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Lord Chaitanya’s pastimes – Part-38

The festivities included brahmanas chanting mantras, singing and dancing. This way, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Gaura Hari was married to his eternal consort Srimati Lakshmi devi.

After the marriage cremony, there was a procession back to Sachi mata’s house and Vallabhacharya bid farewell to his daughter to her new home. Sachi mata offered arati to the divine couple. It is said that Sachi mata sometimes saw her daughter-in-law Lakshmi radiate dazzling effulgence that her entire house shone with a bright light. At other times the entire house was filled with fragrance of lotus flowers. Sachi mata understood that this girl is none other than the goddess of fortune. Sachi mata’s happiness knew no bounds.

Soon after their marriage, a great devotee Isvara Puri, came to Nawadwip. Isvara Puri was the illustrious disciple of Srila Madhavendra Puri. The Chaitanya Caritamrita explains that when Madhavendra Puri performed his final pastimes of departing from this world, Isvara Puri, as the personal servant of his spiritual master, rendered humble menial service to his gurudev. Madhavendra puri had become invalid and bedridden in old age. That time Isvara Puri personally cleansed his body and took care of all his needs, including cleaning his stool and urine with his own hands. For the pleasure of his spiritual master, Srila Isvara Puri constantly chanted the Holy Names and narrated the beautiful pastimes of Lord Krishna. He gave immense happiness to Srila Madhavendra Puri by his humble, genuine, submissive mood of pure devotional service. Madhavendra Puri profusely blessed his disciple, Isvara Puri, “May you, my dear child, always float in the ocean of divine love for Krishna.”

It’s because of this attitude that Isvara Puri became specially blessed by his spiritual master. Madhavendra Puri had many disciples. Nityananda Prabhu, Srila Advaita Acharya, Pundarik Vidyanidhi, Sriranga Puri, and Paramananda Puri were some of the well-known amongst them.

When Isvara Puri came to Nawadwip, he arrived at the house of Advaita Acharya. He was dressed in such poor and ragged clothes that no one could identify who he was. His exalted position was concealed and people thought he was just another, ordinary beggar. When he sat quietly in a corner, Advaita Acharya kept looking at him for a long time and then asked him, “Who are you? What’s your name? Where have you come from?”

To be continued…

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