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4.THE FALL OF KALA KRISHNADASA
Devotee: I have read an article wherein the deviation of Kala krishnadasa is stated as factual and inescapable evidence that the jiva soul falls down from the eternal llld of the Supreme Lord. Is this possible?Narasingha Maharaja: To fall from the Lord's eternal llld is not possible. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu rejected Kala krishnadasa from His personal service due to Kala krishnadasa having been allured by gypsies in the region of Mallara-desa (the area around northern Kerala and southern Karnataka).Kala krishnadasa was a simple and gentle brahmana yet his intelligence became polluted in the association of the gypsies and he became attracted to women. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, being the ideal sannydsl, cannot keep the company of persons who are attracted by women and thus when He returned to Jagannatha Purl He lodged a complaint about the character of Kala krishnadasa before Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya and rejected him.The first lesson that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is teaching us in this incident is that as long as one is in this material world one should never deviate from the strict principles of pure devotional service. Maya is very strong and the only safety for a devotee in this world is to constantly stick to the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.Kala krishnadasa was a brdhmana who was being given the chance to associate personally with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu during His earthly pastimes. We do not find mention anywhere in Gaura-ganodesa'dipikd by Kavi Karnapura, that Kala krishnadasa was an eternal associate of the Lord who had descended from Goloka Vrndavana fo assist the Lord in His pastimes.
Thus it can be understood that Kala krishnadasa was not an eternally liberated soul who fell down from the Lord's association, but rather he was a candidate from this material world and thus he was still susceptible to mdyd's influence. In any case, had Kala krishnadasa been an eternal associate of the Lord his fall down could only have taken place due to yogamdyd, not mahdmayd.Even if one has the personal association of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, or has become a liberated soul, as long as one still has a material body and is in this material world, one should not consider oneself liberated and thus independent of the regulative principles of devotional service. This is the first lesson.The second lesson is that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu always protects His devotees. Mahaprabhu went immediately to the camp of the gypsies to reclaim Kala krishnadasa. When this happened the gypsies tried to hurt Mahaprabhu with various weapons. But the weapons that the gypsies tried to use against the Lord turned against them and began to cut them to pieces. Their arms, legs and heads were severed from their bodies. There were loud cries of pain and agony amidst which Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu grabbed His servant, Kala krishnadasa, by the hair and took him away to safety.Once having taken shelter of the Lord's lotus feet, the Lord always protects His devotees. Even if there is some accidental fall down on the part of a sincere devotee the Lord rectifies that immediately.
api cet su-duracaro bhajate mam ananya-bhak
sadhur eva sa mantavyah samyag vyavasito hi sah
ksipram bhavati dharmatma sasvac'chantim nigacchati
kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati
Even if one commits the most abominable action, if he is engaged in devotional service he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated in his determination. He quickly becomes righteous and attains lasting peace. O son of KuntI, declare it boldly that My devotee never perishes." (Bhagavad-gitd 9.30-3J)Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu went immediately to the camp of the gypsies to save Kala krishnadasa from mdyd. In effect Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not allow Kala krishnadasa to give up His association even though he had been bewildered by mdyd. After that it was almost one year before Mahaprabhu and Kala krishnadasa returned to Jagannatha Purl. During that time Kala krishnadasa continued to serve Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu both day and night. After returning to Purl, only then did the Lord reject Kala krishnadasa from His personal association. The Lord did this in keeping with His high standards as a sannyasl.The third lesson to learn in this incident is that the Lord's devotees are even more merciful than the Lord Himself. When Kala krishnadasa was seemingly rejected by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu he soon received the mercy of four great devotees, namely; Nityananda Prabhu, Jagadananda Pandita, Mukunda, and Damodara.The devotees of the Lord are more merciful than the Lord Himself. Sometimes the Lord is very hard or strict, whereas the devotees are more inclined to show mercy. It is said,
vajrad api kathorani mrauni kusumad api
lokottaranam cetamsi ko nu vijnatum isvarah
"The hearts of those above common behavior are sometimes harder than a thunder-bolt and sometimes softer than a flower. How can one accommodate such contradictions in great personalities?In some instances Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu showed His harder than a thunderbolt heart. However, Sri Nityananda Prabhu was there to show supreme mercy. Such was the case with Kala krishnadasa who not only received the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu, but also that of many other eternal associates of the Lord.At that time Nityananda Prabhu, Jagadananda Pandita, Mukunda, and Damodara devised a plan and after taking Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's permission Kala krishnadasa was sent to Bengal to inform all the devotees that the Lord had returned from South India. First Kala krishnadasa went to the home of Mother SacI and then to the house of Sri Advaita.Kala krishnadasa informed all the devotees about the Lord's return from South India and related in great detail all about the Lord's travels. Kala krishnadasa brought great pleasure to all the Vaisnavas and a great festival was held at Sri Advaita's house.In this way, by the mercy of the devotees, Kala krishnadasa continued to engage in the service of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It should be remembered also that due to the continued services of Kala krishnadasa the narrations about the Lord's tour of South India were available for recording in the Sri Caitanya'Caritdmrta; even the narration of how the Lord delivered Kala krishnadasa from the gypsies.
Those narrations continue to enliven the devotees even up to the present day. Thus the service of Kala krishnadasa continues.We have mentioned three beneficial lessons for the devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to follow in regard to the Lord rejecting Kala krishnadasa. However, the idea that the incident of Kala krishnadasa supports the misconception that the jiva falls from Vaikuntha or Goloka Vrndavana is not acceptable.We should not think that the Lord has any hatred toward His devotee. On the contrary, even if there is some defect in the devotee, the Lord does not take that into consideration. All that exists between the Lord and His pure devotees are mutual feelings of love.It is not possible for the pure devotee to envy the Lord nor is it possible for krishna to reject His pure devotee. Whenever such dealings do appear to take place it should be understood to be the workings of yogamdyd, not mahamdyd.Nothing is dearer to a devotee than krishna and nothing is dearer to krishna than His devotee (na me bhakta priyajanah). What more need we say than this?