Lord-Chaitanya-at-Advaita's-house-Episode-5

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.

Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s Stay at the House of Advaita Ācārya:

At the end of His twenty-fourth year, in the month of Māgha, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu accepted the sannyāsa order during the waxing period of the moon from Śrīpada Keśava Bhāratī at Katwa.

Then Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu traveled continuously for three days in Rāḍha-deśa desiring to go to Vṛīndavana and by the trick of Nityānanda Prabhu, eventually came to the western side of Śāntipura. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was induced to believe that the river Ganges was the Yamunā. When He was worshiping the sacred river, Advaita Prabhu arrived in a boat.

Advaita Ācārya invited the Lord to His house by saying, “At home I have just cooked one palmful of rice. The vegetables are always very simple. There is no luxurious cooking —simply a little liquid vegetable and spinach.” On the contrary, when the Lord arrived at Advaita Ācārya’s house He saw hundreds of pots of prasadam personally cooked by Mother Sītā.

Food preparations:

The cooked rice was a stack of very fine grains nicely cooked, and in the middle was yellow clarified butter from the milk of cows. Among the cooked vegetables were paṭolas, squash, mānakacu and a salad made with pieces of ginger and various types of spinach. There was sukhta, bitter melon mixed with all kinds of vegetables, defying the taste of nectar. There were five types of bitter and pungent sukhtas.

There was also a preparation known as kuṣmāṇḍa-mānacāki. The preparation made with coconut pulp mixed with curd and rock candy was very sweet. There was a curry made of banana flowers and squash boiled in milk, all in great quantity. There were small cakes in sweet and sour sauce and five or six kinds of sour preparations. There were soft cakes made with mung dhal, ripe bananas and urad dhal. There were various kinds of sweetmeats, condensed milk mixed with rice cakes, a coconut preparation and every kind of cake desirable. Indeed, it is not possible to describe all the preparations that were made.

Nityānanda Prabhu and Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu ate and spoke to Advaita Ācārya jokingly. After eating half of each vegetable preparation given to Him, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu abandoned it and went on to the next. In this way, with great affection Advaita Ācārya fed the Lord for a fortnight.

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s ecstatic dance:

As soon as it was evening, Advaita Ācārya began the congregational chanting. He even began to dance Himself, and the Lord saw the performance. When Advaita Ācārya began to dance, Nityānanda Prabhu began dancing behind Him and Haridāsa Ṭhākura, being very pleased, also joined. Later Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu also started dancing.

Tears fell from His eyes, and His whole body trembled. His bodily hairs stood on end, He perspired heavily, and His words faltered. Sometimes He stood, and sometimes He fell. And sometimes He cried. The transcendental ecstatic symptoms of disappointment, moroseness, pleasure, restlessness, pride and humility all began to fight like soldiers within the Lord. The entire body of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu began to totter due to the onslaught of various ecstatic symptoms. As a result, He fell to the ground, and His breathing almost stopped. Then, suddenly, the Lord got up and began to make thundering sounds.

No one could understand the strong waves of this ecstasy. For ten continuous days Advaita Ācārya served the Lord in this way without any change.

Next day in the morning Candraśekhara seated Śacīmātā in a palanquin. There all the Navadvīpa devotees, along with mother Śacīdevī, came to see Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. When she saw her son in sannyāsa, she lamented. After being pacified by the Lord, Śacīmātā took charge of the cooking, and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu dined in the company of all the devotees.

The supplies of Advaita Ācārya were inexhaustible. As many goods and commodities as He used, just as many again appeared.

Every day in the evening there was a mass saṅkīrtana at the house of Advaita Prabhu. After a few days mother Śacīdevī gave Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu permission to leave. She requested Him to make Jagannātha Purī, Nīlācala, His headquarters. Then, Advaita Ācārya respectfully requested Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu to remain for another two or four days and not to leave immediately for Jagannātha Purī.

Caitanya Mahāprabhu never violated the request of Advaita Ācārya; therefore He remained at His home. During the day the devotees discussed subject matters concerning Kṛṣṇa, and at night there was a great festival of congregational chanting at the house of Advaita Ācārya.

In this way all the opulences of Advaita Ācārya — His faith, devotion, home, riches and everything else — were successfully utilized in the worship of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

Śrī Advaita Ācārya sent four persons — Nityānanda Gosāñi, Jagadānanda Paṇḍita, Dāmodara Paṇḍita and Mukunda Datta — to accompany the Lord. The Lord, with them, went along the banks of the Ganges through the path of Chatrabhoga toward Nīlādri, Jagannātha Purī. 

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