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Vyasa Avatara Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura
Chapter Fifteen: Marriage with Shri Vishnupriya
CB Adi-khanda 15.201
dhaka, pataha, sanani, vadanga, karatala
anyo’nye vada kari’ bajaya vishala
The musicians competitively played their dhakas, kettledrums, sanani, vadangas, and karatalas.
CB Adi-khanda 15.202
tabe prabhu namaskari’ sarva-manya-gana
lakshmi-sange dolaya karila arohana
The Lord offered His obeisances to the respectable persons there and sat on the palanquin with Vishnupriya.
CB Adi-khanda 15.203
‘hari hari’ bali’ sabe kari’ jaya-dhvani
calilena laiya tabe dvija-kulamani
Then the best of the brahmanas departed along with His associates, while everyone chanted “Hari! Hari!”
CB Adi-khanda 15.204
pathe yata loka dekhe, caliya asite
‘dhanya-dhanya’ sabei prashamse bahu-mate
Everyone who saw the Lord on the way glorified Him with appropriate words.
A description similar to that found in this and the following five verses is seen in the Adi-khanda, Chapter 10, verses 111-116.
CB Adi-khanda 15.205
stri-gana dekhiya bale,-“ei bhagyavati
kata janma sevilena kamala-parvati”
The ladies said, “She is very fortunate. She must have served Lakshmi and Parvati for many lifetimes.”
CB Adi-khanda 15.206
keha bale,-“ei hena bujhi hara-gauri
keha bale,-“hena bujhi kamala shri-hari
Someone said, “They look just like Shiva and Parvati,” while someone else said, “They look like Lakshmi and Lord Hari.”
CB Adi-khanda 15.207
keha bale,-“ei dui kamadeva-rati
keha bale,-“indra-shaci laya mora mati
Another person said, “This couple look just like Kamadeva and Rati,” and someone said, “They look like Indra and Shaci.”
CB Adi-khanda 15.208
keha bale,-“hena bujhi ramacandra-sita
ei-mata bale yata sukriti-vanita
Someone else said, “They look like Rama and Sita.” In this way all the pious ladies talked amongst themselves.
CB Adi-khanda 15.209
hena bhagyavanta stri-purusha nadiyara
e saba sampatti dekhibara shakti ya’ra
The men and women of Nadia were so fortunate that they were able to see the opulences of the Supreme Lord and His consort.
CB Adi-khanda 15.210
sukha-maya sarva loka haila nadiyate
By the auspicious glance of Lakshmi-Narayana, all the people of Nadia became happy in all respects.
CB Adi-khanda 15.211
nritya, gita, vadya, pushpa varshite varshite
parama-anande ailena sarva-pathe
As the Lord’s marriage party passed through the streets, they danced, sang, played musical instruments, and showered flowers in great ecstasy.
CB Adi-khanda 15.212
tabe shubha-kshane prabhu sakala-mangale
ailena grihe lakshmi-krishna kutuhale
At an auspicious moment the Lord and Vishnupriya arrived home in a merry mood.
CB Adi-khanda 15.213
tabe ai pati-vrata-gana sange laiya
putra-vadhu ghare anilena harsha haiya
Thereupon mother Shaci and other chaste women joyfully welcomed their daughter-in-law home.
CB Adi-khanda 15.214
grihe asi’ vasilena lakshmi-narayana
jaya-dhvani-maya haila sakala bhuvana
As Lakshmi-Narayana sat inside the house, the whole house was filled with sounds of joy.
CB Adi-khanda 15.215
ki ananda haila, se akathya-kathana
se mahima kon jane karibe varnana?
The ecstasy that was experienced there is beyond words, therefore who can describe its glories?
CB Adi-khanda 15.216
yanhara murtira vibha dekhile nayane
papa-mukta hai’ yaya vaikuntha-bhuvane
Anyone who sees the marriage ceremony of the Supreme Lord is freed from all sinful reactions and returns to Vaikuntha.
The marriages based on sense gratification between ordinary men and women are known as bandhana, or bondage. But if a materialist sees the marriage pastimes of Shri Gaura-Narayana, the Lord of Vaikuntha, with goddess Shrimati Vishnupriya-Lakshmi, then his desire for material enjoyment is vanquished, and as a result of the awakening of transcendental knowledge he will be freed from material existence and attain Vaikuntha.
CB Adi-khanda 15.217
se prabhura vibha loka dekhaye sakshat
teni ta’na nama-’dayamaya’ ‘dinanatha’
Because the Lord allowed everyone to see His marriage, He is known as Dayamaya, or He who is most merciful, and Dinanatha, or He who is the Lord of the fallen.
In order to destroy the desire for material enjoyment by imparting transcendental knowledge to miserly and materially attached fallen persons, to bring them to their original constitutional position in Vaikuntha, and to award them the eligibility for service that is rarely attained by the demigods, the most merciful Lord exhibited His transcendental marriage pastimes before the eyes of the general people. That is why the pious faithful devotees humbly address the Lord by various names like Ahaituka-kripamaya (He who is causelessly merciful), Amandodaya-daya-sindhu (He who is an all-auspicious ocean of mercy), and Dina-bandhu (He who is the friend of the fallen), which are indicative of His causeless mercy.
CB Adi-khanda 15.218
tabe yata nata, bhata, bhikshuka-ganere
tushilena vastra-dhana-vacane sabare
Thereafter the Lord satisfied everyone-the dancers, the professional blessers, and the beggars-with cloth, money, and sweet words.
One should take note of how the Lord, as an ideal householder and teacher of people, duly respected and awarded gifts to the proper candidates.
CB Adi-khanda 15.219
vipra-gane, apta-gane, sabare pratyeke
apane ishvara vastra dilena kautuke
The Lord also happily gave cloth to each of the brahmanas, relatives, and friends.
CB Adi-khanda 15.220
buddhimanta-khane prabhu dila alingana
tahana ananda ati akathya-kathana
Then the Lord mercifully embraced Buddhimanta Khan, who felt such ecstasy that it is beyond all description.
CB Adi-khanda 15.221
e saba lilara kabhu nahi pariccheda
‘avirbhava’ ‘tirobhava’ ei kahe veda
Although the Vedas describe the Lord’s “appearance” and “disappearance,” there is actually no end to His pastimes.
Since the propensity for fruitive activities in the living entities is interrupted in due course of time, no one should illegitimately and offensively consider that the transcendental pastimes of the Supreme Lord, who is the controller of maya, are equal to the fruitive endeavors of the ordinary living entities. That is why the Vedic literatures have emphatically pointed out the eternal difference between the activities of the Lord, who is the controller of maya, and the living entities, who are controlled by maya, and thus forewarned everyone about the dangerous Mayavada philosophy. When the Lord with His eternal abode and associates appears (before the eyes of people) in this material world from Goloka-dhama, it is called the Lord’s avatara or avirbhava, and when the Lord with His eternal abode and associates returns (disappears from the eyes of people) to His eternally unmanifest kingdom of Goloka-dhama from this material world, it is called the Lord’s antardhana or tirobhava. By these activities, the Lord demonstrates the difference between His transcendental pastimes and the birth and death of ordinary living entities. The pastimes of the Supreme Lord are actually unbroken and uninterrupted.
CB Adi-khanda 15.222
dandeke e saba lila yata haiyache
shata-varshe taha ke varnibe,-hena ache?
Who has the ability to describe in one hundred years the pastimes that the Lord performs in a half hour?
CB Adi-khanda 15.223
nityananda-svarupera ajna dhari’ shire
sutra-matra likhi ami kripa-anusare
I have accepted the order of Nityananda Svarupa on my head, and by His mercy I am briefly writing about these pastimes.
CB Adi-khanda 15.224
e saba ishvara-lila ye pade, ye shune
se avashya viharaye gauracandra-sane
Whoever reads or hears these pastimes of the Supreme Lord certainly associates with Lord Gaurachandra.
CB Adi-khanda 15.225
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 Fifteen, entitled, “The Marriage of Shri Vishnupriya.”