FROM SRI CHAITANYA CHARITAMRITA
ABOUT THE PASTIMES OF
MAHAPRABHU AND SARVABHAUMA BHATTACHARYA
nirgrantha apy urukrame
kurvanty ahaitukim bhaktim
'Those who are self-satisfied and unattracted by external
material desires are also attracted to the loving
service of Sri Krsna,
whose qualities are transcendental and whose activities
are wonderful. Hari, the Personality of Godhead, is
called Krsna because He has such
transcendentally attractive features.' "
ei slokera artha sunite vancha
hearing the atmarama verse, Sarvabhauma
Bhattacarya addressed Sri
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, "My dear Sir, please
explain this verse. I have a great desire to hear
Your explanation of it."
ki artha kara, taha age suni'
pache ami kariba artha, yeba kichu
replied, "First let Me hear your explanation.
After that, I shall try to explain what little I know."
sloka karila vyakhyana
tarka-sastra-mata uthaya vividha
Bhattacarya then began to explain
the atmarama verse, and according to
the principles of logic, he put forward various propositions.
kaila sastra-mata lana
suni' prabhu kahe kichu isat
explained the atmarama verse in nine
different ways on the basis of scripture. After hearing
his explanation, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,
smiling a little, began to speak.
janitumi saksat brhaspati
sastra-vyakhya karite aiche
karo nahi sakti
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "My dear Bhattacarya,
you are exactly like Brhaspati, the priest of
the heavenly kingdom. Indeed, no one within this world
has the power to explain the scriptures in such a
kintu tumi artha
iha va-i slokera ache aro
dear Bhattacarya, you have certainly
explained this verse by the prowess of your vast learning,
but you should know that, besides this scholarly explanation,
there is another purport to this verse."
prarthanate prabhu vyakhya kaila
tanra nava artha-madhye eka na
request of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya,
Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu began to explain the
verse, without touching upon the nine explanations
given by the Bhattacarya.
ca-sloke 'ekadasa' pada haya
prthak prthak kaila padera artha niscaya
are eleven words in the atmarama verse,
and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explained
each word, one after the other.
astadasa artha kaila abhipraya
Mahaprabhu took each word specifically and combined
it with the word "atmarama."
He thus explained the word "atmarama"
in eighteen different ways.
tanra sakti, tanra
acintya prabhava tinera na yaya kathana
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "The Supreme Personality
of Godhead, His different potencies and His transcendental
qualities all have inconceivable prowess. It is not
possible to explain them fully.
anya yata sadhya-sadhana
ei tine hare siddha-sadhakera mana
three items attract the mind of a perfect student
engaged in spiritual activities and overcome all other
processes of spiritual activity."
ei-mata nana artha karena vyakhyana
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explained the meaning of
the verse by giving evidence concerning Sukadeva
Gosvami and the four rsis
Sanaka, Sanat-kumara, Sanatana and Sanandana.
Thus the Lord gave various meanings and explanations.
mane haila camatkara
prabhuke krsna jani' kare
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's explanation of the atmarama
verse, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya
was struck with wonder. He then understood Lord Sri
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to be Krsna
in person, and he thus condemned himself in the following
maha-aparadha kainu garvita ha-iya'
Mahaprabhu is certainly Lord Krsna
Himself. Because I could not understand Him and was
very proud of my own learning, I have committed many
kari' laila prabhura sarana
krpa karibare tabe prabhura haila
Bhattacarya denounced himself
as an offender and took shelter of the Lord, the Lord
desired to show him mercy.
prabhu tanre karaila darsana
catur-bhuja-rupa prabhu ha-ila takhana
him mercy, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
allowed him to see His Visnu form. Thus
He immediately assumed four hands.
tanre age catur-bhuja-rupa
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu first showed him the four-handed
form and then appeared before him in His original
form of Krsna, with a blackish complexion
and a flute to His lips.
dandavat kari' padi'
punah uthi' stuti kare dui kara yudi'
Bhattacarya saw the form of Lord
Krsna manifested in Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,
he immediately fell down flat to offer Him obeisances.
Then he stood up and with folded hands began to offer
tanra sphurila saba tattva
mercy of the Lord, all truths were revealed to Sarvabhauma
Bhattacarya, and he could understand
the importance of chanting the holy name and distributing
love of Godhead everywhere.