FROM SRI CHAITANYA CHARITAMRITA
ABOUT THE PASTIMES OF
vidyanagarera dui ta' brahmana
tirtha karibare dunhe karila gamana
at Vidyanagara in South India there were two
brahmanas who made a long tour to see different
places of pilgrimage.
dui-vipra-madhye eka vipravrddha-praya
ara viprayuva, tanra karena sahaya
the two brahmanas was an old man, and the
other was young. The young man was assisting the old
chota-vipra kare sada tanhara sevana
tanhara sevaya viprera tusta haila mana
the young brahmana always rendered service
to the older one, and the old man, being very satisfied
with his service, was pleased with him.
vipra baletumi mora bahu seva kaila
sahaya hana more tirtha karaila
man told the younger, "You have rendered various
types of service to me. You have assisted me in traveling
to all these places of pilgrimage.
putreo pitara aiche na kare sevana
tomara prasade ami na pailama srama
my own son does not render such service. By your mercy,
I did not become fatigued while on this tour.
krta-ghnata haya tomaya na kaile sammana
ataeva tomaya ami diba kanya-dana
I do not show you any respect, I will be ungrateful.
Therefore, I promise to give you my daughter in charity."
chota-vipra kahe,"yadi kanya dite mana
gopalera age kaha e satya-vacana"
brahmana replied, "If you have decided
to give your young daughter to me, then say so before
the Gopala Deity."
gopalera age vipra kahite lagila
'tumi jana, nija-kanya ihare ami dila'
before Gopala, the elderly brahmana
said, "My dear Lord, please witness that I have
given my daughter to this boy."
chota-vipra bale,"thakura, tumi mora
toma saksi bolaimu, yadi anyatha dekhi"
younger brahmana addressed the Deity, saying,
"My dear Lord, You are my witness. I shall call
for You to testify if it is necessary later on."
eta bali' dui-jane calila desere
guru-buddhye chota-vipra bahu seva kare
these talks, the two brahmanas started for
home. As usual, the young brahmana accompanied
the elderly brahmana as if the older brahmana
were a guru [spiritual master] and rendered him service
in various ways.
parama-bhaktye namaskara kari'
vinaya karina kahe kara dui yudi'
brahmana came to him and offered respectful
obeisances. Then, very humbly folding his hands, he
spoke as follows.
more kanya dite karyacha angikara
ebe kichu nahi kaha, ki tomara vicara'
have promised to give your daughter in charity to
me. Now you do not say anything. What is your conclusion?"
adhama! mora bhagni caha vivahite
vamana hana canda yena caha ta' dharite'
said, "Oh, you are most degraded! You want to
marry my sister, just like a dwarf who wants to catch
dekhi' sei vipra palana gela
ara dina gramera loka ekatra karila
a stick in the hand of the son, the younger brahmana
fled. The next day, however, he gathered together
all the people of the village.
tabe sei viprere puchila sarva-jana
'kanya kene na deha, yadi diyacha vacana'
people gathered there asked the elderly brahmana,
"If you have already promised to give him your
daughter in charity, why are you not fulfilling your
promise? You have given your word of honor."
vipra kahe,'suna, loka, mora nivedana
kabe ki baliyachi, mora nahika smarana'
brahmana said, "My dear friends, please
hear what I have to submit. I do not exactly remember
making a promise like that."
ei vipra mora sevaya tusta yabe haila
'tore ami kanya diba' apane kahila
very satisfied with my service, this brahmana
said to me of his own accord, 'I promise to hand over
my daughter to you.'
tabe muni nisedhinu,suna, dvija-vara
tomara kanyara yogya nahi muni vara
that time I forbade him to do this, telling him, 'O
best of the brahmanas, I am not a fit husband
for your daughter.
ei vakye saksi mora ache mahajana
yanra vakya satya kari mane tribhuvana"
I have called upon a great personality in this transaction.
I have asked the Supreme Godhead to be my witness.
The entire world accepts the words of the Supreme
Personality of Godhead."
tabe bada-vipra kahe, "ei satya katha
gopala yadi saksi dena, apane asi' etha
tabe kanya diba ami, janiha niscaya"
tanra putra kahe,'ei bhala bata haya'
this opportunity, the elderly brahmana immediately
confirmed that this was really true. He said, "If
Gopala personally comes here to serve as a witness,
I shall surely give my daughter to the young brahmana."
The elderly brahmana's son immediately confirmed
this, saying, "Yes, this is a very nice settlement."
tabe sei chota-vipra gela vrndavana
dandavat kari' kahe saba vivarana
the meeting, the young brahmana started
for Vrndavana. Upon arriving there, he
first offered his respectful obeisances to the Deity
and then narrated everything in full detail.
hasina gopala kahe,"sunaha, brahmana
tomara pache pache ami kariba gamana
Gopalaji then smiled and said, "My
dear brahmana, just listen to Me. I shall
walk behind you, and in this way I shall go with you."
ama tumi na kariha darasane
amake dekhile, ami rahiba sei sthane
continued, "Do not try to see Me by turning around.
As soon as you see Me, I shall remain stationary in
that very place.
nupurera dhvani-matra amara suniba
sei sabde amara gamana pratiti kariba
will know that I am walking behind you by the sound
of My ankle bells.
eka-sera anna randhi' kariha samarpana
taha khana tomara sange kariba gamana
one kilogram of rice daily and offer it. I shall eat
that rice and follow behind you."
ei-mate cali' vipra nija-dese aila
gramera nikata asi' manete cintila
brahmana walked and walked in this way until
he eventually arrived in his own country. When he
neared his own village, he began to think as follows.
muni grame ainu, yaimu bhavana
lokere kahiba giya saksira agamana
have now come to my village, and I shall go to my
home and tell all the people that the witness has
saksate na dekhile mane pratiti na haya
ihan yadi rahena, tabu nahi kichu bhaya'
then began to think that if the people didn't directly
see the Gopala Deity, they would not believe
that He had arrived. "But even if Gopala
stays here," he thought, "there is still
nothing to fear."
eta bhavi' sei vipra phiriya cahila
hasina gopala-deva tathaya rahila
this, the brahmana turned to look back,
and He saw that Gopala, the Supreme Personality
of Godhead, was standing there smiling.
kahe,"tumi yaha nija-ghara
ethaya rahiba ami, na yaba atahpara"
told the brahmana, "Now you can go
home. I shall stay here and shall not leave."
dekhi' loke anandita
pratima calina aila,sunina
people arrived, they were very pleased to see the
beauty of Gopala, and when they heard that He
had actually walked there, they were all surprised.
tabe sei bada-vipra
gopalera age pade dandavat
elderly brahmana, being very pleased, came
forward and immediately fell like a stick in front
age gopala saksi dila
bada-vipra chota-vipre kanya-dana
the presence of all the townspeople, Lord Gopala
bore witness that the elderly brahmana had
offered his daughter in charity to the young brahmana.
tabe sei dui
vipre kahila isvara
the marriage ceremony was performed, the Lord informed
both brahmanas, "You two brahmanas
are My eternal servants, birth after birth."
satye tusta ha-ilan, dunhe
dui-vipra vara mage ananda-antara
continued, "I have become very pleased by the
truthfulness of you both. Now you can ask for a benediction."
Thus with great pleasure the two brahmanas
begged for a benediction.
dibe, tabe raha ei sthane
kinkarere daya tava sarva-loke jane"
said, "Please remain here so that people all
over the world will know how merciful You are to Your
dunhe karena sevana
dekhite aila saba desera loka-jana
stayed, and the two brahmanas engaged in
His service. After hearing of the incident, many people
from different countries began to come to see Gopala.