Eighteen Days - Sri Panca Tattva's Mayapur Lila


deafening. The august assembly appeared to have lost their gravity. As they tried to estimate the effect of Lord Nitydnanda's mercy, their rninds becanre boggled. Some cried, others laughed, and pandemonium would have broken out had Lord Caitanya not suddenly noticed Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami. "Oh? Have you escapecl without giving a blessing?" The Lord smiled at His secretary's silence. "Come nowl" He said. "Tell us, what will it be?" SrI Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, whose transcendental intelligence was no less than that o[ the Lord Himself, would not be drawn in. "When Nitydnanda Prabhu has made such a promise," he said "there is nothing more for anyone to clo. No, I am not holding back, but someone amongst us is." Everyone looked puzzled, flor they had all given boons; they had no idea who he was referring to. Then at last Advaita Acdrya understoocl. "My Lord, You have proven once again Your supreme intelligence. That great person Svarupa Damodara is referring to is none other then You. You have made us each givc our blessings-all, that is, except fior Yourself! What value are our blessings if You don't add Yours?" Everyone waited with bated breath to hear the Lord's response. The Lord remained silent, contemplating the Acdrya's words. Then at last, He who is ever bound to His devotee's words, soberly declared, "So be it! I shall personally enter the lleart of my dearest devotee and unfailingly guide his every thought, word, and deed. My mission to bestow prema-bhahti through the saihlrtqna movelnent will thus be fulfilled." With this promise He sealed destiny. It was rnore than the devotees could tolerate. Lead by the inclomitable Lord Nityanancla, tl-rey sprang up with unbouncled joy and began a performance o[ sailirtana whose vibrations reached the far corners of the universe. Accornpanied by Their associates, servants, and conlidential companions, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda danced with such abandon that the storehouse o[ love of God broke open ancl the nectar-liquid of prema-bhahti once again began to flood thc universe.


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