Chaitanya Bhagavata

by Bhumipati Dāsa | 2008 | 1,349,850 words

The Chaitanya Bhagavata 2.16.141, English translation, including a commentary (Gaudiya-bhasya). This text is similair to the Caitanya-caritamrita and narrates the pastimes of Lord Caitanya, proclaimed to be the direct incarnation of Krishna (as Bhagavan) This is verse 141 of Madhya-khanda chapter 16—“The Lord’s Acceptance of Shuklambara’s Rice”.

Bengali text, Devanagari and Unicode transliteration of verse 2.16.141:

মুদ্রার সহিত নৈবেদ্যের যত বিধি বেদ-রূপে আপনে বলেন গুণ-নিধি ॥ ১৪১ ॥

मुद्रार सहित नैवेद्येर यत विधि वेद-रूपे आपने बलेन गुण-निधि ॥ १४१ ॥

mudrāra sahita naivedyera yata vidhi veda-rūpe āpane balena guṇa-nidhi || 141 ||

mudrara sahita naivedyera yata vidhi veda-rupe apane balena guna-nidhi (141)

English translation:

(141) The Lord, who is the reservoir of transcendental qualities, personally explained through the Vedas the rules for offering foods.

Commentary: Gauḍīya-bhāṣya by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura:

The rules for offering food to the Lord are explained as follows: One should chant the mantra astrāya phaṭ while sprinkling water on the offering and protect it by executing the cakra-mudrā. Thereafter one should dip his finger into water and chant the vāyu-bīja (yaṃ) ten times

and sprinkle that water on the offering. After purifying the dryness of the offering by this process, one should mentally place a vahni-bīja (raṃ) within the palm of his right hand and with his left hand below the right hand display it before the offering. With the fire arising from this, one should mentally burn the dryness of the offering. Thereafter one should mentally place an amṛta-bīja (ṭham) within his left palm. Then with the right hand below the left, display this before the offering. One should then sprinkle the nectar arising from this mudrā on the offering. After that one should sprinkle the previously purified water on the offering while chanting the mūla-mantra and consider that the entire offering is nectar. Then, touching the offering with one’s right hand, one should chant the mūla-mantra eight times. After that, while executing the dhenu- mudrā, one should consider that the offering is complete, and one should worship that offering along with Śrī Hari with ingredients such as water and sandalwood paste. Thereafter, taking a handful of flowers, one should worship Śrī Hari and pray as follows: “O Lord, let fire emanate from Your lotus mouth to accept this offering.” Thereafter one should consider that fire is emanating from the Lord’s mouth and contacting the offering. Then, touching the offering with one’s left hand and taking water with sandalwood pulp and flowers in one’s right hand and after chanting the mūla-mantra ending in svāhā, one should chant, śrī-kṛṣṇāya idaṃ naivedyaṃ kalpayāmi and throw the water with sandalwood pulp and flowers from his right hand to the ground. Thereafter one should offer the foodstuffs with tulasī to the Lord with appropriate mantras. The mantra for offering foods to the Lord is nivedayāmi bhavate juṣaṇedam havir hare. Then, chanting the mantra, amṛtopastaraṇam asi svāhā, one should appropriately offer water to the Lord for cleansing His hands and mouth and execute the grāsa-mudrāresembling a fully blossomed lotus.

Factually one should execute the five mudrās beginning with the prāṇa- mudrā with one’s right hand while chanting the five corresponding mantras that begin with oṃ and end in the fourth (dative) case and svāhā. Thereafter one should touch the two thumbs with the adjoining index

fingers, chant the appropriate mantras for offering, and execute the offering mudrā before the Lord. The mantra to be chanted while executing the offering mudrā is ṭhau namaḥ parāya avātmane ‘niruddhāya nivedyam-kalpayāmi. Persons who are engaged in devotional service to the Lord chant their worshipable mantra [Gāyatrī-mantras] and execute the grāsa-mudrāto offer the foodstuffs, but they do not meditate on fire emanating from the lotus mouth of Hari. The main point is that they joyfully feed Śrī Hari according to Vaiṣṇava etiquette. (See Hari- bhakti-vilāsa, Eighth Vilāsa)

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