Sri Caitanya-caritamrta: Madhya-lila
by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
ascarya suniya loka aila dekhibare
prabhura rupa-prema dekhi’ haila camatkare
ascarya—wonderful occurrence; suniya—hearing; loka—people; aila—came; dekhibare—to see; prabhura—of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; rupa—beauty; prema—and love of Godhead; dekhi’-seeing; haila—there was; camatkare—astonishment.
After hearing of these wonderful occurrences, everyone came to see Him there. When they saw the beauty of the Lord and His ecstatic condition, they were all struck with wonder.
darsane ’vaisnava’ haila, bale ’krsna’ ’hari’
premavese nace loka urdhva bahu kari’
darsane—in seeing; vaisnava haila—they became devotees; bale—started to say; krsna—Lord Krsna; hari—Lord Hari; prema-avese—in the great ecstasy of love of Godhead; nace—dance; loka—all the people; urdhva bahu kari’-raising the arms.
Just by seeing Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, everyone became a devotee. They began to chant “Krsna” and “Hari” and all the holy names. They all were merged in a great ecstasy of love, and they began to dance, raising their arms.
krsna-nama loka-mukhe suni’ avirama
sei loka ’vaisnava’ kaila anya saba grama
krsna-nama—the holy name of Lord Krsna; loka-mukhe—from the mouth of those people; suni’-hearing; avirama—always; sei loka—those persons; vaisnava—devotees; kaila—made; anya—other; saba—all; grama—villages.
Always hearing them chant the holy names of Lord Krsna, the residents of all the other villages also became Vaisnavas.
ei-mata paramparaya desa ’vaisnava’ haila
krsna-namamrta-vanyaya desa bhasaila
ei-mata—in this way; paramparaya—by disciplic succession; desa—the country; vaisnava haila—became devotees; krsna-nama-amrta—of the nectar of the holy name of Krsna; vanyaya—in the inundation; desa—the whole country; bhasaila—overflooded.
By hearing the holy name of Krsna, the entire country became Vaisnava. It was as if the nectar of the holy name of Krsna overflooded the entire country.
kata-ksane prabhu yadi bahya prakasila
kurmera sevaka bahu sammana karila
kata-ksane—after some time; prabhu—Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu; yadi—when; bahya—external consciousness; prakasila—manifested; kurmera—of the Lord Kurma Deity; sevaka—a servant; bahu—much; sammana—respect; karila—showed.
After some time, when Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu manifested His external consciousness, a priest of the Lord Kurma Deity gave Him various offerings.
yei grame yaya tahan ei vyavahara
eka thani kahila, na kahiba ara bara
yei grame—to whichever village; yaya—He goes; tahan—there; ei—this; vyavahara—behavior; eka thani—one place; kahila—described; na—not; kahiba—shall describe; ara—another; bara—time.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mode of preaching has already been explained, and I shall not repeat the explanation. In whichever village the Lord entered, His behavior was the same.
’kurma’-name sei grame vaidika brahmana
bahu sraddha-bhaktye kaila prabhura nimantrana
kurma-name—of the name Kurma; sei—that; grame—in the village; vaidika brahmana—a Vedic brahmana; bahu—much; sraddha-bhaktye—with faith and devotion; kaila—made; prabhura—of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; nimantrana—invitation.
In one village there was a Vedic brahmana named Kurma. He invited Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu to his home with great respect and devotion.
ghare ani’ prabhura kaila pada praksalana
sei jala vamsa-sahita karila bhaksana
ghare ani’-after bringing Him home; prabhura—of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; kaila—did; pada praksalana—washing of the lotus feet; sei jala—that water; vamsa-sahita—with all the family members; karila bhaksana—drank.
This brahmana brought Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu to his home, washed His lotus feet and, with his family members, drank that water.
aneka-prakara snehe bhiksa karaila
gosanira sesanna sa-vamse khaila
aneka-prakara—various kinds; snehe—in affection; bhiksa—food; karaila—made Him eat; gosanira—of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu; sesa-anna—remnants of food; sa-vamse—with all the members of the family; khaila—ate.
With great affection and respect, that Kurma brahmana made Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu eat all kinds of food. After that, the remnants were shared by all the members of the family.
’yei pada-padma tomara brahma dhyana kare
sei pada-padma saksat aila mora ghare
yei—those; pada-padma—lotus feet; tomara—Your; brahma—Lord Brahma; dhyana kare—meditates on; sei pada-padma—those lotus feet; saksat—directly; aila—have come; mora—my; ghare—to the home.
The brahmana then began to pray, "O my Lord, Your lotus feet are meditated upon by Lord Brahma, and these very lotus feet have come into my home.
mora bhagyera sima na yaya kahana
aji mora slaghya haila janma-kula-dhana
mora—my; bhagyera—of the fortune; sima—the limit; na—not; yaya—possible; kahana—describing; aji—today; mora—my; slaghya—glorious; haila—became; janma—birth; kula—family; dhana—and wealth.
“My dear Lord, there is no limit to my great fortune. It cannot be described. Today my family, birth and riches have all been glorified.”
krpa kara, prabhu, more, yan toma-sange
sahite na pari duhkha visaya-tarange’
krpa kara—kindly show favor; prabhu—O my Lord; more—unto me; yan—I go; toma-sange—with You; sahite na pari—I cannot tolerate; duhkha—the troubles; visaya-tarange—in the waves of materialistic life.
The brahmana begged Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, “My dear Lord, kindly show me favor and let me go with You. I can no longer tolerate the waves of misery caused by materialistic life.”
This statement is applicable for everyone, regardless of how rich or prosperous one may be. Narottama dasa Thakura has confirmed this statement: samsara-visanale, diva-nisi hiya jvale. He states that the materialistic way of life causes a burning in the heart. One cannot make any provisions for the troublesome life of the material world. It is a fact that one may be very happy as far as riches are concerned and one may be very opulent in every respect, yet one has to manage the visayas to meet the demands of the body and of so many family members and subordinates. One has to take so much trouble to minister to others. Narottama dasa Thakura therefore prays: visaya chadiya kabe suddha habe mana. Thus one must become freed from the materialistic way of life. One has to merge himself in the ocean of transcendental bliss. In other words, one cannot relish transcendental bliss without being freed from the materialistic way of life. It appears that the brahmana named Kurma was materially very happy, for he expressed his family tradition as janma-kula-dhana. Now, being glorious, he wanted to leave all these material opulences. He wanted to travel with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. According to the Vedic way of civilization, one should leave his family after attaining fifty years of age and go to the forest of Vrndavana to devote the rest of his life to the service of the Lord.
prabhu kahe,--"aiche bat kabhu na kahiba
grhe rahi’ krsna-nama nirantara laiba
prabhu kahe—Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said; aiche bat—such words; kabhu—at any time; na kahiba—you should not speak; grhe rahi’-staying at home; krsna-nama—the holy name of the Lord; nirantara—always; laiba—you should chant.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu replied, "Don’t speak like that again. Better to remain at home and chant the holy name of Krsna always.
It is not advisable in this Age of Kali to leave one’s family suddenly, for people are not trained as proper brahmacaris and grhasthas. Therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu advised the brahmana not to be too eager to give up family life. It would be better to remain with his family and try to become purified by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra regularly under the direction of a spiritual master. This is the instruction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. If this principle is followed by everyone, there is no need to accept sannyasa. In the next verse Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu advises everyone to become an ideal householder by offenselessly chanting the Hare Krsna mantra and teaching the same principle to everyone he meets.
yare dekha, tare kaha ’krsna’-upadesa
amara ajnaya guru hana tara’ ei desa
yare—whomever; dekha—you meet; tare—him; kaha—tell; krsna-upadesa—the instruction of the Bhagavad-gita as it is spoken by the Lord or of Srimad-Bhagavatam, which advises one to worship Sri Krsna; amara ajnaya—under My order; guru hana—becoming a spiritual master; tara’-deliver; ei desa—this country.
“Instruct everyone to follow the orders of Lord Sri Krsna as they are given in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. In this way become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land.”
This is the sublime mission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Many people come and inquire whether they have to give up family life to join the Society, but that is not our mission. One can remain comfortably in his residence. We simply request everyone to chant the maha-mantra: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. If one is a little literate and can read the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and Srimad-Bhagavatam, that is so much the better. These works are now available in an English translation and are done very authoritatively to appeal to all classes of men. Instead of living engrossed in material activities, people throughout the world should take advantage of this movement and chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra at home with their families. One should also refrain from sinful activities-illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling and intoxication. Out of these four items, illicit sex is very sinful. Every person must get married. Every woman especially must get married. If the women outnumber the men, some men can accept more than one wife. In that way there will be no prostitution in society. If men can marry more than one wife, illicit sex life will be stopped. One can also produce many nice preparations to offer Krsna-grain, fruit, flowers and milk. Why should one indulge in unnecessary meat-eating and maintain horrible slaughterhouses? What is the use of smoking and drinking tea and coffee? People are already intoxicated by material enjoyment, and if they indulge in further intoxication, what chance is there for self-realization? Similarly, one should not partake in gambling and unnecessarily agitate the mind. The real purpose of human life is to attain the spiritual platform and return to Godhead. That is the summum bonum of spiritual realization. The Krsna consciousness movement is trying to elevate human society to the perfection of life by pursuing the method described by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in His advice to the brahmana Kurma. That is, one should stay at home, chant the Hare Krsna mantra and preach the instructions of Krsna as they are given in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
kabhu na badhibe tomara visaya-taranga
punarapi ei thani pabe mora sanga"
kabhu—at any time; na—not; badhibe—will obstruct; tomara—your; visaya-taranga—materialistic way of life; punarapi—again; ei thani—at this place; pabe—you will get; mora—My; sanga—association.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu further advised the brahmana Kurma, “If you follow this instruction, your materialistic life at home will not obstruct your spiritual advancement. Indeed, if you follow these regulative principles, we will again meet here, or, rather, you will never lose My company.”
This is an opportunity for everyone. If one simply follows the instructions of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, under the guidance of His representative, and chants the Hare Krsna mantra, teaching everyone as far as possible the same principle, the contamination of the materialistic way of life will not even touch him. It does not matter whether one lives in a holy place like Vrndavana, Navadvipa or Jagannatha Puri or in the midst of European cities, where the materialistic way of life is very prominent. If a devotee follows the instructions of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, he lives in the company of the Lord. Wherever he lives, he converts that place into Vrndavana and Navadvipa. This means that materialism cannot touch him. This is the secret of success for one advancing in Krsna consciousness.
ei mata yanra ghare kare prabhu bhiksa
sei aiche kahe, tanre karaya ei siksa
ei mata—in this way; yanra—of whom; ghare—at the home; kare—does; prabhu—Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; bhiksa—accepting prasada; sei—that man; aiche—similarly; kahe—says; tanre—unto him; karaya—does; ei—this; siksa—enlightenment.
At whosoever’s house Sri Caitanya accepted His alms by taking prasada, He would convert the dwellers to His sankirtana movement and advise them just as He advised the brahmana named Kurma.
The cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is explained here very nicely. One who surrenders to Him and is ready to follow Him with heart and soul does not need to change his location. Nor is it necessary for one to change status. One may remain a householder, a medical practitioner, an engineer or whatever. It doesn’t matter. One only has to follow the instruction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra and instruct relatives and friends in the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. One has to learn humility and meekness at home, following the instructions of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and in that way one’s life will be spiritually successful. One should not try to be an artificially advanced devotee, thinking, “I am a first-class devotee.” Such thinking should be avoided. It is best not to accept any disciples. One has to become purified at home by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra and preaching the principles enunciated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Thus one can become a spiritual master and be freed from the contamination of material life.
There are many sahajiyas who decry the activities of the six Gosvamis-Srila Rupa, Sanatana, Raghunatha dasa, Bhatta Raghunatha, Jiva and Gopala Bhatta Gosvamis-who are the personal associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and who enlightened society by writing books on devotional service. Similarly, Narottama dasa Thakura and other great acaryas like Madhvacarya, Ramanujacarya and others accepted many thousands of disciples to induce them to render devotional service. However, there is a class of sahajiyas who think that these activities are opposed to the principles of devotional service. Indeed, they consider such activities simply another phase of materialism. Thus opposing the principles of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, they commit offenses at His lotus feet. They should better consider His instructions and, instead of seeking to be considered humble and meek, should refrain from criticizing the followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu who engage in preaching. To protect His preachers, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has given much clear advice in these verses of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta.
pathe yaite devalaye rahe yei grame
yanra ghare bhiksa kare, sei maha-jane
kurme yaiche riti, taiche kaila sarva-thani
nilacale punah yavat na aila gosani
pathe yaite—while passing on the road; devalaye—in a temple; rahe—He stays; yei grame—in any village; yanra ghare—at whose place; bhiksa kare—takes alms or eats; sei maha-jane—to such a great personality; kurme—unto the brahmana Kurma; yaiche—just as; riti—the process; taiche—in the same way; kaila—did; sarva-thani—in all places; nilacale—to Jagannatha Puri; punah—again; yavat—until; na—not; aila—returned; gosani—the Lord.
While on His tour, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu would spend the night at a temple or on the roadside. Whenever He accepted food from a person, He would give him the same advice He gave the brahmana named Kurma. He adopted this process until He returned from His South Indian tour to Jagannatha Puri.
ataeva ihan kahilan kariya vistara
ei-mata janibe prabhura sarvatra vyavahara
ataeva—therefore; ihan—here; kahilan—I have described; kariya vistara—elaborately; ei-mata—in this way; janibe—you will know; prabhura—of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; sarvatra—everywhere; vyavahara—the behavior.
Thus I have described the Lord’s behavior elaborately in the case of Kurma. In this way, you will know Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s dealings throughout South India.
ei-mata sei ratri tahani rahila
pratah-kale prabhu snana kariya calila
ei-mata—in this way; sei ratri—that night; tahani—there; rahila—stayed; pratah-kale—in the morning; prabhu—Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; snana—bath; kariya—taking; calila—again started.
Thus Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu would remain at night in one place and the next morning, after bathing, start again.
prabhura anuvraji’ kurma bahu dura aila
prabhu tanre yatna kari’ ghare pathaila
prabhura—Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; anuvraji’-following behind; kurma—the brahmana named Kurma; bahu—much; dura—distance; aila—came; prabhu—Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; tanre—him; yatna kari’-taking much care; ghare—to his home; pathaila—sent.
When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu left, the brahmana Kurma followed Him a great distance, but eventually Lord Caitanya took care to send him back home.
’vasudeva’-nama eka dvija mahasaya
sarvange galita kustha, tate kida-maya
vasudeva-nama—of the name Vasudeva; eka dvija—one brahmana; mahasaya—a great person; sarva-ange—all over his body; galita—acute; kustha—leprosy; tate—in that; kida-maya—full of living worms.
There was also a brahmana named Vasudeva, who was a great person but was suffering from leprosy. Indeed, his body was filled with living worms.
anga haite yei kida khasiya padaya
uthana sei kida rakhe sei thana
anga haite—from his body; yei—which; kida—a worm; khasiya—drops; padaya—falling off; uthana—picking up; sei—that; kida—worm; rakhe—places; sei thana—in the same place.
Although suffering from leprosy, the brahmana Vasudeva was enlightened. As soon as one worm fell from his body, he would pick it up and place it back again in the same location.
ratrite sunila tenho gosanira agamana
dekhibare aila prabhate kurmera bhavana
ratrite—at night; sunila—heard; tenho—he; gosanira—of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; agamana—the arrival; dekhibare—to see Him; aila—he came; prabhate—in the morning; kurmera—of the brahmana named Kurma; bhavana—to the house.
Then one night Vasudeva heard of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s arrival, and in the morning he came to see the Lord at the house of Kurma.
prabhura gamana kurma-mukhete sunina
bhumite padila duhkhe murcchita hana
prabhura—of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; gamana—the going; kurma-mukhete—from the mouth of the brahmana Kurma; sunina—hearing; bhumite—on the ground; padila—fell down; duhkhe—in great distress; murcchita -unconsciousness; hana—becoming.
When the leper Vasudeva came to Kurma’s house to see Caitanya Mahaprabhu, he was informed that the Lord had already left. The leper then fell to the ground unconscious.
aneka prakara vilapa karite lagila
sei-ksane asi’ prabhu tanre alingila
aneka prakara—various kinds; vilapa—lamentation; karite—to do; lagila—began; sei-ksane—immediately; asi’-coming back; prabhu—Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; tanre—him; alingila—embraced.
When Vasudeva, the leper brahmana, was lamenting due to not being able to see Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Lord immediately returned to that spot and embraced him.
prabhu-sparse duhkha-sange kustha dure gela
ananda sahite anga sundara ha-ila
prabhu-sparse—by the touch of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; duhkha-sange—along with his unhappiness; kustha—the infection of leprosy; dure—to a distant place; gela—went; ananda sahite—with great pleasure; anga—whole body; sundara—beautiful; ha-ila—became.
When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu touched him, both the leprosy and his distress went to a distant place. Indeed, Vasudeva’s body became very beautiful, to his great happiness.
prabhura krpa dekhi’ tanra vismaya haila mana
sloka padi’ paye dhari, karaye stavana
prabhura—of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; krpa—the mercy; dekhi’-seeing; tanra—of the brahmana Vasudeva; vismaya haila mana—there was astonishment in his mind; sloka padi’-reciting a verse; paye dhari—touching His lotus feet; karaye stavana—offers prayers.
The brahmana Vasudeva was astonished to behold the wonderful mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and he began to recite a verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam, touching the Lord’s lotus feet.
kvaham daridrah papiyan
kva krsnah sri-niketanah
brahma-bandhur iti smaham
kva—who; aham—I; daridrah—poor; papiyan—sinful; kva—who; krsnah—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sri-niketanah—the transcendental form of all opulence; brahma-bandhuh—the friend of a brahmana, not fit even to be called a brahmana; iti—thus; sma—certainly; aham—I; bahubhyam—by the arms; parirambhitah—embraced.
He said, “ ’Who am I? A sinful, poor friend of a brahmana. And who is Krsna? The Supreme Personality of Godhead, full in six opulences. Nonetheless, He has embraced me with His two arms.’ ”
This verse was spoken by Sudama Brahmana in Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.81.16), in connection with his meeting Lord Krsna.
bahu stuti kari’ kahe,--suna, daya-maya
jive ei guna nahi, tomate ei haya
more dekhi’ mora gandhe palaya pamara
hena-more sparsa’ tumi,--svatantra isvara
bahu—many; stuti—prayers; kari’-presenting; kahe—says; suna—kindly hear; daya-maya—O greatly merciful Lord; jive—in the living entity; ei—this; guna—quality; nahi—there is not; tomate—in You; ei—this; haya—is; more dekhi’-by seeing me; mora gandhe—from smelling my body; palaya—runs away; pamara—even a sinful man; hena-more—such a person as me; sparsa’-touch; tumi—You; svatantra—fully independent; isvara—the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
The brahmana Vasudeva continued, “O my merciful Lord, such mercy is not possible for ordinary living entities. Such mercy can be found only in You. Upon seeing me, even a sinful person goes away due to my bad bodily odor. Yet You have touched me. Such is the independent behavior of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”
kintu achilan bhala adhama hana
ebe ahankara mora janmibe asiya
kintu—but; achilan—I was; bhala—all right; adhama—the lowest of mankind; hana—being; ebe—now; ahankara—pride; mora—my; janmibe—will appear; asiya—coming.
Being meek and humble, the brahmana Vasudeva worried that he would become proud after being cured by the grace of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
prabhu kahe,--"kabhu tomara na habe abhimana
nirantara kaha tumi ’krsna’ ’krsna’ nama
prabhu kahe—the Lord said; kabhu—at any time; tomara—your; na—not; habe—there will be; abhimana—pride; nirantara—incessantly; kaha—chant; tumi—you; krsna krsna nama—the holy name of Lord Krsna.
To protect the brahmana, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu advised him to chant the Hare Krsna mantra incessantly. By doing so, he would never become unnecessarily proud.
krsna upadesi’ kara jivera nistara
acirate krsna toma karibena angikara"
krsna upadesi’-instructing about Krsna; kara—just do; jivera—of all living entities; nistara—the liberation; acirate—very soon; krsna—Lord Krsna; toma—you; karibena—will make; angikara—acceptance.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu also advised Vasudeva to preach about Krsna and thus liberate living entities. As a result, Krsna would very soon accept him as His devotee.
Although Vasudeva Vipra was a leper and had suffered greatly, still Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu cured him. The only return the Lord wanted was that Vasudeva preach the instructions of Krsna and liberate all human beings. That is the process of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Each and every member of this Society was rescued from a very abominable condition, but now they are engaged in preaching the cult of Krsna consciousness. They are not only cured of the disease called materialism but are also living a very happy life. Everyone accepts them as great devotees of Krsna, and their qualities are manifest in their very faces. If one wants to be recognized as a devotee by Krsna, he should take to preaching work, following the advice of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Then one will undoubtedly attain the lotus feet of Sri Krsna Caitanya, Lord Krsna Himself, without delay.
eteka kahiya prabhu kaila antardhane
dui vipra galagali kande prabhura gune
eteka—so much; kahiya—speaking; prabhu—Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; kaila—made; antardhane—disappearance; dui vipra—the two brahmanas, Kurma and Vasudeva; galagali—embracing one another; kande—cry; prabhura gune—due to the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
After instructing the brahmana Vasudeva in that way, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu disappeared from that place. Then the two brahmanas, Kurma and Vasudeva, embraced each other and began to cry, remembering the transcendental qualities of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
’vasudevoddhara’ ei kahila akhyana
’vasudevamrta-prada’ haila prabhura nama
vasudeva-uddhara—giving liberation to Vasudeva; ei—this; kahila—is described; akhyana—narration; vasudeva-amrta-prada—the giver of nectar to Vasudeva; haila—became; prabhura nama—Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s holy name.
Thus I have described how Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu reclaimed the leper Vasudeva and so received the name Vasudevamrta-prada.
ei ta’ kahila prabhura prathama gamana
ei ta’ kahila—thus I have described; prabhura—of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; prathama gamana—the first tour; kurma-darasana—visiting the temple of Kurma; vasudeva-vimocana—and liberating the leper brahmana of the name Vasudeva.
Thus I end my description of the first tour of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, His visiting the temple of Kurma and His liberating the leper brahmana Vasudeva.
sraddha kari’ ei lila ye kare sravana
acirate milaye tare caitanya-carana
sraddha kari’-with great faith; ei lila—this pastime; ye—anyone; kare—does; sravana—hearing; acirate—very soon; milaye—meets; tare—him; caitanya-carana—the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
One who hears these pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu with great faith will surely very soon attain the lotus feet of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
caitanya-lilara adi-anta nahi jani
sei likhi, yei mahantera mukhe suni
caitanya-lilara—of the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; adi—beginning; anta—and end; nahi—not; jani—I know; sei—that; likhi—I write; yei—which; mahantera—of the great personalities; mukhe—from the mouths; suni—I hear.
I admit that I do not know the beginning or the end of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s pastimes. However, whatever I have written I have heard from the mouths of great personalities.
The name Vasudevamrta-prada is mentioned in the verses composed by Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya. When a person actually revives his consciousness with thoughts of Krsna by the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, he revives his spiritual life and becomes addicted to the service of the Lord. Only then can he act as an acarya. In other words, everyone should engage in preaching, following in the footsteps of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. In this way one will be very much appreciated by Lord Krsna and will quickly be recognized by Him. Actually a devotee of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu must engage in preaching in order to increase the followers of the Lord. By thus preaching actual Vedic knowledge all over the world, one will benefit all mankind.
ithe aparadha mora na la-io, bhakta-gana
toma-sabara carana--mora ekanta sarana
ithe—in this; aparadha—offenses; mora—my; na la-io—do not take; bhakta-gana—O devotees; toma—of your; sabara—of all; carana—the lotus feet; mora—my; ekanta—only; sarana—shelter.
O devotees, please do not consider my offenses in this regard. Your lotus feet are my only shelter.
sri-rupa-raghunatha-pade yara asa
caitanya-caritamrta kahe krsnadasa
sri-rupa—Srila Rupa Gosvami; raghunatha—Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami; pade—at the lotus feet; yara—whose; asa—expectation; caitanya-caritamrta—the book named Caitanya-caritamrta; kahe—describes; krsnadasa—Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami.
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.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports to Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila, Seventh Chapter, describing the liberation of the brahmana Vasudeva and the Lord’s tour of South India.