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Description of Water-pastimes and Other Pastimes
Text 1 Glory, glory to Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu! Glory, glory to Lord Nityananda, the glory and fortune of the three worlds!
Text 2 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya and His devotees! Anyone who hears these descriptions of Lord Chaitanya will attain pure devotional service.
Text 3 Now please hear how Advaita Acarya and all the devotees came to Jagannatha Puri.
Text 4 When the time of Rathayatra came, all the devotees came to Jagannatha Puri.
Text 5 By Lord Chaitanya's order they came every year to see Rathayatra.
Text 6 Placing Advaita Acarya in front, they all came to Jagannatha Puri.
Text 7 Saintly Shrivasa Pandita, at whose home Lord Chaitanya had enjoyed so many pastimes, also came.
Text 8 Acaryaratna and Shri Candrasekhara, at whose home Lord Chaitanya danced in the ecstasy of Goddess Lakshmi, also came.
Text 9 Gangadasa Pandita, the memory of whom breaks the bonds of karma, also came.
Pundarika Vidyanidhi, who wept when he thought of Lord Chaitanya, happily came.
Vakresvara Pandita, who danced in Lord Chaitanya's kirtana, happily came.
Saintly Pradyumna Brahmacari, before whom, it was said, Lord Nrisimha directly appeared, came.
Haridasa Thakura, and the other Haridasa, who lived by the seashore, happily came.
Saintly Vasudeva Datta, to whom Lord Krishna had sold Himself, came.
Accompanied by Sivananda Sena and many others, the Krishna-singer Mukunda Datta came.
Govindananda, who is always overcome with ecstati love, and the memory of whom purifies the ten directions, came.
Govinda Datta, who sang kirtana before the Lord, happily came.
The scribe Vijaya dasa, whom Lord Chaitanya gave the name "Ratnabahu" (jewel hands), came.
Pure-hearted Sadasiva Pandita, at whose home Lord Nityananda had stayed, came.
Purushottama-Sanjaya, who had been Lord Chaitanya's foremost student, came with a happy heart.
Shriman Pandita, who carefully held a lamp when Lord Chaitanya danced at night, came chanting, "Hari!"
Nandana Acarya, to whose home Lord Nityananda went first, came with a happy heart.
Suklambara Brahmacari, from whom Lord Chaitanya first begged alms, happily came.
Lord Krishna's penniless servant Shridhara, from whose cup Lord Chaitanya drank water, came.
The scribe Bhagavan Pandita, in whose body Lord Krishna lived, came.
Gopinatha Pandita and Shrigarbha Pandita, who were certainly two forms of Lord Krishna, came.
Saintly Vanamali Pandita, who saw Lord Balarama's golden cluâ and plow, came.
Jagadisa Pandita and Hiranya-bhagavata, who were both wild by tasting the nectar of love for Lord Krishna, happily came.
One ekadashi, when He was a child, Lord Chaitanya begged and ate food at their home.
Saintly Buddhimanta Khan, who from his birth had always followed Lord Chaitanya's command, came.
Shri Acarya Purandara, whom Lord Chaitanya addressed by calling out, "Father!", happily came.
Saintly Shri Raghava Pandita, in whose home Lord Chaitanya enjoyed confidential pastimes, came.
Murari, who was the the lion of physicians, and in whose body Lord Chaitanya secretly lived, came.
Shri Garuda Pandita happily came. When his name is chanted, snake poison cannot act.
Saintly Gopinatha Simha, whom Lord Chaitanya called "Akrura", came.
Accompanied by Narayana Pandita, Shri Rama Pandita, who was very dear to the Lord, came.
Shri Damodara Pandita went ot see Mother Saci. After seeing her, he quickly left for Jagannatha Puri.
Lord Chaitanya's devotees are numberless. How many of their names do I know? They all went to Jagannatha Puri, the abode of spiritual bliss.
After first bidding farewell to Mother Saci, the lion that was Advaita Acarya left with the devotees for Jagannatha Puri.
They all brought gifts for Lord Chaitanya, things they knew pleased Him.
On every path they walked, they sang sankirtana. They purified every path they travelled.
Hearing the devotees' joyful chanting of Lord Hari's holy names, the residents of the three worlds became purified.
Accompanied by their wives, children, menservants, and maidservants, they happily went to see Lord Chaitanya.
Every place they stayed became like Vaikuntha.
Listen. Listen, O my brothers to this auspicious story, which Lord Ananta Sesha, the first of the demigods, personally sings.
In this way all these exalted souls happily came to Jagannatha Puri.
Seeing the temple-flag at Kamala-pura, they wept. They fell to the ground to offer dandavat obeisances.
Knowing that the devotees had come, in His heart Lord Chaitanya desired to go ahead and greet them.
Lord Advaita, who dearly loved Lord Chaitanya, sent a messenger ahead with a gift of maha-prasadam.
How wonderful was Advaita's love? It had no end. From the city of Cuttack He sent the messenger with the prasadam.
"I was sleeping on the milk ocean. Then Nar#a shouted and broke My sleep.
"It is because of Advaita Acarya that I descended to this world." Again and again Lord Chaitanya spoke these words.
Lord Chaitanya was purely devoted to Lord Advaita, who was equal to Lord Siva.
Hearing, "Advaita has come", the king of Vaikuntha went with His dear associates to greet Him.
Nityananda, Gadadhara, and Shri Puri Gosai all happily came. They were not in external consciousness.
Sarvabhauma, Jagadananda, Kasi Misra, Svarupa Damodara, Shri Sankara Pandita, Kasisvara Pandita, Acarya Bhagavan, Shri Pradyumna Misra, who was exalted with loving devotion, Shri Paramananda Patra, Ramananda Raya, Lord Chaitanya's doorkeeper saintly Govinda, Brahmananda Bharati, Shri Rupa, Shri Sanatana, Raghunatha Vaidya, Sivananda, Narayana, Advaita's eldest son Shri Acyutananda, Vaninatha, Sikhi Mahati, and many other devotees were all there.
Lord Chaitanya's servants are numberless. How many of their names do I know? Big or small, they all went.
They all joyfully went with Lord Chaitanya. Neither external vision nor external consciousness were present in their bodies.
At Atharanala, Lord Chaitanya met lionlike Advaita Acarya and the Vaishnavas.
Then Lord Chaitanya went to Narendra-sarovara. There the two groups of devotees saw each other.
Seeing each other from afar, the two groups of Vaishnavas at once offered dandavat obeisances.
Seeing Advaita Acarya from far away, Lord Chaitanya, the king of Vaikuntha, tears streaming down His face, offered dandavat obeisances.
Seeing the master of His life from far away, Shri Advaita bowed down again and again.
He wept, trembled, perspired, and fell unconscious. The hairs of His body stood erect. He roared. He offered dandavat obeisances. He did not see anyone but His Lord.
In this way the two groups of devotees offered dandavat obeisances. They were all wild with love for Lord Chaitanya.
Whether big, small, learned, or not learned, everyone offered dandavat obeisances and chanted Lord Hari's holy names.
Lord Chaitanya offered dandavat obeisances to the devotees. Lord Advaita and others did the same.
Everyone offered dandavat obeisances again and again. In this way the two groups joyfully met.
They joyfully gazed at each other. They loudly chanted the holy names of Lord Hari. They loudly wept with joy.
Does a mere human being have the power to describe all this? Vedavyasa will describe it later. Lord Ananta Sesha will describe it with His thousand mouths.
Seeing Advaita, Lord Chaitanya embraced Him and sprinkled His limbs with tears of joy and love.
Reciting a verse, Advaita offered obeisances. Advaita was bliss personified.
Many things were brought with which to worship Lord Chaitanya. Everyone forgot. None of the articles of worship were brought out.
Again and again lionlike Lord Advaita joyfully roared, "I brought Him! I brought Him!"
The holy names of Lord Hari were chanted very loudly. I think the chanting must have filled all the worlds.
Forgetting everything else, the Vaishnavas chanted, "Hari!" and wept.
Embracing each other's necks, the devotees wept with joy and chanted, "Hari! Hari!"
Everyone bowed down before Advaita Acarya, who made Lord Chaitanya descend to this world.
Then the two groups of devotees made a very loud kirtana.
Who danced where? Who sang from what directions? Who fell to the ground and rolled about where?
Seeing Lord Chaitanya, everyone became wild with bliss. Supremely glorious Lord Chaitanya danced in the midst of everyone.
Nityananda and Advaita embraced. Like two wild lions, They joyfully danced.
With a heart full of love Lord Chaitanya embraced all the Vaishnavas, one by one.
Lord Chaitanya, who is the devotees' master and life, held the devotees' necks and wept.
By Lord Chaitanya's order, at that moment sandal paste and thousands and thousands of garlands were brought from Lord Jagannatha.
Seeing Lord Jagannatha's garlands, Lord Chaitanya was happy. First He placed a garland around Lord Advaita's neck.
With His own graceful hands, Lord Chaitanya placed garlands and sandal paste on the body of each Vaishnava.
Seeing the Lord's mercy, the devotees raised their arms and loudly wept.
Everyone grasped Lord Chaitanya's feet and asked for boons. They said, "Birth after birth may I never forget You, O Lord.
"Whether I take birth as a human being, an animal, or a bird, may I always gaze on Your lotus feet.
"O Lord, O ocean of mercy, please give this boon to me." Grasping the Lord's lotus feet, all the devotees wept.
Staying at a distance, the Vaishnavas' saintly wives, who were all devoted to their husbands, gazed on Lord Chaitanya and wept.
Their tears of love had no end. They were not different from the transcendental potency of Lord Vishnu.
Lord Chaitanya said of them, "In knowledge and devotion, they are their husbands' equals."
Performing a sankirtana filled with singing, dancing, and instrumental music, the devotees walked with Lord Chaitanya.
In this way there was a great display of love and devotion. Never have I seen anything like the joy manifested then.
Going ten dandas from Atharanala, Lord Chaitanya went to Narendra-sarovara.
At that time the Deities of Krishna, Balarama, and Shri Govinda had come to enjoy water-pastimes at Narendra-sarovara.
There was a great tumult of Lord Hari's holy names. The mridangas, conchshells, bheris, and jayatakas made a great sound.
Thousands and thousands of parasols, flags, and camaras made the four directions very beautiful.
There was a great sound of "Jaya! Jaya!" and great sounds of Lord Hari's holy names. No sound but those could be heard.
In this way the Deities of Krishna, Balarama, and Shri Govinda crossed Narendra-sarovara in a boat.
Lord Jagannatha's servants and Lord Chaitanya's associates met and joined in sankirtana.
In this way the two groups became one. What bliss was there! Did the personified bliss of Vaikuntha come to that place?
In the four directions the bliss had no end. Lord Chaitanya performed sankirtana nad made others perform it also.
When the Deities of Krishna, Balarama, and Shri Govinda emerged from Their boat, from the four directions a host of devotees waved camara fans.
Seeing the boat ride enjoyed by the Deities of Krishna, Balarama, and Shri Govinda, Lord became happy.
Accompanied by all the devotees, Lord Chaitanya happily jumped into the waters of Narendra-sarovara.
O my brothers, please hear how Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes in Narendra-sarovara.
As He had previous enjoyed water-pastimes with the cowherd boys in the Yamuna, so the Lord enjoyed pastimes in Narendra-sarovara with all the Vaishnavas.
In West Bengal a water-game called "kaya" is popular. The devotees began by playing that game.
Chanting, "Kaya! Kaya!", the devotees splashed water with their hands. Other devotees played musical instruments in the water.
Everyone was in the mood of the cowherd boys in Gokula. Then Lord Chaitanya entered the mood of Lord Krishna, the king of Gokula.
No one was in external consciousness. Everyone was wild with bliss. Everyone fearlessly splashed water on the body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Lord Chaitanya and Lord Advaita splashed water on each other. In this way They enjoyed blissful pastimes.
One moment Lord Advaita was victorious, but the next moment Lord Chaitanya was the victor. They splashed water in each other's eyes.
Nityananda, Gadadhara, and Shri Puri Gosai, these three fought in the water. No one of them emerged the victor.
Vasudeva Datta and Murari Gupta fought again and again in the water. They roared with bliss.
The two friends Pundarika Vidyanidhi and Svarupa Damodara joyfully splashed water on each other and laughed.
Shrivasa, Shri Rama, Haridasa, Vakresvara, Gangadasa, Gopinatha, and Shri Candrasekhara splashed water on each other. In Lord Chaitanya's company they had become wild with bliss.
After the Deities of Krishna, Balarama, and Shri Govinda had enjoyed Their boat trip, many hundreds of thousands of devotees played in the water.
Playing in the water, the sannyasis, brahmacaris, and sannyasis floated in bliss.
No person still in the grip of Lord Chaitanya's Maha-maya had the power to come to that place. They had no power to see these pastimes.
No person with only a little good fortune had the power to become one of Lord Chaitanya's personal associates. Lord Chaitanya is subdued and controlled only by pure devotional service.
When devotional service is absent, then learning and austerity are not worth anything. They bring only sufferings.
Look at the bliss of sankirtana Lord Chaitanya enjoyed in Jagannatha Puri.
The impersonalist sannyasis, who called themselves "great-souls", were not fortunate enough to see these pastimes.
One impersonalist said, "Why, rejecting the study of Vedanta, does Chaitanya perform these rowdy kirtanas?
"A sannyasi's duty is always to perform pranayama. But this sannyasi dances and weeps. Is that right for a sannyasi?"
The best of the sannyasis defended the Lord. One of them said, "Shri Krishna Chaitanya is a great soul."
Someone else said, "He is a philosopher." Another person said, "He is a devotee." The good sannyasis praised Him, but none knew the truth about Him.
In this way the Vaishnavas enjoyed water pastimes with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
As He had previously enjoyed water-pastimes in the Yamuna, so Lord Chaitanya enjoiyed with the devotees.
By Lord Chaitanya's mercy Narendra-sarovara became the Ganga and the Yamuna. Its glory and good fortune had no end.
The Lord enjoyed these pastimes to deliver the conditioned souls. By hearing or reading of these pastimes one breaks the bonds of karma.
When the water pastimes came to an end, Lord Chaitanya and the devotees went to see Lord Jagannatha.
Gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Chaitanya and the devotees wept with joy.
Gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Chaitanya became overwhelmed. Streams of tears of joy flowed over His limbs.
Lord Advaita and the other devotees happily watched. They swam in an ocean of spiritual bliss.
Gazing and gazing at the two Lord Jagannathas, one moving and the other still, the devotees offered dandavat obeisances.
Kasi Misra took garlands from Lord Jagannatha's neck and made them ornaments on the devotees' bodies.
Lord Narayana, the supreme siksha-guru, who now manifested the form of a sannyasi, accepted Lord Jagannatha's garland with great reverence and devotion.
One should know that nothing is powerful like the Vaishnavas, Tulasi, the Ganga, and honoring the Lord's prasadam.
Therefore one should honor and serve the Vaishnavas. Even the sannyasis, who are in the highest asrama, should offer dandavat obeisances to the Vaishnavas.
Even a father should offer obeisances to a son that has become a sannyasi.
The sannyasa-asrama should receive honor from everyone. Everyone should bow down before a sannyasi.
Still, turning away from the exalted status of a sannyasi, Lord Krishna, the supreme siksha-guru, personally bowed down before the Vaishnavas.
Please give me your attention and now hear about devotion to Tulasi and Tulasi's pastimes.
Filling a small pot with good earth, one should sow Tulasi.
The Supreme Lord said, "I will not happily stay in a place where I do not see Tulasi. There I am like a fish out of water."
The Lord visits a person who chants a fixed number of holy names before Tulasi.
Tears of joy streaming down His graceful limbs, the Lord follows that person.
The Supreme Lord stays where a devotee chants a fixed number of holy names. Also, a devotee who stays with Tulasi has the Supreme Lord always at his side.
Who understands the devotional activities of a person who chants a fixed number of holy names as he gazes at Tulasi?
A person who chants a fixed number of holy names in Tulasi's presence attains the association of the Supreme Lord.
Lord Narayana, the supreme siksha-guru, teaches this. He will protect whoever follows this teaching.
After gazing at Lord Jagannatha and bowing down before Lord Jagannatha, Lord Chaitanya returned home with His associates.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead fulfills whatever desire is in His devotees' hearts.
He protects them as a father protects his children. The devotees always follow behind Him.
In this way the devotees from West Bengal and from Jagannatha Puri met in the bliss of Krishna consciousness.
By Lord Chaitanya's mercy the residents of Svetadvipa saw the Vaishnavas in His pastimes.
With His own graceful mouth, moonlike Lord Advaita again and again said, "Even the demigods are not allowed to see these exalted Vaishnavas!"
Grasping Lord Chaitanya feet, and weeping, Advaita said, "Lord, it is only because of You that anyone sees these exalted Vaishnavas."
The Lord's Vaishnava associates had all descended from the spiritual world. Before the Lord Himself descended, they descended.
In this way Pradyumna, Aniruddha, and Sankarshana had descended as Lakshmana, Bharata, and Satrughna.
Whenever the Supreme Lord descends to this world, by His order the liberated Vaishnavas descend also.
Thus these Vaishnavas never experience birth or death. They come to this world to accompany the Supreme Lord.
The Vaishnavas do not take birth because of past pious deeds or religious rituals. Revealing this truth, the Padma Purana (Uttara-khanda Text 257
tatha tenaiva jayante
"As Sumitra, Bharata, Sankarshana, and other forms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead voluntarily take birth in the material world, so the liberated Vaishnavas who are the Lord's eternal associates also voluntarily take birth in this world.
punas tenaiva yasyanti
Tad vishnoh sasvatam padam
na karma-bandhanam janma
vaishnavanam ca vidyate
"Their duties completed, those liberated Vaishnavas again return to Lord Vishnu's eternal abode. Therefore the liberated Vaishnavas never take birth in this world because of the bondage of their past karma."
The devotees who are the Lord's personal associates are always filled with ecstati love.
Anyone who hears the narrations of these liberated devotees' devotional activities will meet Lord Chaitanya and His devotees.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.