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(VI) EXPERIENCE THE LITERAL VARIEGATEDNESS
OF VAIKUNTHA AND BECOME A REAL GAUDIYA,
AN ASSOCIATE OF THE LORD BY READING
SRI CAITANYA-BHAGAVATA

 

From the Gaudiya Bhasya of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura:

The language of Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata is very simple and touching to the heart. Those who are fond of the beauty of Gaudiya literature can experience extraordinary pleasure on seeing the proficiency that Thakura Mahasaya has displayed while describing the characteristics of Haridasa Thakura, while describing the social condition of Navadipa during Gauranga's time, while describing the literacy status of the bhogipalas, yogipalas and mahipalas, the leaders of the sense enjoyers, yogis, and the earth, while describing the brahmanas' occasional chanting of Pundarikaksa, and while depicting Shri Gaurasundara's glories and opulences. Those who wish to enter the temple of this book will also receive the oppor­tunity to experience the literal variegatedness of Vaikuntha apart from the description of the enjoying spirit of Navadvipa's residents. The Gaudiyas are not only residents of Gauda but by the help of Gaudiya language they become expert in the language of the eter­nally liberated inhabitants of Goloka and thus understand themselves as associates of the Lord.

 

Since Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata is the most ancient Bengali litera­ture, the author has for some time been addressed as adi-kavi, or the original poet. Before him, Shri Locana dasa Thakura has written a Bengali pancali poem named Shri Chaitanya-mangala. Even before that, Shri Gunaraja Khan, or Maladhara Vasu, composed another book in Bengali named Shri Krishna-vijaya, which describes the pas­times of Lord Krishna. Therefore this book is the third book, yet first kavya, written in Bengali language. This book is neither a mundane kavya nor the fulfiller of the litterateurs' desires. Unless the community of short-sighted litterateurs, who are full of indiscretion, become completely qualified to understand the pur­port of the descriptions in this book, they will not be able to respect this book.