731214 - Chanting CC Adi-lila 8th Chapter Verses 1-85 - Los Angeles

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



731214CH-LOS ANGELES - December 14, 1973 - 21:49 Minutes



(The Author Receives the Orders of Kṛṣṇa and Guru)

Prabhupāda: 8th chapter Caitanya-caritāmṛta Ādi-līlā.

TEXT 1

vande caitanya-devaṁ taṁ
bhagavantaṁ yad-icchayā
prasabhaṁ nartyate citraṁ
lekha-raṅge jaḍo ’py ayam

I offer my respects to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, by whose desire I have become like a dancing dog and suddenly taken to the writing of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, although I am a fool.

TEXT 2

jaya jaya śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya gauracandra
jaya jaya paramānanda jaya nityānanda

Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, who is known as Gaurasundara. I also offer my respectful obeisances unto Nityānanda Prabhu, who is always very joyful.

TEXT 3

jaya jayādvaita ācārya kṛpāmaya
jaya jaya gadādhara paṇḍita mahāśaya

Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto Advaita Ācārya, who is very merciful, and also to that great personality Gadādhara Paṇḍita, the learned scholar.

TEXT 4

jaya jaya śrīvāsādi yata bhakta-gaṇa
praṇata ha-iyā vandoṅ sabāra caraṇa

Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura and all the other devotees of the Lord. I fall down to offer them respect. I worship their lotus feet.

TEXT 5

mūka kavitva kare yāṅ-sabāra smaraṇe
paṅgu giri laṅghe, andha dekhe tārā-gaṇe

By remembering the lotus feet of the Pañca-tattva, a dumb man can become a poet, a lame man can cross mountains, and a blind man can see the stars in the sky.

TEXT 6

e-saba nā māne yei paṇḍita sakala
tā-sabāra vidyā-pāṭha bheka-kolāhala

The education cultivated by so-called learned scholars who do not believe these statements of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta is like the tumultuous croaking of frogs.

TEXT 7

ei saba nā māne yebā kare kṛṣṇa-bhakti
kṛṣṇa-kṛpā nāhi tāre, nāhi tāra gati

One who does not accept the glories of the Pañca-tattva but still makes a show of devotional service to Kṛṣṇa can never achieve the mercy of Kṛṣṇa or advance to the ultimate goal.

TEXT 8

pūrve yaiche jarāsandha-ādi rāja-gaṇa
veda-dharma kari’ kare viṣṇura pūjana

Formerly kings like Jarāsandha [the father-in-law of Kaṁsa] strictly followed the Vedic rituals, thus worshiping Lord Viṣṇu.

TEXT 9

kṛṣṇa nāhi māne, tāte daitya kari’ māni
caitanya nā mānile taiche daitya tāre jāni

One who does not accept Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme Personality of Godhead is certainly a demon. Similarly, anyone who does not accept Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu as Kṛṣṇa, the same Supreme Lord, is also to be considered a demon.

TEXT 10

more nā mānile saba loka habe nāśa
ithi lāgi’ kṛpārdra prabhu karila sannyāsa

Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu thought, “Unless people accept Me they will all be destroyed.” Thus the merciful Lord accepted the sannyāsa order.

TEXT 11

sannyāsi-buddhye more karibe namaskāra
tathāpi khaṇḍibe duḥkha, pāibe nistāra

“If a person offers obeisances to Me, even due to accepting Me only as an ordinary sannyāsī, his material distresses will diminish, and he will ultimately get liberation.”

TEXT 12

hena kṛpāmaya caitanya nā bhaje yei jana
sarvottama ha-ileo tāre asure gaṇana

One who does not show respect unto this merciful Lord, Caitanya Mahāprabhu, or does not worship Him should be considered a demon, even if he is very much exalted in human society.

TEXT 13

ataeva punaḥ kahoṅ ūrdhva-bāhu hañā
caitanya-nityānanda bhaja kutarka chāḍiyā

Therefore I say again, lifting my arms: O fellow human beings, please worship Śrī Caitanya and Nityānanda without false arguments!

TEXT 14

yadi vā tārkika kahe,—tarka se pramāṇa
tarka-śāstre siddha yei, sei sevyamāna

Logicians say, “Unless one gains understanding through logic and argument, how can one decide upon a worshipable Deity?”

TEXT 15

śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya-dayā karaha vicāra
vicāra karile citte pābe camatkāra

If you are indeed interested in logic and argument, kindly apply it to the mercy of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. If you do so, you will find it to be strikingly wonderful.

TEXT 16

bahu janma kare yadi śravaṇa, kīrtana
tabu ta’ nā pāya kṛṣṇa-pade prema-dhana

If one is infested with the ten offenses in the chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, despite his endeavor to chant the holy name for many births, he will not get the love of Godhead that is the ultimate goal of this chanting.

TEXT 17

jñānataḥ su-labhā muktir
bhuktir yajñādi-puṇyataḥ
seyaṁ sādhana-sāhasrair
hari-bhaktiḥ su-durlabhā

“By cultivating philosophical knowledge one can understand his spiritual position and thus be liberated, and by performing sacrifices and pious activities one can achieve sense gratification in a higher planetary system, but the devotional service of the Lord is so rare that even by executing hundreds and thousands of such sacrifices one cannot obtain it.”

TEXT 18

kṛṣṇa yadi chuṭe bhakte bhukti mukti diyā
kabhu prema-bhakti nā dena rākhena lukāiyā

If a devotee wants liberation or material sense gratification from the Lord, Kṛṣṇa immediately delivers it, but pure devotional service He keeps hidden.

TEXT 19

rājan patir gurur alaṁ bhavatāṁ yadūnāṁ
daivaṁ priyaḥ kula-patiḥ kva ca kiṅkaro vaḥ
astv evam aṅga bhagavān bhajatāṁ mukundo

If a devotee wants liberation or material sense gratification from the Lord, Kṛṣṇa immediately delivers it, but pure devotional service He keeps hidden.

TEXT 20

hena prema śrī-caitanya dilā yathā tathā
jagāi mādhāi paryanta—anyera kā kathā

Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has freely given this love of Kṛṣṇa everywhere and anywhere, even to the most fallen, such as Jagāi and Mādhāi. What then to speak of those who are already pious and elevated?

TEXT 21

svatantra īśvara prema-nigūḍha-bhāṇdāra
bilāila yāre tāre, nā kaila vicāra

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, is fully independent. Therefore, although it is the most confidentially stored benediction, He can distribute love of Godhead to anyone and everyone without consideration.

TEXT 22

adyāpiha dekha caitanya-nāma yei laya
kṛṣṇa-preme pulakāśru-vihvala se haya

Whether he is offensive or inoffensive, anyone who even now chants śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya prabhu-nityānanda is immediately overwhelmed with ecstasy, and tears fill his eyes.

TEXT 23

‘nityānanda’ balite haya kṛṣṇa-premodaya
āulāya sakala aṅga, aśru-gaṅgā vaya

Simply by talking of Nityānanda Prabhu one awakens his love for Kṛṣṇa. Thus all his bodily limbs are agitated by ecstasy, and tears flow from his eyes like the waters of the Ganges.

TEXT 24

‘kṛṣṇa-nāma’ kare aparādhera vicāra
kṛṣṇa balile aparādhīra nā haya vikāra

There are offenses to be considered while chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra. Therefore simply by chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa one does not become ecstatic.

TEXT 25

tad aśma-sāraṁ hṛdayaṁ batedaṁ
yad gṛhyamāṇair hari-nāma-dheyaiḥ
na vikriyetātha yadā vikāro
netre jalaṁ gātra-ruheṣu harṣaḥ

“If one’s heart does not change, tears do not flow from his eyes, his body does not shiver, and his bodily hairs do not stand on end as he chants the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, it should be understood that his heart is as hard as iron. This is due to his offenses at the lotus feet of the Lord’s holy name.”

TEXT 26

‘eka’ kṛṣṇa-nāme kare sarva-pāpa nāśa
premera kāraṇa bhakti karena prakāśa

Simply chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra without offenses vanquishes all sinful activities. Thus pure devotional service, which is the cause of love of Godhead, becomes manifest.

TEXT 27

premera udaye haya premera vikāra
sveda-kampa-pulakādi gadgadāśrudhāra

When one’s transcendental loving service to the Lord is actually awakened, it generates transformations in the body such as perspiration, trembling, throbbing of the heart, faltering of the voice and tears in the eyes.

TEXT 28

anāyāse bhava-kṣaya, kṛṣṇera sevana
eka kṛṣṇa-nāmera phale pāi eta dhana

As a result of chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, one makes such great advancement in spiritual life that simultaneously his material existence terminates and he receives love of Godhead. The holy name of Kṛṣṇa is so powerful that by chanting even one name, one very easily achieves these transcendental riches.

TEXTS 29–30

hena kṛṣṇa-nāma yadi laya bahu-bāra
tabu yadi prema nahe, nahe aśrudhāra
tabe jāni, aparādha tāhāte pracura
kṛṣṇa-nāma-bīja tāhe nā kare aṅkura

If one chants the exalted holy name of the Lord again and again and yet his love for the Supreme Lord does not develop and tears do not appear in his eyes, it is evident that because of his offenses in chanting, the seed of the holy name of Kṛṣṇa does not sprout.

TEXT 31

caitanya-nityānande nāhi e-saba vicāra
nāma laite prema dena, vahe aśrudhāra

But if one only chants, with some slight faith, the holy names of Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda, very quickly he is cleansed of all offenses. Thus as soon as he chants the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, he feels the ecstasy of love for God.

TEXT 32

svatantra īśvara prabhu atyanta udāra
tāṅre nā bhajile kabhu nā haya nistāra

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the independent Supreme Personality of Godhead, is greatly magnanimous. Unless one worships Him, one can never be liberated.

TEXT 33

ore mūḍha loka, śuna caitanya-maṅgala
caitanya-mahimā yāte jānibe sakala

O fools, just read Śrī Caitanya-maṅgala! By reading this book you can understand all the glories of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

TEXT 34

kṛṣṇa-līlā bhāgavate kahe veda-vyāsa
caitanya-līlāra vyāsa—vṛndāvana-dāsa

As Vyāsadeva has compiled all the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Ṭhākura Vṛndāvana dāsa has depicted the pastimes of Lord Caitanya.

TEXT 35

vṛndāvana-dāsa kaila ‘caitanya-maṅgala’
yāṅhāra śravaṇe nāśe sarva amaṅgala

Ṭhākura Vṛndāvana dāsa has composed Śrī Caitanya-maṅgala. Hearing this book annihilates all misfortune.

TEXT 36

caitanya-nitāira yāte jāniye mahimā
yāte jāni kṛṣṇa-bhakti-siddhāntera sīmā

By reading Śrī Caitanya-maṅgala one can understand all the glories and truths of Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda and come to the ultimate conclusion of devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa.

TEXT 37

bhāgavate yata bhakti-siddhāntera sāra
likhiyāchena iṅhā jāni’ kariyā uddhāra

In Śrī Caitanya-maṅgala [later known as Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata] Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has given the conclusion and essence of devotional service by quoting the authoritative statements of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

TEXT 38

‘caitanya-maṅgala’ śune yadi pāṣaṇḍī, yavana
seha mahā-vaiṣṇava haya tatakṣaṇa

If even a great atheist hears Śrī Caitanya-maṅgala, he immediately becomes a great devotee.

TEXT 39

manuṣye racite nāre aiche grantha dhanya
vṛndāvana-dāsa-mukhe vaktā śrī-caitanya

The subject matter of this book is so sublime that it appears that Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has personally spoken through the writings of Śrī Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura.

TEXT 40

vṛndāvana-dāsa-pade koṭi namaskāra
aiche grantha kari’ teṅho tārilā saṁsāra

I offer millions of obeisances unto the lotus feet of Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura. No one else could write such a wonderful book for the deliverance of all fallen souls.

TEXT 41

nārāyaṇī—caitanyera ucchiṣṭa-bhājana
tāṅra garbhe janmilā śrī-dāsa-vṛndāvana

Nārāyaṇī eternally eats the remnants of the food of Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura was born of her womb.

TEXT 42

tāṅra ki adbhuta caitanya-carita-varṇana
yāhāra śravaṇe śuddha kaila tri-bhuvana

What a wonderful description he has given of the pastimes of Lord Caitanya! Anyone in the three worlds who hears it is purified.

TEXT 43

ataeva bhaja, loka, caitanya-nityānanda
khaṇḍibe saṁsāra-duḥkha, pābe premānanda

I fervently appeal to everyone to adopt the method of devotional service given by Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda and thus be freed from the miseries of material existence and ultimately achieve the loving service of the Lord.

TEXT 44

vṛndāvana-dāsa kaila ‘caitanya-maṅgala’
tāhāte caitanya-līlā varṇila sakala

Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura has written Śrī Caitanya-maṅgala and therein described in all respects the pastimes of Lord Caitanya.

TEXT 45

sūtra kari’ saba līlā karila granthana
pāche vistāriyā tāhāra kaila vivaraṇa

He first summarized all the pastimes of the Lord and later described them vividly in detail.

TEXT 46

caitanya-candrera līlā ananta apāra
varṇite varṇite grantha ha-ila vistāra

The pastimes of Lord Caitanya are unlimited and unfathomable. Therefore, in describing all those pastimes, the book became voluminous.

TEXT 47

vistāra dekhiyā kichu saṅkoca haila mana
sūtra-dhṛta kona līlā nā kaila varṇana

He saw them to be so extensive that he later felt that some had not been properly described.

TEXT 48

nityānanda-līlā-varṇane ha-ila āveśa
caitanyera śeṣa-līlā rahila avaśeṣa

He ecstatically described the pastimes of Lord Nityānanda, but the later pastimes of Caitanya Mahāprabhu remained untold.

TEXT 49

sei saba līlāra śunite vivaraṇa
vṛndāvana-vāsī bhaktera utkaṇṭhita mana

The devotees of Vṛndāvana were all very anxious to hear those pastimes.

TEXT 50

vṛndāvane kalpa-drume suvarṇa-sadana
mahā-yogapīṭha tāhāṅ, ratna-siṁhāsana

In Vṛndāvana, in a great place of pilgrimage underneath the desire trees, is a golden throne bedecked with jewels.

TEXT 51

tāte vasi’ āche sadā vrajendra-nandana
‘śrī-govinda-deva’ nāma sākṣāt madana

On that throne sits the son of Nanda Mahārāja, Śrī Govindadeva, the transcendental Cupid.

TEXT 52

rāja-sevā haya tāṅhā vicitra prakāra
divya sāmagrī, divya vastra, alaṅkāra

Varieties of majestic service are rendered to Govinda there. His garments, ornaments and paraphernalia are all transcendental.

TEXT 53

sahasra sevaka sevā kare anukṣaṇa
sahasra-vadane sevā nā yāya varṇana

In that temple of Govindajī, thousands of servitors always render service to the Lord in devotion. Even with thousands of mouths, one could not describe this service.

TEXT 54

sevāra adhyakṣa—śrī-paṇḍita haridāsa
tāṅra yaśaḥ-guṇa sarva-jagate prakāśa

In that temple the chief servitor was Śrī Haridāsa Paṇḍita. His qualities and fame are known all over the world.

TEXT 55

suśīla, sahiṣṇu, śānta, vadānya, gambhīra
madhura-vacana, madhura-ceṣṭā, mahā-dhīra

He was gentle, tolerant, peaceful, magnanimous, grave, sweet in his words and very sober in his endeavors.

TEXT 56

sabāra sammāna-kartā, karena sabāra hita
kauṭilya-mātsarya-hiṁsā nā jāne tāṅra cita

He was respectful to everyone and worked for the benefit of all. Diplomacy, envy and jealousy were unknown to his heart.

TEXT 57

kṛṣṇera ye sādhāraṇa sad-guṇa pañcāśa
se saba guṇera tāṅra śarīre nivāsa

The fifty qualities of Lord Kṛṣṇa were all present in his body.

TEXT 58

yasyāsti bhaktir bhagavaty akiñcanā
sarvair guṇais tatra samāsate surāḥ
harāv abhaktasya kuto mahad-guṇā
mano-rathenāsati dhāvato bahiḥ

“In one who has unflinching devotional faith in Kṛṣṇa, all the good qualities of Kṛṣṇa and the demigods are consistently manifested. However, one who has no devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead has no good qualifications because he is engaged by mental concoction in material existence, which is the external feature of the Lord.”

TEXT 59

paṇḍita-gosāñira śiṣya—ananta ācārya
kṛṣṇa-premamaya-tanu, udāra, sarva-ārya

Ananta Ācārya was a disciple of Gadādhara Paṇḍita. His body was always absorbed in love of Godhead. He was magnanimous and advanced in all respects.

TEXT 60

tāṅhāra ananta guṇa ke karu prakāśa
tāṅra priya śiṣya iṅha—paṇḍita haridāsa

Ananta Ācārya was a reservoir of all good qualities. No one can estimate how great he was. Paṇḍita Haridāsa was his beloved disciple.

TEXT 61

caitanya-nityānande tāṅra parama viśvāsa
caitanya-carite tāṅra parama ullāsa

Paṇḍita Haridāsa had great faith in Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda. Therefore he took great satisfaction in knowing about Their pastimes and qualities.

TEXT 62

vaiṣṇavera guṇa-grāhī, nā dekhaye doṣa
kāya-mano-vākye kare vaiṣṇava-santoṣa

He always accepted the good qualities of Vaiṣṇavas and never found fault in them. He engaged his heart and soul only to satisfy the Vaiṣṇavas.

TEXT 63

nirantara śune teṅho ‘caitanya-maṅgala’
tāṅhāra prasāde śunena vaiṣṇava-sakala

He always heard the reading of Śrī Caitanya-maṅgala, and all the other Vaiṣṇavas used to hear it by his grace.

TEXT 64

kathāya sabhā ujjvala kare yena pūrṇa-candra
nija-guṇāmṛte bāḍāya vaiṣṇava-ānanda

Like the full moon, he illuminated the entire assembly of Vaiṣṇavas by speaking Śrī Caitanya-maṅgala, and by the nectar of his qualities he increased their transcendental bliss.

TEXT 65

teṅho ati kṛpā kari’ ājñā kailā more
gaurāṅgera śeṣa-līlā varṇibāra tare

By his causeless mercy he ordered me to write about the last pastimes of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.

TEXT 66

kāśīśvara gosāñira śiṣya—govinda gosāñi
govindera priya-sevaka tāṅra sama nāñi

Govinda Gosāñi, the priest engaged in the service of Lord Govinda in Vṛndāvana, was a disciple of Kāśīśvara Gosāñi. There was no servant more dear to the Govinda Deity.

TEXT 67

yādavācārya gosāñi śrī-rūpera saṅgī
caitanya-carite teṅho ati baḍa raṅgī

Śrī Yādavācārya Gosāñi, a constant associate of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, was also very enthusiastic in hearing and chanting about Lord Caitanya’s pastimes.

TEXT 68

paṇḍita-gosāñira śiṣya—bhūgarbha gosāñi
gaura-kathā vinā āra mukhe anya nāi

Bhūgarbha Gosāñi, a disciple of Paṇḍita Gosāñi, was always engaged in topics regarding Lord Caitanya, knowing nothing else.

TEXT 69

tāṅra śiṣya—govinda pūjaka caitanya-dāsa
mukundānanda cakravartī, premī kṛṣṇadāsa

Among his disciples were Caitanya dāsa, who was a priest of the Govinda Deity, as well as Mukundānanda Cakravartī and the great devotee Kṛṣṇadāsa.

TEXT 70

ācārya-gosāñira śiṣya—cakravartī śivānanda
niravadhi tāṅra citte caitanya-nityānanda

Among the disciples of Ananta Ācārya was Śivānanda Cakravartī, in whose heart Lord Caitanya and Nityānanda constantly dwelled.

TEXT 71

āra yata vṛndāvane baise bhakta-gaṇa
śeṣa-līlā śunite sabāra haila mana

In Vṛndāvana there were also many other great devotees, all of whom desired to hear the last pastimes of Lord Caitanya.

TEXT 72

more ājñā karilā sabe karuṇā kariyā
tāṅ-sabāra bole likhi nirlajja ha-iyā

By their mercy, all these devotees ordered me to write of the last pastimes of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Because of their order only, although I am shameless, I have attempted to write this Caitanya-caritāmṛta.

TEXT 73

vaiṣṇavera ājñā pāñā cintita-antare
madana-gopāle gelāṅ ājñā māgibāre

Having received the order of the Vaiṣṇavas but being anxious within my heart, I went to the temple of Madana-mohana in Vṛndāvana to ask His permission also.

TEXT 74

daraśana kari kailuṅ caraṇa vandana
gosāñi-dāsa pūjārī kare caraṇa-sevana

When I visited the temple of Madana-mohana, the priest Gosāñi dāsa was serving the feet of the Lord, and I also prayed at the Lord’s lotus feet.

TEXT 75

prabhura caraṇe yadi ājñā māgila
prabhu-kaṇṭha haite mālā khasiyā paḍila

When I prayed to the Lord for permission, a garland from His neck immediately slipped down.

TEXT 76

saba vaiṣṇava-gaṇa hari-dhvani dila
gosāñi-dāsa āni’ mālā mora gale dila

As soon as this happened, the Vaiṣṇavas standing there all loudly chanted, “Haribol!” and the priest, Gosāñi dāsa, brought me the garland and put it around my neck.

TEXT 77

ājñā-mālā pāñā āmāra ha-ila ānanda
tāhāṅi karinu ei granthera ārambha

I was greatly pleased to have the garland signifying the order of the Lord, and then and there I commenced to write this book.

TEXT 78

ei grantha lekhāya more ‘madana-mohana’
āmāra likhana yena śukera paṭhana

Actually Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta is not my writing but the dictation of Śrī Madana-mohana. My writing is like the repetition of a parrot.

TEXT 79

sei likhi, madana-gopāla ye likhāya
kāṣṭhera puttalī yena kuhake nācāya

As a wooden doll is made to dance by a magician, I write as Madana-gopāla orders me to do so.

TEXT 80

kulādhidevatā mora—madana-mohana
yāṅra sevaka—raghunātha, rūpa, sanātana

I accept as my family Deity Madana-mohana, whose worshipers are Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī and Sanātana Gosvāmī.

TEXT 81

vṛndāvana-dāsera pāda-padma kari’ dhyāna
tāṅra ājñā lañā likhi yāhāte kalyāṇa

I took permission from Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura by praying at his lotus feet, and upon receiving his order I have attempted to write this auspicious literature.

TEXT 82

caitanya-līlāte ‘vyāsa’—vṛndāvana-dāsa
tāṅra kṛpā vinā anye nā haya prakāśa

Śrīla Vṛndāvana dāsa Ṭhākura is the authorized writer on the pastimes of Lord Caitanya. Without his mercy, therefore, one cannot describe these pastimes.

TEXT 83

mūrkha, nīca, kṣudra muñi viṣaya-lālasa
vaiṣṇavājñā-bale kari eteka sāhasa

I am foolish, lowborn and insignificant, and I always desire material enjoyment; yet by the order of the Vaiṣṇavas I am greatly enthusiastic to write this transcendental literature.

TEXT 84

śrī-rūpa-raghunātha-caraṇera ei bala
yāṅra smṛte siddha haya vāñchita-sakala
The lotus feet of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī and Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī are my source of strength. Remembering their lotus feet can fulfill all one’s desires.

TEXT 85

śrī-rūpa-raghunātha-pade yāra āśa
caitanya-caritāmṛta kahe kṛṣṇadāsa

Praying at the lotus feet of Śrī Rūpa and Śrī Raghunātha, always desiring their mercy, I, Kṛṣṇadāsa, narrate Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, following in their footsteps.