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Meeting Lord Advaita
jayati jayati devah krishna-chaitanya-candro
jayati jayati kirtis tasya nitya pavitra
jayati jayati bhritays tasya visvesa-murter
jayati jayati bhrityas tasya sarva-priyanam
Glory, glory to Lord Krishna Chaitanyacandra! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya's pure eternal fame! Glory, glory to the servants of Lord Chaitanya, the master of the worlds! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya's servants, who are dear to all!
Text 2 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life of the worlds! O Lord, please place Your two feet in my heart.
Text 3 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, the auspiciousness of the worlds! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya's servants!
Text 4 Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life of Paramananda Puri! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is the life's treasure of Svarupa Damodara!
Text 5 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is dear to Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is the heart of Jagadisa and Gopinatha!
Text 6 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, the master of the gatekeeper Govinda! O Lord, please cast Your glance of mercy on the conditioned souls.
Text 7 In this way Lord Chaitanya enjoyed blissful pastimes of sankirtana with Lord Nityananda and the devotees.
Text 8 Now please hear of Advaita's arrival. This will be seen in the Madhya-khanda.
Text 9 One day Lord Chaitanya, in His mood as the Supreme Lord, sweetly ordered Ramai Pandita,
"Ramai, go to Advaita's home. Tell Him that I have come.
Texts Texts 11-12
"Tell Him that the person He worshiped, wept for, and fasted for, has now come.
"I have come to give devotional service. He should come to Me at once.
"In a secluded place tell Him of Lord Nityananda's arrival. Tell Him all you have seen.
"Tell Him to come here at once and bring His wife and also offerings to worship Me."
Placing the Lord's order on his head, and in his heart thinking, "Hari! Hari!", Shrivasa's younger brother Ramai left at once.
Overcome with bliss, Ramai did not know the way. Accepting Lord Chaitanya's order, somehow he went to the right place.
Ramai Pandita bowed down before Advaita Acarya. Filled with bliss, he had no power to speak.
By the power of His devotional service, Advaita knew everything. He thought, "The Lord's order has come."
Seeing Ramai, Advaita smiled and said, "I know the order you bring for Me."
Respectfully folding his hads, Ramai Pandita said, "You know everything. Please come at once."
Overcome with bliss, Lord Advaita did not know anything of His own body.
Who can understand Lord Advaita's deep pastimes? He knows everything. Still, He speaks many different opinions.
He said, "Where is it said that the Supreme Personality of Godhead comes to stay among human beings? In what scripture is it said that the Supreme Lord will descend to Nadiya?
"Your brother Shrivasa knows all about My devotion, renunciation, and spiritual knowledge."
Ramai well knew about Advaita's exalted nature. Therefore he did not reply. He only smiled in his heart.
Lord Advaita's nature is unfathomable. Still, the saintly devotees can easily understand it, although the impious cannot.
Lord Advaita again said, "Tell. Tell, O Ramai Pandita. Why have you come?"
Aware of everything, Lord Advaita was peaceful at heart. Weeping, Ramai Pandita said,
Texts Texts 30-31
"The person You worshiped, wept for, and fasted for, has now come.
"He has come to give devotional service. He has sent me to give You this order:
"By the Lord's order You should come, bringing Your wife and also bringing proper offerings to worship the Lord's six-armed form.
"Lord Nityananda has also come. He is Lord Chaitanya's second form. He is Your very life.
"You already know all this. Do I need to tell You? I am fortunate. For I will see all of You together in one place.
When He heard these words from Ramai's mouth, Advaita raised His arms and wept.
Weeping, He fainted in ecstasy. Seeing this, everyone there became filled with wonder.
Returning, after a moment, to external consciousness, Advaita roared, "I have brought! I have brought My Lord!
"Because of My touch, the Lord left Vaikuntha and came here!" Saying this, and weeping again and again, Advaita fell to the ground.
Hearing that the Lord had appeared in this world, Advaita's devoted wife, who is the mother of the worlds, wept with joy.
Advaita's son named Acyutananda wept without stopping, even though he was only a boy.
Accompanied by His wife and son, Advaita wept. Around them on four sides, their servants and followers also wept.
In what direction was there not weeping? Advaita's home became filled with love for Lord Krishna.
Advaita became peaceful. Then He was not peaceful. He stayed in an ecstati trance. He body rocked to and fro.
Advaita asked Ramai, "What did the Lord say to Me?" Ramai answered, "Come at once."
Advaita said, "Please lsiten, O Ramai Pandita. If He acts like My Lord, then I will have faith in Him.
Texts Texts 47-48
"If He reveals His powers and opulences, and if He places His feet on My head, then I will know that He is the Supreme Lord, the master of My life. This is the truth I tell you, the truth."
Then Ramai said, "My Lord, what can I say? If I am fortunate, I will see with my own eyes.
"What You desire, the Suprem Lord desires. Because of You, the Supreme Lord has descended to this world."
Advaita was pleased with Ramai's words. At that moment Advaita began to prepare for the auspicious journey.
He said to His wife, "Quickly and carefully make everything ready for worshiping Him. Then we will go."
Advaita's devoted wife knew the truth about Lord Chaitanya. She carefully prepared fragrances, garlands, incense, and garments.
Texts Texts 54-55
Taking with them milk, yogurt, sara, cream, camphor, and betelnuts, Advaita and his wife departed. Advaita forbade Ramai to say anything. He said, "Don't say anything.
"Say, `The Acarya did not come.' Then I will see what My Lord says.
"I will hide in Nandana Acarya's home. You tell Him, "He did not come". Then I will suddenly come before Him.
Lord Chaitanya is present in everyone's heart. Thus he could see the plan in Advaita's heart.
Aware that Advaita Acarya was coming, Lord Chaitanya went to Shrivasa Pandita's home.
By the Lord's wish, His devotees assembled there.
Aware that the Lord had entered an ecstati trance, everyone became silent and anxious.
Then Lord Chaitanya, the master of the thirty million demigods, roaring, sat on Lord Vishnu's throne.
"Nar#a has come! Nar#a has come!", He said again and again. "Nar#a wants to see My supreme dominion over all!"
Understanding Lord Chaitanya's hint, Nityananda at once held a parasol over the Lord's head.
Also understanding, Gadadhara offered the Lord betelnuts and camphor. Everyone rendered service appropriately.
Some recited prayers. Others rendered various services. At that moment Ramai returned.
Ramai could not speak. Lord Chaitanya said to Ramai, "Nar#a told you to test Me."
Saying, "Nar#a has come.", the Lord gently moved His head. "He knows Me. Still, Nar#a always tests Me.
"Nar#a told you to test Me. Nar#a is hiding in Nandana Acarya's home.
"Quickly go and bring Him. With My own joyful mouth I will speak to Him."
Ramai Pandita happily went to Advaita and told Him everything.
Hearing Ramai's words, Advaita floated in bliss. He went to the Lord. His plan succeeded.
Again and again He and His wife offered dandavat obeisances from afar. Again and again they recited prayers.
They approached and gazed at the Lord's wonderful and fearless feet, where all the universes rest.
A Song in Shriraga
jiniya kandarpa-koti labanya sundar
jyotirmaya kanaka-sundara kalebar
Lord Chaitanya's golden form is effulgent and handsome. His handsomeness defeats many millions of Kamadevas.
prasanna-badana koti-candrera thakur
advaitera prati jena sadaya pracur
His cheerful face is the master of many millions of moons. He is very merciful to Advaita Acarya.
dui bahu dibya kanakera stambha jini'
tamhi dibya abharana ratnera khicini
His two splendid arms defeat the golden pillars. He is decorated with splendid jewel ornaments.
shribatsa kaustubha-mahamani sobhe bakshe
makara kundala baijayanti mala dekhe
The Shrivatsa and the great Kaustubha jewel decorate Lord Chaitanya's chest. Advaita Acarya gazed at Lord Chaitanya's Vaijayanti garland and shark-shaped earrings.
koti maha-surja jini' teje nahi ant
pada-padma rama chatra dharaye anant
Lord Chaitanya's splendor and glory have no end. They defeat many millions of brilliant suns. Goddess Lakshmi serves His lotus feet. Ananta Sesha holds His parasol.
kiba nakha kiba mani na pare cinite
tri-bhanga bajaya bamsi hasite hasite
Which are His toenails and which are the jewels decorating them? No one has the power to tell the difference between them. His form is three-fold bending. Smiling and smiling, He plays the flute.
kiba prabhu kiba gana kiba alankar
jyotirmaya ba-i kichu nahi dekhe ar
Where is Lord Chaitanya? Where are His ornaments? Where are His devotees? Advaita Acarya could see only a great splendor and nothing else.
dekhe padiyache cari-panca-chaya-mukh
maha-bhaye stuti kore naradadi-suk
Advaita saw Brahma, Siva, Karttikeya, and all the dowigods bowing down before Lord Chaitanya. He saw Narada, Sukadeva, and all the sages reciting prayers with great awe.
makara-bahana ratha eka barangana
danda paranama ache jena ganga-sama
A Goddess who looked like the Ganga rode on a shark and offered dandavat obeisances to Lord Chaitanya.
tabe dekhe stuti kore sahasra-badan
cari-dige dekhe jyotir-maya deba-gan
Then Advaita saw Ananta Sesha offering prayers with His thousand mouths. He saw effulgent demigods in the four directions.
ulathi acarye dekhe caranera tale
sahasra sahasra deba padi' krishna bole
Turning around, Advaita saw thousands and thousands of demigods reciting prayers and repeating the word "Krishna!" as they stood before Lord Chaitanya's feet.
je pujara samaye je deba dhyana kore
taha dekhe cari-dige caranera tale
When the demigods meditated on the Lord and worshiped Him, Advaita saw Lord Chaitanya's feet everywhere in the four directions.
dekhiya sambhrama danda-paranama chadi'
uthila advaita adbhuta dekhi badi
Gazing at all this, Advaita respectfully offered dandavat obeisances. Standing up, He gazed at more wonders everywhere.
dekhe sata-phana-dhara maha-naga-gan
urdhva-bahu stuti kore tuli' saba phan
He saw many great hundred-hooded serpents offering prayers with raised arms and hoods.
antarikshe paripurna dekhe dibya rath
gaja-hamsa-aswe nirodhila bayu-path
He saw many elephants, swans, or horses pulling chariots In the pathways of outer space
koti koti naga-badhu sa-jala nayane
krishna boli' stuti kore dekhe bidyamane
He saw millions and millions of serpent girls offering prayers and chanting "Krishna!", their eyes filled with tears.
kshiti antarikshe sthana nahi abakase
dekhe padiyache maha-rishi-gana pase
No place on earth or outer space was unoccupied. Advaita saw many great sages offering prayers.
maha-thakurala dekhi' paila sambhram
pati-patni kichu koribara nahe ksham
Gazing at Lord Chaitanya's glory and opulence, Advaita and His wife became filled with awe. They had not the power to say anything.
Supremely merciful at heart, Lord Chaitanya glanced at Advaita and said,
"Because of Your desire I descended to this world. You worshiped Me many times.
"I was staying in the milk ocean. But when I heard Your loud calls, my sleep was broken.
"Unable to bear to see the sufferings of the conditioned souls, You brought Me here to deliver them all.
"The great multitude You see in the four directions has taken birth in this world because of Me.
"The Vaishnavas that You see here are the objects of loving meditation for Brahma and the demigods."
A Song in Ramakiri-raga
ekeka prabhura bakya advaita suniya
urdhva bahu kori' kande sa-strika haiya
Hearing Lord Chaitanya's words, Advaita and His wife raised their arms and wept.
"aji se saphala mora dina parakas
aji se saphala haila jata abhilash
Advaita said, "Today My days have become fruitful. Today My desires have borne their fruit.
"aji mora janma-karma sakala saphal
sakshate dekhilum tora carana-jugal
"Today My birth and deeds have borne their fruit. Today I have directly seen Your feet.
"ghoshe matra cari bede jare nahi dekhe
hena tumi mora lagi' haila parateke
"Although they have never seen You, the Vedas chant Your glories. Now You have appeared before a person like Me.
"mora kichu sakti nahi tomara karuna
toma ba-i jiba uddhariba kona jana"
Your mercy alone can deliver the people. I have no power to deliver them."
Speaking these words, Advaita Acarya floated in spiritual love. Then Lord Chaitanya said to Him, "Worship Me."
Accepting the Lord's order, Advaita perfectly worshiped Lord Chaitanya.
First Advaita washed Lord Chaitanya's feet with scented water. Then He anointed the Lord's lotus feet with fragrances.
Dipping tulasi-manjaris into sandal paste, He placed them, along with arghya, on the Lord's feet.
He worshiped the Lord with the fiva upacaras: fragrance, flower, incense, lamp, and food. From His eyes streamed tears of love.
He offered a lamp with five flames. Again and again He bowed down. At the end he loudly called, "Jaya! Jaya!"
With sixteen offerings he worshiped the Lord's feet. Then He offered garlands, garments, and ornaments.
Seeing through the eyes of scripture, He worshiped the Lord. Then He recited verses and offered dandavat obeisances.
govindaya namo namah
"Let Me offer respectful obeisances unto Lord Krishna, who is the worshipable Deity for all brahminical men, who is the well-wisher of cows and brahmanas, and who is always benefiting the whole world. I offer my repeated obeisances to the Personality of Godhead, known as Krishna and Govinda."*
Speaking these words, Advaita offered respectful obeisances. Then He recited prayers from many different scriptures.
He said, "Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is the master of all lives! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is an ocean of mercy!
"Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who makes the words of the devotees true! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead descended to this world!
"Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, whose heart is delighted by Goddess Lakshmi's beauty! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is decorated with the Kaustubha jewel and Shrivatsa mark!
"Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who reveals the hare Krishna mantra! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who enjoys pastimes with His devotees!
"Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who rests on Ananta Sesha! Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, who is the shelter of all living entities!
"O Lord, You are Vishnu. You are Krishna. You are Narayana. You are Matsya. You are Kurma. You are eternal.
"O Lord, You are Varaha. You are Vamana. Yuga after yuga You protect the Vedas.
"You kill the rakshasas. You are the life of Sita. You give a benediction to Guha. You deliver Ahalya.
"You came to this world for Prahlada's sake. Killing Hiranyakasipu, You accepted the name Narasimha.
"You are the crest jewel of all the demigods. You are the king of brahmanas. You eat all the offerings in Jagannatha Puri.
"Searching for You, the four Vedas wander from place to place. Hiding from them, You have come here.
"O Lord, You are very expert at hiding. Still the devotees find You and bring You out of Your hiding place.
"You have descended to this world to begin the sankirtana movement. In the countless universes there is nothing but You.
"Siva and Parvati are overcome by tasting the nectar of Your lotus feet.
"With a single mind Goddess Lakshmi serves Your feet. With His thousand mouths Ananta Sesha sings the glories of Your feet.
"Brahma always worships Your feet. The Srutis, Smritis, and Puranas sing the glories of Your feet.
"Your feet crossed beyond Satyaloka. Your feet placed a great treasure on King Bali's head.
"The Ganga descends from Your feet. Siva earnestly places Your feet on his head."
Advaita's intelligence defeated many nmillions of Brihaspatis. Therefore Advaita perfectly understood the pure and exalted position of Lord Chaitanya.
As He glorified Lord Chaitanya's feet, Advaita floated in the tears flowing from His own eyes. Then He fell down before the Lord's glorious feet.
Then Lord Chaitanya, who is the Supersoul in everyone's heart, placed His feet on Advaita's head.
When Lord Chaitanya placed His feet on Advaita's head, a great sound of "Jaya! Jaya!" suddenly arose.
Seeing this wonder, everyone became agitated. Everyone made a great tumult of "Hari! Hari!"
Some rolled on the ground. Some clapped their arms. Some embraced. Some loudly wept.
All the desires of Advaita and His wife were now fulfilled. Placing the Lord's feet on their heads, they attained all they had wished.
Then Lord Chaitanya commanded Advaita, "O Nar#a! Chant My holy names and dance."
Accepting Lord Chaitanya's order, Lord Advaita, manifesting different moods of devotion, danced.
The charming sound of kirtana arose, and Advaita danced before Lord Chaitanya.
One moment He danced enthusiastically. Another moment He danced gracefully. Another moment He held a straw between His teeth.
Another moment He ran in a circle. Another moment He fell and rolled on the ground. Another moment He deeply sighed. Another moment He fell unconscious.
When He heard the kirtana He could not stay still. He danced in ecstasy.
At the end He became like a humble servant. No one could understand His inconceivable power.
Running and running, He came to Lord Chaitanya's side. Seeing Lord Nityananda, He knitted His eyebrows and laughed.
Laughing, He said, "O Nityananda, it is good that You have come. For some days I have not seen You.
"Today I will tie You up. Where will You go then?" One moment He spoke like a Lord, and another moment he spoke like an intoxicated person.
Nityananda laughed at Advaita's activities. Actually They were both the same person, now manifested in two for Lord Krishna's pastimes.
Previously I explained that Lord Nityananda, assuming many different forms, serves Lord Chaitanya with great happiness.
In one form He describes His Lord. In another form He meditates on Him. In another form He becomes His bed and parasol. In another form He sings songs glorifying Him.
He is fortunate who knows that Lord Nityananda and Lord Advaita are not different and They both descended to this world from the world of spirit.
Please see that Their quarrels are all pastimes, are the inconceivable playing of the Supreme Lord Himself.
They love the Lord as Siva and Ananta Sesha love Him. They are both dear to Lord Krishna Chaitanya.
Anyone who, not understanding Their quarrels, takes sides, bowing down before one and criticizing the other, perishes.
Seeing Lord Advaita's dancing, the Vaishnavas become plunged in an ocean of bliss.
Then Lord Chaitanya commanded Advaita to stop dancing. Placing the Lord's command on His head, Advaita stopped at once.
Taking the garland from His won neck, Lord Chaitanya gave it to Advaita. Laughing, Lord Chaitanya said, "Ask for a boon. Ask for a boon."
Hearing these words, Advaita gave no reply. "Ask. Ask.", again and again Lord Chaitanya demanded.
Then Advaita said, "For what more should I ask? The boon I desire I have already attained.
"I have danced before You. In this way I have attained all the desires in My heart.
"O Lord, what more can I desire? I have directly seen You in this incarnation.
"You know what I desire and what I do not desire. With transcendental eyes You can see what I do not desire."
Moving His head, Lord Chaitanya said, "Because of You I came here.
"In home after home I will preach the sankirtana movement. The whole world will sing My glories and dance.
"the devotional service that Brahma, Siva, Narada, and all the sages and demigods perform austerities to attain, I will freely give away. This I tell You.
Then Lord Advaita said, "If You will give away devotional service, then please also give it to the women, sudras, fools, and other lowly beings.
"The sinners who are intociated with pride of their learning, wealth, noble family, austerity, and other things, and who try to stop Your devotees and devotional service will burn in hell. But Your devotees, even down to the candalas will sing Your holy names and dance."
Hearing Advaita's words, Lord Chaitanya roared, "I accept all that You say. It is all true."
The whole world has now become a witness who affirms the truth of these words. The Lord is indeed merciful to the lowly and foolish.
Thus the candalas and other lowly people sing the Lord's glories and dance, while the bhattas, misras, and cakravartis mock and criticize.
They may study the scriptures, and they may shave their heads, but their intelligence is dead. Blaspheming Lord Nityananda, they run to hell.
By Lord Advaita's power the whole world attained pure love for Lord Krishna. This I have now described in the Madhya-khanda.
Goddess Sarasvati, the mother of the worlds, knows all the conversations Lord Chaitanya and Lord Advaita had about pure love for Lord Krishna.
Entering the devotees' tongues, Goddess Sarasvati sings the limitless glories of Lord Chaitanya.
I bow down before the feet of all the Vaishnavas. I pray that I will not offend them.
Lord Advaita Acarya and His wife thus attained teh fulfillment of Their desire.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.