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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 8.76

prabhu kahe, — "eho uttama, āge kaha āra"

rāya kahe, "vātsalya-premasarva-sādhya-sāra"

SYNONYMS

prabhu kahe — the Lord said; eho uttamait is very good; āge — still further; kaha — speak; āramore; rāya kaheRāya replied; vātsalya-prema — loving service to the Lord in the stage of parental love; sarva-sādhya-sāra — the highest perfectional stage.

TRANSLATION

The Lord said, "This statement is very good, but please proceed even further."

Rāmānanda Rāya then replied, "Loving service to the Lord in the parental relationship is the highest perfectional stage."

PURPORT

The stage of loving service to the Lord in parental affection is an advanced stage of love in fraternity. In the fraternal relationship there is a sense of equality, but when that sense of equality is advanced in affection, one attains the platform of parental love. In this connection, the following verse is cited from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.8.46), wherein Śukadeva Gosvāmī voices his appreciation of Nanda Mahārāja's and mother Yaśodā's intense love for Kṛṣṇa.

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