Sri Caitanya-candrodaya, Part 4
BY: SUN STAFF
Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai
Jan 30, CANADA (SUN)
By Srila Kavi-karnapura
ete brahma-kamandalor iva ghatan nihsyandamanair muhuh
svar-ganga-jala-nirjharair avirala-klinnat sumeror iva
gaurangasya sarirato nipatatam bhu-mandalocchvasinam
nihsyandah sumahabhisheka-payasam sasrus catasro disah
As water continually falling from Brahma's kamandalu, or as the swiftly-flowing heavenly Ganges on always-flooded Mount Sumeru, the abhisheka-water flowing from Lord Gauranga's body floods the four directions of the world.
api ca, abhishiktasya nihsarita-saritarabhisheka-kilalasya lalasyamana-vasana-paridhapana-panana-sobhamanasya manasya-paritosha-viseshenaseshenanuliptasya bhakta-janaih kaiscana kritalankaranasya karana-syandena kair api paridhavita-carana-kamalasya jvalana-dhauta-kaladhauta-kalaya nirajita-rajita-gaura-mahaso mahaso 'suyamana-mahimnah sri-visvambharasya bhara-syadena premnam sarvair eva pada-padmopakanthe yatha-vaibhavam vaibhavam puraskrityadvaitam dvaitam purayadbhih kanaka-mani-vasanadiny upadhaukyante.
Before the lotus feet of Sri Visvambhara, who is now bathed, His body dried with a towel, splendidly dressed in clean garments, with great happiness anointed and decorated by some devotees, His lotus feet washed, and His fair splendor rivaling the glory of the world, all the devotees, aware that He is both different and not different from everything, overcome with love, and according to their own powers, place gold, jewels, belts, and many valuable offerings.
adharmah: sakhe, ayam avasarah lobhasya. yatah,
dhairya-dhvamsi parinati-sukha-dveshino hri-virodhi
jetum sakyo bhavati nitaram hanta kenapi lobhah
kshirambhodher mathana-janitam ratna-bhutasya ratnam
devo vishnuh kim api cakame kaustubham ca sriyam ca
Irreligion: Friend, this is greed's opportunity. Greed, which destroys patience, hates happiness, and stops humility, will somehow defeat Him. Even Lord Vishnu becamne greedy for the goddess of fortune and the great Kaustubha gem churned from the milk-ocean.
kalih: nayam tatha. (iti nirbhalya) pasya pasya, esha khalu,
Kali: It's not like that. (looks) Look! Look! It is so.
na bhashate nekshate ca
na srinoti ca kincana
tejasa param edhate
He does not speak. He does not see. He does not hear anything. Stunned with bliss, He shines with great splendor.
adharmah: sakhe iyam api madasyaiva ritih.
muki-karoty alam amukam aho anandham
andhi-karoty avadhiram vadhiri-karoti
yo 'yam bali sumanasam vimali-karoti
sa sri-mado vada na kasya mahopahatyai
Irreligion: Friend, these are the actions of a madman. Powerful madness makes the eloquent silent, the sighted blind, the hearing deaf, and the wise foolish. What calamity does it not bring?
tad alam atra cintaya, ekasyavasare sarvesham evavasaro 'numeyah. eka-yoga-nirdishtanam saha va pravrittih, saha va nivrittih ity adi, tena.
Why worry? If there is one fault, then there may also be all other faults. This is confirmed by the words "eka-yoga-nirdishtanam saha va pravrittih, saha va nivrittih".
anyotkarshasahatvan manasi malinata kraurya-kapatya-kari
yatrotpadyeta tam hi pradahati sahasa kotaragnir yathagam
yenakrantantaranam khala iti balate visva-vikshobhikakhya
so 'yam matsarya-nama tava saciva-varo vartate gudham atra
Your lieutenant envy, who pollutes the heart with an intolerance of others' good fortune, who creates cruelty and deceit, who burns as a fire in a tree hollow, who turns those it defeats into demons, and who upsets the entire world, hides within Him.
(punar nepathye) hanta bho advaita,
kshana iva namabhavan yasya
kim upacaramo vayam kshudrah
Again a Voice From Behind the Scenes: O! O! Advaita! These 54 hours have passed for Him as a moment. Now that He is in this ecstasy, how can we tiny people continue to serve Him?
tad adhuna sarva eva tatha studhvam, yathayam sahajam api sandram anandam pratanu-kritya bhakta-vatsalyad bahir-vrittim alambate.
Let us all pray that out of kindness to His devotees He will give up His ecstasy and return to external consciousness.
kalih: srutam sakhe srutam. bhakta hi kevalam aisvaryam na sahante, yad evam srivaso nigadati.
Kali: Friend, listen! Listen! The devotees cannot bear His power and opulence. That's what Srivasa is saying.
adharmah: srutam, kintu ebhir evasyantavarti madah prakhyapyate, samanantaram mohas ca. tatha hi,
Irreligion: I heard. Madness is in their hearts. And delusion.
anandah sahajo bhaved yadi tada nasau vihatum kshamas
tenantar-mada-meduro 'ti-kapatad visvam trinam manyate
mohas cet sva-janeshu nasya kim aho tesham vaco grihyate
adharmah: kshudre moha ititaratra sa janair vatsalyam ity ucyate.
If He is really in ecstasy he cannot leave his trance. Madness and pride in His heart, He falsely thinks the world is a blade of straw. If they are not bewildered, why do His followers take his words seriously?Text 111
Kali: Out of love.
Irreligion: Then you say when it is directed to ordinary people it is delusion and whn it is directed to anyone else, to the great souls, it is love.
adharmah: ajna, jivasrayo 'yam vicarah, kshudrakshudratvasya jiva-gatatvad iti. (punar nepathyabhimukham avalokya) aho katham akasmad eva.
Kali: Fool, that is the way conditioned souls think. Because they are conditioned they think one is great and another small. (Again looks behind the scenes) Oh! What is this?
advaita-pramukhah patanti yugapat sarve kshitau dandavat
srivasadi-catuh-sahodara-vadhu-muhkyah striyas cakhilah
vyakosambuja-malike iva kripa-madhvika-nihsyandike
svanandormi-vinidrite vikacayam asayam iso drisau
All the devotees headed by Advaita and all the women headed by the wives of Srivasa and his brothers fall as sticks to the ground. I understand. The Lord has opened His eyes like two blossoming lotuses dripping the honey of His mercy, lotuses that had been closed by the waves of His ecstasy.
(punas ciram nirupya) aho aty-adbhutam.
(Again looks for a long time.) Very wonderful!
mac-citta bhavateti varida-ghata-gambhira-dhira-svaram
bhashitvanghri-saroruhe bhagavatamisham sirahsv arpite
sasram sotkalikam sa-vepathu sa-sitkaram sa-romodgamam
sollasam ca sa-kautukam ca yad ami ananda-tandram yayuh
In a voice deep as thunder saying "Fix your minds on Me", the Lord places His lotus feet on their heads. With tears, anxiety, trembling, coolness, bodily hairs erect, joy, and intense eagerness, they are now overcome with ecstasy.
tat atah param atraivagamishyanti sarve, tad ehi sthanantaram cintayamah.
Now they are all coming here. Come. I think we should go somewhere else.
adharmah: sakhe, mamavasthanam kva cintaniyam.
kalih: cintitam asti, sruyatam,
Irreligion: Friend, where do you think I should go? Text 117
Kali: (thinks) Listen.
vidya-sila-tapah-kulasrama-yujo 'py ekanta-dantas ca ye
nindanty asya vibhos caritram anagham teshu tvaya sthiyatam
tvat-patni tu mrisa bahirmukha-mukheshv astam tanujas ca te
dambhah kevala-sushka-karma-nirateshv etena ma khidyatam
Kali: You can stay among they who blaspheme the spotless character of Lord Caitanya, who has learning, morality, austerity, exalted lineage, and the highest asrama. Your wife, Lies, can stay among the atheists, and your son, Deception, can stay among the dry impersonalists and the materialists. Don't be unhappy.
adharmah: yatha rucitam te. (iti nishkrantau.) (vishkambhakah.)
Irreligion: As you like. (They both exit. Thus ends the Vishkambhaka.)
(tatah pravisati paryankarudho grihita-divya-vesa-bhushah svananda-supta-prabuddha iva bhagavan visvambharah parito vibhavas cadvaitadayas ca, dure kirtayanto 'nye bhagavatah)
(Carried on a palanquin, dressed in splendid clothing and ornaments, and as if just awakened from the sleep of His ecstasy, Lord Visvambhara enters. Great souls headed by Advaita surround Him. In the distance other devotees perform kirtana.)
golokad avatarito 'smi bhavataivaham sudurvaraya
sva-premamrita-vanyayaiva paraya dainyadinananyaya
advaitah: (anjalim baddhva)
ko 'ham kshudratamas tvayaiva bhagaval-lilavasenatmana
lokanugraha-sagrahena dharanav atmayam avishkritah
Bhagavan: Advaita, I descended from Goloka because of the flood of nectar that was Your humble request, which I could not refuse. Text 121
Advaita: (folding his hands) Who am I? I am the most insignificant. You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who enjoys transcendental pastimes. Out of kindness to the conditioned souls You have manifested this form.
katham pasyema hi striyah
How can it be otherwise? Queen Kunti explains (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.20): "You Yourself descend to propagate transcendental science in the hearts of the advanced transcendentalists and mental speculators. Such persons are purified by being able to discriminate between matter and spirit. But how can we unqualified women know you perfectly?"*
iti kunty-ukta-disa tatha-vidhanam nirasataya sushka-hridayanam muninam hridaya-sarasi-karanaya prakatita-jagan-mangala-mangalavatarena svayam-bhagavata vraja-raja-kumarena viracitasu purushartha-sarthaparthi-karana-samartha-sravana-kirtanadishu brahmanandad api camatkara-karinishu gokula-mathura-dvaravati-lilasu.
Here Queen Kunti explains that in order to make sweet the dried and shrivelled hearts of the impersonalists sages, Vraja's prince, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose appearance brings auspiciousness to the world, manifested His Gokula, Mathura and Dvaraka pastimes, which are more wonderful than the blkiss of impersonal Brahman, and the hearing and chanting of which eclipses the value of materialistic goals of life.
bhaktih pravartita dishtya
muninam api durlabha
Uddhava said to the gopis (Srimad-Bhagavatam 10. 47.25): Among all the living entities who have accepted the human form of life, the gopis are superexcellently successful in their mission. Their thought is thoroughly absorbed in the lotus feet of Krishna. Great sages and saintly persons are also trying to be absorbed in meditation upon the lotus feet of Krishna, who is Mukunda Himself, the giver of liberation, but the gopis, having lovingly accepted the Lord, are automatically accustomed to this habit. They do not depend on any yoga practice."*
ity uddhavokta-disa sakala-rasa-paravara-para-varti-golokady-apara-namani sri-vrindavana-dhamani nikama-niratishyananda-bhumani murtimad-ananda-saktibhih santata-santanyamana-manasa-raga-para-bhaga-bhagadheyabhir abhira-bhirubhih pravartitam tadrisam eva prema-tattvam tadanim tatraiva sthitam samprati sampratipadyamana-tad-asvada-svadara-grihita-samucita-vigrahasya tava saubhagavato bhagavato niravadhi tad eva madhuratara-rasa-rahasya-piyusha-jusham ahita-gandusham acamato 'nguli-vivara-vilagita iva tat-kanah kva namasmabhir apy acamyante.
How will we sip the drops that fall between Your fingers as You, the wonderful Supreme Personality of Godhead in a form meant to taste nectar, now sip with cupped hands the secret, sweet nectar of love the gopis, Your supremely fortunate personified pleasure potencies, their hearts filled with eternal ever-increasing attachment for You, felt in Vrindavana-dhama, the land of limitless transcendental bliss situated on the far shore of the nectar ocean of all rasa and known by many names beginning with the name Gokula?
srivasa smarasi viniryatas tavasun
arautsam yad iha capeta-patavena
srivasah: (smritim abhiniya)
am vedmi prabhu-vara mocito 'smi mrityoh
kenapi prasabham iti smritir mamaste
Bhagavan: Srivasa, do you remember how with My hand I once forcibly stopped your life breath from leaving your body?
Srivasa: (remembers) Yes. I remember, O Lord, how You saved me from death.
(sarve vismayam natayanti)
bhagavan: srivasa, amulam kathaya, sarve srinvantu.
(Everyone is filled with wonder.) Text 127
Bhagavan: Tell everything from the beginning. Everyone hear.
srivasah: bhagavata avirbhavat purvam asaisavam ashodasa-varsham ayam jantur ati-danturataya dvija-gurv-adishu mantumattaya mattaya mano-vritty avrittyagacchad-asanti-dasantima-kashtha-kashthayamana-hridayo 'dayo vritha-kalaha-lahari-kukathadibhir mada-medura-duravasthita-dhih svapne 'pi na sruta-kirtita-bhagavad-gunah kadacid acita-purva-sukrita-sukrita-vasan nidra-vidravitayam samjnayam kenapi karunatmana svapne samupadishta iva jato 'smi.
Srivasa: Before the Lord came, from childhood up to sixteen years, this person, wild, merciless, offensive to guru and brahmanas, his restless heart hard as wood, and his proud mind splashed by the waves of contentious useless theories, even in dream never heard or chanted the Lord's glories. Then, because of some unknown previous pious act, a kind-hearted person said to me in a dream:
yathaare brahmana-bruva, bruvantu ke tvam upadesa-vacam va canala-hridaya, tathapi brumahe varsham ekam te 'tah param paramayur atah param vrithayuh-kshepam ma karshir iti.
"O brahmana in name only, O restless-hearted one, who can give you advice? Still, I tell you: You have only one year of life ahead. Don't throw it away."
vibhatayam vibhavaryam varyam tam upadesa-vacam anusmarann alpayushkataya vimanasko viratakhila-capalas tad-dinam uposhitah poshitas tenaivopadesapadesamritena purusha-nihsreyasam kim iti nirnetum vidhivan naradiya-purana-padyam idam upalabdhavan asmi. yatha,
Awakening at dawn, remembering the good advice, unhappy at heart that my life would be so short, giving up all my misdeeds, fasting on that day, encouraged by the nectar of that advice, and determined to understand what is the best goal of life, in the Narada Purana I found this verse:
harer nama harer nama
harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva
nasty eva gatir anyatha
"In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of delivarance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way."*
tad anu danuja-damanopadesam iva tan manvano 'nvanodita-sakala-karma hari-nama-matra-saranah saranam api vismritavan asmi.
Considering this a message from Lord Krishna, the crusher of demons, I gave up all materialism and, forgetting even my own home, took shelter of Lord Hari's name alone.
sarvair evopahasyamano 'pi prasanta-mana manag api nanya-vrittis tad eva mrityu-dinam anusandadhano dadhano hridi vishadam masan ganayann uparate varshe pratyupasanne ca mrityu-divase 'vaseshayur aham sri-bhagavatadhyapana-kartur devananda-panditasyalayam tac-chusrushayagatah.
Peaceful at heart although everyone laughed at me, not doing anything else (but only chanting Lord Hari's name), waiting with sadness in my heart for the day of my death, and counting the months, when the year was over and the day of my death had come, with a desire to hear from him, I went the home of Devananda Pandita, a teacher of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
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