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Chapter Three: Calculation of the Lord’s Horoscope
This chapter describes the appearance of Shriman Mahaprabhu along with the congregational chanting of the holy names on the pretext of a lunar eclipse, the calculation of the child Vishvambhara’s horoscope by Shri Nilambara Cakravarti, the celebration of Vishvambhara’s appearance at the house of Jagannatha Mishra, and the glories of the appearance days of Vishnu and the Vaishnavas.
Prior to His advent, Shriman Mahaprabhu preached the congregational chanting of the names of Lord Hari on the pretext of a lunar eclipse, and then He appeared in this world. What to speak of others, even those who had never uttered the names of Hari by mistake loudly chanted the names of Hari while going to take bath in the Ganges on that day. The loud chanting of Krishna’s names filled the ten directions. Shri Shaci and Jagannatha forgot themselves in ecstasy as they looked at the beautiful face of their son. The great astrologer Shri Nilambara Cakravarti found the symptoms of an exalted personality in his calculation of the Lord’s horoscope. He was struck with wonder and began to glorify the Lord according to His horoscope. One particular brahmana there described Shriman Mahaprabhu as Lord Narayana Himself, the deliver of the world, the founder of religious principles, an unprecedented preacher, the giver of religious principles desired by personalities like Lord Shiva and Shukadeva Gosvami, the bestower of mercy on all living entities, the life and soul of the entire universe, and the worshipable Lord of everyone. He thus revealed all these extraordinary qualities of the Lord. That brahmana further declared, “Innumerable universes will glorify the activities of this child Narayana. This child is the embodiment of bhagavata-dharma. He will preach the religious principles for the age of Kali like the yuga-avatara of Lord Vishnu. He will even attract the minds of the atheistic Yavanas and be worshiped by them. This child will be known as Shri Vishvambhara and Navadvipa-candra.” Fearing that there may be rasabhasa, or an unfavorable overlapping of mellows, the brahmana did not foretell the sannyasa pastimes of the Lord. This chapter ends with descriptions of the tumultuous sound of various musical instruments in the house of Jagannatha Mishra, the mixing of the demigods’ wives with the brahmanas’ wives, their blessing the child Lord with durva grass and rice paddy, their request to the Lord to benefit everyone by remaining in this world for a long time, the celebrations throughout Navadvipa of the Lord’s appearance, the glories of Shri Gaura and Shri Nityananda’s appearance days, how the living entities who observe these days are relieved of nescience and attain devotion to Lord Krishna, the equally glorious nature of the appearance days of both Vishnu and the Vaishnavas, and, lastly, the eternal nature of the appearance and activities of the Lord and His devotees.
Commentary and Chapter Summaries of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada.