Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Book Compilation
By His Holiness Jayapatākā Swami Mahārāja on 15th 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 Delivers Vāsudeva the Leper
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.130
ei mata yāṅra ghare kare prabhu bhikṣā
sei aiche kahe, tāṅre karāya ei śikṣā
Translation: At whosever house Śrī Caitanya accepted His alms by taking prasādam, He would convert the dwellers to His saṅkīrtana movement and advise them just as He advised the brāhmaṇa named Kūrma.
Purport: The cult of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu 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 his 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 Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā–mantra and instruct relatives and friends in the teachings of the Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. One has to learn humility and meekness at home, following the instructions of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, 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, so it is best not to accept any disciples.” Such thinking should be avoided. One has to become purified at home by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā–mantra and preaching the principles enunciated by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Thus one can become a spiritual master and be freed from the contamination of material life.
There are many sahajiyās who decry the activities of the six Gosvāmīs — Śrīla Rūpa, Sanātana, Raghunātha dāsa, Bhaṭṭa Raghunātha, Jīva and Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmīs — who are the personal associates of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and who enlightened society by writing books on devotional service. Similarly, Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura and other great ācāryas like Madhvācārya, Rāmānujācārya and others accepted many thousands of disciples to induce them to render devotional service. However, there is a class of sahajiyās 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 Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, 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 Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu who engage in preaching. To protect His preachers, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has given much clear advice in these verses of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, the importance is enunciated here by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, and engaging in the preaching movement. In the Brahma-vaivarta Purāṇa, Kṛṣṇa predicted that there will be a ten-thousand-year golden age period, and that will come to pass when all the followers of Lord Caitanya also engage in the spreading of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So, one can do that while remaining in the home and thus become a spiritual master spreading the teachings of Kṛṣṇa as given in Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-bhāgavatam.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.131 -132
purīte pratyāvarttana nā karā paryanta prabhukartṛka sakalakei ācāryarūpe bhakti-pracāre ādeśa :—
pathe yāite devālaye rahe yei grāme
yāṅra ghare bhikṣā kare, sei mahā-jane
kūrme yaiche rīti, taiche kaila sarva-ṭhāñi
nīlācale punaḥ yāvat nā āilā gosāñi
Translation: While on His tour, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu would spend the night at a temple by the road. Whenever He accepted food from a person, He would give him the same advice He gave the brāhmaṇa named Kūrma. He adopted this process until He returned to Jagannātha Purī from His South Indian tour.
Jayapatākā Swami: Although the author does not repeat what the Lord does, He is saying that throughout His tour of South India, He gave every householder He took His food in and gave the same advice as Kūrma brāhmaṇa. So, He asked everyone to chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, to spread the teachings of Kṛṣṇa and ask to be a spiritual master. We understand that this was the consistent program of Lord Caitanya throughout His tour of South India. Although it is not being repeated, He did the same thing in every house He went.
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.105
tathaiva kṛtvā paramaḥ kṛpālur
nananda tasyaiva śubhālaye’sau
bhikṣāṁ ca tatraiva tadopanītāṁ
cakāra nāthaś ca tataḥ pratasthe
Translation: The merciful Lord was satisfied with his actions and ate at his auspicious house. He then departed.
Jayapatākā Swami: How many of you want the mercy of Lord Caitanya visitng your home and take prasada? So this was the mercy of Lord Caitanya, He was giving freely. He was going to every house, taking prasāda, giving them advice to chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and tell everyone the teachings of Kṛṣṇa and then He would go on.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.133
ataeva ihāṅ kahilāṅ kariyā vistāra
ei-mata jānibe prabhura sarvatra vyavahāra
Translation: Thus I have described the Lord’s behavior elaborately in the case of Kūrma. In this way, you will know Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s dealings throughout South India.
Jayapatākā Swami: Although the case of the Kūrma brāhmaṇa was described in great detail, He did the same dealings in every house. But He did not repeat the same description again and again but it should be understood that He did the same thing in every house.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.134
kūrmagṛhe sei rātrivāsa :—
ei-mata sei rātri tāhāṅi rahilā
prātaḥ-kāle prabhu snāna kariyā calilā
Translation: Thus Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu would remain at night in one place, and the next morning, after bathing, He would start again.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.135
prāte punarāya yātrā :—
prabhura anuvraji’ kūrma bahu dūra āilā
prabhu tāṅre yatna kari’ ghare pāṭhāilā
Translation: When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu left, the brāhmaṇa Kūrma followed Him a great distance, but eventually Lord Caitanya took care to send him back home.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.1
vāsudevāmṛta’-prabhura praṇāma :—
dhanyaṁ taṁ naumi caitanyaṁ
bhakti-tuṣṭaṁ cakāra yaḥ
Translation: Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, being very compassionate toward a brāhmaṇa named Vāsudeva, cured him of leprosy. He transformed him into a beautiful man satisfied with devotional service. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the glorious Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.136
kuṣṭharogī vāsudeva-viprera prabhu darśanārtha kūrmagṛhe āgamana :—
‘vāsudeva’-nāma eka dvija mahāśaya
sarvāṅge galita kuṣṭha, tāte kīḍā-maya
Translation: There was also a brāhmaṇa named Vāsudeva, who was a great person but was suffering from leprosy. Indeed, his body was filled with living worms.
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 3.14.15
vāsudevo dvija-śreṣṭho dṛṣṭvā śrī-puruṣottamam
tad-darśana-samullāsaiḥ kṛṣṇaṁ jñātvā nanarta ca
Translation: Another brāhmaṇa of the name Vāsudeva saw Śrī Gaura Hari, whose personality is transcendental to this world of cause and effect. Perceiving the brilliant qualities of His person, he recognized Him to be Kṛṣṇa Himself, and began to dance.
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.106
śrutvety ayaṁ śrī-puruṣottamāt sa
mahāprabhor dakṣiṇato jagāma
śrī-vāsudevāhvaya eka vipro
‘kasmāt kathaṣcit tata āgato’bhūt
Translation: One brāhmaṇa named Vāsudeva heard that Mahāprabhu was going south from Jagannātha Purī and approached to him suddenly.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.137
aṅga haite yei kīḍā khasiyā paḍaya
uṭhāñā sei kīḍā rākhe sei ṭhāña
Translation: Although suffering from leprosy, the brāhmaṇa Vāsudeva 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.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, Vāsudeva brāhmaṇa was so self-realized that he understood that he is not the body and that it is his karma that somehow, he was eaten by the worms. When any worm fell from his body, he put them up and put them back and let them eat. So he was very detached and fixed in ātmā-jñana and spiritual realization
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.138
rātrite śunilā teṅho gosāñira āgamana
dekhibāre āilā prabhāte kūrmera bhavana
Translation: Then one-night Vāsudeva heard of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s arrival, and in the morning, he came to see the Lord at the house of Kūrma.
Caitanya Maṅgala, Śeṣa-khaṇḍa 1.4
setubandha dekhibāre calilā ṭhākura
kurmanāme vipra dekhe kurmanāme pura
Jayapataka Swami: So, Lord Caitanya after leaving Jagannātha Purī, to see the Setubandha, place of Lord Rāma crossing to Sri Lanka, He went to Kūrma-kṣetra and saw the Kūrma brāhmaṇa, and He had this pastimes there where He told the Kūrma brāhmaṇa to stay in the household life, but to preach Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
Caitanya Maṅgala, Śeṣa-khaṇḍa 1.5
vāsudeva-nāme vipra āche sei grāme
duijanā-saṅge dekhā haila eka-ṭhāme
Jayapataka Swami: In that village there were two brāhmaṇas, one was called Kūrma and one was called Vāsudeva Lord Caitanya met both of these brāhmaṇas at Kūrma sthāna.
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.106
śvitreṇa śaśvad galad-aṅga-yaṣṭir
tat kūrma-nāmno dvija-puṅgavasya
jagāma gehaṁ mahitānubhāvaḥ
Translation: In great pain because of white leprosy on his limbs, the great soul came to Kūrma’s house.
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.107
gatvā ca papraccha mahāprabhuṁ taṁ
taṁ kūrma-nāmānam upetya dhīraḥ
so’py etad ūce sumahāśayāya
tasmai samastaṁ karuṇālayasya
Translation: Coming there, Vāsudeva asked Kūrma about Mahāprabhu. Kūrma told him everything concerning the abode of mercy.
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.109
ihaiva devaḥ samuvāsa bhikṣāṁ
cakāra mādṛśy akarot kṛpāṁ ca
yady āgamiṣyaḥ kṣaṇam atra śīghraṁ
tad āvalokayiṣya ihaiva nātham
Translation: “The Lord had stayed there and taken food. He gave mercy to me. If you go quickly you can see the Lord.”
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.139
prabhura kṛmatyāga-śravaṇe vāsudevera duḥkha o vilāpahetu prabhura tathāya āvirbhāva :—
prabhura gamana kūrma-mukhete śuniñā
bhūmite paḍilā duḥkhe mūrcchita hañā
Translation: When the leper Vāsudeva came to Kūrma’s house to see Caitanya Mahāprabhu, he was informed that the Lord had already left. The leper then fell to the ground unconscious.
Jayapatākā Swami: Vāsudeva was so eager to see the Lord that when he heard that the Lord had already left, he felt unconscious filled with separation and sadness.
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.110
niśamya so’yaṁ sakalaṁ mahātmā
gataḥ sa ity ākulam eva bhūmau
papāta mūrcchām adhigamya tatra
nivṛtya bhūyaḥ prabhur ājagāma
Translation: Hearing this, Vāsudeva went outside in confusion and, fainting, fell on the ground. Understanding this, the Lord returned.
Jayapatākā Swami: Lord Caitanya is the Supersoul of everyone and He understood Vāsudeva, the brāhmaṇa leper wanted to see Him and therefore the Lord appeared again and giving His darsana, and His audience to Vāsudeva.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.140
aneka prakāra vilāpa karite lāgilā
sei-kṣaṇe āsi’ prabhu tāṅre āliṅgilā
Translation: When Vāsudeva, the leper brāhmaṇa, was lamenting due to not being able to see Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the Lord immediately returned to that spot and embraced him.
Jayapatākā Swami: Hari Bol! Who can imagine the unlimited mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu? Not only did He come back, when the brāhmaṇa Vāsudeva was lamenting that he could not see the Lord, the Lord came and embraced Him. Hari bol!
Murāri Gupta Kaḍaca 3.14.16
taṁ kuṣṭa-rogiṇaṁ vipraṁ mahā-bhāgavatottamam
āliṅgya bhagavāṁś cakre svarṇa-kānti-sama-prabham
Translation: Although afflicted by leprosy, that vipra, was a transcendentally-situated soul and a mahā-bhāgavata-bhakta. Śrī Caitanya embraced him and thus transformed him into a healthy man with a golden luster.
Jayapatākā Swami: Lord Caitanya by embracing him, cured him of his leprosy and he became healthy with golden luster. So, he got the special mercy of Lord Caitanya.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.141
prabhura tāṅhāke āliṅganadāna, tatphale viprera kuṣṭharoga-mukti o saundarya-lābha :—
prabhu-sparśe duḥkha-saṅge kuṣṭha dūre gela
ānanda sahite aṅga sundara ha-ila
Translation: When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu touched him, both the leprosy and his distress went to a distant place. Indeed, Vāsudeva’s body became very beautiful, to his great happiness.
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.111
āgatya dorbhyāṁ parirabhya vipraṁ
kuṣṭhaiḥ samaṁ moham apācakāra
sa-cetanāṁ cārutarāṁ tanuṁ ca
prāpyānamat taṁ dhṛta-harṣa-śokaḥ
Translation: Coming there, the Lord embraced the brāhmaṇa in his arms and released him from illusion along with his leprosy. Receiving a conscious, attractive body, he offered respects to the Lord in joy and lamentation.
Jayapatākā Swami: So, it is said that simultaneously, he was in joy and lamentation, and this is a mystery.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.142
prabhura dayā-darśane vāsudevera stava :—
prabhura kṛpā dekhi’ tāṅra vismaya haila mana
śloka paḍi’ pāye dhari, karaye stavana
Translation: The brāhmaṇa Vāsudeva was astonished to behold the wonderful mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and he began to recite a verse from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, touching the Lord’s lotus feet.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.29
(praviśya) dauvārikaḥ: bhaṭṭācārya ! bhavat-preṣitā viprā godāvarīto nivartitā bhavantaṁ pratīkṣante |
Doorkeeper: (enters) Bhaṭṭācārya, the brāhmaṇas you sent have returned from the Godavari River. They wait to see you.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.30
bhaṭṭācāryaḥ: utkaṇṭhate rājā | praveśyantām ihaiva |
Bhaṭṭācārya: The king is eager to see them. Let them enter.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.31
dauvārikaḥ: yathājñāpayasi |
(iti punas tān ādāya praviśati |)
Doorkeeper: As you order. (Bringing them, he again enters).
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.32
bhaṭṭācāryaḥ: aho āgacchatāgacchata |
Bhaṭṭācārya: Ah! Come in! Come in!
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.33
(viprā upasṛtya rājānam āśīrbhir abhyarcya sārvabhaumaṁ praṇamanti |)
(The brāhmaṇas approach, offering blessings to the king, and bowing down before Sarvabhauma).
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.34
rājā: upaviśyāmūlaṁ kathayata | (sarve upaviśanti |)
King: Please sit down. Tell everything from the beginning.
(Everyone sits down).
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.35
bhaṭṭācāryaḥ: ekatama eva kathayatu |
Bhaṭṭācārya: One of you tell us the news.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.36
ekaḥ: itas tāvad ālālanātha-devam avalokya stutvā mahā-matta-karīndravad
One Brāhmaṇa: He left here and went to Ālālānātha, where He saw the Deity and offered prayers. He walked very quickly, as an unrestricted wild elephant.
anaīkuśa-kuśala-gati-kuśalas tvarayā rayātiśayiar apy asmābhir anugantuṁ duḥśakaū śakalam iva sumeror audīcyena prabalatara-marutā vibhajya calitaṁ niravadhi bhagavan-nāma-saṅkīrtana-vikasvara-para-bhāgādharīkṛta-dhārādhara-dhoraṇi-dhīra-dhvanir adhvani bataika-mano’bhivīkṣyamāṇo janair laghīyasā kālenaiva kūrma-kṣetram uttīrṇavān |
It was very difficult for us to follow behind Him. He was like a strong wind sweeping south from Mount Meru in the north. He chanted the Holy name as if He were a thundering cloud. The travelers on the road all gazed at Him with wonder. In this way He quickly arrived at Kūrma-kṣetra.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.37
sārvabhaumaḥ: etad abhyantare bhikṣā nābhūt?
Sārvabhauma: He did not eat anything on the way?
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.38
vipraḥ: nābhūd eva |
Brāhmaṇa: He did not.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.39
bhaṭṭācāryaḥ: bhavadbhiḥ kiṁ kṛtam?
Bhaṭṭācārya: What did you do?
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.40
vipraḥ: asmābhis tu yathā-lābhaṁ kiñcid aśitvā dṛśyamāna evāyam anugamyate | tatas tatraiva kūrma-kṣetre kūrma-devaṁ praṇamya stutvā kūrma-nāmno dvija-varasya gṛham uttīrṇavān | samanantaraṁ tenaiva nimantritaḥ kṛta-bhikṣaś ca yad anyat kṛtavān, tad atyadbhutam |
Brāhmaṇa: We ate whenever we could and we followed behind Him. In this way He went to Kūrma-kṣetra, bowed down before the Deity, offered prayers, and stayed at the home of an exalted brāhmaṇa named Kūrma. Requested by this brāhmaṇa, He accepted a meal, and then He did something very wonderful.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.41
bhaṭṭācāryaḥ: kiṁ tat?
Bhaṭṭācārya: What was that?
Caitanya Maṅgala, Śeṣa-khaṇḍa 1.6
prabhu-daraśane tārā haila nirmala
nirīkhaye gaurādeha premāya bihbala
Jayapatākā Swami: By the sight of Lord Caitanya, they became purified and seeing the golden form of Lord Gaura they became overwhelmed with spiritual loving ecstasy.
Caitanya Maṅgala, Śeṣa-khaṇḍa 1.7
sumerusundara tanu-bāhu jānu-sama
siṁhagrīva, kambukaṇṭha, sudīrgha-locana
Jayapatākā Swami: The body was beautiful golden color, like the Mount Sumeru with His auspicious arms leading upt o His knees and His waist thin like a lion, His broad shoulders and His long eyes extending almost to His ears and His neck lined up like a conchshell.
Caitanya Maṅgala, Śeṣa-khaṇḍa 1.8
dekhite dekhite hiyā-ānanda bāḍhila
ei kṛṣṇa gauracandra niścaya jānila
Jayapatākā Swami: By looking again and again at Lord Caitanya, the transcendental ecstasy in their heart increased. They were convinced that this Lord Gauracandra was actually Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa Himself.
Caitanya Maṅgala, Śeṣa-khaṇḍa 1.9
hā hā mahāprabhu! bali’paḍilā caraṇe
sarvaloka kānde tāra premāra kāndane
Jayapatākā Swami: Expressing a deep emotion, Ha Gaurāṅga! Ha Gaurāṅga, they fell at the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya. All the people cried.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.42
vipraḥ: tatraiva kaścid vāsudeva-nāmā vipro galat-kuṣṭhaḥ kuṣṭha-kṛmi-nikara-karambita-bahala-rudhira-rasā-pūja-klinna-sarvāṅgaḥ kadācit panīpatyamānān kṛmīn utthāpya tatraiva niveśayann anudvigne bhagavan-magna-manā iva kenāpy akathito’pi svayam eva bhagavatāprāpi | anataram avilambenaiva cira-kāla-labdha-parama-suhṛd iva gāḍhataram āyatābhyāṁ bhujābhyām ayaṁ tathāvidha eva paryarambhi | samanataraṁ tena vipreṇa—
Brāhmaṇa: In that place lived a brāhmaṇa named Vasudeva who was afflicted with leprosy. All his limbs were covered with worms, blood and pus. He suffered acutely. Whenever a worm fell from his body, he would pick it up and put it back. He was a great devotee, his mind always absorbed in thinking of the Lord. Still, he was humble and would never claim he was a great devotee. When Lord Chaitanya met him, He embraced him with His long arms as if he were a dear friend He had not seen for a long time. Then the brāhmaṇa quoted this verse from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam:
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.143
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.42
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.81.16) —
kvāhaṁ daridraḥ pāpīyān
kva kṛṣṇaḥ śrī-niketanaḥ
brahma-bandhur iti smāhaṁ
Translation: He said, “‘Who am I? A sinful, poor friend of a brāhmaṇa. And who is Kṛṣṇa? The Supreme Personality of Godhead, full in six opulences. Nonetheless, He has embraced me with His two arms.’”
Purport: This verse was spoken by Sudāmā brāhmaṇa in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.81.16), in connection with his meeting Lord Kṛṣṇa.
Jayapatākā Swami: So King Pratāparudra Mahārāja was eager to hear all the pastimes of Lord Caitanya and thus he was hearing how Lord Caitanya had embraced the leper and how the leper was quoting from the Śrīmad-bhāgavatam and how he was cured of his leprosy.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.144-145
bahu stuti kari’ kahe,—śuna, dayā-maya
jīve ei guṇa nāhi, tomāte ei haya
more dekhi’ mora gandhe palāya pāmara
hena-more sparśa’ tumi,—svatantra īśvara
Translation: The brāhmaṇa Vāsudeva 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.”
Jayapatākā Swami: The leper Vāsudeva is so much appreciative of the transcendental quality of mercy, of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Why he was lamenting is described here!
Caitanya Carita Mahā Kāvya 12.112
ity ādi padyaṁ paripaṭhya coce
nānugraho’yaṁ bata nigraho me
dainyaṁ kṛthā mā nirahaṅkṛtaḥ san
mām eṣyatīty antaradhāc ca devaḥ
Translation: Reciting this verse he said, “This is not mercy but punishment to me.” The Lord said, “Do not feel miserable. Devoid of pride, a person will attain me.” He then disappeared.
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 7.146
kintu āchilāṅ bhāla adhama hañā
ebe ahaṅkāra mora janmibe āsiyā
Translation: Being meek and humble, the brāhmaṇa Vāsudeva worried that he would become proud after being cured by the grace of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
Jayapatākā Swami: So Vāsudeva was worrying that being cured by the Lord, he might become proud and that thus he will fall down from the spiritual platform. But Lord Caitanya advised him that by being in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, he will be protected from his false pride.
Caitanya Candrodaya Nāṭaka 7.44
iti paṭhann eva sadyo’tidyoti-prakṛti-sundarāṅgaḥ samajani
Translation: After reciting this verse, he became at once cured of leprosy and his body became splendidly handsome.
tad anu punas tenoktam—bhagavan ! katham ayam īdṛśo me nigrahaḥ kṛtaḥ ? tathāvidhena mayā āmayāvinā vinā duḥkhaṁ nirudvegena sthitam | samprati sampratipadyamāna-mānatayā sarvā eva mano-vṛttaya uttiṣṭheyuḥ |
He then said: “My Lord, how did I get a body like this? My body was overtaken by disease and now it is completely cured. I am afraid that now my mind will become filled with pride. And I will be again attracted to the material world.”
bhagavatoktam—brahman! na punas te bhagavad-anusmaraṇam antareṇa manaso bāhya-vyāpārā bhaviṣyanti | tad alam udvegeneti |
The Lord then said: “O brāhmaṇa, never again will you forget the Lord and never again will your heart become involved in the external things of this world. Why should you be anxious?”
Jayapatākā Swami: So, Lord Caitanya not only cured the leprosy of Vasudeva brahmana, but he also cured him from the material attractions of this world.
Transcribed and Verified by JPS Archives team, 15th January 2021