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Title: Kill His brahmana devotee?
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2005-02-04 23:46:25
Question: In CB lesson 5 it says: I am entrusting these confidential topics to you; do not reveal them to anybody. As long as My present incarnation remains on this earth, if you reveal My identity, I shall destroy you. I have a hard time understanding the part where is said "I shall destroy you". Could you please elaborate on this? Why would Shri Chaitanya destroy a pious Brahmin if he would reveal the real identity?
Reply by Swami Gaurangapada:
Lord Gauranga used the word "samhaara" in Adi lila Chp 5.150 means kill. This is a very good question because one may wonder why is the Lord talking of killing His own pure devotee when He has Himself revealed Himself to him and given him His full mercy by showing His eight-handed form.
The answer is simple. When the Lord revealed His eight-handed form to the brahmana, the brahmana understood the complete truth about Lord Gauranga being the Supreme Absolute Truth and Lord Krishna Himself. As a devotee is very merciful and always intensely wants to reveal the Lord to the common people in order to deliver them. So if the Lord would have just told him only generally that do not reveal Me till I complete My pastimes, he would have still gone ahead and done it because the pure devotees are even more compassionate than the Lord.
So in order to make him understand that this is a very serious instruction and cannot be broken even for the sake of delivering the people, Lord Gauranga very playfully threatened to kill him if he disobeys this order. Lord Gauranga did not at all meant to actually kill him because the same Lord states in the Bhagavad Gita that na me bhaktah pranayasti: My devotees never perish.
Lord Gauranga wants to relish the vatsalya rasa of parenthood affection from Shri Shachidevi and Shri Jagannatha Mishra and also His scholastic pastimes. So He did not on any acount want the brahmana to reveal to His parents that He is God Himself because that would disturb His childhood pastimes as His parents would not be able to love Him as a child if they knew that He was God. There is much more I can say but this is all for now.
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