Madhya-līlāChapter 8: Talks Between Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Rāmānanda Rāya

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 8.130-131

yadyapi rāyapremī, mahā-bhāgavate

tāńra mana kṛṣṇa-māyā nāre ācchādite

tathāpi prabhura icchāparama prabala

jānileha rāyera mana haila ṭalamala

SYNONYMS

yadyapi — although; rāyaRāmānanda Rāya; premīa great lover of Kṛṣṇa; mahā-bhāgavatea topmost devotee; tāńra — his; mana — mind; kṛṣṇa-māyā — the illusory energy of Kṛṣṇa; nāre — not able; ācchāditeto cover; tathāpi — still; prabhura icchā — the Lord's desire; parama prabala — very intense; jānileha — even though it was known; rāyera mana — the mind of Rāmānanda Rāya; haila — there was; ṭalamala — agitation.

TRANSLATION

Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya was a great devotee of the Lord and a lover of God, and although his mind could not be covered by Kṛṣṇa's illusory energy, and although he could understand the mind of the Lord, which was very strong and intense, Rāmānanda's mind became a little agitated.

PURPORT

The perfect devotee always acts according to the desires of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. But a materialistic man is carried away by the waves of the material energy. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has said, māyāra vaśe, yāccha bhese, khāccha hābuḍubu, bhāi. A person under the grip of the material energy is carried away by the waves of that illusory energy. In other words, a person in the material world is a servant of māyā. However, a person in the spiritual energy is a servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although Rāmānanda Rāya knew that nothing was unknown to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, he nonetheless began to speak further on the subject because the Lord desired it.

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