dark color and accept a fair-colored form? Why, when the holy names are sung, does He roll on the ground and allow His limbs to be covered with dust?
7. Why did He renounce the garments of a householder and accept sannyasa? Why, alas, did He wander from country to country?
8. Why did He weep, calling out, Rädhä! Rädhä! Govinda!’? Why, visiting home after home, did He freely give the gift of ecstatic love?
9. Now I will repeat the confidential answers to these questions. Even a fool who hears these answers will be delivered.
10. Hearing these questions, Murari Gupta said, Please hear, O Panòita. I will answer all your questions.
11. The dharma-çastras say religion is completely manifest in Satya-yuga. I tell you religion is three-fourths manifest in Treta-yuga.
12. I tell you religion is half-manifest in Dvapara-yuga and and one-fourth manifest in Kali-yuga. That is the opinion of the dhharma-çastras.
13. As sin increases, religion wanes. As people neglect their duties, varnaçrama wanes.
14. The Kali-yuga is filled with the blinding darkness of horrible sins. Everyone is drowning in sin. Everyone is devastated by sin.
15. Seeing no true religion present, the great sage Narada kindly decided to rescue the Kali-yuga.
16. He thought, The black snake of Kali-yuga das devoured everything.” He thought, Religion should be established.
17. Without Lord Kåñëa no one has the power to establish religion. Therefore I must quickly bring Lord Kåñëa to the Kali-yuga.
18. What the devotees desire, Lord Kåñëa also desires always. That is the opinion of the Vedas and Agama-çastras.
19. If I, a servant of Lord Kåñëa, desire to do it, I can bring Lord Kåñna to the Kali-yuga. 20. First I will observe the activities of Kali-yuga. Then I will bring Lord Kåñëa, who is religion itself.
21. Then I will bring all the demigods. They will be Lord Kåñna’s associates. They will be His associates, servnats, weapons, and confidential companions.”
22. In this way Narada and the sages, Brahma and the demigods, and Durga and the goddesses all took birth on the earth.
23. By their expansions the members of the Yadu dynasty in Dvaraka also took birth on the earth.
24. Now I will tell everything of how the Supreme Lord descended to the earth. Please listen with care.
25. Gaura-avatara is the best of all avataras. No other avatara is merciful like Him.
26. Feeling unhappy for the sufferings of others, the great sage Narada sang nectar descriptions of Lord Kåñna day and night.
27. He traveled in the world of birth and death eagerly singing the glories of Lord Kåñna, but the people would not listen to Lord Kåñna’s holy name. They wanted only things of the material world.
28. Overcome by tasting the sweet nectar of Lord Kåñëa’s glories, Narada spoke with a choked voice. One moment he wept. The next he loudly laughed.
29. Playing his vina, he sang Lord Kåñëa’s glories. Tears streamed from his eyes. Within and wuthout Narada Muni was plunged in the nectar of Lord Kåñëa’s glories.
30. His every limb filled with the bliss of ecstatic spiritual love, as he wandered in the material world, Narada did not hear anyone chant the holy name of Lord Kåñëa.
31. Sad at heart, the sage was very surprised. He did not see any way to save the people of the world.
32. Everyone was bitten by the black snake of Kali-yuga. Everyone was always aflame with pride and delusion.
33. Devoted only to their bellies and genitals, everyone was bewildered. They had forgotten Lord Kåñëa.
34. Their hearts were always splashed by greed, illusion, lust, anger, intoxication, and pride. They thought that splashing was just like nectar.
35. They were needlessly troubled by thoughts of It is I’ and It is mine’. Who am I? What is mine? That they did not know.
36. Seeing the unhappy situation of the people, worried Narada began to think within his heart. He thought and thought.
37. He did not see any way to rescue the people of the horrible Kali-yuga. Wandering and wandering, he finally came to the gate of Dvaraka City.
38. Lord Kåñna, who is the crest jewel of the masters of the demigods, and who is the king of Dvaraka, passed the whole night happily enjoying pastimes in Queen Satyabhama’s palace.
39. When the sun rose He performed His morning duties. Then He hinted that He would visit Queen Rukmiëé’s palace.
40. Hearing of her good fortune, Queen Rukmiëé could not keep still. Her every limb trembled.
41. She carefully cleaned her palace and then decorated her body with exquisite garments. A band of many different instruments played. Everything was blissful.
42. At the time of the Lord’s auspicious arrival there were many auspicious full waterpots. Many ghee lamps burned.
43. Overcome with bliss, Mitravinda, Nagnajita, Susçéla, and Subala offered arati to the Lord.
44. Bringing scented water, Queen Rukmiëé washed the Lord’s feet.
45. Placing the Lord’s glorious feet to her breast, with great love Rukmiëé gazed at her Lord. For a moment she held the Lord’s feet at her breast.
46. Holding the Lord’s feet, Rukmiëé wept. Surprised, Lord Kåñëa asked:
47. I do not know why you weep. Why do you weep? O My queen, please tell Me.
48. To Me You are more dear than life. That the whole world knows. Who is more dear than you? Tell Me.
49. Did I defame you? Did I not obey your command? You do not speak. O My queen, what wrong did I do?
50. Only once did I tease you. You became very unhappy at heart.
51. How many times did I earnestly beg forgiveness? Your hard heart never softened.”
52. Hearing these cruel words come from the Lord’s mouth, with sweet anger Rukminé said:
53. My heart is hard. It is not soft. Still, I am fortunate in one way: You are my very life.
54. Your feet are more dear to me than life. Tasting the madhvéka nectar of Your feet, even Lord Çiva dances, wild with bliss.
55. You know the whole world perfectly. Still, You cannot understand the words of one who loves Your feet.
56. If You place in Your heart the love Rädhä feels for You, then You will understand the love Your devotees feel for You.”
57. Hearing these words, the Lord felt great wonder in His heart. He said: What did you say? What did you say? O My queen, please say it one more time.
58. What you said I did not hear very well. What was it? I did not understand it.
59. Hearing your rare words, I feel drawn to you. My heart is filled with wonder.
60. What is this rare thing so hard to find in the three worlds? I think it would be very wonderful to hear about it, or perhaps to see it.
61. From your mouth I have heard of something even I do not understand. How can I understand the bliss that now fills My heart?
62. O My queen, please tell Me about this thing. Tell Me. Tell Me.”
In this way Locana dasa faithfully describes the glories of Lord Kåñna’s feet.
Song 2 (Dhanaçé raga – Dérgha-chanda)
63. Queen Rukmiëé said: O Lord decorated with the jewels of virtues, please listen. In Your heart You cannot understand. Although You know everything else, you cannot
understand My explanation of why I weep.
64. You do not understand that power that resides in Your lotus feet. Eventually You will take Your feet from My palace and go somewhere else. That is why my heart weeps.
65. The fragrance of Your lotus feet fills all directions. Wherever it goes it chases away old age and death. What are day, night, and passing seasons to one who spends his life drinking the honey of Your lotus feet?
66. I fall at the feet of anyone who lovingly grasps the ruby lotus of Your feet. Weeping and my heart agitated, I tell You of that person’s glories.
67. You are the master of all. Who in this world can be the master of You? Anyone who loves your feet and tastes the sweet nectar there I praise before You.
68. Rädhä alone knows the sweetest nectar of love. She alone tastes the bliss of love. Day and night hearing of the nectar of Her love, how can the devotees not become filled with wonder?
69. Brahma and all the demigods and goddesses, including Goddess Lakñmé who serves Your feet, all yearn to taste that nectar of love for You. Goddess Lakñmé, whose hands are like lotus flowers and who is overcome with deep love for You, begs for the nectar of Your lotus feet.
70. I am Goddess Rama. I rest on Your chest. I sleep with You in the same bed. I see You face to face. Still I yearn to attain the sweetness at Your feet. Who has the power to describe the glories of Your feet?
71. Goddess Lakñmé yerans to attain love for Your feet. Only Rädhä, who enjoyed pastimes with You in Våndävana, knows the true glory of Your feet. The path of Her
good fortune never ends.
72. Rädhä fills the world with wonder. With the ropes of Her virtues She binds You. Even now You have not turned away from Her. Your heart pines for Her. The sound of Rädhä’s name makes tears stream from Your eyes. I see that this shows the power of Rädhä’s love for Your feet.
73. Now that You are in my house my heart is filled with joy. But I still weep, for we will be separated again. I know this shows the power of Your lotus feet.
74. You are the devotees’ meditation. You are the devotees’ rapt thinking of You in trance. You are the devotees’ only friend in every situation. The devotees are Your servant. They yearn to attain Your feet. You are the wonderful great enchantment that charms them.
75. Lakñmé is the maidservant at Your feet. She yearns to serve You. You are her master. Her master, You pay no attention to her glorious virtues. By ignoring her it is as if You have pushed an iron spear into her heart.
76. Anyone who thirsts to attain the honey of Your lotus feet finds an eternal ocean of honey that will never be lessened or lost. I think Lakñmé and Sarasvaté are truly
fortunate, for they serve You. They have placed themselves under Your dominion.
77. Even from the corner of his eye a devotee will not glance at the four kinds of liberation beginning with salokya-mukti. Plunged in the nectar of ecstatic love for You, a devotee will not desire anything but You. Even residence in Vaikunöha or any other glorious place they think unimportant.
78. Folding my palms, I beg: O master, please make me a bumblebee at the lotus flower of Your feet. I fear that You will leave me. Weeping, this sinner begs: Please do not leave my palace.”
79. Please listen to Queen Rukmiëé’s description of Lord Kåñëa’s lotus feet. With these words she revealed her pure love for Him. His heart overcome with love, by the Lord’s mercy Locana dasa sings the Lord’s glories.
Song 3 (Dhanaçé raga – Madhya-chanda)
Refrain: O! O! O! O! O! Please hear more songs about Lord Gaura’s glories, songs full of wonderful words, songs that bring auspiciousness to the ears.
80. Hearing these words of Rukmiëé, Lord Kåñna felt great joy in His heart. He floated in the stream of compassionate tears that flowed from the red lotus flowers of His eyes.
81. Gently He came close to Rukmiëé. He sat on His throne, and placed Rukminé on His lap.
82. With His right hand He touched her chin. He gazed at her. In this way He made great waves in the nectar ocean of ecstatic spiritual love.
83. He said: Never have I heard such wonderful words. Never has anyone suggested I should taste the bliss of ecstatic love.”
84. At that moment Narada Muni unexpectedly arrived. His face was marked with sorrow. His heart was worried.
85. Queen Rukminé at once rose and respectfully offered padya and arghya, offered him a seat on the throne, and asked about his welfare.
86. Lord Kåñna also rose, tightly embraced Narada, and greeted him with sweet words.
87. Tears of love flowed from Narada’s eyes. He trembled. His voice was choked up.
88. The tears from his eyes streamed over his body. He tried to speak. He had no power to say a word.
89. Lord Kåñëa asked him: O sage, please say what is in your heart. Why are you so devastated? What worry fills your heart?
90. You are more dear to Me than life. To you I am like your own life. When I see you unhappy I almost fall unconscious.”
91. Narada said: O Lord, what shall I say? You are the master of all masters. You are the Supersoul in every heart.
92. Singing Your glories is my ambrosia food. Eager to tell other of Your glories, I traveled in the world of birth and death.
93. As I traveled in the world of birth and death I did not hear the name Kåñëa. Intoxicated with pride, the people have forgotten You.
94. Everyone is bewildered with pride. I saw the people are not interested in Kåñna. That is my sorrow.
95. I do not see any way to deliver the people. Again and again I think these thoughts.
96. Now I have revealed the sorrow in my heart. Only by the mercy of Your feet can anyone become happy.”
97. Smiling, Lord Kåñëa said: Listen, O great sage. You forget what has already happened.
98. You forgot that Goddess Katyayané vowed to Lord Çiva that she would distribute My maha-prasada.
99. Also, now that I have heard wonderful words from Rukmini, I have become agitated and I also will speak a vow.
100. I vow I will taste the ecstasy of spiritual love and I will make the people of the material world taste it also. I will become a humble person in the Kali-yuga.
101. Accompanied by devotees, I will engage in devotional service. I, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, will give to the people ecstatic love for Me.
102. I will manifest the saìkértana movement of chanting My glories. In will take birth in Çacé’s womb in Navadvépa.
103. I will manifest a tall fair form with arms that reach My knees. My peerless form will be glorious like Mount Sumeru.
104. Speaking and speaking in this way, Lord Kåñna manifested the form of Lord Gaura. Gazing at that form, Narada was overcome with ecstatic love.
105. That form glorious like mount Sumeru was filled with ecstatic spiritual love. In this way Locana dasa describes the first time the form of Lord Gaura was manifest.
Song 4 (Çri raga – Diça)
Refrain: Glory, glory to Lord Gauraìga! Alas! Alas! Why do I not taste the nectar of ecstatic love for Lord Gauraìga?
106. With a happy heart Narada Muni gazed at Lord Gaura’s form. A thousand flooding streams of tears flowed from Narada’s eyes.
107. Lord Gaura’s form was glorious like ten million moons or ten million suns. He was more handsome than Kamadeva himself.
108. Narada had no power to gaze at Lord Gaura’s effulgent form. The sage closed his eyes and trembled.
109. Covering His effulgence, the Lord glanced at Narada and loudly called: Look, O Narada.
110. Regaining consciousness, the sage became rapt in meditation on Lord Kåñëa’s form. With thirsty eyes he yearned to see again the form of Lord Gaura.
111. The Lord said: Listen, O fortunate sage. You may go wherever you wish. No one can stop you. Wherever you go you will be loved.
112. In Çivaloka, Brahmaloka, and the other celestial planets make a proclamation that into the Kali-yuga I will descend in a golden form.
113. There I will manifest the saìkértana movement of chantingMy holy names and glories. There I will preach the bliss of tasting the nectar of loving devotional service to Me.
114. On the path od devotional service there are now hundreds and hundreds of branches. There is no end to the branches. There should be only one branch in the world. Therefore I will preach the glories of ecstatic spiritual love (prema).
115. Accompnaied by My own associates and devotees, I will take birth on the earth. I descire to engage in loving devotional service (prema-bhakti).”
116. Hearing these words from the Lord’s graceful mouth, Narada felt all his sorrows break into pieces by the mercy of the Lord’s feet.
117. Narada Muni sounded his véna and departed. His thoughts filled with the nectar of these words:
118. What I wonderful fair form I saw! What a wonderful form with reddish eyes and great mercy I saw!
119. What a form sweeter than nectar I saw! What a sweet smile I saw!
120. Of all the avataras, this avatara is the best. Never have I seen such a great glory of ecstatic spiritual love.
121. On this day my life has borne its fruit. On this day my eyes have borne their fruit. Now I have seen the blissful, glorious, merciful face of Lord Gaura.
122. Never have I seen such an ocean of mercy. My heart will never forget Him. My eyes yearn to see HIm.”
123. Thinking and thinking in this way, Narada Muni traveled on the path. Arriving at Naimiñaranya, he met his friend Uddhava.
124. First standing up and then offering padya and arghya, Uddhava fell to the ground like a stick before Narada Muni’s feet.
125. He thought: I am fortunate. This is an auspicious day. At an auspicious moment I have come to Naimiñaranya.”
126. Narada picked up Uddhava, embraced him, kissed him, and smelled his head.
127. Uddhava offered him a sitting place. Smiling and smiling, he spoke what was in his heart.
128. He said: This day is glorious. Now my birth in this world has borne its fruit. Now I will tell you of a desire that has long stayed in my heart.
129. Here in Naimiñaranya, in ancient days Vyasa compiled the Vedas. Still he could not destroy the illusion in his heart.
130. Then, by your mercy, he heard the secret of spiritual life and wrote Çrimad-Bhägavatam to deliver the world.
131. You alone know the truth. O master, you know the heart of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Please tell me what will happen in the future.
132. My heart yearns to deliver the people of Kali-yuga. In Kali-yuga the poeple are filled with sins. Their eyes and hearts are blind.
133. In the Satya, Treta, and Dvapara yugas the people knew religion, but in the horrible Kali-yuga no one knows religion. Everyone is a sinner
134. If you feel compassion for me, please destroy my doubts and fears. No one is more compassionate than you.”
135. Smiling with a happy heart, Narada Muni said: O Uddhava, O servant of Lord Hari, the question you ask is good.
136. I will tell you a great secret. In my heart I also felt a great sorrow like yours.
137. But now I know the people in Kali-yuga are very fortunate. The people in Kali-yuga are very fortunate. Others are not fortunate like them.
138. In Satya-yuga and the other yugas the religion of the age (yuga-dharama) is very harsh. But in Kali-yuga the religion of the age is only chanting the holy nasmes of Lord Hari.
139. In Kali-yuga simply by chanting the holy names and glories of Lord Hari the people are released from material bondage. Simply by singing and dancing, they no longer fear Yamaraja.
140. Please carefully listen to other wonderful news, news of what in Dvaraka I saw with my own eyes.
141. With words like nectar, Lord Kåñëa told Rukmini: `In My heart I have decided to freely distribute to the people ecstatic love for Me.’
142. As Lord Kåñëa, Queen Rukmiëé on His lap, sat on His throne, I, my heart filled with sorrows, approached Him.
143. Seeing that I was sorrowful, Lord Kåñëa asked me: `As I look at you, I must ask: Why have you become like this?’
144. Approaching the lord’s feet, I told Him the thoughts in my heart. Happily smiling, the Lord said:
145. `Rukmiëé talk Me the glories of ecstatic love for My feet. Hearing her words I, even though I am the Supreme Lord Himself, have become ovewhelmed by the greatness of that love.
146. `I will taste the bliss of that ecstatic love and I will make the whole world taste it also. Assuming a humble nature, I will manifest in the Kali-yuga.
147. `The Kali-yuga is horrible. It is filled with sins. Religion is not present in it. Therefore, becoming humble, I will teach the world.’
148-149. Speaking and speaking in this way, Lord Kåñna manifested a fair form splendid like gold, a form filled with ecstatic spiritual love, a form with a broad chest and two arms that touched His knees. Then He vowed: I will widely distribute ecstatic spiritual love for Me.’ 150. I tell you: that is what I saw and heard. Now I will travel in the world of birth and death to tell the others.
151. Eager to taste the ecstasy of loving devotional service, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will take birth on the earth. Manifesting a wonderful form, He will come to the Kali-yuga.”
152. Hearing Narada’s words, Uddhava was overcome with ecstasy. Falling at Narada’s feet, he wept with joy.
153. He said: These wonderful words have placed life into my lifeless body.
154. Your words have brought coolness to be feverish body.” Sounding his véna, Narada then happily departed.
155. Hearing this conversation of Narada and Uddhava in the Jaimini-bharata, Locana dasa is now wild with bliss.
156. If you do not believe my words, then read it yourself in the 32nd chapter of that book.
Song 5 (Bhaöiyari raga – Diça)
Refrain: Lord Gauracandra is my very life.
157. Playing his véna, Narada continued his journey. Hearing his description of the Lord’s glories, and his heart overcome with bliss, again and again he fell.
158. One moment he would lament, another moment he would loudly laugh, another moment he would tremble, another moment he would speak with broken words.
159. Another moment he would loudly call out, another moment he would slap his arms, and another moment he would say, Gaura! Gaura!” and weep. His heart was overcome with ecstatic love.
160. He had no power to forget Lord Gaura’s form, a charming form filled with ecstatic love, a glorious form splendid like the sun.
161. His heart overcome with bliss and love, he had no power even to walk. Even so, in the blinking of an eye he arrived at Lord Çiva’s abode in Mount Kailasa.
162. Thinking, Soon I will see Lord Çiva”, he was filled with bliss. He thought, I will tell him of the plan Lord Kåñëa described.
163. There are no such blissful words anywhere in the three worlds. He who is the treasure of Våndävana will appear in the Kali-yuga.
164. The ecstatic spiritual love that Brahma, Çiva, and Ananta beg to attain, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will distribute in the Kali-yuga to even the lowest of sinners.
165. These wonderful words I will tell to Lord Çiva. When he hears them he will be very pleased.
166. By Goddess Katyayané’s mercy I will get the dust of Lord Çiva’s feet. By the mercy of his feet I will chant the holy names of Lord Hari.”
167. Thinking and thinking in this way, Narada came to the gate of Lord Çiva’s abode. Seeing him, the bull Nandé, who was like time personified, respectfully stood up.
168. After offering respectful obeisances, Nandé went to the inner palace where Parvaté and Çiva stay.
169. He informed his masters that Narada had come and was waiting at the door. With blissful hearts Parvaté and Çiva went to greet him.
170. Seeing them, Narada smiled, said, O my masters”, and fell at their feet. Narada is a very intelligent devotee.
171. Lord Çiva knew very well the glory of a Vaiñnava. Narada, filled with ecstatic love, was very respectful to Lord Çiva.
172. Lord Çiva tightly embraced Narada and made him sit as his own side. Narada happily fell at Goddess Parvaté’s feet.
173-174. Affectionate like a mother, Goddess Katyayané asked Narada: Dear great sage, please tell us of your auspicious and glorious life. You know everything in the fourteen worlds. Your arrival is auspicious. From where have you come?”
175. Narada replied: You are our mother and father. Your intent is to deliver the worlds. Please hear these auspicious words.
176. A great secret you heard in ancient times you have now forgotten. Grasping your feet, I will now remind you of it.
177. I will tell this story from beginning to end. When you hear it I request that you be kind to me.
178. In ancient times Uddhava asked Lord Kåñëa: `When You become invisible, what will happen to the earth?
179. `Will any devotees remain on the earth?’ Hearing these words, Lord Kåñëa described the science of yoga.
180. He said: `I am water. I am land. I am the earth. I am the trees. I am the dmeigods and gandaharvas. I amd the yaksas ans raksas.
181. `I am creation and annihilation. I am the life in all living beings. I am everything. How can I become invisible?’
182. Hearing Lord Kåñëa’s words, Uddhava struck his hand to his chest and spoke his heart.
183. He said: `Master, You are everything. That I know. Anything separate from You is only suffering.
184. `With my mouth I have no power to properly describe the great souls who fall down to offer respects to the gluistening moons that are Your toenails.’ ”
185. In Çrimad-Bhägavatam (11.6.46) Uddhava tells Lord Kåñëa:
tava mayaà jayema hi
My dear Lord, the garlands, scented substances, garments, ornaments, and other such things that have been offered to You may later be used by Your servants. By partaking of these things and eating the remnants of food You have left, we will be able to conquer the illusory energy.”*
186. Uddhava said: `By enjoying the remnants of what You have left, this servant of Lord Hari will conquer your illusory energy. Therefore I yearn to honor what You leave as remnants.’
187. When I hear these words Uddhava spoke to Lord Kåñëa, my heart becomes wild with bliss.
188. For so many days I have walked on the path of devotional service. Still, until today I did not know the importance of honoring the Lord’s remnants.
189. By the power of Lord Kåñëa’s remnants, Uddhava became very powerful. In Lord Kåñëa’s presence he honored the Lord’s remnants.
190. I never honored the Lord’s maha-prasadam in that way. In my heart I thought: `The Lord has cheated me.
191. `Then I devised a plan to please Lord Kåñëa and thus obtain His maha-prasadam remnants.
192. Filled with the nectar of these thoughts, I went to Vaikunöha. For many days I served Goddess Lakñmé.
193. Pleased, the goddess offered me a boon, She said: `Ask, and I will grant your boon. I vow I will give it.’
194. Hearing her words, I repeated the desire of my heart.
195. Folding my palms and becoming very serious, I said: `For many days a strong desire has stayed in my heart.
196. `Everyone knows that I, Narada, am your servant. Still, I have never tasteed maha-prasadam remnants.
197. `Please give me one handful of the Lord’s prasadam. That is the boon I wish. I wish that you please place your auspicious glance upon me.’
198. Hearing these words, Goddess Lakñmé was very surprised. She shyly said:
199. `The Lord commanded me not to give His remnants to anyone. Still, I will jump over His command and give you some of His remnants.
200. Please wait. After some time I will gather the maha-prasadam and give it to you.’
201. Understanding my situation, the goddess spoke these sweet words.
202. One day, as They were enjoying nectar pastimes, the Lord took the goddess’ hand and made her sit by His side.
203. Without permission, and her heart trembling in fear, the goddess smiled and sweetly said:
204. `I bow down before You and speak this rquest: My heart is afraid. I tremble in fear.
205. `O master, please destroy my fear. Please protect Your maidservant. Grasping Your feet, I say: Please listen to these glorious words.’
206. As Lakñmé spoke these frightened words, the Lord smiled with surprise and cast a glance at His Sudarçana-cakra
207. Sudarçana trembled. In a choked voice he said: `My Lord, Goddess Lakñmé is afraid. I don’t know why.’
208. Lakñmé said: `It is not Sudarçana’s fault. It is Narada’s words that make me wither with fear.
209. `Although no one knows it, Narada served me for twelve years. Pleased, I spoke to him this vow:
210. `Ask a boon, and I will grant it. What I say is the truth. It is the truth. O sage, I vow that I will keep my word.
211. `Then Narada asked Your remnants as the boon he wished. How do I have the power to grant that boon? To grant it I must jump over Your command.
212. `Those words I spoke have placed me in great danger. O master, please save Your maidservant. Please destroy this calamity that has fallen upon me.’
213. Hearing these words, the Lord said: `O Lakñmé, please listen. Your words were a great mistake.
214. `Secretly, without My knowledge, you may give My remnants to him.’ Hearing the Lord’s command, Lakñmé became joyful.
215. After some days Goddess Lakñmé, the mother of the worlds, called for me and gave me that maha-prasadam.
216-217. In this way, by Goddess Lakñmé’s mercy, my desire was fulfilled and I tasted the Lord’s wonderful maha-prasadam, prasadam more glorious and effulgent than ten million moons, ten million suns, and ten million Kamadevas.
218. Touching that maha-prasadam, I became hundreds of times more glorious and effulgent. Sounding my véna, I happily came to Mount Kailasa.
219. Seeing me, Lord Çiva asked about me. Smiling, I said: `Today I got something very wonderful.’
220. Seeing my wonderful effulgence, Lord Çiva was surprised. `How did you get a form like that?’, He asked.
221. Then I told him the whole story, from beginning to end. Hearing it, Lord Çiva scolded me.
222. He said: `O sage, you attained that rare maha-prasadam, and you ate it all, and you did not bring any for me!
223. `With great love you came here to see me again. Why did you not bring any of that rare treasure?’
224. Hearing Lord Çiva’s words, I became ashamed. I lowered my head. I saw some maha-prasadam still stuck to my fingernail. I placed my finger before Lord Çiva.
225. I happily offered him that single crumb of maha-prasadam. He did not hesitate. At once Lord Çiva placed the maha-prasadam in his mouth.
226. Then saintly Lord Çiva began to joyfully dance. With every step he took, the ground shook.
227. He became wild with bliss. Mount Sumeru trembled. The earth shook. Fear was everywhere.
228. Lord Çiva, the great king of yoga, trembled with ecstatic love. He forgot himself. His heavy steps pushed the earth down to Rasatalaloka.
229. Lord Ananta’s hoods now rested on Lord Kurma’s back. Sticking His neck out of His shell, Lord Kurma stared at Lord Ananta.
230. The elephants bearing the directions bent their necks. The cauldron of the universe began to crack.
231. Unable to bear Lord Çiva’s weight, the earth goddess ran to his city.
232. Folding her palms, she approached Goddess Katyayané and said, Because of the weight of Lord Çiva’s dancing I will lose my life.
233. If you wish to save the world, please stop him. I see the whole world is about to fall into chaos.
234. Hearing the earth goddess’ anguished words, Goddess Parvaté ran to Lord Çiva.
235. Filled with the nectar of ecstatic love, Lord Çiva danced. Speaking harsh words, the goddess broke Lord Çiva’s ecstasy.
236. Returning to external consciousness, Lord Çiva became sorrowful. Seeing Goddess Parvaté, with a hard heart he said:
237. What have you done? What have you done? O goddess, it is very wrong. You broke my ecstatic trance. Breaking it is like death for me.
238. `But for you I have no enemy in the three worlds. Why did you destroy me bliss?”
239. `Hearing Lord Çiva’s anguished words, Goddess Parvaté said: `Master, please look at Goddess Earth who now stands before you.
240. `The pressure from your feet pushed her down to Rasatalaloka. The material creation is on the verge of destruction. That is why I spoke harshly.
241. `I committed an offense. O great master, please forgive my offense.’ Smiling, Lord Çiva forgave the goddess.
242. Then the goddess humbly asked: `O master, please dispel my doubt.
243. `Every day You dance, rapt in tasting the nectar of love for Lord Kåñna. Why did you today push the earth down to Rasatalaloka?
244. `Today your form shines like ten million suns. The material universe cannot bear such brilliant light.
245. Why today did you manifest such wonderful endless bliss? O glorious master, please tell me.’
246. Lord Çiva said: `Please hear the blissful news. Narada Muni gave me some of Lord Narayana’s prasadam.
247. `Lord Viñnu’s prasadam is very rare. It is difficult to find in the three worlds. It is the nectar touched by the Lord’s lips. Even the Vedas do not know the glories of the Lord’s prasadam.
248. `I ate the maha-prasadam offered to the Lord. Now my life has borne its fruit. Today is the auspicious moment of my life.
249. `By Narada’s mercy I touched the Lord’s maha-prasadam.’ Lord Çiva thus spoke these auspicious, glorious, nectarean words.
250. Hearing Lord Çiva’s words, Goddess Parvaté, who is Mahamaya herself, said: `All these days i thought you were a kind and generous person.
251. `Your thinking I was like half your body was only a trick. Your love for me was only a pretense.
252. `Attaining such rare maha-prasadam, you ate it all yourself. You did not give any to me.’
253. Ashamed, Lord Çiva said: `O Parvaté, you are not worthy to receive such a treasure.’
254. Hearing these woprds she became furious and said: `I am called by the name Vaiñëavé. I also serve Lord Viñëu with devotion.
255-256. `Standing in the assembly of saintly persons I vow that if in His heart Lord Viñëu is merciful to me, then I will give His maha-prasadam to everyone in the three worlds. I vow that even the dogs and jackals will attain that prasadam.’
257. Hearing Goddess Katyayané’s vow, Lord Narayaëa, the master of Vaikunöha, came at once.
258. Thr goddess respectfully stood and then bowed down. Tears in her eyes, she offered prayers to the Lord.
259. Sighing, and her heart overwhelmed, she began to speak.” With a joyful heart Locana dasa speaks these words.
Song 6 (Vibhaña raga – Tripadé)
260. Lord Narayaëa gently said: `Goddess, do not
be unhappy. What you wish will happen. By your ropes of maya
everyone is blinded. Through you I create the world of birth and
261. `You are My first potency. You know the truth
of devotional service. You are My personified material energy. I
am never outside of you. Still, I say you are outside of me. The
mercy of which you spoke I give to you.
262. `The whole world worships Çiva and Gauré,
thinking them the same as Me. Çiva and Gauré are My own forms.
When you are pleased at heart, you destroy all illusions. You
destroy the illusion that you are independent of Me.
263. `I make this vow to you: In the assembly of
saintly persons I will freely give you My prasadam remnants. By
the sweet fragrance of that maha-prasadam the saints and sages
will become free of all material shackles. They will give up
their stubbornness in debate.
264. Hearing Lord Narayana’s words, Goddess
Katyayané said: `If in Your heart You are indeed merciful to
me, then You must give me Your prasadam remnants. Then every
living entity in the world will eat that prasadam. Everyone in
the three worlds will easily attain that prasadam.’
265. Decorated with the jewels of all virtues, Lord
Narayaëa said, `I will keep My vow. I will tell you an ancient
secret, a secret that will destroy all fears of the flames of
repeated birth and death.
266. `No one knows this secret. When, using Mount
Mandara as the churning rod and the serpent Ananta as the rope,
the demigods churned the milk ocean, the kalpa-våkña tree was
born from the friction of churning.
267. `The kalpa-våkña grants every desire
anyone many ask, every desire in the heart. Whatever opulence a
person requests, it grants. It does not turn its face from any
268. `The kalpa-våkña tree, which is the
glorious, effulgent, and beautiful king of trees, comes from the
form of Çri Caitanya. It is My own form. It is the king of mercy.
It has no equal.
269. `I will descend to the earth as Çri Caitanya.
I will become a sannyasi. I will enjoy many pastimes. I, the
master of the three worlds, will stay on the earth and mercifully
preach the truth.
270. `Manifesting a humanlike form, I will preach
the saìkértana movement in Kali-yuga. My form will be splendid
like gold. I will keep My vow. I will preach the highest
271. `Now I have revealed My heart to you. Please
keep that secret hidden in your heart also. In Kali-yuga
I will come as Lord Gaura, the best of incarnations, and with My
own glories I will deliver the world.’ ”
272. This conversation of Goddess Katyayani and Lord Visnu
is revealed in the Brahma Purana, Utkala-khanda. King
Prataparudra, who is an ocean of transcendental virtues,
distributed many copies of this passage,
273. Smiling and smiling, Narada MUni said, Why
should you not remember these words in your heart? The Supreme
Lord commanded me to announce that He will descend to the earth
in the Kali-yuga.
274. Arriving in the Kali-yuga, He will take birth
on the earth. Thus the master of all the worlds will take birth
in a brahmana family. He will be surrounded by His personal
275. Hearing Narada’s words, Goddess Katyayané and Lord
Çiva became joyful. Lord Çiva’s abode became filleed with
bliss. Everyone called out, Hari! Hari!” A great tumult
of blissful sounds arose.
276. Sounding his véna, Narada Muni departed. The sound
of his véna was sweet like nectar. It was a stream of nectar
that filled every ear. It delighted the hearts of the people in
the three worlds.
277. Forgeting himself, Narada had no power to walk. His
face was red with ecstatic love. Although his forehead was
covered with drop after drop of perspiration, he did not feel
tired from traveling. In this way he came to the demigod
278. Seeing him, Brahma was both very afraid and very
delighted at heart. Brahma rose to greet him. Falling at
Brahma’s feet, Narada offered obeisances. Brahma picked him up
and embraced him.
279. Brahma asked about his welfare. He said, I
think your arrival is auspicious. For a long time I have
wished to see you. That desire was in my heart. Now I see your
glorious face. Now I will proclaim the secret of your good
280. When the nectar words flow from your mouth and
enter my ear, my feverish heart will become cool. Please speak,
and I will listen. Please speak of the worlds you visited. Please
sing songs glorifying the Supreme Lord. Whom did you see? What
did you hear?
281. In this way Brahma spoke. Narada was overcome. His
lips trembled. His limbs swayed. Tears streamed from his eyes.
His face was red. By seeing this, the bliss at the beginning of
his words became doubled.
282. He said: Please hear very wonderful words. You
are the creator of the whole material world. From your name teh
world brahmanda (the material universe) has come. The different
yuga-dharmas (religion for the ages) are appropriate for their
respective yugas. In Kali-yuga sin is very powerful.
283. At Dvapara-yuga’s end the people become
filled with suffering and grief. I thought: `Kali-yuga will soon
come. In my heart I will suffer greatly. I will go to the Lord. I
will ask Him about it.”
284. I will ask Him: `O Lord, please tell me how to
deliver the sinful people in the Kali-yuga. In Kali-yuga the
brahmaëas do not study the Vedas, and everyone is impious. This
great doubt stays in my heart.’
285. Hearing my anguished words, the Supreme Lord,
who is a jewel of transcendental virtues, said, `Throw all these
worries far away from your heart. I will deliver the people of
Kali-yuga. I will teach them devotion to Me. I will descend in
286. `The benefits that come from charity, vows,
austerities, varnasrama-dharma, and pious deeds all come from
chanting Lord Hari’s holy names. You will see that Kali-yuga is
full of faults. Still, you should write that it has one great
virtue: Simply by performing saìkértana of chanting My holy
names and glorifying Me the conditioned souls are released from
the prison house of repeated birth and death.
287. `Tell this to Çiva, Brahma, and the others.
Tell them they should all take birth in the Kali-yuga.
Manifesting a form of mercy personified, I will also take birth
on the earth. Manifesting My form of Lord Gaura, I will enter the
Song 7 (Çubha-chanda) (Pahiòa raga – Diça
Refrain: Glory, glory to the moon of Lord Gauraìga, a moon
that has risen in Nadéya during the Kali-yuga. Please hear these
words: My master is never defeated. His glories fill the three
worlds with light. O! O! O! O! Please hear these words: Lord
Gauraìgacandra will never be defeated.
288. When he heard these words, the nectar sprout of
ecstatic love grew in Brahma’s heart.
289. Tears streamed down Brahma’s cheeks. Overcome with
bliss, he placed Narada on his lap.
290. Brahma said: Please hear, O great sage. By
your mercy my heart is now filled with bliss.
291. The people are shackled by maya. They are
blind with desire for material sense objects. By your mercy they
can become free of those shackles.
292. Your only concern is to deliver the people. I
will tell something that happened to me.
293. Sanaka and my other saintly sons approached me
294. They said to me: `You are the Supreme Lord’s
dear son. We have some questions. Please answer them.
295. `The Supreme Lord is inconceivable, eternal,
spiritual, eternally blissful, the most subtle, the master of
all masters, all-pervading, and religion personified.
296. `He is limitless, free from the material modes,
untouched by matter, and without any material form. No
intelligence can find His beginning, middle, or end.
297. `Still the Lord takes birth on the earth.
Although He is unborn, He is born and dies according to the laws
298. `In Våndävana forest He enjoys the rasa dance
with the gopis. He acts as if He were a lusty conditioned soul
eager to taste the nectar of sexual pleasures.
299. `He is the Supersoul present in all living
entities, male or female. Why, unsatisfied with that role, does
He become the lover of young girls?
300. `This great doubt stays in our hearts. O
Brahma, please describe to us the truth. Please sweep this
rubbish doubt from our hearts.’
301. Hearing this doubt expressed by Sanaka and the
sages, I felt great wonder in my heart.
302. My heart became anxious, and sadness marked my
face. The Supreme Lord’s actions were beyond my understanding.
303. The Supreme Lord’s actions lie on the father
shore of the ocean of Vedanta. Who understands them? Hundreds
and hundreds of Brahma’s know as little as I.
304. As I expressed these thoughts to them, the
Supreme Lord, manifesting the form of a swan, came before me.
305. In that form the Lord explained to me the
four nutshell verses of Çrimad-Bhägavatam. Then I gave that
explanation to the sages.
306. The sages became satisfied and the doubt in
their hearts went to its destruction.
307. To me these four nutshell verses are like a
great reservoir of nectar. No one in this material universe truly
308. Writing the Mahabharata and the Puranas,
Vyasa stayed for many days at Naimiñaranya.
309. Even arfter he had written these books the
sadness in his heart would not disperse.
310. In the middle of the forest Vyasa became
distraught. When the Supreme Lord became aware of all this,
com,passion took birth in His heart.
311. Summoning me, the Supreme Lord gave me the
four nutshell verses and said to me: `Take the
four nutshell verses and go to Vyasa.
312. `Vyasa does not understand the truth of My
activities. Following these four nutshell verses He should write
313. `You then explain the Çrimad-Bhägavatam to
Narada. Goddess Sarasvaté will speak using his tnogue.’
314. Now I will tell you something. Please listen,
O best of the sages. Yuga after yuga please be merciful to all
315. You are a great soul whose only interest is
the deliverance of other souls. Çrimad-Bhägavatam is a sublime
scripture. There is no treasure like it.
316. Çrimad-Bhägavatam is perfectly spiritual.
Matter never touches it. Fools do not understand this truth.
317. In Çrimad-Bhägavatam, at the time of Garga
MUni’s performing Lord Kåñna’s name-giving ceremony, the
Lord Kåñna’s incarnations are described.
318. In that passage ofÇrimad-Bhägavatam Garga MUni
describes the Lord’s incarnations in the four yugas. He says
319. asan varëas trayo hy asya
gåhëato ‘nu – yugaà tanuù
çuklo raktas tatha péta
idanéà kåñëataà gataù
`Your son Kåñëa appears as an incarnation in every
millennium. In the past He assumed three different colors – white,
red, and yellow – and now He has appeared in a blackish color.’*
320. In Satya-yuga the Lord appeared in a white
color. In Treta-yuga His form was red and His name Yajïa.
321. As Nanda’s son He has a black color. That
leaves only the color yellow remaining.
322. The sequence of the descriptions in this verse
leaves some readers in doubt. They think there are four yugas and
the Lord’s incarnations have only three colors.
323. Actually this verse describes four colors. The
colors are white, red, yellow, and black. These colors are
manifested in the course of the four yugas. They are not all
manifest in one yuga.
324. now we will consider this question: In what
yuga does Lord Gaura manifest? This doubt is not quickly resolved
with only a few words.
325. Now I will explain this truth. Please listen.
Even fools will be able to understand the truth from my words.
326. In Çrimad-Bhägavatam’s Eleventh Canto 11.5.19)
Maharaja Nimi asks Karabhajana Muni:
327. kasmin kale sa bhagavan
kià varnaù kédåçaiù nåbhiù
namna va kena vidhina
pujyate tad ihocyatam
What colors does the Supreme Personality of Godhead
assume in the different yugas? What are His names? By what
process and by what kind of people is He worshiped. Please
describe all this.’ ”
328. This verse says: What colors does the Supreme
Personality of Godhead manifest in the different yugas? What are
His names in the different yugas?
329. By what religious process do what kind of people
worship Him in the different yugas? By what actions is He
330. To these questions Karabhajana Muni replied
kåtaà treta dvaparaà ca
kalir ity eñu keçavaù
`In the Satya, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali yugas Lord
Kåñna manifests in different forms with different colors and He
is worshiped in different ways.
331. kåte çuklas catur-bahur
`In Satya-yuga the Lord appeared in a body colored
white with four arms and matted hair. He wore tree bark and bore
a black antelope skin. He wore a sacred thread and a garland of
rudrakña beads. He carried a rod and a waterpot, and He was a
332. manuñyas tu tada çanta
nirvairaù suhrdaù samaù
yajanti tapasa devaà
çamena ca damena ca
`In that yuga the peaceful, non-envious, friendly,
equipoised people worship the Lord by controlling their minds and
333. In these verses Karabhajana Muni tells Maharaja
Nimi: Please listen carefully. How is the Lord worshiped in the
Satya-yuga and the other yugas?
334. In the Satya-yuga the Lord has a white complexion and
His name is Haàsa. He has four arms, matted hair, and tree-bark
garments. His process of religion is the performance of
335. He has a danòa, kamanòalu, black deerskin, and sacred
thread. The people then are by nature peaceful, non-envious, and
336. The Lord’s incarnation in the Treta-yuga is
described in these words of Çrimad-Bhägavatam (11.5.24-25):
tretayaà rakta-varno ‘sau
In Treta-yuga the Lord appeared in a body that had
a reddish hue and four arms. There were three distinctive lines
on His abdomen, and His hair was golden. His form manifested the
Vedic knowledge, and He bore the symbols of a sacrificial spoon,
ladle, and so on.’*
337. taà tada manuja devaà
yajanti vidyaya trayya
With the knowledge of the three Vedas the religious
and spiritual people in that yuga perform yajïas to worship the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, who contains within Himself all
338. These verses mean: In the Treta-yuga the Lord has a
red color, four arms, and a triple belt. He carries a sruk and
srava in His hands.
339. The hair on His head is the color of molten gold. The
Supreme Lord, within whom all the demigods are manifest, is
worshiped by performance of yajïa.
340. The Lord is the three vedas personified. Therefore His
name is Yajïa. The people who know the truth of religion worship
Him according to the religious rules described in the Vedas.
341. The Lord’s incarnation in the Dvapara-yuga is
described in these words of Çrimad-Bhägavatam (11.5.27, 28, and
dvapare bhagavan çyamaù
çrévatsadibhir aìkaiç ca
`In the Dvapara-yuga the Personality of Godhead
appears in a blackish hue. He is dressed in yellow, He holds His
own weapons, and He is decorated with the Kaustubha jewel and
marks of Çrivatsa. That is how His symptoms are described.’*
342. taà tada puruñaà martya
paraà jijïasavo nåpa
`O king, following the Vedas and Tantras, persons
who yearn to know the Supreme worship Him as a king in the
343. iti dvapara urv-éça
kalav api tatha çånu
`O king, in this way the people in Dvapara-yuga
glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Following the various
Tantras, the people in Kali-yuga also glorify the Lord in that
344. These verses mean: In Dvapara-yuga the Supreme
Personality of Godhead has a black color. He has the Çrivatsa and
Kaustubha jewel. Yellow garments are on His body.
345. Bearing the qualities of a king of kings, He is
glorious. Persons who are fortunate worship Him according to the
rules on the Vedas and Tantras.
346. In every yuga the Supreme Lord appears as a yuga-
avatara. The Lord thus induces the people of each yuga to follow
the appropriate yuga-dharma.
347.The three yugas Satya, Treta, and Dvapara have already
passed. In these yugas the Lord’s color was first white, then
red, and then black.
348. The sage explained that the Lord manifested these three
colors in these three yugas. Please carefully hear these words of
349. kåñna-varnaà tviñakåñnaà
yajanti hi su-medhasaù
In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform
congregation chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who
constantly sings the name of Kåñna. Although His complexion is
not blackish, He is Kåñna Himself. He is accompanied by His
associates, servants, weapons, and confidential companions.’ “*
350. In this verse of Çrimad-Bhägavatam the word
kåñna-varna” means the two syllable Kåñëa”.
351. Now everyone please hear the explanation of the word
akåñëam”, which means of light color”. This
word refers to Lord Gaura.
352. The word saìgopaìgastra-parñadam” means
Accompanied by His associates, the Lord descends to this
353. Here the word aìga” refers to Lord
Balarama, and the word upaìga” refers to the Lord’s
354. The word astra” refers to the Lord’s
Sudarçana-cakra and other weapons. The word parñadam”
refers to Prahlada, Narada, and all the other personal
associates of the Lord.
355. The devotees who were the Lord’s servants and
maidservants when He previously descended to the material world
again become His aìgas and upaìgas when He descends as Lord
356. Someone will describe all these great Vaiñnavas and
tell what there names are in Lord Kåñna’s pastimes.
357. The common people will not undwerstand these
descriptions. How will the lowly people believe them?
358. For this reason Karabhajana Muni said only intelligent
people (sumedhasaù) will understand.
359. Saìkértana (congregational chanting of the Lord’s
holy names) is the yuga-dharma in Kali-yuga. Intelligent people
will delight in saìkértana.
360. Now I will explain to you what the ordinary people do
not understand: Why in Çrimad-Bhägavatam 10.8.13 only three
colors are given to describe the Lord’s incarnations in the four
361. In Çrimad-Bhägavatam 11.5.32 the word Kåñna-
varnam” may mean either He whose color is black” or
He whose name is Kåñëa”. A different color is not seen in
these two (Dvapara and Kali) yugas.
362. In the two yugas Dvapara and Kali the Lord’s
incarnation has the same color. The Lord’s incarnations have the
same color in these two yugas. That is the heart of the
363. In Satya and Treta yugas the Lord’s ioncarnations have
a red and whote color respectively. In Dvapara and Kali yugas the
Lord’s incarnations both have the same color.
364. Why is the sequence of colors broken in Garga Muni’s
description? The sequence is not broken. Please very happilyhear
365. This description refers to past, present, and future.
The four yugas here fit into these three phases of time.
366. In this verse of Çrimad-Bhägavatam the Satya and Treta
yugas are in the past, and the Dvapara-yuga is in the present.
In Dvapara-yuga Lord Kåñna’s incarnation bears the name Kåñna.
367. By speaking the word idaném” (now) in this
verse garga Muni refers to the near future.
368. I say that the use of the present here is truly
intended to refer to the near future.
369. Sanskrit panòitas agree that the present may be unsed
to refer to the near future. The near future is then hinted in
370. In this verse Garga Muni uses the word tatha”
(in that way). Why, after describing the Lord’s white and red
incarnations, does Garga Muni then use the word tatha”.
371. The word tatha” is used here to mean: As
(yatha) the Lord previously appeared in white and red
incarnations, in the same way (tatha) Lord Kåñna will appear in
a yellow color in Kali-yuga.
372. At the present, in the Dvapara-yuga, the Lord has
appeared in a black color. In this way Garga Muni’s description
of the Lord’s incarnations in the four yugas makes reference to
the three phases of time.
373. If someone does not accept my explanation then he must
say why Çrimad-Bhägavatam uses the word tatha” in this
374. I will now explain all this. Please hear my words. I,
Locana dasa, will explain. Please do not ignore my words.
375. Please hear another wonderful explanation of this
verse. This explanation is the most conclusive evidence.
376. Here someone may lodge a surprising protest. He may
claim that because He is a yuga-avatara, Lord Kåñna cannot be
the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all
377. In truth it is said in Çrimad-Bhägavatam that the other
yuga-avatara are all pleanry portions (amsa) or portions opf the
plenary portions of Lord Kåñna, and Lord Kåñna Himself is the
original Supreme Personality of Godhead.
378. This explanation is found in these words of Çrimad-
ete caàça-kalaù puàsaù
kåñnas tu bhagavan svayam
måòayanti yuge yuge
`All the above-mentioned incarnations are either
plenary portuions or portions of the plenary portions of thse
Lord, but Lord Çri Kåñëa is the original Personality of Godhead.
All of Them appear on planets whenever there is a disturbance
created by the atheists. The Lord incarnates to protect the
379. Why do I say that Lord Kåñëa is a yuga-avatara? Why
does Çrimad-Bhägavatam refer to Him as a yuga-avatara?
380. Lord Kåñëa, the moon of Våndävana, is not a mere yuga-
avatara. Rather He is the prefect and complete original Supreme
Personality of Godhead. That Çrimad-Bhägavatam says.
381. Now I will explain why Lord Kåñna is the original
Supreme Personality of Godhead. Please do not mock me. Listen
382. In Çrimad-Bhägavatam (10.8.13) it is said:
asan varëas trayo hy asya
gåhëato ‘nu – yugaà tanuù
çuklo raktas tatha péta
idanéà kåñëataà gataù
`Your son Kåñëa appears as an incarnation in every
millennium. In the past He assumed three different colors – white,
red, and yellow – and now He has appeared in a blackish color.’*
383. In this verse Garga Muni speaks very profound truths.
How can I explain those truths? I am only a fool.
384. If one is intelligent he becomes a devotee of the Lord.
Only intelligent people can understand the truths given in
385. Garga MUni explained that in each of the four yugas the
Lord appears in incarnations of four different colors. In
discussing these different yugas Garga Muni refers to the three
phases of time: past, present, and future.
386. Thus in this verse Vyasa describes the four yugas
according to the three phases of time.
387. He says that in the four yugas: Satya, Treta, Dvapara,
and Kali, the Lord descends as avataras that are white, red,
yellow, and black.
388. The four yugas are all mentioned here, but only three
of the yuga-avataras are mentioned in this verse.
389. The intention here is that as there are four yugas, so
there are also four yuga-avataras.
390. Thus it may be seen thast in this verse the sequence of
the avataras is interrupted. The truth is that by speaking the
word tatha” (in the same way) Garga Muni hints at the
appearance of the Lord’s avatara in the future.
391. Who are the yuga-avataras? They are described as
having four colors. Who is the avatar.i (the origin of the
avataras)? That we must consider.
392. Lord Kåñna, who descended to the earth and took birth
in the Yadu dynasty, is the avataré. All the other avataras
are plenary portions of Him.
393. Someone may doubt: Why make a distinction between the
avatara and the source of avataras? There are two reasons for that:
394. The avataras that appear in the four yugas are all
pleanry portions (aàça) of the original Supreme Personality of
Godhead. They appear in certain specific colors in each yuga, one
after the other.
395. Their purpose is to establish religion and destroy
irreligion. In every yuga these plenary portions (aàça) of the
Supreme Lord descend as avataras.
396. However, in Dvapara-yuga Lord Hari descended in His
original form. He is the crest jewel of all avataras. He is
above them all.
397. The meaning of Garga Muni’s words is that generally in
the Dvapara-yuga the incarnation of the Lord is dark and
handsaome like Kåñëa, but He is not the original form of Lord
398. Generally in the Dvapara-yuga the avatara is dark like
Lord Kåñëa, and bears the name Kåñëa, but He is only a plenary
portion of Kåñëa. Now please hear the heart of this matter.
399. When Lord Kåñëa Himself personally descends in the
Dvapara-yuga, in the following Kali-yuga Lord Gauracandra makes
His appearance. These two Lords who appear in the Dvapara and
Kali yugas are not different.
400. Although They descend in two different yugas, They
are the same. Vyasa explains this.
401. In the Båhat-sahasra-nama-stotra it is said:
tam aradhya tatha çambho
grahiñyami varaà sada
dvaparadau yuge bhutva
svagamaiù kalpitais tvaà ca
janan mad-vimukhan kuru
maà ca gopaya yena syat
In Kali-yuga, mislead the people in general by
propounding imaginary meanings of the Vedas to bewilder them.”*
402. Now I will tell you something else. Please listen. In
Bhagavad-géta (4.8) these words came from Lord Kåñna’s mouth:
403. paritranaya sadhunaà
vinaçaya ca duñkåtam
sambhavami yuge yuge
`In order to deliver the pious and annihilate the
miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of
religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium.’*
404 and 405. These words mean: In order to protect the
pious, establish religion, and destroy impiety, I take birth in
one yuga and then in another yuga. Thus in two yugas I personally
406. Here I speak first of one yuga and then of another
yuga. I speak the word yuga as a noun, a noun modified by an
407. When I speak it the word yuga is preceded by an
adjective. The first yuga is the Dvapara-yuga, and the second
yuga is the Kali-yuga.
408. Why do you say that the words yuge yuge” in
this verse of Bhagavad-géta refers to the four yugas? The
Kåñna-avatara is the perfect and complete original Supreme
Personality of Godhead. Why do you say He is only a plenary
portion (aàça) of the Supreme Lord?
409. In other places in the scriptures the four yugas are
mentioned. Please be attentive and I will quote such a reference.
410. In Bhagavad-géta (4.7) Lord Kåñëa delcares:
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
tadatmanaà såjamy aham
Whenever and wherever there is a decline in
religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predmonent
rise in irreligion – at that time I descend Myself.’*
411. In this verse the Supreme Lord says: At whatever time,
and in whatever yuga, religion is destroyed and irreligion
arises, at that time I take birth.
412. At that time I appear Myself. Manifesting My plenary
portion (aàça), I thus descend in every uuga.
413. Now I will tell you one thing. Please hear My words. I,
Locana dasa will explain this. Please do not disregard my words.
414. Here the Supreme Lord says: I, Lord Kåñna, take birth
as Lord Gaura in Kali-yuga. Please crush to death any doubts you
may have about this.
415. Please hear the wonderful secret truth of the Kali-
yuga. In the Kali-yuga the religion of saìkértana
(congregational chanting of Lord Kåñëa’s holy names) will deliver
the entire world.
416-417. Saìkértana brings the same results attained by charity,
vows, austerity, yajïas, study, sense-control, and following
rules that restrict one’s contact with sense objects and material
desires. This truth I have heard in the Sruti-sastra. Still, the
people are all shacked by maya, have all become blinded, have
all become worthless like heaps of ashes, for they do not know
the glories of the Supreme Lord’s holy names and qualities.
418. Bound by the ropes of karma and wandering from place to
place, the conditioned souls will not engage in renunciation.
Neither will they perform pious deeds.
419. At the time of cosmic annihilation the ropes of karma
that bind them are cut. Only when the ropes of karma are cut can
they ask about Lord Kåñna.
420. Therefore saìkértana is the yuga-dharma (religion of
thew age) for Kali-yuga. Still, people who have committed
horrible sins cannot understand this secret truth.
421. How can the yuga-dharma, which is saìkértana, be
destroyed? Who, but the Lord Himself, has the power to establish
422. In the Bhagavad-géta the Supreme Lord promises that He
will descend to this world and protect religion.
423. He says (Bhagavad-géta 4.8):
vinaçaya ca duñkåtam
sambhavami yuge yuge
`In order to deliver the pious and annihilate the
miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of
religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium.’*
424. In this verse the Lord says: To protect the devotees,
destroy irreligion, and establish religion, I appear in every
425. In Kali-yuga the yuga-dharma is saìkértana. In Kali-
yuga the Lord’s avatara is Lord Gaura. There is no other.
426. After Lord Brahma had spoken these words, the sages
joyfully embraced each other. Brahma was so overcomne with bliss
he did not even know who he was.
427. Then he spoke one more truth about Lord Gaura’s
glories. His every sense filled with bliss, he said:
428. Please hear another explanation. In the Sahasra-nama-
stotra, in the description of two of the Lord’s holy names, it is
said (Mahabharata, Çanti-parva):
429. suvarna-varno hemaìgo
sannyasa-kåc chamaù çanto
In His early pastimes He appears as a householder
with a golden complexion. His linbs are beautiful, and His body,
smeared with the pulp of sandalwood, seems like molten gold. In
His later pastimes He accepts the sannyasa order, and He is
equipoised and peaceful. He is the highest abode of peace and
devotion, for He silences the impersonalist non-devotees.’*
430. This verse means: Lord Gaura’s body is effulgent like
gold. He accepts sannyasa and He is very noble-hearted.
431. Please hear the following words from the Bhaviñya
Purana, where three times the Lord vows that He will take birth
432. In that verse of the Bhaviñya Pyraëa, the Supreme Lord
ajayadhvaà na saàçayaù
`I shall take birth. I shall take birth. I shall
take birth. Of this there is no doubt. In the age of Kali, when
the saìkértana movement is inaugurated, I shall descend as the
son of Çacé-devé.’*
433. Please carefully hear some other wonderful
explanations. With an attentive heart please try to understand
the secret of the yuga-dharma in Kali-yuga.
434. In Kali-yuga everyone is sinful. Irreligion is manifest
and religion is diminished.
435. Hari-nama-saìkértana (chanting Lord Kåñna’s holy
names) is the yuga-dharma in that age. In truth, chanting Lord
Kåñëa’s holy names is the essence of all religion.
436. By once chanting the Lord’s holy name one easily
attains the results of charity, vows, austerity, yajïa,
jïaëa, and japa, and one also easily attains liberation.
437. A hedonist addicted to sense pleasures may give some
attention to chanting the holy names. At first he may remain a
hedonist, but in the end he will become rapt in devotion to Lord
438. If he chants the glories of Lord Kåñëa, a faithful
person will spurn all material pleasures and run to Lord Kåñëa.
439. Thus chanting Lord Kåñëa’s names and glories is the
true religion in the sinful Kali-yuga.
440. In this way I have described the nature of Kali-yuga
and its yuga-dharma. This is the highest religion in the sinful
age of Kali.
441. If someone say that the sins in Kali-yuga are very
difficult to cut into pieces, then I say that one should simply
bring out the great sword of saìkértana.
442. Why do the people who live in the Satya-yuga and
other yugas pray to take birth in Kali-yuga? Because in Kali-yuga
the people are very devoted to chanting Lord Hari’s holy
443. In Çrimad-Bhägavatam (11.5.38) it is said:
kåtadiñu praja rajan
kalav icchanti sambhavam
kalau khalu bhaviñyanti
O king, the residents of Satya-yuga and the other
yugas yearn to take birth in Kali-yuga, for in Kali-yuga there
will be many devotees of Lord Narayaëa.’
444. Why, when He descended to this world with all His
powers, did Lord Kåñëa not give prema-bhakti (loving devotional
service) to even the sinners?
445. Please tell me: What incarnatioon in what yuga would be
so merciful that He would give ecstatic spiritual love (prema)
even to condition souls that do not engage in devotional service?
446. Religion, pious deeds, and holy places destroy sins. Do
you know anything like them?
447. Some great souls know that Kali-yuga is the best of all
yugas, for within it is the religion of saìkértana. In Kali-yuga
there is no other religion.
448. In this way Brahma spoke. Hearing these words, Narada
struck his véna and made a shower of sweet sounds.
449. Hearing this nectar conversation of Brahma and
Narada, Locana dasa finds that his heart is filled with bliss.
Song 8 (Sindhuda raga)
450. Narada said: Brahma, what can I say? You have already
spoken what was in my heart.
451-453. Shacked by past karma, for how many kalpas does the
conditioned soul wander and wander in this world? If somehow such
a person renders a small service to a Vaiñnava and if somehow
he hears from that Vaiñnava the confidential truths of
spiritual life, and if then he carefully strivwes to attain
spiritual perfection, then the shackles of maya that bind him
will be opened. Then he will become devoted to Lord Kåñna. Then
he will not even lift a finger to grasp any of the four kinds of
liberation that begin with salokya-mukti.
454. Who is qualified to attain the ecstatic love the gopis
felt? Of that I will talk.
455. The Supreme Lord is conquered by that love, which is
superficially like the love of a woman for her paramour.
456. Who can describe that love? He so admired their virtues
that Uddhava prayed to become a bush or a creeper.
457. In Çrimad-Bhägavatam (10.47.61) he said:
asam aho carana-renu-juñam ahaà syaà
våndavane kim api gulma-latauñadhénam
ya dustyajaà svajanam arya pathaà ca hitva
bhejur mukunda-padavéà çrutibhir vimågyam
The gopis of Våndävana have given up the
association of their husbands, sons, and other family members,
who are very difficult to give up, and they have forsaken the
path of chastity to take shelter at the ltous feet of Mukunda,
Kåñna, which one should search for by Vedic knowledge. Oh, let me
be fortunate enough to be one of the bushes, creepers, or herbs
in Våndävana, because the gopis trample them and bless them with
the dust of their lotus feet.”*
458-461. The same Supreme Personality of Godhead on whose feet
Brahma and Çiva meditate, whom the kings of the yugés and the
kings of the sages seek but cannot find, whose feet the many
goddesses of fortune serve, the sweet glory of whose feet words
have no power to describe, whose great glories the four Vedas
always sing, whose limitless glories have no end, who rests on
the bed that is Lord Ananta Çeña, that same Lord has become a
servant of the gopis.
462. How many hundreds and hundreds of devotees are like
them, are followers of the gopis and have also conquered Lord
Kåñna and brought Him under their control?
463. Who is Lord Kåñna? He is the all-pervading Supreme
Personality of Godhead. Who are the gopis? They are girls
overcome with deep love for Kåñëa, girls who ran into the forest
to meet Kåñëa.
464. I wish to describe these truths of devotional service.
The greatest secrets are the secrets of pure devotional service.
There are no other great secrets.
465. In Kali-yuga the Supreme Personality of Godhead will
preach these secrets of pure devotional service, secrest even
Goddess Lakñmé and Lord Ananta Çeña have never heard.
466. O Brahma, please tell everyone in your assembly to
take birth, by their plenary portions (aàça), in the Kali-yuga.
467. Speaking these words, the great sage Narada, his heart
filled with bliss, departed. Locana dasa speaks these words.
Song 9 (Mallara raga – Tripadé)
468. Narada Muni departed. He sounded his véna. The music
was sweet and auspicious. It was like a shower of
nectar on the hearts of the world’s people. It was a wonderful of
bliss in the three worlds.
469. Plunged in bliss, Narada sang: Jaya! Jaya!
Haribol!” These words of His fell on the three worlds:
Accompanied by His weapons and associates, Lord Gaura will
happily take birth in the Kali-yuga.
470. Please be merciful to me. Please cast your glance on
me. Please sprinkle your nectar words on my body. Jaya! Jaya
Jagannatha! Accompanied by His devotees, the master of the
universes will preach the glories of devotional service offered
471. The people of Kali-yuga are fortunate, fortunate. The
people are all fortunate. The Supreme Lord will descend to the
earth in the place called Nadéya. Fortunate is Purandara
Miçra, in whose home Lord Gauraraja will take birth.
472. Aha! Accompanied by His devotees, Lord Gaura will sing
of Lord Kåñna’s glories. The mådaìgas, conchshells, and
karatalas will all sound. A nectar shower of ecstatic spiritual
love will fall on the fourteen worlds. Lord Gaura will preach the
glories of glorifying Lord Kåñna.
473. Lord Gaura will personally distribute the power to
taste the sweet nectar rasas of Våndävana. He will give it to the
demigods, nagas, and human beings, including even the canòalas.
He will give it to everyone.
474. Please hear the blissful, blissful, auspicious,
auspicious glories of the Lord. Now the great treasure of
Våndävana is openly manifest. The master of all the worlds has
taken birth on the earth.” Now Locana dasa is delirious with
Song 10 (Varaòi raga)
Refrain: O my master! O my very life! Lord Gauracandra has
come to this world!
475. Hearing these words, Indra, Candra, the demigods, and
the kings of yogés and sages all danced with bliss.
476. Filled with bliss, Narada continued his travels. He
saw that the people were like dead trees now alive with a host of
477. Returning unannounced to earth, he saw the people’s
religious practices were in chaos.
478. Everyone had turned away from charity, vows, and
austerities. With their bodies, words, and hearts they worshiped
only their wives.
479. Seeing all this, Narada decided: This is the
Kali-yuga. There is no doubt of that.
480. My announcement fell on the three worlds. Now
the Kali-yuga has come.”
481. Narada sat down and became rapt in thought. Suddenly
from the sky a divine voice said:
482. I am Lord Jagannatha. In My spiritual form of
wood I reside by the ocean’s shore in Nélacala to deliver the
483. You do not remember what happened before. I
promised I would keep Goddess Katyayané’s vow.
484. Go. Go, O king of the sages, to Jagannatha
Puré. Obey Lord Jagannatha’s command.”
485. His heart filled with bliss, Narada traveled there.
The sound rising from his véna cooled the feverish people of
486. With great love calling out, O! O
Jagannatha!”, he ran to Jagannatha Puré. There he gazed at the
graceful moonlike face of Lord Jagannatha, the ruler of the
487. Lord Jagannatha is the resting place of all divine
incarnations. His blissful face is the abode of all nectar and
488. Narada fell at Lord Jagannatha’s feet. Folding his
hands, he said: O Lord Jagannatha, please be merciful.
Now the age of Kali has come.
489. Now everyone has fallen into a host of
horrible sins. Everyone is devoted only to their bellies and
genitals. They are all bewildered with great lamentations.”
490. Hearing these words, Lord Jagannatha smiled and spoke.
Touching Narada’s hand, in that secluded place the Lord said:
491. I will tell you a great secret. By My command
you should now go to the spiritual world of Goloka.”
Song 11 (Pahiòa raga – Tripadé chanda)
492. Above Vaikunöha is the world of Goloka, where Çri
Gaurasundara is king. In that place are Rukmiëé and a host of
women. There Lord Hari is the only male. Everyone there is full
493. There Rädhä and Rukmiëé are the two queens. The other
women are Their expansions. Following hundreds and hundereds of
branches of devotion, these personified potencies engage in
494. Satyabhama is also a queen there. Her beauty and
virtues have no peer. She has the greatest intelligence and sweetness.
Her playfulness, beauty, artistic talent, and good fortune are
glorious. She is the most beautiful abnd charming girl in the
495. In that realm are singing and music and the rhythms of
drums. In that realm are the spiritual vibrations of the Vedas
including the fifth Veda. In that realm sublime intelligence is
496. In that realm are many expansions of the supreme Lord
and many hosts of exalted Vaiñnavas. That nectar city bears
the name Raìga-puré. Why has the power to describe the glory
of that realm? Having only a single mouth, I have no power to
497. In that realm, in Våndävana forest, Lord Kåñëa enjoys
the rasa dance with Çri Rädhä and a host of gopis. In that
realm, in Dvaraka City, many women, the followers and
servants of Queen Rukmiëé, taste the nectar of ecstatic
498. No one there lacks devotion. Everyone there always
sings the glories of the Lord. Although they are all free and
independent, everyone there voluntarily submits to the Lord’s
will. Everyone there is liberated. Still, they humbly engage in
devotional service as if they were conditioned souls in the world
499. The four kinds of liberation, which begin with salokya-
mukli, are all potencies of Vaikuëöha’s master. The master of
Vaikunöha is never conquered by persons who have no devotion.
He posseses all opuelnces. He is no fallen and lowly. He is
conquered only by pure devotion.
500. Sugar has no power to tasste its own sweetness. Only
others can taste it. Liberation is an obstacle on the path of
devotional service. Loving devotional service is the highest
501. This city is beyond the jurisdiction of the demigod
Brahma. It is My home. Out of compassion Çri Caitanya, the
master of all, will come here. His form will be tall and fair.
When you see Him the troubles in your heart will perish.
502. I Myself will be the Çri Caitanya you will
see. I will preach the chanting of My own glories. I will destroy
everyopne’s sufferings. I will preach the bliss of ecstatic
spiritual love. I will deliver the people of Kali-yuga.”
503. Hearing these wonderful words, Narada Muni departed.
He thought, Now I will see the world of Goloka, a world
higher than Vaikuëöha, a world beyond what the Vedas can see, a
world whose praises are sung in all the worlds.
504. The secret truths I heard from the devotees about
liberation, what is beyond liberation, and what is neither known
nor manifest to the Vedas and the material world, today I will
505. Filled with love, Narada flew to the spiritual world.
Hearing the sound of his véëa, the residents of Vaikuëöha
became joyful. Filled with bliss, and singing auspicious songs
glorifying the Supreme Lord, Narada arrived at the agte of
506. Surrounded by His associates, Lord Narayana, the
master of Vaikunöha saw Narada and offered him a seat on a
jewel throne. Falling at the Lord’s feet, Narada offered
respectful obeisances. The Lord picked hiom up and embraced him.
507. Smiling and smiling, Lord Narayaëa asaid:
What is in your heart? O great sage, please tell. I will
grant whatever wish is in your heart. What you do not know I will
508. Folding his palms, Narada Muni said: You are
the Supersoul present in every heart. What need I explain to You?
What in Your spiritual form of wood You described to me I will
soon see with my own eyes.”
509. Then Lord Narayana, who is decorated with the jewels
of all virtues, said: The form I secretly deascribed to
you is My original form. Maya is that form’s shadow. Hundreds
and hundreds of avatarasa come from that form. Worship of that
form is the noblest endeavor.
510. I am a plenary expansion of that form. I am
present everywhere. I am Lord Viñëu from whom everything has
come. I am everything of everything. Goddess Laksmi is My
follower. The four kinds of liberation also follow Me. What I
tell you is the truth.
511. I, Lord Viñëu, am His plenary expansion.
Goddess Lakñmé is His potency of opulence. This Vaikuëöha realm
is the plenary expansion of His original Vaikuëöha realm. The
liberation here is only a shadow of the liberation in His realm.
There pure devotional service is present everywhere. Lord
Narayana serves Him, the master of that Vaikunöha.
512. In His realm Çri Rädhä is the only potency.
Her form is filled with ecstatic spiritual love. She brings the
Supreme Personality of Godhead under Her crontrol. His realm is
one of the Vaikuëöha worlds. It is called Maha-Vaikuëöha. It is
three-quarters of all existence.
513. What I say is the truth. Lord Gaura-Hari is
beyond the touch of maya. He is a kalp-avrksa tree of
compassion. O sage, go to Him. Go. Go to Mahaprabhu’s place. He
is the çikña-guru (teacher) of all the worlds.”
514. Sounding his véëa and singing soungs
glorifying Lord Hari, Narada, the king of the kings of the
sages, departed. His limbs trembled in ecstasy. From head to foot
the hairs of his body stood erect. Tears of spiritual love
streamed from his eyes.
515. He became wild with ecstatic love. One moment he was
filled with wonder. Another moment he called out:
Gauraìga!” Another moment he stumbled. Another moment he
fell backwards. Another moment he wept. Another moment he eagerly
516. Suddenly a breeze blew upon him, a breeze that brought
coolness to his whole body. Then came an effulgence glorious like
ten million moons. Then he smelled the fragrance of the Supreme
Lord’s graceful lotus feet. Then Narada’s whole body was
overwhelmed with ecstasy. Then he gazed on a person more glorious
517. Many Kamadevas served that person. No one there saw
Him without feeling great love. They did not know whether it was
day or night. They did not see Narada as different from them.
Everyone there was filled with bliss and free of grief.
518. Their walking was playful dancing. Their words were
graceful songs. Their eyes were drawn to the Lord. No limb of
their bodies was not filled with bliss. No one of them eas
lacking in ecstatic spiritual love. Their bodies were made of
519. Every body was made of knowledge and bliss. The ground
was made of cintamani jewels. Every tree was a a kalpa-våkña
tree. Every cow was a kamadhenu cow. This was the realm where
Uddhava and other great devotees yearn to become a bush or a
520. Every tree there was a kalpa-våkña tree. In that
realm was a peerless jewel platform. On a golden throne there
Lord Gauraìga Raya, with a smile sweeter than nectar, sat.
521. The Lord’s left big toe touched an auspicious waterpot
near the throne. A jewel lamp shone like the sun. If filled that
whole realm with light.
522. Rädhikä was on the Lord’s right. Her followers were at
Her side. In their hands were jewel waterpots. Rukmini was on
the Lord’s left. Her friends were at her side. In their hands
were gold waterpots with jewel water.
523. Nagnajita placed a waterpot in Mitravinda’s hand.
Mitravinda placed it in Sulakñana’s hand. Sulakñana placed it in
Rukminé’s hand. From that pot Queen Rukminé poured celestial
Gaìga water on Lord Gauraìga’s head. In this way the Lord’s
abhiñeka (ritual bathing) was performed.
524. Tilottama placed a waterpot in Madhupriya’s hand.
Madhupriya placed it in Candramukhé’s hand. Candramukhé placed
in Rädhikä’s hand. From that pot Queen Rädhikä poured celestial
Gaìga water on the Lord Gauraìga’s head. In this way the
Lord’s abhiñeka (ritual bathing) was again performed.
525. In her hands Satyabhama brought splendid scents,
garlands, garments, and ornaments and placed them in the hands of
her maidservants Lakñaëa, Subhadra, and Bhadra.
526. In the four directions hundreds and hundreds of
goddesses brought splendid divine gifts. With their own hands
again and again they offered clusters of precious jewels to the
Lord. Loudly they sang auspicious songs of Jaya! Jaya!”
527. In this way they pewrformed the abhiñeka of Lord
Gauraìga, the master of Goloka. It was He and no other. The
scriptures meditate on HIm with rapt attention. His form is fair
like gold. He is worshiped with a four-syllable mantra. When He
is the king of Vaikuëöha His form is dark.
528. When he manifests His dark form of Vaikuntha’s king He
has four hands that hold four weapons. When He has a form
splendid like gold, His every limb is like gold. Then He has two
arms and He speaks gently. Please hear the truth of this.
529. Gazing then at Lord Gaura decorated with the jewels of
transcendental virtues, Narada Muni, overcome with ecstatic
spiritual love, fell at the Lord’s feet. With unblinking eyes he
gazed at the Lord. With his tears he bathed the Lord’s feet.
530. Bathed in this way, the Lord gently smiled, picked up
Narada, and placed him in His lap. Now Narada’s doubts and
fears all perished. The anguish in his heart was crushed into
dust. Then Narada, who is very dear to the Lord, gently, gently
531. Narada Muni said: O Lord Mahaprabhu, never
have I seen or heard of a form wonderful like Yours. Now my birth
has borne its fruit. Now I see a flood of nectar. Now I know that
I am fortunate, fortunate.
532. Brahma and the demigods do not understand
You. Therefore i say You and Your avataras are beyond the
knowledge of individual souls. Some say You are a spiritual
effulgence. Others say no words coming from any mouth can ever
describe You No one can speak any metaphor or simile that will
give a true idea of You.
533. Som,e say You are greater than the greatest,
the Supreme Person. No one has the power to describe You
completely. Gazing only on Your all-pervading energies one does
not attain liberation. Your actions are beyond our understanding.
534. Speaking with a thousand tongues in a thousand
mouths, Lord Ananta Çeña still cannot come to the end of Your
glories. O Lord Gaura, it is only by Your mercy that I have seen
535. They who have single-pointed intelligence
offer arati to You and serve Your feet Their intelligence is
not diverted into many paths. Some say You are an all-pervading
something subtly worshiped by the saìkhya-yogés and grossly
worshiped by the devotees.
536. Some follow varnasrama-dharma in the Vedas and
perform their prescribed duties. Some follow Vedanta. They do
not come to any firm conclusion. Not understanding You in truth,
they become the followers of many different philosophies.
537. Why do they ferociously debate amongst
themselves? Logic gives them no power to understand You. Some of
them say all is one. I do not understand Your heart. Your words
are completely beyond my understanding.
538. Now that I have attained the mercy of Your
feet, my life-breath weeps without stop. Please allow me to give
up this material body and take birth again in the family of Your
devotees. Then I will be able to worship you with loving devotion
539. Hearing Narada’s words, Lord Narayana, who is
decorated with the jewels of all transcendental virtues, said:
Go. Go. Go, O king of sages. I will deliver the people
of Kali-yuga. I will preach pure devotion offered to Me. I will
take birth amongst the devotees in Nadéya.
540. Go to the earth. I stay always at Svetadvipa.
Balarama is My brother. Ananta Çeña is His plenary expansion.
Çiva and the eleven Rudras worship and serve Him.
541. He enjoys pastimes with beautiful Reavté. He
stays on an island in the midst of the milk ocean. From Him the
avataras come. He helps Me. He goes first and does My work.
542. Go to Him. Go, O king of sages. Serve Him and
tell Him these words: By Your plenary expansion take birth on the
earth and accept the name Nityananda.”
543. Hearing the Supreme Lord’s words, with a happy heart
Narada Muni said: Haribol!” Locana dasa describes
this, the conversation of those two. Whoever hears these words
will be tossed by waves of bliss.
Song 12 (Kñudra-chanda – Dhanaçé raga)
Refrain: I will take shelter of the Lord’s reddish lotus
feet. Go. Go and freely distribute ecstatic spiritual love. I
will make the world wild with ecstatic love.
544. Bidding farewell to Narada, the Supreme Lord sat down.
Then a thought sprouted in His heart.
545. He said: Im will take birth on the earth. Now
I will tell the reason why. Everyone please carefully hear.”
546. Surrounded by His associates, the Supreme Lord spoke
His heart. The supreme controller of all controllers was worried
about the earth.
547. On His right was Rädhikä. On His left was Queen
Rukminé. All around Him were the most important gopis and
548. All around Him were His dear associates. All around Him
were His followers.
549. The Lord’s dear associates, for whom He is more dear
than life, were eager to hear Him. Millions and millions of eyes
gazed at His handsome face.
550. As cakora birds yearn after a single moon, so the
Lord’s associates yearned to drink the nectar rays of the Lord’s
551. The Lord said: Yuga after yuga I take birth on
the earth. I protect the devotees and I also protect the
principles of religion. That is My mission.
552. I establish the principles of religion. Still,
the people do not understand. Sin has greatly increased. The
people are now addicted to sin.
553. In Treta-yuga sin increased. Now there was
more sin than in Satya-yuga. Then in Dvapara-yuga sin increased
even more. That made Me very sorrowful.
554. Then came horrible Kali-yuga filled with
blinding darkness. Not the smallest particle of true religion
remained. Seeing everyone’s sufferings, I felt very
555. What is My duty when irreligion increases? To
destroy irreligion I must descend to the material world.
556. Compassion has now taken birth in My heart. To
show the people the ecstatic spiritual love the devotees feel for
Me I will now take birth in the material world.
557. I will show the people rare ecstatic loving
devotional service (prema-bhakti). I will teach them what is true
religion and what is not.
558. In Navadvépa, in Jagannatha Miçra’s house
near the Gaìga, I will take birth in Çacé’s womb.
559. This avatara will not be like the other
avataras. In the other avataras I conquer the earth to kill the
560. Then My form is great, My weapons are great,
and My demon adversaries are great. Fighting great battles, I
kill the demons. I crush them to powder.
561. But now everyone is a demon at heart. Now I
will not cut them to pieces with My word. How can I attack them
with My weapons?
562. I will show them My holy names, My
glories and transcendental qualities, My saìkértana movement,
and the power of My Vaiñnava devotees, I will show them the
glory of the ecstatic spiritual love the devotees feel for Me.
563. In this way I will destroy the sins of Kali-
yuga. All of you please go there before Me. Go, and I will
follow. Don’t hesitate.
564. Wielding the sharp sword of nama-saìkértana
(chanting the holy names), I will cut to pieces the demonic
desires in their hearts.
565. If the sinners flee far away, the great
devotees who are generals in My armies will pursue them.
566. I will plunge the whole world in the nectar of
ecstatic spiritual love for Me. Not a single particle of
suffering or grief will remain.
567. Into that nectar I will plunge the demigods
and all the moving and unmoving beings.” Hearing these words,
Locana dasa is now filled with bliss.
Song 13 (Varaòi raga)
568. Sounding his véna, Narada Muni traveled. Then he could
no longer move his hands or feet. His eyes filled with tears, he no
longer saw the way to go. He trembled and stumbled like a drunkard.
569. When he took two or four steps forward, again he took
the same steps back. His voice choked with emotion, he wildly
chanted the Lord’s holy names. Ten million times he fell to the
ground and with great effort stood again. Rivers of tears
streamed from his eyes.
570. One moment he became like a madman. He roared like a
lion. In his heart he was rapt in thinking of Lord Gaura. Of the
outside world he was not aware. He knew neither himself nor
others. He thought only of Lord Gaura.
571. His body glorious like ten million suns, Narada flew
in outer space. In a moment he came to Çvetadvépa, the effulgent
abode of Lord Balarama.
572. There he gazed at a wonderful city effulgent like
millions of millions of cooling moons. A gentle breeze fragrant
with the scent of many glorious flowers, blew. Every door was
made of glorious elephant pearls.
573. Everyone was in pure goodness. There was no old age,
death, or grief. Everyone was a friend. Ever person he saw was
sweet and charming. The milk ocean was glorious like Lord
574. Gazing at all this, Narada thought within his heart:
I am fortunate. Very fortunate. With my own eyes I will
soon see the master of the three worlds. Weeping, I will fall at
575. Yuga after yuga, Lord Balarama descends to
the material world and helps Lord Kåñna. He enjoys limitless
pastimes. He kills a host of demons.
576. Manifesting His plenary expansion, Lord
Balarama manifests in three spiritual abodes. There He pleases
Lord Kåñna with His service. He is the beginning, middle, and
end. In His expansion of Lord Ananta, He holds the earth on one
of His many hoods.
577. He is the Supreme Lord enjoying many blissful
pastimes in Çvetadvépa. Going to the highest spiritual abode,
with wonderful happinness He serves Lord Mahaprabhu.
578. When Lord Mahaprabhu walks, Balarama becomes
His parasol. When Lord Mahaprabhu sits, Balarama becomes His
cloth for sitting. At the time of cosmic annihilation, Balarama
becomes a banyan leaf for Lord Mahaprabhu. During great battles,
Balarama becomes a host of divine weapons. In these many ways
Balarama serves Lord Mahaprabhu.
579. In one expansion He serves Lord Mahaprabhu.
In another expansions He holds up the earth. That is my Lord
Balarama. Soon I will see Lord Balarama, the master of the
three worlds as He sits in the midst of the milk ocean. Soon I
will receive His command.
580. These two Lords are like a king and his
minister. with one will They protect the earth. Accompanied by
Lord Çiva and by The expansions of Their expansions, They will
both descend to the earth.”
581. Filled with these thoughts, Narada Muni joyfully
entered the city. There, surrounded by His associates, he saw
wonderful Lord Balaramacandra, the master of the three worlds.
582. Lord Balarama sat on a great white throne like a snow-
covered mountain peak. His smile was sweet like nectar. His eyes
were like red lotus flowers. His glance was sleepy with
intoxication. The words on His mouth were half-spoken babbling.
583. Their pupils like black bees, His eyes were half-
closed. His necklace glistened with jewels, pearls, and coral.
One could not see all the ornaments on His body.
584. Relaxed, He sat on a soft pillow. His helft hand rested
on His head. His right hand held Revaté’s hand. Preparing
betelnuts, Revaté placed them in Lord Balarama’s mouth.
Speaking words of love, she gazed at Him.
585. In the four directions were many maidservants. Their
bracelets and ornaments tinkled. Some smiled and waved camaras.
Some played the véna or the flute. Some sang songs. Some
beautiful girls gracefully played on drums.
586. There were hundreds and hundreds of maidservants, each
engaged in her own duties. Narada Muni sounded his véëa. Lord
Balarama suddenly glanced at him.
587. Overcome with bliss, Narada Muni trembled and fell to
the ground. Lord Balarama picked him up and embraced him. The
Lord gazed at Him with eternal love. He spoke pleasing, cooling
588. Smiling, Lord Balarama said: From whence have
you come? Please tell Me. Tell Me your secrets. Tell what you
have done. Tell what is in your heart. Floods and floods of bliss
now rise up within Me.”
589. Narada Muni respectfully said: What can I
say? I know very well that You are the Supersoul present in every
heart. Whatever I think, whatever I would say, You already know,
590. The people of Kali-yuga are very sinful.
Seeing that they have no hope of deliverance, You felt compassion
for them in Your heart, O Lord. That is why now You will descend
to the earth. You will protect Your devotees. You will establish
the true religion.
591. You hinted to me that now irreligion will
peirsh and the true religion will be established. You commanded
me to proclaim this news. Hearing this news, the worlds became
592. Feeling Rädhä’s love within Your heart, and
manifesting Rädhä’s complexion outside on Your form, within and
without You will become like Rädhä. Accompanied by Your gopa and
gopi associates and by numberless other devotees also, You will
make everyone wild, intoxicated by tasting the blissful love the
people of Vraja feel for You.
593. Accompanied by Your associates, servants, and
confidential companions, You will take birth on the earth. You
will accept the name Nityananda. Your body, heart, and deeds
will not stay invisible to the people of the earth. All this Lord
Gauraìga commanded me.”
594. Hearing this words, Lord Nityananda Raya joyfully
glanced in the four directions. Then He loudly, loudly laughed.
His laughter was like thunder. He was very wonderful to see.
Overcome with the bliss of ecstatic love, He forgot Himself.
595. Lord Balarama said: Command your followers to
take birth on the earth. By the Lord’s orderdeliver the people. O
Narada Muni, you also go. Take birth on the earth. What formerly
was invisible to the people of the earth I will now make visible
to their eyes.”
596. Everyone please attentively hear these nectar words,
these songs filled with the glories of Lord Gaura. Lord Gaura is
the best of avataras. In a fair form He descended to the Kali-
yuga. O people, please remember HIm in your hearts.
597. Placing a straw between my teeth, and feeling great
anguish in my heart, I beg you: Please do not neglect the glories
of Lord Gaura. Dont fix your thoughts on this world of birth and
death. Instead please fall in love with Lord Kåñna. Then you will
escape the cycle of repeated births and deaths.
598. Lord Gaura, who had never come before, will descend to
this world. He will bring to life they who are on the verge of
death. He will show the true path to they who are blind. This
Locana dasa sings His glories.
Song 14 (Bhaöéyaré raga)
Refrain: Sing, O my brothers! Sing the glories of Lord
Caitanya and Lord Nityananda!
599. Thus following Lord Mahaprabhu’s command, by their
pleanry portions (amça), all the Lord’s associates took birth
on the earth.
600. Lord Çiva was the first. He took birth in a
brahmana’s family. His name was Kamalakña.
601. Reading and hearing, he became very learned. In this
way he was given the title Advaita Acarya”.
602. Lord Çiva is situated in the mode of pure goodness.
Still, the foolish people of this world say he is in the mode of
603. They do not know what is in his heart. Seeing only his
external activities, they say he is in the mode of ignroance.
604. In his heart Lord Çiva always meditates on Lord Kåñëa.
That is why Lord Çiva is called Hari-hara” (He who
always keeps Lord Kåñëa within himself). Rather it is the
materialistic people who are in the mode of ignorance. Instead
of Lord Kåñëa, they keep the mode of ignorance in their hearts.
605. It is the materialistic devotees are in the mode of
ignroance. I say it is they who are lowly and fallen. It is they
who are foolish, who have only very little knowledge.
606. How can they say Lord Çiva is in the mode of
ignorance? Please do not disrespect Lord Çiva in this way. Do
not speak or hear any criticisms of Lord Çiva.
607. Carefully considering everything in my heart, I say
this: Lord Gaura is the best of avataras.
608. Then Lord Balarama, with whose help all the avataras
enjoy Their pastimes, took birth on the earth.
609. He took birth in a brahmana’s family. Following the
yuga-dharma, He was always filled with eternal bliss.
610. In His plenary expansion He becomes Lord Ananta, who
has a thousand hoods. With only one of those hoods He holds up
the earth and protects the entire material creation.
611. This same Lord Balarama took birth in Padmavaté’s
womb. His father was Hadai Ojha, who was also called by the name
612. Lord Balarama’s father and mother gave Him the name
Kuvera Panòita. When He accepted sannyasa, Lord Balarama
accepted the name Nityananda.
613. In the month of Magha, on the çukla-trayodaçé, at
an auspicious moment, He very happily took birth on the earth.
614. Then Goddess Katyayané also took birth in a
brahmana’s family. Her name was Séta.
615. She married Advaita Acarya. Together they both
manifested great love and devotion for Lord Kåñëa.
616. I have very little intelligence. How can I know the
truth? How can I explain the identities of the devotees who
descended to the earth?
617. What I have heard from the mouths of the great souls I
will not repeat. I am too shy.
618. I have no power to say their original identities. I
will only list their names.
619. I will not consider who is most important and should
come first and who is less important and should come last. How
can I know? Neither will I give them in alphabetical order.
620. There were Çacé-devé and Jagannatha Miçra
Puranadara. Lord Caitanya took birth in their home.
621. There were Gopénatha and Kaçé Miçra Öhakura. They
delighted all who followed Lord Caitanya’s path.
622. There were Çri Gadadhara Panòita, Gadadhara dasa,
Murari, Mukunda Datta, and Çrinivasa.
623. There were Ramananda Raya, Vasudeva Datta,
Haridasa Öhakura, and Govindadasa.
624. There were Içvara Puri, Madhavendra Puré, Viñnu
Puré, Vakreçvara, and saintly Paramananda Puré.
625. There were Jagadananda Panòita, Viñnupriya, Raghava
Panòita, and many others who stayed on the earth.
626. There were Ramadasa, Gaurédasa, glorious Kåñnadasa,
Puruñottama, and Çri Kamalakara.
627. There were Kala Kåñëadasa and Uddharaëa Datta. These
great souls were among the twelve gopalas in Vraja.
628. There were Parameçvara dasa, Våndävana dasa,
Kaçéçvara, Çrila Rupa Gosvamé, and Çrila Sanatana
629. There were Govinda, Madhava Ghoña, and Vasu Ghoña, All
these met together on the earth.
630. There were Damodara Paëòita and his five brothers.
They took birth in the same family on the earth.
631. There were Purandara Paëòita and Paramananda Vaidya.
Some devotees came to the earth earlier and other later.
632. There was also Narahari Öhakura, who is my master. I
will especially describe his glorious character anjd activities.
633. How can I describe his glorious character and
activities? As far as the power of my intelligence allows, I will
634. O my heart, please don’t be proud. Simply bow down
before my spiritual master’s feet.
635. O my master, by the mercy of your feet even a person
like myself, a person worthless like a pile of ashes, can
describe your glories.
636. I am Çri Narahari’s servant. He is my master. In the
community of physicians he is glorious and famous.
637. His love for Lord Kåñna has no limit. His body is
filled with Lord Kåñna’s potency. To his followers he explains
the truth of ecstatic spiritual love for Lord Kåñna.
638. His heart is overcome with compassion for the
numberless conditioned souls. His heart is always restless with
ecstatic love for Lord Kåñna.
639. When ectsatic love arose within him it was as if his
body was plunged in the nectar of love for Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñna.
640. In this way, moment after moment plunged in Çri Çri
Rädhä-Kåñëa’s nectar glories, he lived in the village of
641. He became known as Narahari Caitanya”. Without
his feet I have no good future.
642. One moment he was plunged in ecstatic love for Çri
Kåñëa. Another moment he was plunged in ecstatic love for Çri
Rädhä. He was personified nectar love for Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñëa.
643. He purely walked on the path taught by Lord Caitanya.
He was the incarnation of the peerless nectar of spiritual love.
644. He is appropriately affectionate to all the
Vaiñnavas. His pure fame is manifest in all the world.
645. In the spiritual world of Våndävana he is the gopi
Madhumaté, who is Çri Rädhä’s dear friend, and who is a great
reservoir of sweetness.
646. During the Kali-yuga he became Narahari, a personal
associate of Lord Caitanya. He is perfectly qualified to taste
the great reservoir of ecstatic love for Çri Çri Rädhä-Kåñna.
647. His nephew is Çri Raghunandana Öhakura, whose fame is
very great in this world.
648. He fed laòòus to his Deity, and his Deity personally
ate them. What fool dares say Çri Raghunandana is an ordinary
649-650. Such person’s cannot know what is in a true
Vaiñnava’s heart. He would talk with his Kåñna Deity, and His
Deity would talk to him. How can anyone know his true glories?
651. Lord Caitanya said to him: You are my very
life.” Abhirama Gosvamé revealed his true identity.
652. Seeing Lord Caitanya embrace him, everyone thought he
must be an incarnation of Kamadeva.
653. When the power of Lord Kåñna entered (aveça) him, he
danced, his dancing enchanting the hearts of everyone in the
world. He did not make distinctions. He loved everyone equally.
654. The words he spoke were always sweet. He never listened
to harsh words.
655. He was intelligent, expert, playful, charming, and
handsome. His body was like a flood of nectar. He was the most
fortunate person in the world.
656. His father was the noble-hearted Mukunda dasa, who had
pure faith in the path Lord Caitanya taught.
657. Seeing a peacock-feather fan in the royal assembly, he
fainted, overcome with ecstatic love for Lord Kåñëa.
658. What kind of nectar pastimes did he enjoy in Lord
Caitanya’s company? Who knows? Only Lord Ananta Çeña, and the
other personal associates of the Lord know.
659. How can a conditioned soulk know Lord Kåñëa’s powers
and glories? One who knows Lord Kåñëa can see Him directly.
660. What more can I say? The Lord weapons and personal
companions came to the earth. How many of them can I name?
661. Perhaps I copuld measure the ocean bt draining it with
waterpots, one by one. Perhaps I could one by one countthe
particles of dust on the earth.
662. Perahps I could have the power to count the stars in
the sky. Even if I could do all this, I still could never have
the power to write down all the glories of the Lord’s Gaura-
663. I am very unintelligent. What more can I say. How can a
fool understand the Vedas?
664. How can a blind man see a glustening jewel? How cana
dwarf reach up a touch the moon?
665. How can a proud lame man jump over a mountain? How can
a tiny ant carry a great mountain on its back?
666. In the same way my heart yearns to describe Lord
667-668. Folding my hands, I say: Everyone, please hear. By the
Lord Gaura’s glory a dumb man can become an eloquent speaker, and
a person without a tongue can speak very wise words, and a fool
who has never studied books can describe the Supreme Lord.
669. Taking birth on the earth, the great, great devotees of
the Lord describe the secret truths of Lord Kåñna.
670. Without any selfish motive they are compassioned to all
the conditioned souks. They are like a mother who takes care of a
671. Seeing that it has no limit, I, a very fallen person,
long to attain the nectar of the Lord’s mercy.
672. The body of Çri Narahari dasa is filled with
compassion. Seeing this, I, a sinner, love him without limit.
673. Seeing that I was a wicked, blind, very ill-behaved
sinner who had no shelter, Çri Narahari felt compassion for me.
674. By the power of his mercy and the mercy of the other
Vaiñnavas, this fool hopes to complete this book.
675. Folding my hands, I speak theseplaintive words: I offer
myself at the feet of the Vaiñëavas.
676. In this world no one is more fallen than me. Only by
the Vaiñëavas’ mercy will I be able to complete my task.
677. Placing a straw between his teeth, Locana dasa humbly
bows down and says: Please fulfill my desire.
678. Now the Sutra-khaëòa of this book has come to its end.
Everyone please hear. Now I will speak the Adi-khaëòa describign
679. The Sutra-khaëòa has now ended. With a happy heart
Locana dasa will now describe the Lord’s pastimes of ecstatic
Thus ends the Sutra-khaëòa