Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation
By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 12th 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 is Part 2 of:
Lord Caitanya Visits Ālālanātha
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.75
bhaktagaṇasaṅge ālālanātha-āgamana :—
bhakta-gaṇa śīghra āsi’ laila prabhura sātha
vastra-prasāda lañā tabe āilā gopīnātha
Translation: Immediately all the devotees came and partook of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s company. Afterwards, Gopīnātha Ācārya came with the garments and prasāda.
Jayapatākā Swami: So all the Lord’s associates partook His company with all the devotees. Having the divine association of Supreme Personality of Godhead, is something very rare and very wonderful, so the devotees had the opportunity to associate with Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 3.14.2
tataḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanyaś calito dakṣiṇā diśam
ālālanātham āgatya premād deham adhairyataḥ
Translation: But Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya walked forth southwards, until He arrived at the temple of Ālālanātha (the Lord who cherishes all). On account of prema, Gaura’s body was constantly agitated by ecstatic symptoms.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.76
sabā-saṅge prabhu tabe ālālanātha āilā
namaskāra kari’ tāre bahu-stuti kailā
Translation: All the devotees followed Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu to a place known as Ālālanātha. There they all offered respects and various prayers.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.77
ālālanātha nārāyaṇa-darśane prabhura stava-nṛtya-gīta :—
premāveśe nṛtya-gīta kaila kata-kṣaṇa
dekhite āilā tāhāṅ vaise yata jana
Translation: In great ecstasy, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu danced and chanted for some time. Indeed, all the neighbors came to see Him.
Murari Gupta Kaḍaca 3.14.3
kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇeti kṛṣṇeti uvācoccair muhur muhuḥ
kṣaṇaṁ viluṭhate bhūmau kṣaṇaṁ mūrcchati jalpati
Translation: In a loud voice, He cried out repeatedly, “Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa!” At one moment He would roll on the ground, and the next moment He would swoon and inarticulately murmur Kṛṣṇa’s names.
Murari Gupta Kaḍaca 3.14.4
kṣaṇaṁ gāyati govinda-kṛṣṇa-rāmeti nāmabhiḥ
mahā-prema-plutaṁ gātra ālālanātha-darśane
Translation: And at the next moment, He would loudly sing the names, “Govinda! Kṛṣṇa! Rāma!” As He beheld the Deity of Ālālanātha, His body became flooded with the ecstatic symptoms of mahā–prema.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, this Ālālanātha deity has a very special relationship with Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and when Lord Jagannātha would have this fifteen days anvasara period where He will not give darśana, Lord Caitanya would run to this deity and pay His obeisances. And there it is said that He actually melted the stone in front of the deity. They have taken the stone out and kept it in another side by the Ālālanātha temple. There all the devotees could go and take darśana of the body print of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, So, here He was chanting and dancing and chanting the names of Govinda, Kṛṣṇa, Rāma
Murari Gupta Kaḍaca 3.14.5
kañcit pathi janaṁ dṛṣṭam āliṅgat śakti-sañcaraiḥ
sa tatra prema-vivaśo nṛtyan gāyan mudaiva ca
Translation: When Gaura Hari was travelling on the path, whenever He saw any man, He would embrace him. By that embrace He invested that person with full transcendental potencies. Suddenly drowned within the ocean of ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa, that man would also begin to sing and dance in great bliss.
Murari Gupta Kaḍaca 3.14.6
nija-gehaṁ jagāma sa prema-dhārā-śata-plutaḥ
anya-grāma-janān dṛṣṭvā premāliṅgam akārayat
Translation: As that man was returning to his home, with his body flooded by hundreds of streams of tears, he would also give the embrace of love to the members of other villages.
Murari Gupta Kaḍaca 3.14.7
te punaḥ prema-viśrāntaṁ gāyanti ca ramanti ca
evaṁ paramparā yeṣu tān sarvān samakārayat
Translation: They also felt great satisfaction in the bliss of prema and taking great delight, they sang the names of Kṛṣṇa. In this way, through the process of disciplic succession, Śrī Gaurāṅga transformed into vaiṣṇavas, the people of all the towns and villages.
Jayapatākā Swami: So we see here that Lord Caitanya, He embraced all the people He saw, giving them love of Kṛṣṇa, and they in turn embraced other people, and in this way love of Kṛṣṇa flooded the land.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.78
prabhu darśanārthe bahulokera āgamana o harisaṅkīrtana :—
caudikete saba loka bale ’hari’ ’hari’
premāveśe madhye nṛtya kare gaurahari
Translation: All around Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, who is also known as Gaurahari, people began to shout the holy name of Hari. Lord Caitanya, immersed in His usual ecstasy of love, danced in the midst of them.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, we see how Lord Caitanya was engaging in the harināma saṅkīrtana, dancing in ecstasy of love of Kṛṣṇa, and He would embrace all the other people and they would be overwhelmed in love of Kṛṣṇa and in this way everyone started to chant and dance. Hari bol! So, this is the technique that the saṅkīrtana party can try, men can hug other men and ladies hug other ladies and then let everybody chant Hari bol! Hare Kṛṣṇa!
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.79
kāñcana-sadṛśa deha, aruṇa vasana
pulakāśru-kampa-sveda tāhāte bhūṣaṇa
Translation: The body of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was naturally very beautiful. It was like molten gold dressed in saffron cloth. Indeed, He was most beautiful for being ornamented with the ecstatic symptoms, which caused His bodily hair to stand on end, tears to well up in His eyes, and His body to tremble and perspire all over.
Jayapatākā Swami: Lord Caitanya’s ecstatic symptoms, with the decorations that He wore on His body and He was beautiful, and with His ecstatic symptoms He was beautiful even beyond more.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.80
dekhiyā lokera mane haila camatkāra
yata loka āise, keha nāhi yāya ghara
Translation: Everyone present was astonished to see Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s dancing and His bodily transformations. Whoever came did not want to return home.
Jayapatākā Swami: Lord Caitanya’s had a way of changing other people’s consciousness and they all became ecstatic in love for Kṛṣṇa. His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, said his purpose was to change the way people think. We can see from this how Lord Caitanya would change the people’s thoughts and make them to be lovers of Kṛṣṇa.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.81
keha nāce, keha gāya, ’śrī-kṛṣṇa’ ’gopāla’
premete bhāsila loka,—strī-vṛddha-ābāla
Translation: Everyone — including children, old men and women — began to dance and to chant the holy names of Śrī Kṛṣṇa and Gopāla. In this way they all floated in the ocean of love of Godhead.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, we see that Lord Caitanya’s flood of love of Godhead swept everyone, children, old men and women. Everyone began to chant in ecstasy.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.82
dekhi’ nityānanda prabhu kahe bhakta-gaṇe
ei-rūpe nṛtya āge habe grāme-grāme
Translation: Upon seeing the chanting and dancing of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Lord Nityānanda predicted that later there would be dancing and chanting in every village.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, we heard the prediction that in every town and village of the world, the chanting and dancing of Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s names will go on and this is also predicted by Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityānanda.
Purport: This prediction of Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu’s is applicable not only in India but also all over the world. That is now happening by His grace. The members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness are now traveling from one village to another in the Western countries and are even carrying the Deity with them. These devotees distribute various literatures all over the world. We hope that these devotees who are preaching the message of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu will very seriously follow strictly in His footsteps. If they follow the rules and regulations and chant sixteen rounds daily, their endeavor to preach the cult of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu will certainly be successful.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.83
prabhuke chāḍite lokera anicchā-darśane prasāda-pāoyāibāra chale prabhuke apasaraṇa :—
atikāla haila, loka chāḍiyā nā yāya
tabe nityānanda-gosāñi sṛjilā upāya
Translation: Seeing that it was already getting late, Lord Nityānanda Prabhu, the spiritual master, invented a means to disperse the crowd.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.84
madhyāhna karite gelā prabhuke lañā
tāhā dekhi’ loka āise caudike dhāñā
Translation: When Lord Nityānanda Prabhu took Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu for lunch at noon, everyone came running around Them.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.85
bhaktagaṇera mandirābhyantare praveśa :—
madhyāhna kariyā āilā devatā-mandire
nija-gaṇa praveśi’ kapāṭa dila bahir-dvāre
Translation: After finishing Their baths, they returned at noon to the temple. Admitting His own men, Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu closed the outside door.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Nityānanda, He used a system to disperse the crowd.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.86
gopīnāthakarttṛka prabhuke bhikṣā dāna; bhaktagaṇera prabhura avaśeṣa prāpti :—
tabe gopīnātha dui-prabhure bhikṣā karāila
prabhura śeṣa prasādānna sabe bāṅṭi’ khāila
Translation: Gopīnātha Ācārya then brought prasāda for the two Lords to eat, and after They had eaten, the remnants of the food were distributed to all the devotees.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.87
mandirera bāhire prabhudarśanārtha bahulokasamāgama :—
śuni’ śuni’ loka-saba āsi’ bahir-dvāre
’hari’ ’hari’ bali’ loka kolāhala kare
Translation: Hearing about this, everyone there came to the outside door and began chanting the holy name, “Hari! Hari!” Thus, there was a tumultuous sound.
Jayapatākā Swami: Everyone was very eager to get the Māha-prasāda and they had gathered outside the doorway chanting the holy names, Hari bol! Hari bol!
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.88
mandiradvāra-mocana o sakalera prabhuke darśana :—
tabe mahāprabhu dvāra karāila mocana
ānande āsiyā loka pāila daraśana
Translation: After lunch, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu made them open the door. In this way everyone received His audience with great pleasure.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya would make Himself visible to the people and thus He was giving out His mercy to everyone.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.89
samasta dina vyāpiyā lokera prabhu darśanaphale vaiṣṇavatva-lābha :—
ei-mata sandhyā paryanta loka āse, yāya
’vaiṣṇava’ ha-ila loka, sabe nāce, gāya
Translation: The people came and went until evening, and all of them became Vaiṣṇava devotees and began to chant and dance.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, such was the special mercy of Lord Śrī Krsna Caitanya Mahāprabhu, simply by seeing Him and participating in the kīrtana, they also became vaiṣṇava devotees of the Lord, chanting and dancing.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.90
ālālanāthe bhaktagaṇasaṅge rātrivāsa :—
ei-rūpe sei ṭhāñi bhakta-gaṇa-saṅge
sei rātri goṅāilā kṛṣṇa-kathā-raṅge
Translation: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then passed the night there and discussed the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa with His devotees with great pleasure.
Jayapatākā Swami: Lord Caitanya spent time in discussing the transcendental pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa.
Murari Gupta Kaḍaca 3.14.8
ālālanātha-kṣetre sa rātraikaṁ sannyavāsayat
tataḥ para-divotthāya prātaḥ-kāryaṁ samāpayat
Translation: He dwelt one night in that land sacred to Ālālanātha-deva, and on the morning, He rose early and performed His morning duties.
Jayapatākā Swami: Lord Caitanya, He was playing the part of ordinary human being, so in the morning He would perform His morning duties and then He would depart.
So, we are getting a glimpse in the Caitanya-līlā, how He performed the saṅkīrtana sacrifice. Hope everyone chanted and danced in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya’s saṅkīrtana movement.
Thus, ends the chapter entitled, Lord Caitanya Visits Ālālanātha.
Transcribed and Verified by JPS Archives team, 12th January 2021