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Description of a Stick of Words Used to Hit Devananda
Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is the very life of Lord Nityananda! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the master of Gadadhara and Advaita!
Text 2 Glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is dear to Shrivasa and Haridasa! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the master of Gangadasa and Vasudeva Datta!
Text 3 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya and all His devotees! Anyone who hears these narrations of Lord Chaitanya will attain pure devotional service.
Text 4 Accompanied by Nityananda and Gadadhara, Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes in Navadvipa.
Text 5 One day, surrounded in the four directions by His devotee associates, Lord Chaitanya walked in the town.
Text 6 Lord Chaitanya walked to the home, by the Ganga's dam, of Visarada Mahesvara, who was Sarvabhauma's father.
Text 7 At that place was also the home of Devananda Pandita, a very peaceful brahmana who yearned after impersonal liberation.
Text 8 He was learned and austere. From birth he was disinterested in material things. He was a great student of Shrimad-Bhagavatam, but he was not a devotee.
Text 9 The people said, "He is a great teacher of Shrimad-Bhagavatam". Still, because he was not a devotee, he did not understand the true meaning at the heart of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
Because of some offense he was not qualified to understand Shrimad-Bhagavatam. Lord Krishna knows the reason.
By divine arrangement, as They walked on the path Lord Chaitanya and His associates overheard Devananda lecturing on Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
As He listened, Lord Chaitanya, who is the Supersoul in the hearts of all beings, and who knows everything, did not hear any description of the greatness of devotional service.
Lord Chaitanya angrily said, "What is the meaning of this rascal's words? In this birth he does not know anything of the true meaning of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
"How can this rascal be qualified to talk about Shrimad-Bhagavatam? Shrimad-Bhagavatam is Lord Krishna Himself in the form of a book.
"In Shrimad-Bhagavatam it is said that devotional service is the highest goal of life. That is why the four Vedas say, `Shrimad-Bhagavatam is the personification of ecstati love for Lord Krishna'.
"The four Vedas are yogurt, and Shrimad-Bhagavatam is fresh butter. Sukadeva Gosvami churned and Maharaja Parikshit ate that butter of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
"My dear devotee Sukadeva Gosvami knows the true meaning of Shrimad-Bhagavatam. In speaking Shrimad-Bhagavatam he explained the truth about Me.
"Anyone who thinks that I, My servant, and Shrimad-Bhagavatam are different will perish."
In this way Lord Chaitanya angrily explained the truth of Shrimad-Bhagavatam. Hearing His explanation, the devotees floated in great bliss.
In Shrimad-Bhagavatam devotional service is the sole topic. There is no other. Then Lord Chaitanya said, "This rascal doesn't know anything.
"This non-devotee fool is always lecturing on Shrimad-Bhagavatam. Today I will tear up his book. You watch while I do it."
Lord Chaitanya angrily went to tear up the book. Grabbing Him, the devotees stopped Him.
All the scriptures affirm that Shrimad-Bhagavatam is not understood very easily. Material scholarship, austerity, and fame do not help one understand it.
Persons who proudly claim, "I know Shrimad-Bhagavatam", never know Shrimad-Bhagavatam's true meaning.
Persons who know that Shrimad-Bhagavatam is the inconceivable Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself know that devotional service is the true meaning of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
Very few were learned and virtuous like Devananda Pandita.
Still, Yamaraja punishes all proud scholars bewildered about the true meaning of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
Persons who study Shrimad-Bhagavatam and then blaspheme Lord Nityananda, who is the moon of avadhutas and the home of all the worlds, will perish.
Every day Lord Chaitanya would walk in the town with His followers.
One day Lord Chaitanya walked in the town with Shrivasa Pandita.
In the outskirts of town was a drunkard's house. Walking by, Lord Chaitanya smelled the fragrance of wine.
Remembering the varuni beverage, Lord Chaitanya entered the mood of Lord Balarama.
Forgetting external consciousnes, Lord Chaitanya again and again roared at Shrivasa, "I will go in!"
Lord Chaitanya said, "Shrivasa, I will go in!" Shrivasa respectfully grasped the Lord's feet.
Lord Chaitanya said, "Can I be ordered or forbidden?" Still, Shrivasa forbade the Lord.
Shrivasa said, "You are the father of the universes. If You break the rules of religion, who can protect them?
"Not understanding Your pastimes, the people will blaspheme You. Because of that blasphemy they will suffer birth after birth.
"You are the eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead. You preserve the eternal religion. Who will understand this pastime of Yours?
"If You enter that wone-drinker's house, I will drown myself in the Ganga."
The Lord never goes against His devotee's desire. Hearing Shrivasa's words, the Lord smiled.
Lord Chaitanya said, "If you don't wish, I won't go. I won't make your words false."
Because of Shrivasa's words, Lord Chaitanya stopped His mood of Lord Balarama. Slowly and peacefully the glorious Lord walked on the royal road.
Seeing Lord Chaitanya, the people drunk on wine called out again and again, "Hari! Hari!"
Someone said, "Nimai Pandita is good. Good. A good person. He sings and dances good."
Calling out "Hari!", and clapping his hands, someone danced. Then the other drunkards happily followed behind him.
Singing, "Haribol! Haribol! Jaya Narayana!", the drunkards happily danced.
The drunkards made a great sound of chanting "Hari!" All this happened because they saw Lord Vishnu and a Vaishnava.
Seeing the drunkards' activities, Lord Chaitanya laughed. When he saw them, Shrivasa wept tears of joy.
Seeing Lord Chaitanya, the drunkards became happy. Only sinner-sannyasis blaspheme the Lord when they see Him.
They who feel unhappy at heart when they hear of Lord Chaitanyacandra's glories will not find happiness in any birth or any asrama.
I offer my respectful obeisances to all, even the drunkards, who saw Lord Chaitanyacandra when He was personally present on this earth.
Placing a glance of mercy on the drunkards, Lord Chaitanya, rapt in His own ecstasy, econtinued walking from village to village.
Seeing Devananta Pandita a little ahead, Lord Chaitanya very angrily said,
In His heart Lord Chaitanya thought, "In the past Devananda Pandita offended Shrivasa Pandita."
At the time of that offense, Lord Chaitanya had not yet manifested His nature as a devotee. All His servants were then unhappy, for the whole world was empty of ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
If some scholars lectured on Bhagavad-gita or Shrimad-Bhagavatam, no one ever heard from them any descriptions of devotional service.
At that time Devananda was both learned and peaceful, He was honored by the people.
He regularly lectured on Shrimad-Bhagavatam. From childhood he had lived like a sannyasi.
One day, desiring to hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Shrivasa visited his home.
Listening to Shrimad-Bhagavatam, which syllable by syllable is filled with ecstati love for Lord Krishna, Shrivasa felt his heart melt.
Listening to Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Shrivasa wept. The great devotee brahmana deeply sighed.
Then the sinful students there said, "This fellow is trash. Brothers, with him present we cannot learn anything. We are wasting our time."
Shrivasa's tears did not stop. Shrivasa was very dear to Lord Chaitanya. He purified the entire world.
Meeting together and coming to a conclusion, the students dragged Shrivasa outside.
Devananda Pandita did not stop them. As the teacher was empty of devotion, so were his students.
Finding himself outside, Shrivasa unhappily returned home. Lord Chaitanya, who is the Supersoul in the hearts of all, knew all that had happened.
Seeing Devananda, Lord Chaitanya remembered all this. His face filled with anger, Lord Chaitanya, the son of Saci, said,
"Aye! Aye! Devananda! I'm talking to you. You lecture on Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
"Shrivasa, whom even Goddess Ganga desires to see, once went to hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam from you.
"What offense did he commit, that your students grabbed him and dragged him outside?
"Is it right to drag and throw away a person who when he hears Shrimad-Bhagavatam weeps with love for Lord Krishna?
"I understand that you lecture on Shrimad-Bhagavatam. In this birth you do not know the true meaning of that book.
"When a person eats and becomes full, he is happy with the outside world.
"You lecture on Shrimad-Bhagavatam, which is full of ecstati love for Lord Krishna, but you yourself cannot feel the happiness of that love. This I tell you."
Hearing these words, the brahmana Devananda became embarrassed. He did not reply.
After speaking these words, Lord Chaitanya angrily walked away. Devananda unhappily walked to his home.
Although the Lord punished him with words, Devananda was very pious and fortunate.
Persons punished by Lord Chaitanya become great saints. Indeed, persons killed by the Lord go to Vaikuntha.
A person who accepts the punishment given by Lord Chaitanya and places that punishment on his head becomes qualified to attain ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
Persons who in their hearts are not afraid of Lord Chaitanya's punishment are sinners. Birth after birth they are punished by Yamaraja.
Lord Krishna appears in four forms, the forms of Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Tulasi, Ganga, and His devotees.
The Deity form of the Lord may be worshiped only after life is placed in the Deity. However, the Vedas say, "The other four forms are the Supreme Lord Himself from the moment those forms are born in this world."
I know that the descriptions of Lord Chaitanya have neither beginning nor end. As far as I know of them, I explain Lord Chaitanya's glories.
I offer my respectful obeisances to the feet of Lord Chaitanya's servants. I pray that I may never offend them.
Anyone who hears this Madhya-khanda, which is sweet like nectar, will destroy the offenses in his heart.
I pray that Lord Nityananda, who is dear to Lord Chaitanya, and who always stays with Lord Chaitanya's servants, will never leave me.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.