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Lord Caitanya Taking Prasada at Lord Nrsinghadev Altar

"The foods Damayanti cooked for Lord Caitanya when He was at Puri were carried in bags by her brother Raghava without the knowledge of others. The Lord accepted these foods throughout the entire year. Those bags are still celebrated as raghavera jhali ["the bags of Raghava Pandita"]. I shall describe the contents of the bags of Raghava Pandita later in this book. Hearing this narration, devotees generally cry, and tears glide down from their eyes."

Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi lila 10:26-28

Due to the mercy of the Sampradaya Acaryas, we have the good fortune of being able to comprehend the transcendental lila of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Yuga Avatara who introduced the topmost means for attaining Krsna Consciousness in this age. Along with the chanting of the Hare Krsna mahamantra, Lord Caitanya introduced the preparation, offering and taking of Krsna Prasadam as part of the process of Krsna Consciousness.

During His manifest lila, Lord Caitanya personally demonstrated the ecstasies of chanting the Holy Names of the Lord. He also displayed many pastimes in regards to prasada from His early youth to His sankirtana era, when He played the role of a Sannyassi. The Lord's confidential devotees understood the intricacies of this incarnation, and realized how Lord Caitanya was simultaneously playing the role of an advanced devotee, a sanyassi, and at the same time was a direct incarnation of Lord Sri Krsna.

During many of His lila prasada pastimes, Mahaprabhu was acting in His capacity as a sannyassi. His associates would attempt to offer Him great quantities of wonderful preparations so that His mercy remnants could be freely distributed. Mahaprabhu would instead beg to be given austere foodstuffs fit for a sannyassi, but would always surrender and accept the devotees' offerings. At other times, Lord Caitanya was in His ecstatic state, relishing great quantities of sumptuous Krsna prasada, just as one would offer to the Deities in the temple.

By the mercy of the purports that accompany the following verses and descriptions of Lord Caitanya's prasada pastimes, we are given some very confidential insight not only into the role Sri Caitanya was playing at that time, but also into the pastimes that the Lord's devotees will be displaying in the future, as they engage in this process of Krsna Consciousness.

"Most of his contemporary biographers have mentioned certain anecdotes regarding Caitanya which are simple records of his early miracles. It is said that when he was an infant in his mother's arms he wept continually, and when the neighboring ladies cried Haribol he used to stop. Thus there was a continuation of the utterance of Haribol in the house, foreshewing the future mission of the hero. It has also been stated that when his mother once gave him sweetmeats to eat, he ate clay instead of the food. His mother asking for the reason, he stated that as every sweetmeat was nothing but clay transformed, he could eat clay as well. His mother, who was also the consort of a pandita, explained that every article in a special state was adapted to a special use. Earth, while in the state of a jug, could be used as a water pot, but in the state of a brick such a use was not possible. Clay, therefore, in the form of sweetmeats was usable as food, but clay in its other states was not. The lad was convinced and admitted his stupidity in eating clay and agreed to avoid the mistake in the future. Another miraculous act has been related. It is said that a brahmana on pilgrimage became a guest in his house, cooked food and read grace with meditation upon Krsna. In the meantime the lad came and ate up the cooked rice. The brahmana, astonished at the lad's act, cooked again at the request of Jagannatha Misra. The lad again ate up the cooked rice while the brahmana was offering the rice to Krsna with meditation. The brahmana was persuaded to cook for the third time. This time all the inmates of the house had fallen asleep, and the lad shewed himself as Krsna to the traveller and blessed him. The brahmana was then lost in ecstasy at the appearance of the object of his worship. It has also been stated that two thieves stole away the lad from his father's door with a view to purloin his jewels and gave him sweetmeats on the way. The lad exercised his illusory energy and deceived the thieves back towards his own house. The thieves, for fear of detection, left the boy there and fled. Another miraculous act that has been described is the lad's demanding and getting from Hiranya and Jagadisa all the offerings they had collected for worshiping Krsna on the day of Ekadasi. When only four years of age he sat on rejected cooking pots which were considered unholy by his mother. He explained to his mother that there was no question of holiness and unholiness as regards earthen pots thrown away after the cooking was over. These anecdotes relate to his tender age up to the fifth year."

Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Prologue
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

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