Madhya-līlāChapter 11: The Beḍā-kīrtana Pastimes of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 11.96

aiche prema, aiche nṛtya, aiche hari-dhvani

kāhāń nāhi dekhi, aiche kāhāń nāhi śuni


aiche — such; prema — ecstatic love; aiche nṛtya — such dancing; aiche hari-dhvani — such vibration of the chanting of the holy name; kāhāń — anywhere; nāhi dekhiI have never seen; aiche — such; kāhāń — anywhere; nāhi śuniI never heard.


"I have never before seen such ecstatic love, nor heard the vibration of the holy name of the Lord chanted in such a way, nor seen such dancing during sańkīrtana."


Because the temple of Lord Jagannātha is situated at Jagannātha Purī, many devotees from all parts of the world came to perform sańkīrtana in glorification of the Lord. All these devotees were certainly seen and heard by Mahārāja Pratāparudra, but he herein admits that the kīrtana performed by the associates of the Lord was unique. He had never before heard such sańkīrtana nor seen such attractive features manifest by the devotees. The members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness should go to India during the birthday ceremony of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu at Māyāpura and perform sańkīrtana congregationally. This will attract the attention of all the important personalities in India, just as the beauty, bodily luster and sańkīrtana performance by the associates of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu attracted the attention of Mahārāja Pratāparudra. The associates of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu were unlimited during the Lord's presence on this planet, but anyone who is pure in life and devoted to the mission of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is to be understood as a nitya-siddha associate of the Lord.

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