|Adi-lila||Chapter 10: The Trunk, Branches and Subbranches of the Caitanya Tree|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta
CC Adi 10 Summary
CC Adi 10.1: Let me repeatedly offer my respectful obeisances unto the beelike devotees who always taste the honey of the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. If even a doggish nondevotee somehow takes shelter of such devotees, he enjoys the aroma of the lotus flower.
CC Adi 10.2: All glories to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda! All glories to Advaita Prabhu, and all glories to the devotees of Lord Caitanya, headed by Srivasa!
CC Adi 10.3: The description of Lord Caitanya as the gardener and the tree is inconceivable. Now hear with attention about the branches of this tree.
CC Adi 10.4: The associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu were many, but none of them should be considered lower or higher. This cannot be ascertained.
CC Adi 10.5: All the great personalities in the line of Lord Caitanya enumerated these devotees, but they could not distinguish between the greater and the lesser.
CC Adi 10.6: I offer my obeisances unto them as a token of respect. I request them not to consider my offenses.
CC Adi 10.7: I offer my obeisances to all the dear devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the eternal tree of love of Godhead. I offer my respects to all the branches of the tree, the devotees of the Lord who distribute the fruit of love of Krsna.
CC Adi 10.8: The two brothers Srivasa Pandita and Sri Rama Pandita started two branches that are well known in the world.
CC Adi 10.9: Their two brothers were named Sripati and Srinidhi. These four brothers and their servants and maidservants are considered one big branch.
CC Adi 10.10: There is no counting the subbranches of these two branches. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu held congregational chanting daily at the house of Srivasa Pandita.
CC Adi 10.11: These four brothers and their family members fully engaged in the service of Lord Caitanya. They knew no other god or goddess.
CC Adi 10.12: Another big branch was Acaryaratna, and his associates were subbranches.
CC Adi 10.13: Acaryaratna was also named Sri Candrasekhara Acarya. In a drama in his house, Lord Caitanya played the goddess of fortune.
CC Adi 10.14: Pundarika Vidyanidhi, the third big branch, was so dear to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu that in his absence Lord Caitanya Himself would sometimes cry.
CC Adi 10.15: Gadadhara Pandita, the fourth branch, is described as an incarnation of the pleasure potency of Sri Krsna. No one, therefore, can equal him.
CC Adi 10.16: His disciples and granddisciples are his subbranches. To describe them all would be difficult.
CC Adi 10.17: Vakresvara Pandita, the fifth branch of the tree, was a very dear servant of Lord Caitanya's. He could dance with constant ecstasy for seventy-two hours.
CC Adi 10.18: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally sang while Vakresvara Pandita danced, and thus Vakresvara Pandita fell at the lotus feet of the Lord and spoke as follows.
CC Adi 10.19: "O Candramukha! Please give me ten thousand Gandharvas. Let them sing as I dance, and then I will be greatly happy."
CC Adi 10.20: Lord Caitanya replied, "I have only one wing like you, but if I had another, certainly I would fly in the sky!"
CC Adi 10.21: Pandita Jagadananda, the sixth branch of the Caitanya tree, was celebrated as the life and soul of the Lord. He is known to have been an incarnation of Satyabhama [one of the chief queens of Lord Krsna].
CC Adi 10.22: Jagadananda Pandita [as an incarnation of Satyabhama] always wanted to see to the comfort of Lord Caitanya, but since the Lord was a sannyasi He did not accept the luxuries that Jagadananda Pandita offered.
CC Adi 10.23: They sometimes appeared to fight over trifles, but these quarrels were based on their affection, of which I shall speak later.
CC Adi 10.24: Raghava Pandita, Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's original follower, is understood to have been the seventh branch. From him proceeded another subbranch, headed by Makaradhvaja Kara.
CC Adi 10.25: Raghava Pandita's sister Damayanti was the dear maidservant of the Lord. She always collected various ingredients with which to cook for Lord Caitanya.
CC Adi 10.26: The foods Damayanti cooked for Lord Caitanya when He was at Puri were carried in bags by her brother Raghava without the knowledge of others.
CC Adi 10.27: The Lord accepted these foods throughout the entire year. Those bags are still celebrated as raghavera jhali ["the bags of Raghava Pandita"].
CC Adi 10.28: I shall describe the contents of the bags of Raghava Pandita later in this book. Hearing this narration, devotees generally cry, and tears glide down from their eyes.
CC Adi 10.29: Pandita Gangadasa was the eighth dear branch of the tree of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. One who remembers his activities attains freedom from all bondage.
CC Adi 10.30: Sri Acarya Purandara, the ninth branch, was a constant associate of Lord Caitanya's. The Lord accepted him as His father.
CC Adi 10.31: Damodara Pandita, the tenth branch of the Caitanya tree, was so elevated in love of Lord Caitanya that he once unhesitatingly chastised the Lord with strong words.
CC Adi 10.32: Later in the Caitanya-caritamrta I shall describe this incident of chastisement in detail. The Lord, being very much satisfied by this chastisement, sent Damodara Pandita to Navadvipa.
CC Adi 10.33: The eleventh branch, the younger brother of Damodara Pandita, was known as Sankara Pandita. He was celebrated as the shoes of the Lord.
CC Adi 10.34: Sadasiva Pandita, the twelfth branch, was always eager to serve the lotus feet of the Lord. It was his good fortune that when Lord Nityananda came to Navadvipa He resided at his house.
CC Adi 10.35: The thirteenth branch was Pradyumna Brahmacari. Since he was a worshiper of Lord Nrsimhadeva, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu changed his name to Nrsimhananda Brahmacari.
CC Adi 10.36: Narayana Pandita, the fourteenth branch, a great and liberal devotee, did not know any shelter but Lord Caitanya's lotus feet.
CC Adi 10.37: The fifteenth branch was Sriman Pandita, who was a constant servitor of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He used to carry a torch while the Lord danced.
CC Adi 10.38: The sixteenth branch, Suklambara Brahmacari, was very fortunate because Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu jokingly or seriously begged food from him or sometimes snatched it from him forcibly and ate it.
CC Adi 10.39: Nandana Acarya, the seventeenth branch of the Caitanya tree, is celebrated within the world because the two Prabhus [Lord Caitanya and Nityananda] sometimes hid in his house.
CC Adi 10.40: Mukunda Datta, a class friend of Lord Caitanya's, was another branch of the Caitanya tree. Lord Caitanya danced while he sang.
CC Adi 10.41: Vasudeva Datta, the nineteenth branch of the Sri Caitanya tree, was a great personality and a most confidential devotee of the Lord. One could not describe his qualities even with thousands of mouths.
CC Adi 10.42: Srila Vasudeva Datta Thakura wanted to suffer for the sinful activities of all the people of the world so that Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu might deliver them.
CC Adi 10.43: The twentieth branch of the Caitanya tree was Haridasa Thakura. His character was wonderful. He used to chant the holy name of Krsna 300,000 times a day without fail.
CC Adi 10.44: There was no end to the transcendental qualities of Haridasa Thakura. Here I mention but a fraction of his qualities. He was so exalted that Advaita Gosvami, when performing the sraddha ceremony of his father, offered him the first plate.
CC Adi 10.45: The waves of his good qualities were like those of Prahlada Maharaja. He did not even slightly raise an eyebrow when persecuted by the Muslim ruler.
CC Adi 10.46: After the passing away of Haridasa Thakura, the Lord Himself took his body on His lap and danced with it in great ecstasy.
CC Adi 10.47: Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura has vividly described the pastimes of Haridasa Thakura in his Caitanya-bhagavata. Whatever has remained undescribed I shall try to explain later in this book.
CC Adi 10.48: One subbranch of Haridasa Thakura consisted of the residents of Kulina-grama. The most important among them was Satyaraja Khan, or Satyaraja Vasu, who was a recipient of all the mercy of Haridasa Thakura.
CC Adi 10.49: Murari Gupta, the twenty-first branch of the tree of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, was a storehouse of love of Godhead. His great humility and meekness melted the heart of Lord Caitanya.
CC Adi 10.50: Srila Murari Gupta never accepted charity from friends, nor did he accept money from anyone. He practiced as a physician and maintained his family with his earnings.
CC Adi 10.51: As Murari Gupta treated his patients, by his mercy both their bodily and spiritual diseases subsided.
CC Adi 10.52: Sriman Sena, the twenty-second branch of the Caitanya tree, was a very faithful servant of Lord Caitanya. He knew nothing else but the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Adi 10.53: Sri Gadadhara dasa, the twenty-third branch, was understood to be the topmost, for he induced all the Muslim Kazis to chant the holy name of Lord Hari.
CC Adi 10.54: Sivananda Sena, the twenty-fourth branch of the tree, was an extremely confidential servant of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Everyone who went to Jagannatha Puri to visit Lord Caitanya took shelter and guidance from Sri Sivananda Sena.
CC Adi 10.55: Every year he took a party of devotees from Bengal to Jagannatha Puri to visit Lord Caitanya. He maintained the entire party as they journeyed on the road.
CC Adi 10.56: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu bestows His causeless mercy upon His devotees in three features: His own direct appearance [saksat], His prowess within someone He empowers [avesa], and His manifestation [avirbhava].
CC Adi 10.57: The appearance of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in every devotee's presence is called saksat. His appearance in Nakula Brahmacari as a symptom of special prowess is an example of avesa.
CC Adi 10.58: The former Pradyumna Brahmacari was given the name Nrsimhananda Brahmacari by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Adi 10.59: In his body there were symptoms of avirbhava. Such appearances are uncommon, but Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu displayed many such pastimes through His different features.
CC Adi 10.60: Srila Sivananda Sena experienced the three features of saksat, avesa and avirbhava. Later I shall vividly describe this transcendentally blissful subject.
CC Adi 10.61: The sons, servants and family members of Sivananda Sena constituted a subbranch. They were all sincere servants of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Adi 10.62: The three sons of Sivananda Sena, named Caitanya dasa, Ramadasa and Karnapura, were all heroic devotees of Lord Caitanya.
CC Adi 10.63: Srivallabha Sena and Srikanta Sena were also subbranches of Sivananda Sena, for they were not only his nephews but also unalloyed devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Adi 10.64: Govindananda and Govinda Datta, the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth branches of the tree, were performers of kirtana in the company of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Govinda Datta was the principal singer in Lord Caitanya's kirtana party.
CC Adi 10.65: Sri Vijaya dasa, the twenty-seventh branch, another of the Lord's chief singers, gave the Lord many books written by hand.
CC Adi 10.66: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave Vijaya dasa the name Ratnabahu ["jewel-handed"] because he copied many manuscripts for Him. The twenty-eighth branch was Krsnadasa, who was very dear to the Lord. He was known as Akincana Krsnadasa.
CC Adi 10.67: The twenty-ninth branch was Sridhara, a trader in banana-tree bark. He was a very dear servant of the Lord. On many occasions, the Lord played jokes on him.
CC Adi 10.68: Every day Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu jokingly snatched fruits, flowers and pulp from Sridhara and drank from his broken iron pot.
CC Adi 10.69: The thirtieth branch was Bhagavan Pandita. He was an extremely dear servant of the Lord, but even previously he was a great devotee of Lord Krsna who always kept the Lord within his heart.
CC Adi 10.70: The thirty-first branch was Jagadisa Pandita, and the thirty-second was Hiranya Mahasaya, unto whom Lord Caitanya in His childhood showed His causeless mercy.
CC Adi 10.71: In their two houses Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu begged food on the Ekadasi day and personally ate it.
CC Adi 10.72: The thirty-third and thirty-fourth branches were the two students of Caitanya Mahaprabhu named Purusottama and Sanjaya, who were stalwart students in grammar. They were very great personalities.
CC Adi 10.73: Vanamali Pandita, the thirty-fifth branch of the tree, was very much celebrated in this world. He saw a golden club and plow in the hands of the Lord.
CC Adi 10.74: The thirty-sixth branch, Buddhimanta Khan, was extremely dear to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He was always prepared to carry out the Lord's orders, and therefore he was considered to be a chief servant of the Lord.
CC Adi 10.75: Garuda Pandita, the thirty-seventh branch of the tree, always engaged in chanting the auspicious name of the Lord. Because of the strength of this chanting, even the effects of poison could not touch him.
CC Adi 10.76: Gopinatha Simha, the thirty-eighth branch of the tree, was a faithful servant of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The Lord jokingly addressed him as Akrura.
CC Adi 10.77: Devananda Pandita was a professional reciter of Srimad-Bhagavatam, but by the mercy of Vakresvara Pandita and the grace of the Lord he understood the devotional interpretation of the Bhagavatam.
CC Adi 10.78-79: Sri Khandavasi Mukunda and his son Raghunandana were the thirty-ninth branch of the tree, Narahari was the fortieth, Ciranjiva the forty-first and Sulocana the forty-second. They were all big branches of the all-merciful tree of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. They distributed the fruits and flowers of love of Godhead anywhere and everywhere.
CC Adi 10.80: Satyaraja, Ramananda, Yadunatha, Purusottama, Sankara and Vidyananda all belonged to the twentieth branch. They were inhabitants of the village known as Kulina-grama.
CC Adi 10.81: All the inhabitants of Kulina-grama village, headed by Vaninatha Vasu, were servants of Lord Caitanya, who was their only life and wealth.
CC Adi 10.82: The Lord said, "What to speak of others, even a dog in the village of Kulina-grama is My dear friend.
CC Adi 10.83: "No one can describe the fortunate position of Kulina-grama. It is so sublime that even sweepers who tend their hogs there also chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra."
CC Adi 10.84: On the western side were the forty-third, forty-fourth and forty-fifth branches -- Sri Sanatana, Sri Rupa and Anupama. They were the best of all.
CC Adi 10.85: Among these branches, Rupa and Sanatana were principal. Anupama, Jiva Gosvami and others, headed by Rajendra, were their subbranches.
CC Adi 10.86: By the will of the supreme gardener, the branches of Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami grew many times over, expanding throughout the western countries and covering the entire region.
CC Adi 10.87: Extending to the borders of the river Sindhu and the Himalayan Mountain valleys, these two branches expanded throughout India, including all the places of pilgrimage, such as Vrndavana, Mathura and Haridvara.
CC Adi 10.88: The fruits of love of Godhead which fructified on these two branches were distributed in abundance. Tasting these fruits, everyone became mad after them.
CC Adi 10.89: The people in general on the western side of India were neither intelligent nor well behaved, but by the influence of Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami they were trained in devotional service and good behavior.
CC Adi 10.90: In accordance with the directions of the revealed scriptures, both Gosvamis excavated the lost places of pilgrimage and inaugurated the worship of Deities in Vrndavana.
CC Adi 10.91: Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, the forty-sixth branch of the tree, was one of the most dear servants of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He left all his material possessions to surrender completely unto the Lord and live at His lotus feet.
CC Adi 10.92: When Raghunatha dasa Gosvami approached Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Jagannatha Puri, the Lord entrusted him to the care of Svarupa Damodara, His secretary. Thus they both engaged in the confidential service of the Lord.
CC Adi 10.93: He rendered confidential service to the Lord for sixteen years at Jagannatha Puri, and after the disappearance of both the Lord and Svarupa Damodara, he left Jagannatha Puri and went to Vrndavana.
CC Adi 10.94: Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami intended to go to Vrndavana to see the lotus feet of Rupa and Sanatana and then give up his life by jumping from Govardhana Hill.
CC Adi 10.95: Thus Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami came to Vrndavana, visited Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami and offered them his obeisances.
CC Adi 10.96: These two brothers, however, did not allow him to die. They accepted him as their third brother and kept him in their company.
CC Adi 10.97: Because Raghunatha dasa Gosvami was an assistant to Svarupa Damodara, he knew much about the external and internal features of the pastimes of Lord Caitanya. Thus the two brothers Rupa and Sanatana always used to hear of this from him.
CC Adi 10.98: Raghunatha dasa Gosvami gradually gave up all food and drink but a few drops of buttermilk.
CC Adi 10.99: As a daily duty, he regularly offered one thousand obeisances to the Lord, chanted at least one hundred thousand holy names and offered obeisances to two thousand Vaisnavas.
CC Adi 10.100: Day and night he rendered service within his mind to Radha-Krsna, and for three hours a day he discoursed about the character of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Adi 10.101: Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami took three baths daily in the Radha-kunda lake. As soon as he found a Vaisnava residing in Vrndavana, he would embrace him and give him all respect.
CC Adi 10.102: He engaged himself in devotional service for more than twenty-two and a half hours a day, and for less than two hours he slept, although on some days that also was not possible.
CC Adi 10.103: I am struck with wonder when I hear about the devotional service he executed. I accept Srila Rupa Gosvami and Raghunatha dasa Gosvami as my guides.
CC Adi 10.104: I shall later explain very elaborately how all these devotees met Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Adi 10.105: Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, the forty-seventh branch, was one of the great and exalted branches of the tree. He always engaged in discourses about love of Godhead in the company of Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami.
CC Adi 10.106: The acarya Sankararanya was considered the forty-eighth branch of the original tree. From him proceeded the subbranches known as Mukunda, Kasinatha and Rudra.
CC Adi 10.107: Srinatha Pandita, the forty-ninth branch, was the beloved recipient of all the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Everyone in the three worlds was astonished to see how he worshiped Lord Krsna.
CC Adi 10.108: Jagannatha Acarya, the fiftieth branch of the Caitanya tree, was an extremely dear servant of the Lord, by whose order he decided to live on the bank of the Ganges.
CC Adi 10.109: The fifty-first branch of the Caitanya tree was Krsnadasa Vaidya, the fifty-second was Pandita Sekhara, the fifty-third was Kavicandra, and the fifty-fourth was Sasthivara, who was a great sankirtana performer.
CC Adi 10.110: The fifty-fifth branch was Srinatha Misra, the fifty-sixth was Subhananda, the fifty-seventh was Srirama, the fifty-eighth was Isana, the fifty-ninth was Srinidhi, the sixtieth was Sri Gopikanta, and the sixty-first was Misra Bhagavan.
CC Adi 10.111: The sixty-second branch of the tree was Subuddhi Misra, the sixty-third was Hrdayananda, the sixty-fourth was Kamala-nayana, the sixty-fifth was Mahesa Pandita, the sixty-sixth was Srikara, and the sixty-seventh was Sri Madhusudana.
CC Adi 10.112: The sixty-eighth branch of the original tree was Purusottama, the sixty-ninth was Sri Galima, the seventieth was Jagannatha dasa, the seventy-first was Sri Candrasekhara Vaidya, and the seventy-second was Dvija Haridasa.
CC Adi 10.113: The seventy-third branch of the original tree was Ramadasa, the seventy-fourth was Kavicandra, the seventy-fifth was Sri Gopala dasa, the seventy-sixth was Bhagavata Acarya, and the seventy-seventh was Thakura Saranga dasa.
CC Adi 10.114: The seventy-eighth branch of the original tree was Jagannatha Tirtha, the seventy-ninth was the brahmana Sri Janakinatha, the eightieth was Gopala Acarya, and the eighty-first was the brahmana Vaninatha.
CC Adi 10.115: The three brothers Govinda, Madhava and Vasudeva were the eighty-second, eighty-third and eighty-fourth branches of the tree. Lord Caitanya and Nityananda used to dance in their kirtana performances.
CC Adi 10.116: Ramadasa Abhirama was fully absorbed in the mellow of friendship. He made a flute of a bamboo stick with sixteen knots.
CC Adi 10.117: By the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, three devotees accompanied Lord Nityananda Prabhu when He returned to Bengal to preach.
CC Adi 10.118: These three were Ramadasa, Madhava Ghosa and Vasudeva Ghosa. Govinda Ghosa, however, remained with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Jagannatha Puri and thus felt great satisfaction.
CC Adi 10.119: Bhagavata Acarya, Ciranjiva, Sri Raghunandana, Madhavacarya, Kamalakanta and Sri Yadunandana were all among the branches of the Caitanya tree.
CC Adi 10.120: Jagai and Madhai, the eighty-ninth and ninetieth branches of the tree, were the greatest recipients of Lord Caitanya's mercy. These two brothers were the witnesses who proved that Lord Caitanya was rightly named Patita-pavana, "the deliverer of the fallen souls."
CC Adi 10.121: I have given a brief description of the devotees of Lord Caitanya in Bengal. Actually His devotees are innumerable.
CC Adi 10.122: I have especially mentioned all these devotees because they accompanied Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Bengal and Orissa and served Him in many ways.
CC Adi 10.123: Let me briefly describe some of the devotees of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Jagannatha Puri.
CC Adi 10.124-126: Among the devotees who accompanied the Lord in Jagannatha Puri, two of them -- Paramananda Puri and Svarupa Damodara -- were the heart and soul of the Lord. Among the other devotees were Gadadhara, Jagadananda, Sankara, Vakresvara, Damodara Pandita, Thakura Haridasa, Raghunatha Vaidya and Raghunatha dasa.
CC Adi 10.127: All these devotees were associates of the Lord from the very beginning, and when the Lord took up residence in Jagannatha Puri, they remained there to serve Him faithfully.
CC Adi 10.128: All the devotees who resided in Bengal used to visit Jagannatha Puri every year to see the Lord.
CC Adi 10.129: Now let me enumerate the devotees of Bengal who first came to see the Lord at Jagannatha Puri.
CC Adi 10.130: There was Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, one of the biggest branches of the tree of the Lord, and his sister's husband, Sri Gopinatha Acarya.
CC Adi 10.131: In the list of devotees at Jagannatha Puri [which begins with Paramananda Puri, Svarupa Damodara, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya and Gopinatha Acarya], Kasi Misra was the fifth, Pradyumna Misra the sixth and Bhavananda Raya the seventh. Lord Caitanya took great pleasure in meeting with them.
CC Adi 10.132: Embracing Raya Bhavananda, the Lord declared to him, "You formerly appeared as Pandu, and your five sons appeared as the five Pandavas."
CC Adi 10.133: The five sons of Bhavananda Raya were Ramananda Raya, Pattanayaka Gopinatha, Kalanidhi, Sudhanidhi and Nayaka Vaninatha.
CC Adi 10.134: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu told Bhavananda Raya, "Your five sons are all My dear devotees. Ramananda Raya and I are one, although our bodies are different."
CC Adi 10.135-136: King Prataparudra of Orissa, the Oriya devotees Krsnananda and Sivananda, and Paramananda Mahapatra, Bhagavan Acarya, Brahmananda Bharati, Sri Sikhi Mahiti and Murari Mahiti constantly associated with Caitanya Mahaprabhu while He resided in Jagannatha Puri.
CC Adi 10.137: Madhavidevi, the seventeenth of the prominent devotees, was the younger sister of Sikhi Mahiti. She is considered to have formerly been a maidservant of Srimati Radharani.
CC Adi 10.138: Brahmacari Kasisvara was a disciple of Isvara Puri, and Sri Govinda was another of his dear disciples.
CC Adi 10.139: In the list of prominent devotees at Nilacala [Jagannatha Puri], Kasisvara was the eighteenth and Govinda the nineteenth. They both came to see Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Jagannatha Puri, being thus ordered by Isvara Puri at the time of his passing away.
CC Adi 10.140: Both Kasisvara and Govinda were Godbrothers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and thus the Lord duly honored them as soon as they arrived. But because Isvara Puri had ordered them to give Caitanya Mahaprabhu personal service, the Lord accepted their service.
CC Adi 10.141: Govinda cared for the body of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, whereas Kasisvara went in front of the Lord when He went to see Jagannatha in the temple.
CC Adi 10.142: When Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to the temple of Jagannatha, Kasisvara, being very strong, cleared the crowds aside with his hands so that Caitanya Mahaprabhu could pass untouched.
CC Adi 10.143: Ramai and Nandai, the twentieth and twenty-first among the important devotees in Jagannatha Puri, always assisted Govinda twenty-four hours a day in rendering service to the Lord.
CC Adi 10.144: Every day Ramai filled twenty-two big waterpots, whereas Nandai personally assisted Govinda.
CC Adi 10.145: The twenty-second devotee, Krsnadasa, was born of a pure and respectable brahmana family. While touring southern India, Lord Caitanya took Krsnadasa with Him.
CC Adi 10.146: As a bona fide devotee, Balabhadra Bhattacarya, the twenty-third principal associate, acted as the brahmacari of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu when He toured Mathura.
CC Adi 10.147: Bada Haridasa and Chota Haridasa, the twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth devotees in Nilacala, were good singers who always accompanied Lord Caitanya.
CC Adi 10.148: Among the devotees who lived with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Jagannatha Puri, Ramabhadra Acarya was the twenty-sixth, Simhesvara the twenty-seventh, Tapana Acarya the twenty-eighth, Raghunatha Bhattacarya the twenty-ninth and Nilambara the thirtieth.
CC Adi 10.149: Singabhatta was the thirty-first, Kamabhatta the thirty-second, Sivananda the thirty-third and Kamalananda the thirty-fourth. They all formerly served Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Bengal, but later these servants left Bengal to live with the Lord in Jagannatha Puri.
CC Adi 10.150: Acyutananda, the thirty-fifth devotee, was the son of Advaita Acarya. He also lived with Lord Caitanya, taking shelter of His lotus feet at Jagannatha Puri.
CC Adi 10.151: Nirloma Gangadasa and Visnudasa were the thirty-sixth and thirty-seventh among the devotees who lived at Jagannatha Puri as servants of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Adi 10.152-154: The prominent devotees at Varanasi were the physician Candrasekhara, Tapana Misra and Raghunatha Bhattacarya, Tapana Misra's son. When Lord Caitanya came to Varanasi after seeing Vrndavana, for two months He lived at the residence of Candrasekhara Vaidya and accepted prasadam at the house of Tapana Misra.
CC Adi 10.155: When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu stayed at the house of Tapana Misra, Raghunatha Bhatta, who was then a boy, washed His dishes and massaged His legs.
CC Adi 10.156: When Raghunatha grew to be a young man, he visited Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Jagannatha Puri and stayed there for eight months. Sometimes he offered prasadam to the Lord.
CC Adi 10.157: Later, by the order of Lord Caitanya, Raghunatha went to Vrndavana and remained there under the shelter of Srila Rupa Gosvami.
CC Adi 10.158: While he stayed with Srila Rupa Gosvami, his engagement was to recite Srimad-Bhagavatam for him to hear. As a result of this Bhagavatam recitation, he attained perfectional love of Krsna, by which he remained always maddened.
CC Adi 10.159: I list in this way only a portion of the innumerable devotees of Lord Caitanya. To describe them all fully is not possible.
CC Adi 10.160: From each branch of the tree have grown hundreds and thousands of subbranches of disciples and granddisciples.
CC Adi 10.161: Every branch and subbranch of the tree is full of innumerable fruits and flowers. They inundate the world with the waters of love of Krsna.
CC Adi 10.162: Each and every branch of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's devotees has unlimited spiritual power and glory. Even if one had thousands of mouths, it would be impossible to describe the limits of their activities.
CC Adi 10.163: I have briefly described the devotees of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in different places. Even Lord Sesa, who has thousands of mouths, could not list them all.
CC Adi 10.164: Praying at the lotus feet of Sri Rupa and Sri Raghunatha, always desiring their mercy, I, Krsnadasa, narrate Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, following in their footsteps.
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His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness