Antya-līlāChapter 5: How Pradyumna Miśra Received Instructions from Rāmānanda Rāya

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Antya 5.71

rāmānanda rāya-kathā kahile haya

'manuṣya' nahe rāya, kṛṣṇa-bhakti-rasa-maya

SYNONYMS

rāmānanda rāya-kathā — the speeches of Rāmānanda Rāya; kahile — describing; haya — is not possible; manuṣyaan ordinary human being; nahe — is not; rāyaRāmānanda Rāya; kṛṣṇa-bhakti-rasa-maya — absorbed in the devotional service of Lord Kṛṣṇa.

TRANSLATION

"I cannot properly describe the discourses of Rāmānanda Rāya, for he is not an ordinary human being. He is fully absorbed in the devotional service of the Lord.

PURPORT

One is forbidden to accept the guru, or spiritual master, as an ordinary human being (guruṣu nara-matiḥ). When Rāmānanda Rāya spoke to Pradyumna Miśra, Pradyumna Miśra could understand that Rāmānanda Rāya was not an ordinary human being. A spiritually advanced person who is authorized to act as the spiritual master speaks as the Supreme Personality of Godhead dictates from within. Thus it is not he that is personally speaking. In other words, when a pure devotee or spiritual master speaks, what he says should be accepted as having been directly spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the paramparā system.

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