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Vyasa Avatara Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura
Chapter Ten: Marriage with Shri Lakshmipriya
CB Adi-khanda 10.101
ki shobha, ki, sukha se haila mishra-ghare
kon jana taha varnibare shakti dhare?
Who has the ability to describe that wonderful scene and the happiness that was experienced at the house of Vallabha Mishra?
CB Adi-khanda 10.102
tabe sheshe vallabha karite kanya dana
vasilena yehena bhishmaka vidyamana
At last, Vallabhacarya, who is nondifferent from Bhishmaka, sat down to give away his daughter.
CB Adi-khanda 10.103-104
ye-carane padya diya shankara-brahmara
jagat shrijite shakti haila sabara
hena pada-padme padya dila vipra-vara
vastra-malya-candane bhushiya kalevara
The same lotus feet that are worshiped by Shankara and Brahma to obtain the power of creation were now worshiped by the respected brahmana, Vallabhacarya. He then also decorated the body of the Lord with cloth, flower garlands, and sandalwood pulp.
CB Adi-khanda 10.105
yatha-vidhi-rupe kanya kari’ samarpana
ananda-sagare magna haila brahmana
After duly offering his daughter to the Lord, the brahmana became absorbed in an ocean of bliss.
CB Adi-khanda 10.106
tabe yata kichu kula-vyavahara ache
pati-vrata-gana taha karilena pache
Thereafter the chaste women performed the various traditional family rituals.
The phrase kula-vyavahara refers to the activities of women.
CB Adi-khanda 10.107
se ratri tathaya thaki tabe ara dine
nija-grihe calilena prabhu lakshmi-sane
That night the Lord stayed at the house of Vallabhacarya, and the next day He returned home with Lakshmi.
CB Adi-khanda 10.108
lakshmira sahita prabhu cadiya dolaya
aisena, dekhite sakala loka dhaya
As the Lord and Lakshmi were carried home in a palanquin, people came running out of their house to see them.
CB Adi-khanda 10.109
gandha, malya, alankara, mukuta, candana
kajjvale ujjvala dui lakshmi-narayana
Both Lakshmi and the original Narayana were wonderfully decorated with sandalwood paste, flower garlands, ornaments, crowns, and bright kajjala.
CB Adi-khanda 10.110
sarva-loka dekhi’ matra ‘dhanya dhanya’ bole
visheshe stri-gana ati padilena bhole
Everyone who saw them exclaimed, “How wonderful!” The ladies were all particularly amazed.
CB Adi-khanda 10.111
“kata-kala e va bhagyavati hara-gauri
nishkapate sevilena kata-bhakti kari
Someone said, “They exactly resemble Shiva and Parvati. They must have worshiped the Lord without duplicity for a long time.
CB Adi-khanda 10.112
alpa-bhagye kanyara ki hena svami mile?
ei hara-gauri hena bujhi”-keha bole
“Can a less fortunate girl possibly get such a nice husband? I conclude that they are Shiva and Parvati.”
CB Adi-khanda 10.113
keha bole,-“indra-shaci, rati va madana”
kona nari bole-“ei lakshmi-narayana”
Someone else said, “They resemble Indra and Shaci or Madana and Rati.” One girl said, “They are Lakshmi and Narayana.”
CB Adi-khanda 10.114
kona nari-gana bole-“yena sita-rama
dolopari shobhiyache ati anupama
Another girl said, “By their unparalleled beauty, it appears Sita and Rama are seated on that palanquin.”
CB Adi-khanda 10.115
ei-mata nana-rupe bole nari-gane
shubha-drishtye sabe dekhe lakshmi-narayana
In this way the girls spoke in various ways as they joyfully watched Lakshmi and the original Narayana.
CB Adi-khanda 10.116
nija-grihe prabhu ailena sandhya-kale
When the couple arrived at Nimai’s house in the evening, they were festively greeted by dancing, singing, and the playing of musical instruments.
CB Adi-khanda 10.117
tabe shacidevi vipra-patni-gana laiya
putra-vadhu ghare anilena harsha haiya
Shacidevi with some other brahmana ladies then jubilantly welcomed her daughter-in-law home.
CB Adi-khanda 10.118
dvija-adi yata jati nata bajaniya
sabare tushila dhana, vastra, vakya diya
Thereafter mother Shaci satisfied the brahmanas, musicians, and dancers with money, cloth, and sweet words.
CB Adi-khanda 10.119
ye shunaye prabhura vivaha-punya-katha
tahara samsara-bandha na haya sarvatha
Whoever hears these auspicious topics of the Lord’s marriage is never entangled in worldly life.
In this material world people become joyful by hearing about the marriage of a boy and a girl. Encouraged by such topics, the conditioned souls become eager to face the miseries of material bondage. But the topics related with the marriage of Shriman Mahaprabhu, who is the controller of maya, are not like this. This pastime of the Lord is meant to demonstrate the uselessness of material existence. A living entity who is attached to material enjoyment considers the marriage of a mundane boy and girl to be the ideal example of sense gratification, and if he considers the spiritual pastimes of the Supreme Lord’s marriage as similar to the conditioned soul’s sense gratificatory activities, which are apparently sweet but ultimately poison, he will certainly be entangled in the bondage of material existence. But the Supreme Lord is the only object of all enjoyment, and the servants, maidservants, and wonderful ingredients of service, which are all under His control, cannot produce such inauspiciousness. Wherever the happiness of the Lord is present, the sense gratification of the living entities cannot remain.
In this regard one should discuss auspicious nectarean statements such as the following verses from Shrimad Bhagavatam (11.2.42):
bhaktih pareshanubhavo viraktir anyatra caisha trika eka-kalah-
“Devotion, direct experience of the Supreme Lord, and detachment from other things-these three occur simultaneously,” and from the Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (1.2.187):
iha yasya harer dasye karmana manasa gira
nikhilasv apy avasthasu jivan-muktah sa ucyate
“A person acting in the service of Krishna with his body, mind, intelligence, and words is a liberated person even within the material world, although he may engage in many apparently material activities.”
The Supreme Lord Vishnu is the transcendental controller of maya, so to consider Him material or like an ordinary living entity is a great offense. When a transcendental service attitude towards the Supreme Lord Vishnu is awakened, then liberated devotees inclined towards serving the Lord are no longer entangled in material bondage. In other words, if a living entity is eager to please the Supreme Lord, he becomes freed from the bondage of material existence, which is separate from the Lord, and never personally endeavors for sense gratification or material enjoyment.
CB Adi-khanda 10.120
prabhu-parshve lakshmira haila avasthana
shaci-griha haila parama-jyotir-dhama
With Lakshmi at the side of the Lord, the house of Shaci appeared like Vaikuntha, the most effulgent abode.
CB Adi-khanda 10.121
niravadhi dekhe shaci ki ghare bahire
parama adbhuta jyotih lakhite na pare
Such a wonderful effulgence constantly emanated from the house that mother Shaci could not even see properly.
By the arrival of Shrimati Lakshmipriya-devi, who is the direct personification of one of the Supreme Lord’s internal potencies, known as Shri-shakti, the house of Shri Shaci actually became the effulgent Vaikuntha abode of the Supreme Lord.
CB Adi-khanda 10.122
kakhana putrera pashe dekhe agni-shikha
ulatiya cahite, na paya ara dekha
Sometimes Shaci saw flames of fire at the side of her son, but when she looked again they were gone.
CB Adi-khanda 10.123
kamala-pushpera gandha kshane kshane paya
parama-vismita ai cintena sadaya
When she sometimes smelled the fragrance of a lotus flower, she was utterly astonished.
CB Adi-khanda 10.124
ai cinte,-“bujhilana karana ihara
e kanyaya adhishthana ache kamalara
Shaci thought, “I can understand the reason for this. This girl is a plenary portion of Lakshmidevi.
CB Adi-khanda 10.125
ataeva jyotih dekhi, padma-gandha pai
purva-praya daridrata-duhkha ebe nai
“That is why I see this effulgence and smell the fragrance of lotus flowers. Now we may not face any poverty like before.
CB Adi-khanda 10.126
ei lakshmi-vadhu grihe praveshile
kotha haite na jani asiya saba mile?”
“Otherwise where has everything come from since this daughter-in-law, Lakshmi, entered my house?”
CB Adi-khanda 10.127
ei-rupa nana-mata katha ai kaya
vyakta haiya o prabhu vyakta nahi haya
In this way mother Shaci had various thoughts, as the Lord almost but not quite manifest Himself.
Although the Supreme Lord appeared in this world, out of His sweet will He did not manifest His covered pastimes to everyone.
CB Adi-khanda 10.128
ishvarera iccha bujhibara shakti ka’ra?
ki-rupe karena kon kalera vihara?
Who can understand the supreme will of the Lord? How and when does He perform His pastimes?
The words kalera vihara mean “enjoying pastimes suitable for a particular time.”
CB Adi-khanda 10.129
ishvare se apanare na janaye yabe
lakshmi o janite shakti na dharena tabe
Until the Lord Himself allows one to know Him, even Lakshmi has no power to understand Him.
By the supreme will of the Lord, His covered pastimes are beyond the perception of even His internal potencies.
CB Adi-khanda 10.130
ei saba shastre vede purane vakhane
‘ya’re ta’na kripa haya, sei jane ta’ne
The Vedas, Puranas, and other scriptures confirm that only one who is favored by the Lord can understand Him.
CB Adi-khanda 10.131
shri krishna-chaitanya nityananda-canda jana
vrindavana dasa tachu pada-yuge gana
Accepting Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda Prabhu as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet.
Thus ends this English translation of the Gaudiya-bhashya commentary on Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, Adi-khanda, Chapter Ten, entitled, “The Marriage of Shri Lakshmipriya.”