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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 8.39

manushye racite nare aiche grantha dhanya

vrindavana-dasa-mukhe vakta sri-caitanya


manushye -- a human being; racite -- compiled; nare -- cannot; aiche -- such; grantha -- book; dhanya -- so glorious; vrindavana-dasa -- the author, Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura; mukhe -- from his mouth; vakta -- speaker; sri-caitanya -- Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.


The subject matter of this book is so sublime that it appears that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has personally spoken through the writings of Sri Vrindavana dasa Thakura.


Srila Sanatana Gosvami has written in his Hari-bhakti-vilasa:

avaishnava-mukhodgirnam putam hari-kathamritam

sravanam naiva kartavyam sarpocchishtam yatha payah

"One should not hear anything about Krishna from a non-Vaishnava. Milk touched by the lips of a serpent has poisonous effects; similarly, talks about Krishna given by a non-Vaishnava are also poisonous."

Transcendental literature that strictly follows the Vedic principles and the conclusion of the Puranas and pancaratrika-vidhi can be written only by a pure devotee. It is not possible for a common man to write books on bhakti, for his writings will not be effective. He may be a very great scholar and may be expert in presenting literature in flowery language, but this is not at all helpful in understanding transcendental literature. Even if transcendental literature is written in faulty language, it is acceptable if it is written by a devotee, whereas so-called transcendental literature written by a mundane scholar, even if it is a very highly polished literary presentation, cannot be accepted. The secret in a devotee's writing is that when he writes about the pastimes of the Lord, the Lord helps him; he does not write alone. As stated in the Bhagavad-gita (10.10), dadami buddhi-yogam tam yena mam upayanti te. Since a devotee writes in service to the Lord, the Lord from within gives him so much intelligence that he sits down near the Lord and goes on writing books. Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami confirms that what Vrindavana dasa Thakura wrote was actually spoken by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and he simply repeated it. The same holds true for Sri Caitanya-caritamrita. Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami wrote Sri Caitanya-caritamrita in his old age, in an invalid condition, but it is such a sublime literature that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja used to say, "The time will come when the people of the world will learn Bengali to read Sri Caitanya-caritamrita." We are trying to present Sri Caitanya-caritamrita in English and do not know how successful it will be, but if one reads the original Caitanya-caritamrita in Bengali he will relish increasing ecstasy in devotional service.

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