CC Madhya 18.100
- tabe tāṅre kahe prabhu cāpaḍa māriyā
- “mūrkhera vākye ‘mūrkha’ hailā paṇḍita hañā
tabe—thereafter; tāṅre—unto Balabhadra Bhaṭṭācārya; kahe—says; prabhu—Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; cāpaḍa māriyā—slapping; mūrkhera vākye—by the words of some rascals and fools; mūrkha hailā—you became a fool; paṇḍita hañā—being a learned scholar.
When Balabhadra Bhaṭṭācārya asked to see Kṛṣṇa at Kālīya-daha, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu mercifully slapped him, saying, “You are a learned scholar, but you have become a fool, being influenced by the statements of other fools.
Māyā is so strong that even a person like Balabhadra Bhaṭṭācārya, who was constantly staying with Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, was influenced by the words of fools. He wanted to see Kṛṣṇa directly by going to Kālīya-daha, but Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, being the original spiritual master, would not allow His servant to fall into such foolishness. He therefore chastised him, slapping him just to bring him to a real sense of Kṛṣṇa consciousness.