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(XII) SRI CAITANYA-BHAGAVATA IS NON-DIFFERENT
FROM SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM & SRILA VRNDAVANA DASA
THAKURA IS THE INCARNATION OF VYASADEVA
Prabhupada: Yes. Any devotee in literary career, he is to be understood... Just like our Vrindavana dasa Thakura. He is described as incarnation of Vyasadeva because Vyasadeva wrote Bhagavatam and he wrote Chaitanya-bhagavata.
(Room Conversation, February 16, 1977, Mayapura)
bhagavate krishna-katha, vyasera lekhani yatha,
tara marma vrindavana jani'
shri-chaitanya-bhagavate, varne anurupa-mate,
gaura-krishne eka kari' mani'
Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura understood the topics of Krishna described by Shrila Vyasadeva in the Shrimad Bhagavatam, and in the same way He wrote Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, describing the pastimes of Gaura, who he accepted as nondifferent from Krishna.
Cc Adi 8.55
bhagavate krishna-lila varnila vedavyasa
chaitanya-lilate vyasa--vrindavana dasa
Shrila Vyasadeva described the pastimes of Krishna in Shrimad-Bhagavatam. The Vyasa of the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was Vrindavana dasa.
Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura was an incarnation of Vedavyasa and also a friendly cowherd boy named Kusumapida in krishna-lila. In other words, the author of Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura, the son of Shrivasa Thakura’s niece Narayani, was a combined incarnation of Vedavyasa and the cowherd boy Kusumapida. There is a descriptive statement by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura in his commentary on Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata giving the biographical details of the life of Vrindavana dasa Thakura.
Cc Adi 8.34
krishna-lila bhagavate kahe veda-vyasa
As Vyasadeva has compiled all the pastimes of Lord Krishna in Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Thakura Vrindavana dasa has depicted the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya.
Cc Antya 20.82
chaitanya-lilaya tenho hayena ‘adi-vyasa’
Vrindavana dasa Thakura is Lord Nityananda’s favorite devotee, and therefore he is the original Vyasadeva in describing the pastimes of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura says that all writers after Vrindavana dasa Thakura who are pure devotees of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and who have tried to describe the Lord’s activities are to be considered like Vyasa. Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura is the original Vyasadeva in describing chaitanya-lila, and all others who follow in his footsteps by describing Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s pastimes are also to be called Vyasadeva. The bona fide spiritual master is called Vyasa because he is a representative of Vyasa. Worshiping the birthday of such a spiritual master is called Vyasa-puja.
Not ordinary. He’s Vrindavana dasa Thakura. Vrindavana dasa Thakura is one of the acaryas. He has written Chaitanya-Bhagavata. As there is Shrimad-Bhagavata, he has written Chaitanya-Bhagavata.
(SP Initiation Lecture, Boston, December 26, 1969)
Therefore the wonderful activities of Shri Gaurasundara will later be described by Vaishnava acaryas in their commentaries on the Puranas. The Vedic literatures emanate from the breathing of Lord Vishnu. Shri Vyasadeva, who divided the Vedas, has appeared in this age of Kali as Shri Vrindavana dasa Thakura, the author of Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, which is nondifferent from Shrimad Bhagavatam. Therefore Shri Kaviraja Gosvami Prabhu has written about Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata as follows: "The subject matter of this book is so sublime that it appears that Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has personally spoken through the writings of Shri Vrindavana dasa Thakura." (SBSST purport to Cb Adi 8.6)