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Description of Gadadhara's Pastimes in the Forest
Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, the king of Vaikuntha! Glory, glory to Lord Nityananda, the service-form of the Supreme Lord!
Text 2 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is dear to Advaita and Shrivasa! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is the life of Gadadhara and Jagadananda!
Text 3 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is the life of Paramananda Puri! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is the life and wealth of Svarupa Damodara!
Text 4 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is affectionate to Vakresvara Pandita! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who charms the heart of Pundarika Vidyanidhi!
Text 5 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, the master of the gatekeeper Govinda! O Lord, please place Your glance of mercy on the conditioned souls.
Text 6 In this way in the town of Navadvipa, Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes in an ocean of ecstati love and devotion.
Text 7 He always performed kirtana with the devotees. Singing and dancing, He worshiped Lord Krishna.
Text 8 Accompanied by His host of cowherd boys, He went from house to house. He enjoyed pastimes in the same way He had done before in the towns of Gokula.
Text 9 Manifesting the bliss of Gokula, Lord Nityananda enjoyed pastimes of kirtana.
Lord Nityananda is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Whatever He wishes, He attains. At that time He wished to see Lord Chaitanya.
Hurriedly and joyfully bidding farewell to everyone, and yearning to see Lord Chaitanya, Lord Nityananda set out for Jagannatha Puri.
Accompanied by His associates, overcome with bliss, and always singing of Lord Chaitanya's names and virtues, Lord Nityananda departed.
Accompanied by His associates, again and again He roared, thundered, and danced. He wept with joy.
Tasting the nectar of ecstati love on every path He walked, after some days He came to Jagannatha Puri.
Coming to Kamala-pura and seeing the temple there, Lord Nityananda fainted in ecstasy.
Streams of tears always flowed form His eyes. "Shri Krishna Chaitanya!", He roared.
Coming to a flower-garden, He stopped and rested. But for Lord Chaitanya Himself, who can understand His desires?
Aware of Lord Nityananda's journey, Lord Chaitanya left His devotees and went to Ekesvara.
In that place Lord Nityananda was rapt in a trance of meditation. Lord Chaitanya went there.
Arriving and seeing Lord Nityananda rapt in trance, Lord Chaitanya circumambulated Him many times.
Filled with love, and reciting verses glorifying Him, Lord Chaitanya circumambulated Lord Nityananda.
Please hear the verse that came from Lord Chaitanya's graceful mouth, a verse glorifying Lord Nityananda. Anyone who hears this verse will find his heart attracted to Lord Nityananda.
The verse is:
vised va saundikalayam
tathapi brahmano vandyam
"Even if Lord Nityananda holds an outcaste girl's hand, and even if He enters a wine-shop, His lotus feet are still fit to be worshiped by Brahma."
In this verse Lord Chaitanya said, "Even if He drinks wine, and even if He embraces an outcaste girl, Nityananda is fit to be worshiped by Lord Brahma."
Reciting this verse and making a shower of ecstatic love, Lord Chaitanya circumambulated Lord Nityananda.
Becoming conscious, Lord Nityananda at once shouted, "Hari!" and stood up.
How much bliss did Lord Nityananda feel when He gazed at Lord Chaitanya's face? His bliss cannot be described.
"Hari!" He roared like a lion. Overcome with ecstati love, He fell to the ground.
Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda circumambulated each other. Falling to the ground, They offered dandavat obeisances to each other.
One moment the two Lords lovingly embraced. The next moment They joyfully wept on each other's necks.
The next moment They rolled on the ground in ecstasy. Their roars defeated the wild roars of many lions.
How wonderful was the love the two Lords felt. I heard it was like the love of Ramacandra and Lakshmana.
The two Lords spoke prayers glorifying each other. With folded hands They offered obeisances to each other.
They wept, trembled, laughed, fainted, and turned pale. The hairs of Their bodies stood erect. They manifested the symptoms that are at the heart of ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
Nothing but these ecstati sympotms was manifested in the graceful forms of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda. Lord Chaitanya manifested every symptom of ecstasy.
How wonderful were the ecstati symptoms the Two Lords manifested. Filling their eyes, the pure devotees gazed at the two Lords.
After some moments Lord Chaitanya folded His hands and prayed to Lord Nityananda,
"In both name and form You are eternal (nitya, bliss (ananda, personified. You are the home of the Vaishnavas. You are Lord Ananta Sesha.
"Every ornament on Your graceful limbs is an incarnation of pure devotional service personified. That is the truth. It is the truth. It is the truth.
"You are happily decorated with the nine kinds of pure devotional service, which are now manifested as ornaments of gold, pearls, diamonds, rudraksha and other things,
"You deliver the fallen and degraded people, and the people in low castes.
"To the merchants You gave the pure devotional service even the demigods, siddhas, sages, and kings of yoga yearn to attain.
"The Vedas say Lord Krishna is `supremely independent'. Even so, You have the power to sell Krishna to others.
"Who has the power to know Your glories? You are the nectar of love for Lord Krishna descended to this earth.
"Tasting the bliss of sankirtana, You are not in external consciousness. Day and night the glories and virtues of Lord Krishna appear in Your graceful mouth.
"Lord Krishna always stays in Your heart. Your body is the abode of Lord Krishna's pastimes.
"Lord Krishna will not leave anyone who loves You. That is the truth. It is the truth."
Then, after some moments, Lord Nityananda humbly said,
"You praise Me, calling Me `Lord'. But it is I who have devotion for You.
"You may circumambulate Me. You may bow down before Me. You may kill Me. You may protect Me. Whatever You wish, You may do.
"My Lord, what need I say to You? With Your spiritual vision, what do You not see?
"You are the master of My heart, My breath, My everything. Whatever You command, I will do.
"You may punish Me. You may kill Me.
"Now I have renounced the activities of a muni. Now I wear bracelets, armlets, and anklets. Now I hold a flute, stick, buffalo-horn bugle, and a rope for tying cows.
"To Advaita Acarya and the other dear devotees You have given activites of austerity and devotional service.
"But You have made Me renounce the activities of a muni. Smiling, You make Ma act in a different way.
"I am Your dancer. By Your will, I dance. I dance to please You.
"You may give Me mercy or punishment. By chanting Your holy name, You deliver even the trees."
Then Lord Chaitanya said, "The ornaments on Your body are the nine processes of devotional service. They are not anything else.
"Your ornaments are always the activities of devotional service, activities that begin with hearing, chanting, and remembering the glories of the Lord and bowing down before Him.
"As the people have no power to understand the snakes Lord Siva wears as ornaments, snakes that are Lord Ananta Sesha pretending to be ordinary snakes, in the same way the people do not understand Your fathomless pastimes. That is why they criticize You.
"I do not see anything but the nectar of devotional service on Your limbs and in Your words and heart.
"Happily tasting the nectar tasted by Nanda Maharaja's associates in Vrindavana, You wear these ornaments of devotional service.
"Any pious person who can see all this will become happy. He will directly gaze on Lord Krishna's graceful face. That is inevitable.
"A stick, flute, buffalo-horn bugle, gunja-necklace, flower garland, and sweet fragrances always decorate Your graceful limbs.
"When I see You in the company of a boy, in My heart I know that boy must be Shridama, Sudama, or another cowherd boy.
"You always associate with the cowherd boys who play in Vrindavana. This I know in My heart.
"In Your body I see ecstati love, great splendor, all power, and the devotion felt by Nanda Maharaja's associates.
"Anyone who loves You or Your servant loves Me. That is the truth of truths."
What kind of ecstati love did Lord Krishna and Lord Ananta Sesha feel then? Who can describe it? Who can know where it ends?"
After some time, the two Lords returned to external consciousness. Going to a secluded flower-garden in the forest, They sat down together.
How can even the Vedas know everything about the Supreme Personality of Godhead?
At that time Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda looked at each other. No one else was present there.
What did the two Lords, their forms naturally always filled with bliss, do? By Lord Chaitanya's desire no one else was present.
Knowing Lord Chaitanya's wish, Lord Nityananda went and looked at the jewel of sannyasis.
Lord Chaitanya did not continue to manifest His form of Lord Chaitanya. In the same way Lord Nityananda also did not manifest the form of Lord Nityananda.
Brahma, Siva, and the Vedas personified do not understand the soft heart of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Even though they do not understand it completely, they still sing its glories. Even Goddess Lakshmi does not understand it completely. What, then, can be said of others understanding it?
How, then, can one person describe the ecstati love Lord Chaitanya felt?
Everyone joyfully thought, "He does not love anyone more than me.
"To me He spoke the confidential words, `Renouncing the activities of a muni, I will always worship Lord Krishna.
"Why has He renounced the activities of a muni, and why does He now wear a peacock-feather and a gunja-necklace and carry a flute, stick, and rope for binding cows?"
Someone said, "The devotees in Vrindavana and the confidential pastimes in Vrindavana are the best of all.
"Brahma, Siva, and all the demigods yearn to attain the exalted devotion felt by the gopas and gopis, devotion that was the result of great austerities.
"A person who is the object of the Supreme Lord's great mercy will attain the ecstati love felt by the people of Gokula. Lord Krishna desired to give Uddhava the gift of this exalted love.
"This exalted love is described in these words of Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.47.63):
"At every moment I offer my respectful obeisances to the dust from the feet of the girls in Nanda's Vraja, girls whose songs about Lord Krishna purify the three worlds."
In this way the Vaishnavas tried to understand the Lord's activities. Lord Chaitanya accepted all they said.
It was by the Supreme Lord's wish that the devotees spoke in this way among themselves. Lord Chaitanya enjoyed all their talks.
By Lord Chaitanya's mercy everyone was wild with bliss. Sometimes the devotees playfully quarreled.
Some devotees would take the side of one of the two Lords, and the others would then criticize that Lord.
But the devotees are not really different from the Lord. They are the Lord's fingers, arms, and feet.
In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (4.7.53, The Supreme Lord explains:
yatha puman na svangeshu
"A person with average intelligence does not think the head and other parts of the body to be separate. Similarly, My devotee does not differentiate Vishnu, the all-pervading Personality of Godhead, from any thing or any living entity."*
All this is true for all the Vaishnavas, still it is said, "Shri Krishna Chaitanya is the supreme master of all."
Gathering together, everyone sings the glories of the Supreme Lord, saying He is the creator, maintainer, and destroyer of all the worlds.
The Supreme Lord appears in every body. To everyone He mercifully gives the results of devotional service.
He gives all knowledge and all power. He punishes offenses as He sees fit.
He does not stop glorifying Lord Nityananda and Lord Advaita.
Although Lord Nityananda and Lord Advaita have many millions of transcendental virtues beyond what the world knows, Lord Chaitanya does not speak anything about those virtues.
For some moments Lord Chaitanya happily enjoyed pastimes with Lord Nityananda.
Then, taking His leave of Lord Nityananda, Lord Chaitanya returned to His own home.
With a happy heart Lord Nityananda went to see Lord Jagannatha.
Anyone who hears this account of how Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda saw each other will become free of all material bondage.
Simply by gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Nityananda became wild with bliss. He rolled about on the ground.
Lord Nityananda violently fell on the stone floor. A hundred men had no power to hold Him still.
Gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama, and Lady Subhadra, Lord Nityananda wept.
Aware of His glories, the brahmana-priest again and again gave to Lord Nityananda all the garlands from the necks of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama, and Lady Subhadra.
Gazing at Lord Nityananda, all the servants of Lord Jagannatha felt great bliss take birth within themselves.
Anyone who did not understand, asked. Everyone gave this reply: "He is the brother of Shri Krishna Chaitanya."
Lord Nityananda embraced everyone. With the tears from His eyes He sprinkled everyone's limbs.
After thus gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Nityananda and His associates joyfully went to see Gadadhara.
Who has the power to describe the love that Lord Nityananda and Gadadhara felt in Their hearts?
At Gadadhara's home was a very enchanting Deity of Lord Gopinatha. That Deity was Lord Krishna Himself. He was Nanda's own son.
Lord Chaitanya personally embraced that Deity. Seeing that Deity, the blasphemers thought it only a statue.
Seeing this Deity, a threefold-bending Deity holding a flute to His mouth, Lord Nityananda shed tears of joy, tears that had no end.
Learning that Lord Nityananda had come, Gadadhara stopped reading Shrimad-Bhagavatam and went to Him at once.
They gazed at each other's face. Grasping each other's necks, They wept.
They offered obeisances to each other. They glorified each other.
They both said, "Now My eyes are purified." They both said, "Noe My life has become successful."
External consciousness was no longer present in the bodies of the two Lords. The two Lord floated in an ocean of bliss and love."
Seeing this display of great love and devotion, the devotees in the four directions fell to the ground and wept.
How wonderful was the love Nityananda and Gadadhara felt! They did not say anything but words of love and devotion.
Gadadhara had no desire to see the face of anyone who criticized Lord Nityananda.
Gadadhara Pandita would not look at the face of anyone who did not love Lord Nityananda.
After some time becoming peaceful again, the two Lords sat down together and talked about the auspicious glories of Lord Chaitanya.
Then Gadadhara said to Lord Nityananda. "Today please accept Your meal here."
Lord Nityananda had come there to accept a meal from Gadadhara.
From West Bengal He had brought fine white rice suitable for Lord Gopinatha.
He also brought two beautiful red cloths. He placed all these before Gadadhara.
Lord Nityananda said, "Gadadhara, cook this rice and offer it to Lord Gopinatha. He will enjoy it."
Seeing the rice, Gadadhara Pandita smiled and said, "With my eyes I have never seen rice like this.
"Master, did You bring this rice from Vaikuntha to give it to Lord Gopinatha?
"Goddess Lakshmi alone should cook this rice. Then Lord Krishna will enjoy it, and after Him, the devotees will also enjoy it."
After happily praising the rice, Gadadhara offered the two cloths to Lord Gopinatha.
He placed the splendid red cloths on Lord Gopinatha's graceful limbs. Gazing at the Lord's handsomeness, he floated in bliss.
Then he went to cook. First he gathered some saka.
Although originally no saka was there, by divine arrangement saka appeared. He gathered the saka and began to cook.
He gathered some soft leaves from a tamarind tree and placed them in a pot of salted water.
Then he prepared the bitter vegetable named "amla". In this way fortunate Gadadhara cooked.
Finally he placed the prepared foods before Lord Gopinatha. At that moment Lord Chaitanya arrived.
With His graceful mouth joyfully chanting, "Hare! Krishna! Krishna!", Lord Chaitanya arrived.
"Gadadhara! Gadadhara!", Lord Chaitanya called out. At once Gadadhara offered obeisances to the Lord's feet.
Smiling, Lord Chaitanya said, "Gadadhara, why did I not get an invitation from you?
"You and I are not quarreling. Even those I did not get an invitation, I have come anyway.
"Nityananda brought the ingredients, you cooked, Lord Gopinatha gave His mercy, and I will accept My share of the remnants."
Hearing Lord Chaitanya's merciful words, Nityananda and Gadadhara became plunged in an ocean of bliss.
Gadadhara happily brought the prasadam and placed it before Lord Chaitanya.
The prasadam was very fragrant. Again and again Lord Chaitanya devotedly bowed down before it.
Lord Chaitanya said, "Divide it into three equal parts. Then We will sit down together and honor the prasadam."
Sitting down, Lord Chaitanya greatly enjoyed the rice Lord Nityananda had brought.
Sitting together, the two Lords ate. Lord Chaitanya happily praised the rice and the vegetables.
Lord Chaitanya said, "This food is very fragrant. It must be devotion to Lord Krishna personified. It cannot be any other way.
"Gadadhara! How beautiful is your cooking! I have never tasted saka like this.
"Gadadhara! How wonderful is your cooking, your vegetable of tamarind leaves!
"I think you must have cooked this in Vaikuntha. How can you hide that truth from Me?"
Joking and laughing in this way, the three Lords tasted the nectar of ecstati love as They ate.
The devotees who love these three Lords know Their true identities. But Lord Chaitanya did not quickly tell anyone who the three Lords were.
After some time the three Lords stopped eating and left. Then the devotees took the remnants the Lords had left on Their plates.
Anyone who hears or reads of this blissful meal will attain pure devotion to Lord Krishna. He will go to Lord Krishna.
Anyone on whom Gadadhara has placed His merciful glance will have the power to understand the true nature of Lord Nityananda.
Anyone who in his heart loves Lord Nityananda will know the truth about Gadadhara.
In this way Lord Nityananda happily enjoyed pastimes with Lord Chaitanya in Jagannatha Puri.
The three Lords Shri Krishna Chaitanya, Nityananda, and Gadadhara always stayed together.
Together these three gazed on Lord Jagannatha. Wild with bliss, They performed sankirtana together.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.