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Description of Shri Haridasa's Glories
Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, the friend of the fallen! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is the beloved of Goddess Lakshmi and the master of all!
Text 2 Glory, glory to the Lord who descended to this world to rescue His devotees. Glory, glory to the Lord who is eternal, always existing all all phases of time, and who enjoys pastimes of sankirtana!
Text 3 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who stays with His devotees. Simply by hearing these descriptions of Lord Chaitanya, one attains pure devotional service.
Text 4 The words of this Adi-khanda, which describe Lord Chaitanya's completely enchanting pastimes, are a stream of very sweet nectar.
Text 5 In this way the king of Vaikuntha, became a grihastha brahmana and enjoyed pastimes of study in Navadvipa.
Text 6 The Lord did not yet wish to preach pure devotional service, preaching that was the reason for His descent to this world.
Text 7 No one was interested in spiritual life. Everyone thought the taste of petty material pleasures was most important.
Text 8 Teachers who lectured on Bhagavad-gita or Shrimad-Bhagavatam neither understood the glories of Lord Krishna nor described His glories in their lectures.
Text 9 The devotees would meet, clap their hands, and chant the holy names of Lord Krishna.
Mocking them, the other people would ask, "Why do you howl so loudly?
"I am Brahman. I am untouched by matter. Why make distinctions of master and servant?"
The materialists would say, "They howl `Hari!' only so they can have a preText to beg and eat. Everyone knows that."
The people of Nadiya assembled and decided, "We will break the doors of these fools' houses and throw everything here and there."
Hearing this, the devotees became unhappy. They did not know to whom they could complain.
Seeing the entire material world is an empty desert, the devotees called out, "O Krishna!" Their unhappiness had no end.
At that time Haridasa, who was the personification of pure devotion to Lord Vishnu, came there.
Whoever hears the story of Haridasa Thakura will certainly attain Lord Krishna.
Haridasa descended to this world in the village of Budana. Because of Him the chanting of the Lord's holy names was manifested in that fortunate place.
For some days he stayed by the Ganga's bank. Then he went to Phuliya-grama in Santipura.
Attaining his association, Advaita Acarya roared with happiness. His bliss had no end.
In Advaita Acarya's association, Haridasa Thakura floated on the waves of the nectar ocean of Lord Krishna's glories.
Haridasa would wander on the Ganga's banks and happily chant "Krishna!" in a loud voice.
He was the best of those who had renounced material pleasures. His glorious mouth was always filled with the sound of Lord Krishna's name.
Not for a moment did he stop chanting Lord Krishna's name. At every moment plunged in the nectar of devotional service, he seemed to show different forms.
One moment he would dance. Another moment he would roar like a wild lion.
Another moment he would scream. Another moment he would loudly laugh.
Another moment he would bellow. Another moment he would fall unconscious.
Another moment he would make unearthly sounds. Another moment he would explain the meaning of those sounds.
He wept. The hairs of his body stood erect. He laughed, fainted, and perspired. These symptoms of ecstati devotional service to Lord Krishna were manifested on him.
When Haridasa began to dance, all these ecstati symptoms met together in his body.
Then a flooding stream of bliss flowed in his every limb. Gazing at him, the offenders became very happy.
The hairs on his wonderful body would stand erect. Gazing at him, Brahma and Siva become filled with bliss.
Gazing at him, the brahmanas of Phuliya-grama also became overwhelmed with bliss.
Faith in Haridasa was born in everyone. In this way Haridasa Thakura lived in Phuliya-grama.
After bathing in the Ganga, he would wander everywhere, always loudly chanting the holy names of Lord Hari.
Meanwhile the kazi (governor, went to the king of that country and described Haridasa.
He said, "Although he is a Muslim, he acts like Hindu. You should bring him here and pass judgment on him.
Hearing the sinful kazi's words, the sinful king had Haridasa brought at once.
By Lord Krishna's mercy, saintly Haridasa was not afraid of the Muslim king.
Saying "Krishna! Krishna!" as he walked, to the king of the country he gave the right to see him.
Hearing that Haridasa Thakura had come, the pious persons became both happy and sad.
Many very pious and saintly people were confined in the prison. Hearing that Haridasa was coming, they became happy at heart.
They said, "Saintly Haridasa is a great Vaishnava. When we see him, all the sufferings of our prison life will be destroyed.
After begging the guards with sweet words, with a single pair of eyes the prisoners gazed on Haridasa.
When he came there, with a glance of mercy Haridasa looked at all the prisoners.
Seeing Haridasa Thakura's feet, everyone bowed down to offer respect.
Haridasa's eyes were lotus flower. His face was a moon. His arms reached to his knees. His every feature was charming and handsome. No one was like him.
Devotedly bowing down before Haridasa, the prisoners manifested all the symptoms of ecstati love for Lord Krishna (sattvika-bhava).
Seeing the advanced devotional service of the prisoners, Haridasa mercifully smiled at them.
Smiling, he happily spoke this hidden benediction: "Stay. Stay as you are. May you always be as you are now."
Not understanding the hidden meaning of these words, the prisoners became a little unhappy at heart.
Then Haridasa mercifully explained the true meaning of that hidden benediction.
He said, "I have given you a blessing. But, not understanding its meaning, you are now unhappy.
"I did not give you a bad benediction. Please give this some thought and try to understand it.
"Now your hearts are attached to Lord Krishna. Please remain like that at every moment.
"Always gather together, chant Krishna's names, and remember Krishna. Remain like this at every moment.
"Never hurt anyone. Never trouble anyone. Instead, always think of Krishna and always, in a plaintive voice, call out "Krishna!"
"Forget about material pleasures. Flee the company of wicked men.
"If you stay with material pleasures you will not attain love for Lord Krishna. Stay far away from materialists. Always think of Lord Krishna.
"A heart attached to sense pleasures brings only trouble. Sense pleasures are a trap that catches men and women. Sense pleasures lead to destruction.
"By divine arrangement a fortunate person attains the association of sincere devotees. He turns from material senses pleasures and worships Lord Krishna.
"However, if one commits offenses, he will return to materialisti life. Please hear about this.
"The benediction that I spoke did not mean, `May you remain prisoners.' Rather, day and night I give the benediction, `May you forget material sense pleasures'.
"Playing with words, I actually gave that benediction. Please do not feel even half a sesame-seed's worth of unhappiness.
"I place a glance of mercy on all spirit souls. "May you attain firm devotion to Lord Krishna" is the real benediction I give to you.
"Please don't worry. In two or three days you will be released from prison. This I tell you.
"Stay in a situation of material happiness, or stay in any situation, but do not forget these truths.
After giving these auspicious teachings to the prisoners, Haridasa went before the king.
Seeing his very charming splendor, the king very respectfully offered Haridasa a seat.
The king asked him, "O my brother, what has happened to you? What is the change that I see has come to your mind?
"How fortunate you were! Look! You were a Muslim. Why, then, have you given your heart to act like a Hindu?
"If I see a Hindu's rice, I will not eat it. You were born in a great family. Now you reject it.
"How will a person who rejects the religion of his own people and accepts another religion attain salvation and go to paradise?
"Not considering all this, you have acted very badly. Now I will pronounce a judgment that will free you of your sin."
Hearing these words of a person bewildered by maya, Haridasa laughed loudly and said, "Aha! The maya of Lord Vishnu!"
Then he sweetly replied, "O my son, please listen. There is only one God for everyone.
"The Hindus and Muslims are different in many ways. Still, the truth is that the Koran and the Puranas describe the same one God.
"The one God is pure, eternal, undivided, unchanging, perfect, and complete. He lives in everyone's heart.
"As God gives them the idea, so everyone in the world acts.
"Following their own scriptures, all the people of the world speak of God's names and qualities.
"God knows everyone's nature. Anyone who attacks others attacks God Himself.
"I follow whatever orders God has given in my heart.
"Among the Hindus a brahmana may, by God's desire, become a Muslim.
"The punishment the Hindus would give to that brahmana is the punishment you should give to me.
"O honorable one, please consider all this. Then, if I am at fault, punish me."
Hearing Haridasa Thakura's very truthful words, all the Muslims became pleased.
Then the sinful kazi said to the king, "Punish him.
"He is wicked. He will make many others wicked also. He will dishonor the Muslims.
"If he thinks it is not good that he be punished, then let him speak with his mouth the words of his own scripture."
Again the king said, "O my brother. Speak from your own scripture. Then you will have nothing to fear.
"If you act otherwise, then the kazis will punish you. Please tell me: Why do you take this all so lightly?"
Haridasa said, "What God will will certainly happen. No one has the power to make it otherwise.
"Everyone reaps the fruit of his offenses. It is God who is doing all this. Please know that.
"If my body is cut to pieces and my life-breath flees, I will never make the holy name of Lord Hari leave my mouth.
Hearing these words, the king asked, "What should I do with this animal?"
The kazi said, "Take him to twenty-two marketplaces and beat him. Then he will die. I give no other judgment.
"If after being beaten in twenty-two marketplaces he is still alive, then I will accept that he is a wise man and he has spoken the truth."
Calling for soldiers, he hatefully said, "Beat him till his life is no more.
"A Muslim who becomes a Hindu is freed from his sin only by death."
When the sinful kazi had spoken these words, the sinful king gave the order. Wicked men came and grabbed Haridasa.
The wicked men took him to marketplace after marketplace. With great anger in their hearts, they beat him and make him lifeless.
"Krishna! Krishna!" Haridasa thought. Because of the bliss brought by the holy name, the sufferings of his body were not manifested.
Seeing the great beating inflicted on Haridasa's body, all the pious people felt limitless sorrow.
Someone said, "Because a saintly person is beaten like this, the whole country will be destroyed."
With anger in his heart, someone cursed the king and his prime minister. Someone else tried to fight the soldiers.
Someone approached the Muslims, grasped their feet, and begged, "I will give you anything. Please stop this beating."
In spite of all this, no mercy was born in those sinners. With great anger in their hearts, they beat Haridasa again and again.
By Lord Krishna's mercy not a single one of those blows gave birth to even the slightest pain in Haridasa's body.
Prahlada did not feel the slightest pain when the demons beat him. This all the scriptures say.
In the same way, Haridasa Thakura did not feel the slightest pain when the Muslims beat him.
By remembering Haridasa Thakura, one cuts his sufferings into pieces. That is the story of Haridasa Thakura.
When the sinners beat him, Haridasa felt only one pain within his heart.
He thought, "O Lord Krishna, please be merciful to these souls. Let not their hatred of me be counted as an offense."
In this way the sinners beat Haridasa Thakura in town after town.
Although he was beaten very badly, Haridasa's life-breath remained. Haridasa was not aware of the beating.
The Muslims were astonished. One of them thought, "Will his life-breath leave? Will he die?
"Anyone else would have died after beatings in two or three marketplaces. We have beaten him in twenty-two marketplaces.
"Still he does not die. From moment to moment he looks at us and smiles." Another one thought, "Is he a human being or a great saint?" This they thought within their hearts.
The Muslims said, "O Haridasa, because of you we will all die.
"In spite of our beating you, your life breath did not leave. Now the kazi will take our life-breath from us."
Smiling, saintly Haridasa said, "If my being alive brings you trouble, then I will die. You watch how I do it." After speaking these words, he entered into a trance of meditation.
Haridasa had all powers. He became motionless. He did not breathe at all.
Seeing this, the Muslims became astonished. They carried him and threw him at the king's doorstep.
"Place his body in the earth", the king said. The kazi said, "Then he will attain a good destination.
"He acted very badly. He is not fit for such an end.
"If he is placed in the earth he will go to paradise. Throw him in the Ganga. Then he will suffer for eternity."
On the kazi's word they lifted Haridasa, and carried him tp throw him in the Ganga.
They tried to throe him in the Ganga, but he simply sat there, motionless and immovable.
As Haridasa Thakura was rapt in in the bliss of meditation, Lord Krishna, the maintainer of the worlds, appeared in his body.
Lord Krishna now made His home in Haridasa's body. Who had the power to move Haridasa?
The strongest men in the four directions pushed Haridasa, but he remained motionless like a great pillar.
Haridasa was plunged in the blissful nectar ocean of Lord Krishna. External things were not manifested to him.
Haridasa was not aware of anything on the ground, in the sky, or in the Ganga.
Like Prahlada, Haridasa had the power to be completely rapt in meditating on Lord Krishna with great devotion.
This is not surprising, for Lord Chaitanya always stayed in Haridasa's heart.
As Hanuman, out of respect for the demigod Brahma, allowed himself to be bound by rakshasas, so Haridasa, to teach a great lesson to the world, allowed himself to be beaten by Muslims.
The lesson he taught was, "Even if one suffers all calamities, and even if one's life-breath is about to depart, one should never renounce keeping the holy name of Lord Hari in one's mouth."
Lord Krishna became Haridasa's protector. Who had the power to harm Haridasa?
By remembering Haridasa Thakura, a person breaks all sufferings into pieces. How much more is this true if one hears this story of Haridasa Takura..
The truth of truths is that Haridasa is a very, very important associate of Lord Chaitanya.
For some moments Haridasa floated in the Ganga. Then, in a moment, by the Supreme Lord's will, he became again aware of the exteranl world.
Regaining consciousness, Saint Haridasa happily climbed on the riverbank.
Then, again and again loudly chanting the holy names of Lord Krishna, he went to the town of Phuliya.
Seeing his wonderful power, all the Muslims tore apart the hatred they felt in their hearts.
Aware that he was a great saint, all the Muslims bowed down before him. Because of this they all attained salvation.
After some moments of being aware of the external world, Haridasa gave a merciful smile to the king.
His hands respectfully folded, the king humbly said,
"Now I know the truth of truths. You are a great saint. You are steadfastly situated in knowledge of the one God.
"You have easily attained tbe perfection that yogis and jnanis can only describe with their mouths.
"I have come here specifically to see you. O saintly one, please forgive my crime.
"For you everyone is equal. For you there are neither enemies nor friends. No one in the three worlds is like you.
"You may go. Be happy. Stay where you wish, either by the Ganga's bank or in a solitary cave.
"You may stay wherever you wish and do whatever you wish."
Gazing at Haridasa Thakura's feet, the Muslims forgot all the troubles of this world.
They who had angrily beaten him now touched his feet and considered him a great saint.
After casting his glance of mercy on the Muslims, Haridasa Thakura wento to Phuliya.
Again and again loudly chanting the holy names of Lord Hari, Haridasa entered an assembly of brahmanas.
Seeing Haridasa, the brahmanas of Phuliya became very happy at heart.
While the brahmanas chanted the holy names of Lord Hari, Haridasa danced in ecstasy.
Haridasa manifested limitless wonderful ecstati symptoms. He wept, trembled, laughed, fainted, and cried out. The hairs of his body stood up.
Tasting the nectar of pure spiritual love, Haridasa fell to the ground. Seeing this, the brahmanas floated in transcendental bliss.
After a few moments Haridasa became peaceful and sat down. The brahmanas also sat down, surrounding him on four sides.
Haridasa said, "O brahmanas, Please don't feel sadness for my sake.
"I heard limitless blasphemies of the Supreme Lord. That is why the Lord punished me.
"A great good has happened. I am very happy. Giving me only a small punishment, the Lord has forgiven a great sin.
"By hearing blasphemy of Lord Vishnu one goes to the hell called Kumbhipaka. With these sinful ears I heard many blasphemies.
"The Lord gave me the right punishment, so that I will never again commit this sin."
Very happily, and without any fears, Haridasa performed sankirtana, chanting the holy names in the company of these brahmanas.
After a few days the Muslims who tormented Haridasa were all destroyed along with their families.
Then Haridasa went to a cave by the Ganga's bank. In that solitary place he remembered Lord Krishna day and night.
He chanted the holy name three hundred thousand times each day. The cave became like the world of Vaikuntha.
A great snake also lived in that cave. Ordinary living beings had no power to tolerate the flames of its poison.
Visitors would come to speak with Haridasa Thakura, but no one had the power to stay.
Haridasa was not aware of the very poisonous flames.
Sitting together, the brahmanas discussed this problem. They asked, "Why are there flames in Haridasa's asrama?"
In Phuliya lived many expert physicians. Going to the cave, they could understand that a snake caused the flames.
One physician said, "A great snake lives in this cave. The flames come from it.
"No one has the power to live here. I say this for certain: Haridasa should go at once to another asrama.
"It is not good to live with a snake. Everyone should approach Haridasa and ask him to go to another asrama."
Everyone approached Haridasa Thakura, and told him all this to convince him to leave the cave.
They said, "A great snake lives in this cave. Because of its flames, no one can stay here.
"Therefore it is not good for you to stay in this place. You should go to another place and make your asrama there."
Haridasa replied, "I have lived here for many days. I am not aware of the poison-flames of any snake.
"All of you are unhappy. You have no power to stay here. Tomorrow I will leave this place.
"If there is a snake here, and if it does not leave by tomorrow, then tomorrow I will leave and go to another place. Do not worry. Now please sing songs about Lord Krishna."
Everyone stayed and chanted the auspicious glories of Lord Krishna. At that moment a great wonder occurred.
Hearing the words, "Haridasa will depart", a great snake suddenly left that place.
Rising from its hole, the snake entered the twilight of evening. Everyone looked as it went to another place.
The snake was very wonderful and very frightening. White, black, and yellow, it was very beautiful.
On its head a great jewel glistened with flames of light. Seeing it, the frightened brahmanas thought, "Krishna! Krishna!"
The snake left. Now there were no flames. The brahmanas were happy without limit.
Seeing Haridasa Thakura's great power, the brahmanas found that great devotion to him had taken birth within them.
Haridasa Thakura was so powerful that simply by speaking a few words he made the snake leave that place.
His glance brings release from the bonds of material illusion. Lord Krishna Himself does not jump over Haridasa's words.
Now please hear another wonderful and true story. A snake-bite physician tells this story of Haridasa's glories.
One day, in the home of a prominent person, the snake-bite physician was dancing in many different ways.
Accompanied by a mridanga and cymbals, and surrounded by many people singing loudly, he chanted fearesome mantras.
By divine arrangement, Haridasa came there and saw, on one side, the snake-bite physician dancing.
Then, called by the power of the mantra, Vasuki, the king of snakes, entered that person's body and made it dance in many wonderful ways.
Loudly singing in karuna-raga, the snake-bite physician dramatically danced Lord Krishna's pastimes in Kaliya Lake.
Hearing of his Lord's glories, Haridasa at once fell unconscious. He did not breathe at all.
Then, in a moment, he regained consciousness, loudly roared, and happily danced without limit.
Seeing Haridasa's ecstati symptoms, the snake-bite physician stopped dancing. He stayed by one of the walls.
Haridasa Thakura rolled about on the ground. He manifested wonderful ecstati symptoms of weeping, trembling, and standing up of his body's hairs.
Hearing of His master's glories, saintly Haridasa roared in ecstasy.
Surrounding Haridasa, everyone happily sang. Staying to one side, the snake-bite physician, his hand's folded, gazed at Haridasa.
After some moments, Haridasa stopped his ecstati symptoms. Then the snake-bite physician returned and resumed his dance.Text 211
Everyone there felt great transcendental bliss.
Everyone happily anointed their limbs with the dust that had touched Haridasa's feet.
A cunning and deceitful brahmana there thought in his heart, "Now I will dance.
"This barbarian fool dances, and all these little people become devoted to him."
Covering his true intent, the brahmana fell to the ground and pretended to be unconscious.
When he fell down before him, the snake-bite physician, his heart full of anger, beat him violently.
The snake-bite physician grabbed him by the neck and violently beat him with a stick. The man had no way to save himself.
Suffering great pain from the blows of the stick, the brahmana called out, "Father! Father!" and fled..
Then the snake-bite physician happily returned to his dancing. Astonishment was born in everyone's heart.
Folding their hands, everyone asked the snake-bite physician, "Look. Tell us: Why did you beat the brahmana?
"Why did you wait with folded hands while Haridasa danced? Please tell us."
Appearing in the snake-bite physician's mouth, a snake who is a great devotee of Lord Vishnu then described the power and glory of Haridasa.
He said, "The answer to your question is a great secret. Although it should not be told, I must tell it to you.
"When you saw Haridasa Thakura display the symptoms of ecstasy, you felt great devotion to him.
"Seeing this, the envious brahmana threw himself on the ground.
"he broke the happiness of my dancing. What envious person has the power to do that?
"Thinking himself a rival of Haridasa, he put on this false show. Therefore I punished him.
"Thinking, `Everyone will think I am a great saint', he pretended to be in ecstasy.
"This kind of cheating does not please Lord Krishna. Only a person who is honest can attain true devotion to Lord Krishna.
"Whoever sees Haridasa dance finds that all his material bondage becomes destroyed.
"Lord Krishna personally dances in Haridasa's dancing. By seeing his dancing the entire universe becomes purified.
"Lord Krishnacandra always stays in his heart. Therefore his name `Haridasa' is appropriate.
"Filled with love for all living beings and eager to help them, he takes birth every time the Supreme Lord descends to this world.
"He never commits an offense to Lord Vishnu or to the Vaishnavas. Even in dream he never places his glance on the wrong path.
"Any soul who attains his association for even half a sesame-seed worth of time will inevitably attain shelter at Lord Krishna's lotus feet.
"Brahma and Siva become very happy at heart to always have Haridasa's association.
"Thinking, noble birth and respectable family are all worthless attainments', he took birth, on the Supreme Lord's order, in a very low family.
" `Even if he is born in a low family, a devotee of Lord Vishnu should be worshiped.' This all the scriptures say.
"If a person born in a noble family does not worship Lord Krishna, what will he attain in that noble birth? He will be thrown into hell.
"So he could be living proof of this declaration of the scriptures, Haridasa took birth in a low family.
"Prahlada took birth as a demon. Hanuman took birth as a monkey. In the same way, Haridasa took birth in a low family.
"The demigods yearn for Haridasa's touch. The Ganga also yearns that Haridasa may dive within her waters.
"What to speak of touching him, simply by seeing Haridasa every soul cuts apart the beginningless ropes of karma.
"Anyone who takes shelter of Haridasa finds that the bonds of repeated birth and death are cut apart.
"Even though for a hundred years He describes them with a hundred mouths, Lord Ananta Sesha cannot find the end of Haridasa's glories.
"You are all very fortunate, for a small part of Haridasa's glories has now entered my mouth.
"Anyone who once speaks the name of Haridasa goes to Lord Krishna's abode. That is the truth of truths."
After speaking these words the snake-bite physician fell silent. Hearing his words, the pious people became happy.
In this way the serpent Vasuki, who is a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, described the glories of Haridasa Thakura.
Hearing these words from the serpent's mouth, everyone became very happy. They all became very affectionate and devoted to Haridasa.
Even though Lord Chaitanya had not yet manifested the truths of devotional service, Haridasa Thakura was a devotee like that.
In every direction no one was devoted to Lord Vishnu. No one understood the truth of devotional service, and no one chanted the Lord's holy names.
The persons who were not devotees of Lord Vishnu would mock the devotees.
The devotees would meet, play karatalas, and chant the holy names of Lord Krishna.
The wicked people would become very angry. They would meet and mock the devotees.
They said, "These brahmanas will destroy the whole country. Because of them there will be a famine.
"these brahmanas beg alms only so they may eat. Their emotional chanting of the holy names is only a trick.
"Why do they chant so loudly, even during the four months of Caturmasya, when the Supreme Lord sleeps?
"They will break the Lord's sleep, and He will be angry. Then He will make a famine in the country. In this there is no room for a second opinion."
Someone said, "If the price of rice goes up, I will grab them by the neck and beat them with my fists."
Someone else said, "Let them loudly chant the names of Lord Govinda in an all-night vigil on ekadashi. But why must they chant so loudly every day?" In this way they spoke in the meeting.
Hearing all this, the devotees became unhappy. Still, they never stopped the chanting of Lord Hari's holy names.
Seeing that the people had no respect for devotional service, Haridasa felt very unhappy in his heart.
Still, Haridasa chanted loudly. He kept the glories of the Lord on his mouth.
The wicked sinners could not bear to hear the loud chanting of Lord Hari's holy names.
In the village of Harinadi, a wicked brahmana, seeing Haridasa, angrily said,
"O Haridasa! Why do you do one thing only? You loudly chant the holy names. What is the reason for that?
"You should chant in your mind. That is true religion. What scripture teaches loud chanting of the holy names?
"From whom did you learn about this loud chanting? Here is an assembly of panditas. Ask them about it."
Haridasa replied, "You certainly must know all the glories of Lord Hari's holy name.
"I only repeat what I have heard from persons like yourself. That is all I know and say.
"Loud chanting is a hundred times more purifying. The scriptures do not find fault with it. Rather, they describe its glories."
Therefore in the scriptures it is said:
uccaih sata-gunam bhavet
" `Loud chanting is a hundred times better.' "
The brahmana said, "Why is loud chanting of the holy name a hundred times more purifying?"
Haridasa replied, "Please hear, O saintly one. This truth is described in the Vedas and in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam."
All the scriptures appeared in Haridasa's mouth. Happy with the bliss of Lord Krishna, he explained the truth.
He said, "Please listen, O brahmana. If they once hear Lord Krishna's holy name, even birds, beasts, insects, and worms go to the world of Vaikuntha.
"In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.34.17, Vidyadhara prays to the Supreme Lord:
yan-nama grihnann akhilan
srotrin atmanam eva ca
sadyah punati kim bhuyas
Tasya sprishtah pada hi te
" `Persons who are constantly engaged in chanting Your holy name attain release from all sinful reactions, and certainly persons who are fortunate enough to be personally touched by Your lotus feet are freed."*
"Animals, birds, insects, and worms have no power to speak. Still, simply by hearing Lord Hari's holy name, they also become delivered.
"By softly chanting Lord Krishna's name in japa one delivers oneself. But by loud chanting in sankirtana one does great good to others.
"Therefore the fruit brought by loud chanting in sankirtana is a hundred times greater. This all the scriptures say.
"In the Narada Purana, Shri Prahlada explains:
atmanam ca punaty uccair
japan srotrin punati ca
" `Loud chanting of Lord Hari's holy names is a hundred times better than soft chanting. By soft chanting one purifies only himself, but by loud chanting one purifies all who may hear him.'
"Therefore loud chanting in sankirtana is a hundred times better than soft chanting in japa. This is described in the Puranas.
"Please hear, O brahmana. Please give your attention and understand the reason. By softly chanting japa one benefits only oneself.
"But by loudly chanting Lord Govinda's names in sankirtana one brings liberation to all creatures that may hear him.
"Even though they may have tongues, the living entities who do not have human bodies have no power to speak the holy name of Lord Hari.
"Loud chanting thus delivers the living entities who have taken a very unfortunate birth. Please tell me, then: What is wrong with loud chanting?
"Some persons act only for their own welfare, and some persons act for the welfare of thousands of others.
"Considering all this, please understand that loud sankirtana is better than soft japa."
Hearing Haridasa's words, that brahmana angrily spoke many very bad words.
He said, "O Haridasa, now you have become a philosopher. I can see that with the passing of time the path of the Vedas is now destroyed.
"At the end of Kali-yuga the sudras will explain the Vedas. I see this is happening at this very moment. What more is needed for the Kali-yuga's end?
"Presenting yourself in this way, you go from home to home and eat very well indeed.
"If your explanations are not supported by scripture, I will cut off your nose and your ears."
Hearing this wretched brahmana's words, Haridasa gently smiled and said, "Hari!"
Not saying anything in reply, Haridasa, loudly chanting the holy names of Lord Hari, walked away.
That assembly of sinful brahmanas followed a sinful philosophy. They also did not give a proper reply to the brahmana's words.
They were brahmanas in name only. In truth they were rakshasa demons. They were fit to be tortured by Yamaraja.
So they may attack and harm the pious devotees, rakshasas take birth in brahmana families in Kali-yuga
In Varaha Purana, Lord Siva explains:
rakshash kalim ashritya
badhante srotriyan krisan
"Taking shelter of Kali-yuga, the rakshasa demons take birth in brahmana families. Now born amongst the brahmanas, they attack and harm the devotees who follow the scriptures, devotees who are not as strong as they."
The dharma-sastras forbid one to ever touch, speak with, or offer obeisances to such brahmanas.
In the Padma Purana, Lord Siva explains:
kim atra bahunoktena
brahmana ye hy avaishnavah
tesham sambhashanam sparsam
"What is the need for many words? Even by accident one should avoid touching or speaking with brahmanas who are not Vaishnavas."
In the Padma Purana it is also said:
svapakam iva neksheta
loke vipram avaishnavam
vaishnavo varna-bahyo 'pi
"One should not even look at a brahmana who is not a Vaishnava. Such a person is like a dogeater. On the other hand, a Vaishnava who is born outside the system of varnas purifies the three worlds."
If one converses with a non-Vaishnava brahmana, one loses his piety.
After some days that degraded brahmana contracted smallpoĝ and his own nose fell off.
In this way Lord Krishna punished that brahmana for speaking harshly to Haridasa Thakura.
Seeing the whole world plunged in material sense pleasures, Haridasa sadly sighed and said, "Krishna! Krishna!"
After some days Haridasa, wishing to see the Vaishnavas, came to Navadvipa.
Seeing Haridasa, all the devotees felt very happy at heart.
Lord Advaita considered Haridasa more dear than life itself.
All the Vaishnavas dearly loved Haridasa, and Haridasa was very devoted to them all.
When the spoke among themselves, the materialists and offenders mocked the devotees with words that were like flames.
On the other hand, the devotees would always talk about Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
Anyone who hears and repeats these narrations will personally meet Lord Chaitanya.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.