Chaitanya Bhagavata

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

The Chaitanya Bhagavata 3.5.229, 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 229 of Antya-khanda chapter 5—“The Pastimes of Nityananda”.

Bengali text, Devanagari and Unicode transliteration of verse 3.5.229:

মূর্খ নীচ পতিত দুঃখিত যত জন ভক্তি দিযা কর’ গিযা সবারে মোচন” ॥ ২২৯ ॥

मूर्ख नीच पतित दुःखित यत जन भक्ति दिया कर’ गिया सबारे मोचन” ॥ २२९ ॥

mūrkha nīca patita duḥkhita yata jana bhakti diyā kara’ giyā sabāre mocana” || 229 ||

murkha nica patita duhkhita yata jana bhakti diya kara’ giya sabare mocana” (229)

English translation:

(229) “Deliver the foolish, wretched, fallen, and distressed persons by giving them devotional service.”

Commentary: Gauḍīya-bhāṣya by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura:

Śrī Gaurasundara ordered Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu to go to Gauḍa-deśa. All intelligent, aristocratic, learned people of Gauḍa-deśa accepted the religion preached by Gaurasundara. But foolish, wretched, sinful people could not understand the topics of devotional service to Kṛṣṇa preached by Gaurasundara. To benefit those foolish, wretched, fallen souls—to liberate them from their nondevotional propensities—Śrī Gaurasundara sent Śrī Nityānanda to Gauḍa-deśa. Śrī Mahāprabhu had personally promised that He would deliver all ignorant, fallen people who are more or less useless. But since pseudo-devotee enjoyers of the fruits of their karma who are attached to sense gratification as well as impersonal Māyāvādīs who desire liberation are all included among the fools, wretched, and fallen, the most merciful Lord, Śrī Gaurasundara, sent Śrī Nityānanda to uplift them. Since the Māyāvādīs’ extreme arrogance and the ritualistic smārtas’ pride born of adeptness became impediments in their attaining devotional service to the Supreme Lord, Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu, who was unhappy to see the distress of others, went to Gauḍa- deśa to fulfill the internal desire of Śrīman Mahāprabhu. Although the inhabitants of Bengal are still more or less polluted by faults like sentimentality, the Rajasthanis and Gujaratis glorify them.

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