Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 3 Chapter 2

Second Sarga

Śrī Gaurāṅga Purifies the Sannyāsa Āśrama


At the culmination of His dancing the splendid Lord wept, His composure shattered by love for Śrī Hari. And all those who gathered there to observe the scene also imperceptibly shed tears of love.


Then standing up, in a faltering voice Gaura Hari spoke to the assembled people , "Dear fathers and mothers, now kindly give Me your auspicious blessings, so that I have remembrance of Śrī Hari."


When the people heard these words, they sensed that their hearts had been stripped naked and thus feeling ashamed and confounded, they wept profusely. Then their hearts filled with sad-bhakti-rasa, and their bodies became overwhelmed by the symptoms of Śrī Kṛṣṇa-prema


After pacifying their hearts with the nectarine vision of His Person, the munificent Lord, Bhagavān Śrī Gaura Candra accompanied by the foremost vaiṣṇavas, proceeded onwards to the residence of His guru, the great soul, Śrī Keśava.


Arriving there, the ocean of mercy bowed down to the feet of His guru. Then He took up His residence in that place, and so doing, He continuously sang auspicious songs of the names and qualities of Śrī Rāma, Nārāyaṇa, until His composure dissolved in prema.


In the afternoon the great personality Ācārya Ratna, who was learned in Vedic vidhi, in a purified state worshipped Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and performed the ceremony for the consecration of sannyāsa.


Then desiring His guru's welfare, Śrī Viśvambhara approached him and murmured in his ear, "Within a dream I received an excellent mantra. Please hear it from Me and tell Me if you approve."


He uttered that transcendentally pure mantra which is chanted by sannyāsīs. three times in his ear. Hearing it, Śrī Keśava replied, "Indeed, this is the supremely purifying mantra of Śrī Hari."


Thus by a pretence the one supreme and changeless guru, who is the Master of all worlds, initiated His guru. Then with hands folded in supplication, Prabhu said, "He gurujī! Kindly fulfil My heart's longing and today endow Me with the order of sannyāsa."


Then at the auspicious moment of the sun's journey from Capricorn into Aquarius, that intelligent mahātmā, Śrī Keśava, who was learned in the precepts of spiritual life, gave back the sannyāsa mantra to Śrī Hari.


As the hairs of His slender body thrilled with joy, and His chest became wet with tears, Śrī Hari Deva candidly uttered with a faltering voice, "At last, I have given up family life!"


Then seeing that Śrī Hari was about to depart, His guru overtook Him and quickly placed the daṇa and sannyāsa cloth in His hand, saying, "Bho! Good sir! Please take these also!" Hearing him, that conqueror of the foes of spiritual life, accepted those articles of sannyāsa. Then being very eager to teach the principle of guru-bhakti, he honoured the instruction of His guru and resided in that place for the day. Then suddenly at night our Prabhu began to sing and dance in the company of His guru.


In great bliss the guru of the guru of all embodied beings danced there with his disciple, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya. Filled with ānanda, which ever increased more and more, that mahātmā then considered brahma-sukha to be insignificant.


When their singing and dancing had ended, Keśava Bharatī said to Śrī Hari, "Who actually accepted the daṇa from my fingertips? Who is He that held Me within His arms and commanded me to dance?


"Now that I have begun to dance, I am wholly overwhelmed and happily float in an ocean of bliss." Hearing the words of this former monist, the vaiṣṇavas became most astonished, and they also lost all sense of externals within the waves of prema.


Hearing these words from His guru, which were not trivial but filled with meaning, Śrī Hari, feeling Himself his guru's devoted follower, in a mood of immense exultation, sang and danced with His men in that place. Thereafter Lord who offers shelter to all sublime qualities became attached to contemplation of His inner Self.


That Keśava Bhāratī had become a soul fully immersed in love of Kṛṣṇa. Tossing far away his daṇa and kamaṇḍalu , he danced with Mahāprabhu to purify his sannyāsa-dharma.


One who hears this sublime narration of the Lord's acceptance of sannyāsa, which awakens bliss in the hearts of the twice born, achieves complete freedom from the bondage of material existence and attains whatever his heart may desire.

Thus ends the Second Sarga entitled "Śrī Gaurāṅga Purifies the Sannyāsa Āśrama," in the Third Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita.