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Follow The Spiritual Path Of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, The Incarnation Of Lord Krishna

Posted on: December 4, 2018 Posted By: ADMIN

On the auspicious full moon night of 18th February 1486, during a lunar eclipse, the world embraced with utter delight the birth of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.  Considered as the incarnation of Lord Krishna, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was the second son of Jagganath Mishra and Sachi Devi and was born in Mayapur, Nadia. Childhood name of Shri Chaitanya was Vishambhar and he was popularly known as Nemai who enamored everybody and was loved dearly by the neighbors.

The maternal grandfather of Lord Chaitanya, Pandit Nilamabara Chakravarti, a great astrologer, foretold about the great spiritual realization of Shri Chaitanya in future. Shri Chaitanya is worshipped all over the world by his devotees and is considered as an avatar of the Paramatma, the supreme Godhead. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a proponent of Vaishnava school for Bhakti Yoga and followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism follows his principles deeply.


Early days of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu:

Nemai was a bright child in his childhood and developed deep religious pursuits from an early age. When he was eight years old, he entered Gurukula run by Gangadas Pandit in Ganganagar and he excelled in his studies here. He became a great scholar in Sanskrit grammar and developed excellent rhetoric ability from an early age.

At age of fourteen Nemai got married with Lakshmi Devi, the daughter of Ballabha Acharya. Already one of the best scholars in Nadia he went to eastern Bengal for acquiring wealth and earned handsome money by displaying his learning. During this time his wife died out of snake bite and Nemai at the request of his mother married Vishnupriya, daughter of Pandit Sanatan Mishra.


Transformation of Nemai

At the age of sixteen, Nemai traveled to Gaya and here he met Ishwar Puri, a Vaishnava sannyasi whom he accepted his guru. The initiation with Gopala Krishna mantra was made to Nemai by his Guru and this meeting changed the life of Nemai totally. He now became more inclined towards religious pursuits and later on became a proponent of Bhakti which emphasized on loving.

Nemai became a religious preacher on his return to Bengal and became an eminent leader of Vaishnava group in Nadia. Nemai left his family and entered Sannyasi order and started traveling throughout India spreading his message of love. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spent several years traveling and chanting the name of Lord Sri Krishna and started spreading the radiance of love.


Preachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu:

Last 24 years of his life Shri Chaitanya  Mahaprabhu spent in Puri, Odisha and spread his preaching and Sankirtan. He advised Haridas and Prabhu Nityananda to go preaching throughout the town meet everyman and ask to sing the name of Hari. Shri Chaitanya has left one written record known as Siksastakam written in Sanskrit and the ontological and theological aspects are summarized as ten roots.


The message of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu:

The maxims which are available in the scripture are the fundamentals of the teachings of Sri Chaityana Mahaprabhu and goes as follows:

  • The supreme or the absolute truth is Krishna
  • Krishna is the possessor of all energies
  • Krishna is the ocean of rasa
  • Individual souls or Jivas are nothing but the separate parts of the Lord
  • Jivas are under the influence of matter due to their Natasha nature in a bound state
  • Jivas are free from the influence of matter in the liberated stage
  • The material form and the Jiva are none but the different form of manifestation of the Lord
  • Pure devotion is the love of Jiva
  • The ultimate goal of Jiva is the pure love of Krishna
  • Krishna is the only lovable blessing to be received.


Why one should follow the preaching of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

Shri Chaitanya’s teaching was centered on pure love and he opened the door of pure love to all. The chanting and singing the name of Lord Krishna in the form of Kirtan emanates a feeling of ecstasy and radiates divine love.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a great protagonist of social liberation and he believed in universal brotherhood. He opposed the dominance of superfluous ceremonies and rituals and opposed the dominance of the priestly class. A lot of socially oppressed people came to his fold irrespective of the religious background and ethnicity.

In a world rife with communalism and riots and torn with selfish attitudes, the teaching of Chaitanya can transform the society to a noble cause.

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