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Return to Bhuvanesvara, Jagannatha Puri, and Other Places
Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya! Glory to the Lord who is everyone's life-breath! Glory to the Lord who brings fear to the wicked! Glory to the protector of the devotees!
Text 2 Glory to the master of Ananta Sesha, Lakshmi, Brahma, and Siva! Glory to the Lord who is an ocean of mercy, the friend of the fallen, and the best of sannyasis!
Text 3 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who stays with His devotees! O Lord, please be merciful to me. Please stay always in my thoughts.
Text 4 In this way Lord Chaitanya enjoyed many pastimes in Advaita's home in Santipura.
Text 5 The Lord enjoyed many confidential conversations with the devotees. In their company He happily passed the night.
Text 6 When the night ended and the sun rose, the Lord performed His morning duties. Then He sat down, His servants around Him in the four directions.
Text 7 The Lord said, "I will go to Jagannatha Puri. Please do not be unhappy at this.
Text 8 "I will see Lord Jagannatha, the moon of Nilacala, and then I will return and stay with all of you.
Text 9 "Please happily return to your homes and be always engaged in kirtana. Birth after birth you are My very life."
The devotees said, "Lord, who has the power to thwart Your desires?
"Still, this is a difficult time. No one can travel the roads in that country.
"The two countries are in the midst of a great quarrel. There is a great danger from highwaymen.
"If it is the wish in Your heart, please wait until there is not disturbance and everything is peaceful."
The Lord said, "How can a situation without obstacles ever come? I must go. Please tell the others My decision."
Advaita understood the the decision in Lord Chaitanya's heart. The Lord would go to Jagannatha Puri. Nothing would stop Him.
Folding His hands, Advaita described the true situation, "What obstacle can block Your path?
"All obstacles are Your servants. Which one of them has the power to stop You?
"Lord, if it is the wish in Your heart, You will certainly go to Jagannatha Puri with great happiness.
Hearing Advaita's words, Lord Chaitanya became happy. He happily replied with the word, "Hari!"
Walking like a ferocious lion, Lord Chaitanya then began His journey to Jagannatha Puri.
The devotees followed behind. No one had the power to stop weeping.
After a short distance Lord Chaitanya sweetly told the devotees,
"Please do not be unhappy at heart. I will never leave you.
"Return to your homes and chant Lord Krishna's names. After some days I will come back."
After speaking these words, Lord Chaitanya embraced the Vaishnavas one by one.
Sprinkling the devotees with His tears, Lord Chaitanya wept.
After reassuring everyone in many ways, the Lord proceeded south.
Weeping and weeping with love, the devotees again and again fell to the ground and again and again picked themselves up.
Like the gopis when Lord Krishna went to Mathura, they were plunged in an ocean of grief.
As the gopis somehow survived, so the devotees of Lord Chaitanya somehow survived in that time of separation.
It was like the time when Krishna left for Mathura. Indeed, the Lord, the devotees, and the emotions were the same.
Life and death depend on Lord Krishna's will. It matters not whether one drinks poison or nectar.
No one has the power to change the fate of someone Lord Krishna protects, or of someone He kills.
Lord Chaitanya joyfully went to Jagannatha Puri.
Nityananda, Gadadhara, Mukunda, Govinda, Jagadananda, and Brahmananda were His companions.
On the road the Lord tested them all. He asked, "Are there any supplies or money? Who brought? Please tell.
"Who brought money and supplies for this journey on the road? Did anyone? Please tell the truth."
The all replied, "Lord, who has the power to bring anything without Your permission?"
Hearing this, the Lord was pleased. At the end He explained the meaning of His words.
The Lord said, "I am very pleased that no one brought anything.
"Destiny will provide the food written for that day. Even if one is in the forest, it is inevitable that he will meet his destined food.
"If the Supreme Lord does not write food for that day, then even a prince must fast.
"Without the Supreme Lord's permission, no one has the power to eat. Suddenly, for no reason, he will bitterly quarrel with someone.
"Angry, he will announce, `I will not eat!' Speaking that vow, he will rest in hands on his head.
"Or, he may all kinds of foods, but his body may suddenly burn with fever.
"Tortured by the fever, what will he eat? In this way the Supreme Lord's will is the cause of whether one eats or not.
"Lord Krishna places a great storehouse of food in the three worlds. If the Supreme Lord wills, one will always find food."
In this way the Supreme Lord personally taught everyone. They who have faith in His words will become happy.
Why should one struggle ten million times to attain something? One should not. Only if the Supreme Lord wills does anyone attain the result he desires.
In this way Lord Chaitanya again and again explained the nature of the Supreme Lord. As they arrived at /Atisara-nagara, Lord Chaitanya gave these explanations.
In the village of /Atisara lived a very fortunate and saintly devotee named Shri Ananta.
Lord Chaitanya stayed at his home. How can I describe His great good fortune?
Very generous Ananta Pandita became very joyful. He was not in external consciousness.
The king of Vaikuntha had come as a guest in his home. Happily he prepared the Lord's meal.
The Lord and His associates accepted the meal. In this way the Lord taught that a sannyasi's duty is to accept meals offered by others.
In Ananta Pandita's home Lord Chaitanya happily passed the whole night describing the glories of Lord Krishna.
Casting a merciful glance at Ananta Pandita, and chanting "Hari! Hari!", at dawn Lord Chaitanya departed.
Seeing Lord Chaitanya's cooling moonlike face, at every moment the people called out, "Hari! Hari!"
Everyone saw the Supreme Personality of Godhead walking amongst them, the same Supreme Personality of Godhead who only rarely places His feet in the hearts of the kings of the yogis.
Walking on the Ganga's bank, the Lord very happily came to Chatrabhoga.
At Chatrabhoga the Ganga divides into a hundred mouths. Delighting everyone, the Ganga flows in this way.
At this place Lord Siva assumed a form of water. That is why everyone calls this place Ambulinga-ghata.
Please listen with one heart, and I will tell the story why Lord Siva here assumed a form (linga, of water (ambu).
In ancient times King Bhagiratha worshiped the Ganga and brought her to this place to deliver his ancestors.
Overcome in separation from Goddess Ganga, and always thinking of her, Lord Siva came to that place.
Seeing Goddess Ganga at Chatrabhoga, Lord Siva was overwhelmed with love.
The moment he saw her, Lord Siva fell into the Ganga. Assuming a form of water, Siva mixed with the waters of the Ganga.
Gazing at Goddess Ganga, the mother of all the worlds, Lord Siva worshiped her with great devotion.
Lord Siva knew the glories of worshiping Goddess Ganga, and Goddess Ganga knew the glories of worshiping Lord Siva.
Touching the Ganga's waters, Lord Siva assumed a form of water. In this form he humbly worshiped Goddess Ganga.
Lord Siva assumed a form of water at this place. That is why everyone calls it Ambulinga-ghata.
By the combined power of Goddess Ganga and Lord Siva Chatrabhoga-grama became famous as a very sacred place.
Touched by Lord Chaitanya's feet in His pastimes, that place became even more glorious.
Lord Chaitanya went to Chatrabhoga. At Ambulinga-ghata He saw the Ganga divide into a hundred mouths.
Seeing this holy place, Lord Chaitanya was overcome with bliss. Roaring, "Hari!", He made a great tumult.
When Lord Chaitanya fainted in ecstasy, Lord Nityananda caught Him. Everyone called out, "Jaya!" and "Hari! Hari!"
Overcome with bliss, Lord Chaitanya and His associates bathed at that ghata.
As He bathed there Lord Chaitanya enjoyed many pastimes. In the future Vedavyasa will write about them in the Puranas.
After bathing, the Lord climbed onto the riverbank. He soon made the dry clothing He put on wet with tears of love.
With a stream of a hundred mouths the River Ganga flowed over the earth. Then, also with a stream of a hundred mouths, tears flowed from Lord Chaitanya's eyes.
Seeing this wonder, all the devotees laughed. In this way Lord Chaitanya wept.
The governor in that village was Ramacandra Khan. Although he enjoyed many sense pleasures, he was still saintly and fortunate.
If this were not so, how could he have seen Lord Chaitanya? By divine arrangement he came to that place.
Seeing the Lord, that governor felt great awe in his heart. In a moment he quickly came down from his palanquin.
Falling to the ground, he offered dandavat obeisances. Meanwhile Lord Chaitanya, weeping tears of ecstati love, was not in external consciousness.
"O! O! Jagannatha!", Lord Chaitanya thundered. Then He fell to the ground and wept.
Seeing Lord Chaitanya's sorrow, Ramacandra Khan felt his heart break.
In his heart thinking, "Is there no way to end His sorrow?", he also wept.
In the three worlds no one had ever wept like this. Anyone who would not break into pieces when he saw this weeping must have a heart of stone, or of dry wood.
After becoming a little pacified, He who is the crest jewel of Vaikuntha asked Ramacandra Khan, "Who are you?"
Offering dandavat obeisances, and then folding his hands, the governor respectfully said, "I am the servant of Your servant."
Then the other people explained, "He is the governor of this southern province."
Lord Chaitanya said, "You are the governor. Very good. How may I quickly travel to Jagannatha Puri?"
Then Lord Chaitanya shed a flood of tears. Again and again calling out, "O Jagannatha, O moon of Nilacala!", He fell to the ground.
Then Ramacandra Khan said, "O great saint, pleass listen. Whatever You order, that will be done without fail.
"Lord, this is a bad time. Between that country and this country there is no path.
"The king has planted tridents in place after place. Every traveler is captured, declared a spy, and tortured.
"The only way I can arrange is to send you in secret. O Lord, please give me Your attention and listen.
"I command the army here. Even so, this is dangerous for me.
"Still, why should I not help. Lord, whatever You ask, I will do without fail.
"If You accept me as Your servant, then, accompanied by Your men, today please accept Your meal at my place.
"What are noble birth, wealth, and even life? They do not mean anything to me. Tonight I will bring You along that path."
Hearing these words, the king of Vaikuntha became happy. Smiling, He cast a merciful glance at the governor.
Simply by that glance, the governor became free of all material bonds. Lord Chaitanya stayed for a while at that governor-brahmana's home.
Supreme auspiciousness came to that brahmana's home. The fruits of all his past pious deeds at once came before his eyes.
With great devotion in his heart, that brahmana very carefully cooked for the Lord.
Now Lord Chaitanya ate in name only. He would not spare even a single moment from ecstati meditation on a person who was actually Himself.
To please His dear associates, Lord Chaitanya accepted meals. Spiritual ecstasy was the food He always ate.
From the beginning of His journey to Lord Jagannatha, Lord Chaitanya ate in name only.
Anxious to see Lord Jagannatha, Lord Chaitanya forgot His own Self. In this way He traveled on the road.
Was it day or night? On what path did they travel? Where was water? Where was land? Where was a place to cross the river? Plunged in the nectar of ecstati love, Lord Chaitanya did not know. Always staying by His side, His dear associates protected Him.
Vedavyasa alone, and no one else, has the power to describe how Lord Chaitanya was rapt in ecstati love.
Who has the power to understand Lord Krishna's nature, or when and how He enjoys pastimes?
Why was Lord Chaitanya so anxious? Why did He weep? Only Lord Nityananda has the power to know the heart of this.
Plunged in the nectar of devotion to a person who was actually His own self, in His pastimes the king of Vaikuntha did not know who He was..
Lord Chaitanya was Lord Jagannathja Himself. He Himself was the person He longed to meet.
Who has the power to understand the Supreme Lord if the Lord does not place His glance of person upon him?
Accompanied by Nityananda and His other dear associates, Lord Chaitanya sat down to eat.
After eating very little, the Lord roared and stood up.
The Lord rinsed His mouth. He was rapt in ecstati love. "How far is Lord Jagannatha?", He thundered.
Then Mukunda began to sing. Then He who is the king of Vaikuntha danced.
The pious people who lived at Chatrabhoga gazed at the playful Lord of Vaikuntha as He danced.
He manifested tears, trembling, roaring, perspiration, becoming stunnded, and bodily hairs standing erect. How many ecstati symptoms did the Lord manifest? Who knows the heart of the Lord's ecstasy?
A wonderful flood of tears of love flowed from His eyes, a flood like the swollen Ganga in the month of Bhadra.
The Lord danced around and around. Tears gushed from His eyes, tears that bathed everyone there.
I say that Lord Chaitanya became ecstati love personified and descended to the earth. No one but Lord Chaitanya has the power to act in this way.
In this way the third three-hour portion (prahara, of the night passed. Then Lord Chaitanya became peaceful.
Every person thought in his heart, "The night passed like a single moment." By Lord Chaitanya's mercy everyone was delivered.
Then Ramacandra Khan said, "Lord, the boat has come to the ghata. It is ready now."
Saying "Hari!", Lord Chaitanya at once stood up, walked, and entered the boat.
Casting a glance of mercy on them, He bid everyone farewell and then proceeded to His own city of Jagannatha Puri.
By the Lord's order, Mukunda sang kirtana as the Lord traveled in the boat.
The foolish boatman said, "I am afraid. I think today we will not remain alive.
"On the riverbank are tigers. In the water are crocodiles.
"There are many thieves who will take our wealth and kill us.
"O master, please be quiet until we reach Orissa."
When the boatman spoke these words, everyone stopped singing. Lord Chaitanya continued to float in many tears of ecstati love.
In a moment Lord Chaitanya stood up and shouted, "Why are you afraid? Why?
"The Sudarsana-cakra stands in the front of this boat. It always protects the Vaishnavas from any danger.
"Don't worry. Sing the sankirtana of Lord Krishna's names. Do you not see the Sudarsana-cakra?"
Hearing the Lord's words, all the devotees again sang the kirtana.
Lord Chaitanya used this situation to teach everyone: "The Sudarsana-cakra always protects the devotees."
"Any sinner who would attack a Vaishnava the fire of the Sudarsana-cakra throws into flames and kills.
"Lord Vishnu's Sudarsana-cakra always protects the devotees. Who has the power to attack the Lord's devotees?"
Lord Chaitanya spoke confidential teachings in this way. A person who has attained the Lord's mercy can understand these words He said.
Plunged in the nectar of sankirtana in this way, Lord Chaitanya finally reached Orissa.
The boat finally landed at a place called Shri Prayaga-ghata. There Lord Chaitanya stepped from the boat to the shore.
In this way Lord Chaitanya entered the country of Orissa. Anyone who hears this story will float in the nectar of ecstati love for the Lord.
In this way Lord Chaitanya happily entered the country of Orissa. Accompanied by His associates, He bowed down to offer respects.
In a place there called Ganga-ghata, Lord Chaitanya bathed.
After bathing, Lord Chaitanya bowed down before a Siva-Deity established there by Maharaja Yudhishthira.
Now that He and His companions had entered Orissa, Lord Chaitanya was very happy.
Leaving everyone at a temple, Lord Chaitanya went out to beg alms.
Whenever the Lord went to a house, the people would gaze at His form and become enchanted.
The Lord would spread out His cloth, and the people would at once place some rice upon it.
Everyone happily offered to Lord Chaitanya whatever food was in their home.
Goddess Lakshmi, who is known as "She who fills the world with food", begs to stay at the Supreme Lord's feet.
Assuming the form of a sannyasi, that same Supreme Lord personally went from home to home. On the preText of begging alms, He made fortunate all the souls in that place.
After begging in this way, the Lord felt happy at heart. Returning to the devotees, He sat down among them.
Seeing the food He had begged, everyone smiled and said, "Master, You certainly have the power to feed us."
Jagadananda happily cooked, and the Lord and His companions ate.
All night Lord Chaitanya sang kirtana in that village. But when dawn came, He left.
After traveling a short distance, the Lord met an ill-behaved toll-collector. Demanding a toll be paid, he would not let the Lord pass.
Gazing at the Lord's spiritual effulgence, the man became filled with wonder. "How many people are with You?", he asked.
The Lord replied, "I do not have any companion in the whole world. I do not belong to anyone. I tell you the truth.
"I am alone. No one is with Me." When the Lord had spoken these words, a flood of tears flowed without stop from His eyes.
Then the toll-collector said, "O saintly one, You may pass with great happiness. But all these others must pay the toll before they pass."
Chanting, "Govinda!", the Lord left everyone behind, walked a short distance, and then sat down.
When the Lord abandoned them, the devotees became first dejected and then happy.
Seeing that the Lord's indifference to them was only a game, they all smiled.
When the Lord left them, at first everyone was unhappy at heart.
Then Nityananda enlightened them, "Don't worry. The Lord will not abandon us."
Then the toll-collector said, "You are not with the sannyasi. Therefore you should pay the toll."
Leaving His companions, the Lord went a short distance, sat down, bowed His head, and wept.
Hearing that weeping, the stones, dry sticks, and other things began to melt. Seeing this wonder, in his heart the toll-collector began to think.
The toll-collector said, "He is not a human being. How can such a flood of tears flow from a human being's eyes?"
Bowing down, the toll-collector asked all of them, "Who are you? Whose people are you? Tell me the truth."
Everyone said, "He is our master. Perhaps you have heard His name: Shri Krishna Chaitanya.
"We are all His servants." When these words were spoken, tears flowed from the devotees' eyes.
Seeing this, the toll-collector was overcome, and tears also flowed from his eyes.
Running, the tař collector offered dandavat obeisances to the Lord's feet and humbly said,
"I must have performed pious deeds in millions and millions of births that today I may see You. Now my life has become perfect.
"O ocean of mercy, please forgive my offense. Now You may quickly go to Jagannatha Puri."
Casting a merciful glance at the toll-collector, and chanting, "Hari!", the master of all living entities continued on His journey.
Lord Chaitanya will deliver everyone, all except the sinners who blaspheme Vaishnavas.
Even the demons melt when they hear Lord Chaitanya's name and birtues. Only the vilest of sinners will not honor Him.
Casting His glance in all the people, the king of Vaikuntha went in this way to Jagannatha Puri.
Overcome with ecstati love for a person who was actually Himself, Lord Chaitanya did not know on what path He walked. Drinking the nectar of ecstati love, day and night He was agitated.
In this way Lord Chaitanya traveled. After some days He came to the river Suvarnarekha.
The Lord and the Vaishnavas bathed in the supreme clear waters of the Suvarnarekha.
After bathing in and sanctifying the Suvarnarekha, Lord Chaitanya, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead disguised as a human being, continued on His journey.
Nityananda and and Jagadananda fell behind.
After going a short distance, Lord Chaitanya sat down to wait for Lord Nityananda.
Lord Nityananda was always wild with ecstati love for Lord Chaitanya. He was always agitated.
One moment He would shout. The next moment He would weep. Then He would wildly laugh. Then He would roar.
One moment He would dive into a river and swim about. The next moment He would cover His limbs with dust.
The next moment, tasting the nectar of ecstati love, He would violently fall to the ground. Everyone thought His limbs must have become broken into pieces.
When He danced alone, the ground trembled.
There is nothing surprising in any of these descriptions, for Nityananda was Ananta Sesha descended to the earth.
By Lord Nityananda's mercy everything is possible. Lord Chaitanya always stays in His heart.
While Lord Nityananda waited in one place, Jagadananda went to beg alms.
Jagadananda carried Lord Chaitanya's danda. Giving the danda to Nityananda, he said,
"Please give Your heart to protecting the Lord's danda. I will beg alms and return after a few momwnts."
Without thinking, Lord Nityananda accepted the danda. Agitated at heart, He sat down.
Holding the danda in His hand, Nityananda laughed. Then He playfully said to the danda,
"He whom I carry in My heart carries you. That is not right."
Speaking these words, ferocious Nityananda-Balarama broke the danda in three pieces and then threw those pieces away.
Only the Supreme Lord knows what the Supreme Lord desires. Why did Lord Nityananda break the danda? How can I know?
Lord Nityananda knows what is in Lord Chaitanya's heart, and Lord Chaitanya knows what is in Lord Nityananda's heart.
Yuga after yuga they are two brothers. They were Rama and Lakshmana. At every moment They both know what is in each other's heart.
In truth They are one person. But to teach the truth of devotional service They have become two. It is only because of Lord Nityananda that I know this truth of Lord Chaitanya.
Who but Lord Balarama Himself has the power to break Lord Chaitanya's danda?
Actually this was all a trick. Lord Chaitanya Himself arranged this to teach the people. Anyone who know the heart of this pastime easily crosses beyond this material world.
After breaking the danda, Lord Nityananda sat down. In a moment Jagadananda returned.
Seeing the broken danda, Jagadananda was surprised. In his heart he became worried.
He asked, "Who broke the danda?" Lord Nityananda replied, "He who carried the danda broke it.
"The Lord broke His own danda. Who else has the power to break it?"
Hearing these words, Jagadananda said nothing more. Picking up the broken danda, he quickly left.
Going to where Lord Chaitanya was sitting, he threw the broken danda before the Lord.
The Lord asked, "How was the danda broken? Please tell. Did you fight with someone on the road?"
Jagadananda Pandita told everything. "Wild Nityananda broke the danda", he said.
Lord Chaitanya asked Nityananda, "Why did You break the danda? Please tell. I have seen it, and I have heard about it."
Lord Nityananda replied, "I broke a bamboo stick. If you will not forgive Me, then punish Me."
Lord Chaitanya said, "The danda is the abode of all the demigods. Why do you think it is only a bamboo stick?"
Who has the power to understand Lord Chaitanya's pastimes? In His heart Lord Chaitanya thinks one thing, but from His mouth another thing comes.
Therefore please know that anyone who says, "I know Lord Krishna's heart", is a fool.
When He sees a person He wishes to kill, the Lord may be very pleased and affectionate.
But when He sees a person more dear than life to Him, the Lord may act as if He does not care.
Only a person who has attained the Lord's mercy can understand these inconceivable pastimes.
Although by His own wish He Himself had broken the danda, now Lord Chaitanya was angry.
The Lord said, "The danda was My only companion. But now, by Lord Krishna's will, it is broken.
"Now I have no companion. You all go ahead. I will follow."
Who had the power to protest the Lord's order? Hearing it, everyone became worried.
Then Mukunda said, "You go ahead. Whne we finish our duties, we will follow."
"Good," said Lord Chaitanya and left. The Lord walked like a wild lion. It is very difficult to describe, in the words of a book, how He walked.
In less than an hour the Lord came to Jalesvara-grama. He promptly went to the temple of Lord Jalesvara (Siva).
With scents, flowers, incense, lamps, flower-garlands, and many ornaments the brahmanas worshiped Lord Jalesvara.
A tumult of many kinds fo musi arose. In the four directions were very auspicious singing and dancing.
Seeing this, the Lord became pleased. He forgot His anger. Hearing the music, He tasted the nectar of ecstatic love.
Seeing the glory of His dear devotee Siva, Lord Chaitanya happily danced.
Lord Chaitanya knew Lord Siva's greatness. Lord Siva is dear to all the devotees.
I have no respect for a person who claims to follow Lord Chaitanya's path, but is not respectful to Lord Siva. I will not call such a person by the name "Vaishnava". Such a person is completely useless. Everything he does is in vain.
Then Lord Chaitanya, the life of all the worlds, danced. He roared so loudly He seemed the break the mountains.
Seeing this, Lord Siva's servants were filled with wonder. They all said, "This person must be Lord Siva Himself."
Everyone sang and played musi with even greater joy. Lord Chaitanya happily danced. Not even a half sesame seed's worth of His thoughts were placed in the external world.
Arriving after some moments, Mukunda and the other devotees began to sing.
Seeing His dear associates, Lord Chaitanya bliss increased. He danced as they gathered around Him and sang.
Who has the power to describe Lord Chaitanya's ecstasy? A hundred nectar streams of tears flowed from His eyes.
That temple of Lord Siva became glorious, for the king of Vaikuntha danced within it.
After some moments of ecstasy, Lord Chaitanya left with His dear associates.
With great love He embraced them all. They were all joyful at heart.
Seeing Lord Nityananda, Lord Chaitanya embraced Him. Then He happily said,
"You are supposed to restrain Me and help protect My sannyasa.
"But all You want to do is turn Me into a madman. If You continue like that You will eat My head.
"Whatever You do, I will follow. What I say is the truth."
Then Lord Chaitanya taught everyone, "Everyone should honor Lord Nityananda.
"Lord Nityananda is greater than Me. I tell you all the truth. It is the truth.
"Anyone who effends Lord Nityananda but does not offend Me still can attain ecstati love and devotion.
"Any devotee who has even half a sesame seed's worth of hatred for Lord Nityananda is not dear to Me."
Hearing these words of praise, embarrassed Lord Nityananda would not lift His bowed head.
All the devotees were filled with bliss. In this way Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes.
After passing the night at Jalesvara-grama, the Lord and His devotees left at dawn.
On the path to Vamsadaha the Lord met and spoke with a sakta sannyasi.
In His heart aware that this person was a sakta, the Lord neverthless cheerfully spoke sweet words to him.
The Lord said, "Please tell, tell where you all are. After a long time I will now see all My friends."
Charmed by the Lord's Maya potency, the sakta began to tell all about himself.
One by one he described the saktas who stayed at his place. Listening, the Lord smiled.
The sakta said, "Come now to my monastery and we will drink bliss."
By the word "bliss" the sinner-sakta mean wine. Aware of this, Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda only smiled.
Lord Chaitanya said, "Today I will come and drink bliss. You run ahead and quickly get everything ready."
Hearing this, the sakta happily left. The Supreme Lord's pastimes are profound without limit.
"Lord Krishna is the purifier of the fallen." This all the Vedas say. That is why Lord Chaitanya spoke with that sakta.
The people said, "This sakta is now delivered. By his touch the other saktas will also be delivered.
In different ways Lord Chaitanya delivers all the conditioned souls.
After speaking sweet words to the sakta, Lord Chaitanya, who is Lord Hari Himself, went to Remuna-grama.
At Remuna seeing His own Deity-form of Lord Gopinatha, Lord Chaitanya danced again and again with the devotees.
Lord Chaitanya forgot who He was. Overcome with love for a person who was actually Himself, He wept piteously.
Hearing His piteous weeping, even the stones and dry sticks melted. Hearing His weeping, even the hypocrites who proudly wrap themselves in the flag of religion melted.
After some days Lord Chaitanya camer to Yajapura, a town of brahmanas.
Anyone who sees the wonderful Deity of Adi-Varaha there destroys all the bonds that tie him to the material world.
In that holy place flows the Vaitarani River. Simply by seeing it one becomes free of all sins.
Even an animal crossing that river the demigods see as a four-armed resident of Vaikuntha.
Within Yajapura is the place called Nabhi-Gaya, where there is a temple of Goddess Viraja. Eighty miles away is Jagannatha Puri.
In Yajapura are many temples. Even in thousands of years I could not name them all.
There is no place that that city. There are no temples like the temples there. In Yajapura-grama every building is a temple.
First, accompanied by His devotees, Lord Chaitanya, the jewel of the sannyasis, bathed at Dasasvamedha-ghata.
Then the Lord went to the Adi-Varaha temple where, singing and dancing, He tasted the nectar of ecstati love.
Seeing Yajapura, the Lord became very happy. Again and again He became ecstatic.
Who can understand the desires the Lord holds in His heart? Leaving everyone behind, the Lord went out alone.
Not seeing the Lord, everyone became worried. They went from temple to temple, looking and looking.
Searching, but not finding the Lord anywhere, they became worried.
Then Lord Nityananda said, "Everyone please be peaceful at heart. I know why the Lord left.
"He went alone to see all the temples and holy places in Yajapura-grama.
"Let us all go, collect alms, return here, and stay here. Tomorrow the Lord will come to this place.
In this way the devotees collected alms and ate.
Meanwhile the wandering Lord saw all the holy places in Yajapura.
The devotees stayed where they were. The next day the Lord met them there.
Suddenly jumping up, the devotees happily shouted, "Hari! Hari!"
In this way the Lord made Yajapura holy and fortunate. Then, chanting "Hari!", Lord Chaitanya continued His journey.
Traveling in this way for some days, Lord Chaitanya came to Kataka-nagara.
After first bathing in the sacred Mahanadi River, the Lord went to the temple of Sakshi-Gopala.
Gazing at Sakshi-Gopala's enchanting handsomeness, Lord Chaitanya roared with bliss.
Calling out, "Master!", Lord Chaitanya bowed down and offered prayers. He wept wonderful tears of love and bliss.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose mantra makes His Deity forms come alive, now bore the name Shri Krishna Chaitanya.
Even though He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, He enjoyed pastimes of serving the Lord. He descended to the earth and enjoyed pastimes like that.
Then Lord Chaitanya went to Bhuvanesvara, which Lord Siva made into a secret duplicate of Varanasi.
Bringing drop by drop the water from every holy river and lake, Lord Siva created the lake Bindu-sarovara.
Aware that this lake was very dear to Lord Siva, Lord Chaitanya bathed in it and made it even more fortunate and glorious.
Then Lord Chaitanya went and saw the Deity that Lord Siva had manifested of Himself. In the four directions the devotees were chanting the names of Lord Siva.
Row on row of ghee-lamps burned in the four directions. An abhisheka was always in progress.
Seeing the glory and opulence of His dear devotee Siva, Lord Chaitanya became happy. The Vaishnavas with Him were happy also.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, tasting the nectar of remembering whose feet Lord Siva does not even know whether or not he is covered by garments, now danced in Lord Siva's presence.
Singing and dancing before Lord Siva, Lord Chaitanya became very happy. In that village Lord Chaitanya passed the night.
Now I will tell the Skanda Purana's description of how Lord Siva first came to this place.
In ancient times Siva and Parvati secretly lived for a long time in Varanasi.
Then Siva and Parvati went to Mount Kailasa. After that human kings enjoyed staying in Varanasi.
One of these kings, who bore the name Kasiraja, worshiped Lord Siva and enjoyed life in Varanasi.
Then, by destiny, the noose of time came around him. To attain the power to defeat Lord Krishna, that king performed severe austerities and worshiped Lord Siva
By the power of those austerities, Lord Siva appeared before him. "Ask for a boon", Lord Siva said. The king asked,
"Master, at Your feet I ask for only one boon, a boon by which I will have the power to defeat Krishna in battle."
Lord Siva is the master of the fools and materialists. His nobility and virtue are fathomless. Who can understand His mercy?
He said, "King, you march into battle. I will follow with all my armies.
"I will follow with my pasupata weapon. Who will have the power to defeat you?"
His heart fooled by Lord Siva's words, the king happily marched into battle with Lord Krishna.
In his heart intent on fighting for the king, Lord Siva followed with his armies.
Meanwhile Lord Krishna, who is the Supersoul present in all hearts, knew all that was happening.
Aware of everything, Lord Krishna threw His Sudarsana-cakra and cut all the enemy to pieces.
No one could escape the Sudarsana-cakra. First approaching Kasiraja, Sudarsana cut off his head.
At the end Sudarsana burned all of Varanasi to ashes.
Seeing Varanasi burned, angry Lord Siva threw his fearsome pasupata weapon.
What could the pasupata weapon do before the Sudarsana-cakra? Seeing Sudarsana's power, the pasupata wepaon fled.
At the end even Lord Siva fled in fear of Sudarsana.
The Sudarsana-cakra's power is felt in all the worlds. Fleeing Lord Siva found no escape.
As in the past Durvasa suffered from Sudarsana, so Lord Siva also suffered.
At the end Lord Siva understood, "I will not escape Sudarsana without first taking shelter of Lord Krishna."
Thinking in this way, and trembling in fear, Lord Siva, who is actually the first of Vaishnavas, took shelter of Lord Krishna.
He prayed, "O supreme master, O son of Devaki, glory, glory to You! O all-pervading Lord, O shelter of all souls, glory to You!
"O Lord who gives both wisdom and folly, glory, glory to You! O creator, protector, and destroyer of all, glory, glory to You!
"O Lord who does not see the faults of others, O ocean of mercy, glory, glory to You! O only friend of the suffering souls, glory, glory to You!
"O Lord whose shelter breaks all offenses, glory, glory to You! O Lord, please forgive my offense. I take shelter of You."
Hearing Lord Siva's prayers, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of all souls, stopped the Sudarsana-cakra's attack.
The gopas and gopis suddenly made the four directions glorious and beautiful. His face both smiling and angry, Lord Krishna said,
"Siva, you know My glories. Why, why did you think as you did?
"Siding with that degraded king, that worm Kasiraja, you fought with Me.
"Now you see that you cannot defend yourself from the attack of My Sudarsana-cakra.
"The brahmastra, pasupata-astra, and all other great wepons cannot fight with My Sudarsana-cakra.
"I do not see anyone in the material world who hates Me more than you."
Hearing Lord Krishna's angry words, Siva trembled in his heart.
Finally, grasping Lord Krishna's graceful feet, Siva surrendered himself.
He said, "O master, all the worlds are subject to Your command. Who has the power to be independent of You?
"As blades of grass move in the wind, all the worlds move by Your will. They are not independent.
"What You will all souls must obey. Who can cross beyond Your Maya?
"Lord, You gave great false-ego to Me. That is why I do not see the existence of someone else greater than Me.
"Your Maya threw Me into this calamity. Master, what can I do? My heart and mind are not independent.
"Your lotus feet are my very life. Meditating on Your feet, I will stay in the forest.
"Still, it is You who gave this false-ego to me. Lord, what can I do? It is Your will."
"O Lord, still I have committed an offense. Please forgive me and give me Your mercy.
"I pray that I will never be foolish in this way again. Lord, please be merciful and give me this boon.
"Full of pride and ego, I committed an offense. I was punished. I will not commit that offense again.
"Lord, please give me Your order. Where shall I stay? Where can I go if You do not give me permission."
Hearing Lord Siva's words, Lord Krishna gently smiled. The merciful Lord said,
"Listen, O Siva. I will give you a splendid spiritual abode. Please go there with all your associates.
"O master who appear as millions of lingas, you may stay at the beautiful place named Ekamrakavana.
"That city is beautiful like Varanasi. It is My own private, hidden, transcendental city.
"O Siva, today I declare that place is your home. That place is My heart. Still, no one knows the truth about it.
"On the shore of the ocean, at the root of a banyan tree, is beautiful Purushottama-kshetra, which is also known as Nilacala.
"When the numberless universes are destroyed, that place is not destroyed.
"That place is My eternal home. Every day I eat opulent meals there.
"That place is eighty miles in size. The demigods see that all living entities there, even the insects, worms, and beasts, have the four-armed forms of liberated souls in Vaikuntha. Therefore I say that place is very sacred and auspicious.
"Anyone who sleeps in that place obtains the result of meditating in samadhi. Anyone who reclines in that place obtains the result of offering obeisances. This the Vedas declare.
"Anyone who walks in that place obtains the result of circumambulating a holy place. Anyone who talks in that place obtains the result of offering prayers to Me.
"That place is very pure and glorious. Even if one eats fish in that place he obtains the result of eating havishya.
"That place is very dear to Me, therefore it is known by My own name. Anyone who lives there becomes like Me.
"Yamaraja has no power to judge in that place. For everyone there I personally decide what is pious and what a sin.
"I give you a place north of My city there.
"That beautiful place will grant both material pleasures and liberation. Famous with your name, it will be called Bhuvanesvara."
Hearing the glories of this wonderful city, Lord Siva again grasped Lord Krishna's feet and said,
"O master of my life, please hear my appeal. At every moment I am always very proud.
"If I leave You and go to some other place it will not be very good for me.
"I wish always to stay near You. This my heart wishes. As long as I associate with wicked people I will never attain anything good.
"Please give me a place within Your own abode, so I may associate with Your servants.
"Now that from Your own graceful mouth I have heard its glories, I yearn to stay in this place.
"Lord, I am very fallen and lowly. Please allow me to serve You. Please give to me a place in Your abode, even a place the size of a single sesame seed.
"My heart yearns to stay in Your abode." Speaking these words, Lord Siva began to weep.
Hearing Lord Siva's words, Lord Krishna, whose face is as graceful as the moon, became pleased. He embraced Lord Siva and then He said,
"Listen, O Siva. Your body is like Mine. Whoever is dear to you is also very dear to Me.
"As you are, so am I. We are not different. To you I give homes in all of My abodes.
"You are the protector of My abodes. I give you the right to live in all of My abodes.
"I give Ekamravana to you. Please stay there in your original form.
"That place is very dear to Me. I stay there always.
"Anyone who claims to be My devotee but does not honor you is only cheating Me. He mocks Me."
In this way Lord Siva came to live at that place. Even today that place is known by the name BHuvanesvara.
To prove that Lord Krishna dearly loves Lord Siva, Lord Chaitanya danced before Lord Siva.
In this way Lord Chaitanya personally demonstrated how to follow what Lord Krishna has taught in the Puranas.
Chanting, "Siva! Rama! Govinda!", and clapping His hands, Lord Chaitanya danced again and again.
In this way, accompanied by His devotees, Lord Chaitanya went to Bhuvanesvara and worshiped Lord Siva.
One who does not honor this teaching of Lord Chaitanya, who is the siksha-guru of everyone, commits a great mistake. For that he will suffer.
Accompanied by His devotees, Lord Chaitanya happily wandering in that city, looking and looking at many Siva-lingas.
In one very secluded Siva temple Lord Chaitanya gazed at the linga and became very happy.
Lord Chaitanya saw every temple in that city.
Then the Lord happily continued His journey on the road. Next He came to Kamala-pura.
From afar seeing the Jagannatha-temple flag, the Lord became plunged in an ocean of bliss.
The wonderful, indescribable Lord loudly roard. His entire body trembled.
He looked and looked in the direction of the temple. As He walked, the Lord recited a verse.
In this way Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes. Please attentively hear half the verse that came from His graceful mouth.
The Lord said:
prasadagre nivasati purah smera-vaktraravindo
mam alokya smita-suvadano bala-gopala-murtih
"Standing before the temple, a smiling gopa boy with a lotus-face gazes at Me."
The Lord said, "Look! in front of the temple a smiling gopa boy gazes at Me."
Again and again repeating this verse, Lord Chaitanya became agitated.
Even Lord Ananta Sesha with His many tongues cannot describe how Lord Chaitanya bitterly wept on that day.
The Lord would gaze at the temple's cakra, recite this verse, and then fall to the ground.
In this way He offered dandavat obeisances again and again. The whole time He traveled on the path He manifested pure ecstati love in this way.
Therefore I say He is spiritual love personified descended to this world. Only Lord Chaitanya, and no one else, has the power to act as He did.
Seeing Him, the pious people on the path said, "He must be Lord Narayana Himself."
Surrounding Him in the four directions, the devotees found their eyes flooded with tears of bliss.
Everyone else took an hour and half to travel that part of the road. Overcome with ecstati love, Lord Chaitanya took nine hours to travel it.
Coming to the town of Atharanala, Lord Chaitanya stopped His ecstasy.
Becoming peaceful, the Lord sat down with His companions and humbly said to them,
"You have been good friends to Me. You brought Me to see Lord Jagannatha.
"Will you go ahead to see Him, or should I go ahead. You tell Me."
Mukunda answered, "You go ahead." Saying, "Good", Lord Chaitanya went ahead.
His walking defeating the movements of wild lions, Lord Chaitanya quickly entered the city of Jagannatha Puri.
Anyone who hears of Lord Chaitanya's entrance into Jagannatha Puri will find himself floating in a stream of ecstati love.
By the Lord's will, at that moment Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya had also eagerly come to see Lord Jagannatha.
At that moment Lord Chaitanya, who is the life of all the worlds, gazed at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama, amd Lady Subhadra.
Gazing at Them, Lord Chaitanya loudly roared. He yearned to embrace Them.
Agitated with bliss, Lord Chaitanya lept again and again. Tears flowed in the four directions from His eyes.
Within a moment He fell to the ground, fainting in ecstasy. Who understands the Lord's fathomless nature?
The foolish guards stood up to beat the Lord. In the commotion Sarvabhauma threw himself across the Lord's back.
In his heart saintly Sarvabhauma thought, "A mere human being never has power like that.
"His roaring and His flooding stream of tears show power beyond what is possible in the material world.
"I think this person may be Shri Krishna Chaitanya." Fortunate Sarvabhauma thought in this way.
Stopped by Sarvabhauma, the guards stood back, afraid.
Simply by seeing Lord Jagannatha and His dear associates, Lord Chaitanya fainted.
Into what bliss was the king of Vaikuntha plunged? Even the Vedas personified find it difficult to know.
In the forms of His catur-vyuha expansions it was Lord Chaitanya Himself who happily sat on the altar.
The same Lord had now become a worshiper, a worshiper filled with devotion to the Lord. Who can understand the Lord's power?
Still, Lord Chaitanya knows the truth about Himself. All this is explained in the Vedas and in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
The Lord manifested these pastimes to deliver the conditioned souls. This the Vedas declare.
Lord Chaitanya was then plunged in the ecstasy a Vaishnava feels. He swam in an ocean of ecstati love. External consciousness was far away.
Sarvabhauma protected the Lord. He did not break the Lord's ecstati swoon.
Finally Sarvabhauma thought in his heart, "I should bring the Lord to my home."
Sarvabhauma said, "Guards! Brothers! Pick up this jewel of men."
The servants who carry Lord Jagannatha during the Pandu-vijaya ceremony then picked up Lord Chaitanya and carried Him.
Who can understand the Lord's pastimes? In this way the Lord went to Sarvabhauma's home.
As the Lord was carried, jubilant shouts of "Hari! Hari!" filled the four directions. ,
At that moment the Lord's associates arrived at the Simha-dvara gate. With joyful hearts they met the Lord.
Filled with wonder, everyone gazed at the Lord. They all carried Him, passing Him from one to another, as a line of ants carries a grain of rice.
In this way many persons carried the Lord. Everyone was filled with bliss.
At the Simha-dvara gate the Lord's associates bowed down before Him. They happily followed the Lord.
In this way everyone carried the Lord to Sarvabhauma's home. The Lord was carried in, but the doors were closed to everyone else.
In this way the Lord's associates met the Lord again. With a happy heart Sarvabhauma gazed at the Lord's associates.
He spoke properly and politely with them. They sat down. They broke apart all his doubts.
Saintly Sarvabhauma became very happy. Who was more fortunate than Him?
All the Vedas declare His glories. The Supreme Personality of Godhead spontaneously came to his home.
Saintly Sarvabhauma gazed at Lord Nityananda and then humbly touched the dust of His feet.
Going with some men Sarvabhauma gave them, the Lord's associates went to see Lord Jagannatha.
The men who were to show them Lord Jagannatha then folded their hands and appealed to the Lord's associates,
"Please be peaceful when you see Lord Jagannatha. Please don't do what your master did before.
"We do not know what kind of persons you are. Please be peaceful when you see Lord Jagannatha. Only then will we take you to see Him.
"Only one of your group came before, and it is fortunate that somehow Lord Jagannatha is still on His throne.
"Why must we say anything more? You yourselves saw it. Is it possible than any other person could have fallen like that and kept the life within his body?
"The descriptions we heard were all beyond our understanding. Therefore please be peaceful when you see Lord Jagannatha. This we beg you."
Hearing this, the devotees smiled and said, "Don't worry." Then they all went.
Entering the temple, the joyful devotees gazed at Catur-vyuha Lord Jagannatha.
Gazing at Lord Jagannatha, everyone wept. They offered dandavat obeisances, circumambulated, and recited prayers.
The brahmana priests took garlands from the Lord's neck and happily placed them around the devotees' necks.
Accepting the Lord's garlands, with happy hearts they quickly returned to Sarvabhauma's home.
Meanwhile Lord Chaitanya was still unconscious in ecstasy. He did not manifest even a single sesame seed's worth of external consciousness.
Sarvabhauma sat at the Lord's feet. In the four directions the devotees chanted, "Rama! Krishna!"
Lord Chaitanya's nature and pastimes are all inconceivable. For nine hours He did not manifest external consciousness.
Then He who is the life of the worlds became conscious. The devotees called out, "Hari!"
Now peaceful, the Lord asked everyone, "What happened to Me today? You saw it. Please tell Me."
Finally Nityananda told the Lord, "Simply by seeing Lord Jagannatha, You fell unconscious.
"By divine arrangement Sarvabhauma was there. He picked You up and brought You to his home.
"Overcome with ecstasy, You did not manifest external consciousness for nine hours today.
"This person bowing down before You is Sarvabhauma." Lord Chaitanya at once embraced Sarvabhauma.
Lord Chaitanya said, "Lord Jagannatha is very merciful. He brought Me to Sarvabhauma's home.
"In My heart I wondered how I would meet you.
"Now Lord Krishna has easily fulfilled My desire." Speaking these words, Lord Chaitanya glanced at Sarvabhauma and smiled.
The Lord said, "Please hear the story of what happened to Me today. Today I approached Lord Jagannatha and I gazed upon Him.
"Gazing at Lord Jagannatha, in My heart I yearned to embrace Him, holding Him to My chest.
"I was about to embrace Lord Jagannatha. After that I do not know what happened.
"By the Lord's will Sarvabhauma was there today. He protected Me from a great danger.
"I vow that from today on I will only gaze at Lord Jagannatha from outside.
"I will not enter inside. Staying behind the Garuda-stambha, I will gaze at the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
"I am fortunate that today I did not embrace Lord Jagannatha. A great calamity would have fallen on Me."
Then Lord Nityananda said, "You avoided a great calamity. It is not longer daytime. You should bathe at once."
Lord Chaitanya said, "Nityananda, You should always protect Me. I place My body in Your care."
After spending a few moments bathing, Lord Chaitanya, His face smiling with ecstati love, sat down with everyone.
Then Sarvabbauma quickly brought many kinds of maha-prasadam and placed them all before Lord Chaitanya.
Bowing down before the maha-prasadam, Lord Chaitanya sat down to eat with His associates.
The Lord said, "Give Me a big portion of mixed vegetables. Give the laddus and nectar drinks to the others."
After speaking these words, Lord Chaitanya, now tasting the nectar of ecstati love, ate the mixed vegetables as all the devotees smiled.
Sarvabhauma had been the Lord's personal associate birth after birth. If that were not so, he could not have attained this good fortune.
Then Sarvabhauma brought rice on a golden plate and placed it before the Lord. The Lord ate.
In the future Vedavyasa will describe the pastimes of ecstati love Lord Chaitanya enjoyed as He honored prasadam
After enjoying endless bliss in His pastime of honoring prasadam, Lord Chaitanya sat down, His associates around Him on four sides.
Anyone who hears these descriptions of the Lord enjoying happy pastimes of honoring prasadam in Jagannatha Puri will attain Lord Chaitanya's association.
In this chapter of Antya-khanda Lord Chaitanya goes to Jagannatha Puri. Anyone who hears these pastimes will swim in a stream of ecstati love.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.