Panihati Festival Talk, June 8, Laguna Beach
HH Giriraj Swami spoke and read from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila chapter 6
“Raghunatha dasa offered his obeisances by falling prostrate at a distant place, and the servant of Nityananda Prabhu pointed out, “There is Raghunatha dasa, offering You obeisances.”
Hearing this, Lord Nityananda Prabhu said, “You are a thief. Now you have come to see Me. Come here, come here. Today I shall punish you!”
The Lord called him, but Raghunatha dasa did not go near the Lord. Then the Lord forcibly caught him and placed His lotus feet upon Raghunatha dasa’s head.
Comment by Giriraj Swami: “Raghnatha dasa was very humble. In fact, later on when by the mercy of Nityananda prabhu he joined Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Puri, although he was in the inner circle of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, he would almost never submit a question or plea directly to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He would always go through Swarup Damodar. He was very humble.”
Lord Nityananda was by nature very merciful and funny. Being merciful, He spoke to Raghunatha dasa as follows:
“You are just like a thief, for instead of coming near, you stay away at a distant place. Now that I have captured you, I shall punish you.
“Make a festival and feed all My associates yogurt and chipped rice.” Hearing this, Raghunatha dasa was greatly pleased.”
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