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Shri Chaitanya Charitamrta

Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita Adi-lila 7.83 purp:

“Many fools, not knowing the transcendental nature of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, sometimes impede our loudly chanting this mantra, yet one who is actually advanced in the fulfillment of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra induces others to chant also. Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami explains, krishna-shakti vina nahe tara pravartana: unless one receives special power of attorney from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he cannot preach the glories of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. As devotees propagate the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, the general population of the entire world gets the opportunity to understand the glories of the holy name. While chanting and dancing or hearing the holy name of the Lord, one automatically remembers the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and because there is no difference between the holy name and Krishna, the chanter is immediately linked with Krishna. Thus connected, a devotee develops his original attitude of service to the Lord. In this attitude of constantly serving Krishna, which is called bhava, he always thinks of Krishna in many different ways. One who has attained this bhava stage is no longer under the clutches of the illusory energy. When other spiritual ingredients, such as trembling, perspiration and tears, are added to this bhava stage, the devotee gradually attains love of Krishna.”

Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita Adi-lila 7.31-32 purp: by Shrila Prabhupada:

“Here is an important point. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to invent a way to capture the Mayavadis and others who did not take interest in the Krishna consciousness movement. This is the symptom of an acarya. An acarya who comes for the service of the Lord cannot be expected to conform to a stereotype, for he must find the ways and means by which Krishna consciousness may be spread.[...]”

We would like to conclude this book by quoting the beautiful words of Shrila Prabhupada in Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita Madhya-lila 16.72 purp:

“An intermediate devotee is greatly attracted to chanting the holy name, and by chanting he is elevated to the platform of love. If one chants the holy name of the Lord with great attachment, he can understand his position as an eternal servant of the spiritual master, other Vaishnavas and Krishna Himself. Thus the intermediate Vaishnava considers himself krishna-dasa, Krishna’s servant. He therefore preaches Krishna consciousness to innocent neophytes and stresses the importance of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita Adi-lila 7.83 purp:

“Many fools, not knowing the transcendental nature of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, sometimes impede our loudly chanting this mantra, yet one who is actually advanced in the fulfillment of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra induces others to chant also. Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami explains, krishna-shakti vina nahe tara pravartana: unless one receives special power of attorney from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he cannot preach the glories of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. As devotees propagate the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, the general population of the entire world gets the opportunity to understand the glories of the holy name. While chanting and dancing or hearing the holy name of the Lord, one automatically remembers the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and because there is no difference between the holy name and Krishna, the chanter is immediately linked with Krishna. Thus connected, a devotee develops his original attitude of service to the Lord. In this attitude of constantly serving Krishna, which is called bhava, he always thinks of Krishna in many different ways. One who has attained this bhava stage is no longer under the clutches of the illusory energy. When other spiritual ingredients, such as trembling, perspiration and tears, are added to this bhava stage, the devotee gradually attains love of Krishna.” hri Chaitanya-caritamrita Adi-lila 7.31-32 purp: by Shrila Prabhupada:

“Here is an important point. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wanted to invent a way to capture the Mayavadis and others who did not take interest in the Krishna consciousness movement. This is the symptom of an acarya. An acarya who comes for the service of the Lord cannot be expected to conform to a stereotype, for he must find the ways and means by which Krishna consciousness may be spread.[...]”

We would like to conclude this sections by quoting the beautiful words of Shrila Prabhupada in Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita Madhya-lila 16.72 purp:

“An intermediate devotee is greatly attracted to chanting the holy name, and by chanting he is elevated to the platform of love. If one chants the holy name of the Lord with great attachment, he can understand his position as an eternal servant of the spiritual master, other Vaishnavas and Krishna Himself. Thus the intermediate Vaishnava considers himself krishna-dasa, Krishna’s servant. He therefore preaches Krishna consciousness to innocent neophytes and stresses the importance of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

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