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vande gurun isa-bhaktan
tat-prakasams ca tac-chaktih
vande-I offer respectful obeisances; gurun-unto the spiritual masters; isa-bhaktan-unto the devotees of the Supreme Lord; isam-unto the Supreme Lord; isa-avatarakan-unto the incarnations of the Supreme Lord; tat-of the Supreme Lord; prakasan-unto the manifestations; ca-and; tat-of the Supreme Lord; saktih-unto the potencies; krishna-chaitanya-Shri Krishna Chaitanya; samjnakam-named.
I offer my respectful obeisances unto the spiritual masters, the devotees of the Lord, the Lord's incarnations, His plenary portions, His energies, and the primeval Lord Himself, Shri Krishna Chaitanya.
citrau san-dau tamo-nudau
vande-I offer respectful obeisances; shri-krishna-chaitanya-to Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya; nityanandau-and to Lord Nityananda; saha-uditau-simultaneously arisen; gauda-udaye-on the eastern horizon of Gauda; puspavantau-the sun and moon together; citrau-wonderful; sam-dau-bestowing benediction; tamah-nudau-dissipating darkness.
I offer my respectful obeisances unto Shri Krishna Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all.
yad advaitam brahmopanisadi tad apy asya tanu-bha
ya atmantar-yami purusa iti so 'syamsa-vibhavah
sad-aisvaryaih purno ya iha bhagavan sa svayam ayam
na chaitanyat krishnaj jagati para-tattvam param iha
yat-that which; advaitam-nondual; brahma-the impersonal Brahman; upanisadi-in the Upanisads; tat-that; api-certainly; asya-His; tanu-bha-the effulgence of His transcendental body; yah-who; atma-the Supersoul; antah-yami-indwelling Lord; purusah-supreme enjoyer; iti-thus; sah-He; asya-His; amsa-vibhavah-plenary expansion; sat-aisvaryaih-with all six opulences; purnah-full; yah-who; iha-here; bhagavan-the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sah-He; svayam-Himself; ayam-this; na-not; chaitanyat-than Lord Chaitanya; krishnat-than Lord Krishna; jagati-in the world; para-higher; tattvam-truth; param-another; iha-here.
What the Upanisads describe as the impersonal Brahman is but the effulgence of His body, and the Lord known as the Supersoul is but His localized plenary portion. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna Himself, full with six opulences. He is the Absolute Truth, and no other truth is greater than or equal to Him.
anarpita-carim cirat karunayavatirnah kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-shriyam
sada hrdaya-kandare sphuratu vah saci-nandanah
anarpita-not bestowed; carim-having been formerly; cirat-for a long time; karunaya-by causeless mercy; avatirnah-descended; kalau-in the Age of Kali; samarpayitum-to bestow; unnata-elevated; ujjvala-rasam-the conjugal mellow; sva-bhakti-of His own service; shriyam-the treasure; harih-the Supreme Lord; purata-than gold; sundara-more beautiful; dyuti-of splendor; kadamba-with a multitude; sandipitah-lighted up; sada-always; hrdaya-kandare-in the cavity of the heart; sphuratu-let Him be manifest; vah-your; saci-nandanah-the son of mother Saci.
May that Lord who is known as the son of Shrimati Sacidevi be transcendentally situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of molten gold, He has appeared in the Age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow what no incarnation ever offered before: the most sublime and radiant spiritual knowledge of the mellow taste of His service.
radha krishna-pranaya-vikrtir hladini saktir asmad
ekatmanav api bhuvi pura deha-bhedam gatau tau
chaitanyakhyam prakatam adhuna tad-dvayam caikyam aptam
radha-bhava-dyuti-suvalitam naumi krishna-svarupam
radha-Shrimati Radharani; krishna-of Lord Krishna; pranaya-of love; vikrtih-the transformation; hladini saktih-pleasure potency; asmat-from this; eka-atmanau-both the same in identity; api-although; bhuvi-on earth; pura-from beginningless time; deha-bhedam-separate forms; gatau-obtained; tau-those two; chaitanya-akhyam-known as Shri Chaitanya; prakatam-manifest; adhuna-now; tat-dvayam-the two of Them; ca-and; aikyam-unity; aptam-obtained; radha-of Shrimati Radharani; bhava-mood; dyuti-the luster; su-valitam-who is adorned with; naumi-I offer my obeisances; krishna-svarupam-to Him who is identical with Shri Krishna.
The loving affairs of Shri Radha and Krishna are transcendental manifestations of the Lord's internal pleasure-giving potency. Although Radha and Krishna are one in Their identity, They separated Themselves eternally. Now these two transcendental identities have again united, in the form of Shri Krishna Chaitanya. I bow down to Him, who has manifested Himself with the sentiment and complexion of Shrimati Radharani although He is Krishna Himself.
shri-radhayah pranaya-mahima kidrso vanayaiva-
svadyo yenadbhuta-madhurima kidrso va madiyah
saukhyam casya mad-anubhavatah kidrsam veti lobhat
tad-bhavadhyah samajani saci-garbha-sindhau harinduh
shri-radhayah-of Shrimati Radharani; pranaya-mahima-the greatness of the love; kidrsah-of what kind; va-or; anaya-by this one (Radha); eva-alone; asvadyah-to be relished; yena-by that love; adbhuta-madhurima-the wonderful sweetness; kidrsah-of what kind; va-or; madiyah-of Me; saukhyam-the happiness; ca-and; asyah-Her; mat-anubhavatah-from realization of My sweetness; kidrsam-of what kind; va-or; iti-thus; lobhat-from the desire; tat-Her; bhava-adhyah-richly endowed with emotions; samajani-took birth; saci-garbha-of the womb of Shrimati Sacidevi; sindhau-in the ocean; hari-Lord Krishna; induh-like the moon.
Desiring to understand the glory of Radharani's love, the wonderful qualities in Him that She alone relishes through Her love, and the happiness She feels when She realizes the sweetness of His love, the Supreme Lord Hari, richly endowed with Her emotions, appeared from the womb of Shrimati Sacidevi, as the moon appeared from the ocean.
garbhoda-sayi ca payobdhi-sayi
sesas ca yasyamsa-kalah sa nitya-
nandakhya-ramah saranam mamastu
sankarsanah-Maha-Sankarsana in the spiritual sky; karana-toya-sayi-Karanodakasayi Vishnu, who lies in the Causal Ocean; garbha-uda-sayi-Garbhodakasayi Vishnu, who lies in the Garbhodaka Ocean of the universe; ca-and; payah-abdhi-sayi-Ksirodakasayi Vishnu, who lies in the ocean of milk; sesah-Sesa Naga, the couch of Vishnu; ca-and; yasya-whose; amsa-plenary portions; kalah-and parts of the plenary portions; sah-He; nityananda-akhya-known as Lord Nityananda; ramah-Lord Balarama; saranam-shelter; mama-my; astu-let there be.
May Shri Nityananda Rama be the object of my constant remembrance. Sankarsana, Sesa Naga and the Vishnus who lie on the Karana Ocean, Garbha Ocean and ocean of milk are His plenary portions and the portions of His plenary portions.
THE TWO BHAGAVATAS
eka bhagavata bada--bhagavata-sastra
ara bhagavata--bhakta bhakti-rasa-patra
eka-one; bhagavata-in relation to the Supreme Lord; bada-great; bhagavata-sastra-Shrimad-Bhagavatam; ara-the other; bhagavata-in relation to the Supreme Lord; bhakta-pure devotee; bhakti-rasa-of the mellow of devotion; patra-the recipient.
One of the bhagavatas is the great scripture Shrimad-Bhagavatam, and the other is the pure devotee absorbed in the mellows of loving devotion.
C. Bhag. Antya 3.532
dui sthane bhagavata nama suni matra
grantha-bhagavata, ara krishna-krpa-patra
THE FOUR DEFECTS OF THE CONDITIONED SOUL
bhrama, pramada, vipralipsa, karanapatava
arsa-vijna-vakye nahi dosa ei saba
bhrama-mistakes; pramada-illusion; vipralipsa-cheating; karana-apatava-imperfectness of the senses; arsa-of the authoritative sages; vijna-vakye-in the wise speech; nahi-not; dosa-faults; ei-these; saba-all.
"Mistakes, illusions, cheating and defective perception do not occur in the sayings of the authoritative sages.
DISCUSSIONS STRENGHTEN THE MIND
siddhanta baliya citte na kara alasa
iha ha-ite krsne lage sudrdha manasa
siddhanta-conclusion; baliya-considering; citte-in the mind; na kara-do not be; alasa-lazy; iha-this; ha-ite-from; krsne-in Lord Krishna; lage-becomes fixed; su-drdha-very firm; manasa-the mind.
A sincere student should not neglect the discussion of such conclusions, considering them controversial, for such discussions strengthen the mind. Thus one's mind becomes attached to Shri Krishna.
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
apani karimu bhakta-bhava angikare
apani acari' bhakti sikhaimu sabare
apani-personally; karimu-I shall make; bhakta-bhava-the position of a devotee; angikare-acceptance; apani-personally; acari'-practicing; bhakti-devotional service; sikhaimu-I shall teach; sabare-to all.
"I shall accept the role of a devotee, and I shall teach devotional service by practicing it Myself.
SAKTI & SAKTIMAN
dui vastu bheda nai, sastra-paramana
radha-Shrimati Radharani; purna-sakti-the complete energy; krishna-Lord Krishna; purna-saktiman-the complete possessor of energy; dui-two; vastu-things; bheda-difference; nai-there is not; sastra-paramana-the evidence of revealed scripture.
Shri Radha is the full power, and Lord Krishna is the possessor of full power. The two are not different, as evidenced by the revealed scriptures.
kama, prema,--donhakara vibhinna laksana
lauha ara hema yaiche svarupe vilaksana
kama-lust; prema-love; donhakara-of the two; vibhinna-separate; laksana-symptoms; lauha-iron; ara-and; hema-gold; yaiche-just as; svarupe-in nature; vilaksana-different.
Lust and love have different characteristics, just as iron and gold have different natures.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KAMA AND PREMA
atmendriya-priti-vancha--tare bali `kama'
krsnendriya-priti-iccha dhare `prema' nama
atma-indriya-priti-for the pleasure of one's own senses; vancha-desires; tare-to that; bali-I say; kama-lust; krishna-indriya-priti-for the pleasure of Lord Krishna's senses; iccha-desire; dhare-holds; prema-love; nama-the name.
The desire to gratify one's own senses is kama [lust], but the desire to please the senses of Lord Krishna is prema [love].
GOPIS' SURRENDER TO KRSNA
loka-dharma, veda-dharma, deha-dharma, karma
lajja, dhairya, deha-sukha, atma-sukha-marma
dustyaja arya-patha, nija parijana
sva-jane karaye yata tadana-bhartsana
sarva-tyaga kari' kare krsnera bhajana
krishna-sukha-hetu kare prema-sevana
loka-dharma-customs of the people; veda-dharma-Vedic injunctions; deha-dharma-necessities of the body; karma-fruitive work; lajja-bashfulness; dhairya-patience; deha-sukha-the happiness of the body; atma-sukha-the happiness of the self; marma-the essence; dustyaja-difficult to give up; arya-patha-the path of varnasrama; nija-own; parijana-family members; sva-jane-one's own family; karaye-do; yata-all; tadana-punishment; bhartsana-scolding; sarva-tyaga kari'-giving up everything; kare-do; krsnera-of Lord Krishna; bhajana-worship; krishna-sukha-hetu-for the purpose of Lord Krishna's happiness; kare-do; prema-out of love; sevana-service.
Social customs, scriptural injunctions, bodily demands, fruitive action, shyness, patience, bodily pleasures, self-gratification and the path of varnasrama-dharma, which is difficult to give up-the gopis have forsaken all these, as well as their own relatives and their punishment and scolding, for the sake of serving Lord Krishna. They render loving service to Him for the sake of His enjoyment.
EKALE ISVARA KRSNA
ekale isvara krishna, ara saba bhrtya
yare yaiche nacaya, se taiche kare nrtya
ekale-alone; isvara-the Supreme Personality of Godhead; krishna-Krishna; ara-others; saba-all; bhrtya-servants; yare-unto whom; yaiche-as; nacaya-He causes to dance; se-He; taiche-in that way; kare nrtya-dances.
Lord Krishna alone is the supreme controller, and all others are His servants. They dance as He makes them do so.
yan-saba lana prabhura nitya vihara
yan-saba lana prabhura kirtana-pracara
yan-saba lana karena prema asvadana
yan-saba lana dana kare prema-dhana
yan-saba-all; lana-taking company; prabhura-of the Lord; nitya-eternal; vihara-pastime; yan-saba-all those who are; lana-taking company; prabhura-of the Lord; kirtana-sankirtana; pracara-movement; yan-saba-persons with whom; lana-in accompaniment; karena-He does; prema-love of God; asvadana-taste; yan-saba-those who are; lana-in accompaniment; dana kare-gives in charity; prema-dhana-love of Godhead.
The internal devotees or potencies are all eternal associates in the pastimes of the Lord. Only with them does the Lord advent to propound the sankirtana movement, only with them does the Lord taste the mellow of conjugal love, and only with them does He distribute this love of God to people in general.
ISVARA PURI CALLS SRI CAITANYA A FOOL
murkha tumi, tomara nahika vedantadhikara
`krishna-mantra' japa sada,--ei mantra-sara
murkha tumi-You are a fool; tomara-Your; nahika-there is not; vedanta-Vedanta philosophy; adhikara-qualification to study; krishna-mantra-the hymn of Krishna (Hare Krishna); japa-chant; sada-always; ei-this; mantra-hymn; sara-essence of all Vedic knowledge.
" `You are a fool,' he said. `You are not qualified to study Vedanta philosophy, and therefore You must always chant the holy name of Krishna. This is the essence of all mantras, or Vedic hymns.
THE POWER OF THE MAHA-MANTRA
krishna-mantra haite habe samsara-mocana
krishna-nama haite pabe krsnera carana
krishna-mantra-the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra; haite-from; habe-it will be; samsara-material existence; mocana-delilverance; krishna-nama-the holy name of Lord Krishna; haite-from; pabe-one will get; krsnera-of Lord Krishna; carana-lotus feet.
"Simply by chanting the holy name of Krishna one can obtain freedom from material existence. Indeed, simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra one will be able to see the lotus feet of the Lord.
THE FAITH OF CAITANYA IN THE HOLY NAME
ei tanra vakye ami drdha visvasa dhari'
nirantara krishna-nama sankirtana kari
sei krishna-nama kabhu gaoyaya, nacaya
gahi, naci nahi ami apana-icchaya
ei-this; tanra-his (My spiritual master's); vakye-in the words of; ami-I; drdha-firm; visvasa-faith; dhari'-depend; nirantara-always; krishna-nama-the holy name of Lord Krishna; sankirtana-chanting; kari-continue; sei-that; krishna-nama-the holy name of Lord Krishna; kabhu-sometimes; gaoyaya-causes Me to chant; nacaya-causes Me to dance; gahi-by chanting; naci-dancing; nahi-not; ami-Myself; apana-own; icchaya-will.
"I firmly believe in these words of My spiritual master, and therefore I always chant the holy name of the Lord, alone and in the association of devotees. That holy name of Lord Krishna sometimes causes Me to chant and dance, and therefore I chant and dance. Please do not think that I intentionally do it. I do it automatically.
bhrama, pramada, vipralipsa, karanapatava
isvarera vakye nahi dosa ei saba
bhrama-mistake; pramada-illusion; vipralipsa-cheating purposes; karana-apatava-inefficiency of the material senses; isvarera-of the Lord; vakye-in the speech; nahi-there is not; dosa-fault; ei saba-all this.
"The material defects of mistakes, illusions, cheating and sensory inefficiency do not exist in the words of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
SAKTI & SAKTIMAN
gita-visnupuranadi tahate pramana
jiva-tattva-the truth of the living entities; sakti-energy; krishna-tattva-the truth of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sakti-man-the possessor of the energies; gita-the Bhagavad-gita; visnu-purana-adi-Vishnu Purana and other Puranas; tahate-in them; pramana-there are evidences.
"The living entities are energies, not the energetic. The energetic is Krishna. This is very vividly described in the Bhagavad-gita, the Vishnu Purana and other Vedic scriptures.
bharata-bhumite haila manusya janma yara
janma sarthaka kari' kara para-upakara
bharata-of India; bhumite-in the land; haila-has become; manusya-human being; janma-birth; yara-anyone; janma-such a birth; sarthaka-fulfillment; kari'-doing so; kara-do; para-others; upakara-benefit.
"One who has taken his birth as a human being in the land of India [Bharata-varsa] should make his life successful and work for the benefit of all other people.
DIFFICULT THINGS BECOME EASY
kathancana smrte yasmin
duskaram sukaram bhavet
vismrte viparitam syat
shri-chaitanyam namami tam
kathancana-somehow or other; smrte-by remembering; yasmin-whom; duskaram-difficult things; sukaram-easy; bhavet-become; vismrte-by forgetting Him; viparitam-just the opposite; syat-become; shri-chaitanyam-Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu; namami-I offer my respectful obeisances; tam-unto Him.
Things that are very difficult to do become easy to execute if one somehow or other simply remembers Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. But if one does not remember Him, even easy things become very difficult. To this Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu I offer my respectful obeisances.
kali-kale nama-rupe krishna-avatara
nama haite haya sarva-jagat-nistara
kali-kale-in this Age of Kali; nama-rupe-in the form of the holy name; krishna-Lord Krishna; avatara-incarnation; nama-holy name; haite-from; haya-becomes; sarva-all; jagat-of the world; nistara-deliverance.
"In this Age of Kali, the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, is the incarnation of Lord Krishna. Simply by chanting the holy name, one associates with the Lord directly. Anyone who does this is certainly delivered.
jayatam suratau pangor
mama manda-mater gati
jayatam-all glory to; su-ratau-most merciful, or attached in conjugal love; pangoh-of one who is lame; mama-of me; manda-mateh-foolish; gati-refuge; mat-my; sarva-sva-everything; pada-ambhojau-whose lotus feet; radha-madana-mohanau-Radharani and Madana-mohana.
Glory to the all-merciful Radha and Madana-mohana! I am lame and ill-advised, yet They are my directors, and Their lotus feet are everything to me.
presthalibhih sevyamanau smarami
divyat-shining; vrnda-aranya-in the forest of Vrndavana; kalpa-druma-desire tree; adhah-beneath; shrimat-most beautiful; ratna-agara-in a temple of jewels; simha-asana-sthau-sitting on a throne; shrimat-very beautiful; radha-Shrimati Radharani; shrila-govinda-devau-and Shri Govindadeva; prestha-alibhih-by most confidential associates; sevyamanau-being served; smarami-I remember.
In a temple of jewels in Vrndavana, underneath a desire tree, Shri Shri Radha-Govinda, served by Their most confidential associates, sit upon an effulgent throne. I offer my humble obeisances unto Them.
karsan venu-svanair gopir
gopinathah shriye 'stu nah
shriman-the most beautiful form; rasa-of the rasa dance; rasa-arambhi-the initiator of the mellow; vamsi-vata-the celebrated place named Vamsivata; tata-on the bank of Yamuna; sthitah-being situated; karsan-attracting; venu-svanaih-by the sounds of the flute; gopih-all the gopis; gopi-nathah-the master of all the gopis; shriye-the opulence of love and affection; astu-let there be; nah-upon us.
May Gopinathaji, who attracts all the gopis with the song of His flute and who has begun the most melodious rasa dance on the bank of the Yamuna in Vamsivata, be merciful upon us.
CAITANYA'S ENIGMATIC VERSE
yah kaumara-harah sa eva hi varas ta eva caitra-ksapas
te conmilita-malati-surabhayah praudhah kadambanilah
sa caivasmi tathapi tatra surata-vyapara-lila-vidhau
reva-rodhasi vetasi-taru-tale cetah samutkanthate
yah-that same person who; kaumara-harah-the thief of my heart during youth; sah-he; eva hi-certainly; varah-lover; tah-these; eva-certainly; caitra-ksapah-moonlit nights of the month of Caitra; te-those; ca-and; unmilita-fructified; malati-of malati flowers; surabhayah-fragrances; praudhah-full; kadamba-with the fragrance of the kadamba flower; anilah-the breezes; sa-that one; ca-also; eva-certainly; asmi-I am; tathapi-still; tatra-there; surata-vyapara-in intimate transactions; lila-of pastimes; vidhau-in the manner; reva-of the river named Reva; rodhasi-on the bank; vetasi-of the name Vetasi; taru-tale-underneath the tree; cetah-my mind; samutkanthate-is very eager to go.
"That very personality who stole away my heart during my youth is now again my master. These are the same moonlit nights of the month of Caitra. The same fragrance of malati flowers is there, and the same sweet breezes are blowing from the kadamba forest. In our intimate relationship, I am also the same lover, yet still my mind is not happy here. I am eager to go back to that place on the bank of the Reva under the Vetasi tree. That is my desire."
RUPA GOSVAMI'S COMPOSITION
priyah so 'yam krishnah saha-cari kuru-ksetra-militas
tathaham sa radha tad idam ubhayoh sangama-sukham
mano me kalindi-pulina-vipinaya sprhayati
priyah-very dear; sah-He; ayam-this; krishnah-Lord Krishna; saha-cari-O My dear friend; kuru-ksetra-militah-who is met on the field of Kuruksetra; tatha-also; aham-I; sa-that; radha-Radharani; tat-that; idam-this; ubhayoh-of both of Us; sangama-sukham-the happiness of meeting; tathapi-still; antah-within; khelan-playing; madhura-sweet; murali-of the flute; pancama-the fifth note; juse-which delights in; manah-the mind; me-My; kalindi-of the river Yamuna; pulina-on the bank; vipinaya-the trees; sprhayati-desires.
[This is a verse spoken by Shrimati Radharani.] "My dear friend, now I have met My very old and dear friend Krishna on this field of Kuruksetra. I am the same Radharani, and now We are meeting together. It is very pleasant, but still I would like to go to the bank of the Yamuna beneath the trees of the forest there. I wish to hear the vibration of His sweet flute playing the fifth note within that forest of Vrndavana."
BRAHMAN IS THE SAME AS BHAGAVAN
brahma-sabde kahe purna svayam bhagavan
svayam bhagavan krishna,--sastrera pramana
brahma-sabde-by the word "Brahman"; kahe-it is said; purna-complete; svayam-personally; bhagavan-the Supreme Personality of Godhead; svayam-personally; bhagavan-the Supreme Personality of Godhead; krishna-Lord Krishna; sastrera pramana-the verdict of all Vedic literature.
"The word `Brahman' indicates the complete Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is Shri Krishna. That is the verdict of all Vedic literature.
SARIRAKA-BHASYA IS NOT AUTHORISED
jivera nistara lagi' sutra kaila vyasa
mayavadi-bhasya sunile haya sarva-nasa
jivera-of the living entities; nistara-deliverance; lagi'-for the matter of; sutra-the Vedanta-sutra; kaila-made; vyasa-Shrila Vyasadeva; mayavadi-of the impersonalists; bhasya-commentary; sunile-if hearing; haya-becomes; sarva-nasa-all destruction.
"Shrila Vyasadeva presented Vedanta philosophy for the deliverance of conditioned souls, but if one hears the commentary of Sankaracarya, everything is spoiled.
siksartham ekah purusah puranah
krpambudhir yas tam aham prapadye
vairagya-detachment from everything that does not help develop Krishna consciousness; vidya-knowledge; nija-own; bhakti-yoga-devotional service; siksa-artham-just to instruct; ekah-the single person; purusah-the Supreme Person; puranah-very old, or eternal; shri-krishna-chaitanya-of Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu; sarira-dhari-accepting the body; krpa-ambudhih-the ocean of transcendental mercy; yah-who; tam-unto Him; aham-I; prapadye-surrender.
"Let me take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna, who has descended in the form of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to teach us real knowledge, His devotional service and detachment from whatever does not foster Krishna consciousness. He has descended because He is an ocean of transcendental mercy. Let me surrender unto His lotus feet.
BE A GURU!
yare dekha, tare kaha `krishna'-upadesa
amara ajnaya guru hana tara' ei desa
yare-whomever; dekha-you meet; tare-him; kaha-tell; krishna-upadesa-the instruction of the Bhagavad-gita as it is spoken by the Lord or of Shrimad-Bhagavatam, which advises one to worship Shri Krishna; amara ajnaya-under My order; guru hana-becoming a spiritual master; tara'-deliver; ei desa-this country.
"Instruct everyone to follow the orders of Lord Shri Krishna as they are given in the Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad-Bhagavatam. In this way become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land."
GURU IS ONE WHO KNOWS KRSNA-TATTVA
kiba vipra, kiba nyasi, sudra kene naya
yei krishna-tattva-vetta, sei `guru' haya
kiba-whether; vipra-a brahmana; kiba-whether; nyasi-a sannyasi; sudra-a sudra; kene-why; naya-not; yei-anyone who; krishna-tattva-vetta-a knower of the science of Krishna; sei-that person; guru-the spiritual master; haya-is.
"Whether one is a brahmana, a sannyasi or a sudra-regardless of what he is-he can become a spiritual master if he knows the science of Krishna."
"I AM JUST A DANCING PUPPET"
raya kahe,--"ami--nata, tumi--sutra-dhara
yei mata nacao, taiche cahi nacibara
raya kahe-Ramananda Raya replied; ami-I; nata-dancer; tumi-You; sutra-dhara-the puller of the strings; yei-whatever; mata-way; nacao-You make me dance; taiche-in that way; cahi-I want; nacibara-to dance.
Shri Ramananda Raya said, "I am just a dancing puppet, and You pull the strings. Whichever way You make me dance, I will dance.
sthavara-jangama dekhe, na dekhe tara murti
sarvatra haya nija ista-deva-sphurti
sthavara-jangama-movable and inert; dekhe-he sees; na-not; dekhe-sees; tara-its; murti-form; sarvatra-everywhere; haya-there is; nija-his own; ista-deva-worshipable Lord; sphurti-manifestation.
"The maha-bhagavata, the advanced devotee, certainly sees everything mobile and immobile, but he does not exactly see their forms. Rather, everywhere he immediately sees manifest the form of the Supreme Lord."
RASA-RAJA & MAHA-BHAVA
tabe hasi' tanre prabhu dekhaila svarupa
`rasa-raja' `mahabhava'--dui eka rupa
tabe-therefore; hasi'-smiling; tanre-unto him (Ramananda Raya); prabhu-the Lord; dekhaila-showed; svarupa-His personal form; rasa-raja-the king of all transcendental humors; maha-bhava-the condition of ecstatic love; dui-two; eka-one; rupa-form.
Lord Shri Krishna is the reservoir of all pleasure, and Shrimati Radharani is the personification of ecstatic love of Godhead. These two forms has combined as one in Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This being the case, Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu revealed His real form to Ramananda Raya.
"MY DIRECT DEVOTEES ARE NOT MY DEVOTEES"
ye me bhakta-janah partha
na me bhaktas ca te janah
mad-bhaktanam ca ye bhaktas
te me bhakta-tama matah
ye-those who; me-My; bhakta-janah-devotees; partha-O Partha; na-not; me-My; bhaktah-devotees; ca-and; te-those; janah-persons; mat-bhaktanam-of My devotees; ca-certainly; ye-those who; bhaktah-devotees; te-such persons; me-My; bhakta-tamah-most advanced devotees; matah-that is My opinion.
"Lord Krishna told Arjuna, `Those who are My direct devotees are actually not My devotees, but those who are the devotees of My servant are factually My devotees.'
MUKAM KAROTI VACALAM
mukam karoti vacalam
pangum langhayate girim
yat-krpa tam aham vande
mukam-a person who cannot speak; karoti-makes; vacalam-an eloquent speaker; pangum-a person who cannot even walk; langhayate-causes to cross over; girim-the mountain; yat-krpa-whose mercy; tam-unto Him; aham-I; vande-offer obeisances; parama-ananda-the transcendentally blissful; madhavam-Supreme Personality of Godhead.
" `The Supreme Personality of Godhead has the form of sac-cid-ananda vigraha, transcendental bliss, knowledge and eternity. I offer my respectful obeisances unto He who turns the dumb into eloquent speakers and enables the lame to cross mountains. Such is the mercy of the Lord.' "
namne gaura-tvise namah
namah-obeisances; maha-vadanyaya-who is most munificent and charitably disposed; krishna-prema-love of Krishna; pradaya-who can give; te-unto You; krishnaya-the original Personality of Godhead; krishna-chaitanya-namne-under the name Krishna Chaitanya; gaura-tvise-whose complexion is the golden complexion of Shrimati Radharani; namah-obeisances.
"O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Shrimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You.
THE SIZE OF THE SOUL
jivah suksma-svarupo 'yam
sankhyatito hi cit-kanah
kesa-agra-of the tip of a hair; sata-bhagasya-of one hundredth; sata-amsa-a hundredth part; sadrsa-equal to; atmakah-whose nature; jivah-the living entity; suksma-very fine; sva-rupah-identification; ayam-this; sankhya-atitah-numbering beyond calculation; hi-certainly; cit-kanah-spiritual particle.
" `If we divide the tip of a hair into a hundred parts and then take one of these parts and divide it again into a hundred parts, that very fine division is the size of but one of the numberless living entities. They are all cit-kana, particles of spirit, not matter.'
satadha kalpitasya ca
bhago jivah sa vijneya
iti caha para srutih
bala-agra-the tip of a hair; sata-bhagasya-of one hundredth; sata-dha-into one hundred parts; kalpitasya-divided; ca-and; bhagah-minute portion; jivah-the living entity; sah-that; vijneyah-to be understood; iti-thus; ca-and; aha-have said; para-chief; srutih-Vedic mantras.
" `If we divide the tip of a hair into one hundred parts and then take one part and divide this into another one hundred parts, that ten-thousandth part is the dimension of the living entity. This is the verdict of the chief Vedic mantras.'
krishna-bhakta--niskama, ataeva `santa'
krishna-bhakta-a devotee of Lord Krishna; niskama-actually desireless; ataeva-therefore; santa-peaceful; bhukti-of material enjoyment; mukti-of liberation from material activities; siddhi-of perfection in yogic performance; kami-those who are desirous; sakali-all of them; asanta-not peaceful.
"Because a devotee of Lord Krishna is desireless, he is peaceful. Fruitive workers desire material enjoyment, jnanis desire liberation, and yogis desire material opulence; therefore they are all lusty and cannot be peaceful.
BRAHMANDA BHRAMITE KONA...
brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru-krishna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija
brahmanda bhramite-wandering in this universe; kona-some; bhagyavan-most fortunate; jiva-living being; guru-of the spiritual master; krishna-of Krishna; prasade-by the mercy; paya-gets; bhakti-lata-of the creeper of devotional service; bija-the seed.
"According to their karma, all living entities are wandering throughout the entire universe. Some of them are being elevated to the upper planetary systems, and some are going down into the lower planetary systems. Out of many millions of wandering living entities, one who is very fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master by the grace of Krishna. By the mercy of both Krishna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service.
BECOMING A GARDENER
mali hana kare sei bija aropana
sravana-kirtana-jale karaye secana
mali hana-becoming a gardener; kare-does; sei-that; bija-seed of devotional service; aropana-sowing; sravana-of hearing; kirtana-of chanting; jale-with the water; karaye-does; secana-sprinkling.
"When a person receives the seed of devotional service, he should take care of it by becoming a gardener and sowing the seed in his heart. If he waters the seed gradually by the process of sravana and kirtana [hearing and chanting], the seed will begin to sprout.
SANATANA GOSVAMI SEES HIMSELF AS FALLEN
`nica jati, nica-sangi, patita adhama
kuvisaya-kupe padi' gonainu janama!
nica jati-born of a low family; nica-sangi-associated with low men; patita-fallen; adhama-the lowest; ku-visaya-kupe-in a well of material enjoyment; padi'-having fallen down; gonainu-I have passed; janama-my life.
Sanatana Gosvami said, "I was born in a low family, and my associates are all low-class men. I myself am fallen and am the lowest of men. Indeed, I have passed my whole life fallen in the well of sinful materialism.
`ke ami', `kene amaya jare tapa-traya'
iha nahi jani--`kemane hita haya'
ke ami-who am I; kene-why; amaya-unto me; jare-give trouble; tapa-traya-the three kinds of miserable conditions; iha-this; nahi jani-I do not know; kemane-how; hita-my welfare; haya-there is.
"Who am I? Why do the threefold miseries always give me trouble? If I do not know this, how can I be benefited?
jivera `svarupa' haya--krsnera `nitya-dasa'
krsnera `tatastha-sakti' `bhedabheda-prakasa
jivera-of the living entity; sva-rupa-the constitutional position; haya-is; krsnera-of Lord Krishna; nitya-dasa-eternal servant; krsnera-of Lord Krishna; tatastha-marginal; sakti-potency; bheda-abheda-one and different; prakasa-manifestation.
"It is the living entity's constitutional position to be an eternal servant of Krishna because he is the marginal energy of Krishna.
krishna bhuli' sei jiva anadi-bahirmukha
ataeva maya tare deya samsara-duhkha
krishna bhuli'-forgetting Krishna; sei jiva-that living entity; anadi-from time immemorial; bahih-mukha-attracted by the external feature; ataeva-therefore; maya-illusory energy; tare-to him; deya-gives; samsara-duhkha-miseries of material existence.
"Forgetting Krishna, the living entity has been attracted by the external feature from time immemorial. Therefore the illusory energy [maya] gives him all kinds of misery in his material existence.
KRSNA GIVES THE VEDIC LITERATURE
maya-mugdha jivera nahi svatah krishna-jnana
jivere krpaya kaila krishna veda-purana
maya-mugdha-enchanted by the illusory energy; jivera-of the conditioned soul; nahi-there is not; svatah-automatically; krishna-jnana-knowledge of Krishna; jivere-unto the conditioned soul; krpaya-out of mercy; kaila-presented; krishna-Lord Krishna; veda-purana-the Vedic literature and the Puranas (supplements to the Vedic literature).
"The conditioned soul cannot revive his Krishna consciousness by his own effort. But out of causeless mercy, Lord Krishna compiled the Vedic literature and its supplements, the Puranas.
KRSNA VERSUS MAYA
krishna--surya-sama; maya haya andhakara
yahan krishna, tahan nahi mayara adhikara
krishna-Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; surya-sama-like the sun planet; maya-the illusory energy; haya-is; andhakara-darkness; yahan krishna-wherever there is Krishna; tahan-there; nahi-not; mayara-of maya, or the darkness of illusion; adhikara-the jurisdiction.
"Krishna is compared to sunshine, and maya is compared to darkness. Wherever there is sunshine, there cannot be darkness. As soon as one takes to Krishna consciousness, the darkness of illusion (the influence of the external energy) will immediately vanish.
`sadhu-sanga', `sadhu-sanga'--sarva-sastre kaya
lava-matra sadhu-sange sarva-siddhi haya
sadhu-sanga sadhu-sanga-association with pure devotees; sarva-sastre-all the revealed scriptures; kaya-say; lava-matra-even for a moment; sadhu-sange-by association with a devotee; sarva-siddhi-all success; haya-there is.
"The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment's association with a pure devotee, one can attain all success.
`sraddha'-sabde--visvasa kahe sudrdha niscaya
krsne bhakti kaile sarva-karma krta haya
sraddha-sabde-by the word sraddha; visvasa-faith; kahe-is said; sudrdha-firm; niscaya-certain; krsne-unto Lord Krishna; bhakti-devotional service; kaile-by executing; sarva-karma-all activities; krta-completed; haya-are.
"By rendering transcendental loving service to Krishna, one automatically performs all subsidiary activities. This confident, firm faith, favorable to the discharge of devotional service, is called sraddha.
'stri-sangi'--eka asadhu, `krishnabhakta' ara
asat-sanga-tyaga-rejection of the association of nondevotees; ei-this; vaishnava-acara-the behavior of a Vaishnava; stri-sangi-who associates with women for sense gratification; eka-one; asadhu-unsaintly person; krishna-abhakta-one who is not a devotee of Lord Krishna; ara-another.
"A Vaishnava should always avoid the association of ordinary people. Common people are very much materially attached, especially to women. Vaishnavas should also avoid the company of those who are not devotees of Lord Krishna.
goptrtve varanam tatha
anukulyasya-of anything that assists devotional service to the Lord; sankalpah-acceptance; pratikulyasya-of anything that hinders devotional service; varjanam-complete rejection; raksisyati-He will protect; iti-thus; visvasah-strong conviction; goptrtve-in being the
guardian, like the father or husband, master or maintainer;
varanam-acceptance; tatha-as well as; atma-niksepa-full self-surrender; karpanye-humility; sat-vidha-sixfold; sarana-agatih-process of surrender.
" `The six divisions of surrender are the acceptance of those things favorable to devotional service, the rejection of unfavorable things, the conviction that Krishna will give protection, the acceptance of the Lord as one's guardian or master, full self-surrender and humility.
nitya-siddha krishna-prema `sadhya' kabhu naya
sravanadi-suddha-citte karaye udaya
nitya-siddha-eternally proved; krishna-prema-love of Krishna; sadhya-to be gained; kabhu-at any time; naya-not; sravana-adi-by hearing, etc.; suddha-purified; citte-in the heart; karaye udaya-awakens.
"Pure love for Krishna is eternally established in the hearts of living entities. It is not something to be gained from another source. When the heart is purified by hearing and chanting, the living entity naturally awakens.
THE FIVE MAIN LIMBS OF BHAKTI
sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
mathura-vasa, shri-murtira sraddhaya sevana
sadhu-sanga-association with devotees; nama-kirtana-chanting the holy name; bhagavata-sravana-hearing Shrimad-Bhagavatam; mathura-vasa-living at Mathura; shri-murtira sraddhaya sevana-worshiping the Deity with faith and veneration.
"One should associate with devotees, chant the holy name of the Lord, hear Shrimad-Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith and veneration.
tara anugata bhaktira `raganuga'-name
ragatmika-bhakti-spontaneous devotional service; mukhya-preeminent; vraja-vasi-jane-in the inhabitants of Vraja, or Vrndavana; tara-that; anugata-following; bhaktira-of devotional service; raganuga-name-named raganuga or following after spontaneous devotional service.
"The original inhabitants of Vrndavana are attached to Krishna spontaneously in devotional service. Nothing can compare to such spontaneous devotional service, which is called ragatmika bhakti. When a devotee follows in the footsteps of the devotees of Vrndavana, his devotional service is called raganuga bhakti.
THE ACTIVITIES OF A PURE DEVOTEE ARE NOT UNDERSTOOD
yanra citte krishna-prema karaye udaya
tanra vakya, kriya, mudra vijneha na bujhaya
yanra citte-in whose heart; krishna-prema-love of Krishna; karaye udaya-awakens; tanra-his; vakya-words; kriya-activities; mudra-symptoms; vijneha-even a learned scholar; na bujhaya-does not understand.
"Even the most learned man cannot understand the words, activities and symptoms of a person situated in love of Godhead.
dadhi yena khanda-marica-karpura-milane
'rasalakhya' rasa haya apurvasvadane
dadhi-yogurt; yena-as if; khanda-sugar candy; marica-black pepper; karpura-camphor; milane-being mixed; rasala-akhya-known os delicious; rasa-mellow; haya-becomes; apurva-asvadane-by an unprecedented taste.
"Yogurt mixed with sugar candy, black pepper and camphor is very palatable and tasty. Similarly, when permanent ecstasy mixes with other ecstatic symptoms, it becomes unprecedentedly tasty.
THE FIVE CHIEF PROCESSES OF DEVOTION
sat-sanga, krishna-seva, bhagavata, nama
vraje vasa,--ei panca sadhana pradhana
sat-sanga-association with devotees; krishna-seva-engagement in the service of Krishna; bhagavata-devotees and the book known as Shrimad-Bhagavatam; nama-the chanting of the holy name; vraje vasa-residence in Vrndavana or Mathura; ei-these; panca-five; sadhana pradhana-the chief processes of devotion.
"To be elevated to the platform of devotional service, the following five items should be observed: association with devotees, engagement in the service of Lord Krishna, the reading of Shrimad-Bhagavatam, the chanting of the holy names and residence at Vrndavana or Mathura.
krishna-sakti vina nahe tara pravartana
kali-kalera-of this age of Kali; dharma-the duty; krishna-nama-sankirtana-chanting the holy name of Lord Krishna; krishna-sakti vina-without being empowered by Lord Krishna; nahe-is not; tara-of that; pravartana-propagation.
"The fundamental religious system in the age of Kali is the chanting of the holy name of Krishna. Unless empowered by Krishna, one cannot propagate the sankirtana movement.