20210506 Comparing the Opulence of the Goddess of Fortune and the Gopīs of Vṛndāvana, Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura and Svarūpa Dāmodara Engage in Friendly Banter

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Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 6th May 2021 in

Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India

mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
paramānandaṁ mādhavaṁ śrī caitanya iśvaram

hariḥ oṁ tat sat

Introduction: Continuing with the Compilation of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya book, the chapter entitled is:

Comparing the Opulence of the Goddess of Fortune and the Gopīs of Vṛndāvana, Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura and Svarūpa Dāmodara Engage in Friendly Banter

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.203

śrī-rādhā-sevaka śrī-svarūpa o śrī-lakṣmī-nārāyaṇa-sevaka śrīvāsera saṁlāpa; śrīvāsera svīya īśvarīra aiśvarya-garva:—

śrīvāsa hāsiyā kahe,—śuna, dāmodara
āmāra
 lakṣmīra dekha sampatti vistara

Translation: At this time, Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura smiled and told Svarūpa Dāmodara, “My dear sir, please hear! Just see how opulent my goddess of fortune is!

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.204

vṛndāvanera sampad dekha,—puṣpa-kisalaya
giridhātu-śikhipiccha-guñjāphala-maya

Translation: “As far as Vṛndāvana’s opulence is concerned, it consists of a few flowers and twigs, some minerals from the hills, a few peacock feathers and the plant known as guñjā.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.205

kṛṣṇera vraja-gamana-hetu lakṣmīra krodhābhimāna:—

vṛndāvana dekhibāre gelā Jagannātha
śuni’
 lakṣmī-devīra mane haila āsoyātha

Translation: “When Jagannātha decided to see Vṛndāvana, He went there, and upon hearing this, the goddess of fortune experienced restlessness and jealousy.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.206

eta sampatti chāḍi’ kene gelā vṛndāvana
tāṅre
 hāsya karite lakṣmī karilā sājana

Translation: “She wondered, ‘Why did Lord Jagannātha give up so much opulence and go to Vṛndāvana?’ To make Him a laughingstock, the goddess of fortune made arrangements for much decoration.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.207

“tomāra ṭhākura, dekha eta sampatti chāḍi’
patra-phala-phula-lobhe
 gelā puṣpa-bāḍī

Translation: “Then the maidservants of the goddess of fortune said to the servants of Lord Jagannātha, ‘Why did your Lord Jagannātha abandon the great opulence of the goddess of fortune and, for the sake of a few leaves, fruits and flowers, go see the flower garden of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī?

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.208

ei karma kare kāhāṅ vidagdha-śiromaṇi?
lakṣmīra
 agrete nija prabhure deha’ āni’”

Translation: “‘Your master is so expert at everything, but why does He do such things? Now bring your master before the goddess of fortune.’

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.209

lakṣmīra dāsī-gaṇakartṛka īśvarera doṣabhāgī sevakagaṇera bandhana o śāstipradāna 

eta bali’ mahā-lakṣmīra saba dāsī-gaṇe
kaṭi-vastre
 bāndhi’ āne prabhura nija-gaṇe

Translation: “In this way all the maidservants of the goddess of fortune arrested the servants of Jagannātha, bound them around the waist and brought them before the goddess of fortune.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura is comparing the opulence of Lakṣmī to the Vṛndāvana forest. So the aiśvarya is addressing the mādhurya, the opulence is addressing the sweetness of Vṛndāvana.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.210

lakṣmīra caraṇe āni’ karāya praṇati
dhana-daṇḍa
 laya, āra karāya minati

Translation: “When all the maidservants brought Lord Jagannātha’s servants before the lotus feet of the goddess of fortune, the Lord’s servants were fined and forced to submit.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.211

rathera upare kare daṇḍera tāḍana
cora-prāya
 kare jagannāthera sevaka-gaṇa

Translation: “All the maidservants began to beat the Ratha car with sticks, and they treated the servants of Lord Jagannātha almost like thieves.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.212

svīya prabhu jagannāthake pratyarpaṇārtha sevakagaṇera pratijñā:—

saba bhṛtya-gaṇa kahe,—yoḍa kari’ hāta
’kāli
 āni diba tomāra āge jagannātha’

Translation: “Finally all of Lord Jagannātha’s servants submitted to the goddess of fortune with folded hands, assuring her that they would bring Lord Jagannātha before her the very next day.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, the servants of Lord Jagannātha assured the Goddess of Fortune that tomorrow they would bring Lord Jagannatha.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.213

tacchravaṇe lakṣmīra krodha-śānti:—

tabe śānta hañā lakṣmī yāya nija ghara
āmāra
 lakṣmīra sampad—vākya-agocara

Translation: “Being thus pacified, the goddess of fortune returned to her apartment. Just see! My goddess of fortune is opulent beyond all description.”

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura was the incarnation of Nārada Muni, so he was glorifying the opulence of Goddess of fortune.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.214

lakṣmīra aiśvarya varṇiyā śrīvāsera svarūpake parihāsa:—

dugdha āuṭi’ dadhi mathe tomāra gopī-gaṇe
āmāra
 ṭhākurāṇī vaise ratna-siṁhāsane

Translation: Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura continued to address Svarūpa Dāmodara: “Your gopīs are engaged in boiling milk and churning yogurt, but my mistress, the goddess of fortune, sits on a throne made of jewels and gems.”

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.215

śrīvāsa-vacana-śravaṇe prabhura rāgamārgīya bhaktagaṇera hāsya:—

nārada-prakṛti śrīvāsa kare parihāsa
śuni’
 hāse mahāprabhura yata nija-dāsa

Translation: Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura, who was enjoying the mood of Nārada Muni, thus made jokes. Hearing him, all the personal servants of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu began to smile.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.216

prabhu-karttṛka śrīvāsa o śrī-svarūpera bhajana-vaiśiṣṭya varṇana:—

prabhu kahe,—śrīvāsa, tomāte nārada-svabhāva
aiśvarya-bhāve
 tomāte, īśvara-prabhāva

Translation: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then told Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura, “My dear Śrīvāsa, your nature is exactly like that of Nārada Muni. The Supreme Personality of Godhead’s opulence is having a direct influence upon you.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.217

iṅho dāmodara-svarūpa-śuddha-vrajavāsī
aiśvarya
  jāne iṅho śuddha-preme bhāsi’

Translation: “Svarūpa Dāmodara is a pure devotee of Vṛndāvana. He does not even know what opulence is, for he is simply absorbed in pure devotional service.”

Jayapatākā Swami: So, in Dvārakā the opulence is the major thing but in Vṛndāvana pure love of Kṛṣṇa is the major thing. So, Śrīvāsa was admiring the opulence of the Goddess of fortune, but ord Caitanya was appreciating the pure devotion of the vrajavāsīs.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.218

svarūpa-karttṛka vrajera mādhurya-garimā-varṇana:—

svarūpa kahe,—śrīvāsa, śuna sāvadhāne
vṛndāvana-sampad
 tomāra nāhi paḍe mane?

Translation: Svarūpa Dāmodara then retorted, “My dear Śrīvāsa, please hear me with attention. You have forgotten the transcendental opulence of Vṛndāvana.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Svarūpa Dāmodara is now going to tell the opulence of Vṛndāvana.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.219

mahā-vaikuṇṭhera aiśvarya vṛndāvanaiśvaryera eka kaṇamātra:—

vṛndāvane sāhajika ye sampat-sindhu
dvārakā-vaikuṇṭha-sampat-tāra
 eka bindu

Translation: “The natural opulence of Vṛndāvana is just like an ocean. The opulence of Dvārakā and Vaikuṇṭha is not even to be compared to a drop.

Jayapatākā Swami: Wow!

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.220

kṛṣṇera vṛndāvana-dhāma-varṇana:—

parama puruṣottama svayaṁ bhagavān
kṛṣṇa
 yāhāṅ dhanī tāhāṅ vṛndāvana-dhāma

Translation: “Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, full of all opulences, and His complete opulences are exhibited only in Vṛndāvana-dhāma.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.221

cintāmaṇi-maya bhūmi ratnera bhavana
cintāmaṇi-gaṇa
 dāsī-caraṇa-bhūṣaṇa

Translation: “Vṛndāvana-dhāma is made of transcendental touchstone. Its entire surface is the source of all valuable jewels, and the cintāmaṇi stone is used to decorate the lotus feet of the maidservants of Vṛndāvana.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.222

kalpavṛkṣa-latāra-yāhāṅ sāhajika-vana
puṣpa-phala
 vinā keha  māge anya dhana

Translation: “Vṛndāvana is a natural forest of desire trees and creepers, and the inhabitants do not want anything but the fruits and flowers of those desire trees.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.223

ananta kāma-dhenu tāhāṅ phire vane vane
dugdha-mātra
 dena, keha  māge anya dhane

Translation: “In Vṛndāvana there are cows that fulfill all desires [kāma-dhenus], and their number is unlimited. They graze from forest to forest and deliver only milk. The people want nothing else.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, here Svarūpa Dāmodara is describing the opulence of the Vṛndāvana forest. Its like an ocean and the opulence of Dvārakā and Vaikuṇṭha are just like a drop, Kṛṣṇa never leaves Vṛndāvana, that’s shown here why.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.224

sahaja lokera kathā—yāhāṅ divya-gīta
sahaja
 gamana kare,—yaiche nṛtya-pratīta

Translation: “In Vṛndāvana, the natural speech of the people sounds like music, and their natural motion resembles a dance.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.225

sarvatra jala—yāhāṅ amṛta-samāna
cid-ānanda
 jyotiḥ svādya—yāhāṅ mūrtimān

Translation: “The water in Vṛndāvana is nectar, and the brahmajyoti effulgence, which is full of transcendental bliss, is directly perceived there in its form.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Svarūpa Dāmodara is describing the relative ununderstood opulence of Vṛndāvana.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.226

lakṣmī jini’ guṇa yāhāṅ lakṣmīra samāja
kṛṣṇa-vaṁśī
 kare yāhāṅ priya-sakhī-kāya

Translation: “The gopīs there are also goddesses of fortune, and they surpass the goddess of fortune who abides in Vaikuṇṭha. In Vṛndāvana, Lord Kṛṣṇa is always playing His transcendental flute, which is His dear companion.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, in Vṛndāvana Lord Kṛṣṇa plays on His flute which attracts all the devotees, in fact attracts all living entities. So, this flute playing is especially prominent in Vraja dhāma.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.227

vṛndāvana-sthita vastura svarūpa o vicitra svabhāva varṇana:—

Brahma-saṁhitāya (5.56)–

śriyaḥ kāntāḥ kāntaḥ parama-puruṣaḥ kalpa-taravo
 drumā bhūmiś cintāmaṇi-gaṇa-mayī toyam amṛtam
kathā
 gānaṁ nāṭyaṁ gamanam api vaṁśī priya-sakhī
 cid-ānandaṁ jyotiḥ param api tad āsvādyam api ca

Translation: “‘The damsels of Vṛndāvana, the gopīs, are super goddesses of fortune. The enjoyer in Vṛndāvana is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa. The trees there are all wish-fulfilling trees, and the land is made of transcendental touchstone. The water is all nectar, the talking is singing, the walking is dancing, and the constant companion of Kṛṣṇa is His flute. The effulgence of transcendental bliss is experienced everywhere. Therefore Vṛndāvana-dhāma is the only relishable abode.’

Purport: This is a quotation from the Brahma-saṁhitā (5.56).

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.228

vṛndāvaneśvarya varṇana:—

Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (2.1.173) dhṛta bilvamaṅgala-vacana:—

cintāmaṇiś caraṇa-bhūṣaṇam aṅganānāṁ
 śṛṅgāra-puṣpa-taravas taravaḥ surāṇām
vṛndāvane
 vraja-dhanaṁ nanu kāma-dhenu-
 vṛndāni ceti sukha-sindhur aho vibhūtiḥ

Translation: “‘The anklets on the damsels of Vraja-bhūmi are made of cintāmaṇi stone. The trees are wish-fulfilling trees, and they produce flowers with which the gopīs decorate themselves. There are also wish-fulfilling cows [kāma-dhenus], which deliver unlimited quantities of milk. These cows constitute the wealth of Vṛndāvana. Thus, Vṛndāvana’s opulence is blissfully exhibited.’”

Purport: This verse, by Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura, is quoted in the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (2.1.173).

Jayapatākā Swami: When Kṛṣṇa was in Dvārakā, He was feeling great separation from Vṛndāvana. As expressed in the Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta and in fact the form of Jagannātha, Baladeva and Subhadrā is the form of feeling separation from Vṛndāvana So Śrīvāsa, he was appreciating the mood in Dvārakā but Svarūpa Dāmodara was appreciating the mood in Vṛndāvana. So this is a great comparison that Kṛṣṇa is satisfying all His devotees but those who like opulence He satisfies them in Vaikuṇṭha and Dvārakā, but for those who appreciate His loving sweetness, they like Vṛndāvana dhāma. So, according to ones taste they go to that place, but Svarūpa Dāmodara was saying how Vrindavan is more opulent and he gave the examples.

Thus ends the chapter entitled, Comparing the Opulence of the Goddess of Fortune and the Gopīs of Vṛndāvana, Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura and Svarūpa Dāmodara Engage in Friendly Banter.– END OF TRANSCRIPTION –Transcribed by JPS ArchivesVerifyed by JPS ArchivesReviewed by JPS Archives


20210505 The Ecstatic Ornaments Decorating the Body of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī

https://fb.watch/5jKpq98x43/

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 5th May 2021 in

Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India

mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
paramānandaṁ mādhavaṁ śrī caitanya iśvaram

hariḥ oṁ tat sat

Introduction: Continuing with the Compilation of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya book, the chapter entitled is:

The Ecstatic Ornaments Decorating the Body of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.183

prabhu-praśnottare svarūpera śrī-rādhāra ‘vilāsa’-bhāva-varṇana:—

‘vilāsādi’-bhāva-bhūṣāra kaha ta’ lakṣaṇa
yei bhāve rādhā hare govindera mana?

Translation: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then asked Svarūpa Dāmodara, “Please speak of the ecstatic ornaments decorating the body of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, by which She enchants the mind of Śrī Govinda.”

Jayapataka Swami: Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu wants to understand what are the ecstatic ornaments on the body of Radharani which attract the mind of Lord Krsna.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.184

svarūpera varṇanārambha; bhaktagaṇera sukha:—

tabe ta’ svarūpa-gosāñi kahite lāgilā
śuni’ prabhura bhakta-gaṇa mahā-sukha pāilā

Translation: Being thus requested, Svarūpa Dāmodara began to speak. All the devotees of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu were very happy to hear him.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.185

rādhā vasi’ āche, kibā vṛndāvane yāya
tāhāṅ yadi ācambite kṛṣṇa-daraśana pāya

Translation: “Sometimes when Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is sitting or when She is going to Vṛndāvana, She sees Kṛṣṇa.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.186

dekhite nānā-bhāva haya vilakṣaṇa
se vailakṣaṇyera nāma ’vilāsa’-bhūṣaṇa

Translation: “The symptoms of various ecstasies that become manifest at that time are called vilāsa.

Purport: This is described in the following verse, taken from the Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi (Anubhāva-prakaraṇa 39).

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.187

ujjvala-nīlamaṇite anubhāvakathane (67)—

gati-sthānāsanādīnāṁ
 mukha-netrādi-karmaṇām
tātkālikaṁ tu vaiśiṣṭyaṁ
 vilāsaḥ priya-saṅga-jam

Translation: “‘The various symptoms manifested in a woman’s face, eyes and the other parts of her body and the way she moves, stands or sits when she meets her beloved are called vilāsa.’”

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.188

lajjā, harṣa, abhilāṣa, sambhrama, vāmya, bhaya
eta bhāva mili’ rādhāya cañcala karaya

Translation: Svarūpa Dāmodara said, “Timidity, jubilation, ambition, respect, fear and the characteristics of the left-wing gopīs are all ecstatic symptoms that combine to agitate Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.

Purport: This is explained in the following verse, which is found in the Govinda-līlāmṛta (9.11).

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.189

Govinda Līlāmṛta (9.11)—

puraḥ kṛṣṇālokāt sthagita-kuṭilāsyā gatir abhūt
 tiraścīnaṁ kṛṣṇāmbara-dara-vṛtaṁ śrī-mukham api
calat-tāraṁ sphāraṁ nayana-yugam ābhugnam iti sā
 vilāsākhya-svālaṅkaraṇa-valitāsīt priya-mude

Translation: “‘When Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī saw Lord Kṛṣṇa just before Her, Her progress stopped and She assumed an attitude of opposition. Although Her face was slightly covered by a blue garment, Her two starry eyes were agitated, being wide and curved. Thus She was decorated with the ornaments of vilāsa, and Her beauty increased to give pleasure to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.’

Jayapatākā Swami: So, often Rādhārāṇī would be experiencing different ecsatsies of love of Kṛṣṇa that would also increase the ecstasy of Lord Kṛṣṇa and He would become very pleased experiencing the loving ecstasies of Rādhārāṇī.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.190

kṛṣṇa-āge rādhā yadi rahe dāṇḍāñā
tina-aṅga-bhaṅge rahe bhrū nācāñā

Translation: “When Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī stands before Kṛṣṇa, She stands bent in three places — Her neck, waist and legs — and Her eyebrows dance.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.191

mukhe-netre haya nānā-bhāvera udgāra
ei kāntā-bhāvera nāma ‘lalita’-alaṅkāra

Translation: “When there is an awakening of the various ecstatic features on Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s face and in Her eyes that are appropriate to a charming feminine attitude, the lalita ornament is manifest.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lalitā is one of the ornaments of conjugal relationship which Rādhārāṇī expresses

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.192

ujjvala-nīlamaṇite anubhāvakathane (75)—

vinyāsa-bhaṅgir aṅgānāṁ
bhrū-vilāsa-manoharā
sukumārā bhaved yātrā
lalitaṁ tad udāhṛtam

Translation: “‘When the bodily features are delicate and expertly curved, and when the eyebrows are very beautifully agitated, the ornament of feminine charm, called lalita alaṅkāra, is manifest.’

Purport: This verse is from the Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi (Anubhāvaprakaraṇa 51).

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.193

lalita-bhūṣita rādhā dekhe yadi kṛṣṇa
duṅhe duṅhā milibāre hayena satṛṣṇa

Translation: “When Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa happens to see Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī decorated with these lalita ornaments, They both eagerly want to meet each other.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.194

Govinda Līlāmṛta (914)—

hriyā tiryag-grīvā-caraṇa-kaṭi-bhaṅgī-sumadhurā
calac-cillī-vallī-dalita-ratināthorjita-dhanuḥ
priya-premollāsollasita-lalitālālita-tanuḥ
priya-prītyai sāsīd udita-lalitālaṅkṛti-yutā

Translation: “‘When Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī was decorated with the ornament of lalita alaṅkāra, just to increase Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s love, an attractive curve was manifested by Her neck, knees and waist. This was brought about by Her timidity and apparent desire to avoid Kṛṣṇa. The flickering movements of Her eyebrows could conquer the powerful bow of Cupid. To increase the joy of Her beloved, Her body was decorated with the ornaments of lalita alaṅkāra.’

Purport: This verse is quoted from the Govinda-līlāmṛta (9.14).

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.195

lobhe āsi’ kṛṣṇa kare kañcukākarṣaṇa
antare ullāsa, rādhā kare nivāraṇa

Translation: “When Kṛṣṇa comes forward and greedily snatches at the border of Her sari, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is actually very pleased within, but still She tries to stop Him.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.196

bāhire vāmatā-krodha, bhitare sukha mane
‘kuṭṭamita’-nāma ei bhāva-vibhūṣaṇe

Translation: “This ecstatic attitude of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s is called kuṭṭamita. When this ecstatic ornament is manifested, Rādhārāṇī externally tries to avoid Kṛṣṇa, and She apparently becomes angry, although She is very happy within.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, each of these ecstatic ornaments of Rādhārāṇī Lalitā, kuṭṭamita are seemingly contradictory but they are very attractive to Lord Kṛṣṇa who is the enjoyer of all these rasas.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.197

ujjvala-nīlamaṇite anubhāvaprakaraṇe (49)—

stanādharādi-grahaṇe
hṛt-prītāv api sambhramāt
bahiḥ krodho vyathita-vat
proktaṁ kuṭṭamitaṁ budhaiḥ

Translation: “‘When the border of Her sari and the cloth veiling Her face are caught, She externally appears offended and angry, but within Her heart She is very happy. Learned scholars call this attitude kuṭṭamita.’

Purport: This is a quotation from the Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi (Anubhāva-prakaraṇa 44).

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.198

kṛṣṇa-vāñchā pūrṇa haya, kare pāṇi-rodha
antare ānanda rādhā, bāhire vāmya-krodha

Translation: “Although Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī was checking Kṛṣṇa with Her hand, internally She was thinking, ‘Let Kṛṣṇa satisfy His desires.’ In this way She was very pleased within, although She externally displayed opposition and anger.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.199

vyathā pāñā’ kare yena śuṣka rodana
īṣat hāsiyā kṛṣṇe karena bhartsana

Translation: “Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī externally displays a kind of dry crying, as if She is offended. Then She mildly smiles and admonishes Lord Kṛṣṇa.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, the various loving ecstasies of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī are being analyzed here and how these complicated relationships give Kṛṣṇa tremendous pleasure.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.200

gosvāmipādokta-śloka:—

pāṇi-rodham avirodhita-vāñchaṁ
bhartsanāś ca madhura-smita-garbhāḥ
mādhavasya kurute karabhorur
hāri śuṣka-ruditaṁ ca mukhe ’pi

Translation: “‘Actually She has no desire to stop Kṛṣṇa’s endeavor to touch Her body with His hands, yet Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, whose thighs are like the trunk of a baby elephant, protests His advances and, sweetly smiling, admonishes Him. At such times She cries without tears on Her charming face.’

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.201

ei-mata āra saba bhāva-vibhūṣaṇa
yāhāte bhūṣita rādhā hare kṛṣṇa mana

Translation: “In this way, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is ornamented and decorated with various ecstatic symptoms, which attract the mind of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, how Kṛṣṇa’s mind is attracted is being expressed here. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is enjoying these discussions , this is very esoteric , it shows the subtle nature of the exchanges between Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.202

sahasramukheo śeṣarūpī viṣṇura kṛṣṇa-līlā varṇane asāmarthya

ananta kṛṣṇera līlā nā yāya varṇana
āpane varṇena yadi ’sahasra-vadana’

Translation: “It is not at all possible to describe the unlimited pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, even though He Himself describes them in His incarnation of Sahasra-vadana, the thousand-mouthed Śeṣa Nāga.”

Jayapatākā Swami: So, the intricacies of exchanges between Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī and Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa are so detailed that even if the thousand headed Ananta Śeṣa with all His mouths vibrating at same time is not able to fully express all the pastimes and exchanges of the Lord, what to speak of anyone else!

Thus ends the chapter entitled, The Ecstatic Ornaments Decorating the Body of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.– END OF TRANSCRIPTION –Transcribed by JPS ArchivesVerifyed by JPS ArchivesReviewed by JPS Archives


20210503 Varieties of Transcendental Egoistic Pride Manifested to Please Kṛṣṇa

https://fb.watch/5jK4cal90X/

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 3rd May 2021 in

Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India

mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
paramānandaṁ mādhavaṁ śrī caitanya iśvaram

hariḥ oṁ tat sat

Introduction: Continuing with the Compilation of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya book, the chapter entitled is, under the section of “Performance of Vṛndāvana Pastimes

Varieties of Transcendental Egoistic Pride Manifested to Please Kṛṣṇa

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.136

dāmodara karttaka lakṣmīra etādṛśa apūrva asādhāraṇa mānera vyākhyā:—

dāmodara kahe,—aiche mānera prakāra
trijagate kāhāṅ nāhi dekhi śuni āra

Translation: Svarūpa Dāmodara said, “There is no egoistic pride like this within the three worlds. At least I have never seen it or heard of it.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, out of love for Lord Kṛṣṇa, Māhā-Lakṣmī exhbhited such egoistic pride. So this shows the extent of love for Kṛṣṇa.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.137

kāntera audāsīnye māninī kāntāra ācaraṇa:—

māninī nirutsāhe chāḍe vibhūṣaṇa
bhūme vasi’ nakhe lekhe, malina-vadana

Translation: “When a woman is neglected and disappointed, out of egoistic pride she gives up her ornaments and morosely sits down on the ground, marking lines on it with her nails.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, This is the normal behavior of a lady who is neglected.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.138

vrajagopīra o satyabhāmāra mānao eirūpai:—

pūrve satyabhāmāra śuni evaṁ-vidha māna
vraje gopī-gaṇera māna—rasera nidhāna

Translation: “I have heard of this kind of pride in Satyabhāmā, Kṛṣṇa’s proudest queen, and I have also heard of it in the gopīs of Vṛndāvana, who are the reservoirs of all transcendental mellows.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Svarūpa Dāmodara is expressing his experience that in the character of Satyabhāmā Rānī and the gopīs of Vṛndāvana, these extreme emotions were visible.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.139

lakṣmīra māna tadapekṣā vilakṣaṇa:—

iṅho nija-sampatti saba prakaṭa kariyā
priyera upara yāya sainya sājāñā

Translation: “But in the case of the goddess of fortune, I see a different kind of pride. She manifests her own opulences and even goes with her soldiers to attack her husband.”

Purport: After seeing the impudence of the goddess of fortune, Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī wanted to inform Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu about the superexcellence of the gopīs’ loving affairs. He therefore said, “My Lord, I have never experienced anything like the behavior of the goddess of fortune. We sometimes see a beloved wife becoming proud of her position and then frustrated due to some neglect. She then gives up caring for her appearance, accepts dirty clothes and morosely sits on the ground and draws lines with her nails. We have heard of such egoistic pride in Satyabhāmā and the gopīs of Vṛndāvana, but what we see in the goddess of fortune here at Jagannātha Purī is completely different. She becomes very angry with her husband and attacks Him with her great opulence.”

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.140

prabhura praśnottare svarūpakarttṛka gopīra māna-varṇana:—

prabhu kahe,—kaha vrajera mānera prakāra
svarūpa kahe,—gopī-māna-nadī śata-dhāra

Translation: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, “Please tell me of the varieties of egoistic pride manifested in Vṛndāvana.” Svarūpa Dāmodara replied, “The pride of the gopīs is like a river flowing with hundreds of tributaries.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.141

kāntāra svabhāva o prītibhede māna-bheda:—

nāyikāra svabhāva, prema-vṛtte bahu bheda
sei bhede nānā-prakāra mānera udbheda

Translation: “The characteristics and modes of love are different in different women. Their jealous anger also takes on different varieties and qualities.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.142

gopīra anirvacanīya mānera saṁkṣepe varṇana:—

samyak gopikāra māna nā yāya kathana
eka-dui-bhede kari dig-daraśana

Translation: “It is not possible to give a complete statement about the different types of jealous anger manifest by the gopīs, but a few principles may serve as an indication.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.143

tribidha māninī:—

māne keha haya ‘dhīrā’, keha ta’ ‘adhīrā’
ei tina-bhede, keha haya ‘dhīrādhīrā’

Translation: “There are three types of women experiencing jealous anger: sober women, restless women and women both restless and sober.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.144

‘dhīrā’ māninīra svabhāva:—

‘dhīrā’ kānte dūre dekhi’ kare pratyutthāna
nikaṭe āsile, kare āsana pradāna

Translation: “When a sober heroine sees her hero approaching from a distance, she immediately stands up to receive him. When he comes near, she immediately offers him a place to sit.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.145

hṛdaye kopa, mukhe kahe madhura vacana
priya āliṅgite, tāre kare āliṅgana

Translation: “The sober heroine conceals her anger within her heart and externally speaks sweet words. When her lover embraces her, she returns his embrace.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.146

sarala vyavahāra, kare mānera poṣaṇa
kimvā solluṇṭha-vākye kare priya-nirasana

Translation: “The sober heroine is very simple in her behavior. She keeps her jealous anger within her heart, but with mild words and smiles she rejects the advances of her lover.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.147

‘adhīrā’ māninīra svabhāva:—

‘adhīrā’ niṣṭhura-vākye karaye bhartsana
karṇotpale tāḍe, kare mālāya bandhana

Translation: “The restless heroine, however, sometimes chastises her lover with cruel words, sometimes pulls his ear and sometimes binds him with a flower garland.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.148

‘dhīrādhīrā’ māninīra svabhāva:—

‘dhīrādhīrā’ vakra-vākye kare upahāsa
kabhu stuti, kabhu nindā, kabhu vā udāsa

Translation: “The heroine who is a combination of sobriety and restlessness always jokes with equivocal words. She sometimes praises her lover, sometimes blasphemes him and sometimes remains indifferent.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.149

trividha nāyikā; māna-kauśale mugdhāra anabhijñatā:—

‘mugdhā’, ‘madhyā’, ‘pragalbhā’,-tina nāyikāra bheda
‘mugdhā’ nāhi jāne mānera vaidagdhya-vibheda

Translation: “Heroines may also be classified as captivated, intermediate and impudent. The captivated heroine does not know very much about the cunning intricacies of jealous anger.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.150

mukha ācchādiyā kare kevala rodana
kāntera priya-vākya śuni’ haya parasanna

Translation: “The captivated heroine simply covers her face and goes on crying. When she hears sweet words from her lover, she is very satisfied.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.151

‘madhyā’ o ‘pragalbhā’rai pūrvokta ‘dhīrā’ ‘adhīrā’ o ‘‘dhīrādhīrā’ bheda; tāhātei kṛṣṇera sukha:—

‘madhyā’ ‘pragalbhā’ dhare dhīrādi-vibheda
tāra madhye sabāra svabhāve tina bheda

Translation: “Both the intermediate and impudent heroines can be classified as sober, restless and both sober and restless. All their characteristics can be further classified in three divisions.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.152

keha ‘prakharā’, keha ‘mṛdu’, keha haya ‘samā’
sva-svabhāve kṛṣṇera bāḍāya prema-sīmā

Translation: “Some of these heroines are very talkative, some are mild, and some are equipoised. Each heroine, according to her own character, increases Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s loving ecstasy.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.153

prākharya, mārdava, sāmya svabhāva nirdoṣa
sei sei svabhāve kṛṣṇe karāya santoṣa

Translation: “Although some of the gopīs are talkative, some mild and some equipoised, all of them are transcendental and faultless. They please Kṛṣṇa by their unique characteristics.”

Jayapatākā Swami: So, we see how Svarūpa Dāmodara is very expert in this science of the loving affairs of the gopīs and Kṛṣṇa. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was very happy to hear and is very ecstatic to hear all these intimate affairs. We can see that the loving exchanges between Kṛṣṇa and His lovers is of various types, all these things are pure Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and therefore they give Kṛṣṇa transcendental loving ecstasies. We cannot compare these things with anything in this material world. as they are completely focused on Kṛṣṇa. The highest level of mediation, highest absorption in Kṛṣṇa.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.154

gopīgaṇera nāyikā-lakṣaṇa-śravaṇe prabhura harṣa:—

e-kathā śuniyā prabhura ānanda apāra
‘kaha, kaha, dāmodara’,—bale bāra bāra

Translation: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu felt unlimited happiness upon hearing these descriptions, and He again and again requested Svarūpa Dāmodara to continue speaking.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.155

svarūpakarttṛka kṛṣṇera o gopīra parasparera prati prema-lakṣaṇa varṇana:—

dāmodara kahe,—kṛṣṇa rasika-śekhara
rasa-āsvādaka, rasamaya-kalevara

Translation: Dāmodara Gosvāmī said, “Kṛṣṇa is the master of all transcendental mellows and the taster of all transcendental mellows, and His body is composed of transcendental bliss.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.156

premamaya-vapu kṛṣṇa bhakta-premādhīna
śuddha-preme, rasa-guṇe, gopikā-pravīṇa

Translation: “Kṛṣṇa is full of ecstatic love and always subordinate to the love of His devotees. The gopīs are very much experienced in pure love and in the dealings of transcendental mellows.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.157

gopikāra preme nāhi rasābhāsa-doṣa
ataeva kṛṣṇera kare parama santoṣa

Translation: “There is no flaw or adulteration in the love of the gopīs; therefore they give Kṛṣṇa the highest pleasure.

Purport: Rasābhāsa occurs when one’s relationship with Kṛṣṇa is adulterated. There are different types of rasābhāsa — first class, second class and third class. The word rasa means “mellow,” and ābhāsa means “a shadow.” If one tastes one kind of mellow and something extra is imposed, that is uparasa. If something is derived from the original mellow, it is called anurasa. If something is appreciated that is far removed from the original mellow, it is called aparasaUparasaanurasa and aparasa are, respectively, first-, second- and third-class rasābhāsas. As stated in the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (4.9.1-2):

pūrvam evānuśiṣṭena
vikalā rasa-lakṣaṇā
rasā eva rasābhāsā
rasa-jñair anukīrtitāḥ

syus tridhoparasāś cānu-
rasāś cāparasāś ca te
uttamā madhyamāḥ proktāḥ
kaniṣṭhāś cety amī kramāt

Jayapatākā Swami: So, we can see there is a whole science in the loving affairs between Lord Kṛṣṇa and His devotees and the love of the Gopīs is the purest, there is no rasābhāsa.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.158

śrī-kṛṣṇera cinmayī rāsakrīḍā —

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.33.25)—

evaṁ śaśaṅkāṁśu-virājitā niśāḥ
 sa satya-kāmo ’nuratābalā-gaṇaḥ
siṣeva ātmany avaruddha-saurataḥ
 sarvāḥ śarat-kāvya-kathā-rasāśrayāḥ

Translation: “‘Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who is the Absolute Truth, enjoyed His rāsa dance every night during the autumn season. He performed this dance in the moonlight and with full transcendental mellows. He used poetic words and surrounded Himself with women who were very much attracted to Him.’

Purport: This verse is a quotation from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.33.25). The gopīs are all transcendental spirit souls. One should never think that the gopīs and Kṛṣṇa have material bodies. Vṛndāvana-dhāma is also a spiritual abode, and there the days and nights, the trees, flowers and water, and everything else are spiritual. There is not even a trace of material contamination. Kṛṣṇa, who is the Supreme Brahman and Supersoul, is not at all interested in anything material. His activities with the gopīs are all spiritual and take place within the spiritual world. They have nothing to do with the material world. Lord Kṛṣṇa’s lusty desires and all His dealings with the gopīs are on the spiritual platform. One has to be transcendentally realized before even considering relishing the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa with the gopīs. One who is on the mundane platform must first purify himself by following the regulative principles. Only then can he try to understand Kṛṣṇa and the gopīs. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī are here talking about the relationship between Kṛṣṇa and the gopīs; therefore the subject matter is neither mundane nor erotic. Being a sannyāsī, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was very strict in His dealings with women. Unless the gopīs were on the spiritual platform, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu would have never even mentioned them to Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī. Therefore, these descriptions do not at all pertain to material activity.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, these instructions are very important and if one approaches this as a mundane activity, they will be committing great offenses, therefore one should purify oneself before they enter into these confidential pastimes. These are the transcendental feelings of pure love between Kṛṣṇa and His devotees. They have nothing to do with the material world.

Thus ends the chapter entitled, Varieties of Transcendental Egoistic Pride Manifested to Please Kṛṣṇa.

Kṛṣṇa is very pleased when His devotees manifest these types of transcendental egoistic loving pride because of their intense love for Lord Kṛṣṇa.- END OF TRANSCRIPTION –Transcribed by JPS ArchivesVerifyed by JPS ArchivesReviewed by JPS Archives


20210502 The Festival of Herā-pañcamī

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 2nd May 2021 in

Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India

mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
paramānandaṁ mādhavaṁ śrī caitanya iśvaram

hariḥ oṁ tat sat

Introduction: Continuing with the Compilation of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya book, the chapter entitled is,

The Festival of Herā-pañcamī

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.106

herā-pañcamī-utsavera vipula-āyojana janya rājāra kāśīmiśrake anurodha:—

‘herā-pañcamī’ra dina āila jāniyā
kāśī-miśre kahe rājā sayatna kariyā

Translation: Knowing that the Herā-pancamī festival was drawing near, King Pratāparudra attentively talked with Kāśī Miśra.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.107

kalya ’herā-pañcamī’ habe lakṣmīra vijaya
aiche utsava kara yena kabhu nāhi haya

Translation: “Tomorrow will be the function of Herā-pañcamī or Lakṣmī-vijaya. Hold this festival in a way that it has never been held before.”

Purport: The Herā-pañcamī festival takes place five days after the Ratha-yātrā festival. Lord Jagannātha has left His wife, the goddess of fortune, and gone to Vṛndāvana, which is the Guṇḍicā temple. Due to separation from the Lord, the goddess of fortune decides to come to see the Lord at Guṇḍicā. The coming of the goddess of fortune to Guṇḍicā is celebrated as Herā-pañcamī. Sometimes this is misspelled as Harā-pañcamī among the ativāḍīs. The word herā means “to see” and refers to the goddess of fortune going to see Lord Jagannātha. The word pañcamī means “the fifth day” and is used because this takes place on the fifth day of the moon.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lakṣmī devī going to Vṛndāvana to protest that Lord Jagannātha is spending too much time away. So, She wants Him to come back right away.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.108

prabhura santoṣārthe mahotsavera āyojane ādeśa:—

mahotsava kara taiche viśeṣa sambhāra
dekhi’ mahāprabhura yaiche haya camatkāra

Translation: King Pratāparudra said, “Hold this festival in such a gorgeous way that upon seeing it Caitanya Mahāprabhu will be completely pleased and astonished.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.109

sucāru-rūpe sajjita karite ādeśa:—

ṭhākurera bhāṇḍāre āra āmāra bhāṇḍāre
citra-vastra-kiṅkiṇī, āra chatra-cāmare

Translation: “Take as many printed cloths, small bells, umbrellas and cāmaras as there are in my storehouse and in the Deity’s storehouse.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.110

dhvajāvṛnda-patākā-ghaṇṭāya karaha maṇḍana
nānā-vādya-nṛtya-dolāya karaha sājana

Translation: “Collect all kinds of small and large flags and ringing bells. Then decorate the carrier and have various musical and dancing parties accompany it. In this way decorate the carrier attractively.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Mahārāja Pratāparudra wanted to make the Herā-pañcamī festival very wonderful, He want to please Lord Caitanya.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.111

ratha-yātrā-pekṣā adhikatara samārohajanya ādeśa:—

dviguṇa kariyā kara saba upahāra
ratha-yātrā haite yaiche haya camatkāra

Translation: “You should also double the quantity of prasādam. Make so much that it will even surpass the Ratha-yātrā festival.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, King Pratāparudra, he wanted to make this festival very special to please Lord Caitanya.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.112

prabhura darśana-subidhā-vidhāna:—

seita’ kariha,—prabhu lañā bhakta-gaṇa
svacchande āsiyā yaiche karena daraśana

Translation: “Arrange the festival in such a way that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu may freely go with His devotees to visit the Deity without difficulty.”

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.113

bhaktagaṇasaha guṇḍicāya jagannātha-darśana:—

prātaḥ-kāle mahāprabhu nija-gaṇa lañā
jagannātha darśana kaila sundarācale yāñā

Translation: In the morning, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu took His personal associates with Him to see Lord Jagannātha at Sundarācala.

Jayapatākā Swami: Sometimes Guṇḍicā is also called as Sundarācala and the Jagannātha Purī temple is Nīlācala, that it is non-different from Dvārakā and Guṇḍicā temple is Sundarācala and it is non-different from Vṛndāvana.

Purport: Sundarācala is the Guṇḍicā temple. The temple of Jagannātha at Jagannātha Purī is called Nīlācala, and the temple at Guṇḍicā is called Sundarācala.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.114

herāpañcamī-darśanārtha punaḥ nīlācala-gamana:—

nīlācale āilā punaḥ bhakta-gaṇa-saṅge
dekhite utkaṇṭhā herā-pañcamīra raṅge

Translation: Then Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His personal devotees returned to Nīlācala with great eagerness to see the Herā-pañcamī festival.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.115

kāśī-miśra-karttṛka prabhu uttama-sthāne upaveśita:—

kāśī-miśra prabhure bahu ādara kariyā
svagaṇa-saha bhāla-sthāne vasāila lañā

Translation: Kāśī Miśra received Caitanya Mahāprabhu with great respect, and taking the Lord and His associates to a very nice place, he had them seated.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.116

prabhura svarūpake, lakṣmī-saṅga chāḍiyā jagannāthera vṛndāvana gamanera kāraṇa-jijñāsā:—

rasa-viśeṣa prabhura śunite mana haila
īṣat hāsiyā prabhu svarūpe puchila

Translation: After taking His seat, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu wanted to hear about a particular mellow of devotional service; therefore, mildly smiling, He began to question Svarūpa Dāmodara.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.117-118

yadyapi jagannātha karena dvārakāya vihara
sahaja prakaṭa kare parama udāra

tathāpi vatsara-madhye haya eka-bāra
vṛndāvana dekhite tāṅra utkaṇṭhā apāra

Translation: “Although Lord Jagannātha enjoys His pastimes at Dvārakā-dhāma and naturally manifests sublime liberality there, still, once a year He becomes unlimitedly eager to see Vṛndāvana.”

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.119

vṛndāvana-sama ei upavana-gaṇa
tāhā dekhibāre utkaṇṭhita haya mana

Translation: Pointing out the neighboring gardens, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, “All these gardens exactly resemble Vṛndāvana; therefore Lord Jagannātha is very eager to see them again.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.120

bāhira ha-ite kare ratha-yātrā-chala
sundarācale yāya prabhu chāḍi’ nīlācala

Translation: “Externally He gives the excuse that He wants to participate in the Ratha-yātrā festival, but actually He wants to leave Jagannātha Purī to go to Sundarācala, the Guṇḍicā temple, a replica of Vṛndāvana.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.121

nānā-puṣpodyāne tathā khele rātri-dine
lakṣmīdevīre saṅge nāhi laya ki kāraṇe?

Translation: “The Lord enjoys His pastimes day and night in various flower gardens there. But why does He not take Lakṣmīdevī, the goddess of fortune, with Him?”

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.122

svarūpera kāraṇa-nirddeśa—vraja-līlāya gopīrai adhikāra, lakṣmīra anadhikāra

svarūpa kahe,—śuna, prabhu, kāraṇa ihāra
vṛndāvana-krīḍāte lakṣmīra nāhi adhikāra

Translation: Svarūpa Dāmodara replied, “My dear Lord, please hear the reason for this. Lakṣmīdevī, the goddess of fortune, cannot be admitted to the pastimes of Vṛndāvana.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.123

vṛndāvana-līlāya kṛṣṇera sahāya gopī-gaṇa
gopī-gaṇa vinā kṛṣṇera harite nāre mana

Translation: “In the pastimes of Vṛndāvana, the only assistants are the gopīs. But for the gopīs, no one can attract the mind of Kṛṣṇa.”

Jayapatākā Swami: So, the specialty of Vṛndāvana pastimes is given here. Lakṣmī devī likes to go but She is not able She does not have the qualification, only the gopīs can go. So no one else can enter into these Vṛndāvana pastimes, only the Vrajavāsis especially the gopīs. Lakṣmī has to see the Lord in opulence therefore She can’t go, She can’t enter Vṛndāvana pastimes.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.124

prabhura punaḥ praśna—lakṣmīra krodhahetu-jijñāsā:—

prabhu kahe,—yātrā-chale kṛṣṇera gamana
subhadrā āra baladeva, saṅge dui jana

Translation: The Lord said, “Using the car festival as an excuse, Kṛṣṇa goes there with Subhadrā and Baladeva.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.125

gopī-saṅge yata līlā haya upavane
nigūḍha kṛṣṇera bhāva keha nāhi jāne

Translation: “All the pastimes with the gopīs that take place in those gardens are very confidential ecstasies of Lord Kṛṣṇa. No one knows them.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.126

ataeva kṛṣṇera prākaṭye nāhi kichu doṣa
tabe kene lakṣmīdevī kare eta roṣa?

Translation: “Since there is no fault at all in Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes, why does the goddess of fortune become angry?”

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.127

svarūpera hetu-nirddeśa—priyera audāsīnye priyāra krodhābhimāna

svarūpa kahe,—premavatīra ei ta’ svabhāva
kāntera audāsya-leśe haya krodha-bhāva

Translation: Svarūpa Dāmodara replied, “It is the nature of a girl afflicted by love to become immediately angry upon finding any neglect on the part of her lover.”

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.128

vipula samārohera sahita bahudāsī-saha lakṣmīra āgamana:—

hena-kāle, khacita yāhe vividha ratana
suvarṇera caudolā kari’ ārohaṇa

Translation: While Svarūpa Dāmodara and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu were talking, the procession of the goddess of fortune came by. She was riding upon a golden palanquin carried by four men and bedecked with a variety of jewels.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.129

chatra-cāmara-dhvajā patākāra gaṇa
nānā-vādya-āge nāce deva-dāsī-gaṇa

Translation: The palanquin was also surrounded by people carrying umbrellas, cāmara whisks and flags, and it was preceded by musicians and dancing girls.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.130

tāmbūla-sampuṭa, jhāri, vyajana, cāmara
sāthe dāsī śata, hāra divya bhūṣāmbara

Translation: The maidservants were carrying water pitchers, cāmara whisks and boxes for betel nuts. There were hundreds of maidservants, all attractively dressed and wearing valuable necklaces.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.131

alaukika aiśvarya saṅge bahu-parivāra
kruddha hañā lakṣmīdevī āilā siṁha-dvāra

Translation: In an angry mood, the goddess of fortune arrived at the main gate of the temple accompanied by many members of her family, all of whom exhibited uncommon opulence.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.132

lakṣmī-dāsī-gaṇera jagannāthera pradhāna sevaka-gaṇake bandhana-pūrvaka īśvarī-samīpe ānayana o prahāra:—

jagannāthera mukhya mukhya yata bhṛtya-gaṇe
lakṣmīdevīra dāsī-gaṇa karena bandhane

Translation: When the procession arrived, the maidservants of the goddess of fortune began to arrest all the principal servants of Lord Jagannātha.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.133

bāndhiyā āniyā pāḍe lakṣmīra caraṇe
core yena daṇḍa kari’ laya nānā-dhane

Translation: The maidservants bound the servants of Jagannātha, handcuffed them and made them fall down at the lotus feet of the goddess of fortune. Indeed, they were arrested just like thieves who have all their riches taken away.

Purport: When Lord Jagannātha starts His car festival, He gives assurance to the goddess of fortune that He will return the next day. When He does not return, the goddess of fortune, after waiting two or three days, begins to feel that her husband has neglected her. She naturally becomes quite angry. Gorgeously decorating herself and her associates, she comes out of the temple and stands before the main gate. All the principal servants of Lord Jagannātha are then arrested by her maidservants, brought before her and forced to fall down at her lotus feet.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, this loving expression of Nīlācala, Dvārakā queens is presented here in the Herā-pañcamī festival.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.134

acetanavat tāre karena tāḍane
nānā-mata gāli dena bhaṇḍa-vacane

Translation: When the servants fell down before the lotus feet of the goddess of fortune, they almost fell unconscious. They were chastised and made the butt of jokes and loose language.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.135

lakṣmī-dāsī-gaṇera auddhatya-darśane bhakta-vṛndera hāsya:—

lakṣmī-saṅge dāsī-gaṇera prāgalbhya dekhiyā
hāse mahāprabhura gaṇa mukhe hasta diyā

Translation: When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s associates saw such impudence exhibited by the maidservants of the goddess of fortune, they covered their faces with their hands and began to smile.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, seeing this transcendental impudence, all associates of Lord Caitanya began to smile. Seeing how the goddess of fortune is expressing Her anger out of love for Lord Kṛṣṇa. So, these pastimes are appreciated by Lord Caitanya who is the relisher of all the transcendental mellows. So, this is the special mellow of love. So, Lord Caitanya He also like to give His associates special care, that’s why He is called as bhakta-vatsala. So He cares for His devotees and He is very happy to have His associates after their performing of the kīrtana to take prasāda and the devotees saw this special festival.

Thus ends the chapter entitled, The Festival of Herā-pañcamī.– END OF TRANSCRIPTION –Transcribed by JPS ArchivesVerifyed by JPS ArchivesReviewed by JPS Archives


20210501 Absorbed in the Mood of Vṛndāvana, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His Devotees Perform Pastimes Near the Guṇḍicā Temple Part 2

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 1st May 2021 in

Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India

mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
paramānandaṁ mādhavaṁ śrī caitanya iśvaram

hariḥ oṁ tat sat

Introduction: So, we will continue today with our reading and compilation from the Caitanya book.

Jayapatākā Swami: Lord Caitanya was bathing in the Indradyumna Sarovar and the devotees were having water sports, splashing each other, even Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya and Rāmānanda Rāya, both of them were very grave Paṇḍitas but they were splashing water like kids. So Ācāryaratna, Gopīnātha Ācārya, he commented that, “by Your mercy everyone becomes filled  with spiritual bliss.” So, then He went to the special garden of Lord Jagannātha where He was then doing the drama. So we will continue from that part 2 of the chapter

Absorbed in the Mood of Vṛndāvana, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His Devotees Perform Pastimes Near the Guṇḍicā Temple

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.92

mukhya-bhaktagaṇera ācāryera nimantraṇa-svīkāra:—

purī, bhāratī ādi yata mukhya bhakta-gaṇa
ācāryera nimantraṇe karilā bhojana

Translation: Paramānanda Purī, Brahmānanda Bhāratī and all the other chief devotees of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu took lunch at the invitation of Advaita Ācārya.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.93

prabhura gaṇera vāṇīnātha-ānīta prasāda-svīkāra:—

vāṇīnātha āra yata prasāda ānila
mahāprabhura gaṇe sei prasāda khāila

Translation: Whatever extra prasādam was brought by Vāṇīnātha Rāya was taken by the other associates of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya during the nine days of Ratha in Guṇḍicā, he took invitation for luch from Advaita Ācārya and other prominent devotees. Then after that, when Lord Jagannātha went back to Nīlācala, the rainy season started and that lasted for about four months or 120 days, each day a devotee would invite Lord Caitanya. So then since some devotees didn’t get a chance in 120 days, two or three devotees would join together to give Lord Caitanya prasāda, so in that way they all would get a chance to do some personal service. So, we see how Lord Caitanya He was giving such opportunity to the devotees, He was doing devotee care in that way by going to each devotee’s house and taking prasāda.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.94

aparāhne darśana-nartana, niśāya upavane nidrā:—

aparāhne āsi’ kaila darśana, nartana
niśāte udyāne āsi’ karilā śayana

Translation: In the afternoon, Śri Caitanya Mahāprabhu went to the Guṇḍicā temple to visit the Lord and dance. At night He went to the garden to take rest.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.95

anyadina īśvara-darśana o mandira-prāṅgaṇe nṛtyagīta:—

āra dina āsi’ kaila īśvara daraśana
prāṅgaṇe nṛtya-gīta kaila kata-kṣaṇa

Translation: The next day, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu also went to the temple of Guṇḍicā and saw the Lord. He then chanted and danced in the yard for some time.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya was doing kīrtana morning, noon and night associating with all His devotees.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.96

bhaktagaṇa-saṅge ārāme vraja-vihāra:—

bhakta-gaṇa-saṅge prabhu udyāne āsiyā
vṛndāvana-vihāra kare bhakta-gaṇa lañā

Translation: Accompanied by His devotees, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then went into the garden and enjoyed the pastimes of Vṛndāvana.

Purport by Śrīla Prabhupāda: Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura has pointed out that this vṛndāvana-vihāra — the pastimes of Vṛndāvana — does not refer to Kṛṣṇa’s mixing with the gopīs or the transcendental mellow of parakīya-rasa. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s vṛndāvana-līlā in the garden of Jagannātha Purī did not involve association with women or with other people’s wives in the fashion transcendentally demonstrated by Śrī Kṛṣṇa. In His vṛndāvana-līlā, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu conceived of Himself as the assistant of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. When Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī enjoyed the company of Kṛṣṇa, Her maidservants were very pleased. One should not compare Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s vṛndāvana-vihāra in the garden of Jagannātha with the activities of the gaurāṅga-nāgarīs.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, the gaurāṅga-nāgarīs think that Lord Caitanya was trying to enjoy like Kṛṣṇa and they imitate Kṛṣṇa-līlā in that way. Whereas Lord Caitanya, He was always in the serving mood and He would engage in the pastimes of Vṛndāvana in that mood.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.97

prabhu-darśane caturddike harṣa-lakṣaṇa:—

vṛkṣa-vallī praphullita prabhura daraśane
bhṛṅga-pika gāya, vahe śītala pavane

Translation: There were multifarious trees and creepers in the garden, and they were all jubilant to see Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Indeed, the birds were chirping, the bees were buzzing, and a cool breeze was blowing.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.98

prabhura nṛtya, vāsudeva-dattera kīrtana:—

prati-vṛkṣa-tale prabhu karena nartana
vāsudeva-datta mātra karena gāyana

Translation: As Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu danced beneath each and every tree, Vāsudeva Datta sang alone.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, in this way Lord Caitanya was reliving the pastimes of Vṛndāvana and Vāsudeva Datta was singing.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.99

prati-vṛkṣatale nṛtyakārī prabhu:—

eka eka vṛkṣa-tale eka eka gāna gāya
parama-āveśe ekā nāce gaurarāya

Translation: As Vāsudeva Datta sang a different song beneath each and every tree, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu danced there alone in great ecstasy.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya, He was in extreme ecstasy of love of Kṛṣṇa, in that ecstasy He was dancing.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.100

nṛtyānte vakreśvarake nācite ādeśa:—

tabe vakreśvare prabhu kahilā nācite
vakreśvara nāce, prabhu lāgilā gāite

Translation: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then ordered Vakreśvara Paṇḍita to dance, and as he began to dance, the Lord began to sing.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Vakreśvara Paṇḍita, he is famous as a dancer, he could dance non-stop for 72 hours.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.101

prabhu-saha svarūpādira gāna, sakalerai prema-vihvalatā:—

prabhu-saṅge svarūpādi kīrtanīyā gāya
dik-vidik nāhi jñāna premera vanyāya

Translation: Then devotees like Svarūpa Dāmodara and other kīrtana performers began to sing along with Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Being inundated with ecstatic love, they lost all consideration of time and circumstance.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, everyone was completely absorbed in love of Kṛṣṇa, and they wer enot conscious of the external world.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.102

vana-līlānte narendra-sarovare jalakeli:—

ei mata kata-kṣaṇa kari’ vana-līlā
narendra-sarovare gelā karite jala-khelā

Translation: After thus performing pastimes in the garden for some time, they all went to a lake called Narendra-sarovara and there enjoyed sporting in the water.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, this Narendra-sarovara is where Lord Jagannātha enjoys His candan-yātrā vihāra and next to that is  the Jagannātha Vallabhagardens where Lord Caitanya would dance under different trees.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.103

snānānte ārāme bhakta-gaṇa-saha prasāda-sammāna:—

jala-krīḍā kari’ punaḥ āilā udyāne
bhojana-līlā kailā prabhu lañā bhakta-gaṇe

Translation: After sporting in the water, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu returned to the garden and accepted prasādam with the devotees.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, just as Kṛṣṇa would take prasāda with His cowherd boys in Vṛndāvana, Lord Caitanya took His prasāda with His associates, with His devotees and in this way in Vṛndāvana, every cowherd boy thought that Kṛṣṇa is looking at me, in the same each one was thinking that Lord Caitanya was watching them.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.104

guṇḍicāya jagannāthera 9 dina avasthitikālei eirūpa līlā:—

nava dina guṇḍicāte rahe Jagannātha
mahāprabhu aiche līlā kare bhakta-sātha

Translation: For nine continuous days His Lordship Śrī Jagannātha-deva stayed at the Guṇḍicā temple. During this time Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu also stayed there and performed the pastimes with His devotees that have already been described.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, while Lord Jagannātha was in Guṇḍicā, which is non-different from Vṛndāvana, Lord Caitanya was observing these Vṛndāvana pastimes.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.105

jagannātha-vallabhe prabhura viśrāma-līlā:—

‘jagannātha-vallabha’ nāma baḍa puṣpārāma
nava dina karena prabhu tathāi viśrāma

Translation: The garden of His pastimes was very large and was named Jagannātha-vallabha. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu took His rest there for nine days.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya would have these intimate pastimes with His devotees, performing drama in the Jagannātha Vallabha garden. Sometimes bathing in the Indradyumna Sarovar, sometimes in Narendra-sarovar and His associates would have water sports and then they would all take prasāda together and chant morning, noon and night in the Guṇḍicā temple. And sometimes perform dramas in the garden. So, in this way He passed the nine days when Jagannātha was in Guṇḍicā.

Thus ends the chapter entitled, Absorbed in the Mood of Vṛndāvana, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His Devotees Perform Pastimes Near the Guṇḍicā Temple.

So, we can see that Lord Caitanya was actually caring for His devotees and they had the special opportunity to be engaged in His personal association. Actually, He first came to Jagannātha Purī  for 18 dayṣ Then for some years, He went to South India, He went to Maharashtra and saw the Viṭṭhala deity, He saw Pandharpur and He found the samādhi of His elder brother, and initiated Tukarāma, who then preached the chanting of the holy name.  It is said that what Lord Caitanya didn’t do in Navadvīpa, He didn’t disturb the smārtas, but in South India He would embrace people and would give bhakti-śaktī and order them to preach, to be a spiritual master. In this way, He stayed every night in a different house, except for Śrīraṅgam, where He stayed for four months in the rainy season. So, in this He was giving His mercy. So, we see that Lord Kṛṣṇa visited some houses, but not like Lord Caitanya, everyday a new house, every day loving care. So, being followers of Lord Caitanya, we have athis special mercy, He came down to spread the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement all over the world. He predicted that He would preach in India, and later He would send His senāpati-bhakta, who would preach all over the world. Then He predicted that in every town and village of the world, His name would be sung. So, we need to fulfill Lord Caitanya’s desire.

Hare Kṛṣṇa-

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20210428 Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Accepts Lunch Prasāda With the Devotees

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Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 28th April 2021 in

Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India

mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
paramānandaṁ mādhavaṁ śrī caitanya iśvaram

hariḥ oṁ tat sat

Introduction: Continuing with the Compilation of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya book, of the chapter

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Accepts Lunch Prasāda With the Devotees

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.23

sakalera madhyāhna-snānānte vāṇīnāthera pracura prasāda ānayana:—

madhyāhna karilā prabhu lañā bhakta-gaṇa
vāṇīnātha prasāda lañā kaila āgamana

Translation: After this, Vāṇīnātha Rāya brought all kinds of prasāda, and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu accepted lunch with the devotees.

Jayapatākā Swami: How Lord Caitanya is so merciful, than any other avatāra, and takes lunch with the devotees. Only Kṛṣṇa would take with His cowherd boyfriends, Lord Caitanya would take with His associates.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.24

sārvabhauma-rāmānanda-vāṇīnāthe diyā
prasāda pāṭhā’la rājā bahuta kariyā

Translation: The King also sent a large quantity of prasāda through Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya, Rāmānanda Rāya and Vāṇīnātha Rāya.

Jayapatākā Swami:  King Pratāparudra had received the mercy of Lord Caitanya and also sent a large quantities of prasāda.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.25

vicitra prasāda:—

‘balagaṇḍi bhoge’ra prasāda-uttama, ananta
‘ni-sakaḍi’ prasāda āila, yāra nāhi anta

Translation: The prasāda sent by the King had been offered at the Balagaṇḍi festival and included uncooked milk products and fruits. It was all of the finest quality, and there was no end to the variety.

Jayapatākā Swami: Sometimes when we go to Jagannātha Purī, we have, what is called as kartar bhoga, the offering that is given to the King and that prasāda is very rare and opulent so we can see that kind of prasāda is being given to Lord Caitanya and His associates.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.26

chānā, pānā, paiḍa, āmra, nārikela, kāṅṭhāla
nānā-vidha kadalaka, āra bīja-tāla

Translation: There were curd, fruit juice, coconut, mango, dried coconut, jackfruit, various kinds of bananas and palm-fruit seeds.

Purport: This is the first list of prasāda offered to Lord Jagannātha.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.27

nāraṅga, cholaṅga, ṭābā, kamalā, bīja-pūra
bādāma, chohārā, drākṣā, piṇḍa-kharjura

Translation: There were also oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, almonds, dried fruit, raisins and dates.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.28

manoharā-lāḍu ādi śateka prakāra
amṛta-guṭikā-ādi, kṣīrasā apāra

Translation: There were hundreds of different types of sweetmeats like manoharā-lāḍu, sweets like amṛta-guṭikā and various types of condensed milk.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.29

amṛta-maṇḍā, saravatī, āra kumḍā-kurī
sarāmṛta, sarabhājā, āra sarapurī

Translation: There were also papayas and saravatī, a type of orange, and also crushed squash. There were also regular cream, fried cream and a type of purī made with cream.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.30

hari-vallabha, seṅoti, karpūra, mālatī
ḍālimā marica-lāḍu, navāta, amṛti

Translation: There were also the sweets known as hari-vallabha and sweets made of seṅoti flowers, karpūra flowers and mālatī flowers. There were pomegranates, sweets made with black pepper, sweets made with fused sugar, and amṛti-jilipi.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.31

padmacini, candrakānti, khājā, khaṇḍasāra
viyari, kadmā, tilākhājāra prakāra

Translation: There were lotus-flower sugar, a kind of bread made from urad dhal, crispy sweetmeats, sugar candy, fried-rice sweets, sesame-seed sweets and cookies made from sesame seeds.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, some of the offerings made to Jagannath are mentioned here, there are a variety of offerings. He is known for having chappan-bhoga, 56 items. So here we see some of the offerings, to Lord Jagannātha were also offered to Lord Caitanya.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.32

nāraṅga-cholaṅga-āmra-vṛkṣera ākāra
phula-phala-patra-yukta khaṇḍera vikāra

Translation: There were sugar-candy sweetmeats formed into the shape of orange, lemon and mango trees and arranged with fruits, flowers and leaves.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.33

dadhi, dugdha, nanī, takra, rasālā, śikhariṇī
sa-lavaṇa mudgāṅkura, ādā khāni khāni

Translation: There were yogurt, milk, butter, buttermilk, fruit juice, a preparation made of fried yogurt and sugar candy, and salty mung-dhal sprouts with shredded ginger.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.34

lembu-kula-ādi nānā-prakāra ācāra
likhite nā pāri prasāda kateka prakāra

Translation: There were also various types of pickles — lemon pickle, berry pickle and so on. Indeed, I am not able to describe the variety of food offered to Lord Jagannātha.

Purport by Śrīla Prabhupāda: In verses 26-34, the author describes the various foods offered to Lord Jagannātha. He has described them as far as possible, but he finally admits his inability to describe them completely.

Jayapatākā Swami: Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja admits his failure in describing all of the variety of prasāda offered to Lord Jagannātha. This gives an idea how opulently Lord Jagannātha is served.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.35

prasāda-pātre bahu sthāna āvṛta—

prasāde pūrita ha-ila ardha upavana
dekhiyā santoṣa haila mahāprabhura mana

Translation: When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu saw half the garden filled with a variety of prasāda, He was very satisfied.

Jayapatākā Swami: He was very satisfied to see so many varieties of prasāda has been offered to Lord Jagannātha.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.36

jagannāthera tṛpti-smaraṇe prabhura harṣa:—

ei-mata jagannātha karena bhojana
ei sukhe mahāprabhura juḍāya nayana

Translation: Indeed, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was fully satisfied just to see how Lord Jagannātha accepted all the food.

Purport: Following in the footsteps of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, a Vaiṣṇava should be fully satisfied simply to see a variety of food offered to the Deity of Jagannātha or Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. A Vaiṣṇava should not hunger for a variety of food for his own sake; rather, his satisfaction is in seeing various foods being offered to the Deity. In his Gurv-aṣṭaka, Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura writes:

catur-vidha-śrī-bhagavat-prasāda-
svādv-anna-tṛptān hari-bhakta-saṅghān
kṛtvaiva tṛptiṁ bhajataḥ sadaiva
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

“The spiritual master is always offering Kṛṣṇa four kinds of delicious food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk and sucked]. When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasāda, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.”

The spiritual master’s duty is to engage his disciples in preparing varieties of nice foods to offer the Deity. After being offered, this food is distributed as prasāda to the devotees. These activities satisfy the spiritual master, although he himself does not eat or require such a variety of prasāda. By seeing to the offering and distribution of prasāda, he himself is encouraged in devotional service.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Śrīla Prabhupāda is explaining how the spiritual master is pleased just to see all the varieties of bhoga is being offered to the deity.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.37

keyā-patra-droṇī āila bojhā pāṅca-sāta
eka eka jane daśa donā dila,—eta pāta

Translation: There then arrived five or seven loads of plates made of the leaves of the ketakī tree. Each man was supplied ten of these plates, and in this way the leaf dishes were distributed.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.38

kīrtana-śrānta bhaktagaṇake svayaṃ bhagavānerai sevanāpyāyana:—

kīrtanīyāra pariśrama jāni’ gaurarāya
tāṅ-sabāre khāoyāite prabhura mana dhāya

Translation: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu understood the labor of all the kīrtana chanters; therefore He was very eager to feed them sumptuously.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, chanting and dancing for hours in kīrtana is very strenuous labour. Lord Caitanya was pleased to see all the devotees after this offering of chanting and dancing and also take sumptuous prasāda.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.39

prabhu svayaṁi pariveśana karttā:—

pāṅti pāṅti kari’ bhakta-gaṇe vasāilā
pariveśana karibāre āpane lāgilā

Translation: All the devotees sat down in lines, and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu personally began to distribute the prasāda.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.40

prabhura a-bhojane sakalerai bhojane aruci:—

prabhu nā khāile, keha nā kare bhojana
svarūpa-gosāñi tabe kaila nivedana

Translation: But the devotees would not accept the prasāda until Caitanya Mahāprabhu took it. Svarūpa Gosvāmī informed the Lord of this.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.41

bhaktagaṇera pakṣa haiyā svarūpera prārthanā:—

āpane vaisa, prabhu, bhojana karite
tumi nā khāile, keha nā pāre khāite

Translation: Svarūpa Dāmodara said, “My Lord, please sit down. No one will eat until You do.”

Jayapatākā Swami: So, devotees are following the etiquette that Lord Caitanya should first take prasāda, if He starts to take, then all the devotees can also take. So in this Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī convinced Lord Caitanya to sit down and take prasāda.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.42

prabhura prasāda-sevana:—

tabe mahāprabhu vaise nija-gaṇa lañā
bhojana karāila sabāke ākaṇṭha pūriyā

Translation: At that time, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu sat down with His personal associates and had every one of them fed very sumptuously until they were filled to the necks.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, this is called ākaṇṭha bhojana, taking prasāda up to the neck that means that we are taking prasāda until there is no more space.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.43

bhojanānte ācamana, bahulokera udvṛtta-prasāda-prāpti:—

bhojana kari’ vasilā prabhu kari’ ācamana
prasāda ubarila, khāya sahasreka jana

Translation: After finishing, the Lord washed His mouth and sat down. There was so much extra prasāda that it was distributed to thousands.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.44

dīna, duḥkhī kāṅgālagaṇera prabhu-kṛpāya prasāda-prāpti:—

prabhura ājñāya govinda dīna-hīna jane
duḥkhī kāṅgāla āni’ karāya bhojane

Translation: Following the orders of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Govinda, His personal servant, called for all the poor beggars, who were unhappy due to their poverty, and fed them sumptuously.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, this way we see how Lord Caitanya personally engaged His associates in prasāda distribution.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.45

gauraharira kāṅgāla-bhojana-darśana o hari-kīrtanopadeśa:—

kāṅgālera bhojana-raṅga dekhe gaurahari
’hari-bola’ bali’ tāre upadeśa kari

Translation: Observing the beggars eating prasāda, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu chanted, “Haribol!” and instructed them to chant the holy name.

Purport: In a song, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura chants:

miche māyāra vaśe,           yāccha bhese’,
khāccha hābuḍubu, bhāi
jīva kṛṣṇa-dāsa,      e viśvāsa,
ka’rle ta’ āra duḥkha nāi

“O people! Why are you being captivated by the waves of the ocean of nescience? If you would immediately accept Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa as your eternal master, there would be no chance of being carried away by the waves of illusion. Then all your sufferings would stop.” Kṛṣṇa conducts the material world under the three modes of material nature, and consequently there are three platforms of life — higher, middle and lower. On whatever platform one may be situated, one is tossed by the waves of material nature. Someone may be rich, someone may be middle class, and someone may be a poor beggar — it doesn’t matter. As long as one is under the spell of the three modes of material nature, he must continue to experience these divisions.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu therefore advised the beggars to chant “Haribol!” while taking prasāda. Chanting means accepting one’s self as the eternal servant of Kṛṣṇa. This is the only solution, regardless of social position. Everyone is suffering under the spell of māyā; therefore the best course is to learn how to get out of the clutches of māyā. How to do so is stated by Kṛṣṇa in the Bhagavad-gītā (14.26):

māṁ ca yo ’vyabhicāreṇa
bhakti-yogena
 sevate
sa
 guṇān samatītyaitān
brahma-bhūyāya
 kalpate

“One who engages in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman.”

One can overcome the spell of māyā and attain the transcendental platform by agreeing to engage in the devotional service of the Lord. Devotional service begins with śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam; therefore Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu advised the beggars to chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahāmantra for elevation to the transcendental position. On the transcendental platform, there is no distinction between the rich, the middle class and the poor.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya was instructing everyone, Hari Bol! to chant the holy name of Kṛṣṇa and in this way we can transcend the material situation.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.46

kāṅgālera haribhakti-lābha:—

‘hari-bola’ bali’ kāṅgāla preme bhāsi’ yāya
aichana adbhuta līlā kare gaurarāya

As soon as the beggars chanted the holy name, “Haribol,” they were immediately absorbed in ecstatic love of Godhead. In this way Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu performed wonderful pastimes.

Purport: To feel the emotion of ecstatic love of God is to be on the transcendental platform. If one can keep himself in that transcendental position, he will surely return home, back to Godhead. In the spiritual world there are no higher, middle or lower classes. This is confirmed in the Īśopaniṣad (7):

yasmin sarvāṇi bhūtāny
ātmaivābhūd vijānataḥ
tatra ko mohaḥ kaḥ śoka
ekatvam anupaśyataḥ

“One who always sees all living entities as spiritual sparks, in quality one with the Lord, becomes a true knower of things. What, then, can be illusion or anxiety for him?”

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya would give His mercy without any prejudice of caste, color, creed, social position or gender. So in this way everyone got the mercy of Lord Caitanya. They ate sumptuous prasāda and they chanted hare Kṛṣṇa.

Thus ends the chapter entitled, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Accepts Lunch Prasāda With the Devotees.– END OF TRANSCRIPTION –Transcribed by JPS ArchivesVerifyed by JPS ArchivesReviewed by JPS Archives


20210429 Lord Jagannātha’s Car Moves by Dint of the Uncommon Strength of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

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Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 29th April 2021 in

Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India

mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
paramānandaṁ mādhavaṁ śrī caitanya iśvaram

hariḥ oṁ tat sat

Introduction: Continuing with the Compilation of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya book, of the chapter

Lord Jagannātha’s Car Moves by Dint of the Uncommon Strength of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

Introduction: At this time HG Pankajāṅghri Prabhu is shifting from the Kolkata Hospital to Māyāpur and He is on the way now as far as I know. So please offer your prayers that he may reach here safely and that he may improve .  We need your prayers for the next one or two days .

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.47

ratha-sañcālane gauḍagaṇera asāmarthya

ihāṅ jagannāthera ratha-calana-samaya
gauḍa saba ratha ṭāne, āge nāhi yāya

Translation: Outside the garden, when it was time to pull Jagannātha’s car, all the workers called gauḍas tried to pull it, but it would not move forward.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, we told somehow for sometime the Ratha car would move sometimes it would stop, so at this time the Ratha got stopped. No matter how strong the Gauḍas, the men tried pulling the Ratha , the ratha did not move.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.48

saparikara rājāra vyastabhāve upasthiti

ṭānite nā pāre gauḍa, ratha chāḍi’ dila
pātra-mitra lañā rājā vyagra hañā āila

Translation: When the gauḍas saw that they could not budge the car, they abandoned the attempt. Then the King arrived in great anxiety, and he was accompanied by his officers and friends.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, the King was distressed to see that the Ratha was not moving.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.49

mahāmahā-mallagaṇera ratha-sañcālane asāmarthya:—

mahā-malla-gaṇe dila ratha cālāite
āpane lāgilā ratha, nā pāre ṭānite

Translation: The King then arranged for big wrestlers to try to pull the car, and even the King himself joined in, but the car could not be moved.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.50

vyagra hañā āne rājā matta-hātī-gaṇa
ratha cālāite rathe karila yojana

Translation: Becoming even more anxious to move the car, the King had very strong elephants brought forth and harnessed to it.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, the King was anxious to see the Ratha cart move, and he was trying everything, even he brought big elephants to pull the car but they were not able to move it.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.51

matta-hasti-gaṇa ṭāne yāra yata bala
eka pada nā cale ratha, ha-ila acala

Translation: The strong elephants pulled with all their strength, but still the car remained at a standstill, not budging an inch.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.52

sagaṇa prabhura ratha-sañcālana-ceṣṭā-darśana

śuni’ mahāprabhu āilā nija-gaṇa lañā
matta-hastī ratha ṭāne,—dekhe dāṇḍāñā

Translation: As soon as Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu heard this news, He went there with all His personal associates. They then stood there and watched the elephants try to pull the car.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.53

hastidvārāo ratha-sañcālana nā dekhiyā sakalera hāhākāra:—

aṅkuśera ghāya hastī karaye citkāra
ratha nāhi cale, loke kare hāhākāra

Translation: The elephants, being beaten by the elephant-goad, were crying, but still the car would not move. The assembled people cried out, “Alas!”

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.54

nijagaṇake ratha-cālane niyoga:—

tabe mahāprabhu saba hastī ghucāila
nija-gaṇe ratha-kāchi ṭānibāre dila

Translation: At that time, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu let all the elephants go free and placed the car’s ropes in the hands of His own men.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.55

prabhura rathasaha mastaka-sparśa-mātra rathera-calana:—

āpane rathera pāche ṭhele māthā diyā
haḍ haḍ kari, ratha calila dhāiyā

Translation: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then went to the back of the car and began to push with His head. It was then that the car began to move and roll along, making a rattling sound.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya simply by putting His head on the back of the Ratha car, immediately the Ratha car, chariot began to move. So when the Ratha car moved, it moved so fast that it  created a rattling sound.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.56

anāyāse rathera gamana:—

bhakta-gaṇa kāchi hāte kari’ mātra dhāya
āpane calila ratha, ṭānite nā pāya

Translation: Indeed, the car began to move automatically, and the devotees simply carried the ropes in their hands. Since it was moving effortlessly, they did not need to pull it.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, this was a miracle performed by Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu that simply by His applying Himself in pushing the Ratha, the Ratha effortlessly began to moved forward.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.57

harṣavaśataḥ sakalera jayadhvani:—

ānande karaye loka ‘jaya’ ‘jaya’-dhvani
‘jaya jagannātha’ ba-i āra nāhi śuni

Translation: When the car moved forward, everyone began to chant with great pleasure, “All glories! All glories!” and “All glories to Lord Jagannātha!” No one could hear anything else.

Jayapatākā Swami: Jagannātha Swami ki Jaya! Jaya Jagannātha! Jaya Jagannātha! filled the air and everyone was blissfully chanting.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.58

prabhura prabhāve rathera guṇḍicā-gamana

nimeṣe ta’ gela ratha guṇḍicāra dvāra
caitanya-pratāpa dekhi’ loke camatkāra

Translation: In a moment the car reached the door of the Guṇḍicā temple. Upon seeing the uncommon strength of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, all the people were struck with wonder.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, actually with a fraction of His potency He holds up all the planets in the universe. In fact, all the unlimited millions of universes are held up by a fraction of His potency. So moving the Ratha car was not a big endeavor for the Lord. But all the people were amazed to see this and everyone was glorifying.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.59

lokera prabhu-jayadhvani:—

‘jaya gauracandra’, ‘jaya śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya’
ei-mata kolāhala loke dhanya dhanya

Translation: The crowd made a tumultuous vibration, chanting “Jaya Gauracandra! Jaya Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya!” Then the people began to chant, “Wonderful! Wonderful!”

Jayapatākā Swami: Jaya Gauracandra! Jaya Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya!

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.60

prabhu-māhātmya-darśane rājāra premāveśa

dekhiyā pratāparudra pātra-mitra-saṅge
prabhura mahimā dekhi’ preme phule aṅge

Translation: Seeing the greatness of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Pratāparudra Mahārāja and his ministers and friends were so moved by ecstatic love that the hair on their bodies stood on end.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, by seeing the transcendental opulence of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the king, his ministers and his friends they all began to feel ecstatic love and ecstatic symptoms like standing of the hair on end of their body appeared amongst the royal assembly.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.61

jagannāthera pāhāṇḍi:—

pāṇḍu-vijaya tabe kare sevaka-gaṇe
jagannātha vasilā giyā nija-siṁhāsane

Translation: All the servants of Lord Jagannātha then took Him down from the car, and the Lord went to sit on His throne.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, in Guṇḍicā, which is non-different from Vṛndāvana, the Lord has His own throne, so He went there and He was situated on His throne .

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.62

subhadrā balarāmera pāhāṇḍi, jagannāthera snānabhoga:—

subhadrā-balarāma nija-siṁhāsane āilā
jagannāthera snāna-bhoga ha-ite lāgilā

Translation: Subhadrā and Balarāma also sat on their respective thrones. There followed the bathing of Lord Jagannātha and finally the offering of food.

Jayapatākā Swami:  Here the rituals which are being performed upon His arrival in Guṇḍicā are explained.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.63

aṅgane prabhura bhaktagaṇasaha kīrtana:—

āṅgināte mahāprabhu lañā bhakta-gaṇa
ānande ārambha kaila nartana-kīrtana

Translation: While Lord Jagannātha, Lord Balarāma and Subhadrā sat on their respective thrones, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and His devotees began to perform saṅkīrtana with great pleasure, chanting and dancing in the yard of the temple.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.64

prabhura preme sakalei pāgala:—

ānande mahāprabhura prema uthalila
dekhi’ saba loka prema-sāgare bhāsila

Translation: While Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was chanting and dancing, He was overwhelmed with ecstatic love, and all the people who saw Him were also flooded in the ocean of love of Godhead.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya while performing kīrtana and dancing, He was being filled with ecstatic love and those who saw were also filled with an ocean of love of Godhead.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.65

sandhyārati-darśana o āiṭoṭāya viśrāma

nṛtya kari’ sandhyā-kāle ārati dekhila
āiṭoṭā āsi’ prabhu viśrāma karila

Translation: In the evening, after finishing His dancing in the yard of the Guṇḍicā temple, the Lord observed the ārati ceremony. Thereafter He went to a place called Āiṭoṭā and took rest for the night.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, there is a garden, sometimes called as Jagannātha Vallabha garden very near to the Guṇḍicā temple. So, Lord Caitanya went to the Āiṭoṭā gardeṇ and took His rest there.

So, we see how the Supreme Personality of Godhead He came as a devotee and sometimes would show His unlimited strength and unlimited prowess. So, this was a great līlā or pastimes of Lord Caitanya.

Thus ends the chapter entitled, Lord Jagannātha’s Car Moves by Dint of the Uncommon Strength of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.


20210428 Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Accepts Lunch Prasāda With the Devotees

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation

By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 28th April 2021 in

Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India

mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
paramānandaṁ mādhavaṁ śrī caitanya iśvaram

hariḥ oṁ tat sat

Introduction: Continuing with the Compilation of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya book, of the chapter

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Accepts Lunch Prasāda With the Devotees

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.23

sakalera madhyāhna-snānānte vāṇīnāthera pracura prasāda ānayana:—

madhyāhna karilā prabhu lañā bhakta-gaṇa
vāṇīnātha prasāda lañā kaila āgamana

Translation: After this, Vāṇīnātha Rāya brought all kinds of prasāda, and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu accepted lunch with the devotees.

Jayapatākā Swami: How Lord Caitanya is so merciful, than any other avatāra, and takes lunch with the devotees. Only Kṛṣṇa would take with His cowherd boyfriends, Lord Caitanya would take with His associates.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.24

sārvabhauma-rāmānanda-vāṇīnāthe diyā
prasāda pāṭhā’la rājā bahuta kariyā

Translation: The King also sent a large quantity of prasāda through Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya, Rāmānanda Rāya and Vāṇīnātha Rāya.

Jayapatākā Swami:  King Pratāparudra had received the mercy of Lord Caitanya and also sent a large quantities of prasāda.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.25

vicitra prasāda:—

‘balagaṇḍi bhoge’ra prasāda-uttama, ananta
‘ni-sakaḍi’ prasāda āila, yāra nāhi anta

Translation: The prasāda sent by the King had been offered at the Balagaṇḍi festival and included uncooked milk products and fruits. It was all of the finest quality, and there was no end to the variety.

Jayapatākā Swami: Sometimes when we go to Jagannātha Purī, we have, what is called as kartar bhoga, the offering that is given to the King and that prasāda is very rare and opulent so we can see that kind of prasāda is being given to Lord Caitanya and His associates.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.26

chānā, pānā, paiḍa, āmra, nārikela, kāṅṭhāla
nānā-vidha kadalaka, āra bīja-tāla

Translation: There were curd, fruit juice, coconut, mango, dried coconut, jackfruit, various kinds of bananas and palm-fruit seeds.

Purport: This is the first list of prasāda offered to Lord Jagannātha.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.27

nāraṅga, cholaṅga, ṭābā, kamalā, bīja-pūra
bādāma, chohārā, drākṣā, piṇḍa-kharjura

Translation: There were also oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, almonds, dried fruit, raisins and dates.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.28

manoharā-lāḍu ādi śateka prakāra
amṛta-guṭikā-ādi, kṣīrasā apāra

Translation: There were hundreds of different types of sweetmeats like manoharā-lāḍu, sweets like amṛta-guṭikā and various types of condensed milk.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.29

amṛta-maṇḍā, saravatī, āra kumḍā-kurī
sarāmṛta, sarabhājā, āra sarapurī

Translation: There were also papayas and saravatī, a type of orange, and also crushed squash. There were also regular cream, fried cream and a type of purī made with cream.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.30

hari-vallabha, seṅoti, karpūra, mālatī
ḍālimā marica-lāḍu, navāta, amṛti

Translation: There were also the sweets known as hari-vallabha and sweets made of seṅoti flowers, karpūra flowers and mālatī flowers. There were pomegranates, sweets made with black pepper, sweets made with fused sugar, and amṛti-jilipi.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.31

padmacini, candrakānti, khājā, khaṇḍasāra
viyari, kadmā, tilākhājāra prakāra

Translation: There were lotus-flower sugar, a kind of bread made from urad dhal, crispy sweetmeats, sugar candy, fried-rice sweets, sesame-seed sweets and cookies made from sesame seeds.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, some of the offerings made to Jagannath are mentioned here, there are a variety of offerings. He is known for having chappan-bhoga, 56 items. So here we see some of the offerings, to Lord Jagannātha were also offered to Lord Caitanya.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.32

nāraṅga-cholaṅga-āmra-vṛkṣera ākāra
phula-phala-patra-yukta khaṇḍera vikāra

Translation: There were sugar-candy sweetmeats formed into the shape of orange, lemon and mango trees and arranged with fruits, flowers and leaves.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.33

dadhi, dugdha, nanī, takra, rasālā, śikhariṇī
sa-lavaṇa mudgāṅkura, ādā khāni khāni

Translation: There were yogurt, milk, butter, buttermilk, fruit juice, a preparation made of fried yogurt and sugar candy, and salty mung-dhal sprouts with shredded ginger.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.34

lembu-kula-ādi nānā-prakāra ācāra
likhite nā pāri prasāda kateka prakāra

Translation: There were also various types of pickles — lemon pickle, berry pickle and so on. Indeed, I am not able to describe the variety of food offered to Lord Jagannātha.

Purport by Śrīla Prabhupāda: In verses 26-34, the author describes the various foods offered to Lord Jagannātha. He has described them as far as possible, but he finally admits his inability to describe them completely.

Jayapatākā Swami: Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja admits his failure in describing all of the variety of prasāda offered to Lord Jagannātha. This gives an idea how opulently Lord Jagannātha is served.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.35

prasāda-pātre bahu sthāna āvṛta—

prasāde pūrita ha-ila ardha upavana
dekhiyā santoṣa haila mahāprabhura mana

Translation: When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu saw half the garden filled with a variety of prasāda, He was very satisfied.

Jayapatākā Swami: He was very satisfied to see so many varieties of prasāda has been offered to Lord Jagannātha.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.36

jagannāthera tṛpti-smaraṇe prabhura harṣa:—

ei-mata jagannātha karena bhojana
ei sukhe mahāprabhura juḍāya nayana

Translation: Indeed, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was fully satisfied just to see how Lord Jagannātha accepted all the food.

Purport: Following in the footsteps of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, a Vaiṣṇava should be fully satisfied simply to see a variety of food offered to the Deity of Jagannātha or Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. A Vaiṣṇava should not hunger for a variety of food for his own sake; rather, his satisfaction is in seeing various foods being offered to the Deity. In his Gurv-aṣṭaka, Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura writes:

catur-vidha-śrī-bhagavat-prasāda-
svādv-anna-tṛptān hari-bhakta-saṅghān
kṛtvaiva tṛptiṁ bhajataḥ sadaiva
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

“The spiritual master is always offering Kṛṣṇa four kinds of delicious food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk and sucked]. When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasāda, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.”

The spiritual master’s duty is to engage his disciples in preparing varieties of nice foods to offer the Deity. After being offered, this food is distributed as prasāda to the devotees. These activities satisfy the spiritual master, although he himself does not eat or require such a variety of prasāda. By seeing to the offering and distribution of prasāda, he himself is encouraged in devotional service.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Śrīla Prabhupāda is explaining how the spiritual master is pleased just to see all the varieties of bhoga is being offered to the deity.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.37

keyā-patra-droṇī āila bojhā pāṅca-sāta
eka eka jane daśa donā dila,—eta pāta

Translation: There then arrived five or seven loads of plates made of the leaves of the ketakī tree. Each man was supplied ten of these plates, and in this way the leaf dishes were distributed.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.38

kīrtana-śrānta bhaktagaṇake svayaṃ bhagavānerai sevanāpyāyana:—

kīrtanīyāra pariśrama jāni’ gaurarāya
tāṅ-sabāre khāoyāite prabhura mana dhāya

Translation: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu understood the labor of all the kīrtana chanters; therefore He was very eager to feed them sumptuously.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, chanting and dancing for hours in kīrtana is very strenuous labour. Lord Caitanya was pleased to see all the devotees after this offering of chanting and dancing and also take sumptuous prasāda.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.39

prabhu svayaṁi pariveśana karttā:—

pāṅti pāṅti kari’ bhakta-gaṇe vasāilā
pariveśana karibāre āpane lāgilā

Translation: All the devotees sat down in lines, and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu personally began to distribute the prasāda.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.40

prabhura a-bhojane sakalerai bhojane aruci:—

prabhu nā khāile, keha nā kare bhojana
svarūpa-gosāñi tabe kaila nivedana

Translation: But the devotees would not accept the prasāda until Caitanya Mahāprabhu took it. Svarūpa Gosvāmī informed the Lord of this.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.41

bhaktagaṇera pakṣa haiyā svarūpera prārthanā:—

āpane vaisa, prabhu, bhojana karite
tumi nā khāile, keha nā pāre khāite

Translation: Svarūpa Dāmodara said, “My Lord, please sit down. No one will eat until You do.”

Jayapatākā Swami: So, devotees are following the etiquette that Lord Caitanya should first take prasāda, if He starts to take, then all the devotees can also take. So in this Svarūpa Dāmodara Gosvāmī convinced Lord Caitanya to sit down and take prasāda.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.42

prabhura prasāda-sevana:—

tabe mahāprabhu vaise nija-gaṇa lañā
bhojana karāila sabāke ākaṇṭha pūriyā

Translation: At that time, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu sat down with His personal associates and had every one of them fed very sumptuously until they were filled to the necks.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, this is called ākaṇṭha bhojana, taking prasāda up to the neck that means that we are taking prasāda until there is no more space.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.43

bhojanānte ācamana, bahulokera udvṛtta-prasāda-prāpti:—

bhojana kari’ vasilā prabhu kari’ ācamana
prasāda ubarila, khāya sahasreka jana

Translation: After finishing, the Lord washed His mouth and sat down. There was so much extra prasāda that it was distributed to thousands.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.44

dīna, duḥkhī kāṅgālagaṇera prabhu-kṛpāya prasāda-prāpti:—

prabhura ājñāya govinda dīna-hīna jane
duḥkhī kāṅgāla āni’ karāya bhojane

Translation: Following the orders of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Govinda, His personal servant, called for all the poor beggars, who were unhappy due to their poverty, and fed them sumptuously.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, this way we see how Lord Caitanya personally engaged His associates in prasāda distribution.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.45

gauraharira kāṅgāla-bhojana-darśana o hari-kīrtanopadeśa:—

kāṅgālera bhojana-raṅga dekhe gaurahari
’hari-bola’ bali’ tāre upadeśa kari

Translation: Observing the beggars eating prasāda, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu chanted, “Haribol!” and instructed them to chant the holy name.

Purport: In a song, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura chants:

miche māyāra vaśe,           yāccha bhese’,
khāccha hābuḍubu, bhāi
jīva kṛṣṇa-dāsa,      e viśvāsa,
ka’rle ta’ āra duḥkha nāi

“O people! Why are you being captivated by the waves of the ocean of nescience? If you would immediately accept Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa as your eternal master, there would be no chance of being carried away by the waves of illusion. Then all your sufferings would stop.” Kṛṣṇa conducts the material world under the three modes of material nature, and consequently there are three platforms of life — higher, middle and lower. On whatever platform one may be situated, one is tossed by the waves of material nature. Someone may be rich, someone may be middle class, and someone may be a poor beggar — it doesn’t matter. As long as one is under the spell of the three modes of material nature, he must continue to experience these divisions.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu therefore advised the beggars to chant “Haribol!” while taking prasāda. Chanting means accepting one’s self as the eternal servant of Kṛṣṇa. This is the only solution, regardless of social position. Everyone is suffering under the spell of māyā; therefore the best course is to learn how to get out of the clutches of māyā. How to do so is stated by Kṛṣṇa in the Bhagavad-gītā (14.26):

māṁ ca yo ’vyabhicāreṇa
bhakti-yogena
 sevate
sa
 guṇān samatītyaitān
brahma-bhūyāya
 kalpate

“One who engages in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman.”

One can overcome the spell of māyā and attain the transcendental platform by agreeing to engage in the devotional service of the Lord. Devotional service begins with śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam; therefore Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu advised the beggars to chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahāmantra for elevation to the transcendental position. On the transcendental platform, there is no distinction between the rich, the middle class and the poor.

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya was instructing everyone, Hari Bol! to chant the holy name of Kṛṣṇa and in this way we can transcend the material situation.

Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.46

kāṅgālera haribhakti-lābha:—

‘hari-bola’ bali’ kāṅgāla preme bhāsi’ yāya
aichana adbhuta līlā kare gaurarāya

As soon as the beggars chanted the holy name, “Haribol,” they were immediately absorbed in ecstatic love of Godhead. In this way Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu performed wonderful pastimes.

Purport: To feel the emotion of ecstatic love of God is to be on the transcendental platform. If one can keep himself in that transcendental position, he will surely return home, back to Godhead. In the spiritual world there are no higher, middle or lower classes. This is confirmed in the Īśopaniṣad (7):

yasmin sarvāṇi bhūtāny
ātmaivābhūd vijānataḥ
tatra ko mohaḥ kaḥ śoka
ekatvam anupaśyataḥ

“One who always sees all living entities as spiritual sparks, in quality one with the Lord, becomes a true knower of things. What, then, can be illusion or anxiety for him?”

Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya would give His mercy without any prejudice of caste, color, creed, social position or gender. So in this way everyone got the mercy of Lord Caitanya. They ate sumptuous prasāda and they chanted hare Kṛṣṇa.

Thus ends the chapter entitled, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Accepts Lunch Prasāda With the Devotees.