TEXT 120
vedanta padaite tabe arambha karila
sneha-bhakti kari' kichu prabhure kahila
SYNONYMS
vedantaVedanta philosophy; padaite—to instruct; tabe—then; arambha—beginning; karila—made; sneha—affection; bhakti—and devotion; kari'-showing; kichu—something; prabhure—unto the Lord; kahila—said.
TRANSLATION
He then began to instruct Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu on Vedanta philosophy, and out of affection and devotion, he spoke to the Lord as follows.
PURPORT
The Vedanta- or Brahma-sutra, written by Srila Vyasadeva, is a book studied by all advanced spiritual students, especially by the sannyasis of all religious communities (sampradayas). The sannyasis must read the Vedanta-sutra to establish their final conclusions concerning Vedic knowledge. Here, of course, the Vedanta mentioned is the commentary of Sankaracarya, known as Sariraka-bhasya. Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya intended to convert Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who was a Vaisnava sannyasi, into a Mayavadi sannyasi. He therefore made this arrangement to instruct Him in the Vedanta-sutra according to the Sariraka commentary of Sankaracarya. All the sannyasis of the Sankara-sampradaya enjoy seriously studying the Vedanta-sutra with the Sariraka-bhasya commentary. It is said, vedanta-vakyesu sada ramantah: "One should always enjoy the studies of the Vedanta-sutra."

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