The glory of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

By Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj


kṛṣṇa-līlā amṛta-sāra tāra śata śata dhāra
daśa-dike vahe yāhā haite
se chaitanya-līlā haya sarovara akṣaya
mano-haṁsa charāha’ tāhāte
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta: Madhya-lila, 25.271)

Sripad Govinda Maharaj has very much appreciation for this. It is written in Chaitanya-charitamrta. Srila Kaviraj Goswami is giving a description of Mahaprabhu. Who is He? He is an infinite divine lake from which hundreds of currents of nectar are coming out. Nectarean currents are coming out in thousands from a particular divine lake which is Mahaprabhu, and all those currents are Krishna-lilamrta. Who is Mahaprabhu? From whom in thousands of ways the variegated nature of Krishna-lila is coming out.

kṛṣṇa-līlā amṛta-sāra tāra śata śata dhāra

Hundreds of streams of the current of Krishna-lilamrta, the nectarean Pastimes of Krishna, are coming out of a particular inconceivable divine lake, and that lake has been compared with Mahaprabhu, Sri Chaitanyadev. Krishna-lilamrta is oozing out from Him in every movement: His glance, His appearance, His talk, His dancing, His kirtan, and His ordinary discourse with the devotees. The streams of Krishna-lilamrta are oozing out from Him in different, beautiful ways of variegated nature. Unthinkable sweetness of different peculiar taste is coming out from Him in every posture, gesture, look, and movement: Krishna coming out. That is Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. If one can understand Him, then, raso ’py asya paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate (Bg 2.59): no other ambition can one cherish in one’s heart any longer. May that be the blessing of the Divinity towards me and towards everyone. No other wealth is ever calculated to be better than this.

yadi, gaura nā hata tabe ki ha-ita
kemane dharitām de
rādhāra mahimā prema-rasa-sīmā
jagate jānāta ke?
(Vasudev Ghosh)

ke āra karibe dayā patita dekhiyā
patita dekhiyā ke āra uṭhibe kā̐diyā

With Mahaprabhu gone, who else again will cry aloud seeing the fallen condition of the souls? He could not tolerate this stage of the soul, disconnected from Krishna, under such a deplorable condition.

hari-dāsa hari nāhi pāya
(Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

“It is a very strange thing that who really by their existence is the servitor of Krishna is devoid of Krishna, separated from Krishna. What is this? It is quite unnatural. It cannot be tolerated. Krishna is their own master, but they are separated from their own Lord of the heart! It is very wonderful.” A normal thinking man can’t tolerate this: “It is their birthright, home. They are out of home! ” Their feeling is like that.

gaura-nāgara-varo nṛtyan nijair nāmabhiḥ
(Śrī Chaitanyachandrāmṛta: 132)

The beloved citizen of Nabadwip is beautifully dancing and singing His own Name and of His own lila. Singing and dancing and feeling His own self. That ideal citizen of Nabadwip, that famous citizen, Gauranga, is dancing and feeling His own beauty, especially that of the Name. He is tasting His own Name and beauty, and dancing. That was seen in the streets of Nadia at that time. This is the poem of Prabodhananda Saraswati, the Guru, the guide of Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

gaura-nāgara-varo nṛtyan nijair nāmabhiḥ

How beautiful! He is taking His own Name, in a way, and by His own charm He is charmed in dancing and singing. He is the Svabhajana-vibhajana-prayojanavatari [the origin of all Avatars whose aim is to serve and distribute Himself].


Spoken on 12 January 1982.

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viṣayā vinivartante nirāhārasya dehinaḥ
rasa-varjaṁ raso ’py asya paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 2.59)

“The embodied being may renounce the sense objects, but the taste for them remains. But that, too, vanishes for the man of wisdom, by his vision of the Supreme.”

yadi, gaura nā hata tabe ki ha-ita
kemane dharitām de
rādhāra mahimā prema-rasa-sīmā
jagate jānāta ke?
(Srila Vasudev Ghosh)

“If Śrī Gaura had not come, what would have happened? How would we have maintained our lives? Who would have revealed to the world Śrī Rādhā’s glory and the extremes of Her ecstatic divine love?”

vinoda kahe hāya! hāya!
hari-dāsa hari nāhi pāya
(Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

“Alas! Alas! The Lord’s servants have not attained the Lord!”

ko ’yaṁ paṭṭa-dhaṭī-virājita-kaṭī-deśaḥ kare kaṅkaṇaṁ
hāraṁ vakṣasi kuṇḍalaṁ śravaṇayor bibhrat pade nūpurau
ūrdhvīkṛtya nibaddha-kuntala-bhara-protphulla-mallī-sragā-
pīḍaḥ krīḍati gaura-nāgara-varo nṛtyan nijair nāmabhiḥ
(Śrī Chaitanya-chandrāmṛta: 132)

“Wearing a silk sash around His waist, bracelets on His wrists, a necklace across His chest, earrings on His ears, bells on His ankles, and a garland-crown of blooming jasmine flowers atop His tied-back wavy hair—who is that golden king of revellers who frolics, dancing to the chanting of His own Names?”


Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the foremost modern exponent of the conception of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the school of Srila Rupa Goswami. Subtle and profound yet vivid and practical, his representation of both the broadest and deepest spiritual truths has and continues to fortify and nurture the faith of spiritual aspirants the world over. For more information on Srila Sridhar Maharaj, please visit his biography page.
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