Madhya-līlāChapter 19: Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Instructs Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 19.203

'kevalā'ra śuddha-prema 'aiśvarya' jāne

aiśvarya dekhileo nija-sambandha se māne

SYNONYMS

kevalāra — of unmixed attraction for Kṛṣṇa; śuddha-prema — unalloyed love; aiśvarya — opulence; jāne — does not know; aiśvarya — opulence; dekhileoin spite of experiencing; nija-sambandha — one's own relationship with Kṛṣṇa; se mānehe takes very seriously.

TRANSLATION

"In the stage of kevalā [unalloyed devotion] a devotee does not consider the unlimited opulence of Kṛṣṇa, even though he experiences it. He takes seriously only his own relationship with Kṛṣṇa.

PURPORT

When a devotee reaches the stage of pure, unalloyed devotion, especially in friendship with Kṛṣṇa, he forgets the Lord's opulences, although he sees them, and he considers himself equal to Kṛṣṇa. There is no question of actually comparing oneself to Kṛṣṇa, but because the devotee is so advanced in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, he is able to behave with Kṛṣṇa as he would with an ordinary man.

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