Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, Madya-Khanda: Chapter 2
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...Day and night, the Lord was totally absorbed in the nectar of kirtana, chanting the holy name. The Lord had already begun propagating the holy name; and seeing Him, all of the devotee's sufferings were destroyed. The beloved son of Mother Saci, Gaurasundara, continuously chanted the Lord's name loudly like the roaring of a lion, waking the atheists out of their stupor. Their kirtan disturbed the nondevotees.
Thus the atheistic population became enraged, and aimed abusive language at the devotees. Someone said, "I cannot even sleep at night." Another commented, "All their screaming and shouting will enrage the Lord, and that will cause their complete destruction." Another said, "They avoid philosophy and speculative knowledge, and so they behave arrogantly." Another said, "Who knows what they sing about? Behind all this mischief is that brahmana Srivasa. He and his three brothers get together and scream, 'Krishna! Krishna!' like madmen, just to fill their bellies. Does not one earn piety by chanting in his mind? Or is it sheer madness? The whole country will be ruined because of this Srivasa. Today I heard in the king's court that they will send two boats with government men to capture anyone who sings kirtana in Nadia. This is the king's order.
Srivasa Pandita and his men will run away and escape, but we will have to suffer the entire brunt of this. I warned all of you earlier to throw Srivasa's house into the river. But you did not act because you thought I was joking. But now it is too late, the danger has come upon us."
Another said, "What do we care? If the government men come here we will just capture Srivasa and hand him over to them." The atheistic population of Nabadwip discussed about the Vaishnavas in this manner while the two boats with the government men came to Nabadwip.
The Vaishnavas heard this news and simply took shelter of the Supreme Lord by remembering Him; in this way all of their fears were dissolved. They said, "Whatever the Supreme Lord KrishnaChandra wants will happen, and it is for the best. As long as He is there, then what fear do we have from these wretched people?" Srivasa Pandita was a soft-hearted and magnanimous soul. This news disturbed him, and he became anxious for the well-being of the Vaishnavas. He was apprehensive because he knew that anything could happen under the Muslim rule.
The Supreme Lord Gaurasundara, the Supersoul, knew everything in everyone's heart. The devotees still were not aware that the Supreme Lord had come and was amongst them. Now the Lord began to manifest Himself. Lord Visvambhara roamed everywhere, unperturbed and unconcerned, his transcendental beauty unmatched within the entire creation. His body was decorated with sandalwood paste, His reddish lips were like the early morning sun, and His eyes were like a blooming lotus flower. Cascading curly tresses shone like a halo around His glowing moonlike face. He wore a brahmana thread around His shoulders, and dressed in fine clothes. His exquisite personal beauty completely captivated the mind. Casually chewing on pan, He went for a walk on the river bank.
When the devotees saw the Lord, they became very joyful; but the atheistic people felt intimidated. "He must have heard everything," they said, "Yet He shows no sign of fear. He strolls about as though He is a prince." Another person said, "Listen friends, I understand all this, wait and see. What you are observing now is just another trick to escape."
Fearlessly, Lord Visvambhara looked in every direction, observing the scenic beauty of the swift flowing Ganga and her banks. He saw a herd of cows grazing on the banks. Some of them went to the river to drink water, and few young ones jumped about with raised tails. Some of them were butting each other, while others just lay around chewing their cud. This sight immediately agitated the Lord. He forgot Himself, and began emitting loud sounds like roaring. He kept saying, "I am Him, I am Him." In this condition the Lord ran to Srivasa's house shouting, "What are you doing now Srivasa?"
Srivasa was engaged in worshiping Lord Nrsimhadeva behind closed doors. The Lord came and kicked the door. The Lord screamed out, "Who are you worshiping? Whom are you meditating on? The person who you are worshiping is here!" Srivasa trembled, and sat awestruck. The Lord spoke to Srivasa calling out, "Oh Srivasa, all this time you did not know who I was. I left My spiritual abode of Vaikuntha and came down to this material world at your beckoning, because of your loud chanting of the holy name, and Advaita Acarya Prabhu's loud calling.
Not recognizing Me, you are living completely complacent and unconcerned. And avoiding Me, Advaita Acarya Prabhu has gone back to Santipura. I have come to protect the pious and punish the miscreants. There is no need for you to worry, just go on worshiping Me."
Tears filled Srivasa's eyes and his heart swelled with love for the Lord. All his fears were destroyed by His assuring words. Currents of joy passed through his body, and he stood up with folded hands, offering prayers to the Lord. Srivasa Pandita was a good and pure devotee, and a great scholar. Having received the Lord's order, he began to offer prayers to Him.
He recited from the Srimad-Bhagavatm Lord Brahma's prayers to Lord Krishna, "Oh Lord, You are the eternally worshipable Supreme Personality of Godhead. Your complexion is blackish like the monsoon cloud; and the color of Your cloth is yellow like a flash of lightning. Wild flowers adorn Your ears, and a peacock feather adorns Your crown. Your face looks so exquisite; a gently swaying flower garland hangs around Your neck. Your mouth is smeared with the curd that You have just eaten.
"Your transcendental possessions -the cane, horn, and flute are special features of Your beauty. Your feet are soft like the petals of the lotus. I worship You, the son of Maharaja Nanda.
"I worship the lotus feet of Lord Visvambhara, whose complexion is like the blackish monsoon cloud, and who wears a yellow dress. I offer my obeisances at the lotus feet of the son of Mother Saci, whose ornaments are a bunch of wild flowers and a peacock feather.
"My obeisances at the lotus feet of the disciple, Gadadhara Pandita. Nimai, who is decorated with a flower garland, holds a preparation of sweet rice in His hands. I offer obeisances at the lotus feet of the son of Sri Jagannatha Misra, Nimai. A million full moons fade before the exquisite beauty of His face. I offer my obeisances at Your feet My Lord, You who hold the cane and the flute. I offer my obeisances to Your lotus feet, You who have been declared by the Vedas as the son of Maharaja Nanda."
Srivasa Pandita prayed like Brahma to the Lord's lotus feet. The words of transcendental praise flowed out with ease from his mouth, and he spoke on, "You are the Supreme Lord Visnu. You are Lord Krishna. You are the Lord of all sacrifices. The holiest of rivers, the Ganga, has sprung out of Your lotus feet. You are the life and beloved son of Janaka Maharaja, Lord RamaChandra; and You are Lord Nrsimhadeva. Lord Brahma and Lord Siva are like bumblebees searching for honey at Your lotus feet. You are the knower and compiler of the Vedas; and You are the Supreme Lord Narayana.
You appeared as Lord Vamana to trick Bali Maharaja. You are Lord Hayagriva. You are the soul of the universe. You are Lord Jagannatha, the moon of Nilacala; and You are the ultimate cause of all causes. Is there anyone who is not subordinate to Your energies, whether it be Your insurmountable material energy or Your internal spiritual energy? Even Laksmi-devi is unaware of this, although she is Your constant companion. Lord Sesha who acts as a friend, companion, and brother, and who serves You in every respect, is even subjected to Your illusory potency, what to speak of others.
"You have placed me into this condition of family life, which is a dark well of forgetfulness. My rare human birth has been wasted because I could not recognize You. In various ways You have deluded me, My Lord, going to the extent of putting on fine clothes and performing pastimes of scholarship so I was unable to recognize You.
Oh Lord of my heart, please listen to me, now that I have met you I disregard all of my fears. All my sorrows and sufferings have vanished. My life has again begun, my day has come. My whole life and all of my endeavors have now become successful; the sun of good fortune has risen in my heart. My forefathers have been liberated, and my house has been sanctified. My eyes have never been blessed with such a wonderful sight as I am seeing today. I see Him whose lotus feet are most worshipable by the goddess of fortune, Ramadevi."
Observing the wonderful form of the Lord, Srivasa Pandita was unable to control himself, and he fell into an ecstatic trance. Currents of joy ran through his body, and he merged into an ocean of happiness. With raised arms he wept and breathed heavily, then rolled on the ground.
The Lord smiled and accepted Srivasa's prayers with great satisfaction. "Bring all your relatives in the house and let them see My form," the Lord said. "Along with your wife, worship My feet and ask for any boon that your heart desires."
Following the instructions of the Lord, Srivasa went into his house and gathered all his relatives, friends and wife, and returned quickly to the presence of the Lord. Weeping with joy, Srivasa offered all the flowers collected for the worship of Lord Visnu to the lotus feet of Lord Chaitanya. With fragrant flowers, incense and lamp, Srivasa, along with his wife, brothers, other relatives, servants and maidservants, offered worship at the lotus feet of the Lord. They fell down and earnestly prayed, pleading for the Lord's mercy.
Srivasa was very dear to the Lord, therefore the Lord blessed him, as well as everyone present, by placing His lotus feet on their heads. Smiling, He said, "May your attachment and attraction for Me increase." The Lord spoke loudly like a roaring lion, and addressing Srivasa said, "Oh Srivasa, are you afraid of something? News has reached Me that the government men want to capture you, and they have come with two boats. I am the Supersoul within everyone's heart; I control and direct everyone's activities according to My sweet will. The king can only capture you if I, being situated in his heart, prompt him to do so.
Yet, for some reason, if he acts independently and gives the order to capture you, then I will do the following: I will be the first to step into the boat and present Myself before the king. On seeing Me do you think that he will still remain sitting on the throne? I will delude him and take control of him. If the king evades this move of mine, then I have another alternative.
I will tell the king, 'Listen to the truth, oh king. Call all of your religious heads and judges to come to the court. Collect all of your elephants, horses, animals, and birds, etc. Whatever you have, bring them to your place. Then order all of your Kazi priests to read from your scriptures and inspire every listener to such a state of spiritual emotion that they begin to cry.' If they fail to do so, then I will reveal my true identity to the king.
Then I will say, 'Oh king, on the instructions of these same Kazi priests, whose spiritual powers we have already witnessed, you want to forbid the congregational chanting of the holy name of God. Now you shall see My power to the full satisfaction of your eyes. I will capture a mad elephant and bring him here, along with other elephants, horses, deer and other animals, and make them all cry in ecstasy and chant Krishna's name.' I will make the king and all his men cry and chant Krishna's name. I know that you don't believe that it is possible, but I will show you right now and you can see for yourself."
The Lord noticed a small girl, who was the daughter of Srivasa Pandita's brother, named Narayani (Narayani eventually grew from this young girl we are reading about and, in time, became the mother of Srila Vrindavan das Thakura who is writing this) . Lord GauraChandra, the Supreme Godhead, the Supersoul within everyone's heart, ordered the little girl, "Narayani! Chant Krishna's name and cry in ecstasy." The four-year-old girl became extremely agitated with ecstatic spiritual emotions and cried out, "Oh Krishna!" She began to weep, losing all perception of the external world. Tears streamed down her body, and she fell to the ground. Smiling, Lord Visvambhara asked Srivasa, "Are your fears pacified now?" Vaishnavas will remember for many years to come how Narayani was a recipient of the Lord's mercy.
Srivasa, a very learned Pandita who is well versed in all the scriptural conclusions, threw up both of his hands and said, "My Lord, when you exhibit Your terrible form as all-devouring time, and annihilate this entire material creation, I will fearlessly chant Your holy name. Now that You are here, present before me in my house, what fear do I have?"
Seeing the Lord manifest His opulent Vaikuntha form, Srivasa, along with all the assembled relatives, brothers, wife, and servants went into ecstatic trance. The transcendental form of the Lord that even the personified Vedas are eager to see, was now being seen by even the servants and maidservants of Srivasa Thakura. How can I possibly describe the magnanimous nature of Srivasa Pandita? A little dust from his lotus feet can purify the entire creation.
Lord Krishna appeared in the prison house of Vasudeva, and all of His pastimes were performed in the house of Nanda Maharaja. Similarly, Lord Chaitanya appeared in the house of Sri Jagannatha Misra, but all His Vrndavana pastimes were performed in Srivasa Pandita's house. Srivasa Pandita was loved by all the Vaishnavas. Anyone who came to Srivasa's house experienced great joy. Even the servants and maidservants in the house of such a devotee can see the rarest of sights, the Supreme Personality of Godhead in person. From this we can understand that serving a pure devotee is the best process of attaining the supreme goal, because by the mercy of a Vaishnava one can certainly receive the shelter of Krishna's lotus feet. Lord Visvambhara ordered Srivasa Pandita, "Do not speak about this incident to anyone."
When the Lord regained His external consciousness He felt very ashamed of Himself, and after comforting Srivasa Pandita He returned to His own house. Srivasa Pandita's whole house was immersed in jubilation.
Whoever reads Srivasa Pandita's prayer to the Lord will immediately be elevated to the position of eternal servant of Lord Krishna.
Lord Balarama, my beloved Lord and Master, has spoken to me from within my heart as the Supersoul, and so, on His order, I am writing these wonderful activities of Lord Chaitanya.
I pray to the lotus feet of all the Vaishnavas that they bless me so that I may attain the service of Lord Balarama, my Lord and Master, birth after birth.
Just as there is no difference between the name Nrsimha and Yadusimha, in the same way I know Lord Balarama and Nityananda Prabhu to be the same person.
Lord Balarama is very dear to Lord ChaitanyaChandra, and in his present incarnation I glorify Him by the name AvadhutaChandra.
Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda Prabhu are my life and soul. I, Vrndavana dasa humbly offer this song at Their lotus feet.