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Chapter Eight



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.

Text 10

 Pundarika Vidyanidhi, who wept when he thought of Lord Chaitanya, happily came.

Text 11

 Vakresvara Pandita, who danced in Lord Chaitanya's kirtana, happily came.

Text 12

 Saintly Pradyumna Brahmacari, before whom, it was said, Lord Nrisimha directly appeared, came.

Text 13

 Haridasa Thakura, and the other Haridasa, who lived by the seashore, happily came.

Text 14

 Saintly Vasudeva Datta, to whom Lord Krishna had sold Himself, came.

Text 15

 Accompanied by Sivananda Sena and many others, the Krishna-singer Mukunda Datta came.

Text 16

 Govindananda, who is always overcome with ecstati love, and the memory of whom purifies the ten directions, came.

Text 17

 Govinda Datta, who sang kirtana before the Lord, happily came.

Text 18

 The scribe Vijaya dasa, whom Lord Chaitanya gave the name "Ratnabahu" (jewel hands), came.

Text 19

 Pure-hearted Sadasiva Pandita, at whose home Lord Nityananda had stayed, came.

Text 20

 Purushottama-Sanjaya, who had been Lord Chaitanya's foremost student, came with a happy heart.

Text 21

 Shriman Pandita, who carefully held a lamp when Lord Chaitanya danced at night, came chanting, "Hari!"

Text 22

 Nandana Acarya, to whose home Lord Nityananda went first, came with a happy heart.


Text 23

 Suklambara Brahmacari, from whom Lord Chaitanya first begged alms, happily came.

Text 24

 Lord Krishna's penniless servant Shridhara, from whose cup Lord Chaitanya drank water, came.

Text 25

 The scribe Bhagavan Pandita, in whose body Lord Krishna lived, came.

Text 26

 Gopinatha Pandita and Shrigarbha Pandita, who were certainly two forms of Lord Krishna, came.

Text 27

 Saintly Vanamali Pandita, who saw Lord Balarama's golden cluâ and plow, came.

Text 28

 Jagadisa Pandita and Hiranya-bhagavata, who were both wild by tasting the nectar of love for Lord Krishna, happily came.

Text 29

 One ekadashi, when He was a child, Lord Chaitanya begged and ate food at their home.

Text 30

 Saintly Buddhimanta Khan, who from his birth had always followed Lord Chaitanya's command, came.

Text 31

 Shri Acarya Purandara, whom Lord Chaitanya addressed by calling out, "Father!", happily came.

Text 32

 Saintly Shri Raghava Pandita, in whose home Lord Chaitanya enjoyed confidential pastimes, came.

Text 33

 Murari, who was the the lion of physicians, and in whose body Lord Chaitanya secretly lived, came.

Text 34

 Shri Garuda Pandita happily came. When his name is chanted, snake poison cannot act.

Text 35

 Saintly Gopinatha Simha, whom Lord Chaitanya called "Akrura", came.

Text 36

 Accompanied by Narayana Pandita, Shri Rama Pandita, who was very dear to the Lord, came.

Text 37

 Shri Damodara Pandita went ot see Mother Saci. After seeing her, he quickly left for Jagannatha Puri.

Text 38

 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.

Text 39

 After first bidding farewell to Mother Saci, the lion that was Advaita Acarya left with the devotees for Jagannatha Puri.

Text 40

 They all brought gifts for Lord Chaitanya, things they knew pleased Him.

Text 41

 On every path they walked, they sang sankirtana. They purified every path they travelled.

Text 42

 Hearing the devotees' joyful chanting of Lord Hari's holy names, the residents of the three worlds became purified.

Text 43

 Accompanied by their wives, children, menservants, and maidservants, they happily went to see Lord Chaitanya.

Text 44

 Every place they stayed became like Vaikuntha.

Text 45

 Listen. Listen, O my brothers to this auspicious story, which Lord Ananta Sesha, the first of the demigods, personally sings.

Text 46

 In this way all these exalted souls happily came to Jagannatha Puri.

Text 47

 Seeing the temple-flag at Kamala-pura, they wept. They fell to the ground to offer dandavat obeisances.

Text 48

 Knowing that the devotees had come, in His heart Lord Chaitanya desired to go ahead and greet them.

Text 49

 Lord Advaita, who dearly loved Lord Chaitanya, sent a messenger ahead with a gift of maha-prasadam.


Text 50

 How wonderful was Advaita's love? It had no end. From the city of Cuttack He sent the messenger with the prasadam.

Text 51

 "I was sleeping on the milk ocean. Then Nar#a shouted and broke My sleep.

Text 52

 "It is because of Advaita Acarya that I descended to this world." Again and again Lord Chaitanya spoke these words.

Text 53

 Lord Chaitanya was purely devoted to Lord Advaita, who was equal to Lord Siva.

Text 54

 Hearing, "Advaita has come", the king of Vaikuntha went with His dear associates to greet Him.

Text 55

 Nityananda, Gadadhara, and Shri Puri Gosai all happily came. They were not in external consciousness.

Texts 56-60

 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.

Text 61

 Lord Chaitanya's servants are numberless. How many of their names do I know? Big or small, they all went.

Text 62

 They all joyfully went with Lord Chaitanya. Neither external vision nor external consciousness were present in their bodies.

Text 63

 At Atharanala, Lord Chaitanya met lionlike Advaita Acarya and the Vaishnavas.

Text 64

 Then Lord Chaitanya went to Narendra-sarovara. There the two groups of devotees saw each other.

Text 65

 Seeing each other from afar, the two groups of Vaishnavas at once offered dandavat obeisances.

Text 66

 Seeing Advaita Acarya from far away, Lord Chaitanya, the king of Vaikuntha, tears streaming down His face, offered dandavat obeisances.

Text 67

 Seeing the master of His life from far away, Shri Advaita bowed down again and again.

Text 68

 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.

Text 69

 In this way the two groups of devotees offered dandavat obeisances. They were all wild with love for Lord Chaitanya.

Text 70

 Whether big, small, learned, or not learned, everyone offered dandavat obeisances and chanted Lord Hari's holy names.

Text 71

 Lord Chaitanya offered dandavat obeisances to the devotees. Lord Advaita and others did the same.

Text 72

 Everyone offered dandavat obeisances again and again. In this way the two groups joyfully met.

Text 73

 They joyfully gazed at each other. They loudly chanted the holy names of Lord Hari. They loudly wept with joy.

Text 74

 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.

Text 75

 Seeing Advaita, Lord Chaitanya embraced Him and sprinkled His limbs with tears of joy and love.

Text 76

 Reciting a verse, Advaita offered obeisances. Advaita was bliss personified.

Text 77

 Many things were brought with which to worship Lord Chaitanya. Everyone forgot. None of the articles of worship were brought out.

Text 78

 Again and again lionlike Lord Advaita joyfully roared, "I brought Him! I brought Him!"

Text 79

 The holy names of Lord Hari were chanted very loudly. I think the chanting must have filled all the worlds.

Text 80

 Forgetting everything else, the Vaishnavas chanted, "Hari!" and wept.

Text 81

 Embracing each other's necks, the devotees wept with joy and chanted, "Hari! Hari!"

Text 82

 Everyone bowed down before Advaita Acarya, who made Lord Chaitanya descend to this world.

Text 83

 Then the two groups of devotees made a very loud kirtana.

Text 84

 Who danced where? Who sang from what directions? Who fell to the ground and rolled about where?

Text 85

 Seeing Lord Chaitanya, everyone became wild with bliss. Supremely glorious Lord Chaitanya danced in the midst of everyone.

Text 86

 Nityananda and Advaita embraced. Like two wild lions, They joyfully danced.

Text 87

 With a heart full of love Lord Chaitanya embraced all the Vaishnavas, one by one.

Text 88

 Lord Chaitanya, who is the devotees' master and life, held the devotees' necks and wept.

Text 89

 By Lord Chaitanya's order, at that moment sandal paste and thousands and thousands of garlands were brought from Lord Jagannatha.

Text 90

 Seeing Lord Jagannatha's garlands, Lord Chaitanya was happy. First He placed a garland around Lord Advaita's neck.

Text 91

 With His own graceful hands, Lord Chaitanya placed garlands and sandal paste on the body of each Vaishnava.

Text 92

 Seeing the Lord's mercy, the devotees raised their arms and loudly wept.

Text 93

 Everyone grasped Lord Chaitanya's feet and asked for boons. They said, "Birth after birth may I never forget You, O Lord.

Text 94

 "Whether I take birth as a human being, an animal, or a bird, may I always gaze on Your lotus feet.

Text 95

 "O Lord, O ocean of mercy, please give this boon to me." Grasping the Lord's lotus feet, all the devotees wept.

Text 96

 Staying at a distance, the Vaishnavas' saintly wives, who were all devoted to their husbands, gazed on Lord Chaitanya and wept.

Text 97

 Their tears of love had no end. They were not different from the transcendental potency of Lord Vishnu.

Text 98

 Lord Chaitanya said of them, "In knowledge and devotion, they are their husbands' equals."

Text 99

 Performing a sankirtana filled with singing, dancing, and instrumental music, the devotees walked with Lord Chaitanya.

Text 100

 In this way there was a great display of love and devotion. Never have I seen anything like the joy manifested then.

Text 101

 Going ten dandas from Atharanala, Lord Chaitanya went to Narendra-sarovara.

Text 102

 At that time the Deities of Krishna, Balarama, and Shri Govinda had come to enjoy water-pastimes at Narendra-sarovara.

Text 103

 There was a great tumult of Lord Hari's holy names. The mridangas, conchshells, bheris, and jayatakas made a great sound.

Text 104

 Thousands and thousands of parasols, flags, and camaras made the four directions very beautiful.

Text 105

 There was a great sound of "Jaya! Jaya!" and great sounds of Lord Hari's holy names. No sound but those could be heard.

Text 106

 In this way the Deities of Krishna, Balarama, and Shri Govinda crossed Narendra-sarovara in a boat.

Text 107

 Lord Jagannatha's servants and Lord Chaitanya's associates met and joined in sankirtana.

Text 108

 In this way the two groups became one. What bliss was there! Did the personified bliss of Vaikuntha come to that place?

Text 109

 In the four directions the bliss had no end. Lord Chaitanya performed sankirtana nad made others perform it also.

Text 110

 When the Deities of Krishna, Balarama, and Shri Govinda emerged from Their boat, from the four directions a host of devotees waved camara fans.

Text 111

 Seeing the boat ride enjoyed by the Deities of Krishna, Balarama, and Shri  Govinda, Lord became happy.

Text 112

 Accompanied by all the devotees, Lord Chaitanya happily jumped into the waters of Narendra-sarovara.

Text 113

 O my brothers, please hear how Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes in Narendra-sarovara.

     114-Text 115

 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.

Text 116

 In West Bengal a water-game called "kaya" is popular. The devotees began by playing that game.

Text 117

 Chanting, "Kaya! Kaya!", the devotees splashed water with their hands. Other devotees played musical instruments in the water.

Text 118

 Everyone was in the mood of the cowherd boys in Gokula. Then Lord Chaitanya entered the mood of Lord Krishna, the king of Gokula.

Text 119

 No one was in external consciousness. Everyone was wild with bliss. Everyone fearlessly splashed water on the body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Text 120

 Lord Chaitanya and Lord Advaita splashed water on each other. In this way They enjoyed blissful pastimes.

Text 121

 One moment Lord Advaita was victorious, but the next moment Lord Chaitanya was the victor. They splashed water in each other's eyes.

Text 122

 Nityananda, Gadadhara, and Shri Puri Gosai, these three fought in the water. No one of them emerged the victor.

Text 123

 Vasudeva Datta and Murari Gupta fought again and again in the water. They roared with bliss.

Text 124

 The two friends Pundarika Vidyanidhi and Svarupa Damodara joyfully splashed water on each other and laughed.


     125-Text 126

 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.

Text 127

 After the Deities of Krishna, Balarama, and Shri Govinda had enjoyed Their boat trip, many hundreds of thousands of devotees played in the water.

Text 128

 Playing in the water, the sannyasis, brahmacaris, and sannyasis floated in bliss.

Text 129

 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.

Text 130

 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.

Text 131

 When devotional service is absent, then learning and austerity are not worth anything. They bring only sufferings.

Text 132

 Look at the bliss of sankirtana Lord Chaitanya enjoyed in Jagannatha Puri.

Text 133

 The impersonalist sannyasis, who called themselves "great-souls", were not fortunate enough to see these pastimes.

Text 134

 One impersonalist said, "Why, rejecting the study of Vedanta, does Chaitanya perform these rowdy kirtanas?

Text 135

 "A sannyasi's duty is always to perform pranayama. But this sannyasi dances and weeps. Is that right for a sannyasi?"

Text 136

 The best of the sannyasis defended the Lord. One of them said, "Shri Krishna Chaitanya is a great soul."

Text 137

 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.

Text 138

 In this way the Vaishnavas enjoyed water pastimes with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Text 139

 As He had previously enjoyed water-pastimes in the Yamuna, so Lord Chaitanya enjoiyed with the devotees.

Text 140

 By Lord Chaitanya's mercy Narendra-sarovara became the Ganga and the Yamuna. Its glory and good fortune had no end.

Text 141

 The Lord enjoyed these pastimes to deliver the conditioned souls. By hearing or reading of these pastimes one breaks the bonds of karma.

Text 142

 When the water pastimes came to an end, Lord Chaitanya and the devotees went to see Lord Jagannatha.

Text 143

 Gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Chaitanya and the devotees wept with joy.

Text 144

 Gazing at Lord Jagannatha, Lord Chaitanya became overwhelmed. Streams of tears of joy flowed over His limbs.

Text 145

 Lord Advaita and the other devotees happily watched. They swam in an ocean of spiritual bliss.

Text 146

 Gazing and gazing at the two Lord Jagannathas, one moving and the other still, the devotees offered dandavat obeisances.

Text 147

 Kasi Misra took garlands from Lord Jagannatha's neck and made them ornaments on the devotees' bodies.

Text 148

 Lord Narayana, the supreme siksha-guru, who now manifested the form of a sannyasi, accepted Lord Jagannatha's garland with great reverence and devotion.

Text 149

 One should know that nothing is powerful like the Vaishnavas, Tulasi, the Ganga, and honoring the Lord's prasadam.

Text 150

 Therefore one should honor and serve the Vaishnavas. Even the sannyasis, who are in the highest asrama, should offer dandavat obeisances to the Vaishnavas.

Text 151

 Even a father should offer obeisances to a son that has become a sannyasi.

Text 152

 The sannyasa-asrama should receive honor from everyone. Everyone should bow down before a sannyasi.

Text 153

 Still, turning away from the exalted status of a sannyasi, Lord Krishna, the supreme siksha-guru, personally bowed down before the Vaishnavas.

Text 154

 Please give me your attention and now hear about devotion to Tulasi and Tulasi's pastimes.

Text 155

 Filling a small pot with good earth, one should sow Tulasi.

Text 156

 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."

Text 157

 The Lord visits a person who chants a fixed number of holy names before Tulasi.

Text 158

 Tears of joy streaming down His graceful limbs, the Lord follows that person.

Text 159

 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.

Text 160

 Who understands the devotional activities of a person who chants a fixed number of holy names as he gazes at Tulasi?

Text 161

 A person who chants a fixed number of holy names in Tulasi's presence attains the association of the Supreme Lord.

Text 162

 Lord Narayana, the supreme siksha-guru, teaches this. He will protect whoever follows this teaching.

Text 163

 After gazing at Lord Jagannatha and bowing down before Lord Jagannatha, Lord Chaitanya returned home with His associates.

Text 164

 The Supreme Personality of Godhead fulfills whatever desire is in His devotees' hearts.

Text 165

 He protects them as a father protects his children. The devotees always follow behind Him.

Text 166

 In this way the devotees from West Bengal and from Jagannatha Puri met in the bliss of Krishna consciousness.

Text 167

 By Lord Chaitanya's mercy the residents of Svetadvipa saw the Vaishnavas in His pastimes.

Text 168

 With His own graceful mouth, moonlike Lord Advaita again and again said, "Even the demigods are not allowed to see these exalted Vaishnavas!"

Text 169

 Grasping Lord Chaitanya feet, and weeping, Advaita said, "Lord, it is only because of You that anyone sees these exalted Vaishnavas."

Text 170

 The Lord's Vaishnava associates had all descended from the spiritual world. Before the Lord Himself descended, they descended.

Text 171

 In this way Pradyumna, Aniruddha, and Sankarshana had descended as Lakshmana, Bharata, and Satrughna.

Text 172

 Whenever the Supreme Lord descends to this world, by His order the liberated Vaishnavas descend also.

Text 173

 Thus these Vaishnavas never experience birth or death. They come to this world to accompany the Supreme Lord.

Text 174

 The Vaishnavas do not take birth because of past pious deeds or religious rituals. Revealing this truth, the Padma Purana (Uttara-khanda Text 257

57-58, declares:


Text 175

 yatha saumitra-bharatau

     yatha sankarshanadayah

tatha tenaiva jayante

     martya-lokam yadricchaya


     "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.


Text 176

 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."


Text 177

 The devotees who are the Lord's personal associates are always filled with ecstati love.

Text 178

 Anyone who hears the narrations of these liberated devotees' devotional activities will meet Lord Chaitanya and His devotees.

Text 179

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