Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 3 Chapter 13

Thirteenth Sarga

The Lord Departs and Consoles Sārvabhauma


Gaura Kṛṣṇa then accepted an invitation to reside in the home of the intelligent and exalted vaiṣṇava, Kāśīnātha Miśra. The reservoir of limitless opulence, then passed some time in sportive pastimes with the vaiṣṇavas. Then, desiring to purify the tīrthas, He resolved to leave Śrī Kṣetra, the land of Jagannātha Swāmī.


Thus He went to see Lord Jagannātha. When He saw that best of males, He bowed down before Him with ardent devotion and became drenched by torrents of tears.


Śrī Gaura Hari, whose noble form is the ultimate consummation of Kṛṣṇa-prema, with hands folded in supplication, falteringly addressed Jagannātha Swāmī with these charming words:


"O Divine Lord, because I am not worthy to reside in Your holy land, a desire has arisen in My heart to visit other lands.


"Your face is bright as the lord of the night. Your eyes resemble the blossoming lotuses of autumn. Your wide lips, red as Bimba fruit, hide pearl-like teeth. How sublime! Who, having beheld Your broad chest, can desire to go to any other land? Therefore, O Lord Hari, You have not bestowed very great mercy on Me.


"O Janārdana, who inspires the hearts of all, I am going to see Your other kṣetras. O Divine Lord! Bess Me with the power to wander throughout the holy places.


"As long as his mind is flickering and is not fully purified, a man should wander throughout all the holy tīrthas.


"Then, when his mind is fully purified, he should return and perpetually reside in Śrī Puruṣottama-dhāma with fixed determination, as a traveller happily returns to his own āśrama."


As Śrī Caitanya was thus speaking, a garland hanging from Śrī Kṛṣṇa's neck fell to the foot of His lion-seat.


 Then the attendant priest, in accordance with Jagannātha Swami’s order, joyously placed that garland upon the head of Śrī Caitanya as a sign of the Lord's blessing.


Thereafter, Gaura's face blossomed, and His mouth filled with the names of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. His heart filled with love and He set forth with tremendous energy, moving with the momentum of an elephant.


In this mood, the illustrious son of Śacī, desiring to teach humanity the path of devotion as received through disciple succession, went to the āśrama of Kāśī Miśra and with eyes moistened by tears of Kṛṣṇa-prema addressed him as follows:


"Your grace is certainly blessed, for you remain here to contemplate the countenance of Puruṣottama-deva; whereas I, having been tricked by Him, must now wander to see all of the tīrthas."


Hearing this, Kāśīnātha became extremely agitated. He fell like a rod to the earth at Mahāprabhu's feet and loudly cried out:


"Oh! Why has my son not died? Why am I not afflicted by some incurable disease? Oh! Why rather am I now to be separated from the lotus feet of Śrī Caitanya?"


 Thus overcome with grief, he rolled to and fro on the ground. Then Śrī Gaurāṅga, His heart melting with compassion, comforted him saying, "I shall return," and other words of good will.


Next the all-opulent Personality of Godhead, who had accepted the role of the guru of all beings visited the home of Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya and begged for permission to depart, expressing His wish to travel to all the tīrthas.


Hearing this, Sārvabhauma grasped Śrī Kṛṣṇa's feet and weeping, exclaimed, "O mighty-armed Lord, why rather has a bolt of lightning not fallen on my head?


"Prabhu, how can I maintain my life force in separation from Your lotus feet? Now that You have captured my heart, is it befitting for You to travel here and there?"


Hearing this, Gaura Keśava laughed merrily and, capturing Sārvabhauma's hands in His own, replied, "I shall return before long."


Speaking thus, Śrī Caitanya, the embodiment of compassion, who is very wise in comforting the distressed heart, warmly embraced Sārvabhauma and pacified his heart by His loving and personal mood.

Thus ends the Thirteenth Sarga entitled "The Lord Departs and Consoles Sārvabhauma," in the Third Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita.