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Jagannatha Misra Returns to the Spiritual World
Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is an ocean of mercy! Glory to the Lord who is a moon shining in the home of Saci and Jagannatha Misra!
Text 2 Glory, glory to He who is the life-bvreath of Lord Nityananda! Glory, glory to He who is the treasure-house of the sankirtana movement!
Text 3 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is surrounded by His devotees! By hearing these descriptions of Lord Chaitanya one attains pure devotional service.
Text 4 In this way the Supreme Personality of Godhead enjoyed pastimes in Jagannatha Misra's home. He kept His true identity a secret. No one had the power to understand who He was.
Text 5 As many games as there are for boys in this world, the Lord played them all. Who has the power to describe them all?
Text 6 These pastimes will be revealed in the Vedas and Puranas. Then the fortunate people will hear of them.
Text 7 In this way Lord Chaitanya tasted the nectar of His childhood pastimes. Eventually the time for accepting the sacred thread came.
Text 8 On the day when he gave the sacred thread, Jagannatha Misra called the friends and relativesa, and they came to his home.
Text 9 Everyone assembled there in great happiness. They performed different duties in the ceremony.
†The women called out "Jaya!" and sang songs glorifying Lord Krishna. The musicians played mridangaas, sanais, and flutes.
†The brahmanas chanted the Vedas, and the poets recited prayers. Great happiness descended into Saci's home.
†At an auspicious moment Lord Chaitanya accepted the sacred thread in Saci's home.
†In an auspicious month, on an auspicious day, at an auspicious moment, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Chaitanya, accepted the sacred thread.
†The greaceful sacred thread was very glorious on the Lord's body. Assuming the slender form of that thread, Lord Aananta Sesha Himself encircled the Lord's body.
†Then Lord Chaitanya manifested the form of Lord Vamana. Gazing at Him, everyone became filled with bliss.
†As they gazed at the Lord's wonderful brahminical splendor, no one could believe in his heart that he was looking at a mere human being.
†A danda in His hand and a cloth bag on His shoulder, Lord Chaitanya asked for alms at the homes of His devotees.
†Giving alms as far as they were able, the men felt great happiness. Smiling, the women also placed alms in the Lord's cloth bag.
†Assuming the forms of brahmanas' wives, Sarasvati, Parvati, and the chaste wives of the great sages all came there.
†Gazing at Lord Chaitanya's Vamana form, they became very happy. They smiled. Again and again they placed alms in the Lord's cloth bag.
†In this wa6y Lord Chaitanya manifested the form and pastimes of Vamana. All these pastimes were meant to deliver the conditioned souls.
†Glory to Lord Chaitanya, who manifested the form of Vamana! O Lord, please give charity to me. Please place in my heart the gift of Your two feet.
†Whoever hears this account of Lord Chaitanya's accepting the sacred thread attains the shelter of Lord Chaitanya's feet.
†In this way the king of Vaikuntha enjoyed many pastimes in Saci's home, pastimes that are secretly described in the Vedas.
†At home the Lord already knew all the scriptures. Still, His heart was set on studying in the company of others.
†In Navadvipa stayed Gangadasa Pandita. He was the crest jewel of teachers. He was Sandipani Muni himself.
†He was very learned in the books describing Sanskrit grammar. Lord Chaitanya decided to study at his place.
†Understanding his son's hints, Jagannatha Misra took him to Gangadasa's home.
†Seeing Jagannatha Misra, Gangadasa respectfully stood up, embraced him, and gave him a sitting place.
†Jagannatha Misra said, "I would like to place my son in your care. Please explain everything to Him and allow Him to study under your guidance."
†Gangadasa replied, "I am very fortunate. As far as I have the power, I will teach Him."
†Looking at his student, Gangadasa became filled with happiness. Treating Him like a son, He always kept Him by his side.
†By hearing Gangadasa's explanations only once, the Lord understood everything.
†He would refute His teacher's explanations, and then prove them again.
†There were thousands and thousands of students, but none could defeat the Lord.
†Seeing the Lord's wonderful intelligence, the teacher was very pleased. Saying He was the best of all the students, he honored Him.
†The Lord always defeated all the other students of Gangadasa.
†Shri Murari Gupta, Shri Kamala-kanta, and Krishnananda were the most prominent of those students.
†The Lord would pose tricky logical questions, and then proceed to defeat everyone. Some, thinking the Lord only a small boy, smiled and did not say anything.
†Every day, after hearing explanations and reading, the Lord went with friends His own age to bathe in the Ganga.
†There was no end to the number of students in Navadvipa town. After completing their studies they would all go, at midday, to bathe in the Ganga.
†The thousands of students of different teachers would always argue amongst themselves.
†The Lord, now in the beginning of adolescence, and very mischievous, would pick quarrels with the other students.
†One boy would say, "What intelligence does your teacher have?" Another boy would say, "Look whose student I am!"
†In this way, little by little, the arguments and insults would grow more heated. Then they splashed water. Then they threw sand.
†Then fights would break out. Someone might throw mud on another and then beat him up also.
†Someone would swear, gra‚ another boy, beat him up, and then swim to the other shore of the Ganga.
†The students' shoving and fighting made the Ganga's waters muddy and filled with sand.
†Because of this the women could not fill their jars with water, and the saintly brahmanas could not bathe.
†Lord Chaitanya was very restless and mischievous. He would go from bathing place to bathing place.
†At each bathing place there was no end to the number of students. At each place the Lord would pick quarrels.
†At each bathing place the Lord would swim in the Ganga. At one bathing place He played a game with two and four sticks.
†Some of the advanced students asked Him, "Why do You pick quarrels?"
†They asked, "We want to know how intelligent You are. We want to see how much You know about Panji's cmmentary."
†The Lord replied, "Good. Good. Whoever has the desire in his heart may question Me."
†Someone asked, "Why are You so arrogant?" The Lord replied, "You may ask any question that is in your mind."
†One student asked, "Explain verbal roots." the Lord replied, "I will explain. Give Me your attention and listen."
†Then Lord Chaitanya, the all-powerful Supreme Personality of Godhead, explained the roots of verbs. His explanations were perfect.
†Hearing these explanations, everyone spoke words of praise. The Lord then said, "Listen again. Now I will refute My own explanations."
†The Lord then refuted everything He had said. Now He explained everything in a different way. The Lord said, "Who has the power to disprove My words and prove that something else is the truth?"
†Wonder filled the minds of everyone. The Lord said, "Listen. I will prove that something else is the truth."
†Then Lord Chaitanya gave a different explanation of the truth. All His arguments were perfect and beautiful. They were flawless.
†All the older students happily embraced the Lord.
†The students said, "Now You may go home. Tomorrow we will have other questions You may like to answer."
†In this way every day the king of Vaikuntha enjoyed nectar pastimes of logi and learning.
†Accompanied by his students, all-knowing Brihaspati came to Navadvipa and participated in these pastimes.
†Accompanied by the other boys, again and again Lord Chaitanya played in the water and happily swam to the Ganga's other shore.
†Seeing Lord Krishnacandra's pastimes in the Yamuna, the Ganga became filled with desire.
†Again and again the Ganga declared, "When will I become fortunate like the Yamuna?"
†Although Brahma, Siva, and the demigods offer prayers to her, the Ganga yearned to attain the elevated position of the Yamuna.
†Lord Chaitanya, who is a kalpa-vriksha tree that fulfills all desires, again and again fulfilled the Ganga's desire.
†After enjoying many pastimes in the Ganga's waters, Lord Chaitanya would happily return home.
†There, after properly worshiping Lord Vishnu and watering Tulasi-devi, Lord Chaitanya would take His meal.
†After His meal, the Lord would at once take His books and go to a secluded place.
†There the Lord wrote His own commentary on the sutras. He who is the jewel of the demigods became plunged in the nectar of study.
†Seeing this, saintly Jagannatha Misra floated in bliss day and night. But he never revealed his happiness to anyone.
†Gazing and gazing at his son's face, Jagannatha Misra again and again felt indescribable happiness.
†By thus drinking the nectar sight of his son's handsome form, Jagannatha Misra attained liberation from the material world.
†The happiness of liberation is happiness in name only. In his heart Jagannatha Misra decided that the happiness of liberation is very insignificant.
†Again and again I offer my respectful obeisances to the feet of Jagannatha Misra, who had the master of countless universes as his son.
†Again and again gazing at his son, Jagannatha Misra always floated in an ocean of bliss.
†Handsome Lord Chaitanya defeated even Kamadeva. Peerless handsomeness rested in His every limb.
†Gazing at Him, Jagannatha Misra thought in his heart, "Perhaps some witch or demon will attack my son."
†fearful, Jagannatha Misra prayed that Lord Krishna would protect his son. Overhearing this, Lord Chaitanya smiled.
†Jagannatha Misra said, "O Lord Krishna, You are the protector of everyone. Please place Your auspicious glance on my son.
†"Calamities will never enter the home of a person who remembers Your lotus feet.
†"Homes where You are not remembered are filled with sins. Witches, ghosts, and demons stay in those places.
†"This is described in the following words of Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.6.3):
na yatra sravanadini
†††† raksho-ghnani sva-karmasu
kurvanti satvatam bhartur
†††† yatudhanyas ca tatra hi
†††† " `My dear king, wherever people in any position perform their occupational duties of devotional service by chanting and hearing (sravanam kirtanam visnoh), there cannot be any danger from bad elements. Therefore there was no need for anxiety about Gokula while the Supreme Personality of Godhead was personally present.'*
†"O Lord, I am Your servant. Please protect whatever is mine, for whatever is mine is really Yours.
†"Therefore I pray that calamities or obstacles will never come near my son."
†Raising his two hands, again and again Jagannatha Misra prayed in this way with a single heart.
†One night Jagannatha Misra saw a dream that brought great happiness and great suffering to his heart.
†After seeing this dream he fell down like a stick and prayed, "O Lord Krishna, please make Nimai continue to stay in my home.
†"O Lord Krishna, this is my only request: `May Nimai be householder and stay at home'.
†Surprised, Saci asked, "Why do you make this request all of a sudden?"
†Jagannatha Misra replied, "Last night I saw a dream. In the dream Nimai shaved His sikha.†† Text 97
†"I cannot describe how wonderful He looked as a sannyasi. Laughing, dancing, and weeping, He called out "Krishna!" again and again.
†"Advaita Acarya and the other devotees surrounded Nimai and performed a great kirtana.
†"Nimai sat on Ananta Sesha. He lifted His feet and placed them on everyone's head.
†"Brahma with his four mouths, Siva with his five mouths, and Ananta Sesha with His thousand mouths all sang, `Glory to Saci's son!'
†"From the four directions everyone blissfully recited many prayers. Seeing this, I became frightened and could not speak.
†"The next moment I saw Nimai, followed by millions and millions of others, dancing in town after town.
†"Thousands and millions of people followed Nimai. They all sang the names of Lord Hari. That sound touched the borders of the universe.
†"From the four directions I heard many prayers glorifying Nimai. Then Nimai took the devotees to Jagannatha Puri.
†"Seeing that dream makes me anxious. Our son will renounce everything and leave us."
†Saci said, "My lord, what you saw was only a dream. Don't worry. Nimai won't leave home.
†"Nimai knows nothing but His books. To Him learning is everything."
†These two noble souls spoke of this in many ways. In this way their love for their son increased.
†A few days passed in this way. Then, in his eternal spiritual form, Jagannatha Misra disappeared from this world.
†As Lord Ramacandra wept at King Dasaratha's departure from this world, so Lord Chaitanya bitterly wept on Jagannatha Misra's departure.
†Lord Chaitanya's irresistable attractiveness saved Mother Saci's life.
†These descriptions sadden me. Therefore I have spoken briefly.
†Concealing His own grief, Lord Chaitanya stayed near His mother.
†Seeing He was now fatherless, Mother Saci took care of her son. She had no other work.
†If she could not see Lord Chaitanya for half an hour, Mother Saci fell unconscious and became blind in both eyes.
†Again and again the Lord showed His love for His mother. He consoled her with sweet words.
†He said to her, "O mother, please listen. Don't let any worries come into your heart. If I am here, then everything will be yours.
†"Soon I will give you a rare gift even Brahma and Siva cannot get."
†Gazing at Lord Chaitanya's face, Saci forgot her own body. How could grief stay with her?
†The Supreme Personality of Godhead, the memory of whom fulfills all desires, had become her son.
†How could grief stay with Mother Saci? Her nature was filled with bliss.
†In this way the blissful king of Vaikuntha became a brahmana's son in the town of Navadvipa.
†The poverty in His house was only an external show. It was manifested by His will. It was a pastime of the supremely opulent Personality of Godhead.
†"Is this possible to get, or is it not possible?" That He did not consider. When He desired something, and He could not get it, there was no protection from His anger.
†At once He would smash and throw everything in the house. He did not think the loss was His own.
†Pushed by love for Him, Saci always gave her son whatever He wished.
†One day, as He was about to go for His bath in the Ganga, the Lord asked His mother for oil and amalaki.
†"Give Me a a splendid garland and fragrant sandal paste. After bathing in her waters, I will worship the Ganga."
†Mother Saci said, "Son, please give me Your attention. Please listen. Wait for a moment, and then I will bring the garland."
†When He heard the words "will bring", Saci's son flew into a rage.
†"You will go and bring the garland!" He said. Angry, He entered the house.
†Overcome with anger, He broke all the pots of Ganga water.
†A heavy stick in His hand, He broke the pots of oil, ghee, and salt.
†The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who does whatever He likes, broke every object, large or small, that could called by the name "container".
†Everywhere He scattered oil, ghee, milk, rice, cotton, paddy, salt, badi, and dal.
†The Lord pulled down the bags hanging from the rafters, tore them open, and scattered their contents.
†Every garment and every cloth He ripped to pieces with His bare hands and then threw the pieces in all directions.
†When He had broken everything and nothing remained, He turned His anger on the house itself.
†Taking a heavy stick in both hands, He brought down the thatched roof. No one could stop Him.
†Then He broke the door. Seeing a tree outside, He beat it with the stick in His hands.
†Overcome with anger, He would not forgive. At the end He beat the ground with His stick.
†Terrified, Saci hid in a corner.
†Lord Chaitanya is the author of the eternal religion. He would never raise His hand against His mother.
†Although He was very angry, He did not attack His mother.
†Having broken everything, He rolled on the ground in the courtyard, His heart still filled with anger.
†Even when it was covered with dust, His golden body was indescribably splendid and handsome.
†Rolling about in the dust for some time, the Lord at last became still and then fell asleep.
†Glancing at His Yoga-nidra potency, the king of Vaikuntha fell asleep on the surfae of the earth.
†The form of Ananta Sesha is His bed. At every moment Goddess Lakshmi serves His lotus feet.
†The Supreme Personality of Godhead, whom the four Vedas seek, now slept in Saci's courtyard.
†Countless universes come from the pores of His body. His servants create, protect, and destroy the material worlds.
†Brahma, Siva, and the demigods stay rapt in meditation on His virtues. That same Lord now slept in Saci's courtyard.
†Tasting the nectar of understanding His true identity, Lord Chaitanya fell asleep. Gazing at Him, the demigods wept and smiled.
†After a few moments Saci-devi brought the garland for worshiping the Ganga and placed it before the Lord.
†Placing her hands on His body, she slowly wiped the dust away. She tried to pick Him up.
†She said, "Wake up. Wake up, son. Look. Take Your garland. Go and worship the Ganga as You wished.
†"Son, it is good that You broke and scattered everything. Now all dangers will flee far away."†
†Hearing His mother's words, and now embarrassed at heart, Lord Chaitanya went to His bath.
†Then Saci cleaned the house and prepared to cook.
†Although the Lord had destroyed everything, Saci was not unhappy at heart.
†In the village of Gokula, Yasoda tolerated all of Krishna's mischief.
†In the same way Saci, the mother of the universe, always tolerated Lord Chaitanya's mischief.
†I could describe many other mischievous pastimes of the Supreme Lord.
†With body, mind, and words, Mother Saci tolerated everything, as if she were Mother Earth herself.
†After bathing in the Ganga, the playful Supreme Personality of Godhead returned home.
†After worshiping Lord Vishnu and watering Tulasi, the Lord sat down to eat.
†After enjoying His meal, the Lord was happy at heart. He washed His mouth and then chewed betelnuts.
†After some time, Mother Saci said, "Son, why did You destroy everything?
†"The door and all the other things are all Your property. You destroyed Your own property. What of it was my property?
†"You say You want to study now. But there is no food left in the house. Tomorrow what will You eat?"
†Hearing His mother's words, the Lord smiled and said, "Lord Krishna is the protector. He will protect us."
†After speaking these words, He who is the master of Goddess Sarasvati took His books and went to study.
†For some time He happily tasted the nectar of study. At sunset He went to the bank of the Ganga.
†For some time the Lord stayed at the bank of the Ganga. Then He returned home.
†He called His mother to a private room. In her hand He placed two tolas of glistening gold.
†He said, "See, mother. Lord Krishna has given us money. Now you can replace all that was broken."
†After speaking these words, the Lord went to bed. Her heart filled with wonder, Mother Saci thought,
†"Where does He get gold again and again? A calamity will take its birth because of this.
†"Again and again, whenever there is a shortage of food, He brings some gold.
†"Does He borrow the gold? Does He know some mysti power? How, or from whom, does He get gold?"
†Mother Saci was very righteous. She was not dishonest. Again and again she was afraid to exchange the gold.
†"First show the gold in five or ten places," she instructed the people. "Then exchange it."
†Concealing His true identity, Lord Chaitanya, who is the master of all mysti powers, lived in Navadvipa in this way.
†Never without a book in His had, and always studying with the other students, He looked like Kamadeva himself.
†Vaishnava tilaka graced His forehead. The curly hair on His head enchanted everyone's heart.
†On His shoulder was a sacred thread. He was brahminical power and glory personified. His cheerful face was graced with a smile. His teeth were white and splendid.
†How wonderful were His two lotus eyes! How wonderful were His garments turned three times!
†Whoever saw Him gazed at Him with unblinking eyes. No one walked by Him without exclaiming, "Wonderful! Wonderful!"
†Hearing the Lord's wonderful explanations, His teacher became very pleased.
†The teacher considered the Lord the first of all the students.
†The teacher said, "Son, give Your mind to study. You will become a bhattacarya. You will lecture very eloquently."
†The Lord replied, "If you bless someone, what will keep him from attaining the title `bhattacarya'?
†None of the students could answer Lord Chaitanya's questions.
†He would begin by interpreting a sutra in a certain way, but at the end He would refute His own explanation.
†If someone could not explain a certain point, the Lord would explain it perfectly.
†Whether bathing, eating, or walking about, the Lord did not do anything that was against the scriptures.
†In this way the Lord tasted the nectar of study. But He did not reveal His true identity, for the people of the world were very poor in spiritual riches.
†The whole world was devoid of Hari-bhakti (devotional service to Lord Hari). Everyone associated with materialists. Everyone was on the wrong path. No one was on the right path.
†They celebrated great festivals for their children and relatives. They were interested only in their homes and bodies. The poor people were not interested in anything else.
†Seeing that everyone was interested only in false material happiness, the Vaishnavas felt very unhappy in their hearts.
†The Vaishnavas called out, "O Lord Krishna!" and wept. They prayed, "O Lord Narayana, please be merciful to these conditioned souls."
†To the people they said, "Interested only in your own bodies, you have no love for Lord Krishna. Eventually you will taste great unhappiness.
†"Even the demigods desire to attain human bodies, the bodies you waste in false material pleasures.
†"No one celebrates festivals and ceremonies to glorify Lord Krishna. I stead they celebrate only marriages and other material festivals. Finding pleasure in these things, they run to their own destruction."
†To the Lord the Vaishnavas prayed, "O Lord, these conditioned souls all belong to You. You are their natural protector. What more can we say? You are the father of them all."
†Praying in this way for the welfare of all the conditioned souls, the devotees sang auspicious songs glorifying Lord Krishnacandra..
†The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.