Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation
By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 10th January 2021 in
Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, India
mūkaṁ karoti vācālaṁ paṅguṁ laṅghayate girim
yat-kṛpā tam ahaṁ vande śrī-guruṁ dīna-tāraṇam
paramānandaṁ mādhavaṁ śrī caitanya iśvaram
hariḥ oṁ tat sat
Introduction: Today we are continuing with the compilation of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya book, today’s chapter entitled:
Lord Caitanya Agrees to Take One Assistant and Starts for South India
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.31
bhaktera janya prabhura kaṣṭa-svīkāra, bhaktera tāhāte duḥkha :—
sei duḥkha dekhi’ yei bhakta duḥkha pāya
sei duḥkha tāṅra śaktye sahana nā yāya
Translation: The regulative principles observed by Caitanya Mahāprabhu were sometimes intolerable, and all the devotees became greatly affected by them. Although strictly observing the regulative principles, Caitanya Mahāprabhu could not tolerate the unhappiness felt by His devotees.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, there was no difficulty for Lord Caitanya to personally observes strict regulative principles. But because the devotees felt sadness, that was intolerable for Lord Caitanya.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.32
guṇe doṣodgāra-cchale sabā niṣedhiyā
ekākī bhramibena tīrtha vairāgya kariyā
Translation: Therefore, to prevent them from accompanying Him and becoming unhappy, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu declared their good qualities to be faults.
Purport: The Lord wanted to tour all the places of pilgrimage alone and strictly observe the duties of the renounced order.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.33
svatantra-īśvara prabhu sva-saṅkalpe aṭala :—
tabe cāri-jana bahu minati karila
svatantra īśvara prabhu kabhu nā mānila
Translation: Four devotees then humbly insisted that they go with the Lord, but Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, being the independent Supreme Personality of Godhead, did not accept their request.
Jayapatākā Swami: Since Lord Caitanya is the independent Supreme Personality of Godhead, He can accept or not accept any request. He is fully independent, if He does accept anything it is all His causeless mercy.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.34
nitāira sarvaśeṣa prārthara :—
tabe nityānanda kahe,—ye ājñā tomāra
duḥkha sukha ye ha-uk kartavya āmāra
Translation: Thereupon Lord Nityānanda said, “Whatever You order is My duty, regardless of whether it results in happiness or unhappiness.”
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.35
kintu eka nivedana karoṅ āra bāra
vicāra kariyā tāhā kara aṅgīkāra
Translation: “Yet I still submit one petition to You. Please consider it, and if You think it proper, please accept it.”
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.36
kaupīna bahirvāsa o jalapātra bahibāra janya saṅge loka laite prārthanā :—
kaupīna, bahir-vāsa āra jala-pātra
āra kichu nāhi yābe, sabe ei mātra
Translation: “You must take with You a loincloth, external clothes and a waterpot. You should take nothing more than this.”
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.37
prabhura saṅkhyā-nāma-japa :—
tomāra dui hasta baddha nāma-gaṇane
jala-pātra-bahirvāsa vahibe kemane
Translation: “Since Your two hands will always be engaged in chanting and counting the holy names, how will You be able to carry the waterpot and external garments?”
Purport: From this verse it is clear that Caitanya Mahāprabhu was chanting the holy names a fixed number of times daily. The Gosvāmīs used to follow in the footsteps of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and Haridāsa Ṭhākura also followed this principle. Concerning the Gosvāmīs — Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī, Śrīla Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī, Śrīla Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī — Śrīnivāsa Ācārya confirms, saṅkhyā-pūrvaka-nāma-gāna-natibhiḥ. (Ṣaḍ-gosvāmy-aṣṭaka 6) In addition to other duties, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu introduced the system of chanting the holy name of the Lord a fixed number of times daily, as confirmed in this verse (tomāra dui hasta baddha nāma-gaṇane). Caitanya Mahāprabhu used to count on His fingers. While one hand was engaged in chanting, the other hand kept the number of rounds. This is corroborated in the Caitanya-candrāmṛta and also in Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī’s Stava-mālā:
badhnan prema-bhara-prakampita-karo granthīn kaṭī-dorakaiḥ
saṅkhyātuṁ nija-loka-maṅgala-hare-kṛṣṇeti nāmnāṁ japan
hare kṛṣṇety uccaiḥ sphurita-rasano nāma-gaṇanā-
Therefore devotees in the line of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu must chant at least sixteen rounds daily, and this is the number prescribed by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Haridāsa Ṭhākura daily chanted 300,000 names. Sixteen rounds is about 28,000 names. There is no need to imitate Haridāsa Ṭhākura or the other Gosvāmīs, but chanting the holy name a fixed number of times daily is essential for every devotee.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, here is the principle by Śrīla Prabhupāda, His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, that devotees should chant a fix number of rounds every day, and Śrīla Prabhupāda established a minimum rounds for the initiated devotees to chant, basically 16 times of 108, that is about 25,000 names a day. I was once chanting 50,000, 32 rounds. I thought Śrīla Prabhupāda will be very pleased but instead He said. “You should chant 16 rounds and go and preach. If you stay the whole day and chant, who will preach?” So we also heard from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s god brothers that for those who are doing book distribution or preaching, they should 16 rounds a day. Those who stay in the temple, they have to chant more. But Śrīla Prabhupāda established this 16 rounds is minimum for the initiated devotees For the newcomers they may chant some number of rounds, but the idea of chanting a fixed number every day is a special offering, a special sacrifice to Lord Kṛṣṇa. Every devotee should try to do that.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.38
premāveśe pathe tumi habe acetana
e-saba sāmagrī tomāra ke kare rakṣaṇa
Translation: “When, along the way, You fall unconscious in ecstatic love of Godhead, who will protect Your belongings — the waterpot, garments and so forth?”
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.39
kṛṣṇadāsa-viprake saṅge laite anurodha :—
’kṛṣṇadāsa’-nāme ei sarala brāhmaṇa
iṅho saṅge kari’ laha, dhara nivedana
Translation: Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu continued, “Here is a simple brāhmaṇa named Kṛṣṇadāsa. Please accept him and take him with You. That is My request.
Purport: This Kṛṣṇadāsa, known as Kālā Kṛṣṇadāsa, is not the Kālā Kṛṣṇadāsa mentioned in the eleventh chapter, verse 37, of the Ādi-līlā. The Kālā Kṛṣṇadāsa mentioned in the eleventh chapter is one of the twelve gopālas (cowherd boys) who appeared to substantiate the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. He is known as a great devotee of Lord Nityānanda Prabhu. The brāhmaṇa named Kālā Kṛṣṇadāsa who went with Śrī Caitanya to South India and later to Bengal is mentioned in the Madhya-līlā, tenth chapter, verses 62-79. One should not take these two to be the same person.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.40
jala-pātra-vastra vahi’ tomā-saṅge yābe
ye tomāra icchā, kara, kichu nā balibe
Translation: “He will carry Your waterpot and garments. You may do whatever You like; he will not say a word.”
Jayapatākā Swami: Lord Nityananda was very expert in knowing what Lord Caitanya wanted, and knowing what Hiss problem may be along the way. So He suggested taking a simple brāhmaṇa, Kālakṛṣṇa dāsa.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.41
prabhura svīkāra :—
tabe tāṅra vākya prabhu kari’ aṅgīkāre
tāhā-sabā lañā gelā sārvabhauma-ghare
Translation: Accepting the request of Lord Nityānanda Prabhu, Lord Caitanya took all His devotees and went to the house of Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya.
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 13.13
tataḥ so’pi mahā-tejāḥ praphulla-vadano hariḥ
Translation: Thereafter, Gaura’s face blossomed, and His mouth filled with the names of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. His heart filled with love and He set forth with tremendous energy, moving with the momentum of an elephant.
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 13.14
evaṁ lokānuśikṣārthaṁ bhūtvā premārdra-locanaḥ
kāśī-miśrāśramaṁ gatvā taṁ prāha śrī-śacī-sutaḥ
Translation: In this mood, the illustrious son of Śacī, desiring to teach humanity the path of devotion as received through disciplic succession, went to the āśrama of Kāśī Miśra and with eyes moistened by tears of kṛṣṇa-prema addressed him as follows:
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 13.15
bhavanta eva paśyantu puruṣottamam īśvaram
ahaṁ tīrthāṭane yāmi jagannāthena vañcitaḥ
Translation: “Your grace is certainly blessed, for you remain here to contemplate the countenance of Puruṣottama-deva; whereas I, having been tricked by Him, must now wander to see all of the tīrthas.”
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 13.16
tat śrutvā vyathito bhūtvā kāśīnāthaḥ prabhoḥ pade
papāta daṇḍavat tasmin kṣitau sa praruroda ca
Translation: Hearing this, Kāśīnātha became extremely agitated. He fell like a rod to the earth at Mahāprabhu’s feet and loudly cried out:
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 13.17
kathaṁ nābhūt putra-śoko mahā-rugno’bhavan na kim
caitanya-caraṇāmbhoja-viśleṣo’yaṁ kathaṁ mama
Translation: “Oh! Why has my son not died? Why am I not afflicted by some incurable disease? Oh! Why rather am I now to be separated from the lotus feet of Śrī Caitanya?”
Jayapatākā Swami: So, he was feeling separation from Lord Caitanya to be the greatest suffering, worse than losing His son, worse than being afflicted by an incurable disease, He was foreseeing the impending separation of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 13.18
evaṁ sa viluṭhan bhūmau śoka-pūrṇo muhur muhuḥ
sāntvitaḥ karuṇārdreṇa punar āgamanādinā
Translation: Thus overcome with grief, he rolled to and fro on the ground. Then Śrī Gaurāṅga, His heart melting with compassion, comforted him saying, “I shall return,” and other words of good will.
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 13.19
tataḥ śrī-sārvabhaumasya gṛhaṁ gatvā jagad-guruḥ
ājñāṁ yayāce bhagavān tīrthānāṁ gamanecchayā
Translation: Next the all-opulent Personality of Godhead, who had accepted the role of the guru of all beings visited the home of Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya and begged for permission to depart, expressing His wish to travel to all the tīrthas.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya had been 18 days in Jagannātha Purī, at that time He melted all the hearts of Kāśīnātha misrā, Sārvabhauma Bhattacarya and all the other residents of Nīlācala. Now He has decided to travel and visit all the tīrthas, the holy place of pilgrimage in Southern India.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.42
sārvabhauma-gṛhe gamana :—
namaskari’ sārvabhauma āsana nivedila
sabākāre mili’ tabe āsane vasila
Translation: As soon as they entered his house, Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya offered the Lord obeisances and a place to sit. After seating all the others, the Bhaṭṭācārya took his seat.
Jayapatākā Swami: He was following the etiquette, to see that everybody is seated, then He personally sat.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.43
bhaṭṭācāryera nikaṭa vidāya yācñā :—
nānā kṛṣṇa-vārtā kahi’ kahila tāṅhāre
’tomāra ṭhāñi āilāṅ ājñā māgibāre
Translation: After they had discussed various topics about Lord Kṛṣṇa, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu informed Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya, “I have come to your place just to receive your order.”
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.44
viśvarūpa-anbeṣaṇera chala :—
sannyāsa kari’ viśvarūpa giyāche dakṣiṇe
avaśya kariba āmi tāṅra anveṣaṇe
Translation: “My elder brother, Viśvarūpa, has taken sannyāsa and gone to South India. Now I must go search for Him.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.45
ājñā deha, avaśya āmi dakṣiṇe caliba
tomāra ājñāte sukhe leuṭi’ āsiba’
Translation: “Please permit Me to go, for I must tour South India. With your permission, I shall soon return very happily.”
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.46
bhaṭṭācāryera viraha-duḥkhokti :—
śuni’ sārvabhauma hailā atyanta kātara
caraṇe dhariyā kahe viṣāda-uttara
Translation: Upon hearing this, Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya became very much agitated. Catching hold of the lotus feet of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, he gave this sorrowful reply.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.47
’bahu-janmera puṇya-phale pāinu tomāra saṅga
hena-saṅga vidhi mora karileka bhaṅga
Translation: “After many births, due to some pious activity I got Your association. Now providence is breaking this invaluable association.”
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.48
śire vajra paḍe yadi, putra mari’ yāya
tāhā sahi, tomāra viccheda sahana nā yāya
Translation: “If a thunderbolt falls on my head or if my son dies, I can tolerate it. But I cannot endure the unhappiness of separation from You.”
Jayapatākā Swami: Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya is expressing the intolerability of Lord Caitanya’s separation. So, he is requesting Lord Caitanya not to put him in this separation.
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 3.13.20
śrutvā sarodanaṁ prāha dhṛtvā kṛṣṇa-padāmbujam
kathaṁ nābhūd vajra-pātaḥ śirasi me mahābhuja
Translation: Hearing this, Sārvabhauma grasped Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s feet and weeping, exclaimed, “O mighty-armed Lord, why rather has a bolt of lightning not fallen on my head?”
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 3.13.21
tvat-pāda-rahitaṁ prāṇaṁ kathaṁ dhāsyāmy ahaṁ prabho
māṁ gṛhītvā yatra kutra gamanaṁ kartum arhasi
Translation: “Prabhu, how can I maintain my life force in separation from Your lotus feet? Now that You have captured my heart, is it befitting for You to travel here and there?”
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.96
gacchantam itthaṁ sa tu sārvabhaumaḥ
śokākulātmā karuṇaṁ babhāṣe
kathaṁ prabho mām bahu-duḥkha-dagdhaṁ
kṛtvā kuto vā prasabhaṁ prayāsi
Translation: Sārvabhauma, seeing the Lord depart, in lamentation spoke pitifully. “O Lord! Why are you leaving so quickly, making me burn in great sorrow?”
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.97
kathaṁ mamābhūn na hi putra-śokaḥ
kathaṁ mamābhūn na hi deha-pātaḥ
vilokya yuṣmat pada-padma-yugaṁ soḍhuṁ
na śakto’smi bhavad-viyogam
Translation: “O Lord! Why do I not lament for a son? Why do I not give up my body? Having seen your lotus feet, I cannot tolerate separation from you.”
Jayapatākā Swami: So, Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya is explaining how seeing the Lord is the greatest happiness and how separation of the Lord is the greatest suffering.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.49
kayekadina apekṣāra janya prabhuke anurodha :—
svatantra-īśvara tumi karibe gamana
dina katho raha, dekhi tomāra caraṇa’
Translation: “My dear Lord, You are the independent Supreme Personality of Godhead. Certainly, You will depart. I know that. Still, I ask You to stay here a few days more so that I can see Your lotus feet.”
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.50
prabhura sammati :—
tāhāra vinaye prabhura śithila haila mana
rahila divasa katho, nā kaila gamana
Translation: Upon hearing Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya’s request, Caitanya Mahāprabhu relented. He stayed a few days longer and did not depart.
Jayapatākā Swami: Just like Lord Kṛṣṇa, He heard the various prayers of the Hastināpura vāsis, but He was still about to depart and then Yudhishtra Mahārāja with tears in his eyes, he begged to Lord Kṛṣṇa. “please stay a few days longer.” So, the independent Lord, out of His causeless mercy He decided to stay.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.51
bhaṭṭācāryera prabhuke nimantraṇa, tadagṛhiṇīra randhana :—
bhaṭṭācārya āgraha kari’ karena nimantraṇa
gṛhe pāka kari’ prabhuke karā’na bhojana
Translation: The Bhaṭṭācārya eagerly invited Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu to his home and fed Him very nicely.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.52
tāṅhāra brāhmaṇī, tāṅra nāma—’ṣāṭhīra mātā’
rāndhi’ bhikṣā dena teṅho, āścarya tāṅra kathā
Translation: The Bhaṭṭācārya’s wife, whose name was Ṣāṭhīmātā (the mother of Ṣāṭhī), did the cooking. The narrations of these pastimes are very wonderful.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.53
āge ta’ kahiba tāhā kariyā vistāra
ebe kahi prabhura dakṣiṇa-yātrā-samācāra
Translation: Later I shall tell about this in elaborate detail, but at present I wish to describe Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s South Indian tour.
Jayapatākā Swami: When Lord Caitanya comes back to Jagannātha Purī, at that time Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja will describe the various pastimes of the Lord visiting the homes of different devotees, and taking prasāda there. Now the author wanted to describe about Lord Caitanya going on a South India tour.
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.98
bata kva gantāsi pathā nu kena
kathaṁ pathaḥ kleśa-saho’tha bhāvī
yady eva gantāsi tadā kṛpālo
Translation: “Where are you going? By which path are you going? How can you endure the difficulties on the road? O merciful Lord! If you go, then travel by the bank of the Godāvarī River.”
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.99
tatrāsti kaścit paramo mahātmā
nopājihīthā viṣayīti rāmā-
Translation: “At that place lives one great soul, a mad bee at the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, named Rāmānanda, the son of Bhāvānanda. Do not reject him as a materialist.”
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 3.13.22
evaṁ śrutvā prahasyāsau dhṛtvā tasya kara-dvayam
āgamiṣyāmy adīrghena kālenety āha keśavaḥ
Translation: Hearing this, Gaura Keśava laughed merrily and, capturing Sārvabhauma’s hands in His own, replied, “I shall return before long.”
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 3.13.23
vadantaṁ taṁ samāliṅgya karuṇā-pūrṇa-vigrahaḥ
sāntvayāmāsa sva-premṇā nānānunaya-kovidaḥ
sārvabhauma-bhaṭṭācāryaḥ sa udvigno hy acetanaḥ
evaṁ bhaktās tadaivāsan sarva udvigna-mānasāḥ
Translation: Speaking thus, Śrī Caitanya, the embodiment of compassion, who is very wise in comforting the distressed heart, warmly embraced Sārvabhauma and pacified his heart by His loving and personal mood.
Jayapatākā Swami: One of Kṛṣṇa name is Rasikaśekhara, He knows how to exchange loving mellows with His devotees. So in this way Lord Caitanya was exchanging the loving mellows with Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.54
pāñcadina pare punarāya vidāya-yācñā :—
dina pāñca rahi’ prabhu bhaṭṭācārya-sthāne
calibāra lāgi’ ājñā māgilā āpane
Translation: After staying five days at the home of Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu personally asked his permission to depart for South India.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya had stayed five days longer than expected in the house of Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya, but now He is asking permission to leave.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.55
bhaṭṭācāryera sammati :—
prabhura āgrahe bhaṭṭācārya sammata ha-ilā
prabhu tāṅre lañā jagannātha-mandire gelā
Translation: After receiving the Bhaṭṭācārya’s permission, Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu went to see Lord Jagannātha in the temple. He took the Bhaṭṭācārya with Him.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.56
jagannātha-mandire giyā prabhura tatsamīpe ājñā-yācñā o mālā-prasāda-prāptira para mandira pradakṣiṇa pūrvaka yātrā :—
darśana kari’ ṭhākura-pāśa ājñā māgilā
pūjārī prabhure mālā-prasāda āni’ dilā
Translation: Seeing Lord Jagannātha, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu also begged His permission. The priest then immediately delivered prasādam and a garland to Lord Caitanya.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.57
ājñā-mālā pāñā harṣe namaskāra kari’
ānande dakṣiṇa-deśe cale gaurahari
Translation: Thus, receiving Lord Jagannātha’s permission in the form of a garland, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu offered obeisances, and then in great jubilation He prepared to depart for South India.
Jayapatākā Swami: So receiving the prasāda garland from Lord Jagannātha is considered as a blessing or permission for the Lord to leave to South India.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.58
bhaṭṭācārya-saṅge āra yata nija-gaṇa
jagannātha pradakṣiṇa kari’ karilā gamana
Translation: Accompanied by His personal associates and Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu circumambulated the altar of Jagannātha. The Lord then departed on His South Indian tour.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.12
rājā (sa-vismayam): bhaṭṭācārya ! bhavantaś ced idaṁ bruvanti tat satyam evaitat | tadā kim iti yatna-puraḥsaraṁ bhavatātra nārakṣi ?
The King: (struck with wonder) Bhattacarya, if what you say is true. Why did you not try to keep Him here?
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.13
brahmādayo loka-pālā yad-bhrū-bhaṅga-taraṅgiṇaḥ
vinā sva-karuṇā-devīṁ pāratantryaṁ na so’rhati
Bhattacarya: Oh, King! When he knits His brow, Brahmā and the other demigods tremble in fear. Unless He grants His mercy, He will not submit to the control of anyone else.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.14
kati na vihitaṁ stotraṁ kākuḥ katīha na kalpitā
kati na racitaṁ prāṇa-tyāgādikaṁ bhaya-darśanam
kati na ruditaṁ dhṛtvā pādau tathāpi sa jagmivān
prakṛti-mahatāṁ tulyau syātām anugraha-nigrahau
Translation: How many times did I not pray to Him? How many times did I not beg Him with faltering words? How many times did I not speak fearsome threats of suicide? How many times did I not grasp His feet and cry? Still, He went. For very exalted persons mercy and cruelty are the same thing.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.15
rājā (sotkaṇṭham): punar atrāgamiṣyanti ?
King: (with eagerness) Will He ever come here again?
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.16
bhaṭṭācāryaḥ: atha kim | saṅginas tv atra vartante |
Bhattacarya: Yes. His friends are here.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, King Pratāprudra wanted to know whether Lord Caitanya will be back. Actually, Lord Caitanya remained 18 years in Jagannātha Purī. So king Prataparudra had plenty of opportunities to associate with the Lord. But we will hear about this later. It is not easy for the king. So, we see how different pastimes of Lord Caitanya unfold and how in this pastime we have Caitanya-caritāmṛta. Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca, Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka and various other books. So they all help to give different details. So now we get the picture how Lord Caitanya left after circumambulating Lord Jagannātha and taking one devotee as an assistant, Kālakṛṣṇa dāsa. Haribol!
Thus, ends the chapter entitled, Lord Caitanya Agrees to Take One Assistant and Starts For South India
Transcribed and Verified by JPS Archives team, 10th January 2021