Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

What is behavior of devotee?

Saṅgāt sañjāyate kāmaḥ (Bg. 2.62). One develops his consciousness according to society and association. As Śrīla Nityānanda Prabhu admits, a devotee should be very careful when associating with those who are not devotees. When asked by a householder devotee what the behavior of a devotee should be, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu immediately replied:asat-saṅga-tyāga,–ei vaiṣṇava-ācāra‘strī-saṅgī’–eka asādhu, ‘kṛṣṇābhakta’ […]

Who is an Acharya?

By His practical activity, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu informed us how to cleanse our hearts. Once the heart is cleansed, we should invite Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa to sit down, and we should observe the festival by distributing prasāda and chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu used to teach every devotee by His personal behavior. […]

Cooling effect of devotion in the heart

To give us practical instructions, Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu cleansed the temple twice. His second cleansing was more thorough. The idea was to throw away all the stumbling blocks on the path of devotional service. He cleansed the temple with firm conviction, as is evident from His using His own personal garments for cleaning. Śrī […]

Story of the cleansing of Gundhicha Temple by Lord Chaitanya & His devotees

When these three people came before the Lord, He begged them for permission to wash the temple known as Gundhicha. The Gundhicha temple is situated two miles northeast of the Jagannātha temple. At the time of the Ratha-yātrā festival, Lord Jagannātha goes to the Gundhicha temple from His original temple and stays there for one week. […]

Diplomacy is also good when used for Bhakti

Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya was indeed a diplomatic minister for the King (King Prataparudra). His general behavior was very expert, and simply by describing the King’s love for Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, he gradually softened the Lord’s mind. A diplomat in the material world knows how to deal with people, especially in political affairs. Some of the […]

Secret of effulgence in devotees

King Pratāparudra said, “Upon seeing all these devotees, I am very much astonished, for I have never seen such an effulgence. Indeed, their effulgence is like the brilliance of a million suns. Nor have I ever heard the Lord’s names chanted so melodiously. Such are the symptoms of pure devotees when they are chanting. All […]

By Your causeless mercy

This important verse (Śrī Caitanya-candrodaya-nāṭaka 8.10) specifically describes the Lord’s causeless mercy. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura explains that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, who is the most magnanimous Personality of Godhead, distributes His causeless mercy in three ways to the conditioned soul. Every living entity is morose in the material world because he is always in want. […]

Can Lord Chaitanya’s devotee fall in maya?

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, “My dear Bhaṭṭācārya, just consider this man’s character. He went with Me to South India. He left My company to associate with the Bhaṭṭathāris, but I rescued him from their company and brought him here. Now that I have brought him here, I am asking him to leave. Now he can […]

How to surrender to God?

This is the process of surrender. As Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura sings:mānasa, deha, geha, yo kichu moraarpiluṅ tuyā pade nanda-kiśora!(Śaraṇāgati)When one surrenders unto the lotus feet of the Lord, he does so with everything in his possession-his house, his body, his mind and whatever else he possesses. If there is any obstruction to this surrendering process, […]

What is Brahma Samhita?

The Brahma-saṁhitā is a very important scripture. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu acquired the fifth chapter from the Ādi-keśava temple. In that fifth chapter, the philosophical conclusion of acintya-bhedābheda-tattva (simultaneous oneness and difference) is presented. The chapter also presents methods of devotional service, the eighteen-syllable Vedic hymn, discourses on the soul, the Supersoul and fruitive activity, an explanation of Kāma-gāyatrī, kāma-bīja and the […]