Madhya-līlāChapter 2: The Ecstatic Manifestations of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 2.1

vicchede 'smin prabhor antya-


gaurasya kṛṣṇa-viccheda-

pralāpādy anuvarṇyate


vicchedein the chapter; asmin — this; prabhoḥ — of the Lord; antya-līlā — of the last division of His pastimes; sūtra — of a synopsis; anuvarṇanein the matter of description; gaurasya — of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; kṛṣṇa-viccheda — of separation from Kṛṣṇa; pralāpa — craziness; ādi — other subject matters; anuvarṇyate — is being described.


While relating in synopsis form the last division of the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, in this chapter I shall describe the Lord's transcendental ecstasy, which appears like madness due to His separation from Kṛṣṇa.


In this Second Chapter, the activities of Lord Caitanya that took place after the Lord accepted sannyāsa are generally described. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is specifically mentioned here as being gaura, or of fair complexion. Kṛṣṇa is generally known to be blackish, but when He is absorbed in the thought of the gopīs, who are all of fair complexion, Kṛṣṇa Himself also becomes fair. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu in particular felt separation from Kṛṣṇa very deeply, exactly like a lover who is dejected in separation from the beloved. Such feelings, which were expressed by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu for nearly twelve years at the end of His pastimes, are described in brief in this Second Chapter of Madhya-līlā.

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