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Shri Acyutananda-caritra Shri Madhavendra-tithi-puja-varnana
Description of Shri Acyutananda's Pastimes and the Worship on Shri Madhavendra-tithi
Text 1 Glory, glory to He who is an ocean of mercy! Glory to Lord Chaitanya! Glory, glory to He whose feet contain all auspiciousness!
Text 2 Glory, glory to Shri Krishna Chaitanya, the king of sannyasis! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya's devotees!
Text 3 After delivering everyone, accompanied by His devotees Lord Chaitanya set out for Mathura.
Text 4 He walked on the path by the Ganga's bank. By bathing and drinking, He fulfilled Goddess Ganga's desire.
Text 5 Near Gauda, by the Ganga's shore, was a village named Ramakeli, a village of brahmanas.
Text 6 The Lord went to that holy place. After four or five days no one knew He was there.
Text 7 How long can the sun remain hidden? Soon everyone heard that Lord Chaitanya had come there.
Text 8 With happy hearts everyone, including women, children, elders, pious, and impious, came to see Him.
Text 9 The Lord was always rapt in ecstasy. Nothing but pure devotion and ecstati love pleased Him.
He roared, thundered, trembled, and wept. The hairs of His body stood erect. Again and again He stumbled and fell.
Again and again He performed kirtana with the devotees. Not for a moment did He perform even half a sesame seed's worth of any other activity.
The Lord very loudly wept. For two miles on the path the people heard Him weeping.
Even though they did not understand the nectar of ecstati devotional service, everyone felt happy when they saw the Lord.
From afar everyone offered dandavat obeisances. Gathering together, they loudly sang, "Hari! Hari!"
Hearing the people chant the holy names of Lord Hari, Lord Chaitanya became very happy.
"Chant! Chant! Chant!", the Lord said, raising His arms. Everyone happily chanted louder.
Lord Chaitanya manifested so much bliss there that even the Muslims, what to speak of the others, all chanted.
Even the Muslims offered dandavat obeisances from afar. Lord Chaitanya manifested great mercy.
Lord Chaitanya always performed sankirtana. He did not do even half a sesame seed's worth of any other activity.
From the four directions the people came to see. Gazing at the Lord, who did not feel his heart run to Him?
Gathering together, the people chanted the holy names of Lord Hari. In the four directions no one could hear any other sound.
The Muslim king's court was nearby. Still, fear did not take birth in anyone's heart.
Forgetting all sufferings, sorrows, homes, and duties, everyone fearlessly chanted, "Hari!"
A policeman went to the Muslim king and said, "A sannyasi has come to Ramakeli-grama.
"he always does kirtana glorifying some ghost. How many people have come to meet Him? I do not know."
The king said, "What is this sannyasi like?
Tell me. Tell. What does He eat? What is His name? What is the shape of His body?"
The policeman said, "Listen. Listen, my lord. This is a wonder I have never seen or heard before.
"This sannyasi is very handsome to see. He is equal to Kamadeva himself. I do not have the power to describe Him.
"He conquers the splendor of gold. He is very tall. His arms reach to His knees. His navel is very deep.
"he has a lion's neck, an elephant's shoulders, and lotus eyes. Millions of moons do not equal His face.
"His lips are gloriously red. His teeth defeat pearls. His knitted eyebrows are like the archer Kamadeva's bows.
"His handsome broad chest is anointed with sandal paste. A saffron garment graces His broad hips.
"His feet are like red lotuses. His ten toenails glisten like ten mirrors.
"He must have been the king of some country, or the son of some king. He must have attained spiritual knowledge and accepted sannyasa. Now He travels from place to place.
"His every limâ is soft like butter. Now please hear this wonder. He violently falls to the ground.
"In half an hour He falls hundreds and hundreds of times. His falls break stone, but still His body is not broken.
"The hairs on this sannyasi's body always stand erect. In this way His limbs look like panasa fruits.
"Moment after moment this sannyasi trembles. A hundred men have no power to hold Him still.
"The tears flowing from His two eyes are a wonder to be seen. His tears flow like how many rivers? I have no power to say.
"Sometimes this sannyasi loudly laughs. Even after siø hours He does not stop.
"Sometimes, after listening to the kirtana, He falls unconscious. No can revive Him. Everyone becomes frightened.
"Again and again He raises His arms and chants the names of Lord Hari. He has no desire to eat, sleep, or do anything else.
"From the four directions people come to see Him. No heart there wishes to go home.
"How many sannyasis, yogis, and philosophers have I seen? I have never seen or heard of any wonderful person like Him.
"O great king, I say that this person's arrival makes your country glorious and fortunate.
"Now no one eats. No one sleeps. No one talks. At every moment everyone enjoys only pastimes of sankirtana."
Although he was naturally very passionate and ferocious, when he heard these words the Muslim king felt great wonder in his heart.
The wonder-struck king called for Kesava Khan and asked him,
"Kesava Khan, what is your opinion of the person named Shri Krishna Chaitanya? Tell me.
"What is the talk about Him? What kind of man is He? What kind of sannyasi? You must tell me.
"From the four directions people come to see Him. Why do they come? Please say what you think."
Hearing these words, saintly Kesava Khan became afraid. Hiding his true opinion, he said,
"Who says He is a great gosvami? He's just a sannyasi beggar. He's just a poor man from another country. He lives under a tree."
Then the king said, "Don't call Him a poor man. It is a great offense to hear those words with the ear.
"Everyone should know without doubt that He is the same person the Hindus call `Krishna' and the Muslims call `Khoda'.
"In my kingdom everyone follows my order. But in every kingdom everyone places this person's order on their head.
"In my own kingdom how many enemies try to stop me?
"If this person were not the Supreme Personality of Godhead, why would these people from every country worship Him with their bodies, words, and thoughts?
"If for siø months I did not pay them, every one of my servants would make many complaints against me.
"These people arrange for their own eating, and then they serve Him. Who does not gaze on Him with a loving heart?
"Therefore please know that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is the truth. Please don't say that he is a `poor person'."
Texts Texts 62-65
The king said, "This I say to everyone: If anyone, be he a kazi, or a policeman, or anyone, makes trouble for this sannyasi, I will personally take away the troublemaker's life. This sannyasi may go wherever He likes. He may preach whatever He likes from His own scripture. He may happily perfom kirtana with all the people. He may do whatever is in His heart."
After giving this order, the king retired to the inner rooms of His palace. Thus Lord Chaitanya was able to continue His pastimes.
This Muslim king was Hussein Shah, who broke many Deities and temples throughout Orissa.
Even that Muslim king honored Lord Chaitanya. Therefore only a blind person will not honor Lord Chaitanya.
Though they may shave their heads and wear sannyasi's garments, these blind people burn in their hearts when they hear Lord Chaitanya's glories.
Texts Texts 70-72
Anyone who is not happy to hear Lord Chaitanya's glories, glories that fill the numberless universes, glories that crush ignorance into powder, glories that make Lakshmi, Siva, Brahma, and Ananta Sesha wild with happiness, glories that the four Vedas always sing, finds that all his virtues become faults.
If he remembers Lord Chaitanya's feet, even a person with no virtues will go to Vaikuntha.
O my brothers, listen. Please listen to these pastimes of the Antya-khanda, pastimes where Lord Krishna performed sankirtana.
Hearing these truthful words from the king, the saintly people became happy.
Meeting in secret, the saintly devotees discussed the situation, saying,
"The king is a ferocious Muslim. He is always agitated by the mode of ignorance.
"In Orissa how many millions and millions of Deities and temples did he wildly break?
"By divine arrangement the mode of goodness is now born in his heart. That is why he now speaks good words to us.
"But if someone comes and gives him bad advice, then he may again become wicked and ferocious.
"Aware of this situation, we should tell the sannyasi, `Lord, why did You come to see this place?'
"We should sent Him a letter that says, `Why should You stay in a village so close to this king?' "
Everyone agreed to this plan. A good brahmana secretly carried the letter.
Tasting the nectar of ecstati love, and always wild with bliss, Lord Chaitanya roared and thundered again and again.
Gathering together, thousands and millions of people sang Lord Hari's holy names. In their midst Lord Chaitanya, the jewel of sannyasis, joyfully danced.
Not for a moment did anyone say or do anything else. Day and night everyone performed sankirtana.
Seeing this, the brahmana became filled with wonder. There was no opportunity to deliver the letter.
Lord Chaitanya would not speak even to His close associates. Why would He speak to others?
Was it day? Was it night? Was He among friends or strangers? Was He in water? Was He on land? Was He in a village?
Lord Chaitanya did not know. By tasting the nectar of devotion to a person who was actually His own self, He had become wild. Day and night He swam in an ocean of love for a person who was actually His own self.
Not finding an opportunity to speak to the Lord, the brahmana spoke to the devotees.
The brahmana said, "You are all the close associates of the Lord. When you find the opportunity, please tell the Lord this message:
`Why should You stay in a village so close to this king?' All of you please tell Him this message."
After speaking these words, and after offering millions of dandavat obeisances to the Lord, the brahmana left and returned to his home.
Hearing these words, the Lord's associated began to worry in their hearts.
Still, they could not find an opportunity to tell the Lord. Lord Chaitanya did not manifest external consciousness.
Raising His two arms, all He would say was, "Chant! Chant! Chant `Hari!' Chant `Hari!' "
In the four directions millions and millions of people clapped their hands and joyfully chanted, "Hari!"
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, the remembrance of whose servants' names breaks the bonds of repeated birth and death and throws all obstacles far away, whose potency enables the individual souls to move and act, whom the Vedas describe as the "eternal and pure Supreme Brahman", and whose Maya makes the conditioned souls forget Him, has now descended to the earth to deliver the conditioned souls from the bondage of repeated birth and death by allowing them to taste the nectar of pure devotional service.
Who is the king that has the right to rule over Him? Of whom need He fear? The Vedas affirm, "Death, time, and their companions are all His servants."
By His own wish supremely independent Lord Chaitanya, the crest jewel of all persons, performed sankirtana with all the people.
If they should be afraid of anyone, the people should be afraid of Lord Chaitanya. Still, they were not afraid. From the four directions they came to see Him.
Lord Chaitanya gave spiritual bliss to everyone. They were not afraid of the king.
Although the people were not learned in spiritual matters, when the saw Lord Chaitanya spiritual bliss was suddenly born in their bodies. Even Yamaraja, the king of death, did not frighten them. Why would they be afraid of some king?
Again and again everyone chanted the names of Lord Hari. No other sound was heard in anyone's mouth.
Surrounded by everyone, the king of Vaikuntha performed sankirtana in this way.
A slight worry then entered the hearts of the Lord's associates. Lord Chaitanya, the Supersoul in the hearts of all, became aware of that.
Slightly smiling, the Lord came to external consciousness. Breaking the illusion of His devotees, the Lord spoke.
The Lord said, "Why are you afraid that the king will come to see Me?
"Anyone who comes to see Me I will see. But not everyone will come to see Me.
"Why are you afraid at heart? What can the king say that will force Me to go and see him?
"What power has the king to order Me?
Only if I place the words in his mouth will this king say that he wishes to see Me.
"What power has he to see Me without My will? The Vedas search for Me, but they do not see Me.
"The devarshis, rajarshis, siddhas, Puranas, and Mahabharata search for Me, but they do not see Me.
"To begin the sankirtana movement I have descended to this world. I will deliver the whole fallen world.
"My heart does not care whether the people are yavanas or demons. In this yuga everyone will chant My names.
"I will deliver the untouchables, demons, yavanas, outcastes, women, sudras, and everyone else.
"In this yuga I will give to everyone the devotional service that the demigods, sages, and siddhas yearn to attain.
"But persons intoxicated by learning, wealth, aristocrati family, knowledge, and austerity, will not become My devotees. They commit offenses.
"In this yuga these people are cheated. They do not understand My transcendental pastimes.
"In every village and country on this earth My name will be preached.
"I have come to this earth, but still the people do not search to find Me.
"Why would this king come to see Me? These words are all false. This I tell you all."
Manifesting external consciousness, Lord Chaitanya spoke these words. Hearing them, the devotees became happy.
Staying for some days in that village, Lord Chaitanya fearlessly performed the sankirtana of chanting His own holy names.
Who has the power to know the Supreme Lord's desire? He did not go to Mathura. He turned and went back.
He told His devotees, "I will go to Lord Jagannatha, the moon of Nilacala."
Saying these words, the supremely blissful and independent Lord, continuing His pastimes of sankirtana, went south.
He joyfully continued on the path by the Ganga's bank. After some days He came to Advaita's home.
Seeing His son's glory, Advaita turned from His other duties and became rapt in bliss.
At that time Lord Chaitanya came to Advaita's home.
Please happily listen and I will tell the very wonderful story of why Advaita was rapt in bliss in His son's company.
Advaita had a worthy son who in this world was known by the name "Acyutananda".
One day, by divine arrangement, an exalted sannyasi came to Advaita Acarya's home.
Seeing the sannyasi, Advaita became very humble. First He bowed down, and then He offered the sannyasi a sitting place.
Advaita said, "Gosvami, please accept alms." The sannyasi said, "You may offer alms.
"But first I wish to ask a question of You. The alms I ask is that You answer my question."
Advaita Acarya said, "Please accept a meal first. Later you may ask questions and we will talk."
The sannyasi said, "First I will ask my question." Advaita Acarya said, "Ask Me whatever you like."
The sannyasi said, "Who is Kesava Bharati to Lord Chaitanya? Please tell me that."
In His heart Lord Advaita thought, "There are two sides: material and spiritual.
"Although He has neither father nor mother, the Supreme Personality of Godhead is still called `Devakinandana' (the son of Devaki).
"Although from the spiritual point of view no one can be Lord Chaitanya's guru, still everyone says that He has a guru.
"Why should I begin by talking from the spiritual point of view? First I will speak in ordinary, in material terms."
Thinking in this way, Lord Advaita said, "Kesava Bharati is Lord Chaitanya's guru.
"You have seen that Kesava Bharati is His guru. Why do you ask this question of Me?"
The moment Advaita spoke these words, Acyutananda ran into the room.
He was a charming five-year-old boy. His limbs, clothed only by the four directions, were covered with dust from his childhood playing.
His every limâ was handsome. He was like Karttikeya. He knew everything. He was very devoted. He held all the power of pure devotional service.
Hearing the words, "Lord Chaitanya's guru", Acyutananda laughed and laughed. Filled with anger, he said,
"Father! What are You saying? Say again what You think. You think, `Lord Chaitanya has a guru'?
"How can You dare to place such words on Your tongue? I do not know the reason.
"If You place words like those on Your tongue then I think the Kali-yuga has certainly come.
"Or perhaps Lord Chaitanya's Maya potency, which bewilders Brahma, Siva, and the demigods, has also bewildered You.
"I think Lord Vishnu's Maya potency bewilders You. Who has the power to cross over Lord Chaitanya's Maya?
"If You are not bewildered by Maya, then why do You say, `Lord Chaitanya has a guru'?
"By Lord Chaitanya's wish the numberless universes enter the pores of Lord Chaitanya's body.
"Lord Chaitanya enjoys pastimes on the water. He plays alone. Nothing different from Him exists.
"many proud sages do not even know where they are.
"By Lord Chaitanya's inconceivable will, Brahma was playfully born from Lord Chaitanya's lotus navel.
"At that moment Brahma had no power even to see where he was. At the end Brahma worshiped Lord Chaitanya with unalloyed devotion.
"Pleased by Brahma's devotion, Lord Chaitanya taught him the truth.
"Placing Lord Chaitanya's order on his head, Brahma then created the universe and taught everyone what he had learned.
"Sanaka and the other sages learned that knowledge from Brahma and mercifully taught it to the whole world.
"In this way the knowledge was passed down. Why, then, do you say that Lord Chaitanya has a guru?
"You are my father. You are my siksha-guru. How will I learn the truth from You? Why did You say all those false things?"
After speaking these words, Acyutananda became silent. Hearing his words, Advaita became filled with bliss.
Saying, "Son! Son!", Advaita embraced Acyutananda. With tears of love He sprinkled Acyutananda's limbs.
He said, "You are My father. I am your son. Pretending to be My son, You have come here to teach Me.
"Father, please forgive My offenses against you. Never again will I talk as I did. This I promise you."
Hearing himself praised, saintly Acyutananda became embarrassed. He would not lift his head.
Hearing Acyutananda's words, the sannyasi at once offered dandavat obeisances.
The sannyasi said, "Advaita's son is worthy. As the father is, so is the son. His words are beyond the knowledge of ordinary human beings.
"The power of the Supreme Personality of Godhead rests in Acyutananda. It cannot be otherwise. How can such words come from the mouth of a child?
"The moment when I came to see Advaita is auspicious. With my own eyes I have seen very wonderful glory."
After offering respectful obeisances to Advaita and His son, the sannyasi departed, chanting, "Hari! Hari!"
That is why I say the Advaita's son was worthy. His only shelter was Lord Chaitanya's feet.
If someone worships Advaita but rejects Lord Chaitanya, then, even if he be Advaita's own son, he must go.
Seeing His son's glory, Advaita Acarya abandoned all duties, embraced His son, and wept.
He took the dust from His son's limbs and happily smeared it on His own body.
Saying, "Lord Chaitanya's own associate is born in My home!", Lord Advaita clapped His hands and danced.
Embracing His son, Lord Advaita danced. No one in the three worlds can know the heights of His devotion.
Seeing His son's glory, Advaita was overcome. At that moment everything was very auspicious.
Accompanied by His associates, Lord Chaitanya came to Advaita's home at that moment.
Seeing His worshipable Deity, the master of His life, Advaita fell to the ground and offered dandavat obeisances.
Advaita roared, "Hari!" Overcome with bliss, He forgot His own body.Text 192
The women chanted "Jaya! Jaya!" Great bliss arose in Advaita's home.
Lord Chaitanya embraced Advaita to His chest. He sprinkled Advaita's limbs with tears of ecstati love.
Holding Lord Chaitanya's feet to His chest, Advaita wept. He was not in external consciousness.
In the four directions the devotees wept. How wonderful was the love they felt. I do not have the power to describe it.
After some moments becoming peaceful, Advaita humbly offered Lord Chaitanya an asana.
Lord Chaitanya sat on that glorious asana. In the four directions were the glorious devotees.
Nityananda and Advaita embraced. Gazing at each other, They became happy at heart.
The devotees offered obeisances to Advaita Acarya. With great love Advaita Acarya embraced them all.
Except for Vedavyasa Himself, who has the power to describe the bliss that was born in Advaita's home?
In a moment Advaita's small son Acyutananda offered obeisances to Lord Chaitanya's feet.
Embracing him, Lord Chaitanya covered Acyutananda's body with tears of love.
Lord Chaitanya would not let Acyutananda leave His chest. Acyutananda clung to the Lord's body.
Seeing the Lord's mercy to Acyutananda, the devotees wept with love.
Of all of Lord Chaitanya's associates, none was more dear than Acyutananda. No one was like him.
For Nityananda and Svarupa Damodara, he was as dear as life. He was the foremost disciple of Gadadhara Pandita.
Therefore I say that Acyutananda was a worthy son of Advaita. As the father was, so was the son. It was right that they were together.
In this way, accompanied by Lord Advaita's associates, Lored Chaitanya plunged in the nectar of spiritual bliss.
By Advaita's wish, Lord Chaitanya stayed for some days and enjoyed pastimes of sankirtana in Advaita's home.
Overcome with bliss by the Lord of His life's presence in His home, Lord Advaita Acarya did not know where He was.
When noble-hearted Advaita became a little peaceful He sent a messenger running to Mother Saci.
Taking with him a palanquin, the messenger quickly went to Navadvipa and told Mother Saci the message.
Mother Saci was plunged in a nectar ocean of ecstati love. What did she say? What did she hear? She was not in external consciousness.
When she saw anyone before her she would say, "Please tell me the news from Mathura.
"How are Krishna and Balarama in Mathura? What is that sinner Kamsa doing now?
"What is the news of Akrura, the thief who stole my Krishna and Balarama? Please tell me.
"I heard that the sinner Kamsa died. Is it true that Ugrasena is now king?"
Sometimes Mother Saci would call out, "Krishna! Balarama! Quickly milk the cows. I will go to sell the milk.
Sometimes Mother Saci would graâ a stick and say, "Graâ Him! Graâ Him, everyone! The butter-thief flees.
"Where will You run noe? Now I will tie You up." Speaking these words, Mother Saci, now rapt in ecstasy, would run here and there.
Seeing a woman come before her, she would say, "Come, let us go to the Yamuna and take our baths."
Sometimes she would loudly weep. Hearing her weep, any heart would melt.
An unbroken stream of tears flowed from her two eyes. Hearing her emotional lament, even stones and dry sticks would split apart.
Sometimes, Lord Krishna would appear in her meditation. Forgetting who she was, then she would very loudly laugh and laugh.
This laughter was very blissful and wonderful. Even after siø hours it did not end.
Sometimes Mother Saci would faint in ecstasy. For three hours there was no sign of life in her body.
Sometimes she trembled. Again and again someone picked her up, and again and again she fell to the ground.
Who has ecstati love for Lord Krishna like Mother Saci? No one is like her.
Devotion to Krishna resides in Lord Krishna's transcendental body. It was Lord Krishna Himself who gave the power of devotion to Mother Saci.
Who has the power to describe the devotional ecstasies Mother Saci felt?
Day and night Mother Saci very happily swam in the waves of the ocean of ecstati love.
Whenever she was slightly in external consciousness Mother Saci would worship her deity of Lord Vishnu. Please know this for certain.
When Mother Saci had thus sat down to worship Lord Krishna, the messenger came with the good news.
He said, "Lord Chaitanya has come to Santipura. Mother, come quickly and see Him."
Hearing this news, Mother Saci became very happy. Then the messenger went to tell the others.
When the devotees heard this news of the Lord, their hearts became filled with great joy and love.
Taking Mother Saci with him, the Lord's dear devotee Gangadasa Pandita at once departed.
Murari Gupta and the other devotees all accompanied Mother Saci.
Mother Saci quickly came to Santipura. Lord Chaitanya heard this news.
Seeing His mother from afar, Lord Chaitanya at once offered dandavat obeisances.
Again and again He circumambulated her and offered dandavat obeisances. Again and again He recited prayers.
He said, "I say You are the mother of the universe. You are pure devotional service personified. Your form is spiritual, beyond the modes of material nature.
"If you cast a merciful glance on them, the conditioned souls find their hearts have fallen in love with Lord Krishna.
"You are personified pure devotion to Lord Vishnu. From you everything has come. You are Lord Vishnu's potency.
"You are Ganga, Devaki, Yasoda, and Devahuti. You are Prisni, Anasuya, Kausalya, and Aditi.
"From your glance everything arose. You are the protector. By you everything is destroyed.
"Who has the power to describe you? Your home is in the hearts of all."
Reciting verses like these, He offered prayers. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is eternal religion personified, offered dandavat obeisances.
Who but Lord Krishna Himself has the power to be so devoted to father, mother, and guru?
Streams of tears of bliss flowed over His limbs. Reciting these verses, He humbly offered obeisances.
Simply by seeing Lord Chaitanya's face, Mother Saci was at once stunned with bliss.
As Mother Saci remained motionless like a wooden puppet, the king of Vaikuntha joyfully prayed.
The Lord said, "Whatever little devotion to Lord Krishna I possess has come only from your mercy.
"The millions of servants of your servants are more dear to Me than My own life.
"Anyone who once remembers you is no longer bound in the world of birth and death.
"By touching you Ganga and Tulasi have become glorious and fortunate. That is why they now purify everything.
"You have always been My protector. I have no power to repay the debt I owe you.
"Your own spiritual virtues will have to be My repayment for the love you gave Me hour after hour."
In this way Lord Chaitanya happily offered prayers. Simply by hearing these prayers, the Vaishnavas floated in bliss.
Mother Saci knew her son was Lord Narayana descended to the earth, and He could say whatever He wished.
After some moments, Mother Saci said only, "Who can understand Your words?
"As lifeless objects float in the ocean, helplessly carried here and there by the currents, so all conditioned souls float in the ocean of repeated birth and death, carried here and there by Your Maya.
"Son, I reply to Your words by saying that whatever You do is good.
"You may recite prayers, circumambulate, and bow down. I know that You will do whatever You wish."
Hearing Mother Saci's words, the devotees made a great sound of "Jaya! Jaya!"
Who has the power to describe the great heights of Mother Saci's devotion? Within her womâ Lord Chaitanya descended to this world.
A person who says the material sound "a-i" (mother, will find, by the power of the word "a-i" that he no longer experiences material sufferings.
Gazing at the Lord, Mother Saci became filled with bliss. Overcome with bliss, the devotees were not in external consciousness.
What human being has the power to describe the bliss they felt?
Mother Saci's bliss made Lord Nityananda wild. He happily floated in an ocean of bliss.
Reciting prayers that said she was Devaki herself, Lord Advaita offered dandavat obeisances to Mother Saci. His obeisances did not come to an end.
Mother Saci's bliss made Haridasa, Murari, Shrigarbha, Narayana, Jagadisa, Gopinatha, and the other devotees blissful also.
Whoever reads or hears of their bliss will attain a great treasure of pure love for Lord Krishna.
"Glorious Mother Saci will cook for the Lord." Advaita repeated this order of the Lord.
Mother Saci happily went to cook. With great love she thought, "Chaitanya is Narayana."
How many different kinds of food did Mother Saci prepare? I do not know even the names of the different foods she cooked.
Mother Saci knew the Lord liked saka, so she cooked twenty different preparations made of saka.
With a happy heart Mother Saci prepared each kind of food in ten or twenty different ways.
When the cooking was completed, she brought all the foods to the dining room.
Over the rice, vegetables, and other foods she placed tulasi manjaris.
She placed the rice, vegetables, and other foods in the four directions, and in the middle she placed a comfortable seat.
Accompanied by His associates, Lord Chaitanya came to eat.
Seeing the nice arrangement of rice, vegetables, and other foods, Lord Chaitanya at once offered dandavat obeisances.
The Lord said, "Even without eating, simply by seeing this food one becomes free of the bonds of birth and death.
"How beautiful is this food! Words cannot properly praise it. Simply by smelling the fragrance of this food one attains pure devotion to Lord Krishna.
"I know that Lord Krishna and His associates have certainly accepted this food."
After speaking these words, the Lord circumambulated the food. Then Lord Chaitanya-Nrisimha sat down to eat.
With the Lord's permission, in the four directions the devotees sat to watch Him eat.
Then the king of Vaikuntha ate. Filling her eyes, fortunate and glorious Mother Saci gazed at Him.
One by one, with great pleasure the Lord ate from each kind of food.
Most glorious of all was the saka vegetable. Again and again the Lord ate that.
Seeing the saka, the Lord was very pleased. At this the Lord's followers smiled.
Gently smiling, the Lord ate. He told everyone the glories of saka.
The Lord said, "This is the saka named `Acyuta'. By eating it one falls in love with Lord Krishna.
"By eating the sakas named `patala-vastuka' and `kala', one attains the association of Vaishnavas birth after birth.
"By eating the sakas named `salinca' and `helanca' one becomes free of disease and one also meets Lord Krishna.
Again and again praising the glory of saka in this way, and the hairs of His body standing erect with joy, the Lord ate.
Lord Ananta Sesha, who has thousands of heads, knows the bliss Lord Chaitanya felt as He ate on that day.
With His thousands of tongues Lord Ananta Sesha, the support of the worlds and the first of the demigods, eternally sings the glories of Lord Chaitanya.
In Kali-yuga Lord Ananta Sesha has become Nityananda, the king of avadhutas. By His order I write this book in the form of sutras.
In the future Vedavyasa and the other great sages will describe all the glories of Lord Chaitanya.
If he hears or reads of Lord Chaitanya's glories, a conditioned soul will break the bonds of material ignorance.
Sitting, Lord Chaitanya happily ate. Then He left and rinsed His mouth.
While the Lord was rinsing His mouth, the devotees fell on the food He left.
Someone said, "What right have brahmanas to eat leftovers? I am a sudra. It is right that I eat the leftovers."
The other person said, "I am not a brahmana." Some people slipped in, took something, and fled.
Someone said, "Sudras have no right to eat these leftovers. Someone may say, `Sudras have a right', and someone else may say, `Sudras have no right.' Let us understand this according to what the scriptures say."
Someone else said, "I don't want the leftovers. I will simply take the empty banana-leaf plates and go."
Someone else said, "I always throw away the banana-leaf plates. Now, claiming that you are the authority here, you are taking them."
Saying these words, the playful devotees eagerly tasted the nectar from the Supreme Lord's lips.
This food had been cooked by Mother Saci and tasted by Lord Chaitanya. Within whom would greed to taste these leftovers not take birth?
The devotees joyfully ate. Then they approached Lord Chaitanya.
Lord Chaitanya sat down, and His followers sat around Him in the four directions.
Seeing Murari Gupta before Him, Lord smiled and said,
"Murari Gupta, I heard that you wrote eight Sanskrit verses describing Lord Ramacandra. Please recite them."
Hearing the Lord's order, ecstati Murari Gupta recited these verses:
agre dhanurdhara-varah kanakojjvalango
ramam jagat-traya-gurum satatam bhajami
"Again and again I worship Lord Ramacandra, the master of the three worlds. Before Him stands the person named Lakshmana, whose limbs are splendid like gold, who is the best of bowmen, whose is glorious with beautiful ornaments, who is the resting-place of Lord Ananta Sesha, and who is His brother's devoted servant.
hatva khara-trisirasau sa-ganau kabandham
shri-danda-kananam adushanam eva kritva
sugriva-maitram akarod vinihatya satrum
ramam jagat-traya-gurum satatam bhajami
"Again and again I worship Lord Ramacandra, the master of the three worlds. Killing Khara, Trisirah, Kambandha, and their followers, He made Dandakaranya Forest pure and glorious. Killing the enemy Vali, He befriended Sugriva."
After reciting all eight of these verses, by the Lord's order Murari Gupta explained them.
He said, "Lord Rama is dark like durva grass. He is the diksha-guru of all bowmen. He is a kalpa-vriksha tree that fulfills His devotees' every desire.
"His face smiling, He sits on a jewel throne. Sita-devi is at His left.
"Before Him is His younger brother, the great bowman Lakshmana, who is splendid like gold and who is decorated with golden ornaments.
"This younger brother, who is His elder brother's devoted servant, and who is the resting-place of Lord Ananta Sesha, bears the name `Shri Lakshmana'.
"Birth after birth I worship the feet of Lord Ramacandra, who is like this, and who is the great master of all.
Birth after birth I sing the glories of Lord Ramacandra, who delivered Ahalya, who delivered the candala Guha,
whom Bharata and Satrughna fan with camara whisks, and standing before whom Hanuman sings His sacred glories.
"I worship the feet of Lord Ramacandra, who is the master of the three worlds, who, placing on His head His guru's order, left His kingdom and wandered in the forest to benefit the demigods and devotees, who, killing Vali, gave a kingdom to Sugriva, and who mercifully gave His friendship to Sugriva.
I worship the feet of Lord Ramacandra, who with the help of Lakshmana and the monkeys playfully built a bridge across the impassable ocean, and who killed Ravana and his kinsmen, Ravana undefeated even by Indra.
"I worship the feet of Lord Ramacandra, whose glories even the yavanas hear with faith, and by whose mercy saintly Vibhishana, though he did not desire it, became king of Lanka.
"I worship the feet of Lord Ramacandra, who is the master of all, about whom the Vedas sing, `Rama is the Supreme Brahman. He is the master of the universes.', who to stop the wicked always carries His bow, who protects the citizens as if they were His own children, by whose mercy all the residents of Ayodhya became, in their very same bodies, residents of Vaikuntha, the nectar of whose holy name Lord Siva, clothed only by the four directions, always tastes, and whose feet Goddess Lakshmi always serves."
In this way Murari Gupta recited the eight Sanskrit verses he had written, verses describing the nectar glories of Lord Ramacandra.
Pleased by hearing these prayers, Lord Chaitanya placed His lotus feet on Murari Gupta's head.
He said, "Listen, Murari Gupta. By My mercy without obstacle you will be Lord Ramacandra's servant birth after birth.
"Anyone who takes shelter of you, even for only a single moment, will certainly attain Lord Ramacandra's lotus feet."
Hearing the boon Lord Chaitanya gave Murari Gupta, everyone made a great sound of "Jaya! Jaya!"
In this way the lion of Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes. The four directions around Him were glorious with all the devotees, devptees like bees attracted to the lotus flower of His feet.
At that time a leper came before the Lord.
He offered dandavat obeisances. He cried in pain. Raising his two arms, he wept with grief.
He said, "O merciful Lord, to deliver the whole world You descended to this earth.
"Seeing the sufferings of others, You also feel unhappy. That is why I have come before You.
"I am tormented by leprosy. My body burns with pain. Please say how I may be cured."
Hearing the leper's words, Lord Chaitanya angrily rebuked him, saying,
"Die! Die, sinner! When the people here see you, sin takes birth within them.
"If even a saintly person sees you, from that day he must suffer.
"You are the blasphemer of a Vaishnava. You are a sinner. Your actions are evil. How much more suffering awaits you!
"Evil-hearted sinner, if you cannot bear the flames of these sufferings, then how will you live in the hell of Kumbhipaka?
"The word "Vaishnava" purifies the entire world. Brahma and the demigods sing the glories of the Vaishnavas.
"One who worships the Vaishnavas attains Lord Krishna, who is beyond the conception of conditioned souls. Nothing is greater than worshiping the Vaishnavas.
" `The Vaishnavas are dear to Lord Krishna, more dear than Lakshmi, Brahma, Siva, and Ananta Sesha, more dear than the Lord's own body.' This Shrimad-Bhagavatam declares.
"Shrimad-Bhagavatam (11.14.15, Lord Krishna says to Uddhava:
na tatha me priyatama
atma-yonir na sankarah
na ca sankarshano na shrir
naivatma ca yatha bhavan
"O Uddhava! Neither Brahma, nor Sankara, nor Sankarshana, nor Lakshmi, nor even My own self is as dear to Me as you."*
"Anyone who blasphemes a Vaishnava will suffer, will suffer in birth, in life, and in death.
"Anyone who blasphemes a Vaishnava is a sinner, is a person of evil deeds. His education, noble family, austerities, and other virtues are all fruitless.
"If he worships Lord Krishna, Lord Krishna does not accept his worship. Anyone who blasphemes a Vaishnava is a sinner.
"By a Vaishnava's dancing, the earth is made fortunate and glorious. By a Vaishnava's glance, the sins in the four directions wither and die.
"When a Vaishnava raises his arms to dance, the troubles in Svargaloka all perish.
"Shrivasa Pandita is a great Vaishnava. You are a sinner. You blasphemed his character.
"These flames of leprosy are only the root of your punishment. Yamaraja will punish you much more in the future.
"You are unworthy to be seen by Me. I am not the one to deliver you."
Hearing the Lord's words, the leper placed a blade of grass between his teeth and pitifully said,
"I do not know anything. I ate my own self. I went mad and I blasphemed a Vaishnava.
"Therefore it is right that I am punished. Still, You are the Supreme Controller. Please think of my welfare.
"A saintly person's nature is to rescue the suffering. A saintly person will be merciful even to a blasphemer.
"Therefore I take shelter of You and surrender to You. If You reject me, who will deliver me?
"You know everything about atonement. Please tell the atonement I should perform. You are the father of everyone.
"I blasphemed a Vaishnava. Therefore it is right that I am punished."
Lord Chaitanya said, " `A person who blasphemes a Vaishnava will suffer leprosey.' That is written in the scriptures.
"That is only his present punishment. How many torments will he suffer from Yamaraja?
"The blasphemer of a Vaishnava again and again suffers fourteen-thousand tortures from Yamaraja.
"Leper, run to Shrivasa Pandita and fall before his feet.
"You blasphemed him. Only his mercy can deliver you.
"When the foot is pierced by a thorn, with another thorn the first can be taken out. What will one gain by massaging the shoulders?
"Now I say the way you can be delivered: Shrivasa Pandita must forgive you. Then your sufferings will go.
"He is very intelligent. Go to him. He will forgive you. He will deliver you."
Hearing the Lord's very truthful words, the devotees made a great sound of "Jaya! Jaya!"
Hearing the Lord's words, the leper offered dandavat obeisances and left at once.
The leper attained Shrivasa Pandita's mercy. He became delivered. His offenses were all broken into pieces.
In this way the king of Vaikuntha explained how blapshemy of a Vaishnava brings trouble and suffering.
Lord Chaitanya-Narayana punishes anyone who, in spite of all this, blasphemes a Vaishnava.
If one sees one Vaishnava quarreling with another Vaishnava, one should know the quarrel is not real. It is only Lord Krishna's pastime.
Satyabhama and Rukmini quarreled, but the truth is they were in harmony. It only looked like they quarreled.
In the same way the Vaishnavas never quarrel. Lord Chaitanya arranges their quarrels for His pastimes.
If, taking the side of one Vaishnava, a person blasphemes another Vaishnava, the blasphemer will perish.
With one hand he serves the Lord, and with the other hand he tortures the Lord. How will any good come to him?
The devotees are Lord Krishna's own body. One who knows this becomes very peaceful and very serious.
A person who, seeing that they are not different, worships both Lord Krishna and the Vaishnavas and also serves Lord Krishna's feet, crosses beyond this world of birth and death.
A person who hears and sings these sacred descriptions will never find blasphemy of a Vaishnava take birth within him.
In this way Lord Chaitanya very happily stayed at Advaita's home in Santipura.
By divine arrangement, the sacred day for worshiping Madhavendra Puri came while the Lord was there.
Although Advaita and Madhavendra Puri are not different, Lord Advaita was Madhavendra Puri's disciple.
Lord Chaitanya always enjoys pastimes in Madhavendra Puri's body. That is the truth. It is the truth. It is the truth.
Madhavendra Puri's devotion to Lord Vishnu is beyond description. By Lord Krishna's mercy, Madhavendra Puri always possessed all powers.
Giving all your attention, please hear the auspicious story of how Lord Advaita became a dsiciple of Madhavendra Puri.
In the time before Lord Chaitanya decsended, the whole world was empty of true devotion to Lord Vishnu.
By Lord Chaitanya's mercy, Madhavendra Puri always floated in an ocean of spiritual bliss and love.
Tears, trembling, roaring, thundering, loud laughter, perspiration, being stunned, and hairs standing up were always manifested in his body.
He always meditated on Lord Krishna. He was never in external consciousness. He was not even aware of how he performed ordinary duties.
While walking on the pathways, he would joyfully chant "Hari!" and dance.
Sometimes he would faint in ecstasy. For siø or nine hours external consciousness was not present in his body.
Sometimes he would weep in separation from Lord Krishna. His tears were like the Ganga. It is very wonderful to describe them.
Sometimes he would laugh very loudly. Tasting the nectar of spiritual bliss, he was sometimes clothed only by the four directions.
In these ways Madhavendra Puri tasted the happiness of devotion to Lord Krishna. Still, seeing the world empty of true devotion, he became unhappy.
Again and again he thought of the people's welfare. He thought, "Lord Krishna should come here."
No one knew anything about sankirtana of chanting Lord Krishna's names, or about festivals to honor Lord Krishna.
People knew only about pious deeds and rules of conduct. Keeping all-night vigils, they sang songs glorifying Goddess Mangala-Candi.
They knew only the goddesses Shashthi and Vishahari. With great pride and pomp they worshiped these goddesses.
In their hearts they yearned, "May my wealth and my family increase." Offering wine and flesh, some people worshiped demons.
Everyone happily heard songs glorifying ordinary kings, songs praising them as "protectors of the yogis", "protectors of the materialists", and "protectors of the earth".
At the time of bathing the most pious amongst them might chant, "Krishna!" or "O lotus-eyed one!"
Who called himself "Vaishnava"? Who sang sankirtana of Lord Krishna's names? Who danced in the ecstasy of love for Lord Krishna? Who wept out of love for Lord Krishna?
In the grip of Lord Vishnu's Maya, no one knew of these things. The whole world was bound by the ropes of great ignorance.
Seeing the world like this, Madhavendra Puri became unhappy. He did not speak to anyone, even for a half a sesame seed's worth of time.
He went to talk with other sannyasis, but they all claimed they were "Narayana".
Unhappy, he no longer talked with other sannyasis. Not from anyone did he hear anything about devotion to Lord Krishna.
Teachings about the glories of service to the Lord never came from the mouth of anyone famous as a philosopher, yogi, ascetic, or sannyasi.
Teachers taught only about logi and philosophy. No one gave any attention to the transcendental form of Lord Krishna.
Seeing and hearing all this, Madhavendra Puri became unhappy. In his heart he thought, "I will go and live in the forest."
He thought, "Why do I wander this world to find a Vaishnava? I do not even hear the word `Vaishnava' anywhere in this world.
"I will leave the world and go to the forest. I will not go to see anyone.
"The forest is the best place in the world, for there I will not talk to people who are not Vaishnavas."
In this way he lamented in his heart. Then, by the Supreme Lord's desire, he met Lord Advaita.
Seeing the whole world empty of devotion to Lord Vishnu, Advaita Acarya was also unhappy.
Still, by Lord Krishna's mercy lionlike Lord Advaita always emphatically preached devotion to Lord Vishnu.
He always explained Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad-Bhagavatam in terms of devotional service.
At that time saintly Madhavendra Puri came to Lord Advaita's home.
Seeing in him all the signs of a true Vaishnava, Lord Advaita at once bowed down before Madhavendra Puri.
Embracing Lord Advaita, Madhavendra Puri sprinkled His limbs with tears of love and bliss.
Together tasting the nectar of topics about Lord Krishna, the two of Them no longer remembered Their own bodies.
Madhavendra Puri's ecstati love is beyond description. Seeing a dark cloud he at once fainted in ecstasy.
Hearing Lord Krishna's name, he would shout. In one moment he manifested thousands of symptoms of ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
Seeing Madhavendra Puri's ecstati devotion to Lord Krishna, saintly Advaita became very happy.
Then Advaita accepted instruction from Madhavendra Puri. In this way Lord Advaita and Madhavendra Puri met.
One the day of worshiping Madhavendra Puri, Lord Advaita happily offered all that He had.
When by divine arrangement that holy day came, Lord Advaita happily made elaborate preparations.
When that holy day came, Lord Chaitanya and His associates became very happy.
Lord Advaita made very elaborate arrangements for worship on that day. The arrangements had no end.
Help with the preparations came from different directions. What were all the different arrangements? I do not know.
As they were able everyone brought appropriate offerings to please Madhavendra Puri.
Surrounded by the wives of the Vaishnavas, Mother Saci accepted the burden of cooking.
With boundless joy Lord Nityananda accepted the duty of worshiping the Vaishnavas.
Someone said, "I will grind the sandal paste". Another person said, "I will string the flower garlands."
Another said, "Bringing the water is my task." Another said, "My task is to clean the rooms."
Another said, "My task is to wash the Vaishnavas' feet."
Someone tied flags in place. Someone else set up a canopy. Someone donated large jars filled with goods. Someone brought the jars.
Some devotees sang sankirtana, and others joyfully danced.
As some sang "Hari!" in kirtana, others sounded bells and conchshells.
Some prepeared everything for the worship on that day. Advaita Acarya performed the worship on that day.
Tasting the nectar of spiritual bliss, everyone performed the duties their hearts desired.
The devotees licked, drank, and tasted the nectar of Lord Hari's holy names. In the four directions no other sound could be heard.
In the sankirtana was a great sound of conchshells, bells, mridangas, kartalas, and mandira cymbals.
Filled with bliss, no one was in external consciousness. Lord Advaita's home became Shri Vaikuntha-dhama.
Seeing the elaborate preparations, Lord Chaitanya was very pleased.
Lord Chaitanya saw two or four rooms filled with rice. He saw firewood stacked like a mountain.
He saw five rooms become kitchens and now filled with cooking pots. He saw two or four rooms filled with mung dal.
He saw five or seven rooms filled with various kinds of cloth. The Lord saw ten rooms filled with banana leaves.
The Lord saw two or four rooms filled with flat rice. The Lord saw a great pile of thousands and thousands of bananas.
I do not know how many coconuts, betelnuts, or betelleaves there were, or from where they all came.
I do not know how many rooms were filled with patola squashes, eggplants, khodas, alus, and saka.
The Lord saw thousands and thousands of jars of milk, cream, yogurt, sugarcanes, and mung-sprouts.
The Lord saw many jars of oil, salt, and ghee. Everything was numberless. I do not have the power to write how many there were.
Seeing these elaborate arrangements, beyond what a human being could do, Lord Chaitanya felt wonder in His heart.
Lord Chaitanya said, "A human being cannot have such opulence. In My heart I think Advaita Acarya must be Lord Siva himself.
"How is it possible for a human being to have such opulence? Only Lord Siva has opulence like this.
"Therefore I think Advaita Acarya is Lord Siva descended to this world." Smiling, Lord Chaitanya spoke these words again and again.
In this way Lord Chaitanya indirectly spoke the truth about Advaita Acarya. Pious persons accept His words with great joy.
Before anyone who does not honor these words, Lord Advaita appears as a blazing fire.
Although by nature He is pleasantly cooling like millions of moons, to persons who have turned away from Lord Chaitanya, Advaita Acarya becomes like the fire of time, a fire that devours the universe.
Even without knowing the truth of Lord Siva, a person who once chants Lord Siva's holy name become at once cleansed of all sins. This truth the Vedas, the Shrimad-Bhagavatam, and all the scriptures say.
Anyone who is not happy to hear Lord Siva's holy name is thrown into an ocean of calamities.
In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (4.4.14, Sati declares:
yad dvy-aksharam nama gireritam nrinam
sakrit-prasangad agham asu hanti tat
pavitra-kirtim tam alanghya-sasanam
bhavan aho dveshti sivam sivetarah
"My dear father, you are committing the greatest offense by envying Lord Siva, whose very name, consisting of two syllables, si and va, purifies one of all sinful activities. His order is never neglected. Lord Siva is always pure, and no one but you envies him."*
With His own graceful mouth Lord Krishna declares, "How can anyone who does not worship Lord Siva worship Me?
"How can anyone who does not honor Lord Siva, who is so dear to Me, attain true devotion to Me?"
Lord Krishna declares:
katham va mayi bhaktim sa
yo madiyam param bhaktam
sivam sampujayen na hi
"A person who does not worship My great devotee Lord Siva is a sinner. How will he attain devotion to Me?"
That is why all the demigods happily worship Lord Krishna first, and then Lord Siva.
In the Skanda Purana it is said:
prathamam kesavam pujam
ye canye santi devatah
"First one should worship Lord Krishna with great devotion. Then one should worship Lord Siva. Then one should worship the other demigods."
Because of Lord Chaitanya's hint the devotees say Advaita Acarya is Lord Siva.
Fools disagree. Not understanding Lord Advaita's powers, they perish.
Lord Chaitanya saw all the new cloths. They had no end. I do not have the power to write how many they were.
Seeing the elaborate arrangements, Lord Chaitanya became very happy at heart. Moment after moment He praised Advaita Acarya.
One by one, Lord Chaitanya saw all the arrangements. Then He returned to the sankirtana room.
When Lord Chaitanya entered the sankirtana room, the devotees became filled with bliss.
Who danced and sang where? I do not know. Who joyfully leapt and ran where? I do not know.
Everyone made a great sound of "Jaya! Jaya!" No sound could be heard but, "Bol! Bol! Haribol!"
The Vaishnavas' limbs were anointed with sandal paste. Their graceful chests were filled with flower garlands.
The devotees were the Lord's foremost companions. They all sang and danced in Lord Chaitanya's presence.
A joyful sankirtana of Lord Hari's holy names arose. The sound of that sankirtana purified the numberless worlds.
Rapt in the mood of being a small boy, the joyful wrestler Lord Nityananda enthusiastically danced.
Lord Advaita Acarya was overwhelmed. His dancing did not end.
Haridasa Thakura danced for a long time. All the devotees danced with great joy.
When everyone stopped dancing, Lord Chaitanya danced solo.
First the devotees danced, then Lord Chaitanya danced solo, and then the Lord and the devotees danced together.
Lord Chaitanya danced in the middle, and the devotees danced in a circle around Him.
In this way they spent the whole day singing and dancing. Finally Lord Chaitanya and His devotees sat down.
First asking permission, Lord Advaita brought in the great feast.
Lord Chaitanya sat down to eat. The Lord was in the middle, and around Him in the four directions were the devotees.
In the four directions were the devotees splendid like a host of stars, and in the middle was Lord Chaitanya splendid like millions of moons rising together.
For the worship of Madhavendra Puri, Mother Saci had cooked many kinds of rice, vegetables, and sweets.
Talking and talking of Madhavendra Puri, Lord Chaitanya and the devotees ate.
The Lord said, "Anyone who honors this feat on the holy day of worshiping Madhavendra Puri will certainly attain true devotion to Lord Krishna.
In this way Lord Chaitanya happily ate. Then He went and rinsed His mouth.
Then Advaita Acarya brought splendid and fragrant sandal paste and splendid flower garlands, and placed them before Lord Chaitanya.
Then Lord Chaitanya went to Lord Nityananda. With great love He anointed Lord Nityananda's limbs with sandal paste and placed a flower garland upon Him.
One by one, with His own graceful hand Lord Chaitanya offered sandal paste and a flower garland to each Vaishnava.
Accepting this mercy from the Lord's own graceful hand, everyone felt bliss in his heart.
Then everyone made a loud sound of "Hari!" What was the bliss they all felt? I have know power to know or say.
Lord Advaita's bliss had no end. The king of Vaikuntha had come to His home.
How can a mere human being have the power to describe all of Lord Chaitanya's pastimes?
Even with many millions of years to speak, no one can describe even one day of Lord Chaitanya's pastimes.
The sky has no end. As bird can fly there as high as it has the power.
In the same way Lord Chaitanya's glories have no end. A person can sing of them as much as the Lord gives him the power.
As a puppetmaster makes a wooden puppet dance, so Lord Chaitanya makes me speak.
I do not know the chronology of these events. As far as I am able, I describe Lord Chaitanya's glories.
I bow down before the Vaishnavas' feet. I pray that I may never offend them.
Anyone who hears these sacred narrations will attain a great wealth of ecstati love for Lord Krishna. That is certain.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.