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Chapter Four: Name-giving Ceremony, Childhood Pastimes, and Thieves Kidnap the Lord
This chapter describes Shri Gaurahariís childhood pastimes, His crawling as a child, His name-giving ceremony, the kidnapping of Nimai by two thieves, and the two thieves falling under the influence of Vishnuís illusory energy and returning Nimai to the house of Jagannatha Mishra thinking it to be their own house.
Shri Gaurachandra daily manifested wonderful childhood pastimes and increased the happiness of Shaci and Jagannatha. Shri Vishvarupa, the incarnation of Sankarshana, also served Gaurahari by holding Him on His lap. The relatives who were filled with parental affection for Gaura-gopala displayed their intense affection for Him by chanting vishnu-raksha or devi-raksha-mantras, aparajita-stotras, and nrisimha-mantras to protect Him. Surrounded by relatives and accompanied by singing and the playing of musical instruments, Shacidevi observed the ceremony marking the beginning of the Lordís crawling by worshiping the Ganges and goddess Shashthi, thus exhibiting her unalloyed paternal affection for the Lord. On the pretext of crying, the child Gaura induced everyone to chant the names of Hari and thus filled the house of Shaci with the name of Krishna. One time, in the absence of His parents, the four-month-old Gaura-gopala scattered all the items in the house about the floor. When He understood that His mother was returning, He immediately lay in bed and cried. Mother Shaci stopped the child from crying by chanting the names of Hari and was then surprised to see the mess in the house. In parental affection, Jagannatha Mishra and other elder devotees concluded that the mess was certainly not made by the child, rather, some invisible demon, being unable to harm the child, who was protected by mantra, caused the heavy loss by scattering the items about the house in order to satisfy his anger. Eventually, when the time arrived for Nimaiís name-giving ceremony, the greatly learned Nilambara Cakravarti and the chaste women who were full of affectionate for Gaura all assembled at the house of Shaci. Due to the advent of the child, the whole country became jubilant, everyoneís miseries were mitigated, devotion rained on the fertile soul of the people of the world, and the lack of kirtana was eliminated. Therefore, after careful consideration, the learned scholars gave Gaurahari the name Vishvambhara. The name of Vishvambhara is also found in the Supreme Lordís other incarnations who maintain the universe. According to the calculation of His horoscope, Gaurahari was ascertained to be the source of all Vishnu avataras and the original Personality of Godhead. The chaste women who were filled with paternal affection desired a long life for the child, so they named the child Nimai in order to discourage Death from approaching Him. Therefore the name Vishvambhara, given by the learned scholars, is the primary name, and the name Nimai, given by the chaste ladies, is secondary. During the name-giving ceremony Jagannatha Mishra placed rice paddy, puffed rice, gold, silver, and Shrimad Bhagavatam in front of Nimai in order to ascertain the childís propensities. Rather than grabbing the business items-rice paddy, puffed rice, gold, and silver-meant for the vaishya community, Nimai grabbed the Shrimad Bhagavatam and identified Himself as a brahmana. As Nimai grew up, He attracted everyone with His crawling pastimes. One day Gaura-Narayana saw the snake Shesha in the courtyard. After playing with Him for a while, the Lord exhibited His pastimes of resting on the bed of Shesha by laying on the coils of the snake. When everyone began to cry in fear of Nimaiís danger from the snake, the snake left on its own accord. Seeing Nimaiís enchanting beauty, Shaci and Jagannatha considered that He was some great personality. As soon as the child Nimai heard the name of Hari, He would immediately smile and begin to dance. Otherwise He would continue to cry until He heard the name of Hari. Therefore from the time of sunrise the ladies would surround the child and loudly chant the names of Hari while clapping their hands, and Nimai would respond by dancing and rolling on the ground. When both strangers and acquaintances were captivated by the Lordís beauty and offered Him sweets and bananas, the Lord would bring those foodstuffs and distribute them as prasada to the ladies who were engaged in chanting the names of Hari. Sometimes Nimai displayed the pastimes of entering a neighborís house to drink milk or eat and spoil the household items. One day as Nimai was playing outside His house, two thieves kidnapped Him out of greed to steal the child Gauraís ornaments. Later, being bewildered by the illusory energy of Vishnu, the thieves returned the Lord to the house of Jagannatha Mishra. When Jagannatha Mishra and others present heard Nimai describe His kidnapping, they could not understand what had happened due to the Lordís illusory energy.
Commentary and Chapter Summaries of His Divine Grace Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada.