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Some men in Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's civil disobedience movement were agitated because they could not control their minds. But Mahaprabhu was thoroughly peaceful, sober and nagitated. Therefore when the Kazi came down to see him, Mahaprabhu offered him proper respect and a seat because he was a respectable government officer.In a friendly way, Mahaprabhu said, "Sir, I have come to your house as your guest, but upon seeing me you hid yourself in your room. What kind of etiquette is this?"The Kazi replied: "You have come to my house in a very angry mood. To pacify you, I did not come out before you immediately but kept myself hidden. Now that you seem more peaceful, I am able to come out and meet you. It is my good fortune to receive such a guest like your honor. In our village relationships, Nilambara Chakravarti Thakur was my uncle. Such a relationship is stronger than a bodily relationship. Piilambara Chakravarti is your maternal grandfather, and by my relationship with him you are thus my nephew. When a nephew is very angry, his maternal uncle is tolerant, and when the maternal uncle commits an offense, the nephew does not take it very seriously."


In this way the Kazi and Chaitanya talked with one another with different indications, but no outsider could understand the inner meaning of their conversation.In India, even in the interior villages, all the Hindu and Muslim communities used to live very peacefully by establishing a relationship with each other. The young men called the elderly members of the village by the name chacha, 'uncle,' and men of the same age called each other dada, 'brother.' The relationships were very friendly. There were even invitations from Muslim homes to Hindu homes and from Hindu homes to Muslim homes. Both the Hindus and Muslims accepted the invitations to go to each other's houses to attend ceremonial functions that went on. Even fifty or sixty years ago, the relationships between Hindus and Muslims were still very friendly, and there were no disturbances. We do not find any Hindu-Muslim riots in the history of India, even during the days of the Muslim rule over the country. Conflicts between Hindus and Muslims were created by polluted politicians, especially foreign rulers, and thus the situation gradually became so degraded that India was divided into Hindustan and Pakistan.Indeed, Nilambara Chakravarti lived at Navadvipa in the neighborhood of Belapukuriya. This fact is mentioned in the book Prema-vilasa. Because he lived near the house of the Kazi, the Kazi was also considered one of the maternal uncles of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The Kazi used to address Nilambara Chakravarti as chacha, or "uncle". One cannot separate the residence of the Kazi from Vamanapukura because the tomb of the Kazi is still existing there today. Formerly the place was known as Belapukuriya, and now it is called Vamanapukura. This has been confirmed by archeological evidence.Chand Kazi pointed out that Nilambara Chakravarti referred to him as an uncle, and consequently, Shrimati Sachidevi, the mother of Chaitanya, was his sister. He asked Mahaprabhu whether his sister's son could be angry at his maternal uncle. Chaitanya replied that since the Kazi was his maternal uncle he should receive his nephew well at his home. In this way the issue was mitigated, and the two learned scholars began a long discussion on the Qur'an and the Vedic scriptures.