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

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Godavari, Kovvur, Andhra Pradesh
5 January 2019, part 3

 

[His Divine Grace continues reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 8. Below are verses 18-56:]

surya-sata-sama kanti, aruna vasana
subalita prakanda deha, kamala-lochana

Srila Ramananda Ray then saw Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was as brilliant as a hundred suns. The Lord was covered by a saffron garment, He was large in body and very strongly built, and His eyes were like lotus petals.

dekhiya tanhara mane haila chamatkara
asiya karila dandavat namaskara

When Ramananda Ray saw the wonderful sannyasi, he was struck with wonder. He went to Him and immediately offered his respectful obeisances, falling down flat like a rod.

uthi' prabhu kahe,—utha, kaha 'krsna' 'krsna'
tare alingite prabhura hrdaya satrsna

The Lord stood up and asked Ramananda Ray to arise and chant the Holy Name of Krishna. Indeed, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was very eager to embrace him.

Mahaprabhu knew who he was, but still He asked him, "Who are you? Are you Ramananda Ray?" Ramananda Ray replied, "Yes, I am a sudra—I belong to a very low cast and I am your servant."

tathapi puchhila,—tumi raya ramananda?
tenho kahe,—sei hana dasa sudra manda

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then inquired whether he was Ramananda Ray, and he replied, "Yes, I am Your very low servant, and I belong to the sudra community."

tabe tare kaila prabhu drdha alingana
premavese prabhu-bhrtya donhe achetana

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then embraced Sri Ramananda Ray very firmly. Indeed, both the master and the servant almost lost consciousness due to ecstatic love.

svabhavika prema donhara udaya karila
dunha alingiya dunhe bhumite padila

Their natural love for each other was awakened in them both, and they embraced and fell to the ground.

stambha, sveda, asru, kampa, pulaka, vaivarnya
dunhara mukhete suni' gadgada 'krsna' varna

When they embraced each other, ecstatic symptoms—paralysis, perspiration, tears, shivering, paleness and standing up of the bodily hairs—appeared. The word "Krishna" came from their mouths falteringly.

dekhiya brahmana-ganera haila chamatkara
vaidika brahmana saba karena vichara

When the stereotyped, ritualistic brahmans who were following the Vedic principles saw this ecstatic manifestation of love, they were struck with wonder. All these brahmans began to reflect as follows.

ei ta' sannyasira teja dekhi brahma-sama
sudre alingiya kene karena krandana

The brahmans thought, "We can see that this sannyasi has a luster like the effulgence of Brahman, but how is it He is crying upon embracing a sudra, a member of the fourth caste in the social order?"

ei maharaja—maha-pandita, gambhira
sannyasira sparse matta ha-ila asthira

They thought, "This Ramananda Ray is the Governor of Madras, a highly learned and grave person, a maha-pandit, but upon touching this sannyasi he has become restless like a madman."

ei-mata vipra-gana bhave mane mana
vijatiya loka dekhi, prabhu kaila samvarana

While the brahmans were thinking in this way about the activities of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Ramananda Ray, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu saw those outsiders and restrained His transcendental emotions.

sustha hana dunhe sei sthanete vasila
tabe hasi' mahaprabhu kahite lagila

When they regained their sanity, they both sat down, and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu smiled and began to speak as follows.

'sarvabhauma bhattacarya kahila tomara gune
tomare milite more karila yatane

"Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya spoke of your good qualities, and he made a great endeavor to convince Me to meet you.

toma milibare mora etha agamana
bhala haila, anayase pailun darasana'

"Indeed, I have come here just to meet you. It is very good that even without making an effort I have gotten your audience here."

raya kahe,—sarvabhauma kare bhrtya-jnana
parokseha mora hite haya savadhana

Ramananda Ray replied, "Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya thinks of me as his servant. Even in my absence he is very careful to do me good.

Raya told, "Sarvabhauma thinks I am his servant, but he also wants good for me."

tanra krpaya painu tomara darasana
aji saphala haila mora manusya-janama

"By his mercy I have received Your audience here. Today my human birth has become successful.

sarvabhaume tomara krpa,—tara ei chihna
asprsya sparsile hana tanra premadhina

"I can see that You have bestowed special mercy upon Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya. Therefore You have touched me, although I am untouchable. This is due only to his love for You.

kahan tumi—saksat isvara narayana
kahan muni—raja-sevi visayi sudradhama

"You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayan Himself, and I am only a government servant interested in materialistic activities. Indeed, I am the lowest among men of the fourth caste.

mora sparse na karile ghrna, veda-bhaya
mora darsana toma vede nisedhaya

"You do not fear the Vedic injunctions stating that You should not associate with a sudra. You were not contemptuous of my touch, although in the Vedas You are forbidden to associate with sudras.

tomara krpaya tomaya karaya nindya-karma
saksat isvara tumi, ke jane tomara marma

"You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself; therefore no one can understand Your purpose. By Your mercy You are touching me, although this is not sanctioned by the Vedas.

ama nistarite tomara ihan agamana
parama-dayalu tumi patita-pavana

"You have come here specifically to deliver me. You are so merciful that You alone can deliver all fallen souls.

mahanta-svabhava ei tarite pamara
nija karya nahi tabu yana tara ghara

"It is the general practice of all saintly people to deliver the fallen. Therefore they go to people's houses, although they have no personal business there.

Srimad Bhagavatam (10.8.4) also says,

mahad-vichalanam nrnam
grhinam dina-chetasam
nihsreyasaya bhagavan
nanyatha kalpate kvachit

"'My dear Lord, sometimes great saintly persons go to the homes of householders, although these householders are generally low-minded. When a saintly person visits their homes, one can understand that it is for no other purpose than to benefit the householders.'

amara sange brahmanadi sahasreka jana
tomara darsane sabara dravi-bhuta mana

"Along with me there are about a thousand men—including the brahmans—and all of them appear to have had their hearts melted simply by seeing You.

'krsna' 'krsna' nama suni sabara vadane
sabara anga—pulakita, asru—nayane

"I hear everyone chanting the holy name of Krishna. Everyone's body is thrilled with ecstasy, and there are tears in everyone's eyes.

akrtye-prakrtye tomara isvara-laksana
jive na sambhave ei aprakrta guna

"My dear Sir, according to Your behavior and bodily features, You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is impossible for ordinary living beings to possess such transcendental qualities."

prabhu kahe,—tumi maha-bhagavatottama
tomara darsane sabara drava haila mana

The Lord replied to Ramananda Ray, "Sir, you are the best of the topmost devotees; therefore simply the sight of you has melted everyone's heart.

anyera ki katha, ami—'mayavadi sannyasi'
amiha tomara sparse krsna-preme bhasi

"Although I am a mayavadi sannyasi, a nondevotee, I am also floating in the ocean of love of Krishna simply by touching you. And what to speak of others?

Mahaprabhu says He is a mayavadi sannyasi because He took sannyas from Keshav Bharati.

ei jani' kathina mora hrdaya sodhite
sarvabhauma kahilena tomare milite

"Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya knew this would happen, and thus to rectify My heart, which is very hard, he asked Me to meet you."

ei-mata dunhe stuti kare dunhara guna
dunhe dunhara darasane anandita mana

In this way each of them praised the qualities of the other, and both of them were pleased to see each other.

hena-kale vaidika eka vaisnava brahmana
dandavat kari' kaila prabhure nimantrana

At this time a brahman Vaisnav following the Vedic principles came and offered obeisances. He fell flat before Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and invited Him for lunch.

nimantrana manila tanre vaisnava janiya
ramanande kahe prabhu isat hasiya

Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu accepted the invitation, knowing the brahman to be a devotee, and slightly smiling, He spoke as follows to Ramananda Ray.

tomara mukhe krsna-katha sunite haya mana
punarapi pai yena tomara darasana

"I wish to hear from you about Lord Krishna. Therefore I wish to see you again."

raya kahe, aila yadi pamara sodhite
darsana-matre suddha nahe mora dusta chitte
dina pancha-sata rahi' karaha marjana
tabe suddha haya mora ei dusta mana

Ramananda Ray replied, "My Lord, although You have come to correct me, a fallen soul, my mind is not yet purified simply by seeing You. Please stay for five or seven days and kindly cleanse my polluted mind. After that much time, my mind will certainly be pure."

Raya told, "You have come to rescue me, a fallen soul, but only seeing You is not enough—I want to hear something from you."

yadyapi vichchheda donhara sahana na yaya
tathapi dandavat kari' chalila rama-raya

Although neither could tolerate separation from the other, Ramananda Ray nonetheless offered his obeisances to Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and departed.

prabhu yai' sei vipra-ghare bhiksa kaila
dui janara utkanthaya asi' sandhya haila

Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu then went to the house of the brahman who had invited Him and took His lunch there. When the evening of that day arrived, both Ramananda Ray and the Lord were eager to meet each other again.

prabhu snana-krtya kari' achhena vasiya
eka-bhrtya-sange raya milila asiya

After finishing His evening bath, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu sat down and waited for Ramananda Ray to come. Then Ramananda Ray, accompanied by one servant, came to meet Him.

namaskara kaila raya, prabhu kaila alingane
dui jane krsna-katha kaya rahah-sthane

Ramananda Ray approached Lord Sri Chaitanya and offered his respectful obeisances, and the Lord embraced him. Then they began to discuss Krishna in a secluded place.

 

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