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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 25.79

jīve 'viṣṇu' buddhi dūreyei brahma-rudra-sama

nārāyaṇe māne tāre 'pāṣaṇḍīte' gaṇana

SYNONYMS

jīvean ordinary living being; viṣṇuas Lord Viṣṇu; buddhi — acceptance; dūre — let alone; yei — anyone who; brahma-rudra-sama — equal to personalities like Lord Brahmā and Lord Śiva; nārāyaṇe — Lord Nārāyaṇa, Viṣṇu; māne — accepts; tāre — such a person; pāṣaṇḍīte gaṇana — is grouped among the pāṣaṇḍīs, atheistic offenders.

TRANSLATION

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu continued, "To say nothing of ordinary living entities, even Lord Brahmā and Lord Śiva cannot be considered on the level of Viṣṇu or Nārāyaṇa. If one considers them as such, he is immediately considered an offender and atheist.

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