Ādi-līlāChapter 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 10.35

śrī-nṛsiḿha-upāsakapradyumna brahmacārī

prabhu tāńra nāma kailā 'nṛsiḿhānanda' kari'

SYNONYMS

śrī-nṛsiḿha-upāsaka — the worshiper of Lord Nṛsiḿhadeva; pradyumna brahmacārīPradyumna Brahmacārī; prabhu — the Lord; tāńra — his; nāmaname; kailā — turned into; nṛsiḿhānandaNṛsiḿhānanda; kari' — by such a name.

TRANSLATION

The thirteenth branch was Pradyumna Brahmacārī. Since he was a worshiper of Lord Nṛsiḿhadeva, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu changed his name to Nṛsiḿhānanda Brahmacārī.

PURPORT

Pradyumna Brahmacārī is described in the Antya-līlā, Second Chapter, of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta. He was a great devotee of Lord Caitanya, who changed his name to Nṛsiḿhānanda. While coming from the house of Rāghava Paṇḍita at Pānihāṭi to the house of Śivānanda, Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared in the heart of Nṛsiḿhānanda Brahmacārī. To acknowledge this, Nṛsiḿhānanda Brahmacārī used to accept as eatables the food of three Deities, namely Jagannātha, Nṛsiḿhadeva and Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. This is stated in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā, Second Chapter, verses 48 through 78. Upon receiving information that Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu was proceeding toward Vṛndāvana from Kuliyā, Nṛsiḿhānanda absorbed himself in meditation and by his mental activities began constructing a very nice road from Kuliyā to Vṛndāvana. All of a sudden, however, he broke his meditation and told the other devotees that this time Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu would not go to Vṛndāvana but would travel only as far as the place known as Kānāi Nāṭaśālā. This is described in Madhya-līlā, Chapter One, verses 155 through 162. The Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā (74) says, āveśaś ca tathājñeyo miśre pradyumna-saḿjñake: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu changed the name of Pradyumna Miśra, or Pradyumna Brahmacārī, to Nṛsiḿhānanda Brahmacārī, for in his heart Lord Nṛsiḿhadeva was manifest. It is said that Lord Nṛsiḿhadeva used to talk with him directly.

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