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Shri Mahaprabhu-sarvabhaumoddharah Shad-bhuja-pradarsanam Gauda-vijayas ca
Lord Chaitanya's Deliverance of Sarvabhauma, Revelation of His Six-armed Form, and Journey to West Bengal
Text 1 Glory, glory to Shri Krishna Chaitanya, the abode of all virtues! Glory, glory to the Lord who is the very life of Nityananda!
Text 2 Glory, glory to the king of Vaikuntha, who is an ocean of mercy! Glory, glory to the Lord who is the crest jewel of the sannyasis and the friend of the fallen!
Text 3 O my brothers, with one heart please hear the descriptions in this Antya-khanda, which recounts how Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes.
Text 4 Descriptions of Lord Chaitanya are the nectar of nectars. Brahma and Siva always yearn to drink this nectar.
Text 5 By hearing these descriptions of Lord Chaitanya everyone becomes pleased. Only the demons are not pleased.
Text 6 Now please hear the confidential pastimes of Lord Chaitanya descibed in this Antya-khanda. By hearing them one will one day meet Lord Chaitanya. That is inevitable.
Text 7 Concealing His true identity, Lord Chaitanya happily stayed in Jagannatha Puri.
Text 8 If the Lord does not reveal His true identity, who has the power to know it?
Text 9 By divine arrangement, one day the Lord sat down with Sarvabhauma in a secluded place.
The Lord said, "O saintly Sarvabhama, please hear Me. I will tell you My heart.
"I came here to see Lord Jagannatha. Still, you are the root of My reason to come here.
"Will Lord Jagannatha speak to Me? It is you who will cut the bonds that tie Me.
"All of Lord Krishna's power rests in you. You have the power to give to others pure love for Lord Krishna.
"Therefore I now take shelter of you. Please do what is good for Me.
"What religious activities should I perform? How should I act that I will not again fall into the well of repeated birth and death?
"Without trying to trick Me, please teach Me. Please know that in every way I am yours."
Manifesting His Maya potency in many ways, Lord Chaitanya spoke these words to Sarvabhauma.
Not knowing the Supreme Lord's heart, Sarvabhauma began to describe the religious duties of the many souls.
Sarvabhauma said, "I think You have spoken well.
"No one has ever described the wonderful wonderful devotion that has risen within You.
"Lord Krishna's mercy has been given to You. You never engage in material activities.
"You are very intelligent. Why did You accept sannyasa?
"Look at it and try to understand. When a person accepts sannyasa, the first thing is that he becomes tightly bound by ropes of pride and false-ego.
"Holding his danda, he thinks he is very wise. In that condition he will never humbly fold his hands before anyone.
"The Vedas say that one should touch the dust of a saintly person's feet. But a proud sannyasi will not humbly bow down before anyone.
"Pride is never good. Please know that Shrimad-Bhagavatam (11.19.16, declares:
pranamed dandavad bhumav
Tatraiva bhagavan iti
"Aware that the Supreme Personality of Godhead resides alongside the soul in every body, one should offer dandavat obeisances to every living being, even to dogs, cows, mules, and outcastes."
"Therefore, beginning with brahmanas and ending with dogs and outcastes, one should respectfully offer dandavat obeisances to everyone.
"The religious duty of a Vaishnava is to offer respectful obeisances to everyone. But that is something the hypocrites, who proudly wrap themselves with the flag of religion, do not like.
"When a fellow accepts sannyasa and shaves off his sikha, then everyone bows down before. They bring big, big offerings to him.
"From the very beginning it is a calamity. Please hear how the sannyasi loses his intelligence, how he becomes completely lost.
"The soul's natural duty is to worship the Supreme Lord. Turning away from this duty, a proud sannyasi claims, `I am Narayana.'
"When the souls lives i n the womb, the Supreme Lord protects him and mercifully teaches him.
"Brahma, Siva, Lakshmi, and Ananta Sesha yearn to serve the Supreme Lord. Even after they attain it, they desire it eternally.
"It is the Supreme Lord's servants who create, maintain, and destroy the material world. Still, a proud sannyasi shamelessly calls himself `master'.
"Asleep, he cannot answer the question, `Who am I?' Still he claims, `I am Narayana.'
"Lord Krishna is the father of all the worlds. This the Vedas say. A good son is devoted to his father.
"In Bhagavad-gita (9.17, Lord Krishna declares:
pitaham asya jagato
mata data pitamahah
"I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support, and the grandsire."*
"In the Bhagavad-gita, the Supreme Lord described true sannyasa to Arjuna. Please hear what Lord Narayana said (Bhagavad-gitaText 61):
karyam karma karoti yah
sa sannyasi ca yogi ca
na niragnir na cakriyah
"One who is unattached to the fruits of his work, and who works as he is obligated is in the renounced order of life, and he is the true mystic, not he who lights no fire and performs no duty."*
"This means that a person who without material desires worships and serves Lord Krishna is truly called a yogi or a sannyasi.
"A person who only accepts food in charity but does not work to please Lord Vishnu is not a true sannyasi. That the Vedas say.
"In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (4.29.49-50, it is said:
tat karma hari-tosham yat
sa vidya tan-matir yaya
harir deha-bhritam atma
svayam prakritir isvarah
"Your only activities should be those that can please the Personality of Godhead. Our education should be such that we can become elevated to Krishna consciousness. Shri Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the Supersoul and guide of all living entities who have accepted material bodies within this world. He is the supreme controller of all material activities in material nature."*
"Therefore I say that true religion, true duty, and true pious deeds are actions performed to please the Supreme Personality of Godhead in this world. That is the opinion of all who are wise.
"I say that a person who places his studies, knowledge, and mantras as offerings before Lord Krishna's lotus feet will attain true peace in his heart.
"Lord Krishna is the life of everyone. He is everyone's father. A person who does not worship Lord Krishna lives in vain.
"If you say that Sankaracarya's opinion was not like that, then I will quote words from his own mouth that prove he believed in the importance of devotional service to the Lord.
saty api bhedapagame
natha tavaham na mamakiyas tvam
samudro hi tarangam
kvacana samudro na tarangah
"O Supreme Lord, even though You and I are not different. I am Your property, but You are not my property. The wave is the property of the ocean, but the ocean is never the property of the wave."
"Even though the Supreme Lord and His universe are not different, the Lord is the complete, the everything, and all that exists rests within Him.
"Here Sankaracarya says, `O Lord, I am manifested from You, but You are never manifested from Me.'
"He gives an ordinary example. He says that a wave comes from the ocean, but the ocean never comes from a wave.
"He says, `O Lord, this world is Yours. You are its father. In this world and in the spiritual world You are the protector.'
"Anyone who does not worship and serve the Supreme Lord, who protects the world and from whom the world was born, should be shunned.
"That is the meaning of Sankaracarya's words. Without understanding that truth, what is the use of shaving one's head?
"With great love and devotion a sannyasi should chant, `Narayana!' at every moment.
"If a person, not understanding the true menaing of Sankaracarya's words, turns from devotional service and then shaves his head, he attains only suffering.
"Therefore I ask You: Why have You entered on this path?
"If by serving Lord Krishna with lobe and devotion one becomes delivered from this world, what more will one attain by shaving his sikha?
Texts Texts 59-60
"If You say that Madhavendra Puri and other fortunate souls accepted sannyasa and shaved off their sikhas, then I reply by asking: How is this the proper time for You to accept sannyasa?
"Only after three fourths of their lives have passed and they have already tasted whatever nectar lies in material things do the great souls accept sannyasa.
"You are still young! How are You qualified for sannyasa?
Texts Texts 63-64
"How will You attain the spiritual goal of life by accepting sannyasa? The devotion already present in Your body is a rare mercy even the kings of the yogis and many others cannot attain. Why have You become so mad that You accepted sannyasa?"
Hearing Sarvabhauma's description of devotional service, Lord Chaitanya, who is Lord Narayana Himself, became very happy.
Lord Chaitanya said, "Saintly Sarvabhauma, please listen. Please know that I am not really a sannyasi.
"Tormented by separation from Lord Krishna, I cut off My sikha and left My home.
"Please don't think of Me as a sannyasi. Give Me your mercy, so I may always think of Lord Krishna."
In this way the Supreme Lord bewildered His servant. If the Lord places His Maya potency before him, how can a devotee understand the truth?
If the Lord does not reveal Himself, who has the power to understand Him?
The Supreme Lord was still pleased with His servant's words, even though the servant did not understand what was happening.
The Supreme Lord always enjoys pastimes with His servants. His servants are the reason He personally descends to this material world.
As much as the servant worships and serves the Lord's feet, so much Lord Krishna worships and serves His servant.
That is the Lord's nature. He loves His devotees. Who has the power to stop Him from loving them?
Gazing and gazing at Sarvabhauma, Lord Chaitanya smiled. Bewildered by Maya, Sarvabhauma did not understand.
Sarvabhauma said, "You are in a higher asrama. The scriptures say that I should bow down before You, that I should become Your worshiper.
"If You glorify me, that is not right. Then I become an offender."
Then Lord Chaitanya said, "Please give up all these tricks. In every way I take shelter of your shadow."
In this way Lord Chaitanya played with His servant. Who has the power to understand Lord Chaitanya's pastimes?
Then Lord Chaitanya said, "I have only one desire. I will hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam from your mouth.
"There is no one but you who can destroy the doubts in My heart."
Sarvabhauma said, "You have all knowledge. You are very learned. That I know for certain.
"What statement of Shrimad-Bhagavatam do You not understand? How can I explain it to You?
"Still, the devotees like to talk among themselves about devotional service, and to do this they pretend to ask questions.
"Tell me where Your doubt lies, and I will explain as far as I am able."
Gently smiling, the king of Vaikuntha then recited a a verse that had eight syllables in each line.
The Lord said (quoting Shrimad-BhagavatamText 17.10):
atmaramas ca munayo
nirgrantha apy urukrame
kurvanty ahaiktukim bhaktim
"All different varieties of atmaramas (those who take pleasure in atma, or spirit self), especially those established on the path of self-realization, though freed from all kinds of material bondage, desire to render unalloyed devotional service to the Personality of Godhead. This means that the Lord possesses transcendental qualities and therefore can attract everyone, including liberated souls."*
Then, in the presence of Lord Chaitanya, who is the master of Goddess Sarasvati, and by His mercy, Sarvabhauma began to explain this verse.
Sarvabhauma said, "This verse means that devotion to Lord Krishna's feet is the root of all truth.
"When that devotion is always fully present, then material bondage cannot also be present, either within or without.
"In this way the liberated souls serve Lord Krishna with devotion. The great power of Lord Krishna's transcendental qualities is like that.
"Anyone who chants Lord Krishna's name becomes liberated. Anyone who dishonors Lord Krishna's name perishes."
Rapt in talking of his subject, Sarvabhauma gave many different explanations of this verse.
In thirteen different ways he explained that verse. Finally he said, "I cannot give any more explanations."
Gently smiling, Lord Chaitanya said, "Everything you said was the truth.
"Now please listen, and I will give a brief explanation. Are My words right? You decide."
saintly Sarvabhauma was very surprised. He thought, "To give more explanations is beyond human power!"
The Lord's explanations were all original. No one had every thought of them before.
Hearing the Lord's explanations, Sarvabhauma was filled with wonder. In his heart he thought, "Is this person the Supreme Lord Hismelf?"
After explaining the verse in these ways, Lord Chaitanya loudly roard. Then, revealing His true nature, He manifested a siø-armed form.
Then the Lord said, "Sarvabhauma, what do you think? Am I qualified to accept sannyasa?
"In your heart do you accept that I am a true sannyasi? I came here to show Myself to you.
"Many lifetimes you spent rapt in love for Me. That is why I now show Myself to you.
"To start the sankirtana movement I descended to this world. The numberless universes come from Me. They do not come from anyone else.
"Birth after birth you have been My servant, a servant whose love for Me is pure. That is why I now show Myself to you.
"I will deliver the devotees and kill the demons. Don't be anxious. Now offer prayers to Me."
Gazing at this wonderful siø-armed form, a form splendid like millions of suns, saintly Sarvabhauma fell unconscious.
Manifesting this siø-armed form, Lord Chaitanya-Narayana roared with bliss.
Pleased at heart with Sarvabhauma, the Lord said, "Rise." Then He placed His graceful hand on Sarvabhauma's head.
Although the touch of the Lord's graceful hand had revived his consciousness, the brahmana Sarvabhauma was stunned with bliss. He could not speak.
Then Lord Chaitanya, who is an ocean of mercy, placed His lotus feet over Sarvabhauma's heart.
Now that he had attained the Lord's graceful feet, Sarvabhauma became filled with ecstati love.
Tightly holding the Lord's lotus feet, and declaring, "Today I have found the thief that stole my heart", he wept with love and bliss.
Holding the wonderful lotus feet that are Goddess Lakshmi's great treasure, Sarvabhauma loudly wept.
He said, "Shri Krishna Chaitanya! My Lord! Master of my life! Lord, please place Your glance on fallen me.
"Not understanding Your inconceivable pure heart, sinful I tried to teach religion to You.
"My Lord, who, beginning with the great kings of yoga, is not bewildered by Your Maya?
"Why should You not have the power to bewilder me? Lord, please give me loving devotion to Your feet.
"Glory, glory to Shri Krishna Chaitanya, the maaster of my life! Glory, glory to the Lord come from saintly Saci's womb!
"Glory, glory to Shri Krishna Chaitanya, the life of all! Glory, glory to the Lord who protects the Vedas, brahmanas, devotees, and principles of religion!
"Glory, glory to the master of Vaikuntha and all the worlds! Glory glory to the best of the sannyasis, a sannyasi whose form is pure and spiritual!"
Speaking verse after verse, intelligent and saintly Sarvabhauma again and again glorified the Lord.
kalan nashtam bhakti-yogam nijam yah
avirbhutas tasya padaravinde
gadham gadham liyatam citta-bhringah
"Let my consciousness, which like a honeybee, take shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has just now appeared as Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to teach the ancient system of devotional service to Himself. This system had almost been lost due to the influence of time."*
This verse means: May my heart stay at the lotus feet of the Lord who bears the name Shri Krishna Chaitanya and who, to again reveal the truth of devotional service to Him, a truth that by the power time had become hidden after some days, descended to this world.
Then Sarvabhauma said:
sikshartham ekah purushah puranah
kripambudhir yas tam aham prapadye
"Let me take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna, who has descended in the form of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to teach us real knowledge, His devotional service, and detachment from whatever does not foster Krishna consciousness. He has descended because He is an ocean of transcendental mercy. Let me surrender at His lotus feet."*
This verse means: To teach His devotional service and detachment from whatever does not foster Krishna consciousness, the Supreme Personality of Godhead has mercifully descended to this earth.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, the oldest of all persons, now manifests His form of Shri Krishna Chaitanya. No one in the three worlds is His equal or superior.
May the feet, transcendental qualities, and holy names of that Supreme Lord, who is an ocean of mercy, always stay in my heart.
Speaking a hundred verses like this as he grasped the Lord's lotus feet, Sarvabhauma glorified Lord Chaitanya.
He said, "To deliver the fallen You have descended to this world. O Lord, I am fallen. Therefore please deliver me also.
"I am tightly shackled. Education, wealth, and aristocrati family are the shackles that bind me. How will I understand You?
"O master of all living entities, please be merciful to me. Day and night please stay in my thoughts.
"Lord, Your pastimes are inconceivable and unapproachable. Unless You reveal the truth about them, who has the power to understand them?
"Assuming a transcendental wooden form of daru-brahma, You stay in Jagannatha Puri and happily enjoy many kinds of opulent foods.
"What You have eaten You give back as Your mercy. You gaze at Yourself and weep.
"Gazing at Yourself, You become like a wild man. Lord, who knows Your greatness?
"Only a person who has attained Your mercy can understand You.
"I am worthless like a pile of ashes. How can I understand You, who bewilder the hearts of Brahma, Siva, and the demigods?
"Now that he had attained the Lord's mercy, in a voice charged with emotion Sarvabhauma spoke many plaintive prayers.
Hearing these prayers, siø-armed Lord Chaitanya-Narayana smiled and said to Sarvabhauma,
"Sarvabhauma, listen. You are My eternal associate. That is why you may see My glories.
"You are the reason I came here. You worshiped Me again and again.
"I am very pleased by your words glorifying devotional service.
"I declare that all you said was true. How could anything but the truth come from your mouth?
"Whoever hears or reads the hundreds verse of prayers you have spoken will attain true devotional service without doubt. These prayers will become famous as Sarvabhauma-sataka (Sarvabhauma's hundred prayers).
"Conceal from the others whatever you have seen of My glories.
"I forbid you to talk of it as long as I stay on this earth.
"Lord Nityananda is My second body. You should devotedly serve His feet.
"What I have said about Him is very confidential. Only when I reveal the truth can anyone understand Him."
After explaining these spiritual truths to Sarvabhauma, Lord Chaitanya stopped the manifestation of His opulences and became as He was.
Recognizing His Lord, saintly Sarvabhauma was not in external consciousness. He was filled with bliss.
Anyone who hears Lord Chaitanya's glories crosses beyond the world of birth and death and goes to Lord Chaitanya's spiritual abode.
Simply by hearing these very confidential descriptions of Lord Krishna one goes to Lord Krishna.
In this way Lord Chaitanya delivered Sarvabhauma. In Jagannatha Puri Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes of kirtana.
He was always rapt in the bliss of singing and dancing. Day and night tasting the nectar of love for Lord Krishna, He knew nothing else.
Seeing these wonders, the people of Jagannatha Puri again and again called out, "Hari!"
"He is the moving Jagannatha", the people said. There was not a person that did not forget everything else when he saw Lord Chaitanya.
Unending sounds of "Hari" were always heard in whatever path Lord Chaitanya walked.
Wherever Lord Chaitanya had placed His feet everyone rolled in the dust.
Rolling in that dust, the saintly people felt indescribable bliss.
The Lord's peerless handsomeness always stole everyone's heart.
A flood of bliss always flowed as tears from His graceful eyes. The names "Hare Krishna!" alone were heard coming from His graceful mouth.
His limbs were anointed with sandal paste. His graceful slow motions defeated the motions of graceful wild lions.
Walking on the path, the Lord was not in external consciousness. In this way Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes of tasting the nectar of devotional service.
One day the Lord met Paramananda Puri, who had just returned from a pilgrimage.
Seeing him from afar, Lord Chaitanya at once stood up.
Seeing His dear devotee, and then happily dancing and reciting prayers, Lord Chaitanya tasted the nectar of ecstati love.
Raising His arms, He called out, "Hari! Hari!" With His eyes He gazed at Paramananda Puri.
He said, "Today My eyes are fortunate. Today My birth in this world has become fortunate and successful. Today all My pious deeds have borne their fruits."
The Lord said, "Today My sannyasa is a success. Today Madhavendra Pur.i has appeared before Me."
Speaking these words, and embracing him, the Lord sprinkled His dear devotee with tears from His lotus eyes.
Forgetting himself as he gazed at the moon of the Lord's graceful face, Paramananda Puri became filled with bliss
After some moments They offered obeisances to each other. Paramananda Puri was the abode of pure love for Lord Chaitanya.
Lord Chaitanya was very pleased with him. He accepted him as a personal associate and kept him in His association.
Having attained his Lord, and now serving His lotus feet, Paramananda Puri was filled with bliss.
Saintly Paramananda Puri was a dear disciple of Madhavendra Puri. He was filled with the nectar of ecstati love.
After some more days Svarupa Damodara met the Lord. Day and night he enjoyed pastimes in the Lord's company.
Svarupa Damodara's singing was full of nectar. Hearing it, Lord Chaitanya would dance.
In this Antya-khanda Svarupa Damodara and Paramananda Puri attain Lord Chaitanya's association.
Little by little the Lord's eternal associates met Him in Jagannatha Puri.
Little by little the Lord's eternal associates that had taken birth in Orissa met the Lord.
Pradyumna Misra, who was spiritual love personified, met the Lord. The two great saints Paramananda and Ramananda also met Him.
After some days Damodara Pandita and Shri Sankara Pandita also came.
Pradyumna Brahmacari was a great servant of Lord Nrisimha. Lord Nrisimha personally lived in his body.
Thinking, "Lord Nrisimha now enjoys pastimes in a sannyasi's form", he stayed near Lord Chaitanya.
Bhagavan Acarya was a great saint. He did not allow ordinary material news to touch his ears.
In this way all the Lord's servants came to His side.
When they saw the Lord, all their sufferings perished. In the Lord's company they enjoyed pastimes of kirtana.
Now manifesting the form of a sannyasi, the king of Vaikuntha performed kirtana with His devotees.
Tasting the nectar of Lord Chaitanya, peaceful and saintly Nityananda would become wild. He could not peacefully remain in one place.
Gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Nityananda suddenly ran to embrace Him. The guards had no power to stop Him.
One day He climbed the golden altar and embraced Lord Balarama.
A guard climbed after Him and grabbed Him with both hands. The guard was suddenly thrown back a distance of five or seven hands.
Taking the garland from Lord Balarama's neck, Lord Nityananda placed it around His own.
Wearing the garland, and walking like the king of elephants, Lord Nityananda left. The guard then thought in his heart,
"This sannyasi has strength that is not human strength. Who else could stay in his body after touching Lord Balarama?
"I am strong enough to hold and stop a wild elephant. How can a mere human being escape my grip?
"Although I tightly held this person with both my hands, I was thrown away like a blade of grass."
Thinking in this way, the saintly guard was very humble when next he saw Lord Nityananda.
Nityananda, whjo was always like a child, affectionately embraced the guard.
One day Lord Chaitanya, the husband of Goddess Lakshmi, went to the seashore and sat down.
Gazing at that beautiful places by the seashore, Lord Chaitanya was very pleased.
The moon shone. The southern breeze blew. Lord Chaitanya sat down by the seashore.
His graceful face and limbs were splendid with sandal paste. With His graceful mouth He chanted, "Hare Krishna!" without stop.
His charming chest was covered with a flower garland. In the four directions His followers surrounded Him.
Smiling, the Lord looked at the beauty of the ocean waves at night.
The saintly ocean now attained the same good fortune the Ganga and Yamuna attained in the past.
Accompanied by His associates, the king of Vaikuntha stayed by the ocean's shore.
The whole night the Lord performed a wild and joyful kirtana by the ocean's shore.
Tasting the nectar of love for a person who is actually Hismelf, Lord Chaitanya, the learned pandita of wild dancing, danced wildly. Meanwhile the devotees all swam in an ocean of bliss.
The Lord manifested tears, trembling, perspiration, roaring, and shouting. The hairs of His body stood erect Moment after moment He manifested different kinds of ecstati symptoms.
All the different kinds of devotional ecstasy met on Lord Chaitanya's body. Fully manifested, they stayed there.
The different devotional ecstasies all assumed forms. They were all partial incranations of the Lord. They were full of all knowledge.
Raot in the ecstasy a Vaishnava feels, the Supreme Personality of Godhead danced. Knowing this, the devotees all stayed by His side.
Not for a moment did Lord Chaitanya feel even half a sesame seed's worth of loving separation from the Lord.
No one else can manifest even a little of the power that Lord Chaitanya manifested in His pastimes.
Nothing is impossible for Him. All the Vedas proclaim this truth of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
No one else in the numberless universes can manifest the ecstati love Lord Chaitanya manifested.
No one else can manifest ecstati love like what Lord Chaitanya manifested.
Only persons who have attained the Lord's merciful glance have the power to understand Him.
Persons who completely surrender to the Lord and serve Him with devotion break apart the bonds of repeated birth and death.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, whom Brahma, Siva, and all the demigods meditate on in their hearts, now enjoyed pastimes of ecstati love as He danced with His devotees.
I offer my respectful obeisances to all the devotees who enjoyed pastimes of kirtana with Lord Chaitanya.
In this way charming Lord Chaitanya spent the whole night dancing by the seashore.
Gadadhara always stayed with the Lord. Never was the Lord apart from Gadadhara.
Whether eating, sleeping, or walking about, Gadadhara served Lord Chaitanya at every moment.
Gadadhara would read Shrimad-Bhagavatam to the Lord. Listening, the Lord would become wild by tasting the nectar of ecstati love.
Simply by hearing Gadadhara's voice the Lord became happy. Accompanied by Gaddahara, the Lord visited the homes of the Vaishnavas.
One day the Lord went to Paramananda Puri's monastery and sat down next to him.
The Lord was very pleased with Paramananda Puri. They were close friends, like Krishna and Arjuna.
They conversed about the secrets of Lord Krishna. The Lord always enjoyed Paramananda Puri's company.
The water in Paramananda Puri's well was not good. Lord Chaitanya, the all-pervading Supersoul, knew all about it.
Lord Chaitanya asked Paramananda, "How is the water in your well. Please tell. I will listen."
Paramananda Puri replied, "The well is very bad. The water is horrible. It is mud personified."
Hearing this, Lord Chaitanya said, "Alas! Alas!" He said, "Lord Jagannatha is a miser.
"Anyone who touches the water of Paramananda's well becomes free of all sins.
"Lord Jagannatha's Maya ruined this water so no one will drink it."
After speaking these words, Lord Chaitanya stood up, raised both His arms, and said,
"O Jagannatha, O great master, please grant this boon to Me. Please make the Ganga flow into this well.
"Please order the Bhogavati Ganga to flow from Patalaloka into this well."
Hearing Lord Chaitanya's words, all the devotees loudly called out, "Hari!"
After some moments Lord Chaitanya went home and all the devotees went to sleep.
Placing that order on her head, Goddess Ganga then entered the well and filled it.
When they rose the next morning, everyone saw a great wonder. The well was now filled with very clear and pure water.
Seeing this wonder, the devotees called out, "Hari!" Paramananda Puri fainted with joy.
Saying that Goddess Ganga had entered it, everyone circumambulated the well.
Hearing of this, Lord Chaitanya came. With a happy heart he looked at the water.
Lord Chaitanya said, "O devotees, please hear. Anyone who drinks this water or uses it to bathe attains the result of bathing in the Ganga. That is the truth. It is the truth. That person will attain very pure love and devotion to Lord Krishna.
Hearing the Lord's words, all the devotees loudly called out, "Hari!"
Then Lord Chaitanya very happily drank and bathed in the splendid transcendental wwtar of Paramananda Puri's well.
Then Lord Chaitanya said, "Please know that I came to this earth only because I love Paramananda Puri Gosvami.
"I am Paramananda Puri Gosvami's property. It is not otherwise. Paramananda Puri can sell Me anywhere.
"Anyone who once sees Paramananda Puri will attain ecstati love for Lord Krishna."
After praising Paramananda Puri and blessing his well, Lord Chaitanya returned to His own home.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead always glorifies His devotees. Who is such an ingrate that he would not worship such a Supreme Lord?
To protect His devotees, the Supreme Lord descends to this world. He always enjoys pastimes with His devotees.
To protect His devotees, He will do what should not be done. That He killed Vali for Sugriva's sake is the proof of this.
The Supreme Lord happily serves His servants. Although He is never defeated by anyone, the lion that is Lord Chaitanya allows Himself to be defeated by His devotees.
Accompanied by His devotees, the king of Vaikuntha enjoyed pastimes of kirtana by the ocean's shore.
Sitting by the ocean's shore, Lord Chaitanya played in the blissful ocean of devotional service.
Because Goddess Lakshmi was born in its waters, the ocean became glorious again when the Supreme Lord descended as Shri Chaitanya.
By bathing in the ocean there, the people of Jagannatha Puri wash away all their sins.
That is why Goddess Ganga flows so swiftly to meet the glorious ocean at that place.
Sitting by the shore, Lord Chaitanya made the ocean fortunate and glorious.
When Lord Chaitanya came to Jagannatha Puri, King Prataparudra was not in Orissa.
The king was fighting a war with Vijayanagara. Therefore at that time he did not see Lord Chaitanya.
After staying for some days at Jagannatha Puri, Lord Ãaitanya happily returned to West Bengal.
Filled with love for the Ganga, Lord Chaitanya quickly returned to West Bengal.
Sarvabhauma had a brother named Vidya-vacaspati, who was peaceful, austere, religious, and very fortunate.
Accompanied by His associates, Lord Chaitanya suddenly arrived at Vidya-vacaspati's home.
Attaining the king of Vaikuntha as a guest in his home, Vidya-vacaspati at once offered dandavat obeisances.
Great bliss filled that brahmana's body. He did not know what he should do.
Embracing him, Lord Chaitanya said, "Please hear My words.
"In My heart I have decided to go to Mathura. But first, for some days I will bathe in the Ganga.
"Secretly staying at your home, for some days I will bathe in the Ganga.
"Then finally I will go to Mathura. If you wish to see Me, you must help Me in this."
Hearing the Lord's words, with a humble heart Vidya-vacaspati spoke.
The brahmana said, "The many generations of my family have now become fortunate, for I have attained the dust of Your feet.
"Everything in my house is Yours. Please happily stay here. No one will know."
Hearing these words, the Lord became happy. For some days He stayed at that glorious place.
How can the sun be hidden? Soon everyone heard that Lord Chaitanya had come.
In Navadvipa and other places everyone said, "The crest-jewel of sannyasis now stays at Vidya-vacaspati's home."
Hearing these words everyone felt great joy in their hearts. It was as if in their present bodies they were all transported to Vaikuntha.
Forgetting wives, children, bodies, homes, and all else, everyone joyfully chanted, "Hari! Hari!"
Everyone embraced everyone elses. They said, "Look, let us go to His feet."
Speaking in thsi way, everyone was filled with joy. No one said anything about elders going in front or behind.
Chanting, "Hari! Hari!", numberless millions of people went to see Lord Chaitanya.
When the roads, filled with people, became impassable, many cut through the jungles to see the Lord.
O my brothers, hear. Please hear these pastimes of Lord Chaitanya, pastimes where the Lord delivered all living entities.
Breaking through thorny thickets, the people ran to see the Lord. Filled with bliss, no one felt any trouble.
In a moment the great crowds of people made their own splendid pathway through the jungles.
Chanting, "Hari!", the people came from every direction. By all of this Lord Chaitanya was very pleased.
Someone said, "I will grasp His feet and beg that He break the bonds that hold me to this world."
Another person said, "When I see Him with my eyes, I will attain everything. Why should I ask for anything more than that?"
Another person said, "I did not know His glories, so I blasphemed Him. My blasphemy had no limit.
"Holding His lotus feet to my heart, I will beg that He kill all my sins and offenses."
Another person said, "My son is a compulsive gambler. I will pray for the boon that my son will no longer gamble."
Another person said, "I will ask for the boon that my body and mind may never leave His lotus feet."
Another person said, "Glorious, glorious is the boon I will ask. I will ask that I will never forget fair and handsome Lord Chaitanya."
In these ways the people talked as they traveled. Their hearts were filled with bliss.
In a moment all these people came to the ferry-landing. The ferrymen then fell into a great calamity.
Thousands and thousands of people tried to climâ into one boat. In a moment even the big big boats fell apart.
Giving their extra clothing to the ferrymen, many people happily swam to the other side.
Not able to cross in a boat, many people devised other ways to cross. Some held large clay jars to their chests and floated across.
Some floated across on banana-trunk rafts. Some happily swam across.
In the four directions everyone chanted, "Hari!" Hearing this chanting, it seemed the whole material universe would break into pieces.
Vidya-vacaspati meanwhile had gathered many boats.
No one waited for the boats. Everyone crossed in whatever way he could.
Lord Chaitanya had attracted the hearts of all. But for Him, who has the power to do that?
Crossing the Ganga in this way, everyone grasped Vidya-vacaspati's feet.
They said, "You are very saintly and fortunate, for Lord Chaitanya now stays in your home.
"Who has the power to describe your good fortune? Please deliver all of us.
"We are all sinners fallen into the well of repeated birth and death. We have not seen the Lord.
"Please show to us the Lord's feet. Then we sinners will attain the goal of life."
Seeing the people's anxiety to see the Lord, the noble-hearted brahmana Vidya-vacaspati shed tears of joy.
Taking them with him, he went to the house where the Lord stayed. Thousands and millions of people made a great tumult of chanting the names of Lord Hari.
The names of Lord Hari alone stayed on everyone's mouth. No other word was spoken or heard.
Then Lord Chaitanya, who is an ocean of mercy, stood up before everyone.
Hearing the chanting of Lord Hari's names, and conquered by the people's good fortune, Lord Chaitanya very happily came outside.
Lord Chaitanya's form was very handsome and enchanting. No other form could compare with it.
Lord Chaitanya's face was always handsome and cheerful. His two graceful eyes were flooded with tears of joy.
The devotees had anointed His graceful limbs wirth sandal paste. His chest was covered with a great flower-garland. His motions were like those of a graceful elephant.
Raising His two graceful knee-length arms, He roared like a lion, "Hari!"
Gazing at the Lord, the people in the four directions chanted, "Hari!" and happily danced.
Falling to the ground, they offered dandavat obeisances. Plunged in bliss, they chanted, "Hari! Hari!"
Raising their arms, everyone prayed, "Lord, please deliver us sinners!"
Smiling, the Lord blessed everyone, "Always remember Lord Krishna.
"Chant, `Krishna!' Worship Krishna. Hear Krishna's name. Make Lord Krishna your whole life, your wealth, your very breath."
Hearing this blessing, everyone chanted, "Hari!" Their voices choked with emotion, everyone offered prayers again and again.
They said, "To deliver the world You descended to this world. In this hidden form You appeared in Saci's womâ in Navadvipa.
"We are all sinners. We did not recognize You. We fell into a blind well.
"O ocean of mercy, O Lord who does good to others, please be merciful to us, so we will never forget You."
In this way offering prayers, the people in all the directions pleased Lord Chaitanya.
The village became filled with people. There was no room in either the middle or in the outskirts of the village.
Anxious to see the Lord, thousands and thousands of people tried to climâ a single tree.
How many people climbed the roofs of houses? It is only by the Lord's will that those houses did not collapse.
Gazing at the Lord's graceful moonlike face, everyone called out, "Hari!" They roared like lions.
From the different directions the people again and again gazed at the Lord's graceful face. No one returned to his home.
After enjoying many pastimes in this way, the Lord slipped away and went to Kuliya-nagara.
Not telling Vidya-vacaspati, the Lord left with His associates.
When the king of Vaikuntha left for Kuliya-ngara, everyone became tormented with grief.
Vidya-vacaspati looked in the four directions. Where did the Lord go? He had no power to see.
Seaching for but not finding the Lord, Vidya-vacaspati loudly wept.
In their hearts everyone thought, "The Lord must have gone inside the house."
Thinking that the Lord would hear the names of Lord Hari and then come outside, everyone made a great tumult of chanting Lord Hari's names.
Millions and millions of people chanted Lord Hari's names. The chanting filled Svargaloka, Martyaloka, Patalaloka, and all the worlds.
After some moments Vidya-vacaspati came outside and told everyone what the Lord had done.
He said, "the jewel of the sannyasis has cheated us sinners and gone away. At what time of the night did He go? In what direction did He go? I do not know.
"My brothers, I tell you the truth. I do not know to what village Lord Chaitanya went."
Trust in what Vidya-vacaspati said did not take birth in the people's hearts.
Everyone cheerfully thought, "Seeing the great crowds, the Lord is hiding inside the house."
Someone privately told Vidya-vacaspati, "I am alone. Show the Lord to me."
Everyone grasped Vidya-vacaspati's feet and said, "Just one time let us see Him with our own eyes.
"Then we will all happily return to our homes. Please go to the Lord and tell Him these words.
"He will not disobey your words. In this way we sinners will gaze on Him."
Again Vidya-vacaspati explained what had happened, but in their hearts no one believed him.
Still not seeing the Lord, after some time the people spoke harshly to Vidya-vacaspati.
They said, "In his house Vidya-vacaspati hides the jewel of the sannyasis. Then he comes and tells us lies.
"Why should he be unhappy if we become liberated? Why should he be happy only with his own liberation?"
Someone else said, "A saintly person is merciful. He wants to liberate everyone.
"An ordinary person thinks, `Let good things happen to me.' But a saintly person, uninterested in his own welfare, tries to save others."
Someone else said, "Even in ordinary activities, if a person gets many candies and then eats them all himself, his action is considered an offense.
"This person has found the Supreme Lord Hismelf, the sweetest thing in the three worlds, and now he wants to be the only one to enjoy Him."
Then someone else said, "This brahmana is a cheater at heart. He will not be merciful and do good to others."
On the one side, Vidya-vacaspati was tormented by separation from the Lord, and on the other side everyone was speaking badly of him.
In these two ways that generous brahmana suffered. He did not know what remedy would cure his sufferings.
Suddenly a brahmana came and whispered in Vidya-vacaspati's ear,
"Lord Chaitanya went to Kuliya-nagara. Think what now you will do."
Hearing these words, Vidya-vacaspati happily embraced the brahmana.
At once he went to everyone and told them the secret.
He said, "Unaware of the truth, you accused me, saying that I was hiding the Lord.
"I have heard that the Lord is now in Kuliya-nagara. A brahmana just now came and told me this.
"Let us go there. If these words are the truth, then all of you please declare that I am a true brahmana."
Calling out, "Hari!", in a moment everyone very happily left with Vidya-vacaspati.
In every direction there was a great sound of "The jewel of sannyasis went to Kuliya-nagara!"
Hearing this news, many people in Nadiya crossed the Ganga and went to Kuliya.
The crowd that traveled from Vidya-vacaspati's village was now millions and millions of times larger.
Even Ananta Sesha with His thousands of mouths has no power to describe how many people were drawn to Kuliya.
From where did these thousands and millions of people come? How did they all cross the Ganga? I do not know.
How many boats sank in the middle of the Ganga? Even when that happened, no one died.
As they sank the boats would suddenly hit dry land. All this was arranged by Lord Chaitanya's merciful will.
Anyone who once sings Lord Chaitanya's name or virtues at once crosses the ocean of repeated birth and death, an ocean that becomes like a calf's-hoofprint mud-puddle.
Why, then, should be surprising that everyone successfully crossed the Ganga as they went to directly see Lord Chaitanya?
Thousands and millions of people happily swam across the Ganga.
Coming to the other side, they embraced each other and called out, "Hari!"
How much money did the ferrymen earn? How many marketplaces and bazaars suddenly sprang into existence? How many people were there?
Whatever one wished in the four directions one could buy there. How many people were there? I do not know.
The towns, villages, and farmlands were all filled with people. No place was empty.
Numberless millions of people made a great sound of "Hari!" Still, Lord Chaitanya, the jewel of the sannyasis, did not come out. He remained in hiding.
Where was Lord Chaitanya hiding? Searching and searching, Vidya-vacasapati could not find Him.
After some time of searching for and calling out to the Lord, Vidya-vacaspati finally found Lord Chaitanya.
When the Lord was in sight, Vidya-vacaspati, the son of Visarada at once fell to the ground and offered dandavat obeisances.
Again and again he recited verses describing Lord Chaitanya's descent to this world. Again and again he bowed down.
He said, "To deliver the whole world You have come in the form of Lord Chaitanya. You have already delivered everyone who has fallen into the well of birth and death.
"O Lord Chaitanya, Your mercy is like the ocean. Birth after birth please always stay in my heart.
"Seeing the whole world plunged in the ocean of birth and death, again and again You mercifully shower ecstati spiritual love upon it.
"O peerlessly merciful Lord Chaitanya, please always appear in my heart."
Again and again reciting verses like these, Vidya-vacaspati glorified the Lord. Again and again he offered dandavat obeisances.
I offer my respectful obeisances to Visarada, whose two sons were Sarvabhauma and Vidya-vacaspati.
Lord Chaitanya cast a merciful glance at Vidya-vacasapati. Then Vidya-vacasapati began to sepak.
Offering dandavat obeisances, and then folding his hands, Vidya-vacaspati said, "O noble-hearted Lord, please hear my request.
"You are exalted, blissful, and supremely independent. You do whatever You wish.
"You go wherever You wish. Only if You reveal Yourself can anyone know You.
"Your heart establishes what is good. What rule or prohibition must You follow?
"All these people do not know this truth about You. In their hearts they criticize me. They say I am cruel.
"Not knowing the truth, the people say that I am hiding You in my house.
"For half a sesame seed's worth of time, O Lord, please come outside. Then the people will say that I am a true brahmana."
Smiling at the brahmana's words, by His own will Lord Chaitanya at once went outside.
Seeing that the Lord had come outside, everyone became plunged in an ocean of bliss.
From the four directions the people offered dandavat obeisances. Then they spoke many prayers, whatever was in their hearts.
Numberless millions of people chanted the holy names of Lord Hari. Everyone was plunged in an ocean of bliss.
In place after place, thousands and thousands of groups joyfully sang kirtana.
In this way Lord Chaitanya, the jewel of the sannyasis, day and night filled all the worlds with the blissful names of Lord Krishna.
By tasting a portion of a drop of that happiness, Brahmaloka, Sivaloka, and the other higher worlds became free of all sufferings.
By tasting a drop of that happiness, the kings of the yogis and kings of the sages became wild with bliss. Manifesting the form of a sannyasi, Lord Krishna was then present on the earth.
The sinners who say there is no evidence to prove the existence of a supreme, all-powerful God, are very pathetic. Everyone should feel sorry for them. Their birth, pious deeds, education, and brahminical virtues are all useless.
O my brothers, worship, worship Lord Chaitanya's feet. By hearing about Lord Chaitanya one breaks the bonds of ignorance.
Simply by remembering Him one becomes free of all sufferings. Therefore worship, worship the feet of He who is the jewel of sannyasis.
Seeing the great sankirtana in four directions, Lord Chaitanya and His associates swam in bliss.
Lord Chaitanya wept a flood of tears of joy. It was as if the Ganga were flowing in the four directions at once.
Lord Chaitanya was overwhelmed with the bliss of sankirtana. He was not in external consciousness.
Lord Chaitanya joyfully danced with the sankirtana groups He saw before Him.
Everyone thought themselves very fortunate that they could assist Lord Chaitanya in His pastimes.
Lord Nityananda was the most agitated with ecstati love. He embraced Lord Chaitanya and made Him dance.
Overcome with bliss and love, Lord Nityananda danced with Lord Chaitanya.
Roaring like a lion, Lord Chaitanya danced. Anyone who hears that sound finds his sufferings broken to pieces.
In the past, when he tasted the nectar of that Supreme Lord, Siva became intoxicated and unaware that clothes no longer covered His body. That same Supreme Personality of Godhead now danced among the people.
Tasting the nectar of ecstati love the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the controller of the numberless universes, now danced on the earth.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, whom all the demigods yearn to see, now danced before everyone.
In this way the people floated in great bliss. Lord Chaitanya's appearance delivered the entire world.
From the ten directions everyone gazed at the Lord as He danced.
Lord Chaitanya was not in external consciousness. Tasting the nectar of ecstati love, He had become wild. Gazing at Him, everyone became plunged in an ocean of bliss.
When Lord Chaitanya came to Kuliya, the sinners, lowly people, ordinary people, and great devotees all became delivered.
Simply by hearing of Lord Chaitanya's coming to Kuliya-griama, one breaks all the bonds of karma.
By allowing everyone to see Him, Lord Chaitanya made everyone joyful at heart.
Staying outside, Lord Chaitanya sat down with His associates.
At that time a brahmana approached and tightly grasped the Lord's feet.
The brahmana said, "Lord, I have one request. If You give me a moment, I will tell it.
"Unaware of the glory of devotional service, I commited many sins. I blasphemed many Vaishnavas.
"I would say, `How, in Kali-yuga, is it possible for anyone to be a true Vaishnava? How can anyone truly sing kirtana?' Moment after moment I blasphemed many Vaishnavas in this way.
"Moment after moment remembering these sins, my heart burns with grief.
"O lion who delivers all the worlds, please tell me how I can break my sins into pieces."
Hearing the brahmana's sincere words, Lord Chaitanya smiled and spoke this remedy:
"O brahmana, please listen. If with his own mouth a person drinks poison, and then, with the same mouth, also drinks the nectar of immortality, then the poison will wither away, and the nectar will make that person's body immortal. Please hear this explanation.
"Not knowing what was happening, you blasphemed Vaishnavas. In this way you drank poison.
"With your mouth you should now always drink the nectar of Lord Krishna's holy names and qualities.
"The same mouth that once blasphemed Vaishnavas should now sing their praises.
"O brahmana, in poetry and songs you should sing the glories of the devotees.
"By drinking the nectar of Lord Krishna's glories, you will counteract the poison of blasphemy.
"What I say is the truth. If a person who unwittingly commits blasphemy stops blaspheming others and instead praises Lord Vishnu and the Vaishnavas, then that pwerson will destroys all his sins. That is the right way to destroy them. Millions of rituals of atonement will not destroy them.
"O brahmana, go and sing the glories of the devotees. Then you will become free of all sins."
Hearing these words from the Lord's graceful mouth, the Vaishnavas called out, "Jaya! Jaya! Hari!"
In this way Lord Chaitanya described the best atonement for the sin of blasphemy.
Any sinner who, not honoring Lord Chaitanya's order, blasphemes the Vaishnavas will be plunged in an ocean of sufferings.
Anyone who honors Lord Chaitanya's order as the essence of the Vedas will become happy. He will cross the ocean of repeated birth and death.
In this way Lord Chaitanya described the truth to that brahmana. The next moment Devananda Pandita approached the Lord.
When Lord Chaitanya was enjoying pastimes as a householder, Devananda Pandita did not have faith in Him. For that reason he did not see the Lord.
He was qualified to see the Lord. Why did he not see Him? The reason lies in Lord Krishna Himself.
After the Lord accepted sannyasa and went away, by good fortune Devananda met Vakresvara Pandita.
Vakresvara Pandita was a very dear associate of Lord Chaitanya. Simply by hearing about Vakresvara all the world becomes purified.
He was the personification of eternal love for Lord Krishna. He was always in ecstasy. When he danced the demigods and demons became enthralled.
He manifested tears, trembling, perspiration, laughter, roaring, standing up of the body's hairs, becoming pale, fainting, and many other symptoms of ecstasy.
By Lord Chaitanya's mercy all the symptoms of ecstasy entered Vakresvara's body when he danced.
Vakresvara Pandita felt very intense ecstasy. Who has the power to describe his ecstasies?
By divine arrangement, and attracted by the nectar of ecstati love, Vakresvara Pandita.stayed for some time at Devananda Pandita's asrama.
Seeing Vakresvara's bodily effulgence and great devotion to Lord Vishnu, devotion without equal in the three worlds, Devananda Pandita became very happy at heart. With sincere love he served Vakresvara Pandita.
When Vakresvara danced, Devananda, stick in hand, walked about to keep the crowds back. When Vakresvara was about to faint in ecstasy, Devananda caught him and kept him on his lap.
With respectful devotion in his heart, he took the dust from Vakresvara's body and smeared it on his own body.
Seeing his glory, Devananda stayed with Vakresvara. In this way faith in Lord Chaitanya was born within Devananda.
This story bears witness to the truth of what the Puranas say is the fruit of serving a Vaishnava. Even today everyone can see that this fruit comes.
From his very birth Devananda was religious, renounced, and learned. He lectured on Shrimad-Bhagavatam. He did not lecture on any other book.
He was peaceful, self-controlled, a victor over his senses, and not greedy for material things. What virtue did he not possess?
Still, he did not have faith in Lord Chaitanya. By Vakresvara's mercy, his misconceptions were destroyed.
"Service to the Vaishnavas is more important than even service to Lord Krishna." This truth Shrimad-Bhagavatam and all other scriptures affirm very emphatically.
In the scriptures it is said:
siddhir bhavati va neti
nihsamsayo 'stu tad-bhakta-
"The servants of the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead may or may not attain perfection. There is some doubt. But for the servants of the Lord's devotees there is no doubt."
Therefore service to the Vaishnavas is the great means of spiritual advancement. By serving the devotees one attains Lord Krishna.
Therefore because of his association with Vakresvara Pandita, Devananda Pandita lovingly went to see Lord Chaitanya.
As Lord Chaitanya sat, Devananda approached.
Devananda offered dandavat obeisances. Hesitating, he stayed back.
Seeing him, Lord Chaitanya was pleased. He made him sit close by.
Forgiving his previous offenses, Lord Chaitanya gave His
Lord Chaitanya said, "You served Vakresvara. Therefore you may approach Me.
"Vakresvara Pandita is the Supreme Lord's spiritual potency. Anyone who devotedly serves him attains Lord Krishna.
"Lord Krishna makes His home in Vakresvara's heart. When Vakresvara dances, Lord Krishna dances also.
"If Vakresvara stays in any place, that place becomes all holy places. It becomes Vaikuntha."
Hearing the Lord's words, Devananda folded his hands and prayed,
"O merciful Lord, to deliver the entire world You appeared in Navadvipa.
"i am a great sinner. Because of my past sins I did not understand who You really are. I was cheated of the spiritual bliss that comes from You.
"You are naturally merciful to all living entities. Therefore I beg You: May I always feel spiritual love for You.
"Lord, I place one request at Your feet. Please say what I should do.
"I am not all-knowing. Still, I lecture on a book meant for persons who know everything. Please say how I should lecture on Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
"How should I explain it? How should I lecture on it? Lord, please tell me."
Hearing these words, Lord Chaitanya described the glory of Shrimad-Bhagavatam. He said,
"O Shrimad-Bhagavatam, please listen, and I will say how to lecture on Shrimad-Bhagavatam. Into your mouth you should place only the word "bhakti" (devotional service). Don't say any other word.
"Eternal, imperishable, always-perfect devotional service to Lord Vishnu is the sole topi in the beginning, middle, and end of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
"Devotional service is the great truth in the numberless universes. When all the universes are destroyed, devotional service will remain, perfect and powerful.
"Easily giving the gift of liberation, Lord Narayana conceals devotional service. Without Lord Krishna's mercy no one can understand the truth of devotional service.
"Shrimad-Bhagavatam explains the truth of devotional service. No other scripture is Shrimad-Bhagavatam's equal.
"As Matsya, Kurma, and the other incarnations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead sometimes appear before the people and sometimes disappear, in the same way Shrimad-Bhagavatam also appears and disappears. It is not a book written by someone.
"Only by Lord Krishna's mercy, and because of Vyasa's sincere devotion, did Shrimad-Bhagavatam appear on Vyasa's tongue.
"No one can know all the truths of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In the same way no can know all the truths of Shrimad-Bhagavatam. This all the scriptures say.
"Anyone who declares, `I understand Shrimad-Bhagavatam', does not really know the truth of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
"But an uneducated person who humbly takes shelter of Shrimad-Bhagavatam will easily see Shrimad-Bhagavatam's true meaning.
"Shrimad-Bhagavatam is made of ecstati spiritual love. It is Lord Krishna's own body. It describes Lord Krishna's secret pastimes.
"After speaking the Vedas and Puranas, Vedavyasa was not happy at heart.
"But when Shrimad-Bhagavatam appeared on his tongue, at once he felt joy in his heart.
"When reading Shrimad-Bhagavatam some people fall into danger. Honestly listen, O brahmana, and I will tell you about this.
"When you lecture say that in the beginning, middle, and end of Shrimad-Bhagavatam devotional service alone is described.
"Then you will not commit offense. Then you will feel joy in your thoughts.
"Every scripture speaks only of devotional service to Lord Krishna. But Shrimad-Bhagavatam is especially sweet with the nectar of Lord Krishna.
"In this way go and teach. Explain to everyone the nectar of devotional service to Lord Krishna."
Hearing the Lord's words, Devananda Pandita offered dandavat obeisances. He knew he had become very fortunate.
Again and again he offered obeisances. Then, his heart meditating on the Lord's feet, the brahmana departed.
In this way Lord Chaitanya explained to everyone the truth about Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
Shrimad-Bhagavatam teaches devotional alone. In its beginning, middle, and end it teaches nothing else.
A person who lectures on Shrimad-Bhagavatam, but does not explain it in terms of devotional service, wastes his words. He commits an offense.
Shrimad-Bhagavatam is the personification of the nectar of devotional service. Anyone who knows this becomes dear to Lord Krishna.
Inauspiciousness never enters a home where the book Shrimad-Bhagavatam is kept.
Anyone who worships Shrimad-Bhagavatam also worships Lord Krishna. Hearing and reading Shrimad-Bhagavatam are acts of devotion to Lord Krishna.
The word "Shrimad-Bhagavatam" has two meanings. One is the book Shrimad-Bhagavatam. The other is a person who has attained Lord Krishna's mercy.
By regularly worshiping, reading, hearing, or seeing Shrimad-Bhagavatam one becomes a person like that, a person who has attained Lord Krishna's mercy. That is the truth. It is the truth.
When a sinner reads Shrimad-Bhagavatam, he does not understand it. He will blaspheme Lord Nityananda.
Lord Nityananda is the personification of the nectar of devotional service. One who knows this is very fortunate.
Moment after moment, with His thousand mouths Lord Nityananda explains the meaning of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
Even today Lord Nityananda Ananta Sesha is not able to complete His explanations.
Even Lord Ananta Sesha cannot come to the end of Shrimad-Bhagavatam. It is said that Shrimad-Bhagavatam contains the sweetest nectar of pure devotional service.
By speaking these words to Devananda Pandita, Lord Chaitanya explained to everyone the truth about Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
To everyone who came with questions, Lord Chaitanya gave perfect answers.
In this way Shri Krishna Chaitanya went to Kuliya-grama. There was not a person at that place whom the Lord did not make fortunate and glorious.
Gazing at the Lord, everyone became happy. Filling their eyes, everyone gazed at Him again and again.
Gazing at the Lord, everyone attained all they desired. Forgetting suffering and grief, they floated in spiritual bliss.
Anyone who with a happy heart hears all these pastimes will attain Lord Chaitanya's association.
It does not matter into what caste he was born. He becomes the best of persons. Anyone who hears the glories of Lord Krishna will never meet calamity.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.