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Title: Unstinted Mercy says Websters
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-04-06 16:42:09
Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya Lila 23.1
cirad adattam nija-gupta-vittam
a-pamaram yo vitatara gaurah
krishno janebhyas tam aham prapadye
"The most munificent Supreme Personality of Godhead, known as Gaurak崘rishna, distributed to everyone梕ven the lowest of men桯is own confidential treasury
in the form of the nectar of love of Himself and the holy name. This was never given to the people at any time before. I therefore offer my respectful obeisances unto Him."
Webster's Unabridged Dictionary explains:
GENEROUS, CHARITABLE, LIBERAL, BOUNTIFUL, MUNIFICENT all describe persons
who give to others something of value, or the acts of such persons.
GENEROUS stresses the warm and sympathetic nature of the giver.
CHARITABLE places stress on both the goodness and kindness of the giver and
the indigence or need of the receiver.
LIBERAL, in this connection, emphasizes the size of the gift, the largesse
and openhandedness of the giver.
BOUNTIFUL implies effusive, unstinted giving and a sense of abundance or
MUNIFICENT refers to gifts or awards so large and striking as to evoke
amazement or admiration.
It seems that Lord Gauranga's quality of being MUNIFICENT is especially
striking because it includes His being GENEROUS, CHARITABLE, LIBERAL and
BOUNTIFUL and because it is contrasted even further by our utter
disqualification to receive such gifts from Him.