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Shri Gaurangasya gopika-nritya-varnana
Description of Lord Chaitanya's Pastime of the Gopis' Dancing
Text 1 O Lord Chaitanya, O auspiciousness of all the worlds, glory, glory to You! O Lord, in my heart please place the gift of Your two feet.
Text 2 O life of Nityananda and Svarupa Damodara, glory, glory to You! O abode of transcendental virtues, O Lord who love Your devotees, glory, glory to You!
Text 3 O Lord Chaitanya, O Lord accompanied by Your devotees, glory, glory to You! Anyone who hears these narrations about Lord Chaitanya will attain pure devotional service.
Text 4 In Navadvipa Lord Chaitanya always tasted the nectar of sankirtana.
Text 5 O my brothers, please hear this narration of the Madhya-khanda, a narration of Lord Chaitanya's dancing in the dress of Goddess Lakshmi.
Text 6 One day Lord Chaitanya told everyone, "Today I will dance in a dance-play."
Text 7 The Lord called for Sadasiva and Buddhimanta Khan and told them, "Arrange for costumes.
Text 8 "Arrange for the conchshell, bodices, stage-curtain, and ornaments. Arrange everything.
Text 9 "Gadadhara will wear the costume of Rukmini. Brahmananda will wear the constume of Rukmini's friend Suprabhata.
"Nityananda will be My grandmother. Haridasa will be the guard who wakes the others.
"Shrivasa will wear the costume of Narada. Shrirama will be his brahmana disciple. Shriman will certainly say: `I must be the torchbearer'."
Then Advaita asked, "What costume will I wear?" Lord Chaitanya replied, "You will be Lord Krishna, the master of the gopis, and You will sit on a throne.
"O Buddhimanta Khana, please go quickly and arrange all the costumes. Then I will dance."
Placing the Lord's order on their heads, Sadasiva and Buddhimanta went to their homes. Their bliss had no end.
They soon brought a kathiya canopy and beautiful costumes.
Buddhimanta Khan placed the costumes before the Lord.
Pleased at heart by seeing the costumes, Lord Chaitanya said to all the Vaishnavas,.
"Assuming the role of the Supreme Lord's potency, I will dance. Only persons who have conquered their senses are qualified to see Me dance.
"Only they who have the power to control their senses may enter the house today."
The Vaishnavas were very happy that Lord Chaitanya would play the role of Goddess Lakshmi in a dance-drama.
But when they heard the Lord's final declaration, they all became morose.
Scratching the ground, Advaita Acarya said, "I should not see this play today.
"I have not conquered My senses." Then Shrivasa Pandita said, "These words are mine also."
Hearing this, the Lord smiled and said, "If You do not come, then for whom will I dance?"
Lord Chaitanya, the crest-jewel of the dancing-stage then declared, "Don't worry.
"Today you will all be the great kings of yoga. When you see Me not one of you will be bewildered."
Hearing the Lord's words, Advaita, Shrivasa, and all the others became joyful.
Then, accompanied by all the devotees, Lord Chaitanya went to Candrasekhara Acarya's house.
Accompanied by her daughter-in-law, Mother Saci also came to see the wonderful dance in the role of Goddess Lakshmi.
Many Vaishnava kinsmen and friends came with Mother Saci to see the dance.
Shri Candrasekhara's good fortune has no limit, for in his home the Supreme Lord revealed His glories.
Accompanied by all the Vaishnavas, Lord Chaitanya sat down. By His order, everyone accepted their costumes.
Again and again Advaita asked with folded hands, "Lord, please order Me. Which costume should I wear?"
Lord Chaitanya replied, "All the costumes are Yours. Pick the costume You like."
Advaita was not in external consciousness. Walking back and forth and knitting His eyebrows, He thought, "Which costume will I take?"
He danced about like a playful jokester. He floated in an ocean of bliss.
Then a tumultuous sound of Lord Krishna's name arose. All the Vaishnavas were overcome with bliss.
Mukunda sang the auspicious beginning of the kirtana, "Rama Krishna Bolo Hari Gopala Govinda!"
Haridasa entered first. He had two great playful fake mustaches above his mouth.
A great and splendid turban decorated his head. His garments were a loincloth. In his hand was a stick. To everyone he carefully said,
"O brothers, please give me your attention. Accepting the role and costume of Goddess Lakshmi, He who is the life breath of all the worlds will now dance."
He twirled the stick. The hairs of his every limā stood erect. He awakened thoughts of Krishna in everyone.
Then Haridasa arrogantly called out, "Worship Krishna! Serve Krishna! Chant Krishna's name!"
Watching Haridasa, all the devotees laughed. "Who are you? Why are you here?", everyone asked.
Haridasa replied, "I am a policeman from Vaikuntha. I always wander about, awakening in people thoughts of Lord Krishna.
"Leaving the world of Vaikuntha, the Supreme Personality of Godhead has now come to this place. For free He now gives away pure love and pure devotional service.
"Accepting the role and costume of Goddess Lakshmi, the Supreme Lord will now dance. He will freely give away pure love and pure devotional service. All of you please accept His gift with great care."
After speaking these words and twirling his moustache, he and Murari Gupta walked about and made their exit.
Haridasa and Murari Gupta were both dear devotees of Lord Krishna. They were both filled with ecstati love. Staying within their bodies, Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes.
Then Shrivasa, wearing the costume of Narada Muni, joyfully walked before the assembly.
He had a great long beard and great mustaches. A vina rested on his shoulder. A blade of kusa grass was in his hand. He cast a glance in the four directions.
Ramai Pandita followed behind. In his hand was a kamandalu, and under his arm was a sitting-mat.
Ramai Pandita spread out the mat for sitting. Shrivasa looked exactly like Narada himself.
Seeing Shrivasa's costume, everyone laughed. In a deep voice Advaita asked,
"Who are You! And why are you here?" Shrivasa replied, "Please listen, and I will tell you.
"My name is Narada. I sing for Lord Krishna. I wander in the numberless universes.
"I went to Vaikuntha to see Lord Krishna. There I heard that Lord Krishna had gone to a town in Nadiya.
"I saw that the houses in Vaikuntha were empty. There were no husbands, no wives, and no families.
"I could not stay in an empty Vaikuntha, so, meditating on my Lord, I came here.
"Accepting the role and costume of Goddess Lakshmi, my Lord will dance today. That is why I have come to this assembly."
Hearing Shrivasa's words, and believing them exactly like the words of Narada himself, the Vaishnavas smiled and made a great sound of "Jaya!"
In his form, words, and actions Shrivasa Pandita was not in any way different from Narada Muni.
The Vaishnavas' saintly and devoted wives watched all this. As she watched, Mother Saci became plunged in the nectar ocean of love for Lord Krishna.
Mother Saci asked Malini, "Is that Shrivasa Pandita?" Malini replied, "Hearing him sepak, I know it is he."
Gazing at Shrivasa's form, Mother Saci, who is a great Vaishnavi and the mother of all the worlds, became filled with wonder.
Mother Saci fainted in ecstasy. She showed no sign of being still alive. Everyone was afraid.
At once the saintly ladies chanted "Krishna! Krishna!" in her ear.
Regaining consciousness, Mother Saci remembered Lord Krishna. The saintly ladies tried to hold her still, but they could not.
No one in the house was in material consciousness. Everyone wept.
Then, plunged in the mood of Rukmini, Lord Chaitanya entered the house.
Rapt in Rukmini's mood, Lord Chaitanya no longer knew who He was. He became exactly like Rukmini, the princess of Vidarbha.
Then Lord Chaitanya wrote a letter. The tears from His eyes were the ink. The ground was the paper. His finger was the pen.
Rukmini's letter is in seven verses of Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.52.3*-43). Reading that letter, Lord Chaitanya wept and wept.
Now please hear the song Lord Chaitanya sang to explain those seven verses. Anyone who hears this explanation will attain Lord Krishna as her husband.
The first of these seven verses is this (Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.52.37):
srutva gunan bhuvana-sundara shrinvatam te
nirvisya karna-vivarair harato 'nga-tapam
rupam drisam drisimatam akhilartha-labham
Tvayy acyutavisati cittam apatrapam me
"My dwra Krishna, O infallible and most beautiful one, any human being who happens to hear about Your transcendental form and pastimes immediately absorbs through his ears Your name, fame, and qualities. Thus all material pangs subside, and he fixes Your form in his heart. Through such transcendental love for You, he sees You always within himself, and by this process all his desires become fulfilled. Similarly, I have heard of Your transcendental qualities. I may be shameless in expressing myself so directly, but You have captivated me and taken my heart."*
The Lord's Song in Karunyasarada-raga
suniya tomara guna bhubana-sundar
dura bhela anga-tapa tribidha dushkar
O most handsome man in the worlds, when I heard of Your transcendental qualities, the sufferings of my body fled far away.
sarba-nidhi labha tora rupa-darasan
sukhe dekhe bidhi jare dileka locan
The sight of Your handsome form is the greatest of all treasures. Only by past pious deeds is one able to gaze on You. You give that person the eyes to see You.
suni' jadu-simha tora jasera bakhan
nirlajja haiya citta jaya tuya sthan
O lion of the Yadus, when I heard the description of Your glories, my heart shamelessly ran to You.
kona kulabati dhira ache jaga-majhe
kala pai' tomara carana nahi bhaje
Where in this world is a saintly maiden who not worship Your feet?
bidya kula sila dhana rupa besa dhame
sakala biphala haya tomara bihane
Without You, knowledge, noble family, good character, wealth, beauty, beautiful garments, and grand palaces are all worthless.
mora dharshtya khama koro tridasera ray
na pari' rakhite citta tomara misay
O Lord of the thirty-million demigods, please forgive my boldness. I cannot stop my heart from running to You.
eteke barila tora carana-jugal
manah prana buddhi tenho arpila sakal
I place my heart, mind, intelligence, life, and everything before Your feet.
patni-pada diya more koro nija dasi
mora bhage sisupala nahuka bilasi
Please make me Your wife. Please make me Your maidservant. Let not Sisupala enjoy me.
kripa kori' more parigraha koro nath
jena simha-bhaga nahe shrigalera sath
Please be merciful. Please accept me. Let not the jackal take what belongs to the lion.
brata dana guru-dwija-debera arcan
satya jadi sebiyachom acyuta-caran
If I have in truth followed vows, given charity, worshiped the spiritual masters, brahmanas, and demigods, and served infallible Lord Vishnu's feet, . . .
tabe gadagraja mora ha-u praneswar
dura ha-u sisupala e-i mora bar
. . . then may Lord Krishna become the master of my life, and may Sisupala flee far away. That is the boon I ask.
kali mora bibaha haiba hena ache
aji jhata aisaha bilamba koro pache
Tomorrow is my wedding day. Come quickly. Please don't delay.
gupte asi' rahiba bidarbha-pura kache
seshe sarba-sainya-sange asibe samaje
Secretly enter Vidarbha City. At the end there will be a great assembly with all the great armies.
caidya salba jarasandha mathiya sakal
haribeka more dekhaiya bahu-bal
Sisupala, Salva, Jarasandha, and all the others will make trouble. You must kidnap me as all the powerful kings watch.
darpa-prakasera prabhu e-i se samay
tomara banita sisupala-jogya nay
Lord, this will be Your chance to show Your kshatriya pride and glory. Your wife should not be given to Sisupala.
bini bandhu badhi' more hariba apane
tahara upaya balom tomara carane
You must kidnap me without killing my kinsmen. I will tell You a stratagem to accomplish this. I place it now before Your feet.
bibahera purba-dine kula-dharma ache
naba-badhujana jaya bhabanira kache
My family's custom is that the day before her marriage the bride will visit Goddess Durga's temple.
se-i abasare prabhu haribe amare
na mariba bandhu dosha khamiba amare
Lord, this is Your opportunity to kidnap me. In this way You will not kill my kinsmen. If I am at fault to say all this, please forgive me.
jahara carana-dhuli sarba ange snan
umapati cahe cahe jateka pradhan
Lord Siva yearns to bathe his limbs in the dust of Your feet. He sees You as the Absolute, the Supreme.
hena dhuli prasada na koro jadi more
mariba koriya brata balilum tomare
If You will not be merciful and give me the dust of Your feet, then I will kill myself. This oath I take before You.
jata janme pana tora amulya caran
tabat mariba suna kamala-locan
O lotus-eyed Lord, please listen. I will take birth and die as many times as I must, but I will attain Your priceless feet.
cala cala brahmana satwara krishna-sthane
kaha giya e sakala mora nibedane
O brahmana, go. Go quickly to Lord Krishna. Repeat my request before Him.
Ecstati in the mood of Rukmini, Lord Chaitanya sang this song. Overcome with love, the Vaishnavas wept and smiled.
In this way there was great joy in Candrasekhara's house. Loud sounds of "Hari!" were heard in the four directions.
"Awake! Awake! Awake!", Haridasa called out. Wearing Narada's costume, Shrivasa Pandita danced.
The first three hours passed happily in this way. During the second three hours Gadadhara entered.
Gadadhara was accompanied by Brahmananda, who wore the costume of an elderly lady, the friend Suprabhata. They both walked across the stage.
Brahmananda was playing the role of an elderly lady. He wore fine cotton clothing, and he had a stick in his hand and a wicker tray under his arm.
Haridasa called out, "Who are you?" Brahmananda replied, "We are going to Mathura."
Shrivasa asked, "Ladies, who are your husbands?" Brahmananda replied, "Why do you ask?"
Shrivasa asked, "We should not know?" "So be it", Brahmananda replied, shaking his head.
Gangadasa asked, "Where will you stay today?" Brahmananda replied, "You will give us a place to stay?"
Gangadasa said, "You ask many questions, but you won't give any answers. Go away."
Advaita said, "Why should we ask so many questions? Others wives are like one's own mother. Why should we embarrass them?
"Our master is very fond of singing and dancing. Dance, and you will get great wealth."
Hearing Advaita's words, Gadadhara happily danced in ecstati love.
Rapt in the mood of Goddess Lakshmi, Gadadhara gracefully danced as the devotees sang appropriate songs.
Seeing Gadadhara dance, who did not weep, overcome with ecstati love?
A stream of ecstati love flowed from Gadadhara's eyes. Sprinkled by these tears, Goddess Earth thought herself fortunate.
Gadadhara became like the Ganga personified. Gadadhara is Lord Krishna's spiritual potency. That is the truth. That is the truth.
Again and again Lord Chaitanya said, "Gadadhara is My friend in Vaikuntha."
The devotees who sang in the kirtana and watched all these pastimes floated in ecstati love. By Lord Chaitanya's mercy no one was aware of the external world.
Calling out, "Hari! Hari!", the circle of Vaishnavas wept. A tumult of blissful sounds arose from everyone.
In the four directions could be heard sounds of weeping in ecstati love for Lord Krishna. Then, in the costume of a gopi, Gadadhara began to dance.
Then, Lord Chaitanya, who is thr master of all, and who was then wearing the costume of His original spiritual potency, entered.
Then, in the costume of an bent-over elderly lady, Lord Nityananda entered. He floated in the nectar of ecstati love.
At that moment a great sound of "Jaya! Jaya!" arose from the circle of Vaishnavas.
Some could not recognize Lord Chaitanya. He was very beautiful. It was as if He was not an actor wearing a costume at all.
Playing the role of an elderly lady, Nityananda walked behind Lord Chaitanya. There was not the slightest sign of Their true identities.
Everyone tried to guess, "That one must be Lord Chaitanya." When they guessed, "That one must be Lord Chaitanya", many guessed wrong.
Was Goddess Lakshmi, who rose from the ocean, now standing before their eyes? Did Goddess Sita, the wife of the lion of the Raghavas, now walk before them?
Had Goddess Maha-Lakshmi come? Had Parvati come? Had the personified glory and opulence of Vrindavana forest come?
Had Goddess Ganga come? Had mercy personified come? Had Goddess Maha-Maya, who bewilders even Lord Siva, come?
In this way no one could recognize Lord Chaitanya. They were all bewildered at heart.
Many had seen Loed Chaitanya from the time of His birth. But now they had not even half a sesame seed worth of power to recognize Him.
What to speak of others, eevn Mother Saci did not recognize Him. Mother Saci said, "Has Goddess Lakshmi come to dance before us?"
Lord Krishna had now personally become the inconceivable and spiritual goddess of devotional service, the queen of all yogas.
When they saw this form, Siva and Parvati both become bewildered.
However, on this occasion the Vaishnavas did not become bewildered in that way. The Lord was merciful to them. That was the reason why.
Lord Chaitanya became an ocean of mercy. He became like a mother staying in the devotees' hearts.
It was as if their mother had come from the spiritual world. Unaware of themselves, the devotees wept with bliss.
They all gazed at Lord Chaitanya. Advaita and the other devotees swam and floated in an ocean of ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
Rapt in the mood of the universes' mother, Lord Chaitanya danced as the devotees sang appropriate songs.
In the mood of which potency was Lord Narayana dancing? The devotees were never certain.
Sometimes the Lord said, "O brahmana, has Krishna come?" Then they knew the Lord was in the mood of Princess Rukmini.
When He shed streams of blissful tears, the devotees thought the Lord was like Goddess Ganga personified.
When He loudly laughed in ecstasy, the devotees thought the Lord was like Goddess Durga.
When He stumbled as He danced, the devotees thought the Lord was like Revati intoxicated by drinking kadambari nectar.
When He said, "Come, dear old lady, let Us go to Vrindavana", the devotees knew the Lord was in the mood of a beautiful girl in Gokula.
When He sat down in a virasana yoga posture and meditated, the devotees saw that He was like the great goddess who rules over many millions of yogas.
Although He was dressed in Rukmini's costume, Lord Chaitanya manifested the different natures of all His many different potencies who stay in the numberless universes.
In this way Lord Chaitanya taught everyone, "No one should disrespect My potencies."
By honoring the potencies of Lord Krishna, potencies described in the Vedas and in tradition, one attains firm devotion to Lord Krishna.
Persons who offend the demigods displease Lord Krishna. Persons who worship Lord Krishna along with His associates please Lord Krishna.
Lord Krishna personally teaches this. Therefore it is the truth. Only unfortunate persons with sinful hearts will not accept this truth.
Lord Chaitanya danced the roles of all His different potencies. No one had ever seen beautiful dancing like this.
All who saw, listened, or sang as the Lord enjoyed these pastimes floated in waves of ecstati love.
A great flood of tears flowed everywhere from the devotees' eyes.
As the fair lion of Lord Chaitanya danced the role of His original spiritual potency, the devotees happily watched. Their eyes were like bumblebees drawn to the lotus flower of the Lord's feet.
Lord Chaitanya became like Goddess Bhakti personified. His trembling, perspiration, bodily hairs standing up, and tears had no end.
Holding Nityananda's hand, Lord Chaitanya danced. Who has the power to describe Their sidelong glances?
Shriman Pandita held a lamp. Speaking in the four directions, Haridasa reminded everyone to be attentive.
Then Lord Nityananda-Balarama fell to the ground unconscious.
Where was His playing the role of elderly lady now? Nityananda-Anantasesha was overcome with love for Lord Krishna.
When Lord Nityananda fell to the ground, the Vaishnavas in the four directions wept.
How wonderful was that great weeping pushed by ecstati love for Lord Krishna! Lord Chaitanya Himself was the force that caused all these activities.
Some devotees embraced. Some wept. Some grasped each other's feet. Some rolled on the ground.
Lord Chaitanya embraced Gopinatha Acarya. Then Lord Chaitanya, now rapt in the mood of Goddess Maha-Lakshmi, stood on the Deity's throne.
With folded hands everyone stood before the Lord. "Offer prayers to Me", Lord Chaitanya-Krishna demanded.
Understanding that Lord Chaitanya was now in the mood of Goddess Lakshmi, the devotees offered prayers. Lord Chaitanya listened.
Some devotees offered prayers to Goddess Laksmi, and other devotees offered prayers to Goddess Durga. They fell top the ground and pffered prayers according to their understanding. They prayed:
A Song in Malasi-raga
jaya jaya jagata-janani maha-maya
duhkhita jibera deha' ranga-pada-chaya
"O Maha-Maya, O mother of the worlds, glory, glory to You! O goddess, please give the pleasing shade of Your feet to the suffering conditioned souls.
jaya jaya ananta-brahmanda-kotiswari
tumi juge juge dharma rakha abatari'
"O goddess who rule the countless millions of universes, glory, glory to You! Yuga after yuga, You descend to this world and protect the principles of religion.
brahma vishnu mahesware tomara mahima
bolite na pare anye keba dibe sima
"Even Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva cannot properly describe all Your glories, what to sepak of others.
jagata-swarupa tumi tumi sarba-sakti
tumi sraddha daya lajja tumi vishnu-bhakti
"You are the form of the universes. You have all powers. You are faith, mercy, and shyness. You are devotional service to Lord Vishnu.
jata bidya sakala tomara murti-bhed
sarba-prakritira sakti tumi keha bed
"All branches of knowledge are parts of Your form. The Vedas declare, `You are the potency that controls all of the Lord's potencies.'
nikhila brahmanda-ganera tumi mata
ke tomara swarupa kahite pare katha
"You are the mother of all the universes. You has the power to describe Your true nature?
tri-jagata-hetu tumi guna-traya-mayi
brahmadi tomare nahi jane e-i kahi
"You are the origin of the three worlds. The three modes exist within You. Brahma and the demigods have not the power to understand You. This we declare.
sarbasraya tumi sarba-jibera basati
tumi adya abikara parama prakriti
"You are the shelter of everything. You are the home where all conditioned souls live. You are the origin. You are changeless. You the best of the Lord's potencies.
jagata-janani tumi dwitiya-rahita
mahi-rupe tumi sarba jiba pala' mata
"You are the mother of the universes. You have no rival. O mother, assuming the form of the earth, You potect the conditioned souls.
jala-rupe tumi sarba-jibera jiban
toma sanarile khande asesha bandhan
"Assuming the form of water, You give life to the conditioned souls. By remembering You, the conditioned souls break the bonds of material life.
sadhu-jana-grihe tumi lakshmi-murtimati
asadhura-ghare tumi kala-rupakriti
"In the homes of the saintly You appear as Goddess Lakshmi. In the homes of the impious You appear as time personified.
tumi se karaha tri-jagatera shrishti-sthiti
toma na bhajile paya tri-bidha durgati
"You create and maintain the three worlds. They who do not worship You find themselves in the three kinds of calamities.
tumi sraddha vaishnavera sarbatra udaya
rakhaha janani diya caranera chaya
"You give faith ot the Vaishnavas. O mother, please give me shelter in the shade of Your feet.
tomara mayaya magna sakala samsar
tumi na rakhile mata ke rakhibe ar
"The whole material world is plunged in the illusions You create. O mother, if You do not protect someone, who will protect him?
sabara uddhara lagi' tomara prakas
duhkhita jibera mata koro nija das
"You have come here to deliver everyone. O mother, please make all the suffering conditioned souls into Your servants.
brahmadira bandya tumi sarba-bhuta-buddhi
toma sanarile sarba-mantradira suddhi
"Brahma and all the demigods bow down before You. You are the intelligence in all living beings. By remembering You, one purifies all mantras and everything else."
In this way the great devotees offered prayers. Eager to grant boons, Lord Chaitanya carefully listened.
Again and again everyone offered dandavat obeisances. Again and again everyone offered prayers. Again and again everyone recited Sanskrit verses.
They said, "O mother, You are our shelter. Please cast a merciful glance upon us, so our thoughts may always stay at Your feet."
In this way everyone offered prayers. Raising their arms, they wept.
The saintly ladies in the house also wept. Great bliss was present in Candrasekhara's home.
Materialists cannot understand this bliss. All this happened at night.
Filled with bliss, the devotees were not aware how the night was passing. Then the brilliant and cruel dawn came.
The night, which was their opportunity for ecstatic dancing, had come to an end. Everyone felt their hearts had been pierced by arrows.
Startled, everyone looked in the four directions. Declaring, "the night is over", they wept.
The grief of losing a hundred sons was not equal to the grief that took birth in the Vaishnavas' hearts.
The Vaishnavas unhappily stared at the rising sun. It was only by Lord Chaitanya's mercy that the sun was not burned to ashes.
The devotees' rejoicing was now transformed into lamentation. Lord Chaitanya Himself was the force behind this change.
Unhappy, the devotees wept. Throwing themselves to the ground, the devotees' saintly wives also wept.
These wives of the Vaishnavas were the internal potencies of Lord Narayana. They were the mothers of the universes.
All the saintly wives wept. They all grasped Mother Saci's feet.
Impelled by devotion to Lord Vishnu, a great weeping arose in the four directions. Candrasekhara's home became filled with ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
It was very natural for the Vaishnavas to weep in this way. Birth after birth they had known of Lord Krishna's pastimes and glories.
Someone said, "Alas! Why did the night end? Why did Lord Krishna cheat us of this nectar?"
Seeing the Vaishnavas' weeping in the four directions, Lord Chaitanya felt compassionate.
As a mother loves her child, so Lord Chaitanya loved them all. He considered them all His children.
Assuming the form of a mother, Lord Chaitanya very affectionately offered them His breast to drink.
Now Lord Chaitanya became the mother of the universe. He became Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Parvati, Goddess Daya, and Goddess Narayani.
In this way Lord Chaitanya proved the truth of His own statement in Bhagavad-gita: "I am the father and the grandfather. I am the support and the mother."
In Bhagavad-gita (9.17, He said:
pitaham asya jagato
mata dhata pitamahah
"I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support, and the grandsire."*
Each Vaishnava joyfully drank milk from Lord Chaitanya's breast. For millions and millions of births they are most fortunate.
As they drank milk from Lord Chaitanya's breast, their feelings of separation fled far away. They became intoxicated with the nectar of ecstati love.
All these pastimes never end. The Vedas say only that sometimes they can be seen (avirbhava), and sometimes they cannot be seen (tirobhava).
Lord Chaitanya, who is the ruler of the kings of kings, enjoyed pastimes like this in Nadiya.
Whatever is gross or subtle in all the universes exists in Lord Chaitanya's form. Lord Chaitanya's form is not different from all the worlds.
By His will there is creation. By His will everything enters Him again. He playfully creates the numberless universes. That is His pastime.
The demigods obey His will. By His will everything is done. How can anything happen without His will?
Whatever He wills becomes reality. He came to this world to deliver the conditioned souls. That is His greatness.
Unaware of His glories, the sinners rebuked Lord Chaitanya when He chanted the word "gopi".
Lord Chaitanya's wonderful dancing in the role of a gopi is a great treasure hidden in the four Vedas. Anyone who hears this pastime attains pure devotion to Lord Krishna.
In this pastime Lord Nityananda assumed the role of an elderly lady, and Lord Chaitanya assumed the role of Goddess Lakshmi.
Lord Nityananda always assisted Lord Chaitanya in His pastimes.
In these pastimes Lord Chaitanya became a gopi and Lord Nityananda became an elderly lady. How can a person who has not seen this pastime understand it?
Only a person who has attained Lord Krishna's mercy can understand the heart of this pastime. A person who has only a little good fortune cannot understand the truth of Lord Nityananda.
Someone may say that Lord Nityananda is a great yogi, or that He is a great devotee or a great philosopher. Why should the people not say whatever they like?
Why should the people not speak in these ways about Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda? I pray that Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda will place Their lotus feet in the people's hearts, no matter what the people say.
The only exception I make is for the sinners who speak blasphemy. Them I will kick on the head.
This Madhya-khanda's description of Lord Chaitanya-Narayana's dancing in the costume of Goddess Lakshmi is like nectar for the ears.
Dancing in the role of Mother Laksmi, Lord Chaitanya taught the truth of devotional service. Then, giving them His breast-milk to drink, He fulfilled His devotees' desires.
For seven days there was a wonderful effulgence in the home of Candrasekhara, the jewel of acaryas.
It was as if the moon, sun, and lightning joined together in one place. All the pious persons very happily gazed on that effulgence.
People who came to Candrasekhara's home found themselves unable to open their eyes.
The people said, "Why can't we open our eyes in Candrasekhara's home?"
Hearing these words, the Vaishnavas smiled in their hearts. No one revealed what had happened.
Lord Chaitanya's Maya potency is supremely bewildering. Because of that potency no one could understand the reason for the effulgence.
In this way Lord Chaitanya enjoyed inconceivable pastimes with His devotees in Navadvipa.
Listen. Listen, O my brothers to this Madhya-khanda's description of Lord Chaitanya's pastimes.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.