Adi-lilaChapter 8: The Author Receives the Orders of Krishna and Guru

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 8.41

narayani -- caitanyera ucchishta-bhajana

tanra garbhe janmila sri-dasa-vrindavana

SYNONYMS

narayani -- Narayani; caitanyera -- of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu; ucchishta-bhajana -- eater of the remnants of food; tanra -- of her; garbhe -- in the womb; janmila -- took birth; sri-dasa-vrindavana -- Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura.

TRANSLATION

Narayani eternally eats the remnants of the food of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura was born of her womb.

PURPORT

In text 43 of the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika, a book written by Kavi-karnapura that describes all the associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and who they previously were, there is the following statement regarding Narayani:

ambikayah svasa yasin namna srila-kilimbika

krishnocchishtam prabhunjana seyam narayani mata

When Lord Krishna was a child, He was nursed by a woman named Ambika, who had a younger sister named Kilimbika. During the time of Lord Caitanya's incarnation, the same Kilimbika used to eat the remnants of food left by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. That Kilimbika was Narayani, who was a niece of Srivasa Thakura's. Later on, when she grew up and married, Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura was born from her womb. A devotee of Lord Sri Krishna is celebrated in terms of devotional service rendered to the Lord; thus we know Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura as the son of Narayani. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura notes in this connection that there is no reference to his paternal ancestry because there is no need to understand it.

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