Lord Chaitanya’s pastimes – Part-51

Lord Chaitanya’s pastimes – Part-51

He fell asleep and in his dream goddess Saraswati appeared and said, “You are very fortunate today. You had the darshan of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna who has mercifully appeared as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He is the source of brahman and paramatma; He is Bhagavan! He is even my Lord. Whatever knowledge I have, comes from Him. From Him everything emanates. Even Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva are His servants. My ability to bless you comes from Him alone. And He decided to give His special mercy to you today. So feel blessed. You prayed to me very sincerely and I have blessed you profusely by which you could defeat everyone. But all that was not my real blessing. My real blessing was today- you got an opportunity to directly and personally meet the Supreme Lord, Lord Gaura Hari. Now go to him and perfect your life by surrendering to Him in all humility.”

When devatas give us material gifts, we need to know remember that this is not their real blessing. But when they direct us to Krishna, they are actually rewarding us with the supreme most blessing.

The next morning Keshav Kashmiri came to Nimai Pandit’s house early morning, all alone. He fell at the Lord’s feet and begged forgiveness and sought blessings. He offered heart-felt prayers and thanked the Lord for having totally smashed his pride and yet, kept his honour intact. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu instructed him that materialistic achievements are all temporary and illusory. The only eternal thing is devotional service to Krishna. “Do not waste your time in anything other than Krishna katha and Krishna kirtan.” Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also instructed him to cultivate humility.

“One who thinks himself lower than the grass, who is more tolerant than a tree, and who does not expect personal honour yet is always prepared to give all respect to others can very easily always chant the holy name of the Lord.”

Keshav Kashmiri left all his opulence and followers and even his Vijaya Patra, and accepted the path of pure devotional service. Alone he walked, in humility and bliss, chanting the Holy Names of Krishna.

He vowed to give up his business of debating and became an unalloyed devotee of Krishna. He went on to become one of the principal spiritual masters in the Nimbarka sampradaya.

After the Digvijay Pandit’s defeat, everybody in Nawadwip celebrated and they were wonder struck. How could a young boy defeat such a mighty scholar? Nimai had begun teaching at the age of eleven and when the scholar came to Nawadwip, Nimai Pandit was around thirteen or fourteen years old.

This way Nimai’s fame and Nawadwip’s prestige increased and thousands more came to Nawadwip to learn from the great Nimai Pandit.

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