Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 3 Chapter 7

Seventh Sarga

The Lord Takes Darśana of Śrī Virajā


Bowed down with devotion to the joyous Lord of the universe, the physician Mukunda with a blossoming face addressed Him:


"Lord, in this place there not the slightest reason to fear toll collectors. I personally know the people of this region who are corrupt."


Hearing this, the Lord replied with His expressive face filled with bright smiles, "Yes, there is so much danger for us, but you are our protector."


So saying, He went out to beg alms, just to teach humility to others through His example. He is Śrī Kṛṣṇa Himself, the lover of Mahā-Lakṣmī, yet as Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya, He now bears a sannyāsa-daṇa.


Śrī Nityānanda-avadhūta , the master of all śaktis, and Śrī Gadādhara, the learned scholar, as well as Mukuṇḍa and the other saintly devotees also went their own ways and wandered about the town begging alms. However, a toll-collector would not allow them to do so. He angrily captured Mukuṇḍa and bound him up, keeping him prisoner for the whole day.


At dusk, that man accepted a valuable blanket as payment and finally released them all. Then the devotees departed from that place dejectedly.


The devotees then went to beg alms from some brāhmaṇas, and while they ate, they wondered, "How can we find the very powerful Nityānanda and Gaura Prabhu?"


Next they went to take rest on a raised platform beneath a tree at the āśrama of the brāhmaṇas. When the magnanimous Nityānanda finally arrived there, He laughed to hear the story of the bhaktas' arrest.


Then having collected His bhikṣa, Śrī Gaura Bhagavan arrived by His own desire. Seeing Him, the bhaktas described to Him all that the toll-collectors had done by force.


Hearing this, the Lord said, "Just wait! Everything will come out for the best." Then He quickly sent Śrī Gadādhara, His internal potency, to summon the king.


However at that very moment the master of all the toll-collectors arrived there and offered praise at the lotus feet of Śrī Hari. The great souls headed by Mukuṇḍa informed him of what had happened to them.


The king said, "For this wrong done to you, I shall beat those rogues very well with canes so they will never again behave in this way."


The master of the tax-collectors became much aggrieved to hear of the misdeeds performed by his servants, and he presented the devotees with a very valuable new blanket.


After he had spoken thus, the king offered obeisances to the Lord and departed for his opulent mansion. Thenceforward, he abandoned all material pursuits to take to the service of Gaura Hari's feet, upon which he meditated with a pure heart.


Now that their minds had been pacified, the devotees peacefully rested that night. Then at dawn, the Lord of the gods arose and swiftly departed to see again the river Virajā, who fully capable of purifying all people. One who sees her with devotion and faith is freed from bondage to birth and death.


The same benefit a man obtains by direct audience of the Supreme Lord can be obtained simply by looking on the face of Virajā.


The illustrious Lord Śiva, whose countenance is graced by three eyes, is personally present here. One who dies in Kāśī or in Virajā is blessed with liberation.


As Śaṅkara becomes pleased with one who dies in Vārāṇasī, he is still more pleased if one dies in Virajā.


After seeing her, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya, who is Himself the sole purifier of all worlds, again departed on the path performing Kṛṣṇa-nāma-saṅkīrtana with the bhaktas.

Thus ends the Seventh Sarga entitled "The Lord Takes Darśana of Śrī Virajā," in the Third Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita.