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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 8.78

ei grantha lekhaya more 'madana-mohana'

amara likhana yena sukera pathana

SYNONYMS

ei -- this; grantha -- great literature; lekhaya -- causes me to write; more -- unto me; madana-mohana -- the Deity; amara -- my; likhana -- writing; yena -- like; sukera -- of the parrot; pathana -- responding.

TRANSLATION

Actually Sri Caitanya-caritamrita is not my writing but the dictation of Sri Madana-mohana. My writing is like the repetition of a parrot.

PURPORT

This should be the attitude of all devotees. When the Supreme Personality of Godhead recognizes a devotee, He gives him intelligence and dictates how he may go back home, back to Godhead. This is confirmed in Srimad Bhagavad-gita (10.10):

tesham satata-yuktanam bhajatam priti-purvakam

dadami buddhi-yogam tam yena mam upayanti te

"To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me." The opportunity to engage in the transcendental loving service of the Lord is open to everyone because every living entity is constitutionally a servant of the Lord. To engage in the service of the Lord is the natural function of the living entity, but because he is covered by the influence of maya, the material energy, he thinks it to be a very difficult task. But if he places himself under the guidance of a spiritual master and does everything sincerely, immediately the Lord, who is situated within everyone's heart, dictates how to serve Him (dadami buddhi-yogam tam). The Lord gives this direction, and thus the devotee's life becomes perfect. Whatever a pure devotee does is done by the dictation of the Supreme Lord. Thus it is confirmed by the author of Sri Caitanya-caritamrita that whatever he wrote was written under the direction of the Sri Madana-mohana Deity.

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