TEXTS 239-240
siddhanta-sastra nahi 'brahma-samhita'ra sama
govinda-mahima jnanera parama karana
alpaksare kahe siddhanta apara
sakala-vaisnava-sastra-madhye ati sara
SYNONYMS
siddhanta-sastra—conclusive scripture; nahi—there is not; brahma-samhitara sama—like the scripture Brahma-samhita; govinda-mahima—of the glories of Lord Govinda; jnanera—of knowledge; parama—final; karana—cause; alpa-aksare—briefly; kahe—expresses; siddhanta—conclusion; apara—unlimited; sakala—all; vaisnava-sastra—devotional scriptures; madhye—among; ati sara—very essential.
TRANSLATION
There is no scripture equal to the Brahma-samhita as far as the final spiritual conclusion is concerned. Indeed, that scripture is the supreme revelation of the glories of Lord Govinda, for it reveals the topmost knowledge about Him. Since all conclusions are briefly presented in the Brahma-samhita, it is essential among all the Vaisnava scriptures.
PURPORT
The Brahma-samhita is a very important scripture. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu acquired the Fifth Chapter from the Adi-kesava temple. In that Fifth Chapter, the philosophical conclusion of acintya-bhedabheda-tattva (simultaneous oneness and difference) is presented. The chapter also presents methods of devotional service; the eighteen-syllable Vedic hymn; discourses on the soul, the Supersoul and fruitive activity; an explanation of Kama-gayatri, kama-bija and the original Maha-Visnu; and a detailed description of the spiritual world, specifically Goloka Vrndavana. Brahma-samhita also explains the demigod Ganesa; Garbhodakasayi Visnu; the origin of the Gayatri mantra; the form of Govinda and His transcendental position and abode; the living entities; the highest goal; the goddess Durga; the meaning of austerity; the five gross elements; love of Godhead; impersonal Brahman; the initiation of Lord Brahma; and the vision of transcendental love enabling one to see the Lord. The steps of devotional service are also explained. The mind; yoga-nidra; the goddess of fortune; devotional service in spontaneous ecstasy; incarnations beginning with Lord Ramacandra; Deities; the conditioned soul and its duties; the truth about Lord Visnu; prayers; Vedic hymns; Lord Siva; the Vedic literature; personalism and impersonalism; good behavior; and many other subjects are also discussed. There is also a description of the sun and the universal form of the Lord. All these subjects are conclusively explained in a nutshell in the Brahma-samhita.

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