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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 8.73

vaishnavera ajna pana cintita-antare

madana-gopale gelan ajna magibare


vaishnavera -- of all the Vaishnava devotees; ajna -- order; pana -- receiving; cintita-antare -- anxiety within myself; madana-gopale -- to the temple of Sri Madana-mohana; gelan -- I went; ajna -- order; magibare -- to receive.


Having received the order of the Vaishnavas but being anxious within my heart, I went to the temple of Madana-mohana in Vrindavana to ask His permission also.


A Vaishnava always follows the order of guru and Krishna. Sri Caitanya-caritamrita was written by Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami by their mercy. Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami considered all the devotees that have been mentioned to be his preceptor gurus, or spiritual masters, and Madana-gopala (Sri Madana-mohana vigraha) is Krishna Himself. Thus he took permission from both of them, and when he received the mercy of both guru and Krishna, he was able to write this great literature, Sri Caitanya-caritamrita. This example should be followed. Anyone who attempts to write about Krishna must first take permission from the spiritual master and Krishna. Krishna is situated in everyone's heart, and the spiritual master is His direct external representative. Thus Krishna is situated antar-bahih, within and without. One must first become a pure devotee by following the strict regulative principles and chanting sixteen rounds daily, and when one thinks that he is actually on the Vaishnava platform, he must then take permission from the spiritual master, and that permission must also be confirmed by Krishna from within his heart. Then, if one is very sincere and pure, he can write transcendental literature, either prose or poetry.

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