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Taking the role of His own devotee, Lord Sri Krsna appeared as Sri Krsna Caitanya about five centuries ago in Bengal, India, and began a great social and spiritual revolution that has profoundly affected the lives of millions worldwide. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Teaching of Lord Caitanya by A. Teaching of Lord Caitanya by A.

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Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Teaching of Lord Caitanya , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Teaching of Lord Caitanya. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. A friend to all living entities. He is peaceful, and he is possesses all good qualities.

These are but a few characteristics of a person in Krishna Consciousness. There is no essential difference between a fully surrendered soul and a person in the renounced order of life. The only difference is that a fully surrendered soul has the distinguishing symptom of being completely dependent upon Krishna.

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There is no essential difference between a fully surrendered soul and a man in the renounced order of life. The only difference is that a fully surrendered soul is completely dependent upon Krishna. Lastly, one should always think of himself as the most fallen, so that Krishna may take care of him. Lastly, one should always think of himself as the most fallen, so that Krishna will take care of him.

Chapter Thirteen Devotional Service in Attachment. A devotee of Lord Krishna is by nature nonviolent and self-controlled , both in the mind and the senses. Therefore, he does not have to try separately to acquire the qualifications which result from cultivating knowledge and from fruitive activities. Since a devotee of Lord Krsna is by nature nonviolent, and since his mind and senses are controlled , he does not have to make a special effort to acquire the good qualities which result from cultivation knowledge and performing fruitive activities.

All the inhabitants of Benares were struck with wonder by seeing the dancing of Lord Chaitanya in ecstasy. You should not therefore worship an inferior like Me, Who is not even equal to the disciple of your disciple. You are exactly like Supreme Brahman, and if you fall down at My Feet it is a very great offense on My part. Although you have no vision of duality, still for the teachings of the people in general you should not do this.

However, Lord Caitanya checked His continuous ecstasy and stopped dancing when He saw the Mayavadi sannyasis. As soon as the Lord stopped chanting and dancing, Prakasananda Sarasvati fell at His feet. You should therefore not worship an inferior like Me. You are exactly like the Supreme Brahman, and if I allow you to fall down at My feet, I will commit a very great offense.

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Although you have no vision of duality, for the sake of teaching the people in general you should not do this. There must be positive engagement. Without positive engagement, the highest perfectional stage cannot be attained. Generally, in the renounced order of life, there are two kinds of philosophers: the goal of one is nirvana, and of the other, the impersonal quality of the Brahman effulgence.

They cannot conceive that they can reach beyond, or that there is a Spiritual Sky with Vaikuntha Planets. Because such mentalities cannot have any conception of the Spiritual Planets and activities, therefore Lord Chaitanya rejected the proposal of renunciation. Lord Chaitanya however, also rejected this third proposal, for He wanted to demonstrate that renunciation in itself is not sufficient. Generally, there are two kinds of philosophers in the renounced order of life. The goal of one is nirvana, and of the other, the impersonal of the Brahman effulgence.

Such philosophers cannot imagine that they can reach beyond nirvana and the Brahman effulgence to the Vaikuntha planets of the Spiritual. Because in simple renunciation there is no conception of spiritual planets and spiritual activities. Lord Caitanya rejected this third proposal. The original is sweeter and more personal. Chapter 31 The Supreme Perfection.

So, he wanted to dance according to the will of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. And when will I be able to understand the literature left by the Gosvamis so that I will be able to understand the transcendental pastimes of Radha and krsna? And when will I be able to understand the literatures left by the Gosvamis so that I will be able to know of the transcendental pastimes of Radha and krsna? In the material world there may be the temporary awakening of lust, but it disappears after so-called satisfaction. But in the Spiritual World the love between the gopis and Krishna is constantly going on, and it is increasing at every moment.

But in the Spiritual World the love between the gopis and Krishna is constantly increasing. In the Garuda Purana there is a verse in which it is said that, instead of becoming a demigod such as Brahma or Lord Shiva, if one becomes a famous devotee of the Supreme Lord in this Age of Kali, that is very rare. In the Brhan— naradiya Purana, it is also stated that even personalities like Brahma and the other demigods do not know the value of a devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There are many devotees of Vishnu, and out of them, one who is an unflinching devotee is eligible to enter into the Kingdom of God.

In the Narayan prayers it is said that even Brahma if not a devotee of the Lord, He is therefore insignificant, whereas even a bacteria who is a devotee of the Lord is famous. There are many devotees of Vishnu, and out of them, he who is unflinching in his devotion is eligible to enter into the Kingdom of God. Ramananda Roy went on to say that those who have no taste for Krishna Consciousness or spiritual life are just like crows who take pleasure in eating the bitter nimba fruit, while the poetic cuckoo eats the seeds of the mango.

Similarly, the unfortunate transcendentalists are simply speculating on dry philosophy, whereas the transcendentalists who are in love with Radha Krishna enjoy, just like the cuckoo. Therefore, those who are devotees of Radha and Krishna are the most fortunate persons in the world. Ramananda Roy compared mental speculation with the bitter nimba fruit, which is not at all edible; simply full of dry speculation, and so fit for the crowlike philosophers; however, mango seeds are very relishable, and those who are in the devotional service of Krishna and Radha are like those mango-tasting cuckoos.

Ramananda Raya went on to say that those who have no taste for Krsna consciousness or spiritual life are just like crows who take pleasure in eating the bitter nimba fruit. It is the poetic cuckoo that eats the seeds of the mango. The unfortunate transcendentalists simply speculate on dry philosophy, whereas the transcendentalists who are in love with Radha and Krsna enjoy fruit just like the cuckoo.

Thus those who are devotees of Radha and Krsna are most fortunate. The bitter nimba fruit is not at all eatable; it is simply full of dry speculation and is only fit for crowlike philosophers. Mango seeds, however, are very relishable, and those in the devotional service of Radha and Krsna enjoy them.

Chapter 21 Further Talks With Prakasananda. Sripad Sankaracharya has unceremoniously obscured the Krishna Consciousness described in the Purusa Vedanta Sutra by manufacturing an indirect interpretation, and giving up the direct interpretation. But unless we take all the statements of Vedanta Sutra as self-evident, there is no need to study Vedanta Sutra. So far as Omkara Pranava is concerned, He is considered the sound incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; as such Omkara is eternal, unlimited, transcendental, supreme, and indestructible.

He is the beginningless, and He is the beginning, middle and end. When one understands the Omkara as such, then he becomes immortal. Anyone who understands Omkara and Vishnu as one and the same and all-pervading, never laments the material world, nor does he remain anymore as a Sudra. Although He Omkara has no material form, He is unlimitedly expanded, and has unlimited form. By understanding the Omkara one can become free from the duality of the material world and be placed in Absolute Knowledge. Therefore, Omkara is the most auspicious representation of the Supreme Lord.

Such is the description of the Mandukya Upanishad. By such a false interpretation, Omkara comes to be considered as something material, and the eulogizing of Omkara is misunderstood as simply an exhibition of His value. Actually, Omkara is as good as other incarnations of the Supreme Lord. The Lord has innumerable incarnations, and Omkara is one of them, as an incarnation of the alphabet. This means that Omkara is non-different from Krishna-that is the right interpretation. The impersonalist, however, gives more importance to the Omkara than to the Personality of Godhead, Krishna.

In fact, however, any representational incarnation of the Supreme Lord is non-different from Him. Such an incarnation or representation is as good spiritually as the Supreme Lord. Omkara is therefore the ultimate representation of all the Vedas. In this way Lord Caitanya condemned attempts at indirect interpretation of the Vedanta-sutra, and all the sannyasis present were struck with wonder by His explanation.

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Only a fortunate person can accept Your interpretation as the right one. We shall be very glad to hear You further explain the Vedanta-sutra by direct interpretation. The last part of Chapter 20 has the first part of Prabhupada: This is law. So religion, you cannot manufacture religion. Religion means the word of God. And if yearly or quarterly you change the words, that is not religion. That is not religion. That is mental concoction. No change. Others, they are interpreting in their own way. That is something else. He will take.

In the words of God there is no question of changing. You cannot change. As soon as you make a change, immediately it is material; it has nothing to do with spiritual world. Prabhupada: Not certain other comment. If you disapprove previous acarya or if you become more intelligent than previous acarya, then you are not acarya. Our process is evam parampara-praptam imam rajarsayo viduh. We cannot disregard. Sridhara is the original commentator of Bhagavata.

He must know his value. This was… Caitanya Mahaprabhu said svami, Sridhara Svami, so he also sarcastically remarked, svami na mane yei jana vesyara bhitare tare kariye ganana. Svami means husband also. Lawrence Shinn Professor of Religion, Oberlin College "I have read Sri Bhaktivedanta Swami's books with great care, attention and profound interest, and have found them to be of incalculable value to anyone who is curious about India's spiritual and cultural heritage.

Kulkarni Professor of English and Philosophy, Utah State University "These books are not only beautiful, but also relevant to our times, as we as a nation search for new cultural patterns for our way of life. From the beginning of the book with the dedication to Srila Prabhupada to the more complicated subjects in later chapters. By reading it, I have received attachment to Lord Chaitanya Read more I love this book!

By reading it, I have received attachment to Lord Chaitanya, Srila Prabhupada, and the devotees who continue to honor him. I am a newly initiated devotee, and have not been able to afford the whole sets of books, and I certainly like the books that are written exactly as Srila Prabhupada did when he created them. There is such an innocence, simple beauty, and total mercy. Sincerely, Lalita Read less. Very nice book with beautiful pictures and sublime presentation of Lord Krishna Chaitanya's teachings by Srila Prabhupada.

Read less. It's very informative of the life of chaitanya with his top most teachings and he is definitely a reincarnation of Krishna. It's a slice from the srimad bhagavatam. Srila Prabhupada's personality comes through very strongly in this first edition, which I find very end Read more This original edition of Teachings of Lord Chaitanya is far less edited than the later versions.

Srila Prabhupada's personality comes through very strongly in this first edition, which I find very endearing. The art work is beautiful. The only thing I would like to see change is the size of the text, which is somewhat on the small side, which makes sustained reading hard work for the eyes.

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