Sri Gaura Purnima Kirtan
By Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami
chaudda-sata sata-sake masa ye phalguna
Thus 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
According to the Jyotir-veda, or Vedic astronomy, when the figure of the lion appears both in the zodiac and 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
When the spotless moon of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu became visible, what would be the need for a moon full of black marks on its body?
eta jani' rahu kaila chandrera grahana
Considering this, Rahu, the black planet, covered the full moon, and immediately vibrations of "Krishna! Krishna! Hari!" inundated the three worlds.
jaya jaya dhvani haila sakala bhuvana
All people thus chanted the Hare Krishna maha-mantra during the lunar eclipse, and their minds were struck with wonder.
jagat bhariya loka bale—'hari' 'hari'
When the whole world was thus chanting the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna in the form of Gaurahari advented Himself on the earth.
prasanna ha-ila saba jagatera mana
The whole world was pleased. While the Hindus chanted the holy name of the Lord, the non-Hindus, especially the Muslims, jokingly imitated the words.
'hari' bali' narigana dei hulahuli
While all the ladies vibrated the holy name of Hari on earth, in the heavenly planets dancing and music were going on, for the demigods were very curious.
prasanna haila dasa dik, prasanna nadijala
In this atmosphere, all the ten directions became jubilant, as did the waves of the rivers. Moreover, all beings, moving and nonmoving, were overwhelmed with transcendental bliss.
nadiya-udayagiri, purnachandra gaurahari,
By His causeless mercy the full moon, Gaurahari, rose in the district of Nadia, which is compared to Udayagiri, where the sun first becomes visible. His rising in the sky dissipated the darkness of sinful life, and thus the three worlds became joyful and chanted the holy name of the Lord.
sei-kale nijalaya, uthiya advaita raya,
At that time Sri Advaita Acharya, in His own house at Shantipur, was dancing in a happy mood. Taking Haridas Thakur with Him, they danced and loudly chanted the Holy Names of the Lord. But why they were dancing, no one could understand.
dekhi' uparaga hasi', sighra ganga-ghate asi'
Seeing the lunar eclipse and laughing, both Advaita Acharya and Haridas Thakur immediately went to the bank of the Ganges to bathe in that sacred river in great jubilation. Taking advantage of the occasion of the lunar eclipse, Advaita Acharya, in his mind offered various kinds of charity to the brahmans.
jagat anandamaya, dekhi' mane sa-vismaya,
When he saw that the whole world was jubilant, Haridas Thakur, his mind astonished, directly and indirectly expressed himself to Advaita Acharya: "Your dancing and distributing charity are very pleasing to me. I can understand that there is some special purpose in these actions."
acharyaratna, srivasa, haila mane sukhollasa
Acharyaratna and Srivas Thakur were overwhelmed with joy, and immediately they also went to the bank of the Ganges to bathe there. Their minds full of happiness, they chanted the holy names of Hari and in their minds also meditated and offered charity.
ei mata bhakta-tati, yanra yei dese sthiti,
In this way all the devotees, wherever they were situated, in every city and every land, danced, performed sankirtan [the congregational chanting of the Lord's names], and in their minds offered all benedictions to others, being overwhelmed with joy.
brahmana-sajana-nari, nana-dravye thali bhari'
Many respectful brahman gentlemen and ladies, carrying plates filled with various gifts, came with their presentations. Seeing the newborn child, whose form resembled shining gold, all of them with happiness offered their blessings.
savitri, gauri, sarasvati, sachi, rambha, arundhati
Savitri, Gauri, Sachi, Rambha, Arundhati and all the celestial ladies also came there dressed as the wives of brahmans, and brought with them many varieties of gifts for the child.
antarikse deva-gana, gandharva, siddha, charana,
All the inhabitants of the heavenly planets, including the Gandharvas, Siddhas, the residents of Charanaloka, offered their prayers, sang and danced, accompanied by the sound of musical instruments and the beating of drums. Also, in the holy town of Navadwip, dancers, musicians, and poets gathered together, and began to celebrate the Lord's appearance.
keba ase keba yaya, keba nache keba gaya,
No one could understand who was coming and who was going, who was dancing and who was singing. Nor could they understand each other's language. But in effect all unhappiness and lamentation were immediately dissipated, and people became joyous. Jagannath Mishra, the father of Gaurahari, was completely overwhelmed with happiness.
acharyaratna, srivasa, jagannatha-misra-pasa,
Chandrashekhar Acharya and Srivas Thakur both came to the house of Jagannath Mishra. They performed the different cere- monies according to religious principles which are prescribed for the birth of a child. Jagannath Mishra also gave away much wealth in charity.
yautuka paila yata, ghare va achhila kata,
Whatever riches Jagannath Mishra had collected in the form of gifts and presents, and whatever he had in his house, he distributed among the brahmans, singers, dancers, poets and the poor. He honored them all by giving them riches in charity.
srivasera brahmani, nama tanra 'malini',
The wife of Srivas Thakur, whose name was Malini, accompanied by the wife of Chandrashekhar and other ladies, came there in great happiness to worship the baby with such articles as vermilion, turmeric, scented oil, a kind of puffed rice called khoi, bananas and coconuts.
advaita-acharya-bharya, jagat-pujita arya,
One day shortly after Gaurahari was born, Advaita Acharya's wife, Sita Thakurani, who is worshipable by the whole world, at the request of her husband, went to see that topmost child with all kinds of gifts.
suvarnera kadi-ba-uli, rajatamudra-pasuli,
She brought different kinds of presents made from gold, such as bracelets, coins, necklaces, ankle ornaments, a conchshell covered with gold, and other kinds of jewelry for the child.
vyaghra-nakha hema-jadi, kati-pattasutra-dori
She also brought a locket with a tiger nail set in gold, belts made of silk and lace, silk saris and shawls, as well as silk clothing for the newly born child.
durva, dhanya, gorochana, haridra, kunkuma, chandana,
Riding in a palanquin covered with cloth and accompanied by maidservants, Sita Thakurani came to the house of Jagannath Mishra, bringing with her many auspicious articles such as durva grass, rice paddy, turmeric, kumkum and sandalwood. All these presentations filled a large basket.
bhaksya, bhojya, upahara, sange la-ila bahu bhara,
When Sita Thakurani, bringing with her many kinds of food, clothes and other gifts, came to the house of Sachi Devi (the mother of Gaurahari), Sita Thakurani was astonished to see the newly born child, and she could appreciate that except for a difference in color, the child was directly Lord Krishna of Gokula, Himself.
sarva anga—sunirmana, suvarna-pratima-bhana,
Seeing the divine effulgence of the child, the well formed dif- ferent parts of His golden body which were covered with auspicious signs, Sita Thakurani was very much pleased, and because of maternal affection, she felt as if her heart were melting.
durva, dhanya, dila sirse, kaila bahu asise,
She blessed the newly born child by placing fresh durva grass and paddy on His head and saying, "May you live long." To protect Him from ghosts and witches, she gave the child the name Nimai.
putramata-snanadine, dila vastra vibhusane,
Sita Thakurani gave gifts to the mother and child, at the time of His birth and when the child was brought from the residence where He was born back to the home of Jagannath Mishra. Then Sita Thakurani, being honoured by mother Sachidevi and Jagannath Mishra, returned to her own home in Shantipur.
aichhe sachi-jagannatha, putra pana laksminatha,
In this way, Sachi Devi and Jagannath Mishra, having obtained a son who was the husband of the goddess of fortune, had all their desires fulfilled. Their house was always filled with riches and grains. As they looked upon the beloved body of the Lord, day after day their happiness increased.
misra—vaisnava, santa, alampata, suddha, danta,
Jagannath Mishra was an ideal Vaishnav, a devotee of the Lord. He was peaceful, restrained in the enjoyment of his senses, pure and self-controlled. He therefore had no desire to enjoy material opulence. Whatever money that came because of the influence of his divine son, he gave in charity to the brahmans and for the worship of Lord Vishnu.
lagna gani' harsamati, nilambara chakravarti,
After calculating the astrological chart for the child, Gaurahari, Nilambar Chakravarti privately said to Jagannath Mishra that he saw all the different auspicious symptoms of a great personality in both the body and horoscope of the child. He revealed that in the future this child would deliver the whole universe.
aichhe prabhu sachi-ghare, krpaya kaila avatare,
In this way the Lord, out of His causeless mercy, made His advent in the house of Sachi Devi. The Lord, Gaurahari, is very merciful to anyone who hears this narration of His birth, and gives that person the shelter of His lotus feet.
paiya manusa janma, ye na sune gaura-guna,
Anyone who attains a human birth but does not have the opportunity to hear of Gaurahari is unfortunate. Instead of drinking nectar from the river of devotional service, if one drinks from the poisoned well of mundane happiness, it would have been better to not have lived at all.
sri-chaitanya-nityananda, acharya advaitachandra,
Taking on my head as my own wealth the lotus feet of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Acharya Advaitachandra, Sri Svarup Damodar, Sri Rupa and Sri Raghunath and all the devotees of Mahaprabhu, I, Krishnadas, sing the glories of the Lord's appearance.
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