|Madhya-līlā||Chapter 24: The Sixty-One Explanations of the Ātmārāma Verse|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 24.271
daṇḍavat-sthāne pipīlikāre dekhiyā
vastre sthāna jhāḍi' paḍe daṇḍavat hañā
daṇḍavat-sthāne — in the place where he wanted to offer his obeisances; pipīlikāre dekhiyā — seeing the ants; vastre — by the cloth; sthāna jhāḍi' — cleansing the place; paḍe daṇḍa-vat hañā — falls down flat like a rod.
"Seeing the ants, the hunter whisked them away with a piece of cloth. After thus clearing the ants from the ground, he fell down flat to offer his obeisances.
The word daṇḍa means "rod," and vat means "like." To offer obeisances to the spiritual master, one must fall flat exactly as a rod falls on the ground. This is the meaning of the word daṇḍavat.
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