Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu
The wonderful pastimes performed by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the city of Navadvipa and in Jagannath Puri are recorded by His biographers.
The early life of the Lord is most fascinatingly expressed by the author of Chaitanya-Bhagavata (by Sri Vrindavana Dasa Thakura), and as far as the teachings are concerned, they are more vividly explained in the Chaitanya-caritamrta (by Sri Krishna Dasa Kaviraja Gosvami). Now they are available to the English-speaking public in our Teachings of Lord Caitanya.
Vrindavana-dhama is non-different from the Lord and hence is as worshipable as the Lord. The highest form of transcendental worship of the Lord was exhibited by the damsels of Vrajabhumi. Srimad-Bhagavata Purana is the spotless literature for understanding the Lord. The ultimate goal of human life is to attain the stage of Prema, or love of God.
His instructions to Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami, His discussions with Ramananda Raya, the debate with the Mayavadi sannyasi Prakashananda Sarasvati and the Vedanta Sutra Discussion between Him and Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya are the excellent sources through which we understand His teachings in detail.
The Lord left only eight slokas of His instructions in writing, and they are known as the Siksastaka. All other kinds of literature based on His teachings were extensively written by the Lord’s principal followers, the six Gosvamis of Vrndavana, and their followers.
THE UNIVERSAL RELIGION
His mission was to preach the importance of chanting the holy names of the Lord in this age of Kali (quarrel). In this present age, quarrels take place even over trifles, and therefore the Sastras have recommended for this age a common platform for realization, namely chanting the holy names of the Lord.
People can hold meetings to glorify the Lord in their respective languages and with melodious songs, and if such performances are executed in an offenseless manner, it is certain that the participants will gradually attain spiritual perfection without having to undergo more rigorous methods.
At such meetings, everyone, the learned and the foolish, the rich and the poor, the Hindus and the Muslims, the Englishmen and the Indians, and the candalas and the Brahmanas, can all hear the transcendental sounds and thus cleanse the dust of material association from the mirror of the heart. To confirm the Lord’s mission, all the people of the world will accept the holy name of the Lord as the common platform for the universal religion of mankind.
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