Advaita Prakasha, Chapter 11

BY: SUN STAFF - 6.1 2022

Advaita Prakasha: Lord Advaita Acarya by Shrila Ishana Nagara, translated by HH Subhag Swami.

All glories to Shri Chaitanya! All glories to Sitanatha! All glories to Nityananda, along with all the devotees!

Now I will briefly describe the main branches of the desire tree of Shri Advaita. At an auspicious moment, mother Sita underwent the garbhadhana purificatory process for begetting a good child. On hearing this, the devotees became very joyful. Thereafter, Sitadevi gave birth to a child at an auspicious moment on the full moon day of the month of Vaishakha [April-May] in the year 1492.

The child's matchless beauty captivated everyone. People exclaimed, "We have never seen such a handsome child. Perhaps he is a demigod."

One astrologer, after calculation, said, "This child was formerly a gopi of Vraja-dhama. He has taken a male form in order to teach people. You can be sure that he will be renounced from his very childhood."

On hearing this, the devotees became absorbed in loving devotion and assembled together to perform sankirtana. Some of them danced, and some cried in ecstatic love. Advaita Prabhu roared and chanted "Hari bol!" When Advaita Prabhu roared it was like the rumbling of a cloud. Gauranga also came to know about the appearance of His devotee.

In due course of time, Advaita Prabhu invited the brahmanas to perform the name-giving ceremony of His son. After the priest came and made his calculation, he said, "This son of Yours is certainly uncommon. Krishna is his life and soul. He gets delight only in Krishna consciousness, therefore I name him Acyutananda."

On hearing this name, the devotees loudly chanted the name of the Lord. The ladies happily made auspicious sounds [hulu-dhvani].

The devotion to Krishna exhibited by Acyutananda was like that of the gopis of Vrindavana, therefore saintly persons called him Acyuta-sakhi.

After some days, Advaita Prabhu held the rice-giving ceremony for Acyutananda. Advaita Prabhu offered foodstuffs to Madana-gopala and then offered the prasada to His son. The brahmanas and Vaishnavas were also given prasada along with clothes and money, and being pleased in this way they all blessed the child.

On an auspicious day after Acyutananda attained the age of five, Advaita Prabhu taught him his first lesson. My mother arrived in Shantipura on the same day that Acyuta began his education. She took shelter at the feet of Advaita. I was five years old at the time.

Advaita Prabhu mercifully gave my mother the Krishna mantra, and He purified me by giving me hari-nama. Sitadevi showed her affection to me and brought me up like her own son. My mother always followed the instructions of her guru. Some of those incidents I still remember. Advaita Prabhu once said, "The mother of Ishana is very pious. In due course she will attain Vaikuntha."

Now listen to a wonderful event that happened when mother Sita had her second son. At the end of the night on the thirteenth day of the dark moon of the month of Madhu [March-April] in the year 1496 Sitadevi gave birth to a wonderful son whose divine form resembled that of a demigod.

Now hear what happened at that time by the arrangement of Providence. Shri Thakurani gave birth to a son at the same time. Her child, however, died at the time of birth, so mother Shri began to cry. Mother Sita also began to cry, and she said to Advaita, "I cannot bear to see my sister's lamentation. Though she gave birth to a child, Providence was cruel to her and took the child away. If You are agreeable and give consent, then I will give my son to my sister."

Advaita Prabhu said, "Your desire is very nice. That will certainly help mitigate Shri's distress."

Sita wiped away her tears and said to Shri, "Don't cry. Don't cry, sister. Be peaceful. I will give you this son of mine, and people will know him as your son."

Saying this, Sita placed her son on Shri's lap. Mother Shri then gave up her lamentation and breast-fed the child. No one knows these confidential topics except my mother and three other persons. Padmanabha Cakravarti received Advaita Prabhu's mercy, so he knew these topics.

One morning a brahmana astrologer came and said in a gentle voice, "This second son of Shri Advaitacandra has taken birth to protect Krishna's devotional service. As Karttikeya, the commander-in-chief of the demigods, he protects the heavenly planets. That six-headed commander has now appeared as the son of Advaita."

The devotees were overjoyed to hear this, and they began dancing and chanting the name of Hari. In due course of time, Advaita Prabhu joyfully brought a priest to perform the name-giving ceremony. The brahmana astrologer made some calculations and said, "Everyone should know that this child will be a great scholar. He will be indifferent to material enjoyment and always absorbed in the service of Krishna and the Vaishnavas, therefore I name him Krishnadasa."

The devotees became blissful on hearing this, and they passed the day engaged in sankirtana. Thereafter, Advaita Prabhu chose an auspicious day to hold the rice-giving ceremony for Krishnadasa. Advaita first offered bhoga to Madana-gopala and then gave the prasada to His son. Afterwards Advaita devotedly fed the brahmanas and Vaishnavas, and then he distributed food to the blind and poor. He honored everyone with clothes and money, and they all blessed the child before returning home.

Advaita Prabhu began Krishnadasa's education at the appropriate auspicious time. Please listen now to the wonderful description about how Advaita's third son appeared. On the twelfth day of the waxing moon in the month of Karttika [October-November] in the year 1500 Sita devi gave birth to another son.

From the time of his birth the child appeared wonderful by closing his eyes as if dead. On seeing this, my Prabhu roared out the name of Gaurahari like a ferocious lion. As the name of Gaurahari entered the child's ears, he opened his eyes and tears of love flowed. All the devotees joyfully chanted the holy names, and the ladies all made auspicious sounds of hulu-dhvani.

At that time one brahmana astrologer came there and calculated the newborn child's birth chart. He then told everyone, "Shri Ganesha is present here as the third son of Advaita. He has taken birth to remove all obstacles. Indeed, just by seeing him people will attain devotional service."

The assembled devotees were overjoyed to hear this, and they spent the rest of the day performing sankirtana. Thereafter Advaita Prabhu invited a priest to perform His son's name-giving ceremony. The brahmana said, "This child will be a servant of Lord Krishna, so I name him Gopala dasa."

Now listen to the narration of Gopala's uncommon activities. By hearing such topics one can attain the devotional service of Lord Krishna. When the devotees performed sankirtana, Gopala would stop drinking milk and listen. He would then shed tears, giggle, and repeatedly roll his eyes as if intoxicated. When the kirtana stopped, his mood would change and he would begin to cry and drink his mother's milk. Learned persons understand that these are natural symptoms of an eternal servant of Krishna, but ignorant persons will never understand.

I have thus described in brief the birth of three of Advaita Prabhu's sons for the benefit of the people of the world.

Praying at the lotus feet of Lord Chaitanya and Shri Advaita, always desiring Their mercy, I, Ishana Nagara, narrate Shri Advaita Prakasha.