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Chapter Five

Sri Mayapur and Antardvipa

All glories to Sri Caitanya, the son of Saci! All glories to Nityananda, the life of Jahnava! All glories to Navadvipa, the topmost dhama where Gauranga advented in Kali-yuga.

Nityananda Prabhu began speaking, "Listen to My words. Navadvipa extends over sixteen krosas. Within the sixteen krosas of Navadvipa, which are non-different from Vrndavana, there are nine islands, which form an eight-petaled lotus floating on the water. In the middle of the eight islands, or petals, lies Antardvipa. And within Antardvipa, lies the very central point, Mayapur. The eternal pastimes of Lord Caitanya take place within Yogapitha and the circle of Mayapur, the circumference of which measures three and a half miles and the diameter measures just over one mile. Because the Panca-tattva are seated at the Yogapitha, it is the most glorious of all places.

"Very soon, by the desire of the Lord, this will be nearly hidden under the waters of the Ganges. Then later, by the powerful desire of the Lord, the dhama will again be revealed and shine effulgently. The eternal dhama is never really lost but is temporarily covered, and then again it appears to our eyes.

"My worshipable Lord eternally resides at Mayapur, situated on the east bank of the Ganges. Although in the eyes of common people, Visvambhara took sannyasa and left Navadvipa to go elsewhere, actually My Gauranga never gives up Mayapur or Navadvipa. The devotees can perceive His daily lila. You, Jiva, will also see Gauranga dancing.

"Around Mayapur is beautiful Antardvipa, where Brahma received the darsana of Gauranga. O Jiva, if you want to see all this, please go on parikrama. It will be very beneficial for you."

Hearing the Lord's words, Jiva, with tears in his eyes, fell flat like a stick at Nityananda's feet and requested, "You will show real mercy on this unworthy wretch if You Yourself take me on parikrama."

Hearing Jiva's request, Nityananda Raya simply said, "So be it." By that, He revealed His mind. Nityananda said, "Jiva, today take Darsana of Mayapur. Tomorrow we will tour more extensively."

Saying this, Nityananda Prabhu got up, and Jiva followed Him with a happy heart. Nityananda moved forward slowly, for His body was extremely agitated with ecstatic love for Gauranga. Nityananda Prabhu was engrossed in ecstasy, and His enchanting form was decorated with gold ornaments which glittered and shone. The very feet that Brahma and Siva cannot attain by meditation were served out to Sri Jiva simply by the mercy of Sri Nityananda. Thus Jiva followed the Lord taking the dust of the Lord's feet and smearing it over his body. Off he went in great happiness.

They entered Jagannatha Misra's house and Nityananda introduced Jiva at the feet of mother Saci. "O mother, this is the magnanimous Sri Jiva, a fortunate and dear servant of Sri Caitanya."


When the Lord said this, Jiva fell over like a tree uprooted by a storm. Falling at Saci's feet, he rolled on the ground out of' control as he exhibited various symptoms of ecstasy. Mother Saci mercifully blessed him, and on that very day, in that very house, they took prasada.

Receiving the order from mother Saci, Visnupriya-devi cooked various dishes of rice, vegetables, chutney and sweets. Vamsivadana Dasa offered the bhoga attentively to Gauranga. Isana Thakura felt delighted within as he arranged a sitting place and served Nityananda the prasada. In motherly affection, Saci said, "My child Nityananda, eat at Your mother's house! Unseen by You, I have made Gauranga eat this. So when You eat, my mind becomes very happy."

Hearing His mother's words, Nityananda Raya ate in great bliss. Afterwards, as Jiva took the remnants, he exclaimed, "I am greatly blessed to take prasada in the house of Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Mayapur."

Having eaten, Nityananda took leave of Sacidevi's lotus feet. At this time they took Vamsivadana Dasa into their group. After Jiva offered his respects at Vamsi's feet, Nityananda introduced him to Jiva, "The devotees know that this Vamsivadana is none other than Krsna's dear flute, by whose mercy the living entities become attracted to Krsna. They then develop great thirst to attain the rasa dance.

"Look, Jiva, Sri Caitanya would bring us in this house, and we enjoyed many pastimes here. See, here is Jagannatha Misra's temple, where he would daily worship Lord Visnu. And in this house, he used to serve his guests. See this tulasi bower. While Gauracandra was still here, He performed all the duties that His father observed. Relying on the authoritative words of Vamsivadana, Isana now performs those duties every day. Here. there was a nimba tree, which disappeared by Sri Caitanya's touch."


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