Adi-lilaChapter 14: Lord Caitanya's Childhood Pastimes

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 14.22

krandanera chale balaila hari-nama

nari saba 'hari' bale, -- hase gaura-dhama


krandanera -- of crying; chale -- on the pretense of; balaila -- caused to speak; hari-nama -- the holy name of the Lord; nari -- ladies; saba -- all; 'hari' bale -- chant the holy name of the Lord; hase -- laughs; gaura-dhama -- Lord Sri Caitanya as a child.


The Lord caused all the ladies to chant the holy names of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra on the plea of His crying, and while they chanted the Lord would smile.


In the Caitanya-bhagavata this pastime is described as follows: "The Lord, with His beautiful eyes, would cry, but He would stop immediately upon hearing the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. When the ladies, understanding the fun of the Lord, discovered that He would cry and then stop upon hearing the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, they all took it as a clue to chant Hare Krishna as soon as the Lord cried. Thus it became a regular function. The Lord would cry, and the ladies would begin chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, clapping their hands. In this way all the ladies of the neighboring houses would assemble in the home of Sacimata to join in the sankirtana movement twenty-four hours a day. As long as the ladies continued to chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, the Lord would not cry but would very pleasingly smile upon them."

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