(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Mayapur, November 2011) Lecture – Caitanya-caritamrta
“Do you remember Haridasa when they were taking you to the market place and when they were whipping you? Do you remember Haridasa?”
“Yes, of course I remember.”
“Do you remember, Haridasa how you didn’t feel any pain?”
“Yes I remember.”
“Well Haridasa, you know when actually these guys were whipping you, I was coming down from the spiritual world with my Sudarsana cakra, and I was going to cut the hands of these culprits, but then you started praying…..my Lord please forgive them….then what could I do? Okay, so I didn’t kill them, but then I put my back over your back and it is I who took all that beating on my back!”
Lord Caitanya turned around and his back was full of whipping marks!
Haridasa fainted in shock. Like this He was showing many things in the ‘Maha Prakash lila’. In Advaita Acarya’s case there was a story about a verse in the Bhagavad Gita:
‘sarvataḥ pāṇi-pādaṁ tat
sarvataḥ śrutimal loke
sarvam āvṛtya tiṣṭhati’, (BG.13.14)
“Everywhere are His hands and legs, His eyes heads and faces, and He has ears everywhere. In this way the Supersoul exists, pervading everything”.
So if you look at the verse in sanskrit, it doesn’t really say the Supersoul. In the translation the Supersoul is there but not in sanksrit, since it is nowhere to be found. Advaita Acarya was puzzled by this verse. He was doing the daily lecture from the Bhagavad Gita, and had difficulty in explaining this verse in devotional context.
Sometimes it happened to him when he had some difficulty with the verse and then Advaita Acarya became very upset, because he didn’t want to find any fault with the Gita, but only with his own explanations, and would fast until he knew it. At night Lord Caitanya would appear in his dream and say:
“Please don’t fast. You do not need to fast!”
And then Lord Caitanya would be giving the explanation, and in this way he was instructed by Lord Caitanya, particularly on this verse!