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CC Madhya 5.159

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

TEXT 159

brahmaṇya-deva-gopālera mahimā ei dhanya
nityānanda—vaktā yāra, śrotā—śrī-caitanya


brahmaṇya-deva—the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is merciful to the brāhmaṇas; gopālera—of Gopāla; mahimā—glories; ei—these; dhanya—glorified; nityānanda—Lord Nityānanda Prabhu; vaktā—the speaker; yāra—of the narration; śrotā—the hearer; śrī-caitanya—Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.


The glories of Lord Gopāla, who is merciful to brāhmaṇas, are very great. The narration of Sākṣi-gopāla was spoken by Nityānanda Prabhu and heard by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.


There are four points of instruction one should consider in the story of Sākṣi-gopāla. First, the Deity (arcā-vigraha) of Śrī Gopāla is eternally sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha (BS 5.1), the transcendental form of the Lord. Second, the Deity surpasses material regulative principles and extends the reality of transcendental principles. Third, one can be situated in a transcendental position after becoming a brāhmaṇa, but as a brāhmaṇa, one has to follow the regulative principles very strictly. Lastly, brahmaṇya-deva indicates Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa Himself, who is worshiped thus: namo brahmaṇya-devāya go-brāhmaṇa-hitāya ca/ jagad-dhitāya kṛṣṇāya govindāya namo namaḥ. This indicates that a devotee who is under the protection of Kṛṣṇa is automatically situated as a brāhmaṇa, and such a brāhmaṇa is not illusioned. This is factual.