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Chapter Two

Shri Gaurachandra-janma-varnana


Description of Lord Chaitanya's Birth


Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Gaurasundara Mahaprabhu! Glory to the great Supreme Personality of Godhead, the son of Jagannatrha Misra!

Text 2 Glory to He who is the life and soul of Nityananda and Gadadhara! Glory, glory to He who is the shelter of Advaita and the devotees!

Text 3 Glory, glory to Lord Gauranga and His personal associates! He attains devotional service who hears these topics of Lord Chaitanya.

Text 4 Again I bow down before the feet of the Lord and His devotees. In this way I hope that Lord Chaitanya's descent to this world may appear on my tongue.

Text 5 Glory, glory to Lord Gaurachandra, who is an ocean of mercy! Glory, glory to Lord Nityananda, who is devotional service personified!

Text 6 They are two brothers and They are devotees of the Lord. Still, Their real identities are unknown. Only by Their mercy is the truth about Them revealed.

Text 7 Lord Krishna mercifully appeared before Brahma and other great devotees. This is described in Shrimad-Bhagavatam, the Vedas, and all the scriptures.

Text 8 In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (2.4.22, it is said:


pracodita yena pura sarasvati

     vitanvatajasya satim smritim hridi

sva-lakshana pradurabhut kilasyatah

     sa me rishinam rishabhah prasidatam


     "May the Lord, who is the beginning of the creation amplified the potent knowledge of Brahma from within his heart and inspired him with full knowledge of creation and of His own Self, and who appeared to be generated from the mouth of Brahma, be pleased with me."*


Text 9 When in ancient times he was born from the Lord's lotus navel, Brahma did not have the power to see anything.

Text 10

 However, when Brahma completely surrendered to Him, the Supreme Lord mercifully appeared before him.

Text 11

 Only by Lord Krishna's mercy was Brahma able to understand the Supreme Lord, the origin of all incarnations.

Text 12

 Lord Krishnacandra's descent to this material world is very difficult to understand. Without first attaining the Lord's mercy, who has the power to understand it?

Text 13

 Lord Krishna's descent to the material world and His pastimes are inconceivable and unapproachable. In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.14.21, Brahma declared:


Text 14

 ko vetti bhuman bhagavan paratman

     yogesvarotir bhavatas tri-lokyam

kva va katham va kati va kadeti

     vistarayan kridasi yoga-mayam


     "O supreme great one! O Supreme Personality of Godhead! O Supersoul, master of all mysti power! Your pastimes are taking place continuously in these worlds, but who can estimate where, how, and when You are employing Your spiritual energy and performing Your pastimes? No one can understand the mystery of these activities."*


Text 15


 Who has the power to know the reason why Lord Krishnacandra descends to this world?

Text 16


 Still, the reason for the Lord's descent is given in Shri  and Bhagavad-gita.

    Texts Texts 17-18


 In Bhagavad-gita (4.7-8, Lord Krishna declares:


yada yada hi dharmasya

     glanir bhavati bharata

abhyutthanam adharmasya

 Tadatmanam shrijamy aham


     "Whenever and wherever these is a decline in religious practice, O descendent of Bharata, and a predominant rise in irreligion-at that time I descend Myself.*


paritranaya sadhunam

     vinasaya ca dushkritam


     sambhavami yuge yuge


     "In order to deliver the pious and annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium."*


Text 19

 When religious practice declines, then, day by day, irreligion becomes stronger and stronger.

Text 20

 When this occurs, Brahma and the demigods approach the Supreme Lord and pray that the devotees be protected and the demons vanquished.

Text 21

 At that time, in order to firmly establish the yuga-dharma (religion of the age), the Supreme Lord, accompanied by His expansions and associates, descends to the earth.

Text 22

 The religion of Kali-yuga is Hari-sankirtana (chanting the holy names of Lord Krishna). To firmly establish this religion, the Lord descended as the son of Saci.

Text 23

 Shrimad-Bhagavatam describes the best of all truths, the truth that in order to establish the sankirtana movement, the Lord descended as Lord Chaitanya.

    Texts Texts 24-25

 In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (11.5.31-32, it is said:


iti dvapara urvisa

     stuvanti jagad-isvaram


     kalat api tatha shrinu


     "In the age of kali, as well as in Dvapara-yuga, the people offer prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead by various mantras and observe the regulative principles of the supplementary Vedi literatures. Now please hear of this from me.*


krishna-varnam tvishakrishnam


yajnaih sankirtana-prayair

     yajanti hi su-medhasah


     "In this age of Kali, those who are intelligent perform the congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who appears in this age always describing the glories of Krishna. That incarnation is yellowish in hue and is always associated with His plenary expansions (such as Shri Nityananda Prabhu), and personal expansions (such as Gadadhara), as well as devotees and associates (such as Svarupa Damodara)."*


Text 26

 Lord Chaitanya-Narayana has revealed that in Kali-yuga Hari-sankirtana is the best of all religious activities.

Text 27

 Therefore, accompanied by all His personal associates, the Supreme Lord descended to this world in the Kali-yuga to establish the sankirtana movement.

Text 28

 Following His order, the Lord's personal associates also took birth in the world of human beings.

Text 29

 Ananta, Siva, Brahma, and the great sages took birth as the Supreme Lord's personal associates.

Text 30

 They all took birth as great devotees of the Lord. Lord Krishna was well aware of their true identities.

Text 31

 Some took birth in Navadvipa, some in Cati-grama, some in Radha-desa, some in Orissa, some in Shrihatta, and some in the west.

Text 32

 Although they descended to the earth in these different places, these devotees assembled in Navadvipa.

Text 33

 Although many of these Vaishnavas took birth in Navadvipa, some of the Vaishnavas most dear to the Lord were born in other places.

    Texts Texts 34-35

 Shrivasa Pandita, Shri Rama Pandita, and Shri Candrasekharadeva, who are worshiped in the three worlds, and the physician named Murari Gupta, who cures the disease of repeated birth and death, descended to this world in Shrihatta.

    Texts Texts 36-37

 The great Vaishnavas Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Chaitanya Vallabha, and Vasudeva Datta appeared in Cati-grama. Haridasa deshended to this world in Budhana.

Text 38

 In Radha-desa is a village named Ekacakra. In that village the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Nityananda, descended to this world.

Text 39

 Although He is the father of everyone, Lord Nityananda pretended that His father was a devotee named Hadai Pandita, who was the king of the pure brahmanas.

Text 40

 Thus Lord Nityananda Rama, who is an ocean of mercy, the giver of devotion, and the shelter of the devotees, descended to this world in Radha-desa.

Text 41

 At that moment the demigods secretly showered flowers and secretly called out "Jaya! Jaya!"

Text 42

 From that day on the country of Radha-desa grew more and more prosperous and auspicious.

Text 43

 Paramananda Puri, who associated with the Lord in the pastimes at Jagannatha Puri, appeared in Trihut.

Text 44

 The places by the Ganga's shores are all pure and sacred. Why, then, did these Vaishnavas take birth in impious, lamentable places?

Text 45

 Lord Chaitanya Himself descended to this world by the Ganga's shore. Why, then, did His personal associates take birth in other, distant places?

Text 46

 The Pandavas never went to any place where the Ganga or the holy names of Lord Hari were absent.

Text 47

 Because He loves all living entities as a father loves his children, the Supreme Lord ordered these great devotees to take birth in these different places.

Text 48

 To deliver the residents of the material world, Lord Chaitanya descended to the world of matter.

Text 49

 Thinking them equal to holy places, these great Vaishnavas took birth in lamentable impious countries and lamentable impious families. In this way they delivered everyone.

Text 50

 In whatever country and whatever family they descended to this world, with their great power these Vaishnavas delivered everyone in an area of eight-hundred thousand miles.

Text 51

 Any place where the Vaishnavas manifest their glories becomes very pure and sacred, a place of pilgrimage.

Text 52

 Therefore Lord Chaitanya-Narayana arranged that His devotees descend to the material world in all these different places.

Text 53

 Although they descended to this world in many different places, these great devotees assembled in Navadvipa.

Text 54

 They assembled in Navadvipa, for that is where the Lord descended to this world.

Text 55

 No city in the world is like Navadvipa, for that is where Lord Chaitanya descended to this world.

Text 56

 Aware that the Lord would appear there, the demigod Brahma filled Navadvipa with all that is auspicious.

Text 57

 Who can describe the opulences of Navadvipa? On even one of its ghatas hundreds and thousands come to bathe in the Ganga.

Text 58

 By Goddess Sarasvati's grace many hundreds of thousands of learned scholars in all three ages of life stayed in Navadvipa.

Text 59

 All the scholars there were arrogant. Even boys would aggressively debate their learned elders.

Text 60

 People from different provinces would come to Navadvipa. There they would develop a taste for learning.

Text 61

 No one could count how many students or how many thousands and millions of teachers stayed there.

Text 62

 Favered by Goddess Lakshmi's glance, everyone was happy. Still, interested only in the taste of material things, they wasted their lives.

Text 63

 No one was interested in devotional service to Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. From the beginning of Kali-yuga, this disinterest had grown more and more.

Text 64

 The only religion the people knew was keeping an all-night vigil and singing songs to Goddess Mangala Candi (Durga).

Text 65

 Some proudly worshiped the snake-goddess Manasa. Others offered great wealth to the deities of demigods and demigoddesses.

Text 66

 Spending for the weddings of their sons and daughters, they lost great wealth. In this way they wasted their time in this world.

Text 67

 Even the Bhattacaryas, Cakravartis, and Misras did not know the true meaning of the scriptures.

Text 68

 Although they taught the scriptures, they were materialistic. Yama's noose already rested around the necks of both them and their students.

Text 69

 No one would discuss Krishna-kirtana, which is the true yuga-dharma (religion of the age). If they could not mock the faults of others, no one was interested to speak. No one wanted to praise others.

Text 70

 The holy names of Lord Hari could not be found in the mouths of persons proud to be renounced and asutere.

Text 71

 The most deeply pious persons would perhaps say the name "Govinda" or "Pundarikaksha" as they bathed.

Text 72

 Descriptions of devotional service did not appear on tongues explaining Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad-Bhagavatam.

Text 73

 Seeing the whole world bewildered by Lord Vishnu's maya potency, the devotees felt a suffering that had no end.

Text 74

 They said, "How will these souls be delivered? They are all trapped in the spell of Maya's happiness.

Text 75

 "They do not chant the holy name of Lord Krishna. Their discussion of material knowledge never ends."

Text 76

 The true devotees of the Lord performed their devotional duties. They worshiped Lord Krishna, bathed in the Ganga, and discussed topics of Lord Krishna.

Text 77

 The devotees would meet and bless everyone in the world. They would pray, "O Lord Krishnacandra, please quickly give Your mercy to everyone."

Text 78

 The leader of the Navadvipa Vaishnavas was named Advaita Acarya. He was the most glorious person in the world.

Text 79

 He was the best teacher of jnana (knowledge), bhakti (devotional service), and vairagya (renunciation). His explanations of Krishna-bhakti (devotion to Krishna, were like those spoken by Lord Siva Himself.

Text 80

 When discussing any passage in any one of the many scriptures in the three worlds, He always interpreted every verse to mean: "Devotion to Lord Krishna's feet is the best of all spiritual paths".

Text 81

 Offering Tulasi-manjaris and Ganga water, again and again He happily worshiped Lord Krishna.

Text 82

 Pushed by love for Lord Krishna, He would loudly chant Lord Krishna's names. The names He called broke through the boundaries of the material world and entered the world of Vaikuntha.

Text 83

 Hearing this loving call, Lord Krishna, who is conquered by devotion, personally appeared.

Text 84

 Advaita was the first of the Vaishnavas. He was the most glorious follower of bhakti-yoga in the entire world.

Text 85

 In this way Advaita stayed in Navadvipa. Seeing that the people had no devotion to the Lord, He became very unhappy.

Text 86

 Everyone was mad after the taste of material happiness. No one was eager to worship and serve Lord Krishna.

Text 87

 Some worshiped Goddess Vasuli (Durga, with many offerings. Others worshiped the yakshas with offerings of flesh and wine.

Text 88

 Again and again the danced, sang, and played musical instruments, making a great noise. Still, they would not hear the supremely auspicious name of Lord Krishna.

Text 89

 The demigods are not pleased by worship not directed to Lord Krishna. Seeing that the people would not worship Lord Krishna, Advaita became very unhappy at heart.

Text 90

 Advaita was naturally very merciful at heart. In His heart He tried to plan how to deliver the people.

Text 91

 He thought, "If My Lord descends to this world, then everyone will be delivered.

Text 92

 "If I can make Lord Krishna, the beloved of Vaikuntha, visible in this world, then I will become glorious, and I will be known as `Advaita-simha' (Advaita the lion).

Text 93

 When I personally bring the Lord of Vaikuntha to this world, and by doing that deliver every soul, I will sing and dance."

Text 94

 Again and again thinking in this way, with great determination He served Lord Krishna's feet.

Text 95

 Again and again Lord Chaitanya declared, "It is because of Advaita that Chaitanya descended to this world."

Text 96

 Shrivasa Pandita, at whose home Lord Chaitanya enjoyed many pastimes, resided in Navadvipa.

Text 97

 The four brothers (Shrivasa, Shrirama, Shripati, and Shrinidhi, always chanted Lord Krishna's holy names. Three times daily they bathed in the Ganga and worshiped Lord Krishna.

Text 98

 By the Supreme Lord's order, many liberated souls took birth in this world and, their true identities concealed, resided in the district of Nadiya.

Text 99

 These devotees were Shri Candrasekhara, Jagadisa, Gopinatha, Shriman, Murari, Shri Garuda, and Gangadasa.

Text 100

 I have mentioned the names only of some of the great souls I personally knew. If I described all of the Lord's associates, this book would become very large.

Text 101

 All these great souls were noble and generous. They were attentive to their proper duties. They did not know anything but devotional service to Lord Krishna.

Text 102

 They thought of each other as friends. They did not know that they were liberated souls who had descended from the spiritual world.

Text 103

 When they saw that there was no devotion to Lord Vishnu in the entire world, their hearts burned with grief.

Text 104

 They did not hear anyone discuss topics of Lord Krishna. Therefore amongst themselves they glorified Lord Krishna.

Text 105

 they would meet in Advaita's home and talk about Krishna for an hour or two. In this way all their sufferings would go away.

Text 106

 Seeing everyone burning in the flames of materialism, they devotees could not speak. They could only weep.

Text 107

 Meeting with Advaita, the devotees tried to make the people understand all this, but the people could not understand.

Text 108

 Filled with grief, Advaita began to fast. The Vaishnavas breathed with long and heavy sighs.

Text 109

 "Why dance for Krishna? Why chant His names? What is this `sankirtana' the Vaishnavas talk about?"

Text 110

 Speaking these words, the people in general could not understand anything. They desired only money and children. Gathering together, they would mock the Vaishnavas.

Text 111

 At night the four brothers (Shrivasa, Shrirama, Shripati, and Shrinidhi, would meet in Shrivasa's house and loudly sing Lord Hari's holy names.

Text 112

 Hearing this, the impious neighbors would declare, "That mad brahmana will ruin our village.

Text 113

 "When he hears this chanting, the ferocious Muslim king will become wildly angry at the people of Nadiya."

Text 114

 Someone said, "This brahmana should be driven out of our village. We should tear his house into pieces and send the pieces floating down the river.

Text 115

 "If this brahmana is chased away, then our village will be peaceful and prosperous. If he is not chased away, Muslim soldiers will occupy our village."

Text 116

 Hearing these words of the impious people, the devotees prayed to Lord Krishna and wept.

Text 117

 Hearing these words, Advaita burned with anger. Wearing only the four directions for garments, He said to the Vaishnavas:

Text 118

 "Shrinivasa, Gangadasa, Suklambara, please hear Me. I will force Lord Krishna to appear before everyone's eyes.

Text 119

 "Krishna will come here and deliver everyone. He will accept you all as His associates. He will teach the people Krishna-bhakti (devotional service).

Text 120

 "If I fail to bring Him, I will manifest a four-armed form. In my hand I will hold a cakra.

Text 121

 "I will cut apart the necks of millions of atheists. In this way I will prove that Lord Krishna is My master, and I am His servant."

Text 122

 Again and again Advaita spoke in this way. Fixed in His decision, He began to worship Lord Krishna's feet.

Text 123

 Weeping, and their determination fixed, all the devotees also worshiped Lord Krishna's lotus feet.

Text 124

 Walking here and there in the town of Navadvipa, the devotees never heard any talk of devotional service.

Text 125

 The devotees wished to leave their bodies. Calling out "Krishna!", they sighed and wept.

Text 126

 Seeing that the whole world was interested only in material things, they became very unhappy. No longer did they like to place food in their mouths.

Text 127

 When the devotees had rejected all material happiness, the Supreme Lord decided to descend to the material world.

     128-Text 129

 Ordered by the Supreme Lord, Nityananda, who is the resting-place of Ananta Sesha, descended to this world, taking birth from the womâ of Padmavati, in the land of Radha-desa, in the village of Ekacakra, on an auspicious sukla-trayodasi in the month of Magha (January-February).

Text 130

 Although He is the father of everyone, Lord Nityananda pretended that His father was a devotee named Hadai Pandita, who was the king of the pure brahmanas.

Text 131

 In this way Lord Balarama, who is an ocean of mercy and the giver of devotional service, descended to this world and assumed the name `Nityananda'.

Text 132

 At that moment the demigods secretly showered flowers and secretly called out "Jaya! Jaya!"

Text 133

 From that day on the country of Radha-desa grew more and more prosperous and auspicious.

Text 134

 Accepting the garments of an avadhuta, Lord Nityananda wandered in this world to deliver the fallen souls.

Text 135

 That is how Lord Ananta descended to this world. Now please hear how Lord Krishna descended.

Text 136

 In Navadvipa lived a person named Jagannatha Misra. He was devotedly to duty. He was like Maharaja Vasudeva.

Text 137

 He was very generous. He stood in the highest pinnacle of brahminical virtue. No one was his equal.

Text 138

 He was exactly like Kasyapa, Dasaratha, Vasudeva, and Nanda.

Text 139

 His wife was named Saci. She was very chaste and devoted to her husband. She was Vishnu-bhakti (devotional service, personified. She was the mother of the entire world.

Text 140

 Her many daughters all passed away. Glorious Visvarupa was her only son.

Text 141

 Visvarupa's form was handsome like Kamadeva. Gazing at Him, the brahmana parents became filled with joy.

Text 142

 From His birth Visvarupa was renounced. When He was only a boy all the scriptures spontaneously appeared within Him.

Text 143

 There would be no Vishnu-bhakti (devotional service, anywhere in the material world. That is the future of the Kali-yuga.

Text 144

 When true religion disappears, and when He knows that His devotees suffer, the Supreme Lord descends to this world.

Text 145

 Thus the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, entered the bodies of Saci and Jagannatha.

Text 146

 At that moment the words "Jaya! Jaya!" appeared in the mouths of Lord Ananta. As if in a dream, Saci and Jagannatha Misra heard those words.

Text 147

 Although at that moment their forms shone with great splendor, other persons could not see it.

Text 148

 Aware that the Supreme Personality of Godhead was about to descend to the material world, Brahma, Siva, and the other demigods came and recited many prayers.

Text 149

 All these descriptions are present, although concealed, in the statements of the Vedas. Of this there is not any doubt.

Text 150

 Now please hear the prayers Brahma and the other demigods spoke with great devotion. By hearing these confidential prayers, one becomes attracted to Lord Krishna.

Text 151

 The demigods said: "Glory, glory to Lord Mahaprabhu, the father of all! Glory, glory to the Lord who to start the sankirtana movement has descended to this material world!

Text 152

 "Glory, glory to the Lord who is the protector of the Vedas, religion, the devotees, and the brahmanas! Glory, glory to the Lord who is time personified, the crusher of the nondevotees!

Text 153

 "Glory, glory to the Lord whose form is transcendental and eternal. Glory, glory to the Lord who is the supreme controller of all controllers, and whose every desire is at once fulfilled!

Text 154

 "You reside in countless millions of universes. Now You are manifest in Saci's womb.

Text 155

 "Who can understand Your wishes? The creation, maintenance, and destruction of the material universes are only playing for You.

Text 156

 "If You wish, all the universes will be at once destroyed. Were You not be able to kill Kamsa and Ravana simply by speaking a single word?

Text 157

 "Still, You descended to the homes of Dasaratha and Vasudeva, and You killed all the demons.

Text 158

 "O Lord, who can understand the reason why You act? Only have the power to understand Your heart.

Text 159

 "If You give the order, one of Your servants can deliver the souls in countless universes.

Text 160

 "Even so, You personally descend to this world, teach the true religion, and make everyone fortunate.

Text 161

 "O Lord, in the Satya-yuga You manifested a white form, performed austerities, and taught the path of austerities.

Text 162

 "Accepting the role of a brahmacari, holding a danda and kamandalu, Your hair matted, and Your garments a deerskin, You descended to this world to establish the true religion.

Text 163

 "In the Treta-yuga manifesting Your form as the handsome reddish Yajna-purusha, You taught the religion of yajnas.

Text 164

 "The sruk and srava in Your hand, You became the yajnika and personally personally perfomed yajnas.

Text 165

 "In Dvapara-yuga manifesting a form dark like a splendid raincloud, You established the religion of Deity worship in home after home.

Text 166

 "Descending to this world, You became a great king. Wearing yellow garments, and marked with the Shrivatsa and other signs of Your true identity, You personally performed Deity worship.

Text 167

 "In Kali-yuga You manifest the form of a brahmana with a yellow complexion and You teach the religion of sankirtana, which is secretly taught by the Vedas.

Text 168

 "You descend to this world in limitless forms. Who can count them all?

Text 169

 "Manifesting the form of Matsya, You enjoyed pastimes on the waters of devastation. Manifesting the form of Kurma, You became the resting-place of all the living entities.

Text 170

 "Manifesting the form of Hayagriva, You rescued the Vedas and killed Madhu and Kaitabha, the first two demons.

Text 171

 "Manifesting the form of Shri Varaha, You rescued the earth. Manifesting the form of Nrisimha, You tore Hiranyakasipu to shreds.

Text 172

 "Manifesting the wonderful form of Vamana, You cheated Bali. Manifesting the form of Parasurama, You made the earth a place where kshatriyas no longer lived.

Text 173

 "Manifesting the form of Ramacandra, You killed Ravana. Manifesting the form of Balarama, You enjoyed limitless pastimes.

Text 174

 "Manifesting the form of Buddha, You preached the religion of mercy. Manifesting the form of kalki, You killed the mlecchas.

Text 175

 "Manifesting the form of Dhanvantari, You gave the gift of nectar. Manifesting the form of Hamsa, You explained to truth to Brahma and others.

Text 176

 "Manifesting the form of Narada, You held the vina and sang. Manifesting the form of Vyasa, You explained the truth about Yourself.

Text 177

 "Manifesting the best handsomeness, intelligence, and pastimes, You appeared in Your original form, the form of Krishna, and enjoyed pastimes in Gokula.

Text 178

 "Now, in this incarnation, You will manifest the form of a devotee of the Lord. With all Your power You will preach the sankirtana movement.

Text 179

 "The whole world will be filled with sankirtana. In home after home prema-bhakti (loving devotional service, will be manifest.

Text 180

 "How can we describe the bliss that will fill the worlds when, meeting with Your servants, You will dance?

Text 181

 "By always meditating on Your lotus feet, Your devotees remove all inauspiciousness from this world.

Text 182

 "The soles of their feet break the inauspiciousness of this world. Their glances purify the ten directions.

Text 183

 "When they raise their arms and dance, the troubles present even in Svargaloka perish. Your servants are like that. Their glory is like that. Their dancing is like that.

Text 184

 "In the Padma Purana and Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya (20.68, it is said:


padbhyam bhumer diso drigbhyam

     dorbhyam camangalam divah

bahudhotsadyate rajan

     krishna-bhaktasya nrityatah


     "O king, when the devotees of Lord Krishna dance, their steps crush the inauspiciousness of the earth, their glances destroy the inauspiciousness of the ten directions, and their raised arms push away the inauspiciousness of the demigods' planets."


Text 185

 "You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Bringing Your devotees with You, You have personally come to this world. You will preach the sankirtana movement and distribute pure love of God (prema).

Text 186

 "O Lord, who has the power to describe Your glories? You will teach Vishnu-bhakti (devotional service to Lord Vishnu), which is the great secret hidden in the Vedas.

Text 187

 "Hiding devotional service, You freely give liberation. We desire the gift of devotional service.

Text 188

 "As the master of the universe, You give the greatest wealth as a gift to others. You do this because You possess all mercy.

Text 189

 "O Lord, Your holy name brings the results of performing all yajnas. Now You have descended to this world in Navadvipa.

Text 190

 "O merciful Lord, please be merciful to us. Please make us fortunate and allow us to see the pastimes You will now enjoy.

Text 191

 "After some days You will fulfill Ganga-devi's long-cherished desire, for You will enjoy many pastimes in her waters.

Text 192

 "You, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whom the kings of yoga see in the trance of meditation, are now manifested in the town of Navadvipa.

Text 193

 "We offer our respectful obeisances to the town of Navadvipa and the home of Saci and Jagannatha, where You descended to this world."

Text 194

 In this way Brahma and the demigods, remaining invisible, daily offered prayers to the Lord.

Text 195

 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who resides everywhere in all the worlds, remained in Saci's womb. Then, when the full moon rose in the month of Phalguna (February-March), He openly manifested Himself.

Text 196

 All auspiciousness that resides in all the limitless universes assembled together to be present on that full-moon night.

Text 197

 The Lord descended to this world amidst the sounds of sankirtana. By a trick the Lord arranged this. In this way the Lord preached the glories of sankirtana.

Text 198

 Who has the power to understand the Lord's actions? By the Lord's wish, Rahu covered the moon on that night.

Text 199

 Seeing the eclipse, all of Navadvipa began to chant the auspicious names of Lord Hari.

Text 200

 Limitless millions of people bathed in the Ganga and called out out "Haribol!" "Haribol!"

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 The sound of Lord Hari's name filled Nadiya. Then it filled the universe. Even then it could not be contained.

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 Hearing this great wonder, the devotees declared, "May this eclipse last forever."

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 Everyone said, "Tonight everyone is filled with bliss. I think it must have been like this when Lord Krishna Himself appeared in this world."

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 As all the devotees went to bathe in the Ganga, the four directions were filled with the sankirtana of Lord Hari's holy names. 

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 Seeing the eclipse, children, adults, women, saints, sinners, everyone called out "Hari! Hari!"

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 "Haribol! Haribol!" were the only sounds anyone could hear. The sound of Lord Hari's name was present everywhere in all the universes.

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 The demigods showered flowers from the four directions. Again and again they beat dundubhi drums and called out "Jaya!"

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 As all this occurred, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the life of all the worlds, descended to the earth and became the son of Saci.


A Song in Dhanashri-raga


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 Rahu swallowed the moon, there were great tidal waves in the ocean of the holy names, Kali was defeated, and the victory flag flew. The Supreme Personality of Godhead was manifest, and the fourteen worlds were filled with the sounds of "Jaya! Jaya!"

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 (Refrain:, Gazing on the moon of Lord Chaitanya, everyone in Nadiya is filled with bliss. Now all their sorrows have perished.

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 Dundubhi drumss are struck. A hundred conchshell trumpets are blown. Flutes and buffalo-horn bugles are played. Vrindavana dasa sings the glories of Shri Chaitanya Thakura and Nityananda Prabhu.


A Song in Dhanashri-raga


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 (Refrain:, The handsomeness of His limbs defeats the sunshine. My eyes cannot bear to gaze on Him. I cannot speak any metaphors to describe His long, slightly curved eyes.

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 Today Lord Chaitanya's glories are manifest. Sounds of joy are heard in the four directions of the earth. Each vibration of Lord Hari's names fills all the worlds up to Brahmaloka. Now the moon of Lord Chaitanya is manifest.

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 He is splendid like sandal paste. His chest is broad. His forest-flower garland swings to and fro. His handsome face is like the cooling moon. His long arms reach to His knees.

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 Gazing at Lord Chaitanya, the fortunate world calls out "Jaya! Jaya!" Some dance. Others sing. Kali is filled with despair.

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 Only patheti fools cannot understand the truth of Lord Chaitanya, who is the crown on the heads of the four Vedas. Vrindavana dasa sings the glories of Shri Chaitanya Thakura and Nityananda Prabhu.


A Song in Patha-manjari-raga (Ekapadi)


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 (Refrain:, The moon of Lord Chaitanya has risen. Now the ten directions are filled with bliss.

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 His handsome form defeats millions of Kamadevas. He smiles as He hears the chanting of His holy names.

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 I gaze on His charming eyes and face, marked with the signs of a great king.

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 Every heart in this world yearns to gaze on His limbs and on His feet graceful with the flag and thunderbolt.

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 His glories and opulences make all misfortunes flee far away.

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 Shri Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing of Their glories.


A Song in Nata-mangala-raga


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 (Refrain:, Hearing that Lord Chaitanya had descended to this world, the demigods felt the presence of great auspiciousness. Gazing at the moon of His face, a moon the cools the burning sufferings of material life, they became wild with bliss.

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 Ananta, Brahma, Siva, and the other demigods have now assumed human forms. On the preText of the eclipse they also  chant "Hari! Hari!" I have no power to describe the glories I have seen.

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 The four directions of Nadiya are filled with loud sounds of "Hari! Hari!" Demigods and humans meet and enjoy pastimes. Now Navadvipa is flooded with bliss.

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 In Saci's courtyard all the demigods offer respectful obeisances. In the blinding darkness of eclipse no one can see them. These pastimes of Lord Chaitanya are very difficult to understand.

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 Some offered prayers. Others held a parasol. Others fanned with camaras. Others joyfully showered flowers. Others sang. Others danced.

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 Lord Chaitanya has come with His devotees. The atheists and offenders do not understand Him in any way. Vrindavana dasa sings the nectar glories of Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Nityananda Prabhu.


A Song in Mangala-raga (Pancama-raga)


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 (Refrain:, The dundubhi and dindima drums are struck. There are auspicious sounds of "Jaya!" There is the nectar of sweet singing. "Today we will meet a very exalted person, a person even the Vedas do not understand. Please, don't delay."

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 In Indrapura there is a great tumult of auspicious sounds. Everyone calls out, "Hurry! Get ready! Get ready!" "Because of our great good fortune, we will now go to Lord Chaitanya, who has appeared in Navadvipa!"

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 They embrace and kiss each other. They have no shame. Wild with joy that the prince of Navadvipa had now taken birth, they do not know who they are and who others are either.

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 In Navadvipa they hear the blissful sounds of Lord Hari's holy names coming from the four directions. Tasting the nectar of Lord Chaitanya's glories, they become intoxicated. They sing, "Chaitanya!" "Jaya! Jaya!"

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 In Saci's home they gaze at handsome Lord Chaitanya, who was glorious like ten million moons meeting together, who had accepted a humanlike form, and who, manifesting an eclipse, tricked the people into loudly chanting the holy names of Lord Hari.

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 Accompanied by all His potencies, the moon of Lord Chaitanya has descended to this world. The atheists and blasphemers cannot understand Him. The two moons of Shri Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my Lords. They are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the nectar of Their glories.