Chaitanya Bhagavata

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

The Chaitanya Bhagavata 2.1.217, 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 217 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 2.1.217:

তুমি-হেন কল্প-তরু-ঠাকুর ছাডিযা ভুলিলাঙ অসত্-পথে প্রমত্ত হৈযা ॥ ২১৭ ॥

तुमि-हेन कल्प-तरु-ठाकुर छाडिया भुलिलाङ असत्-पथे प्रमत्त हैया ॥ २१७ ॥

tumi-hena kalpa-taru-ṭhākura chāḍiyā bhulilāṅa asat-pathe pramatta haiyā || 217 ||

tumi-hena kalpa-taru-thakura chadiya bhulilana asat-pathe pramatta haiya (217)

English translation:

(217) “Giving up a desire tree like You, I became maddened and took to sinful life.

Commentary: Gauḍīya-bhāṣya by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura:

For an elaboration on the second line of this verse, one should discuss Brahmās prayer to Nārāyaṇa found in the conversation between Maitreya and Vidura in the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (3.9.6) as follows:

tāvad bhayaṃ draviṇa-deha-suhṛn-nimittaṃ śokaḥ spṛhā paribhavo vipulaś ca lobhaḥ tāvan mamety asad-avagraha ārti-mūlaṃ yāvan na te ‘ṅghrim abhayaṃ pravṛṇīta lokaḥ

“O my Lord, the people of the world are embarrassed by all material anxieties—they are always afraid. They always try to protect wealth, body and friends, they are filled with lamentation and unlawful desires and paraphernalia, and they avariciously base their undertakings on the perishable conceptions of ‘my’ and ‘mine.’ As long as they do not take shelter of Your safe lotus feet, they are full of such anxieties.”

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