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Title: Ambrosial pastime
User: Igor Date: 2006-07-13 13:24:47
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Yesterday I was in total bliss while translating Nityananda Gauranga Naam Book, after reading most beautifull and confidentional pastime how Lord Advaita instructed all devotees to chant Gauranga! Gaurahari! That is such wonderfull pastime that I must share with you and put it here on blog! Please read following words from Nityananda Gauranga Naam Book, because all secrets are hidden within this pastime!
"One day, in a very blissful mood, Advaita Acharya told the devotees, "My dear Vaishnava brothers, today, let us chant only the Names of Lord Gauranga, for He is the fountainhead of all incarnations, and the most munificent. Today, we devotees are respected in society simply because Shri Gauranga has Himself propagated the congregational chanting of the holy name of the Lord. Now, I want all of you to chant and sing the glories of the Name of Lord Gaurangas while I dance. If you are afraid that the Lord will find out, then chant more loudly to drown out your fears."
Lord Gauranga always tried to hide His real identity. It is for this reason that the devotees were afraid to chant His Name and glorify Him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Of course, they could not disobey Advaita Acharya's instructions and so they began to loudly chant and sing. After dancing for some time, Advaita Acharya took the lead by singing His own composition: "Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu is none other than Lord Narayana, the ocean of mercy and friend of the distressed. O Lord, please be kind to Me."
The devotees responded, singing, "Jaya Shachinandana!" After some time, Advaita Acharya began singing another song that He had composed: "Jaya Gaurasundara, the ever-expanding ocean of compassion. All glories to the prince of Vrindavana, who now has appeared as the hero of Navadvipa. Kindly offer Me the cooling shade of Your lotus feet."
The tempo of the kirtan picked up and Advaita Acharya danced ecstatically. Because the songs were new to the devotees, they enjoyed the singing more than usual. Hearing the loud kirtana, Lord Gauranga arrived upon the scene. He beheld a magnificent spectacle. The devotees were radiant with transcendental happiness and in their midst, Advaita Acharya danced in ecstasy. The devotees felt no fear as they loudly chanted Lord Gauranga's Names as He stood in front of them.
Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu had always maintained a mood of humble servitorship to Himself. He always said, "I am the servant of Lord Krishna." No one dared to call Him the Supreme Lord in His presence. Now, however, by the strength of Advaita Acharya's presence, the devotees chanted and sang fearlessly, glorifying Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu as the Supreme Godhead. While listening to the glorification of His own Name, the Lord seemed to feel somewhat externally apparently ashamed but internally very pleased. After a few moments, He left the venue.
Finally, after a long and enthusiastic kirtana, the devotees departed to see Lord Gauranga. After returning home from the kirtana where He had been glorified, Lord Gauranga lay down, externally appearing quite upset. Govinda, the Lord's servant, then came and informed Him that all of the devotees were waiting at the door, hoping to see Him. The Lord instructed Govinda to usher everyone inside. The devotees came in and saw Lord Gauranga lying down, and He did not look at anyone. Being very nervous and afraid, the devotees began to pray while remembering the Lord's lotus feet.
After a short while, Lord Gauranga got up and said, "My dear Shrivasa. My dear devotees, leaving aside the glories of Lord Krishna, what avatara were you chanting and singing about today? Please explain this." Being a very talented speaker, Shrivasa Pandita replied, "My Lord, the living entities are not independent entities. Like puppets, they act as the Supreme Controller wishes. This is what occurred today. We sang what the Supreme Controller wanted us to sing." The Lord retorted, "You are all erudite scholars. Why do you disclose that which is meant to remain secret?" (As per the scriptures the fact that Lord Gauranga is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and non-different from Lord Krishna was supposed to remain secret only as long as Lord Gauranga personally enacted pastimes in this world but later will be and has to be revealed to the people of this whole world who will them chant the Name of Lord Gauranga and worship Him as the Supreme Lord.)
Smilingly, Shrivasa Pandita made a funny gesture by raising his hands toward the sky, as if shielding his eyes from the sun. Lord Gauranga asked, "Shrivasa, what is the meaning of this?"Shrivasa Pandita replied, "Clearly, I am trying to cover the sun with my hands. But, is it really possible to do so? Similarly, can Your Name and Fame be concealed? Even if it were somehow possible to cover the sun with the palm of one's hand, still, it would not be possible for You to hide Yourself and the glories of chanting Your Holy Name. Your Name and Glories are known everywhere. Right now, in Brahmaloka, kirtana is reverberating in glorification of Your Name. How many of us are You going to punish for this?"
Just then, something miraculous happened. Thousands of people from all over India, who had come to see Lord Jagannatha, suddenly appeared at Lord Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu's door, being anxious to see Him. Their voices rang out, "All glories to Shri Krishna Chaitanya, the Supreme One, who relishes devotional service to Himself! All glories to the Supreme Lord Gauranga, who has accepted the dress of a sannyasi."In this way, thousands were chanting, singing and dancing in ecstasy. Shrivasa Pandita said, "My Lord, where will You hide now? The whole world is and will chant Your Name and Glories. You cannot stop this. You are invisible, unmanifest and imperceptible, and yet out of Your causeless mercy, You have personally appeared. You hide Yourself and then, by Your will alone You manifest Yourself. Only those who are recipients of Your divine grace are able to know this."
Lord Shri Gauranga replied, "Shrivasa, you have displayed your mystic power by making the people chant and sing as they have and in this way, I have been defeated by you. You are certainly fully empowered as a result of your devotional service and your desire to spread the glories of chanting my Name."
Original blog entry here...: http://www.gaurangapada.org/blogs/viewblog.php?entry=15