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Vyasa Avatara Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura
Chapter Two: The Lord’s Appearance
hena hari-dhvani haila sarva-nadiyaya
brahmanda puriya dhvani sthana nahi paya
The whole of Nadia was filled with the sound vibration of the name of Hari. Indeed, the sound vibration filled the entire universe and beyond.
CB Adi-khanda 2.202
apurva shuniya saba bhagavata-gana
sabe bale,-’nirantara hauka grahana’
Hearing this wonderful vibration, all the devotees remarked, “Let there be a perpetual eclipse!”
CB Adi-khanda 2.203
sabe bale,-’aji bada vasiye ullasa
hena bujhi, kiba krishna karila prakasha
All the devotees said, “From the great happiness that we are feeling today it can be understood that Krishna must have appeared.”
CB Adi-khanda 2.204
ganga-snane calila sakala bhakta-gana
niravadhi catur-dike hari-sankirtana
As the devotees all went to take bath in the Ganges, the vibration of the name of Hari was continually heard from all directions.
CB Adi-khanda 2.205
kiba shishu, vriddha, nari, sajjana, durjana
sabe ‘hari’ ‘hari’ bole dekhiya ‘grahana’
Whether one was young, old, woman, pious, or impious-everyone was engaged in chanting the name of Hari while observing the eclipse.
CB Adi-khanda 2.206
‘hari bola’ ‘hari bola’ sabe ei shuni
sakala-brahmande vyapileka hari-dhvani
All one could hear was “Hari bol! Hari bol!” Thus the name of Lord Hari was heard throughout the entire universe.
CB Adi-khanda 2.207
catur-dike pushpa-vrishti kare deva-gana
‘jaya’-shabde dundubhi bajaye anukshana
The demigods showered flowers on all directions, and they played kettledrums as they chanted, “Jaya! Jaya!”
CB Adi-khanda 2.208
henai samaye sarva-jagat-jivana
avatirna hailena shri-shaci-nandana
At that very moment the life of all living entities, Shri Shacinandana, made His appearance.
CB Adi-khanda 2.209
rahu-kavale indu, parakasha nama-sindu,
kali-mardana baje bana
pahun bhela parakasha, bhuvana catur-dasha,
jaya jaya padila ghoshana
When the moon was covered by Rahu, when the ocean of the holy names was manifest, when Kali was subdued, and when the flag of victory was raised-at that time the Supreme Lord appeared and the fourteen worlds filled with the sound of “Jaya! Jaya!”
When the sun and moon are at opposite extremes in their orbits, their shadows form Rahu and Ketu. When the sun and moon are six rashis, or signs, from each other, or when they are at 180 degrees, the residents of this planet see the shadow of earth fall on the moon. This shadow is called Rahu. When the sun is covered by the shadow of the moon it is said to be eclipsed by Ketu or Rahu. Also at the time of the lunar eclipse the earth’s shadow is called Rahu. The word kavala means “swallowed.”
At the time of the lunar eclipse, or the swallowing of the moon by Rahu, people chant the holy names of the Lord and the flag of victory over Kali is raised. The word pahun means “Lord,” and the word bhela means “became.”
The fourteen worlds consist of the seven upper planets-Bhur, Bhuvar, Svar, Mahar, Janas, Tapas and Satya-and the seven lower planets-Atala, Vitala, etc.
CB Adi-khanda 2.210
nadiyara loka- shoka saba nashala,
dine dine badala ananda
The happiness of the people of Nadia daily increased and their lamentation was vanquished as they saw the moonlike Lord Gauranga.
CB Adi-khanda 2.211
dundubhi baje, shata shankha gaje,
Kettledrums were sounded, hundreds of conchshells were blown, and flutes and horns were played. In this way Vrindavana dasa Thakura sings the glories of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Shri Nityananda Prabhu.
The word gaje means “roars” or “sounds.” The word vishana refers to the buffalo horn, as carried by Balarama.
CB Adi-khanda 2.212
jinina ravi-kara, shri-anga-sundara,
nayane herai na pari
ayata locana, ishat bankima,
upama nahika vicari
The Lord’s beautiful bodily features cannot be perceived, for they outshine the rays of the sun. His broad eyes, which are upturned at the ends, have no comparison.
The words jinina ravi-kara mean “defeating or conquering the sun’s rays.” Another reading of shri-anga-sundara is shri-anga-ujora, or “effulgent limbs.” The rays of the sun are intensely bright and impossible to look at, yet the body of Shri Gaura is even more effulgent. So it was impossible to look at Him. Gaura’s glance and broad eyes are matchless, and His body is nondifferent from the body of Krishna.
CB Adi-khanda 2.213
(aju) vijaye gauranga, avani-mandale,
caudike shuniya ullasa
eka hari-dhvani, a-brahma bhari’ shuni,
Due to the appearance of Shri Gauranga in this world, the sound vibration of Hari’s name spread throughout the universe up to Brahmaloka.
The word vijaya means “while appearing in this material world.”
CB Adi-khanda 2.214
candane ujjvala, vaksha parisara,
dolaye tathi vana-mala
a-janu bahu vishala
The Lord’s broad chest is smeared with bright sandalwood pulp and decorated with a flower garland. The Lord’s sweet face is as soothing as the full moon, and His long arms stretch to His knees.
CB Adi-khanda 2.215
dekhiya chaitanya, bhuvane dhanya-dhanya,
koi nacata, koi gayata,
kali haila harishe vishada
All the living entities of the world are blessed to see Shri Chaitanya. Some dance, some chant, and some loudly exclaim, “Jaya! Jaya!” Kali, however, feels sad and laments.
CB Adi-khanda 2.216
cari-veda-shira- mukuta chaitanya
pamara mudha nahi jane
Shri Chaitanya is the crown on the head of the four Vedas, but sinful and foolish people cannot understand this. Shri Vrindavana dasa Thakura sings the glories of Shri Chaitanyacandra and Shri Nityananda Prabhu.
Shri Chaitanyadeva is like the crown on the Upanishads, which are like the heads of the four Vedas. In other words, He is worshipable by the four-headed Brahma:
-“The tips of the toes of Your lotus feet are constantly being worshiped by the glowing radiance emanating from the string of gems known as the Upanishads, the crown jewels of all the Vedas.”
CB Adi-khanda 2.217
prakasha haila gauracandra
dasha-dike uthila ananda
As Shri Gaurachandra appeared, the ten directions become filled with bliss.
The word dasha-dike, the ten directions, refers to the east, west, north, south, northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest, up, and down.
CB Adi-khanda 2.218
rupa koti-madana jinina
hase nija-kirtana shuniya
The Lord’s beauty defeats that of millions of Cupids. He laughs upon hearing His holy names chanted.
CB Adi-khanda 2.219
maharaja-cihna saba dekhi
The Lord’s face and eyes are most sweet, and His body is decorated with the signs of a king.
CB Adi-khanda 2.220
shri-carane dhvaja-vajra shobhe
saba-ange jaga-mana lobhe
His lotus feet are marked with a flag and a thunderbolt. All His limbs attract the minds of all people.
CB Adi-khanda 2.221
dure gela sakala apada
vyakta haila sakala sampada
By His advent all danger is vanquished and all prosperity is manifested.
CB Adi-khanda 2.222
shri chaitanya nityananda jana
vrindavana dasa guna gana
Accepting Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda Prabhu as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet.
CB Adi-khanda 2.223
chaitanya-avatara, shuniya deva-gana,
uthila parama mangala re
sakala-tapa-hara, shri-mukha-candra dekhi’,
anande haila vihvala re
Hearing that Lord Chaitanya has incarnated, all the demigods become overjoyed. They are overwhelmed with ecstasy on seeing the Lord’s face, which destroys all misery.
CB Adi-khanda 2.224
ananta, brahma, shiva, adi kari’ yata deva,
sabei nara-rupadhari’ re
gayena ‘hari’ ‘hari’, grahana-chala kari’,
lakhite keha nahi pari re
Ananta, Brahma, Shiva and other demigods accept the form of human beings and chant, “Hari! Hari!” on the pretext of the eclipse. No one, however, can recognize them.
CB Adi-khanda 2.225
dasha-dike dhaya, loka nadiyaya
baliya ucca ‘hari’ ‘hari’ re
manushe deve meli’, ekatra hana keli,
anande navadvipa puri re
The people of Nadia run in the ten directions while loudly chanting, “Hari! Hari!” The demigods and human beings mix together, and the whole of Navadvipa is filled with ecstasy.
CB Adi-khanda 2.226
shacira angane, sakala deva-gane,
pranama haiya padila re
grahana-andhakare, lakhite keha nare,
durjneya caitanyera khela re
All the demigods come to the courtyard of Shacidevi and offer their obeisances. Due to the darkness of the eclipse, no one can recognize them. Such are the mysterious pastimes of Shri Chaitanya!
CB Adi-khanda 2.227
keha pade stuti, kaharo hate chati,
keha camara dhulaya re
parama-harishe, keha pushpa varishe,
keha nace, gaya, va’ya re
Some demigods offer prayers, someone holds an umbrella, another waves a camara, some happily shower flowers, others dance, and some play musical instruments.
CB Adi-khanda 2.228
saba-bhakta sange kari’, aila gaurahari,
pashandi kichui na jane re
shri krishna-chaitanya, prabhu nityananda,
vrindavana-dasa rasa gana re
Lord Gaurahari descended along with His devotees, but the atheists did not understand a thing. Accepting Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda Prabhu as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet.
The word pashandi refers to persons who blaspheme and ridicule the devotees, as well as those who consider the demigods, who are actually the servants of the Supreme Lord, as equal to Lord Vishnu, who is their controller.
In this way Vrindavana dasa Thakura sings the glories of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda.
CB Adi-khanda 2.229
gaya madhura rasala re
vedera agocara, aji bhetava,
vilambe nahi ara kala re
The demigods play kettledrums and dindima drums, chant the auspicious sound of “Jaya!” and sing in sweet melodies. The demigods think, “Today we will see the Lord, who is unknown through the Vedas. Therefore let us not waste time.”
The appearance of Shri Chaitanya is unknown to the Vedas. That unmanifested object, Shri Gaurachandra, is now being seen by everyone. Therefore let us go immediately; there is no need to waste time in this matter.
CB Adi-khanda 2.230
anande indrapura, mangala-kolahala,
saja’ saja’ bali’ saja’ re
bahuta punya-bhagye, chaitanya-parakasha
paola navadvipa-majhe re
In this way the residents of Amaravati are in ecstasy and an auspicious commotion arises as they decorate themselves to go see the Lord. “Due to our great fortune we will see Shri Chaitanya in Navadvipa.”
The word indrapura refers to Amaravati.
CB Adi-khanda 2.231
anyo ‘nye alingana, cumbana ghana-ghana,
laja keha nahi mane re
apana-para nahi jane re
Being overjoyed on the birth of the Lord of Nadia, the demigods repeatedly embrace and kiss each other without reservation or consideration of whether one is a friend or stranger.
The word anyo ‘nye means “between each other.”
CB Adi-khanda 2.232
aichana kautuke, aila navadvipe,
caudike shuni hari-nama re
paiya gaura-rasa, vihvala paravasha,
chaitanya-jaya-jaya gana re
In this joyous condition they come to Navadvipa and hear the sound vibration of Hari’s names from all sides. There they taste Gaura’s ecstatic emotions and become overwhelmed as they sing His glories.
CB Adi-khanda 2.233
dekhila shaci-grihe, gauranga-sundare,
ekatra yaiche koti-canda re
manusha rupa dhari’, grahana-chala kari’,
bolaye ucca hari-nama re
There in Shaci’s house they see the beautiful form of Lord Gauranga, who resembles millions of moons combined together. In the guise of human beings and on the pretext of the eclipse, they all loudly chant the name of Hari.
CB Adi-khanda 2.234
sakala-shakti-sange, aila gauracandra,
pashandi kichui na jane re
shri chaitanya nityananda- canda-prabhu jana,
vrindavana-dasa rasa gana re
Shri Gaurachandra appears along with His energies, but the atheists could not understand a thing. Accepting Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda Prabhu as my life and soul, I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their lotus feet.
Thus ends the English translation of the Gaudiya-bhashya of Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, Chapter Two, entitled “The Lord’s Appearance.”