Sri Caitanya Bhagavat of Vrindavan Das Thakura
Sri Caitanya Bhagavat is the description of the life and pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Lord Krishna appeared little bit over five hundred years ago in the form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Srimati Radharani is the greatest devotee of Lord Krishna. The word Radha comes from the Sanskrit word, "aradhana", which means one who worships the most. The most worshiper of Lord Krishna is His own pleasure potency, known as Srimati Radharani. Its only in her company that Krishna derives utmost bliss. No one in the entire creation gives much pleasure to Krishna other than Srimati Radharani. However Krishna became greedy to understand the love of Radharani towards Him, and what kinds of happiness she gets in her love towards Krishna. So in order to understand these, Lord Krishna descended in this age of Kali as His own devotee in the form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This special form of the Lord combines the complexion and mood of Srimati Radharani. The proper method of worshiping Krishna is very difficult to understand.
The Lord, out of His causeless mercy descended to teach this love of God. Lord Krishna discarded His natural role of the relisher and enjoyer of the love of His devotees, but came instead as the teacher, to teach humanity how to love God. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, therefore appeared more than five hundred years, in Nadia district, West Bengal, eastern India. He inaugurated the sankirtan movement, or the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. He preached the simple method of worshipping God in this age, and that method is chanting God's names. Through this method, all perfections of life can be attained. The great mercy bestowed on humanity in this age by the Lord Himself through His incarnation as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is vividly described in this book. Sri Caitanya Bhagavat is the first authorised account on the life of Sri Caitanya. One will surely understand the grace of the Lord by simple reading of this book. Because of the sweet nature of this book, the reader will never get tired despite repeated readings.
This Bengali magna-opus has now being rendered into English by Sarvabhavana Dasa.
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