Chaitanya Bhagavata

by Bhumipati Dāsa | 2008 | 1,349,850 words

The Chaitanya Bhagavata 1.11.75, English translation, including a commentary (Gaudiya-bhasya). This text is similair to the Caitanya-caritamrita and narrates the pastimes of Lord Caitanya, proclaimed to be the direct incarnation of Krishna (as Bhagavan) This is verse 75 of Adi-khanda chapter 11—“Meeting with Shri Ishvara Puri”.

Bengali text, Devanagari and Unicode transliteration of verse 1.11.75:

অদ্বৈত বোলেন,—“বাপ, তুমি কোন্ জন? বৈষ্ণব-সন্ন্যাসী তুমি,—হেন লয মন” ॥ ৭৫ ॥

अद्वैत बोलेन,—“बाप, तुमि कोन् जन? वैष्णव-सन्न्यासी तुमि,—हेन लय मन” ॥ ७५ ॥

advaita bolena,—“bāpa, tumi kon jana? vaiṣṇava-sannyāsī tumi,—hena laya mana” || 75 ||

advaita bolena,—“bapa, tumi kon jana? vaisnava-sannyasi tumi,—hena laya mana” (75)

English translation:

(75) Advaita then said, “Dear Prabhu, who are you? I think you are a Vaiṣṇava sannyāsī.”

Commentary: Gauḍīya-bhāṣya by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura:

The phrase vaiṣṇava-sannyāsī is explained as follows: The karmi sannyāsīs follow the smṛti principles of the renounced order of life and accept tridaṇḍa. In other words, they travel alone. The jñānī-sannyāsīs accept ekadaṇḍa, and while cultivating the study of Vedānta they practice six sādhanas like peacefulness, self-control, and tolerance, and achieve their desired result. The Vaiṣṇava sannyāsīs, however, completely give up both the desire for material sense enjoyment and the desire for renouncing sense enjoyment and engage in the unalloyed service of Lord

Hari. The principles of giving up both material enjoyment and renunciation can be found in them. They are situated in the conception found in Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (11.23.57):

etāṃ sa āsthāya parātma-niṣṭhām adhyāsitāṃ pūrvatamair maharṣibhiḥ ahaṃ tariṣyāmi duranta-pāraṃ

tamo mukundāṅghri-niṣevayaiva

“I shall cross over the insurmountable ocean of nescience by being firmly fixed in the service of the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa. This was approved by the previous ācāryas, who were fixed in firm devotion to the Lord, Paramātmā, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” By the mercy of Śrī Mādhavendra, Śrī Advaita Prabhu was able to recognize His Godbrother. As disciples of Śrī Mādhavendra, Ācārya Prabhu played the role of a householder, while Īśvara Purīpāda played the role of a Vaiṣṇava sannyāsī. Therefore Ācārya did not take much time to recognize him as His Godbrother.

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