|Antya-lila||Chapter 3: The Glories of Srila Haridasa Thakura|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta
CC Antya 3 Summary
CC Antya 3.1: I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and of all the other preceptors on the path of devotional service, unto all the Vaisnavas and unto the six Gosvamis, including Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Jiva Gosvami and their associates. I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Advaita Acarya Prabhu, Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as well as all His devotees, headed by Srivasa Thakura. I then offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of Lord Krsna and Srimati Radharani and all the gopis, headed by Lalita and Visakha.
CC Antya 3.2: All glories to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu! All glories to Nityananda Prabhu! All glories to Advaita Acarya! And all glories to all the devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu!
CC Antya 3.3: In Jagannatha Puri there was a young boy who had been born of an Orissan brahmana but had later lost his father. The boy's features were very beautiful, and his behavior was extremely gentle.
CC Antya 3.4-5: The boy came daily to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and offered Him respectful obeisances. He was free to talk with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu because the Lord was his life and soul, but the boy's intimacy with the Lord and the Lord's mercy toward him were intolerable for Damodara Pandita.
CC Antya 3.6: Damodara Pandita again and again forbade the son of the brahmana to visit the Lord, but the boy could not bear staying home and not seeing Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Antya 3.7: The boy came every day to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who treated him with great affection. It is the nature of any boy to go see a man who loves him.
CC Antya 3.8: This was intolerable for Damodara Pandita. He became greatly unhappy, but there was nothing he could say, for the boy would ignore his restrictions.
CC Antya 3.9: One day when the boy came to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Lord very affectionately inquired from him about all kinds of news.
CC Antya 3.10: After some time, when the boy stood up and left, the intolerant Damodara Pandita began to speak.
CC Antya 3.11: Damodara Pandita impudently said to the Lord, "Everyone says that You are a great teacher because of Your instructions to others, but now we shall find out what kind of teacher You are.
CC Antya 3.12: "You are known as Gosani [teacher or acarya], but now talk about Your attributes and reputation will spread throughout the city of Purusottama. How Your position will be impaired!"
CC Antya 3.13: Although Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu knew that Damodara Pandita was a pure and simple devotee, upon hearing this impudent talk the Lord said, "My dear Damodara, what nonsense are you speaking?"Damodara Pandita replied, "You are the independent Personality of Godhead, beyond all criticism.
CC Antya 3.14: "My dear Lord, You can act as You please. No one can say anything to restrict You. Nevertheless, the entire world is impudent. People can say anything. How can You stop them?
CC Antya 3.15: "Dear Lord, You are a learned teacher. Why then don't You consider that this boy is the son of a widowed brahmani? Why are You so affectionate to him?
CC Antya 3.16: "Although the boy's mother is completely austere and chaste, she has one natural fault -- she is a very beautiful young girl.
CC Antya 3.17: "And You, my dear Lord, are a handsome, attractive young man. Therefore certainly people will whisper about You. Why should You give them such an opportunity?"
CC Antya 3.18: Having said this, Damodara Pandita became silent. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu smiled, pleased within Himself, and considered the impudence of Damodara Pandita.
CC Antya 3.19: [Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu thought:] "This impudence is also a sign of pure love for Me. I have no other intimate friend like Damodara Pandita."
CC Antya 3.20: Thinking in this way, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to perform His noon duties. The next day, He called Damodara Pandita to a solitary place.
CC Antya 3.21: The Lord said, "My dear friend Damodara, you had better go to Nadia and stay with My mother.
CC Antya 3.22: "I see no one but you to protect her, for you are so careful that you can caution even Me.
CC Antya 3.23: "You are the most neutral among My associates. This is very good, for without being neutral one cannot protect religious principles.
CC Antya 3.24: "You can do whatever I cannot. Indeed, you can chastise even Me, what to speak of others.
CC Antya 3.25: "It is best for you to go to the shelter of My mother's lotus feet, for no one will be able to behave independently in front of you.
CC Antya 3.26: "At intervals you may come see Me here and then soon again go there.
CC Antya 3.27: "Offer My mother millions of My obeisances. Please speak to her about My happiness here and thus give her happiness.
CC Antya 3.28: "Tell her that I sent you to inform her of My personal activities so that she may share in My happiness.
CC Antya 3.29: "Speaking in this way, satisfy the mind of mother Saci. Also, remind her of one most confidential incident with this message from Me.
CC Antya 3.30: "'I come to your home again and again to eat all the sweetmeats and vegetables you offer.
CC Antya 3.31: "'You know that I come and eat the offerings, but because of external separation, you consider this a dream.
CC Antya 3.32: "'During the last Magha-sankranti festival, you cooked varieties of vegetables, condensed milk, cakes and sweet rice for Me.
CC Antya 3.33: "'You offered the food to Lord Krsna, and while you were in meditation I suddenly appeared, and your eyes filled with tears.
CC Antya 3.34: "'I went there in great haste and ate everything. When you saw Me eating, you felt great happiness.
CC Antya 3.35: "'In a moment, after you had wiped your eyes, you saw that the plate you had offered Me was empty. Then you thought, "I dreamt as if Nimai were eating everything."
CC Antya 3.36: "'In the condition of external separation, you were again under illusion, thinking that you had not offered the food to Lord Visnu.
CC Antya 3.37: "'Then you went to see the cooking pots and found that every pot was filled with food. Therefore you again offered the food, after cleansing the place for the offering.
CC Antya 3.38: "'Thus I again and again eat everything you offer Me, for I am attracted by your pure love.
CC Antya 3.39: "'Only by your order am I living in Nilacala [Jagannatha Puri]. Nevertheless, you still pull Me near you because of your great love for Me.'"
CC Antya 3.40: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu told Damodara Pandita, "Remind mother Saci in this way again and again and worship her lotus feet in My name."
CC Antya 3.41: After saying this, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu ordered that varieties of prasadam offered to Lord Jagannatha be brought. The Lord then gave him the prasadam, separately packed, to offer to various Vaisnavas and His mother.
CC Antya 3.42: In this way Damodara Pandita went to Nadia [Navadvipa]. After meeting mother Saci, he stayed under the care of her lotus feet.
CC Antya 3.43: He delivered all the prasadam to such great Vaisnavas as Advaita Acarya. Thus he stayed there and behaved according to the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Antya 3.44: Everyone knew that Damodara Pandita was strict in practical dealings. Therefore everyone was afraid of him and dared not do anything independent.
CC Antya 3.45: Damodara Pandita would verbally chastise every devotee of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu whom he found deviating even slightly from proper behavior. Thus he established the standard etiquette.
CC Antya 3.46: In this way I have described Damodara Pandita's verbal chastisements. As one hears about this, atheistic principles and ignorance depart.
CC Antya 3.47: The pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are deeper than millions of seas and oceans. Therefore no one can understand what He does or why He does it.
CC Antya 3.48: I do not know the deep meaning of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's activities. As far as possible I shall try to explain them externally.
CC Antya 3.49: One day Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu met Haridasa Thakura as usual, and in the course of discussion He inquired as follows.
CC Antya 3.50: "My dear Thakura Haridasa, in this Age of Kali most people are bereft of Vedic culture, and therefore they are called yavanas. They are concerned only with killing cows and brahminical culture. In this way they all engage in sinful acts.
CC Antya 3.51: "How will these yavanas be delivered? To My great unhappiness, I do not see any way."
CC Antya 3.52: Haridasa Thakura replied, "My dear Lord, do not be in anxiety. Do not be unhappy to see the condition of the yavanas in material existence.
CC Antya 3.53: "Because the yavanas are accustomed to saying 'ha rama, ha rama' ['O Lord Ramacandra'], they will very easily be delivered by this namabhasa.
CC Antya 3.54: "A devotee in advanced ecstatic love exclaims, 'O my Lord Ramacandra! O my Lord Ramacandra!' But the yavanas also chant, 'ha rama, ha rama!' Just see their good fortune!"
CC Antya 3.55: Namacarya Haridasa Thakura, the authority on the chanting of the holy name, said, "The chanting of the Lord's holy name to indicate something other than the Lord is an instance of namabhasa. Even when the holy name is chanted in this way, its transcendental power is not destroyed.
CC Antya 3.56: "'Even a mleccha who is being killed by the tusk of a boar and who cries in distress again and again, "ha rama, ha rama" attains liberation. What then to speak of those who chant the holy name with veneration and faith?'
CC Antya 3.57: "Ajamila was a great sinner during his life, but at the time of death he accidentally called for his youngest son, whose name was Narayana, and the attendants of Lord Visnu came to relieve him from the bonds of Yamaraja, the superintendent of death.
CC Antya 3.58: "The word 'rama' consists of the two syllables 'ra' and 'ma.' These are unseparated and are decorated with the loving word 'ha,' meaning 'O.'
CC Antya 3.59: "The letters of the holy name have so much spiritual potency that they act even when uttered improperly.
CC Antya 3.60: "If a devotee once utters the holy name of the Lord, or if it penetrates his mind or enters his ear, which is the channel of aural reception, that holy name will certainly deliver him from material bondage, whether vibrated properly or improperly, with correct or incorrect grammar, or properly joined or vibrated in separate parts. O brahmana, the potency of the holy name is therefore certainly great. However, if one uses the vibration of the holy name for the benefit of the material body, for material wealth and followers, or under the influence of greed or atheism -- in other words, if one utters the name with offenses -- such chanting will not produce the desired result very soon. Therefore one should diligently avoid offenses in chanting the holy name of the Lord.'"
CC Antya 3.61: Namacarya Haridasa Thakura continued, "If one offenselessly utters the holy name even imperfectly, one can be freed from all the results of sinful life.
CC Antya 3.62: "'O reservoir of all good qualities, just worship Sri Krsna, the purifier of all purifiers, the most exalted of the personalities worshiped by choice poetry. Worship Him with a faithful, unflinching mind, without duplicity and in a highly elevated manner. Thus worship the Lord, whose name is like the sun, for just as a slight appearance of the sun dissipates the darkness of night, so a slight appearance of the holy name of Krsna can drive away all the darkness of ignorance that arises in the heart due to greatly sinful activities performed in previous lives.'
CC Antya 3.63: "Even a faint light from the holy name of the Lord can eradicate all the reactions of sinful life.
CC Antya 3.64: "'While dying, Ajamila chanted the holy name of the Lord, intending to call his son Narayana. Nevertheless, he attained the spiritual world. What then to speak of those who chant the holy name with faith and reverence?'
CC Antya 3.65: "Because of even the faintest rays of the effulgence of the Lord's holy name, one can attain liberation. We can see this in all the revealed scriptures. The evidence appears in the story of Ajamila in Srimad-Bhagavatam."
CC Antya 3.66: As Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu heard this from Haridasa Thakura, the happiness within His heart increased, but as a matter of course, He still inquired further.
CC Antya 3.67: "On this earth there are many living entities," the Lord said, "some moving and some not moving. What will happen to the trees, plants, insects and other living entities? How will they be delivered from material bondage?"
CC Antya 3.68: Haridasa Thakura replied, "My dear Lord, the deliverance of all moving and nonmoving living entities takes place only by Your mercy. You have already granted this mercy and delivered them.
CC Antya 3.69: "You have loudly chanted the Hare Krsna mantra, and everyone, moving or not moving, has benefited by hearing it.
CC Antya 3.70: "My Lord, the moving entities who have heard Your loud sankirtana have already been delivered from bondage to the material world, and after the nonmoving living entities like trees hear it, there is an echo.
CC Antya 3.71: "Actually, however, it is not an echo: it is the kirtana of the nonmoving living entities. All this, although inconceivable, is possible by Your mercy.
CC Antya 3.72: "When loud chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra is performed all over the world by those who follow in Your footsteps, all living entities, moving and nonmoving, dance in ecstatic devotional love.
CC Antya 3.73: "My dear Lord, all the incidents that took place while You were going to Vrndavana through the forest known as Jharikhanda have been related to me by Your servant Balabhadra Bhattacarya.
CC Antya 3.74: "When Your devotee Vasudeva Datta submitted his plea at Your lotus feet for the deliverance of all living entities, You accepted that request.
CC Antya 3.75: "My dear Lord, You have accepted the form of a devotee just to deliver all the fallen souls of this world.
CC Antya 3.76: "You have preached the loud chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra and in this way freed all moving and nonmoving living entities from material bondage."
CC Antya 3.77: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu replied, "If all living entities are liberated, the entire universe will be devoid of living beings."
CC Antya 3.78-79: Haridasa said, "My Lord, as long as You are situated within the material world, You will send to the spiritual sky all the developed moving and nonmoving living entities in different species. Then again You will awaken the living entities who are not yet developed and engage them in activities.
CC Antya 3.80: "In this way all moving and nonmoving living entities will come into existence, and the entire universe will be filled as it was previously.
CC Antya 3.81: "Previously, when Lord Ramacandra left this world, He took with Him all the living entities of Ayodhya. Then He filled Ayodhya again with other living entities.
CC Antya 3.82: "My dear Lord, You have set a plan in motion by descending to the material world, but no one can understand how You are acting.
CC Antya 3.83: "Formerly, when Lord Krsna descended in Vrndavana, He freed all living entities in the universe from material existence in the same way.
CC Antya 3.84: "Krsna, the unborn Supreme Personality of Godhead, master of all masters of mystic power, delivers all living entities, moving and nonmoving. Nothing is astonishing in the activities of the Lord.'
CC Antya 3.85: "'Although the Supreme Personality of Godhead may be seen, glorified or remembered with an attitude of envy, He nevertheless awards the most confidential liberation, which is rarely achieved by the demigods and demons. What, then, can be said of those who are already fully engaged in devotional service to the Lord?'
CC Antya 3.86: "By descending as an incarnation at Navadvipa, You, just like Krsna, have already delivered all the living entities of the universe.
CC Antya 3.87: "One may say that he understands the glories of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He may know whatever he may know, but as far as I am concerned, this is my conclusion.
CC Antya 3.88: "My dear Lord, Your pastimes are just like an ocean of nectar. It is not possible for me to conceive how great that ocean is or even to understand a drop of it."
CC Antya 3.89: Hearing all this, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was astonished. "These are actually My confidential pastimes," He thought. "How could Haridasa have understood them?"
CC Antya 3.90: Greatly satisfied by the statements of Haridasa Thakura, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu embraced him. Outwardly, however, He avoided further discussions of these matters.
CC Antya 3.91: This is a characteristic of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although He wants to cover His opulence, He cannot do so before His devotees. This is well known everywhere.
CC Antya 3.92: "O my Lord, everything within material nature is limited by time, space and thought. Your characteristics, however, being unequaled and unsurpassed, are always transcendental to such limitations. You sometimes cover such characteristics by Your own energy, but nevertheless Your unalloyed devotees are always able to see You under all circumstances."
CC Antya 3.93: Then Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to His personal devotees and began speaking about Haridasa Thakura's transcendental qualities as if He had hundreds of mouths.
CC Antya 3.94: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu derives great pleasure from glorifying His devotees, and among the devotees, Haridasa Thakura is the foremost.
CC Antya 3.95: The transcendental qualities of Haridasa Thakura are innumerable and unfathomable. One may describe a portion of them, but to count them all is impossible.
CC Antya 3.96: In the Caitanya-mangala, Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura has described the attributes of Haridasa Thakura to some extent.
CC Antya 3.97: No one can describe all the qualities of Haridasa Thakura. One may say something about them just to purify himself.
CC Antya 3.98: O devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, please hear something about the qualities of Haridasa Thakura that Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura has not described in detail.
CC Antya 3.99: After leaving his home, Haridasa Thakura stayed for some time in the forest of Benapola.
CC Antya 3.100: Haridasa Thakura constructed a cottage in a solitary forest. There he planted a tulasi plant, and in front of the tulasi he would chant the holy name of the Lord 300,000 times daily. He chanted throughout the entire day and night.
CC Antya 3.101: For his bodily maintenance he would go to a brahmana's house and beg some food. He was spiritually so influential that all the neighboring people worshiped him.
CC Antya 3.102: A landholder named Ramacandra Khan was the zamindar of that district. He was envious of Vaisnavas and was therefore a great atheist.
CC Antya 3.103: Unable to tolerate that such respect was being offered to Haridasa Thakura, Ramacandra Khan planned in various ways to dishonor him.
CC Antya 3.104: By no means could he find any fault in the character of Haridasa Thakura. Therefore he called for local prostitutes and began a plan to discredit His Holiness.
CC Antya 3.105: Ramacandra Khan said to the prostitutes, "There is a mendicant named Haridasa Thakura. All of you devise a way to deviate him from his vows of austerity."
CC Antya 3.106: Among the prostitutes, one attractive young girl was selected. "I shall attract the mind of Haridasa Thakura," she promised, "within three days."
CC Antya 3.107: Ramacandra Khan said to the prostitute, "My constable will go with you so that as soon as he sees you with Haridasa Thakura, immediately he will arrest him and bring both of you to me."
CC Antya 3.108: The prostitute replied, "First let me have union with him once; then the second time I shall take your constable with me to arrest him."
CC Antya 3.109: At night the prostitute, after dressing herself most attractively, went to the cottage of Haridasa Thakura with great jubilation.
CC Antya 3.110: After offering obeisances to the tulasi plant, she went to the door of Haridasa Thakura, offered him obeisances and stood there.
CC Antya 3.111: Exposing part of her body to his view, she sat down on the threshold of the door and spoke to him in very sweet words.
CC Antya 3.112: "My dear Thakura, O great preacher, great devotee, you are so beautifully built, and your youth is just beginning. Who is the woman who could control her mind after seeing you?
CC Antya 3.113: "I am eager to be united with you. My mind is greedy for this. If I don't obtain you, I shall not be able to keep my body and soul together."
CC Antya 3.114-115: Haridasa Thakura replied, "I shall accept you without fail, but you will have to wait until I have finished chanting my regular rounds on my beads. Until that time, please sit and listen to the chanting of the holy name. As soon as I am finished, I shall fulfill your desire."
CC Antya 3.116: Hearing this, the prostitute remained sitting there while Haridasa Thakura chanted on his beads until the light of morning appeared.
CC Antya 3.117: When she saw that it was morning, the prostitute stood up and left. Coming before Ramacandra Khan, she informed him of all the news.
CC Antya 3.118: "Today Haridasa Thakura has promised to enjoy with me. Tomorrow certainly I shall have union with him."
CC Antya 3.119: The next night, when the prostitute came again, Haridasa Thakura gave her many assurances.
CC Antya 3.120: "Last night you were disappointed. Please excuse my offense. I shall certainly accept you.
CC Antya 3.121: "Please sit down and hear the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra until my regular chanting is finished. Then your desire will surely be fulfilled."
CC Antya 3.122: After offering her obeisances to the tulasi plant and Haridasa Thakura, she sat down at the door. Hearing Haridasa Thakura chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, she also chanted, "O my Lord Hari, O my Lord Hari."
CC Antya 3.123: When the night came to an end, the prostitute was restless. Seeing this, Haridasa Thakura spoke to her as follows.
CC Antya 3.124: "I have vowed to chant ten million names in a month. I have taken this vow, but now it is nearing its end.
CC Antya 3.125: "I thought that today I would be able to finish my performance of yajna, my chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra. I tried my best to chant the holy name all night, but I still did not finish.
CC Antya 3.126: "Tomorrow I will surely finish, and my vow will be fulfilled. Then it will be possible for me to enjoy with you in full freedom."
CC Antya 3.127: The prostitute returned to Ramacandra Khan and informed him of what had happened. The next day she came earlier, at the beginning of the evening, and stayed with Haridasa Thakura.
CC Antya 3.128: After offering obeisances to the tulasi plant and Haridasa Thakura, she sat down on the threshold of the room. Thus she began to hear Haridasa Thakura's chanting, and she also personally chanted "Hari, Hari," the holy name of the Lord.
CC Antya 3.129: "Today it will be possible for me to finish my chanting," Haridasa Thakura informed her. "Then I shall satisfy all your desires."
CC Antya 3.130: The night ended while Haridasa Thakura was chanting, but by his association the mind of the prostitute had changed.
CC Antya 3.131: The prostitute, now purified, fell at the lotus feet of Haridasa Thakura and confessed that Ramacandra Khan had appointed her to pollute him.
CC Antya 3.132: "Because I have taken the profession of a prostitute," she said, "I have performed unlimited sinful acts. My lord, be merciful to me. Deliver my fallen soul."
CC Antya 3.133: Haridasa Thakura replied, "I know everything about the conspiracy of Ramacandra Khan. He is nothing but an ignorant fool. Therefore his activities do not make me feel unhappy.
CC Antya 3.134: "On the very day Ramacandra Khan was planning his intrigue against me, I would have left this place immediately, but because you came to me I stayed here for three days to deliver you."
CC Antya 3.135: The prostitute said, "Kindly act as my spiritual master. Instruct me in my duty, by which I can get relief from material existence."
CC Antya 3.136: Haridasa Thakura replied, "Immediately go home and distribute to the brahmanas whatever property you have. Then come back to this room and stay here forever in Krsna consciousness.
CC Antya 3.137: "Chant the Hare Krsna mantra continuously and render service to the tulasi plant by watering her and offering prayers to her. In this way you will very soon get the opportunity to be sheltered at the lotus feet of Krsna."
CC Antya 3.138: After thus instructing the prostitute about the process of chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, Haridasa Thakura stood up and left, continuously chanting "Hari, Hari."
CC Antya 3.139: Thereafter, the prostitute distributed to the brahmanas whatever household possessions she had, following the order of her spiritual master.
CC Antya 3.140: The prostitute shaved her head clean in accordance with Vaisnava principles and stayed in that room wearing only one cloth. Following in the footsteps of her spiritual master, she began chanting the holy name of Krsna 300,000 times a day. She chanted throughout the entire day and night.
CC Antya 3.141: She worshiped the tulasi plant, following in the footsteps of her spiritual master. Instead of eating regularly, she chewed whatever food she received as alms, and if nothing was supplied she would fast. Thus by eating frugally and fasting she conquered her senses, and as soon as her senses were controlled, symptoms of love of Godhead appeared in her person.
CC Antya 3.142: Thus the prostitute became a celebrated devotee. She became very advanced in spiritual life, and many stalwart Vaisnavas would come to see her.
CC Antya 3.143: Seeing the sublime character of the prostitute, everyone was astonished. Everyone glorified the influence of Haridasa Thakura and offered him obeisances.
CC Antya 3.144: By inducing a prostitute to disturb Haridasa Thakura, Ramacandra Khan caused a seed of offense at his lotus feet to germinate. This seed later became a tree, and when it fructified, Ramacandra Khan ate its fruits.
CC Antya 3.145: This offense at the lotus feet of an exalted devotee has resulted in a wonderful narration. Taking advantage of the opportunity afforded by these incidents, I shall explain what happened. O devotees, please listen.
CC Antya 3.146: Ramacandra Khan was naturally a nondevotee. Now, having offended the lotus feet of Haridasa Thakura, he became just like a demoniac atheist.
CC Antya 3.147: Because of blaspheming the cult of Vaisnavism and insulting the devotees for a long time, he now received the results of his offensive activities.
CC Antya 3.148: When Lord Nityananda returned to Bengal to preach the cult of bhakti, love of Godhead, He began touring all over the country.
CC Antya 3.149: For two purposes -- to spread the cult of bhakti and to defeat and subdue the atheists -- Lord Nityananda, the most dedicated devotee of the Lord, moved throughout the country.
CC Antya 3.150: Lord Nityananda, who is omniscient because He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, came to the house of Ramacandra Khan and sat down on the altar of the Durga-mandapa.
CC Antya 3.151: When the Durga-mandapa and courtyard became filled with crowds of men, Ramacandra Khan, who was inside the house, sent his servant to Lord Nityananda.
CC Antya 3.152: The servant informed Lord Nityananda, "My dear Sir, Ramacandra Khan has sent me to accommodate You in some common man's house.
CC Antya 3.153: "You might go to the house of a milkman, for the cowshed is spacious, whereas the space here in the Durga-mandapa is insufficient because You have many followers with You."
CC Antya 3.154: When Nityananda Prabhu heard this order from the servant of Ramacandra Khan, He became very angry and came out. Laughing very loudly, He spoke as follows.
CC Antya 3.155: "Ramacandra Khan has spoken rightly. This place is unfit for Me. It is fit for cow-killing meat-eaters."
CC Antya 3.156: Having said this, Lord Nityananda stood up and left in an angry mood. To chastise Ramacandra Khan, He did not even stay in that village.
CC Antya 3.157: Ramacandra Khan ordered the servant to dig up the dirt in the place where Nityananda Prabhu had sat.
CC Antya 3.158: To purify the Durga-mandapa temple and the courtyard, Ramacandra Khan sprinkled and smeared it with water mixed with cow dung, but still his mind was unsatisfied.
CC Antya 3.159: Ramacandra Khan's business was questionable, for he tried to avoid paying income tax to the government. Therefore the government's minister of finance was angry and came to his residence.
CC Antya 3.160: The Muslim minister made his residence in the Durga-mandapa of Ramacandra Khan. He killed a cow and cooked the meat at that very place.
CC Antya 3.161: He arrested Ramacandra Khan, along with his wife and sons, and then he continuously plundered the house and village for three days.
CC Antya 3.162: In that very room he cooked the flesh of a cow for three consecutive days. Then the next day he left, accompanied by his followers.
CC Antya 3.163: The Muslim minister took away Ramacandra Khan's position, wealth and followers. For many days the village remained deserted.
CC Antya 3.164: Wherever an advanced devotee is insulted, for one man's fault the entire town or place is afflicted.
CC Antya 3.165: Haridasa Thakura walked until he came to the village known as Candapura. There he stayed at the house of Balarama Acarya.
CC Antya 3.166: Hiranya and Govardhana were the two governmental treasurers in that division of the country. Their priest was named Balarama Acarya.
CC Antya 3.167: Balarama Acarya, being favored by Haridasa Thakura, was very much attached to him. Therefore he kept Haridasa Thakura in the village with great care and attention.
CC Antya 3.168: In the village, Haridasa Thakura was given a solitary thatched cottage, where he performed the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. He accepted prasadam at the house of Balarama Acarya.
CC Antya 3.169: Raghunatha dasa, who was the son of Govardhana Majumadara and was later to become Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, was at that time a boy engaged in study. He came to see Haridasa Thakura daily.
CC Antya 3.170: Naturally Haridasa Thakura was merciful toward him, and because of the merciful benediction of this Vaisnava, he later attained the shelter of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's lotus feet.
CC Antya 3.171: At the residence of Hiranya and Govardhana, discourses took place by which Haridasa Thakura was glorified. O devotees, please listen to that wonderful story.
CC Antya 3.172: One day Balarama Acarya requested Haridasa Thakura with great humility to come to the assembly of the Majumadaras, Hiranya and Govardhana. Thus Balarama Acarya went there with Haridasa Thakura.
CC Antya 3.173: Seeing Haridasa Thakura, the two brothers immediately stood up and fell at his lotus feet. Then with great respect they offered him a place to sit.
CC Antya 3.174: In that assembly were many learned scholars, brahmanas and respectable gentlemen. The two brothers Hiranya and Govardhana were also greatly learned.
CC Antya 3.175: Everyone there began to speak of Haridasa Thakura's great qualities as if they had five mouths. Hearing this, both brothers were extremely happy.
CC Antya 3.176: It was mentioned in the assembly that Haridasa Thakura chanted the holy names of Krsna 300,000 times a day. Thus all the learned scholars began to discuss the glories of the holy name.
CC Antya 3.177: Some of them said, "By chanting the holy name of the Lord, one is freed from the reactions of all sinful life."Others said, "Simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord, a living being is liberated from material bondage."
CC Antya 3.178: Haridasa Thakura protested, "These two benedictions are not the true result of chanting the holy name. Actually, by chanting the holy name without offenses, one awakens his ecstatic love for the lotus feet of Krsna.
CC Antya 3.179: "'When a person is actually advanced and takes pleasure in chanting the holy name of the Lord, who is very dear to him, he is agitated and loudly chants the holy name. He also laughs, cries, becomes agitated and chants just like a madman, not caring for outsiders.'
CC Antya 3.180: "Liberation and extinction of the reactions of sinful life are two concomitant by-products of chanting the holy name of the Lord. An example is found in the gleams of morning sunlight.
CC Antya 3.181: "'As the rising sun immediately dissipates all the world's darkness, which is deep like an ocean, so the holy name of the Lord, if chanted once without offenses, dissipates all the reactions of a living being's sinful life. All glories to that holy name of the Lord, which is auspicious for the entire world.'"
CC Antya 3.182: After reciting this verse, Haridasa Thakura said, "O learned scholars, please explain the meaning of this verse."But the audience requested Haridasa Thakura, "It is better for you to explain the meaning of this important verse."
CC Antya 3.183: Haridasa Thakura said, "As the sun begins to rise, even before it is visible it dissipates the darkness of night.
CC Antya 3.184: "With the first glimpse of sunlight, fear of thieves, ghosts and demons immediately disappears, and when the sun is actually visible, everything is manifest, and everyone begins performing his religious activities and regulative duties.
CC Antya 3.185: "Similarly, the first hint that offenseless chanting of the Lord's holy name has awakened dissipates the reactions of sinful life immediately. And when one chants the holy name offenselessly, one awakens to service in ecstatic love at the lotus feet of Krsna.
CC Antya 3.186: "Liberation is the insignificant result derived from a glimpse of the awakening of offenseless chanting of the holy name.
CC Antya 3.187: "'While dying, Ajamila chanted the holy name of the Lord, intending to call his son Narayana. Nevertheless, he attained the spiritual world. What then to speak of those who chant the holy name with faith and reverence?'
CC Antya 3.188: "Liberation, which is unacceptable for a pure devotee, is always offered by Krsna without difficulty.
CC Antya 3.189: "'My devotees do not accept salokya, sarsti, sarupya, samipya or oneness with Me -- even if I offer these liberations -- in preference to serving Me.'"
CC Antya 3.190: At the house of Hiranya and Govardhana Majumadara, a person named Gopala Cakravarti was officially the chief tax collector.
CC Antya 3.191: This Gopala Cakravarti lived in Bengal. His duty as chief tax collector was to collect 1,200,000 coins to deposit in the treasury of the emperor.
CC Antya 3.192: He had handsome bodily features, and he was learned and youthful, but he could not tolerate the statement that simply by glimpsing the awakening of the Lord's holy name one can attain liberation.
CC Antya 3.193: This young man, Gopala Cakravarti, became very angry upon hearing the statements of Haridasa Thakura. He immediately criticized him. "O assembly of learned scholars," he said, "just hear the conclusion of the emotional devotee.
CC Antya 3.194: "After many millions upon millions of births, when one is complete in absolute knowledge, one still may not attain liberation, yet this man says that one may attain it simply by the awakening of a glimpse of the holy name."
CC Antya 3.195: Haridasa Thakura said, "Why are you doubtful? The revealed scriptures say that one can attain liberation simply by a glimpse of offenseless chanting of the holy name.
CC Antya 3.196: "For a devotee who enjoys the transcendental bliss of devotional service, liberation is most insignificant. Therefore pure devotees never desire to achieve liberation.
CC Antya 3.197: "'My dear Lord, O master of the universe, since I have directly seen You, my transcendental bliss has taken the shape of a great ocean. Being situated in that ocean, I now realize all other so-called happiness, including even brahmananda, to be like the water contained in the hoofprint of a calf.'"
CC Antya 3.198: Gopala Cakravarti said, "If one is not liberated by namabhasa, then you may be certain that I shall cut off your nose."
CC Antya 3.199: Then Haridasa Thakura accepted the challenge offered by Gopala Cakravarti. "If by namabhasa liberation is not available," he said, "certainly I shall cut off my nose."
CC Antya 3.200: All the members of the assembly who had heard the challenge were greatly agitated, and they got up, making a tumultuous sound. Hiranya and Govardhana Majumadara both immediately chastised the brahmana tax collector.
CC Antya 3.201: The priest named Balarama Acarya also chastised Gopala Cakravarti. "You are a foolish logician," he said. "What do you know about the devotional service of the Lord?
CC Antya 3.202: "You have insulted Haridasa Thakura. Thus there will be a dangerous position for you. You should not expect anything auspicious."
CC Antya 3.203: Then Haridasa Thakura got up to leave, and the Majumadaras, the masters of Gopala Cakravarti, immediately kicked him out and dismissed him from their service.
CC Antya 3.204: With all the members of the assembly, the two Majumadaras fell at the lotus feet of Haridasa Thakura. Haridasa Thakura was smiling, however, and he spoke in a sweet voice.
CC Antya 3.205: "None of you are at fault," he said. "Indeed, even this ignorant so-called brahmana is not at fault, for he is accustomed to dry speculation and logic.
CC Antya 3.206: "One cannot understand the glories of the holy name simply by logic and argument. Therefore this man cannot possibly understand the glories of the holy name.
CC Antya 3.207: "All of you may now go to your homes. May Lord Krsna bestow His blessings upon you all. Do not be sorry because of my being insulted."
CC Antya 3.208: Then Hiranya dasa Majumadara returned to his home and ordered that Gopala Cakravarti not be admitted therein.
CC Antya 3.209: Within three days that brahmana was attacked by leprosy, and as a result his highly raised nose melted away and fell off.
CC Antya 3.210: The brahmana's toes and fingers were beautiful like golden-colored campaka buds, but because of leprosy they all withered and gradually melted away.
CC Antya 3.211: Seeing the condition of Gopala Cakravarti, everyone was astonished. Everyone praised the influence of Haridasa Thakura and offered him obeisances.
CC Antya 3.212: Although Haridasa Thakura, as a Vaisnava, did not take seriously the brahmana's offense, the Supreme Personality of Godhead could not tolerate it, and thus he made the brahmana suffer the consequences.
CC Antya 3.213: A characteristic of a pure devotee is that he excuses any offense by an ignorant rascal. A characteristic of Krsna, however, is that He cannot tolerate blasphemy of His devotees.
CC Antya 3.214: Haridasa Thakura was unhappy when he heard that the brahmana Gopala Cakravarti had been attacked by leprosy. Thus after informing Balarama Acarya, the priest of Hiranya Majumadara, he went to Santipura, the home of Advaita Acarya.
CC Antya 3.215: Upon meeting Advaita Acarya, Haridasa Thakura offered Him respect and obeisances. Advaita Acarya embraced him and showed respect to him in return.
CC Antya 3.216: On the bank of the Ganges, in a solitary place, Advaita Acarya made a cavelike home for Haridasa Thakura and spoke to him about the real meaning of Srimad-Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad-gita in terms of devotional service.
CC Antya 3.217: Haridasa Thakura accepted food daily at the house of Advaita Acarya. Meeting together, the two of them would taste the nectar of discourses on the subject matter of Krsna.
CC Antya 3.218: Haridasa Thakura said, "My dear Advaita Acarya, let me submit something before Your Honor. Every day You give me alms of food to eat. What is the necessity of this?
CC Antya 3.219: "Sir, You are living within a society of great, great brahmanas and aristocrats, but without fear or shame You adore a lower-class man like me.
CC Antya 3.220: "My dear Sir, Your behavior is uncommon. Indeed, sometimes I am afraid to speak to You. But please favor me by protecting me from the behavior of society."
CC Antya 3.221: Advaita Acarya replied, "My dear Haridasa, do not be afraid. I shall behave strictly according to the principles of the revealed scriptures.
CC Antya 3.222: "Feeding you is equal to feeding ten million brahmanas," Advaita Acarya said. "Therefore, accept this sraddha-patra." Thus Advaita Acarya made him eat.
CC Antya 3.223: Advaita Acarya was always absorbed in thoughts of how to deliver the fallen souls of the entire world. "The entire world is full of nondevotees," He thought. "How will they be delivered?"
CC Antya 3.224: Determined to deliver all the fallen souls, Advaita Acarya decided to cause Krsna to descend. With this vow, He began to offer Ganges water and tulasi leaves to worship the Lord.
CC Antya 3.225: Similarly, Haridasa Thakura chanted in his cave on the bank of the Ganges with the intention of causing Krsna's descent.
CC Antya 3.226: Because of the devotional service of these two persons, Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu descended as an incarnation. Thus He preached the holy name of the Lord and ecstatic love of Krsna to deliver the entire world.
CC Antya 3.227: There is another incident concerning Haridasa Thakura's uncommon behavior. One will be astonished to hear about it.
CC Antya 3.228: Hear about such incidents without putting forth dry arguments, for these incidents are beyond our material reasoning. One must believe in them with faith.
CC Antya 3.229: One day Haridasa Thakura was sitting in his cave, reciting the holy name of the Lord very loudly.
CC Antya 3.230: The night was full of moonlight, which made the waves of the Ganges look dazzling. All directions were clear and bright.
CC Antya 3.231: Thus everyone who saw the beauty of the cave, with the tulasi plant on a clean altar, was astonished and satisfied at heart.
CC Antya 3.232: At that time, in that beautiful scene, a woman appeared in the courtyard. The beauty of her body was so bright that it tinged the entire place with a yellow hue.
CC Antya 3.233: The scent of her body perfumed all directions, and the tinkling of her ornaments startled the ear.
CC Antya 3.234: After coming there, the woman offered obeisances to the tulasi plant, and after circumambulating the tulasi plant she came to the door of the cave where Haridasa Thakura was sitting.
CC Antya 3.235: With folded hands she offered obeisances at the lotus feet of Haridasa Thakura. Sitting at the door, she then spoke in a very sweet voice.
CC Antya 3.236: "My dear friend," she said, "you are the friend of the entire world. You are so beautiful and qualified. I have come here only for union with you.
CC Antya 3.237: "My dear sir, kindly accept me and be merciful toward me, for it is a characteristic of all saintly persons to be kind toward the poor and fallen."
CC Antya 3.238: After saying this, she began to manifest various postures, which even the greatest philosopher would lose his patience upon seeing.
CC Antya 3.239: Haridasa Thakura was immovable, for he was deeply determined. He began to speak to her, being very merciful toward her.
CC Antya 3.240: "I have been initiated into a vow to perform a great sacrifice by chanting the holy name a certain number of times every day.
CC Antya 3.241: "As long as the vow to chant is unfulfilled, I do not desire anything else. When I finish my chanting, then I have an opportunity to do anything.
CC Antya 3.242: "Sit down at the door and hear the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. As soon as the chanting is finished, I shall satisfy you as you desire."
CC Antya 3.243: After saying this, Haridasa Thakura continued to chant the holy name of the Lord. Thus the woman sitting before him began to hear the chanting of the holy name.
CC Antya 3.244: In this way, as he chanted and chanted, the morning approached, and when the woman saw that it was morning, she got up and left.
CC Antya 3.245: For three days she approached Haridasa Thakura in this way, exhibiting various feminine postures that would bewilder the mind of even Lord Brahma.
CC Antya 3.246: Haridasa Thakura was always absorbed in thoughts of Krsna and the holy name of Krsna. Therefore the feminine poses the woman exhibited were just like crying in the forest.
CC Antya 3.247: At the end of the night of the third day, the woman spoke to Haridasa Thakura as follows.
CC Antya 3.248: "My dear sir, for three days you have cheated me by giving me false assurances, for I see that throughout the entire day and night your chanting of the holy name is never finished."
CC Antya 3.249: Haridasa Thakura said, "My dear friend, what can I do? I have made a vow. How, then, can I give it up?"
CC Antya 3.250: After offering obeisances to Haridasa Thakura, the woman said, "I am the illusory energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I came here to test you.
CC Antya 3.251: "I have previously captivated the mind of even Brahma, what to speak of others. Your mind alone have I failed to attract.
CC Antya 3.252-253: "My dear sir, you are the foremost devotee. Simply seeing you and hearing you chant the holy name of Krsna has purified my consciousness. Now I want to chant the holy name of the Lord. Please be kind to me by instructing me about the ecstasy of chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra.
CC Antya 3.254: "There is now a flood of the eternal nectar of love of Godhead due to the incarnation of Lord Caitanya. All living entities are floating in that flood. The entire world is now thankful to the Lord.
CC Antya 3.255: "Anyone who does not float in this inundation is most condemned. Such a person cannot be delivered for millions of kalpas.
CC Antya 3.256: "Formerly I received the holy name of Lord Rama from Lord Siva, but now, due to your association, I am greatly eager to chant the holy name of Lord Krsna.
CC Antya 3.257: "The holy name of Lord Rama certainly gives liberation, but the holy name of Krsna transports one to the other side of the ocean of nescience and at last gives one ecstatic love of Krsna.
CC Antya 3.258: "Please give me the holy name of Krsna and thus make me fortunate, so that I also may float in the flood of love of Godhead inaugurated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu."
CC Antya 3.259: After speaking in this way, Maya worshiped the lotus feet of Haridasa Thakura, who initiated her by saying, "Just perform chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra."
CC Antya 3.260: After thus being instructed by Haridasa Thakura, Maya left with great pleasure. Unfortunately, some people have no faith in these narrations.
CC Antya 3.261: Therefore I shall explain the reasons why people should have faith. Everyone who hears this will be faithful.
CC Antya 3.262: During the incarnation of Lord Caitanya to inaugurate the Krsna consciousness movement, even such personalities as Lord Brahma, Lord Siva and the four Kumaras took birth upon this earth, being allured by ecstatic love of Lord Krsna.
CC Antya 3.263: All of them, including the great sage Narada and devotees like Prahlada, came here in the guise of human beings, chanting the holy names of Lord Krsna together and dancing and floating in the inundation of love of Godhead.
CC Antya 3.264: The goddess of fortune and others, allured by love of Krsna, also came down in the form of human beings and tasted the holy name of the Lord in love.
CC Antya 3.265: What to speak of others, even Krsna, the son of Nanda Maharaja, personally descends to taste the nectar of love of Godhead in the form of the chanting of Hare Krsna.
CC Antya 3.266: What is the wonder if the maidservant of Krsna, His external energy, begs for love of Godhead? Without the mercy of a devotee and without the chanting of the holy name of the Lord, love of Godhead cannot be possible.
CC Antya 3.267: In the activities of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the three worlds dance and chant, having come in touch with love of Godhead. This is the characteristic of His pastimes.
CC Antya 3.268: The holy name of Krsna is so attractive that anyone who chants it -- including all living entities, moving and nonmoving, and even Lord Krsna Himself -- becomes imbued with love of Krsna. This is the effect of chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra.
CC Antya 3.269: I have heard from the mouth of Raghunatha dasa Gosvami all that Svarupa Damodara Gosvami recorded in his notes about the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Antya 3.270: I have briefly described those pastimes. Whatever I have written is by the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, since I am an insignificant living being.
CC Antya 3.271: I have described but a fragment of the glories of Haridasa Thakura. Hearing this satisfies the aural reception of every devotee.
CC Antya 3.272: 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