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Sri Sri Gaurasundarer Avirbhav:
Appearance of Sri Sri Gaurasundar

By Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami
(From Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 1.13.89-124
Sung at moonrise on Sri Gaura Purnima evening)

 

chaudda-sata sata sake masa ye phalguna
paurnamasira sandhya-kale haile subha-ksana [89]

In the year 1407 of the Saka Era (A.D. 1486), in the month of Phalguna [March–April], on the evening of the full moon, the desired auspicious moment appeared.

simha-rasi, simha-lagna, uchcha graha-gana
sad-varga, asta-varga, sarva sulaksana [90]

According to the Vedic astronomy, when the figure of the lion appears both in the zodiac and as the time of birth [lagna], this indicates a very high conjunction of planets, an area under the influence of sad-varga and asta-varga, which are all-auspicious moments.

a-kalanka gaurachandra dila darasana
sa-kalanka chandre ara kon prayojana [91]

When the spotless moon of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu became visible, what is the need for a moon full of black marks on its body?

eta jani' rahu kaila chandrera grahana
'krsna' 'krsna' 'hari' name bhase tri-bhuvana [92]

Considering this, Rahu, the black planet, covered the full moon, and immediately the vibrations of 'Krishna! Krishna! Hari!' inundated the three worlds.

jaya jaya dhvani haila sakala bhuvana
chamatkara haiya loka bhave mane mana [93]

The chants of 'Jay! Jay!' filled the whole world, and everybody was astonished at that, wondering what was going on.

jagat bhariya loka bale—'hari' 'hari'
sei-ksane gaurakrsna bhume avatari [94]

When the whole world was chanting the Holy Name, Krishna, in the form of Gaurahari, made His advent on earth.

prasanna ha-ila saba jagatera mana
'hari' bali' hinduke hasya karaye yavana [95]

The whole world felt pleased. Laughing at the Hindus, even Muslims chanted Holy Names.

'hari' bali' narigana dei hulahuli
svarge vadya-nrtya kare deva kutuhali [96]

All ladies chanted the Holy Name, uttering auspicious cries. And in heaven, demigods played musical instruments and danced, curious to see what was to happen next.

prasanna haila dasa dik, prasanna nadijala
sthavara-jangama haila anande vihvala [97]

All the ten directions became pleased, as did the water of all rivers. All living beings, moving and non-moving, were overwhelmed with transcendental happiness.

nadiya-udayagiri, purnachandra gaurahari,
krpa kari' ha-ila udaya
papa-tamah haila nasa, tri-jagatera ullasa,
jagabhari' hari-dhvani haya [98]

By His causeless mercy the full moon Gaurahari arose in the district of Nadia, which is compared to Udayagiri, where the sun first becomes visible – His rising in the sky destroyed the darkness of sin; all three worlds became joyful and chanted the Holy Name of the Lord.

sei-kale nijalaya, uthiya advaita raya,
nrtya kare anandita-mane
haridase lana sange, hunkara-kirtana-range,
kene nache, keha nahi jane [99]

At that time, Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu, who was in his house in Santipur, was dancing for joy. Grabbing Haridas Thakur, he danced and rejoiced, loudly chanting Holy Names. Why were they dancing? No one knew.

dekhi' uparaga hasi', sighra ganga-ghate asi',
anande karila ganga-snana
pana uparaga-chhale, apanara mano-bale,
brahmanere dila nana dana [100]

Seeing the lunar eclipse and laughing, Advaita Acharya and Haridas Thakur hurried to the bank of the Ganges and bathed happily. On pretext of observing the lunar eclipse, Advaita Acharya mentally distributed various types of charity to brahmans.

jagat anandamaya, dekhi' mane sa-vismaya,
tharethore kahe haridasa
tomara aichhana ranga, mora mana parasanna,
dekhi—kichhu karye achhe bhasa [101]

When he saw that the whole world was jubilant, Haridas Thakur was astonished. He allusively suggested to Advaita Acharya, 'I am happy to see your joy. I can understand that there is some special reason for that.'

acharyaratna, srivasa, haila mane sukhollasa,
yai' snana kaila ganga-jale
anande vihvala mana, kare hari-sankirtana,
nana dana kaila mano-bale [102]

Overwhelmed with joy, Acharyaratna (Chandrasekhar) and Srinivas (Srivas Pandit) went to bathe in the Ganges. Their minds full of happiness, they chanted Holy Names of the Lord and mentally distributed charity.

ei mata bhakta-tati, yanra yei dese sthiti,
tahan tahan pana mano-bale
nache, kare sankirtana, anande vihvala mana,
dana kare grahanera chhale [103]

In this way, renounced devotees in various corners of the world mentally received those gifts. Dancing, chanting Holy Names and overcome with joy, they distributed gifts on pretext of observing the lunar eclipse.

brahmana-sajana-nari, nana-dravye thali bhari',
aila sabe yautuka la-iya
yena kancha-sona-dyuti, dekhi' balakera murti,
asirvada kare sukha pana [104]

Gathering various gifts, brahmans, gentlemen and ladies arrived with their presentations. Seeing the newborn boy, whose holy form resembled raw gold, they happily offered their blessings.

savitri, gauri, sarasvati, sachi, rambha, arundhati,
ara yata deva-narigana
nana-dravye patra bhari', brahmanira vesa dhari',
asi' sabe kare darasana [105]

Gathering various gifts and dressing themselves as wives of brahmans, all the celestial ladies – Savitri (Brahma's wife), Gauri (Lord Siva's wife), Saraswati (Nrsimhadev's wife), Sachi (Indradev's wife), Rambha (celestial dancer), Arundhati (Vasistha's wife) and others – arrived to see the child.

antarikse deva-gana, gandharva, siddha, charana,
stuti-nrtya kare vadya-gita
nartaka, vadaka, bhata, navadvipe yara nata,
sabe asi' nache pana prita [106]

In the sky, all demigods, including the inhabitants of Siddhaloka, Gandharvaloka and Charanaloka, offered prayers and danced to the accompaniment of music. In Nabadwip, all professional dancers, musicians and religious poets gathered, too, dancing in great jubilation.

keba ase keba yaya, keba nache keba gaya,
sambhalite nare kara bola
khandileka duhkha-soka, pramoda-purita loka,
misra haila anande vihvala [107]

Some came, some went; some danced, some sang.Coming from all these different backgrounds, nobody was able to understand what anyone was saying. All unhappiness and grief was shuttered and the world was purged of illusion. Jagannath Misra was almost unconscious with joy.

acharyaratna, srivasa, jagannatha-misra-pasa,
asi' tanre kare savadhana
karaila jatakarma, ye achhila vidhi-dharma,
tabe misra kare nana dana [108]

'Chandrasekhar Acharya and Srivas Pandit, who were Jagannath Misra's neighbours, also came and tried to caution him. They performed the ceremonies prescribed at the time of birth by religious regulations, and then Jagannath Misra distributed various charity.

yautuka paila yata, ghare va achhila kata,
saba dhana vipre dila dana
yata nartaka, gayana, bhata, akinchana jana,
dhana diya kaila sabara mana [109]

Whatever presentations Jagannath Misra received and whatever he had at home, he distributed everything among brahmans. He honoured all dancers, singers, religious poets and the poor by giving them various wealth.

srivasera brahmani, nama tanra 'malini',
acharyaratnera patni-sange
sindura, haridra, taila, khai, kala, narikela,
diya puje narigana range [110]

The brahmani wife of Srivas Thakur, Malini, arrived together with the wife of Chandrasekhar. The ladies offered vermilion, turmeric, oil, fused rice, bananas and various fruit, expressing their worship.

advaita-acharya-bharya, jagat-pujita arya,
nama tanra 'sita thakurani'
acharyera ajna pana, gela upahara lana,
dekhite balaka-siromani [111]

Advaita Acharya's pious spouse, Sri Sita Thakurani, who is worshippable for the whole world, came, on the order of her husband, to see the crest-jewel of a child, bringing along various gifts.

suvarnera kadi-ba-uli, rajatamudra-pasuli,
suvarnera angada, kankana
du-bahute divya sankha, rajatera malabanka,
svarna-mudrara nana haragana [112]

She brought gold earrings the shape of a conch, silver anklets with coin-like ornaments, gold bracelets, bangles as well as two exquisite conch bangles for both hands, curved silver foot-bracelets and various gold necklaces with coin-like ornaments.

vyaghra-nakha hema-jadi, kati-pattasutra-dori,
hasta-padera yata abharana
chitra-varna patta-sadi, buni photo pattapadi,
svarna-raupya-mudra bahu-dhana [113]

There were also tiger nails set in gold, coloured threads worn on the waist, various ornaments for hands and legs, fine silk saris and silk shirts for the baby. Many other riches, including gold and silver coins, were also presented to the child.

durva, dhanya, gorochana, haridra, kunkuma, chandana,
mangala-dravya patra bhariya
vastra-gupta dola chadi' sange lana dasi chedi,
vastralankara petari bhariya [114]

Taking auspicious offerings, including fresh grass, paddy, gocharan, tumeric, kumkum and sandalwood, along with baskets full of clothes and ornaments, she came in a cloth-covered palanquin together with her maidservants.

bhaksya, bhojya, upahara, sange la-ila bahu bhara,
sachi-grhe haila upanita
dekhiya balaka-thama, saksat gokula-kana,
varna-matra dekhi viparita [115]

She arrived at Sachi Devi's house with a great amount of various food preparations and gifts. When she saw the figure of the child, she thought that He looked just like Gokula Kan (baby Krishna) Himself, only His bodily colour was different.

sarva anga—sunirmana, suvarna-pratima-bhana,
sarva anga—sulaksanamaya
balakera divya jyoti, dekhi' paila bahu priti,
vatsalyete dravila hrdaya [116]

The limbs of His body were very beautifully built, making Him look like a golden doll. All His limbs were adorned with auspicious signs. Seeing the divine effulgence of the boy, Sita Thakurani's heart melted with maternal affection.

durva, dhanya, dila sirse, kaila bahu asise,
chirajivi hao dui bhai
dakini-sankhini haite, sanka upajila chite,
dare nama thuila 'nimai' [117]

Placing grass and paddy on his head, she abundantly blessed the baby boy, saying, 'May You and Your brother live a long life.' Suddenly, she felt some fear in her heart that the baby could be attacked by some ghosts or witches, so, to protect the child, she named Him Nimai.

putramata-snanadine, dila vastra vibhusane,
putra-saha misrere sammani'
sachi-misrera puja lana, manete harisa hana,
ghare aila sita thakurani [118]

When the mother and the son came out of the labour room after several days and bathed, Sita Thakurani honoured the child along with His father, Jagannath Misra, by giving them various clothes and ornaments. Then, after being honoured by mother Sachi Devi and Jagannath Misra, Sita Thakurani went back to her house, feeling excited at heart.

aichhe sachi-jagannatha, putra pana laksminatha,
purna ha-ila sakala vanchhita
dhana-dhanye bhare ghara, lokamanya kalevara,
dine dine haya anandita [119]

In this way Mother Sachi and Jagannath Misra obtained the husband of the goddess of fortune as their son – all their desires were fulfilled. Their house was filled with riches and grains. Everybody was drawn to the graceful beauty and effulgence of the child, and Mother Sachi and Jagannath Misra felt increasingly joyful day by day.

misra—vaisnava, santa, alampata, suddha, danta,
dhana-bhoge nahi abhimana
putrera prabhave yata, dhana asi' mile, tata,
visnu-prite dvije dena dana [120]

Jagannath Misra is an ideal Vaishnav. He is peaceful, restrained in sense gratification, pure and controlled. He is not proud of his wealth or opulence. He collected whatever riches came owing to His son and distributed everything among brahmans out of love for Lord Vishnu.

lagna gani' harsamati, nilambara chakravarti,
gupte kichhu kahila misrere
mahapurusera chihna, lagne ange bhinna bhinna,
dekhi,—ei taribe samsare [121]

After calculating the birth time of Nimai, Nilambar Chakravarti said something to Jagannath Misra privately. 'Considering all the different symptoms of a great personality in both the body and birth time of the child, this child will deliver the whole world.'

aichhe prabhu sachi-ghare, krpaya kaila avatare,
yei iha karaye sravana
gaura-prabhu dayamaya, tanre hayena sadaya,
sei paya tanhara charana [122]

Thus, the Lord mercifully appeared at the house of Sachi Devi. Lord Gaura is very merciful, so when anybody hears about His advent in this world, He becomes very compassionate to them and allows them to come to His holy feet.

paiya manusa janma, ye na sune gaura-guna,
hena janma tara vyartha haila
paiya amrtadhuni, piye visa-garta-pani,
janmiya se kene nahi maila [123]

If you get a human birth but do not hear about the glories of Gaurahari, your birth is useless. You have a river of nectar but you drink from a well of poison – why did you not just die right after you were born then?

sri-chaitanya-nityananda, acharya advaitachandra,
svarupa-rupa-raghunathadasa
inha-sabara sri-charana, sire vandi nija-dhana,
janma-lila gaila krsnadasa [124]

Taking on my head as my treasure the lotus feet of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sri Acharya Advaitachandra, Sri Svarup Damodar, Sri Rupa Goswami and Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, I (Krishna Das) have thus described the advent of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

 

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Akrodha paramananda
Amara jivana
Aruna vasane
Atmanivedana tuya pade

Bara sukhera khabara gai
Bhagyadhisa-tvadiyo (Sri Guru Prasasti)
Bhajahu re mana
Bhaja re bhaja re amar
Bhuliya tomare
bimala hema jini

Chaudda-sata sata-sake
Dasa-avatara-stotram
Dhana mora Nityananda
Durlabha manava janma

Ei-bara karuna kara
E ghora samsare
Emona durmati

Gaurangera duti pada
Gaya gora madhur svare
Gopinath (Nivedana)
Gurudev! Bada krpa kari
Gurudev! Krpa-bindu diya

Ha ha bhakti-vinoda
Hari-bhakti-rasamrta-dana (Stava Kusumanjali)
Hari haraye Namah Krsna
Hari he dayala mora
He deva bhavantam vande

Jagannatha-suta (Nadiya nagare nitai neche)
Janama saphala ta'ra
Jaya guru maharaja (Sri Guru arati-stuti)
Jaya Guru Maharaja karuna-sagara (Sri Sri Nitai-Chaitanya arati)
Jaya jaya Gorachander
Jaya jaya gurudeva karuna-sagara (Sri Guru Sri Gaura Sri Nityananda Arati)
Jaya jaya gurudeva karuna-sagara (Sri Nitai Gauranga Arati, Nrisingha Palli)
Jaya jaya gurudever (Sri Guru arati)
Jayare jayare jaya Gaura-Saraswati
Jayare jayare jaya paramahamsa
Jaya Sachi-nandana
Jaya Radha-Madhava
Jaya Radhe, Jaya Krsna

Kabe habe bolo
Kabe Sri Chaitanya more
Kali kukura kadana
Ke yabi ke yabi
Ki jani ki bale
Ki-rupe paiba seva
Krpa kara Vaishnav Thakura

Mana tumi tirthe sada rata
Manasa deha geha
Mayura-mukuta

Namo namah tulasi maharani
Naumi sri-gurupadabjam (Sri Pranati Dasakam)
Nitai amara dayara avadhi
Nitai gunamani amara
Nitai-pada-kamala

Parama karuna

Radha bhajane yadi
Radha-kunda-tata
Radhe Radhe Govinda
Radhika-charana-padma

Samsara-davanala (Sri Gurvastakam)
Sarvasva tomara
Sri-gaura-mandala majhe
Sri Guru-charana-padma
Sri Guru-Parampara
Sri Guru-charana-padma
Sri Hari-vasare
Sri Krsna Chaitanya Prabhu daya kara more
Sri Krsna-Chaitanya Prabhu jive daya kari
Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Sochaka
Srimad Rupa-pada-rajah Prarthana Dasakam
Sri Nrsimha, Jaya Nrsimha
Sri Rupa-manjari-pada
Sri Sad-Goswamy-Astakam
Sri Sri Damodarastakam
Sri Srimad Gaura-Kishor-Namaskar Dasakam
Sri Sri Siksastakam
Suddha-bhakata
Sujanarvuda-radhita (Sri Sri Prabhupada-padma Stavakah)
Suno he rasika-jana

Thakura vaisnava-gana

Udila aruna

Vaisnav ke?
Vaisnava Thakura dayara
Vandana
Varaja-vipine yamuna kule

Yadi Gaura na ha'ta
Yasoda-Nandana Krsna
Yasomati-Nandana
Yasomati-stanya-payi (Nagare nagare gora gay)
Ye anila prema-dhana (Viraha-giti)

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