Chaitanya Bhagavata

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

The Chaitanya Bhagavata 2.13.251, 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 251 of Madhya-khanda chapter 13—“The Deliverance of Jagai and Madhai”.

Bengali text, Devanagari and Unicode transliteration of verse 2.13.251:

জয জয নিজ-নাম-বিনোদ আচার্য জয নিত্যানন্দ চৈতন্যের সর্ব-কার্য ॥ ২৫১ ॥

जय जय निज-नाम-विनोद आचार्य जय नित्यानन्द चैतन्येर सर्व-कार्य ॥ २५१ ॥

jaya jaya nija-nāma-vinoda ācārya jaya nityānanda caitanyera sarva-kārya || 251 ||

jaya jaya nija-nama-vinoda acarya jaya nityananda caitanyera sarva-karya (251)

English translation:

(251) “All glories to the Ācāryas who take pleasure in chanting Their own names! All glories to Nityānanda, who does everything for the pleasure of Lord Caitanya!

Commentary: Gauḍīya-bhāṣya by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura:

ācāryaṃ māṃ vijānīyān nāvanmanyeta karhicit na martya-buddhyāsūyeta sarva-deva-mayo guruḥ

“One should know the ācārya as Myself and never disrespect him in any way. One should not envy him, thinking him an ordinary man, for he is the representative of all the demigods.”

āpani ācari dharma jīvere śikhāya

“One should teach religious principles to the living entities by personally following them.” Śrī Gaurasundara, Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu, and Śrī Advaita Prabhu are all viṣṇu-tattva. Śrī Caitanyadeva is the most Supreme Absolute Truth, Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu is the Supreme Absolute Truth, and Śrī Advaita Prabhu is the Absolute Truth. In the pastimes of Śrī Gaura, They enacted and preached pastimes of relishing the holy names by Their personal example. Only those whose own behavior is favorable to the teachings of Śrī Caitanya take shelter of the lotus feet of

Śrī Nityānanda in order to become qualified followers of Śrī Nityānanda. All the activities of Śrī Nityānanda and Śrī Caitanya were meant to establish the principle of relishing the chanting of Their holy names. All the activities of Śrī Nityānanda and Śrī Caitanya were corroborated by the behavior of Ācārya Śrī Advaita Prabhu. Since from the impersonal point of view the words of Śrī Advaita Prabhu were not in accordance with the practice of relishing the holy names, all aspects of acintya-bhedābheda have been glorified in the teachings of Śrī Caitanya. The activities unfavorable to sad-ācāra, or proper behavior, engaged in by Jagadīśa, Balarāma, and Svarūpa, who gave up behavior favorable to such preaching while identifying themselves as Advaita Ācārya’s sons, are totally unfavorable to the activities of Caitanya and Nityānanda. The behavior of Kṛṣṇa and Gopāla was simply contemporary imitation of the Ācārya’s relishment of the holy names. Since Śrīmad Acyutācārya followed the behavior of Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍita, his position as an ācārya is fully respected. When forgetfulness of the behavior of Śrī Advaita Prabhu, who was the ācārya in relishing His own holy names, became prominent among persons who identified themselves as His followers, Śrīnivāsa Ācārya was established as the ācārya of the Śrī Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas. The manifestations and incarnations of the ācāryas belonging to the category of worshipable objects have entrusted all of Śrī Gaura- Nityānanda’s activities in the ācāryas belonging to the category of worshipers. Although the preaching of kīrtana mixed with the mood of opulence in the areas surrounding Mumbai by Nāmadeva Ācārya, who followed the principles of Lakṣmīdhara, the author of Nāma-kaumudī, was not fully accepted by Viṭhṭhalācārya, the world of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas achieved the pastimes of relishing the holy names with the nāma-kīrtana propagated by Ācārya Śrīnivāsa. The pastimes of preaching the chanting of the holy names in the footsteps of the ācāryas who relished the chanting of Their own names by ācāryas who relish the chanting of the Lord’s names are proper examples of accepting without attack the philosophy of acintya-bhedābheda. The pastimes of relishing the Lord’s

holy names are established in the current of pure devotional service found in those who are fully prepared to act for the pleasure of Nityānanda and Caitanya.

The phrase nija-nāma refers to the holy names of Kṛṣṇa. Those names of Kṛṣṇa, nondifferent from the person Kṛṣṇa; that preacher of kṛṣṇa-nāma- saṅkīrtana, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanyadeva, who in the form of a congregational chanter of the holy names revealed the all-attractiveness of Kṛṣṇa’s worship; that Nityānanda, who as Gauḍīya Nāmācārya preached the teachings of Śrī Caitanya in Navadvīpa door to door with Śrī Haridāsa, who relished the chanting of nija-nāma—let these ācāryas who relished the chanting of Their own names be eternally glorified. Let us repeatedly glorify the ācāryas who relished the chanting of Their own names and who displayed expertise in proper behavior by the establishment of Śrī Nityānanda’s Nāma-haṭṭa in Śrī Godrumadvīpa, a particular village of ancient Navadvīpa.

nadīyā-godrume nityānanda mahājana patiyāche nāma-haṭṭa jīvera kāraṇa

“In the land of Nadia, on the island of Godruma, the magnanimous Lord Nityānanda has opened up a marketplace of the holy names, meant for the deliverance of all fallen souls.” As a result of the preaching of Nityānanda’s Nāma-haṭṭa in Śrī Godruma, the topics of offenseless chanting of the Lord’s holy names have been preached in the current world of so-called Gauḍīyas; and by the vibration of that nija-nāma, the indirect names (gauṇa-nāma) are rejected and the avidvad-rūḍhi of sounds is totally checked. By the influence of Śrī Nityānanda’s establishment of Nāma-haṭṭa, the devotees headed by Śrī Advaita distributed the ecstatic holy names at the ghāṭas of Nadia—let those persons who properly follow this process of chanting the holy names, which is the purport of acintya-bhedābheda Vedānta, be glorified.

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