: After accepting the sannyÄsa order of life, Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu, out of intense love for Ká¹á¹£á¹a, wanted to go to Vá¹ndÄvana, but apparently by mistake He wandered in the RÄá¸ha-deÅa. Later He arrived at ÅÄntipura and enjoyed Himself there with His devotees. I offer my respectful obeisances to ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu.
: All glories to ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu! All glories to NityÄnanda! All glories to Advaita Prabhu! And all glories to all the devotees of Lord Caitanya, headed by ÅrÄ«vÄsa!
: At the end of His twenty-fourth year, in the month of MÄgha, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu accepted the sannyÄsa order during the waxing period of the moon.
: After accepting the sannyÄsa order, Caitanya MahÄprabhu, out of intense love for Ká¹á¹£á¹a, started for Vá¹ndÄvana. However, He mistakenly wandered about in a trance continuously for three days in the tract of land known as RÄá¸ha-deÅa.
: Passing through the tract of land known as RÄá¸ha-deÅa, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu recited the following verse in ecstasy.
: â[As a brÄhmaá¹a from AvantÄ«-deÅa said:] âI shall cross over the insurmountable ocean of nescience by being firmly fixed in the service of the lotus feet of Ká¹á¹£á¹a. This was approved by the previous ÄcÄryas, who were fixed in firm devotion to the Lord, ParamÄtmÄ, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.â â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu approved the purport of this verse on account of the determination of the mendicant devotee to engage in the service of Lord Mukunda. He gave His approval of this verse, indicating that it was very good.
: The real purpose of accepting sannyÄsa is to dedicate oneself to the service of Mukunda. By serving Mukunda, one can actually be liberated from the bondage of material existence.
: After accepting the sannyÄsa order, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu decided to go to Vá¹ndÄvana and engage Himself wholly and solely in the service of Mukunda in a solitary place.
: As ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu was en route to Vá¹ndÄvana, all the ecstatic symptoms became manifest, and He did not know in which direction He was going, nor did He know whether it was day or night.
: When ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu went toward Vá¹ndÄvana, NityÄnanda Prabhu, CandraÅekhara and Prabhu Mukunda followed Him.
: When ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu passed through RÄá¸ha-deÅa, whoever saw Him in ecstasy exclaimed, âHari! Hari!â As they chanted this with the Lord, all the unhappiness of material existence diminished.
: All the cowherd boys who saw ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu passing joined with Him and began to shout loudly, âHari! Hari!â
: When He heard all the cowherd boys also chanting âHari! Hari!â ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu was very pleased. He approached them, put His hand on their heads and said, âGo on chanting like that.â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu thus blessed them all, saying that they were all fortunate. In this way He praised them, and He felt very successful because they chanted the holy name of Lord Hari.
: Calling all the boys in confidence and telling a reasonable story, NityÄnanda Prabhu instructed them as follows.
: âIf ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu asks you about the path to Vá¹ndÄvana, please show Him the path on the bank of the Ganges instead.â
: When the cowherd boys were questioned by Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu about the path to Vá¹ndÄvana, the boys showed Him the path on the bank of the Ganges, and the Lord went that way in ecstasy.
: As the Lord proceeded along the bank of the Ganges, ÅrÄ« NityÄnanda Prabhu requested ÄcÄryaratna [CandraÅekhara ÄcÄrya] to go immediately to the house of Advaita ÄcÄrya.
: ÅrÄ« NityÄnanda GosvÄmÄ« told him, âI shall take ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu to the bank of the Ganges at ÅÄntipura, and Advaita ÄcÄrya should carefully stay there on shore with a boat.
: âAfter that,â NityÄnanda Prabhu continued, âI shall go to Advaita ÄcÄryaâs house, and you should go to NavadvÄ«pa and return with mother ÅacÄ« and all the other devotees.â
: After sending ÄcÄryaratna to the house of Advaita ÄcÄrya, ÅrÄ« NityÄnanda Prabhu went before Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu and gave notice of His coming.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu was in ecstasy, and He asked where NityÄnanda Prabhu was going. NityÄnanda replied that He was going with Him toward Vá¹ndÄvana.
: When the Lord asked NityÄnanda Prabhu how far it was to Vá¹ndÄvana, NityÄnanda replied, âJust see! Here is the river YamunÄ.â
: Saying this, NityÄnanda Prabhu took Caitanya MahÄprabhu near the Ganges, and the Lord, in His ecstasy, accepted the river Ganges as the river YamunÄ.
: The Lord said, âOh, what good fortune! Now I have seen the river YamunÄ.â Thus thinking the Ganges to be the river YamunÄ, Caitanya MahÄprabhu began to offer prayers to it.
: âO river YamunÄ, you are the blissful spiritual water that gives love to the son of Nanda MahÄrÄja. You are the same as the water of the spiritual world, for you can vanquish all our offenses and the sinful reactions incurred in life. You are the creator of all auspicious things for the world. O daughter of the sun-god, kindly purify us by your pious activities.â
: After reciting this mantra, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu offered obeisances and took His bath in the Ganges. At that time He had on only one piece of underwear, for there was no second garment.
: While ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu was standing there without a second garment, ÅrÄ« Advaita ÄcÄrya arrived in a boat, bringing with Him new underwear and external garments.
: When Advaita ÄcÄrya arrived, He stood before the Lord and offered His obeisances. After seeing Him, the Lord began to wonder about the entire situation.
: Still in His ecstasy, the Lord asked Advaita ÄcÄrya, âWhy did You come here? How did You know that I was in Vá¹ndÄvana?â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya disclosed the whole situation, telling ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, âWherever You are, that is Vá¹ndÄvana. Now it is My great fortune that You have come to the bank of the Ganges.â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu then said, âNityÄnanda has cheated Me. He has brought Me to the bank of the Ganges and told Me that it was the YamunÄ.â
: When ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu accused NityÄnanda of cheating Him, ÅrÄ«la Advaita ÄcÄrya said, âWhatever NityÄnanda Prabhu has told You is not false. You have indeed just now taken Your bath in the river YamunÄ.â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya then explained that at that spot the Ganges and YamunÄ flow together. On the western side was the YamunÄ, and on the eastern side was the Ganges.
: Advaita ÄcÄrya then suggested that since Caitanya MahÄprabhu had taken His bath in the river YamunÄ and His underwear was now wet, the Lord should change His underwear for dry garments.
: Advaita ÄcÄrya said, âYou have been fasting continuously for three days in Your ecstasy of love for Ká¹á¹£á¹a. I therefore invite You to My home, where You may kindly take Your alms. Come with Me to My residence.â
: Advaita Prabhu continued, âAt My home I have just cooked one palmful of rice. The vegetables are always very simple. There is no luxurious cooking â simply a little liquid vegetable and spinach.â
: Saying this, ÅrÄ« Advaita ÄcÄrya took the Lord into the boat and brought the Lord to His residence. There Advaita ÄcÄrya washed the feet of the Lord and was consequently very happy within.
: All the eatables were first cooked by the wife of Advaita ÄcÄrya. Then ÅrÄ«la Advaita ÄcÄrya personally offered everything to Lord Viá¹£á¹u.
: All the prepared food was divided into three equal parts. One part was arranged on a metal plate for offering to Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a.
: Of the three divisions, one was arranged on a metal plate, and the other two were arranged on plantain leaves. These leaves were not bifurcated, and they were taken from a banana tree that held at least thirty-two bunches of bananas. The two plates were filled very nicely with the kinds of food described below.
: The cooked rice was a stack of very fine grains nicely cooked, and in the middle was yellow clarified butter from the milk of cows. Surrounding the stack of rice were pots made of the skins of banana trees, and in these pots were varieties of vegetables and mung dhal.
: Among the cooked vegetables were paá¹olas, squash, mÄnakacu and a salad made with pieces of ginger and various types of spinach.
: There was sukhta, bitter melon mixed with all kinds of vegetables, defying the taste of nectar. There were five types of bitter and pungent sukhtas.
: Amongst the various vegetables were newly grown leaves of nimba trees fried with eggplant. The fruit known as paá¹ola was fried with phulabaá¸i, a kind of dhal preparation first mashed and then dried in the sun. There was also a preparation known as kuá¹£mÄá¹á¸a-mÄnacÄki.
: The preparation made with coconut pulp mixed with curd and rock candy was very sweet. There was a curry made of banana flowers and squash boiled in milk, all in great quantity.
: There were small cakes in sweet and sour sauce and five or six kinds of sour preparations. All the vegetables were so made that everyone present could take prasÄdam.
: There were soft cakes made with mung dhal, soft cakes made with ripe bananas, and soft cakes made with urad dhal. There were various kinds of sweetmeats, condensed milk mixed with rice cakes, a coconut preparation and every kind of cake desirable.
: All the vegetables were served in pots made of banana leaves taken from trees producing at least thirty-two bunches of bananas. These pots were very strong and big and did not tilt or totter.
: All around the three eating places were a hundred pots filled with various kinds of vegetables.
: Along with the various vegetables was sweet rice mixed with ghee. This was kept in new earthen pots. Earthen pots filled with highly condensed milk were placed in three places.
: Besides the other preparations, there were chipped rice made with milk and mixed with bananas, and also white squash boiled in milk. Indeed, it is not possible to describe all the preparations that were made.
: In two places there were earthen pots filled with another preparation made with yogurt, sandeÅa [a sweetmeat made with curd] and banana. I am unable to describe it all.
: Upon the stack of boiled rice and all the vegetables were flowers of the tulasÄ« trees. There were also pots filled with scented rosewater.
: There were three sitting places where soft cloths were placed. Thus Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a was offered all the food, and the Lord took it very pleasantly.
: It is the system, after offering food, to perform bhoga-Ärati. Advaita Prabhu asked the two brothers, Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu and NityÄnanda Prabhu, to come see the Ärati. The two Lords and all others present went to see the Ärati ceremony.
: After Ärati was performed for the Deities in the temple, Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a was made to lie down to rest. Advaita ÄcÄrya then came out to submit something to Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu.
: ÅrÄ« Advaita Prabhu said, âMy dear Lords, kindly enter this room.â The two brothers, Caitanya MahÄprabhu and NityÄnanda Prabhu, then came forward to take the prasÄdam.
: When Lord ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu and NityÄnanda Prabhu went to accept the prasÄdam, They both called Mukunda and HaridÄsa to come with Them. However, Mukunda and HaridÄsa, both with folded hands, spoke as follows.
: When Mukunda was called for, he submitted, âMy dear sir, I have something to do that is not yet finished. Later I shall accept the prasÄdam, so You two Prabhus should now please enter the room.â
: HaridÄsa á¹¬hÄkura said, âI am the most sinful and lowest among men. Later I shall eat one palmful of prasÄdam while waiting outside.â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya took Lord NityÄnanda Prabhu and Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu within the room, and the two Lords saw the arrangement of the prasÄdam. ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu was especially very pleased.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu approved of all the methods employed in cooking and offering food to Ká¹á¹£á¹a. Indeed, He was so pleased that He said, âFrankly, I will personally take the lotus feet of anyone who can offer Ká¹á¹£á¹a such nice food and place those lotus feet on My head birth after birth.â
: When ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu entered the room, He saw three divisions of food, and He knew that all of these were meant for Ká¹á¹£á¹a. However, He did not understand the intentions of Advaita ÄcÄrya.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âLet Us sit down in these three places, and We shall take prasÄdam.â However, Advaita ÄcÄrya said, âI shall distribute the prasÄdam.â
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu thought that all three servings were meant for distribution; therefore He asked for another two banana leaves, saying, âLet Us have a very little quantity of vegetable and rice.â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya said, âJust sit down here on these seats.â Catching Their hands, He sat Them both down.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âIt is not proper for a sannyÄsÄ« to eat such a variety of foods. If he does, how can he control his senses?â
: When ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu did not accept the food that had already been served, Advaita ÄcÄrya said, âPlease give up Your concealment. I know what You are, and I know the confidential meaning of Your accepting the sannyÄsa order.â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya thus requested ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu to eat and give up juggling words. The Lord replied, âI certainly cannot eat so much food.â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya then requested the Lord to simply accept the prasÄdam without pretense. If He could not eat it all, the balance could be left on the plate.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âI will not be able to eat so much food, and it is not the duty of a sannyÄsÄ« to leave remnants.â
: In this connection Advaita ÄcÄrya referred to Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs eating at JagannÄtha PurÄ«. Lord JagannÄtha and ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu are identical. Advaita ÄcÄrya pointed out that at JagannÄtha PurÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu ate fifty-four times a day, and each time He ate many hundreds of pots of food.
: ÅrÄ« Advaita ÄcÄrya said, âThe amount of food that three people can eat does not constitute even a morsel for You. In proportion to that, these edibles are not even five morsels of food for You.â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya continued, âBy My great fortune You have just come to My home. Please do not juggle words. Just begin eating and do not talk.â
: Upon saying this, Advaita ÄcÄrya supplied water to the two Lords so that They could wash Their hands. The two Lords then sat down and, smiling, began to eat the prasÄdam.
: NityÄnanda Prabhu said, âI have undergone fasting for three days continuously. Today I had hoped to break My fast.â
: Although ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu was thinking that the quantity of food was enormous, NityÄnanda Prabhu, on the contrary, thought it not even a morsel. He had been fasting for three days and had greatly hoped to break fast on that day. Indeed, He said, âAlthough I am invited to eat by Advaita ÄcÄrya, today also is a fast. So small a quantity of food will not fill even half My belly.â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya replied, âSir, You are a mendicant traveling on pilgrimage. Sometimes You eat fruits and roots, and sometimes You simply go on fasting.
: âI am a poor brÄhmaá¹a, and You have come to My home. Please be satisfied with whatever little food You have received and give up Your greedy mentality.â
: Lord NityÄnanda Prabhu replied, âWhatever I may be, You have invited Me. Therefore You must supply as much as I want to eat.â
: His Divine Grace Advaita ÄcÄrya, after hearing the statement of NityÄnanda Prabhu, took the opportunity presented by the joking words and spoke to Him as follows.
: Advaita ÄcÄrya said, âYou are a reject paramahaá¹sa, and You have accepted the renounced order of life just to fill up Your belly. I can understand that Your business is to give trouble to brÄhmaá¹as.â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya accused NityÄnanda Prabhu, saying, âYou can eat ten to twenty mÄnas of rice. I am a poor brÄhmaá¹a. How shall I get so much rice?
: âWhatever You have, though it be a palmful of rice, please eat it and get up. Donât show Your madness and strew the remnants of food here and there.â
: In this way, NityÄnanda Prabhu and Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu ate and talked with Advaita ÄcÄrya jokingly. After eating half of each vegetable preparation given to Him, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu abandoned it and went on to the next.
: As soon as half of the vegetable in the pot was finished, Advaita ÄcÄrya filled it up again. In this way, as the Lord finished half of a preparation, Advaita ÄcÄrya again and again filled it up.
: After filling a pot with vegetables, Advaita ÄcÄrya requested Them to eat more, and Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âHow much more can I go on eating?â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya said, âPlease do not give up whatever I have already given You. Now, whatever I am giving, You may eat half and leave half.â
: In this way, by submitting various humble requests, Advaita ÄcÄrya made ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu and Lord NityÄnanda eat. Thus Caitanya MahÄprabhu fulfilled all the desires of Advaita ÄcÄrya.
: Again NityÄnanda Prabhu jokingly said, âMy belly is not yet filled up. Please take away Your food. I have not taken the least of it.â
: After saying this, NityÄnanda Prabhu took a handful of rice and threw it on the floor in front of Him, as if He were angry.
: When two or four pieces of the thrown rice touched His body, Advaita ÄcÄrya began to dance in various ways with the rice still stuck to His body.
: When the rice thrown by NityÄnanda Prabhu touched His body, Advaita ÄcÄrya thought Himself purified by the touch of remnants thrown by Paramahaá¹sa NityÄnanda. Therefore He began dancing.
: Advaita ÄcÄrya jokingly said, âMy dear NityÄnanda, I invited You, and indeed I have received the results. You have no fixed caste or dynasty. By nature You are a madman.
: âTo make Me a madman like Yourself, You have thrown the remnants of Your food at Me. You did not even fear the fact that I am a brÄhmaá¹a.â
: NityÄnanda Prabhu replied, âThese are the remnants of food left by Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a. If You take them to be ordinary remnants, You have committed an offense.â
: ÅrÄ«la NityÄnanda Prabhu continued, âIf You invite at least one hundred sannyÄsÄ«s to Your home and feed them sumptuously, Your offense will be nullified.â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya replied, âI shall never again invite another sannyÄsÄ«, for it is a sannyÄsÄ« who has spoiled all My brahminical smá¹ti regulations.â
: After this, Advaita ÄcÄrya made the Lords wash Their hands and mouths. He then took Them to a nice bed and made Them lie down to take rest.
: ÅrÄ« Advaita ÄcÄrya fed the two Lords cloves and cardamom mixed with tulasÄ« flowers. Thus there was a good flavor within Their mouths.
: ÅrÄ« Advaita ÄcÄrya then smeared the bodies of the Lords with sandalwood pulp and then placed very fragrant flower garlands on Their chests.
: When the Lord lay down on the bed, Advaita ÄcÄrya waited to massage His legs, but the Lord was very hesitant and spoke as follows to Advaita ÄcÄrya.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âAdvaita ÄcÄrya, You have made Me dance in various ways. Now give up this practice. Go with Mukunda and HaridÄsa and accept Your lunch.â
: Thereupon Advaita ÄcÄrya took prasÄdam with Mukunda and HaridÄsa, and they all wholeheartedly ate as much as they desired.
: When the people of ÅÄntipura heard that Lord ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu was staying there, they all immediately came to see His lotus feet.
: Being very pleased, all the people loudly began to shout the holy name of the Lord, âHari! Hari!â Indeed, they became struck with wonder upon seeing the beauty of the Lord.
: They saw ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhuâs very fair-complexioned body and its bright luster, which conquered the brilliance of the sun. Over and above this was the beauty of the saffron garments that glittered upon His body.
: People came and went with great pleasure. There was no calculating how many people assembled there before the day was over.
: As soon as it was evening, Advaita ÄcÄrya began the congregational chanting. He even began to dance Himself, and the Lord saw the performance.
: When Advaita ÄcÄrya began to dance, NityÄnanda Prabhu began dancing behind Him. HaridÄsa á¹¬hÄkura, being very pleased, also began dancing behind Him.
: Advaita ÄcÄrya said, â âMy dear friends, what shall I say? Today I have received the highest transcendental pleasure. After many, many days, Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a is in My house.â â
: Advaita ÄcÄrya led the saá¹
kÄ«rtana party, and with great pleasure He sang this verse. There was a manifestation of ecstatic perspiration, shivering, raised hairs, tears in the eyes and sometimes thundering and bellowing.
: While dancing, Advaita ÄcÄrya would sometimes turn around and around and catch the lotus feet of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu. Advaita ÄcÄrya would then speak to Him as follows.
: ÅrÄ« Advaita ÄcÄrya would say, âMany days You escaped Me by bluffing. Now I have You in My home, and I will keep You bound up.â
: So speaking, Advaita ÄcÄrya performed congregational chanting with great pleasure for three hours that night and danced all the time.
: When Advaita ÄcÄrya danced in that way, Lord Caitanya felt ecstatic love for Ká¹á¹£á¹a, and because of His separation, the waves and flames of love increased.
: Being agitated by the ecstasy, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu suddenly fell to the ground. Seeing this, Advaita ÄcÄrya stopped dancing.
: When Mukunda saw the ecstasy of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, he understood the feelings of the Lord and began to sing many stanzas augmenting the force of the Lordâs ecstasy.
: Advaita ÄcÄrya raised the body of ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu to help Him dance, but the Lord, after hearing the stanzas sung by Mukunda, could not be held due to His bodily symptoms.
: Tears fell from His eyes, and His whole body trembled. His bodily hairs stood on end, He perspired heavily, and His words faltered. Sometimes He stood, and sometimes He fell. And sometimes He cried.
: Mukunda sang, â âMy dear intimate friend! What has not happened to Me! Due to the effects of the poison of love for Ká¹á¹£á¹a, My body and mind have been severely afflicted.
: â âMy feeling is like this: My mind burns day and night, and I can get no rest. If there were someplace I could go to meet Ká¹á¹£á¹a, I would immediately fly there.â â
: This stanza was sung by Mukunda in a very sweet voice, but as soon as Caitanya MahÄprabhu heard this stanza, His mind went to pieces.
: The transcendental ecstatic symptoms of disappointment, moroseness, pleasure, restlessness, pride and humility all began to fight like soldiers within the Lord.
: The entire body of Lord ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu began to totter due to the onslaught of various ecstatic symptoms. As a result, He immediately fell to the ground, and His breathing almost stopped.
: Upon seeing the condition of the Lord, all the devotees became very anxious. Then, suddenly, the Lord got up and began to make thundering sounds.
: Upon standing up, the Lord said, âGo on speaking! Go on speaking!â Thus He began to dance, overwhelmed with pleasure. No one could understand the strong waves of this ecstasy.
: Lord NityÄnanda began to walk with Caitanya MahÄprabhu to see that He would not fall, and Advaita ÄcÄrya and HaridÄsa á¹¬hÄkura followed Them, dancing.
: In this way the Lord danced for at least three hours. Sometimes the symptoms of ecstasy were visible, including pleasure, moroseness and many other waves of ecstatic emotional love.
: The Lord had been fasting for three days, and after that period He took eatables sumptuously. Thus when He danced and jumped high, He became a little fatigued.
: Being fully absorbed in love of Godhead, He would not understand His fatigue. But NityÄnanda Prabhu, catching Him, stopped His dancing.
: Although the Lord was fatigued, NityÄnanda Prabhu kept Him steady by holding Him. At that time Advaita ÄcÄrya suspended the chanting and, by rendering various services to the Lord, made Him lie down to take rest.
: For ten continuous days Advaita ÄcÄrya held feasting and chanting in the evening. He served the Lord in this way without any change.
: In the morning CandraÅekhara seated ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ in a palanquin and brought her from her house with many devotees.
: In this way, all the people of the town of Nadia â including all women, boys and old men â came there. Thus the crowd increased.
: In the morning, after regular duties were completed and the Lord was chanting the Hare Ká¹á¹£á¹a mahÄ-mantra, the people accompanied ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ to the house of Advaita ÄcÄrya.
: As soon as mother ÅacÄ« appeared on the scene, Caitanya MahÄprabhu fell before her like a stick. Mother ÅacÄ« began to cry, taking the Lord on her lap.
: Upon seeing each other, they both became overwhelmed. Seeing the Lordâs head without hair, mother ÅacÄ« became greatly agitated.
: Out of love she began to caress the body of the Lord. Sometimes she kissed His face and tried to observe Him carefully, but because her eyes were filled with tears, she could not see.
: Understanding that Lord Caitanya had accepted the renounced order of life, ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ, crying, said to the Lord, âMy darling NimÄi, do not be cruel like ViÅvarÅ«pa, Your elder brother.â
: Mother ÅacÄ« continued, âAfter accepting the renounced order, ViÅvarÅ«pa never again gave me audience. If You do like Him, that will certainly be the death of me.â
: The Lord replied, âMy dear mother, please hear. This body belongs to you. I do not possess anything.
: âThis body was raised by you, and it comes from you. I cannot repay this debt even in millions of births.
: âKnowingly or unknowingly I have accepted this renounced order. Still, I shall never be indifferent to you.
: âMy dear mother, wherever you ask Me to stay I shall stay, and whatever you order I shall execute.â
: Saying this, the Lord offered obeisances to His mother again and again, and mother ÅacÄ«, being pleased, took Him again and again on her lap.
: Then Advaita ÄcÄrya took mother ÅacÄ« within the house. The Lord was immediately ready to meet all the devotees.
: The Lord met all the devotees one after the other, and looking at everyoneâs face individually, He embraced them tightly.
: Although the devotees were unhappy at not seeing the Lordâs hair, they nonetheless derived great happiness from seeing His beauty.
: ÅrÄ«vÄsa, RÄmÄi, VidyÄnidhi, GadÄdhara, Gaá¹
gÄdÄsa, VakreÅvara, MurÄri, ÅuklÄmbara, Buddhimanta KhÄá¹
, Nandana, ÅrÄ«dhara, Vijaya, VÄsudeva, DÄmodara, Mukunda, SaÃ±jaya and all the others, however many I can mention â indeed, all the inhabitants of NavadvÄ«pa â arrived there, and the Lord met them with smiles and glances of mercy.
: Everyone was chanting the holy names of Hari and dancing. In this way the domicile of Advaita ÄcÄrya was converted into ÅrÄ« Vaikuá¹á¹ha PurÄ«.
: People came to see ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu from various other villages nearby, as well as NavadvÄ«pa.
: To everyone who came to see the Lord from villages nearby, especially from NavadvÄ«pa, Advaita ÄcÄrya gave residential quarters, as well as all kinds of eatables, for many days. Indeed, He properly adjusted everything.
: The supplies of Advaita ÄcÄrya were inexhaustible and indestructible. As many goods and commodities as He used, just as many again appeared.
: From the day ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ arrived at the house of Advaita ÄcÄrya, she took charge of the cooking, and ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu dined in the company of all the devotees.
: All the people who came there during the day saw Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu and the friendly behavior of Advaita ÄcÄrya. At night they had the opportunity to see the Lordâs dancing and hear His chanting.
: When the Lord performed kÄ«rtana, He manifested all kinds of transcendental symptoms. He appeared stunned and trembling, His hair stood on end, and His voice faltered. There were tears and devastation.
: Frequently the Lord would tumble to the ground. Seeing this, mother ÅacÄ« would cry.
: ÅrÄ«matÄ« ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ thought that the body of NimÄi was being smashed when He fell down so. She cried, âAlas!â and petitioned Lord Viá¹£á¹u.
: âMy dear Lord, kindly bestow this benediction as a result of whatever service I have rendered unto You from my childhood.
: âWhenever NimÄi falls to the surface of the earth, please do not let Him feel any pain.â
: When mother ÅacÄ« was thus overwhelmed in maternal love for Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu, she became transformed with happiness, fear and humility, as well as bodily symptoms.
: Since Advaita ÄcÄrya was giving alms and food to Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu, the other devotees, headed by ÅrÄ«vÄsa á¹¬hÄkura, also desired to give Him alms and invite Him for lunch.
: Hearing these proposals made by other devotees of the Lord, mother ÅacÄ« said to the devotees, âHow many times shall I get the chance to see NimÄi again?â
: ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ submitted, âAs far as you are concerned, you can meet NimÄi [ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu] many times somewhere else, but what is the possibility of my ever meeting Him again? I shall have to remain at home. A sannyÄsÄ« never returns to his home.â
: Mother ÅacÄ« appealed to all the devotees to give her this charity: As long as ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu remained at the house of Advaita ÄcÄrya, only she would supply Him food.
: Hearing this appeal from mother ÅacÄ«, all the devotees offered obeisances and said, âWe all agree to whatever mother ÅacÄ« desires.â
: When ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu saw His motherâs great eagerness, He became a little agitated. He therefore assembled all the devotees present and spoke to them.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu informed them all, âWithout your order, I tried to go to Vá¹ndÄvana. There was some obstacle, however, and I had to return.
: âMy dear friends, although I have suddenly accepted this renounced order, I still know that I shall never be indifferent to you.
: âMy dear friends, as long as I remain manifest, I shall never give you up. Nor shall I be able to give up My mother.
: âAfter accepting sannyÄsa, it is not the duty of a sannyÄsÄ« to remain at his birthplace, encircled by relatives.
: âMake some arrangement so that I may not leave you and at the same time people may not blame Me for remaining with relatives after taking sannyÄsa.â
: After hearing Lord Caitanyaâs statement, all the devotees, headed by Advaita ÄcÄrya, approached mother ÅacÄ«.
: When they submitted Lord Caitanyaâs statement, mother ÅacÄ«, who is the mother of the universe, began to speak.
: ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ said, âIt will be a great happiness for me if NimÄi [ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu] stays here. But at the same time, if someone blames Him, it will be my great unhappiness.â
: Mother ÅacÄ« said, âThis consideration is good. In my opinion, if NimÄi remains at JagannÄtha PurÄ«, He may not leave any one of us and at the same time can remain aloof as a sannyÄsÄ«. Thus both purposes are fulfilled.
: âSince JagannÄtha PurÄ« and NavadvÄ«pa are intimately related â as if they were two rooms in the same house â people from NavadvÄ«pa generally go to JagannÄtha PurÄ«, and those in JagannÄtha PurÄ« go to NavadvÄ«pa. This going and coming will help carry news of Lord Caitanya. In this way I will be able to get news of Him.
: âAll you devotees will be able to come and go, and sometimes He may also come to take His bath in the Ganges.
: âI do not care for my personal happiness or unhappiness, but only for His happiness. Indeed, I accept His happiness as my happiness.â
: After hearing ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ, all the devotees offered her prayers and assured her that her order, like a Vedic injunction, could not be violated.
: All the devotees informed Lord Caitanya of ÅacÄ«mÄtÄâs decision. Hearing it, the Lord became very pleased.
: Lord ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu offered respects to all the devotees present from NavadvÄ«pa and other towns, speaking to them as follows.
: âMy dear friends, you are all My intimate friends. Now I am begging a favor of you. Please give it to Me.â
: Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu requested them all to return home and begin chanting the holy name congregationally. He also requested them to worship Ká¹á¹£á¹a, chant His holy name and discuss His holy pastimes.
: After thus instructing the devotees, the Lord asked their permission to go to JagannÄtha PurÄ«. He assured them that at intervals He would come there and meet them again and again.
: In this way, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, offering due respects to all the devotees and smiling very mildly, bade them farewell.
: After requesting all the devotees to return home, the Lord decided to go to JagannÄtha PurÄ«. At that time HaridÄsa á¹¬hÄkura began to cry and speak some pathetic words.
: HaridÄsa á¹¬hÄkura said, âYou are going to JagannÄtha PurÄ«, and that is all right, but what will be my destination? I am not able to go to JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: âBecause I am the lowest among men, I shall not be able to see You. How shall I maintain my sinful life?â
: The Lord replied to HaridÄsa á¹¬hÄkura, âPlease check your humility. Just the sight of your humility very much agitates My mind.â
: Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu assured HaridÄsa á¹¬hÄkura that He would place a petition before Lord JagannÄtha and that He would certainly take him there to JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: After that, Advaita ÄcÄrya respectfully requested Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu to show Him mercy by remaining another two or four days.
: Caitanya MahÄprabhu never violated the request of Advaita ÄcÄrya; therefore He remained at His home and did not leave immediately for JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: Lord Caitanyaâs decision was received very happily by Advaita ÄcÄrya, mother ÅacÄ« and all the devotees. Advaita ÄcÄrya celebrated every day with a great festival.
: During the day the devotees discussed subject matters concerning Ká¹á¹£á¹a, and at night there was a great festival of congregational chanting at the house of Advaita ÄcÄrya.
: Mother ÅacÄ« cooked with great pleasure, and ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu, along with the devotees, accepted the prasÄdam with great pleasure.
: In this way all the opulences of Advaita ÄcÄrya â His faith, devotion, home, riches and everything else â were successfully utilized in the worship of Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu.
: As mother ÅacÄ« constantly saw the face of her son and fed Him, her own happiness increased and was indeed complete.
: In this way, at Advaita ÄcÄryaâs house all the devotees met and passed some days together in a greatly festive mood.
: The next day, Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu requested all the devotees to return to their respective homes.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu also asked them to execute the congregational chanting of the holy name of the Lord at their homes, and He assured them that they would be able to meet Him again.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu told them, âSometimes you will come to JagannÄtha PurÄ«, and sometimes I shall come bathe in the Ganges.â
: ÅrÄ« Advaita ÄcÄrya sent four persons â NityÄnanda GosÄÃ±i, JagadÄnanda Paá¹á¸ita, DÄmodara Paá¹á¸ita and Mukunda Datta â to accompany the Lord. After pacifying His mother, ÅacÄ«mÄtÄ, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu submitted prayers to her lotus feet.
: When everything was arranged, Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu circumambulated His mother and then started for JagannÄtha PurÄ«. In the house of Advaita ÄcÄrya there arose tumultuous crying.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu was unaffected. He left swiftly, and Advaita ÄcÄrya followed Him, weeping.
: After He had followed ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu for some distance, Advaita ÄcÄrya was petitioned by ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu with folded hands. The Lord spoke the following sweet words.
: ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu said, âPlease pacify all the devotees and My mother. If You become agitated, no one will be able to continue to exist.â
: Saying this, ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu embraced Advaita ÄcÄrya and stopped Him from following any further. Then, without anxiety, He proceeded to JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: The Lord, with the other four persons, went along the banks of the Ganges through the path of Chatrabhoga toward NÄ«lÄdri, JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: In his book known as Caitanya-maá¹
gala [Caitanya-bhÄgavata], Vá¹ndÄvana dÄsa á¹¬hÄkura has elaborately described the Lordâs passage to JagannÄtha PurÄ«.
: If one hears the activities of the Lord at the house of Advaita ÄcÄrya, he will certainly very soon attain the riches of love of Ká¹á¹£á¹a.
: 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.