Caitanya bhagavata Madhya ch.1 pt. 2-read by Dharmavira dasa

Reading from the  Caitanya Bhagavata, Madhya khand, ch.1

“Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu starts the sankirtan movement”

The students told Mahaprabhu:

“For the last ten days, all of Your explanations upon word meanings and aphorisms have described the process of devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa and the glories of the Holy Name of Kṛṣṇa. Therefore, for the last ten days, we have not been able to follow the lessons in the books. We were a little fearful to tell You this. Your profound erudition can explain unlimited meanings for words. It is truly amazing—no one can equal that feat.”

The Lord replied, “Ten days without studies! Was it not your duty to tell Me about this sooner?”

The students replied, “Your explanations were very correct—Lord Kṛṣṇa is certainly the Eternal Truth. This is the verdict of all the scriptures. Your explanations on the Supreme Absolute Truth is absolute education, and is the essence of all scriptures, but we were unable to understand them due to our own faults and limited intelligence.”

These words greatly pleased the Lord. He gently blessed them and said, “My dear students, you have truly spoken the truth. My words are not meant for others. I always speak in this way because I am constantly seeing a little boy with a blackish-blue glowing complexion playing the flute. All I hear is the name of Kṛṣṇa, and everywhere I behold the spiritual world of Goloka Vṛndāvana. Therefore, I humbly apologise to all of you, for I shall not teach anymore. I give you complete freedom to go to anyone that you wish, and study under him. To tell you the truth, I cannot speak about anything other than Lord Kṛṣṇa, His name and His pastimes; therefore, it will not be possible for Me to teach you anymore in this condition.”

Sri Mahaprabhu then tied His books together and handed them to the students with tears in His eyes. The students then spoke up, “We have also decided, following Your desire, to give up our studies. Once we have studied under You, how can we find another teacher with the ability to explain and teach the way You do?” The thought of separation from their teacher was too heavy a burden for the students to bear and they began to lament. They said, “Those explanations that we have heard from You, we want to treasure in our hearts, birth after birth, for our meditation. What is the use of studying further, and to whom would we go? All that we have learned from You is more than sufficient for us.”

Overcome with emotion, with folded hands, they prayed to the Lord and tied up their books. The students were now extremely happy and they jubilantly shouted Lord Hari’s name. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu embraced His students and began to weep.

Everyone was drowned in waves of joy. Their voices choked with ecstatic bliss. The son of mother Śacī, Śrī Caitanya, then blessed them saying, “If I ever become a true servant of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, then may all your desires be fulfilled. All of you please take shelter of Lord Kṛṣṇa and always chant Lord Kṛṣṇa’s Holy Name. Try to hear Kṛṣṇa’s name always and may Kṛṣṇa become the most precious object of your life and soul. Whatever you have studied so far, that is enough. There is no need to study any further. Now all of you get together and chant Lord Kṛṣṇa’s name in one place. By Kṛṣṇa’s mercy, may the purport of all the scriptures manifest within you. All of you are my dearmost friends, birth after birth.”

The words of the Lord were like nectar in the students’ ears and they became extremely happy. I offer my obeisances unto the feet of all such students who are so elevated and fortunate to become the direct disciples of the Supreme Lord, Śrī Caitanya Mahaprabu. All of them are eternal servants of the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa. How could it be any other way— Kṛṣṇa Himself personally taught them.

Caitanya Bhagavata, Madhya kanda, ch. 1 by Vrindavan das Thakur

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