Chaitanya Mangala Sutra khanda

Srila Locana dasa Thakura’s

Sri Caitanya-mangala

 

 

 

 

Sutra-khanòa

 

 

Vandanä

 

Offering Obeisances

 

 

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

three worlds.

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.
 

 

 

Grantharambha

 

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:

 

 

tvayopabukta-srag-gandha-

vaso ‘laìkara-carcitaù

ucchiñöa-bhijino dasas

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

death.

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

request.

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

spiritual love.

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

associates.”

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

Brahma’s abode.

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

fortune.”

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

the Kali-yuga.

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

Kali-yuga.’ ”

 

 

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

and aspoke.

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

of matter.

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

understands them.

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

Çrimad-Bhägavatam.

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

living entities.

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

(Çrimad-Bhägavatam 10.8.13):

 

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

satisfied?

330. To these questions Karabhajana Muni replied

(Çrimad-Bhägavatam 11.5.20-22):

 

 

kåtaà treta dvaparaà ca

kalir ity eñu keçavaù

nana-varnabhidhakaro

nanaiva vidhinejyate

 

 

`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

jaöilo valkalambaraù

kåñëajinopavétakñan

bibhrad daëòa-kamaëòalu

 

 

`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

brahmacaré.’*

 

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

senses.’

 

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

austerities.

335. He has a danòa, kamanòalu, black deerskin, and sacred

thread. The people then are by nature peaceful, non-envious, and

equipoised.

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

catur-bahus tri-mekhalaù

hiranya-keças trayy-atma

sruk-sruvady-upalakñanaù

 

 

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

sarva-devamayaà harim

yajanti vidyaya trayya

dharmiñöha brahma-vadinaù

 

 

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

the demigods.

 

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

31):

 

 

dvapare bhagavan çyamaù

péta-vasa nijayudhaù

çrévatsadibhir aìkaiç ca

lakñanair upalakñitaù

 

 

`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

maha-rajopalakñanam

yajanti veda-tantrabhyaà

paraà jijïasavo nåpa

 

 

`O king, following the Vedas and Tantras, persons

who yearn to know the Supreme worship Him as a king in the

Dvapara-yuga.

 

343. iti dvapara urv-éça

stuvanti jagad-éçvaram

nana-tantra-vidhanena

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

way.’ ”

 

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

Çrimad-Bhägavatam (11.5.32):

 

349. kåñna-varnaà tviñakåñnaà

saìgopaìgastra-parñadam

yajïaiù saìkértana-prayair

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

world”.

353. Here the word aìga” refers to Lord

Balarama, and the word upaìga” refers to the Lord’s

ornaments.

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

Gaura.

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

yugas.

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

explanation.

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

my explanation.

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

this verse.

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

verse.

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

incarnations.

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-

Bhägavatam (1.3.28):

 

 

ete caàça-kalaù puàsaù

kåñnas tu bhagavan svayam

indrari-vyakulaà lokaà
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

theists.’*

 

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

carefully.

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

Çrimad-Bhägavatam.

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

Kåñëa Himself.

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

kalaya manuñadiñu

 

svagamaiù kalpitais tvaà ca

janan mad-vimukhan kuru

maà ca gopaya yena syat

såñöir evottarottara

 

 

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

dharma-samsthapanarthaya

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

take birth.

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

adjective.

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

abhyutthanam adharmasya

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

religion?

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):

 

 

paritranaya sadhunaà

vinaçaya ca duñkåtam

dharma-samsthapanarthaya

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

yuga.

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

varaìgaç candanaìgadé

sannyasa-kåc chamaù çanto

niñöha-çanti-parayanaù

 

 

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

in Kali-yuga.

432. In that verse of the Bhaviñya Pyraëa, the Supreme Lord

declares:

 

 

ajayadhvam ajayadhvam

ajayadhvaà na saàçayaù

kalau saìkértanarambhe

bhaviñyami çacé-sutaù

 

 

`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

Kåñëa.

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

names.

443. In Çrimad-Bhägavatam (11.5.38) it is said:

 

 

kåtadiñu praja rajan

kalav icchanti sambhavam

kalau khalu bhaviñyanti

narayana-parayanaù

 

 

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

to Him.

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

bliss.

 

 

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

new sprouts.

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

people.

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

the world.

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

three worlds.

487. Lord Jagannatha is the resting place of all divine

incarnations. His blissful face is the abode of all nectar and

all gracefulness.

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

of bliss.

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

devotional service.

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

three worlds.

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

everywhere present.

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

describe it.

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

spiritual love.

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

of matter.

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

attainment.

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

see directly.”

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

Vaikuëöha.

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

reveal.”

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

ran.

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

than Kamadeva.

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

nectar.

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

vine.

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

spoke.

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

You.

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

(prema-bhakti).”

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

queens.

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

moonlike face.

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

compassionate.

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

demons.

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

Balarama Himself.

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

His feet.

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

words.

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,

O Lord.

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

joyful.

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

ignorance.

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

Paramananda.

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

Gosvamé.

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

describe them.

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

Çrikhaëòa.

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

unintelligent person?

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-

avatara.

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

Gaura-avatara’s pastimes

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

mischievous child.

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

Lord Gaura-avatara.

679. The Sutra-khaëòa has now ended. With a happy heart

Locana dasa will now describe the Lord’s pastimes of ecstatic

love.

 

 

Thus ends the Sutra-khaëòa

 

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