Chaitanya Mangala

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This page relates Song 18 of the Vicitra-lila of the Madhya-khanda of the Chaitanya Mangala by Locana Dasa Thakura (1520 A.D.) translated into English. This book contains songs narrating the activities (pastimes) of Lord Chaitanya and represents a Sanskrit biography written as a narrative poem which can be sung in various ragas.

(Varāḍī rāga-Diśā)

Refrain: O! O! O! To chase away all calamities Lord Gaura filled the world with the treasure of ecstatic spiritual love.

93. Renouncing all grief, and accompanied by His followers, with a happy heart Lord Gaura-Harī went to Śrīvāsa’s home.

94. Lord Gaura sat down with Śrīvāsa, Haridāsa, and the other devotees. They all gazed at Lord Gaura’s face.

95. At that time Lord Mahāprabhu spoke to everyone there these confidential words: "Everyone please hear.

96. "Wealth, youth, and followers are all worthless for a person who does not worship Lord Kṛṣṇa’s eternal feet.

97. "As I stay in this world of birth and death My heart is scorched by flames of suffering. Although I have attained a valuable body like this one, I never served Lord Kṛṣṇa.

98. "In this world of birth and death a human body os very rare and difficult to attain. Why should a man or a woman worship Lord Kṛṣṇa?

99. "A person who does not worship Lord Kṛṣṇa wastes his valuable human body. His comfortable home is in vain. His activities as a husband, son, father, or mother all all vain.

100. "Someone has secretly told everyone that I will leave My family. I will go far away."

101. "I must stop this rumor. "What I have heard will make me die.

102. "Please hear, O Lord Mahāprabhu. No one speaks this rumor. I have not heard it from any mouth."

103. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, held Murāri. He gave him the gift of an embrace.

104. Embraced by the Lord, the physician Murārī was overcome. He forgot himself.

105. From head to foot the hairs of his body stood erect. He quoted this ancient verse (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.81.16):

106. kvāhaṃ daridraḥ pāpīyān kva kṛṣṇaḥ śrī-niketanaḥ brahma-bandhur itī smāhaṃ bāhubhyāṃ parirambhitaḥ

"He said, ‘Who am I? The sinful poor friend of a brāhmaṇa. And who is Kṛṣṇa? The Supreme Personality of Godhead full in siú opulences. Nonetheless He has embraced me with His two arms. "*

107. Hearing these words, Lord Gaura manifested a form effulgent like ten million suns.

108. Sitting on an āsana, Lord Gaura sweetly saidf: "I am spiritual, eternal, and full of bliss. Don’t think I am ever far from you."

109. Hearing these words, everyone was overcome with bliss. The hairs of their bodies stood erect.

110. Then saintly Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita performed an abhiṣeka ceremony, bathing Lord Gaura with Gaṅgā water.

111. After the abhiṣeka he rightly worshiped Lord Gaura. Lord Gaura, who is a treasure-house of all virtues, was pleased by His worship.

112. Everyone blissfully sang Lord Hari’s glories. Glancing at the devotees faces, Lord Gaura Rāya danced.

113. Placing Narahari’s lotus feet on his head, Locana dāsa describes these sweet pastimes of Lord Gaurāṅga.

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