(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Mayapur, November 2011) Lecture – Caitanya-caritamrta Part 4

There were a few boys who were herding the cows, and when Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu saw them, He called them to chant Hare Krishna and immediately they chanted. Mahaprabhu became totally ecstatic. So Nityananda took advantage of His ecstasy, and he quickly went to these boys and said:

“You see that sannyasi….. well he is not okay”.

And the boys looked and said:

“Yes, He is not okay”.

“When He asks you for the way to Vrindavan, then just tell them that it is that way, along the river”.

So the boys said:

“Okay”.

So when Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu asked them for the way, and then they followed that way, which was leading Him back to Navadvīpa. Actually He came to the river which was opposite of Śāntipur, just as He saw the Ganga and thought it was the Yamuna and so He jumped into the river and Advaitācārya was passing in the boat, and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said:

“Advaitācārya! What are you doing in Vrindavan?”

And then Advaitācārya said:

“My Lord wherever you are is Vrindavan!”

And indeed he was bathing in the Yamuna since at this side of the Ganga, actually the Yamuna was flowing.

Advaitācārya had brought some dry clothes, and said:

“Anyway, since you took sannyas over three days ago, you didn’t beg any alms. So please grant me to take alms in my house first”.

Sir Caitanya Mahaprabhu said:

“Nityananda is cheating me!”

So it is very nice that one personality of Godhead is cheating another personality of Godhead. It is interesting how God is cheating God. So when we look at these pastimes, then how can a non-devotee understand such things such as God is cheating God? But this is exactly what is going on!

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