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Chapter Ten

Shri Pundarika-vidyanidhi-lila-varnana


Description of Shri Pundarika Vidyanidhi's Pastimes


Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who bears the mark fo Shrivatsa! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is eternal religion personified and who is the jewel taken from Saci's womb!

Text 2 Glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is Lord Krishna Himself, and who enjoys pastimes of sankirtana! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, who loves the devotees! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, who stands before the wicked as all-devouring time!

Text 3 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya and His devotees! Anyone who hears these narrations of Lord Chaitanya will attain pure devotional service.

Text 4 Manifesting the form of a sannyasi, the king of Vaikuntha enjoyed pastimes in this way with His devotees.

Text 5 One day Lord Chaitanya happily sat down. Then Lord Advaita approached Him.

Text 6 Advaiat offered obeisances and then sat down next to the Lord. Smiling, Lord Chaitanya asked a question of Advaita.

Text 7 Lord Chaitanya cheerfully said, "O Acarya, please tell Me: Where did You go and what did You do?"

Text 8 Lord Advaita said, "I saw Lord Jagannatha. Then I camr to You."

Text 9 Lord Chaitanya said, "After seeing Lord Jagannatha what else did You do? Please tell Me."

Text 10

 Lord Advaita said, "Before seeing Lord Jagannatha, I circumambulated Him five or seven times."

Text 11

 Hearing the word, "circumambulated", Lord Chaitanya smiled. Smiling, Lord Chaitanya said, "You are defeated. Defeated."

Text 12

 Then Advaita Acarya said, "How am I defeated? Show Me the reason, and You will have defeated Me."

Text 13

 Lord Chaitanya said, "Hear how You are defeated. You performed a circumambulation.

Text 14

 "When You walk behind Lord Jagannatha, then You cannot see Him.

Text 15

 "When I see Lord Jagannatha, My eyes do not go anywhere else.

Text 16

 "Where is right? Where is left? Where is circumambulation? I only Lord Jagannatha's face and nothing else."

Text 17

 Folding His hands, Lord Advaita said, "In this way I am defeated by You.

Text 18

 "No one in the three worlds can eloquently talk like You. I say the truth. There is no one like You.

Text 19

 "You alone are the Lord. You alone are the great one. With these words I am defeated by You."

Text 20

 Hearing these words, the circle of Vaishnavas smiled. Chanting, "Hario!", they made a great tumult of auspicious sounds.

Text 21

 Speaking very wonderfully in this way, Lord Chaitanya delighted Advaita Acarya.

Text 22

 One day, with Lord Chaitanya, Gadadhara discussed his previous mantra-initiation

Text 23

 Gadadhara said, "The ishta-mantra I say does not stay very well in my mind.

Text 24

 "Please tell me that mantra again. Then my heart will be happy."

Text 25

 Lord Chaitanya said, "Anyone who gives you that mantra again will become an offender.

Text 26

 "The person who gave you that mantra is the very life of both you and Me. It is not right for Me to tell you that mantra again."

Text 27

 Then Gadadhara said, "Then You cannot act on my guru's behalf."

Text 28

 Lord Chaitanya said, "Your guru is Pundarika Vidyanidhi. By the Supreme Lord's arrangement, you will meet him again, and he will gite you the mantra again."

Text 29

 Then Lord Chaitanya, who knows everything, who is the crest-jewel of they who know everything, said, "Pundarika Vidyanidhi will soon come to Orissa.

Text 30

 "In ten days he will come here to see Me.

Text 31

 "Pundarika Vidyanidhi always stays in My heart. I know that you will draw him to this place."

Text 32

 Hearing Shri Shrimad-Bhagavatam from His dear devotee Gadadhara's mouth, Lord Chaitanya would enjoy great happiness.

Text 33

 Hearing Gadadhara read Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Lord Chaitanya would manifest many symptoms of ecstati love.

Text 34

 A hundred times Lord Chaitanya attentively heard Gadadhara read the story of Prahlada and the story of Dhruva.

Text 35

 Lord Chaitanya had no time for any other activity. Again and again He heard and chanted the names and glories of Lord Krishna.

Text 36

 Saintly Gadadhara would read Shrimad-Bhagavatam and Svarupa Damodara would sing kirtana.

Text 37

 When Svarupa Damodara sang songs glorifying Lord Krishna, Lord Chaitanya would dance in ecstasy.

Text 38

 Tears, trembling, laughter, fainting, roaring, and standing up of the body's hairs were only some of symptoms of ecstati love Lord Chaitanya manifested.

Text 39

 All these ecstati symptoms became personified in Lord Chaitanya. Manifesting them all, Lord Chaitanya danced.

Text 40

 Hearing Svarupa Damodara's loud kirtana, Lord Chaitanya could not stay in external consciousness. Moment after moment He fell to the ground.

Text 41

 No other sannyasi associate of the Lord was Svarupa Damodara's equal.

Text 42

 In the same way He loved Parmananda Puri Gosvami, so Lord Chaitanya loved Svarupa Damodara.

Text 43

 Svarupa Damodara's singing was like nectar. Hearing it, Lord Chaitanya would dance.

Text 44

 Disguised, he would wander in the city. No one had the power to recognize who he was.

Text 45

 He sang kirtana like Narada who plays the tumburu. He would make Lord Chaitanya dance. Who was more glorious and fortunate than Him?

Text 46

 Among the sannyasis none was dear to Lord Chaitanya like Svarupa Damodara. Only Paramananda Puri was like him.

Text 47

 Svarupa Damodara and Paramananda Puri were the two foremost sannyasi associates of Lord Chaitanya.

Text 48

 They always stayed with the Lord They carried the Lord's sannyasa-danda.

Text 49

 Paramananda Puri was fond of meditation, and Svarupa Damodara was fond of kirtana. These two sannyasis were like the two arms on the body of the sannyasi Shri Chaitanya.

Text 50

 Accompanied by Svarupa Damodara, Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes of sankirtana day and night.

Text 51

 Whether sleeping, eating, or walking, Lord Chaitanya would not leave Svarupa Dnmodara even for a moment.

Text 52

 In his previous asrama, as a householder, Svarupa Damodara's name was Purushottama Acarya, and his close friend was Pundarika Vidyanidhi.

Text 53

 When Lord Chaitanya walked on the path, Svarupa Damodara would sing. Then Lord Chaitanya, dancing in ecstasy, no longer knew where the path was.

Text 54

 In Svarupa Damodara's company, Lord Chaitanya would fall into ecstasy. No longer was He aware of the external world.

Text 55

 Lord Chaitanya no longer knew what was water, what was dry land, what was a forest, and what were bushes. He roared in ecstasy.

Text 56

 Svarupa Damodara would sing kirtana. When Lord Chaitanya would fall into bushes or in the forest, Svarupa Damodara would pick Him up.

Text 57

 Svarupa Damodara's good fortune had no limit. No one was Svarupa Damodara's equal.

Text 58

 One day, as He was rapt in ecstasy, Lord Chaitanya fell into a well.

Text 59

 Seeing this, Lord Advaita and the other devotees became bewildered. With head in hand, they all wept.

Text 60

 Tasting the nectar of ecstati love and devotion, Lord Chaitanya was not aware of the external world. Now like a child, He fell into a well. There He floated.

Text 61

 In a moment the well became filled with fresh butter. There was not even a scratch anywhere on the Lord's graceful body.

Text 62

 How were these wonders manifested? They were manifested by the power of ecstati devotion. Seeing that thorns had not pricked the Lord's body, the Vaishnavas danced.

Text 63

 Within a few moments Advaita Acarya and the other devotees had pulled Lord Chaitanya out of the well.

Text 64

 No one knew how Lord Chaitanya had fallen into the well. "Can you say? Can you say?", Lord Chaitanya asked.

Text 65

 Tasting the nectar of ecstati love and devotion, Lord Chaitanya was not aware of the external world. Acting as if He did not already know everything, He questioned everyone.

Text 66

 Hearing these nectar words from the Lord's graceful mouth, Advaita and the devotees floated in bliss.


Text 67

 Tasting the nectar of ecstati devotion, Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes like these. In His heart He knew Pundarika Vidyanidhi would soon come.


Text 68

 The moment Pundarika Vidyanidhi came, Lord Chaitanya at once knew of it in His heart. At once the Lord arranged to see him.

Text 69

 Seeing Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Lord Chaitanya laughed. "Father has come! Father has come!", He said.

Text 70

 Pundariks Vidyanidhi became wild with bliss. All auspiciousness filled his heart.

Text 71

 Lord Chaitanya-Narayana, who dearly loves His devotees, embraced Pundarika Vidyanidhi to His chest and wept.

Text 72

 In the four directions the Vaishnavas wept. The bliss of Vaikuntha was suddenly manifested there.

Text 73

 Moment after moment the love Lord Chaitanya and the devotees felt for Pundarika Vidyanidhi grew stronger and stronger.

Text 74

 Pundarika Vidyanidhi's old friend Svarupa Damodara was there with Lord Chaitanya. The two old friends saw each other.

Text 75

 Seeing each other, the two old friends grasped the dust of each other's feet. They embraced. Playing, they pushed each other.

Text 76

 The two powerful men played and laughed. Lord Chaitanya was pleased.

Text 77

 Manifesting external consciousness, Lord Chaitanya said to Pundarika Vidyanidhi, "Please stay for some days in Jagannatha Puri."

Text 78

 Hearing this, Pundarika Vidyanidhi was very pleased. Thinking himself very fortunate, he always stayed with the Lord.

Text 79

 Then, with great love Gadadhara again accepted his ishta-mantra from Pundarika Vidyanidhi.

Texts 80-81

 How can I describe the glories of Pundarika Vidyanidhi, whose glories were sung by Advaita, Shrivasa, Murari Gupta, and Haridasa Thakura, and whose disciple was Gadadhara, a disciple who had the most exalted kind of ecstati spiritual love?

Text 82

 No other Vaishnava was like Pundarika Vidyanidhi. The devotees could not describe all the devotional activities Pundarika Vidyanidhi performed with his body, words, and mind.

Text 83

 Not even a single sesame seed's worth of false-ego was present in his body. What was the great wonder of mercy that Lord Chaitanya gave to him? I have no power to understand it.

Text 84

 Having heard some stories from Gadadhara's mouth, I will write a little about how Pundarika Vidyanidhi was dear to Lord Krishna.

Text 85

 Making his home at Yamesvara by the seashore, Pundarika Vidyanidhi stayed near Lord Chaitanya.

Text 86

 Thus staying in Jagannatha Puri, he regularly saw Lord Jagannatha. Svarupa Damodara loved him dearly.

Text 87

 Together the two friends would see Lord Jagannatha. Together they joyfully tasted the nectar of narrations about Lord Krishna.

Text 88

 Then came the festival called "Odana-shashthi", when Lord Jagannatha receives new garments.

Text 89

 On that day, according to their own desires, the devotees offer new starched garments to Lord Jagannatha.

Text 90

 Lord Chaitanya and the devotees went to see the festival of offering new garments.

Text 91

 The mridangas, muharis, conchshells, dundubhis, kahalas, dakas, dagadas, and kadas made a great muscial sound.

Text 92

 Numberless different garments of many kinds were offered on that day. Then there was a festival from the sixth day (shashthi, until the end of the month of Magha.

Text 93

 Seeing this festival from the offering of garments to the end of night, Lord Chaitanya and His devotees floated in ecstati love.

Text 94

 Lord Chaitanya was both the worshiper and the object of worship, but without His mercy no one could understand this.

Text 95

 Manifesting the wooden form of Lord Jagannatha, the Lord sat on His throne. Manifesting the form of a sannyasi, the Lord worshiped Himself.

Text 96

 Many silken garments were offered, garments of white, yellow, blue, and many other colors, splendid garments, garments sewn with gold and pearls.

Text 97

 After the garments were offered, there was an offering of flower ornaments. There were flower bracelets, flower crowns, and flower garlands.

Text 98

 With incense, lamps, and all the sixteen kinds of offerings now scented with flower fragrances, arati was offered to Lord Jagannatha. Many different kinds of food were offered to Him.

Text 99

 After seeing this festival with His associates, Lord Chaitanya happily returned to His home.

Text 100

 At home He bid good night to His associates. Then the Lord happily retired to His own room.

Text 101

 When everyone had left, Pundarika Vidyanidhi stayed there with Svarupa Damodara.

Text 102

 The two of them spoke from their hearts. Without deception, they told everything.

Text 103

 A doubt about Lord Jagannatha's accepting new starched garments took birth within Pundarika Vidyanidhi.

Text 104

 He asked Svarupa Damodara, "Why do they give new starched garments to the Lord?

Text 105

 "Why, ignoring the srutis and smritis, and without even washing them first, in this country do they offer starched garments to the Lord?"

Text 106

 Svarupa Damodara replied, "Listen to this explanation. There is no fault in the custom of this country.

Text 107

 "Persons who know the sruti and smriti may not always observe this festival.


Text 108

 "Still, if the Supreme Lord did not desire this festival, why did He not forbid the king to observe it?"

Text 109

 Then Pundarika Vidyanidhi said, "Good, the Supreme Lord may do whatever He wishes. But how can the Lord's servants imitate Him and do whatever they wish?

Text 110

 "Why would Lord Jagannatha's priests, decorators, servants, and message-carriers offer Him impure, unwashed, starched garments?

Text 111

 "Lord Jagannatha is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He may do whatever He wishes. But does that mean that everyone else may do whatever they wish?


Text 112

 "When one touches an unwashed starched garment one must immediately wash his hand. Why would an intelligent person not follow this rule?

Text 113

 "Not thinking of this, the king's representative puts unwashed, starched garments on the Supreme King's head."

Text 114

 Then Svarupa Damodara said, "Listen, O my brother. I think there is nothing wrong with the odana-shashthi festival.

Text 115

 "The Supreme Personality of Godhead has descended to this world as Lord Jagannatha. He does not have to think about rules and prohibitions."

Text 116

 Pundarika Vidyanidhi said, "O my brother, please hear my words. Lord Jagannatha is indeed the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Text 117

 "If He jumps over any rule or prohibition, He is not to be blamed. He is indeed the Supreme Personality of Godhead staying in Jagannatha Puri.

Text 118

 "He indeed may neglect all ordinary customs. He is indeed the Supreme Personality of Godhead descended to this world!"

Text 119

 After this conversation, the two friends walked on the path. They smiled. They laughed and laughed.

Text 120

 Holding hands, the two friends laughed at the idea that Lord Jagannatha's servants could have been at fault.

Text 121

 They knew the power and glory of the Lord's servants. They knew how much Lord Krishna loves His servants.

Text 122

 Sometimes Lord Krishna bewilders His servant. Then, with a merciful heart, the Lord breaks that bewilderment.

Text 123

 The Lord had personally bewildered Pundarika Vidyanidhi. Please hear how the Lord mercifully broke that bewilderment.

Text 124

 The two friends left the room and happily performed their duties for Lord Krishna.

Text 125

 After accepting a meal, they returned to Lord Chaitanya's place. Returning to the Lord's place, they fell asleep.

Text 126

 Lord Chaitanya knows everything. Manifesting the form of Lord Jagannatha, He entered Pundarika Vidyanidhi's dream.

Text 127

 Pundarika Vidyanidhi saw Lord Jagannatha enter that dream.

Text 128

 Lord Jagannatha angrily stared at Pundarika Vidyanidhi. Then He slapped Pundarika's face.

Text 129

 Both brothers, Jagannatha and Balarama, violently slapped Pundarika's cheeks.

Text 130

 Pundarika Vidyanidhi was in pain. "Krishna! Save me!", he called out. "Please forgive my offense!", he begged and fell at the Lord's feet.

Text 131

 He asked, "O Lord, what is my offense that You beat me?" The Lord said, "Your offenses have no end.

Text 132

 "You do not know anything about the exalted nature of Me or My servants, even though you stay in this place.

Text 133

 "Why do you stay in this place? It will ruin your status in the upper castes. You should go to your own home. Then you will protect you upper-caste status.

Text 134

 "You thought there was something wrong with My festival.

Text 135

 "You treat Me like the Supreme Lord, but you criticize My servants. You saw a mistake in the offering of starched, unwashed garments."

Text 136

 In the dream Pundarika Vidyanidhi became terrified at heart. Holding the Lord's graceful feet to his head, he wept.

Text 137

 He said, "Lord, please forgive this sinner's offenses. I am an offender. I am an offender. Lord, this I tell to You.

Text 138

 "Lord, You have punished this mouth that mocked Your servants. Lord, in this way You have been very good to me.

Text 139

 "An auspicious day now dawns for me. With Your own graceful hand You slapped my mouth and cheeks."

Text 140

 Then Lord Jagannatha said, "Seeing that you are my servant, I have been kind to you. That is why I punished you."

Text 141

 In that dream the two Lords cast an affectionate glance at Pundarika Vidyanidhi. Then the two brothers, Lord Jagannatha and Lord Balarama, returned to Their temple.

Text 142

 After seeing this dream, Pundarika Vidyanidhi woke up. Seeing on his cheeks the marks of the Lord's slaps, Pundarika smiled.

Text 143

 Seeing on his cheeks the marks of Lord Jagannatha's slaps, Pundarika Vidyanidhi said. "This is auspicious. This is very auspicious.

Text 144

 "I committed an offense, and the Lord punished me. I am fortunate the Lord punished me only slightly."

Text 145

 Look! Look at Pundarika Vidyanidhi's glories! The Supreme Lord's mercy to his servant is very great.

Text 146

 To teach him, the Lord never even punished His own son Pradyumna in the same way.

Text 147

 Neither did the Lord punish Sita, Rukmini, Satyabhama, His other personal associates, or the hosts of demigods and demigoddesses in that way.

Text 148

 It is not often that the Lord will directly appear before someone in a dream and mercifully punish him for an offense.

Text 149

 A devotee punished in a dream is very fortunate. When he awakes, his offenses are no more.

Text 150

 If he is mercifully punished by the Lord in a dream, a devotee attains all that is good in this world.

Text 151

 In this world no one is fortunate like Him. The Lord never speaks in dreams to non-devotees.

Text 152

 Please consider this. The yavanas may commit many acts of blasphemy and violence.

Text 153

 They may see many dreams. Even though He sees their acts of blasphemy and violence, the Supreme Lord never punishes them in dreams.

Text 154

 Moment after moment the yavanas commit offenses to the saintly brahmanas.

Text 155

 Because of these offenses the yavanas suffer in this world and the next. Still, the Supreme Lord will not punish the nondevotee sinners in a dream.

Text 156

 If the Supreme Lord appears before someone in a dream, that person is very fortunate. That is my opinion.


Text 157

 Everyone should see the great mercy the Supreme Lord gave to Pundarika Vidyanidhi by personally punishing him in a dream.

Text 158

 At dawn Pundarika Vidyanidhi awakened. On his cheeks he saw the marks where the Lord's two hands had slapped him.

Text 159

 Every day he visited Svarupa Damodara, and then the two of them went to see Lord Jagannatha.

Text 160

 As every day he went to visit Svarupa Damodara, so on this day Pundarika Vidyanidhi also went. He had something to tell him.

Text 161

 Svarupa Damodara said, "This morning why did you not rise from sleep and go to see Lord Jagannatha?"

Text 162

 Pundarika Vidyanidhi said, "My brother, I have come here because there is something I must say."

Text 163

 Then Svarupa Damodara saw on Pundarika Vidyanidhi's cheeks the prominent marks of the Lord's slaps.

Text 164

 Svarupa Damodara asked, "Tell me: How did you get those marks on your cheeks?"

Text 165

 Smiling, saintly Pundarika Vidyanidhi said, "Listen, my brother. Yesterday I had a doubt.

Text 166

 "I criticized the offering of starched, unwashed garments to the Lord. For that I was hot on the cheeks. Today you can see the marks.

Text 167

 "Lord Jagannatha and Lord Balarama came to me in a dream. They both slapped me. They would not stop.

Text 168

 "Saying, `You criticized the offering of garments to Us', They both slapped my cheeks.

Text 169

 "The struck my cheeks with the rings on their fingers. I cannot say anything more.

Text 170

 "Embarrassed, I cannot say anything more. Today my cheeks have become glorious."

Text 171

 Pundarika Vidyanidhi had no power to say anything more. O my brothers, in your hearts please know that he was very fortunate.

Text 172

 I was never fortunate to be punished in this way. I remain fallen in a blind well.

Text 173

 Seeing Lord Jagannatha's great love for Pundarika Vidyanidhi, saintly Svarupa Damodara floated in bliss.

Text 174

 A true friend is happy to see his friend become fortunate. The two friends laughed with great joy.

Text 175

 Svarupa Damodara said, "Listen, O my brother. I have never seen or heard of any punishment wonderful like this.

Text 176

 I have never seen or heard that the Supreme Lord would appear before someone in a dream and personally give punishemnt."

Text 177

 In this way the two friends floated in bliss. Day and night tasting the nectar of narrations about Lord Krishna, they did not know anything of the external world.

Text 178

 In this way Pundarika Vidyanidhi was very glorious. That is why Lord Chaitanya called him, "Father".

Text 179

 Afraid that his feet would touch her, Pundarika Vidyanidhi never bathed in the Ganga. He only saw her and drank her water.

Text 180

 Lord Chaitanya would chant Pundarika Vidyanidhi's name. He would say, "Father Pundarika!", and weep.

Text 181

 Anyone who hears these activities of Pundariks Vidyanidhi will attain Lord Krishna's lotus feet. That is inevitable.

Text 182

 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 Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata