Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 12 Summary
In his Amrta-pravaha-bhasya, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura summarizesthis chapter as follows. The King of Orissa, Maharaja Prataparudra,tried his best to see Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Srila Nityananda Prabhu andthe other devotees informed the Lord about the King’s desire, but SriCaitanya Mahaprabhu would not agree to see him. At that time Sri NityanandaPrabhu devised a plan, and He sent a piece of the Lord’s outward garmentto the King. The next day, when Ramananda Raya again entreated SriCaitanya Mahaprabhu to see the King, the Lord, denying the request, askedRamananda Raya to bring the King’s son before Him. The prince visited theLord dressed like a Vaisnava, and this awakened remembrance of Krsna. Thus SriCaitanya Mahaprabhu delivered the son of Maharaja Prataparudra.
After this, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu washed the Gundica temple before the Ratha-yatra took place. He then took His bath at Indradyumna Lakeand partook of prasadam in the garden nearby. While Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu washed the temple of Gundica, a Gaudiya Vaisnava washed the lotus feet of the Lord and drank the water. This incident is very significant,for it awoke within the devotee ecstatic love. Then the son of AdvaitaPrabhu named Gopala fainted during kirtana, and when he did not come to hissenses, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu favored him by awakening him. There was alsosome humorous talk between Nityananda Prabhu and Advaita Prabhu duringprasadam. Advaita Prabhu said that Nityananda Prabhu was unknown to anyoneand that it was not the duty of a householder brahmana to accept dinner with aperson unknown in society. In answer to this humorous statement, SriNityananda Prabhu replied that Advaita Acarya was a monist and that one couldnot know how his mind could be turned by eating with such an impersonalist.The conversation of these two prabhus – Nityananda Prabhu and AdvaitaPrabhu – carried a deep meaning that only an intelligent man can understand.After all the Vaisnavas finished their luncheon, Svarupa Damodara andothers took their prasadam within the room. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu took greatpleasure when He saw the Jagannatha Deity after the period of the Deity’sretirement. At that time Lord Caitanya was accompanied by all the devotees, andall of them were very pleased.
Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 12 – The Cleansing of theGundica Temple CC Madhya 12.1: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu washed and cleansed theGundica temple with His devotees and associates. In this way He made it ascool and bright as His own heart, and thus He made the temple a befittingplace for Lord Sri Krsna to sit.
CC Madhya 12.2: All glories to Gauracandra! All glories toNityananda! All
glories to Advaitacandra! And all glories to all the devotees ofLord Sri
CC Madhya 12.3: All glories to the devotees of Lord Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu,
headed by Srivasa Thakura! I beg their power so that I can properlydescribe
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CC Madhya 12.4: When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu returned from HisSouth Indian
tour, Maharaja Prataparudra, the King of Orissa, became veryanxious to meet
CC Madhya 12.5: The King sent a letter from his capital, Kataka,to
Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, entreating him to obtain the Lord spermission so
that he could go and see Him.
CC Madhya 12.6: Replying to the King s letter, the Bhattacaryawrote that
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had not given His permission. After this,the King
wrote him another letter.
CC Madhya 12.7: In this letter the King requested SarvabhaumaBhattacarya,
“Please appeal to all the devotees associated with Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu
and submit this petition to them on my behalf.
CC Madhya 12.8: “If all the devotees associated with the Lord arefavorably
disposed toward me, they can submit my petition at the lotus feetof the
CC Madhya 12.9: “By the mercy of all the devotees, one can attainthe
shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord. Without His mercy, mykingdom does
not appeal to me.
CC Madhya 12.10: “If Gaurahari, Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, willnot show
mercy to me, I shall give up my kingdom, become a mendicant and begfrom
door to door.”
CC Madhya 12.11: When the Bhattacarya received this letter, hebecame very
anxious. He then took the letter and went to the devotees of theLord.
CC Madhya 12.12: Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya met with all the devoteesand
described the King s wishes. Then he presented the letter to all ofthem for
CC Madhya 12.13: Upon reading the letter, everyone was astonishedto see
that King Prataparudra had so much devotion for the lotus feet ofSri
CC Madhya 12.14: The devotees gave their opinion and said, “TheLord will
never meet the King, and if we requested Him to do so, the Lordwould surely
feel very unhappy.”
CC Madhya 12.15: Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya then said, “We shall goonce again
to the Lord, but we shall not request Him to meet the King. Rather,we shall
simply describe the good behavior of the King.”
CC Madhya 12.16: Having thus reached a decision, they all went tothe place
of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. There, although ready to speak, theycould not
even utter a word.
CC Madhya 12.17: After they arrived at Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu splace, the
Lord, seeing them, said, “What have you all come here to say I seethat you
want to say something, but you do not speak. What is thereason”
CC Madhya 12.18: Nityananda Prabhu then said, “We want to tellYou
something. Although we cannot stay without speaking, we are stillvery much
afraid to speak.
CC Madhya 12.19: “We want to submit before You something that mayor may not
be befitting. The matter is this: unless he sees You, the King ofOrissa
will become a mendicant.”
CC Madhya 12.20: Nityananda Prabhu continued, “The King has decidedto
become a mendicant and accept the sign of a mendicant by wearing anivory
earring. He does not want to enjoy his kingdom without seeing thelotus feet
of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.”
CC Madhya 12.21: Nityananda Prabhu continued, “The King alsoexpressed his
desire to see the moonlike face of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to hiseyes full
satisfaction. He would like to raise the lotus feet of the Lord tohis
CC Madhya 12.22: Hearing all these statements, Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu s
mind was certainly softened, but externally He wished to speak someharsh
CC Madhya 12.23: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “I can understandthat you
all desire to take Me to Kataka to see the King.”
CC Madhya 12.24: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu continued, “What to speakof
spiritual advancement – all the people will blaspheme Me. And whatto speak
of all the people – Damodara would chastise Me.
CC Madhya 12.25: “I shall not meet the King at the request of allthe
devotees, but I shall do so if Damodara will give hispermission.”
CC Madhya 12.26: Damodara immediately replied, “My Lord, You arethe fully
independent Supreme Personality of Godhead. Since everything isknown to
You, You know what is permissible and what is not permissible.
CC Madhya 12.27: “I am merely an insignificant jiva, so what powerdo I have
to give directions to You By Your own personal choice You will meetwith the
King. I shall see it.
CC Madhya 12.28: “The King is very much attached to You, and Youare feeling
affection and love toward him. Thus I can understand that by virtueof the
King s affection for You, You will touch him.
CC Madhya 12.29: “Although You are the Supreme Personality ofGodhead and
are completely independent, still You are dependent on the loveand
affection of Your devotees. That is Your nature.”
CC Madhya 12.30: Nityananda Prabhu then said, “Who is there in thethree
worlds who can ask You to see the King
CC Madhya 12.31: “Still, isn t it the nature of an attached man togive up
his life if he does not attain his desired object
CC Madhya 12.32: “For instance, some of the wives of the brahmanaswho were
performing sacrifices gave up their lives in the presence of theirhusbands
for the sake of Krsna.”
CC Madhya 12.33: Nityananda Prabhu then submitted one suggestionfor the
Lord s consideration. “There is a way,” He suggested, “by which Youneed not
meet the King but which would enable the King to continueliving.
CC Madhya 12.34: “If You, out of Your mercy, send one of Your outergarments
to the King, the King would live hoping to see You some time in thefuture.”
CC Madhya 12.35: The Lord said, “Since you are all very learned
personalities, whatever you decide I shall accept.”
CC Madhya 12.36: Lord Nityananda Prabhu then obtained an externalgarment
used by the Lord by requesting it from Govinda.
CC Madhya 12.37: Thus Nityananda Prabhu delivered the old clothinto the
care of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, and Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya sentit to the
CC Madhya 12.38: When the King received the old cloth, he began toworship
it exactly as he would worship the Lord personally.
CC Madhya 12.39: After returning from his service in South India,Ramananda
Raya requested the King to allow him to remain with Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu.
CC Madhya 12.40: When Ramananda Raya requested the King to allowhim to stay
with the Lord, the King immediately gave him permission withgreat
satisfaction. As for the King himself, he began to solicitRamananda Raya to
make a meeting arrangement.
CC Madhya 12.41: The King told Ramananda Raya, “Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu is
very, very merciful to you. Therefore please solicit my meetingwith Him
CC Madhya 12.42: The King and Ramananda Raya returned togetherto
Jagannathaksetra [Puri], and Sri Ramananda Raya met Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu.
CC Madhya 12.43: At that time, Ramananda Raya informed SriCaitanya
Mahaprabhu about the ecstatic love of the King. Indeed, as soon asthere was
some opportunity, he repeatedly informed the Lord about theKing.
CC Madhya 12.44: Sri Ramananda Raya was indeed a diplomaticminister for the
King. His general behavior was very expert, and simply bydescribing the
King s love for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, he gradually softened theLord s
CC Madhya 12.45: Maharaja Prataparudra, in great anxiety, could notendure
not seeing the Lord; therefore Sri Ramananda Raya, by hisdiplomacy,
arranged a meeting with the Lord for the King.
CC Madhya 12.46: Sri Ramananda Raya frankly requested SriCaitanya
Mahaprabhu, “Please show Your lotus feet to the King at leastonce.”
CC Madhya 12.47: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu replied, “My dearRamananda, you
should make this request after duly considering whether it isbefitting for
a sannyasi to meet a king.
CC Madhya 12.48: “If a mendicant meets a king, this world and thenext world
are both destroyed for the mendicant. Indeed, what is there to sayof the
next world In this world, people will joke if a sannyasi meets aking.”
CC Madhya 12.49: Ramananda Raya replied, “My Lord, You are thesupreme
independent personality. You have nothing to fear from anyonebecause You
are not dependent on anyone.”
CC Madhya 12.50: When Ramananda Raya addressed Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu as
the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Caitanya Mahaprabhu objected,saying, “I
am not the Supreme Personality of Godhead but an ordinary humanbeing.
Therefore I must fear public opinion in three ways – with My body,mind and
CC Madhya 12.51: “As soon as the general public finds a littlefault in the
behavior of a sannyasi, they advertise it like wildfire. A blackspot of ink
cannot be hidden on a white cloth. It is always veryprominent.”
CC Madhya 12.52: Ramananda Raya replied, “My dear Lord, You havedelivered
so many sinful people. This King Prataparudra, the King of Orissa,is
actually a servitor of the Lord and Your devotee.”
CC Madhya 12.53: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then said, “There may bemuch milk
in a big pot, but if it is contaminated by a drop of liquor, itis
CC Madhya 12.54: “The King certainly possesses all good qualities,but
simply by taking up the name king, he has infected everything.
CC Madhya 12.55: “But if you are still very eager for the King tomeet with
Me, please first bring his son to meet Me.
CC Madhya 12.56: “It is indicated in the revealed scriptures thatthe son
represents the father; therefore the son s meeting with Me would bejust as
good as the King s meeting with Me.”
CC Madhya 12.57: Ramananda Raya then went to inform the King abouthis talks
with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and, following the Lord s orders,brought the
King s son to see Him.
CC Madhya 12.58: The prince, just entering upon his youth, wasvery
beautiful. He was blackish in complexion and had large lotuseyes.
CC Madhya 12.59: The prince was dressed in yellow cloth, and therewere
jeweled ornaments decorating his body. Therefore anyone who saw himwould
remember Lord Krsna.
CC Madhya 12.60: Seeing the boy, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhuimmediately
remembered Krsna. Meeting the boy in ecstatic love, the Lord beganto speak.
CC Madhya 12.61: “Here is a great devotee,” Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhusaid.
“Upon seeing him, everyone can remember the Supreme Personality ofGodhead,
Krsna, son of Maharaja Nanda.”
CC Madhya 12.62: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu continued, “I have becomevery much
obligated just by seeing this boy.” After saying this, the Lordagain
embraced the prince.
CC Madhya 12.63: As soon as the prince was touched by Lord SriCaitanya
Mahaprabhu, symptoms of ecstatic love immediately manifestedthemselves in
his body. These symptoms included perspiration, trembling, tears,being
stunned and jubilation.
CC Madhya 12.64: The boy began to cry and dance, and he chanted,”Krsna!
Krsna!” Upon seeing his bodily symptoms and his chanting anddancing, all
the devotees praised him for his great spiritual fortune.
CC Madhya 12.65: At that time, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu calmed theyouth and
ordered him to come there daily to meet Him.
CC Madhya 12.66: Ramananda Raya and the boy then departed from SriCaitanya
Mahaprabhu, and Ramananda took him back to the King s palace. TheKing was
very happy when he heard of his son s activities.
CC Madhya 12.67: Just by embracing his son, the King was filledwith
ecstatic love, just as if he had touched Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhudirectly.
CC Madhya 12.68: From then on, the fortunate prince was one of themost
intimate devotees of the Lord.
CC Madhya 12.69: Thus Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu acted in the societyof His
pure devotees, performing His pastimes and spreading the sankirtana
CC Madhya 12.70: Some of the prominent devotees like Advaita Acaryaused to
invite Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to take His meals at their homes.The Lord
accepted such invitations accompanied by His devotees.
CC Madhya 12.71: In this way, the Lord passed some days in greatjubilation.
Then the car festival of Lord Jagannatha approached.
CC Madhya 12.72: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu first of all called forKas i Mis
ra, then for the superintendent of the temple, then forSarvabhauma
CC Madhya 12.73: When these three people came before the Lord, Hebegged
them for permission to wash the temple known as Gundica.
CC Madhya 12.74: Upon hearing the Lord s request for permission towash the
Gundica temple, the padicha, the superintendent of thetemple, said, “My
dear Sir, we are all Your servants. Whatever You desire is our dutyto
CC Madhya 12.75: “The King gave a special order for me to dowithout delay
whatever Your Lordship orders.
CC Madhya 12.76: “My dear Lord, washing the temple is not servicebefitting
You. Nonetheless, if You wish to do so, it is to be accepted as oneof Your
CC Madhya 12.77: “To wash the temple, You need many waterpots andbrooms.
Therefore order me. I can immediately bring all these things toYou.”
CC Madhya 12.78: As soon as the superintendent understood thedesire of the
Lord, he immediately delivered a hundred new waterpots and ahundred brooms
for sweeping the temple.
CC Madhya 12.79: The next day, early in the morning, the Lord tookHis
personal associates with Him and, with His own hand, smearedsandalwood pulp
on their bodies.
CC Madhya 12.80: He then gave each devotee a broom with His ownhand, and
taking all of them personally with Him, the Lord went toGundica.
CC Madhya 12.81: In this way the Lord and His associates went tocleanse the
Gundica temple. At first they cleansed the temple with thebrooms.
CC Madhya 12.82: The Lord cleansed everything inside the templevery nicely,
including the ceiling. He then took up the sitting place[simhasana],
cleansed it and again put it in its original place.
CC Madhya 12.83: Thus the Lord and His companions cleansed andswept all the
temple s buildings, big and small, and finally cleansed the areabetween the
temple and the kirtana hall.
CC Madhya 12.84: Indeed, hundreds of devotees were engaged incleansing all
around the temple, and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was personallycarrying out
the operation just to instruct others.
CC Madhya 12.85: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu washed and cleansed thetemple in
great jubilation, chanting the holy name of Lord Krsna all thetime.
Similarly, all the devotees were also chanting and at the sametime
performing their respective duties.
CC Madhya 12.86: The entire beautiful body of the Lord was coveredwith dust
and dirt. In this way it became transcendentally beautiful. Attimes, when
cleansing the temple, the Lord shed tears, and in some places Heeven
cleansed with those tears.
CC Madhya 12.87: After this, the place where the Deity s food waskept
[bhogamandira] was cleansed. Then the yard was cleansed, and thenall the
residential quarters, one after the other.
CC Madhya 12.88: After Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu collected all thestraw, dust
and grains of sand in one place, He gathered it all in His clothand threw
CC Madhya 12.89: Following the example of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu,all the
devotees, in great jubilation, began to gather straws and dust withtheir
own cloths and throw them outside the temple.
CC Madhya 12.90: The Lord then told the devotees, “I can tell howmuch you
have labored and how well you have cleansed the temple simply byseeing all
the straw and dust you have collected outside.”
CC Madhya 12.91: Even though all the devotees collected dirt in onepile,
the dirt collected by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was much greater.
CC Madhya 12.92: After the inside of the temple was cleansed, theLord again
allotted areas for the devotees to cleanse.
CC Madhya 12.93: The Lord then ordered everyone to cleanse theinside of the
temple very perfectly by taking finer dust, straws and grains ofsand and
throwing them outside.
CC Madhya 12.94: After Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and all theVaisnavas
cleansed the temple for the second time, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhuwas very
happy to see the cleansing work.
CC Madhya 12.95: While the temple was being swept, about a hundredmen stood
ready with filled waterpots, and they simply awaited the Lord sorder to
throw the water from them.
CC Madhya 12.96: As soon as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu called forwater, all
the men immediately brought the hundred waterpots, which werecompletely
filled, and delivered them before the Lord.
CC Madhya 12.97: In this way, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu first washedthe main
temple and then thoroughly washed the ceiling, the walls, thefloor, the
sitting place [simhasana] and everything else within the room.
CC Madhya 12.98: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself and His devoteesbegan to
throw water onto the ceiling. When this water fell, it washed thewalls and
CC Madhya 12.99: Then Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu began to wash thesitting
place of Lord Jagannatha with His own hands, and all the devoteesbegan to
bring water to the Lord.
CC Madhya 12.100: All the devotees within the temple began to wash.Each one
had a broom in his hand, and in this way they cleansed the templeof the
CC Madhya 12.101: Someone brought water to pour into the hands ofSri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and someone poured water on His lotusfeet.
CC Madhya 12.102: The water that fell from the lotus feet of SriCaitanya
Mahaprabhu was drunk by someone who hid himself. Someone elsebegged for
that water, and another person was giving that water incharity.
CC Madhya 12.103: After the room was washed, the water was let outthrough
an outlet, and it then flowed and filled the yard outside.
CC Madhya 12.104: The Lord mopped the rooms with His own clothes,and He
polished the throne with them also.
CC Madhya 12.105: In this way all the rooms were cleansed with ahundred
waterpots. After the rooms had been cleansed, the minds of thedevotees were
as clean as the rooms.
CC Madhya 12.106: When the temple was cleansed, it was purified,cool and
pleasing, just as if the Lord s own pure mind had appeared.
CC Madhya 12.107: Since hundreds of men were engaged in bringingwater from
the lake, there was no place to stand on the banks. Consequentlysomeone
began to draw water from a well.
CC Madhya 12.108: Hundreds of devotees brought water in the pots,and
hundreds took the empty pots away to fill them up again.
CC Madhya 12.109: With the exception of Nityananda Prabhu, AdvaitaAcarya,
Svarupa Damodara, Brahmananda Bharati and Paramananda Puri,everyone was
engaged in filling the waterpots and bringing them there.
CC Madhya 12.110: Many of the waterpots were broken when peoplecollided
with one another, and hundreds of men had to bring new waterpots tofill.
CC Madhya 12.111: Some people were filling the pots, and otherswere washing
the rooms, but everyone was engaged in chanting the holy name ofKrsna and
CC Madhya 12.112: One person begged for a waterpot by chanting theholy
names “Krsna, Krsna,” and another delivered a pot while chanting”Krsna,
CC Madhya 12.113: Whenever anyone had to speak, he did so byuttering the
holy name of Krsna. Consequently, the holy name of Krsna becamean
indication for everyone who wanted something.
CC Madhya 12.114: As Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was vibrating the holyname of
Krsna in ecstatic love, He Himself was performing the work ofhundreds of
CC Madhya 12.115: It appeared as though Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhuwere
cleansing and washing with a hundred hands. He approached everydevotee just
to teach him how to work.
CC Madhya 12.116: When He saw someone doing nicely, the Lordpraised him,
but if He saw that someone was not working to His satisfaction,He
immediately chastised that person, not bearing him any grudge.
CC Madhya 12.117: The Lord would say, “You have done well. Pleaseteach this
to others so that they may act in the same way.”
CC Madhya 12.118: As soon as they heard Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu saythis,
everyone became ashamed. Thus the devotees began to work withgreat
CC Madhya 12.119: They washed the Jagamohana area and then theplace where
food was kept. All other places were also washed.
CC Madhya 12.120: In this way the meeting place was washed, theentire yard,
the raised sitting places, the kitchen and every other room.
CC Madhya 12.121: Thus all places around the temple were thoroughlywashed
within and without.
CC Madhya 12.122: After everything was thoroughly washed, aVaisnava from
Bengal, who was very intelligent and simple, came and poured wateron the
lotus feet of the Lord.
CC Madhya 12.123: The Gaudiya Vaisnava then took that water anddrank it
himself. Seeing that, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu felt a little unhappyand was
also outwardly angry.
CC Madhya 12.124: Although the Lord was certainly satisfied withhim, He
became angry externally in order to establish the etiquette ofreligious
CC Madhya 12.125: The Lord then called for Svarupa Damodara andtold him,
“Just see the behavior of your Bengali Vaisnava.
CC Madhya 12.126: “This person from Bengal has washed My feetwithin the
temple of the Personality of Godhead. Not only that, but he hasdrunk the
CC Madhya 12.127: “I now do not know what My destination is becauseof this
offense. Indeed, your Bengali Vaisnava has greatly implicatedMe.”
CC Madhya 12.128: At this point Svarupa Damodara Gosvami caught theGaudiya
Vaisnava by the neck and, giving him a little push, ejected himfrom the
Gundica Puri temple and made him stay outside.
CC Madhya 12.129: After Svarupa Damodara Gosvami returned withinthe temple,
he requested Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to excuse that innocentperson.
CC Madhya 12.130: After this incident, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wasvery
satisfied. He then asked all of the devotees to sit down in twolines on
CC Madhya 12.131: The Lord then personally sat down in the middleand picked
up all kinds of straw, grains of sand and dirty things.
CC Madhya 12.132: While Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was picking up thestraws
and grains of sand, He said, “I shall gather everyone s collection,and I
shall ask whoever has collected less than all the others to pay afine of
sweet cakes and sweet rice.”
CC Madhya 12.133: In this way all the quarters of the Gundica temple were
completely cleansed and cleared. All quarters were cool andspotless, like
one s cleansed and pacified mind.
CC Madhya 12.134: When the water from the different rooms wasfinally let
out through the halls, it appeared as if new rivers were rushingout to meet
the waters of the ocean.
CC Madhya 12.135: Outside the gateway of the temple, all the roadswere also
cleansed, and no one could tell exactly how this was done.
CC Madhya 12.136: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu also cleansed the Nrsimhatemple
inside and outside. Finally, He rested a few minutes and then begandancing.
CC Madhya 12.137: All around Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu all thedevotees
performed congregational chanting. The Lord, just like a maddenedlion,
danced in the middle.
CC Madhya 12.138: As usual, when Caitanya Mahaprabhu danced, therewere
perspiration, trembling, fading, tears, jubilation and roaring.Indeed, the
tears from His eyes washed His body and those before Him.
CC Madhya 12.139: In this way Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu washed thebodies of
all the devotees with the tears from His eyes. The tears pouredlike the
rains in the month of Sravana.
CC Madhya 12.140: The sky was filled with the great and loudchanting of san
kirtana, and the earth shook from the jumping and dancing of LordCaitanya
CC Madhya 12.141: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu always liked the loudchanting of
Svarupa Damodara. Therefore when Svarupa Damodara sang, SriCaitanya
Mahaprabhu danced and jumped high in jubilation.
CC Madhya 12.142: The Lord thus chanted and danced for some time.Finally,
understanding the circumstances, He stopped.
CC Madhya 12.143: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then ordered Sri Gopala,the son
of Advaita Acarya, to dance.
CC Madhya 12.144: While dancing in ecstatic love, Sri Gopalafainted and
fell to the ground unconscious.
CC Madhya 12.145: When Sri Gopala fainted, Advaita Acarya hastilytook him
upon His lap. Seeing that he was not breathing, He became verymuch
CC Madhya 12.146: Advaita Acarya and others began to chant the holyname of
Lord Nrsimha and sprinkle water. The roaring of the chant was sogreat that
it seemed to shake the entire universe.
CC Madhya 12.147: When the boy did not regain consciousness aftersome time,
Advaita Acarya and the other devotees began to cry.
CC Madhya 12.148: Then Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu placed His hand onthe chest
of Sri Gopala and said loudly, “Gopala, stand up.”
CC Madhya 12.149: As soon as Gopala heard the voice of SriCaitanya
Mahaprabhu, he immediately came to his senses. All the devoteesthen began
to dance, chanting the holy name of Hari.
CC Madhya 12.150: This incident has been described in detail byVrndavana
dasa Thakura. Therefore I have described it only in brief.
CC Madhya 12.151: After taking rest, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu andall the
devotees departed to take their baths.
CC Madhya 12.152: After bathing, the Lord stood on the bank of thelake and
put on dry garments. After offering obeisances to Lord Nrsimhadeva,whose
temple was nearby, the Lord entered a garden.
CC Madhya 12.153: In the garden, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu sat downwith the
other devotees. Vaninatha Raya then came and brought all kindsof
CC Madhya 12.154155: Kas i Mis ra and Tulasi, the superintendent ofthe
temple, brought as much prasadam as five hundred men could eat.Seeing the
large quantity of prasadam, which consisted of rice, cakes, sweetrice and a
variety of vegetables, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was verysatisfied.
CC Madhya 12.156: Among the devotees present with Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu
were Paramananda Puri, Brahmananda Bharati, Advaita Acarya andNityananda
CC Madhya 12.157: Acaryaratna, Acaryanidhi, Srivasa Thakura,Gadadhara
Pandita, San kara, Nandanacarya, Raghava Pandita and Vakres varawere also
CC Madhya 12.158: Receiving the permission of the Lord,Sarvabhauma
Bhattacarya sat down. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and all His devoteessat on
raised wooden seats.
CC Madhya 12.159: In this way all the devotees sat down to taketheir lunch
in consecutive lines, one beside the other.
CC Madhya 12.160: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was repeatedly calling,”Haridasa,
Haridasa,” and at that time Haridasa, standing at a distance, spokeas
CC Madhya 12.161: Haridasa Thakura said, “Let Lord Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu
take His lunch with the devotees. Since I am abominable, I cannotsit down
CC Madhya 12.162: “Govinda will give me prasadam later, outside thedoor.”
Understanding his mind, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not call himagain.
CC Madhya 12.163164: Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, Jagadananda,Damodara
Pandita, Kas is vara, Gopinatha, Vaninatha and San karadistributed
prasadam, and the devotees chanted the holy names at intervals.
CC Madhya 12.165: Lord Sri Krsna had previously taken His lunch inthe
forest, and that very pastime was remembered by Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu.
CC Madhya 12.166: Just by remembering the pastimes of Lord SriKrsna, Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu was agitated by ecstatic love. But consideringthe time
and circumstance, He remained somewhat patient.
CC Madhya 12.167: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “You can give Methe
ordinary vegetable known as laphravyañjana, and you may deliver toall the
devotees better preparations like cakes, sweet rice andamrtagutika.”
CC Madhya 12.168: Since Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is omniscient,He knew
what types of preparations each person liked. He therefore hadSvarupa
Damodara deliver these preparations to each devotee to his full
CC Madhya 12.169: Jagadananda went to distribute prasadam, andsuddenly he
placed all the firstclass preparations on the plate of SriCaitanya
CC Madhya 12.170: When such nice prasadam was put on the plate ofSri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Lord was outwardly very angry.Nonetheless, when
the preparations were placed on His plate sometimes by tricks andsometimes
by force, the Lord was satisfied.
CC Madhya 12.171: When the food was thus delivered, Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu
looked at it for some time. Being afraid of Jagadananda, He finallyate
CC Madhya 12.172: The Lord knew that if He did not eat the foodoffered by
Jagadananda, Jagadananda would certainly fast. Being afraid ofthis, Lord
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu ate some of the prasadam he offered.
CC Madhya 12.173: Svarupa Damodara Gosvami then brought someexcellent
sweetmeats and, standing before the Lord, offered them to Him.
CC Madhya 12.174: Svarupa Damodara Gosvami then said, “Just take alittle of
this mahaprasadam, and see how it is that Lord Jagannatha hasaccepted it.”
CC Madhya 12.175: Upon saying this, Svarupa Damodara Gosvami placedsome
food before the Lord, and the Lord, out of affection, ate it.
CC Madhya 12.176: Svarupa Damodara and Jagadananda again and againoffered
the Lord some food. Thus they behaved affectionately with the Lord.This was
very, very uncommon.
CC Madhya 12.177: The Lord made Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya sit on Hisleft
side, and when Sarvabhauma saw the behavior of Svarupa Damodaraand
Jagadananda, he smiled.
CC Madhya 12.178: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu also wanted tooffer
Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya firstclass food; therefore, out ofaffection, He had
the servers put firstclass food on his plate again and again.
CC Madhya 12.179: Gopinatha Acarya also brought firstclass food andoffered
it to Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya while speaking sweet words.
CC Madhya 12.180: After serving the Bhattacarya with firstclassprasadam,
Gopinatha Acarya said, “Just consider what the Bhattacarya sprevious
mundane behavior was! Just consider how at present he isenjoying
CC Madhya 12.181: Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya replied to GopinathaAcarya, “I
was simply a less intelligent logician. But by your grace I havereceived
this opulence of perfection.
CC Madhya 12.182: “But for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu,” SarvabhaumaBhattacarya
continued, “who is so merciful He has converted a crow into aGaruda. Who
could be so merciful
CC Madhya 12.183: “In the association of the jackals known aslogicians, I
simply continued to bark a resounding bheu bheu. Now, from the samemouth I
am chanting the holy names Krsna and Hari.
CC Madhya 12.184: “Whereas I once associated with the disciples oflogic,
all nondevotees, I am now merged in the waves of the nectareanocean of the
association of devotees.”
CC Madhya 12.185: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said to SarvabhaumaBhattacarya,
“From your previous birth you have been in Krsna consciousness.Thus you
love Krsna so much that simply by your association we are alldeveloping
CC Madhya 12.186: Thus there is no one within these three worlds -save for
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu – who is always so willing to increase theglories
of the devotees and give them satisfaction.
CC Madhya 12.187: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then took all theremnants of food
offered to Jagannatha, such as cakes and sweet rice, anddistributed them to
all the other devotees, calling them individually.
CC Madhya 12.188: Sri Advaita Acarya and Nityananda Prabhu sat sideby side,
and when prasadam was being distributed They engaged in a type ofmock
CC Madhya 12.189: First Advaita Acarya said, “I am sitting in linewith an
unknown mendicant, and because I am eating with Him, I do not knowwhat kind
of destination is awaiting Me.
CC Madhya 12.190: “Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is in the renouncedorder of
life. Consequently He does not recognize discrepancies. As a matterof fact,
a sannyasi is not affected by eating food from anywhere andeverywhere.
CC Madhya 12.191: “According to the s astras, there is nodiscrepancy in a
sannyasi s eating at another s house. But for a householderbrahmana, this
kind of eating is faulty.
CC Madhya 12.192: “It is not proper for householders to dine withthose
whose previous birth, family, character and behavior areunknown.”
CC Madhya 12.193: Nityananda Prabhu immediately refuted SrilaAdvaita
Acarya, saying, “You are a teacher of impersonal monism, and themonistic
conclusion is a great hindrance to progressive, pure devotionalservice.
CC Madhya 12.194: “One who participates in Your impersonalmonistic
philosophy does not accept anything but the one Brahman.”
CC Madhya 12.195: Nityananda Prabhu continued, “You are such amonist! And
now I am eating beside You. I do not know how My mind will beaffected in
CC Madhya 12.196: Thus They both went on talking and praising oneanother,
although Their praise appeared negative, for it appeared as ifThey
exchanged ill names.
CC Madhya 12.197: Thereafter, calling all the Vaisnavas, SriCaitanya
Mahaprabhu distributed mahaprasadam as if sprinkling nectar. Atthat time
the mock fight between Advaita Acarya and Nityananda Prabhu becamemore and
CC Madhya 12.198: After taking their lunch, all the Vaisnavas stoodup and
chanted the holy name of Hari, and the resounding noise filled allthe upper
and lower planetary systems.
CC Madhya 12.199: After this, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu offeredflower
garlands and sandalwood pulp to all His devoted personalassociates.
CC Madhya 12.200: The seven persons headed by Svarupa Damodara whowere
engaged in distributing prasadam to others then took their mealswithin the
CC Madhya 12.201: Govinda saved some remnants of food left by SriCaitanya
Mahaprabhu and kept them carefully. Later, one portion of theseremnants was
delivered to Haridasa Thakura.
CC Madhya 12.202: The remnants of food left by Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu were
later distributed among devotees who begged for them, and finallyGovinda
personally took the last remnants.
CC Madhya 12.203: The fully independent Supreme Personality ofGodhead
performs various types of pastimes. The pastime of washing andcleansing the
Gundica temple is but one of them.
CC Madhya 12.204: The next day marked the performance of thefestival of
Netrotsava. This great festival was the life and soul of thedevotees.
CC Madhya 12.205: Everyone was unhappy for a fortnight because theycould
not see the Deity of Lord Jagannatha. Upon seeing the Lord at thefestival,
the devotees were very happy.
CC Madhya 12.206: On this occasion, greatly happy, Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu
took all the devotees with Him and visited the Lord in thetemple.
CC Madhya 12.207: When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu went to visit thetemple, Kas
is vara walked in front, checking the crowds of people, and Govindawalked
in the rear, bringing the sannyasi s pitcher filled with water.
CC Madhya 12.208: When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu went toward thetemple,
Paramananda Puri and Brahmananda Bharati walked in front of Him,and at His
two sides walked Svarupa Damodara and Advaita Acarya.
CC Madhya 12.209: With great eagerness all the other devoteesfollowed them
into the temple of Lord Jagannatha.
CC Madhya 12.210: Out of great eagerness to see the Lord, they allneglected
the regulative principles and, just to see the Lord s face, went tothe
place where the food was offered.
CC Madhya 12.211: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was very thirsty to seethe Lord,
and His eyes became like two bumblebees drinking the honey fromthe
lotuslike eyes of Lord Jagannatha, who is Krsna Himself.
CC Madhya 12.212: The eyes of Lord Jagannatha conquered the beautyof
blossoming lotus flowers, and His neck was as lustrous as a mirrormade of
CC Madhya 12.213: The chin of the Lord, tinged with buff color,conquered
the beauty of the bandhuli flower. This increased the beauty of Hismild
smiling, which was like lustrous waves of nectar.
CC Madhya 12.214: The luster of His beautiful face increased atevery
moment, and the eyes of hundreds and thousands of devotees drankits honey
CC Madhya 12.215: As their eyes began to drink the nectarean honeyof His
lotus face, their thirst increased. Thus their eyes did not leaveHim.
CC Madhya 12.216: Thus Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His devoteesenjoyed
transcendental bliss upon seeing the face of Jagannatha. Thiscontinued to
CC Madhya 12.217: As usual, there were transcendental blissfulsymptoms in
Caitanya Mahaprabhu s body. He perspired and trembled, and aconstant flow
of tears fell from His eyes. But the Lord checked these tears sothey would
not disturb His seeing the face of the Lord.
CC Madhya 12.218: Their looking at the face of Lord Jagannathawas
interrupted only when He was offered food. Afterwards they wouldagain look
upon His face. When the food was being offered to the Lord, SriCaitanya
Mahaprabhu performed His kirtana.
CC Madhya 12.219: Feeling such great pleasure upon seeing the faceof Lord
Jagannatha, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu forgot everything. Thedevotees,
however, took Him to His lunch at noontime.
CC Madhya 12.220: Knowing that the car festival would take place inthe
morning, all the servants of Lord Jagannatha were doubling theirofferings
of food.I have briefly described the pastimes of the Lord inwashing and
cleansing the Gundica temple. By seeing or hearing these pastimes,even
sinful men can awaken their Krsna consciousness.
CC Madhya 12.222: Praying at the lotus feet of Sri Rupa and SriRaghunatha,
always desiring their mercy, I, Krsnadasa, narrate SriCaitanyacaritamrta,
following in their footsteps.