Madhya-līlāChapter 25: How All the Residents of Vārāṇasī Became Vaiṣṇavas

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 25.36

nātaḥ paraḿ parama yad bhavataḥ svarūpam

ānanda-mātram avikalpam aviddha-varcaḥ

paśyāmi viśva-sṛjam ekam aviśvam ātman

bhūtendriyātmakam adas ta upāśrito 'smi


na — not; ataḥ — than this; parammore supreme; paramaO supreme one; yat — which; bhavataḥ — of Your Lordship; svarūpam — the personal form; ānanda — of transcendental bliss; mātram — only; avikalpam — where there is no creation; aviddha — without contamination; varcaḥ — having an effulgence; paśyāmiI see; viśva-sṛjam ekam — who alone has created this universe; aviśvam — not belonging to the destructible material world; ātmanO Supreme Soul; bhūta-indriya-ātmakam — the original cause of the senses and the living beings; adaḥ — transcendental; te — unto You; upāśritaḥ asmiI take full shelter.


"'O supreme one, the transcendental form I am now seeing is full of transcendental bliss. It is not contaminated by the external energy. It is full of effulgence. My Lord, there is no better understanding of You than this. You are the Supreme Soul and the creator of this material world, but You are not connected with this material world. You are completely different from created form and variety. I sincerely take shelter of that form of Yours which I am now seeing. This form is the original source of all living beings and their senses.'


This is a quotation from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (3.9.3). This verse was spoken by Lord Brahmā, who perfectly realized the Supreme Personality of Godhead after meditating upon the Lord within the water of the Garbhodaka Ocean. Brahmā realized that the form of the Lord is completely spiritual. This is certainly a better understanding of the Absolute Truth than the impersonal understanding.

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