Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Carita | Book 4 Chapter 26

Twenty-sixth Sarga

Mahāprabhu Visits Vṛndāvana and Returns to Nīlācala
to Forever Enter Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa's Transcendental Loving Affairs


When Gaura Prabhu departed for Vṛndāvana, all of the bhaktas in Nīlācala lamented, and Prabhu consoled them.


After making gradual progress as He travelled on the jungle paths, Gaura saw the city of Kāśī and the Deity of Śiva named Viśveśvara. There He met with Tapana Miśra and the other bhaktas of Kāśī.


When He arrived at Prayāga, Gaura saw the Deity of Śrī Kṛṣṇa named Bindu Mādhava. Then by following along the bank of Yamunā, He came to Agra-vana and Reṇukā, the birthplace of Lord Paraśurāma. From that place, Gaura saw the city of Mathurā.


Together in the company of Kṛṣṇa Dāsa, Gaura saw the sacred bathing places, wells and so forth, as well as all twelve forests headed by Vṛndāvana.


At each and every town, forest and pond He visited, many eternal pastimes were revealed to Gaura, and He would act out those pastimes as He experienced them.


As the līlās beginning with the birth of Kṛṣṇa until the killing of Kasa were described and heard, each and every one of them were manifested in Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu's heart.


The description of Mahāprabhu's ecstasies, divine madness, and the bodily transformations arising therefrom are extremely amazing. As He travelled from home to home, Gaura displayed them to all the residents of Vraja.


Again He returned to Prayāga and met with Rūpa Gosvāmī. Thereafter, Gaura met Sanātana Gosvāmī in Kāśī, and also fulfilled the wishes of the devotees there headed by Tapana Miśra.


 (By mercifully giving the process of Hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana) Śrī Caitanya delivered the people of Kāśī from sin. Then after drinking a pot of buttermilk given by a gopa, He travelled on and arrived in the land of the nine islands, bringing auspiciousness with Him.


There, Śrī Śrī Gaura-Nityānanda remain perpetually within the house of Gaurīdāsa Paṇḍita to enjoy Their pleasure-pastimes, yet simultaneously Their Lordships also departed and journeyed to the house of Śrī Advaita to bestow Their blessed vision on Him.


Śacī-nandana sported brilliantly amidst the assembly of bhaktas, and then offered prayers unto the feet of His mother. He worshipped Śrī Mādhava Purī on the day of his appearance, and thereafter departed for Nīlādri.


Śrī Gaura Hari then delivered Mahārāja Pratāpa Rudra, the sovereign king of Orissa. He saw the Ratha-yātrā festival of Lord Jagannātha, Balarāma Mahārāja and Subhadrā Mahārāṇī. Meeting with His bhaktas at Narendra Sarovara, the lake of the king, He performed Hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana in their company.


After the bhaktas served Kṛṣṇa-prasāda to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Advaita Prabhu depicted in song the qualities of Śrī Gaurāṅga, and then Mahāprabhu showed sympathy toward Rāmadāsa, an impoverished brāhmaṇa from southern Bhārata.


Then the pleasure-pastimes of Śrī Nityānanda were portrayed, including Nityānanda's kīrtanas depicting the qualities of Śrī Gaurāṅga. From then onwards during Gaurāṅga's manifest pastimes, the Lord displayed the ecstatic moods of Kṛṣṇa consciousness beginning with divine madness while Rāmānanda Rāya and Svarūpa Dāmodara recited appropriate verses from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam illustrating the rāsa-līlā and other pastimes. Nityānanda Prabhu exhibited pleasure pastimes in the areas around Navadvīpa, and finally had Gaura-darśana in Puri after a prolonged separation.


The two moons, Nityānanda and Gaurāṅga, shone in a flower garden near the Guṇḍicā Mandira along with Gadādhara and all Their bhaktas.


The wise man who contemplates the life, character and activities of Kṛṣṇa Caitanya narrated herein becomes forever immersed in an ambrosial ocean of pure love.


Although Śrī Gaurāṅga Mahāprabhu is directly the all-attractive Supreme Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, He appeared as the abode of devotional mellows and relished the marvellous sweetness of love for Himself through the chanting of His names.


After a person has relished His sublime pastimes, how is it possible that the opulences of Kṛṣṇa-prema do not arise in his heart? (It is surely not possible!) Therefore, after freeing yourself from any tinge of envy, just hear submissively the descriptions of Śrī Gaurāṅga's glories.


This book is comprised of four Prakramas and seventy-eight Sargas. The first Prakrama contains sixteen Sargas, and the second has eighteen.


The third Prakrama also has eighteen Sargas, and the fourth has twenty-six. The book contains a total of nineteen hundred and twenty-seven ślokas.


A rasika with a taste for the sublime who recites or even hears these verses with great attention can attain the blessed state of perpetual fulfilment in Kṛṣṇa-prema.


After Śrī Dāmodara Paṇḍita heard all these descriptions of the transcendental attributes of Śrī Śrī Nityānanda-Gaurāṅga, he prostrated himself humbly before Murāri Gupta and said:


"I am now fulfilled! All my desires are fulfilled! My desires are fulfilled without a doubt! Certainly you are most glorious, for your grace has filled my heart full with the mellows of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya."


When Śrīla Advaita Prabhu happily heard these bonafide and extremely sweet jewel-like pastimes of Gaurāṅga Candra, He joyfully said to Murāri, "Verily, because you always render service with devotion to Lord Rāma Candra, therefore this jewel- like book has been revealed to you. It is certainly for this reason.


"Śrī Rama has displayed His original form as Gaura within this world, and through this book He surely distributes the luscious juice of prema-rasa. All those who listen attentively to it become consummate rasikas, and their hearts swell with prema. They celebrate in song the qualities of the son of Śacī, the munificent donor of the highest happiness, and they thus deride even the idea of liberation."


Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita became very happy after relishing this book, and he spoke falteringly with loving eagerness to Murāri as follows:


"Surely by writing this book you have liberated all the worlds from bondage, for by hearing this book delineate the pleasure-pastimes of the all-opulent Personality of Godhead, a person experiences liberation from all fear."


In the same way, all of the bhaktas who heard the marvellous recitation of this book offered respectful obeisances unto Murāri Gupta. They discussed amongst themselves the topics of Mahāprabhu.


Murāri Gupta also bowed down to them, as is the proper vaiṣṇava etiquette. Out of love, he held onto their lotus feet while uttering, "Jaya Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Rāma!" and then he danced, roaring very loudly.


Embracing one another in this way, everyone become saturated with the mellows of Śrī Gaura Candra. Thus through the agency of this one soul, the husband of Lakṣmī has revealed His most confidential pastimes for the welfare of the world's people.


In the year fourteen hundred and fifty-three of the Śāka era, on the seventh day of the bright fortnight of the month of Āṣāḍha, this book attained completion.

Thus ends the Twenty-sixth and last Sarga entitled "Mahāprabhu Visits Vṛndāvana and Returns to Nīlācala to Forever Enter Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa's Transcendental Loving Affairs," in the Fourth Prakrama of the great poem Śrī Caitanya Carita, composed by Śrīman Murāri Gupta Mahāśaya.