Intimacy of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with Advaita Acharya

I offer my respectful obeisances to Śrī Advaita Ācārya, whose activities are all wonderful. By His mercy, even a foolish person can describe His characteristics.

Śrī Advaita Ācārya is indeed directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. His glories are as fathomless as millions of oceans and seas and beyond the conception of ordinary living beings. Speaking of its measure is a great offense.

Intimacy between Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu & Śrī Advaita Ācārya:

At Māyāpur:

Śrī Advaita Ācārya is a disciple of Śrī Mādhavendra Purī. Thinking Advaita Ācārya as His spiritual master, Lord Caitanya obeys Him, respecting Him, bows down at the His lotus feet with reverential prayers and devotion. Advaita Ācārya was greatly aggrieved by such behavior. Advaita Ācārya’s aspiration was to be a servant of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, not His spiritual master. He therefore devised a plan to antagonize the Lord.

Advaita Ācārya whimsically began to explain the path of philosophical speculation (Monism) in the midst of some unfortunate Māyāvādīs. When Caitanya Mahāprabhu heard about this, He immediately went there and in a very angry mood began to beat Advaita Ācārya. At that time, Advaita Ācārya, greatly pleased, began to dance, saying, “Just see how My desire has now been fulfilled! Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu used to treat Me honorably for so long, but now He is treating Me neglectfully. This is My reward. His affection for Me is so great that He wanted to save Me from the hands of the Māyāvādīs.” Hearing this statement, Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu was somewhat ashamed, but He was very pleased with Advaita Ācārya.

We can recall one more instance to understand the intimacy of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu with Advaita Ācārya. When Viśvarūpa (eldest son of mother Śacī) took sannyāsa, Śacīmātā thought that Advaita Ācārya had persuaded Him to do so. Therefore she accused Advaita Ācārya of this, which was an offense at His lotus feet.

One day Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was sitting on the throne of Viṣṇu in the house of Śrīvāsa Prabhu, and in a mood of His own He said, “My mother has offended the lotus feet of Advaita Ācārya. Unless she nullifies this offense at the lotus feet of a Vaiṣṇava, it will not be possible for her to achieve love of Kṛṣṇa.” Hearing this, all the devotees went to bring Advaita Ācārya there. While coming to see the Lord, Advaita Ācārya was glorifying the characteristics of mother Śacīdevī, and thus upon arriving He fell down on the ground in ecstasy. Then, under the instruction of Lord Caitanya, Śacīdevī took advantage of this situation to touch Advaita Ācārya’s lotus feet. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was very much pleased by His mother’s action, and He said, “Now My mother’s offense at the lotus feet of Advaita Ācārya has been rectified, and she may have love of Kṛṣṇa without difficulty.”

Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu has great love for Śrī Advaita Ācārya. He cannot tolerate any word against Him.

At Jagannātha Purī:

During the Ratha-yātrā festival all devotees from Bengal used to come to Jagannath Puri and stay for four months.

After visiting the temple of Lord Jagannatha, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu would then go to meet Haridāsa Ṭhākura and return to His residence. Sitting in His room, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu would chant on His beads, and Advaita Prabhu would come there to worship the Lord.

While worshiping Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Advaita Ācārya would offer Him scented water to wash His mouth and feet. Then He would smear very fragrant sandalwood pulp all over His body and offer a flower garland around the Lord’s neck and tulasī flowers [mañjarīs] on His head. Then, with folded hands, Advaita Ācārya would offer obeisances and prayers unto the Lord.

After being worshiped by Advaita Ācārya, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu would take the dish containing flowers and tulasī and, with whatever paraphernalia remained, worship Advaita Ācārya by chanting the mantra “Whatever You are, You are – but I offer My respects unto You.” In addition, the Lord would make some sounds within His mouth that would make Advaita Ācārya laugh.

In this way Advaita Ācārya and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu would offer Their respectful obeisances unto each other. No one were able to understand their intimacy.

Advaita Ācārya is the foremost and most intimate devotee of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Indeed the Lord never disobeyed any kind of proposal made by Advaita Ācārya. For the Lord is always subservient of His devotees. 

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