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The Narration of the Lord's Pastimes
Beginning with the Birth of Krishna Chaitanya
and Ending with the Darshana of Gopinatha
etat te kathita sutra / shri-kna-carita dvija
varnayiyanti vistaraih / shrivasadya
etat - this; te - to you; kathitam - told;
sutram - condensed form; shri-kna-caritam - the character of Krishna Chaitanya;
dvija - O brahmana; varnayiyanti - they shall describe; vistaraih - with elaborate
accounts; shrivasa-adyah - headed by; mahattamah - very great souls.
[Murari Gupta continued narrating to Damodara
Panita:] O brahmana, the biography of Shri Krishna Chaitanya has thus been
narrated in an abridged form. Later, Shrivasa and other great souls will relate
it in detail.
atranuvarnyate 'bhikna / shri-gaurango maha-prabhuh
phalasvada-nimittena / kathyate tad-anukramah
atra - now; anuvarnyate - narrated; abhiknam
- continuously; shri-gaurangah - the golden Lord; maha-prabhuh - the great
Master; phala-asvada-nimittena - with the fruit obtained by relishing; kathyate
- is told; tat-anukramah - in sequence.
Now, the history of Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu
will be continuously related in sequence, as well as the benefits obtained by
the reader who relishes it.
avatara-karana ca / shri-knasya vicetitam
bahir-mukhan janan dtva / naradasyanutapanah 3
avatara-karanam - the cause for His descent;
ca - and; shri-knasya - of Shri Krishna; vicetitam - activities; bahi-mukhan -
materialistic; janan - people; dtva - seeing; naradasya - of Narada; anutapanah
The cause for Shri Krishna's descent and
activities was the compassion felt by the sage Narada, after he sadly saw the
materialistic state of humanity in the age of quarrel.
vaikuntha-gamana capi / shri-knenapi santvanam
sarvveam avatarana / kathana kna-janma ca 4
vaikuntha-gamanam - passage to Vaikuntha; ca
- and; api - also; shri-knena - by Shri Krishna; api - also; santvanam -
pacifying; sarveam - of all; avataranam - of avataras; kathanam - narration;
kna-janma - Krishna's birth; ca - and.
Then follows the narration of Shri Narada
Muni's passage to the spiritual world of Vaikuntha, how Lord Krishna appeased
his sorrow, the enumeration of all the avataras, and Shri Krishna's appearance
within this material world.
balya-liladika caiva / brahmanasyanna-bhojanam
vishvarupasya sannyasa / nityanandatmakasya ca
balya-lila-adikam - childhood pastimes and
so on; ca - and; eva - indeed; brahmanasya - of the brahmana; anna-bhojanam -
eating the rice; vishvarupasya - of Vishvarupa; sannyasam - renunciation;
nityananda-atmakasya - whose identity was Nityananda; ca - and.
Next come descriptions of Krishna's various
childhood pastimes, including the story how Gaura Gopala ate the rice cooked by
the brahmana on pilgrimage, and how Shri Vishvarupa (who is none other than
Lord Nityananda) accepted sannyasa.
jagannathasya sasthana / duhkha-shokanuvarnanam
vidya-vilasa-lavanyam / mat-duhkha-vimocanam 6
jagannathasya - of Jagannatha Mishra;
sasthanam - death; duhkha-shoka - grief and lamentation; anuvarnanam -
narration; vidya-vilasa - pastimes of scholarship; lavanyam - loveliness;
mat-duhkha - mother's sorrow; vimocanam - liberating.
Thereafter follows the narration of
Jagannatha Mishra's departure from this world, the grief and lamentation which
attended that occasion, the beauty of Shri Gaura as He performed pastimes of
scholarship, and also how He freed His mother from all sorrow.
lakmi-parinaya caiva / purvva-deshe gate prabhau
tasyah sasthitir eva syat /
lakmi-parinayam - marriage with Lakshmi
Devi; ca - and; eva - indeed; purva-deshe - in the eastern countries; gate -
went; prabhau - the Lord; tasyah - her; sasthitih - death; eva - indeed; syat -
it happened; shaci-shoka - the grief of Shaci; apanodanam - dispelling.
The story of Prabhu's marriage with Lakshmi
Devi and His subsequent departure for the eastern countries, as well as
Lakshmi's death, and the way in which Gaura dispelled Shaci Mata's grief, are
vinu-priya-parinaya / paramananda-vaibhavam
purishvara-darshana ca / gayaktya-samapanam 8
vinu-priya-parinayam - marriage with
Vishnu-priya; parama-ananda-vaibhavam - the influence of His transcendental
bliss; puri-ishvara-darshanam - seeing I~shvara Puri; ca - and;
gaya-ktya-samapanam - accomplishing duties to His father in Gaya.
Then follows the glorious narration of
Gaura's marriage with Shrimati Vishnu-priya, and the influence of His
transcendental bliss. Gaura met with Shri I~shvara Puri and fulfilled His duty
to His father at Gaya.
bhava-prakashana caiva / varaha-vesha-dharanam
sankirttana-shubharambha / megha-nihsarana
bhava-prakashanam - appearance of the
symptoms of ecstasy; ca - and; eva - indeed; varaha-vesha-dharanam - taking the
appearance of Varaha-deva; sankirtana - of congregational chanting;
shubha-arambham - the auspicious beginning; megha-nihsaranam - dispelling of
the clouds; tatha - also.
The symptoms of transcendental ecstasy then
made their first appearance on Shri Gauranga's body. Gaura accepted the form of
Varaha-deva. He inaugurated the auspicious movement of Hari-nama-sankirtana,
and dispelled thunderclouds as they threatened to interrupt the chanting.
namartha-kalpanad eva / ganga-patana-nirgamam
adhina bhakta-vargana / shriladvaitasya
nama-artha-kalpanat - due to imagined
meanings of the names; eva - indeed; ganga-patana-nirgamam - going away and
falling in the Ganga; adhinam - submission; bhakta-varganam - to the group of
devotees; shrila-advaitasya - with Shrila Advaita; melanam - meeting.
Gaura left that spot where a student made an
imaginative interpretation of Shri Hari's names and plunged into the Ganga with
all His clothes. Gaura showed submission to the assembly of devotees by
offering obeisances to the vainavas when He met with Shrila Advaitacarya.
bhaktanukampana caiva / shri-nityananda-darshanam
ad-bhuja-darshanananda / balarama-prakashakam
bhakta-anukampanam - the Lord's sympathy
with His devotees; ca - and; eva - indeed; shri-nityananda-darshanam - first
sight of Shri Nityananda; at-bhuja-darshana-anandam - joy at the sight of His
six-armed form; balarama-prakashakam - manifestation of Balarama.
Gaura displayed sympathy for His bhaktas and
had His first darshana of Shri Nityananda Prabhu, Nityananda tasted ananda when
He saw Shri Chaitanya's six-armed form, and Gaura revealed that Nitai is none
other than Balarama.
bhakti-rasa-samakta / harer mandira-marjjanam
bhakta-datta-grahana ca /
bhakti-rasa-samaktam - utter fascination by
the mellow of devotion; hareh - of Hari; mandira-marjanam - cleaning the
temple; bhakta-datta-grahanam - accepting the things offered by the devotees;
ca - and; maha-aishvarya - great opulence; pradarshanam - display.
Shri Gaura Hari became utterly fascinated
with the bhakti-rasa, and He cleansed the temple of Shri Hari. He accepted
offerings made by His bhaktas, and showed a great form filled with all
ntya-gana-vilasadi / ganga-majjanam eva ca
brahma-shapa-vara caiva / jiva-nistara-hetukam
ntya-gana - dancing, singing; vilasa -
pastimes; adi - and so on; ganga-majjanam - diving in the Ganga; eva - indeed;
ca - and; brahma - of the brahmana; shapa-varam - the blessing-curse; ca - and;
eva - indeed; jiva-nistara - deliverance of the living beings; hetukam -
Then follow Gauranga's pastimes of dancing,
singing and so forth, diving in the Ganga, and the brahmana's blessing-curse,
which brought about the deliverance of all living entities.
balarama-rasa - in the mellows of Balarama;
avesha - absorption; madhu-pana-adi - honey drinking and so forth; nartanam -
dancing; gopi-vesha - dress of a gopi; dharam - wearing; ntya-gana - singing,
dancing; madhurya - sweetness; varnanam - description.
While absorbed in the mood of Balarama, Gaura
Hari drank honey wine, and thereafter He danced and performed other pastimes.
Then a description of the sweet singing and dancing of Shri Chaitanya as He
wore the dress of a gopi follows.
sannyasa-upakrame - setting about taking
sannyasa; gupta-murari-adika - Murari Gupta and others; santvanam - pacifying;
navadvipa-kantaka - of Navadvipa and Kantaka; akhya - called; pura-vasi - town
residents; vilapanam - lamentation.
As Gaura set off to take sannyasa, He
pacified the hearts of Murari Gupta and others. Then the townsfolk of Navadvipa
and Kantaka lamented greatly.
sannyasa-nama-grahana / premananda-prakashanam
radha-desha-ktartha ca /
sannyasa-nama-grahanam - taking His sannyasa
name, prema-ananda-prakashanam - revealing the bliss of love for Krishna;
radha-desha - of the land of Raha; kta - made; artham - meaning; ca - and;
candra-shekhara-preanam - sending of Candra-Shekhara.
After Gaura accepted His sannyasa name, Shri
Kna Chaitanya, He revealed to His guru the bliss of love for Krishna. While
wandering in the land of Raha-desha, Gaura endowed that land with meaning, and
then He sent Candra Shekhara as a messenger to His Navadvipa bhaktas .
navadvipasya ca nityanandena duhkha-nashanam
shanti-pura-vilasa ca / bhakta-varga-samanvitam
navadvipasya - of Navadvipa; ca - and;
nityanandena - by Nityananda; duhkha-nashanam - destruction of the grief;
shanti-pura-vilasam - pastimes in Shanti-pura; ca - and;
bhakta-varga-samanvitam - together with the assembly of devotees.
Through the agency of Nityananda Prabhu,
Gaura destroyed the sorrow of the people of Navadvipa, and in Shanti-pura He
performed pastimes amongst the assembled bhaktas.
tato danda-bhanjana shri-gopinathasya darshanam
varaha-darshana punya / viraja-darshana tatha
tatah - then; danda-bhanjanam - breaking of
the sannyasa rod; shri-gopinathasya - of Shri Gopinatha; darshanam - vision;
varaha-darshanam - seeing Varaha-deva; punyam - purifying; viraja-darshanam -
seeing Viraja; tatha - also.
Then follows the breaking of the Lord's dana,
darshana of Gopinatha, Lord Varaha's purifying darshana, and the darshana of
the river Viraja.
vaitarani - of the Vaitarani river; yajapura
- of Yajapura; shri-shiva-linga - of the Shiva lingam; darshanam - sight;
nana-bhava-prakasham - revealing many ecstacies; shri-bhuvana-ishvara - Lord
Shiva, master of the three worlds; darshanam - the sight.
Lord Gauranga took darshana of the sacred
river Vaitarani, the town of Yajapura, and the Shiva-lingams present there.
After revealing many moods of ecstacy, Gaura took direct darshana of Lord Shri
Shiva, master of the three worlds.
nirmmalya-grahanasyapi / vidhana-kathana shubham
nirmalya - food remants; grahanasya -
accepting; api - also; vidhana-kathanam - history illustrating the precept;
shubham - auspicious; shri-mandira - resplendent temple; stha - situated;
gopala-darshanam - sight of Gopala; rodanam - weeping; prabhoh - of Prabhu.
Gaura accepted Shri Shiva's food-remnants,
and Murari Gupta then explained the principle behind this action. As He saw the
Deity of Gopala (Gopinatha) in His temple at Remuna, Gaura Prabhu wept.
markandeya-sarasy eva / shiva-linga pradarshanam
markandeya-sarasi - in the lake of
Markaneya; eva - indeed; shiva-lingam - phallic form of Shiva; pradarshanam -
beholding; tatah - then; shrimat jagannatha - the Lord of the universe;
darshana-ananda - happiness of seeing; vaibhavam - magnificence.
Within the lake of the sage Markendeya, Gaura
beheld the lingam of Shri Shiva, and when He saw the splendrous form of
Jagannatha Svami, He tasted great bliss.
sarvvabhaumadibhih sarddha / punah shri-mukha-darshanam
shriman-maha-prasadasya / vandana bhojana
sarvabhauma - by Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya;
adibhih - with those headed; sardham - in company; punah - again;
shri-mukha-darshanam - the sight of the radiant face; shrimat-maha-prasadasya -
of the food remnants awarding great mercy; vandanam - praising; bhojanam -
eating; shubham - auspicious.
Again Gauranga took darshana of the radiant
face of Lord Jagannatha, and after offering prayers in praise of
Jagannatha-maha-prasadam, He honored that auspicious food.
sarvabhauma-samuddhara / dakina-gamana hareh
kurmma-natha-darshana ca /
sarvabhauma - Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya;
samuddharam - deliverance of; dakina-gamanam - travelling south; hareh - of
Hari; kurma-natha - the Deity of Lord tortoise; darshanam - sacred sight; ca -
and; kurma-vipra-anukampanam - compassion to the vipra named Kurma.
Shri Chaitanya delivered Sarvabhauma
Bhattacarya from the desert of monism. Then travelling south, He took darshana
of Kurma-deva and showed compassion on Kurma vipra.
vasudeva-samuddharam / shakti-sancarana tatha
jiyadakhya-nsihasya / caritrasvadana sukham 24
vasudeva-samuddharam - deliverance of
Vasudeva; shakti - potency; sancaranam - empowerment; tatha - also;
jiyada-akhya - named Jiyada; n-sihasya - of the man-lion Deity; caritra -
behavior; asvadanam - relishing; sukham - happily.
After Gaura delivered the leper-brahmana
named Vasudeva, He empowered both him and the vipra Kurma with potency to
preach the message of Godhead. In great happiness, Gaura relished the history
shrila-ramananda-raya-milana shubha-da shubham
shrila-ramananda-raya-milanam - meeting with
Ramananda Raya; shubha-dam - fortunate; shubham - pleasant;
puri-shri-madhava-shiya - disciple of Shri Madhavendra Puri; parama-ananda -
Paramananda Puri, supreme happiness; darshanam - seeing.
Gauranga Mahaprabhu had a most fortunate and
pleasant meeting with Shrila Ramananda Raya. Then He took darshana of
Paramananda Puri, one of the disciples of Shri Madhavendra Puri.
pancavati; ranga-ketra; ranganatha; pradarshanam - seeing; tatra - there; shri-paramananda-puri-prasthapanam - sending forth of Paramananda Puri; prabhoh - by the Master
He beheld the eternal abode of Shri Sita-Rama
named Pancavati, and saw Ranganatha, the great Deity of Vishnu who is situated
at Ranga-kshetra. Then Gaura sent Shri Paramananda Puri to stay at Jagannatha
setu-bandhe - at the beginning of the bridge
to Lanka; shrila-rama-ishvara-linga - the phallus of Lord Shiva worshipped by
Lord Rama for passage to Shri Lanka (lit. controller of Rama); pradarshanam -
seeing; tatah - then; shrimat-jagannatha - Lord of the universe;
darshana-ananda - the joy of seeing; varnanam - description.
Gaura Hari took darshana of the lingam of
Lord Shiva named Rameshvara at Setu-Bandha. Thereafter He returned to Puri, and
felt immense joy to once again see Lord Jagannatha.
vndaranya samuddishya / gaudabhigamana shubham
vacaspati-ghe kna / vaibhava paramadbhutam 28
vndaranya-samuddishya - heading for
Vrindavana; gauda-abhigamanam - setting forth for Bengal; shubham - pleasant;
vacaspati-ghe - in the house of Vacaspati; knam - Chaitanya; vaibhavam -
opulence; parama-adbhutam - very wonderful.
Indicating that His ultimate destination was
Vrindavana, Gaura Krishna set forth for Gauda. Then He displayed very amazing
powers in the home of Vacaspati.
devananda samuddishya / shri-bhagavata-kirttanam
tad vaktur lakana capi / shrotush ca kathita
devanandam - Devananda Panita; samuddishya -
with reference to; shri-bhagavata-kirtanam - glorification of Bhagavatam; tat -
that; vaktuh - of the speaker; lakanam - symptoms; ca - and; api - and; shrotuh
- of the hearer; ca - and; kathitam - told; shubham - sublime.
While giving guidance to Devananda Panita,
Gaura proclaimed the glories of Shrimad Bhagavatam and exlained that the qualification
for a person who hears and speaks the Shrimad Bhagavatam is freedom from envy.
shri-nsihanandena yat / kta janghalam uttamam
tena yatha ramakeli-kna-natya-sthalavadhi 30
shri-nsihanandena - by Nrisihananda
Brahmacari; yat - which; ktam - was done; janghalam - running; uttamam -
excellent; tena - by him; yatha - as; rama-keli-kna-natya-sthala - the towns of
Ramakeli and Kna-natya-sthala (pavilion for Krishna-lila dancing); avadhi - up
Next the paths and excellent arrangements
which were made within Shri Nsihananda Brahmacari's mind as far as the town of
Ramakeli and Krishna-natya-sthala are described.
gamana ca punah shriladvaita-geha-shubhagamah
navadvipa-bhakta-varga-melana punar eva ca 31
gamanam - going; ca - and; punah - again;
shrila-advaita-geha - home of Advaita _carya; shubha-agamah - auspicious
coming; navadvipa - at Navadvipa; bhakta-varga - assembly of devotees; melanam
- meeting; punah - again; eva - indeed; ca - and.
Returning to Navadvipa, Gaura happily arrived
at the house of Shri Advaitacarya and there met with the assembly of bhaktas.
shri-bhojana-sukha tatra / matush carana-vandanam
puruottamam asadya / shri-gopinatha-darshanam
shri-bhojana-sukham - pleasantly took sacred
foods offered to the Lord; tatra - there; matuh - of His mother;
carana-vandanam - worshipping her feet; purua-uttamam - the abode of the
Supreme Person; asadya - arriving; shri-gopinatha-darshanam - taking the sight
of Shri Gopinatha.
After pleasantly accepting the Lord's
prasadam, Gaura worshipped His mother's feet, and while returning to
Purushottama Kshetra, He took darshana of Gopinatha in Remuna.
Thus ends the Sarga entitled "The
Narration of the Lord's Pastimes Beginning with the Birth of Krishna Chaitanya
and Ending with the Darshana of Gopinatha," in the Fourth Prakrama of the
great poem Shri Chaitanya Carita.