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.
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
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
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.
"'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
Mahaprabhu says He is a mayavadi sannyasi because He took sannyas from
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.
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
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."
Although neither could tolerate separation from the other, Ramananda Ray
nonetheless offered his obeisances to Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and
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.
'If you have even a little desire to serve the Guru, the Guru will come and
take service from you—Krishna will come and take service from you. The
Lord always searches, always hankers and desires to take service from the