Chaitanya Bhagavata

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

The Chaitanya Bhagavata 2.10.236, 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 236 of Madhya-khanda chapter 10—“Conclusion of the Lord’s Maha-prakasha Pastimes”.

Bengali text, Devanagari and Unicode transliteration of verse 2.10.236:

ভক্তি-যোগে গৌরী-পতি হৈলাশঙ্কর ভক্তি-যোগে নারদ হৈলা মুনি-বর ॥ ২৩৬ ॥

भक्ति-योगे गौरी-पति हैलाशङ्कर भक्ति-योगे नारद हैला मुनि-वर ॥ २३६ ॥

bhakti-yoge gaurī-pati hailāśaṅkara bhakti-yoge nārada hailā muni-vara || 236 ||

bhakti-yoge gauri-pati hailasankara bhakti-yoge narada haila muni-vara (236)

English translation:

(236) “On the strength of devotional service Śaṅkara became the husband of Gaurī, and on the strength of devotional service Nārada became the greatest among sages.

Commentary: Gauḍīya-bhāṣya by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura:

The devotional service of Gaurī’s husband is explained in the Brahma- vaivarta Purāṇa, Chapter Six, as follows: When Lord Kṛṣṇa desired to give Satī as a wife to Śaṅkara, Lord Śiva spoke as follows: “O my Lord, I do not wish to have a wife. Please give me my desired benediction My

desire for Your devotional service is increasing day and night, and I’m not satiated by chanting Your names and serving Your lotus feet. O my Lord, may I constantly sing Your most auspicious names and qualities with my five mouths as I wander about in dream or in wakefulness.

Material enjoyment, yoga, and austerities do not appeal to my mind, for I wish to eagerly meditate on Your enchanting form for millions of kalpas. My happiness is uninterrupted while serving You, offering obeisances to

You, and chanting Your names; but when these activities are finished, my happiness is also. O Lord, O giver of benedictions, please bestow on me the nine forms of devotional service so that I may constantly remember Your pastimes, chant and hear Your glories and qualities, meditate on Your attractive form, offer obeisances at Your lotus feet, surrender fully, and eat Your remnants.” In the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (3.28.22) it is stated:

yac-chauca-niḥsṛta-sarit-pravarodakena tīrthena mūrdhny adhikṛtena śivaḥśivo ‘bhūt

dhyātur manaḥ-śamala-śaila-nisṛṣṭa-vajraṃ dhyāyec ciraṃ bhagavataś caraṇāravindam

“The blessed Lord Śiva becomes all the more blessed by bearing on his head the holy waters of the Ganges, which has its source in the water that washed the Lord’s lotus feet.” In the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (10.63.43-44) it is stated:

ahaṃ brahmātha vibudhā munayaś cāmalāśayāḥ sarvātmanā prapannās tvām ātmānaṃ preṣṭham īśvaram

taṃ tvā jagat-sthity-udayānta-hetuṃ samaṃ prasāntaṃ suhṛd-ātma-daivam ananyam ekaṃ jagad-ātma-ketaṃ bhavāpavargāya bhajāma devam

“I, Lord Brahmā, the other demigods and the pure-minded sages have all surrendered wholeheartedly unto You, our dearmost Self and Lord. Let us worship You, the Supreme Lord, to be freed from material life. You are the maintainer of the universe and the cause of its creation and destruction. Equipoised and perfectly at peace, You are the true friend, Self and worshipable Lord. You are one without a second, the shelter of all the worlds and all souls.”

The devotional service of Nārada is explained in the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam,

Canto One, Chapters Five and Six, as follows: Long ago, the great sage Nārada took birth from the womb of a maidservant, who engaged in the service of sages well-versed in the Vedic literatures. When the sages remained together at one place during the period of Cāturmāsya, she steadfastly served them and ate their remnants. As a result, the mirror of her heart was cleansed and she developed a taste for bhāgavata-dharma. Later on, when those sages were leaving for other places, they instructed her in the most confidential science of the Absolute Truth. In due course of time, after his mother left her body, Nārada gave up all hesitation for loudly chanting the Lord’s names. As he traveled alone in this state through many provinces he once sat down under a tree and through meditation achieved darśana of Lord Hari. Thereafter he served saintly persons for some time, and while chanting the holy names without expecting any respect yet ready to offer all respect to others, he left his body and attained the position of Lord Hari’s associate.

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