Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Part 79


Sri Krsna Caitanya Sankirtana
Hand-colored Lithograph, Calcutta, c. 1876

Jan 06, 2017 — CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Seven

All glories to Sri Krsna Caitanya, the friend of the poor. All glories to Nityananda the ocean of mercy and all glories to Sri Advaita, the abode of all good qualities. Glory to Sri Pandita Gadadhara the embodiment of love. Glory to Sri Pandita Srinivasa, the distributor of that love and glory to Vakresvara, Sri Murari and Haridasa.1-3

Glory to Sarva Bhauma, Kasi Misra and Ramananda; glory to Vasudeva Ghosh and Madhava and Mukunda.4

Glory to Dhanajaya, Sri Svarupa Damodara, Narahari, Gouridasa, Kasiswara.5

Glory to Gadadhara Dasa, Sridhara, Vijay and glory to Suklambara Brahmacari and Sri Sanjay.6

Glory to Bhatta Gopal, Rupa and Sanatana. Glory to Raghunatha Dasa who is the life of the poor.7

Glory to Sri Bhugarva, Lokenath, Sri Raghav and glory to Raghunatha Bhatta and Acarya Yadava.8

Glory to Sri Jiva the abode of all desirable attributes and glory to Kaviraja Krsnadasa the kind hearted.9

Glory to Srinivasa Acarya Thakura and glory to Narottama whose grace was boundless.10

Glory to Syamananda whose former name was Dukhi Krsnadasa and who had a magnigificant character.11

Glory to all the vaisnavas, the abodes of kindness by whose favor all desires are fulfilled.12

Glory to the listeners for they are the abode of all good qualities. Now please listen attentively to my narration.13

Speaking the name of Sri Gauranga, Srinivasa travelled towards Gaudadesha with the books.14

With him was Narottama who was non different from Srinivasa in every way, and also his most beloved Syamananda.15

With Narottama and Syamananda, Srinivasa travelled happily without any trouble.16

From time to time he met groups of pilgrims going to Nilacala and travelled with them through the forest.17

Srinivasa followed the same route which Sri Caitanya had travelled on his way to Nilacala.18

Srinivasa requested various pilgrims to point out the places where Caitanya and his companions had stayed and then he personally visited each of those places.19

It was a pleasure to travel through the forests and they experienced no trouble whatsoever.20

To prevent this book from becoming voluminious we will not describe the various countries and villages through which Srinvasa passed.21

Soon the news apread that a rich man was going to Nilacala with immense wealth.22

A band of robbers maintained by King Hamvira came to know from an astrologer that the carts were filled with priceless jewels.23

They informed the king that a rich man was carrying priceless jewels on his cart.24

The king was quite happy to receive the news from his bank of robbers. The activities of that king shall now be narrated in brief.25

Vira Hamvira and his thieves were a source of constant threat to people of Visnupura.26

His various misdeeds were countless as we have learnt from other professional storytellers.27

King Hamvira ordered his undomitable robbers to prepare themselves, attack the cart and bring the money to the palace secretly. "Threathen them, but do not kill anyone," ordered the king.28-29

On the order of the king the robbers left in a large group which roused fear in the hearts of the innocent people of Visnupura.30

Just like the king, this bank of robbers enjoyed dacoitry immensely.31

Far outside Vana Visnupura they spotted Srinivasa and followed him at a distance.32

Srinivasa decided to enter Visnupura via Pancakuti.33

Srinivasa was pleased that he had reached his own country without any trouble; he had no idea that the king of Visnupur was a wicked person.34

He stopped in a large village in the forest near the capital which was known as Vana Visnupur.35

They prepared and ate their meals during the daytime and spent half the night singing the names of Sri Krsna.36

When they lay down tht night they all fell into a deep sleep.37

The honest villagers wondered if Krsna would save these rich men. "They are sleeping without anxiety but out of fear of the king we cannot warn them. Our king is a wicked man who sends his band of robbers near and far even for a little money," said the villagers.38-40

They wondered how this rich man had safely travelled so far with a cart load of wealth.41

Someone suggested, "This rich man is a pious person and for that reason the robbers would not touch him."42

Someone countered, "No the robbers are certainly following them, who knows when they will strike."43

The village people spoke quietly and stayed in their houses. Meanwhile the robbers were actively designing a plan to steal the cart.44

One thief said, "Dear robbers, we had better design a good plan and act accordingly. If we fail this mission we will be ridiculed in the society of thiefs."45

They decided to strike near Tamaragarama but their first attempt failed.46

They tried again one night near Raghunakhtur but their courage failed them. But when Srinivasa was near Vana Visnupur the thieves felt enough courage to carry out their plans because it was so close to their home.47-48

If we steal these carts today and deliver them to the king he will be pleased; otherwise he will kill us all said one of the thieves.49

They joined together to worship Goddess Chandi by offering her goats, sheep and buffaloes.50

Bowing at her feet they prayed, "Please grant us success and save us."51

Then they sent out a scout to determine their whereabouts and security of Srinivasa's camp.52

The scout found them all sleeping and informed the others that this would be the most appropriate time to strike.53

The robbers came, disguised but easily took the carts and went deep into the forest.54

At the end of the night they reached Vana Visnupura and narrated their story to the king as they handed the great wealth.55

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