BY: VIDHUBHUSANA BHATTACHARYA
Apr 28, CANADA (SUN)
Appearance of Sri Caitanyadeva and His Associates
The Hindu kingdom in India had come to an end. The glorious
flag of the Muslims had been flying very proudly in the sky of India.
The huge tree like Hindu religion with its many branches and twigs had
become uprooted by the blow of the bigotry of the Muslims of their
inclination towards one particular religion. The Mohamedan preachers
had been trying to seduce the low caste people of the Hindu society to
convert themselves into Muslims. The low caste Hindus being hated by
the brahmins began to run after Muslim religion. The Muslim kings
began to destroy the Hindu temples to erect their Musjids there. At
this precarious condition of India, the brahmins who were once very
powerful and influential in India, had gradually become helpless to
protect the Hindu religion with all its sanctity. They began to
regard the new Muslims as sinners and their shadows as most harmful.
The spiritually superior Hindu society had been heading towards
destruction due to the lack of proper religious teachings. Above all
the laws and rituals of Hindu religion were very stiff and hard to
The socialist brahmins paid no heed to this tremendous draw
back and never tried to reform all these things. They used to absorb
in their studies. As they tried to realise God through these dry dry
scriptures, gradually they became less devotional and lover of God. The
once religious minded Hindus now became most professional in their
outlook. So selfish interests began to preoccupy their minds and cheap
enjoyment of life became predominant.
Observing the wretched condition India which had once been the
abode of God Himself, Advaitacarya and some of the great men became
very much aggrieved and they began to pray to God, "oh God why this
eternally blissful India which had once been the abode of your divine
sports and had once given birth to great men like Dhruva, Prahlada etc.
has now become so devoid of love and devotion and has become full of
"Oh Narayana, why this India which had always been rewarded by
your grace and had been the place of great sages like Suka, Narada and
others, has now become the fighting ground of the heretic Muslims?
Whose sins have made India like this?"
"Even if any place in India used to face any impure attack or
religion, you used to appear there yourself taking any feature to
protect the wise and virtuous and to destroy the sinners and to
deliver them from damnation. But why do not you do this time, oh
my deliverer of sinners!" "Hey Prabhu, when India had been suffering
from the tyrannical rule of Kamsa and Jarasandha, you appeared as Hari,
the destroyer of demons to protect the helpless and to ruin the
"Oh Prabhu why aren't you hearing us? Where is you our Lord of life,
why aren't you coming to rescue us? Please do come oh my Lord in your
loving feature and wipe the whole country by the wave of your grace and
favour. This place has become a desert. Please come one as an oasis in
These earnest prayers of the devotees most probably moved the
heart of God. He Himself began to cry to observe the helpless
condition of His favorite land." So he decided to appear in India.
At the end of the Dvapara yuga, God had appeared in Vrndavana,
washed by the water of Yamuna and had performed many sports not only
with the gopa boys and girls but also with the grown up gopinies, the
most significant of whom was Sri Radhika, daughter of Vrsabhanu and she
had no other love than Krsna. That God i.e. Krsna Himself reappeared
in a brahmin family of Navadvipa village situated near the bank of
Sri Caitanyadeva sent Nityananda to Vrndavana to Bring Sridama to
Having appeared in Navadvipa, Narayana became known as Nimai.
Nimai was a love to everybody in Navadvipa because of his divine
beauty, extreme knowledge and wonderful gestures and postures. Even
the great scholars of Navadvipa could not feel offended though
invariably they used to be defeated by Nimai in debates.
When Nimai was a bright young man, he left his house as an
ascetic. From that time he became known as Sri Caitanya. He used to
be ecstatic in the love for Sri Krsna like Sri Radha to whom Krsna was
the life. He became very eager to distribute this divine love to one
and all. To assist him in this job God Nityananda, great devotee
Advaitacarya etc. used to meet him. Prabhu Nityananda being the right
hand of Caitanya, began to help Caitanya to great extent. Even the
laymen became so impressed by the qualities of Nityananda that when
Nityananda used to request them to do or sing Harinama, however
heretics they might be, they used to do that unhesitantly. Even
getting the company of Nityananda, Caitanya could not be satisfied
because he began to think that if he could not get the company of
Sridama who had been the main help to Krsna in His Vrndavana lila, his
project of distributing the love for Krsna would be half-hearted.
After thinking a lot, he told Nityananda, "Oh my brother, though there
is no flaw in your sincere service in distributing Krsna love, yet it is
my request to you that you should go to Vrndavana and fetch Sridama who
has been lying in the cave of Govardhana Hill in a trance. It is my
assumption that without him, we aren't be able to accomplish this great
Prabhu Nityananda became glad to hear this and without
hesitation started for Vrndavana to fetch Sridama.
Now in modern times, it may be seemed doubtful, was he really
Sridama of Dvapara yuga who came to Navadvipa come four or five
thousand years later at the time of Sri Caitanya? Could he live for
such a long time? Was Sridama of Dvapara yuga be Abhirama of kaliyuga?
To remove them doubt, I request them to think seriously that there will
be no impossibility in the dictionary of a superman who has
transcendental power like God Himself. In period after period all
incarnated persons had appeared in this world having some
transcendental powers by which they used to enlighten this world.
Thinking about their great contributions to mankind, our heads used to
bow down spontanesouly. So all these assumptions about Abhirama may not
be exaggerations at all.
The meeting of Nityananda and Sridama in Vrndavana
Nityananda reached Vrndavana. While taking rest on the bank of
Yamuna, he could commemorate the Vrajalila of dvapara. He could see
How he as Balarama used to play with Krsna and Sridama and other gopa
boys in Vrndavana. So he became so restless that without any delay he
started for Govardhana hill to fetch Sridama.
Coming near to the hill, Nityananda became absorbed into
trance. He began to feel as if he had been living in Vrndavana as
Balarama of Dvapara yuga, as if Krsna to protect Vrajabhumi from the
fury of King Indra had been lifting Govardhana most easily. The
continuous rain had become a failure to do any harm to Vrajabhumi.
Nityananda in a trance to walk round Govardhana and to shout in
name of Sridama. His sincere call awakened the eternal sleep of
Sridama who had been lying in the cave of the hill. He came out of the
cave and found that a divinely beautiful person had been standing
there. As soon as Sridama looked at Nityananda, his heart seemed to
leap in joy as if he had seen some one very dear to him. His heart
became full of divine pleasure and most lovingly he asked Nityananda,
"Who are you? Your sight has been giving me a wonde3rful
divinely pleasure which one can get only from a dear one. Speak out
quickly who are you? I cannot keep my patience any longer."
Nityananda answered, "Oh my dear friend Sridama, do you not
recognize me? I am your most favorite Valai." These words at once
made Sridama dumbfounded and he used to stare at Nityananda for a
while. Then he asked, "If you are Valai, now see I am starting to run
and catch me." Saying so Sridama began to run very fast. Nityananda
began to run after him. While Sridama completed four rounds of
Govardhana by running, he found that Valaihad been standing behind him.
Then Sridama embraced Nityananda very lovingly and said, "Ah, you are
my Valai because no one except you can catch me in this way. I failed
to recognise you because you are lacking that gorgeous dress and that
mesmerising beauty, oh my brother, you are very tired. Now take some
rest." After some discussions, Sridama asked Nityananda why he had come
Nityananda said, "The human being of Kali yuga has become
Very heretical and has given up sadhana and bhajana fully. The lay
people are giving up their own eternal Hindu religion and are becoming
interested in the religion of the heretics. To remove this type of
obstacle from the path of Hindu religion Krsna has appeared in the
brahmin family of Navadvipa in the name of Nimai. The aim of Sri Krsna
is to bring the flood of love in the country and to do this He himself
will practise it in this life. He will guide the people how to obtain
the grace of God. We, the friends of His Vrajalila, have all appeared
with him. Only you are absent. So Nimai has become very much eager to
get you with him and for this reason he has sent me here to fetch you.
So don't make any delay and go with me."
After listening to Nityananda, Sridama told him, "My dear
brother, I do not want to go to Navadvipa in this utterly dark kali
yuga. I shall stay here and spend my days in the practice of yoga. I
don't want to suffer the pain of remaining in anyone's womb again. If
I want to be with you I have to do this. So go back to Navadvipa and
tell Krsna that I am helpless to keep the request."
Nityananda told Sridama, "Oh my brother Sridama, go with me in
this body. If Sri Caitanyam, the incarnation of Sri Krsna permits you
to be in this body, then with this body and energy, you can assist him
in his task."
So Sridama without leaving his Dvapara feature started for
Navadvipa with Nityananda for meeting Sri Caitanya. Being very
inquisitive about the different changes in the kali yuga, Sridama began
to ask many questions to Nityananda on their way to Navadvipa by taking
the bank side road of the river Ganga.
Sridama came to Navadvipa and Met Sri Caitanya
Sri Caitanya heartily welcomed Sridama in Navadvipa and asked,
"Oh my brother Sridama, why were you living in a cave of Govardhana
lonely without coming to us? Don't you know that I used to appear with
my cmpanion in period after period in this Bharatabhumi to protect the
religion? You are my best help. So I had sent Nityananda to you. Now
come on and help me to my complete sport! Meeting Sri Caitanya as the
incarnation of Sri Krsna, Sridama became overwhelmed in joy and began
to shed tears of joy. Embracing Mahaprabhu, he began to say in a
shocked voice, "Krsna, why do you appear in Vangadesa instead of
Vrndavana? And where is Sri Radha, the supreme power of yours? Why
have you given up your gorgeous dresses of Vrndavana and are wearing a
dress of an ascetic? I cannot bear this."
Sri Caitanya seeing him so perturbed said in a smiling face,
"This Navadvipa has become the center of all knowledge and scriptures
in the whole of Bharatabhumi. But the over educated and proud
brahmanas by their dry discussions have become less interested in God
Himself. I have taken my birth here to defeat them in debates and for
this reason I had made myself a great scholar. The heretics of Kali
have no faith in Prematattva. They understand bodily pleasure only. So
I avoided to appear with Sri Radha. In this Kaliyuga, I shall be Sri
Radha and teach a lesson to the people how to attain God through divine
love. So to attract their attention towards devotion, I have rejected
my "mohanavesa" (beautiful dress) and accepted the dress of an ascetic.
I want to teach the mankind what is Krsna lila and for this reason I
have to perform Caitanya lila. So I shall be known as Sri Krsna
Caitanya in Bharata and you will be Abhirama."
Then Caitanya told Nityananda, "From now on you should call
Sridama as Abhirama and mind that as Sridama was to Krsna, so Abhirama
is to me." Nityananda said, "Sridama can be Abhirama but his big and
stout physique won't be suitable for this Kaliyuga."
The super-human power by which Krsna had done so many
transcendental activities in Vraja, that said power, Sri Caitanya, the
incarnation of Krsna, wanted to use to minimize Sridama into Abhirama.
Nityananda and Sri Caitanya began to swing from the shoulder of
Sridama by holding his two hands with the help of the power of the
Godhead, Abhirama became short in his figure. He became ecstatic in
joy and began to dance madly. Then Sri Caitanya told the ecstatic
Abhirama, "Friend, all my friends of Vraja have come here and met me
but where are the loving Gopinies of Vraja?"
Realising the mind of Sri Caitanya, Abhirama said, "Oh the
great lover, you know everything. But I know that you have raised this
question just to test me. However I am telling you about the Vraja
ladies. All of them to satisfy and complete your sports have given up
their women features and appeared in Navadvipa in male features.
Except me and Vrndavati will help you by remaining in two opposite
Caitanya said, "Oh my friend, you are a genius. Sri Krsna and
you are the same. I have no objection if you7 and Vrndavati want to
teach lesson of love to the world. You are so powerful that still you
are able to keep your Dvapara feature with the help of yoga. You are
addicted to the love of Krsna in such a great extent that if the change
of your feature tried to stand as a hindrance in the way of Krsna
love, you used to lie in the cave for such a long time because your
desire was to disappear in the soul of Krsna at long last. You are the
embodiment of divine love. Let you with your Vrndavati madden the men
and women of Bengal in the love for Krsna. But my friend, your
appearance has filled my heart with blissful pleasure. Now I am very
eager to observe the holy places of Vrndavana where Krsna used to
perform his sports with Sri Radha and the Gopinis who were mad for
Observing the ecstatic condition of Sri Caitanya, Abhirama
said, "My friend if you really wish to visit Vrndavana, then hand over
all the duties to Nityananda and start for Vrndavana."
Conversation Between Sri Caitanya and Abhirama in Vrndavana
Sri Caitanya being ecstatic in love for Krsna started for
Vrndadavana with Abhirama. Then he used to visit all the places of
Vrndavana one by one where Krsna used to perform his sports with Sri
Radha. He became overwhelmed in joy.
He asked Abhirama, "Friend, you are dearer to me more than my
heart. I cannot explain how I feel excited when I used to listen to
the episodes of Vrajalila from you. I am always bound by your
extraordinary qualities." On hearing this Abhirama said humbly, "oh my
dear, my Prabhu, I am a worthless man. I have only Radha in my heart.
As Radha used to be maddened in love while looking at the face of her
love Krsna, so I am to look at your face. I used to forget my own
entity and only try to please you by any means." "I used to fetch fruit
for my sadha Krsna when he used to remain in the duty of cattle
grazing. I used to be mad in joy if my sakha used to be happy to take
the taste of the fruits. I used to regard myself the most fortunate
creature if I can please my Kanai. His happiness was mine, his sorrow
was mine. Both of us used to become the single unseparable soul." "Now
my dear friend, you have created a madhura bhava in me. You are Radha
and Krsna both and you have become absorbed in your created love. As
fire and fuels are the same, so also Krsna and Radha. The love
Radha Krsna is divine and it is above the touch of material pleasure.
To make people realise this sort of love, you have appeared in this
Sri Caitanya's Return to Navadvipa
In this way while conversing happily over the topic of Radha
Krsna lila, Abhirama and Sri Caitanya used to spend their days in
Vrndavana. Being ecstatic in love for Krsna, Caitanya forgot
everything. His all world became full of Krsna. So he forgot the duty
of teaching the maya and kama-bound mankind the lessons of divine love
for which he had appeared in this world. Speculating all these bhavas
of Caitanya, Abhirama began to think in his mind, "Kaliyuga you are
fortunate and Navadvipa, you too. Radha Krsna in one feature like Sri
Caitanya has appeared in this world to flood the whole country in the
waves of divine love. But Prabhu by coming to this place of sport of
Dvapara yuga has become absorbed in that bhava of Dvapara."
One day Caitanya used to float in the water of Yamuna which was
full of the fragrance of sandal and began to cry like Radha in the name
of Krsna and his lotus like eyes began to shed tears like streams of a
river. He used to laugh sometimes and to cry sometimes. Sometimes he
used to request invisible somebody. His whole body began to shed sweats
and tremble. At that time Abhirama by putting his hand on the body of
Caitanya, began to say, "Oh my friend, have you forgotten the aim of
your taking human feature? Your devotees of Navadvipa have become very
restless for not seeing you. So control yourself and let us return to
The words of Abhirama brought back Caitanya to senses. He
became very eager to perform his duty. He said to Abhirama, "Come on
my friend, let us return to Navadvipa. As you and me are the same, I
don't want to return to Navadvipa alone."
Being unable to avoid the request of Sri Caitanya, Abhirama told him,
"Oh my friend, it is impossible for me to disobey your request. Your
happiness is mine. When in the Dvapara Yuga, you had left me without
my knowing, I used to remain absorbed in your dedication from that day.
Oh Gauranga, now you are the united entities of Radha and Krsna and you
are now grown up enough. But I have not got my Vrndavati as yet I
shall stay in Vrndavana until I find Vrndavati."
Caitanyadeva replied, "As Radha Krsna in one feature had appeared
in this world for teaching divine love to loveless mankind of Kaliyuga,
then Vrndavati, the foremost sakhi of Sri Radha also had appeared in
this world no doubt. Go with me and I am sure you will get Vrndavati
Abhirama said, "Oh my friend, let me see through mediation
where is my Vrndavati now. In the meantime you go to Navadvipa. Very
soon I shall meet you there."
Caitanya said, "No it cannot be!"
Abhirama said, "Gauranga, you should not waste your time here.
It will hamper you sport there. You won't be going alone because
Ramadasa, a great Krsna devotee will go with you. This Ramadasa is
empowered by me. Accept him due to my wish." Adhering tohis advice,
Caitanyadeva with Ramadasa Mahanta left Vrndavana and after a few days
Appearance of Vrindavati
Caitanyadeva started for Navadvipa and Abhirama sat for his
meditation. In his trance, he came to know that Vrndavati had taken
her birth in Kalipura vilage of Vangadesa. Nowadays Kalipura is known
as Khanakula in the Arambag jurisdiction of Hoogly district. Some of
the Vaisnava poets have written that after attracting Vrndavati in this
world Abhirama had empowered her and made her a beautiful woman by his
power of Godhead. Then he used to put her into a wooden box and threw
in to the wave of Yamuna which at last reached the bank of Triveni near
Hoogly. Here Ganga has been divided into three courses and began to
flow towards the sea. That wooden box floating in the river Sarasvati
at last reached at a flower garden on the side of the river near
Kajipura. As soon as the wooden box touched the land of the garden,
all the dry branches of the trees began to bloom into leaves and
flowers. Their fragrance used to fill the air of that place. The
sudden change of the trees made everyone started. The gardeners ran to
the garden and saw the miraculous scene. They became overwhelmed in joy
and thought that perhaps a certain saintly person had come their place
and had done all these things.
They began to search in the garden but had not got anything.
Then one of them in searching went to the river side and found a wooden
box. He became overwhelmed in awe and began to tremble suddenly he fell
on the ground being unconscious. The other men came running to him and
helped him to come to sense. The former person attracted their
attention towards the wooden box. He said "This wooden box has done all
these. Come on and carry this to our home."
They all agreed and did that gladly. Then they opened the box
and found a beautiful woman in it. They took her as a Deity and paid
their respect. That beautiful woman sat on a seat near the door. Her
glittering beauty lightened the whole atmosphere.
That gardener with his family bowed to her feet. The women of
the gardener class washed her feet and drank that water with all their
family members. Then the housekeeper asked her with folded hands, "Oh
mother, have you come on this place to favor us all? As you are kind
enough to us, then please tell me who you are." Hearing this humble
question of the gardener, Vrndavati in sweet smile said, "You are a
very pure hearted man. I shall stay at your home like your daughter.
You all will call me as Malini. I haven't ate a long time. Oh my
father, give me some food soon. After eating I will give my identity."
The gardener became very pleased and gave her different varieties of
food and sweets. Malini first of all offered all those food to Krsna
and after saying "Jai Abhirama" began to eat. After taking ehr food,
she said to the gardener, "Father, I am the Sakhi of Sridama, the
friend of Krsna. Sridama had appeared in this world for distributing
love for Krsna to mankind. He will come here soon taking the name as
Abhirama. To help my Prabhu, I have come here in a wooden box floating
in the streams of Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati. On my coming your dry
garden has become full of flowers. Now I am completely under your
control. Please look after me until I get the darsana of Abhirama."
The gardener became very glad to get the sakhi of Sri Radha as
his daughter and began to look after her very carefully. With her
touch all miseries and poverty of the gardener vanishes. The villagers
became very jealous at this prosperity of the gardener and went o the
Kazi and explained everything to him. They also revealed their
suspicion that she must be a magician and for some forbidden cause she
used to take shelter in the house of the gardener.
Kazi Listens to the Report on Malini
The Kazi became very astonished to hear these reports on
Malini. He sent his armed men to bring the gardeners to his as
prisoners. That person who led the team of armed men went to the house
of the gardener, "You all should go at once with us as it is the order
of His Highness Kazi Sahib. If you show any reluctance, then we shall
take you binding with ropes. So don't make delay and go with me."
The gardeners became very frightened at this and became at a
loss what to do. The man harshly asked them what they would do.
Otherwise they would be taken as prisoners. Then the head gardener
asked them in a trembling voice, "Mahasay, the order of Kazi Sahib is
all to us but please explain the real charge against us." That man
replied loudly that he did not know anything about the charge. If
they made delay anymore, they would be taken as prisoners. Saying so, he
started walking and the gardeners began to follow him without any word.
After some time they reached to the Kazi's place. The gardeners bowed
before the Kazi in trembling bodies and politely submitted to him.
Kazi asked them whether they had got any golden box full of precious
stones, jewels and ornaments which they had kept hidden in the houses.
They replied submissively that his charge was correct but that box was
wooden and not golden and it did not have any precious thing what he
had been asking.
The Kaxi became furious and ordered his men to blind them by
chains. Out of anger he ordered them to speak the truth. Otherwise he
would behead them. Then the gardeners tried to establish their truth
and began to describe what they had found in it. So they described the
episode of Malini and from her auspicious appearance, all their
miseries had gone. After a long time of listening to the story, the
mind of the Kazi became soft and his heart became full of devotion. He
at once released the gardeners and told them politely that he had
become ashamed of his misbehaviour. Now he requested then to bring
that goddess lady before him. He is very eager to meet her. The
gardeners told him, "This cannot be possible because you are a Muslim.
How can you accept a Hindu goddess whom we used to worship. We cannot
do this by any means." "Apart from this, if you take her as an
ordinary Hindu woman and feel and infatuation for her, then mind that
you will be perished with your family. So leave that desire. We can
show you that box only."
The Kazi became very sorry to hear this and told them, "I have
become very sorry to hear this and told them, "I have become very much
eager to see the goddess because hearing about her episode my mind has
become full of devotion. I want to gratify myself by seeing her. I am
a sinner as I have possessed so many misconceptions about her. Please
bring her to me and I shall look after her as my own daughter. God
never thinks of caste discrimination. I am sure when she will hear all
these, she will be agreed to see me."
The gardeners became very happy and took to their heels to
report everything to Malini. Malini had already understood the mind of
Kazi and told them that God had appeared in this earth in a human form
to distribute divine love to all whether they belonged to high or low
castes. She also told, "As I have appeared as the power of Abhirama,
then I cannot ignore the prayer of the Kazi who has become a devotee.
But one of you first go to him and tell him about certain rules which
he should take into mind. I won't take any other things to eat except
sweets and won't live anywhere except in the room where cows used to
One gardener went to the Kazi and informed him about the
conditions of Malini. He directed the Kazi to clean the room of the
cows by his own hand. The Kazi became very glad and accepted all the
conditions. That person returned to Malini in singing the glory of the
Kazi. He reported her about the devotional qualities of the Kazi and
told her that they all had understood that it was all her grace that
had made the Kazi to behave like that.
Malini Went to the House of the Kazi
So Malini agreed to go the house of the Kazi. The gardener
father went with her. The wife of the gardener began to cry in grief.
Malini consoled her and blessed them all. She assured them that from
time to time she would meet them.
While Malini had been going to the house of the Kazi, the whole
circumference used to be glittering by the brightness of her body. A
huge crowd used to assemble on both sides of the road to observe her
going. The women of the village used to throw their pranamas, shower
flowers on her and blow the conch. The whole of Kajipura became full of
So long Kaxi had been waiting eagerly for her. When he heard that she was advancing to his house, his heart leaped in joy. He at
once advanced forwarded with a beautiful chariot to welcome her. He
saw in the way that a huge crowd was coming with her. He almost ran to
her and fell on her feet. The big crowd was coming with her. He
almost ran to her and fell on her feet. The big crowd began to make
sounds of ovation. Malini lifted the Kazi very affectionately be
holding his arms. The Kazi with his knee folding told her, "I am very
fortunate as today I have your darsana. Be merciful to a sinner like
me." Malini devi became very pleased and told him, "Criticising or
torturing the saintly persons is a terrible sin because the saints have
come on this earth to do good to mankind. Those who try to oppress
them become very unpleasing to God. Now with the feeling of devotion
in you, you have become free of all guilts. Now for your misbehaviour
to the wise gardener, you must ask for his mercy."
The Kazi at once held the feet of the gardener by his hands and
asked for his mercy. Everyone present there began to praise the Kazi.
The gardener also felt very awkward at this.
Then Kazi requested Malini devi to forgive him for all his sins
and cast a favorable look at him. Malini Devi got on the chariot but
there was so big a crowd in the road that the chariot could not advance
a step forward. Then due tot he transcendental power of Malini Devi,
the chariot climbed up in the sky. Everyone became started at this when
the chariot vanished in the sky, all of them began to shout in sorrow.
The condition of the Kazi became out of any saying. He began to behave
like a mad man. When he tried to cut his own head by his sword,
suddenly the chariot came down and Malini appeared before him.
Observing her lightening like beauty, he fell on the ground in a trance.
All the people began to sing loudly the glory of the Devi.
Devi hurriedly got down of the chariot and lifted the Kazi from
the ground and put him into the chariot. She began toc hant the name of
Krsna and gradually the Kazi came back to his sense. He saw as if a
goddess mother had been sitting by his side singing the name of Krsna
which had began to shower necter into his ears. He became ecstatic and
his eyes began to shed tears. After a long time he controlled himself
and began to sing the eulogy of Malini Devi.
The chariot reached the gate of the Kazi's house. He took her
to the dwelling place of the cows. The gardener and others also
accompanied them. Kazi welcomed them properly and offered seats. Kazi
sent somebody to call the sellers of sweets. But he meet the
sweetsmakers in the way who had been coming to the Kazi's house with
many buckets of sweets. The sweetmakers came to the Kaxi and told him,
"Oh lord, why have you sent a person to us? We have already heard about
the coming of a devi in your house and for her we have brought so may
sweets." Kazi told them, "Today my life has become successful. You
should bring sweets everyday in my house for her eating. I will reward
you." They told him, "Today we won't take any price for these sweets
because they are for the devi. From tomorrow, do as you please." Saying
so they all bowed to the feet of devi. Devi blessed them and asked
them to take their seats. Then the gardener father offered the sweets
of Malini for eating. After her eating they all took the prasada. In
this way Malini Devi very happily began to spend her days in the house
of the Kazi. The villagers used to stay there by giving up their
eating and drinking. The whole of Kazipura became full of bliss.
Abhirama Came to Virbhuma and Manifested His Transcendental Powers
After leaving Vrndavana, Abhirama alone advanced towards Bengal
and at last reached the western frontier of Bengal (i.e. in Virbhuma).
He saw there all the people in irreligious activities. They were
practising all sorts of illegal ways of life. Observing all these
tortures toward the eternal Hindu religion, the soft heart of Abhirama
began to ache. A strong desire to correct these ill directed people
arose in his mind. He became determined to use his supernatural powers
for the sake of attracting the devotion of the people. Because he
realised that this would be the suitable way to fulfill his desires.
Being guided by this of judgement, Abhirama, a highly powerful man
began to visit all the Deities of Virbhuma. But all the idols began to
crack by his single glance. He explained to the overwhelmed people
that all these idols had become powerless. So there was no use of
worshiping these idols. The ordinary people took him as a superman and
a deity. They lost every faith on those idols. On the contrary they
became very devotional minded towards Abhirama. They began to ask
questions to Abhirama on religion. So the desire of Abhirama became
fulfilled. He started sowing seeds of devotion in their minds. Their
devotionless hearts began to be soaked in nectar like Krsna nama.
Abhirama began to teach religion indiscriminating high and low
castes. He did not bother about caste or creed. The untouchable class
was all along hated by the high caste people. No one had ever tried to
correct them and bring back into a devotional life. Now finding
Abhirama as a superman, they began to worship him as a God and became
fully devoted to him. The transcendental activities of Abhirama
Gosvami might not be accepted by the modern people but as Sri Caitanya
Deva, an incarnation of Krsna, needed the help of Abhirama in
completing his sport, then Abhirama can not be an ordinary person. It
is also to be noted that the Hindu devotees would be very much shocked
to deny the supernatural powers of Abhirama who was a friend of Krsna
in Vrajalila and who could live 3/4 thousands years at a stretch.
Abhirama Visits Village Kendulilva, the Birthplace of the Vaisnava Poet Jayadeva
Due to Abhirama's efforts, the neglected casts of the Hindu
society began to feel gratified by Abhirama and the hatred of the high
caste towards the low caste began to vanish from the country. The
principle of fraternity again was established in the country. The
people began to worship Abhirama as god and Abhirama also began to
spend his days very gladly in doing nama sankirtana with them. People
from various parts of the country began to come and observe Abhirama in
One day, some Vaisnava from Kenduvilva village came to see
Abhirama and began to sing sweet songs from Gita Govinda. Hearing those
beautiful songs based on the love of Radha Krsna, Abhirama became
ecstatic and went to faint again and again. He began to think as if he
had been with his dear friend Sri Krsna and he had been sending Suvala
to Sri Radha to inform her about grievous condition of Shyama caused by
her separation. As if hearing the news of the condition of her lord,
she took to her heels and jumped into the love ocean of her lover.
On hearing Gita Govinda, Abhirama in an ecstatic mood began to
visualise the divine Radha Krsna lila. He also began to visulaise the
rasa lila in his mind. He was observing that all the trees and
creepers had been undulating in soft spring breeze. The trees had been
burdened by fully blossomed flowers and the cuckoos had been cooing
being covered by the flowers. Their cooing had created a nectar like
atmosphere there. In this beautiful weather, Rasabehari Krsna had been
engaged in his rasa sport. On seeing Krsna sporting with other sakhis,
Radha became very much hurt and had entered into a flower grove to show
her huff. Her moon like face had become wet in tears and her soft body
had been shivering in the fire of separation. While thinking about her
Shyama, she sometimes fainted and sometimes began to laugh
hysterically. Sometimes she used to wear the dresses of Krsna and
thought of herself as Krsan. Again she used to fall unconscious.
The lover of His devotees, Rajraj Krsna understood everything
and by leaving the gopies, he had been searching Sri Radha earnestly.
Then coming to Radha, Krsna began to say, "Oh my beloved, please give
up your meaningless huff on me and look at my face by lifting your
moonlike face. Your beautiful white teeth can destroy the darkness of
my mind. My love, you are my ornament, you are my life." Radhavallava
saw that his so many words failed to break the ice like huff of
Srimati. Then he used to take the feet of Radha in his hands and put
them on his head. Observing this, Abhirama cried out saying, "You are
great Srimati. Your devotion like love is uncomparable in this world."
"And you, the God Himself, what am I to say to you? It is quite
impossible for an ordinary man like me. Insulation, rebuking,
negligence of a devotee are more desirable to you than the eulogies of
Vedas." Devotee and you are same and so also you and Sri Radha."
Then Abhirama addressed the singers of Gita Govinda by saying,
"Oh the great devotee Vaisnavas, I am very glad to hear your songs.
Now please disclose to me the life history of that great devotee
Jayadeva." The singers very humbly began to describe that Jayadeva,
the writer of the Gita Govinda was born in Kenduvilva village in a
brahmana family. In his boyhood, this poor son of a brahmana took an
ascetic life and went to Purusottama (Puri) Kshetra without a penny and
began to live under a tree. God Jagannatha also became very favorable
on him. One day a brahmana offered his daughter to Jagannatha for he
had to fulfill his vow of doing so to Jagannatha. Jagannatha ordered
the brahmana to dedicate her daughter to his great devotee Jayadeva.
So did the brahmana and told his daughter that from now on due to the
order of Jagannatha Deva, he (Jayadeva) was her husband. So after
leaving her there, the brahmana went away. The beautiful girl Padmavati
remained sitting there in front of Jayadeva. When Jayadeva ordered her
to go away, her lotus like eyes became full of water. She told him,
"Oh my prabhu, my father has left me here due to the order of
Jagannatha and offered me in your hands. Now you are my husband. You
may leave me but I cannot even for my life's sake." So helpless
Jayadeva married her and began to live in a cottage. He employed his
wife in the worship of his Radha Madhava. At that time Jayadeva had
written his beautiful book Gita Govinda on the love of Radha Krsna.
The love poetry is uncomparable in this world. Jayadeva once began to
hesitate to write a pada when he reached that part of the episode where
Krsna had been holding the feet of Radha on His head. So he left the
duty of writing and went for a bath. In the meantime Sri Krsna in the
form of Jayadeva finished the unfinished line of the verse that is
"dehi padapallavamudram" and disappeared. After some time Jayadeva
came back from his bathing. His wife Padmavati astonishingly told him,
"You have just come to home to complete e of your book. How do you
come back from your bathing in such a short time?" Being very
astonished on hearing her, Jayadva hurriedly opened his book and what
he saw was enough to make him mad in the love for Krsna. He began to
cry ecstatically and by holding the feet of Padmavati said, "You are
great Padmavati, your life is precious because in a short while ago
whom you have seen in my form was Krsna Himself. He is your real
husband. He is the husband of the world."
So Abhirama took Jayadeva as a great devotee and wanted to
visit his place. The Kenduvilva dwellers gladly became the guide of
Abhirama in his visit to Kenduvilva. Abhirama, whose Krsna is the
life, became overwhelmed to observe the beautiful feature of Jayadeva.
He sang the glory of Jayadeva in various ways and paid his homage to
Jayadeva regarding him as his master. Formerly the idols of the
deities used to be cracked by the bowing of Abhirama, but now the idol
of Radha Madhava of Jayadeva became very bright by the bowing of
Abhirama. That idol became alive and all the people witnessing the
sight fell to the ground in devotion. The nectar like Radha Krsna nama
began to be uttered in millions of mouths filling the atmosphere in
Visit to Visnupura and Darsana of Deity Madana Mohana
From Virbhuma, Abhirama came to Bankura. The people of this place
became overwhelmed to observe the devotion and supernatural power of
Abhirama and became very devotional in their minds. The king of
Visnupura heartily welcomed Abhirama and requested him to impart
religious lessons to his subject.
One day Abhirama with some of his devotees started Krsnanama sankirtana
and advanced towards the temple of Madana Mohana. Before entering into
the temple, his whole body began to tremble in ecstasy. He with his
devotees started going round the temple in singing sankirtana. When he
bowed his head on the door of the temple, the whole temple began to
tremble as if an earthquake had been started.
Abhirama with a thrilling heart entered into the temple. He began to
feel a divine joy to see the deity as a dear friend as a dear friend
always used to feel like when he met his dear friend after a long time.
He wanted to see to the people whether there was any power in the deity
or not. So by his first bow the deity remained as usual but by his see
and bow the deity in the pretext of return bow, mimicked a little bit.
Everyone became startled to see it and bowed to the feet of Abhirama
Abhirama told everybody, "To deliver the man king of Kaliyuga, Sri Krsna
has appeared in Navadvipa. In this life he will be a great example of
Krsna devotee and will show this to the whole world. Due to his wish, I
have also come here in Bengal. To show you that the idols of Krsna are
not only lifeless. I am doing all these miraculous activities. All of
you become devotees of Krsna, sink into the depth of love of Krsna, all
your miseries and agonies will be gone. Your lives will be full of
bliss and you will be able to obtain the favor of Krsna.
Darsana of Krsna Raya of Vagadi (Vaguda)
By living in Visnupura for some days Abhirama maddened the people of
that place in love of Krsna. Then he went to Vagadi to see the deity of
Krsna Raya. Abhirama began to sing the glory of Krsna Raya by standing
before the beautiful idol. The whole body of Krsna Raya became sweaty.
Then Abhirama told everybody in shouting, "look, my dear friend's
beautiful body has become sweaty. He is smiling sweetly. It seems my
friend has become very tired after grazing his cattle and is now
standing under a tree in his usual three fold posture. As if my friend
is calling me helplessly. Please give me a fan and I shall fan my
friend to take away his tiredness." The devotees hastily gave him a
fan. Abhirama was then in complete trance and in that condition he began
to fan his friend. The devotees observing this beautiful scene began to
sing Harinama loudly. Everyone came to know that Abhirama was truly a
friend of Sri Krsna.
Visit to Bayada
Then Abhirama Gosvami came to Bayada. At that time Bayada had been
ruled by a powerful sakta King Ranajit Raya. He used to dig a big lake.
King Ranjit tried to build a huge "Maljat" (a pillar made of iron) in
the middle of the lake. Many strong persons were employed to do this
job but they could not even pick it up by their strength.
Endowed by supernatural power, Abhirama in the meantime had been passing
by that place. He became queer to know what had been going on there and
so he halted for sometime on the bank of the lake. When he saw that
those strong persons could not even pick up that pillar, Abhirama wished
to do the job by himself. When Abhirama expressed his desire to the
king, the latter agreed to his proposal. Then the friend of Govardhana
lifter Krsna, Abhirama very easily lifted the pillar and threw it into
the lake. Everyone began to appreciate his strength. King Ranjit
became so happy that he began to pat on the back of Abhirama.
Abhirama became very much annoyed at this and looked at the king
angrily. Though his glance even had pierced the stone idols of different
deities, yet this time the king could bear his look and this very much
astonished Abhirama. Then through deep meditation, he came to know of
the supernatural power of the king. He now realised that the king was a
great sakta and some supernatural power was always protecting him. He
also realised that being over powerful the king had become an upstart.
So kind hearted man Abhirama for the good of the earth, decided to
correct the king by exacting all his powers.
The king had been able to establish a vast kingdom due to the grace of
Devi Sakti. Being an ordinary Hindu Zamindar, he was able to defeat the
Nawab's armies and became a well known hero in Bengal. None of the then
kings were a match to him. All these powers and fame had made him a
very proud person. He just forgot the grace of the supernatural power
by which he had become so powerful a king and was about to misuse that
power. He became indulged in material pleasure like an ordinary human
being. For this reason God decided to curb his person and sent Abhirama
to carry out His plan. A great powerful man Abhirama without doing any
harm to Ranjit only had exacted his supernatural power. Then Abhirama
left Bayada and advanced towards Krsnanagara. On the way all persons
being impressed by his simplicity, kindness and love and transcendental
powers became his great admirers and devotees.
Abhirama Meets Malini
Abhirama reached the outskirts of Kajipura village near Krsnanagara.
One day in the morning he had been in morning walk on the bank of the
river and saw that Malini Devi was bathing with her companions on the
other bank of the river. Abhirama became very glad to see his life like
lady love Malini and being overwhelmed he addressed her. Malini devi
also saw him and at once jumped into the river and swam across it to
come to him. All the female companions of Malini devi became stunned to
see her swimming across the river and stood like wooden dolls. They
could not even speak a word.
Malini devi reaching to him, fell flat on the feet of her love. The
great lover Abhirama lifted her by holding her hands and then they began
to walk elsewhere in talking to each other. When the companions saw that
she had gone with an unknown saintly man they rushed to the home and
reported everything to the Kaji.
After hearing all the incidents, the Kaji became very angry. He at once
called his armies and went across the river to search her. He reached
the village named Villoka and after searching for some time, he got her
sitting with a saintly man on the bank of the river. This scene broke
his patience and he burst into anger. The sword in his hand began to
dazzle. With a view to beheading the saint, he advanced towards them.
But as soon as he looked at the dazzling eyes of the saint, all his
powers seemed to be destroyed. His body began to lose its balance and
his head began to reel. He became very afraid. He then put his sword
in its case and advanced towards them slowly. He told the saint in a
scolding tone "You are a sannyasi, you have given up all material
pleasures, then why do you want the company of a woman? If you are not
satisfied even then enter into family life again and marry. Don't spoil
the sanctity of asceticism by accepting an unknown woman."
With an awed heart, the Kaji went on scolding Abhirama but the latter
kept on sitting like a dumb. In the meantime the villagers came to
speculate the incident. They all began to criticise the sannyasi. They
decided to oust the sannyasi from their village. While everyone began
to criticise Abhirama the latter began to think of demonstrating the
transcendental power of Malini before them. While thinking in this way,
he saw a huge piece of wood fallen on the bank of the river. He knew
that all the persons gathered there, could not lift the wood. Abhirama
at once went to the river bank and lifted the wood and he addressed all
of them to lift it by their hands. The people in wondered gaze had been
observing his strength. They began to think that this sannyasi must be
a very powerful person whose strength had been God gifted. They all
surrendered to Abhirama. The Abhiramam addressed Malini to do the job.
Malini devi understood Abhirama and walked up to him slowly and lifted
the piece of wood at ease. Everyone became startled to observe her
strength and thought that this woman was not an ordinary human being.
Abhirama understood the pulse of the people and easily transformed the
huge piece of wood into a small flute. Then he with Malini sat under a
tree and began to sing Radha Krsna nama with the flute. The people
became so astonished that they began to listen to the nama forgetting
everything and in a short time they became ecstatic in emotion. They
also began to sin Harinama kirtana and at last fell to the feet of
Abhirama and Malini devi. They repeatedly asked for their mercy for
thinking otherwise about them.
The Kaji also in folded knees before Malini Devi began to ask for her
mercy and favor. Malini Devi told him that he was fortunate enough that
she had come to his house. Now he had been fully purified and eligible
to lead a life of a devotee. She assured him that from now on her
powers would always protect him from any kind of misfortune and
miseries. This Kajipura would be known as Khanakula. The Kaji became
very glad but he asked Malini Devi why she had changed the name of the
village. Then Malini Devi smilingly explained the incident by saying,
"Among the food which you used to offer me, I sometimes used to reject
some kinds regarding them as impure and used to dig them on the bank of
the river. As "Khana" (means food) used to be dug in the ground on the
"Kula" (bank) of the river, so the name became "Khanakula." Now go to
Then Kaji leaving Malini Devi there returned to his house with a
disheartened mind. But since then he became a completely changed man.
He gave up all Muslim rituals and became a Vaisnava. He used to be
absorbed in Radha Krsna nama all the time. Peace now began to overrule
his heart by filling it with nectar like devotion.
The translation of this text appears to be incomplete, and stops at Chapter Sixteen, "Keeping Malini in a Hidden Place at Khanakula, Abhirama Gosvami Came to Navadvipa and Met Caitanya".