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79 The island called Ritudvipa is very enchanting, being covered with numerous kinds of forests. It is where all the seasons headed by Spring are eternally engaged in service to Lord Gaura. The very land relieves all troubles, for it is the abode of transcendental bliss. This area is the same as Radha Kunda in Braja.

80 Sometimes during the wild sporting of sankirtana at this place and singing the glories of Lord Krsna, Sri Gauranga remembers Krsna's pastimes of tending the cows. Thus he loudly and repeatedly calls out the names of the cows: "O Syamali! O Dhavali!" Then calling for His cowherd boyfriends Sridama and Subala, He breaks down and cries in great sorrow.

81 When will I wander about the island of Ritudvipa, seeing the beauty of the forest and remembering these pastimes of the Lord? Suddenly I will catch a glimpse of the pastimes being performed at Radha Kunda and become completely stunned by such a wonderful vision.

82 Here on the bank of the Manasa Ganga River, Balarama and Krsna along with Their cowherd boyfriends named Dama, Bala, and Mahabala head countless calves to secluded forests. While sporting numerous pastimes and playing tricks, all the boys sing the glories of Krsna.

83 The cowherd boys then sit down and engage in various types of funny conversations. Meanwhile, the calves keep grazing and grazing until they wander off to distant woods. Losing sight of them, all the boys become alarmed, but at the sound of Krsna's flute the calves immediately come running back.

84 While I am watching and watching this pastime with full attention, suddenly the scene vanishes and I will fall to the ground unconscious... Regaining my awareness after some time, I shall rise up and then continue wandering slowly and sadly throughout the forest.

85 "O Gauranga, O Krsnacandra, O Oceans of mercy! You are the wealth for the wretched and poor, and I am the lowest rascal!" Saying this while weeping and sobbing continuously, I will move onwards. Then suddenly I will behold the town of Vidya Nagara.

86 This place is the abode of the four Vedas and the sixty-four branches of knowledge. Vidya Nagara is without a doubt the central seat of Sarasvati, the Goddess of learning. Taking shelter of this putha, Lord Brahma, Siva and the rsis have revealed all types of knowledge to the material world.

87 Knowing that the Lord would sport His education pastimes here, the teacher of the demigods named Brhaspati gave up his abode in the heavenly planets and took the form of Vasudeva Sarvabhauma. Here at Vidya Nagara he taught all types of knowledge according to various processes.

88 Whoever lives at Vidya Nagara ["the town of knowledge"] and sings the glories of Gaura becomes a fortunate teacher and will never know grief. Whoever takes darsana of the area of Vidya Nagara and worships Lord Gaura [the nectar-producing Moon] will be freed from all ignorance.

89 Will I ever see that beautiful Sri Gaurasundara as He goes to Vidya Nagara out of His affinity for gaining knowledge? I will see Him chastising Devananda Mahasaya with strong words for committing an offense into Srivasa Pandita. Thus the merciful Lord always takes the side of His devotee and defends him.

90 Even Ananta Sesa cannot understand anything about the pastimes of my Lord - when He will become excited by a particular action, what He meditates on while sitting still, why He gives up His kirtans to chastise the students [who criticised him for chanting "gopi, gopi!"] or how much happiness He feels by defeating His teachers.

91 Whatever the Lord does is a cause of bliss. The Lord is completely independent and I am simply His humble servant. My tiny intelligence is naturally limited, and so I have no power whatsoever to judge His actions.

92 All the inhabitants of Navadvipa who act as the Lord's teachers are nourishes of His eternal pastimes; therefore they are worthy of my respects. All of you - please show your compassion to me, a fallen and destitute person! Kindly bestow upon me the qualification for chanting nama-sankirtana.

93 To the tirtha of Vidya Nagara I make this request - I pray that the ignorance which hides the truth of Lord Gaura's pastimes may never cover my mind. With that veil lifted, may I always transcend and live far beyond the realm of maya's illusion.

94 North of Vidya Nagar shines the island of Jahnudvipa, where the forest hermitage of the ascetic Janu Muni is visible to all moving and non-moving beings. Here the best of munis drink some water from the River Ganga and the river then appeared as his daughter named Jahnavi.

95 Here are Jahnu Muni's hermitage, Krsna's devotee named Bhisma learned Bhagavata Dharma relating to Lord Trivikrama. Jahnu Himself took to worshipping the Lord in a manner free from duplicity and easily attained the lotus feet of Sri Krsna Caitanya.

96 This island of Jahnu-dvipa is non different from the forest of Bhadravan in Braja. When will that spotless divine forest be visible to my eyes? Within that forest is the hill known as Bhisma Tila. On top of that hill I shall stay and perform my worship of the Lord.

97 In the evening Bhisma-deva with a pleased mind will appear before me in his pure spiritual body - his complexion blackish like Krsna's holding tulasi beads in his hand and marked with twelve tilaka marks on his body, he is overflowing with the bliss of constantly chanting the Lord's holy names.

98 He will say to me: "Listen, O newcomer to Navadvipa! Today my words are praising the glories of Lord Gauranga. Long ago, during the battle of Kuruksetra, I was struck down and fatally wounded. While dying I was able to behold the form of the moonlike Sri Krsnacandra with fixed attention."

99 "At the time of my death, Lord Krsna told me, 'Formerly you had darsana of Navadvipa, and by that pious activity you have gained Gauranga's mercy. Thus you have now become the eternal resident of Navadvipa.'

100 [Bhisma continues:] "Therefore, I also ask you to please give up all other desires, live in Navadvipa and worship Gaurahari. You need no longer fear the bondage of material sense objects, for you will definitely attain the service of Gauranga's lotus feet.

101 "By the desire of the Lord, the liberated souls can see at all times the pastimes of Krsna and the pastimes of Gaura in this Dhama. Here is the complete absence of the conditioned soul's afflictions such as lamentation, fear, death, all causes of disturbance, as well as desires to be inimical to the Lord.

102 "The pure devotees are intoxicated by drinking the wine of servitude to Lord Krsna, and they are all immersed in the ocean of happiness while performing their respective forms of worship. They do not know the pains of the material world, nor do they experience the difficulty of any wants because everyone is situated in their pure spiritual bodies and possess only perfect desires.

103 "The Supreme Lord has multitudes of servants who are limitless in number. His devoted associates come from two main categories - the nitya mukta or eternally liberated souls, and the baddha-mukta or liberated souls coming from the material world as former conditioned souls. In these very forests of Navadvipa Dhama, the Lord performs His eternal pastimes along with each of these devotees according to their own respective emotional mood.

104 "This transcendental abode is unlimited, with no presence of dull matter whatsoever. Here, only the spiritually conscious energy is in control as the predominating goddess. Everything and everyone here is in perfect accord as followers of the Lord, including place, time, actions, and the bodies of the living entities. All these things are harmoniously situated far beyond the illusory energy - this truth is definitely absolute.

105 "According to the Lord's desire, as long as we do not give up the material body, then for that long we will not perceive the actual ecstatic mood of this Dhama in its complete form. That is because your intelligence refuses to give up its habitual attachment to material designations."

106 "According to the Lord's desire, when you receive a spiritual body then your progressive advancement here is unobstructed. The veil of illusion generated by the material energy will retreat far away, and you will obtain unlimited bliss in this eternal spiritual realm."

107 "O brother! As long as you have this material body, then very carefully remain always fixed in the principles of devotion. Service to the devotees, chanting the holy name of Krsna and worship of the Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha and Krsna should be performed diligently at all times while remaining aloof from temptations of sense gratification.

108 "By the power of the mercy of the Dhama, the mercy of the holy name and the mercy of the devotees, expertly keep undesirable association far away. Very soon you will attain residence in the eternal abode, where pure devotional service to the Divine Couple will become manifest by direct revelation."

109 Hearing these instructions of Bhismadeva, I will fall down at his feet like a rod and offer obeisances with all my limbs. Giving me his blessings, he will then disappear. Weeping and weeping, I will proceed to the forest on the island of Modadrumadvipa.

110 This island of Modadruma is non-different from the forest of Sri Bhandiravan in Braja. All the animals and birds are fully spiritual entities having the nature of pure goodness. In the branches of the trees sit cuckoos who incessantly sing the glories of Lord Gauranga, Sita and Rama.

111 Countless banyan trees spread out their shade-giving branches splendrously here in Bhandiravan and block out the rays of the sun. When will this wonderfully shady place, where Balarama and Krsna displayed their pastimes to the world, ever be visible to my eyes?

112 Wandering and wandering about, observing the glory of the forest, I will suddenly behold the cottage of Lord Sri Rama. Then will I see Rama Himself, the color of fresh durva grass, dressed like a brahmacari and sitting in one place along with Laksmana and Sita.

113 Seeing Lord Ramacandra's beautiful form within that forest, I will swoon on the spot. My entire body overwhelmed with ecstatic love, I will remain stunned and speechless as I fill both my eyes that are heartily drinking the beauty of His form.

114 Being merciful, Laksmana will come forward slowly, set down some fruit and place His feet upon my hear. He will say, "My dear child, please eat this fruit. Since we are living here in the forest, this is all we have to offer our guests."

115 Just as He says this, the vision of this pastime will dissolve. Weeping and weeping, I will eat at the fruit. O, will I ever again see the figure of Rama, green as fresh durva grass? In my heart, I will meditate on that inconceivably beautiful form.

116 Aha! O, my heart weeps without end to leave this forest of Bhandiravan, the abode of transcendental desire-fulfilling gems! In this place Balarama and Krsna, on the pretext of herding cows, perform so many wonderful pastimes. In this same place, Lord Gaura performs manifold pastimes, becoming madly intoxicated with the sound of kirtana in the company of His friends.

117 Then slowly I shall proceed to the town of Vaikunthapur, within the forest called Nihsreyasa. This place is resplendent with profuse spiritual grandeur. Here I will see Paravyoma-natha, the Lord of the spiritual sky, being worshipped by all the demigods. He eternally resides in this realm along with His three energies (lila, bhu and sri).

118 As much as my Sri Krsna is endowed with utmost sweetness [madhurya], similarly the Lord of Vaikuntha is endowed with absolute opulence and grandeur [aisvarya]. Lord Krsna as Vrajendra-nandana never gives up this same opulence, however, but such aspects of His spiritual grandeur are not noticed by His pure devotees.

119 The Lord of all creation was very merciful to Narada Muni and satisfied Narada by hiding His divine opulence and transforming Himself into the form of Gauranga. Seeing that very figure of Lord Gauranga, I will be plunged into the ocean of bliss while dancing wildly and crying in a loud voice.

120 Crossing over the river Viraja and bypassing the town of Brahmani Nagar, I will climb on top of the hill called Arka Tila [the hill of the Sun-god]. sitting there in solitude and worshipping Lord Gaurahari, I will become intoxicated with sweet nectar-mellow of the holy name by singing it with great relish.

121 Arka-deva, the sun god, will mercifully appear to me - with red-hued complexion, long arms, wearing pinkish cloth and tulasi beads, with sandalwood paste spread over all his limbs, the name of Gaurahari constantly on his tongue, and tears flowing from his eyes.

122 He will speak to me: "Dear child, I have appeared before you because you are the devotee of Gauranga. We demigods, although powerful directors of material affairs, are also servants of Gauranga's lotus feet. In my mind, I simply aspire to be the servant of the servant of Gaura."

123 "By my blessings, you will get krsna-bhakti, and you will have the spiritual strength to live in the Dhama and sing the Lord's pure holy name. But please come here from time to time, singing the nectar-smeared name of Krsna for my satisfaction."

124 Falling down like a rod to offer obeisances at Suryadeva's feet, I will then proceed onward to the town of Mahatpur. This Mahatpur is non-different from the forest of Kamyavan, a place of Krsna's pastimes in Vraja. Here the devotees of Lord Gaura raise a tumultuous sound in chanting the name and glories of Sri Krsna.

125 In this forest, the five brothers headed by Yudisthira [the Pandavas] lived in exile for some time with their wife Draupadi. They invited Srila Vyasadeva here and listened to him recite the Gaura Purana. Remaining in seclusion, they performed intensive worship of Sri Gaurahari.

126 Even now in this forest of Kamyavan, devotees can see the assembly of Yudisthira and the same named Bhauma, Suka, Devala, Cavana and Garga Muni. Sitting at the base of a tree, they are all weeping as they hear the stories of Lord Gaura.

127 When will I go to that learned assembly? Bowing down to the sages from afar, I will then come closer and join them. Hearing from the very mouth of Vyasadeva the amazing stories of Gaura delivering the atheists, I will breathe a heavy sigh in ecstatic love.

128 After some time, seeing the assembly vanish, I will shout the name of Gauranga, cry bitterly and roll about on the earth. Feeling hunger during the second quarter of the day, I shall go and pick forest-fruits to eat.

129 Just then Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, will suddenly appear and approach me carrying cooked greens and rice. She will address me, "Dear child, please take this offering of mine. It is two or four handfuls of rice prasad that have been offered to Gauranga."

130 Offering Draupadi my full obeisances, I will feel most worthless as I extend my hand and accept the greens and rice. The prasadam remnants of Lord Gauranga are most astonishing and by honouring them my tongue will become fortunate.

131 Whoever gets the mercy of such maha-prasadam certainly obtains pure devotional service to Lord Krsna. May that mercy eternally be mine, which will enable me to easily give up this world of limitless material illusion.

132 After having taken the maha-prasadam given me by Draupadi, when will I arrive on the island of Rudradvipa? Splendrously present within the forest of Navadvipa, this place is the same as Mount Kailasa, the abode of Lord Siva. The smallest fraction of this mountain's effulgence shines brightly throughout the entire three worlds.

133 This place is where the eleven Rudras of mixed blue and red complexion dance wildly and become stunned with love of Gaura. Here the sage Durvasa Muni made his hermitage, gave up his mistaken practice of impersonal yoga and began worshipping Lord Gauranga's lotus feet.

134 The great sages named Astavakra, Dattatreya and many other yogis along with the five-faced Siva, all gave up the philosophy of impersonalism and instead engaged themselves in meditation on the lotus feet of Sri Krsna Caitanya. Becoming detached from all forms of liberation, they especially rejected the desire to merge in the all-pervading light of the Brahman effulgence.

135 Sometime I will wander and wander throughout the forest of Rudravan and come to the place called Medra-sthala. Sitting there, I will meditate on the lotus feet of Lord Gaura. Then I will behold a supreme beautiful goddess appearing nearby.

136 Acknowledging the presence of this forest-goddess, I will respectfully bow down to her. Getting up, I will ask, "Please tell me, mother - what is your name?" With tears in her eyes, the goddess will sadly reply: "Listen, dear child, my sorrow is impossible to describe."

137 "There are five of us who are daughters of the five kinds of jnana [transcendental knowledge]. We are the five types of liberation - please listen to our names: Salokya, Samipya, Sarsti, Sarupya and Nirvana. I have been given the name Nirvana, for I am the form of liberation involving total annihilation of the soul.

138 "My four sisters have gone off to Vaikunthapur, leaving me behind. Thus left alone, I have become bewildered. By the mercy of Lord Siva, Dattatreya and many other sages were endeavoring to attain me for some time.

139 "But now even those sages have rejected me and are living somewhere in Rudradvipa. All the people are singing of this incident. Uselessly I have been searching for the rsis and still cannot locate them anywhere! O when will I find them again?

140 "Sri Gauranga Prabhu has delivered everyone, yet still He remains merciless only to me. Therefore I will find a place right now in which to give up my life and all people shall know that place to be called Nidaya [merciless]".

141 Just by hearing the very name of Sayujya, the liberation of merging impersonally with the Lord, my heart will tremble as if I had heard the name of the witch Putana. Trembling in great fear I will cover my eyes and drop to the ground on the spot. Then upon feeling the touch of some great soul, I will look up.

142 I will rise and see before me the figure of Lord Siva, dancing wildly while exclaiming "baum! baum!" He will sing, "O Sri Sacinandana! O most merciful one! Please give Your causeless mercy to all living entities and drive away their fears!"

143 I will fall at the feet of Mahadeva, the Lord of the demigods, and pray at his feet for my own purification. Being merciful, the Lord of the universe Visvesvara will place his feet upon my head and impart to me the essence of instruction.

144 He will say, "O, listen! Devotional service to Lord Krsna is the essence of life, whereas all endeavours for jnana, karma, mukti, and yoga are totally useless. By my mercy you will conquer maya and very quickly attain the shade of the lotus feet of Lord Gaura."

145 "To the south, just see the place called Sri Pulina, which is so enchanting. That is the abode of Vrindavana Dhama within Navadvipa. Go there and personally witness Krsna's pastimes. Very soon you will attain the divine lotus feet of Sri Radhika."

146 After giving me these instructions, Lord Sambhu will disappear. Bowing down, I will then move on, crying and crying all the while. After arriving and viewing the divine realm of Sri Pulina for some time, I will fall to the earth and roll about, losing consciousness...

147...During that unconscious state of samadhi, in a divine vision of my own personal revelation, a wondrous figure will appear performing her constitutional service. Then I will recognise that it is I, the maidservant named Kamala Manjari, an eternal assistant of Ananga Manjari.

148 Sri Ananga Manjari is the goddess of my heart. Hopefully, she will show great mercy and introduce me to our own group-leader [Sri Lalita-sakhi]. Then she will give me the service of preparing celestial camphor and reveal to me the confidential pastimes of the Divine Couple.

149 We will go near Sri Pulina and see the Rasa-mandala, the spotlessly pure circular arena where Gopendra-nandana Sri Krsna, surrounded by a hundred million gopis, enjoys the pastime of dancing with Sri Radhika, the predominating Goddess of the great dance. Thus He is stealing the hearts of all created beings.

150 The sheer splendor of such artistically amorous dancing does not exist anywhere within the three worlds! By great fortune, whoever is able to see it becomes deeply plunged into it that very moment. By the power of such fortune, if someone actually attains the trance of viewing this divine dance in their own samadhi, they will never be able to give up the pure joy of that astounding sight!

151 I will not be able to describe the magnificence of that sight to behold! I will lock it in my heart and perpetually gaze upon it. Living in my own grove, while cultivating that vision within my heart, I will constantly render devotional service under the direction of the sakhis.

152 Ananga Manjari sakhi, the younger sister of Sri Radhika, will show great mercy and personally escort me around the Dhama. To the west of the Rasa Mandala we shall visit Sri Dhira Samira (where the gentle breeze blows), and a little further off see the huge banyan tree called Vamsivata and the wide bank of the divine river Yamuna.

153 Being questioned by Sri Rupa Manjari, my mistress Ananga Manjari will reply, "This new dasi will be engaged in Lalita Sakhi's service. Her name is Kamala Manjari, and she is very devoted to Sri Gauranga. Please be merciful now and give her entrance into the flow of spontaneous devotional service to our Lordships."

154 Hearing this statement of my mistress, Sri Rupa Manjari will lightly touch my body with her hand of mercy. Her touch will suddenly and deeply impart to me the sublime spiritual emotion of spontaneous loving devotion and the intense desire to perform rupanuga bhajana, worship that follows in her own footsteps.

155 My complexion is like lightning, my dress sparkles with patterns like the midnight stars, I am adorned with various ornaments, and with a camphor tray in my hand I shall fall flat at Sri Rupa Manjari's feet and beg her for the exclusive shelter of Sri Radha's lotus feet.

156 Sri Rupa Manjari and Sri Ananga Manjari will then take me to the private grove of the most charming Lalita-sakhi, the mistress of Svananda-sukhada-kunja, who is sitting inside perpetually thinking about her service rendered to the divine lotus feet of Radha.

157 I shall fall flat and offer obeisances at Lalita's feet and she will ask Ananga Manjari to explain my identity. Ananga Manjari will reply: "This person is an inhabitant of Navadvipa who begs to become your maidservant and thereby serve the Divine Couple."

158 At this, Lalita will become very pleased and say to Ananga Manjari [the personified potency of fresh feminine youth], "Listen, beloved sprout! Give her a dwelling beside your own grove. Keep her there and attentively arrange her desired service."

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