The Lord Caitanyas dancing at Ratha Yatra description–SP

March 27, 2021 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Madhya 13.208–Anyone who hears this description of the car festival will attain Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. He will also attain the elevated state by which he will have firm conviction in devotional service and love of Godhead.
Madhya 13.82–TRANSLATION-When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu danced and jumped high, roaring like thunder and moving in a circle like a wheel, He appeared like a circling firebrand.
PURPORT-If a burning cinder of a firebrand is whirled about very swiftly, it gives the appearance of a circle of fire. This is called alāta-ākāra, or a firebrand circle. This whole circle is not actually made of fire but is a single fire in motion. Similarly, Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is a single personality, but when He danced and jumped high in a circle, He appeared like the alāta-cakra.
Madhya 13.83-Wherever Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu stepped while dancing, the whole earth, with its hills and seas, appeared to tilt.
Madhya 13.84-When Caitanya Mahāprabhu danced, He displayed various blissful transcendental changes in His body. Sometimes He appeared as though stunned. Sometimes the hairs of His body stood on end. Sometimes He perspired, cried, trembled and changed color, and sometimes He exhibited symptoms of helplessness, pride, exuberance and humility.
Madhya 13.85-When Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu fell down with a crash while dancing, He would roll on the ground. At such times it appeared that a golden mountain was rolling on the ground.
Madhya 13.86-Nityānanda Prabhu would stretch out His two hands and try to catch the Lord when He was running here and there.
Madhya 13.101–When Caitanya Mahāprabhu danced and jumped high, eight wonderful transformations indicative of divine ecstasy were seen in His body. All these symptoms were visible simultaneously.
Madhya 13.102-His skin erupted with goose pimples, and the hairs of His body stood on end. His body resembled the śimulī [silk cotton tree], all covered with thorns.
 
Madhya 13.103-Indeed, the people became afraid just to see His teeth chatter, and they even thought that His teeth would fall out.
Madhya 13.104-Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s whole body flowed with perspiration and at the same time oozed blood. He made the sounds “jaja gaga, jaja gaga” in a voice choked with ecstasy.
 
Madhya 13.105-Tears came forcefully from the eyes of the Lord, as if from a syringe, and all the people surrounding Him became wet.
 
Madhya 13.106-Everyone saw the complexion of His body change from white to pink, so that His luster resembled that of the mallikā flower.
 
Madhya 13.107–Sometimes He appeared stunned, and sometimes He rolled on the ground. Indeed, sometimes His legs and hands became as hard as dry wood, and He did not move.
 
Madhya 13.108-When the Lord fell on the ground, sometimes His breathing almost stopped. When the devotees saw this, their lives also became very feeble.
 
Madhya 13.109-Water flowed from His eyes and sometimes through His nostrils, and foam fell from His mouth. These flowings appeared to be torrents of nectar descending from the moon.
 
Madhya 13.111-After performing His devastating dance for some time, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mind entered into a mood of ecstatic love.
 
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