Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 4 Chapter 17

Seventeenth Sarga

The Assembly of Devotees


Once all the bhaktas residing in Gauḍa desired to go to Nīlācala to see Śrī Gaurāṅga.


There was Śrī Advaitācārya, the Supreme Lord and guru of all living entities in the company of His associates, and also Śrīvāsa hākura, who was in a very blissful mood, together with his brothers.


There was Candra Śekhara, known as the Jewel Ācārya, and Puṇḍarīkākṣa Vidyānidhi, also known as Prema-nidhi.


There was also the scholar known as Gaṅgādāsa, who was endowed with godly qualities, as well as Vakreśvara Paṇḍita and Pradyumna Brahmacārī. Both hākura Haridāsa and Dvija Haridāsa were there, as well as Vāsudeva Datta and Mukuṇḍa Datta. Śrī Śivānanda Sena also came along with his wife and sons. Indeed Govinda Ghoa was there with Mukuṇḍa, the best of singers. There was the scribe Vijaya, the scholar Sadāśiva, Puruṣottama, Sañjaya, and Śrīmān Paṇḍita. There were the brahmacārīs, Śrī Nandana and Śuklāmbara, and also the famous self-satisfied bhakta named Śrīdhara, who was known as Khola-vechā, the salesman of banana products.


There was the writer and scholar, Gopīnātha Paṇḍita, as well as Śrī Garbha Paṇḍita and Paṇḍita Vanamālī. There was Jagadīśa Paṇḍita, Vaiṣṇava Hiraṇya, Buddhimanta Khāna and Ācārya Śrī Purandara, Śrī Rāghava Paṇḍita, Murāri, the lion among physicians, Garuḍa Paṇḍita and Gopīnātha Siha, Śrī Rāma Paṇḍita, Śrī Nārāyaṇa Paṇḍita, Dāmodara Paṇḍita and Raghunandana hākura, Śrī Mukuṇḍa, Narahari, Cirañjīva, Sulocana, Rāmānanda Vasu, Satyarāja and others.


All of these bhaktas were as attached to Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya as to their own life- breath. Thus in a mood of great love, they travelled to Puruṣottama Dhāma along with Advaita Prabhu.


Śrī Hari, the Master of all, immediately sent the group of devotees who were standing near Him to receive the arriving bhaktas at Narendra Sarovara.


Afterwards He, who is the very life force of His devotees, who is controlled by His devotees and who bestows love on His devotees, determined to set forth.


Nityānanda Prabhu together with Paṇḍita Śrī Gadādhara, Puri Śrī Paramānanda, and Bhaṭṭa Śrī Sārvabhauma, Paṇḍita Jagadānanda and Śrī Kāśī Miśra, Dāmodara Svarūpa and Paṇḍita Śaṅkara, Śrī Kāśīśvara Goswami, Paṇḍita Bhagavān, Pradyumna Miśra and Śrī Paramānanda Pātra, Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya and Govinda, the Lord's doorman, Brahmānanda Bhāratī, Śrī Rūpa and Śrī Sanātana...


...Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa and the physician Raghunātha, Śrī Nārāyaṇa Nanda and the delightful son of Advaita Ācārya named Acyutānanda Goswami, whose life and soul was the love he held for Śrī Gaurāṅga, the renowned Śikhi-Māheti as well as Vānīnātha and all the other bhaktas who resided in Kṣetra went along with their Prabhu.

In their company, the Supreme Master, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya, whose heart is always filled with affectionate for His devotees, came to the bank of Narendra Sarovara, where at that very moment the great Personality Śrī Advaita was arriving with the devotees from Gauḍa-deśa.


When the two parties of devotees glimpsed one another, everyone became extremely enlivened by a spontaneous festive spirit, and it seemed as if the various symptoms of ecstasy such as weeping and trembling appeared in personified form at that place.

Thus ends the Seventeenth Sarga entitled "The Assembly of Devotees," in the Fourth Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita.