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December 9, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 196

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 196

tomara sakti vina jivera nahe ei vani
tumi sakti diya kahao, -- hena anumani"

TRANSLATION

"Without Your mercy such poetic expressions would be impossible for an ordinary living being to write. My guess is that You have given him the power."


December 2, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 193

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 193

"kavitva na haya ei amrtera dhara
nataka-laksana saba siddhantera sara

TRANSLATION

Srila Ramananda Raya said, "This is not a poetic presentation; it is a continuous shower of nectar. Indeed, it is the essence of all ultimate realizations, appearing in the form of plays.


November 25, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 188

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 188

harim uddisate rajo-bharah
puratah sangamayaty amum tamah
vraja-vama-drsam na paddhatih
prakata sarva-drsah sruter api

TRANSLATION

"'The dust from cows and calves on the road creates a kind of darkness indicating that Krsna is returning home from the pasture. Also, the darkness of evening provokes the gopis to meet Krsna. Thus the pastimes of Krsna and the gopis are covered by a kind of transcendental darkness and are therefore impossible for ordinary scholars of the Vedas to see.'


November 18, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 181

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 181

prabhu kahe, -- "raya, tomara ihate ullasa
sunitei lajja, loke kare upahasa"

TRANSLATION

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, "My dear Ramananda Raya, you are jubilant at hearing these poetic expressions, but I am ashamed to hear them, for people in general will joke about the subject of this verse."


November 11, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 177

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 177

nija-pranayitam sudham udayam apnuvan yah ksitau
kiraty alam uri-krta-dvija-kuladhiraja-sthitih
sa luncita-tamas-tatir mama saci-sutakhyah sasi
vasi-krta-jagan-manah kim api sarma vinyasyatu

TRANSLATION

"'The moonlike Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is known as the son of mother Saci, has now appeared on earth to spread devotional love of Himself. He is the emperor of the brahmana community. He can drive away all the darkness of ignorance and control the mind of everyone in the world. May that rising moon bestow upon us all good fortune.'"


November 4, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 169

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 169

balad aksnor laksmih kavalayati navyam kuvalayam
mukhollasah phullam kamala-vanam ullanghayati ca
dasam kastam astapadam api nayaty angika-rucir
vicitram radhayah kim api kila rupam vilasati

TRANSLATION

"'The beauty of Srimati Radharani's eyes forcibly devours the beauty of newly grown blue lotus flowers, and the beauty of Her face surpasses that of an entire forest of fully blossomed lotuses. Her bodily luster seems to place even gold into a painful situation. Thus the wonderful, unprecedented beauty of Srimati Radharani is awakening in Vrndavana.'


October 28, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 162

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 162

sad-vamsatas tava janih purusottamasya
panau sthitir muralike saralasi jatya
kasmat tvaya sakhi guror visama grhita
gopangana-gana-vimohana-mantra-diksa

TRANSLATION

"'My dear friend the flute, it appears that you have been born of a very good family, for your residence is in the hands of Sri Krsna. By birth you are simple and are not at all crooked. Why then have you taken initiation into this dangerous mantra that enchants the assembled gopis?'


October 14, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 147

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 147

raya kahe, -- "kaha dekhi bhavera svabhava?"
rupa kahe, -- "aiche haya krsna-visayaka 'bhava'"

TRANSLATION

Ramananda Raya inquired, "What are the characteristics of emotional love?"

Rupa Gosvami replied, "This is the nature of emotional love for Krsna:


September 16, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 148

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 148

pidabhir nava-kalakuta-katuta-garvasya nirvasano
nisyandena mudam sudha-madhurimahankara-sankocanah
prema sundari nanda-nandana-paro jagarti yasyantare
jnayante sphutam asya vakra-madhuras tenaiva vikrantayah

TRANSLATION

"'My dear beautiful friend, if one develops love of Godhead, love of Krsna, the son of Nanda Maharaja, all the bitter and sweet influences of this love will manifest in one's heart. Such love of Godhead acts in two ways. The poisonous effects of love of Godhead defeat the severe and fresh poison of the serpent. Yet there is simultaneously transcendental bliss, which pours down and defeats the poisonous effects of a snake, as well as the happiness derived from pouring nectar on one's head. It is perceived as doubly effective, simultaneously poisonous and nectarean.'"


September 9, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 142

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 142

ekasya srutam eva lumpati matim krsneti namaksaram
sandronmada-paramparam upanayaty anyasya vamsi-kalah
esa snigdha-ghana-dyutir manasi me lagnah pate viksanat
kastam dhik purusa-traye ratir abhun manye mrtih sreyasi

TRANSLATION

"[Experiencing previous attachment to Krsna (purva-raga), Srimati Radharani thought:] 'Since I have heard the name of a person called Krsna, I have practically lost My good sense. Then, there is another person who plays His flute in such a way that after I hear the vibration, intense madness arises in My heart. And again there is still another person to whom My mind becomes attached when I see His beautiful lightninglike effulgence in His picture. Therefore I think that I am greatly condemned, for I have become simultaneously attached to three persons. It would be better for Me to die because of this.'


August 12, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 140

qCaitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 140

raya kahe, -- "kaha dekhi premotpatti-karana?
purva-raga, vikara, cesta, kama-likhana?"

TRANSLATION

Then Ramananda Raya inquired from Rupa Gosvami about the causes of the loving affairs between Krsna and the gopis, such as previous attachment, transformations of love, endeavors for love, and exchanges of letters disclosing the gopis' awakening love for Krsna.


August 5, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 131

qCaitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 131

tabe rupa-gosani yadi sloka padila
suni' prabhu kahe, -- 'ei ati stuti haila'

TRANSLATION

When Rupa Gosvami thus recited his verse, Caitanya Mahaprabhu disapproved of it because it described His personal glories. He expressed the opinion that it was an exaggerated explanation.


July 29, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 126

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 126

raya kahe, -- "vidagdha-madhava ara lalita-madhava
dui natake prema-rasa adabhuta saba"

TRANSLATION

"The two plays are called Vidagdha-madhava and Lalita-madhava. Both of them wonderfully describe ecstatic emotional love of God."


July 22, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 123

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 123

raya kahe, -- "kon grantha kara hena jani?
yahara bhitare ei siddhantera khani?"

TRANSLATION

Ramananda Raya inquired, "What kind of drama are you writing? We can understand that it is a mine of conclusive statements."


July 15, 2012

Weekly Sanga | Sunday, July 15, 2012

In today's sanga, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami shares his realizations on the current section of the Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila Chapter 1 - Srila Rupa Gosvami's Second Meeting With the Lord.


July 8, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 110

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 110

bhakta-sange kaila prabhu dunhare milana
pindate vasila prabhu lana bhakta-gana

TRANSLATION

Thus Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His personal devotees met Rupa Gosvami and Haridasa Thakura. The Lord then sat down in an elevated place with His devotees.


July 1, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 111

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 111

rupa haridasa dunhe vasila pinda-tale
sabara agrahe na uthila pindara upare

TRANSLATION

Rupa Gosvami and Haridasa Thakura sat at the foot of the elevated place where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was sitting. Although everyone asked them to sit on the same level as the Lord and His associates, they did not do so.


June 24, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Texts 103-104

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Texts 103-104

ara dina mahaprabhu dekhi' jagannatha
sarvabhauma-ramananda-svarupadi-satha
sabe mili' cali aila sri-rupe milite
pathe tanra guna sabare lagila kahite

TRANSLATION

On the next day, after visiting the temple of Jagannatha as usual, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu met Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, Ramananda Raya and Svarupa Damodara. They all went together to Srila Rupa Gosvami, and on the way the Lord greatly praised his qualities.


June 17, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 100

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 100

sloka suni haridasa ha-ila ullasi
nacite lagila slokera artha prasamsi'

TRANSLATION

When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu chanted this verse, Haridasa Thakura, upon hearing the vibration, became jubilant and began to dance while praising its meaning.


June 10, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 92

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 92

svargapaga-hema-mrnalininam
nana-mrnalagra-bhujo bhajamah
annanurupam tanu-rupa-rddhim
karyam nidanad dhi gunan adhite

TRANSLATION

"'The river Ganges flowing in the heavenly planets is full of golden lotus flowers, and we, the residents of those planets, eat the stems of the flowers. Thus we are very beautiful, more so than the inhabitants of any other planet. This is due to the law of cause and effect, for if one eats food in the mode of goodness, the mode of goodness increases the beauty of his body.'"


June 3, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 91

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 91

phalena phala-karanam anumiyate

TRANSLATION

"'By seeing a result, one can understand the cause of that result.'


May 27, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 81

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 81

ratha-yatraya jagannatha darsana karila
ratha-agre prabhura nrtya-kirtana dekhila

TRANSLATION

At that time, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu went there to meet him, and when He saw the leaf pushed into the roof and saw the verse, He began to read it.


May 20, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 72

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 72

ratha-yatraya jagannatha darsana karila
ratha-agre prabhura nrtya-kirtana dekhila

TRANSLATION

During the Ratha-yatra ceremony Rupa Gosvami saw Lord Jagannatha. He also saw Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu dancing and chanting in front of the ratha.


May 13, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 62

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 62

bhakta-gana lana kaila gundica marjana
aitota asi' kaila vanya-bhojana

TRANSLATION

After Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, taking all His devotees with Him, performed the Gundica-marjana [washing and cleansing of the Gundica temple], He went to the garden known as Aitota and accepted prasadam at a picnic within the garden.


May 6, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 57

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 57

toma-dunhara krpate inhara ha-u taiche sakti
yate vivarite parena krsna-rasa-bhakti

TRANSLATION

"May Rupa Gosvami, by Your mercy, become so powerful that he will be able to describe the transcendental mellows of devotional service."


April 29, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 48

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 48

'rupa dandavat kare', -- haridasa kahila
haridase mili' prabhu rupe alingila

TRANSLATION

When the Lord arrived, Rupa Gosvami immediately offered his obeisances. Haridasa informed the Lord, "This is Rupa Gosvami offering You obeisances," and the Lord embraced him.


April 22, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 38

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 38

rupa-gosani prabhu-pase karila gamana
prabhure dekhite tanra utkanthita mana

TRANSLATION

Rupa Gosvami then departed to see Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, for he was very eager to see Him.


April 15, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 34

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 34

etha prabhu-ajnaya rupa aila vrndavana
krsna-lila-nataka karite haila mana

TRANSLATION

Meanwhile, following the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Rupa Gosvami returned to Vrndavana. He desired to write dramas concerning the pastimes of Lord Krsna.


April 8, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 25

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 25

utkanthaya cali' sabe aila nilacale
purvavat mahaprabhu milila sakale

TRANSLATION

Thus in great anxiety they all walked to Jagannatha Puri, where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu met them as usual.


April 1, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 20

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 20

eka-dina sivanande ghatiyale rakhila
kukkurake bhata dite sevaka pasarila

TRANSLATION

One day while Sivananda was detained by a tollman, his servant forgot to give the dog its cooked rice.


March 18, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 13

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 13

vrndavana haite prabhu nilacale aila
svarupa-gosani gaude varta pathaila

TRANSLATION

When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu returned to Jagannatha Puri from Vrndavana, Svarupa Damodara Gosani immediately sent news of the Lord's arrival to the devotees in Bengal.


March 11, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 9

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 9

madhya-lila sanksepete karilun varnana
antya-lila-varnana kichu suna, bhakta-gana

TRANSLATION

I have briefly described the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu known as the madhya-lila. Now I shall attempt to describe something about His last pastimes, which are known as the antya-lila.


March 4, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 2

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 2

durgame pathi me 'ndhasya
skhalat-pada-gater muhuh
sva-krpa-yasti-danena
santah santv avalambanam

TRANSLATION

My path is very difficult. I am blind, and my feet are slipping again and again. Therefore, may the saints help me by granting me the stick of their mercy as my support.


February 12, 2012

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila Chapter 1 Text 1

Caitanya-caritamrta Antya-lila
Chapter 1 Text 1

pangum langhayate sailam
mukam avartayec chrutim
yat-krpa tam aham vande
krsna-caitanyam isvaram

TRANSLATION

I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, by whose mercy even a lame man can cross over a mountain and a dumb man recite Vedic literature.