: I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, who is compared to a cloud that pours water on fields of grain, which are like devotees suffering due to a shortage of rain. Separation from ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu is like a drought, but when the Lord returns, His presence is like a nectarean rain that falls on all the grains and saves them from perishing.
: All glories to Lord Caitanya! All glories to NityÄnanda Prabhu! All glories to Advaitacandra! And all glories to all the devotees of Lord Caitanya!
: When ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu departed for South India, King PratÄparudra called SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya to his palace.
: When SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya met with the King, the King offered him a seat with all respects and inquired about news of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu.
: The King said to the Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya, âI have heard that a great personality has come from Bengal and is staying at your home. I have also heard that He is very, very merciful.
: âI have also heard that this great personality has shown you great favor. At any rate, this is what I hear from many different people. Now, being merciful upon me, you should do me the favor of arranging an interview.â
: The Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya replied, âAll that you have heard is true, but as far as an interview is concerned, it is very difficult to arrange.
: âÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu is in the renounced order and is very much detached from worldly affairs. He stays in solitary places, and even in dreams He does not grant interviews to a king.
: âStill, I would have tried to arrange your interview, but He has recently left to tour South India.â
: The King asked, âWhy has He left JagannÄtha PurÄ«?â
: âGreat saints go to holy places of pilgrimage in order to purify them. For that reason Caitanya MahÄprabhu is visiting many tÄ«rthas and delivering many, many conditioned souls.
: â âSaints of your caliber are themselves places of pilgrimage. Because of their purity, they are constant companions of the Lord, and therefore they can purify even the places of pilgrimage.â
: âA Vaiá¹£á¹ava travels to places of pilgrimage to purify them and reclaim fallen conditioned souls. This is one of the duties of a Vaiá¹£á¹ava. Actually, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu is not a living entity but the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. Consequently, He is a fully independent controller, yet in His position as a devotee, He carries out the activities of a devotee.â
: Upon hearing this, the King replied, âWhy did you allow Him to leave? Why didnât you fall at His lotus feet and keep Him here?â
: SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya replied, âÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself and is completely independent. Being Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a Himself, He is not dependent on anyone.
: âStill, I endeavored very hard to keep Him here, but because He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and completely independent, I was not successful.â
: The King said, âBhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya, you are the most learned and experienced person I know. Therefore when you address ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu as Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a, I accept this as the truth.
: âWhen ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu returns, I wish to see Him just once in order to make my eyes perfect.â
: SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya replied, âHis Holiness Lord ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu will return very soon. I wish to have a nice place ready for Him, a place solitary and peaceful.
: âLord Caitanyaâs residence should be very secluded and also near the temple of JagannÄtha. Please consider this proposal and give me a nice place for Him.â
: The King replied, âKÄÅÄ« MiÅraâs house is exactly what you require. It is near the temple and is very secluded, calm and quiet.â
: After saying this, the King became very anxious for the Lord to return. SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya then went to KÄÅÄ« MiÅra to convey the Kingâs desire.
: When KÄÅÄ« MiÅra heard the proposal, he said, âI am very fortunate that ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, the Lord of all prabhus, will stay at my home.â
: Thus all the residents of JagannÄtha PurÄ«, which is also known as Puruá¹£ottama, became anxious to meet ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu again.
: When all the residents of JagannÄtha PurÄ« became extremely anxious to meet the Lord again, He returned from South India.
: Hearing of the Lordâs return, everyone became very happy, and they all went to SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya and spoke to him as follows.
: âPlease arrange our meeting with ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu. It is only by your mercy that we can attain the shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord.â
: The Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya replied to the people, âTomorrow the Lord will be at the house of KÄÅÄ« MiÅra. I shall arrange for you all to meet Him.â
: The next day ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu arrived and went with SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya, with great enthusiasm, to see the temple of Lord JagannÄtha.
: All the servants of Lord JagannÄtha delivered remnants of the Lordâs food to ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu. In return, Caitanya MahÄprabhu embraced them all.
: After seeing Lord JagannÄtha, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu left the temple. The Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya then took Him to the house of KÄÅÄ« MiÅra.
: When ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu arrived at his house, KÄÅÄ« MiÅra immediately fell down at His lotus feet and surrendered himself and all his possessions.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu then showed KÄÅÄ« MiÅra His four-armed form. Then, accepting him for His service, the Lord embraced him.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu next sat down at the place prepared for Him, and all the devotees, headed by Lord NityÄnanda Prabhu, surrounded Him.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu was very happy to see His residential quarters, in which all His necessities were taken care of.
: SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya said, âThis place is just befitting You. Please accept it. It is the hope of KÄÅÄ« MiÅra that You do.â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âMy body belongs to all of you. Therefore I agree to whatever you say.â
: After this, SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya, sitting at the right hand of the Lord, began to introduce all the inhabitants of Puruá¹£ottama, JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: The Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya said, âMy dear Lord, all these people who are residents of NÄ«lÄcala, JagannÄtha PurÄ«, have been very anxious to meet You.
: âIn Your absence all these people have been exactly like thirsty cÄtaka birds crying in disappointment. Kindly accept them.â
: SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya first introduced JanÄrdana, saying, âHere is JanÄrdana, servant of Lord JagannÄtha. He renders service to the Lord when it is time to renovate His transcendental body.â
: SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya continued, âThis is Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa, who carries a golden cane, and here is Åikhi MÄhiti, who is in charge of writing.
: âThis is Pradyumna MiÅra, who is chief of all Vaiá¹£á¹avas. He is a great servitor of JagannÄtha, and his name is DÄsa.
: âThis is MurÄri MÄhiti, the brother of Åikhi MÄhiti. He has nothing other than Your lotus feet.
: âHere are CandaneÅvara, Siá¹heÅvara, MurÄri BrÄhmaá¹a and Viá¹£á¹udÄsa. They are all constantly engaged in meditating on Your lotus feet.
: âThis is ParamÄnanda PrahararÄja, who is also known as MahÄpÄtra. He is very, very intelligent.
: âAll these pure devotees serve as ornaments to JagannÄtha PurÄ«. They are always undeviatingly meditating upon Your lotus feet.â
: After this introduction, everyone fell to the ground like rods. Being very merciful upon them all, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu embraced each one of them.
: At this time BhavÄnanda RÄya appeared with four of his sons, and all of them fell down at the lotus feet of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu.
: SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya continued, âThis is BhavÄnanda RÄya, the father of ÅrÄ« RÄmÄnanda RÄya, who is his first son.â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu embraced BhavÄnanda RÄya and with great respect spoke of his son RÄmÄnanda RÄya.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu honored BhavÄnanda RÄya by saying, âThe glories of a person who has a jewel of a son like RÄmÄnanda RÄya cannot be described within this mortal world.
: âYou are MahÄrÄja PÄá¹á¸u himself, and your wife is KuntÄ«devÄ« herself. All your highly intellectual sons are representatives of the five PÄá¹á¸avas.â
: After hearing ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs praise, BhavÄnanda RÄya submitted, âI am in the fourth class of the social order, and I engage in mundane affairs. Although I am very fallen, You have still touched me. This is proof that You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead.â
: Appreciating ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs favor, BhavÄnanda RÄya also said, âAlong with my home, riches, servants and five sons, I surrender myself at Your lotus feet.
: âThis son VÄá¹Ä«nÄtha will remain at Your lotus feet to always immediately attend to Your orders and serve You.
: âMy dear Lord, please consider me Your relative. Do not hesitate to order whatever You desire at any time You desire it.â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu accepted BhavÄnanda RÄyaâs offer, saying, âI accept without hesitation because you are not an outsider. Birth after birth you have been My servant, along with your family members.
: âÅrÄ« RÄmÄnanda RÄya is coming within five to seven days. As soon as he arrives, My desires will be fulfilled. I take great pleasure in his company.â
: Saying this, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu embraced BhavÄnanda RÄya. The Lord then touched the heads of his sons with His lotus feet.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu then sent BhavÄnanda RÄya back to his home, and He kept only VÄá¹Ä«nÄtha Paá¹á¹anÄyaka in His personal service.
: SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya then asked all the people to leave. Afterward, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu called for KÄlÄ Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa, who had accompanied the Lord during His South Indian tour.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âMy dear Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya, just consider the character of this man who went with Me to South India.
: âHe left My company to associate with the Bhaá¹á¹athÄris, but I rescued him from their company and brought him here.
: âNow that I have brought him here, I am asking him to leave. Now he can go wherever he likes, for I am no longer responsible for him.â
: Hearing the Lord reject him, KÄlÄ Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa began to cry. However, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, not caring for him, immediately left to take His noon lunch.
: After this, the other devotees â headed by NityÄnanda Prabhu, JagadÄnanda, Mukunda and DÄmodara â began to consider a certain plan.
: The Lordâs four devotees considered, âWe want a person to go to Bengal just to inform ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ about ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs arrival at JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: âAfter hearing news of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs arrival, devotees like Advaita and ÅrÄ«vÄsa will certainly come to see Him.
: âLet us therefore send Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa to Bengal.â Saying this, they kept Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa engaged in the service of the Lord and gave him assurance.
: The next day, all the devotees asked ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, âPlease give permission for a person to go to Bengal.
: âMother ÅacÄ« and all the devotees headed by Advaita Prabhu are all very unhappy due to not receiving news about Your return from Your South Indian tour.
: âOne person should go to Bengal and inform them about the auspicious news of Your return to JagannÄtha PurÄ«.â
: In this way KÄlÄ Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa was sent to Bengal, and he was given sufficient quantities of Lord JagannÄthaâs food remnants to distribute there.
: Thus KÄlÄ Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa went to Bengal, and he first went to NavadvÄ«pa to see mother ÅacÄ«.
: Upon reaching mother ÅacÄ«, KÄlÄ Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa first offered his obeisances and delivered the food remnants [mahÄ-prasÄdam]. He then informed her of the good news that ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu had returned from His South Indian tour.
: This good news gave much pleasure to mother ÅacÄ«, as well as to all the devotees of NavadvÄ«pa, headed by ÅrÄ«vÄsa á¹¬hÄkura.
: Hearing of Lord Caitanyaâs return to PurÄ«, everyone became very glad. Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa next went to the house of Advaita ÄcÄrya.
: After paying Him respectful obeisances, Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa offered mahÄ-prasÄdam to Advaita ÄcÄrya. He then informed Him of the news of Lord Caitanya in complete detail.
: When Advaita ÄcÄrya GosvÄmÄ« heard of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs return, He became very pleased. In His great ecstasy of love, He made a rumbling sound and danced and chanted for a long time.
: Also hearing this auspicious news, HaridÄsa á¹¬hÄkura became very pleased. So also did VÄsudeva Datta, MurÄri Gupta and ÅivÄnanda Sena.
: ÄcÄryaratna, VakreÅvara Paá¹á¸ita, ÄcÄryanidhi and GadÄdhara Paá¹á¸ita were all very pleased to hear this news.
: ÅrÄ«rÄma Paá¹á¸ita, DÄmodara Paá¹á¸ita, ÅrÄ«mÄn Paá¹á¸ita, Vijaya and ÅrÄ«dhara were also very pleased to hear it.
: RÄghava Paá¹á¸ita, Nandana ÄcÄrya and all the devotees became very satisfied. How many can I describe?
: Everyone was very pleased, and they all gathered together at the house of Advaita ÄcÄrya.
: All the devotees offered respectful obeisances at the lotus feet of Advaita ÄcÄrya, and in return Advaita ÄcÄrya embraced them all.
: Advaita ÄcÄrya then held a festival that lasted two or three days. Thereafter, they all made a firm decision to go to JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: All the devotees met together at NavadvÄ«pa and, with mother ÅacÄ«âs permission, departed for NÄ«lÄdri, JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: The inhabitants of KulÄ«na-grÄma â SatyarÄja, RÄmÄnanda and all the other devotees there â came and joined Advaita ÄcÄrya.
: Mukunda, Narahari, Raghunandana and all the others came from Khaá¹á¸a to Advaita ÄcÄryaâs home to accompany Him to JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: At that time ParamÄnanda PurÄ« came from South India. Traveling along the banks of the Ganges, he ultimately reached the town of Nadia.
: At NavadvÄ«pa, ParamÄnanda PurÄ« took his board and lodging at the house of ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ. She provided him with everything very respectfully.
: While residing at the house of ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ, ParamÄnanda PurÄ« heard the news of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs return to JagannÄtha PurÄ«. He therefore decided to go there as soon as possible.
: There was a devotee of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs named Dvija KamalÄkÄnta, whom ParamÄnanda PurÄ« took with him to JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: ParamÄnanda PurÄ« very soon arrived at ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs place. The Lord was very happy to see him.
: In the great ecstasy of love, the Lord worshiped the lotus feet of ParamÄnanda PurÄ«, and in turn ParamÄnanda PurÄ« embraced the Lord in great ecstasy.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âPlease stay with Me and thus show Me favor, accepting the shelter of JagannÄtha PurÄ«.â
: ParamÄnanda PurÄ« replied, âI also wish to stay with You. Therefore I have come from Bengal, Gauá¸a, to JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: âAt NavadvÄ«pa, mother ÅacÄ« and all the other devotees were very glad to hear about Your return from South India.
: âThey are all coming here to see You, but seeing that they were delayed, I came alone very quickly.â
: There was a solitary room at KÄÅÄ« MiÅraâs house, and ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu gave it to ParamÄnanda PurÄ«. He also gave him a servant.
: SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara also arrived the next day. He was a very intimate friend of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs, and he was an ocean of transcendental mellows.
: When SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara was residing at NavadvÄ«pa under the shelter of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, his name was Puruá¹£ottama ÄcÄrya.
: After seeing that ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu accepted the renounced order, Puruá¹£ottama ÄcÄrya became like a madman and immediately went to VÄrÄá¹asÄ« to take sannyÄsa.
: At the conclusion of his sannyÄsa, his spiritual master, CaitanyÄnanda BhÄratÄ«, ordered him, âRead the VedÄnta-sÅ«tra and teach it to all others.â
: SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara was a great renunciant as well as a great learned scholar. With heart and soul he took shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, ÅrÄ« Ká¹á¹£á¹a.
: He was very enthusiastic to worship ÅrÄ« Ká¹á¹£á¹a without disturbance, and therefore, almost in madness, he accepted the sannyÄsa order.
: Upon accepting sannyÄsa, Puruá¹£ottama ÄcÄrya followed the regulative principles by giving up his tuft of hair and sacred thread, but he did not accept the saffron-colored dress. Also, he did not accept a sannyÄsÄ« title but remained as a naiá¹£á¹hika-brahmacÄrÄ«.
: After taking permission from his sannyÄsa-guru, SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara went to NÄ«lÄcala and accepted the shelter of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu. Then all day and night, in ecstatic love of Ká¹á¹£á¹a, he enjoyed transcendental mellows in the loving service of the Lord.
: SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara was the limit of all learned scholarship, but he did not exchange words with anyone. He simply remained in a solitary place, and no one could understand where he was.
: ÅrÄ« SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara was the personification of ecstatic love, fully cognizant of the transcendental mellows in relationship with Ká¹á¹£á¹a. He directly represented ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu as His second expansion.
: If someone wrote a book or composed verses and songs and wanted to recite them before ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara would first examine them and then correctly present them. Only then would ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu agree to listen.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu was never pleased to hear books or verses opposed to the conclusive statements of devotional service. The Lord did not like hearing rasÄbhÄsa, the overlapping of transcendental mellows.
: It was the practice of SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara GosvÄmÄ« to examine all literatures to find out whether their conclusions were correct. Only then would he allow them to be heard by ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu.
: ÅrÄ« SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara used to read the poems of VidyÄpati and Caá¹á¸Ä«dÄsa and Jayadeva GosvÄmÄ«âs ÅrÄ« GÄ«ta-govinda. He used to make ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu very happy by singing these songs.
: SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara was as expert a musician as the Gandharvas, and in scriptural discussion he was just like Bá¹haspati, the priest of the heavenly gods. Therefore it is to be concluded that there was no great personality quite like SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara.
: ÅrÄ« SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara was very dear to Advaita ÄcÄrya and NityÄnanda Prabhu, and he was the life and soul of all the devotees, headed by ÅrÄ«vÄsa á¹¬hÄkura.
: When SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara came to JagannÄtha PurÄ«, he fell flat before the lotus feet of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, offering Him obeisances and reciting a verse.
: âO ocean of mercy, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu! Let there be an awakening of Your auspicious mercy, which easily drives away all kinds of material lamentation by making everything pure and blissful. Indeed, Your mercy awakens transcendental bliss and covers all material pleasures. By Your auspicious mercy, quarrels and disagreements arising among different scriptures are vanquished. Your auspicious mercy pours forth transcendental mellows and thus causes the heart to jubilate. Your mercy, which is full of joy, always stimulates devotional service and glorifies conjugal love of God. May transcendental bliss be awakened within my heart by Your causeless mercy.â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu raised SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara to his feet and embraced him. They both became ecstatic in love and fell unconscious.
: After they had regained their patience, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu began to speak.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âI saw in a dream that you were coming, and so this is very auspicious. I have been like a blind man, but your coming here restores My vision.â
: SvarÅ«pa said, âMy dear Lord, please excuse my offense. I gave up Your company to go elsewhere, and that was my great mistake.
: âMy dear Lord, I do not possess even a trace of love for Your lotus feet. If I did, how could I have gone to another country? I am therefore a most sinful man.
: âI gave up Your company, but You did not give me up. By Your rope of mercy You have bound me by the neck and brought me back again to Your lotus feet.â
: SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara then worshiped the lotus feet of NityÄnanda Prabhu, and NityÄnanda Prabhu in turn embraced him in the ecstasy of love.
: After worshiping NityÄnanda Prabhu, SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara met JagadÄnanda, Mukunda, Åaá¹
kara and SÄrvabhauma, as was befitting.
: SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara also offered his worshipful prayers at the lotus feet of ParamÄnanda PurÄ«, who, in return, embraced him in ecstatic love.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu then gave SvarÅ«pa DÄmodara residence in a solitary place and ordered a servant to serve him with a supply of water and other necessities.
: The next day ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu sat with all the devotees, headed by SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya, and they discussed the pastimes of Ká¹á¹£á¹a.
: At that time Govinda appeared on the scene, offered his respectful obeisances and spoke submissively.
: âI am the servant of ÄªÅvara PurÄ«. My name is Govinda, and following the orders of my spiritual master, I have come here.
: âJust before his departure from this mortal world to attain the highest perfection, ÄªÅvara PurÄ« told me that I should go to ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu and render service unto Him.
: âKÄÅÄ«Åvara will also come here after visiting all the holy places. However, following the orders of my spiritual master, I have hastily come to be present at Your lotus feet.â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu replied, âMy spiritual master, ÄªÅvara PurÄ«, always favors Me with paternal affection. Therefore, out of his causeless mercy, he has sent you here.â
: After hearing this, SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya asked ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, âWhy did ÄªÅvara PurÄ« keep a servant who comes from a ÅÅ«dra family?â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âBoth the Supreme Personality of Godhead and My spiritual master, ÄªÅvara PurÄ«, are completely independent. Therefore neither the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead nor that of ÄªÅvara PurÄ« is subject to any Vedic rules and regulations.
: âThe mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is not restricted to the jurisdiction of caste and creed. Vidura was a ÅÅ«dra, yet Ká¹á¹£á¹a accepted lunch at his home.
: âLord Ká¹á¹£á¹aâs mercy is dependent only on affection. Being obliged only by affection, Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a acts very independently.
: âIn conclusion, dealings in affection with the Supreme Personality of Godhead bring happiness many millions of times greater than dealings with Him in awe and veneration. Simply by hearing the holy name of the Lord, the devotee is merged in transcendental bliss.â
: After saying this, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu embraced Govinda, and Govinda in turn offered his respectful obeisances unto ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs lotus feet.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu then continued speaking to SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya: âConsider this point. The servant of the spiritual master is always respectable for Me.
: âAs such, it is not befitting that the guruâs servant should engage in My personal service. Yet My spiritual master has given this order. What shall I do?â
: SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya said, âThe order of the spiritual master is very strong and cannot be disobeyed. That is the injunction of the ÅÄstras, the revealed scriptures.
: â âBeing ordered by his father, ParaÅurÄma killed his mother, Reá¹ukÄ, just as if she were an enemy. When Laká¹£maá¹a, the younger brother of Lord RÄmacandra, heard of this, He immediately engaged Himself in the service of His elder brother and accepted His orders. The order of the spiritual master must be obeyed without consideration.â
: â âThe order of a great personality like a father must be executed without consideration because there is good fortune in such an order for both of us. In particular, there is good fortune for Me.â â
: After SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya said this, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu embraced Govinda and engaged him in the service of His personal body.
: Everyone respected Govinda as the dearest servant of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, and Govinda served all the Vaiá¹£á¹avas and saw to their needs.
: Both HaridÄsa senior and HaridÄsa junior, who were musicians, as well as RÄmÄi and NandÄi, used to stay with Govinda.
: They all remained with Govinda to serve ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu; therefore no one could estimate the good fortune of Govinda.
: The next day Mukunda Datta informed ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, âBrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« has come to see You.â
: Mukunda Datta then asked the Lord, âShall I bring him here?â
: After saying this, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu and His devotees came into the presence of BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ«.
: When ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu and His devotees approached him, they saw that he was covered with a deerskin. Seeing this, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu became very unhappy.
: Seeing BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« wearing the deerskin, Caitanya MahÄprabhu pretended not to see him. Instead, He asked Mukunda Datta, âWhere is BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ«, My spiritual master?â
: Mukunda Datta replied, âHere is BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ«, in Your presence.â
: âYou must be talking of someone else, for this is surely not BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ«. You simply have no knowledge. Why should BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« wear a deerskin?â
: When BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« heard this, he thought, âMy deerskin is not approved by ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu.â
: Thus admitting his mistake, BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« thought, âHe spoke well. I put on this deerskin only for prestige. I cannot cross over the ocean of nescience simply by wearing a deerskin.
: âFrom today on I shall not wear this deerskin.â As soon as BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« decided this, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, understanding his mind, immediately sent for the robes of a sannyÄsÄ«.
: As soon as BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« gave up his deerskin and covered himself with sannyÄsÄ« robes, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu came and offered His respects at his lotus feet.
: BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« said, âYou instruct the general populace by Your behavior. I will not do anything against Your wishes; otherwise You will not offer me respects but will neglect me. I am afraid of this.
: âAt the present moment I see two Brahmans. One Brahman is Lord JagannÄtha, who does not move, and the other Brahman, who is moving, is You. Lord JagannÄtha is the arcÄ-vigraha, the worshipable Deity, and it is He who is the nonmoving Brahman. But You are Lord ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, and You are moving here and there. The two of You are the same Brahman, master of the material nature, but You are playing two parts â one moving and one not moving. In this way two Brahmans are now residing at JagannÄtha PurÄ«, Puruá¹£ottama.
: âOf the two Brahmans, You are fair-complexioned, and the other, Lord JagannÄtha, is blackish. Both of You are delivering the whole world.â
: Lord ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu replied, âActually, to tell you the truth, due to your presence there are now two Brahmans at JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: âBoth BrahmÄnanda and Gaurahari are moving, whereas the blackish Lord JagannÄtha is sitting tight and immobile.â
: BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« said, âMy dear SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya, please become the mediator in this logical argument between ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu and me.â
: BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« continued, âThe living entity is localized, whereas the Supreme Brahman is all-pervading. That is the verdict of the revealed scriptures.
: âÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu purified me by taking away my deerskin. This is proof that He is all-pervasive and all-powerful and that I am subordinate to Him.
: â âHis bodily hue is golden, and His whole body is like molten gold. Every part of His body is very beautifully constructed and smeared with sandalwood pulp. Accepting the renounced order, the Lord is always equipoised. He is firmly fixed in His mission of chanting the Hare Ká¹á¹£á¹a mantra, and He is firmly situated in His dualistic conclusion and in His peace.â
: âAll the symptoms mentioned in the verse from the Viá¹£á¹u-sahasra-nÄma-stotra are visible in the body of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu. His arms are decorated with sandalwood pulp and the thread received from the ÅrÄ« JagannÄtha Deity, and these are His ornamental bangles.â
: After hearing this, SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya rendered his judgment, saying, âBrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ«, I see that you are victorious.â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu thus posed Himself as a disciple and accepted BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« as His spiritual master. He then said, âThe disciple is certainly defeated in an argument with the spiritual master.â
: âIt is Your natural characteristic to accept defeat at the hands of Your devotee. There is also another glory of Yours, which I ask You to hear attentively.
: âI have been meditating on the impersonal Brahman since my birth, but since I have seen You, I have fully experienced Ká¹á¹£á¹a.â
: BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« continued, âSince I have seen You, I have been feeling Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹aâs presence in my mind and have been seeing Him before my eyes. I now want to chant the holy name of Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a. Over and above this, within my heart I consider You to be Ká¹á¹£á¹a, and I am therefore very eager to serve You.
gala á¹¬hÄkura abandoned his impersonal realization for the realization of the Personality of Godhead. I now see that my condition is similar to his, for it has already changed.â
: BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« concluded, â âAlthough I was worshiped by those on the path of monism and initiated into self-realization through the yoga system, I have nonetheless been forcibly turned into a maidservant by some cunning boy who is always joking with the gopÄ«s.â â
: Lord ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu replied, âYou have a deep ecstatic love for Ká¹á¹£á¹a; therefore wherever you turn your eyes, you simply heighten your Ká¹á¹£á¹a consciousness.â
: SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya said, âThe statements of both of you are correct. Ká¹á¹£á¹a gives direct audience through His mercy.
: âWithout having ecstatic love for Ká¹á¹£á¹a, one cannot see Him directly. Therefore through the mercy of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« has acquired direct vision of the Lord.â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âSÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya, what are you saying? Lord Viá¹£á¹u, save Me! Such glorification is simply another form of blasphemy.â
: After saying this, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu took BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« with Him to His residence. From that time on, BrahmÄnanda BhÄratÄ« remained with ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu.
: Later, RÄmabhadra ÄcÄrya and BhagavÄn ÄcÄrya joined them and, giving up all other responsibilities, remained under ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs shelter.
: The next day, KÄÅÄ«Åvara GosÄÃ±i also came and remained with ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, who received him with great respect.
: KÄÅÄ«Åvara used to usher ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu into the JagannÄtha temple. He would precede the Lord into the crowd and keep the people from touching Him.
: As all the rivers flow into the sea, all the devotees throughout the country finally came to ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs shelter.
: Since all the devotees came to Him for shelter, Lord ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu showed them all mercy and kept them under His protection.
: Thus I have described the meeting of all the Vaiá¹£á¹avas with ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu. Whoever hears this description ultimately attains shelter at His lotus feet.
: Praying at the lotus feet of ÅrÄ« RÅ«pa and ÅrÄ« RaghunÄtha, always desiring their mercy, I, Ká¹á¹£á¹adÄsa, narrate ÅrÄ« Caitanya-caritÄmá¹ta, following in their footsteps.