|Antya-līlā||Chapter 18: Rescuing the Lord from the Sea|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Antya 18.97
padmotpala — acetana, cakravāka — sacetana,
cakravāke padma āsvādaya
ihāń duńhāra ulṭā sthiti, dharma haila viparīti,
kṛṣṇera rājye aiche nyāya haya
padma-utpala — the blue and red lotus flowers; acetana — unconscious; cakravāka — the cakravāka birds; sa-cetana — conscious; cakravāke — the cakravāka birds; padma — the blue lotus flowers; āsvādaya — taste; ihāń — here; duńhāra — of both of them; ulṭā sthiti — the reverse situation; dharma — characteristic nature; haila — became; viparīti — reversed; kṛṣṇera — of Lord Kṛṣṇa; rājye — in the kingdom; aiche — such; nyāya — principle; haya — there is.
"Blue and red lotus flowers are unconscious objects, whereas cakravākas are conscious and alive. Nevertheless, in ecstatic love, the blue lotuses began to taste the cakravākas. This is a reversal of their natural behavior, but in Lord Kṛṣṇa's kingdom such reversals are a principle of His pastimes.
Generally the cakravāka bird tastes the lotus flower, but in Kṛṣṇa's pastimes the lotus, which is usually lifeless, tastes the cakravāka bird.
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