Sri Srivasa Pandita avirbhava tithi [appearance day]

Sri Srivasa Pandita tirovirbhava tithi [disappearance day]Thursday, June 28, 2019 [Mayapura, West Bengal, India time]
Srila Prabhupada explains the glories or Srivasa Thakura

After this incident the Lord began to preach and propagate His Bhāgavatadharma, or saṅkīrtana movement, more vigorously, and whoever stood against this propagation of the yugadharma, or duty of the age, was properly punished by various types of chastisement. Two brāhmaṇa gentlemen named Cāpala and Gopāla, who also happened to be maternal uncles of the Lord, were inflicted with leprosy by way of chastisement, and later, when they were repentant, they were accepted by the Lord. In the course of His preaching work, He used to send daily all His followers, including Śrīla NityānandaPrabhu and Ṭhākura Haridāsa, two chief whips of His party, from door to door to preach the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam All of Navadvīpa was surcharged with His saṅkīrtana movement, and His headquarters were situated at the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura and Śrī Advaita Prabhu, two of His chief householder disciples. These two learned heads of the brāhmaṇa community were the most ardent supporters of Lord Caitanya’s movement. Śrī AdvaitaPrabhu was the chief cause for the advent of the Lord. When AdvaitaPrabhu saw that the total human society was full of materialistic activities and devoid of devotional service, which alone could save mankind from the threefold miseries of material existence, He, out of His causeless compassion for the age-worn human society, prayed fervently for the incarnation of the Lord and continually worshiped the Lord with water of the Ganges and leaves of the holy tulasī tree. As far as preaching work in the saṅkīrtana movement was concerned, everyone was expected to do his daily share according to the order of the Lord.   Srimad Bhgavatam Introduction  śrīvāsa paṇḍita, āra śrī-rāma paṇḍitadui bhāi–dui śākhā, jagate vidita SYNONYMS śrīvāsa paṇḍita—of the name Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita; āra—and; śrīrāma paṇḍita—of the name Śrī Rāma Paṇḍita; dui bhāi—two brothers; dui śākhā—two branches; jagate—in the world; vidita—well known.   TRANSLATION  The two brothers Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita and Śrī Rāma Paṇḍita started two branches that are well known in the world.   PURPORT   In the Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā, verse 90, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita (Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura) is described as an incarnation of Nārada Muni, and Śrī Rāma Paṇḍita, his younger brother, is said to be an incarnation of Parvata Muni, a great friend of Nārada’s. Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita’s wife, Mālinī, is celebrated as an incarnation of the nurse Ambikā, who fed Lord Kṛṣṇa with her breast milk, and as already noted, his niece Nārāyaṇī, the mother of Ṭhākura Vṛndāvana dāsa, the author of Śrī Caitanyabhāgavata, was the sister of Ambikā in kṛṣṇalīlā. We also understand from the description of Śrī Caitanyabhāgavata that after Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s acceptance of the sannyāsa order, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita left Navadvīpa, possibly because of feelings of separation, and domiciled at Kumārahaṭṭa/ Sri Caitanya caritamrta Adi Lila 10.8.   DhruvaMahārāja was given a specific arrow made by Lord Nārāyaṇa Himself, and he now fixed it upon his bow to finish the illusory atmosphere created by the Yakṣas. As it is stated in the Bhagavad-gītā (7.14), māmevayeprapadyantemāyāmetāṁtarantite. Without Nārāyaṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, no one is able to overcome the action of the illusory energy. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has also given us a nice weapon for this age, as stated in the Bhāgavatam: sāṅgopāṅgāstra—in this age, the nārāyaṇāstra, or weapon to drive away māyā, is the chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra in pursuance of the associates of Lord Caitanya, such as Advaita Prabhu, Nityānanda, Gadādhara and Śrīvāsa. Srimad Bhgavatam 4.11.1   bhagavānera bhakta yata śrīvāsa pradhānatāṅ’-sabhāra pāda-padme sahasra praṇāma SYNONYMS bhagavānera—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; bhakta—the devotees; yata—as many (as there are); śrīvāsa pradhāna—headed by Śrī Śrīvāsa; tāṅ’-sabhāra—of all of them; pādapadme—unto the lotus feet; sahasra—thousands; praṇāma—respectful obeisances. TRANSLATION There are innumerable devotees of the Lord, of whom Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura is the foremost. I offer my respectful obeisances thousands of times unto their lotus feet.Sri Caitanya Caritarmta Adi-Lila 1.38kṛṣṇa-varṇaṁ tviṣākṛṣṇaṁsāṅgopāṅgāstra-pārṣadamyajñaiḥ saṅkīrtana-prāyairyajanti hi su-medhasaḥ   SYNONYMS
kṛṣṇavarṇam—repeating the syllables kṛṣ-ṇa;tviṣā—with a luster; akṛṣṇam—not black (golden); saaṅga—along with associates; upāṅga—servitors; astra—weapons; pārṣadam—confidential companions; yajñaiḥ—by sacrifice; saṅkīrtanaprāyaiḥ—consisting chiefly of congregational chanting; yajanti—they worship; hi—certainly; sumedhasaḥ—intelligent persons. TRANSLATION “In the Age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the name of Kṛṣṇa. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Kṛṣṇa Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions.” PURPORT This text is from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (11.5.32). Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī has explained this verse in his commentary on the Bhāgavatam, known as the Kramasandarbha, wherein he says that Lord Kṛṣṇa also appears with a golden complexion. That golden Lord Kṛṣṇa is Lord Caitanya, who is worshiped by intelligent men in this age. That is confirmed in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam by GargaMuni, who said that although the child Kṛṣṇa was blackish, He also appears in three other colors-red, white and yellow. He exhibited His white and red complexions in the Satya and Tretā ages respectively. He did not exhibit the remaining color, yellow-gold, until He appeared as Lord Caitanya, who is known as GauraHari. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī explains that kṛṣṇavarṇam means Śrī KṛṣṇaCaitanya. Kṛṣṇavarṇa and KṛṣṇaCaitanya are equivalent. The name Kṛṣṇa appears with both Lord Kṛṣṇa and Lord CaitanyaKṛṣṇa. Lord Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but He always engages in describing Kṛṣṇa and thus enjoys transcendental bliss by chanting and remembering His name and form. Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself appears as Lord Caitanya to preach the highest gospel. Lord Caitanya always chants the holy name of Kṛṣṇa and describes it also, and because He is Kṛṣṇa Himself, whoever meets Him will automatically chant the holy name of Kṛṣṇa and later describe it to others. He injects one with transcendental Kṛṣṇa consciousness, which merges the chanter in transcendental bliss. In all respects, therefore, He appears before everyone as Kṛṣṇa, either by personality or by sound. Simply by seeing Lord Caitanya one at once remembers Lord Kṛṣṇa. One may therefore accept Him as viṣṇutattva. In other words, Lord Caitanya is Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself. Sāṅgopāṅgāstra-pārṣadam further indicates that Lord Caitanya is Lord Kṛṣṇa. His body is always decorated with ornaments of sandalwood and with sandalwood paste. By His superexcellent beauty He subdues all the people of the age. In other descents the Lord sometimes used weapons to defeat the demoniac, but in this age the Lord subdues them with His all-attractive figure as Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī explains that His beauty is His astra, or weapon, to subdue the demons. Because He is all-attractive, it is to be understood that all the demigods lived with Him as His companions. His acts were uncommon and His associates wonderful. When He propagated the saṅkīrtana movement, He attracted many great scholars and ācāryas, especially in Bengal and Orissa. Lord Caitanya is always accompanied by His best associates like Lord Nityānanda, Advaita, Gadādhara and Śrīvāsa. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī cites a verse from the Vedic literature which says that there is no necessity of performing sacrificial demonstrations or ceremonial functions. He comments that instead of engaging in such external, pompous exhibitions, all people, regardless of caste, color or creed, can assemble together and chant HareKṛṣṇa to worship Lord Caitanya. Kṛṣṇavarṇaṁ tviṣākṛṣṇam indicates that prominence should be given to the name of Kṛṣṇa. Lord Caitanya taught Kṛṣṇa consciousness and chanted the name of Kṛṣṇa. Therefore, to worship Lord Caitanya, everyone should together chant the mahāmantraHare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. To propagate worship in churches, temples or mosques is not possible, because people have lost interest in that. But anywhere and everywhere, people can chant HareKṛṣṇa. Thus worshiping Lord Caitanya, they can perform the highest activity and fulfill the highest religious purpose of satisfying the Supreme Lord. Śrīla SārvabhaumaBhaṭṭācārya, a famous disciple of Lord Caitanya, said, “The principle of transcendental devotional service having been lost, Śrī KṛṣṇaCaitanya has appeared to deliver again the process of devotion. He is so kind that He is distributing love of Kṛṣṇa. Everyone should be attracted more and more to His lotus feet, as humming bees are attracted to a lotus flower.” Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila 3.62   śrīvāsādi pāriṣada sainya saṅge lañādui senā-pati bule kīrtana kariyā SYNONYMS śrīvāsaādi—Śrīvāsa and others; pāriṣada—associates; sainya—soldiers; saṅge—along with; lañā—taking; dui—two; senāpati—captains; bule—travel; kīrtanakariyā—chanting the holy name. TRANSLATION These two captains, with Their soldiers such as Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura, travel everywhere, chanting the holy name of the Lord.  Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta Adi-Lila 4. 75guru-varga,–nityānanda, advaita ācāryaśrīvāsādi, āra yata–laghu, sama, āryasabe pāriṣada, sabe līlāra sahāyasabā lañā nija-kārya sādhe gaura-rāya   SYNONYMS
guruvarga—elders; nityānanda—Lord Nityānanda; advaitaācārya—and Advaita Ācārya; śrīvāsaādi—Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura and others; āra—others; yata—all; laghu, sama, ārya—junior, equal or superior; sabe—everyone; pāriṣada—associates; sabe—everyone; līlārasahāya—helpers in the pastimes; sabālañā—taking all of them; nijakārya—His own aims; sādhe—executes; gaurarāya—Lord Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu. TRANSLATION His elders such as Lord Nityānanda, Advaita Ācārya and Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura, as well as His other devotees-whether His juniors, equals or superiors-are all His associates who help Him in His pastimes. Lord Gaurāṅga fulfills His aims with their help.  Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-Lila 5. 144-145pañca-tattva avatīrṇa caitanyera saṅgepañca-tattva lañā karena saṅkīrtana raṅge SYNONYMS
pañcatattva—these five tattvas;avatīrṇa—advented; caitanyera—with CaitanyaMahāprabhu; saṅge—in company with; pañcatattva—the same five subjects; lañā—taking with Himself; karena—He does; saṅkīrtana—the saṅkīrtana movement; raṅge—in great pleasure. TRANSLATION These five tattvas incarnate with Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and thus the Lord executes His saṅkīrtana movement with great pleasure. PURPORT In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam there is the following statement regarding Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu:  kṛṣṇa-varṇaṁ tviṣākṛṣṇaṁ
yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtana-prāyair
yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ

“In the Age of Kali, people who are endowed with sufficient intelligence will worship the Lord, who is accompanied by His associates, by performance of saṅkīrtanayajña.” (Bhāg. 11.5.32) Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu is always accompanied by His plenary expansion Śrī NityānandaPrabhu, His incarnation Śrī AdvaitaPrabhu, His internal potency Śrī GadādharaPrabhu and His marginal potency Śrīvāsa Prabhu. He is in the midst of them as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One should know that Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu is always accompanied by these other tattvas. Therefore our obeisances to Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu are complete when we say śrīkṛṣṇacaitanya prabhu -ityānanda śrīadvaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaurabhaktavṛnda. As preachers of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement, we first offer our obeisances to Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu by chanting this Pañcatattvamantra; then we say HareKṛṣṇa, HareKṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare HareRāma, HareRāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare. There are ten offenses in the chanting of the HareKṛṣṇamahāmantra, but these are not considered in the chanting of the Pañcatattvamantra, namely, śrīkṛṣṇacaitanya prabhunityānanda śrīadvaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaurabhaktavṛnda. Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu is known as mahā-vadānyāvatāra, the most magnanimous incarnation, for He does not consider the offenses of the fallen souls. Thus to derive the full benefit of the chanting of the mahāmantra (HareKṛṣṇa, HareKṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare HareRāma, HareRāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare), we must first take shelter of Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu, learn the Pañcatattvamahāmantra, and then chant the HareKṛṣṇamahāmantra. That will be very effective. Taking advantage of Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu, many unscrupulous devotees manufacture a mahāmantra of their own. Sometimes they sing, bhaja nitāi gaura rādhe śyāma hare kṛṣṇa hare rāma or śrīkṛṣṇacaitanya prabhunityānanda hare kṛṣṇa hare rāma śrīrādhe govinda. Actually, however, one should chant the names of the full Pañcatattva (śrīkṛṣṇacaitanya prabhunityānanda śrīadvaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaurabhaktavṛnda) and then the sixteen words HareKṛṣṇa, HareKṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare HareRāma, HareRāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare, but these unscrupulous, less intelligent men confuse the entire process. Of course, since they are also devotees they can express their feelings in that way, but the method prescribed by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s pure devotees is to chant first the full Pañcatattvamantra and then chant the mahāmantraHareKṛṣṇa, HareKṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare HareRāma, HareRāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare.   Sri Caitanya Caritarmta Adi Lila 7.4 ________________________________________________________

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asyaartho vivrtas tair yahsa sankshipyaa vilikhyatebhakta-rupo gaurachandroyato ‘sau nandanandanah bhakta-swarupo nityanandovraje yah sri-halayudhahbhaktaavatara acaryo‘dvaito yah sri-sadaasivah bhaktaakhyaah srinivaasaadyaayatas te bhakta-rupinahbhakta-shaktir dvi jaagranyahsri-gadaadhara-panditah   “I shall now summarily explain the meaning of these words. In this Pancha-tattwa, the bhakta-rupa (form of a devotee) is Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who formerly appeared as Sri Krishna, the son of Nanda Maharaj. The bhakta-swarupa (devotional incarnation) is Lord Nityananda, who formerly appeared in Vrajabhumi as Lord Balarama. The bhaktaavatara (devotional manifestation) is Lord Advaita Acarya, who is not different from Sadaashiva. The bhataakhya (pure devotee) is Srinivasa and other great devotees as well. The bhakta-shakti (devotional energy) is Gadadhara Pandita, the foremost of brahmanas.” (Gaura Ganodesh Dipika 11.)sri-visvambharaadvaita-nityanandaavadhutahahatra trayah samunneyaavighraha prabhavaash ca te eko mahaaprabhur jneyahsri-caitanya dayaambudhihprabhu dvau sri-yutau nityaa-nandaadvaitau mahaashayau goswaamino vighrash cate dvi jaash ca gadaadharahpancha-tattwaatmaka ete srinivaasas ca panditah   “Lord Chaitanya, Lord Nityananda Avadhuta, and Lord Advaita, are all incarnations of the supremly exalted Personality of Godhead, and They are all known by the title Prabhu (Master). Among Them, Lord Chaitanya, Who is an ocean of mercy, is known as Mahaprabhu (The Great Master), and the great personalities Lord Nityananda and Lord Advaita are known only as Prabhu (Master). All three are also known as Goswami (Master of the Senses). Gadaadhara is called by the title Dvija (Brahmana, and Srinivaasa is called by the title Pandita (Learned Scholar). These are the titles of the members of the Pancha-tattwa.” (Gaura Ganodesha Dipika 13.)   “O my Lord Gaurahari, You are the abode of auspiciousness which is as beautiful as the kirtana of Krsna. You are the ocean of elegance, bestower of constant flow of devotion and mountain of love which is as bright as gold. Your beautiful features give soothing relief to the eyes of every living being and you are mankind’s salvation from all kinds of misfortune. You are the center of the Lila Vilasa, and the life of the devotees. Be kind to me.” (Bhakti-ratnakara. KJA1.)   “O my Prabhu, Sri Gopala Bhatta, the bee at the lotus like feet of Sri Gaura. You are the sun which destroys the darkness of illusion, the ocean of kindness and the greatest of all the brahmanas. You are the son of Sri Venkata Bhatta and a valuable ornament of divine love and devotion. You are the destroyer of worldly miseries and a resort of happiness to the misery stricken people. O Lord save me.” (Bhakti-ratnakara. KJA.2.)   “O my Prabhu, Srila Gopala Bhatta, a bee at the lotus like feet of Mahaprabhu. You are the most skillful devotee of the Lord. O my Prabhu Srinivasa, whose complexion is as golden as Sri Sacinandana, you are the king amongst all the brahmanas. Please bless me.” (Bhakti-ratnakara. KJA3.)   “I constantly worship the companions of Srinivasa Prabhu who is like the wishing tree of devotional love of Sri Krsna Caitanya Candra.” (Bhakti-ratnakara. KJA4.)   “My dear listeners, please repeatedly and joyfully hear the Bhaktiratnakara which is the life of all Vaisnavas and the destroyer of all miseries and misfortunes.” (Bhakti-ratnakara. KJA5.)   “Sri Gadadhara is expansion Radharani and Srinivasa is the expansion of Narada Muni, or in other words they are the internal and the devotional energy respectively.” (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. Letter 27th May 1970.)  srivas-pandito dhimaanyah pura narado munihpurvataakhyo muni-varoya aasin narada-priyahsa raama-panditah srimamstat-kanistha-sahaodarah   “Intelligent Srivaasa Pandita had previously been Narada Muni, the best of the sages. Srivaasa’s younger brother, Sriman Rama Pandita, had previously been Narada’s close friend Parvata Muni” (Gaura Ganodesh Dipika 90.)   Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura, the Vyasadeva of Sri Gaurasundara’s pastimes, has sung the praises of Srivasa Pandita in this way:   “It was in Srivasa Pandita’s house that Sri Caitanya enacted His pastimes of sankirtana. Those four brothers (Srivasa, Sri Rama, Sripati and Srinidhi) were continuously engaged in singing the names of Sri Krsna. They worshipped Sri Krsna and bathed in the Ganges thrice daily.”   These four brothers previously lived in the district of Sri Hatta. Later on they came to reside on the banks of the Ganges. There they regularly used to attend the assembly of devotees who gathered at Sri Advaita Acarya’s house to hear the Srimad Bhagavatam and engage in congregational chanting of the Holy Names. Gradually the brothers became very close friends of Sri Jagannatha Misra, with whom they would chant and listen to the Bhagavatam. In all matters Srivasa was the leader of the four brothers. By the strength of his devotion, he could understand that Sri Krsna was going to appear in the house of Jagannatha Misra. Srivasa Pandits’s wife’s name was Sri Malinidevi. She was a very close friend of Sri Sacidevi and was always very helpful to her.   _______________________________________________________

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Srila Prabhupada desccribes the maha-prakasha at Srivasa Thakura;s housśrī-murāri gupta śākhā–premera bhāṇḍāraprabhura hṛdaya drave śuni’ dainya yāṅra   SYNONYMS  śrīmurāri gupta—of the name Śrī Murāri Gupta; śākhā—branch; premera—of love of Godhead; bhāṇḍāra—store; prabhura—of the Lord; hṛdaya—the heart; drave—melts; śuni‘-hearing; dainya—humility; yāṅra—of whom.   TRANSLATION  Murāri Gupta, the twenty-first branch of the tree of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, was a storehouse of love of Godhead. His great humility and meekness melted the heart of Lord Caitanya.   PURPORT   Śrī Murāri Gupta wrote a book called Śrī Caitanyacarita. He belonged to a vaidya physician family of Śrīhaṭṭa, the paternal home of Lord Caitanya, and later became a resident of Navadvīpa. He was among the elders of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Lord Caitanya exhibited His Varāha form in the house of Murāri Gupta, as described in the Caitanyabhāgavata, Madhyalīlā, Third Chapter. When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu exhibited His mahāprakāśa form, He appeared before Murāri Gupta as Lord Rāmacandra. When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Nityānanda Prabhu were sitting together in the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura, Murāri Gupta first offered his respects to Lord Caitanya and then to Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu. Nityānanda Prabhu, however, was older than Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and therefore Lord Caitanya remarked that Murāri Gupta had violated social etiquette, for he should have first shown respect to Nityānanda Prabhu and then to Him. In this way, by the grace of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Murāri Gupta was informed about the position of Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu, and the next day he offered obeisances first to Lord Nityānanda and then to Lord Caitanya. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu gave chewed pan, or betel nut, to Murāri Gupta. Once Śivānanda Sena offered food to Lord Caitanya that had been cooked with excessive ghee, and the next day the Lord became sick and went to Murāri Gupta for treatment. Lord Caitanya accepted some water from the waterpot of Murāri Gupta, and thus He was cured. The natural remedy for indigestion is to drink a little water, and since Murāri Gupta was a physician, he gave the Lord some drinking water and cured Him.   When Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared in the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura in His Caturbhuja mūrti, Murāri Gupta became His carrier in the form of Garuḍa, and in these pastimes of ecstasy the Lord then got up on his back. It was the desire of Murāri Gupta to leave his body before the disappearance of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, but the Lord forbade him to do so. This is described in Caitanyabhagāvata, Madhyalīlā, Chapter Twenty. When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu one day appeared in ecstasy as the Varāha mūrti, Murāri Gupta offered Him prayers. He was a great devotee of Lord Rāmacandra, and his staunch devotion is vividly described in the Caitanyacaritāmṛta, Madhyalīlā, Fifteenth Chapter, verses 137 through 157. Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adim Lila 10.49     prabhura abhiṣeka tabe karila śrīvāsakhāṭe vasi’ prabhu kailā aiśvarya prakāśa   SYNONYMS  prabhura—of the Lord; abhiṣeka—worship; tabe—after that; karila—did; śrīvāsa—of the name Śrīvāsa; khāṭe—on the cot; vasi‘-sitting; prabhu—Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; kailā—did; aiśvarya—opulence; prakāśa—manifestation.   TRANSLATION  Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura then worshiped Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu by the process of abhiṣeka. Sitting on a cot, the Lord exhibited transcendental opulence.   PURPORT   Abhiṣeka is a special function for the installation of the Deity. In this ceremony the Deity is bathed with milk and water and then worshiped and given a change of dress. This abhiṣeka function was especially observed at the house of Śrīvāsa. All the devotees, according to their means, worshiped the Lord with all kinds of paraphernalia, and the Lord gave benedictions to each devotee according to his desire, Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila 17.11   TEXT 18 tabe sapta-prahara chilā prabhu bhāvāveśeyathā tathā bhakta-gaṇa dekhila viśeṣe  SYNONYMS  tabe—thereafter; saptaprahara—twenty-one hours; chilā—remained; prabhu—the Lord; bhāvaāveśe—in ecstasy; yathā—anywhere; tathā—everywhere; bhaktagaṇa—the devotees; dekhila—saw; viśeṣe—specifically.   TRANSLATION  After this incident, the Lord remained in an ecstatic position for twenty-one hours, and all the devotees saw His specific pastimes.   PURPORT   In the Deity’s room there must be a bed for the Deity behind the Deity’s throne. (This system should immediately be introduced in all our centers. It does not matter whether the bed is big or small; it should be of a size the Deity room can conveniently accommodate, but there must be at least a small bed.) One day in the house of Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura, Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu sat down on the bed of Viṣṇu, and all the devotees worshiped Him with the Vedic mantras of the Puruṣasūkta, beginning with sahasraśīrṣā puruṣaḥ sahasrākṣaḥ sahasrapāt. This vedastuti should also be introduced, if possible, for installations of Deities. While bathing the Deity, all the priests and devotees must chant this Puruṣasūkta and offer the appropriate paraphernalia for worshiping the Deity, such as flowers, fruits, incense, ārati paraphernalia, naivedya, vastra and ornaments. All the devotees worshiped Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu in this way, and the Lord remained in ecstasy for seven praharas, or twenty-one hours. He took this opportunity to show the devotees that He is the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, who is the source of all other incarnations, as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gītā (10.8): ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate. All the different forms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, or viṣṇutattva, emanate from the body of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu exposed all the private desires of the devotees, and thus all of them became fully confident that Lord Caitanya is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.   Some devotees call this exhibition of ecstasy by the Lord sāta-prahariyā bhāva, or “the ecstasy of twenty-one hours,” and others call it mahābhāvaprakāśa or mahāprakāśa. There are other descriptions of this sāta-prahariyā bhāva in the Caitanya-bhāvagata, Chapter Nine, which mentions that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu blessed a maidservant named Duḥkhī with the name Sukhī. He called for Kholāvecā Śrīdhara, and showed him His mahāprakāśa. Then He called for Murāri Gupta and showed him His feature as Lord Rāmacandra. He offered His blessings to Haridāsa Ṭhākura, and at this time He also asked Advaita Prabhu to explain the Bhagavad-gītā as it is (gītāra satyapāṭha) and showed special favor to Mukunda. Sri caitanya caritamrtas 17.18

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