|Madhya-lila||Chapter 18: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Visit to Sri Vrindavana|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya 18.99
bhattacarya tabe kahe prabhura carane
'ajna deha', yai' kari krishna darasane!'
bhattacarya -- Balabhadra Bhattacarya; tabe -- at that time; kahe -- says; prabhura carane -- at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; ajna deha' -- please give permission; yai' -- going; kari krishna darasane -- I shall see Lord Krishna directly.
At that time Balabhadra Bhattacarya placed a request at the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He said, "Please give me permission to go see Lord Krishna directly."
The puzzled people who visited Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu were actually seeing Lord Krishna, but they were mistaken in thinking that Lord Krishna had come to Kaliya Lake. They all said that they had seen Krishna directly performing His pastimes on the hoods of the serpent Kaliya and that the jewels on Kaliya's hoods were blazing brilliantly. Because they were speculating with their imperfect knowledge, they saw Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as an ordinary human being and a boatman's light in the lake as Krishna. One must see things as they are through the mercy of a spiritual master; otherwise, if one tries to see Krishna directly, he may mistake an ordinary man for Krishna or Krishna for an ordinary man. Everyone has to see Krishna according to the verdict of Vedic literatures presented by the self-realized spiritual master. A sincere person is able to see Krishna through the transparent via medium of Sri Gurudeva, the spiritual master. Unless one is enlightened by the knowledge given by the spiritual master, he cannot see things as they are, even though he remains constantly with the spiritual master. This incident at Kaliya-daha is very instructive for those eager to advance in Krishna consciousness.
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