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Shri Gaurachandrasya Koshthi-ganana
Lord Chaitanya's Horoscope
A Song in Ekapadi
Text 1 (Refrain:, Look! There is Lord Chaitanya's marketplace, where He sells the jewels of prema (love for Krishna).
Text 2 From the first moment of His descent into this world, the Lord preached the Hari-sankirtana movement.
Text 3 Seeing that en eclipse had darkened the four directions, the people, running to bathe in the Ganga, chanted, "Hari!"
(The song ends.)
Text 4 Persons who had never in their lives spoken the names of Lord Hari now chanted "Hari!" as they ran to bathe in the Ganga.
Text 5 When the ten directions were thus filled with the sounds of Lord Hari's names, He who is the jewel of the brahmanas smiled and descended to this world.
Text 6 Gazing at their son's beautiful face, Saci and Jagannatha became filled with bliss.
Text 7 "What rituals should we perform? We do not have anything." Hurrying there, the ladies of the village exclaimed "Jaya! Jaya!"
Text 8 All the relatives hurried there. Jagannatha's home was filled with happiness.
Text 9 Saci's father, the great brahmana Nilambara Cakravarti, gazed at the infant boy's wonderful horoscope.
Filled with wonder as he gazed at the infant's handsome form, Nilambara Cakravarti said, "This child has all the signs of a great king."
"There is a prophecy that says, `One day a brahmana will be king of West Bengal'. Perhaps this boy will be that king. In time we will know if this boy is indeed that person."
Then Nilambara Cakravarti, who was a great brahmana astrologer, began to describe the infant boy's horoscope.
"On the lagna of this horoscope I see this boy will be very glorious. He will be like a king. I do not have the power to describe the full extent of His glory.
"He will be so great a scholar that He will defeat even Brihaspati. He will be a treasure-house of all virtues.
Then a great brahmana saint began to predict the Lord's future deeds.
The brahmana said, "This infant is Lord Nariayana Himself. He will establish the essence of all religion.
"nt will become a wonderful preacher. He will deliver the entire world.
"To everyone He will freely give the treasure that Brahma, Siva, and Sukadeva at every moment yearn to attain.
"Simply by seeing Him, the whole world will become blissful, renounced, and merciful to all.
"What to speak of others, even the yavanas, who hate Lord Vishnu, will worship the feet of this boy.
"His glories will be sung in countless universes. Everyone, from brahmanas to children, will bow down before Him.
"He will be bhagavata-dharma (devotional service, personified. He will be a great saint. He will be devoted to the demigods, brahmanas, and gurus, and also to His mother and father.
"As Lord Vishnu descends to this world to establish the true religion, so this infant will also teach the true religion.
"Who has the power to explain the auspicious signs on this boy's horoscope?
"O Jagannatha Misra, You are very fortunate to have such a son. I bow down before you.
"I am fortunate to read this infant's horoscope. His name will be `Visvambhara'.
"The people will call this boy `Navadvipacandra' (the moon of Navadvipa). Please know that He will be spiritual bliss personified."
Because that rasa would have brought unhappiness to the Lord's parents, the brahmana said nothing about the Lord's acceptance of sannyasa.
Hearing these descriptions, Jagannatha Misra became wild with bliss. He wished to give a gift to the brahmana.
Jagannatha Misra, who was very poor and had nothing to give, touched the brahmana's feet and wept tears of joy.
The brahmana touched Jagannatha Misra's feet and also wept. Everyone happily exclaimed, "Hari! Hari!"
Hearing this auspicious transcendental horoscope, all the relatives exclaimed, "Jaya! Jaya!"
Then musicians played mridangas, shanais, and flutes, making musi without end.
Unnoticed, demigods and demigoddesses mingled with the human men and women.
Touching the Lord's head with auspicious durva grass in her left hand, Goddess Aditi, the mother of the demigods, declared, "May You live long."
When she smiled and said, "May You live long", those words meant, "May You be manifest on the earth for a long time."
Saci could see that these ladies were very wonderfully beautiful. Still, questions about their identity did not enter her mouth.
The demigoddesses touched the dust of Saci's feet. She was overcome with happiness. No words came to her mouth.
Neither Lord Ananta nor the Vedas Personified had the power to describe the bliss that filled Jagannatha Misra's home.
No one could describe the bliss the people of Nadiya saw in Saci's home.
Whether they were in the middle of town, in their homes, or by the Ganga's shore, everyone always chanted the names of Lord Hari.
On the night of the eclipse everyone celebrated a joyful festival to honor the Lord's birth in this world. Still, no one understood what they had done.
Lord Chaitanya's birthday is the full-moon night of Phalguna month. Brahma and all the demigods worship that holy tithi.
The tithi when Lord Chaitanya, the jewel of the brahmanas, descended to this world is the most sanctifying of all holy tithis. It is devotional service personified.
Lord Nityananda was born on the sukla-trayodasi of Magha month, and Lord Chaitanya appeared in the full-moon night of Phalguna month.
These two holy tithis are the most auspicious and glorious of all holy days.
A person who observes these two holy days breaks the bonds of illusion and attains Krishna-bhakti (devotional service to Krishna).
As the Lord's appearance day is purifying so a Vaishnava's appearance day is also purifying.
A person who hears the description of Lord Chaitanya's appearance in this world never again suffers. Never again will he die. Never again will he be born in this world.
A person who hears the topics of Lord Chaitanya attains devotional service. He comes with the Lord each time He descends to this world.
The Adi-khanda, which describes Lord Chaitanya's descent into this world, is very beautiful to hear.
These pastimes are not manifested only once. The Vedas explain that the Supreme Lord appears and disappears again and again in this world.
I do not see any beginning or end to the descriptions of Lord Chaitanya. What by His mercy I have understood, I will write about in this book.
I offer my respectful obeisances at the feet of Lord Chaitanya and His devotees. I pray that my offenses will be forgiven.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.