Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 2 Chapter 11

Eleventh Sarga

The Lord Throws Himself in the River Jāhnavī


Once a certain mendicant brāhmaṇa named Vanamālī arrived there at the house of Śrīvāsa with his son. When he saw Gaurāṅga Mahāprabhu, who is the supreme master of even Lord Viṣṇu, he began to dance.


The all-opulent Lord glanced lovingly upon him and sang with him the names of Hari. Thus by the mercy of Gaura Hari that brāhmaṇa and his son happily tasted delight.


One day while the brāhmaṇa was dancing, fully absorbed in hari-kīrtana, he suddenly saw some boy, whose complexion was a lustrous blue-blackish hue dressed in yellow cloth.


"I have seen! I have seen!" He cried out. Thus that elevated brāhmaṇa who lived by begging became jubilant, considering that his life was now fulfilled.


That mendicant came before the Master, holding his son by the hand. His whole body became transcendentally enlivened, his hairs ecstatically stood erect in rows and His body was wet with streams of prema-tears as he danced with the wielder of the cakra On another day, Śrīvāsa Paṇita performed a ceremony to honour his departed father.


While the pure-minded Śrīvāsa heard the recitation of the great thousand names of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, Bhagavān Śrī Gaurāṅga arrived at that spot and also listened to hari- nāma.


When Lord Gaura heard Nṛsiha's name He became possessed with great rage and, seizing a club, He ran, exhibiting the appearance and prowess of the Man-lion incarnation.


When all the people saw the Divine Lord in this condition, they fearfully ran away. Observing that the residents of Navadvīpa were fleeing, after a moment He again resumed His human-like form.


He returned to His normal state and put down the club. Taking a seat, He said, "I do not know whether I have committed some offense."


Hearing these words, everyone declared, "You have not committed an offense, O Lord of the universe! Indeed, if someone simply remembers Your appearance as Narasimha at any time, all the seeds of his sinful life become burned up. Your nature is to offer respect to all others and accept none for Yourself. Thus how is it possible that You can make an offence of any kind?"


On the following day, a certain singer approached Gaura Hari, bowed to the Lord with devotion, and then sat upon the ground.


He sang a verse about Śrī Śiva in a melodious voice. Hearing that song, Gaurāṅga became much engladdened. Absorbed in the mood of Śiva, He began to dance.


Then swiftly jumping up, Gaura mounted the singer's shoulders. Then Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita composed a stotram in praise of Śrī Śiva.


"Lord Śiva, whose eyes resemble the whorls of lotuses, is seated on a great bull. His hair is matted and the crescent moon rests upon his head. He plays upon the ḍamaru drum and sings the praise of Śrī Rāma Candra.


"Thus Hara, the destroyer is the lord of all worlds and living beings, In Hara is the powers of all the devatās." Mukuṇḍa sang this song in a very melodious voice. Then the all-pervasive Lord descended from the shoulders of the singer and sat down. All the bhaktas present became very jubilant and immersed in the mellows of Hari-līlā.


Out of gladness they performed kīrtana and the guru of the three worlds, Viśvambhara-deva His heart filled with bhakti-bhāva, rejoiced in their company, dancing more and more, singing songs of Śrī Hari. Then on the next day, the dancing ended and He fell like a rod to the earth.


As the Lord had fallen down and was resting there, a certain brāhmaṇī approached Him and took the transcendental dust from His lotus feet. Being aware of her deed, the all-opulent Personality of Godhead stood up.


Feeling very sorry because of this, He became overcome by grief. Suddenly He arose and running swiftly, plunged into the waters of the Jāhnavī, and thus became fully immersed in the river water. Then the mighty-armed and very powerful avadhūta seized the Lord and lifted Him out onto the bank.


All the bhaktas headed by Śrīvāsa and Haridāsa at once surrounded the Lord of the devas, their hearts flooded by anxiety and apprehension.


Headed by the brāhmaṇa Śuklāmbara, they wept as their hearts were troubled by worry. However, when they came to know that Gaura was well and happy, they then engaged in discussing Kṛṣṇa-kathā among themselves.

Thus ends the Eleventh Sarga entitled "The Lord Throws Himself in the River Jāhnavī," in the Second Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita.