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Yuga Dharma Acarya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

 

 

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Sri Caitanya Candramrtam

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--- The Nectar of the Moon of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu ---

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Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja

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Selected verses recited and explained

Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu

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audio Sri Caitanya Candramrtam by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati, selected verses recited by Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja on Sri Gaura Purnima, Bhubaneswar, India. 12:16 mins


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Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja

kaivalyam narakayate tri-dasa-purakasa-puspayate
durdantendriya-kala sarpa-patali protkhata-damstrayate
visvam purna-sukhayate vidhi-mahendradis ca kitayate
yat-karunya-kataksa-vaibhavavatam tam gauram eva stumah

"For devotees of Caitanya Mahaprabhu who have attained His glance of mercy, impersonal liberation is hellish, the heavenly planets are a phantasmagoria, the poisonous fangs of the snake-like senses are broken and harmless, the universe is filled with ecstasy, and Brahma, Indra and all the gods seem like insignificant insects. May that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu be glorified." [Sri Caitanya-candramrta 5, Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura]

If someone is fortunate and gets one merciful glance of Gauranga then the kaivalya-sthiti or mukti appears hellish for him. Do you understand my language? Heavenly enjoyment seems to be very insignificant like 'flowers of the sky.' Very strong, stubborn, uncontrolled senses, which are like the fangs of the poisonous snake become devoid of poison as if their poisonous teeth, fangs have been rooted out. In other word you may say, if someone gets the mercy, one merciful glance of Sriman Mahaprabhu then he will be able to control the uncontrollable senses, otherwise there is no possibility.

The whole world, universe becomes pleasing, happy, joyful. Brahmaji, Lord Indra seem for such a person to be very, very insignificant worms if someone gets just one merciful glance of Mahaprabhu. Let that wonderfully merciful, wonderfully magnanimous, wonderfully munificent that Gaura shower His mercy upon this most degraded, most fallen, wretched soul.

acarya dharmam paricarya visnum
vicarya tirthani vicarya vedan
vina na gaura-priya-padasevam
vedadi-dusprapya-padam vidanti

"Those who perform the duties of varnasrama-dharma, worship Lord Visnu, and visit many holy places, yet neglect the service of the lotus feet of the great devotees, who are dear to Lord Caitanya, are never able to understand the pastimes of Radha-Govinda in Their confidential abode of Vrndavana." [Sri Caitanya-candramrtam 22, Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura]

One may very strictly follow the principles of varnasrama-dharma in his life. One may offer very opulent puja to Sri Vishnu-vigraha. One may travel and visit all the holy places in the world. One may study all the Vedas, become proficient in Vedic knowledge, still if he does not take shelter of the lotus feet of a gaura-priya-jana, dear devotee of Gauranga Mahaprabhu, doesn't render loving service unto the lotus feet of a gaura-priya-jana, he cannot get pure bhakti, prema-bhakti of vrndavana-dhama which is very, very difficult to obtain. Do you follow? Clear? My language, faulty language, my language is faulty language.

Also Prabodhananda Sarasvatipada says:

acaitanyam-idam visvam yadi caitanyam-isvaram
na viduh sarva-sastra-jna hyapi bhramyanti te janah

Great scholars of the scriptures who do not accept Lord Gauranga, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, are forced to wander aimlessly throughout this universe of dead matter. Their so-called knowledge of the scriptures will be useless to them. Birth after birth, they will wander from one planet to the next propelled by their pious and impious acts. [Sri Caitanya-candramrtam 37, Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura]

[Oriya] In English I may say, Prabodhananda Sarasvatipada says, this material world is devoid of pure consciousness. It is filled with avidya, ignorance. In this world one maybe very learned, scholar, proficient in all sastras, still if he does not know Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead he cannot get out of this material world. In other words, again and again he will be revolving in the cycle of birth and death here. Clear, my language? You follow? Next verse says:

acaitanyam-idam visvam yadi caitanyam-isvaram
(na viduh sarva-sastra-jna hyapi bhramyanti te janah)
na bhajet sarvato-mrtyurupasyam amarottamaih

"If this unconscious (acaitanya) universe (devoid of devotion to Krsna) does not come to understand that Sri Krsna Caitanya is the Supreme Controller, worshiped by the best amongst the immortals, then, no matter how knowledgeable one may be in all the scriptures, still he must continue to tread the wheel of repeated birth and death, to experience insignificant material pleasures and terrible misery as a result of his mundane activities." [Sri Caitanya-candramrtam 95, Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura]

If someone doesn't take shelter of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Who is wonderfully merciful, wonderfully munificent, wonderfully magnanimous. Who is also worshiped by all the demigods like Brahma, Siva etc., if someone does not take shelter of that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, doesn't do His bhajan, he will be again and again revolving in this cycle of birth and death in this material world, he cannot be delivered at all.

This is in Caitanya-candramrtam, Prabodhananda Sarasvatipada has said.

This morning I have to say, how in Vedic literatures there is the description of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Proofs are there in Vedic literature, how it is mentioned in Vedic literature, in Veda. There is one specific Upanisad named Caitanya Upanisad. Upanisads are the top-most portion of the Vedas. Many, many Upanisads are there, many, many Upanisads, innumerable Upanisads. One of the Upanisads is the Caitanya Upanisad. So we will read some of the portions of the Caitanya Upanisads and explain.

Also I will say, how in Vedic literature it is mentioned that Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, Prabodhananda Sarasvatipada says: "If someone maybe very proficient, learned scholar, in all sastras but if he cannot understand this thing and accept Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead then he cannot be delivered. Again and again he will revolve in this cycle of birth and death in this material world."

These are few proofs, Vedic proofs. So this is Caitanya Mahaprabhu. What Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave?

yannaptam karmmanisthairna ca samadhigatam yat tapodhyana yogair
vairagyairstyaga tattvastutibhir api na yat tarkitancapi kaiscit
govinda prema bhajam api na ca kalitam yad rahasyam svayam
tannamnaiva pradurasid avatarati pare yatra tam naumi gauram

"That which is unattainable through fruitive activities, (karma-yoga); which is not to be known by practicing penance, meditation and astanga-yoga; which cannot be realised through the practice of penances and austerities, renunciation of the fruits of labor, philosophical analysis, or recitation of hymns and prayers; What more shall I say! That which eludes even those devotees who are very attached to serving Sri Govinda in loving devotion that most mysterious pinnacle of esoteric love manifests itself through pure chanting of the Holy Names. I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Gaurasundara, who brought the chanting of Sri Hari’s Holy Names with him when he descended to this world." [Sri Caitanya-candramrtam 3, Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura]

Prabodhananda Sarasvatipada says: When Mahaprabhu came that prema manifests by the chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord:

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Hare Hare! Do you understand?

yannaptam karmmanisthairna ca samadhigatam yat tapodhyana yogair
vairagyairstyaga tattvastutibhir api na yat tarkitancapi kaiscit
govinda prema bhajam api na ca kalitam yad rahasyam svayam
tannamnaiva pradurasid avatarati pare yatra tam naumi gauram

I pay my obeisances to that Gaura by the advent of Whom the prema, Krsna-prema is manifested only by the chanting of harinama, the Holy Name of the Lord. One cannot get that prema by karma-nistha, by vairagya [detachment], by tapasya [austerities], by tyaga [renunciation], do you understand? Nobody can get that prema. Only by chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord that prema manifests by the advent of Mahaprabhu.

 

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