Chaitanya Bhagavata

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

The Chaitanya Bhagavata 1.11.95, 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 95 of Adi-khanda chapter 11—“Meeting with Shri Ishvara Puri”.

Bengali text, Devanagari and Unicode transliteration of verse 1.11.95:

অপূর্ব প্রেমের ধারা দেখিযা সন্তোষ না প্রকাশে’ আপন’ লোকের দীন-দোষ ॥ ৯৫ ॥

अपूर्व प्रेमेर धारा देखिया सन्तोष ना प्रकाशे’ आपन’ लोकेर दीन-दोष ॥ ९५ ॥

apūrva premera dhārā dekhiyā santoṣa nā prakāśe’ āpana’ lokera dīna-doṣa || 95 ||

apurva premera dhara dekhiya santosa na prakase’ apana’ lokera dina-dosa (95)

English translation:

(95) The Lord was satisfied to see his unprecedented symptoms of love, which he did not disclose due to people’s misfortunate position.

Commentary: Gauḍīya-bhāṣya by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura:

The words dīna-doṣa are explained as follows: Due to the conditioned soul’s aversion to Lord Hari, they are cheated from the wealth of service attitude. Therefore they are called dīna or kṛpaṇa, poor or miserly, not brāhmaṇa. The Vaiṣṇavas do not reveal their good fortune to the conditioned souls. The hearts of those who make a show of Vaiṣṇavism to impress people are full of duplicity. Seeing the disqualification of ordinary people, Vaiṣṇavas do not allow them to know the symptoms of their worship or the characteristics of their service. Because the prākṛta- sahajiyās claim to be Vaiṣṇavas, they cannot recognize pure devotees. In their first encounters with Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda and Śrī Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi, respectively, Śrī Pradyumna Miśra and the residents of Navadvīpa foolishly considered them as attached to material enjoyment.

We will see in the Sixteenth Chapter of this book that a pseudo brāhmaṇa was beaten by a snake-charmer simply for imitating Śrī Ṭhākura Haridāsa. Since the devotees who relish love of God do not exhibit their loving sentiments either in the marketplace or to the materialistic sahajiyās, the prākṛta-sahajiyās consider such pure devotees of the Lord to be sense enjoyers and thus drown in the mire of offenses. Because this evil practice was going on in the world, Śrī Purīpāda, though a Vaiṣṇava sannyāsī, did not exhibit transformations of love in the dress of a sannyāsī.

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