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CB 1.11.1

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2006-01-14 06:54:29
\b U" >Title: CB 1.11.1
User: Matus    Date: 2007-08-13 11:08:54

Dear Swami Gaurangapada Maharaja,
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Please accept my humble obeisances at Your Lotus Feet.

i would like You to enlighten me about the meaning of the following purport of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura in Chaitanya Bhagavata:

CB Adi-khanda 11.1

TEXT 1

jaya jaya maha-maheshvara gauracandra
balya-lilaya shri-vidya-vilasera kendra

TRANSLATION
All glories to Shri Gaurachandra, the Lord of lords. In His childhood He was the reservoir of scholastic pastimes.

COMMENTARY
The phrase vidya-vilasera kendra is explained as follows: The lack of proper philosophy or knowledge is called avidya. Although some people claim that to achieve knowledge of an incomplete object is vidya, real knowledge is found only in knowledge of the Supreme Lord, who is complete. Although knowledge of Brahman and Paramatma aspects of the Absolute Truth is part of spiritual knowledge, in a comparative study of spiritual knowledge they are both limited and incomplete. The age for primary education of an ordinary human being is known as balya, or childhood. The enactment of educational pastimes that we find in the pastimes of Gaurasundara at that age are like the childhood activities of the spiritual world. The arrangement for learning and teaching children
’s \b U" >literatures like grammar, the principle subject of language books, is simply based on giving and taking mundane knowledge. With the help of these children’s \b U" >literatures one can enter into and realize knowledge regarding transcendental sound. Although different languages born from the research of mankind are meant for bringing one to knowledge of the Supreme, they are not actually directing one to knowledge of the Supreme. Ordinary people could not observe even a tinge of spiritual education in the educational pursuits of Shri Gaurasundara in His childhood pastimes. Since Gaurasundara concealed Himself at that time, many people had no opportunity to see Him as the central figure of all spiritual knowledge. Although the objects of the external world, which act as servants of sensual knowledge, did not benefit the living entities through Shri Gaurasundara’s \b U" >studying grammar or teaching language, from the intellectual point of view He was nevertheless certainly present in each word as the Supersoul.

The highlighted part is especially that which i cannot understand.

Thank You very much.

Yours sincerely,

Matus

Title: Re: CB 1.11.1
User: Nitaipada Maharaja    Date: 2007-08-19 22:10:15

Nityananda!  Gauranga!  Hare Krishna!  All glories to Srila Bhaktivinoda, Srila Prabhupada, my most beloved Srila Gaurangapada and all Vaisnavas.  Please accept my humble obeisances and blessings.  I pray that this meets you well and in the service/mercy of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.

My Dearest Matus Prabhu-ji;

What a wonderful question!  In the first khanda of Sri Caitanya Bhagavata, we find Sri Gaura in childhood and having to be educated even though he is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  In my humble opinion, this is to provide for us an example of how important education is.  We must be able to read and write to study and learn the sastras, but education, as it is presented, is mostly mundane knowledge.  True knowledge is what leads us to the lotus feet of the Lord and grants us pure knowledge of Godhead.

We must understand what true education is.  In Srimad Bhagavad-gita 10.10, Sri Krishna states:  "To those who are constantly devoted and worship Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me."  Although we must endure the mundane educational system to gain at least the basics understanding, this means that pure education is understanding the knowledge of the Supersoul.  Although the Supersoul exists within the heart of every living entity, not all entities can grasp the this knowledge. "isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrid-desa arjuna tisthati"  "The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone's heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wandering of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy."  BG 18.61  Sri Krishna only talks directly to the pure devotees who are constantly engaged in pure devotional service.

In the Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, Antya-khanda 3.45, it is stated:  "One who has fixed his mind on the lotus feet of Sri Krishna is to be understood as having the best education and having studied all the Vedas."  Also in Caitanya-bhagavata we find: "The prefect result of an education is fixing of one's mind on the lotus feet of Sri Krishna."  Adi 13.178  And also:  "Conquering the world by means of a material education is not desireable.  If one engages himself in devotional service, his education is perfect."  Adi 13.173

The true purpose of an education is to undestand Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and our eternal relationship with Him.  "The purpose of education is to understand Krishna nd His devotional service.  If one does not do so, then his education is false."  CB Adi 12.49

Sri Gauranga asked Srila Ramananda Raya what the purpose of an education was.  Srila Ramananda Raya replied that the best part of education is advancement in Krishna Consciousness.  Without coming to the knowledge and understanding of our eternal relationship with Sri Krishna and our eternal position as spirit-soul, then education is pointless.

Even though during his educational pastimes Sri Gauranga remained hidden, in the study of His life and teachings, we come to realize what the true purpose of a proper education is, to attain the knowledge and understanding so that we may return back Home, back to Godhead.

Your eternal servant;
Nitaipada Maharaja

Title: Re: CB 1.11.1 Vidya Rasa of Lord Nimaai
User: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-08-19 23:02:00


The enactment of educational pastimes that we find in the pastimes of Gaurasundara at that age are like the childhood activities of the spiritual world. The arrangement for learning and teaching children
’s \b U" >literatures like grammar, the principle subject of language books, is simply based on giving and taking mundane knowledge. With the help of these children’s \b U" >literatures one can enter into and realize knowledge regarding transcendental sound. Although different languages born from the research of mankind are meant for bringing one to knowledge of the Supreme, they are not actually directing one to knowledge of the Supreme. Ordinary people could not observe even a tinge of spiritual education in the educational pursuits of Shri Gaurasundara in His childhood pastimes. Since Gaurasundara concealed Himself at that time, many people had no opportunity to see Him as the central figure of all spiritual knowledge. Although the objects of the external world, which act as servants of sensual knowledge, did not benefit the living entities through Shri Gaurasundara’s \b U" >studying grammar or teaching language, from the intellectual point of view He was nevertheless certainly present in each word as the Supersoul.


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Thanks Nitaipada for your nice reply. I would request Matus to be more specific about what exactly he could not understand in the above paragraph. There are many things in the paragraph which can be explained and commented on but it would be nice to know the specifics.


Although the objects of the external world, which act as servants of sensual knowledge, did not benefit the living entities through Shri Gaurasundara
’s \b U" >studying grammar or teaching language


One thing I can see is the above sentence. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada wants to tell us here that even though the millions of conditioned souls who are very attached to mundane learning and knowledge could have easily become attracted to Lord Gauranga by hearing or reading about or seeing His divinely transcendental activities of studying grammar and teaching language which were externally similar to their own mundane learning, they did not or do not accept this most rare opportunity to become delivered considering the Lord an ordinary human being. Actually one of the reasons why Lord Nimaai  performed these scholastic pastimes was to attract such souls but it was not to be as the souls can always misuse the independence give to them by the Lord and use it to reject the divine activities of the Lord instead of meditating on Them.


The enactment of educational pastimes that we find in the pastimes of Gaurasundara at that age are like the childhood activities of the spiritual world.


This means that these scholastic pastimes are not the principle pastimes in the spiritual world. They are primarily enacted to attract the mundane scholars in this material world since devotees are not so much interested in only mundane scholastic genius which is devoid of any surrender to God. Relishing Prema Naam Sankirtana along with His Associates in His principle activity in Goloka.


With the help of these children
’s \b U" >literatures one can enter into and realize knowledge regarding transcendental sound.


As Lord Gauranga taught to His students that even syllable has a spiritual meaning connected to God. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada means that if the literatures and languages of this world try to inculcate spiritual knowledge in children who are very fertile recepients due to their uncontaminated mind, it would have been the greatest service to all souls in humanity for ending their transmigration in the 8.4 million bodily species of life. But that was not to be, and it is only used to teach us how to become rich, famous and influential. Infact education of spiritual sound is considered a dogma by the modern-day education. So a golden chance of trying to imbibe Lord Gaurahari's scholastic pastimes has been lost.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Title: Re: CB 1.11.1
User: Matus    Date: 2007-08-20 16:15:35

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Thank You dear Swami Gaurangapada Maharaja and Nitaipada Maharaja for Your nice explanations.


I would request Matus to be more specific about what exactly he could not understand in the above paragraph.


Yes, true. Sorry. But in this case, the meaning of nearly every sentence in the above highlighted part and the part as the whole appeared obscured to me...Now it is much clearer, i can understand the purpose of the enactment of the scholastic pastimes of Lord Nimai.

Furthmore the meaning of following statements is still unclear to me:


Ordinary people could not observe even a tinge of spiritual education in the educational pursuits of Shri Gaurasundara in His childhood pastimes. Since Gaurasundara concealed Himself at that time, many people had no opportunity to see Him as the central figure of all spiritual knowledge.



Ordinary people could not observe even a tinge of spiritual education in the educational pursuits of Shri Gaurasundara in His childhood pastimes. Since Gaurasundara concealed Himself at that time, many people had no opportunity to see Him as the central figure of all spiritual knowledge.
  

Thank You very much.

Yours indebtedly,

Matus



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