TEXT 323
ama-hena yeba keha 'vatula' haya
ei-drste bhagavatera artha janaya"
SYNONYMS
ama-hena—exactly like Me; yeba—anyone who; keha—a person; vatula haya—becomes a madman; ei-drste—according to this process; bhagavatera—of Srimad-Bhagavatam; artha—import; janaya—he can understand.
TRANSLATION
"If one becomes a madman like Me, he may also understand the meaning of Srimad-Bhagavatam by this process."
PURPORT
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu plainly explains that Srimad-Bhagavatam cannot be understood by those who are materially situated. In other words, one has to become a madman like Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Apart from being the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is an acarya who exhibited love of God like a madman. According to His own written verse: yugayitam nimesena. He says that for Him, "a moment seems to last twelve years." Caksusa pravrsayitam: "My tears are flowing like torrents of rain." Sunyayitam jagat sarvam: "I feel as if the entire universe were vacant." Why? Govinda-virahena me: "Due to My being separated from Govinda, Krsna."
One can understand Srimad-Bhagavatam only by following in the footsteps of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who was mad for Krsna. We cannot, of course, imitate Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It is not possible. However, unless one is very serious about understanding Krsna, he cannot understand Srimad-Bhagavatam. Srimad-Bhagavatam gives the full narration of Krsna's transcendental activities. The first nine cantos explain who Krsna is, and the Lord's birth and activities are narrated in the Tenth Canto. In Bhagavad-gita it is stated: janma karma ca me divyam. Krsna's appearance and disappearance are transcendental, not mundane. A person is eligible to return home, back to Godhead, if he perfectly understands Krsna and His appearance and disappearance. This is verified by Bhagavad-gita: tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti so 'rjuna.
It is therefore concluded that one has to learn about Krsna from Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita, and one has to follow in the footsteps of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Those who do not follow Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu cannot understand Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.

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