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Mahaprabhu's Order

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Tarakeshwar Temple, evening class,
11 February 2021, part 1
Translated from Bengali


Hare Krishna! Say with me:

hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

The day before Mahaprabhu left for Katwa to take sannyas in this month of Magh (He left on the day of Sakranti), all the devotees gathered in the evening, and Mahaprabhu told everyone:

যদি আমা'-প্রতি স্নেহ থাকে সবাকার ।
তবে কৃষ্ণ-ব্যতিরিক্ত না গাইবে আর ॥

yadi ama'-prati sneha thake sabakara
tabe krsna-vyatirikta na gaibe ara

"If you have any love and affection for Me, then only say 'Krishna'—do not say anything except 'Krishna.'"

(Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata, Madhya-khanda, 28.27)

You are all residents of Nabadwip: if you love Me, then can you promise Me something? What is it? Do not say anything except the Name of Krishna. Always say, "Krishna, Krishna." Call the Lord as loud as you can. Just as when you call your children, you call them by their name and they respond, if you call the Lord, He will respond. When you call the Lord, you must call Him with all your heart and soul, not to impress others—you must call with all your heart. You must call the Lord smearing the mellows of love from deep within your heart.

When Mahaprabhu started doing kirtan at the house of Srivas Pandit, Muslim people lived and ruled in the area (most officials were Muslim—the judges, the villagers, etc.). When we do Nabawip Dham parikrama, we go to Mayapur on the first day, and there is a place there called "the place where the mridanga was broken" (Kol Bhangar Danga). Chad Kazi broke Mahaprabhu's mridanga. Mahaprabhu did not play the mridanga, but other devotees did, and Kazi broke their mridanga to stop the kirtan. Chan Kazi prohibited devotees to chant kirtan in their kingdom; he said, "If you do kirtan again, I will set all your houses on fire or break and throw them into the Ganges!" (In those days, the houses were made of clay.) Moreover, he also said, "We will beat your leader, Nimai!" Then, when Mahaprabhu came to Srivas Pandit's house, everybody was sitting quiet. Mahaprabhu can understand everything (He is antarjyami, He is the Supreme Lord!), so He came there and asked, "What is the matter? Why have you stopped kirtan? Why is everyone sitting quiet?" Mahaprabhu became angry, and Srivas Pandit quickly said, "Prabhu, please sit down, sit down. Calm down." Mahaprabhu replied, "Why must I sit down? Tell Me why the kirtan has been stopped?!" Then, Srivas Pandit explained, "Prabhu, we do not have any objection if they break our houses and throw them into the Ganges, but they said that they would beat You—we cannot allow this."

At the house, there was a small girl, Narayani. She was Srivas Pandit's neice, she did not have parents. She was three and a half or four years old at that time. When Mahaprabhu came to Srivas Pandit's house, she would come and disturb Him—sometimes, Mahaprabhu would sit down to eat, and she would take food from Him. Later, she was married, and although her husband was not very good (he did not come to this line), she was fortunate to get a son, Srila Vrindavan Das thakur, who wrote Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata.

So, at that time, Narayani came to Mahaprabhu, and Mahaprabhu put His hand on her head and said, "You will get Krishna-bhakti!" After that, she started rolling on the veranda and cry, "O Krishna! O Gaura!" She was just three and a half years old. Everyone was astonished, "He just put His hand on her head, and she is now crying and calling out to the Lord!" Then, Mahaprabhu said to everyone, "So, do you believe now or do you still think they can break your houses?" The devotees said, "No, we were wrong, Prabhu. We will not stop kirtan again." That time, Mahaprabhu told, "Yes, do kirtan, and now you must do parikrama—make a hundred parties and go village to village with fourteen mridangas. We shall see who will stop your kirtan!" As devotees went out chanting kirtan in this way, they eventually came to the house of that Chad Kazi, who had broken the mridanga.


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