Anurage dhay muni, vinara shabda shuni
Vaikunthera praja harashita
Vaikunthera dvare giya, anande vihavala haiya
Sumangala gay gunagita
Filled with intense love, Narada moved quickly towards Vaikuntha. The sound of his vina filled the hearts of the residents of Vaikuntha with bliss.Reaching the gates of Vaikuntha, and being overwhelmed with ecstasy, Narada began singing auspicious songs glorifying the supreme Lord.
Dekhila vaikunthanath, sab parisada sath
Basiyachhe ratna simhasane
Pariya charanatale , muni paranama kare
Tuli pahun kaila alingane
Narada saw the Lord of Vaikuntha, who was seated upon a jewelled throne, along with His eternal associates. Falling down upon His feet, Narada offered his respectful obeisances. The Lord picked him up and embraced him.
Hashi hashi kahe pahun, ki tor antare rahun
Kaha muni hridoye sattvare
Utkontha hridoye mor, paliba vachana tor
Agochara kariba gochare
Laughing and smiling the Lord said, ‘tell me what is in your heart. Reveal Me your heart immediately. I am anxious in My heart to fulfill your desire. I shall reveal to you whatever you do not understand’.
Karayore bole muni, tumi sarva antaryami
Tore muin ki baliba ara
Darubrahma rupe more, ye kahila antare
Sei rupa dekhaho tomar
Narada prayed with folded hands, ‘You are the supersoul in everyone’s heart. What i can tell You that you already do not know. In the Daru brahma form of Lord Jagannatha, You told me about a wonderful form. I desire to see that form of Yours’.
Punah kahe gunamani, nibhrite kahiye ami
Seirupa sahaja svarupe
Tar maya chhaya yata, avatara shata shata
Aradhoye parama udyoge
Lord Narayana , the jewel of all virtues, then replied, ‘The form that I had described to You secretly is my original form. Maya is the shadow of that form and hundreds and hundreds of incarnations have come from Him.He is worshipped with the noblest of endeavours’.
Yar kaybyuha ami, byapita shakala bhumi
Sarvamoy vishnu sarve sarva
Lakshmi mor anuchari, ara yei mukti chari
Taha ar kahiye sandarbha
(Lord Narayana continued) ‘I am His plenary portion and I pervade the entire world. I am everywhere and within everything. Goddess Lakshmi and the four kinds of liberation are my followers. Let me speak about Him (Gauranga) in more detail’.
Yanra amsa Vishnu ami, sampada haya Lakhimini
Vaikunthera amsa ei vaikuntha
Mukti-chhaya chari mukti, sabe arapiya shakti
Seve nath se pahun Vaikuntha
(Lord Narayana continued) ‘I, Lord Vishnu, is His plenary portion. Goddess Lakshmi is my potency of opulence. This Vaikuntha realm is a plenary portion of His original Vaikuntha. The four kinds of liberation are only a shadow of the liberation in His realm. Everyone in that realm, serves the master of Vaikuntha, through spontaneous devotional service’.
Lord Gauranga is the supreme master of all. Everything emanates from Him.He is the source of everything moving and unmoving. Mayadevi is His submissive servant. Even Vishnu, who is in charge of maintaining this world, is only a plenary portion of His. Demigods like Brahma and Shiva hanker for His causeless mercy and worship His lotus feet. He is the essence of all the manifestations of the Supreme. He freely bestows what no one else has ever given before – the pure ecstatic love of God.
Bhrantam yatra munisvarair api pura yasmin ksama mandale
Kasyapi [ravivesa naiva dhisana yad veda no va sukah
Yan na kvapi kripamayena ca nije py udghatitam saurina
Tasmin ujjvala bhakti vartmani sukham khelanti Gaura priyah
(Chaitanya Chandramrita, Text 18)
The superexcellent path of pure and confidential devotional service which bewildered great sages of the past, which material intelligence has no power to enter, which even the great and exalted devotee Srila Sukadeva Goswami was not able to fully understand, and which was not directly revealed even by merciful Lord Krishna, is the place where the dear devotees of Lord Gauranga happily enjoy their pastimes.
Lord Jagannatha here reveals the supreme position of Lord Chaitanya in the below verse :
Vaikuntha upari sthan, Goloka yahara nama
Sri Gaurasundara tahe raja
Lakhimi adika naari, eki Purusa Hari
Sukhomoy sakala paraja
(Chaitanya Mangala, 2.494)
(Jagannatha continued) ‘Goloka, which occupies the topmost position in Vaikuntha, is the place where Lord Gauranga is the king.Lakshmi and many other ladies reside there and serve Him. Lord Hari is the only enjoyer over there. All the residents of Goloka are full of bliss’.
Radha matra prakriti, premamaya akriti
Yar bosh Purusa-pradhana
Vaikunthera ek dham, maha vaikuntha yar nama
Teen guna shakti sandhana
(Lord Narayana continued) ‘Srimati Radharani is the original energy and the very embodiment of Love for the supreme. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is under Her control.One of the sacred pastime places of Vaikuntha, whose name is Maha-Vaikuntha, is their realm. It is three-quarters of all existence’.
Nischoi vachana mori, amaya se Gaurahari
Prakata karuna kalpataru
Chala muni chali jai, sei Mahaprabhu thhai
Shakala bhuvane sikshaguru
(Lord Narayana continued) ‘What I say is definitely true. Lord Gaurahari is beyond the touch of Maya.He is the manifestation of the wishfulling desire tree of compassion. Come on , let us go, to the abode of sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is the spiritual teacher of the entire world’.
Chalila munindra-raya, vina Hariguna gaya
Anande abosh anga kanpe
Pulakita sab ga, apada mastaka ya
Premabari dunayane jhanpe
Sounding on his vina, and singing glories of Lord Hari, Narada, the king of the sages, departed. His limbs trembled in ecstasy. His entire body , starting from his head to feet, was overwhelmed with bliss. Tears of love streamed from his eyes.
Premamade matoyar, kshane haya chamatkara
Kshane dake Gauranga baliya
Kshane aadha-pada yay, kshane kshane firi chai
Kshane kande kshane chale dhaya
He became wild with ecstatic love for the Lord. One moment he would be filled with wonder, the next he would cry out ‘Gauranga’. The next moment he would stagger a few steps, and turn his head around for no reason. Sometimes he would cry and the next moment he would run forward rapidly.
One who tastes the nectar of Lord Gauranga’s mercy, who feels the bliss of His divine love, can care about nothing else in this entire creation. Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati makes the follower prayer in Chaitanya Chandramrita :
kandarpad api sundarah surasarit purad aho pavanah
sitamsor api shitalah sumadhuroh madhvika sarad api
data kalpa mahiruhad api maha snigdho jananya api
premna Gaura harih kada nu hrdi me dhyatuh padah dhasyati
(Chaitanya Chandramrita, Text 72)
When will Lord Gaurahari, who is unlimitedly more beautiful than Cupid, infinitely more purifying than the celestial Ganges, more soothing than millions of moons, sweeter than madhavika nectar, more charitable and generous than the celestial desire creepers, and more affectionate than millions of mothers , appear in my meditation and lovingly place His lotus feet upon my heart ?