Purport to Gaurangera Duti Pada

Los Angeles, January 6, 1969
Prabhupada: Gaurangera duti pada, yara dhana sampada, sei jane bhakati-rasa-sara. This is another song composed by Narottama das Thakura, and he says that "One who has accepted the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya, in other words, one who has the only asset of possession, the two feet of Lord Caitanya, such person is supposed to know what is the essence of devotional service." Sei jane bhakati-rasa-sara. What is the purport of devotional service, or what is the humor of devotional service, can be understood by a person who has accepted Lord Caitanya's lotus feet as everything. The idea is that actually Lord Caitanya, He is Krsna Himself, and He is teaching devotional sevvice to the living entities personally. Directly. Therefore the modes of devotional service, as taught by Lord Caitanya, is the most perfect. There cannot be any doubt. The expert, or the master, is teaching the servant how to work. If a... If somebody is master of some engineering work and he is personally teaching some assistant, that teaching, instruction, is most perfect. Similarly, Lord Krsna Himself, in the role of a devotee, is teaching devotional service. Therefore the path chalked out by Lord Krsna is the most feasible way for perfection to devotional service. Sei jane bhakati rasa sara. Sara means essence.
And then he says, gaurangera madhuri-lila, yara karne pravesila. Now he comes to the pastimes of Lord Caitanya. He says that "Lord Caitanya's pastimes are also as much transcendental as Lord Krsna's." As in the Bhagavad-gita it is said that anyone who can simply understand the transcendental appearance, disappearance, activities, work of Krsna, he immediately becomes eligible to enter into the kingdom of God. Simply by understanding the pastimes and the work, transcendental activities of Krsna. Similarly, one who enters into the pastimes of Lord Caitanya, he immediately becomes freed from all contamination of the heart. Gaurangera madhuri-lila, yara karne pravesila. Karne pravesila means simply one has to receive the message of Lord Caitanya. Karne means in the ear. To give the message a submissive aural reception. Then immediately one's heart becomes freed from all material contamination.
Then he says: yei gaurangera nama laya, tara haya premodaya. Now, the devotees are concerned how to develop love of Godhead. Narottama dasa Thakura recommends that anyone who simply chants sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu-nityananda...'' Gauranga means with all this paraphernalia. As soon as we speak of gauranga, we should mean the five: Lord Nityananda, Advaita, Gadadhara, and Srivasa. All together. So yei gaurangera nama laya, anyone who chants, immediately he will develop love of Godhead. Yei gaurangera nama laya, tara haya premodaya, tare mui jaya bole hari. Narottama dasa Thakura says "I offer him all congratulation.'' Because it is certain that he has developed love of Godhead. Then he says, gauranga-gunete jhure, nitya-lila tare sphure. Anyone, if he cries by simply by hearing the transcendental qualities of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, he at once understands what is the loving affairs between Radha and Krsna.
Nitya-lila means the pastimes, or the loving exchange, affairs between Radha and Krsna, that is eternal. That is not temporary. We should not think that Radha-Krsna pastimes, loving affairs, is just like the business of a, of a young boy or girl, as we see in this material world. Such loving affairs is not at all loving affairs. They are lusty affairs, and they are not eternal. Therefore they break. Today I am in love with somebody and next day it breaks. But Radha-Krsna lila is not like that. It is eternal. Therefore that is transcendental and this is temporary. So simply one who is absorbed in the pastimes of Lord Caitanya, he can immediately understand what is the actual position of the loving affairs of Radha-Krsna. Nitya-lila tare sphure. Sei yaya radha-madhava, sei yaya vrajendra-suta pasa. And simply by doing that, he becomes eligible to enter into the abode of Krsna. Vrajendra-suta. Vrajendra-suta means the son of Nanda Maharaja in Vrndavana. He's sure to go to associate with Krsna in his next birth.
Gaurangera sange-gane, nitya-siddha boli mane. Anyone who has understood that the associates of Lord Caitanya, they are not ordinary conditioned souls... They are liberated souls. Nitya-siddha bole mani. There are three kinds of devotees. One is called sadhana-siddha. Sadhana-siddha means by following the regulative principles of devotional service, if one becomes perfect, he's called sadhana-siddha. Another devotee is called krpa-siddha. Krpa-siddha means even if he has not followed strictly all the regulative principle, still, by the mercy of acarya or a devotee, or by Krsna, he is elevated to the perfectional stage. That is specially. And another devotee is called nitya-siddha. Nitya-siddha means they were never contaminated. The sadhana-siddha and krpa-siddha was contaminated by material touch, and by following regulative principles or by the mercy or grace of some devotee and acarya they're elevated to the perfectional state. But nitya-siddha means they were never contaminated. They're ever liberated. So all the associates of Lord Caitanya, just like Advaita Prabhu, Srivasa, Gadadhara, Nityananda, they are Visnu-tattva. They are all liberated. Not only they, the Gosvamis... There are many others. So they are ever-liberated. So one who can understand that the associates of Lord Caitanya are ever-liberated... Nitya-siddha bale mani, sei yaya vrajendra suta-pasa. Immediately he becomes eligible to enter into the abode of Krsna.
And then he says, gauda-mandala-bhumi, yeba jani cintamani. A... The gaura-mandala means the place in West Bengal wherein Lord Caitanya had His pastimes. In Navadvipa, during Lord Caitanya's birth anniversary, the devotees go and circumambulate different places of Lord Caitanya's pastimes. It takes nine days. So that portion of Bengal is called gauda-mandala. So Narottama dasa Thakura says, "One who understands that there is no difference between this part of the country with Vrndavana," tara haya vraja-bhumi vasa, "it is as good as one lives in Vrndavana." Then he says, gaura-prema rasarnarve. Lord Caitanya's activities is just like an ocean of loving affairs of Krsna. Therefore one who takes a dip into this ocean, gaura-prema-rasarnave, sei taranga yeba dube. Just like we take a dip and bath, and we play, sport, in the waves of the ocean or sea. Similarly, one who takes pleasure, taking a dip and sporting with the waves of the ocean of Lord Caitanya's distribution of love of God, such a person becomes immediately a confidential devotee of Lord Krsna. Sei radha-madhava-antaranga. Antaranga means not ordinary devotee. They are confidential devotee. And Narottama dasa Thakura says, grhe va vanete thake. "Such devotee, who is taking pleasure in the waves of Lord Caitanya's movement," because he has become a very confidential devotee of the Lord...
Therefore Narottama dasa Thakura says, "Such devotee, it doesn't matter whether he's in the renounced order of life or whether he is a householder." Grha. Grha means householder. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement does not say that one has to become a renounced order, sannyasi. Just like Mayavadi sannyasis, impersonalists, Sankaracarya, they first, they put the first condition that "You take up the renounced order of life first, and then talk of spiritual advancement." So in Sankara sampradaya nobody is accepted as bona fide impersonalist unless he has accepted the renounced order of life. But here, in Caitanya's movement, there is no such restriction. Advaita Prabhu, He was a householder. Nityananda, He was householder. Gadadhara, He was also householder. And Srivasa, he was also householder. And Caitanya Mahaprabhu also married twice. So it doesn't matter. Narottama dasa Thakura says that to become in renounced order of life, or to remain in householder life, that does not matter. If he is actually taking part in the movements of Caitanya's sankirtana activities and actually understanding what it is, he is taking sport in the waves of such devotional ocean, then such person is always liberated. And Narottama dasa Thakura is aspiring his association ever increasingly. That is the sum and substance of this song. (end)

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