Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 4 Chapter 13

Thirteenth Sarga

The Lord Shows Mercy to the Gopa


After Kṛṣṇa Dāsa had shown Vraja Maṇḍala to Lord Śrī Gaurāṅga, he worshipped Him with pure devotion. Then the ocean of mercy addressed that vipra:


"Because My heart has now become softened by hearing the rasa-filled nectar of Kṛṣṇa-kathā from you, therefore Kṛṣṇa Candra Himself must naturally be very pleased with you."


Kṛṣṇa Dāsa replied, "I am Your servant, and You are Lord Kṛṣṇa, the shelter of goddess Śrī. Without Your sanction I am incapable of knowing anything, so kindly do with me as You see fit, O Prabhu!"


The son of Śacī embraced him and blessed him, saying, "So be it." Then remembering Lord Jagannātha, He departed, surrounded by brāhmaṇas.


Travelling along the bank of the Yamunā, Śrī Hari again arrived at the city of Prayāga. After bathing at the confluence of the three holy rivers, and after seeing the Deity of Bindu Mādhava, He rested there.


Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī arrived there in the company of his younger brother, Anupama. When Rūpa saw the Lord of all sentient beings, His heart filled with prema and he fell flat like a rod to the ground.


Gaura Hari embraced Śrī Rūpa and blessed him by placing His feet upon his head, saying, "Go forth to Mathurā, and always cherish My teachings.


"There you shall manifest the pastimes of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, which are the ornaments of Vṛndāvana. Have no doubt, this will bring Me pleasure.


"If you should come back by the path that leads through Gauḍa in order to take darśana of Śrī Jagannātha, then at that time you can by all means also have My association and darśana."


After taking the dust of Śrī Caitanya's feet, Rūpa said, "I shall now travel with You as Your foot-servant." The Lord replied, "No, indeed you shall not. Now you must travel to Mathurā."


So saying, Kṛṣṇa Caitanya left for Kāśī, where He stayed in the house of a brāhmaṇa. Then the noble Sanātana arrived, who was dear to the heart of Prabhu.


 When He saw him, Kṛṣṇa Caitanya at once stood up with great respect. After embracing him firmly, He said falteringly:


"Who is that scholar competent to describe the mercy of Kṛṣṇa? Truly that mercy is immeasurably powerful, for it has extricated you from the dark well of sense- gratification.


"It has brought you near Śrī Kṛṣṇa and has forced you to drink His sweetness. Very good! Oh very good!" Highly exhilarated, Gaura instructed him further:


"You must go to Vṛndāvana. Propound the bhakti-śāstras there and reveal the lost holy places. In this way you will spread far and wide the glories of Vraja-dhāma.


"All this your grace must do so that the goddess of devotion, Bhakti-devi, becomes firmly established in this world. Then by taking shelter of her, the rasikas who are able to discern between matter and spirit may always drink with joy the sweet beverage of Kṛṣṇa-prema." Sanātana replied, "It is solely by Your mercy that all these transcendental fruits may flourish, and it is by Your mercy also that my heart may become clean."


"O Śrī Kṛṣṇa, all that you have spoken satisfies My mind." Hṛṣīkeśa smiled and said, "Certainly you are the most intelligent of men.


"After seeing the city of Madhupurī and Vṛndāraṇya, by My order your grace must return to see Jagannātha Swāmī."


Then, to bring happiness to His bhaktas, Kṛṣṇa mercifully delivered all the residents of Kāśī and bestowed Kṛṣṇa-bhakti on them.


After embracing Sanātana, Tapana Miśra, and the other devotees to their full satisfaction, the illustrious Lord swiftly set off, eager to see Jagannātha Swāmī.


Then, as the all-opulent Lord Kṛṣṇa Caitanya, the jewel of mercy, travelled on the path, He saw a cowherd boy with a pot of buttermilk, and said to him:


"O gopa, I am thirsty. If it pleases you, give Me some buttermilk." Hearing this, the cowherd boy very jubilantly gave Gaura Sundara the whole pot.


Lord Hari, who is affectionate to His devotees, took the pot of buttermilk in His hands. After drinking it, He blessed the cowherd boy and then departed.

Thus ends the Thirteenth Sarga entitled "The Lord Shows Mercy to the Gopa," in the Fourth Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita.