The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma:
Khola-bhanga-danga

BY: SUN STAFF


May 04, 2014 — CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 76.

While Srivas Anga is famous for the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya and His sankirtana associates, its fame in association with the Chand Kazi is the specific pastime mentioned by Srila Bhaktivinoda in the 'Glossary of Places' listing for Khola-bhanga-danga. That transcendental drama is described in detail by Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja in Caitanya-caritamrta Adi lila:

    Caitanya-caritamrta Adi lila 17.123-151:

    "When the saṅkīrtana movement thus started, no one in Navadvīpa could hear any sound other than the words "Hari! Hari!" and the beating of the mṛdaṅga and clashing of hand bells.

    Hearing the resounding vibration of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, the local Muslims, greatly angry, submitted a complaint to the Kazi.

    Chand Kazi angrily came to one home in the evening, and when he saw kīrtana going on, he broke a mṛdaṅga and spoke as follows.

    "For so long you did not follow the regulative principles of the Hindu religion, but now you are following them with great enthusiasm. May I know by whose strength you are doing so?

    "No one should perform saṅkīrtana on the streets of the city. Today I am excusing the offense and returning home.

    "The next time I see someone performing such saṅkīrtana, I shall certainly chastise him by not only confiscating all his property but also converting him into a Muslim."

    After saying this, the Kazi returned home, and the devotees, greatly shocked that they were forbidden to chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, submitted their grief to Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

    Lord Caitanya ordered, "Go perform saṅkīrtana! Today I shall kill all the Muslims!"

    Returning home, all the citizens began performing saṅkīrtana, but because of the order of the Kazi, they were not carefree but always full of anxiety.

    Understanding the anxiety within the people's minds, the Lord called them together and spoke to them as follows.

    "In the evening I shall perform saṅkīrtana in each and every town. Therefore you should all decorate the city in the evening.

    "In the evening, burn torchlights in every home. I shall give protection to everyone. Let us see what kind of Kazi comes to stop our kīrtana."

    In the evening Lord Gaurasundara went out and formed three parties to perform kīrtana.

    In the front party danced Ṭhākura Haridāsa, and in the middle party danced Advaita Ācārya with great jubilation.

    Lord Gaurasundara Himself danced in the rear party, and Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu moved with Lord Caitanya's dancing.

    By the grace of the Lord, Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has elaborately described this incident in his Caitanya-maṅgala [now Caitanya-bhāgavata].

    Performing kīrtana in this way, circumambulating through every nook and corner of the city, they finally reached the door of the Kazi.

    Murmuring in anger and making a roaring sound, the people, under the protection of Lord Caitanya, became mad through such indulgence.

    The loud sound of the chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra certainly made the Kazi very much afraid, and he hid himself within his room. Hearing the people thus protesting, murmuring in great anger, the Kazi would not come out of his home.

    Naturally some of the people who were very much agitated began to retaliate the Kazi's actions by wrecking his house and flower garden. Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has elaborately described this incident.

    Thereafter, when Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu reached the Kazi's house, He sat down by the doorway and sent some respectable persons to call for the Kazi.

    When the Kazi came, his head bowed down, the Lord gave him proper respect and a seat.

    In a friendly way, the Lord said, "Sir, I have come to your house as your guest, but upon seeing Me you hid yourself in your room. What kind of etiquette is this?"

    The Kazi replied, "You have come to my house in a very angry mood. To pacify You, I did not come before You immediately but kept myself hidden.

    "Now that You have become pacified, I have come to You. It is my good fortune to receive a guest like Your Honor.

    "In our village relationship, Nīlāmbara Cakravartī Ṭhākura was my uncle. Such a relationship is stronger than a bodily relationship.

    "Nīlāmbara Cakravartī is Your maternal grandfather, and by this relationship You are thus my nephew.

    "When a nephew is very angry, his maternal uncle is tolerant, and when the maternal uncle commits an offense, the nephew does not take it very seriously."

    In this way the Kazi and the Lord talked with each other with various indications, but no outsider could understand the inner meaning of their conversation."

    Bhaktivedanta Book Trust


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