Nimai said, “Yes, Oh revered scholar. I am a new student whereas you are a seasoned champion. Therefore I am not showing flaws and instead asking you only to point out the flaws.”
Again the Pandit snarled, “You think you are better than me? Have you studied alankara- the way I have studied and mastered them?”
“No, I may not have studied as much as you have, oh great scholar,” Nimai humbly presented. “But I have heard attentively from my teachers and therefore I can see there are both good points and flaws in your composition.”
Nimai Pandit systematically highlighted flaws in Keshava Kashmiri’s composition. He shred to pieces just one verse- the 64th verse, and declared that if this is the condition of your one verse, then how much more faults can be found if we analyse each of your hundred verses. (For more details on the logic and argument that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu presented when systematically demolishing Keshav Kashmiri, the readers are advised to read Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adil Lila, 16th Chapter)
However, after presenting the flaws, the Lord immediately stopped his students who began to cheer the Lord and mock at the great scholar. In fact, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu told Keshava Kashmiri that his composition is excellent and to find faults is not difficult and these minor flaws doesn’t discredit his otherwise near perfect glorification of river Ganges.
After the Lord finished, the ball was now on the Pandit’s court. He had to defend himself. However, to his own dismay, his mind went blank. His tongue wouldn’t move. He fluttered and sat confused and stunned. He intensely prayed to mother Saraswati, “Oh mother, please save me. Please guide me. Let me refute the points posed by this boy.”
He still remained speechless. He prayed again, “Oh mother, you never let me down. Why are you doing this to me?”
He became embarrassed and ashamed but Nimai protected his dignity by ensuring that his students didn’t laugh at him. Bewildered, the Digvijay Pandit sat there, his pride crushed to powder.
Nimai then respectfully told the Pandit, “Actually, you are a great scholar. Why don’t you go home and return tomorrow? We would all like to learn and hear from you.”
Keshav Kashmiri went to his place of residence and prayed to Saraswati. He was in pain as he beseeched her to reveal the cause of her not reciprocating when he needed her help the most. Why did she abandon him?
Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu ki Jai!!!
To be continued…