Ādi-līlāChapter 7: Lord Caitanya in Five Features

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 7.80

pāgala ha-ilāń āmi, dhairya nāhi mane

eta cinti' nivediluń gurura caraṇe


pāgala — madman; ha-ilāńI have become; āmiI; dhairya — patience; nāhi — not; manein the mind; eta — thus; cinti' — considering; nivediluńI submitted; gurura — of the spiritual master; caraṇe — at his lotus feet.


"I saw that I had become mad by chanting the holy name, and I immediately submitted this at the lotus feet of my spiritual master.


Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, as an ideal teacher, shows us how a disciple should deal with his spiritual master. Whenever there is doubt regarding any point, he should refer the matter to his spiritual master for clarification. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said that while chanting and dancing He had developed the kind of mad ecstasy that is possible only for a liberated soul. Yet even in His liberated position, He referred everything to His spiritual master whenever there were doubts. Thus in any condition, even when liberated, we should never think ourselves independent of the spiritual master, but must refer to him as soon as there is some doubt regarding our progressive spiritual life.

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