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Predictions about Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's appearance in Atharva Veda


The Chaitanya Upanishad section from the Atharva Veda es­tablishes Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as the Yuga avatara for the age of Kali. An extract from the same is presented here.


Text 1

atha pippaladah samitpanir hhagavantam brahamanam

upasanno bhagvan me shubham kirn atra chakshasveti.


"Once, the sage Pippalada approached Brahma, with joined palms for instruction. "O Lord," he said, "Kindly tell me, what would benefit me in this world?"


Text 2

 sahovacha: bhuya eva tapasa

brahmacharyana shashvat ramasva mano vasheti.


 "Brahma advised Pippalada, celebrated as a great adherent of the Supreme Lord, to perform the tapasya of brahmacarya and to undergo some voluntary hardships to control the sixth sense- the mind. Subjugating the mind entails withdrawing it from the pur­suit of mundane sense gratification, absorbing it instead in the transcendence, thereby cleansing it of unwanted material con­tamination."


Texts 3-4

sa tatha bhutua bhuya enam upasanyaha

bhagavan kalau papachchhanah prajah

katham mychyerann it ko va devata ko va mantra bruheti


Having done so, he approached his preceptor and said, "O Mas­ter, how will people become free from sin in Kali Yuga? Which particular manifestation of the Lord should they adore? What mantra should they use?"


Text 5


rahasyam tee vadishyami jahnavee- teere navadveepe  golokaakhye dharni govindo dvibhujo gaurah sarvatma

mahapursho mahatma mahayogee trigunatetah satva- roopo  bhaktim loke kashyateeti tad ete shloki bhavanti


Brahma said, "I shall tell the secret. On the bank of the Jahnavee. at Navadveepa, called GolokaDhama, shall Govinda, in a two armed form, as Gaura, the great one, the great mystic,

who is transcendental to the three modes of material nature, whose form is eternal, reveal bhakti unto the world. There are a number of verses in that regard."


Text 6

eko devah sarva-roope mahatma gaura raktam shyamala-sheeta roopah

chaitanyatma sa vai chaitanya-shaktir bhaktakaro bhaktido bhaktivedyah


"That one, Supreme Personality of Godhead whose trancendental body is of a golden hue, previously appeared with red, black and white complexions. In this original form, as Sri

Chaitanya, He is veritably the living force, the Personification of Bhakti, and the Lord and Knower."


Text 7

 namo vedanta-vedyaya krishnaya pramatamane

sarva-chaitanya-rupayah chaitanyaya namo namah


"I offer my repeated obeisances unto Sri Krishna, the Supersoul, who is the personification of the total living force."


Text 8

vedanta-vedyam purusham purananam

chaitanyatmanam vishwa-yonim mahantam

tam-eva viditvati-mrityum-eti   nanyam panthah vidyate' yanaya


"By knowing Him. who is to be known by the Vedas, who is the ancient Supereme Godhead, who is the mighty source of the cosmic   manifestation, the Supreme Soul, Shri Chaitanya - by

knowing Him, one may transcend death. There is no other path for doing so.


Texts 9-10

 svanama-mula-mantrena sarvam hladyati vibhuh.

swe shaktee parame tasya hladinee samvid eva cha iti


 "The Almighty Lord causes all living beings to taste transcen­dental bliss by  the Mantra composed of His Holy Names (the Mahamantra). He possesses two personal spiritual potencies: bliss-giving Hladini and knowledge-giving Samvit."


Text 11

 sa eva mula-mantram japati harir iti krishna iti rama iti


 "He chants the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, which has the names Had, Krishna and Rama."


Text 12

 harati hridaya-granthim vasana ropam iti harih

krishih smarane tac cha nas tad ubhaya melanam iti krishnah

ramayati sarvam iti rama ananda-roopahatra shloko bhavati


He who cuts the knots of attachment from the heart and re­moves the body got because of material desire is called Hari ("He who takes away"). The verbal root 'krish', used in the sense of remembrance, meets with the particle 'na\ (indicating transcen­dental ecstasy) and they combine in the name 'Krishna' (the re­membrance of whom eliminates unlimited unhappiness). He who causes all beings to enjoy bliss is known as "Rama', the embodiment of bliss. In this regard there is a verse (that may be quoted)."


Texts 13-14

mantra guhyah paramo bhakti-vedyah nameny ashtaw ashta cha shobhanani,

tani nityam yejapanti dheeras te vai mayam atitaranti

nanyah paramam mantram parama-rahasyam nityam avartayati


"This mysterious Mahamantra is the best of all mantras, and is to be known by loving devotion. Those sober minded persons who incessantly chant the mantra of eight-by-eight beautiful Names, the Mahamantra, can easily transcend the mundane illu­sory potency (maya). There is no mantra greater than this most confidential of mantras.   It causes such liberated souls to im­merse themselves constantly in its recitation."


Text 15

chaitanya eva sankarshano vasudevah parameshtee rudrah

shakro brihaspatih sarve devah sarvani bhootani

sthavarani charani che yat kinchit sad asat karanam sarvam tad atra shlokah.


"Verily, Shri Chaitanya is Sankarshana and Vasudeva, from Him comes Brahma, Rudra, Indra, Brihaspati and the whole host of devas. He is the cause of all living beings, both moving and

non-moving, of both eternal and non-eternal states of existence. In this connection there are several verses that may be cited."


Texts 16-17

tat kinchid asad bhunkte ksharam tat karyam uchyate

sat karanam param jeevas tad aksharam itearitem


"Whatever impermanent thing one exploits for one's sense satisfaction, that  thing and the pleasure derived from it are per­ishable, it is said. The jiva, the living being, is ever causing the creation of the mundane universe, but he is imperishable by na­ture."


Text 18

ksharaksharabhyam paramah sa eva purushottamah,

chaitanyakhyam param tattvam sarva-karana-karanam.


"He who is superior to both the perishable and imperishable natures, that are maya and jiva, is known as the Supreme Person­ality of Godhead. Purushottama. He is called Chaitanya, who is the Absolute Truth and the cause of all causes."


Text 19

ya enam rasayati bhajati dhyayati sa papmanam tarati so puto bhavati

sa tattavam janati sa tarati shokam gatis tasyaste nanyasyeti


"He who adoringly worships, and meditates upon Shri Chaitanya is absolved of all sins; he becomes purified, he real­izes the Absolute Truth and transcends distress. There is no other means of attainment than this."