Adi Lila Chapter 8


Srimati Radharini


ei saba nā māne yebā kare kṛṣṇa-bhakti

kṛṣṇa-kṛpā nāhi tāre, nāhi tāra gati


ei—these; saba—all; nā māne—does not accept; yebā—anyone who; kare—executes; kṛṣṇa-bhakti—devotional service; kṛṣṇa-kṛpā—mercy of Kṛṣṇa; nāhi—is not; tāre—unto him; nāhi—there is not; tāra—his; gati—advancement.


One who does not accept the glories of the Pañca-tattva but still makes a show of devotional service to Kṛṣṇa can never achieve the mercy of Kṛṣṇa or advance to the ultimate goal.


If one is seriously interested in Kṛṣṇa conscious activities, he must be ready to follow the rules and regulations laid down by the ācāryas, and he must understand their conclusions. The śāstra says: dharmasya tattvaṁ nihitaṁ guhāyāṁ mahā-jano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ (Mahābhārata, Vana-parva 313.117). It is very difficult to understand the secret of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, but one who advances by the instruction of the previous ācāryas and follows in the footsteps of his predecessors in the line of disciplic succession will have success. Others will not. Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says in this connection, chāḍiyā vaiṣṇava-sevā nistāra pāyeche kebā: “Unless one serves the spiritual master and ācāryas, one cannot be liberated.” Elsewhere he says:

ei chaya gosāñi yāra–mui tāra dāsa
tāṅ’ sabāra pada-reṇu mora pañca-grāsa

“I simply accept a person who follows in the footsteps of the six Gosvāmīs, and the dust of such a person’s lotus feet is my food.”



pūrve yaiche jarāsandha-ādi rāja-gaṇa

veda-dharma kari’ kare viṣṇura pūjana


pūrve—formerly; yaiche—as it was; jarāsandha—King Jarāsandha; ādi—heading; rāja-gaṇa—kings; veda-dharma—performance of Vedic rituals; kari’-doing; kare—does; viṣṇura—of Lord Viṣṇu; pūjana—worship.


Formerly kings like Jarāsandha [the father-in-law of Kaṁsa] strictly followed the Vedic rituals, thus worshiping Lord Viṣṇu.


In these verses the author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, is very seriously stressing the importance of worship of the Pañca-tattva. If one becomes a devotee of Gaurasundara or Kṛṣṇa but does not give importance to the Pañca-tattva (śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya prabhu-nityānanda śrī-advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaura-bhakta-vṛnda), his activities are considered to be offenses, or, in the words of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, utpāta (disturbances). One must therefore be ready to offer due respects to the Pañca-tattva before becoming a devotee of Lord Gaurasundara or of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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