Adi-lilaChapter 14: Lord Caitanya's Childhood Pastimes

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita

CC Adi 14 Summary

CC Adi 14.1: Things that are very difficult to do become easy to execute if one somehow or other simply remembers Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. But if one does not remember Him, even easy things become very difficult. To this Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu I offer my respectful obeisances.

CC Adi 14.2: All glories to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Prabhu and all the devotees of Lord Caitanya!

CC Adi 14.3: I have thus described in brief the advent of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who appeared as the son of mother Saci exactly as Krishna appeared as the son of mother Yasoda.

CC Adi 14.4: I have already briefly spoken about the pastimes of His birth in chronological order. Now I shall give a synopsis of His childhood pastimes.

CC Adi 14.5: Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto the childhood pastimes of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is Lord Krishna Himself. Although such pastimes appear exactly like those of an ordinary child, they should be understood as various pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

CC Adi 14.6: In His first childhood pastimes the Lord turned upside down while lying on His bed, and thus He showed His parents the marks of His lotus feet.

CC Adi 14.7: When the Lord tried to walk, in His small footprints the specific marks of Lord Vishnu were visible, namely the flag, thunderbolt, conchshell, disc and fish.

CC Adi 14.8: Seeing all these marks, neither His father nor His mother could understand whose footprints they were. Thus struck with wonder, they could not understand how those marks could be possible in their home.

CC Adi 14.9: Jagannatha Misra said, "Certainly child Krishna is with the salagrama-sila. Taking His childhood form, He is playing within the room."

CC Adi 14.10: While mother Saci and Jagannatha Misra were talking, child Nimai woke up and began to cry, and mother Saci took Him on her lap and allowed Him to suck her breast.

CC Adi 14.11: While mother Saci was feeding the child from her breast, she saw on His lotus feet all the marks that were visible on the floor of the room, and she called for Jagannatha Misra.

CC Adi 14.12: When Jagannatha Misra saw the wonderful marks on the sole of his son, he became very joyful and privately called for Nilambara Cakravarti.

CC Adi 14.13: When Nilambara Cakravarti saw those marks, he smilingly said, "Formerly I ascertained all this by astrological calculation and noted it in writing.

CC Adi 14.14: "There are thirty-two bodily marks that symptomize a great personality, and I see all those marks on the body of this child.

CC Adi 14.15: "'There are thirty-two bodily symptoms of a great personality: five of his bodily parts are large, five fine, seven reddish, six raised, three small, three broad and three grave.'

CC Adi 14.16: "This baby has all the symptoms of Lord Narayana on His palms and soles. He will be able to deliver all the three worlds.

CC Adi 14.17: "This child will preach the Vaishnava cult and deliver both His maternal and paternal families.

CC Adi 14.18: "I propose to perform a name-giving ceremony. We should observe a festival and call for the brahmanas because today is very auspicious.

CC Adi 14.19: "In the future this child will protect and maintain all the world. For this reason He is to be called Visvambhara."

CC Adi 14.20: After hearing Nilambara Cakravarti's prediction, Sacimata and Jagannatha Misra observed the name-giving festival in great joy, inviting all the brahmanas and their wives.

CC Adi 14.21: After some days the Lord began to crawl on His knees, and He caused various wonderful things to be seen.

CC Adi 14.22: 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.

CC Adi 14.23: After some days the Lord began to move His legs and walk. He mixed with other children and exhibited various sports.

CC Adi 14.24: One day while the Lord was enjoying His playful sports with the other little children, mother Saci brought a dish filled with fused rice and sweetmeats and asked the child to sit down and eat them.

CC Adi 14.25: But when she returned to her household duties, the child hid from His mother and began to eat dirt.

CC Adi 14.26: Seeing this, mother Saci hastily returned and exclaimed, "What is this! What is this!" She snatched the dirt from the hands of the Lord and inquired why He was eating it.

CC Adi 14.27: Crying, the child inquired from His mother, "Why are you angry? You have already given Me dirt to eat. What is My fault?

CC Adi 14.28: "Fused rice, sweetmeats and all other eatables are but transformations of dirt. This is dirt, that is dirt. Please consider. What is the difference between them?

CC Adi 14.29: "This body is a transformation of dirt, and the eatables are also a transformation of dirt. Please reflect upon this. You are blaming Me without consideration. What can I say?"

CC Adi 14.30: Astonished that the child was speaking Mayavada philosophy, mother Saci replied, "Who has taught You this philosophical speculation that justifies eating dirt?"

CC Adi 14.31: Replying to the Mayavada idea of the child philosopher, mother Saci said, "My dear boy, if we eat earth transformed into grain, our body is nourished, and it becomes strong. But if we eat dirt in its crude state, the body becomes diseased instead of nourished, and thus it is destroyed.

CC Adi 14.32: "In a waterpot, which is a transformation of dirt, I can bring water very easily. But if I poured water on a lump of dirt, the lump would soak up the water, and my labor would be useless."

CC Adi 14.33: The Lord replied to His mother, "Why did you conceal self-realization by not teaching Me this practical philosophy in the beginning?

CC Adi 14.34: "Now that I can understand this philosophy, no more shall I eat dirt. Whenever I am hungry I shall suck your breast and drink your breast milk."

CC Adi 14.35: After saying this, the Lord, smiling slightly, climbed on the lap of His mother and sucked her breast.

CC Adi 14.36: Thus under various excuses the Lord exhibited His opulences as much as possible in His childhood, and later, after exhibiting such opulences, He hid Himself.

CC Adi 14.37: On one occasion the Lord ate the food of a brahmana guest three times, and later, in confidence, the Lord delivered that brahmana from material engagement.

CC Adi 14.38: In His childhood the Lord was taken away by two thieves outside His home. The Lord, however, got up on the shoulders of the thieves, and while they were thinking they were safely carrying the child to rob His ornaments, the Lord misled them, and thus instead of going to their own home the thieves came back to the home of Jagannatha Misra.

CC Adi 14.39: Pretending to be sick, the Lord asked some food from the house of Hiranya and Jagadisa on the Ekadasi day.

CC Adi 14.40: As usual for small children, He learned to play, and with His playmates He went to the houses of neighboring friends, stealing their eatables and eating them. Sometimes the children fought among themselves.

CC Adi 14.41: All the children lodged complaints with Sacimata about the Lord's fighting with them and stealing from the neighbors' houses. Therefore sometimes she used to chastise or rebuke her son.

CC Adi 14.42: Sacimata said, "Why do You steal others' things? Why do You beat the other children? And why do You go inside others' houses? What do You not have in Your own house?"

CC Adi 14.43: Thus rebuked by His mother, he Lord would go in anger to a room and break all the pots within it.

CC Adi 14.44: Then Sacimata would take her son on her lap and pacify Him, and the Lord would be very much ashamed, admitting His faults.

CC Adi 14.45: Once the child, Caitanya Mahaprabhu, chastised His mother with His soft hand, and His mother pretended to faint. Seeing this, the Lord began to cry.

CC Adi 14.46: The neighboring ladies told Him, "Dear child, please bring a coconut from somewhere, and then Your mother will be cured."

CC Adi 14.47: He then went outside the house and immediately brought two coconuts. All the ladies were astonished to see such wonderful activities.

CC Adi 14.48: Sometimes the Lord would go with other children to bathe in the Ganges, and the neighboring girls would also come there to worship various demigods.

CC Adi 14.49: When the girls engaged in worshiping the different demigods after bathing in the Ganges, the young Lord would come there and sit down among them.

CC Adi 14.50: Addressing the girls, the Lord would say, "Worship Me, and I shall give you good husbands or good benedictions. The Ganges and goddess Durga are My maidservants. What to speak of other demigods, even Lord Siva is My servant."

CC Adi 14.51: Without the permission of the girls, the Lord would take the sandalwood pulp and smear it on His own body, put the flower garlands on His neck, and snatch and eat all the offerings of sweetmeats, rice and bananas.

CC Adi 14.52: All the girls became very angry at the Lord for this behavior. "Dear Nimai," they told Him, "You are just like our brother in our village relationship.

CC Adi 14.53: "Therefore it does not behoove You to act like this. Don't take our paraphernalia for worship of the demigods. Don't create a disturbance in this way."

CC Adi 14.54: The Lord replied, "My dear sisters, I give you the benediction that your husbands will be very handsome.

CC Adi 14.55: "They will be learned, clever and young and possess abundant wealth and rice. Not only that, but you will each have seven sons, who will all live long lives and be very intelligent."

CC Adi 14.56: Hearing this benediction from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, all the girls were inwardly very happy, but externally, as is natural for girls, they rebuked the Lord under the pretense of anger.

CC Adi 14.57: When some of the girls fled, the Lord called them in anger and advised them as follows:

CC Adi 14.58: "If you are miserly and do not give Me the offerings, every one of you will have an old husband with at least four co-wives."

CC Adi 14.59: Hearing this supposed curse by Lord Caitanya, the girls, considering that He might know something uncommon or be empowered by demigods, were afraid that His curse might be effective.

CC Adi 14.60: The girls then brought the offerings before the Lord, who ate them all and blessed the girls to their satisfaction.

CC Adi 14.61: When this cunning behavior of the Lord with the girls became known to the people in general, it did not create misunderstandings among them. Rather, they enjoyed happiness in these dealings.

CC Adi 14.62: One day a girl of the name Lakshmi, the daughter of Vallabhacarya, came to the bank of the Ganges to take a bath in the river and worship the demigods.

CC Adi 14.63: Seeing Lakshmidevi, the Lord became attached to her, and Lakshmi, upon seeing the Lord, felt great satisfaction within her mind.

CC Adi 14.64: Their natural love for each other awakened, and although it was covered by childhood emotions, it became apparent that they were mutually attracted.

CC Adi 14.65: They both enjoyed natural pleasure in seeing each other, and under the pretext of demigod worship they manifested their feelings.

CC Adi 14.66: The Lord told Lakshmi, "Just worship Me, for I am the Supreme Lord. If you worship Me, certainly you will get the benediction you desire."

CC Adi 14.67: On hearing the order of the Supreme Lord, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Lakshmi immediately worshiped Him, offering sandalwood pulp and flowers for His body, garlanding Him with mallika flowers, and offering prayers.

CC Adi 14.68: Being worshiped by Lakshmi, the Lord began to smile. He recited a verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam and thus accepted the emotion she expressed.

CC Adi 14.69: "My dear gopis, I accept your desire to have Me as your husband and thus worship Me. I wish your desire to be fulfilled because it deserves to be so."

CC Adi 14.70: After thus expressing their feelings to each other, Lord Caitanya and Lakshmi returned home. Who can understand the grave pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu?

CC Adi 14.71: When the neighboring people saw the naughty behavior of Lord Caitanya, out of love for Him they lodged complaints with Sacimata and Jagannatha Misra.

CC Adi 14.72: One day mother Saci went to catch her son, wanting to rebuke Him, but He fled from the spot.

CC Adi 14.73: Although He is the maintainer of the entire universe, once the Lord sat upon some rejected pots in the pit where the remnants of food were thrown, after the pots had been used for cooking.

CC Adi 14.74: When mother Saci saw her boy sitting on the rejected pots, she protested, "Why have You touched these untouchable pots? You have now become impure. Go and bathe in the Ganges."

CC Adi 14.75: Hearing this, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught His mother about absolute knowledge. Although amazed by this, His mother forced Him to take a bath.

CC Adi 14.76: Sometimes, taking her son with her, mother Saci would lie down on her bed, and she would see that denizens of the celestial world had come there, filling the entire house.

CC Adi 14.77: Once mother Saci told the Lord, "Please go call Your father." Receiving this order from His mother, the Lord went out to call him.

CC Adi 14.78: When the child was going out, there was a tinkling of ankle bells from His lotus feet. Hearing this, His father and mother were struck with wonder.

CC Adi 14.79: Jagannatha Misra said, "This is a very wonderful incident. Why is there a sound of ankle bells from the bare feet of my child?"

CC Adi 14.80: Mother Saci said, "I also saw another wonder. People were coming down from the celestial kingdom and crowding the entire courtyard.

CC Adi 14.81: "They made noisy sounds I could not understand. I guess they were offering prayers to someone."

CC Adi 14.82: Jagannatha Misra replied, "Never mind what it is. There is no need to worry. Let there always be good fortune for Visvambhara. This is all I want."

CC Adi 14.83: On another occasion, Jagannatha Misra, seeing the mischievous acts of his son, gave Him lessons in morality after rebuking Him greatly.

CC Adi 14.84: On that very night, Jagannatha Misra dreamt that a brahmana had come before him speaking these words in great anger:

CC Adi 14.85: "My dear Misra, you do not know anything about your son. You think Him your son, and therefore you rebuke and chastise Him."

CC Adi 14.86: Jagannatha Misra replied, "This boy may be a demigod, a mystic yogi or a great saintly person. It doesn't matter what He is, for I think He is only my son.

CC Adi 14.87: "It is the duty of a father to educate his son in both religion and morality. If I do not give Him this education, how will He know of it?"

CC Adi 14.88: The brahmana replied, "If your son is a transcendental mystic boy with self-effulgent perfect knowledge, what is the use of your education?"

CC Adi 14.89: Jagannatha Misra replied, "Even if my son is not a common man but Narayana, still it is the duty of a father to instruct his son."

CC Adi 14.90: In this way Jagannatha Misra and the brahmana discussed the principles of religion in the dream, yet Jagannatha Misra was absorbed in unalloyed parental mellow and did not want to know anything else.

CC Adi 14.91: Being very pleased, the brahmana left after talking with Jagannatha Misra, and when Jagannatha Misra awakened from his dream, he was very much astonished.

CC Adi 14.92: He related the dream to his friends and relatives, and every one of them was very much astonished to hear of it.

CC Adi 14.93: In this way Gaurahari performed His childhood pastimes and day after day increased the pleasure of His parents.

CC Adi 14.94: After some days Jagannatha Misra inaugurated the primary education of his son by performing the hate khadi ceremony. Within a very few days the Lord learned all the letters and combinations of letters.

CC Adi 14.95: This is a synopsis of the childhood pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, placed herewith in chronological order. Vrindavana dasa Thakura has already elaborately explained these pastimes in his book Caitanya-bhagavata.

CC Adi 14.96: I have therefore made only a brief summary. Being afraid of repetition, I have not elaborated upon this subject matter.

CC Adi 14.97: Praying at the lotus feet of Sri Rupa and Sri Raghunatha, always desiring their mercy, I, Krishnadasa, narrate Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, following in their footsteps.

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