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Chapter Seven



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.

Text 10

 Lord Nityananda is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Whatever He wishes, He attains. At that time He wished to see Lord Chaitanya.

Text 11

 Hurriedly and joyfully bidding farewell to everyone, and yearning to see Lord Chaitanya, Lord Nityananda set out for Jagannatha Puri.

Text 12

 Accompanied by His associates, overcome with bliss, and always singing of Lord Chaitanya's names and virtues, Lord Nityananda departed.

Text 13

 Accompanied by His associates, again and again He roared, thundered, and danced. He wept with joy.

Text 14

 Tasting the nectar of ecstati love on every path He walked, after some days He came to Jagannatha Puri.

Text 15

 Coming to Kamala-pura and seeing the temple there, Lord Nityananda fainted in ecstasy.

Text 16

 Streams of tears always flowed form His eyes. "Shri Krishna Chaitanya!", He roared.

Text 17

 Coming to a flower-garden, He stopped and rested. But for Lord Chaitanya Himself, who can understand His desires?

Text 18

 Aware of Lord Nityananda's journey, Lord Chaitanya left His devotees and went to Ekesvara.

Text 19

 In that place Lord Nityananda was rapt in a trance of meditation. Lord Chaitanya went there.

Text 20

 Arriving and seeing Lord Nityananda rapt in trance, Lord Chaitanya circumambulated Him many times.

Text 21

 Filled with love, and reciting verses glorifying Him, Lord Chaitanya circumambulated Lord Nityananda.

Text 22

 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.


Text 23

 The verse is:


grihniyad yavani-panim

     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."


Text 24

 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."

Text 25

 Reciting this verse and making a shower of ecstatic love, Lord Chaitanya circumambulated Lord Nityananda.

Text 26

 Becoming conscious, Lord Nityananda at once shouted, "Hari!" and stood up.

Text 27

 How much bliss did Lord Nityananda feel when He gazed at Lord Chaitanya's face? His bliss cannot be described.

Text 28

 "Hari!" He roared like a lion. Overcome with ecstati love, He fell to the ground.

Text 29

 Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda circumambulated each other. Falling to the ground, They offered dandavat obeisances to each other.

Text 30

 One moment the two Lords lovingly embraced. The next moment They joyfully wept on each other's necks.

Text 31

 The next moment They rolled on the ground in ecstasy. Their roars defeated the wild roars of many lions.

Text 32

 How wonderful was the love the two Lords felt. I heard it was like the love of Ramacandra and Lakshmana.

Text 33

 The two Lords spoke prayers glorifying each other. With folded hands They offered obeisances to each other.

Text 34

 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.

Text 35

 Nothing but these ecstati sympotms was manifested in the graceful forms of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda. Lord Chaitanya manifested every symptom of ecstasy.

Text 36

 How wonderful were the ecstati symptoms the Two Lords manifested. Filling their eyes, the pure devotees gazed at the two Lords.

Text 37

 After some moments Lord Chaitanya folded His hands and prayed to Lord Nityananda,

Text 38

 "In both name and form You are eternal (nitya, bliss (ananda, personified. You are the home of the Vaishnavas. You are Lord Ananta Sesha.

Text 39

 "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.

Text 40

 "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,

Text 41

 "You deliver the fallen and degraded people, and the people in low castes.

Text 42

 "To the merchants You gave the pure devotional service even the demigods, siddhas, sages, and kings of yoga yearn to attain.

Text 43

 "The Vedas say Lord Krishna is `supremely independent'. Even so, You have the power to sell Krishna to others.

Text 44

 "Who has the power to know Your glories? You are the nectar of love for Lord Krishna descended to this earth.

Text 45

 "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.

Text 46

 "Lord Krishna always stays in Your heart. Your body is the abode of Lord Krishna's pastimes.

Text 47

 "Lord Krishna will not leave anyone who loves You. That is the truth. It is the truth."

Text 48

 Then, after some moments, Lord Nityananda humbly said,

Text 49

 "You praise Me, calling Me `Lord'. But it is I who have devotion for You.

Text 50

 "You may circumambulate Me. You may bow down before Me. You may kill Me. You may protect Me. Whatever You wish, You may do.

Text 51

 "My Lord, what need I say to You? With Your spiritual vision, what do You not see?

Text 52

 "You are the master of My heart, My breath, My everything. Whatever You command, I will do.

Text 53

 "You may punish Me. You may kill Me.

Text 54

 "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.

Text 55

 "To Advaita Acarya and the other dear devotees You have given activites of austerity and devotional service.

Text 56

 "But You have made Me renounce the activities of a muni. Smiling, You make Ma act in a different way.

Text 57

 "I am Your dancer. By Your will, I dance. I dance to please You.

Text 58

 "You may give Me mercy or punishment. By chanting Your holy name, You deliver even the trees."

Text 59

 Then Lord Chaitanya said, "The ornaments on Your body are the nine processes of devotional service. They are not anything else.

Text 60

 "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.

Texts 61-63

 "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.

Text 64

 "I do not see anything but the nectar of devotional service on Your limbs and in Your words and heart.

Text 65

 "Happily tasting the nectar tasted by Nanda Maharaja's associates in Vrindavana, You wear these ornaments of devotional service.

Text 66

 "Any pious person who can see all this will become happy. He will directly gaze on Lord Krishna's graceful face. That is inevitable.

Text 67

 "A stick, flute, buffalo-horn bugle, gunja-necklace, flower garland, and sweet fragrances always decorate Your graceful limbs.

Text 68

 "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.

Text 69

 "You always associate with the cowherd boys who play in Vrindavana. This I know in My heart.

Text 70

 "In Your body I see ecstati love, great splendor, all power, and the devotion felt by Nanda Maharaja's associates.

Text 71

 "Anyone who loves You or Your servant loves Me. That is the truth of truths."

Text 72

 What kind of ecstati love did Lord Krishna and Lord Ananta Sesha feel then? Who can describe it? Who can know where it ends?"

Text 73

 After some time, the two Lords returned to external consciousness. Going to a secluded flower-garden in the forest, They sat down together.

Text 74

 How can even the Vedas know everything about the Supreme Personality of Godhead?

Text 75

 At that time Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda looked at each other. No one else was present there.

Text 76

 What did the two Lords, their forms naturally always filled with bliss, do? By Lord Chaitanya's desire no one else was present.

Text 77

 Knowing Lord Chaitanya's wish, Lord Nityananda went and looked at the jewel of sannyasis.

Text 78

 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.

Text 79

 Brahma, Siva, and the Vedas personified do not understand the soft heart of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Text 80

 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?

Text 81

 How, then, can one person describe the ecstati love Lord Chaitanya felt?

Text 82

 Everyone joyfully thought, "He does not love anyone more than me.

Text 83

 "To me He spoke the confidential words, `Renouncing the activities of a muni, I will always worship Lord Krishna.


Text 84

 "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?"

Text 85

 Someone said, "The devotees in Vrindavana and the confidential pastimes in Vrindavana are the best of all.

Text 86

 "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.

Text 87

 "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.

Text 88

 "This exalted love is described in these words of Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.47.63):


vande nanda-vraja-strinam

     pada-renum abhikshnasah

yasam hari-kathodgitam

     punati bhuvana-trayam


     "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."


Text 89

 In this way the Vaishnavas tried to understand the Lord's activities. Lord Chaitanya accepted all they said.

Text 90

 It was by the Supreme Lord's wish that the devotees spoke in this way among themselves. Lord Chaitanya enjoyed all their talks.

Text 91

 By Lord Chaitanya's mercy everyone was wild with bliss. Sometimes the devotees playfully quarreled.

Text 92

 Some devotees would take the side of one of the two Lords, and the others would then criticize that Lord.

Text 93

 But the devotees are not really different from the Lord. They are the Lord's fingers, arms, and feet.

Text 94

 In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (4.7.53, The Supreme Lord explains:


yatha puman na svangeshu

     sirah-pany-adishu kvacit

parakya-buddhim kurute

     evam-bhuteshu mat-parah


     "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."*


Text 95

 All this is true for all the Vaishnavas, still it is said, "Shri Krishna Chaitanya is the supreme master of all."

Text 96

 Gathering together, everyone sings the glories of the Supreme Lord, saying He is the creator, maintainer, and destroyer of all the worlds.

Text 97

 The Supreme Lord appears in every body. To everyone He mercifully gives the results of devotional service.

Text 98

 He gives all knowledge and all power. He punishes offenses as He sees fit.

Text 99

 He does not stop glorifying Lord Nityananda and Lord Advaita.

Text 100

 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.

Text 101

 For some moments Lord Chaitanya happily enjoyed pastimes with Lord Nityananda.

Text 102

 Then, taking His leave of Lord Nityananda, Lord Chaitanya returned to His own home.

Text 103

 With a happy heart Lord Nityananda went to see Lord Jagannatha.

Text 104

 Anyone who hears this account of how Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda saw each other will become free of all material bondage.

Text 105

 Simply by gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Nityananda became wild with bliss. He rolled about on the ground.

Text 106

 Lord Nityananda violently fell on the stone floor. A hundred men had no power to hold Him still.

Text 107

 Gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama, and Lady Subhadra, Lord Nityananda wept.

Text 108

 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.

Text 109

 Gazing at Lord Nityananda, all the servants of Lord Jagannatha felt great bliss take birth within themselves.

Text 110

 Anyone who did not understand, asked. Everyone gave this reply: "He is the brother of Shri Krishna Chaitanya."

Text 111

 Lord Nityananda embraced everyone. With the tears from His eyes He sprinkled everyone's limbs.

Text 112

 After thus gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Nityananda and His associates joyfully went to see Gadadhara.

Text 113

 Who has the power to describe the love that Lord Nityananda and Gadadhara felt in Their hearts?

Text 114

 At Gadadhara's home was a very enchanting Deity of Lord Gopinatha. That Deity was Lord Krishna Himself. He was Nanda's own son.

Text 115

 Lord Chaitanya personally embraced that Deity. Seeing that Deity, the blasphemers thought it only a statue.

Text 116

 Seeing this Deity, a threefold-bending Deity holding a flute to His mouth, Lord Nityananda shed tears of joy, tears that had no end.

Text 117

 Learning that Lord Nityananda had come, Gadadhara stopped reading Shrimad-Bhagavatam and went to Him at once.

Text 118

 They gazed at each other's face. Grasping each other's necks, They wept.

Text 119

 They offered obeisances to each other. They glorified each other.

Text 120

 They both said, "Now My eyes are purified." They both said, "Noe My life has become successful."

Text 121

 External consciousness was no longer present in the bodies of the two Lords. The two Lord floated in an ocean of bliss and love."

Text 122

 Seeing this display of great love and devotion, the devotees in the four directions fell to the ground and wept.


Text 123

 How wonderful was the love Nityananda and Gadadhara felt! They did not say anything but words of love and devotion.

Text 124

 Gadadhara had no desire to see the face of anyone who criticized Lord Nityananda.

Text 125

 Gadadhara Pandita would not look at the face of anyone who did not love Lord Nityananda.

Text 126

 After some time becoming peaceful again, the two Lords sat down together and talked about the auspicious glories of Lord Chaitanya.

Text 127

 Then Gadadhara said to Lord Nityananda. "Today please accept Your meal here."

Text 128

 Lord Nityananda had come there to accept a meal from Gadadhara.

Text 129

 From West Bengal He had brought fine white rice suitable for Lord Gopinatha.

Text 130

 He also brought two beautiful red cloths. He placed all these before Gadadhara.

Text 131

 Lord Nityananda said, "Gadadhara, cook this rice and offer it to Lord Gopinatha. He will enjoy it."

Text 132

 Seeing the rice, Gadadhara Pandita smiled and said, "With my eyes I have never seen rice like this.

Text 133

 "Master, did You bring this rice from Vaikuntha to give it to Lord Gopinatha?

Text 134

 "Goddess Lakshmi alone should cook this rice. Then Lord Krishna will enjoy it, and after Him, the devotees will also enjoy it."

Text 135

 After happily praising the rice, Gadadhara offered the two cloths to Lord Gopinatha.

Text 136

 He placed the splendid red cloths on Lord Gopinatha's graceful limbs. Gazing at the Lord's handsomeness, he floated in bliss.

Text 137

 Then he went to cook. First he gathered some saka.

Text 138

 Although originally no saka was there, by divine arrangement saka appeared. He gathered the saka and began to cook.

Text 139

 He gathered some soft leaves from a tamarind tree and placed them in a pot of salted water.

Text 140

 Then he prepared the bitter vegetable named "amla". In this way fortunate Gadadhara cooked.

Text 141

 Finally he placed the prepared foods before Lord Gopinatha. At that moment Lord Chaitanya arrived.

Text 142

 With His graceful mouth joyfully chanting, "Hare! Krishna! Krishna!", Lord Chaitanya arrived.

Text 143

 "Gadadhara! Gadadhara!", Lord Chaitanya called out. At once Gadadhara offered obeisances to the Lord's feet.

Text 144

 Smiling, Lord Chaitanya said, "Gadadhara, why did I not get an invitation from you?

Text 145

 "You and I are not quarreling. Even those I did not get an invitation, I have come anyway.

Text 146

 "Nityananda brought the ingredients, you cooked, Lord Gopinatha gave His mercy, and I will accept My share of the remnants."

Text 147

 Hearing Lord Chaitanya's merciful words, Nityananda and Gadadhara became plunged in an ocean of bliss.

Text 148

 Gadadhara happily brought the prasadam and placed it before Lord Chaitanya.

Text 149

 The prasadam was very fragrant. Again and again Lord Chaitanya devotedly bowed down before it.

Text 150

 Lord Chaitanya said, "Divide it into three equal parts. Then We will sit down together and honor the prasadam."

Text 151

 Sitting down, Lord Chaitanya greatly enjoyed the rice Lord Nityananda had brought.

Text 152

 Sitting together, the two Lords ate. Lord Chaitanya happily praised the rice and the vegetables.

Text 153

 Lord Chaitanya said, "This food is very fragrant. It must be devotion to Lord Krishna personified. It cannot be any other way.

Text 154

 "Gadadhara! How beautiful is your cooking! I have never tasted saka like this.

Text 155

 "Gadadhara! How wonderful is your cooking, your vegetable of tamarind leaves!

Text 156

 "I think you must have cooked this in Vaikuntha. How can you hide that truth from Me?"

Text 157

 Joking and laughing in this way, the three Lords tasted the nectar of ecstati love as They ate.

Text 158

 The devotees who love these three Lords know Their true identities. But Lord Chaitanya did not quickly tell anyone who the three Lords were.

Text 159

 After some time the three Lords stopped eating and left. Then the devotees took the remnants the Lords had left on Their plates.

Text 160

 Anyone who hears or reads of this blissful meal will attain pure devotion to Lord Krishna. He will go to Lord Krishna.

Text 161

 Anyone on whom Gadadhara has placed His merciful glance will have the power to understand the true nature of Lord Nityananda.

Text 162

 Anyone who in his heart loves Lord Nityananda will know the truth about Gadadhara.

Text 163

 In this way Lord Nityananda happily enjoyed pastimes with Lord Chaitanya in Jagannatha Puri.

Text 164

 The three Lords Shri Krishna Chaitanya, Nityananda, and Gadadhara always stayed together.

Text 165

 Together these three gazed on Lord Jagannatha. Wild with bliss, They performed sankirtana together.

Text 166

 The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.