Madhya-līlāChapter 7: The Lord Begins His Tour of South India

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 7.7-8

nija-gaṇa āni' kahe vinaya kariyā

ālińgana kari' sabāya śrī-haste dhariyā

tomā-sabā jāni āmi prāṇādhika kari'

prāṇa chāḍā yāya, tomā-sabā chāḍite pāri

SYNONYMS

nija-gaṇa āni' — calling all the devotees; kahe — said; vinaya — humbleness; kariyā — showing; ālińgana kari' — embracing; sabāya — all of them; śrī-haste — with His hands; dhariyā — catching them; tomā-sabā — all of you; jāniI know; āmiI; prāṇa-adhikamore than My life; kari' — taking; prāṇa chāḍā — giving up life; yāya — is possible; tomā-sabā — all of you; chāḍiteto give up; pāriI am not able.

TRANSLATION

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu called all His devotees together and, holding them by the hand, humbly informed them, "You are all more dear to Me than My life. I can give up My life, but to give you up is difficult for Me.

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