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Vyasa Avatara Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura
Chapter Twelve: The Lord’s Wandering Throughout Navadvipa
CB Adi-khanda 12.51
tumi saba ya’ra kara shubhanusandhana
mora citte hena laya, sei bhagyavan
“I sincerely feel that one who is blessed by all of you is most fortunate.
CB Adi-khanda 12.52
kata-dina padaiya, mora citte ache
calimu bujhiya bhala vaishnavera kache”
“I’ve already decided that after teaching a while longer, I will go serve a pure devotee.”
The Lord said, “After studying in this way for a while longer, I will approach a maha-bhagavata Vaishnava and, after understanding topics of the spiritual world, I will follow him. In other words, I have a desire to first become expert in studies and then cultivate pure Vaishnava principles.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.53
eta bali’ hase’ prabhu sevakera sane
prabhura mayaya keha prabhure na cine
After saying this, the Lord smiled at His servants. By His influence, however, no one could recognize Him.
CB Adi-khanda 12.54
ei-mata thakura sabara citta hare’
hena nahi, ye jane apeksha nahi kare
In this way Nimai attracted the heart of everyone. There was no one who escaped His power of attraction.
CB Adi-khanda 12.55
ei-mata kshane prabhu vaise ganga-tire
kakhana bhramena prati nagare nagare
Sometimes the Lord sat on the bank of the Ganges, and sometimes He wandered the streets of Navadvipa.
CB Adi-khanda 12.56
prabhu dekhilei matra nagariya-gana
parama adara kari’ vandena carana
Whenever the residents saw the Lord, they would welcome Him with great respect.
CB Adi-khanda 12.57-59
nari-gana dekhi’ bole,-“ei ta’ madana
stri-loke pauka janme janme hena dhana”
pandite dekhaye brihaspatira samana
vriddha-adi pada-padme karaye pranama
yogi-gane dekhe,-yena siddha-kalevara
dushta-gane dekhe,-yena maha-bhayankara
When the ladies saw Gaura, they said, “Here is Cupid Himself. Let women receive such a treasure birth after birth.” All the scholars saw Him as equal to Brihaspati, and even elderly men offered obeisances at His lotus feet. The yogis saw the Lord as the personification of mystic perfection, and the miscreants saw Him as the personification of death.
Shri Gaurasundara was so extraordinarily beautiful that ladies were overwhelmed on seeing His unmatched form. He was so brilliantly learned that scholars saw Him as the intelligent spiritual master Brihaspati, the yogis who survive on air and the munis who raise their semen saw Him as a siddha-mahapurusha, a perfected being, and the sinful ill-natured people saw Him as the formidable chastiser Yamaraja.
CB Adi-khanda 12.60
divas-eko ya’re prabhu karena sambhasha
bandi-praya haya yena, pare’ prema-phansa
If the Lord spoke with someone just once, that person was bound by ropes of love.
Those who spoke to the Lord for even a day became bound by His inseparable love.
CB Adi-khanda 12.61
vidya-rase yata prabhu kare’ ahankara
shunena, tathapi priti prabhure sabara
Although everyone heard about how the Lord was proud of His scholarship, they still loved Him dearly.
Generally those who are maddened with pride due to education become envious of other learned persons. Envious persons do not desire to hear glorification of other’s knowledge. But by seeing the Lord’s pride of learning, everyone became pleased.
CB Adi-khanda 12.62
yavane o prabhu dekhi’ kare bada prita
sarva-bhuta-kripaluta prabhura carita
Even the Yavanas felt love for the Lord, for the Lord’s characteristic is to show mercy to all living entities.
The natural envious propensity of the Yavanas, who are envious of the Hindus, was not directed towards the Lord, rather it transformed into pure affection. Gaurahari exhibited special magnanimity towards everyone.
CB Adi-khanda 12.63
padaya vaikuntha-natha navadvipa-pure
mukunda-sanjaya bhagyavantera duyare
The Lord of Vaikuntha taught His students in the courtyard of the fortunate Mukunda Sanjaya.
CB Adi-khanda 12.64
vakhane ashesha-rupe shri-shacinandana
Arguments, counter-arguments, establishing and refuting the meaning of a sutra-these were all explained in various ways by the son of mother Shaci.
Nimai Pandita explained the scriptures by various methods like debating and counter-debating, properly ascertaining an object, removing faulty conclusions, and establishing faultless conclusions.
CB Adi-khanda 12.65
goshthi-saha mukunda-sanjaya bhagyavan
bhasaye anande, marma na janaye ta’na
Although they could not understand the Lord’s explanations, the fortunate Mukunda Sanjaya and his family all floated in waves of ecstasy.
CB Adi-khanda 12.66
vidya jaya kariya thakura yaya ghare
vidya-rase vaikunthera nayaka vihare
After completing His teaching at school, the Lord of Vaikuntha returned home still absorbed in His scholastic pastimes.
In order to vanquish the conceit of those who were proud of their knowledge, Vishvambhara, the Lord of Vaikuntha and master of Sarasvati, drove away all materialism and anxieties by the waves of His scholastic pastimes and captured their hearts.
CB Adi-khanda 12.67
eka-dina vayu-deha-mandya kari’ chala
prakashena prema-bhakti-vikara sakala
One day, on the pretext of sickness due to excessive gas, the Lord manifested transformations of ecstatic love.
The gross body of the living entity is made of three elements-mucus, bile, and air. As soon as the nature of any one, two, or three of the three elements alters, the gross body is transformed or diseased. When the gross body is diseased, the mental condition is certainly affected. Although the mind is part of the subtle body, because it is presently joined with the gross body, it takes on the same nature. The word shighra, or “quickly,” indicates a greater than normal movement of an object. Whenever the movement of an object is less than normal, the word mandya is used. When the air in the body changes its normal course of movement, then air-born diseases are formed. The service attitude of Krishna’s servant that Shri Gaurasundara displayed with His pure transformations of ecstatic love and desire to serve the Supreme Lord was not understandable by ordinary people, therefore the Lord pretended to suffer from a disorder of His bodily airs. Actually, the transformation of loving devotion that manifests in a heart illuminated with pure goodness is not one of the air-born diseases, as imagined by foolish materialistic atheists. Those who are totally averse to the service of the Lord consider the most wonderful transformations of love for Krishna, which are desired by the spotless paramahamsas, as one of the forty-nine varieties of air-born diseases they are subjected to. It is to be understood that this is punishment for their aversion to the Lord.
CB Adi-khanda 12.68
acambite prabhu alaukika shabda bole
gada-gadi yaya, hase, ghara bhangi’ phele
The Lord suddenly uttered some unworldly sounds, then He laughed as He rolled on the ground and nearly damaged the house.
The word alaukika is explained as follows: Mundane sounds are generally received by the ears and the other four knowledge-acquiring senses. The sounds that the four other knowledge-acquiring senses are unable to receive are called alaukika, or uncommon, transcendental, sounds. The transformations of bodily limbs that manifest while uttering alaukika sounds is unintelligible to ordinary people. In this regard, one should carefully discuss the statement, vaishnavera kriya mudra vijneha na bujhaya- “Even a very intelligent man cannot understand the activities of a pure Vaishnava.” The language and internal sentiments of a Vaishnava are not accessible to ordinary mundane people.
bhuvi viluthamo natamo nirvishamah
“Thoroughly maddened by the ecstasy of the intoxicating beverage of love for Krishna, we shall enjoy life running about, rolling on the ground and dancing in ecstasy.” This statement of a Vaishnava is not understandable by ordinary people.
CB Adi-khanda 12.69
hunkara garjana kare, malsat pure
sammukhe dekhaye ya’re, taharei mare
He roared loudly and challenged everyone like a wrestler, then He beat whoever He could catch.
CB Adi-khanda 12.70
kshane-kshane sarva-anga stambhakriti haya
hena murcha haya, loke dekhi’ paya bhaya
Again and again His entire body became stunned, and He fell unconscious in such a way that people were frightened.
CB Adi-khanda 12.71
shunilena bandhu-gana vayura vikara
dhaiya asiya sabhe kare pratikara
When Nimai’s friends and relatives heard about His gastric disorder, they came running to treat Him.
CB Adi-khanda 12.72
buddhimanta-khana ara mukunda-sanjaya
goshthi-saha ailena prabhura alaya
Buddhimanta Khan, Mukunda Sanjaya, and their associates all came to the Lord’s house.
Both Buddhimanta Khan and Mukunda Sanjaya of Navadvipa were respectable, rich, and prosperous in all regards. Rich persons kept various medicines and doctors in their houses. Poor people who had no assets whatsoever depended on them for their survival.
CB Adi-khanda 12.73
vishnu-taila, narayana-taila dena shire
sabhe kare pratikara, ya’ra yena sphure
They applied some medicinal oils on the Lord’s head and tried to cure Him any way they could.
CB Adi-khanda 12.74
apana-icchaya prabhu nana karma kare
se kemane sustha haibeka pratikare
The Lord performs various pastimes by His own sweet will. How can He be cured by some external remedies?
The transformations of love that Shri Gaurasundara displayed in order to manifest His transcendental pastimes can not be cured by administering external medicine. Physical and mental diseases affect the gross and subtle bodies. Ecstatic transformations do not act upon temporary material designations, rather the service propensities of a living entity are displayed through the transcendental body surrendered to the Lord. The artificial transformations of the material body are completely unlike the devotional transformations found in self-realized souls. Considering the body as the self, foolish people wrongly desire to achieve mundane prestige by artificially manipulating their body and senses on the pretext of displaying ecstatic transformations.
CB Adi-khanda 12.75
sarva-ange kampa, prabhu kare asphalana
hunkara shuniya bhaya paya sarva-jana
All the limbs of the Lord shivered. He shouted loudly in such a way that everyone was frightened.
CB Adi-khanda 12.76
prabhu bole,-“mui sarva-lokera ishvara
mui vishva dharon, mora nama ‘vishvambhara’
He then declared, “I am the Lord of all. I maintain the universe, therefore I am named Vishvambhara.
Although Shri Gaurasundara is nondifferent from Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the words spoken by Him in the mood of a devotee induce ordinary foolish people to wrongly consider Him an object of enjoyment. On the spiritual platform, the relationship between servant and the Lord is so intimate that the Lord does not appear to be separate. Such propensities were fully manifest in the gopis, who are situated on the adhirudha-mahabhava platform, wherein they engage in the pastimes of mohana and madana, attracting and intoxicating their beloved. In the consideration of servitorship, the word sarva-loka, or “everyone,” indicates that Shri Gaurasundara is the highest of all.
The word vishva in this verse refers to Goloka of the spiritual sky. Although the separated perverted reflection of Goloka-Vaikuntha is more or less experienced within the fourteen worlds, the material universe is not Vaikuntha. Shri Gaurasundara is the only maintainer of all universes. The statements befitting the Supreme Lord in the mood of a devotee are meant for rejecting material considerations between the Lord and His devotees. The fierce poison of formidable impersonalism vomited by foolish, imperfect yogis who are conditioned by maya and who proclaim themselves as ahangrahopasakas, or self-worshipers, is extremely abominable, hated, and totally disapproved by Gaurasundara.
CB Adi-khanda 12.77
mui sei, more ta’ na cine kona jane”
eta bali’ lada dei dhare sarva jane
“I am the Supreme Lord, but no one recognizes Me.” Saying this, the Lord tottered and everyone tried to catch Him.
CB Adi-khanda 12.78
apana’ prakasha prabhu kare vayu chale
tathapi na bujhe keha ta’na maya-bale
In this way the Lord manifested Himself on the pretext of gastric disorder, yet by the influence of His illusory energy no one could understand Him.
CB Adi-khanda 12.79
keha bole,-“haila danava adhishthana”
keha bole,-“hena bujhi dakinira kama”
Someone said, “He’s been possessed by a demon.” Someone else said, “This is the work of a witch.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.80
keha bole,-“sadai karena vakya-vyaya
ataeva haila ‘vayu’,-janiha nishcaya”
Another said, “Since He’s always speaking, it is certainly a gastric disorder.”
By speaking most uncommon words, Shri Gaurasundara tried to win the hearts of the people. That is why some ignorant persons, on observing the most talkative nature of the Lord, decided that His transformations of love were due to an increase in bodily airs.
CB Adi-khanda 12.81
ei-mata sarva jane karena vicara
vishnu-maya-mohe tattva na janiya tan’ra
In this way everyone gave different opinions, but by the influence of the Lord’s illusory potency no one understood the truth.
CB Adi-khanda 12.82
bahu-vidha paka-taila sabhe dena shire
taila-drone thui taila dena kalevare
They applied various medicated oils on the Lord’s head and then they put Him in a wooden tub filled with oil and rubbed His body.
The word paka-taila refers to a medicinal oil made from various herbs that cures diseases born of air disorders.
The word taila-drone refers to a large wooden container filled with oil in which one can be immersed up to the neck-a barrel of oil.
CB Adi-khanda 12.83
taila-drone bhase prabhu hase khalakhala
satya yena mahavayu kariyache bala
Immersed in that oil, the Lord began to laugh as if a terrible gastric disorder had actually infected Him.
CB Adi-khanda 12.84
ei-mata apana icchaya lila kari
svabhavika haila prabhu vayu parihari’
While thus enjoying His pastimes according to His own will, the Lord became normal as if relieved of His gastric disorder.
CB Adi-khanda 12.85
sarva-gane uthila ananda-hari-dhvani
keba ka’re vastra deya,-hena nahi jani
Everyone then chanted the names of Hari in ecstasy, and in jubilation they distributed cloth to one another without discrimination.
CB Adi-khanda 12.86
sarva-loke shuni’ haila harashita
sabe bole,-“jiu, jiu e-hena pandita”
Everyone was pleased to hear about the Lord’s recovery, and they blessed Him, “Such a scholar should live a long life.”
The phrase jiu, jiu (used in ancient Bengali) is a corruption of the Sanskrit word jivatu, which is a blessing meaning “live a long life.”
CB Adi-khanda 12.87
ei-mata ranga kare vaikunthera raya
ke ta’ne janite pare, yadi na janaya?
In this way the Lord of Vaikuntha enjoyed His pastimes. Who can understand those pastimes unless the Lord reveals them?
CB Adi-khanda 12.88
prabhure dekhiya sarva-vaishnavera gana
sabhe bole,-“bhaja, bapa, krishnera carana
When all the Vaishnavas saw the Lord, they told Him, “Dear Nimai, please worship the lotus feet of Krishna.
CB Adi-khanda 12.89
kshaneke nahika, bapa, anitya sharira
tomare ki shikhaimu, tumi mahadhira
“This body is temporary. It may be vanquished the next moment. But You are a sober person; what can we teach You?”
CB Adi-khanda 12.90
hasiya prabhu sabare kariya namaskara
padaite cale shishya-samhati apara
The Lord smiled at the Vaishnavas and offered them obeisances, then He left for school with His students.
CB Adi-khanda 12.91
mukunda-sanjaya punyavantera mandire
padayena prabhu candi-mandapa-bhitare
The Lord taught His students in the Candi-mandapa within the courtyard of the fortunate Mukunda Sanjaya.
CB Adi-khanda 12.92
parama-sugandhi paka-taila prabhu-shire
kona punyavanta deya, prabhu vyakhya kare
As the Lord began to teach, His head was smeared with fragrant medicated oil that was given by some pious person.
CB Adi-khanda 12.93
catur-dike shobhe punyavanta shishya-gana
majhe prabhu vyakhya kare jagat-jivana
Nimai, the life of the universe, sat and taught in the midst of His many fortunate students.
The word jagat-jivana indicates that Gaurasundara is the life and soul of the animate and inanimate beings. Persons who are averse to Gaura are included among the lifeless beings. Only the devotees of Gaura perceive the Lord’s mercy throughout the entire world. Persons who are bereft of Gaura’s mercy are like dead bodies, though living or breathing; though they are conscious living entities, they adore matter.
CB Adi-khanda 12.94
se shobhara mahima ta’ kahite na pari
upama dibana kiba, na dekhi vicari’
I’m unable to describe or give a comparison for that wonderful scene.
CB Adi-khanda 12.95
hena bujhi yena sanakadi-shishya-gane
narayane vedi’ vase badarikashrame
It appeared that Lord Narayana was sitting in Badarikashrama surrounded by His disciples headed by Sanaka.
Badarikashrama is situated on the western bank of the Alakananda River in the northernmost side of the Himalayas, past Haridvara and Hrishikesha in the hilly regions of Kumayun and Gadaoala districts. The ashrama of Badri-Narayana (Nara-Narayana) is situated there. The disciplic succession of Lord Narayana, headed by Vyasa and the four Kumaras, engage in worshiping the Supreme Lord at this place. They are situated in this world on Narayana’s four sides as His associates.
CB Adi-khanda 12.96
tan’ sabare laiya yena prabhu se padaya
hena bujhi sei lila kare gaura-raya
Lord Gaurachandra now enjoyed the same pastimes as when Lord Narayana personally taught His disciples.
CB Adi-khanda 12.97
sei badarikashrama-vasi narayana
nishcaya janiha ei shacira nandana
Shri Shacinandana is certainly that same Lord Narayana, who resides in Badarikashrama.
CB Adi-khanda 12.98
ataeva shishya-sange sei lila kare
vidya-rase vaikunthera nayaka vihare
Therefore the Lord of Vaikuntha enjoyed those same pastimes while relishing scholastic pleasures with His students.
CB Adi-khanda 12.99
padaiya prabhu dui prahara haile
tabe shishya-gana laiya ganga-snane cale
After teaching, at midday the Lord would take His students for bath in the Ganges.
CB Adi-khanda 12.100
ganga-jale vihara kariya kata-kshana
grihe asi’ kare prabhu shri-vishnu-pujana
The Lord sported in the waters of the Ganges for some time and then returned home to worship Lord Vishnu.
There was a temple of Vishnu in the Lord’s house. In that temple the Lord worshiped a shalagrama-shila as Lord Krishna.
Commentary and Chapter Summaries of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada.