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31. His Predictions
HE proposed that all contending theories and religions could be unified through the scientific teachings of Lord Chaitanya, for the universal religion of all souls is devotional service to the Supreme Lord. It was his specific desire that the teachings of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu be spread all over the world. In his monthly Vaishnava journal Sajjana-toshani he wrote, "Shriman Mahaprabhu did not descend with His associates to deliver a certain number of human beings in the land of India, but rather His purpose was to deliver and uplift all living beings in all countries of the world by practicing the eternal religion of all souls." He quoted from the Chaitanya-bhagavata:
prithivi-parjanta jata ache desa-grama
sarvatra sancara hoibek mora nama
"My name will be preached in all the countries and towns that exist throughout the world." (Chaitanya-bhagavata, Antya 4.126)
He then prayerfully invoked the Lord and expressed this heartfelt desire: "There are many kinds of religion in the world, and among all of them the highest development of religion is the congregational chanting of the Supreme Lord's divine names. Of this there is no doubt. Alas! When will that day come when all greatly fortunate souls in countries such as England, France, Russia, Prussia and America will take up banners, kettle drums, mridangas and karatalas and thus cause the ecstatic waves of Harinama-kirtana and the singing of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Holy Name to rise in the streets of their towns and cities? O when will that day come, when pure and transcendental Vaishnava-prema will be the only religion of all souls and all tiny sectarian religions will meet in the unlimited and universal religion of Vaishnavism as rivers merge into the great ocean? O when will that day come?"
Advaita Acarya invoked the descent of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for the salvation of the souls of this age, and along with Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Kali-yuga avatara Who is forever prepared to distribute His mercy, descended the Holy Name of Krishna. In the same way, the great, eternal associates of the Lord have descended to keep the mercy of the great current of kirtana flowing strongly. The earnest entreaties of those great souls, who invoke the mercy of the Lord with every breath, bring inconceivable shelter to those lost in the darkness of material existence. When Shrila Vasudeva Datta Thakura offered to accept all the sins of all the souls in the universe if they could be delivered by the Lord, Shri Chaitanya told him: "Whatever a pure devotee wants from his master, Lord Krishna doubtlessly grants because He has no other duty other than to fulfill the desire of his devotee. If you desire the deliverance of all living entities within the universe, then all of them can be delivered even without your undergoing the tribulations of sinful activities. Krishna is not incapable, for He has all potencies. Why would He induce you to suffer the sinful reactions of other living entities? Whosoever's welfare you desire immediately becomes a Vaishnava, and Krishna delivers all Vaishnavas from the reactions of their past sinful activities ... Because of your honest desire, all living entities within the universe will be delivered, for Krishna does not have to do anything to deliver all the living entities of the universe." (Chaitanya-caritamrita, Madhya Chapter 15, 165-171)
In answer to the prayers of Shrila Sac-cid-ananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the great personifications of compassion and mercy: Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura and Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, came to fulfill his desires. By the power of his pure desires and the identical pure desires of his son and his son's disciple, as well as the desire of all the pure followers of the Lord, the universe will surely be delivered. Billions of souls will go back to Godhead by the mercy of these pure Vaishnavas. Such is the power of one who is as good as God!