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Description of Murari Gupta's Glories
Text 1 Glory, glory to the fair lion who is the son of Saci! Glory to the Lord whose feet remove all sufferings!
Text 2 Glory to the Lord who is life and master of Gadadhara! O Lord, please be merciful to me. Please allow my heart to stay always at Your feet.
Text 3 Looking at the devotees, and His heart filled with love, Lord Chaitanya danced, sang, wept, and laughed.
Text 4 Every day, accompanied by His devotees, Lord Chaitanya enjoyed many blissful pastimes.
Text 5 One day, accompanied by Nityananda, Lord Chaitanya went to Shrivasa's home and enjoyed many pastimes there.
Text 6 At that time Murari Gupta also came and offered dandavat obeisances to Lord Chaitanya's feet.
Text 7 Then he offered obeisances to Lord Nityananda's feet. Then he stood before the two effulgent Lords.
Text 8 Very pleased at heart with Murari Gupta, Lord Chaitanya honestly said to him,
Text 9 "Murari, you did not act rightly. You offered obeisances in the wrong way.
†"Must I teach You? Do you not know? Why do you jump over the rules of etiquette?"
†Murari replied, "Lord, what do I know? I simply follow my heart."
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Good. Good. For now go home. Tomorrow I will explain everything to you."
†Feeling both joy and fear, Murari respectfully left. He returned home and went to sleep.
†In a dream he saw Lord Nityananda, the best of the Vaishnavas, dressed as a wrestler, walking ahead of many others.
†He saw great serpent's hoods hovering over Lord Nityananda's head. He saw a plow and a clu‚ in Lord Nityananda's hands.
†He saw that Lord Nityananda's form was like Balarama. Behind Lord Nityananda walked Lord Chaitanya, a peacock feather in His heir.
†In the dream Lord Chaitanya smiled and said, "Murari, now you understand. I am younger. Please understand this in your heart."
†Glancing at Murari, the two Lords smiled. In this way the two brothers taught Murari. Then They left.
†Waking up, Murari wept. Breathing heavily, he called out "Nityananda!" again and again.Text 20
†Worried, Murari's saintly wife began chanting "Krishna! Krishna! Krishna!"
†Understanding, "Nityananda is the elder brother", Murari happily went to Lord Chaitanya's home.
†Lotus-eyed Lord Chaitanya was seated, and Lord Nityananda, His face filled with happiness, was at His right.
†First Murari bowed down before Lord Nityananda's feet. Then he bowed down before Lord Chaitanya's feet.
†Smiling, Lord Chaitanya said, "Murari, why did You do that?" Murari replied, "Lord, I only follow.
†"As a dry straw moves in the wind, so all living beings are subject to Your supreme power."
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Murari, you are dear to Me. That is why I have opened My heart to you."
†In this way Lord Chaitanya revealed the truth about Himself to Murari Gupta. On the Lord's left was the dear devotee Gadadhara, who held betelnuts in his hands.
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Murari is the first of My servants". Speaking these words, the Lord took some betelnuts He had chewed and gave them to Murari.
†Murari respectfully took them in his hands. Chewing them, Murari became wild with bliss.
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Murari, wash your hands." Murari wiped his hands on his head.
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Now you've become a low-caste wretch. You placed My remnants on your body."
†Now Lord Chaitanya entered the mood of being the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Gnashing His teeth, He said,
†"In Varanasi lives a sannyasi named Prakasananda. Again and again this wretch cuts Me into pieces. In his mind he thinks it is good to cut Me apart.
†"He teaches Vedanta, but he does not give importance to My form. I have placed leprosy in his body, but still he does not understand.
†"The numberless universes all reside in My body. Still this wretch says My body is only an illusion. How can I tolerate this?
†"Murari, you are My servant. What I tell you is the truth. Anyone who does not respect My body will perish.
†"Brahma, Siva, and Ananta Sesa serve My body. Thinking it as dear as their own lives, all the demigods worship My body.
†"Simply by touching My body one becomes the purest of the pure. Still this wretch says that My body is an illusion. How can I tolerate this?
†"This form I now show to you is eternal. It is eternal. I am eternal. My servants are eternal. We are eternal.
†"My pastimes are eternal. My abode is eternal. Anyone who says they are illusions cuts Me into pieces.
†"Simply by hearing My glories one destroys the beginningless ignorance of this world. Still, the sinners teach, `The Lord's pastimes are illusions'.
†"By tasting the nectar of hearing My glories, Lord Siva becomes so intoxicated that he is clothed only by the four directions. Ananta Sesha, who holds up all the worlds, always chants My glories.
†"Sukadeva, Narada, and all the sages become intoxicated by hearing My glories. The four Vedas describe the greatness of My glories.
†"O Murari Gupta, anyone who does not honor My sacred glories will not understand My descent to this world.
†In this way Lord Chaitanya taught Murari Gupta. He said, "My form, servants, pastimes, and abodes are all eternal."
†In this way Lord Chaitanya taught the truth about Himself. Anyone who does not agree with these conclusions will perish.
†The next moment Lord Chaitanya returned to external consciousness. Again He was the most humble of penniless brahmanas.
†Calling him "brother", Lord Chaitanya embraced Murari Gupta. Showing great affection for him, Lord Chaitanya kindly said,
†"Murari, I tell you the truth: You are My pure servant. You know the truth about Nityananda.
†"Even if he claims to be My devotee, anyone who has even a single sesame seed's worth of hatred for Lord Nityananda is not dear to Me.
†"Now please go home, Murari Gupta. You have purchased Me. You know the secret of Nityananda."
†In this way Lord Chaitanya made Murari Gupta the object of His mercy. Only Hanuman received mercy like Murari.
†Murari Gupta joyfully returned home. Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda stayed in his heart.
†Agitated at heart, Murari returned home. He said one thing, did another, and then happily laughed.
†With great joy he said, "I will eat." His devoted wife brought his meal.
†Agitated by tasting the nectar of love for Lord Chaitanya, Murari called out, "Eat! Eat!", and scattered handsful of food everywhere.
†Mixing rice and ghee, he poured the combination on the floor. "Krishna, eat! Eat! Eat!", he said again and again.
†Watching Murari Gupta's actions, his devoted wife smiled. Again and again she brought him food, and again and again he poured on the floor.
†The devoted wife knew, "Murari Gupta is a great devotee of the Lord". Chanting, "Krishna!", she reminded her husband of Lord Krishna.
†In this way Murari Gupta offered food to Lord Krishna and Lord Krishna accepted it. Lord Krishna never rejected Murari's request.
†Murari offered food in this way, and Lord Krishna ate it. The next morning Lord Chaitanya rose early and went to visit Murari Gupta.
†Muraru Gupta sat, rapt in the bliss of chanting Lord Krishna's name. At that time Lord Chaitanya entered. Seeing Him, Murari Gupta at once offered obeisances.
†With great respect Murari Gupta offered the Lord a place to sit. Lord Chaitanya, the son of Jagannatha Misra, sat down.
†Murari Gupta said, "Lord, why have You come?" Lord Chaitanya replied, "I have come for a medicine."
†Murari Gupta said, "Can You say what is the cause of Your indigestion? What did You eat yesterday?"
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Rascal, how did you know what was my disease? Calling out, `Eat! Eat!', you threw the food on the floor.
†"You have forgotten, but you wife knows everything. When you offer, how can I not eat?
†"Now you have to give Me medicine. Your food is the cause of My indigestion.
†"Drinking water cures indigestion. Your food caused My indigestion. Therefore your water will be the medicine to cure it."
†After speaking these words, Lord Chaitanya picked up Murari's cup of water, water filled with the nectar of pure devotion, and drank it.
†Seeing the Lord's mercy, Murari fell unconscious. Murari's family wept in great love.
†The Lord, His servants, and their devotional service are like this. Lord Chaitanya's mercy manifested all the features of pure devotion.
†Murari Gupta's servants attained Lord Chaitanya's mercy, mercy the great bhattacaryas in Nadiya never saw.
†Material learning, wealth, and fame do not bring anything of value. Its is the mercy of the Vaishnavas that brings the very valuable result of engagement in devotional service.
†Why should one not become a servant or maidservant to the Vaishnavas? The Vedas declare, "The servants and maidservants of the Vaishnavas are the greatest of all."
†Every day Lord Chaitanya gave His mercy to Murari Gupta.
†Please hear. Hear the wonderful story of Murari Gupta. One who hears about Murari Gupta attains the great treasure of devotional service.
†One day, at Shrivasa's home, Lord Chaitanya, roaring, manifested His own form.
†In His form hands He held a conchshell, cakra, club, and lotus. He called out, "Garuda! Garuda!"
†At that moment, making a great sound, Murari Gupta entered Shrivasa's home.
†The mood of Garuda entered Murari Gupta's body. Murari Gupta said, "I am he. I am the great soul Garuda."
†Lord Chaitanya called out, "Garuda! Garuda!" Murari Gupta replied, "I am he. I am Your servant."
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Son, you are My carrier?" "I am. I am.", Murari Gupta replied.
†Murari Gupta said, "You have forgotten. I carried You and the parijata tree from Svaragaloka.
†"You have forgotten. I carried You to Vanapura. I cut Karttikeya's peacock into pieces.
†"Lord, please clim‚ on My shoulders. Give the order. To which universe shall I carry You?"
†The Lord Chaitanya, the son of Jagannatha Misra, climbed on Murari Gupta's shoulders. There was a great sound of "Jaya! Jaya!" in Shrivasa's home.
†Carrying Goddess Lakshmi's husband on his shoulders, Murari Gupta ran everywhere in the courtyard.
†The women made auspicious sounds. With great love all the devotees wept.
†One person said, "Jaya! Jaya!" Another said, "Hari!" Another said, "Never will I forget seeing this."
†Some joyfully slapped their arms and thighs. Some said, "How glorious is the Lord!" Some smiled and laughed.
†Someone raised his arms and loudly called, "Glory, glory to Visvambhara, who is carried by Murari Gupta!"
†Lord Chaitanya rocked to an fro on Murari's shoulders. Then Murari joyfully ran into the house.
†The impious did not see the pastimes Lord Chaitanya manifested in Navadvipa.
†Wealth, family, and fame will not help one attain Lord Krishna. Lord Chaitanya is conquered only by devotional service.
†The Lord's servants and maidservants, who birth after birth had worshiped the Lord, happily gazed at all these pastimes.
†They who saw these pastimes kindly described them to others. Still the impious would not believe them.
†In this Madhya-khanda is described the pastime of Lord Chaitanya's climbing on Murari Gupta's shoulders. Every time the Lord descends to this world Murari Gupta is His first of His servants.
†These pastimes have no end. The Vedas say, "Sometimes they are visible (avirbhava), and sometimes they are hidden (tirobhava).
†Returning to external consciousness, and now very peaceful, Lord Chaitanya climbed down from Murari's shoulders. Murari Gupta's acceptance of Garuda's mood came to a stop.
†Ordinary people do not understand these confidential pastimes, where Lord Chaitanya climbs on Murari Gupta's shoulders.
†Seeing the mercy Lord Chaitanya gave to Murari Gupta, the circle of Vaishnavas praised Murari, saying, "Glorious! Glorious! Glorious!"
†Murari Gupta was a very glorious and fortunate devotee. His devotional service to Lord Vishnu had borne a very great fruit, for he had the power to carry Lord Chaitanya in His pastimes.
†There are many other sacred stories of Murari Gupta, and they will be described in due course.
†One day pure-hearted Murari Gupta thought in his heart about the Lord's incarnations.
†He thought, "I understand that, bringing His limbs and su‚-limbs, the Lord descends to this world to fulfill His mission.
†"But I do not understand Lord Krishna's pastimes. Why does He act as He does? Sometimes He creates, and sometimes He destroys.
†"Why, after rescuing Sita and killing Ravana and Ravana's kinsmen, did the Lord abandon Sita at the end?
†"He peacefully watched as the Yadavas, who were dear to Him as His own life, lost their lives.
†"Therefore I will give up this body now, while the Lord Himself is personally present in this world.
†"Now is the time, while the Lord Himself is on this earth, for Me to end this body."
†In his heart renouncing the world, Murari got a very sharp knife meant for sawing conchshells.
†Keeping that knife in his house, he thought, "With joy in my heart, tonight I will end this body."
†Lord Chaitanya, who is the Supersoul in the hearts of all living beings, knew the thoughts in Murari's heart.
†The Lord quickly went to Murari's house. Murari Gupta respectfully bowed down before the Lord's feet.
†Feeling very merciful to Murari Gupta, Lord Chaitanya sat down and spoke about Lord Krishna.
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Murari Gupta, you must follow My order." Murari Gupta said, "Lord, my body is Your property."
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Is that the truth?" Murari Gupta said, "It is." Lord Chaitanya whispered in Murari's ear, "Give Me the knife.
†"Bring the knife you will use to leave your body. Give it to Me. It is in this house."
†"Haya! Haya!", Murari Gupta said, unhappy at heart. Murarii said, "Someone has told You this lie. Who is it?"
†Lord Chaitanya said, "Murari, I see that you are not very intelligent. You say that someone else told me about this and that how I know of it?
†"I made that knife, and I gave it to you. That is how I know. I know where you hid the knife."
†Lord Chaitanya, the Supersoul in the hearts of all, knows everything. He went, found the knife, and returned with it.
†lord Chaitanya said, "Murari Gupta, this is the way you act! What is My fault that you want to leave Me and go away?
†"If you go, then who will help Me in My pastimes? Where did you get this idea?
†"Murari, please give Me this gift: Never think like this again."
†Lord Chaitanya embraced Murari and then placed His hand on Murari's head.
†Lord Chaitanya said, "You will eat My head. You will eat My head if you want to leave Me again.".
†Murari at once fell to the ground. With tears of love he washed the Lord's feet.
†Grasping the Lord's feet, saintly Murari wept. Embracing Murari, Lord Chaitanya wept.
†Lakshmi, Brahma, Ananta Sesha, and Siva yearn to attain the mercy that Lord Chaitanya gave to Murari Gupta.
†The demigods are not different from Lord Chaitanya. "The demigods are not different from Lord Krishna". This the Vedas declare.
†Assuming the form of Ananta Sesha, Lord Chaitanya holds up the worlds. Assuming the form of Brahma, Lord Chaitanya creates the world.
†Assuming the form of Siva, Lord Chaitanya destroys the world. With His own mouth He speaks prayers glorifying Himself.
†The demigods are not different from the Lord. They are not different. They all serve Lord Chaitanya's feet.
†If even a bird chants Lord Chaitanya's name, that soul with go to Lord Chaitanya's abode. That is the truth.
†If a sannyasi does not chant Lord Chaitanya's name, that soul will life after life be born blind among wicked beings.
†He is a thief in the clothing of asnnyasi. He is a blasphemer-sannyasi, a sinner.
†A blasphemer-sannyasi is not different from a thief. Both are great blasphemers. The Vedas call such a person, "an enemy of others".
†This enemy is described in these words of the Brihan-Naradiya Purana:
prakatam patitah sreyan
†††† ya eko yaty adhah svayam
baka-vrittih svayam papah
†††† patayaty aparan api
†††† "One kind of sinner falls himself down into hell. Another kind, a hypocrite who deceives others, makes other souls fall into hell.
†haranti dasyavo 'kutyam
†††† vimohyastrair nrinam dhanam
†††† vadair evam baka-vratah
†††† "As thieves threaten others with weapons in a secluded place and ro‚ them of their wealth, so with very sharp words false preachers ro‚ others."
†In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (12.3.38, it is said:
dharmam vakshyanty adharma-jna
†††† "To earn their livelihood sudras will dress as sannyasis and accept alms. Persons who know only sins will sit on a high seat and teach religion."
†Thinking an imposter is a true sannyasi, the peaople hear from him blasphemy of Vaishnavas. In this way the people perish.
†If one hears blasphemy of saintly persons, his piety will be destroyed. Birth after birth he will be fallen. This the Vedas say.
†A thief suffers in only one birth, but a blasphemer suffers birth after birth and moment after moment.
†Therefore a blasphemer-sannyasi is a theif. He is countless times more sinful than a thief.
†Brom Brahma down to the unmoving plants, every living being is Lord Krishna's potency. Therefore all the scriptures say, "Anyone who blasphemes another angers Lord Krishna."
†Lord Krishna delivers any person who is not a blasphemer and who once chants "Krishna!" That is the truth. It is the truth.
†If a person studies the four Vedas and then blasphemes others, he will fall into the hell called Kumbhipaka. There he will suffer birth after birth.
†A person who studies Shrimad-Bhagavatam and then, his intelligence wrecked, blasphemes Lord Nityananda, will be completely destroyed.
†The blasphemers have no faith in the eternal pastimes Lord Chaitanya manifested in Navadvipa.
†They whose thoughts and deeds are placed at Lord Chaitanya's feet stay with Lord Chaitanya birth after birth.
†Never will I look at yogis who have eight mysti perfections but no devotion to Lord Chaitanya. Such persons are impious sinners.
†After comforting Murari Gupta, Lord Chaitanya happily returned to His home.
†These are the glories of Murari Gupta. How can I truly describe all his glories?
†From Lord Nityananda's mouth I have heard a little of the Vaishnavas' glories.
†May Lord Nityananda be my master birth after birth. By His mercy I am attracted to Lord Chaitanya.
†O Lord Chaitanya, O son of Jagannatha Misra, glory, glory to You! I pray that Your Nityananda will be the great treasure of my life.
†I my heart I always hold Lord Chaitanya, who is the very life of He (Lord Nityananda, who is the master of my life.
†The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.