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His Divine Grace
Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya
Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada.
ashraya-vishaya-dvaya, anyo ‘nya-sambhoga-maya,
radha-krishna madhurya dekhaya
vipralambha-bhava-maya, shri-chaitanya dinashraya,
duye mili’ audarya vilaya
The worshipable Lord and His devotee enjoy each other’s association as Radha and Krishna reveal Their sweet pastimes. The combined form of Radha and Krishna, Lord Shri Chaitanya, is the shelter of the fallen souls and the personification of audarya, magnanimity, and vipralambha-bhava, service in separation.
bhakta raya-ramananda, gaure vraja-yuva-dvandva
sei kale raya bhupa, krishnera sannyasi-rupa,
nahi paya sadhakera lakshye
When the confidential devotee of Shri Gaura, Shri Ramananda Raya, saw with divine eyes that Gaura is the combined form of Radha and Krishna, he was not able to see the sannyasi form of Krishna.
radha-bhave nija-bhranti, suvalita radha-kanti,
audarye madhurya aprakasha
audarye madhurya-bhrama, na karibe tahe shrama,
Being absorbed in the mood of Radha, Krishna forgets Himself and exhibits Her dazzling complexion. The conjugal pastimes of the Lord are not manifest in His magnanimous pastimes. Vrindavana dasa Thakura teaches us that one should not labor hard to find the conjugal pastimes of the Lord in His magnanimous pastimes.
gandharvika-citta-hari, krishna-yogye kripakari,
radha vina tinho karo naya
kangala dinera saba, shri-chaitanya dayarnava,
tanre sevi’ taha siddha haya
Lord Krishna, who enchants the heart of Gandharvika and who bestows mercy on the qualified devotees, does not belong to anyone other than Radharani. The perfection of attaining His lotus feet is achieved by serving Shri Chaitanya, who is the ocean of mercy and friend of the poor.
chaitanya-nitai-katha, shunile hridaya-vyatha,
ciratare yaya sunishcita
krishne anuraga haya, vishaye asakti-kshaya,
shrota labhe nija-nitya-hita
If one hears the topics of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda, the pangs of one’s heart are certainly destroyed forever. By this process of hearing one attains the eternal benefit of attachment to Krishna and detachment from material enjoyment.
bhagavate krishna-katha, vyasera lekhani yatha,
tara marma vrindavana jani’
shri-chaitanya-bhagavate, varne anurupa-mate,
gaura-krishne eka kari’ mani’
Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura understood the topics of Krishna described by Shrila Vyasadeva in the Shrimad Bhagavatam, and in the same way He wrote Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, describing the pastimes of Gaura, who he accepted as nondifferent from Krishna.
gaurera gaurava-lila, shuddha-tattva prakashila,
ye nitai-dasa vrindavana
tanhara padabja dhari’, anukshana shiropari,
The glorious pastimes of Gaura have been revealed by Shri Vrindavana dasa, the servant of Lord Nityananda. Following in his footsteps and always keeping his lotus feet on my head, I write the Gaudiya-bhashya commentary on Chaitanya-bhagavata.
shune sarva-kshana karne, sahasra-mukhete varne,
Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata is a collection of the jewel-like pastimes of Shri Chaitanya and Nityananda. One should always hear and chant with thousands of mouths the unsurpassable glorification of the Lord contained in this great book.
shri-bhaktivinoda-pada, yate nashe bhogi-gada,
shuddha-bhakti yan-ha ‘te pracara
likhite gaudiya-bhashya, rahu citte tava dasya,
yaci, prabho! karuna tomara
Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura preached the process of pure devotional service, and his lotus feet destroy the desire for material enjoyment. While writing this Gaudiya-bhashya commentary I beg for his mercy. O Prabhu, let the desire for serving you always remain in my heart.
hari-vinodera asha, bhagavata-vyakhya-bhasha,
kunja-seva kariba yatane
bhakata-karuna ha ‘le, sarva-siddhi tabe mile,
nahi rakhi anya asha mane
By the desire of Lord Hari and Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura I am writing this commentary on Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata. I will attentively serve Their Lordships in the kunjas. By the mercy of the devotees, one can achieve all perfection. Therefore I do not keep any other desire in my mind.
shuddha-bhakta murtiman, shunaye yanhara kana,
shri-gaura-kishora vara, e dasera guruvara,
sada kripa kara more dana
The pure devotees of the Lord hear and chant this Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata. Shri Gaurakishora dasa Babaji is the spiritual master of this servant, so I always beg for his mercy.
shri-varshabhanavi-devi- ashlishta-dayite sevi’,
yena chadi aparadha ghora
shri-vrajapattane vasi’, gandharvike, diva-nishi,
giridhara seva pai tora
Shri Varshabhanavi dayita dasa desires to serve the beloved Lord of Shri Varshabhanavidevi by giving up all offenses. O Gandharvika-Giridhari, I pray day and night for Your service while sitting at Shri Vrajapattana, Mayapur.