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CC Ādi 10.17


vakreśvara paṇḍita — prabhura baḍa priya bhṛtya
eka-bhāve cabbiśa prahara yāṅra nṛtya


vakreśvara paṇḍita — Vakreśvara Paṇḍita; prabhura — of the Lord; baḍa — very; priya — dear; bhṛtya — servant; eka-bhāve — continuously in the same ecstasy; cabbiśa — twenty-four; prahara — a duration of time comprising three hours; yāṅra — whose; nṛtya — dancing.


Vakreśvara Paṇḍita, the fifth branch of the tree, was a very dear servant of Lord Caitanya’s. He could dance with constant ecstasy for seventy-two hours.


In the Gaura-gaṇoddeśa-dīpikā (71) it is stated that Vakreśvara Paṇḍita was an incarnation of Aniruddha, one of the quadruple expansions of Viṣṇu (Vāsudeva, Saṅkarṣaṇa, Aniruddha and Pradyumna). He could dance wonderfully for seventy-two continuous hours. When Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu played in dramatic performances in the house of Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita, Vakreśvara Paṇḍita was one of the chief dancers, and he danced continuously for that length of time. Śrī Govinda dāsa, an Oriyā devotee of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, has described the life of Vakreśvara Paṇḍita in his book Gaura-kṛṣṇodaya. There are many disciples of Vakreśvara Paṇḍita in Orissa, and they are known as Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas although they are Oriyās. Among these disciples are Śrī Gopālaguru and his disciple Śrī Dhyānacandra Gosvāmī.