|Adi-lila||Chapter 8: The Author Receives the Orders of Krishna and Guru|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 8.36
caitanya-nitaira yate janiye mahima
yate jani krishna-bhakti-siddhantera sima
caitanya-nitaira -- of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu; yate -- in which; janiye -- one can know; mahima -- all glories; yate -- in which; jani -- I can understand; krishna-bhakti -- of devotion to Lord Krishna; siddhantera -- of the conclusion; sima -- limit.
By reading Sri Caitanya-mangala one can understand all the glories and truths of Lord Caitanya and Nityananda and come to the ultimate conclusion of devotional service to Lord Krishna.
Srimad-Bhagavatam is the authoritative reference book from which to understand devotional service, but because it is very elaborate, few men can understand its purport. Srimad-Bhagavatam is the original commentary on the Vedanta-sutra, which is called nyaya-prasthana. It was written to enable one to understand the Absolute Truth through infallible logic and argument, and therefore its natural commentary, Srimad-Bhagavatam, is extremely elaborate. Professional reciters have created the impression that Srimad-Bhagavatam deals only with Krishna's rasa-lila, although Krishna's rasa-lila is described only in chapters 29 through 33 of the Tenth Canto. They have in this way presented Krishna to the Western world as a great woman-hunter, and therefore we sometimes have to deal with such misconceptions in preaching. Another difficulty in understanding Srimad-Bhagavatam is that the professional reciters have introduced bhagavata-saptaha, or seven-day readings of the Bhagavatam. They want to finish Srimad-Bhagavatam in a week, although it is so sublime that even one verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam, if properly explained, cannot be completed in three months. Under these circumstances, it is a great aid for the common man to read Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura's Caitanya-bhagavata, for thus he can actually understand devotional service, Krishna, Lord Caitanya and Nityananda. Srila Rupa Gosvami has said:
aikantiki harer bhaktir utpatayaiva kalpate
"Devotional service to the Lord that ignores the authorized Vedic literatures -- the Upanishads, Puranas, Narada-pancaratra, etc. -- is simply an unnecessary disturbance in society." Due to misunderstanding Srimad-Bhagavatam, people are misled regarding the science of Krishna. However, by reading Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura's book one can very easily understand this science.
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