While in school , I had a classroom-mate from Algeria , who is muslim .
Sometimes he told me some anecdotes and tales from his culture .
One of his favorite themes was when he gave me some insights into the supernatural beliefs that had to do with his traditions .
So he would tell me something about the marabous , the "medicine men" from the desert ; he would tell me about the "maleficious eye" ; the significance of praying with the hands upwards ( not folded ) and other things I don´t remember that much .
One thing however caught my attention , maybe because he was very theatrical while explaining :
It was when he told that people over there are very fearful of evil spirits like the Jinns and the Shaitan .
Most notably , he described this Shaitan as a horrible living being , from whom one would have to guard oneself .
So , this Shaitan somehow became engraved in my memory .
But , at that time , I don´t think that I already consciously knew of Gauranga Mahaprabhu ( although I already had read some Iskcon-monthly-magazine , but probably Gauranga was not mentioned therein ...) .
Now , for me the funny thing is , that everytime I hear the word Chaitanya , I cannot help but remember the Shaitan from the traditions of my muslim class-mate .
And I cannot help but to permit my spaced-out mind to formulate some theories about the connection of both these words ...
The first reference that comes to my mind is the pastime where Gauranga converts the brave pathana muslim soldiers to vaishnavas .
So , my theory is that this transcendental pastime made its way to the western lands of Arabia , to the mleccha-deshas ( ) , where the vizirs , ayatollahs and coran-experts analized the gravity of these facts and came to the conclusion that this Chaitanya was a powerful , hazardous preacher who could even convert staunch muslims into vaishnavas . So this had to be stopped , according to their opinion .
Therefore , they invented the horrible pastimes of the Shaitan , to drag people away from the possibility of ever getting attracted to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu .
The second reference coming to my mind is the conversion of the Chand Kazi .
But here , the tricks employed by Gauranga were even more mischevious :
He appeared in his frightening form as Ugrasimha in a dream of the Chand Kazi , threatening to kill him and leaving some wound-marks on his chest .
And then , he was also intimidating him with his large amount of followers performing an aggressive kirtan , featuring repetitive souds , in front of his house .
But it did not stop there . This frantic sannyasi entangled and confused the mind of the poor Kazi in useless arguments concerning the sanctity of the cow and similar absurdities .
So when the dudes up there in Baghdad , Mekka and Medina came to know of these facts , they became even more angry , and decided that henceforward any muslim showing some sympathy for Chaitanya , will have to read the gruesome tales of the Shaitan , the evil spirit of the Mohameddans , while claiming that he is an avatar of this strange masochistic , dancing sannyasa , who was fond of banging his head against the wall .
Thinking further , I wonder if the muslim mothers do not resort to a special tactic , to bring their child to sleep , like for example : " Look , my dear Abdulrahman , if you don´t go to sleep immediately , the evil Shaitan will appear before you and show you his horrible deformed body , elongated like anything , with the joints of his bones separated , with his skin slack and hanging loose . He will then come near to you and mumble the frightening sound" gon-gon" into your ears . So , you have the choice , habib ! "
Ps : In my spaced-out theories , I have not taken into consideration chronological accuracy .