(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 01 January 2014, Mayapur, India, Caitanya Caritamrta Seminar)

Lord-Caitanya-and-Lord-Nityananda-DancingAfter taking sannyasa, Lord Caitanya just began to dance in great ecstasy and so did Kesava Bharati; he started to dance along with Lord Caitanya and all the people began to dance.

This was the first public display of such love of God. It just burst out of the heart of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who had until then always kept his love for Krsna somewhat hidden.

In his youth, he didn’t display it at all, though sometimes as a young man he had problems when he just fell to the ground. Mother Saci thought it was some kind of disease. She called Srivas Thakur who was a close friend of the family. When he saw Nimai in that state, he said, “wish I would get that disease!”  He understood very well what was going on. So, it might have been known to some for some time, but never was it displayed so fully as when he took sannyasa.

We get a description of Lord Caitanya traveling through South India displaying this great ecstasy and people all get swept up. People begin to chant and become ecstatic. They would go back to their villages, make whole villages ecstatic and the holy name is echoing everywhere. Lord Caitanya’s chanting was flooding all of India like a tidal wave!

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