Lord Caitanya manifested his mahaprakasa… Lord Caitanya after the age of fourteen when He began His harinam sankirtan movement… when he came back from Gaya after the departure of Jagannath Misra from this world, then one day Advaita Gosai could sense… He actually realized who Lord Caitanya was. That’s a whole other long history, and Lord Caitanya, He came in a specific mood where Lord Caitanya… something, One day He just came and sat down on the bed of the Deities, and Advaita Gosai with his transcendental vision could see that the Lord was in His original mood that His mood as a devotee, He wasn’t in that mood today. This particular day He was in the mood as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, His original form, and so Advaita Goswami, He started to take tulasi and worship… worship the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya.
govindāya namo namaḥ
and all of the other devotees, they at first they were amazed that, “How is it that Advaita Goswami is worshipping Lord Caitanya as Krishna Himself?” and then Lord Caitanya, He revealed His transcendental glory to all of the devotees where they could actually see that He was none other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, had come in the form of devotee, but He was actually Krishna, Himself, and then different demigods, Sukadeva Goswami the different demigods they came to worship Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
The Ganges came personified. The Ganges River with her carrier. She rides on… I believe it’s a dolphin. She came to worship Caitanya Mahaprabhu and then Lord Caitanya he started to reveal the different identity of His different devotees.
He revealed to Srivasa that he was actually Narada muni. He revealed to Murari Gupta that He, Caitanya was Sri Ramacandra and Murari Gupta was his eternal devotee, Hanuman. That is why he could only worship Ramacandra even though he tried to worship Krishna. When Murari Gupta saw that he fainted. He… unconscious. In this way Lord Caitanya was benedicting different devotees. For twenty-one hours they had the kirtan, which we meditate upon every night when we sing kiba jaya jaya gauracandra aratika sobhe. That twenty-one hour mahaprakasa aarti, that is especially the subject of our meditation when we do the evening arati.
So Then Lord Caitanya suddenly called “Bring that Kholavecha Sridhara.” and the devotees, they went.
“Kholavecha Sridhar, the hawker, the peddler on the streets, bring him?”
So everyone knew he was a devotee, but why Lord Caitanya was bringing him, they were puzzled. So then they… the few devotees went to get him. They said, “Kholavecha Sridhar, Lord Caitanya is requesting that you immediately come to see Him.”
“Lord Caitanya!? Gauranga Mahaprabhu, see me!?”
He fainted right on the spot. Couldn’t… it was too much for him. So they picked him up and carried him all the way to Srivasangan and to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Placing him before Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu then, Kholavecha Sridhara looked, and there he saw that Lord Caitanya was more brilliant than thousands of suns and on his side was Advaita Gosvami… excuse me. On His side was Nityananda prabhu holding umbrella. There was uh, the devotees waving camara, and then all around, there were these devotees all effulgent.
The whole material world disappeared in the presence of Caitanya Mahapra… you could only see the form of the Lord and His devotees. The complete transcendental glory was only visible. The material world was no longer visible in the presence of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Just as you cannot see the stars in the presence of the sun, so the material reflections of the spiritual world disappeared in the presence of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu then asked Kholavecha Sridhar that “You have been worshipping Me for so… and the Ganges so faithfully. So now I want to give you a benediction. You tell Me what you want. I will give you… you may have residence in the… you may have a huge kingdom… you may have a huge kingdom where you can reign and everyone will follow you.”
Kholavecha Sridhar said “Prabhu, master I don’t want a kingdom.”
“I’m giving you a kingdom!”
“I don’t want a kingdom.”
“Alright you can take residence in the heavenly planets as one of the demigods!”
“I don’t want to go to the heavenly planets.”
“I will give you mukti , liberation. You may have liberation!”
Kholavecha Sridhar said, “My lord , I don’t want liberation.”
“Liberation from the three modes of material nature, from the three miseries, complete liberation.”
“My Lord, sorry but I do not want liberation.”
“Then what do you want. You can have whatever you want!” Just see, these demigods they are praying to the lord. But in the end they are going to answer the creation and they can do their material duties properly. Of course they are all devotees and we respect them. But here Kholavecha Sridhar has shown a quality which is beyond even the greatest sages who desire liberation, or those demigods who desire to have material benediction. Kholavecha Sridhar was not desiring any of these. What was he desiring?
When Caitanya Mahaprabhu said “So what do you want?” Kholavecha Sridhar said “Kindly give me that benediction that whenever you appear I can supply the vegetables, bananas and banana leaf plates and all Your vegetable needs. I simply want to see that smiling mischievous face of that young Brahmana Nimai Pandit who is coming. I simply want it and if I am not able to and if I am unworthy to serve You wherever You are then at least allow me to serve Your pure devotees and allow me to render service to the devotees of the Lord.”
Then Caitanya Mahaprabhu in front of all of the devotees who were performing kirtan and arati is going on, then He said “Kholavecha Sridhar! I am benedicting you, you may have pure Krishna prema – that thing even the demigods, even Shiva even Brahma they find it difficult to have – they are hankering for it eagerly, you may have pure love for Krishna!”
Then the devotees went wild and they are jumping up and chanting “Haribol! Haribol!” This is the nature
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 5th June, SB Class, New vrindavan @ USA