O Vaisnava Thakurs ! Please accept our most prostrated humble obeisances unto your lotus like feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and All glories Sri Guru Vrnda. All glories to devotees like yourselves, who, simply by using your sandals, can lift up conditioned souls like us from this perilous worldly existence.
With our small intelligence while trying to comprehend the sublime lives of the Saints, we came across a direct instruction from Sri Krsna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself. We hope by sharing this nectar with all of you, we will be able to serve your goodselves in a menial way.
One day, five years after he took sannyasa, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu returned to Nabadwipa-dhama from Jagannatha Puri. Upon his return the devotees felt that their lives had returned. Their joy knew no bounds. In order to see the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu thousands of people gathered there. Whoever had previously committed offenses to the lotus feet of the Lord when he had manifested his lila in Nabadwipa was eager to be forgiven. They all came there to beseech the Lord's forgiveness for whatever offenses they might have committed. At that time, in the place known today as the aparadha-bhanjanam, or the place of amnesty, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu granted forgiveness to all who gathered there and instructed them in the science of devotion.
At that time, Devananda Pandita took darsana of the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Offering his obeisances unto the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya at a distance, Devananda cowered and shrank away from the Lord, standing off to one side. At that time the Lord saw him and said, "You are the servant of my dear devotee Vakresvara Pandita. By your service to him you have greatly pleased Me. As a result of your service to him you have come close to Me. Vakresvara is empowered by Krsna-Sakti. By serving my dear devotee Vakresvara Pandita you have attained the mercy of Krsna."
Hearing these words, Devananda was overwhelmed with the sentiments of bhakti. His voice was choked with divine emotion, and he said, "O My Lord; O Supreme Master—You have appeared in Nabadwipa just to deliver all the fallen souls. I am a sinner. I have commited great sins against divinity. I have failed to worship your lotus feet. As a result of this, I have cheated myself out of your causeless mercy. O Lord of all creation; Supersoul of all that lives! You are supremely merciful. By your causeless mercy I have been able to take darshan of your holy feet on this day. O Supremely merciful one—please be kind upon me and instruct me in the goal of life. Please explain the meaning of Srimad-Bhagavatam to me as well.
Hearing this humble request of Devananda Pandita, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu spoke as follows:
"Listen carefully, O brahmana. Always praise Srimad-Bhagavatam. Never let any explanation of Srimad-Bhagavatam other than bhakti issue forth from your lips. From beginning, middle to end, this is its meaning: constant devotion to Krsna is eternally perfect flawless, and infallible. It is the highest goal of life. The Supreme Lord appears in innumerable avataras beginning with Kurma. His appearance and disappearance are transcendental. In the same way, Srimad-Bhagavatam is not a material creation: it is completely divine. In a trance of bhakti-yoga, Vyasa compiled the Srimad-Bhagavatam. It appeared on his tongue as a result of the mercy of Krsna. If one doesn't understand that the Srimad-Bhagavatam is divine truth on the level of God Himself he will never realize its meaning. This is the verdict of all authorized scriptures. One who understands Srimad-Bhagavatam in that way has real knowledge. If one approaches Srimad-Bhagavatam with material knowledge he will never understand it. If, however, one is unlearned but takes shelter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam he will be enlightened with its meaning."
The Srimad-Bhagavatam is filled with divine love, prema. It is an extension of Krsna Himself and it reveals his confidential pastimes of divine love.your lowborn servant
Sudarsana dasa adhikari (TKG)
Moderator's Note: H G Sudarshana prabhu is a nice senior devotee from Singapore. He runs his grahastha ashrama very nicely filled with Krishna Consciousness. His whole family has taken up Krishna Consciousness seriously and they are part of a highly charged up congregation in Singapore.
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