bālo 'pi yad-anugrahāt
śrī-caitanya-prabhum—to Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; vande—I offer obeisances; bālaḥ—an ignorant child; api—even; yat—of whom; anugrahāt—by the mercy; taret—may cross over; nānā—various; mata—of theories; grāha—the crocodiles; vyāptam—filled with; siddhānta—of conclusions; sāgaram—the ocean.
I offer my obeisances to Sri Caitanya Mahāprabhu, by whose mercy even an ignorant child can swim across the ocean of conclusive truth, which is full of the crocodiles of various theories.
By the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, even an inexperienced boy with no educational culture can be saved from the ocean of nescience, which is full of various types of philosophical doctrines that are like dangerous aquatic animals. The philosophy of the Buddha, the argumentative presentations of the jñānīs, the yoga systems of Patañjali and Gautama, and the systems of philosophers like Kaṇāda, Kapila and Dattātreya are dangerous creatures in the ocean of nescience. By the grace of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu one can have real understanding of the essence of knowledge by avoiding these sectarian views and accepting the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa as the ultimate goal of life. Let us all worship Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu for His gracious mercy to the conditioned souls.
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