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Vyasa Avatara Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura
Chapter Twelve: The Lord’s Wandering Throughout Navadvipa
CB Adi-khanda 12.201
cintiya shridhara bole,-“shunaha, gosani!
kadi-pati tomara kichui daya nai
Thinking in this way, Shridhara said, “Listen, Gosani, don’t worry about money.
CB Adi-khanda 12.202
thoda, kala, mula, khola dimu bhala mane
tabe ara kandala na kara, ama’ sane”
“I’ll happily give You some bananas, banana flowers, leaf cups, and banana stalks, but please don’t fight with me.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.203
prabhu bole,-“bhala bhala, ara dvandva nai
tabe thoda’ kala bhala yena pai”
The Lord said, “Good, then I won’t fight anymore. But see that I get good quality bananas and banana stalks.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.204
shridharera kholaya nitya karena bhojana
shridharera thoda-kala-mula shri-vyanjana
The Lord daily used Shridhara’s leaf cups, and He ate subjis made from Shridhara’s plantains, banana flowers, and banana stalks.
CB Adi-khanda 12.205
shridharera gache yei lau dhare cale
taha khaya prabhu dugdha-maricera jhale
Whenever a squash grew on the roof of Shridhara’s cottage, the Lord would eat it, cooked with milk and black pepper.
CB Adi-khanda 12.206
prabhu bole,-“amare ki vasaha, shridhara!
taha kahilei ami cali’ yai ghara
The Lord then said, “Tell Me, what do you think of Me? After you answer this, I’ll go home.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.207
shridhara bolena,-“tumi vipra-vishnu-amsha”
prabhu bole,-“na janila, ami-gopa vamsha
Shridhara replied, “You are a brahmana, a portion of Lord Vishnu.” The Lord said, “You don’t know. Actually I’m from a gopa family.
In answer to the Lord’s question, Shridhara replied, “O Pandita, You are a portion of Lord Vishnu.” The Lord immediately protested, “Even though I am not a portion of Vishnu, in other words, even though I am the svayam-rupa and source of all incarnations, I appear in the family of cowherd men, in other words, I am Krishna, the son of Nanda.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.208
tumi ama’ dekha,-yena brahmana-chaoyala
ami apanare vasi yehena goyala”
“Although you see Me as the son of a brahmana, I consider Myself a cowherd boy.”
“Although you see Me as the son of a brahmana, I nevertheless know that I am the son of a cowherd.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.209
hasena shridhara shuni’ prabhura vacana
na cinila nija-prabhu mayara karana
Shridhara smiled at the Lord’s words, but due to the illusory energy he could not recognize his Lord.
Since Shri Gaurasundara presently desires to conceal His covered or confidential scholastic pastimes, by the supreme will of the Lord, Shridhara, the best of devotees and eternal associate of the Lord, could not properly understand the hidden pastimes of his eternally worshipable Lord, Shri Gaura-Krishna.
CB Adi-khanda 12.210
prabhu bole,-“shridhara, tomare kahi tattva!
ama’ haite tora saba gangara mahattva
The Lord then said, “Shridhara, let Me tell you the truth. The glories of your Ganges are due to Me.”
While describing the truth about Himself, the Lord said to Shridhara, “All that you have heard about the special glories of Ganga, who springs from the lotus feet of Vishnu-that Ganga and her glories have emanated from Me. In other words, I am the original cause of the Ganga.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.211
shridhara bolena,-“ohe pandita-nimani!
ganga kariyao ki tomara bhaya nai?
Shridhara replied, “Nimai Pandita! Aren’t You afraid of insulting Ganga in this way?
In reply to this, Shridhara said, “You are so arrogant that You don’t believe that Ganga, who purifies all living entities, is the destroyer of sins! Besides that, You not only consider Yourself superior to Ganga, You even claim to be the source of the Ganga.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.212
vayasa badile loka kotha sthira haye
tomara capalya aro dvi-guna badaye”
“One is supposed to become sober as he grows up, but I see that Your restlessness has doubled.”
“As a man gets older, his childhood restlessness gradually diminishes, but what is this! I see that Your restlessness is gradually increasing with Your age!”
CB Adi-khanda 12.213
ei-mata shridharera sange ranga kari’
ailena nija-grihe gauranga shri-hari
After joking with Shridhara in this way, Lord Gauranga returned to His home.
CB Adi-khanda 12.214
vishnu-dvare vasilena gauranga-sundara
calila paduya-varga ya’ra yatha ghara
Shri Gaurasundara sat down at the door of His Vishnu temple, and His students all returned to their homes.
CB Adi-khanda 12.215
dekhi’ prabhu paurnamasi-candrera udaya
vrindavana-candra-bhava haila hridaya
As Nimai saw the full moon one night, His heart became absorbed in the mood of Shri Vrindavanacandra.
CB Adi-khanda 12.216
apurva murali-dhvani lagila karite
ai bai ara keha na paya shunite
Nimai then began to play a flute in a most enchanting tune, which only mother Shaci could hear.
CB Adi-khanda 12.217
tribhuvana-mohana murali shuni’ ai
ananda-magane murcha gela sei thani
When mother Shaci heard the sound of that flute, which attracts the three worlds, she fell unconscious in ecstasy.
CB Adi-khanda 12.218
kshaneke chaitanya pai’ sthira kari’ mana
apurva murali-dhvani karena shravana
After a while she regained consciousness and steadied her mind, as she continued listening to the wonderful sound of the flute.
CB Adi-khanda 12.219
yekhane vasiya ache gauranga-sundara
sei-dike shunilena vamshi manohara
Shaci then noticed that the enchanting sound of the flute was coming from the direction where Nimai was sitting.
CB Adi-khanda 12.220
adbhuta shuniya ai aila bahire
dekhe,-putra vasiyache vishnura duyare
Mother Shaci came outside in astonishment and saw that her son was sitting at the door of the Vishnu temple.
CB Adi-khanda 12.221
ara nahi payena shunite vamshi-nada
putrera hridaye dekhe akashera canda
She could no longer hear the sound of the flute, but she saw the full moon on the chest of her son.
CB Adi-khanda 12.222
putra-vakshe dekhe candra-mandala sakshate
vismita haiya ai cahe cari-bhite
Seeing the moon on the chest of her son, Shaci was struck with wonder and began looking around.
CB Adi-khanda 12.223
grihe asi’ vasi’ ai lagila cintite
ki hetu,-nishcaya kichu na pare karite
Mother Shaci then went back inside and began to think about the reason for such a vision.
CB Adi-khanda 12.224
ei-mata kata bhagyavati shaci ai
yata dekhe prakasha, tahara anta nai
In this way the most fortunate mother Shaci saw unlimited manifestations of opulence.
CB Adi-khanda 12.225
kona-dina nisha-bhage shaci ai shune
gita, vadya-yantra vaya kata-shata jane
One night Shaci heard hundreds of people singing and playing musical instruments.
CB Adi-khanda 12.226
bahu-vidha mukha-vadya, nritya, pada-tala
yena maha-rasa-krida shunena vishala
By the sound of dancing and various wind instruments, she considered that a grand rasa-lila festival was taking place.
CB Adi-khanda 12.227
kona-dina dekhe sarva badi-ghara-dvara
jyotir-maya bai kichu na dekhena ara
One day all she could see was a brilliant spiritual effulgence permeating her house.
CB Adi-khanda 12.228
kona-dina dekhe ati-divya nari-gana
lakshmi-praya sabe, haste padma-vibhushana
On another day she saw many divine women, who all held lotus flowers in their hands and resembled the goddess fortune.
CB Adi-khanda 12.229
kona-dina dekhe jyotir-maya deva-gana
dekhi’ punah ara nahi paya darashana
One day she saw the effulgent demigods, but when she looked again she couldn’t see them.
CB Adi-khanda 12.230
aira e-saba drishti kichu citra nahe
vishnu-bhakti-svarupini vede yan’re kahe
It is not astonishing that Shaci had such visions, for the Vedas describe her as the personification of devotional service to Lord Vishnu.
Devaki, the mother of Prishnigarbha, is the personification of devotional service to Lord Vishnu. Mothers of the Lord like Yashoda, Devaki, and Shaci serve the Lord in pure vatsalya-rasa. Therefore, even though such mothers are worshipable to the Lord, they are not bereft of pure spiritual service.
CB Adi-khanda 12.231
ai ya’re sakrit karena drishti-pate
sei haya adhikari e saba dekhite
Whoever receives the merciful glance of mother Shaci becomes eligible to see such opulences.
CB Adi-khanda 12.232
hena-mate shri-gaurasundara vanamali
ache gudha-rupe nijanande kutuhali
In this way Shri Gaurasundara, who is nondifferent from Lord Krishna, lived in Navadvipa incognito, while relishing His own ecstasy.
The phrase gaurasundara vanamali indicates that Shri Gaurasundara is nondifferent from Vrajendra-nandana.
CB Adi-khanda 12.233
yadyapi eteka prabhu apana’ prakashe
tathapiha cinite na pare kona dase
Although the Lord manifested His opulences in various ways, His servants were still unable to recognize Him.
CB Adi-khanda 12.234
hena se auddhatya prabhu karena kautuke
te-mata uddhata ara nahi navadvipe
The arrogance that was sportingly displayed by Nimai was unmatched throughout Navadvipa.
CB Adi-khanda 12.235-240
yakhana ye-rupe lila karena ishvara
sei sarva-shreshtha, ta’ra nahika sosara
yuddha lila-prati iccha upaje yakhana
astra-siksha-vira ara na thake temana
kama-lila karite yakhana iccha haya
laksharbuda vanita se karena vijaya
dhana vilasite se yakhana iccha haya
prajara gharete haya nidhi koti-maya
emana uddhata gaurasundara ekhane
ei prabhu virakta-dharma laibe yakhane
se virakti-bhakti-kana kotha tribhuvane?
anye ki sambhave taha?-vyakta sarva jane
The pastimes enjoyed by the Lord are supreme in all respects. Whenever the Lord desires to fight, He becomes the topmost hero and no one can surpass His prowess with weapons. Whenever the Lord desires to enjoy conjugal pastimes, He manifests millions of beautiful women. Whenever the Lord desires to enjoy opulence, He fills His servant’s homes with millions of oceans of wealth. In this way the arrogant nature now manifest by the Lord immediately vanished when He accepted the path of renunciation. At that time not even a fragment of the renunciation and devotion that He manifest could be found throughout the three worlds. Is this possible for anyone else?
Shri Gaurasundara, who is the source of all incarnations, who performs pastimes out of His own sweet will, and who is the reservoir of transcendental pastimes, personally fought with the demons Madhu and Kaitabha in His incarnation as Hayashirsha, the demon Hiranyaksha as Varaha, the demon Hiranyakashipu as Nrisimhadeva, and demons headed by Ravana in His incarnation as Ramacandra. In His conjugal pastimes as Krishna, the source of all incarnations, He engages in the rasa dance with innumerable cowherd damsels, yet in the houses of His subjects He displays affluent pastimes as the Supreme Lord, full in six opulences. Shri Gaurasundara, who enacts such wonderfully variegated pastimes, is also most expert in displaying various arrogant and mischievous pastimes. Moreover, when Gaurasundara later manifests the pastime of accepting the sannyasa order of life, then His detachment for topics not related with the Lord, His direct experience of the Supreme Lord, and His attachment for the service of the Lord will be the ideal example for those desirous of serving the Lord. Even a particle of renunciation and devotion exhibited by Gaurasundara is rarely found within the three worlds. Everyone knows that such an ideal attitude of service to Krishna will not be found within the three worlds.
Gaurasundara, the source of all incarnations, did not exhibit any pastime of learning how to fight with weapons, accepting millions of girlfriends, or enjoying affluence in His pastimes as Gaura, rather such pastimes were displayed in His various other incarnations. Although He is the source of all incarnations, in this incarnation He displays only pastimes of magnanimity; He did not exhibit any conjugal pastimes in the course of His magnanimous Gaura pastimes. In order to disgrace Him before the eyes of ordinary persons, those who belong to apa-sampradayas like the gaura-nagaris attribute deviations in proper behavior to the Lord’s pure character, which is exemplary for everyone, but it should be known that their mentality is a source of offenses.
CB Adi-khanda 12.241
ei-mata ishvarera sarva-shreshtha-karma
sabe sevakere hare, se tahana dharma
The activities of the Lord are supreme in all respects, but it is His nature to accept defeat at the hands of His devotees.
The activities of the supreme controller, ishvarera karma, are always superior to the activities of the controlled. The former are transcendental and incomparable and therefore matchless, eternal, and relishable, while the latter are mundane, or worldly, incomplete, abominable, and temporary. But since the characteristics of those who are controlled by love of God are even more relishable than those of the controller, their characteristics are capable of defeating those of the controller.
In the Padma Purana it is stated:
aradhananam sarvesham vishnor aradhanam param
tasmat parataram devi tadiyanam samarcanam
“Of all types of worship, worship of Lord Vishnu is best, and better than the worship of Lord Vishnu is the worship of His devotee, the Vaishnava.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.242
eka-dina prabhu aisena raja-pathe
panca sata paduya prabhura cari-bhite
One day Nimai, along with five or seven students, was walking down the main road.
CB Adi-khanda 12.243
vyavahare raja-yogya vastra paridhana
ange pita-vastra shobhe krishnera samana
Nimai was dressed like a king. The yellow cloth that covered His body made Him look just like Krishna.
CB Adi-khanda 12.244
adhare tambula, koti-candra shri-vadana
loke bole,-“murti-manta ei ki madana?”
As He chewed betel nut, His face resembled millions of moons. People who saw Him inquired, “Is He Cupid?”
CB Adi-khanda 12.245
lalate tilaka-urddhva, pustaka shri-kare
drishti-matre padma-netre sarva-papa hare’
His forehead was decorated with tilaka, and in His hands He carried some books. A glance from His lotus eyes destroyed all sins.
CB Adi-khanda 12.246
svabhave cancala paduyara varga-sange
bahu dolaiya prabhu aisena range
As the restless-natured Lord walked along with His students, His arms swung back and forth.
CB Adi-khanda 12.247
daive pathe aisena pandita shrivasa
prabhu dekhi’ matra ta’na haila maha-hasa
By providence, Shrivasa Pandita was coming from the opposite direction at that time. Upon seeing the Lord, Shrivasa began to laugh loudly.
CB Adi-khanda 12.248
ta’ne dekhi’ prabhu karilena namaskara
“cirajivi hao” bole shrivasa udara
Nimai offered obeisances to Shrivasa, who blessed Nimai by saying, “Live forever.”
Sandipani Muni as the teacher of Krishna, Garga Muni as the priest, Bhrigu Muni as the examiner, and, in gaura-lila, Brahmananda Puri as a Godbrother of Ishvara Puri and Shrivasa Pandita as a senior brahmana, all considered the Lord as an subordinate object of affection and care and thus acted as guardians of the Lord. But it should be understood that in the mood of awe and reverence, such behavior is harmful to the principles of service.
CB Adi-khanda 12.249-253
hasiya shrivasa bole,-“kaha dekhi, shuni?
kati caliyacha uddhatera cudamani?
krishna na bhajiya kala ki-karye gonao?
ratri-dina niravadhi kene va padao?
pade kene loka?-krishna-bhakti janibare
se yadi nahila, tabe vidyaya ki kare?
eteke sarvada vyartha na gonao kala
padila ta’, ebe krishna bhajaha sakala”
hasi’ bole mahaprabhu,-“shunaha, pandita!
tomara kripaya seha haibe nishcita”
Shrivasa smiled and inquired, “O best of the arrogant, where are You going? Why do You uselessly waste Your time by not worshiping Krishna? Why do You spend day and night simply teaching mundane knowledge? Why do people study? Education is only for understanding devotional service of Lord Krishna. Therefore don’t uselessly waste Your time any longer. You’ve studied enough. Now You should worship Krishna.” Nimai smiled and said, “Listen, Pandita! That will certainly be done by your mercy.”
One day while walking on the road, the Lord met Shrivasa Pandita. When the Lord offered him obeisances, Shrivasa blessed Him, saying, “May You live long.” Shrivasa continued, “O Nimai, if You give up the worship of Krishna and spend Your time in activities not related with Krishna, there will be no possibility of Your achieving eternal auspiciousness. The purpose of learning and teaching in this world is achieved only by dovetailing these activities in the devotional service of Krishna. If devotion to Krishna is not awakened by the cultivation of knowledge, then such cultivation is meaningless and fruitless. You have already studied many books, therefore do not delay any longer. Immediately engage in the topmost fruit of all studies, the worship of Lord Hari.” In answer to this, the Lord said, “O Pandita, you are a devotee of the Lord. By your blessing I will soon become attached to the lotus feet of the Lord.”
Commentary and Chapter Summaries of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada.