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True Student of Truth


Lord Chaitanya descended into this mortal world as the ideal spiritual master, and thus His teaching is very significant. The students who really desire spiritual upliftment may carefully note all these dealings.

Ramananda Raya, as a true Vaishnava, always possessed nat- ural humility, and thus when he was asked by Lord Chaitanya he said,


raya kahe¾iha ami kichui na jani

tumi yei kahao, sei kahi ami vani

tomara shikshaya padi yena shuka-patha

sakshat ishvara tumi, ke bujhe tomara nata

hridaye prerana kara, jihvaya kahao vani

ki kahiye bhala-manda, kichui na jani


 “My Lord, I have no information of the transcendental world but I can simply speak that which You inspire me to utter. I am just like a parrot and I can repeat only that which You direct me to say. You are Yourself the Personality of Godhead and it is very difficult to understand what You do and how You play. The inspiration that You create in me and the vocabulary that You cause to come out of my mouth are known to You. I do not know myself what I speak and what I think.”

Lord Chaitanya, again in His mood of a true student of truth, replied to Ramananda Raya,

prabhu kahe¾mayavadi ami ta' sannyasi

bhakti-tattva nahi jani, mayavade bhasi


sarvabhauma-sange mora mana nirmala ha-ila

‘krishna-bhakti-tattva kaha,’ tanhare puchila

tenho kahe¾ami nahi jani krishna-katha

sabe ramananda jane, tenho nahi etha

tomara thani ailana tomara mohima shuniya

tumi more stuti kara 'sannyasi' janiya

kiba vipra, kiba nyasi, shudra kene naya

yei krishna-tattva-vetta, sei 'guru' haya

'sannyasi'  baliya more na kariha vancana

krishna-radha-tattva kahi' purna kara mana






“I am a mayavadi sannyasi who is an atheist by nature. As such, I always float on My theory of maya and Brahman without any entrance into devotional science. By the association of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, I was lucky enough to get My heart purified. When I asked him to speak about the transcendental topics of the lila of Shri Krishna and Shrimati Radharani, he asked Me to see you. He recommended you as the best among those who know this science and he regretted your absence at Puri. I have therefore come to you after hearing your glories from him. You are now praising Me because I am a sannyasi, but it does not matter whether a person is a brahmana, a sannyasi, or a shudra. A person is thoroughly competent to become a bona fide spiritual master provided he knows the transcendental art and science of devotional activities. Therefore please do not try to avoid Me because I am a sannyasi. Kindly fulfill My desire by fully describing the glories of the lila performed by Shri Krishna and Shrimati Radharani.”