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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 8.67

jñāne prayāsam udapāsya namanta eva

jīvanti san-mukharitāḿ bhavadīya-vārtām

sthāne sthitāḥ śruti-gatāḿ tanu-vāń-manobhir

ye prāyaśo 'jita jito 'py asi tais tri-lokyām


jñānein gaining knowledge; prayāsam — unnecessary endeavor; udapāsya — setting far aside; namantaḥ — completely surrendering; eva — certainly; jīvanti — live; sat-mukharitām — declared by great realized devotees; bhavadīya-vārtām — discussions about You, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sthāne sthitāḥ — situated in their own positions; śruti-gatām — received aurally; tanu-vāk-manobhiḥ — by the body, words and mind; ye — those who; prāyaśaḥ — almost always; ajitaO my unconquerable Lord (beyond perception and unlimitedly independent); jitaḥ — conquered; api — indeed; asi — You are; taiḥ — by such pure devotees; tri-lokyām — within the three worlds.


Rāmānanda Rāya continued, "Lord Brahmā said, 'My dear Lord, those devotees who have thrown away the impersonal conception of the Absolute Truth and have therefore abandoned discussing empiric philosophical truths should hear from self-realized devotees about Your holy name, form, pastimes and qualities. They should completely follow the principles of devotional service and remain free from illicit sex, gambling, intoxication and animal slaughter. Surrendering themselves fully with body, words and mind, they can live in any āśrama or social status. Indeed, You are conquered by such persons, although You are always unconquerable.'"

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