Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 4 Chapter 12

Twelfth Sarga

The Narration of the Slaying of Kasa
and Other Pastimes


Kṛṣṇa Dāsa continued, "Hear of the activities of Kasa. Now the deeds performed by that wicked man shall be described somewhat.


"That night, the miscreant Kasa saw the messenger of death appear in many ways. The next day he hastily prepared the dais and other arrangements for the wrestling contest.


"He sat upon the dais and summoned his friends and relatives. Then having assembled them together, Kasa seated them also upon the dais and spoke while swollen with pride:


"`Bring Nanda and the host of cowherds, and respectfully offer them seats on the dais. And where are those two boys? I relish a good fight, and now I shall take pleasure in witnessing Their very fierce combat.'


"Thereafter the two Lords, Rāma and Janārdana, slew the king of elephants named Kuvalayāpīḍa, who had been strategically placed at the gate, and bearing its tusks They advanced towards the magnificent wrestling arena.


"Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma killed Cāṇūra and Muṣṭika along with the other wrestlers, and finally Kasa was also slain. They were jubilantly applauded by everyone. Next, after being caressed by their parents Vasudeva and Devakī, They approached Nanda Mahārāja and joyously addressed him.


"Kṛṣṇa said, `O father, I desire to see Mathurā for some time. If this satisfies you, that is My satisfaction. Please let my elder brother happily accompany you back to Vraja.'


"Upon hearing this, Nanda smiled and said, `You are an uncontrollable boy, just like a maddened lion. How is it possible to check Your Grace?


"`Balarāma, You should also stay here. From time to time You may come to Vṛndāvana to tend the cows.'


"After glady embracing Them and being offered respects by Them, Nanda left for Nandīśvara, with Kṛṣṇa and Rāma residing in His heart.


"Thereafter, Vasudeva and Devakī had their two sons receive the sacred thread and intiated into chanting the Gāyatrī mantra.


 "How can a man of meager intelligence describe the character of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, when Brahmā and others who are able to see beyond material existence are baffled in doing so?"


 [Murāri Gupta continued narrating to Dāmodara Paṇḍita:] Thus Kṛṣṇa Caitanya, the personification of all transcendental mellows heard with great respect the numerous Mathurā pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, in the form of brief sūtras.


According to the nature of the Lord's particular pleasure-pastime, He sometimes appears as śyāma, which is a deep-blue hue like the colour of a water-laden rain- cloud, and sometimes as pīta, the brilliant yellow colour of cow's ghee. The pīta form of Mahāprabhu, in which He munificently distributes love of Kṛṣṇa, enthrals the hearts of all living beings throughout the world.


He displays that form for the sake of His pure bhaktas. To hear about and reflect upon that form invokes auspiciousness. In that form He sometimes dances, sings, roars, laughs and runs out of emotions of transcendental delight.


While Śrī Gaurāṅga was thus in a state of constant exultation, He travelled from home to home throughout all of Vraja and revealed His pastimes that portray the personified bliss potency.


All the manifest pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa in Vṛndāvana, beginning with the liberation of Pūtanā and ending with the slaying of the demon Vyoma, as well as the pastimes in the Lord's other abodes of Mathurā and Dvārakā, are imbued with the totality of divine potencies. They forever bestow all perfections. These pastimes perpetually award devotional love, they are filled with spiritual excellences, and they are indeed non-different from Kṛṣṇa's own form.


Some of the Vraja-vāsīs saw Gaura Candra as a baby boy with fresh butter in His hand, while others saw Him as a young lad tending the calves by the Yamunā with the other cowherd boys headed by Śrīdāmā. Still others saw Him as a fresh adolescent youth surrounded by the gopīs, with the complexion of a newly-arrived lightning-illuminated thundercloud, holding the bamboo flute to His lips, which were tender like freshly sprouting flowers.


Thus seeing the Lord in great happiness, the residents of splendorous Vṛndāvana, including all the birds, deer and animals, as well as young and old people, all of whom are supreme relishers of rasa, perceived Him in accordance with their respective rasa. They surrounded Him and became immensely enlivened, considering that this combined form of Govinda and Rādhā, Śrī Caitanya, was the one and only Lord of their life.

Thus ends the Twelfth Sarga entitled "The Narration of the Slaying of Kasa and Other Pastimes," in the Fourth Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita.