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Lord Chaitanya’s pastimes- The nourishment for the soul- Part 7

Lord Chaitanya’s pastimes- The nourishment for the soul- Part 7

Lord induces all to chant Hare Krishna

Srila Prabhupada said the Krishna consciousness movement will spread
if we keep our lives dedicated to three principles: Hari Katha, Hari
Puja, and Hari Kirtan. Management and efficiency is a must but
spiritual principles and effectiveness is what sustains any spiritual
tradition.

Efficiency is doing the things right but effectiveness is to do the
right things. And chanting and hearing Krishna’s pastimes is always
the right thing to do. Therefore even if we know the Lord’s stories
and Krishna consciousness philosophy, still if we read and hear them
repeatedly, we’d feel nourished and strengthened in ways that nothing
can else of this world can provide.

The Lord after entering the heart of Jagannath Mishra and Saci Devi
orchestrated amazing pastimes.

As soon as the Lord entered the womb of Saci Devi, she became
effulgent like goddess Lakshmi. Their house shone in dazzling
brilliance. Saci Devi was astounded as she now heard divine music
performed by celestial beings like the Gandharvas and various Apsaras-
the heavenly denizens. She began to see various demi-gods in the sky
sing beautiful, happy songs and offer prayers to the child in her
womb. Strangers would come to their house and offer special gifts to
Jagannath Mishra. The parents were filled with transcendental bliss.

The child remained in the womb of Saci Devi for thirteen full months.
The parents were worried and approached Nilamabar Chakravarty, the
most renowned astrologer and father of Saci Devi. He explained that
very soon the most illustrious child would appear but is waiting for
the most auspicious moment to come into this world.

On the full moon night of the month of Falguna, 1407 Saka era, Lord
Brahma and other demi-gods made all arrangements to welcome the
Supreme Personality of Godhead into this world. Krishna das Kaviraj
explains that the planet Rahu thought: when the spotless full moon of
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is about to appear, what use would the
ordinary moon of this world, with so many spots, entail. That’s why
Rahu swallowed the moon and there was a full lunar eclipse.

During those times a lunar eclipse would invoke fear of
inauspiciousness in people. The citizens of Nawadwip were no
exception.

The Lord in the heart of all residents inspired them to gather at the
bank of Ganga for an auspicious bath that would remove all evil spells
caused by an eclipse. At the opportune moment of the eclipse,
everyone, regardless of caste and creed, sex and class; and even
Muslims; they all chanted loudly the Hare Krishna Maha mantra:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare
Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

To be continued…

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