Adi-lilaChapter 17: The Pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in His Youth

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 17.10

sacike prema-dana, tabe advaita-milana

advaita paila visvarupa-darasana

SYNONYMS

sacike -- unto mother Sacidevi; prema-dana -- giving love of Godhead; tabe -- thereafter; advaita -- with Advaita Acarya; milana -- meeting; advaita -- Advaita Acarya; paila -- received; visva-rupa -- of the universal form of the Lord; darasana -- vision.

TRANSLATION

Thereafter the Lord delivered love of Krishna to His mother, Sacidevi, nullifying her offense at the feet of Advaita Acarya. Thus there was a meeting with Advaita Acarya, who later had a vision of the Lord's universal form.

PURPORT

One day Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was sitting on the throne of Vishnu in the house of Srivasa Prabhu, and in a mood of His own He said, "My mother has offended the lotus feet of Advaita Acarya. Unless she nullifies this offense at the lotus feet of a Vaishnava, it will not be possible for her to achieve love of Krishna." Hearing this, all the devotees went to bring Advaita Acarya there. While coming to see the Lord, Advaita Acarya was glorifying the characteristics of mother Sacidevi, and thus upon arriving He fell down on the ground in ecstasy. Then, under the instruction of Lord Caitanya, Sacidevi took advantage of this situation to touch Advaita Acarya's lotus feet. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was very much pleased by His mother's action, and He said, "Now My mother's offense at the lotus feet of Advaita Acarya has been rectified, and she may have love of Krishna without difficulty." By this example Lord Caitanya taught everyone that although one may be very much advanced in Krishna consciousness, if one offends the lotus feet of a Vaishnava his advancement will not bear fruit. We should therefore be very cautious not to offend a Vaishnava. Sri Caitanya-caritamrita has described such an offense as follows:

yadi vaishnava-aparadha uthe hati mata

upade va chinde, tara sukhi' yaya pata

(Cc. Madhya 19.156)

As a mad elephant may trample all the plants in a garden, so by committing one offense at the lotus feet of a Vaishnava one may spoil all the devotional service he has accumulated in his life.

After this incident, one day Advaita Acarya Prabhu requested Caitanya Mahaprabhu to display the universal form He had very kindly shown Arjuna. Lord Caitanya agreed to this proposal, and Advaita Prabhu was fortunate enough to see the universal form of the Lord.

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