TEXT 13
acaryaratnera nama 'sri-candrasekhara'--
yanra ghare devi-bhave nacila isvara
SYNONYMS
acaryaratnera—of Acaryaratna; nama—name; sri-candrasekhara—of the name Sri Candrasekhara; yanra—of whom; ghare—in the home; devi-bhave—as the goddess; nacila—danced; isvara—Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
TRANSLATION
Acaryaratna was also named Sri Candrasekhara Acarya. In a drama in his house, Lord Caitanya played the goddess of fortune.
PURPORT
Dramatic performances were also enacted during the presence of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, but the players who took part in such dramas were all pure devotees; no outsiders were allowed. The members of ISKCON should follow this example. Whenever they stage dramatic performances about the lives of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu or Lord Krsna, the players must be pure devotees. Professional players and dramatic actors have no sense of devotional service, and therefore although they can perform very artistically, there is no life in such performances. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura used to refer to such an actor as yatra-dale narada, which means "farcical Narada." Sometimes an actor in a drama plays the part of Narada Muni, although in his private life he is not at all like Narada Muni because he is not a devotee. Such actors are not needed in dramatic performances about the lives of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Krsna.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to perform dramas with Advaita Prabhu, Srivasa Thakura and other devotees in the house of Candrasekhara. The place where Candrasekhara's house was situated is now known as Vrajapattana. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura established a branch of his Sri Caitanya Matha at this place. When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu decided to accept the renounced order of life, Candrasekhara Acarya was informed of this by Sri Nityananda Prabhu, and therefore he was also present when Lord Caitanya accepted sannyasa from Kesava Bharati in Katwa. It is he who first spread the word in Navadvipa of Lord Caitanya's accepting sannyasa. Sri Candrasekhara Acarya was present during many important incidents in the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He therefore forms the second branch of the tree of Lord Caitanya.

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