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Introduction by Swami Gaurangapada
What follows is the English translation of the 143 verses of the topmost Sanskrit literature ever written in the glorification of Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda Gauranga, Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita by His Divine Grace Shrila Prabodhananda Thakura Prabhupada who is none other than Shrimati Tungavidya Sakhi one the eight principal Gopi assistants of Their Lordships Shri Shri Radha and Krishna in Shri Vrindavana Dhama.
Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita was the favourite book His Divine Grace Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura, His Divine Grace Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada and His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. All these three great acharyas repeatedly quoted from this book and wore the jewel-like verses from this book always in their neck. It is said that His Divine Grace Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada ended his lectures by reciting one verse from this book. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada also had a great desire to see this book translated and published.
In this book, Shrila Prabodhananda Sarasvatipada elaborates, in his characteristic madly ecstatic style, on the svarupa or spiritual form of the Lord Gauranga's Name, Form, Qualities and Pastimes, the Lord's mood as He sports therein, the mood of a true follower of Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda Gauranga devotee who is desirous of entering this abode of Navadvipa-Puri-Vrindavana, the rejection of unfavorable material obstacles, and an impossibly resolute determination to attain the supreme goal of life which is pure unalloyed service to Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda Gauranga and Their Holy Names.
In one sentence Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita can be summarized as:
"THE BRAHMA SAMHITA OF GAURANGA TATTVA"and His Divine Grace Shrila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada is the Lord Brahma of Gauranga Tattva, the Gauranga Tattva Acharya of Gauranga-Krishna consciousness.
It is our firm conviction that without studying, reading and hearing this book very scrutinizingly and regularly if not daily and memorizing the verses or translations from this book no one can properly understand or develop staunch faith in the glories of Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda Gauranga and in the actual philosophy and tattva of Gauranga-Krishna Consciousness and Gauranga Dharma even if one tries to do that for many many lives.
So it is our fervent prayer at the lotus feet of all the devotees to repeatedly and regularly accept, read and distribute Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita by making it their life and soul. Please string the superexcellent chintamani pearl-like verses of Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita into a garland and constantly wear it around your necks. In that way the devotees will be able to satisfy the innermost desire of Lord Nityananda which is to serve Lord Gauranga by spreading His Holy Names and Glories.
Another important consideration is that when Thakura Shrila Prabodhananda Sarasvati displays his great humility is some of the verses and speaks very lowly of himself, it is to never to be considered applicable to him because he is the highest paramhansa mahabhagavata devotee. He is taking the humble and lowly position just for our sake since we are in that most fallen position and so that we can identify our situation with those verses.
We have intensely laboured to translate every Sanskrit syllable of the verses with the choicest words available in the English language so that the English language is purified by vividly describing glories of the Holy Name, Form and Mercy of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu. We are certainly sure without an iota of doubt that even one verse of this topmost sublime literature is capable of imparting the supremely pure love of Lord Gauranga-Krishna to the most fallen conditioned living entities.
We have personally translated and edit the translations of all the Sanskrit verses and have tried to make them as perfect as possible. We will include the one line introduction by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada to each of the verses in future editions, word to word meanings and also add to the biography of Shrila Prabodhananda Saravati Prabhupada in future editions.
We would request devotees worldwide to come forward and donate for the massive paper and internet publishing and distribution of this book in English and for the translation and publication in other languages worldwide. This will be the most effective means to spread the full glories of the Names and Pastimes of Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda Gauranga in this world.
also profusely thank Shriman Kushakratha dasa prabhu whose first translation of
Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita many years back has kept this book alive in the
present times in the English language even though it was not widely available.
Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita pathaka pada-raja abhilashi,
Tridandi Bhikshu Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gaurangapada.
Completed on Shri Krishna Pushya Abhisheka, 7th January 2004 and Offered at the Lotus Feet of Lord Shri Gambhiranath Gauranga Mahaprabhu at the eternal place of His most confidential pastimes and residence at Shri Gambhira, Radhakanta Math, Shri Jagannatha Puri Dhama.