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    Gaudiya Vaishnava Dharma - The goal of life

    This is the presetation of the Vrindavan school, through Krishna das Kavi-raja in his book Caitanya Carita-amrita.

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    sañcārya rāmābhidha-bhakta-meghe
    sva-bhakti-siddhānta-cayāmṛtāni
    gaurābdhir etair amunā vitīrṇais
    taj-jñatva-ratnālayatāḿ prayāti


    Gaura (Şri Caitanya Mahaprabhu) as an ocean distributed - gaura-abdhiḥ vitīrṇais
    the amount of nectarean conclusions about his own devotional service–cayā amṛtāni siddhānta sva-bhakti
    infusing it in that devotee like a cloud named Rāma- sañcārya etair amunā bhakta-meghe abhidha rāma
    through which he attained this knowledge, the abode of jewels– prayāti taj-jñatva ālayatām ratna

    jaya jaya śrī-caitanya jaya nityānanda
    jayādvaita-candra jaya gaura-bhakta-vṛnda


    All victory to Şri Caitanya, all victory to Nityananda,
    all victory to Advaita-candra, all victory to the devotees of Gaura (the name of Şri Cetanya before started the drama of being a sannyasi) and to Vrinda Devi.

    pūrva-rīte prabhu āge gamana karilā
    'jiyaḍa-nṛsiḿha'-kṣetre kata-dine gelā


    According (his) previous program the Lord (Gaura) as he went further - rīte pūrva prabhu gamana āge
    came after some days to a place called Nrisimha - karilā gelā kata-dine kṣetre jiyaḍa-nṛsiḿha

    nṛsiḿha dekhiyā kaila daṇḍavat-praṇati
    premāveśe kaila bahu nṛtya-gīta-stuti


    Seeing the Lord Nrisimha he offered his respect - nṛsiḿha dekhiyā kaila -praṇati
    (falling to the ground) as a stick—daṇḍavat
    absorbed in the divine loveă -aveśe prema
    He danced, sang, and offered a lot of praising - kaila nṛtya gīta bahu stuti

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    "śrī-nṛsiḿha, jaya nṛsiḿha, jaya jaya nṛsiḿha
    prahlādeśa jaya padmā-mukha-padma-bhr
    ̣ńga"

    Oh Lord Nrisimha, all victory to You Nrismha, victory, victory to You Nrismha - śrī-nṛsiḿha, jaya nṛsiḿha, jaya jaya nṛsiḿha
    all victory to the Lord of Prahlad and the goddess of Fortune, the bee of His face like a lotus - prahlādeśa jaya padmā mukha padma bhṛńga

    ugro 'py anugra evāyaḿ sva-bhaktānāḿ nṛ-keśarī
    keśarīva sva-potānām anyes
    ̣āḿ ugra-vikramaḥ

    Although ferocious (because of His form of) human and lion - apy ugro nṛ-keśarī
    certainly like a lioness to her young cubs - eva keśarī iva sva-potānām
    this is not ferocious for His own devotees - ayaḿ anugra sva-bhaktānāḿ
    (whereas) for others (His) strength is ferocious - anyeṣām vikramaḥ ugra

    ei-mata nānā śloka paḍi' stuti kaila
    nṛsiḿha-sevaka mālā-prasāda āni' dila


    In this way He recited various verses in (His) praise - ei-mata paḍi' nānā śloka kaila stuti
    (and as such) the servant (of the temple) of Lord Nrisimha - sevaka nṛsiḿha
    brought garlands and food offered (to Lord Nrisimha) - āni' mālā prasāda dila.

    pūrvavat kona vipre kaila nimantraṇa
    sei rātri tāhāń rahi' karilā gamana


    As previously, some brahmana made him (to Goura) an invitation -pūrvavat kona vipre kaila nimantraṇa
    (but) that night (Goura) remained there (in temple) (and then) went (further) - sei rātri tāhāń rahi' karilā gamana

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    prabhāte uṭhiyā prabhu calilā premāveśe
    dig-vidik nāhi jńāna rātri-divase


    In the morning the Lord rising - prabhāte prabhu uṭhiyā
    and being absorbed in the divine love –āveśe prema
    went day and night without knowing - calilā rātri-divase nāhi jńāna
    (without knowing if it was) right and wrong - dik-vidik

    pūrvavat 'vaiṣṇava' kari' sarva loka-gaṇe
    godāvarī-tīre prabhu āilā kata-dine


    As previously the Lord made all people (He met) into Vaishnavas -
    pūrvavat prabhu kari' sarva loka-gaṇe 'vaiṣṇava'
    and after some days arrived on the bank of the river Godavari - kata-dine āilā tīre godāvarī

    godāvarī dekhi' ha-ila 'yamunā'-smaraṇa
    tīre vana dekhi' smr
    ̣ti haila vṛndāvana

    Seeing the river Godavari He remembered the river Yamnuna - dekhi' godāvarī ha-ila smaraṇa yamunā
    and seeing the forests on the banks (of the river) - dekhi vana tīre
    He remembered Vrindavan - haila smṛti vṛndāvana

    sei vane kata-kṣaṇa kari' nṛtya-gāna
    godāvarī pāra hańā tāhāń kaila snāna


    For some time He danced in that forest - kata-kṣaṇa kari' nṛtya-gāna sei vane
    (than) crossed the river Godavari and took a bath there - pāra hańā godāvarī kaila snāna tāhāń

    ghāṭa chāḍi' kata-dūre jala-sannidhāne
    vasi' prabhu kare kṛṣṇa-nāma-sańkīrtane


    Leaving the bathing place the Lord sat down - chāḍi ghāṭa prabhu vasi
    in a short distance, near the water- kata-dūre jala-sannidhāne
    (and started) chanting of the name of Lord Krishna - kare sańkīrtane nāma kṛṣṇa

    hena-kāle dolāya caḍi' rāmānanda rāya
    snāna karibāre āilā, bājanā bājāya


    At this time arrived (there) Ram-ananda Ray - hena-kāle āilā rāmānanda rāya
    riding on a palanquin accompanied by a (religios) musical band - dolāya caḍi bājāya bājanā
    to take a bath - karibāre snāna

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    tāńra sańge bahu āilā vaidika brāhmaṇa
    vidhi-mate kaila teńho snānādi-tarpaṇa


    In his association there were a lot of Brahmanas
    following strictly the Vedic principles - tāńra sańge āilā bahu brāhmaṇa vaidika
    This (Rāmānanda Rāya) took a bath and offered oblation
    according to ritualistic ceremonies- teńho kaila snāna-ādi-tarpaṇa vidhi-mate

    prabhu tāńre dekhi' jānila — ei rāma-rāya
    tāńhāre milite prabhura mana uṭhi' dhāya


    The Lord (Şri Cetanya) seeing him, understood that this is Rāmānanda Rāya- prabhu dekhi' tāńre jānila ei rāma-rāya
    and in His mind the Lord stood up ran to meet him- mana prabhura uṭhi dhāya tāńhāre milite

    tathāpi dhairya dhari' prabhu rahilā vasiyā
    rāmānanda āilā apūrva sannyāsī dekhiyā


    But the Lord remained very patient sitting - tathāpi prabhu rahilā dhariya dhari' vasiyā
    As Rāmānanda Rāy arrived (there), he saw the wonderful sannyasi (Domnul Şri Cetanya)- rāmānanda āilā dekhiyā apūrva sannyāsī

    sūrya-śata-sama kānti, aruṇa vasana
    subalita prakāṇḍa deha, kamala-locana


    The luster (of the Lord) was as of a hundred suns - kānti sama sūrya-śata
    His garment was like saffron, - vasana aruṇa
    His body was strongly built and big - deha subalita prakāṇḍa
    (and His) eyes were
    like lotus petals - locana kamala-

    dekhiyā tāńhāra mane haila camatkāra
    āsiyā karila daṇḍavat namaskāra


    Seeing Him (Seing Lord Caitanya), (Rāmānanda Rāy) wondered in his mind- dekhiyā tāńhāra haila camatkāra mane
    (Rāmānanda Rāy) came (closer) and fell to the ground like a rod, paying obeisance - āsiyā karila daṇḍa-vat namaskāra.

    uṭhi' prabhu kahe, — ūṭha, kaha 'kṛṣṇa' 'kṛṣṇa'
    tāre ālińgite prabhura hṛdaya satṛṣṇa


    The Lord stood up and said - prabhu uṭhi' kahe
    get up and chant Krişna Krişna - uṭha kaha kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa
    The Lord was very eager to embrace him heartedly - prabhura sa-tṛṣṇa ālińgite tāre hṛdaya
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    tathāpi puchila, — tumi rāya rāmānanda
    teńho kahe, — sei hańa dāsa śūdra manda


    Still he inquired: Are you Rāy Rāmānanda? - tathāpi puchila tumi rāya rāmānanda
    He replied: I am that servant, of śūdra class - teńho kahe sei hańa dāsa śūdra manda

    tabe tāre kaila prabhu dṛḍha ālińgana
    premāveśe prabhu-bhr
    ̣tya dońhe acetana

    Thereafter the Lord embraced him firmly - tabe prabhu tāre kaila ālińgana dṛḍha
    Both absorbed in the divine love, the Lord and the servant, lost their consciousness –
    dońhe premāveśe prabhu-bhṛtya acetana

    svābhāvika prema dońhāra udaya karilā
    duńhā ālińgiyā duńhe bhūmite pad
    ̣ilā

    As they embraced each other, their own feelings of love (from the time they were together in Goloka-Vrindavan –spiritual world ) were awakened in them both - ālińgiyā duńhe svābhāvika prema karilā udaya dońhāra
    and they fell to the ground. - paḍilā duńhe bhūmite

    stambha, sveda, aśru, kampa, pulaka, vaivarṇya
    duńhāra mukhete śuni' gadgada 'kṛṣṇa' varṇa


    Paralyzed , perspirating, tears flowing from their eyes, shivering, horripilating and becoming pale - duńhāra stambha sveda aśru kampa pulaka vaivarṇya
    from their mouths were heard the letters Krishna - mukhete duńhāra śuni gadgada varṇa kṛṣṇa

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    dekhiyā brāhmaṇa-gaṇera haila camatkāra
    vaidika brāhman
    ̣a saba karena vicāra

    ei ta' sannyāsīra teja dekhi brahma-sama
    śūdre ālińgiyā kene karena krandana


    Seeing this, the followers of the brahmanical system wondered -dekhiyā brāhmaṇa-gaṇera haila camatkāra
    these Brahmanas, strict followers of the rules of shastra , have all considered: -brāhmaṇa vaidika karena saba vicāra
    We see as (this) sannyasi whose effulgence is indeed like the (light) brahman- dekhi sannyāsīra teja ei ta' sama brahma
    embracing a şudra (a servant - person of the last social class) (which is against the rules) - ālińgiyā śūdre
    (and even more) why do they cry? - kene karena krandana

    ei mahārāja — mahā-paṇḍita, gambhīra
    sannyāsīra sparśe matta ha-ilā asthira


    This governor and highly learned (shudra) - ei mahārāja mahā-paṇḍita
    touched the sober sannyasi - sparśe gambhīra sannyāsīra
    who became restless, like a madman - ha-ilā asthira matta

    ei-mata vipra-gaṇa bhāve mane mana
    vijātīya loka dekhi, prabhu kaila samvaran
    ̣a

    As the followers of the brahmanical system thought in this way in their mind - vipra gaṇa bhāve ei mata mane mana
    the Lord seeing (those) outside people, restrained (His emotions) - prabhu dekhi vijātīya loka kaila samvaraṇa.


    sustha hañā duńhe sei sthānete vasilā
    tabe hāsi' mahāprabhu kahite lāgilā


    Becoming calm, both sat down at that spot - su-stha hañā duńhe vasilā sei sthānete
    Then, smiling, mahāprabhu began to speak- tabe hāsi' mahāprabhu lāgilā kahite

    'sārvabhauma bhaṭṭācārya kahila tomāra guṇe
    tomāre milite more karila yatane


    Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya spoke about your qualities - sārvabhauma bhaṭṭācārya kahila guṇe;
    (so) I endeavored to meet you - more karila yatane milite

    tomā milibāre mora ethā āgamana
    bhāla haila, anāyāse pāiluń daraśana'


    I came here to meet you - āgamana ethā tomā milibāre
    It was very good, that I got you darshan without difficulty - bhāla haila pāiluń daraśana anāyāse.

    rāya kahe, — sārvabhauma kare bhṛtya-jñāna
    parokṣeha mora hite haya sāvadhāna


    Rāmānanda Rāya replied, “Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya think of me as his servant- rāya kahe sārvabhauma kare jñāna bhṛtya
    Even in my absence he takes care to help me - parokṣeha mora sāvadhāna hite haya.

    tāńra kṛpāya pāinu tomāra daraśana
    āji saphala haila mora manus
    ̣ya-janama

    (then) By his mercy I got your interview - tāńra kṛpāya pāinu daraśana tomāra
    Today my birth as a human being, was deemed successful - āji janama mora manuṣya haila sa-phala.

    sārvabhaume tomāra kṛpā, — tāra ei cihna
    aspṛśya sparśile hañā tāńra premādhīna


    Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya got your mercy - sārvabhaume kṛpā tomāra
    (and) as You became influenced by that love - hañā adhīna prema tāńra
    the symptom of it - cihna tāra ei
    is that you touched a person (like me – a shudra) - sparśile aspṛśya

    kāhāń tumi sākṣāt īśvara nārāyaṇa
    kāhāń muñi rāja-sevī vis
    ̣ayī śūdrādhama

    Whereas You are directly the Supreme Lord Narayan - kāhāń tumi sākṣāt īśvara nārāyaṇa
    I am only a servant of the king, a materialist, the lowest servant - kāhāń muñi rāja-sevī viṣayī adhama śūdra

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    Re: Gaudiya Vaishnava Dharma - The goal of life

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    mora sparśe nā karile ghṛṇā, veda-bhaya
    mora darśana tomā vede nis
    ̣edhaya

    You didn’t hate to touch me - nā karile ghṛṇā mora sparśe
    You didn’t fear (the instructions of the) Veda - veda-bhaya
    which forbid the association with one like me - vede tomā niṣedhaya darśana mora

    tomāra kṛpāya tomāya karāya nindya-karma
    sāks
    ̣āt īśvara tumi, ke jāne tomāra marma

    Due to Your mercy, You engaged in an offensive action (by touching me) - tomāra kṛpāya tomāya karāya karma nindya
    You are directly the Supreme Lord - sākṣāt īśvara
    Which person (can understand) the purpose (of Your activities)? - ke jāne tomāra marma

    āmā nistārite tomāra ihāń āgamana
    parama-dayālu tumi patita-pāvana


    Your are utmost merciful with the fallen souls - tumi parama dayālu patita pāvana
    (Therefore) You came here to save Me - tomāra āgamana ihāń nistārite āmā

    mahānta-svabhāva ei tārite pāmara
    nija kārya nāhi tabu yāna tāra ghara


    The nature of great personalities is to save the fallen - svabhāva mahānta ei tārite pāmara
    although (this) is not their own business - tabu nāhi kārya nija
    they go the houses of such persons- yāna ghara tāra.

    Tika:
    This activity became degraded to propaganda preaching by a mass of ignorant people, which preach things they have never realized, and the preaching is based on … believing some writings that some time turned out to be falsified or forged translations … and not on knowing, realizing true writings – the standard of Mahatmas).

    mahad-vicalanaḿ nṝṇāḿ gṛhiṇāḿ dīna-cetasām
    niḥśreyasāya bhagavan nānyathā kalpate kvacit


    Oh Lord, the great personalities travel - bhagavan mahat-vicalanam
    to save the low minded householders - niḥśreyasāya nṝṇām dīna-cetasām gṛhiṇām
    and not to attain anything else (followers, associations, temples) - na kalpate kvacit anyathā

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    Re: Gaudiya Vaishnava Dharma - The goal of life

    Dear Anadi,

    Is it possible for you to summarize for us the gist of all your posts? A devotee normally has a coherent line of thought regarding a chain of verses than what a first time reader would get from them. It would be highly beneficial to some of us if you could give us your thoughts in a paragraph or two, based on your scriptural posts. Thanks.

    Regards.
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    P.S. Are you associated with ISKCON or some other Guru as part of the Gaudiya Vaishnava Dharma?

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    Re: Gaudiya Vaishnava Dharma - The goal of life

    Quote Originally Posted by Believer View Post
    Dear Anadi,

    Is it possible for you to summarize for us the gist of all your posts? ...

    P.S. Are you associated with ISKCON or ...?
    Dear Believer,
    I will try to present a conversation, that has taken place between Sri Krishna Caitanya and Ramananda Raya, concerning Gaudiya Vaishnava Dharma, the aim of life, as described by Krishna Das Kaviraja, in his book Caitanya Caritamrita.

    PS
    I had connections with different associations. Now I am interested to find a guru, who can teach raganuga sadhana bhakti in the mood of sakhi-bhava (sakhi of Radha) not only manjari-bhava as in the traditional school of Vrindavan-Babaji, and even more... I am afraind you cannot understand for the moment.

    Please be patient.
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    Re: Gaudiya Vaishnava Dharma - The goal of life

    dear anadi. you have grt ambition...in fact the highest one.but dont disclose it in public,as it will become obstacle.forum is for general discussion,but not to reveal your inner spiritual secret.

    jayaguru

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