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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 19.215

svarga, mokṣa kṛṣṇa-bhakta 'naraka' kari' māne

kṛṣṇa-niṣṭhā, tṛṣṇā-tyāgaśāntera 'dui' guṇe

SYNONYMS

svarga — the heavenly kingdom; mokṣa — liberation from material bondage; kṛṣṇa-bhaktaa devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa; naraka kari' māne — considers as good as hell; kṛṣṇa-niṣṭhā — being fixed at the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa; tṛṣṇā-tyāga — giving up all material desires; śāntera — of one on the neutrality platform; dui guṇe — two transcendental qualities.

TRANSLATION

"When a devotee is situated on the platform of śānta-rasa, he desires neither elevation to the heavenly planets nor liberation. These are the results of karma and jñāna, and the devotee considers them no better than hell. A person situated on the śānta-rasa platform manifests the two transcendental qualities of detachment from all material desires and full attachment to Kṛṣṇa.

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