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Meeting Pundarika and Gadadhara
(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.
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!
Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life of Jagadananda and Shrigarbha! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life's treasure of Pundarika Vidyanidhi!
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.
By the Supreme Lord's arrangement Pundarika Vidyanidhi descended to this world to make Catigrama in East Bengal a holy place.
Lord Chaitanya appeared in Navadvipa. Unable to see Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Lord Chaitanya sighed deeply.
One day, after dancing, Lord Chaitanya sat down, called out, "O Pundarika! O father!", and wept.
He called out, "O My father Pundarika! O father, when will I see You?"
In this way Lord showed how dear Pundarika Vidyanidhi is to Him. In this way Lord Chaitanya showed the truth about His devotees.
Calling out Pundarika Vidyanidhi's name, Lord Chaitanya wept. The devotees did not understand.
The devotees said, "The word Pundarika refers to Lord Krishna". Hearing "Vidyanidhi", the devotees conjectured what it could mean.
Everyone thought, "He must be a dear devotee." When Lord Chaitanya returned to external consciousness, everyone asked,
"O Lord, for which devotee did You weep? Please tell us the truth.
"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."
Then the Lord said, "You are all very fortunate, for You desire to hear of him.
"His character and activities are all supremely wonderful. By hearing his name, the whole world becomes purified.
"His garments are like those of a materialist. No one has the power to know he is a Vaishnava.
"He was born in Catigrama. He is a great brahmana pandita attentive to duty and honored by all.
"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.
"Afraid that his feet may touch her, he does not bathe in the Ganga. At night he gazes at the Ganga.
"Everyone disrespects the Ganga. In her they rinse their mouths, brush their teeth, and wash their hair.
"Seeing all this, he feels pain in his heart. Therefore he only sees the Ganga at night.
"Please hear of his wonderful faith. Before worshiping the Deity, he drinks some Ganga water.
"This he always did before Deity worship and other regular duties. He did this to teach true religious duties to all the panditas.
"He stays in Catigrama, but he also has a house here. He will come here soon. Then I will see him."
"At first no one will recognize him. When they see him, everyone will think he is a materialist.
"Without seeing him, I cannot be happy. All of you please attract him to come here."
After speaking these words, the Lord entered an ecstati trance. Calling out, "Father Pundarika!", He wept.
The Lord wept loudly. He knew the true nature of His devotee.
Lord Chaitanya alone knows the truth about His devotees. Only if He personally explains that truth can others know it.
The Lord personally pulled Pundarika. Thus in his heart Pundarika Vidyanidhi decided to go to Nityananda.
He came with many servants, many possessions, many brahmana associates, and many disciples.
Staying in Navadvipa, he concealed his true nature. Everyone saw him as a materialist attached to sense pleasures.
The Vaishnava community did not understand him. Only Mukunda understood.
The physician Shri Mukunda, who was also born in Catigrama, alone understood Pundarika Vidyanidhi.
Aware that Pundarika Vidyanidhi had come, Lord Chaitanya felt happiness that had no end.
The Lord did not tell anyone what kind of great Vaishnava Pundarika was. Pundarika seemed to be a materialist.
Only Mukunda and Vasudeva Datta knew the glory of Pundarika Vidyanidhi's love for Lord Krishna.
Gadadhara Pandita was a dear friend of Mukunda.
Mukunda approached Gadadhara and said, "Today we will go to a wonderful Vaishnava.
"O Gadadhara Pandita, please listen carefully. In your heart you yearn to see a great Vaishnava.
"Today I will show you a wonderful Vaishnava. Please remember thus and allow me to become your servant."
Hearing this, Gadadhara became very happy. Calling out, "Krishna!", they at once went to see Pundarika Vidyanidhi.
When Gadadhara arrived, saintly Pundarika Vidyanidhi was sitting down.
Gadadhara Pandita offered obeisances. Pundarika Vidyanidhi offered him a seat.
Pundarika Vidyanidhi asked Mukunda, "What is his name? In what village does he stay?
"I see that his body is effulgent with devotion to Lord Vishnu. His form and nature are handsome and graceful."
Mukunda replied, "His name is Gadadhara. From childhood he was never interested in material things. He is fortunate.
"he is Madhva Misra's son. I will tell you of his activities. He is dear to all the Vaishnavas.
"He always walks on the path of devotional service. He associates with the devotees. When he heard your name he came to see you."
Hearing this, Pundarika Vidyanidhi became very pleased. He began to speak very respectfully.
As he sat, Pundarika Vidyanidhi seemed to be a glorious prince.
He sat on a splendid red chair decorated with brass. Above him were three splendid canopies.
The chair was beautiful with splendid fine cloth and graceful cushions on four sides.
There were five or seven brass pitchers, both large and small. There were excellent betelnuts on a splendid brass tray.
On both sides were splendid spittoons. Looking at them, and chewing betelnuts, he smiled.
At every moment two men fanned him with peacock-feather fans.
On his forehead were sandal-paste Vaishnava-tilaka and red dots drawn with scented red powder.
How can I describe the way his hair was decorated? Anointed with splendid and fragrant amalaki oil, his hair had no equal.
By the power of his devotional service he was handsome like Kamadeva. They who did not know thought him a prince.
He sat on a wonderful throne. He acted like a materialist.
Seeing that Supreme Personality of Godhead was a materialist, Gadadhara felt a doubt take birth in his heart.
Saintly Gadadhara had been renounced from his very birth. Therefore a doubt arose in him about Pundarika Vidyanidhi.
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.
When he heard about him, Gadadhara had faith in Pundarika Vidyanidhi. But now that he saw him, that faith was gone.
Understanding Gadadhara's heart, Mukunda did something to reveal the truth about Pundarika Vidyanidhi.
By Lord Krishna's mercy nothing remained unknown to Gadhadhara. Lord Krishna is, after all, controls Maya.
With a sweet voice Mukunda then sang a verse glorifying devotional service.
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.
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."
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?"*
It is also described in these words of Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.6.35):
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."*
Simply by hearing this description of devotional service, Pundarika Vidyanidhi began to weep.
A wonderful stream of joyful tears flowed from his eyes. It was as if Goddess Ganga herself had descended to that place.
Weeping, trembling, perspiration, fainting, calling out, and standing erect of the body's hairs simultaneously appeared on his body.
"Say it! Say it!", he roared. No one could hold him still. He fell to the ground.
He began kicking his opulent possessions. He did not spare anything.
The splendid brass plate went in one direction, the betelnuts in another, and the water-pitchers in another.
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.
His splendid hair became dishevelled. Rolling on the ground, he wept.
He called out, "Krishna! My Lord! Krishna! My life! You made be hard like a stone or like dry wood!"
He wept in agony. He screamed, "He has descended, but I am cheated!
He fell and violently rolled on the ground. In their hearts everyone thought, "His bones will break into pieces."
He violently trembled in ecstati love. Ten men tried to hold him still. They had not the power to hold him.
Kicked by his feet, his garments, chair, pitchers, and brass plate went flying in different directions. Nothing remained.
All his servants surrounded him. They protected his property.
For some moments he revealed in this way his ecstati love for Lord Krishna. Then he fell unconscious in an ecstati trance.
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.
Seeing this, Gadadhara was filled with wonder. In his heart he began to worry.
He thought, "I have offended a great soul. I came to see him at the wrong moment."
Happily embracing him, He sprinkled Mukunda's limbs with tears of love.
He said, "Mukunda, you acted like a true friend. You showed to me the great devotee Pundarika Vidyanidhi Bhattacarya.
"In the three worlds is there another devotee like him? The sight of his devotional activities purifies the three worlds.
" Only because you were nearby did I escape a great danger today.
"Seeing him dressed like a materialist, in my heart I thought, `He is a Vaishnava attached to sense pleasures.'
"You brought the truth into my heart. You showed me how exalted is Pundarika Vidyanidhi's devotional service.
"Now that I have committed an offense, I must do something to make his heart merciful to me.
"Every devotee who walks on the path of devotional service must have a spiritual master to guide him.
"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.
"I have committed an offense to Pundarika Vidyanidhi. But if I become his disciple, he will forgive my offense."
Speaking to Mukunda in this way, Gadadhara revealed his desire to accept initiation from Pundarika Vidyanidhi.
Hearing this, Mukunda praised him, happily saying, "Excellent. Excellent."
After siø hours Pundarika Vidyanidhi returned to external consciousness. Now he was calm and peaceful.
The stream of tears flowing from Gadadhara Pandita's eyes had no end. His every limâ was wet.
Seeing this, Pundarika Vidyanidhi happily embraced him. He held him to his heart.
Gadadhara was overwhelmed. Then Mukunda spoke what was in Gadadhara's heart.
Mukunda said, "When he saw your opulence, an offense took birth in his heart.
"Thinking to atone for that offense, he wishes to accept mantra-initiation from you.
"From childhood he has been a renounced devotee of Lord Vishnu. He is a proper descendent in the family of Madhava Misra.
"From childhood he has been a devotee of the Lord. Pundarika and Gadadhara would be a good match as spiritual master and disciple.
"This is what I think in my heart. Therefore on this auspicious day I request you: Please offer mantra-initiation to him."
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.
"On the coming sukla-dvadasi all the signs will be auspicious. Please return here then.
"On that day your desire will be fulfilled." Hearing this, Gadadhara happily bowed down.
Accompanied by Mukunda, Gadadhara took his leave. They both went to Lord Chaitanya.
Hearing that Pundarika Vidyanidhi had come, Lord Chaitanya was very happy at heart.
Unseen by others, Pundarika Vidyanidhi went that night to Lord Chaitanya.
Leaving all his associates, he came alone. Seeing the Lord, he fell unconscious.
He could not offer dandavat obeisances. Overcome with bliss, he at once fell to the ground.
The next moment he had attained Lord Chaitanya. He roared. Again and again he wept. He rebuked himself.
He said, "O Krishna! My life! Krishna! My father! I am an offender. You should punish me.
"O father, You have delivered the whole world. You have cheated only me."
When Pundarika Vidyanidhi wept, all the Vaishnavas, who knew that there was no other Vaishnava like Pundarika Vidyanidhi, also wept.
Seeing His beloved devotee, Lord Chaitanya, who dearly loves His devotees, respectfully stood up and embraced Pundarika.
Saying, "Father Pundarika!", Lord Chaitanya wept. "O father, today I see you with My own eyes."
Then all the devotees understood that the great devotee Pundarika Vidyanidhi had come.
All the devotees wept. No one has the power to describe that great wonder.
Embracing Pundarika to His chest, Lord Chaitanya sprinkled him with tears of love.
Understanding, "He is very dear to the Lord.", everyone felt affection, awe, and a sense of closeness to Pundarika.
Pundarika Vidyanidhi did not leave the Lord's chest. It seemed like Lord Chaitanya had merged into Pundarika Vidyanidhi's body.
For three hours Lord Chaitanya was motionless. Finally returning to external consciousness, the Lord called out, "Hari!"
Lord Chaitanya said, "Today Krishna has fulfilled My desire. Today I have traveled to the farther shore of all My desires."
Then Pundarika Vidyanidhi met all the Vaishnavas. Together they sang the holy names.
Lord Chaitanya said, "This person's name is Pundarika Vidyanidhi. The Supreme Lord sent him here to distribute devotional service and pure love."
Lord Chaitanya described and described Pundarika Vidyanidhi's virtues. Then, raising His arms, He loudly called out, "Hari!"
Then the Lord said, "Today auspiciousness has dawned for Me. Today I feel the presence of great auspiciousness.
"At this auspicious moment I have awakened from sleep. With My own eyes I now see Premanidhi (the treasure of pure love, himself."
At that moment Premanidhi (Pundarika Vidyanidhi, attained external consciousness. Now aware of the Lord before him, he bowed down to offer respects.
Then he bowed down before Lord Advaita, and then he appropriately greeted everyone with great love and devotion.
Great bliss entered all the devotees as they gazed at Pundarika Vidyanidhi, who was a treasure of pure spiritual love.
At that moment pure love and devotion appeared in this world. Only glorious Lord Vyasadeva has the power to describe that appearance.
Then, Gadadhara asked Lord Chaitanya's permission to accept mantra-initiation from Pundarika Vidyanidhi, hearing the mantra from Pundarika's mouth
Gadadhara said, "Not understanding his uncommon activities, in my heart I became disrespectful.
"Now I want to become his disciple. As my spiritual master he will certainly forgive me."
Hearing Gadadhara's words, Lord Chaitanya happily said, "Do it at once. Do it at once."
Thus Gadadhara happily accepted mantra-initiation from Pundarika Vidyanidhi.
What more shall I say of Pundarika Vidyanidhi's glories. Even Gadadhara became his disciple. He was the best of devotees.
Thus I have told a little of Pundarika Vidyanidhi's story. I hope that some day I will see him directly.
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.
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.
The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.