Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 4 Chapter 19

Nineteenth Sarga

Śrīmad Advaita Prabhu Performs Gaurāṅga Kīrtana


Thereafter supported by Nityānanda, the Lord of the cosmic manifestation swiftly went to the home of Kāśīnātha Miśra in the company of His bhaktas.


Gaura Hari along with Nityānanda, Śrīla Advaita, and other bhaktas, were offered the prasāda food-remnants of Lord Jagannātha by the group of devotees headed by Svarūpa.


After He had eaten the four kinds of foodstuffs, Gaura fed His devotees, indulging them as a father would His sons by satisfying their every wish.


The ocean of compassion who appeared like paternal affection personified was assisted by Jagadānanda, Svarūpa, and others as He encouraged His devotees, "Eat! Eat! You must eat!"


Thus the Lord exhibited great expertise as He personally encouraged the vaiṣṇavas one by one to eat the food of four varieties, which was prepared with many fine ingredients.


Then after making everyone refresh their mouths by sipping handfuls of water mixed with cloves and nutmeg, the Jagadīśvara adorned them in the order of their seniority with pulp of sandal and flower garlands.


First Prabhu honoured and cherished the vaiṣṇavas residing in Gauḍa, headed by Nityānanda and Advaita, and then those of Utkala and Śvetadvīpa. The kind-hearted Lord, out of affection for His devotees, then sat at ease in their company, eager to perform saṅkīrtana.


Next, by the order of the king, the prime minister named Candaneśvara provided residence for the bhaktas in various houses, according to their preference.


However, all the bhaktas were eager for saṅkīrtana and thus elected to stay with Mahāprabhu, who also delighted in saṅkīrtana.


For the pleasure of Mahāprabhu, the wives of the vaiṣṇavas cooked with great reverence the foodstuffs they had carefully brought for Him from Bengal.


Together with His elder brother and His bhaktas, Prabhu happily ate the four varieties of flavourful foodstuffs, which were sprinkled with ghee.


Bhagavān Śrī Advaita personally prepared very relishable sweet rice from some fine grains His wife had brought.


 Then in a solitary place He offered that sweetened rice mixed with milk and ghee to the beloved breath of His life, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya, and the Lord reciprocated affectionately with His devotee.


Similarly, in the order of seniority beginning with Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita, the other bhaktas together with their wives offered service to Gaurāṅga to their heart's content.


Then Śrī Advaita Ācārya, the Gosvāmī of prema assembled His own men and created a new form of saṅkīrtana from the names of Gaura Candra. He jubilantly formed a circle of all the vaiṣṇavas, and within it He danced very high, sometimes roaring and sometimes running.


On that occasion, Śrī Nityānanda made the three worlds quake by the striking of His dancing feet. Although He is Himself the Supreme Lord, still every emotion that He feels is in harmony with Gaurāṅga's desire.


The devotees chanted, "O Gaura Candra! O all-in-all of My life force! Kindly deliver me, Prabhu. O beloved of Nityānanda! O Golden Lord! O bestower of rasa on Gadādhara!


"O life and soul of all the devotees headed by Śrīvāsa! O bestower of love for Kṛṣṇa! O ocean of compassion!" Then Śrī Gaurāṅga, who dearly loved kīrtana, decided to personally perform Kṛṣṇa-saṅkīrtana. He sang from the depths of His heart, moved by His great love for Kṛṣṇa. His form shone radiantly with the joy of kīrtana, and He filled the entire universe with that joy.


Each of the devotees beheld Gaura Candra dancing face to face with himself, just as each of the cowherd boys of Vraja saw Śrī Kṛṣṇa seated in the centre of the circle during their forest picnic.


Although Nityānanda is the Supreme Lord and is inconceivably powerful, still in the company of Advaitācārya, who is also the Lord, He became maddened by love for Kṛṣṇa and danced.


Śrī Advaita appeared very powerful just like an intoxicated lion, and He inundated the earth with chanting and dancing. He is the magnanimous bestower of Gaurāṅga- prema. What wonderful deed is impossible for Him to perform?


Gadādhara also danced to his heart's content, bringing delight to Gaurāṅga, and all the bhaktas headed by Śrīvāsa danced jubilantly with their minds fixed on the form of Gaura.


Only one who can enter into the chanting of Gaurāṅga's qualities can actually comprehend them, and not millions of others who may be fully conversant with transcendental knowledge.

Thus ends the Nineteenth Sarga entitled "Śrīmad Advaita Prabhu Performs Gaurāṅga Kīrtana," in the Fourth Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita.