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
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.
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.
"'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
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
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.
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 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
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.
'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.'