nava-vidha artha kaila sastra-mata lana
suni' prabhu kahe kichu isat hasiya
nava-vidha—nine kinds; artha—meanings; kaila—did; sastra-mata—the principles of authorized scriptures; lana—taking; suni'-after hearing that; prabhu—Lord Caitanya; kahe—began to speak; kichu—something; isat—slightly; hasiya—smiling.
The Bhattacarya explained the atmarama verse in nine different ways on the basis of scripture. After hearing his explanation, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, smiling a little, began to speak.
The atmarama verse was discussed at Naimisaranya at a meeting of many great sages, headed by Saunaka Rsi. They questioned Srila Suta Gosvami, who presided at the meeting, about why Srila Sukadeva Gosvami, a paramahamsa already in the transcendental position, was attracted to a discussion of the qualities of Krsna. In other words, they wanted to know why Sri Sukadeva Gosvami engaged in the study of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
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