Adapted from Srila Narahari Chakravarti’s Śrí Bhakti-ratnākara 12.3214-3260
One day, Mahaprabhu revealed his astonishing pastimes as a cowherd boy. When Gaurahari remembered His cows, he suddenly began calling out, “Saoli!” “Dhavali!” — the names of two of Krishna’s favorite cows. He began to twirl a cowherder’s stick, as Ramai, Sundar, and Nityananda joyfully watched. Another day, Gaura Hari began wandering the streets of Nadia collecting alms. He requested everyone, “Give me something! Give me something!” Although this put some people in great difficulty, still they were unable to refuse. Afterwards they began to suspect that Gaurachand was actually an incarnation of Krishna. One day, seeing a flower garden, Prabhu Gaura Ray wanted to enjoy pastimes with the flowers. He began picking flowers and throwing them on the heads of his devotees. His devotees, in turn, also threw flowers on the head of Prabhu.
One day, Gadadhara and Gaura Hari sat in the flower garden and became deeply absorbed in playing chess together.
On another occasion, Prabhu and his companions played in the Ganga, delightfully throwing water on one another’s bodies. One day on the bank of the Ganga, Prabhu enjoyed a picnic with his companions. Srivas and Murari gathered many items, and in great ecstasy Adwaita directed all of them to sit in a circle, placing leaf plates with rice in front of each of them. First Prabhu began to eat, then everyone else started. With his own hands, Nityananda fed Gaura sweet rice, condensed milk, butter, and cheese. Adwaita then began feeding cheese to Lord Nityananda. Nitai reciprocated by feeding sweets to Adwaita. The devotees watched happily and began exchanging varieties of prasāda amongst themselves. After eating, they all drank the cold and pure water of the Ganga.
Bibliography — Narahari Chakravarti. Śrī Bhakti-ratnākara. Gaudiya Mission. Bagbazar, Calcutta. 1987. Bengali. — Narahari Chakravarti. Śrī Bhakti-ratnākara. English translation by Sri Kusakratha Das. The Krishna Institute. Culver City, California.
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