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Opening Words

 

The original name of Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata was Shri Chaitanya-mangala. As Shri Locana dasa Thakura, the disciple of Narahari Sarakara Thakura, wrote another book named Shri Chaitanya-mangala, Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura later changed the name of his own book to Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata in order to differentiate the two books. When Shrila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami refers to Shri Chaitanya-mangala in his Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita, he is referring to this Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata. It is said that Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura changed the name of his book to Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata by the desire of Shrimati Narayani devi. Anyway, as in the Shrimad Bhagavatam the pastimes of Krishna are described, in this book the pastimes, particularly the Navadvipa pastimes, of Shri Chaitanyadeva, who is nondifferent from the son of Nanda, are described. Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita deals more with Shri Chaitanyaís pastimes as a sannyasi in Nilacala and therefore may be accepted as a supplement to Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakuraís book. This great book is divided into three parts-Adi, Madhya, and Antya. Adi-khanda extends up to the Lordís acceptance of initiation, Madhya-khanda extends up to the Lordís acceptance of sannyasa, and Antya-khanda describes some of the Lordís pastimes over a period of a few years in Nilacala. The Lordís later pastimes in Nilacala are not described in this book. Such later pastimes were also not described by Shri Murari Gupta in his book Shri Chaitanya-carita.