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Lord Caitanya and Vasudeva the Leper

Lord Caitanya and Vasudeva the Leper

 While Lord Caitanya was on His tour in South India, one night Vasudeva the leper heard of the Lord´s arrival in his village. When he came to see the Lord in the morning, he was informed that the Lord had already left. The leper then fell to the ground unconscious. When he was lamenting due to not being able to see Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Lord immediately returned to that spot and embraced him. When Lord Caitanya touched him, both the leprosy and his distress went to a distant place. Indeed, Väsudeva’s body became very beautiful, to his great happiness.

Vasudeva was astonished to behold the wonderful mercy of Lord Caitanya, and he began to recite a prayer, touching the Lord’s lotus feet. Being meek and humble, he worried that he would become proud after being cured by the grace of the Lord. To protect him, Lord Caitanya advised him to chant the Hare Krsna mantra incessantly. By doing so, he would never become unnecessarily proud. The Lord also advised Vasudeva to preach about Krsna and thus liberate the suffering living entities. As a result, Kåñëa would very soon accept him as His devotee.

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