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Kaishora-lila - Prabhura Gaya-yatra

Kaishora Pastimes - The Lord's Pilgrimage to Gaya


Song 31 (Varadi raga - Disha)



 Refrain: O! He who is the moon of the brahmanas is my very life!


 1. Lord Mahaprabhu joyfully stayed with His friends and kinsmen.

 2. Talking amongst themselves, the brahmanas of Navadvipa agreed that Vishvambhara is glorious, glorious.  3. Lord Vishvambhara, the jewel of persons, taught His students and performed the rituals followed by a pious man.

 4. In philosophy and debate Vishvambhara defeated even Brihaspati. Vishvambhara was the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. Who has the power to praise Him enough?

 5. Who has the power to describe the glorioes of His students? They studied under the guru of all the worlds.

 6. Lord Vishvambhara is the beloved of millions of Sarasvatis. By His mercy everyone tasted the nectar of scholarship and became a pandita.

 7. In this way Lord Vishvambhara taught the people. Then in His heart He thought: I will go to Gaya.

 8. I will go to Gaya and offer pinda to My ancestors. I will bow down before the Deity of Lord Gadadhara and before the footprints of Lord Vishnu."

 9. As the Lord thought in this way, a group of brahmana pilgrims came to Navadvipa.

 10. Flames rose in Shaci's heart. She approached her son. She sighed heavily. Her words were choked with emotion.

 11. She said: Vishvambhara, please listen. If You go on pilgriomage, then I will not see You. Then blinding darkness will fill my house.

 12. I am a blind person and You are the star that lights my eyes. You are the soul and I the body. I cannot live without You.

 13. You will go to deliver Your ancestors. What can I say to You?"

 14. When Mother Shaci said this, the Lord comforted her with sweet words:

 15. The Lord said: Mother, please know I will stay with you at every moment.

 16. Every son must offer pinda. Please be kind and give Me permission. Don't lament." Then Shaci said to Him:

 17. With a happy heart You may join these pilgrim brahmanas." In this way Lord Vishvambhara went on pilgrimage to  18. On whatever path Shaci's son walked, all who saw Him felt their eyes filled with cooling pleasure.

 19. Young, old, lame, and foolish all ran to see Him. Even the birds and beasts ran to see Him. Tears streamed from every eye.

 20. Abandoning their families, saintly ladies ran to see Him. Everyone said: Look! Look! There is Lord Hari of Vraja!"

 21. Saying this, they ran after the Lord. They did not bind their hair. They became like wild people. This happened as the Lord traveled from place to place.

 22. On every path everyone ran after Him in this way. Everyone floated in a nectar ocean of ecstatic love.

 23. In one place Lord Gaura-Hari saw a stag and a doe playing.

 24. Seeing the stag and doe's playing, the Lord gave out a mocking, mocking laugh, as if He were mocking the actions of ordinary men.

 25. He said: Animals are wild with greed, illusion, lust, and anger. Any human who does not worship Lord Krishna is like those animals."

 26. Surrounded by His companions, the Lord mocked humans whose intelligence is like that of the animals.

 27. He said: In an animal's body knowledge of Krishna is not possible. Any human who does not worship Lord Krishna is an animal. This I say."

 28. Teaching in this way, the guru of the worlds traveled on the path. Lord Vishvambhara was like a kalpa-vriksha tree.

 29. Coming to the river that bears the name Cira, the Lord bathed and performed pious rituals.

 30. Happily He worshiped the demigods and pitas. Then He entered a temple to see the Deity.

 31. After worshiping the Deity, Lord Vishvambhara quickly descended a hill. Near the hill was a brahmana's home.

 32. At that time one of the brahmanas in the Lord's group of pilgrims, seeing the brahmanas of that place, in his heart found fault with them.

 33. Although the actions of the brahmanas in that place were certainly proper and righteous, when he saw them, that brahmana thought these people were not true brahmanas.

 34. Seeing this person did not respect the brahmanas, Lord Vishvambhara revealed the devotion his heart bears for the brahmanas.

 35. Suddenly a great fever blazed in the Lord's body. Seeing the fever, everyone became afraid at heart.

 36-37. The Lord said: Listen. Listen everyone. Fid I commit an offense when I worshiped the demigods and pitas? I do not know. Did I offend one of My fellow pilgrims? When offenses mar auspicious deeds the result is great suffering.

 38. Something must be done to stop this fever. If I drink water that has washed a brahmana's feet, My body will become cool again.

 39. Water that has washed a brahmana's feet removes all sins. It will kill this fever. How can I cure this fever by My own power?"

 40. A brahmana from that place stood up and washed his feet

 41. When Lord Vishvambhara drank the water that bhad washed that brahmana's feet, the fever fled far away. In this way the Lord revealed to all His great devotion to brahmanas.

 42. The brahmana who offended the brahmanas of that place then wisely said: You saved Me from the great sufferings that would have come from the offense I committed in My heart.

 43. I thought these brahmanas acted wrongly, and therefore I offended them in my heart. You saved me from the sufferings that would have come from the offense in my heart.

 44. You revealed Your great devotion for the brahmanas. I am an offender. Please forgive my offense.  45. You are the Supreme Lord who dearly loves the brahmanas. You are the person most qualified to be a devotee of the brahmanas. On Your chest You bear the mark of Bhrigu Muni's foot.

 46. With Your own mouth You preach the glory of devotion to You. In this way You deliver the world.

 47. Glory to dear Lord Vishvambhara! Glory to the king of the brahmanas! They who serve you attain all perfection.

 48. Obeisances to merciful Lord Gaura-Hari, who is dearly loved by the brahmanas! Obeisances to the Lord who establishes the true religion!"

 49. Hearing these words of His fellow pilgrim, the Lord forgave the offenses of all the pilgrims there.

 50. He said: The brahmanas of this place worship Lord Krishna. Do not shun them. Do not stay far away from them.

 51. Anyone who does not worship Lord Krishna is not a true brahmana. The Puranas teach:


52. candalo 'pi muneh shreshtho


vishnu-bhakti-vihinas tu

 dvijo 'pi shvapacadhamah



 `A so-called outcaste who is devoted to Lord Vishnu is the best of sages, but a so-called brahmana who has no devotion to Lord Vishnu is the lowest outcaste.` "


 53. After speaking these words, the Lord showed that He was satisfied with His brahmana companion. He kindly forgave that brahmana's offense.

 54. In this way the Lord showed His devotion to the brahmanas. Againa and again crossing holy rivers, the lord proceeded on His journey.

 55. At these rivers He would bathe, worship the devas, perform pious rituals for His father's benefit, and then coninue on His journey.

 56. Then He came to a very holy place named Rajagiri. There He bathed at Brahma-kunda and gave charity.

 57. There He worshiped the devas and pitas. Then He hurried to see Lord Vishnu's footprints.

 58. There He met a sannyasi who was a great devotee of the Lord, a sannyasi named Ishvara Puri.

 59. To Him Lord Vishvambhara offered obeisances and said: I am very fortunate to see your two feet."

 60. Falling sown before that sannyasi's feet, and overcome with emotion, the Lord spoke these words. Tears streamed from the Lord's merciful reddish eyes.

 61. How will I be able to cross the ocean of repeated birth and death? Please give Me devotion to Lord Krishna's lotus feet.

 62. I do not see any way to attain that devotion but by accepting initiation from a great devotee of Lord Krishna. All the words spoken by the Purana's and by the mouths of the great devotees bear witness to this truth."

 63. Hearing these words, in a secluded place Ishvara Puri repeated to the Lord the maha-mantra.

 64. Thus attaining Lord Krishna's maha-mantra, Lord Vishvambhara felt bliss in His heart. The hairs of His body stood erect.

 65. Tears streamed form His eyes. The hairs of His body stood erect. He called out: Radha! Radha!" He was tossed by waves of bliss.

 66. His heart became rapt in thinking of Vraja. His heart was plunged in the sweet nectar of madhurya-rasa.

 67. His body became wild with the love Radha feels for Lord Krishna. Loudly He called: Krishna! Krishna!"

 68. He called out: Vrindavana! Govardhana!" and laughed. With great joy He roared: Kalindi! Yamuna!"

 69. One moment He called out: Balarama! Shridama! Sudama!" The next moment He called out: Nanda! Yashoda!"

 70. White and dark surabhi cows!" He roared in a deep voice. The next moment He called out: Gopi friends!" The Lord had became wild.

 71. One moment He placed a straw between His teeth and became like a servant. The next moment He was filled with pride. I am He", He declared.

 72. I lifted Govardhana Hill. I killed Aghasura. I killed Putana and a host of demons."

 73. The next moment He manifested a three-fold-bending form, a form with a flute at His mouth. From the four directions all who saw were filled with wonder.

 74. Tears streamed from His eyes. His voice was choked with emotion. With sweet words He said to His guru:

 75. By your mercy I have attained the goal of My life. From today My life of materialism has fled."

 76. In this way the Lord showed the perfect example of devotion for one's guru. Then the Lord proceeded on His journey. Seeing the Phalgu river, he gently, gently smiled.

 77. Remembering the pastimes He enjoyed there in ancient days, He felt both happy and said. Remembering Sita-devi, He became wild with emotion.

 78. He worshiped the devas and pitas. He bathed and gave charity. He offered pinda to his forefathers.

 79. To a brahmana He gave the remnants of what was offered to the pitas. Going south, He visited Udici.

 80. Going north, He visited Jihva-lola. There He worshiped the devas and pitas. He gave wealth in charity.

 81. Happy at heart, He then came to Gaya. He was very anxious to see Lord Vishnu's footprints.  82. On sixteen altars the Lord offered pinda. He longed to see Lord Vishnu's footprints.

 83. Having performed all these rituals, with a happy heart He hurried to see Lord Vishnu's footprints.

 84. With a happy heart He thought: With My own eyes I will see Lord Vishnu's footprints."

 85. In this way He approached Lord Vishnu's footprints. Joyfully falling down like a stick, He offered respectful obeisances.

 86. Lord Gauranga said: Listen. Listen, everyone. In what way does My heart now gaze at Lord Vishnu's footprints?

 87. With My eyes I now see Lord Vishnu's footprints. Why, as I see Them, does ecstatic spiritual love not arise within Me?"

 88. Saying these words, with a happy heart Lord Mahaprabhu performed an abhisheka of Lord Vishnu's footprints.

 89. Then Lord Vishvambhara Hari manifested ecstatic devotion. O great devotees, please hear the ecstatic saymptoms He manifested.

 90. At the beginning of His manifestation of ecstatic love, He trembled and the hairs of His body stood erect. Then flooding rivers of tears flowed from His eyes. The next moment He became stunned.

 91. Overcome with ecstatic love, Lord Vishvambhara gazed at Lord Vishnu's footprints. Celebrating a great, great festival of ecatatic love, He danced.

 92. Thus after offering pinda at Gaya and after seeing Lord Vishnu's footprints, Lord Vishvambhara joyfully danced with His brahmana companions.

 93. The next day in His heart He firmly decided to go on a journey to Mathura.

 94. To His brahmana companions He said: You should all go to see Vrindavana."

 95. Hearing this, the companions were stunned. They had little money to make the journey.

 96. The Lord said to them: A human being who tries to enjoy material pleasures must again be born in the material world. Not knowing this truth, the materialists are very eager to act for their material benefit.  97. If one worships Lord Krishna, then one's human life is a great success. If one does not worship Lord Krishna, then one drowns in an ocean of sorrows."

 98. After giving these instructions, Lord Gaura-Hari left Gaya and began His journey to Vrindavana.

 99. As He was traveling with His companions, a voice spoke from the sky.

 100. Rumbling like a new cloud, to enlighten Lord Vishvambhara, the voice spoke these words:

 101. Listen. Listen, O Mahaprabhu Vishvambhara. Don't go to Vrindavana. Return to Your home.

 102. When You accept sannyasa You will travel to many holy places. At that time You will go to Vrindavana."

 103. With His own ears hearing this message from the demigods, Lord Vishvambhara ended the journey with His brahmana companions.  104. Lord Mahaprabhu journeyed to His own home. Walking and walking, His feet carried Him to Nadiya.

 105. Bidding farewell to His pilgrim companions, He entered His home. He bowed down before Mother Shaci's feet.  106. With a joyful heart Shaci embraced her son. Tears of love and joy streamed from her two eyes.

 107. The people of Nadiya's villages joyfully ran to see the Lord. They trembled. The hairs of the bodies stood erect.

 108. Waves of bliss tossed Vishnupriya's heart. She had no power to hold the bliss that filled her body. The bliss in her body had no end.

 109. In this way Lord Gaura joyfully returned to His own home. Locana dasa sings this song praising Lord Gaura's pastimes.



Song 32 (Varadi raga)



 Refrain; O! O moon of the brahmanas!


 110. The stories of the Lord's pastimes in Navadvipa are very wonderful. Songs glorifying Lord Gaurachandra are filled with nectar.

 111. The Lord's pastimes in Nadiya are beyond the touch of both the Vedas and ordinary custom. Simply by hearing them everyone attains auspiciousness, ecstatic spiritual love, and spiritual joy.

 112. Lord Shiva, Shukadeva Gosvami, Narada Muni, Goddess Lakshmi, and Lord Ananta think themselves fortunate to hear Lord Gaura's pastimes.

 113. I myself am worthless like a pile of ashes. I am very unintelligent. I do not know the difference between good and bad, between day and night.

 114. My deeds are like animals' deeds. I am the lowest person. This I say. This I write of myself.

 115. The Gaura-avatara is the best of all avataras. In the towns of Nadiya He preached the gospel of ecstatic spiritual love.

 116. Bowing before the Vaishnavas' feet, I beg: Please be kind. Please give me the power to describe Lord Gaura's glories.

 117. Please don't hold me in contempt, saying: You are very fallen." This fallen person takes shelter of you all.

 118. Out of your own natural kindness, please be kind to me. Please be kind. Please give me the power to sing Lord Gaura's glories with my own mouth. Please fulfill my desire.

 119. I bow down before Lord Gaura's lotus feet and pray: Please give me a single sesame seed's worth of Your mercy. Please allow me to see You with my own eyes.

 120. Shri Narahari dasa is my master. O master, I faithfully sing your glories.

 121. I am lower than the lowest. I am a sinner. I am worthless like a pile of ashes. How can I be qualified to sing your glories?

 122. I am not qualified. Please give me your mercy anyway. I yearn to sing your glories.

 123. What will be, will be. That I must say. I carefully sing the glories of the Lord's confidential pastimes in Nadiya.

 124. I may understand them, or I may not understand them. Still, I yearn to describe the Lord's pastimes. In this way Locana dasa concludes the Adi-khanda