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Chapter Seven



Meeting Pundarika and Gadadhara


A song


Text 1

(Refrain)nacere chaitanya guna-nidhi

asadhane cintamani hate dila bidhi


O dancer Lord Chaitanya, O ocean of virtues, even though I have not performed the activities of devotional service (sadhana, please place that cintamani jewel in my hand.


Text 2

jaya jaya shri-gaurasundara sarva-pran

jaya nityananda-advaitera prema-dham


Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life of all! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the abode of love for Nityananda and Advaita!


Text 3

jaya shri-jagadananda-shrigarbha-jiban

jaya pundarika-bidyanidhi-prana-dhan


Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life of Jagadananda and Shrigarbha! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life's treasure of Pundarika Vidyanidhi!


Text 4

jaya jagadisa-gopinathera iswar

jaya hauka jata gauracandra-anucar


Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the master of Jagadisa and Gopinatha! Glory to the followers of Lord Chaitanya!


Text 5 In this way Lord Chaitanya enjoyed pastimes with Lord Nityananda in Navadvipa.

Text 6 Afvaita led the Vaishnavas in great dancing and tumultuous chanting of Lord Krishna's holy names.

Text 7 Nityananda stayed in Shrivasa's home. He was always in the mood of a child. He never manifested any other mood.

Text 8 He would not lift His hand to eat. Considering Him her son, Malini would feed Him.

Text 9 Now please hear of the arrival of Pundarika Vidyanidhi, who is most dear to Lord Krishna.

Text 10

By the Supreme Lord's arrangement Pundarika Vidyanidhi descended to this world to make Catigrama in East Bengal a holy place.

Text 11

Lord Chaitanya appeared in Navadvipa. Unable to see Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Lord Chaitanya sighed deeply.

Text 12

One day, after dancing, Lord Chaitanya sat down, called out, "O Pundarika! O father!", and wept.

Text 13

He called out, "O My father Pundarika! O father, when will I see You?"

Text 14

In this way Lord showed how dear Pundarika Vidyanidhi is to Him. In this way Lord Chaitanya showed the truth about His devotees.

Text 15

Calling out Pundarika Vidyanidhi's name, Lord Chaitanya wept. The devotees did not understand.

Text 16

The devotees said, "The word Pundarika refers to Lord Krishna". Hearing "Vidyanidhi", the devotees conjectured what it could mean.

Text 17

Everyone thought, "He must be a dear devotee." When Lord Chaitanya returned to external consciousness, everyone asked,

Text 18

"O Lord, for which devotee did You weep? Please tell us the truth.

Text 19

"Then we may know of him and become fortunate. Where was he born and what does he do? O Lord, please tell us, and we will hear."

Text 20

Then the Lord said, "You are all very fortunate, for You desire to hear of him.

Text 21

"His character and activities are all supremely wonderful. By hearing his name, the whole world becomes purified.

Text 22

"His garments are like those of a materialist. No one has the power to know he is a Vaishnava.

Text 23

"He was born in Catigrama. He is a great brahmana pandita attentive to duty and honored by all.

Text 24

"He always floats in the ocean of pure devotion to Lord Krishna. On his body he manifests the ecstati symptoms of tears, trembling, and hairs standing erect.

Text 25

"Afraid that his feet may touch her, he does not bathe in the Ganga. At night he gazes at the Ganga.

Text 26

"Everyone disrespects the Ganga. In her they rinse their mouths, brush their teeth, and wash their hair.

Text 27

"Seeing all this, he feels pain in his heart. Therefore he only sees the Ganga at night.

Text 28

"Please hear of his wonderful faith. Before worshiping the Deity, he drinks some Ganga water.

Text 29

"This he always did before Deity worship and other regular duties. He did this to teach true religious duties to all the panditas.

Text 30

"He stays in Catigrama, but he also has a house here. He will come here soon. Then I will see him."

Text 31

"At first no one will recognize him. When they see him, everyone will think he is a materialist.

Text 32

"Without seeing him, I cannot be happy. All of you please attract him to come here."

Text 33

After speaking these words, the Lord entered an ecstati trance. Calling out, "Father Pundarika!", He wept.

Text 34

The Lord wept loudly. He knew the true nature of His devotee.

Text 35

Lord Chaitanya alone knows the truth about His devotees. Only if He personally explains that truth can others know it.

Text 36

The Lord personally pulled Pundarika. Thus in his heart Pundarika Vidyanidhi decided to go to Nityananda.

Text 37

He came with many servants, many possessions, many brahmana associates, and many disciples.

Text 38

Staying in Navadvipa, he concealed his true nature. Everyone saw him as a materialist attached to sense pleasures.

Text 39

The Vaishnava community did not understand him. Only Mukunda understood.

Text 40

The physician Shri Mukunda, who was also born in Catigrama, alone understood Pundarika Vidyanidhi.

Text 41

Aware that Pundarika Vidyanidhi had come, Lord Chaitanya felt happiness that had no end.

Text 42

The Lord did not tell anyone what kind of great Vaishnava Pundarika was. Pundarika seemed to be a materialist.

Text 43

Only Mukunda and Vasudeva Datta knew the glory of Pundarika Vidyanidhi's love for Lord Krishna.

Text 44

Gadadhara Pandita was a dear friend of Mukunda.

Text 45

Mukunda approached Gadadhara and said, "Today we will go to a wonderful Vaishnava.

Text 46

"O Gadadhara Pandita, please listen carefully. In your heart you yearn to see a great Vaishnava.

Text 47

"Today I will show you a wonderful Vaishnava. Please remember thus and allow me to become your servant."

Text 48

Hearing this, Gadadhara became very happy. Calling out, "Krishna!", they at once went to see Pundarika Vidyanidhi.

Text 49

When Gadadhara arrived, saintly Pundarika Vidyanidhi was sitting down.

Text 50

Gadadhara Pandita offered obeisances. Pundarika Vidyanidhi offered him a seat.

Text 51

Pundarika Vidyanidhi asked Mukunda, "What is his name? In what village does he stay?

Text 52

"I see that his body is effulgent with devotion to Lord Vishnu. His form and nature are handsome and graceful."

Text 53

Mukunda replied, "His name is Gadadhara. From childhood he was never interested in material things. He is fortunate.

Text 54

"he is Madhva Misra's son. I will tell you of his activities. He is dear to all the Vaishnavas.

Text 55

"He always walks on the path of devotional service. He associates with the devotees. When he heard your name he came to see you."

Text 56

Hearing this, Pundarika Vidyanidhi became very pleased. He began to speak very respectfully.

Text 57

As he sat, Pundarika Vidyanidhi seemed to be a glorious prince.

Text 58

He sat on a splendid red chair decorated with brass. Above him were three splendid canopies.

Text 59

The chair was beautiful with splendid fine cloth and graceful cushions on four sides.

Text 60

There were five or seven brass pitchers, both large and small. There were excellent betelnuts on a splendid brass tray.

Text 61

On both sides were splendid spittoons. Looking at them, and chewing betelnuts, he smiled.

Text 62

At every moment two men fanned him with peacock-feather fans.

Text 63

On his forehead were sandal-paste Vaishnava-tilaka and red dots drawn with scented red powder.


Text 64

How can I describe the way his hair was decorated? Anointed with splendid and fragrant amalaki oil, his hair had no equal.

Text 65

By the power of his devotional service he was handsome like Kamadeva. They who did not know thought him a prince.

Text 66

He sat on a wonderful throne. He acted like a materialist.

Text 67

Seeing that Supreme Personality of Godhead was a materialist, Gadadhara felt a doubt take birth in his heart.

Text 68

Saintly Gadadhara had been renounced from his very birth. Therefore a doubt arose in him about Pundarika Vidyanidhi.

Text 69

Although Pundarika Vidyanidhi was in truth a good Vaishnava, externally he seemed to be a materialist. He ate opulent food and wore opulent clothing, and his hair was anointed the opulent fragrances.

Text 70

When he heard about him, Gadadhara had faith in Pundarika Vidyanidhi. But now that he saw him, that faith was gone.

Text 71

Understanding Gadadhara's heart, Mukunda did something to reveal the truth about Pundarika Vidyanidhi.

Text 72

By Lord Krishna's mercy nothing remained unknown to Gadhadhara. Lord Krishna is, after all, controls Maya.

Text 73

With a sweet voice Mukunda then sang a verse glorifying devotional service.

Text 74

He sang:


rakshasi putana sisu khaite nirdaya

isware badhite gela kalakuta laiya


"The merciless rakshasi Putana would eat small children. Anointing herself with kalakuta poison, she went to kill Krishna.


Text 75

tahare-o matri-pada dilena isware

na bhaje abodha jiba hena dayalere


"Still, Lord Krishna gave her the post of being His mother. Only an ignorant fool will not worship Lord Krishna, who is so merciful."


Text 76

This is also described in these words of Shrimad-Bhagavatam (13.2.23):


aho baki yam stana-kalakutam

jighamsayapayayad apy asadhvi

lebhe gatim dhatry-ucitam tato 'nyam

kam va dayalum saranam vrajema


"Oh! How wonderful it is! Putana, the sister of Bakasura, wanted to kill Krishna by smearing deadly poison on her breasts and having Krishna take it. Nonetheless, Lord Krishna accepted her as His mother, and thus she attained the destination befitting Krishna;s mother. Of whom shall I take shelter but Krishna, who is most merciful?"*


Text 77

It is also described in these words of Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.6.35):


putana loka-bala-ghni

rakshasi rudhirasana

jighamsayapi haraye

stanam dattvapa sad-gatim


"Putana was aloways hankering for the blood of human children, and with that desire she came to kill Krishna. But because she offered her breast to the Lord, she attained the greatest achievement."*


Text 78

Simply by hearing this description of devotional service, Pundarika Vidyanidhi began to weep.

Text 79

A wonderful stream of joyful tears flowed from his eyes. It was as if Goddess Ganga herself had descended to that place.

Text 80

Weeping, trembling, perspiration, fainting, calling out, and standing erect of the body's hairs simultaneously appeared on his body.

Text 81

"Say it! Say it!", he roared. No one could hold him still. He fell to the ground.

Text 82

He began kicking his opulent possessions. He did not spare anything.

Text 83

The splendid brass plate went in one direction, the betelnuts in another, and the water-pitchers in another.

Text 84

His kicks made his chair fall to the ground. Overwhelmed with love for Lord Krishna, with his two hands he began to rip apart his splendid clothing.

Text 85

His splendid hair became dishevelled. Rolling on the ground, he wept.

Text 86

He called out, "Krishna! My Lord! Krishna! My life! You made be hard like a stone or like dry wood!"

Text 87

He wept in agony. He screamed, "He has descended, but I am cheated!

Text 88

He fell and violently rolled on the ground. In their hearts everyone thought, "His bones will break into pieces."

Text 89

He violently trembled in ecstati love. Ten men tried to hold him still. They had not the power to hold him.

Text 90

Kicked by his feet, his garments, chair, pitchers, and brass plate went flying in different directions. Nothing remained.

Text 91

All his servants surrounded him. They protected his property.

Text 92

For some moments he revealed in this way his ecstati love for Lord Krishna. Then he fell unconscious in an ecstati trance.

Text 93

Not even a single sesame seed's worth of life was present anywhere in his body. Pundarika Vidyanidhi was plunged in an ocean of bliss.

Text 94

Seeing this, Gadadhara was filled with wonder. In his heart he began to worry.

Text 95

He thought, "I have offended a great soul. I came to see him at the wrong moment."


Text 96

Happily embracing him, He sprinkled Mukunda's limbs with tears of love.

Text 97

He said, "Mukunda, you acted like a true friend. You showed to me the great devotee Pundarika Vidyanidhi Bhattacarya.

Text 98

"In the three worlds is there another devotee like him? The sight of his devotional activities purifies the three worlds.

Text 99

" Only because you were nearby did I escape a great danger today.

Text 100

"Seeing him dressed like a materialist, in my heart I thought, `He is a Vaishnava attached to sense pleasures.'

Text 101

"You brought the truth into my heart. You showed me how exalted is Pundarika Vidyanidhi's devotional service.

Text 102

"Now that I have committed an offense, I must do something to make his heart merciful to me.

Text 103

"Every devotee who walks on the path of devotional service must have a spiritual master to guide him.

Text 104

"Although I walk on the path of devotional service, I do not have a spiritual master. Therefore I must accept a spiritual master to give me mantra-initiation and to teach me.

Text 105

"I have committed an offense to Pundarika Vidyanidhi. But if I become his disciple, he will forgive my offense."

Text 106

Speaking to Mukunda in this way, Gadadhara revealed his desire to accept initiation from Pundarika Vidyanidhi.

Text 107

Hearing this, Mukunda praised him, happily saying, "Excellent. Excellent."

Text 108

After si hours Pundarika Vidyanidhi returned to external consciousness. Now he was calm and peaceful.

Text 109

The stream of tears flowing from Gadadhara Pandita's eyes had no end. His every lim was wet.

Text 110

Seeing this, Pundarika Vidyanidhi happily embraced him. He held him to his heart.

Text 111

Gadadhara was overwhelmed. Then Mukunda spoke what was in Gadadhara's heart.

Text 112

Mukunda said, "When he saw your opulence, an offense took birth in his heart.

Text 113

"Thinking to atone for that offense, he wishes to accept mantra-initiation from you.

Text 114

"From childhood he has been a renounced devotee of Lord Vishnu. He is a proper descendent in the family of Madhava Misra.

Text 115

"From childhood he has been a devotee of the Lord. Pundarika and Gadadhara would be a good match as spiritual master and disciple.

Text 116

"This is what I think in my heart. Therefore on this auspicious day I request you: Please offer mantra-initiation to him."

Text 117

Hearing this, Pundarika Vidyanidhi smiled and said, "Destiny has placed a great jewel before me.Text 118

"I have no doubts. After many births I have become fortunate to find such a disciple.

Text 119

"On the coming sukla-dvadasi all the signs will be auspicious. Please return here then.

Text 120

"On that day your desire will be fulfilled." Hearing this, Gadadhara happily bowed down.

Text 121

Accompanied by Mukunda, Gadadhara took his leave. They both went to Lord Chaitanya.

Text 122

Hearing that Pundarika Vidyanidhi had come, Lord Chaitanya was very happy at heart.

Text 123

Unseen by others, Pundarika Vidyanidhi went that night to Lord Chaitanya.

Text 124

Leaving all his associates, he came alone. Seeing the Lord, he fell unconscious.

Text 125

He could not offer dandavat obeisances. Overcome with bliss, he at once fell to the ground.

Text 126

The next moment he had attained Lord Chaitanya. He roared. Again and again he wept. He rebuked himself.

Text 127

He said, "O Krishna! My life! Krishna! My father! I am an offender. You should punish me.

Text 128

"O father, You have delivered the whole world. You have cheated only me."

Text 129

When Pundarika Vidyanidhi wept, all the Vaishnavas, who knew that there was no other Vaishnava like Pundarika Vidyanidhi, also wept.

Text 130

Seeing His beloved devotee, Lord Chaitanya, who dearly loves His devotees, respectfully stood up and embraced Pundarika.

Text 131

Saying, "Father Pundarika!", Lord Chaitanya wept. "O father, today I see you with My own eyes."

Text 132

Then all the devotees understood that the great devotee Pundarika Vidyanidhi had come.

Text 133

All the devotees wept. No one has the power to describe that great wonder.

Text 134

Embracing Pundarika to His chest, Lord Chaitanya sprinkled him with tears of love.

Text 135

Understanding, "He is very dear to the Lord.", everyone felt affection, awe, and a sense of closeness to Pundarika.

Text 136

Pundarika Vidyanidhi did not leave the Lord's chest. It seemed like Lord Chaitanya had merged into Pundarika Vidyanidhi's body.

Text 137

For three hours Lord Chaitanya was motionless. Finally returning to external consciousness, the Lord called out, "Hari!"

Text 138

Lord Chaitanya said, "Today Krishna has fulfilled My desire. Today I have traveled to the farther shore of all My desires."

Text 139

Then Pundarika Vidyanidhi met all the Vaishnavas. Together they sang the holy names.

Text 140

Lord Chaitanya said, "This person's name is Pundarika Vidyanidhi. The Supreme Lord sent him here to distribute devotional service and pure love."

Text 141

Lord Chaitanya described and described Pundarika Vidyanidhi's virtues. Then, raising His arms, He loudly called out, "Hari!"

Text 142

Then the Lord said, "Today auspiciousness has dawned for Me. Today I feel the presence of great auspiciousness.

Text 143

"At this auspicious moment I have awakened from sleep. With My own eyes I now see Premanidhi (the treasure of pure love, himself."

Text 144

At that moment Premanidhi (Pundarika Vidyanidhi, attained external consciousness. Now aware of the Lord before him, he bowed down to offer respects.

Text 145

Then he bowed down before Lord Advaita, and then he appropriately greeted everyone with great love and devotion.

Text 146

Great bliss entered all the devotees as they gazed at Pundarika Vidyanidhi, who was a treasure of pure spiritual love.

Text 147

At that moment pure love and devotion appeared in this world. Only glorious Lord Vyasadeva has the power to describe that appearance.

Text 148

Then, Gadadhara asked Lord Chaitanya's permission to accept mantra-initiation from Pundarika Vidyanidhi, hearing the mantra from Pundarika's mouth

Text 149

Gadadhara said, "Not understanding his uncommon activities, in my heart I became disrespectful.

Text 150

"Now I want to become his disciple. As my spiritual master he will certainly forgive me."

Text 151

Hearing Gadadhara's words, Lord Chaitanya happily said, "Do it at once. Do it at once."

Text 152

Thus Gadadhara happily accepted mantra-initiation from Pundarika Vidyanidhi.

Text 153

What more shall I say of Pundarika Vidyanidhi's glories. Even Gadadhara became his disciple. He was the best of devotees.

Text 154

Thus I have told a little of Pundarika Vidyanidhi's story. I hope that some day I will see him directly.

Text 155

Pundarika Vidyanidhi and Gadadhara were an ideal spiritual master were an ideal spiritual master and disciple. They were both very dear to Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya.

Text 156

Anyone who hears or speaks this story of the meeting of Pundarika Vidyanidhi and Gadadhara will attain the great treasure of pure love for Lord Krishna.

Text 157

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