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Chapter Twenty-one



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.

Text 10

 Because of some offense he was not qualified to understand Shrimad-Bhagavatam. Lord Krishna knows the reason.

Text 11

 By divine arrangement, as They walked on the path Lord Chaitanya and His associates overheard Devananda lecturing on Shrimad-Bhagavatam.

Text 12

 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.

Text 13

 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.

Text 14

 "How can this rascal be qualified to talk about Shrimad-Bhagavatam? Shrimad-Bhagavatam is Lord Krishna Himself in the form of a book.

Text 15

 "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'.

Text 16

 "The four Vedas are yogurt, and Shrimad-Bhagavatam is fresh butter. Sukadeva Gosvami churned and Maharaja Parikshit ate that butter of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.

Text 17

 "My dear devotee Sukadeva Gosvami knows the true meaning of Shrimad-Bhagavatam. In speaking Shrimad-Bhagavatam he explained the truth about Me.

Text 18

 "Anyone who thinks that I, My servant, and Shrimad-Bhagavatam are different will perish."

Text 19

 In this way Lord Chaitanya angrily explained the truth of Shrimad-Bhagavatam. Hearing His explanation, the devotees floated in great bliss.

Text 20

 In Shrimad-Bhagavatam devotional service is the sole topic. There is no other. Then Lord Chaitanya said, "This rascal doesn't know anything.

Text 21

 "This non-devotee fool is always lecturing on Shrimad-Bhagavatam. Today I will tear up his book. You watch while I do it."

Text 22

 Lord Chaitanya angrily went to tear up the book. Grabbing Him, the devotees stopped Him.

Text 23

 All the scriptures affirm that Shrimad-Bhagavatam is not understood very easily. Material scholarship, austerity, and fame do not help one understand it.

Text 24

 Persons who proudly claim, "I know Shrimad-Bhagavatam", never know Shrimad-Bhagavatam's true meaning.

Text 25

 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.

Text 26

 Very few were learned and virtuous like Devananda Pandita.

Text 27

 Still, Yamaraja punishes all proud scholars bewildered about the true meaning of Shrimad-Bhagavatam.

Text 28

 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.

Text 29

 Every day Lord Chaitanya would walk in the town with His followers.

Text 30

 One day Lord Chaitanya walked in the town with Shrivasa Pandita.

Text 31

 In the outskirts of town was a drunkard's house. Walking by, Lord Chaitanya smelled the fragrance of wine.

Text 32

 Remembering the varuni beverage, Lord Chaitanya entered the mood of Lord Balarama.

Text 33

 Forgetting external consciousnes, Lord Chaitanya again and again roared at Shrivasa, "I will go in!"

Text 34

 Lord Chaitanya said, "Shrivasa, I will go in!" Shrivasa respectfully grasped the Lord's feet.

Text 35

 Lord Chaitanya said, "Can I be ordered or forbidden?" Still, Shrivasa forbade the Lord.

Text 36

 Shrivasa said, "You are the father of the universes. If You break the rules of religion, who can protect them?

Text 37

 "Not understanding Your pastimes, the people will blaspheme You. Because of that blasphemy they will suffer birth after birth.

Text 38

 "You are the eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead. You preserve the eternal religion. Who will understand this pastime of Yours?

Text 39

 "If You enter that wone-drinker's house, I will drown myself in the Ganga."

Text 40

 The Lord never goes against His devotee's desire. Hearing Shrivasa's words, the Lord smiled.

Text 41

 Lord Chaitanya said, "If you don't wish, I won't go. I won't make your words false."

Text 42

 Because of Shrivasa's words, Lord Chaitanya stopped His mood of Lord Balarama. Slowly and peacefully the glorious Lord walked on the royal road.

Text 43

 Seeing Lord Chaitanya, the people drunk on wine called out again and again, "Hari! Hari!"

Text 44

 Someone said, "Nimai Pandita is good. Good. A good person. He sings and dances good."

Text 45

 Calling out "Hari!", and clapping his hands, someone danced. Then the other drunkards happily followed behind him.

Text 46

 Singing, "Haribol! Haribol! Jaya Narayana!", the drunkards happily danced.

Text 47

 The drunkards made a great sound of chanting "Hari!" All this happened because they saw Lord Vishnu and a Vaishnava.

Text 48

 Seeing the drunkards' activities, Lord Chaitanya laughed. When he saw them, Shrivasa wept tears of joy.

Text 49

 Seeing Lord Chaitanya, the drunkards became happy. Only sinner-sannyasis blaspheme the Lord when they see Him.

Text 50

 They who feel unhappy at heart when they hear of Lord Chaitanyacandra's glories will not find happiness in any birth or any asrama.

Text 51

 I offer my respectful obeisances to all, even the drunkards, who saw Lord Chaitanyacandra when He was personally present on this earth.

Text 52

 Placing a glance of mercy on the drunkards, Lord Chaitanya, rapt in His own ecstasy, econtinued walking from village to village.

Text 53

 Seeing Devananta Pandita a little ahead, Lord Chaitanya very angrily said,

Text 54

 In His heart Lord Chaitanya thought, "In the past Devananda Pandita offended Shrivasa Pandita."

Text 55

 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.

Text 56

 If some scholars lectured on Bhagavad-gita or Shrimad-Bhagavatam, no one ever heard from them any descriptions of devotional service.

Text 57

 At that time Devananda was both learned and peaceful, He was honored by the people.

Text 58

 He regularly lectured on Shrimad-Bhagavatam. From childhood he had lived like a sannyasi.

Text 59

 One day, desiring to hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Shrivasa visited his home.

Text 60

 Listening to Shrimad-Bhagavatam, which syllable by syllable is filled with ecstati love for Lord Krishna, Shrivasa felt his heart melt.

Text 61

 Listening to Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Shrivasa wept. The great devotee brahmana deeply sighed.

Text 62

 Then the sinful students there said, "This fellow is trash. Brothers, with him present we cannot learn anything. We are wasting our time."

Text 63

 Shrivasa's tears did not stop. Shrivasa was very dear to Lord Chaitanya. He purified the entire world.

Text 64

 Meeting together and coming to a conclusion, the students dragged Shrivasa outside.

Text 65

 Devananda Pandita did not stop them. As the teacher was empty of devotion, so were his students.

Text 66

 Finding himself outside, Shrivasa unhappily returned home. Lord Chaitanya, who is the Supersoul in the hearts of all, knew all that had happened.

Text 67

 Seeing Devananda, Lord Chaitanya remembered all this. His face filled with anger, Lord Chaitanya, the son of Saci, said,

Text 68

 "Aye! Aye! Devananda! I'm talking to you. You lecture on Shrimad-Bhagavatam.

Text 69

 "Shrivasa, whom even Goddess Ganga desires to see, once went to hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam from you.

Text 70

 "What offense did he commit, that your students grabbed him and dragged him outside?

Text 71

 "Is it right to drag and throw away a person who when he hears Shrimad-Bhagavatam weeps with love for Lord Krishna?

Text 72

 "I understand that you lecture on Shrimad-Bhagavatam. In this birth you do not know the true meaning of that book.

Text 73

 "When a person eats and becomes full, he is happy with the outside world.

Text 74

 "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."

Text 75

 Hearing these words, the brahmana Devananda became embarrassed. He did not reply.

Text 76

 After speaking these words, Lord Chaitanya angrily walked away. Devananda unhappily walked to his home.

Text 77

 Although the Lord punished him with words, Devananda was very pious and fortunate.

Text 78

 Persons punished by Lord Chaitanya become great saints. Indeed, persons killed by the Lord go to Vaikuntha.

Text 79

 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.

Text 80

 Persons who in their hearts are not afraid of Lord Chaitanya's punishment are sinners. Birth after birth they are punished by Yamaraja.

Text 81

 Lord Krishna appears in four forms, the forms of Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Tulasi, Ganga, and His devotees.

Text 82

 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."

Text 83

 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.

Text 84

 I offer my respectful obeisances to the feet of Lord Chaitanya's servants. I pray that I may never offend them.

Text 85

 Anyone who hears this Madhya-khanda, which is sweet like nectar, will destroy the offenses in his heart.

Text 86

 I pray that Lord Nityananda, who is dear to Lord Chaitanya, and who always stays with Lord Chaitanya's servants, will never leave me.

Text 87

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