KRISHNA DISPLAYS A PASTIMEOF LORD RAMACHANDRA
From Murari Gupta’s Śrī Chaitanya-carita 4.5.5-14
In the invocation (1.1.48-53) to his Śrī Caitanya-mangala, Srila Lochan Das Thakur has expressed his gratitude to Srila Murari Gupta and his book Śrī Caitanya-carita: While living in Nabadwip, Sri Murari Gupta had the opportunity to always remain in the company of Lord Gaurachandra. Who can describe the greatness of Murari Gupta? He is known throughout the world as Hanuman. After crossing the ocean to Lanka, Hanuman burned Ravana’s palace to the ground. Then Hanuman brought Rama the good news about His beloved Sita. He revived Lakshman by bringing medicinal herbs. That same Hanuman now resides in Nadia as Murari Gupta. Being highly realized, Murari Gupta knows all truths. As an eternal associate of the Lord, he is fixed at the lotus feet of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu. He expertly told all of Lord Chaitanya’s childhood and boyhood pastimes in his great Sanskritepic, Śrī Krishna-caitanya-carita Mahākavya.
While taking Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on vraja-mandala-parikramā, the brāhmana Krishna Das said to Him, “Please look upon this reservoir of water named Setu-Bandha, that was personally created by Sri Krishna.”
Hearing this with great wonder, Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s divine body became covered with goose bumps of ecstasy, and He said respectfully, “O Krishna Das! Kindly tell Me the story of this lake.”
Drinking the ambrosial words of Sri Gaurachandra through his ears, and remembering Sri Krishna, Krishna Das smiled brightly and replied as follows, “Sri Hari, the chief among all rasikas, delights in tasting sweet mellows in the midst of the assembly of gopīs. Once, while sporting like a young elephant within this lake, He announced, ’I am Sri Ramachandra, the best of the Raghu dynasty!’
“Srimati Radharani, the crest-jewel of all charming goddesses, responded, ’You are onlya cowherd’s son. All that You do is wander about tending his herds of cows. A king is the protector of truth and virtue. His task is certainly a very difficult one for others to attempt. To destroy the demon Ravana, Sri Ramachandra built a bridgeto Lanka. That was certainly a very glorious achievement. Don’t venture to broadcast Your own qualities and compare Yourself to Him, for You are nothing but a thief of the clothes and ornaments of young girls!’
“Then Sri Krishna, who is the master of un-countable transcendental pranks and the exclusive enjoyer of mischievous rasa-imbuedjests, replied to Radha, ’I am an exquisite jewel of all sublime qualities, and this You know very well, for You are a cowherd’s daughter! If someone were to take a great abundance of rocks and trees from the mountains and weave them together on the water, they could never float. Still, O source of My ecstasy, You may now witness a demonstration of the power of My host of sublime jewel-like qualities!’
“All of Radha’s sakhīs are topmost rasikās, and understood the inner meaning of Radhika’s words. Enthusiastically forming aline, they brought many rocks, trees and so forth from the forest. Sri Krishna used them to form a bridge that floated upon the water of this lake, and as everyone looked upon the scene, they bowed down and glorified Him with utterances of `Jaya! Jaya!’
“The pastimes of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna in the company of their gopī friends are imbued with the zenith of relishable rasa, always beginning with the rasa of comedy. All glories to those pleasure pastimes, which are forever filled with the uninterrupted ever-expanding flow of Their divine prema! The topmost rasikas who hear of these pastimes and thus remember the Divine Couple, simply laugh at the idea of achieving happiness through mere transcendental knowledge, and without a qualm they utterly ridicule the thought of liberation.” _
— Adapted from the English translation by Sri Bhakti Vedanta Bhagavata Swami. Gaura Vani Press. Distributed by Nectar Books. Union City, Georgia. 1998.
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