Hari-Katha at Sri Kovvur (Godavari): Part Two

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Godavari, Kovvur, Andhra Pradesh
5 January 2019, part 2

 

Mahaprabhu consulted Ray Ramananda Prabhu on many subjects. Ray Ramananda was an incarnation of Srimati Visakha, and you know that he was King Prataparudra's minister staying here in Rajahmundry. After their talk, Mahaprabhu told him, "When I stay permanently in Puri, come and stay with Me."

Actually, Raja Prataparudra had so much desire to meet with Mahaprabhu, but Mahaprabhu did not want to meet with a king. Finally, because his desire was so strong, through some tricks of Nityananda Prabhu and Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, Mahaprabhu did embrace Prataparudra.

King Prataparudra did much service to Mahaprabhu's followers and devotees. At Ratha-yatra time, many devotees came from Bengal and from all over South India and stayed in Puri—King Prataparudra would always give them prasadam, some place to stay, and would take care of all their needs.

Today we are briefly reading the chapter that describes the meeting of Raya Ramananda and Mahaprabhu (Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 8). Listen to it properly, it is the highest conception.

 

sancharya ramabhidha-bhakta-meghe
sva-bhakti-siddhanta-chayamrtani
gaurabdhir etair amuna vitirnais
taj-jnatva-ratnalayatam prayati

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is known as Gauranga, is the ocean of all conclusive knowledge in devotional service. He empowered Sri Ramananda Raya, who may be likened to a cloud of devotional service. This cloud was filled with the water of all the conclusive purports of devotional service and was empowered by the ocean to spread this water over the sea of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself. Thus the ocean of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu became filled with the jewels of the knowledge of pure devotional service.

jaya jaya sri-chaitanya jaya nityananda
jayadvaita-chandra jaya gaura-bhakta-vrnda

All glories to Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to Lord Nityananda! All glories to Advaita Acharya! And all glories to all the devotees of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!

purva-rite prabhu age gamana karila
'jiyada-nrsimha'-ksetre kata-dine gela

According to His previous programme, Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu went forward on His tour and after some days arrived at the place of pilgrimage known as Jiyada-nrsimha.

nrsimha dekhiya kaila dandavat-pranati
premavese kaila bahu nrtya-gita-stuti

Upon seeing the Deity of Lord Nrsimha in the temple, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu offered His respectful obeisances. Then, in ecstatic love, He performed various dances, chanted, and offered prayers.

As I told yesterday, He came singing:

"sri-nrsimha, jaya nrsimha, jaya jaya nrsimha
prahladesa jaya padma-mukha-padma-bhrnga"

"'All glories to Nrsimhadev! All glories to Nrsimhadev, who is the Lord of Prahlad Maharaj and, like a honeybee, is always engaged in beholding the lotuslike face of the goddess of fortune.'

He first went to Nrisinghadev temple. Coming there, He was singing this stuti of Nrisinghadev. There is also a sloka from Srimad Bhagavatam (7.9.1):

ugro 'py anugra evayam
sva-bhaktanam nr-kesari
kesariva sva-potanam
anyesam ugra-vikramah

"'Although very ferocious, the lioness is very kind to her cubs. Similarly, although very ferocious to nondevotees like Hiranyakasipu, Lord Nrsimhadev is very, very soft and kind to devotees like Prahlad Maharaj.'"

Although a lion is ferocious, it is always very kind to its cub. Nrisinghadev is also ferocious, but when Prahlad Maharaj is there, then He is very kind.

ei-mata nana sloka padi' stuti kaila
nrsimha-sevaka mala-prasada ani' dila

In this way Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu recited different verses from the sastras. The priest of Lord Nrsimhadev then brought garlands and the remnants of the Lord's food and offered them to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

purvavat kona vipre kaila nimantrana
sei ratri tahan rahi' karila gamana

As usual, a brahmana offered Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu an invitation. The Lord passed the night in the temple and then commenced His tour again.

prabhate uthiya prabhu chalila premavese
dig-vidik nahi jnana ratri-divase

The next morning, in the great ecstasy of love, Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu started on His tour with no knowledge of the proper direction, and He continued the whole day and night.

Mahaprabhu visited so many on the way, and He always kept walking without any sense which way He was going.

purvavat 'vaisnava' kari' sarva loka-gane
godavari-tire prabhu aila kata-dine

As previously, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu converted to Vaisnavism many people He met on the road. After some days, the Lord reached the banks of the river Godavari.

godavari dekhi' ha-ila 'yamuna'-smarana
tire vana dekhi' smrti haila vrndavana

When He saw the river Godavari, the Lord remembered the river Yamuna, and when He saw the forest on the banks of the river, He remembered Sri Vrindavan Dham.

On His way to Godavari, Mahaprabhu had met many people and He turned so many people into Vaishnavs when He showed them His conception. When He finally came to Godavari and saw the bank of Godavari, He immediately remembered Yamuna, and when He saw a forest on the bank of Godavari, He immediately thought, "This is Vrindavan!"

sei vane kata-ksana kari' nrtya-gana
godavari para hana tahan kaila snana

After performing His usual chanting and dancing for some time in this forest, the Lord crossed the river and took His bath on the other bank.

Mahaprabhu danced and sang on the bank of Godavari, and after that He took bath in the Godavari River.

ghata chhadi' kata-dure jala-sannidhane
vasi' prabhu kare krsna-nama-sankirtane

After bathing in the river, the Lord walked a little distance from the bathing place and chanted the Holy Name of Krishna.

hena-kale dolaya chadi' ramananda raya
snana karibare aila, bajana bajaya

At that time, accompanied by the sounds of music, Ramananda Raya came there on a palanquin to take his bath.

Mahaprabhu was bathing and chanting the Holy Name, and at that time Ramananda Ray came—he came very gorgeously, with a band and party.

tanra sange bahu aila vaidika brahmana
vidhi-mate kaila tenho snanadi-tarpana

Many brahmanas following the Vedic principles accompanied Ramananda Raya. According to the Vedic rituals, Ramananda Raya took his bath and offered oblations to his forefathers.

prabhu tanre dekhi' janila—ei rama-raya
tanhare milite prabhura mana uthi' dhaya

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu could understand that the person who had come to bathe in the river was Ramananda Raya. The Lord wanted to meet him so much that His mind immediately began running after him.

tathapi dhairya dhari' prabhu rahila vasiya
ramananda aila apurva sannyasi dekhiya

Although Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was running after him mentally, He patiently remained sitting. Ramananda Raya, seeing the wonderful sannyasi, then came to see Him.

Mahaprabhu saw Ramananda Ray first, and He was waiting for him to come. As soon as Ramananda Ray saw a sannyasi, he came up to Him.

 

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Odds and Ends
'It does not look good for a saffron-clad brahmachari to go to a restaurant and take food there. Sitting there, gossiping and talking, is very ugly. They must be a little shy, they must think a little what they are doing.'

 

Ke yabi ke yabi
'The Lord's Names are the ferryboat, Sri Guru is the captain, and the outstretched arms in the sankirtan are the oars.'
কে যাবি কে যাবি

Those who love Gurudev, they tolerate everything—any discomfort, any kind
of opposition that can come through the service. When some problem comes,
they still do their service—then Gurudev will love them too.

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