Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 2 Chapter 5

Fifth Sarga

Tales of the Lord's Ecstatic Activities


Then, eagerly desiring to see the great Advaitācārya, Gaura Hari went to Advaita's residence in Śāntipura, accompanied by His devotees led by Śrīvāsa.


While travelling on the path, Mahāprabhu would sing songs describing the qualities and pastimes of Śrī Hari, repeating them again and again in great jubilation, and sometimes He would dance amongst His associates.


When Gaura arrived in the presence of the Ācārya, He fell like a rod to the earth, thus teaching His followers that the vaiṣṇava is to be honoured as Viṣṇu.


When the Ācārya saw Gaura, at once that guru of the all the worlds stood up. Approaching Him with great respect, he fell before Him on the ground.


They lovingly embraced one another, satisfying Their long-cherished desires, and by that contact Their sublime forms became full of the symptoms of transcendental ecstasy such as trembling, tears, thrilling of the hairs, and so forth.


Accepting a seat, Gaura then narrated a story which endeared the heart, enchanted the mind, dispelled all sin and bestowed the fruits of liberation and love for Kṛṣṇa.


Advaita commented, "Fools say that in this age of Kali bhakti exists no longer. They should behold this scene of devotion manifest today in Śāntipura."


Hearing this, Śrī Bhagavān's lips quivered slightly as He replied, "If there is no devotion to Nṛhari, then what has any value on the earth?


"In this wheel of birth and death, bhakti assuredly exists as the vital essential factor which brings whatever joy a person feels in any activity. He who asserts that bhakti has no reality in this age has gained no benefit although he has received this valuable human birth.


"Thus whoever has devotion for Kṛṣṇa evokes the pleasure of Bhakti Devī, who is the eternal goddess of devotion. The knots binding him to material existence are cut, and within his heart Hari-prema awakens."


Then Śrīnivāsa apprehensively remarked to the Lord, "I have noticed a brāhmaṇa standing in the forefront of the assembly of Śrī Hari who is clearly not a vaiṣṇava.


"This brāhmaṇa has come to cause some hindrance to our festival of Kṛṣṇa consciousness." Hearing this, the Lord replied, "This person will not come here.


"O best of vipras, there is no reason for any anxiety on this account. Be happy! This vipra illusioned by Viṣṇu-māyā has not approached this place."


Having left for Śāntipura and seen Śrī Advaita, who is the incarnation of Lord Śiva, Gaurāṅga became wholly immersed in Śrī Kṛṣṇa while discussing His opulences.


Then the Lord Gaurāṅga became absorbed in a playful mood and placed His left arm on the shoulder of Śrīvāsa and His right on Gadādhara.


He next placed His lotus feet in the lap of Śrī Rāma Paṇḍita and thus enjoyed with them in Śrīmad Advaitācārya's presence.


Thereafter He ate excellent foods, and the devotees anointed His limbs with sandalwood-pulp. Then the son of Śacī enlivened all the people as He sang the names of Kṛṣṇa and danced.


The enlightened Ācārya deemed His entire being fulfilled as he watched Śrī Gaura Candra’s great festival of premānanda.


Then accompanied by the Ācārya, the guru of the worlds, returned home while divinely playing and describing Kṛṣṇa's nāma, guṇa and līlā in song.


He began to speak on the truths of the soul and the Super-soul thus, "There is surely only one Master, Śrī Hari. He exists with a unique personality composed of form and attributes.


"He has personally brought everything into being. That supreme master, witnessing within and without, spontaneously exists as the causeless cause of all causes."


By first spreading open His hand and then making a fist, Gaura showed with dancing gestures the way in which the creator, Mahā-Viṣṇu, generates the cosmic manifestation and again winds it up.


Again He spoke of the eternal nature of the Absolute Truth: "Although this material existence is without meaning, one should comprehend the transcendental spiritual nature which pervades it.


"The Supreme Spirit is one throughout the cosmos. Even the gods are not all- pervasive as He is. Only in the absence of this knowledge of oneness there appears to be various forms of mundane duality.


"Behold these two fingers on My hand. This one, if covered by honey, is a fit object of attraction for the tongue. This other finger, if covered by pus, arouses disgust just by its sight. Indeed, one cannot bear to look at it for even a moment. But by cultivating knowledge of the one transcendental existence free from external designations, one comes to see that everything is filled with auspicious symptoms (in other words, one in contact with external designations may mistake the soul to be the very designations that are covering it).


"Thus there is one all-opulent Lord, who is a beginningless, imperishable person. The spirit-soul who perceives the Lord's completeness and variegatedness becomes liberated, and there is no other means for him to do so."


Thus the ocean of mercy, who places His feet within the hearts of all noble persons, ceased speaking after describing in many ways the process of union with Kṛṣṇa through knowledge.


Knowing that Śrī Kṛṣṇa was comprehendable by knowledge, and that He is the master of the universal manifestation, Gaurāṅga taught transcendental knowledge. He remembered Kṛṣṇa's lotus feet, which caused thrill bumps to cover His body.


With great longing, His voice choked and faltered as the Jagadīśvara declared, "Bhakti elevates and awakens the soul to love of Kṛṣṇa."


With His throat choked by tears of love, Bhagavān declared, "As My bhakta's heart melts while weeping, laughing, dancing and singing, he purifies and protects the three worlds from all danger throughout the day and night."


So saying , Viśvambhara-deva, the revealer of the path of devotion to Himself, with a joyous heart, danced and sang with His followers.

Thus ends the Fifth Sarga entitled "Tales of the Lord's Ecstatic Activities," in the Second Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita.