Adi-lilaChapter 8: The Author Receives the Orders of Krishna and Guru

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 8.32

svatantra isvara prabhu atyanta udara

tanre na bhajile kabhu na haya nistara

SYNONYMS

svatantra isvara -- the fully independent Supreme Lord; prabhu -- the Lord; atyanta -- very; udara -- magnanimous; tanre -- unto Him; na -- without; bhajile -- worshiping; kabhu na -- never at any time; haya -- becomes so; nistara -- liberation.

TRANSLATION

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the independent Supreme Personality of Godhead, is greatly magnanimous. Unless one worships Him, one can never be liberated.

PURPORT

Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura here remarks that one should not give up the worship of Radha-Krishna to worship Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. By worshiping either Radha-Krishna or Lord Caitanya alone, one cannot become advanced. One should not try to supersede the instructions of the six Gosvamis, for they are acaryas and very dear to Lord Caitanya. Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura sings:

rupa-raghunatha-pade haibe akuti

kabe hama bujhaba se yugala-piriti

One must be a submissive student of the six Gosvamis, from Srila Rupa Gosvami to Raghunatha dasa Gosvami. Not following their instructions but imagining how to worship Gaurasundara and Radha-Krishna is a great offense, as a result of which one clears a path to hell. If one neglects the instructions of the six Gosvamis and yet becomes a so-called devotee of Radha-Krishna, he merely criticizes the real devotees of Radha-Krishna. As a result of speculation, he considers Gaurasundara to be an ordinary devotee and therefore cannot make progress in serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Radha-Krishna.

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