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Chapter Seventeen



Description of the Pilgrimage to Gaya


Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, the Supreme Personality of Godhead! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, whose form is eternal and who is dear to Lord Nityananda!

Text 2 Glory, glory to He who is the life treasure of all the Vaishnavas! O Lord, casting Your glance of mercy on them, please deliver all the conditioned souls.

Text 3 O my brother, please attentively hear this chapter of the Adi-khanda, a chapter that describes Lord Chaitanya's journey to Gaya.

Text 4 He who is the king of Vaikuntha manifested the form of the crest-jewel of teachers and lived in Navadvipa.

Text 5 The four directions were filled with great materialists and offenders. These wicked people never heard the word "bhakti-yoga" (devotional service).

Text 6 Seeing that everyone was intent on tasting the sweetness of material illusion, the devotees became very happy at heart.

Text 7 When they saw that Lord Chaitanya had entered the role of a teacher of material subjects, all the devotees became unhappy.

Text 8 The wicked people always mocked the Vaishnavas. The Vaishnavas.always heard these insults.

Text 9 In His heart desiring to reveal Himself, the Lord thought, "Now I will go to Gaya."

Text 10

 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Chaitanya, whose desires are always fulfilled, desired to see the land of Gaya.

Text 11

 After performing sraddha and other rituals described in the scriptures, Lord Chaitanya, accompanied by many students, began His journey.

Text 12

 After taking permission from His mother, Lord Chaitanya began, with a very happy heart, His journey to see Gaya.

Text 13

 Making every village and country into a holy place with the touch of His feet, the Lord walked in His glorious journey to see Gaya.

Text 14

 Discussing religion and tasting the nectar of joking words as He went, after some days the Lord came to Mandara Hill.

Text 15

 After seeing the Deity of Lord Madhusudana on Mandara Hill, the Lord, enjoying His pastimes, wandered on the hillside.

Text 16

 After some days of traveling on different paths, the Lord manifested a fever in His body.

Text 17

 He who is the king of Vaikuntha manifested this fever, as if He were an ordinary human being, to show a lesson to the people of the world.

Text 18

 When the Lord manifested this fever in the middle of the path, His students became very worried at heart.

Text 19

 Stopping the journey on the path, the students tried many different remedies, but the fever did not go away, for that was the Lord's desire.

Text 20

 Then the Lord prescribed His own medicine. He said, "All these troubles will be cut to pieces when I drink the water that has washed a brahmana's feet."

Text 21

 To teach the glories of drinking the water that has washed a brahmana's feet. The Lord personally drank that water.

Text 22

 The Lord drank water that has washed a brahmana's feet. At that moment He became at once cured. The fever was no more.

Text 23

 The Lord drank water that has washed a brahmana's feet. The Vedas and Puranas give evidence to show that this act is part of the Lord's nature.

Text 24

 In Bhagavad-gita (4.11), the Lord declares:


ye yatha mam prapqadyante

 Tams tathaiva bhajamy aham

mama vartmanuvartante

     manushyah partha sarvasah


     "All of them-as they surrender unto Me-I reward accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Pritha."*


Text 25

 This means that the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself becomes a servant of His servants.

Text 26

 That is why the Lord is called "bhakta-vatsala" (He who loves His devotees). He is conquered by His servants.

Text 27

 The Lord's feet always give protection in every circumstance. Please consider all this and tell me: Why would the Lord ever abandon His devotee?

Text 28

 With His fever now destroyed in this way, the Lord continued traveling to various holy places.

Text 29

 After first bathing and then worshiping the pitas and demigods, Lord Chaitanya entered Gaya.

Text 30

 As He entered, Lord Chaitanya folded His hands and offered obeisances to Gaya, the king of holy places.

Text 31

 The Lord went ot Brahma-kunda and bathed there. Then He properly worshiped the pitas and demigods.

Text 32

 Entering the cakra-decorated temple, He hurried to see the Lord's lotus footprints.

Text 33

 The brahmanas sat in a circle around the Lord's footprints. A garland was placed around the footprints. The temple was a shrine to these footprints.

Text 34

 Fragrances, flowers, incense, lamps, garments, and ornaments were placed there. They cannot be counted.

Text 35

 Their forms splendid, brahmanas in the four directions described the glories of the Lord's lotus feet.

Text 36

 They said, "Lord Siva, the master of Varanasi, holds these feet close to his heart. These feet are the life and soul of Goddess Lakshmi.

Text 37

 "The Lord placed these feet on Bali Maharaja's head. O fortunate people, please gaze on these feet.

Text 38

 "Yamaraja has no power over a person who for half a sesame-seed of time meditates on these feet.

Text 39

 "The masters of yoga find these feet very difficult to attain. O fortunate people, please gaze on these feet.

Text 40

 "From these feet the Ganga was manifested. The servants of the Lord never renounce these feet. They keep them always in their hearts.

Text 41

 "These very dear feet rest on the bed of Ananta Sessha. O fortunate people, please gaze on these feet."

Text 42

 From these brahmanas' mouths hearing the glories of the Lord's feet, Lord Chaitanya entered great transcendental bliss.

Text 43

 As Lord Chaitanya gazed at the Lord's feet, a stream of tears flowed from His two lotus eyes. He trembled. The hairs of His body stood erect.

Text 44

 For the welfare of all the worlds, Lord Chaitanya now began to manifest His activities of prema-bhakti (loving devotional service).

Text 45

 An endless Ganga of tears flowed from the Lord's eyes. The brahmanas saw all these great wonders.

Text 46

 Then, by divine arrangement, by Lord Chaitanya's own wish, at that moment Isvara Puri came to that place.

Text 47

 Seeing Isvara Puri, Lord Chaitanya at once bowed down with great respect.

Text 48

 Seeing each other, Isvara Puri and Lord Chaitanya very happily embraced.

Text 49

 Filled with the happiness of spiritual love, they sprinkled each other's bodies with tears of love.

Text 50

 The Lord said, "My pilgrimage to Gaya is now fruitful, for now I can see your feet.

Text 51

 "By offering pinda at this holy place, a person delivers his ancestors. By offering that pinda one delivers only certain specifi persons.

Text 52

 "However, simply by seeing you one at once makes many millions of anscestor free from all material bondage.

Text 53

 "Therefore no holy place is equal to you. You bring the greatest auspiciousness to the holy places.

Text 54

 "Please lift Me from this world of birth and death. I offer My body to you.

Text 55

 "The only gift I wish from you is that you give me the nectar of Lord Krishna's lotus feet."

Text 56

 Then Isvara Puri said, "Please listen, O pandita. You are an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This I know for certain.

Text 57

 "Who but an incarnation of the Supreme Lord could have the great learning You do, or act as You act?

Text 58

 "Last night I saw an auspicious dream. Now I have directly attained the fruit of that dream.

Text 59

 "O pandita, I tell You the truth: By seeing You I have attained transcendental bliss at every moment.

Text 60

 "Since the time I first saw You in Nadiya, nothing else stays in my heart.

Text 61

 "I tell You the truth: Nothing else stays in my heart. By seeing You I attain the happiness of seeing Lord Krishna Himself."

Text 62

 Hearing Isvara Puri's sweet words, the Lord smiled and said, "Now I am very fortunate."

Text 63

 In this way they talked very happily. In the future Vedavyasa will describe what they said.

Text 64

 Then, after taking permission from Isvara Puri, Lord Chaitanya left to perform the sraddha ceremony.

Text 65

 Going to Phalgu-tirtha, He offered pinda in the sand. Then He went to Preta-gaya, which was on a hilltop.

Text 66

 After offering sraddha at Preta-gaya, Lord Chaitanya satisfied the brahmanas by offering them sweet words as dakshina.

Text 67

 After thus pleasing and delivering His ancestors, the Lord happily went to Dakshina-manasa.

Text 68

 Then Lord Chaitanya went to Rama-gaya and offered sraddha to the incarnation Ramacandra.

Text 69

 After offering sraddha there to the incarnation Ramacandra, Lord Chaitanya went to Yudhishthira-gaya.

Text 70

 There He offered pinda to King Yudhishthira. In this way the Lord happily offered sraddha.

Text 71

 In the four directions the brahmanas would encircle the Lord, perform the sraddha, and chant mantras.

Text 72

 After performing the sraddha, and after offering pinda into the water, the Gaya brahmanas, greedy for dakshina, approached the Lord.

Text 73

 Seeing them, Lord Chaitanya smiled. He cut the bonds that tied them to the material world.

Text 74

 Then the Lord offered pinda at Uttara-manasa. Then Lord Chaitanya, who is Lord Hari Himself, went to Bhima-gaya.

Text 75

 Then the Lord went to Siva-gaya, Brahma-gaya, and many other places. Performing all the rituals, He went to the sixteen Gayas.

Text 76

 At each of the sixteen Gayas the Lord made the sixteen offerings. In this way He performed sraddha and offered pinda to all His ancestors.

Text 77

 Then, after bathing in Brahma-kunda, Lord Chaitanya offered pinda at Gaya-sira.

Text 78

 Then, offering splendid garlands and sandal paste with His own graceful hands, Lord Chaitanya happily worshiped Lord Vishnu's footprints.

Text 79

 Then, after offering sraddha at all these places, and after conversing with the brahmanas, the Lord returned to His own home.

Text 80

 After resting for some moments, the Lord sat down to cook.

Text 81

 When the cooking was finished, Isvara Puri suddenly arrived.

Text 82

 Overcome with love, again and again He chanted the holy name of Lord Krishna. Walking as if he were intoxicated, he approached the Lord.

Text 83

 Leaving His cooking, the Lord very respectfully bowed down and offered him a seat.

Text 84

 Laughing, Isvara Puri said, "O pandita, please listen. I have come at the right time."

Text 85

 The Lord said, "Today I am fortunate. O saintly one, please accept this meal."

Text 86

 Laughing, Isvara Puri said, "What will You eat?" The Lord replied, "I will cook again."

Text 87

 Isvara Puri said, "Why should You cook again? Divide the food into two parts."

Text 88

 Laughing, the Lord said, "If you wish, then please eat everything.

Text 89

 "In a sesame-seed's worth of time I will cook more food. Please don't hesitate. Accept the alms I offer."

Text 90

 Then the Lord offered His meal to Isvara Puri. Then the Lord happily went to cook another meal.

Text 91

 In this way Lord Chaitanya was merciful to Isvara Puri. Isvara Puri never stopped thinking of Krishna. He never thought of anything but Him.

Text 92

 With His own graceful hand the Lord served the meal to Isvara Puri. Filled with transcendental bliss, Isvara Puri ate.

Text 93

 At that moment, unobserved by anyone, Goddess Lakshmi hurried there and cooked another meal for the Lord.

Text 94

 Then, after offering a meal to Isvara Puri, Lord Chaitanya happily ate His own meal.

Text 95

 Anyone who hears this account of the Lord's offering a meal to Isvara Puri attains a great treasure of pure love for Lord Krishna.

Text 96

 Then, with His own graceful hand, the Lord anointed Isvara Puri's limbs with splendid fragrances.

Text 97

 The Lord was very pleased with Isvara Puri. Who has the power to describe how the Lord was pleased?

Text 98

 Lord Chaitanya, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, personally saw Isvara Puri's birthplace.

Text 99

 Lord Chaitanya said, "I offer My respectful obeisances to Kumarahatta, the village where Shri Isvara Puri descended to this world."

Text 100

 Whehn he visited that place Lord Chaitanya shed many tears. There He said no word other than "Isvara Puri".

Text 101

 At that place the Lord picked up some earth, placed it in a bag, and tied that bag to His outer garment.

Text 102

 The Lord said, "This earth is from the birthplace of Isvara Puri. It is My wealth. It is My life-breath. It keeps Me alive."

Text 103

 In this way Lord Chaitanya loved Isvara Puri. The all-powerful Lord thus expands the glories of His devotee.

Text 104

 The Lord said, "What I came to Gaya to do is now done. I have seen Isvara Puri."

Text 105

 On another day, in a secluded place, Lord Chaitanya, speaking sweet words, told Isvara Puri a of His desire for mantra-diksha (spiritual initiation).

Text 106

 Isvara Puri said, "Why do You ask for mantra initiation? It is I who should surrender my life to You>"

Text 107

 Then, in that place, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Narayana, who is the siksha-guru (insturcting spiritual master, of everyone, accepted initiation into chanting the ten-syllable mantra.

Text 108

 Then Lord Chaitanya circumambulated Isvara Puri. The Lord said, "Now I give My body to you.

Text 109

 "Please cast your glance of mercy upon Me, so I may be flooded by an ocean of pure love for Lord Krishna."

Text 110

 Hearing these words, Isvara Puri embraced the Lord, holding Him to his chest.

Text 111

 The tears of love flowing from their eyes drenched their bodies. Agitated with love, they could not remain peaceful.

Text 112

 In this way giving His mercy to Isvara Puri, Lord Chaitanya, who is Lord Hari with a fair complexion, remained in Gaya for some days.

Text 113

 Now was the time for the Lord to reveal His true self. Day by day the glory of His devotional love grew greater and greater.

Text 114

 One day Lord Chaitanya sat down in a secluded place to meditate on the mantra for His worshipable Deity.

Text 115

 Emerging from the bliss of meditation, the Lord wept and cried out.

Text 116

 "O Krishna! O My dear father! O My life! O Lord Hari! Robbing from Me My life, in what direction have You fled?

Text 117

 "In what direction shall I go to find You?" Speaking these verses, Lord Chaitanya wept.

Text 118

 Plunged in the nectar of loving devotion (prema-bhakti-rasa), He who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself covered His every limā with dust.

Text 119

 The Lord screamed in agony, "Dear Father Krishna, leaving Me, where have You gone?"

Text 120

 The same Lord who was once grave and peaceful was now very unsteady, agitated with spiritual love.

Text 121

 He rolled about on the ground. He wept. He floated in a nectar ocean of love-in-separation, separation from Himself.

Text 122

 After some moments His students came and tried to bring Him back to His natural state.

Text 123

 The Lord declared, "You all go home. I will not return to the material world.

Text 124

 "I will go to see Mathura. I will meet Krishnacandra, the master of My life."

Text 125

 The students tried in various ways to bring the Lord back to common sense. Gathering around, they tried to pacify Him.

Text 126

 He who is the king of Vaikuntha was now plunged in the nectar of pure devotion. His heart was not peaceful and steady. He would be like that for some days.

Text 127

 Overcome with love, and not saying anything to anyone, at the end of night the Lord left for Mathura.

Text 128

 "O Krishna! O My father! Where will I find You?" Lord Chaitanya called out.

Text 129

 After traveling a certain distance, He heard a divine voice. The voice said, "O jewel of the brahmanas, at this time You should not go to Mathura.

Text 130

 "When the time comes for You to go there, then You will go. For now You should return to Your home in Navadvipa.

Text 131

 "You are the king of Vaikuntha. Accompanied by Your associates, You have descended to the earth to deliver the people.

Text 132

 "You will fill the limitless universes with the chanting of the holy names. You will freely distribute the great treasure pure love of God to the people of the world.

     133-Text 134

 "You have descended here to give to the entire world the same nectar of spiritual love that makes Brahma, Siva, Sanaka Kumara and host of others wild with bliss. Please understand this.

Text 135

 "We, Your servants, desire to tell this to You. Therefore we speak this before Your feet.

Text 136

 "You are the creator. You are the Supreme Lord. What You desire no one can jump over.

Text 137

 "Therefore, O Supreme Lord, please return to Your home. After some delay, eventually You will go and see Mathura."

Text 138

 Hearing this voice from the sky, Lord Chaitanya returned with a happy heart.

Text 139

 Accompanied by His students, the Lord returned home. To manifest pure devotional service there, the Lord entered His home.

Text 140

 In this way Lord Chaitanya returned to Navadvipa. Day by day His feelings of love (prema-bhakti, for Lord Krishna grew stronger and stronger.

Text 141

 This concludes the narration of the Adi-khanda. Now please attentively hear the narration of the Madhya-khanda.

Text 142

 Anyone who hears of the Lord's journey to Gaya will in his heart meet Lord Chaitanya.

Text 143

 Anyone who hears about Lord Krishna will attain Lord Krishna's association. Anyone who thus attains Lord Krishna's association will never leave it.

Text 144

 Residing in my heart, Lord Nityananda happily dictated these pastimes of Lord Chaitanya so they would be written in this book.

Text 145

 By Lord Nityananda's mercy I write these words about Lord Chaitanya. By myself I do not have the power to write them.

Text 146

 As a puppet-master makes a wooden puppet dance, so Lord Chaitanya makes me speak.

Text 147

 I do not know where is the beginning and where is the end of Lord Chaitanya's pastimes. I describe Lord Chaitanya's glories as far as I know them.

Text 148

 A bird does not reach the end of the sky. It flies as far as it has the power.

Text 149

 In the same way, Lord Chaitanya's glories have no end. I describe them as far as the Lord's mercy gives me the power.

Text 150

 In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (1.18.23, it is said:


nabhah patatnty atma-samam patattrinas

 Tatha samam vishnu-gatim vipascitah


     "As the birds fly in the sky as far as their capacity allows, so do the learned devotees describe the Lord as far as their realization allows."*


Text 151

 I offer my respectful obeisances to the feet of all the Vaishnavas. I pray that I may never offend them.

Text 152

 A person who wishes to cross beyond the material world and then dive into the ocean of pure devotional service should worship Lord Nityanandacandra.

Text 153

 Shri Chaitanya is my Lord and master. In my heart I always keep great faith in Him.

Text 154

 Someone may say, "Lord Nityananda is Balarama." Someone else may say, "He is very dear to Lord Chaitanya."

Text 155

 Someone else may say, "He is most powerful and glorious." Someone else may say, "I do not have the power to know who He is."

Text 156

 Lord Nityananda may be a sannyasi, or He may be a devotee, or He may be a philosopher. Why should the people not speak of Him in whatever way they wish?

Text 157

 Why should they not describe Lord Chaitanya's Nityananda in these ways? I pray that the great treasure that is Lord Nityananda's feet may always stay in my heart.

Text 158

 I kick the head of any sinner or mocks or blasphemes Lord Nityananda.

Text 159

 O Lord Nityananda, O life of Lord Chaitanya, glory, glory to You! I pray that Your feet may always be my shelter.

Text 160

 As I sing the glories of Lord Chaitanya, so I also sing Your glories. I pray that I may have Your association birth after birth.

Text 161

 Anyone who hears the descriptions of Lord Chaitanya in this Adi-khanda will meet Lord Chaitanya.

Text 162

 After taking permission from Isvara Puri, Lord Chaitanya returned to His own home.

Text 163

 Hearing this news all of Navadvipa became blissful. It was as if the life-breath that had left their bodies had now returned.

Text 164

 The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.


Thus Ends the Adi-khanda