Chaitanya Bhagavata

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

The Chaitanya Bhagavata 2.1.160, 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 160 of Madhya-khanda chapter 1—“The Beginning of the Lord’s Manifestation and His Instructions on Krishna-sankirtana”.

Bengali text, Devanagari and Unicode transliteration of verse 2.1.160:

পূতনারে যেই প্রভু কৈলা মুক্তি-দান হেন কৃষ্ণ ছাডি’ লোকে করে অন্য ধ্যান ॥ ১৬০ ॥

पूतनारे येइ प्रभु कैला मुक्ति-दान हेन कृष्ण छाडि’ लोके करे अन्य ध्यान ॥ १६० ॥

pūtanāre yei prabhu kailā mukti-dāna hena kṛṣṇa chāḍi’ loke kare anya dhyāna || 160 ||

putanare yei prabhu kaila mukti-dana hena krsna chadi’ loke kare anya dhyana (160)

English translation:

(160) “The Lord awarded liberation to Pūtanā, yet people still leave aside Kṛṣṇa to meditate on others.

Commentary: Gauḍīya-bhāṣya by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura:

In spite of the hellish mentality of Pūtanā, who was the personification of deceit and who desired to kill Kṛṣṇa, the Lord delivered her from that mentality, which was born of enmity to Kṛṣṇa, and awarded her the rarely attained spiritual abode. Only those who are fortunate enough to consider the glories of the matchless and causeless mercy of Kṛṣṇa can understand that no comparison or limit to that mercy may be found in either the material worlds or the transcendental spiritual worlds. Therefore no one other than the most unfortunate, unintelligent, foolish, hellish person gives up service to the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, which is the topmost occupational duty, and contemplates or endeavors for anything else.

In the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (3.2.23) Śrī Uddhava speaks to Vidura as follows:

aho bakī yaṃ stana-kāla-kūṭaṃ jighāṃsayāpāyayad apy asādhvī lebhe gatiṃ dhātry-ucitāṃ tato ‘nyaṃ kaṃ vā dayāluṃ śaraṇaṃ vrajema

“Alas, how shall I take shelter of one more merciful than He who granted the position of mother to a she-demon [Pūtanā] although she was unfaithful and she prepared deadly poison to be sucked from her breast?” Uddhava offers the following prayer to Lord Kṛṣṇa in the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (10.48.26):

kaḥ paṇḍitas tvad aparaṃ śaraṇaṃ samīyād bhakta-priyād ṛta-giraḥ suhṛdaḥ kṛta-jñāt sarvān dadāti suhṛdo bhajato ‘bhikāmān ātmānam apy upacayāpacayau na yasya

“What learned person would approach anyone but You for shelter, when You are the affectionate, grateful and truthful well-wisher of Your devotees? To those who worship You in sincere friendship You reward

everything they desire, even Your own self, yet You never increase or diminish.”

In the Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya 22.95 and 97) it is stated:

bhakta-vatsala, kṛtajña, samartha, vadānya hena kṛṣṇa chāḍipaṇḍita nāhi bhaje anya

vijña-janera haya yadi kṛṣṇa-guṇa-jñāna anya tyaji’, bhaje, tāte uddhava——pramāṇa

“Lord Kṛṣṇa is very kind to His devotees. He is always very grateful and magnanimous, and He possesses all abilities. A learned man does not give up Kṛṣṇa to worship anyone else. Whenever an experienced person develops real knowledge of Kṛṣṇa and His transcendental qualities, he naturally gives up all other engagements and renders service to the Lord. Uddhava gives evidence concerning this.”

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