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The Confidential Reasons for Lord Caitanya' s Appearance 

Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta Adi Lila 4.34 


Incarnations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead appear in all
the species of life, although this is inconceivable to the human
brain. The Lord's pastimes are differentiated according to the
appreciating capacity of the different types of bodies of the living
entities. The Supreme Lord bestows the most merciful benediction upon
human society when He appears in His human form. It is then that
humanity gets the opportunity to engage in different kinds of eternal
service to the Lord.

The Pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in
   By the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda Prabhu arranged
for Vyasa-puja of the Lord on the night of the full moon. He arranged
for the Vyasa-puja, or guru-puja, through the agency of Vyasadeva.
Since Vyasadeva is the original guru (spiritual master) of all who
follow the Vedic principles, worship of the spiritual master is called
Vyasa-puja. Nityananda Prabhu arranged for the Vyasa-puja, and
sankirtana was going on, but when He tried to put a garland on the
shoulder of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He saw Himself in Lord Caitanya.
There is no difference between the spiritual positions of Lord
Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu, or Krsna and Balarama. All
of Them are but different manifestations of the Supreme Personality of
Godhead. During this special ceremony, all the devotees of Lord
Caitanya Mahaprabhu could understand that there is no difference
between Lord Caitanya and Nityananda Prabhu.

Talks Between Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Ramananda Raya......

   Lord Sri Krsna is the reservoir of all pleasure, and Srimati
Radharani is the personification of ecstatic love of Godhead. These
two forms has combined as one in Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This being
the case, Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu revealed His real form to
Ramananda Raya.
   Upon seeing this form, Ramananda Raya lost consciousness in
transcendental bliss. Unable to remain standing, he fell to the
   When Ramananda Raya fell to the ground unconscious, Caitanya
Mahaprabhu touched his hand, and he immediately regained
consciousness. But when he saw Lord Caitanya in the dress of a
sannyasi, he was struck with wonder.
   After embracing Ramananda Raya, the Lord pacified him, informing
him, "But for you, no one has ever seen this form."
   Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu confirmed, "All the truths about My
pastimes and mellows are within your knowledge. Therefore I have shown
this form to you.
   "Actually My body does not have a golden complexion. It only
appears so because it has touched the body of Srimati Radharani.
However, She does not touch anyone but the son of Nanda Maharaja.
   "I have now converted My body and mind into the ecstasy of Srimati
Radharani; thus I am tasting My own personal sweetness in that form."
   Gaurasundara here informed Sri Ramananda Raya, "My dear Ramananda
Raya, you were actually seeing a separate person with a
golden-complexioned body. Actually I am not golden
. Being Sri Krsna,
the son of Nanda Maharaja, I am blackish, but when I come in touch
with Srimati Radharani I become golden-complexioned eternally
. Srimati
Radharani does not touch the body of anyone but Krsna. I taste My own
transcendental features by accepting the complexion of Srimati
Radharani. Without Radharani, one cannot taste the transcendental
pleasure of Krsna's conjugal love." In this regard, Srila
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura comments on the
prakrta-sahajiya-sampradaya, which considers Krsna and Lord Caitanya
to possess different bodies. They misinterpret the words gaura anga
nahe mora in Text 287. From that verse and the present verse we can
understand that Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is nondifferent from Krsna.
Both are the same Supreme Personality of Godhead
. In the form of
Krsna, the Lord enjoys spiritual bliss and remains the shelter of all
devotees, visaya-vigraha. And in His Gauranga feature Krsna tastes
separation from Krsna in the ecstasy of Srimati Radharani
. This
ecstatic form is Sri Krsna Caitanya. Sri Krsna is always the
transcendental reservoir of all pleasure, and He is technically called
dhira-lalita. Srimati Radharani is the embodiment of spiritual energy,
personified as ecstatic love for Krsna; therefore only Krsna can touch
Her. The dhira-lalita aspect is not seen in any other form of the
Lord, including Visnu nor in Narayana. Srimati Radharani is therefore
known as Govinda-nandini and Govinda-mohini, for She is the only
source of transcendental pleasure for Sri Krsna and the only person
who can enchant His mind.

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