Ādi-līlāChapter 9: The Desire Tree of Devotional Service

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 9.47

ei ājñā kaila yadi caitanya-mālākāra

parama ānanda pāila vṛkṣa-parivāra


ei — this; ājñā — order; kaila — gave; yadi — when; caitanyaŚrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; mālā-kāraas a gardener; parama — the greatest; ānanda — pleasure; pāila — got; vṛkṣa — of the tree; parivāra — descendants.


The descendants of the tree [the devotees of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu] were very glad to receive this order directly from the Lord.


It is the desire of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu that the benevolent activities of the sańkīrtana movement, which was inaugurated five hundred years ago in Navadvīpa, be spread all over the world for the benefit of all human beings. Unfortunately, there are many so-called followers of Caitanya Mahāprabhu who are satisfied simply to construct a temple, make a show of the Deities, collect some funds and utilize them for eating and sleeping. There is no question of their preaching the cult of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu all over the world. But even though they are unable to do so, if anyone else does it they become envious. This is the condition of the modern followers of Caitanya Mahāprabhu. The Age of Kali is so strong that it affects even the so-called followers of Lord Caitanya. At least the followers of Caitanya Mahāprabhu must come out of India to preach His cult all over the world, for this is the mission of Lord Caitanya. The followers of Lord Caitanya must execute His will with heart and soul, being more tolerant than the trees and humbler than the straw in the street.

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