Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta’s paramount position explained.

By Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

Faith in Gauranga is rare, and to have faith in Gauranga is costly. If you can somehow gather that, you will be benefited more so than you will be by directly negotiating with Krishna. But to put faith in Gauranga will be difficult until we can understand Him ontologically. We cannot proceed with only the help of our worldly experience. Gauranga is not accepted by such large circle as Krishna is accepted. Many higher scriptures are in favour of Krishna-avatar, so a wide circle accept Krishna as Lord. A narrower circle accepts Gauranga as God, and there are not so many scriptures supporting Him. So, it is difficult to have faith in Him. But if you can somehow come closer to Gauranga, your will be a greater gainer.

In the conception of Kaviraj Goswami, there is something more. There you will find very charming, heart-touching things that give us a clear conception. In Sanskrit, Kaviraj Goswami wrote the Govinda-lilamrtam. There, he described the asta-kaliya-lila, the full twenty-four hour engagement of the gopis with Krishna. In Bengali, he wrote Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta. These two books have made him immortal and given him a very very high position amongst the sadhus.

Chaitanya-charitamrta is the most valuable theological literature the world has ever seen. Our Guru Maharaj said that every single part of Chaitanya-charitamrta is aprakrta: composed of the purest, highest material. No part can be disregarded as less valuable. All its parts are of equal value. In other books, there are some things which are substantial and other things which only help to support the substantial things; there are so many stories and other things added. Even in Bhagavatam, there are so many stories which may not be necessary for us, stories that are devised only to support the original thought. But in Chaitanya-charitamrta never a letter is to be found which does not have the highest value. Such is impossible! In anything that is to be composed, there is generally a necessity for elements of different types. Differing elements are generally necessary for the construction of a particular thing. But Chaitanya-charitamrta is the wholesale golden temple of something more.

If one has gone through Chaitanya-charitamrta, one has everything within one’s fist—Bhagavatam, Mahabharata, the Vedas, and all the other scriptures. One will be able to attain the Central Truth. Nothing in the theological world will be unknown to them. One will get the clue of adjustment in the theological world. If one can go through Chaitanya-charitamrta in the right way, one will have the key of the theological kingdom in one’s hand. In a gross or subtle way, all the conceptions of the theistic world have been represented in Chaitanya-charitamrta in their own position. The outlook, the adjustment is such: it is fine and perfect there, in Chaitanya-charitamrta.

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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