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Vyasa Avatara Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura
Chapter Five: Eating the Mendicant Brahmana’s Offerings
sankirtana-arambhe amara avatara
karaimu sarva-deshe kirtana pracara
“I have incarnated to inaugurate the sankirtana movement, and I will preach this process of chanting throughout the world.
Gaurasundara said, “When many persons gather together and properly chant the names of Krishna, I will certainly appear there. I will preach throughout the world the glories of chanting the holy names through the process of kirtana.” Some people say that Shri Gaurasundara did not inaugurate the chanting of the holy names in His childhood; after He accepted initiation from Ishvara Puri, He performed sankirtana and enacted the pastimes of various naimittika, or occasional, incarnations. Thereafter, as a parivrajaka, the Lord personally preached in various parts of India and had, is having, and will have His servants preach the glories of Lord Hari all over the world.
CB Adi-khanda 5.152
brahmadi ye prema-bhakti-yoga vancha kare
taha vilaimu sarva prati ghare-ghare
“I will freely distribute the love and devotion that is desired by Brahma and others to each and every house.
“I will manifest that transcendental devotional service desired by the demigods headed by Brahma in the hearts of everyone, without discrimination.” In Satya-yuga the transcendental Absolute Truth, Shri Gaura-Krishna, manifested His own names, forms, qualities, and pastimes in the heart of Brahma, the first created being. Now the Lord will personally distribute from house to house the bright mellows of His service, which have never before been distributed. In other words, the Lord will manifest and distribute His service in the heart of everyone, without discriminating between women, men, brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaishyas, shudras, or brahmacaris, grihasthas, vanaprasthas, and sannyasis.
CB Adi-khanda 5.153
kata dina thaki’ tumi aneka dekhiba
e saba akhyana ebe kare na kahiba”
“If you remain here for some time you will see many such pastimes. But do not disclose these things to anyone.”
CB Adi-khanda 5.154
hena-mate brahmanere shri-gaurasundara
kripa kari’ ashvasiya gela nija-ghara
In this way after mercifully pacifying the brahmana, Lord Gaurasundara returned to His room.
CB Adi-khanda 5.155
purvavat shuiya thakila shishu-bhave
yoga-nidra-prabhave keha nahi jage
The Lord then returned to sleep as a child, and by the influence of yoga-nidra no one awoke.
At that time the people of the house and village were sleeping in the soothing lap of yogamaya. By the Lord’s will, they did not awaken from their sleep and disturb the Lord’s pastimes.
CB Adi-khanda 5.156
apurva prakasha dekhi’ sei vipra-vara
anande purnita haila sarva-kalevara
The brahmana’s entire body was filled with ecstasy after seeing that wonderful manifestation of the Lord.
The phrase apurva prakasha means “manifestation of extraordinary transcendental pastimes.”
CB Adi-khanda 5.157
sarva-ange sei anna kariya lepana
kandite kandite vipra karena bhojana
He smeared the rice all over his body and began to cry as he ate.
The word anna here refers to Krishna’s transcendental remnants.
CB Adi-khanda 5.158
nace, gaya, hase, vipra karaye hunkara
“jaya bala-gopala” bolaye bara-bara
He then danced, sang, laughed, and repeatedly cried out, “Jaya Bala-gopala!”
CB Adi-khanda 5.159
viprera hunkare sabe paila cetana
apana sambari’ vipra kaila acamana
Everyone woke up by the loud cries of the brahmana, who then controlled himself and washed his hands.
The words apana sambari’ means “to conceal the waves of ecstasy in his heart.”
CB Adi-khanda 5.160
nirvighne bhojana karena vipra-vara
dekhi’ sabe santosha haila bahutara
Seeing that the brahmana had eaten without disturbance, everyone was greatly satisfied.
CB Adi-khanda 5.161
sabare kahite mane cintaye brahmana
“ishvara ciniya sabe pauka mocana
The brahmana thought, “Perhaps I should disclose to everyone what has happened so that they may be delivered by coming to know the Supreme Lord.
The brahmana was by nature a servant in the Lord’s aishvarya-lila, or opulent pastimes, therefore He contemplated, “Let everyone headed by Jagannatha Mishra understand that Shri Gaura-Narayana is full in six opulences and thus be liberated.”
CB Adi-khanda 5.162
brahma shiva yanhara nimitta kamya kare
hena-prabhu avatari’ ache vipra-ghare
“The Lord, who is sought after by Brahma and Shiva, has advented Himself in this brahmana’s house.
The word nimitta means “with a purpose,” and the word kamya means “desire” or “prayer.”
CB Adi-khanda 5.163
se prabhura loka-saba kare shishu-jnana
katha kahi,-sabei pauka paritrana
“Let me tell them that this very child is the Supreme Lord so that they may be delivered.”
The phrase katha kahi means “let me disclose those confidential topics.”
CB Adi-khanda 5.164
“prabhu kariyache nivarana”-ei bhaye
ajna-bhanga-bhaye vipra kare nahi kahe
But the brahmana feared breaking the Lord’s order and therefore did not disclose the incident to anyone.
CB Adi-khanda 5.165
ciniya ishvara vipra sei navadvipe
rahilena gupta-bhave ishvara-samipe
After recognizing his Lord, the brahmana secretly remained near the Lord in Navadvipa.
CB Adi-khanda 5.166
bhiksha kari’ vipra-vara prati sthane-sthane
ishvara asiya dekhe prati dine-dine
He would beg alms here and there and come daily to see the Lord.
CB Adi-khanda 5.167
veda-gopya e-sakala mahacitra katha
ihara shravane krishna milaye sarvatha
One who hears these wonderful topics that are confidential to the Vedas certainly attains the lotus feet of Krishna.
The phrase mahacitra katha means “amazing variegated incidents.”
CB Adi-khanda 5.168
yanhi shishu-rupe krida kare narayana
The topics of Adi-khanda are like a flow of nectar, for these topics describe Lord Narayana’s pastimes as a child.
The word amrita-sravana means “showering of nectar.”
CB Adi-khanda 5.169
lakshmi-kanta, sita-kanta shri-gaurasundara
Shri Gaurasundara is the Lord of Vaikuntha and the crown jewel of the predominating deities of all planetary systems. He is the beloved Lord of Lakshmi and Sita.
The term sarva-loka-cudamani refers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is manifest to the fourteen worlds and who is the topmost worshipable personality for both demigods and ordinary living entities. The word vaikuntha-ishvara refers to the eternally full in six opulences Lord of Vaikuntha, which is situated beyond the fourteen planetary systems of the material world, beyond the Viraja River and Brahmaloka, and which is devoid of all material qualities and unaffected by material time, place, and circumstances.
The word lakshmi-kanta refers to the Lord of Vaikuntha, the Absolute Truth, Lord Narayana, who is endowed with six opulences, who is the worshipable Lord of Lakshmi, and who is the predominating Deity of the original Vaikuntha. The word sita-kanta refers to the naimittika, or occasional, incarnation of Vishnu, Lord Ramacandra, the son of Dasharatha.
CB Adi-khanda 5.170-172
treta-yuge haiya ye shri-rama-lakshmana
nana-mate lila kari’ vadhila ravana
haila dvapara-yuge krishna-sankarshana
nana-mate karilena bhubhara khandana
“mukunda” “ananta” yanre sarva-vede kaya
shri-chaitanya nityananda sei sunishcaya
They who in Treta-yuga appeared as Rama and Lakshmana and performed various pastimes like killing Ravana, who in Dvapara-yuga appeared as Krishna and Balarama and performed various pastimes like diminishing the burden of the earth, who all the Vedas address as Mukunda and Ananta-They have now certainly appeared as Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda.
Shri Gaurasundara is nondifferent from the personification of sweetness, Shri Krishna, the son of the king of Vraja. The naimittika incarnations, the Lord of Vaikuntha, and the worldly splendors are His parts or manifestations. That Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna, is certainly Shri Gaurasundara, and He who is nondifferent as the svayam-prakasha, Shri Baladeva, is certainly Shri Nityananda Prabhu. In Treta-yuga, which begins after Satya-yuga, the two brothers Rama and Lakshmana appeared as partial incarnations and displayed the pastime of killing Ravana. In Dvapara-yuga, the two brothers Krishna and Balarama (Sankarshana) diminished the burden of the world by eliminating the Kaurava dynasty and killing demons like Shishupala. There is no doubt that the two great personalities Shri Anantadeva and Mukunda, who are glorified by the Vedas, have appeared in this world in the age of Kali as Shri Nityananda and Shri Chaitanya.
CB Adi-khanda 5.173
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 the English translation of the Gaudiya-bhashya of Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, Chapter Five, entitled “Eating the Mendicant Brahmana’s Offerings.”