CC Adi 10.38

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



TEXT 38

śuklāmbara-brahmacārī baḍa bhāgyavān
yāṅra anna māgi’ kāḍi’ khāilā bhagavān


SYNONYMS

śuklāmbara-brahmacārī—Śuklāmbara Brahmacārī; baḍa—very; bhāgyavān—fortunate; yāṅra—whose; anna—food; māgi’—begging; kāḍi’—snatching; khāilā—ate; bhagavān—the Supreme Personality of Godhead.


TRANSLATION

The sixteenth branch, Śuklāmbara Brahmacārī, was very fortunate because Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu jokingly or seriously begged food from him or sometimes snatched it from him forcibly and ate it.


PURPORT

It is stated that Śuklāmbara Brahmacārī, an inhabitant of Navadvīpa, was Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s first companion in the saṅkīrtana movement. When Lord Caitanya returned from Gayā after initiation, He stayed with Śuklāmbara Brahmacārī because He wanted to hear from this devotee about the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Śuklāmbara Brahmacārī collected alms of rice from the inhabitants of Navadvīpa, and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu took pleasure in eating the rice that he cooked. It is said that Śuklāmbara Brahmacārī was one of the wives of the yajñic brāhmaṇas during the time of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes in Vṛndāvana. Lord Kṛṣṇa begged food from the wives of the yajñic brāhmaṇas, and Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu performed a similar pastime by begging rice from Śuklāmbara Brahmacārī.