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Description of the Display of Powers and Opulences
Text 1 Glory, glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life of all! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the abode of pure love for Nityananda and Advaita!
Text 2 Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life of Shri Jagadananda and Shrigarbha! Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the life's treasure of Pundarika Vidyanidhi!
Text 3 Glory to Lord Chaitanya, the master of Jagadisa and Gopinatha! Glory to the followers of Lord Chaitanya!
Text 4 In this way, accompanied by Lord Nityananda, Lord Chaitanya happily enjoyed pastimes in Navadvipa.
Text 5 Accompanied by Advaita Acarya, the circle of Vaishnavas sang and danced. They made a great tumult of chanting Lord Krishna's names.
Text 6 Lord Nityananda stayed at Shrivasa's home. He was always in the mood of a child. He never manifested any other mood.
Text 7 He would not lift His hand to eat. Considering Him her son, Malini would feed Him.
Text 8 Chaste Malini felt ecstati in Lord Nityananda's presence. She always served Him. They were like mother and son.
Text 9 One day Lord Chaitanya sat down with Shrivasa and spoke with him about Lord Krishna's pastimes.
†Testing Shrivasa Pandita, Lord Chaitanya said, "Why do you always give shelter to this avadhuta?
†"You don't know anything about His birth or His family. I say that you are very generous.
†"If you wish to protect your own good birth and good family, you should send this avadhuta away at once."
†Gently smiling, Shrivasa Pandita said, "Lord, it is not right that You test me.
†"Anyone who for only one day worships You becomes my very life. Lord Nityananda is Your own body. There is ample evidence to prove this.
††† Texts Texts 15-16
†"Even if Nityananda is a drunkard, and even if my noble birth, my life, and my wealth all perish because of Him, in my heart I will not think bady of Him. I will not think He is at all different from You. What I tell You is the truth. It is the truth."
†Hearing these words from Shrivasa's mouth, Lord Chaitanya stood up and roared.
†The Lord aid, "Shrivasa Pandita, what did you say? You have faith in Nityananda?
†"You have understood the secret of Nityananda. I am pleased. I give you this boon:
†"Even if Goddess Lakshmi goes begging from town to town, poverty will never enter your home.
†"Even the dogs, cats, and other animals in your house will find peace in My devotional service.
†"I place Nityananda in your home. Please serve Him in every way."
†After giving this boon to Shrivasa, Lord Chaitanya returned home. Lord Nityananda requalrly wandered in the villages of Nadiya.
†Sometimes He would swim in the Ganga. Carried by the current, His happiness had no end.
†Sometimes he would play with the children. Sometimes He would go to the homes of Ganga dasa or Murari.
†Sometimes He would run to Lord Chaitanya's home. Seeing Him, Mother Saci was always very affectionate.
†In the mood of a child, Nityananda would try to touch Mother Saci's feet, and she would run away.
†One night Mother Saci saw something in a dream. In private she said to Lord Chaitanya,
†"At the end of night I saw a dream. You and Nityananda were together.
†"You were both five years old. You were running in the house, playing and fighting.
†"Then the two of You brought Krishna and Balarama out of the temple room.
†"Nityananda had Krishna in His head. You carried Balarama. Then the four of You began to fight in front of me.
†"Becoming angry, Krishna and Balarama said, `Who are You thugs? Get out of here.
†" `This house and this room belong to Us. The milk, yogurt, and sandesa are offered to Us.'
†"Then Nityananda said, `The time is gone when You two could steal and eat butter and yogurt.
†" `You aren't cowherd boys any more. Now You are brahmanas. With this in mind, You should renounce all these offerings.
†" `If You will not voluntarily renounce them, then You will perish. Who will tolerate Your plundering and eating?'
†"Then Krishna and Balarama said, `If We take You two cheaters, tie You up, and throw You outside, We will not have done anything wrong.'
†"Then Balrama said, `If Krishna orders this, I will not disobey Him.' Then Balarama rebuked Nityananda and screamed.
†"Then Nityananda said, `Why should I bhe afraid of Your Krishna. Chaitanya is My master. He is the master of the world.'
†"In this way the four of You quarreled, snatched food from each other, and happily ate.
†"One snatched the food from another's hand and ate it. Another snatched the food from someone else's mouth and put it in His mouth.
†"Then Nityananda called out to me, `Mother! Give Me food. My hunger is very great.'
†"I have told You my heart. I do not understand this dream in the least. Can You tell Me what this means."
†Hearing of this dream, Lord Chaitanya smiled and sweetly told His mother,
†"Mother, you saw a very wonderful dream. Please don't repeat this story to anyone.
†"Assuming the forms of the Deities in Our home, the Supreme Lord Himself has really come before Our eyes. My heart has firm faith in your dream.
†"Again and again I saw that after it was offered to the Deities, not even half of the food remained. Embarrassed, I did not tell anyone.
†"I suspected your daughter-in-law. That suspicion in My heart is now destroyed."
†Hiding nearby and eavesdropping on the story of the dream, Goddess Lakshmi, the mother of the universes, smiled at her husband's words.
†Then Lord Chaitanya said, "Mother, please hear My words. I will quickly bring Nityananda here, and You will feed Him."
†Hearing her son's words, Saci became happy. She gathered the ingredients for the meal.
†Lord Chaitanya went to Nityananda's place. At once He offered an invitation.
†He said, "Today in My home there will be a special offering to the Deities. Please do not misbehave." In this way He instructed Lord Nityananda.
†Covering His ears, Nityananda said, "Vishnu! Vishnu!" Hew said, "Only madmen misbehave.
†"You think I will misbehave because You think everyone is like Yourself."
†Talking in this way, the two of them laughed and laughed. Talking and talking about Lord Krishna, They finally came to the house.
†Smiling and laughing, the two of Them sat down together. Gadadhara and other close friends were also there.
†The servant Isana gave the two Lord's water to wash Their feet. Then Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda went to enjoy the meal.
†As They sat down to enjoy the meal, the two Lords were like Rama and Lakshmana in Kausalya's home.
†As did Rama and Lakshmana, the two Lords enjoyed the meal. They had the same thoughts and the same affection. They were the same two persons.
†Mother Saci very happily brought the meal, which was in three courses. The two Lord's smiled.
†Returning, Mother Saci saw that the two Lords had now become five-year old boys.
†She saw that one was dark and the other fair. They were both handsome and charming. They both had four arms. They were both clothed only by the four directions.
†She saw Them holding a conchshell, cakra, club, lotus, and plow, marked with Shrivatsa, and decorated with Kaustubha jewels and shark-shaped earrings.
†She saw her daughter-in-law resting on her son's chest. Seeing this once, suddenly she did not see it.
†Fainting, she fell to the ground. All her garments were wet with the tears from her eyes.
†The food was scattered in the house. Because of the wonder that she saw, she was no longer aware of external things.
†Lord Chaitanya rinsed His mouth, ran to His mother, extended His hand, and picked her up.
†He asked, "Rise. Rise, mother. Why did you suddenly fall to the ground?"
†Regaining external consciousness, she hastily tied her hair. Mother Saci did not say anything. In her own room she wept.
†She sighed deeply. Her every lim‚ trembled. She was filled with spiritual love. Nothing else mattered to her.
†The servant Isana cleaned the whole house. He took whatever remained.
†Isana always served Mother Saci. He is the most fortunate person in the fourteen worlds.
†Every day the close servant Isana saw many wonders like this. No one else knew the secrets he knew.
†This Madhya-khanda is like a pitcher of nectar. Whoever hears it kills the sins in his heart.
†Accompanied by His devotees, Loed Chaitanya performed sankirtana in Navadvipa.
†From whatever places they were born, the Lord's personal associates came, one by by one, to Navadvipa.
†Learning that the Supreme Personality of Godhead had descended to this world, they all became joyful at heart.
†Seeing the Lord reveal His true nature, the Vaishnavas became fearless. They became agitated with bliss.
†The Lord saw every devotee to be as dear as life to Him. Every devotee thought he was the Lord's dearest friend.
†The Supreme Lord, whom the Vedas always seek, affectionately embraced His devotees.
†Lord Chaitanya always visited His devotees' homes. There He revealed His four-armed form, siÝ-armed form, and other forms also.
†Sometimes the Lord went to the homes of Ganga dasa or Murari. Other times He went to the home of Acaryaratna.
†He always went with Lord Nityananda. Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda were never apart.
†Lord Nityananda was always in the mood of a child. Lord Chaitanya manifested many different moods.
†Like bumblebees at the Lord's feet, the devotees saw, according to their different destinies, the Lord's forms of Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Vamana, or Nrisimha.
†Some days, accepting the mood of the gopis, He wept, unaware whether it was day or night.
†Other days He would accept the mood of Uddhava or Akrura. Other days, accepting the mood of Balarama, He would ask for wine.
†Other days, accepting the mood of four-faced Brahma, He would fall the ground and recite prayers.
†Other days, accepting the mood of Prahlada, He would recite many prayers. In this way the Lord played in the ocean of devotional service.
†Seeing all this, Saci, the mother of the worlds, floated in bliss. Still, in her heart she told herself, "Some day my son may leave home."
†When Mother Saci said, "Son, now You should go and bathe in the Ganga.", the Lord would reply, "Mother, please say, `Jaya Krishna Rama!' "
†Whenever Saci spoke to Him, Lord Chaitanya would always reply by saying "Krishna." He never said anything else.
†No one can understand these inconceivable ecstati moods of the Lord. Everything that He revealed was wonderful and unprecedented.
†One day a singer of Lord Siva's glories came. Playing a dambura drum, he sang about Lord Siva.
†Arriving at the Lord's house to beg alms, he sang about Lord Siva and danced.
†Hearing about Lord Siva's glories, Lord Chaitanya at once manifested the form of Lord Siva, a form with splendid matted hair.
†With one jump he came on the singer's shoulders. He screamed, "I am Siva!"
†The people watched as matted-hair Lord Chaitanya played the drum and horn and said again and again, "Sing! Sing!"
†That day the great-soul attained the full benefit of singing Lord Siva's glories.
†Because he sang without offense, Lord Chaitanya climbed on his shoulders.
†Returning to external consciousness, Lord Chaitanya climbed down from the singer's shoulders. In the singer's cloth bag the Lord placed some alms.
†His life now a perfect success, the singer departed. The auspicious sound of "Hari!" then rose from everyone.
†The Lord thus enjoyed pastimes with His servants. In this way the glories of devotion to Lord Krishna were manifested.
†The Lord said, "My brothers, please hear this, the best of all advice. Why should our nights be wasted in false and useless activities?
†"From now on every night we should sing Lord Hari's auspicious names.
†"When we all chant the Lord's names in this way, we will become plunged in the sacred Ganga of pure devotional service.
†"When it hears the names of Lord Krishna, the entire world be become delivered. Therefore the holy name should become the only treasure of you all."
†Hearing these words, all the Vaishnavas became joyful. In this way Lord Chaitanya's sankirtana pastimes began.
†At night Lord Chaitanya performed kirtana in Shrivasa's home. On some nights the kirtana was in Candrasekhara's home.
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†Present at those kirtanas were Nityananda Gadadhara, Advaita, Shrivasa, Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Murari, Hiranya, Haridasa, Gangadasa, Vanamali, Vijaya, Nandana, Jagadananda, Buddhimanta Khan, Narayana, Kasisvara, Vasudeva, Rama, Garudai, Govinda, Govindananda, Gopinatha, Jagadisa, Shriman, Shridhara, Sadasiva, Vakresvara, Shrigarbha, Suklambara, Brahmananda, Purushottama, Sanjaya, and many others. I do not know the names of all the countless servants of Lord Chaitanya.
†Accompanied by these devotees, the Lord danced. He did not enjoy these pastimes with any but these devotees, His personal associates.
†Every night the Lord roared the names of Lord Hari. Hearing this roar, the universe broke apart.
†Hearing the kirtana, the materialists and offenders jumped about and complained, "All night long these fellows drink wine.
†"They know the Tanri secrets of enjoying with drunken girls. Chanting five kinds of mantras at night, they lure tirgins to go to them.
†"Twelve hours have passed like this. We cannot sleep." This the materialists said when they heard the loud roars of "Bol! Bol!" in the kirtana.
†While the materialists and offenders jumped about and complained in this way, Lord Chaitanya blissfully performed kirtana.
†Simply by hearing the kirtana, Lord Chaitanya was no longer aware of the external world. In this condition He would fall to the ground.
†When the Lord fell again and again to the ground, the ground would break again and again. In this way everyone became afraid.
†Seeing the Lord's delicate body violently fall to the ground, Mother Saci would close her eyes and think, "Govinda!"
†Although the Lord would fall in an ecstati trance of love for Lord Vishnu, still Mother Saci, overcome with love, would feel very unhappy.
†With words choked with emotion, Mother Saci earnestly prayed for a remedy to counteract her awareness of the Lord violent falls.
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†She prayed, "O Lord Krishna, please be merciful and give me this boon: Let me not be aware when Visvabhara falls down. O Lord Krishna, please be merciful to me in this way.
†"Although He is in bliss and feels no pain, still I will be very happy to remain unaware of all this."
†Aware of the desire in His mother's heart, Lord Chaitanya happily granted that boon.
†Therefore whenever the Lord performed sankirtana of chanting Lord Hari's holy names, Saci entered an ecstati trance and was no longer aware of the external world.
†There was no stopping the Lord's blissful dancing. Surrounded by His devotees, He sang day and night.
†Some days Lord Chaitanya and His devotees would sing and dance in the Lord's home.
†Sometimes Lord Chaitanya would manifest His true identity as the Supreme Person. Other times He would weep, affirming, "I am the Lord's servant."
†O my brothers, please listen attentively. In the countless universes there is nothing like Lord Chaitanya's display of ecstati love.
†When Lord Chaitanya danced, the devotees blissfully sang.
†On ekadashi Lord Chaitanya, the life of the worlds, would chant Lord Hari's names and dance.
†In the courtyard of fortunate Shrivasa would rise the auspicious chanting of "Gopala! Govinda!"
†LordChaitanya would begin dancing before sunrise. In group after group, the devotees sweetly sang.
†Shrivasa Pandita led the singing in one group. Mukunda led the singing in another group.
†Govinda led the singing in another group. They all sang as Lord Chaitanya danced.
†Powerful Nityananda circumambulated Lord Chaitanya. Unseen, Advaita touched the dust of Lord Chaitanya's feet.
†As Lord Chaitanya sang, Gadadhara and the other devotees became agitated with love. Their eyes filled with tears.
†Now please hear forty verses describing Lord Chaitanya's kirtana, describing how Lord Chaitanya, the life of the worlds, danced in ecstasy.
A Song in Bhatiyari-raga
†caudike govinda-dhwani sacira nandana nace range
bihwala haila saba parishada sange
hari o ram
†The word "Govinda!" resounded in the four directions. Saci's son danced in ecstasy. Overcome with love, the Lord's associates sang, "Hari!" and, "Rama!"
†jakhana kandaye prabhu prahareka kande
lotaya bhumite kesa taha nahi bandhe
†††† When He wept, Lord Chaitanya wept for three hours. He fell to the ground. His hair was no longer neatly bound.
†se krandana dekhi' hena kona kashtha ache
na pade bihwala haiya se prabhura kache
†††† Only a person made of wood will not, overcome with ecstati love, fall to the ground when he sees Lord Chaitanya weep in the kirtana.
†jakhana hasaye prabhu maha-atta-has
se-i haya prahareka ananda-bilas
†††† Loudly laughing, Lord Chaitanya enjoys blissful pastimes for three hours.
†dasya-bhabe prabhu nija mahima na jane
jinilum jinilum boli' uthe ghane ghane
†Thinking of Himself as a servant, Lord Chaitanya does not know His own glories. "Glory! Glory!", He says again and again.
†It is also said,
jitam jitam iti ati-harshena kadacid yukto
vadati tad-anukaranam karoti jitam jitam iti
†††† "Lord Chaitanya would happily say, `Glory! Glory!' The devotees would repeat, `Glory! Glory!' "
†Sometimes Lord Chaitanya loudly sang the holy names. Hearing His singing, the universe seemed to break apart.
†Sometimes His body would become as heavy as the universe, and no one had the power to lift Him.
†Sometimes He became lighter than a cotton swab, and everyone happily carried Him on their shoulders.
†Carrying the Lord on their shoulders, the devotees would walk happily in the courtyard.
†When the Lord would faint in ecstasy, the frightened devotees would chant "Hari!" in His ear.
†Sometimes His whole body would tremble, and His teeth would chatter like a child's teeth in winter.
†Sometimes there would be great perspiration on His body. It seemed like the Ganga personified flowed on His limbs.
†Sometimes His limbs burned with fever, drying up the sandal paste anointing it.
†Sometimes He sighed so deeply that everyone fled, staying to one side.
†Sometimes He ran to catch everyone's feet, and all the Vaishnavas fled in the four directions.
†Sometimes He would rest His back against Lord Nityananda's body, lift His feet, look at everyone, and smile.
†Understanding this hint, all the devotees would plunder the priceless jewel of the dust at the Lord's feet.
†Then Lord Advaita Acarya would say, "Ah! Ah! O thief, now I will ro‚ all Your power and glory and pride. Now it is Mine!"
†Lord Chaitanya rolled on the ground in ecstasy. In the four directions were devotees singing the glories of Lord Krishna.
†When Lord Chaitanya danced enthusiastically, the earth trembled, and the devotees fled in fear.
†When He danced sweetly and gracefully, Lord Chaitanya looked like Nanda's son, the best of dancers.
†When He roared like millions of lions, Lord Chaitanya kindly protected His devotees' ears.
†When He walked, sometimes Lord Chaitanya did not touch the ground. Some saw this. Others had no power to see it.
†Overcome with ecstasy, Lord Chaitanya would stare with red eyes. First frightened, and then laughing, the devotees fled.
†Overcome with ecstasy, Lord Chaitanya danced wildly, not knowing who He was or who were the others.
†Overcome with ecstasy, one time Lord Chaitanya grasped a devotee's feet, and another time He clim‚ed up on a devotee's head.
†One moment He would approach someone, embraced them, and weep. Another moment He would clim‚ on someone's shoulders.
†Another moment He would act like a restless child. With His mouth He would imitate the sounds of musical instruments, as† children do.
†One moment He would make His feet dance. Then He would give a mischievous laugh. Then, thinking Himself a child, He would crawl on His knees.
†Then for many moments Lord Chaitanya assumed the role of three-fold-bending handsome Krishna. He stayed like that for three hours.
†Meditating, He began to play the flute. Thus He revealed the truth that He is Lord Krishna Himself, the moon of Vrindavana.
†Regaining external consciousness, Lord Chaitanya again thought Himself a servant of the Lord. He wept. Placing a blade of grass between His teeth, He yearned to serve the Vaishnavas.
†Once, bending His body like a circle, He made His head touch His feet. He stayed like this for three hours.
†His ecstasies were wonderful. Feeling the bliss of chanting His own holy names, Lord Chaitanya, the son of Jagannatha Misra, danced.
†He loudly roared. His every lim‚ trembled. He could not stay still. He fell to the ground.
†Normally His complexion was fair. Now, from moment to moment His complexion changed into different colors. Before the devotees' eyes His form appeared double.
†Thinking Himself a devotee, the Lord acted in extraordinary ways. He spoke in ways that were not appropriate.
†Seeing a Vaishnava He previously would call "master", the Lord now grabbed him by the hair and announced, "He is My servant".
†Seeing a Vaishnava whose feet He previously would grasp, the Lord now pushed His own feet onto the Vaishnava's chest.
†Seeing the Lord's blissful pastimes, the devotees, their arms around each other's necks, wept.
†The devotees' limbs shone with garlands and sandal paste. Tasting the nectar of blissfully singing about Lord Krishna, they forgot everything else.
†The sounds of mridangas, karatalas, conchshells, and clapping hands joined with the sound of the holy names.
†The sound of the holy names filled the universe and made it break in two. All that was inauspicious fled in the four directions.
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†How wonderful it is that the Supreme Lord, the dancing of whose servants destroys all obstacles and purifies all the worlds, now personally dances and sings His own holy name. What result will come from the Lord dancing and singing His own holy name? Can the Puranas describe that result?
†The chanting of Lord Hari's auspicious names filled the four directions. In the midst of that chanting Lord Chaitanya, the son of Jagannatha Misra, danced.
†The Supreme Personality of Godhead, the bliss of whose holy name makes Lord Siva forget his clothing,† whose glories make Lord Siva dance, now personally dances.
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†The Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose holy name made Valmiki Muni wealthy with renunciation, whose holy name made Ajamila attain liberation, and whose holy name, when heard, cuts the bonds of birth and death, has personally descended in this world. Now He dances in the Kali-yuga..
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†The Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose holy name Sukadeva and Narada sing as they wander in this world, whose glories Ananta Sesha sings with a thousand mouths, and whose holy name is the great atonement for all sins, now personally dances. Anyone who sees Him dance became very fortunate.
†I am so sinful that in this birth I was not able to personally see the great festival of the Lord's dancing.
†Aware that the Supreme Lord would descend to the world at that time, in the verses of Shrimad-Bhagavatam Vyasa's son Sukadeva glorified the Kali-yuga.
†Lord Chaitanya danced with Lord Nityananda. I hear the charming sound that comes from the soles of Their feet as They dance.
†Overcome with ecstasy, Lord Chaitanya would not keep the garland on His neck. He broke it and threw it at His devotees' feet.
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†The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who often happily rode on Garuda, who often manifested a four-armed form holding a conch, disc, club, and lotus, and who often happily reclined on Ananta Sesha, now thinks that He is a servant of the Lord. Now He rolls in the dust and weeps.
†Enjoying the happiness of being a servant of the Lord, now He forgets the happiness He enjoyed in Vaikuntha.
†He who often enjoyed the happiness of gazing at Goddess Lakshmi's face has now accepted the mood of separation from the Lord. Raising His face and arms, now He weeps.
†The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is served by Siva, Narada, and all the demigods and sages, has now renounced His supreme power and opulence. Now He has become a devotee, a servant of the Lord.
†The Supreme Personality of Godhead, rejecting all other happinesses, now places a blade of grass between His teeth and begs for devotional service.
†A person who rejects devotional service and desires something else is like a person who rejects nectar and drinks poison.
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†Anyone who reads or lectures on Shrimad-Bhagavatam but does not place the glories of devotional service on his tongue cannot understand or teach the true meaning, the heart of the scriptures. He is like a donkey painfully carrying a great burden of many holy books.
†In this way he carries a great burden of many holy books, but he does not understand what they truly mean. To an assembly of fools he gives foolish lectures.
†The Vedas and the Shrimad-Bhagavatam declare that devotional service is the greatest treasure. Lakshmi, Brahma, and Siva always engage in devotional service.
†A person who does not believe that Lord Chaitanya's words are the truth does not attain Lord Chaitanya. What more can I say about such a person?
†Thinking Himself a servant of the Lord, Lord Chaitanya danced as the beautiful sound of the holy names filled the four directions.
†Hearing and hearing the holy names, Advaita entered an ecstati trance. A blade of grass between His teeth, He approached Lord Chaitanya.
†Covering His body, from head to foot, with grass, and knitting His eyebrows, Advaita danced.
†Seeing Advaita's devotional activities, everyone became frightened. But Nityananda and Gadadhara laughed.
†Lord Chaitanya, the life of the worlds, danced. His symptoms of ecstasy had no end. They continued again and again,.
†Lord Chaitanya manifested symptoms of ecstay that no one had personally seen or even heard of in Shrimad-Bhagavatam.
†Sometimes His body became like a motionaless pillar, and no one had the power to bend it the distance of even half a sesame seed.
†Sometimes His body became like butter. It seemed not to have any bones.
†Sometimes His body seemed to be multiplied by two or three. Sometimes it seemed to become very slender.
†Sometimes He staggered about as if drunk. Sometimes He laughed and happily rocked His body to and fro.
†Looking at all the Vaishnava, Lord Chaitanya, rapt in ecstasy, called out the names they bore in their previous births.
†He called out, "Balarama!", "Siva!", "Sukadeva!", "Narada!", "Prahlada!", "Lakshmi!", "Brahma!", and "Uddhava!"
†Looking at each one, on this preText the Lord revealed the true identity of each devotee.
†Happily filling their eyes, the Lord's servants gazed at Lord Chaitanya's wonderful dancing and wonderful ecstati love for Lord Krishna.
†Some were already within the house. Meanwhile many others wanted to enter.
†By the Lord's, order the door was firmly closed. Thus the people of Nadiya could not enter.
†Hearing the kirtana, everyone ran there, but no one could enter, for the door was firmly shut.
†Thousands and thousands of people came. They called out, "We want to see the kirtana! Break down the door!"
†meanwhile all thew Vaishnavas inside were absorbed in the ecstasy of the kirtana. They were not aware that many others were outside.
†Unable to enter at the door, the materialists and offenders outside spoke foolishly.
†Someone said, "These people eat by begging alms. Thay are ashamed someone may recognize them. That's why they won't open the door."
†Someone lese said, "That's right. What you said is right. They couldn't get anything to eat. That's why they've been screaming for the past twenty-four hours."
†Someone else said, "My brothers, these people have been drinking wine all night. That's why they're hiding from us."
†Someone else said, "Nimai Pandita used to be a good person. Why did Lord Narayana make His heart like that?"
†Someone else said, "I think He acts like this because of His past deeds." Someone else said, "I think it is because of bad association.
†"He didn't have a father to discipline Him. That's why He went crazy, and that's why, one day, He fell into bad association."
†Someone else said, "If even only one month passes without study, Sanskrit grammar will quickly be forgotten."
†Someone else said, "O my brothers, I know the reason why they have kirtana behind closed doors.
†"By chanting mantras they attract five kinds of young girls. Then they enjoy with the girls in many different ways.
†"They enjoy opulent feasts. They wear costly garments and decorate themselves with fragrances and flower garlands. In many ways they enjoy pastimes with these young girls.
†"Then, so others will not see them enjoying in many ways with the young girls, they keep the doors locked."
†Then someone else said, "Tomorrow I will go to the royal court. I will have them arrested. Each one of them will be shackled at the waist.
†"Kirtanas, which never existed before in this kingdom, have now come. They will bring a famine. Everyone will flee and stay away forever.
†"Now the demigods will take away the rains. I know this for a fact. The rice crop will wither and die. No new rice will grow.
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†"For a while we won't do anything. We will only see what Shrivasa and Advaita Acarya will do, or what the avadhuta Nityananda does in Shrivasa's house."
†In this way the anxious materialists and offenders complained in many ways. Overcome with bliss, the Vaishnavas did not hear any of their words.
†Someone said, "It is not a brahmana's duty to dance. Acting in this way, these people have fallen from their high position."
†Someone else said, "It is not right even to look at these people. When we talk about these people all our good qualities flee from us.
†"Look at what happens if a good person sees these people singing and dancing.
†"Nimai Pandita used to be very intelligent. But by associating with these people, in His heart He became like them."
†Someone else said, "As if the Supersoul does not stay in their hearts, these people loudly call out to Him. They do not understand the truth.
†"The Supreme Lord stays in their bodies. T%hey leave the treasure in their own house to go an search for some other treasure in the forest."
†Someone else said, "Why should we talk any more about this? Let us go home. What will we gain by looking?"
†Someone else said, "We cannot see the kirtana because of our past impious deeds. The people in the kirtana have performed many pious deeds. What more can I say about them?"
†Thinking, "He is one of them", the materialists and offenders gathered together and chased that person away.
†The materialists said, "What is the harm if we cannot see the kirtana? This kirtana is like hundreds and hundreds of people gathered together for a great fight.
†"They do not see the importance of japa, austerity, and philosophy. They have invented their own spiritual activities and meditations.
†"Collecting together rice, bananas, milk, and yogurt, they eat together, destroying all distinctions of caste."
†People came only to look and to mock. They said, "Look at what those madmen are doing!"
†After speaking these words, they would go home. Then others would come and make a commotion at the door.
†When two materialists met, neck to neck they would would talk, mocking the devotees in the kirtana.
†When they met someone who had not seen the kirtana, they would take them to see it. Only after many requests were the newcomers allowed to leave.
†Someone said, "O my brothers, I have seen and heard that the followers of Nimai Pandita have all become madmen.
†"There is always a great commotion at Shrivasa's house. There is a great noise as if they were celebrating a festival for Goddess Durga.
†"All that I ever hear there are shouts of, `Hai! Hai! Haya! Haya!' Everyone says inglorious things happen there.
†"There are many thousands of bhattacaryas in Nadiya. But now these thugs have come here also.
†"Shrivasa Pandita should be thrown out of Nadiya. Tomorrow I will tear his house apart and send it floating down the river.
†"This brahmana Shrivasa will destroy the auspiciousness of our village. When that happens the Muslims will become powerful here."
†Even though they made so much trouble, the materialists and offenders of Nadiya were somehow very fortunate.
†They were born in the same town as the Lord. They directly saw Him, and they heard all about Him.
†These words of the materialists never entered the ears of Lord Chaitanya's associates, who were always intoxicated by drinking the nectar of love for Lord Krishna.
†Day and night they made a great tumult of, "Jaya Krishna! Murari! Mukunda! Vanamali!"
†Day and night Lord Chaitanya danced in the midst of His devotees. No one ever became exhausted. Everyone had a spiritual body.
†What went by the name of "one year" was actually a yuga. Feeling the bliss of associating with Lord Chaitanya, no one knew how time was passing.
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†As in the great rasa-dance pastime an entire yuga passed, although the gopis thought only half a sesame seed worth of time had passed, in the same way, by the inconceivable power of Lord Krishna, the fortunate servants of Lord Chaitanya thought the yuga that passed was only one year.
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†In this way Lord Chaitanya danced. Then, when only three hours of the night remained, placing the Salagrama-silas on His lap, Lord Chaitanya sat on the Deity throne on thr altar.
†Then, as the altar began to collapse under Lord Chaitanya's weight, Lord Nityananda, hastily running there, touched it.
†Now become the resting place of Ananta Sesha, the altar did not break. Lord Chaitanya rocked back and forth.
†By Lord Chaitanya's order the kirtana stopped. Roaring, the Lord revealed the truth about Himself.
†He said, "In Kali-yuga I am Krishna. I am Narayana. I am He, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the son of Devaki.
†"I am the master of countless millions of universes. I am the person whose names you sing. You are all My servants.
†"Taking all of you with Me, I have descended to this world. The offerings that You make to the Deity form of the Supreme Lord are actually offered to Me.
†"Now you should give all those offerings to Me." Then Shrivasa said, "Lord, everything is Yours."
†Then Lord Chaitanya said, "I will eat everything." Advaita said, "Lord, this is very auspicious for us."
†Everyone became engaged in serving the Lord. They happily offered foods to the Lord, who was now absorbed in the ectasy of revealing the truth about Himself.
†He drank yogurt. He drank milk. He ate butter. "If there is more, bring it", He said again and again.
†He ate various kinds of sweet sandesa, sugar candy, and foods made with grains, and He drank fresh coconut juice.
†He ate bananas, chipped rice, and fried rice. Eating everything, again and again He demanded, "Bring more".
†In an eyeblink He ate what two hundred men could eat. Then He asked, "What more is there?"
†The Lord said, "Bring. Bring. This is not anything." Frightened, the devotees approached the Lord.
†Folding their hands, they fearfully said, "O Lord, what do we know of Your glories?
†"Countless universes rest in Your belly. How cane we please You with our small gifts?"
†The Lord said, "My devotees' offerings are not small. Bring at once. Bring at once. What more is there?"
†The devotees said, "O Lord, please hear. Only some betelnuts mixed with camphor remain." The Lord said, "Don't hesitate. Bring them."
†The devotees became happy. Their fears fled far away. They all brought the betelnuts.
†Each devotee carried in his hands as many betelnuts as possible. Seeing this, the Lord laughed.
†Opening His eyes wide, the Lord roared, "Nar#a! Nar#a! Nar#a!" again and again.
†Everyone became silent. No one said anything. All the devotees became frightened at heart.
†He was now manifested as the all-powerful Lord† All the devotees gazed at Him. In His presence no one else had any power at all.
†Nityananda held a parasol over Lord Chaitanya's head. Facing Lord Chaitanya, Advaita, His hands folded, offered prayers.
†Frightened, the devotees folded their hands, bowed their heads, and in their hearts meditated on Lord Chaitanya's feet.
†Anyone who feels happiness on hearing of these powers and opulences of the Lord will certainly see Lord Chaitanya face-to-face.
†However far one is advanced in spiritual life, to that extent one will understand these pastimes. More than that is not possible without the Lord's express command.
†"Ask for a boon.", Lord Chaitanya said, looking at Advaita's face. It is because of You that I descended to this place."
†Looking and looking at each devotee, and laughing and laughing, the Lord demanded, "Ask. Ask."
†In this way the Lord revealed His powers and opulences. Gazing at Him, the devotees floated in an ocean of bliss.
†No one can understand Lord Chaitanya's inconceivable pastimes. One moment He reveals His power and opulence, and the next moment He falls unconscious.
†Returning to external consciousness, Lord Chaitanya wept. New He was an eternal servant of the Supreme Lord.
†Seeing the Vaishnavas, He grasped their necks and wept. He addressed each of them as, "brother", and "friend".
†Bewildered by Maya, ordinary people have no power to understand the truth about Lord Chaitanya. Who but the Lord's servants has the power to understand that truth?
†Seeing Lord Chaitanya's nature and pastimes, the devotees smiled and said, "Lord Narayana has descended to this world."
†For some time Lord Chaitanya remained on the Deity's throne on the altar. Then He fainted in ecstasy.
†He fell to the ground. He showed no sign of being alive. Looking at Him, all His associates wept.
†The devotees thought, "Our Lord has abandoned us.
†"If our Lord is this cruel to us, then we will also leave our bodies."
†Knowing the devotees thoughts, Lord Chaitanya, the crest jewel of they who know everything, returned to external consciousness and loudly shouted the holy name of Lord Hari.
†A great tumult of bliss arose among the devotees. Overwhelmed, the devotees did not know in what direction they stood.
†In this way there was great bliss in the town of Navadvipa. There He who is the king of Vaikuntha enjoyed pastimes of tasting the nectar of spiritual love.
†Whoever hears these sacred narrations will find that his thoughts always rest in Lord Chaitanya and His devotees.
†The two moons Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Shri Nityananda are my life and soul. I, Vrindavana dasa, sing the glories of Their feet.