Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 58

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BY: SUN STAFF - 9.11 2021

Sri Ranganatha, Ranga-ksetra

A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya.

Ranga-ksetra

If one makes a count of the number of slokas in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya lila Chapter 9, which total 365, and considers the division of those verses by subject matter, we find that there are five particular pastimes to which a significant number of slokas are dedicated. These include Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's defeat of the Buddhists (Madhya 9.47-63 – 16 verses), His defeat of the Tattvavadis at Udupi (Madhya 9.245-278 – 33 verses), the Lord's pastimes with Sri Ranga Puri at Pandarapura (Madhya 9.282-303 – 21 verses), and Mahaprabhu's famous discourse with Sri Ramananda Raya (Madhya 9.318-335 – 17 verses).

But one topic dominates all these other famous pastimes by virtue of the number of slokas dedicated to its discussion, and that is the Lord's pastimes at Ranga-ksetra. Here we find a total of 86 slokas focused on Mahaprabhu's visit to Sri Rangam tirtha (Madhya 9.79-165).

Because there is such a depth of information offered in Caitanya-caritamrta on the Lord's pastimes at Ranga-ksetra, and given the obvious importance of this particular stop on Lord Caitanya's pada-yatra, we will begin with the complete narrative, including Srila Prabhupada's purports. In tomorrow's segment we will explore the environs of Ranga-ksetra, including the temple and Deities Lord Caitanya visited at Rangam tirtha.

Sri Rangam Temple, Ranga-ksetra

 

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta
Madhya lila Chapter 9.79-165

TEXT 79

papa-nasane visnu kaila darasana

sri-ranga-ksetre tabe karila gamana

After visiting the holy place named Siva-ksetra, Caitanya Mahaprabhu arrived at Papanasana and there saw the temple of Lord Visnu. Then He finally reached Sri Ranga-ksetra.

PURPORT

According to some, the place known as Papanasana was located eight miles southwest of Kumbhakonnam. Others say that in the district of Tinebheli there is a city known as Palamakota and that Twenty miles west of there is the holy place known as Papanasana, near the river Tamraparni. Sri Ranga-ksetra is a very famous place. Near Tiruchchirapalli is a river named Kaveri, or Kolirana. A city known as Sri Rangam is located on this river in the district of Tanjorean, about ten miles west of Kumbhakonnam. The Sri Ranga temple is the largest in India, and there are seven walls surrounding it. There are also seven roads leading to Sri Ranga. The ancient names of these roads are the road of Dharma, the road of Rajamahendra, the road of Kulasekhara, the road of Alinadana, the road of Tiruvikrama, the Tirubidi road of Madamadi-gaisa, and the road of Ada-iyavala-indana. The temple was founded before the reign of Dharmavarma, who reigned before Rajamahendra. Many celebrated kings like Kulasekhara, and others such as Alabandaru, resided in the temple of Sri Rangam. Yamunacarya, Sri Ramanuja, Sudarsanacarya and others also supervised this temple.

The incarnation of the goddess of fortune known as Godadevi, who was one of the twelve liberated persons known as divya-suris, was married to the Deity, Lord Sri Ranganatha. Later she entered into the body of the Lord. An incarnation of Karmuka, Tirumanga (one of the Alwars), acquired some money by stealing and built the fourth boundary wall of Sri Rangam. It is said that in the year 289 of the Age of Kali, the Alwar of the name Tondaradippadi was born. While engaged in devotional service, he fell victim to a prostitute, and Sri Ranganatha, seeing His devotee so degraded, sent one of His servants with a golden plate to that prostitute. When the golden plate was discovered missing from the temple, there was a search, and it was found in the prostitute's house. When the devotee saw Ranganatha's mercy upon this prostitute, his mistake was rectified. He then prepared the third boundary wall of the Ranganatha temple and cultivated a tulasi garden there.

There was also a celebrated disciple of Ramanujacarya's known as Kuresa. Sri Ramapilla was the son of Kuresa, and his son was Vagvijaya Bhatta, whose son was Vedavyasa Bhatta, or Sri Sudarsanacarya. When Sudarsanacarya was an old man, the Mohammedans attacked the temple of Ranganatha and killed about twelve hundred Sri Vaisnavas. At that time the Deity of Ranganatha was transferred to the temple of Tirupati in the kingdom of Vijaya-nagara. The governor of Gingeen, Goppanarya, brought Sri Ranganatha from the temple of Tirupati to a place known as Simha-brahma, where the Lord was situated for three years. In the year 1293 Saka (A.D. 1372) the Deity was reinstalled in the Ranganatha temple. On the eastern wall of the Ranganatha temple is an inscription written by Vedanta-desika relating how Ranganatha was returned to the temple.

TEXT 83

nija-ghare lana kaila pada-praksalana

sei jala lana kaila sa-vamse bhaksana

Sri Venkata Bhatta took Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to his home. After he washed the Lord's feet, all the members of his family drank the water.

TEXT 84

bhiksa karana kichu kaila nivedana

caturmasya asi' prabhu, haila upasanna

After offering lunch to the Lord, Venkata Bhatta submitted that the period of Caturmasya had already arrived.

TEXT 85

caturmasye krpa kari' raha mora ghare

krsna-katha kahi' krpaya uddhara' amare

Venkata Bhatta said, "Please be merciful to me and stay at my house during Caturmasya. Speak about Lord Krsna's pastimes and kindly deliver me by Your mercy."

TEXT 86

tanra ghare rahila prabhu krsna-katha-rase

bhatta-sange gonaila sukhe cari mase

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu remained at the house of Venkata Bhatta for four continuous months. The Lord passed His days in great happiness, enjoying the transcendental mellow of discussing Lord Krsna's pastimes.

TEXT 87

kaverite snana kari' sri-ranga darsana

pratidina premavese karena nartana

While there, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu took His bath in the river Kaveri and visited the temple of Sri Ranga. Every day the Lord also danced in ecstasy.

TEXT 88

saundaryadi premavesa dekhi, sarva-loka

dekhibare aise, dekhe, khande duhkha-soka

The beauty of Lord Caitanya's body and His ecstatic love of God were witnessed by everyone. Many people used to come see Him, and as soon as they saw Him, all their unhappiness and distress vanished.

TEXT 89

laksa laksa loka aila nana-desa haite

sabe krsna-nama kahe prabhuke dekhite

Many hundreds of thousands of people from various countries came to see the Lord, and after seeing Him they all chanted the Hare Krsna maha-mantra.

TEXT 90

krsna-nama vina keha nahi kahe ara

sabe krsna-bhakta haila,----loke camatkara

Indeed, they did not chant anything but the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, and all of them became Lord Krsna's devotees. Thus the general populace was astonished.

TEXT 91

keha hase, keha ninde, taha nahi mane

avista hana gita pade anandita-mane

Due to his incorrect pronunciation, people sometimes criticized him and laughed at him, but he did not care. He was full of ecstasy due to reading the Bhagavad-gita and was personally very happy.

TEXT 96

pulakasru, kampa, sveda,----yavat pathana

dekhi' anandita haila mahaprabhura mana

TRANSLATION

While reading the book, the brahmana experienced transcendental bodily transformations. His hair stood on end, tears welled in his eyes, and his body trembled and perspired as he read. Seeing this, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu became very happy.

PURPORT

Although the brahmana could not pronounce the words very well due to illiteracy, he still experienced ecstatic symptoms while reading the Bhagavad-gita. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was very much pleased to observe these symptoms, and this indicates that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is pleased by devotion, not by erudite scholarship. Even though the words were imperfectly pronounced, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Lord Krsna Himself, did not think this very serious. Rather, the Lord was pleased by the bhava (devotion). In Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.5.11) this is confirmed:

tad-vag-visargo janatagha-viplavo

yasmin prati-slokam abaddhavaty api

namany anantasya yaso-'nkitani yat

srnvanti gayanti grnanti sadhavah

"On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms and pastimes of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world's misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literature, even though imperfectly composed, is heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest."

The purport to this verse may be considered for further information on this subject.

TEXT 97

suddhasuddha gita padi, guru-ajna mani'

The brahmana replied, "I am illiterate and therefore do not know the meaning of the words. Sometimes I read the Bhagavad-gita correctly and sometimes incorrectly, but in any case I am doing this in compliance with the orders of my spiritual master."

PURPORT

This is a good example of a person who had become so successful that he was able to capture the attention of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu even while reading the Bhagavad-gita incorrectly. His spiritual activities did not depend on material things such as correct pronunciation. Rather, his success depended on strictly following the instructions of his spiritual master.

yasya deve para bhaktir

yatha deve tatha gurau

tasyaite kathita hy arthah

prakasante mahatmanah

"Only unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge automatically revealed."(Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.23)

Actually the meaning of the words of the Bhagavad-gita or Srimad-Bhagavatam are revealed to one strictly following the orders of the spiritual master. They are also revealed to one who has equal faith in the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In other words, being faithful to both Krsna and the spiritual master is the secret of success in spiritual life.

TEXT 99

arjunera rathe krsna haya rajju-dhara

vasiyache hate totra syamala sundara

The brahmana continued, "Actually I only see Lord Krsna sitting on a chariot as Arjuna's charioteer. Taking the reins in His hands, He appears very beautiful and blackish.

TEXT 100

prabhu-pada dhari' vipra karena rodana

TRANSLATION

After saying this, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu embraced the brahmana, and the brahmana, catching the lotus feet of the Lord, began to cry.

TEXT 104

toma dekhi' taha haite dvi-guna sukha haya

sei krsna tumi,----hena mora mane laya

The brahmana said, "Upon seeing You, my happiness is doubled. I take it that You are the same Lord Krsna."

TEXT 105

sei vipra mahaprabhura bada bhakta haila

cari masa prabhu-sanga kabhu na chadila

That brahmana became a great devotee of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and for four continuous months he did not give up the Lord's company.

TEXT 108

ei-mata bhatta-grhe rahe gauracandra

nirantara bhatta-sange krsna-kathananda

TRANSLATION

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu remained at the house of Venkata Bhatta and constantly talked with him about Lord Krsna. In this way He was very happy.

TEXT 110

nirantara tanra sange haila sakhya-bhava

hasya-parihase dunhe sakhyera svabhava

Constantly associating with each other, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Venkata Bhatta gradually developed a friendly relationship. Indeed, sometimes they laughed and joked together.

TEXT 111

prabhu kahe,----bhatta, tomara laksmi-thakurani

kanta-vaksah-sthita, pativrata-siromani

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu told the Bhattacarya, "Your worshipable goddess of fortune, Laksmi, always remains on the chest of Narayana, and she is certainly the most chaste woman in the creation.

TEXT 112

amara thakura krsna----gopa, go-caraka

kasyanubhavo 'sya na deva vidmahe

tavanghri-renu-sparasadhikarah

yad-vanchaya srir lalanacarat tapo

vihaya kaman su-ciram dhrta-vrata

Caitanya Mahaprabhu then said, " 'O Lord, we do not know how the serpent Kaliya attained such an opportunity to be touched by the dust of Your lotus feet. Even the goddess of fortune, for this end, performed austerities for centuries, giving up all other desires and observing austere vows. Indeed, we do not know how the serpent Kaliya got such an opportunity."'

PURPORT

This is a quotation from Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.16.36); it was spoken by the wives of the Kaliya serpent.

TEXT 116

tara sparse nahi yaya pativrata-dharma

kautuke laksmi cahena krsnera sangama

"Since Krsna and Narayana are the same personality, Laksmi's association with Krsna does not break her vow of chastity. Rather, it was in great fun that the goddess of fortune wanted to associate with Lord Krsna."

PURPORT

This is an answer to Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's question, and from this we can understand that Venkata Bhatta knew the truth. He told Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu that Narayana is a form of Krsna associated with transcendental opulence. Although Krsna is two-armed and Narayana four-armed, there is no difference in the person. They are one and the same. Narayana is as beautiful as Krsna, but Krsna's pastimes are more sportive. It is not that the sportive pastimes of Krsna make Him different from Narayana. Laksmi's desiring to associate with Krsna was perfectly natural. In other words, it is understandable that a chaste woman wants to associate with her husband in all his different dresses. Therefore one should not criticize Laksmi for wanting to associate with Krsna.

TEXT 117

siddhantatas tv abhede 'pi

PURPORT

This verse quoted by Venkata Bhatta is also found in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (1.2.59).

TEXT 118

TEXT 121

nayam sriyo 'nga u nitanta-rateh prasadah

svar-yositam nalina-gandha-rucam kuto 'nyah

rasotsave 'sya bhuja-danda-grhita-kantha-

TEXT 123

nibhrta-marun-mano-'ksa-drdha-yoga-yujo hrdi yan-

munaya upasate tad arayo 'pi yayuh smaranat

striya uragendra-bhoga-bhuja-danda-visakta-dhiyo

vayam api te samah samadrso 'nghri-saroja-sudhah

" 'Great sages conquer the mind and senses by practicing the mystic yoga system and controlling the breath. Thus engaging in mystic yoga, they see the Supersoul within their hearts and ultimately enter into impersonal Brahman. But even the enemies of the Supreme Personality of Godhead attain that position simply by thinking of the Supreme Lord. However, the damsels of Vraja, the gopis, being attracted by the beauty of Krsna, simply wanted to embrace Him and His arms, which are like serpents. Thus the gopis ultimately tasted the nectar of the lotus feet of the Lord. Similarly, we Upanisads can also taste the nectar of His lotus feet by following in the footsteps of the gopis.' "

PURPORT

This verse is from Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.87.23).

TEXT 124

sruti paya, laksmi na paya, ithe ki karana

bhatta kahe,----iha pravesite nare mora mana

Having been asked by Caitanya Mahaprabhu why the goddess of fortune could not enter into the rasa dance whereas the authorities on Vedic knowledge could, Venkata Bhatta replied, "I cannot enter into the mysteries of this behavior."

TEXT 125

ami jiva,----ksudra-buddhi, sahaje asthira

isvarera lila----koti-samudra-gambhira

"By following in the footsteps of the inhabitants of the planet known as Vrajaloka or Goloka Vrndavana one can attain the shelter of the lotus feet of Sri Krsna. However, in that planet the inhabitants do not know that Lord Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

TEXT 130

TEXT 131

vraja-lokera bhave yei karaye bhajana

sei jana paya vraje vrajendra-nandana

"One who worships the Lord by following in the footsteps of the inhabitants of Vrajabhumi attains Him in the transcendental planet of Vraja, where He is known as the son of Maharaja Nanda."

PURPORT

The inhabitants of Vrajabhumi, or Goloka Vrndavana, know Krsna as the son of Maharaja Nanda. They do not accept Him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as people in general do. The Lord is the supreme maintainer of everyone and the chief personality among all personalities. In Vrajabhumi Krsna is certainly the central point of love, but no one knows Him there as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Rather, a person may know Him as a friend, son, lover or master. In any case, the center is Krsna. The inhabitants of Vrajabhumi are related to the Lord in servitude, friendship, parental love and conjugal love. A person engaged in devotional service may accept any one of these transcendental relationships, which are known as mellows. When such a person reaches the perfectional stage, he returns home, back to Krsna, in his pure spiritual identity.

TEXT 132

PURPORT

This verse, also given in Madhya-lila 8.227, is quoted from Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.9.21).

PURPORT

The authorities in the Vedic literature known as the sruti-gana desired to enter into Lord Sri Krsna's rasa dance; therefore they began to worship the Lord in the ecstasy of the gopis. In the beginning, however, they were unsuccessful. When they could not enter the dance simply by thinking of Krsna in the ecstasy of the gopis, they actually accepted bodies like those of the gopis. They even took birth in Vrajabhumi just like the gopis and consequently became engrossed in the ecstasy of the gopis' love. In this way they were allowed to enter into the rasa-lila dance of the Lord.

TEXT 136

laksmi cahe sei dehe krsnera sangama

gopika-anuga hana na kaila bhajana

"The goddess of fortune, Laksmi, wanted to enjoy Krsna and at the same time retain her spiritual body in the form of Laksmi. However, she did not follow in the footsteps of the gopis in her worship of Krsna.

TEXT 137

In the nayam sukhapo verse, the devotees are referred to as bhaktimat, that is, fully engaged in devotional service and devoid of material contamination. One cannot enter into Krsna's rasa-lila dance simply by artificially imitating it or artificially thinking oneself a sakhi and dressing up like one. Krsna's rasa-lila dance is completely spiritual. It has nothing to do with material contamination; therefore no one can enter into this pastime by artificial, material means. That is the instruction of the nayam sukhapo verse, and it must be strictly understood.

TEXT 138

purve bhattera mane eka chila abhimana

'sri-narayana' hayena svayam-bhagavan

Before this explanation was given by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Venkata Bhatta thought that Sri Narayana was the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

TEXT 139

tanhara bhajana sarvopari-kaksa haya

sri-vaisnave'ra bhajana ei sarvopari haya

TEXT 142

krsnera vilasa-murti----sri-narayana

ataeva laksmi-adyera hare tenha mana

"Lord Narayana, the opulent form of Krsna, attracts the minds of the goddess of fortune and her followers.

TEXT 143

ete camsa-kalah pumsah

PURPORT

This is a verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.3.28).

TEXT 144

PURPORT

Lord Narayana has sixty transcendental qualities. Over and above these, Krsna has four extraordinary transcendental qualities absent in Lord Narayana. These four qualities are: (1) His wonderful pastimes, which are compared to an ocean; (2) His association in the circle of the supreme devotees in conjugal love (the gopis); (3) His playing on the flute, whose vibration attracts the three worlds; and (4) His extraordinary beauty, which surpasses the beauty of the three worlds. Lord Krsna's beauty is unequaled and unsurpassed.

TEXT 145

tumi ye padila sloka, se haya pramana

srisa-krsna-svarupayoh

rasenotkrsyate krsna-

rupam esa rasa-sthitih

" 'According to transcendental realization, there is no difference between the forms of Krsna and Narayana. Yet in Krsna there is a special transcendental attraction due to the conjugal mellow, and consequently He surpasses Narayana. This is the conclusion of transcendental mellows.'

PURPORT

This is a verse from the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (1.2.59). Here Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja says that Lord Caitanya spoke the verse to Venkata Bhatta, and earlier he said that Venkata Bhatta spoke it to the Lord. But since their conversation took place long, long before the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu was composed, the question my be raised as to how either of them quoted the verse. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains that this verse and many others like it were current among devotees long before the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu was composed. Thus devotees would always quote them and explain their purport in ecstasy.

TEXT 147

svayam bhagavan 'krsna' hare laksmira mana

gopikara mana harite nare 'narayana'

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, attracts the mind of the goddess of fortune, but Lord Narayana cannot attract the minds of the gopis. This proves the superexcellence of Krsna.

TEXT 148

narayanera ka katha, sri-krsna apane

gopikare hasya karaite haya 'narayane'

"To say nothing of Lord Narayana personally, Lord Krsna Himself appeared as Narayana just to play a joke on the gopis.

TEXT 149

'catur-bhuja-murti' dekhaya gopi-ganera age

TEXT 150

TEXT 154

gopi-dvare laksmi kare krsna-sangasvada

isvaratve bheda manile haya aparadha

"The goddess of fortune enjoys the association of Krsna through the gopis. One should not see a difference between the forms of the Lord, for such a conception is offensive.

TEXT 155

eka isvara----bhaktera dhyana-anurupa

eka-i vigrahe kare nanakara rupa

"There is no difference between the transcendental forms of the Lord. Different forms are manifest due to different attachments of different devotees. Actually the Lord is one, but He appears in different forms just to satisfy His devotees.

PURPORT

In the Brahma-samhita (5.33) it is stated:

advaitam acyutam anadim ananta-rupam

adyam purana-purusam nava-yauvanam ca

The Lord is advaita, without differentiation. There is no difference between the forms of Krsna, Rama, Narayana and Visnu. All of them are one. Sometimes foolish people ask whether when we chant "Rama" in the Hare Krsna mantra we refer to Lord Ramacandra or Lord Balarama. If a devotee says that the name Rama in the Hare Krsna maha-mantra refers to Balarama, a foolish person may become angry because to him the name Rama refers to Lord Ramacandra. Actually there is no difference between Balarama and Lord Rama. It does not matter if one chants Hare Rama referring to Balarama or Lord Ramacandra, for there is no difference between Them. However, it is offensive to think that Balarama is superior to Lord Ramacandra or vice versa. Neophyte devotees do not understand this sastric conclusion, and consequently they unnecessarily create an offensive situation. In text 154 Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu clarified this in a very lucid way: isvaratve bheda manile haya aparadha. "It is offensive for one to differentiate between the forms of the Lord." On the other hand, one should not think that the forms of the Lord are the same as the forms of the demigods. This is certainly offensive, as confirmed by the Vaisnava-tantra:

yas tu narayanam devam

brahma-rudradi-daivataih

samatvenaiva vikseta

sa pasandi bhaved dhruvam

"A pasandi is one who considers the great demigods such as Lord Brahma and Lord Siva equal to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana." (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 7.117)

The conclusion is that we should neither differentiate between the forms of the Lord nor equate the forms of the Lord with the forms of demigods or human beings. For instance, sometimes foolish sannyasis, thinking the body of the Lord to be material, equate daridra-narayana with Narayana, and this is certainly offensive. Unless one is instructed by a bona fide spiritual master, he cannot perfectly understand these different forms. The Brahma-samhita confirms, vedesu durlabham adurlabham atma-bhaktau. One cannot understand the differences between the forms of the Lord simply by academic study or by reading Vedic literature. One must learn from a realized devotee. Only then can one learn how to distinguish between one form of the Lord and another. The conclusion is that there is no difference between the forms of the Lord, but there is a difference between His forms and those of the demigods.

TEXT 156

Venkata Bhatta then said, "I am an ordinary fallen living entity, but You are Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself.

TEXT 158

PURPORT

This is the way to understand the truth about the Supreme Personality of Godhead. After hearing the Bhagavad-gita, Arjuna said very much the same thing:

sarvam etad rtam manye

yan mam vadasi kesava

na hi te bhagavan vyaktim

vidur deva na danavah

"O Krsna, I totally accept as truth all that You have told me. Neither the demigods nor the demons, O Lord, can understand Your personality." (Bg. 10.14)

It is not possible to understand the truth about the pastimes of the Lord simply by using our own logic, argument and academic education. We must receive bona fide information from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, just as Arjuna received information when Krsna spoke the Bhagavad-gita. We have to accept the Bhagavad-gita or any other Vedic literature in good faith. These Vedic scriptures are the only source of knowledge about the Lord. We must understand that we cannot comprehend the Absolute Truth by the speculative process.

TEXT 159

more purna krpa kaila laksmi-narayana

tanra krpaya painu tomara carana-darasana

"I have been engaged in the service of Laksmi-Narayana, and it is due to Their mercy that I have been able to see Your lotus feet.

TEXT 160

TEXT 161

ebe se janinu krsna-bhakti sarvopari

krtartha karile, more kahile krpa kari'

"I can now understand that devotional service unto Lord Krsna is the supreme form of worship. Out of Your causeless mercy You have made my life successful simply by explaining the facts."

TEXT 162

eta bali' bhatta padila prabhura carane

krpa kari' prabhu tanre kaila alingane

caturmasya purna haila, bhatta-ajna lana

daksina calila prabhu sri-ranga dekhiya

When the period of Caturmasya was completed, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu took permission to leave Venkata Bhatta, and after visiting Sri Ranga He proceeded further toward southern India.

TEXT 164

sangete calila bhatta, na yaya bhavane

tanre vidaya dila prabhu aneka yatane

Venkata Bhatta did not want to return home but also wanted to go with the Lord. It was with great endeavor that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu bade him farewell.

TEXT 165

prabhura viyoge bhatta haila acetana

ei ranga-lila kare sacira nandana

When He did so, Venkata Bhatta fell down unconscious. Such are the pastimes of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the son of mother Saci, at Sri Ranga-ksetra.