Chaitanya Bhagavata

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

The Chaitanya Bhagavata 2.19.106, 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 106 of Madhya-khanda chapter 19—“The Lord’s Pastimes in Advaita’s House”.

Bengali text, Devanagari and Unicode transliteration of verse 2.19.106:

বিশ্বরূপ-ক্ষৌরের দিবস দুই আছে লুকাইযা চলিলা, দেখযে কেহ পাছে ॥ ১০৬ ॥

विश्वरूप-क्षौरेर दिवस दुइ आछे लुकाइया चलिला, देखये केह पाछे ॥ १०६ ॥

viśvarūpa-kṣaurera divasa dui āche lukāiyā calilā, dekhaye keha pāche || 106 ||

visvarupa-ksaurera divasa dui ache lukaiya calila, dekhaye keha pache (106)

English translation:

(106) Two days before the observance of Viśvarūpa-kṣaura, the Lord departed secretly, so that He would not be seen by others.

Commentary: Gauḍīya-bhāṣya by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura:

The phrase viśvarūpa-kṣaura is explained as follows: The ekadaṇḍi- sannyāsīs shave their heads on the full moon day of every second month. The observance of shaving that takes place at the middle of Cāturmāsya, after the first two months, is called “Viśvarūpa-kṣaura.” According to the regulations for Cāturmāsya, enjoyment like shaving the head is prohibited. But in the course of observing the vow of shaving the head every two months, there is a special allowance for ekadaṇḍi-sannyāsīs to shave their heads on the full moon day that falls in the month of Śrāvaṇa or Bhādra. This does not break their observance of Cāturmāsya. After the observance of Viśvarūpa-kṣaura, rituals like worshiping the spiritual master and recitation of the viśva-rūpa chapter of Bhagavad-gītā are prescribed. On the thirteenth day of the waxing moon Mahāprabhu left Kāśī in secret, unseen by ordinary people. The sannyāsīs of Kāśī knew that on the day of Viśvarūpa-kṣaura they would get the darśana of Śrī Caitanyadeva. The sannyāsīs thought that Śrī Caitanyadeva was a Māyāvādī sannyāsī like themselves, so when they came to know that Mahāprabhu had secretly left, even on the day of Viśvarūpa-kṣaura, they merged in an ocean of disappointment.

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