caitanya-lila-ratna-sara, svarupera bhandara,
tenho thuila raghunathera kanthe
tahan kichu ye sunilun, taha ihan vistarilun,
bhakta-gane dilun ei bhete
caitanya-lila—the pastimes of Lord Caitanya; ratna-sara—the topmost jewel; svarupera—of Svarupa Damodara; bhandara—of the storehouse; tenho—he; thuila—kept; raghunathera kanthe—in the throat of Raghunatha dasa Gosvami; tahan—there; kichu ye—whatever little; sunilun—I have heard; taha—that only; ihan—in this book; vistarilun—I have described; bhakta-gane—to the pure devotees; dilun—I gave; ei—this; bhete—presentation.
The pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are the topmost of jewels. They have been kept in the storehouse of Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, who has explained them to Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, who has repeated them to me. Whatever little I have heard from Raghunatha dasa Gosvami I have described in this book, which is presented to all devotees.
All the activities of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu were noted by His personal secretary Svarupa Damodara and repeated to Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, who memorized them. Whatever Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami heard is recorded in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. This is called the parampara system, from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to Svarupa Damodara to Raghunatha dasa Gosvami to Kaviraja Gosvami. Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami has distributed this information in his book Caitanya-caritamrta. In other words, Caitanya-caritamrta is the essence of the instruction given through the parampara system of the disciplic succession stemming from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
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