Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu visits Sripad Madhvacarya’s place

Today is Sripad Madhvacarya’s appearace day. He is one of the greatest acaryas in our disciplic succession. Our sampradaya is called Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya.

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In that purport of Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Srila Prabhupada is telling us many pastimes of his life. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu visited Sripada Madhvacarya’s  temple in Udupi, South India, and the verses below describe this pastime. Please relish Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s lila in Udupi.

Caitanya Mah?prabhu next arrived at U?up?, the place of Madhv?c?rya, where the philosophers known as Tattvav?d?s resided. There He saw the Deity of Lord K???a and became mad with ecstasy.  While at the U?up? monastery, ?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu saw “dancing Gop?la,” a most beautiful Deity. This Deity appeared to Madhv?c?rya in a dream. Madhv?c?rya had somehow or other acquired the Deity of K???a from a heap of gop?-candana that had been transported in a boat.  Madhv?c?rya brought this dancing Gop?la Deity to U?up? and installed Him in the temple.

To date, the followers of Madhv?c?rya, known as Tattvav?d?s, worship this Deity.?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu received great pleasure in seeing this beautiful form of Gop?la. For a long time He danced and chanted in ecstatic love. When the Tattvav?d? Vai??avas first saw ?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu, they considered Him a M?y?v?d? sanny?s?. Therefore they did not talk to Him. Later, after seeing ?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu in ecstatic love, they were struck with wonder. Then, considering Him a Vai??ava, they gave Him a nice reception.

?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu could understand that the Tattvav?d?s were very proud of their Vai??avism. He therefore smiled and began to speak to them. Considering them very proud, Caitanya Mah?prabhu began His discussion.The chief ?c?rya of the Tattvav?da community was very learned in the revealed scriptures. ?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu humbly questioned him.

Caitanya Mah?prabhu said, “I do not know very well the aim of life and how to achieve it. Please tell Me of the best ideal for humanity and how to attain it.” The ?c?rya replied, “When the activities of the four castes and the four ??ramas are dedicated to K???a, they constitute the best means whereby one can attain the highest goal of life. “When one dedicates the duties of var???rama-dharma to K???a, he is eligible for five kinds of liberation. Thus he is transferred to the spiritual world in Vaiku??ha. This is the highest goal of life and the verdict of all revealed scriptures.”

?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu said, “According to the verdict of the ??stras, the process of hearing and chanting is the best means to attain loving service to K???a.“?‘This process entails hearing, chanting and remembering the holy name, form, pastimes, qualities and entourage of the Lord, offering service according to the time, place and performer, worshiping the Deity, offering prayers, always considering oneself the eternal servant of K???a, making friends with Him and dedicating everything unto Him. These nine items of devotional service, when directly offered to K???a, constitute the highest attainment of life.

This is the verdict of the revealed scriptures.’“When one comes to the platform of loving service to Lord K???a by executing these nine processes, beginning with hearing and chanting, he has attained the fifth platform of success and the limit of life’s goals.“?‘When a person is actually advanced and takes pleasure in chanting the holy name of the Lord, who is very dear to him, he is agitated and loudly chants the holy name. He also laughs, cries, becomes agitated and chants just like a madman, not caring for outsiders.’

“In every revealed scripture there is condemnation of fruitive activities. It is advised everywhere to give up engagement in fruitive activities, for no one can attain the highest goal of life, love of Godhead, by executing them. “

‘Occupational duties are described in the religious scriptures. If one analyzes them, he can fully understand their qualities and faults and then give them up completely to render service unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead. A person who does so is considered a first-class man.’ “?‘Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.’

“?‘As long as one is not satiated by fruitive activity and has not awakened his taste for devotional service by ?rava?a? k?rtana? vi??o?, one has to act according to the regulative principles of the Vedic injunctions.’ “Pure devotees reject the five kinds of liberation; indeed, for them liberation is very insignificant because they see it as hellish. “?‘Pure devotees always reject the five kinds of liberation, which include living in the spiritual Vaiku??ha planets, possessing the same opulences as those possessed by the Supreme Lord, having the same bodily features as the Lord’s, associating with the Lord and merging into the body of the Lord.

The pure devotees do not accept these benedictions without the service of the Lord.’“?‘It is very difficult to give up material opulence, land, children, society, friends, riches, wife or the blessings of the goddess of fortune, which are desired even by great demigods. But King Bharata did not desire such things, and this was quite befitting his position, because for a pure devotee whose mind is always engaged in the service of the Lord, even liberation, or merging into the existence of the Lord, is insignificant.

And what to speak of material opportunities?’“?‘A person who is a devotee of Lord N?r?ya?a is not afraid of a hellish condition, because he considers it the same as elevation to the heavenly planets or liberation. The devotees of Lord N?r?ya?a are accustomed to seeing all these things on the same level.’ “Both liberation and fruitive activity are rejected by devotees.

You are trying to establish these things as life’s goal and the process for attaining it.” ?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu continued speaking to the Tattvav?d? ?c?rya: “Seeing that I am a mendicant in the renounced order of life, you have been playing with Me in a duplicitous way. You have not actually described the process and ultimate objective.”

After hearing ?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu, the ?c?rya of the Tattvav?da samprad?ya became very much ashamed. Upon observing ?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu’s rigid faith in Vai??avism, he was struck with wonder.The Tattvav?d? ?c?rya replied, “What You have said is certainly factual. It is the conclusion of all the revealed scriptures of the Vai??avas.“Still, whatever Madhv?c?rya has established as the formula for our party we practice as a party policy.” ?r? Caitanya Mah?prabhu said, “Both the fruitive worker and the speculative philosopher are considered nondevotees. We see both elements present in your samprad?ya. “The only qualification that I see in your samprad?ya is that you accept the form of the Lord as truth.”


Sri Caitanya Caritamrta verses 245-277

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