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Advaita-tattva

 

The Truth About Advaita Prabhu

 

6.1

maha-visnur jagat-karta

mayaya yah srjaty adah

tasyavatara evayam

advaitacarya-isvarah

 

          Lord Advaita Acarya is the incarnation of Maha-Vishnu, whose main function is to create the cosmic world through the actions of maya. (Cc. Adi 6.4)

 

6.2

advaitam harinadvaitad

acaryam bhakti-samsanat

bhaktavataram isam tam

advaitacaryam asraye

 

          Because He is nondifferent from Hari, He is called Advaita, and because He propagates the cult of devotion, He is called Acarya. He is the Lord and the incarnation of the Lord's devotee. Therefore I take shelter of Him. (Cc. Adi 1.13)

 

Mahavisnu is the Efficient Cause and

Advaita is the Material Cause of Mundane Creation

 

6.3

apane purusa visvera 'nimitta'-karana

advaita-rupe 'upadana' hana narayana

'nimittamse' kare teoho mayate iksana

'upadana' advaita karena brahmanda-srjana

 

          Lord Vishnu is the efficient cause (nimitta) of the material world, and Narayana, in the form of Shri Advaita, is the material cause (upadana). Lord Vishnu, in His efficient aspect glances over the material energy, and Shri Advaita as the material cause, creates the material world. (Cc. Adi 6.16,17)

Advaita is Sadasiva

 

6.4

bhaktavatara acaryo 'dvaita yah shri sadasivah

 

          He who was Shri Sadasiva is the bhakta-avatara, Shri Advaita Prabhu. (Gaura-Ganoddesadipika, 11)

 

The Meaning of the Name Advaita

 

6.5

maha-visnura amsa advaita guna-dhama

isvare abheda, teni 'advaita' purna nama

 

          Shri Advaita, who is the reservoir of virtues, is the main limb of Mahavisnu. His full name is Advaita, for He is identical in all respects with the Lord. (Cc. Adi 6.26)

 

Advaita Acarya is a Preacher of Krishna-bhakti

 

6.6

jiva nistarila krishna-bhakti kari' dana

gita-bhagavate kaila bhaktira vyakhyana

 

          He delivered all living beings by offering the gift of krishna-bhakti. He explained Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad-bhagavatam in the light of devotional service. (Cc. Adi 6.28)

 

He is the Avatara of Mahavisnu and a Devotee of Lord Chaitanya

 

6.7

advaita-acarya-gosani saksat isvara

prabhu guru kari' mane, tioho ta' kiokara

 

          Lord Advaita Acarya is directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although Lord Chaitanya accepts Him as His preceptor, Advaita Acarya is a servant of the Lord. (Cc. Adi. 5.147)

 

 

Advaita and Nityananda are Servants of Lord Chaitanya

 

6.8

eka mahaprabhu, ara prabhu duijana

dui prabhu sebe mahaprabhura carana

          There is one "Mahaprabhu" and two prabhus. The two prabhus serve the lotus feet of Mahaprabhu. (Cc. Adi 7.14)

 

Two Branches Among the Followers of Advaita

 

6.9

advaitanghry-abja-bhrogams tan sarasara-bhrto 'khilan

hitva 'saran sara-bhrto naumi chaitanya jivanan

 

          The followers of Shri Advaita were of two kinds. Some were real followers (saragrahi) and the others were false (asaragrahi). Rejecting the false followers, I offer my respectful obeisances to the real followers of Shri Advaita Acarya, whose life and soul was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. (Cc. Adi 12.1)

 

The Saragrahi Followers of Advaita are Devotees of Gauranga

 

6.10

prathame ta' eka-mata acaryera gana

pache dui-mata haila daivera karana

keha ta' acarya ajnaya, keha ta' svatantra

sva-mata kalpana kare daiva-paratantra

acaryera mata yei, sei mata sara

taora ajna langhi' cale, sei ta' asara

 

          At first all the followers of Advaita Acarya shared a single opinion, but later they followed two opinions as ordained by providence. Some of the disciples strictly accepted the orders of the acarya, and others deviated, independently concocting their own opinions under the spell of daivi-maya. The opinion of the acarya is essential. Anyone who disregards his order is useless (asara-grahi). (Cc. Adi. 12.8-10).

 

The Useless Followers of Advaita Acarya Were cut off

From Gauranga's Mercy

 

6.11

ihara madhye mali pache kona sakha-gana

na mane chaitanya-mali durdaiva karana

srjaila, jiyaila, taore na manila

krtaghna ha-ila, taore skandha kruddha ha-ila

kruddha hana skandha tare jala na sancare

jalabhave krsa sakha sukaiya mare

 

          After the disappearance of Lord Chaitanya, the gardener of the tree of love of Godhead, some of the sub-branches of the Advaita branch, for unfortunate reasons, deviated from His path. Some branches did not accept the trunk that vitalized and maintained the entire tree When they thus became ungrateful, the trunk was angry at them. Thus Lord Chaitanya did not sprinkle upon them the water of His mercy, and they gradually withered and died. (Cc. Adi 12.67-69)

 

Thus ends the Sixth Jewel of Gaudiya Kanthahara, entitled Advaita-tattva.