sri-rupa kahena,--ami kichui na jani
yei mahaprabhu kahana, sei kahi vani
sri-rupa kahena—Srila Rupa Gosvami replies; ami—I; kichui—anything; na jani—do not know; yei—whatever; mahaprabhu kahana—Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu makes me say or write; sei—hat; kahi—I speak; vani—transcendental words.
Sri Rupa Gosvami said, "I do not know anything. The only transcendental words I can utter are those which Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu makes me speak.
The poet or writer dealing with transcendental subject matters is not an ordinary writer or translator. Because he is empowered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whatever he writes becomes very effective. The principle of being empowered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead is essential. A materialistic poet who describes in his poetry the material activities of man and woman cannot describe the transcendental pastimes of the Lord or the transcendental conclusions of devotional service. Srila Sanatana Gosvami has therefore warned all neophyte devotees that one should not hear from the mouth of a non-Vaisnava.
sravanam naiva kartavyam
sarpocchistam yatha payah
Unless one is a fully unalloyed devotee of the Lord, one should not try to describe the pastimes of Krsna in poetry, for it will be only mundane. There are many descriptions of Krsna's Bhagavad-gita written by persons whose consciousness is mundane and who are not qualified by pure devotion. Although they attempted to write transcendental literature, they could not fully engage even a single devotee in Krsna's service. Such literature is mundane, and therefore, as warned by Sri Sanatana Gosvami, one should not touch it.
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