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An Insight into the Spiritual Life of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Posted on: February 24, 2016 Posted By: Gaudiya Mission

Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita is one of the three best and popularly known biographies which detail the pastimes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He was considered to be the incarnation of Sri Krishna along with the reviver of the Gaudiya Vaishnava culture. The teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita Antya Lila were translated into an understandable form.

It has been composed in both Bengali as well as Sanskrit. Twining altogether with the pastimes of life of Sri Chaitanya there exists deep philosophical teachings hence detailing the process of Bhakti Yoga by simply focusing on the chanting of names of Lord Krishna. Mainly, the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is chanted with insight.

How Teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Got High Importance?

The practitioners of Gaudiya Vaishnavism accept it to be a holy scripture. The teachings got high importance because the words can be easily translated into the character of the living force in immorality. It has gained high popularity among people because:

  • It instructs the mass that each and everything is simultaneously one and different
  • The holy name of the Lord includes the sound incarnation of Krishna
  • It has explained that by chanting the holy name of Lord one can get associated with Supreme Lord

What are the Statements by Chaitanya Charitamrita antya Lila?

The Chaitanya Charitamrita antya Lila states precisely that:

  • By practicing sound vibration one progresses through all three stages of spiritual development
  • In an offensive stage one may desire various types of material happiness
  • At the clearing stage one becomes purified by all material contamination
  • By remaining on transcendental platform one will attain the most exalted position

 

 

When was Publishing of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Biography Inspired?

Krishna Dasa Kaviraja composed the Chaitanya Mahaprabhu biography in his old age following the request of Vaishnavas of Vrindavan. Although there existed Chaitanya Bhagavata, previous biography by Vrindavna Dasa but it did not comprised the details of later years of the life of Sri Chaitanya.

Chaitanya Charitamrita antya Lila by Krishna Das is known to cover the later years along with including the explanation about the rasa philosophy expounded by Lord Chaitanya and his followers. Latest published contents related to teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also serve as a compendium to practices of Gaudiya Vaishnava.

It also outlines the Gaudiya theology developed by the Goswamis in metaphysics, aesthetics and ontology. It has been frequently copied and widely circulated among the Vaishnava communities of Odisha and Bengal during the early 17th Century. Its high popularity during this golden period can be easily attributed to the propagation of famous Narottama Das, Srinivasa and Shyamananda.

Specific Teachings by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his teachings state precisely that earth, fire, water, ether, intelligence and mind along with ego are all inferior energies of the Lord. But the living entities are very much different from all as superior energy. They also state that the transcendental form of the Lord is eternally existent and full of bliss.

Anybody who does not believe in any form of Lord is certainly a faithless demon and is untouchable. It is a not to be seen persona and non grata fit to be punished. High time has come to follow the spiritual teachings of Sri Chaitanya.

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