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17.CHAND KAZI'S FEAR AND ECSTASY
After hearing these statements by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Razi being satisfied did not put forward any more words. Thus, after due consideration, the Razi accepted Chaitanya's reasoning and spoke as follows:"My dear Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, what you have said is very true. Our scriptures have developed only recently, and the commentaries of some scholars are not very logical or philosophical."The scriptures like the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Qur'an have been written recently, and sometimes they contradict one another. Their compilation has a history. Although some commentators have their arguments and reasoning, they are not very sound and transcendental. As such, modern people advanced in science and philosophy deem these commentaries unsatisfactory and questionable.When some scholars of the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Qur'an cannot properly answer their inquisitive followers, naturally these seekers of truth lose faith in such scriptures. The Kazi admitted this while talking with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The Kazi was a very intelligent person and he had full knowledge of his posi¬tion.
"I know that some commentaries are full of imagination and mistaken ideas, yet because I am a Muslim, I accept them for the sake of my community, despite their insufficient support. The reasoning and arguments of such commentaries are not very sound," the Kazi concluded.Upon hearing this statement, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu smiled and inquired from him as follows: "My dear maternal uncle, I wish to ask you another question. Please tell me the truth. Do not try to cheat me with tricks. In your city there is always congregational chanting of the Lord's holy names. A tumultuous uproar of music, sing¬ing and dancing is always going on. As a Muslim magistrate, you have the right to oppose the performance of Vaishnava practices. Previously you forbade us but now you have changed your mind. I cannot understand the reason why."The Kazi replied, "Everyone calls you Gaurahari. Please let me address you by this name. Kindly listen, O Gaurahari! If you come to a private place, I shall then explain the reason why."Mahaprabhu said: "All these men are my confidential associates. You may speak frankly. There is no reason to be afraid of them."The Kazi replied: "When I went to the Vaishnava's house, broke the drum and forbade the performance of congregational chanting of God's holy names, in my dreams that very night I saw an extremely fearful lion. He was roaring very loudly. His body was like a human being's and his face like a lion's. While I was sleeping, the lion jumped on my chest, laughing fiercely and gnashing his teeth. Placing his nails on my chest, the lion said in a grave voice: 'I shall immediately tear your chest as you broke the mridanga drum! You have forbidden the performance of the congregational chanting of God's holy names. Therefore I must destroy you!'
Being very much afraid of Him, I closed my eyes and trembled. Seeing me so afraid, the lion said, T have defeated you just to teach you a lesson, but I must be merciful to you because on that day, you did not create a big disturbance. Therefore I have excused you and not taken your life. But if you perform such an activity again, I shall not be so tolerant. I shall kill you, your entire family and all the meat-eaters/ After saying this, the lion disappeared, but I was very much afraid of Him. Just see the marks of His nails on my chest!"After this description, the Kazi showed his chest to everyone. Having heard his dream and seen the marks on his chest, all the people accepted this wonderful incident.The Kazi continued: "I did not speak to anyone about this incident, but on that very day one of my orderlies came to see me. After coming to me, the orderly said, 'When I went to stop the congregational chanting, sud¬denly flames struck my face. My beard was burned, and there were blisters on my cheeks.' Every orderly who tried to stop the congregational chanting suffered the same experience. After seeing this, I became very much afraid. I ordered them not to stop the congregational chanting but to go and sit at home. Later on some Mus¬lims came to submit a petition, complaining, 'After this order, there will always be unrestricted congregational chanting in the city. In this way the religion of the Vaishnavas will increase unlimitedly. They are always chanting the name of God, 'Hari! Hari!' We do not hear anything but this.'One Muslim said. The Vaishnavas chant, Krishna, Krishna,' and they smile, cry, dance, sing and fall on the ground, smearing their bodies with dust. Chanting 'Hari, Hari,' the Vaishnavas make a tumultuous sound. If the king Nawab Hussain Shah hears it, certainly he will punish you.'
I then inquired from these Muslims, 'I know that these Vaishnavas naturally chant 'Hari, Hari/ The Vaishnavas chant the name Hari because that is the name of God given in their scriptures. But you are Muslims. Why do you chant this name of God Hari?'One Muslim replied, 'Sometimes I joke with the Vaishnavas. Some of them are called Krishnadas, and some are called Ramadas. Some of them are called Haridas. They always chant 'Hari, Hari,' and thus I thought they would steal the riches from someone's house. (Another meaning of 'Hari, Hari' is 'I am taking away. I am taking away.') Since that time, my tongue also can't stop chanting God's name 'Hari, Hari.' I have no desire to say it, but still my tongue says it. I do not know what to do.'Another Muslim said, 'Sir, please hear me. Since the day I joked with some Vaishnavas in this way, my tongue also chants the Hare Krishna hymn:Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare and I cannot give it up. I do not know what divine power these names of God possess.'After hearing all this, I sent all the Muslims back to their homes. Then five or seven atheistic Hindus approached me.
Because Chaitanya Mahaprabhu preached that, "Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra you will be liberated," so the cast brahmanas (priests) thought, "This is very dangerous because our money making scams will be finished."Coming to me, the Hindus complained: 'Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has broken the Hindu religious principles. He has introduced the sankirtana system, which we have never heard of in any scripture. When we stay up all nightlong to observe religious performances for the worship of goddesses Mangalachandi and Vishahari, playing on musical instruments, dancing and chanting are certainly acceptable customs. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu previously was a very good boy, but since he has returned from Gaya he conducts himself differently. Now he loudly sings all kinds of songs, clapping, playing drums and hand bells, and making tumultuous sounds that deafens our ears. We do not know what he chants that makes him become ecstatic, dancing, singing, sometimes laughing, crying, falling down, jumping up and rolling on the ground. He has practically made all the people ecstatic by always performing congregational chanting of God's holy names. At night we cannot get any sleep; we are always kept awake. Now he has given up his childhood name Nimai and introduces himself as Gaurahari. He has spoiled the Hindu religious principles and introduced this congregational chanting of God's holy names, which we consider to be irreligion for non-believers. Now the lower classes are chanting this Hare Krishna maha-mantra again and again. For this sinful activity,the entire city of Navadvipa will be destroyed. According to Hindu scripture, God's name is supposed to be the most powerful hymn. If everyone hears the chanting of this name, the power of this hymn will be lost. This Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has discovered a new type of religion, chanting loudly Hare Krishna. Now is the sleeping period of Narayana, and Chaitanya's loud chanting will disturb Narayana. As a result there will be so many catastrophes. So kindly stop him chanting this Hare Krishna loudly. Sir, you are the ruler of this town. Whether Hindu or Muslim, everyone is under your protection. Therefore please call Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and make him leave this town.'
After hearing their complaints, in sweet words I told them, 'Please go back home. I shall certainly prohibit Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from continuing his Hare Krishna movement.'
Actually, I know that Narayana is another name of God in the Hindu scriptures, and I feel within my mind that you, dear Chaitanya, are a pure representative of God."After hearing the Kazi speak so nicely, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu touched him and smilingly spoke as follows: "The chanting of the holy name of Krishna from your mouth has performed a wonder — it has nullified the reactions of all your sinful activities. Now you have become supremely pure. Because you have chanted three holy names of the Lord — Hari, Krishna and Narayana — you are undoubtedly the most fortunate and pious person."After Chand Kazi heard this, tears flowed down from his eyes. He immediately touched the feet of Mahaprabhu and spoke the following sweet words: "Only by your mercy have my bad intentions vanished. Kindly favor me so that my devotion may always be fixed upon my Lord."Mahaprabhu said, "I wish to beg you for one favor in charity. You must pledge that this sankirtana movement will not be stopped, at least in the district of Madia."The Kazi said: "To as many descendants as take birth in my dynasty in the future, I give this grave order: no one should stop this sankirtana movement."Hearing this, Mahaprabhu got up, chanting "Hari! Hari!"31
Following him, all the other Vaisnavas also got up, chanting the holy names of God. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu led the sankirtana party away and Chand Kazi, his mind jubilant, went with him satisfied to be united under the holy names of God.