Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 3 Chapter 14

Fourteenth Sarga

Śrī Caitanya Shows Devotion to Jiyaḍa-Nṛsiha


Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya was so disturbed by Gaurāṅga's departure that he fainted on that very spot. Similarly, the hearts of all the other devotees were very much perturbed.


But Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya walked forth southwards, until He arrived at the temple of Ālālanātha (the Lord who cherishes all). On account of prema, Gaura's body was constantly agitated by ecstatic symptoms.


In a loud voice, He cried out repeatedly, "Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa!" At one moment He would roll on the ground, and the next moment He would swoon and inarticulately murmur Kṛṣṇa's names.


And at the next moment, He would loudly sing the names, "Govinda! Kṛṣṇa! Rāma!" As He beheld the Deity of Ālālanātha, His body became flooded with the ecstatic symptoms of mahā-prema.


When Gaura Hari was travelling on the path, whenever He saw any man, He would embrace him. By that embrace He invested that person with full transcendental potencies. Suddenly drowned within the ocean of ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa, that man would also begin to sing and dance in great bliss.


As that man was returning to his home, with his body flooded by hundreds of streams of tears, he would also give the embrace of love to the members of other villages.


They also felt great satisfaction in the bliss of prema and taking great delight, they sang the names of Kṛṣṇa. In this way, through the process of disciplic succession, Śrī Gaurāṅga transformed into vaiṣṇavas the people of all the towns and villages.


He dwelt one night in that land sacred to Ālālanātha-deva, and on the morrow He rose early and performed His morning duties.


Then setting forward to the southern lands, Gaura Hari danced and sang:

Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Oh!
Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Oh!
Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Protect Me!
Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Protect Me!


While He chanted this mantra, tears of prema fell from His eyes. Those tears formed an ocean of love, and upon the billows of that ocean He floated about, lost to the world of externals. He rolled about on the earth, His body trembled greatly, Then He would run swiftly. Śrī Hari's throat became choked as He wept, and He cast affectionate glances at the creeper-covered trees.


When He arrived at Kūrma Kṣetra, where Śrī Janārdana forever resides in His Deity form of a tortoise, an exalted vipra also of the name Kūrma came and offered Him a hospitable reception. With great respect, He fed the Lord nicely prepared prasāda.


Then, desiring to show mercy to the people, the Lord went to the temple of Kūrma and saw Jagannātha Swāmī there in His form of Kūrma-deva.


That brāhmaṇa, named Kūrma felt engladdened by the sight of Śrī Gaurāṅga. With great happiness, he invited the Lord to be his guest, and considered his day completely fulfilled.


Another brāhmaṇa of the name Vāsudeva saw Śrī Gaura Hari, whose personality is transcendental to this world of cause and effect. Perceiving the brilliant qualities of His person, he recognized Him to be Kṛṣṇa Himself, and began to dance.


Although afflicted by leprosy, that vipra, was a transcendentally-situated soul and a mahā-bhāgavata-bhakta. Śrī Caitanya embraced him and thus transformed him into a healthy man with a golden lustre.


Looking upon these two devotees, who were now fully satisfied by love of Kṛṣṇa, the husband of the goddess of fortune addressed them, "By My order, kindly induce all people to accept the path of Kṛṣṇa-bhakti and become happy!"


So saying, Śrī Gaura Candra disappeared from that spot. This astonished all the people, who then began to continuously chant the name of Kṛṣṇa.


After Gaura had proceeded a considerable distance, He came to the temple of Lord Nṛsiha named Jiyaḍa and looked upon the Deity with great delight. Out of love, tears fell from His eyes and His body became covered by pulakas.


The Lord of all beings, who is dear to His bhaktas, then told the people an ancient history which illustrates the Lord's quality of subordination to His devotee:


"Once, long ago, a man named Puṇḍraya lived here. He was renowned for his ox- like strength, and he earned his living by growing wheat.


"In the form of a boar, Lord Murāri appeared to him and made his evenly ploughed field uneven and filled with chasms. That pious, strong-armed gopa then fought with the Lord.


"When the boar was pierced by Puṇḍraya's arrow, it repeatedly chanted the holy name of Rāma, and for that reason Puṇḍraya understood that this boar was an incarnation of Īśvara. Therefore he atoned for his offense by fasting and other penances.


"The merciful Lord then told him, `Sprinkle milk over your field. In this way, you will have My darśana. The king must also come to see Me. This is My command.'


"Hearing the Lord Boar's instructions, the cowherd, overwhelmed by loving sentiments for Him, informed the king of the Lord's order, with which the king complied.


"Simply by the sprinkling of milk, the Lord showed Himself in His transcendental form to saintly persons and prevented others from seeing Him.


"After some time passed, a certain wealthy man who was very devoted arrived in the company of his two wives, desiring to have the Lord's darśana.


"When He received darśana of Śrī Varāha, that man became intoxicated with pleasure. He entered the temple of Nṛsiha, and when he saw that he had obtained the treasure of the Lord's two lotus feet, he became jubilant.


"The Lord said to that godly man, `Choose from Me whatever boon you desire.' The man replied, `Jiyaa is my name. Kindly accept this name, O Lord of the universe.'


"The origin of the cosmos then muttered, `Om,' indicating His acceptance. For this reason, this Deity has become famous as Śrī Jiyaḍa Nṛsiha, thus giving evidence that Śrī Hari is always submissive to the will of His devotee."


After narrating this history, Śrī Hari in the person of Śrī Gaurāṅga Mahāprabhu disappeared from that very spot. Who is that fortunate person able to perceive that Supreme Lord as He is?

Thus ends the Fourteenth Sarga entitled "Śrī Caitanya Shows Devotion to Jiyaa Nṛsiha," in the Third Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita.