Ādi-līlāChapter 4: The Confidential Reasons for the Appearance of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 4.33

vrajera nirmala rāga śuni' bhakta-gaṇa

rāga-mārge bhaje yena chāḍi' dharma-karma


vrajera — of Vraja; nirmala — spotless; rāga — love; śuni' — hearing; bhakta-gaṇa — the devotees; rāga-mārge — on the path of spontaneous love; bhaje — they worship; yenaso that; chāḍi' — giving up; dharma — religiosity; karma — fruitive activity.


"Then, by hearing about the pure love of the residents of Vraja, devotees will worship Me on the path of spontaneous love, abandoning all rituals of religiosity and fruitive activity."


Many realized souls, such as Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī and King Kulaśekhara, have recommended with great emphasis that one develop this spontaneous love of Godhead, even at the risk of transgressing all the traditional codes of morality and religiosity. Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, one of the six Gosvāmīs of Vṛndāvana, has written in his prayers called the Manaḥ-śikṣā that one should simply worship Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa with all attention. Na dharmaḿ nādharmaḿ śruti-gaṇa-niruktaḿ kila kuru: one should not be much interested in performing Vedic rituals or simply following rules and regulations.

King Kulaśekhara has written similarly, in his book Mukunda-mālā-stotra (5):

nāsthā dharme na vasu-nicaye naiva kāmopabhoge

yad bhāvyaḿ tad bhavatu bhagavan pūrva-karmānurūpam

etat prārthyaḿ mama bahu-mataḿ janma-janmāntare 'pi

tvat-pādāmbho-ruha-yuga-gatā niścalā bhaktir astu

"I have no attraction for performing religious rituals or holding any earthly kingdom. I do not care for sense enjoyments; let them appear and disappear in accordance with my previous deeds. My only desire is to be fixed in devotional service to the lotus feet of the Lord, even though I may continue to take birth here life after life."

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