Nimai of Nabadwip, Part 26
BY: SUN STAFF
Lord Caitanya Reveals Himself as Krsna and Narayana to Sarvabhauma Battacharya
Apr 12, 2012 CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of 'Nimai of Nabadwip', reposted from PrabhupadaConnect and appearing in part in 'Srila Prabhupada Tributes 2010'.
Nimai of Nabadwip
Patit Pavana das Adhikary (Patit Uddharana das)
THE LORD TRAVELS TO GAYA
To offer His departed father homage, Nimai went,
To Gaya, and along the way, arose one incident.
Wherein the Lord saw brahmanas treated disrespectfully,
With great desire to rectify this with a miracle, He
Then drank polluted river water and became diseased,
And, calling for the feet wash of the brahmanas, He was pleased,
To satisfy His thirst with that and then regain His glow,
So people would the glory of the righteous brahmanas know.
When He arrived at Gaya, He went to the temple room,
And hearing brahmanas singing hymns, He went into a swoon.
Their prayers to God flowed just like nectar into Nimai's ears,
With great delight the brahmans saw His lotus eyes pour tears.
His body palpitated while His hair stood high on end;
This blissful state of Nimai showed all symptoms of transcen-
-dental Krishna consciousness of mellow bhakti-prem;
That Nimai brought from Krishna-loka, here to be proclaimed.
By Providential will then entered one devotee pure;
Ishwara Puri whom the Lord had met at Mayapur.
The two embraced with tears in eyes and joy in bounteous hearts.
The Lord then said, "Thy darshan all success to Me imparts.
Ancestral off'rings of Prasad frees relatives from sin,
Yet only those to whom its offered liberation win.
The very sight of you will save My total ancestry,
Relieved My forefathers' bondage by your Sun-like purity!
A walking shrine are you, a tirtha thy two feet,
Your only need for pilgrimage is blessing souls you meet.
Without restraint I give Myself, thy lotus feet to serve,
Lance wide My eyes, thy torch of knowledge I would now observe!"
Replied the saint, "O Pandit! Thou art joy to these two eyes,
Your learning, personality and character give rise,
To excellent delight and bliss that leads Me now to see,
That You are Krishna, my beloved last Divinity.
For I've pondered ‘pon your glories since we met, that very start,
When meeting You ar Mayapur, Your charms enthralled my heart."
Next morning after cooking Nimai gave His Gurudeva,
The first plate cooked with His own hands, and thus a lesson gave;
That students always serve their master, never their own whim,
Transgression of the dharmic code is called the greatest sin.
The Lord approached Ishwara Puri; for acceptance prayed,
God needs not a Gurudeva, but to the world displayed,
That one must serve the pure devotee, learn of life's true goal,
Transcending his own body, one must seek the spirit soul.
No man can claim he's cultured if a master he's not found,
To break the wheel of birth and death that's spinning him around.
No man's above the animals exploiting senses wild,
Until he does the bidding of the pure devotee mild.
The pure devotee is the link through which we serve the Lord,
One may have beauty, wealth and fame, but if his soul's ignored,
He may not get another chance, this human form of life;
He'll fall into the darkest regions, enchained by Maya's strife.
Initiated Nimai heard the chant of letters ten,
And mutt'ring the mantra plunged in bliss nectarean.
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