FROM SRI CHAITANYA CHARITAMRITA
ABOUT THE PASTIMES OF
GOPINATH AND MADHAVENDRA PURI
ayacita paile kha'na, nahe upavasa
Puri avoided begging. He was completely unattached
and indifferent to material things. If, without his
begging, someone offered him some food, he would eat;
otherwise he would fast.
ksira-iccha haila, tahe
like Madhavendra Puri is always satisfied
in the loving service of the Lord. Material hunger
and thirst cannot impede his activities. When he desired
to taste a little sweet rice offered to the Deity,
he considered that he had committed an offense by
desiring to eat what was being offered to the Deity.
sunya-hate vasi' karena kirtana
etha pujari karaila thakure
Puri left the temple and sat down in the village
marketplace, which was vacant. Sitting there, he began
to chant. In the meantime, the temple priest laid
the Deity down to rest.
kari' pujari karila sayana
svapane thakura asi' balila
his daily duties, the priest went to take rest. In
a dream he saw the Gopinatha Deity come
to talk to him, and He spoke as follows.
pujari, kara dvara vimocana
ksira eka rakhiyachi sannyasi-karana
priest, please get up and open the door of the temple.
I have kept one pot of sweet rice for the sannyasi
ancale dhaka eka ksira
tomara na janila taha
pot of sweet rice is just behind My cloth curtain.
You did not see it because of My tricks.
sannyasi ache hatete
tahake ta' ei ksira sighra
sannyasi named Madhavendra Puri
is sitting in the vacant marketplace. Please take
this pot of sweet rice from behind Me and deliver
it to him."
pujari uthi' karila vicara
snana kari' kapata khuli, mukta kaila
from the dream, the priest immediately rose from bed
and thought it wise to take a bath before entering
the Deity's room. He then opened the temple door.
ancala-tale paila sei ksira
sthana lepi' ksira lana
to the Deity's directions, the priest found the pot
of sweet rice behind the cloth curtain. He removed
the pot and mopped up the place where it had been
kept. He then went out of the temple.
grame gela sei ksira lana
hate hate bule madhava-purike
the door of the temple, he went to the village with
the pot of sweet rice. He called out in every stall
in search of Madhavendra Puri.
laha ei, yara nama 'madhava-puri'
toma lagi' gopinatha ksira
the pot of sweet rice, the priest called, "Will
he whose name is Madhavendra Puri please
come and take this pot! Gopinatha has
stolen this pot of sweet rice for you!"
lana sukhe tumi karaha bhaksane
toma-sama bhagyavan nahi tribhuvane
continued, "Would the sannyasi whose
name is Madhavendra Puri please come and
take this pot of sweet rice and enjoy the prasada
with great happiness! You are the most fortunate person
within these three worlds!"
puri-gosani paricaya dila
ksira diya pujari
tanre dandavat haila
this invitation, Madhavendra Puri came
out and identified himself. The priest then delivered
the pot of sweet rice and offered his obeisances,
falling flat before him.
vrttanta tanre kahila pujari
suni' premavista haila sri-madhava-puri
story about the pot of sweet rice was explained to
him in detail, Sri Madhavendra
Puri at once became absorbed in ecstatic love
sevaka kahe ha-iya vismita
krsna ye inhara vasa,haya
the ecstatic loving symptoms manifest in Madhavendra
Puri, the priest was struck with wonder. He
could understand why Krsna had become
so much obliged to him, and he saw that Krsna's
action was befitting.
eta bali' namaskari'
avese karila puri se ksira
offered his obeisances to Madhavendra Puri
and returned to the temple. Then, in ecstasy, Madhavendra
Puri ate the sweet rice offered to him by Krsna.
kari' khanda khanda kaila
bahir-vase bandhi' sei thikari
this, Madhavendra Puri washed the pot
and broke it into pieces. He then bound all the pieces
in his outer cloth and kept them nicely.
khaile premavesa haya,adbhuta
Madhavendra Puri would eat one piece of
that earthen pot, and after eating it he would immediately
be overwhelmed with ecstasy. These are wonderful stories.
Chaitanya-charitamrita Madhya 4.123-140)