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Chapter Nine – Yukta Vairagya | Sri Prema Vivarta

There are two types of renunciations – fake and appropriate.

One day Srila Sanatana Goswami enquired, ‘O Lord! Please describe Yukta Vairagya to me. The mayavadis (impersonalists) insist that if a sannyasi (renounced) knows anything material to be comparable to a crow’s stool, then such a sannyasi is the best amongst men.
I wish to learn the duties of a vaishnava. Mercifully instruct me O Lord. I shall hold Your instructions upon my head’.
The Lord replied,’ There are two kinds of renunciations – Phalgu (false) and Yukta (proper). I have taught the difference between these two several times’.

Phalgu Vairagya – False renunciation

‘Within the hearts of those fruitive workers (karmis) and dry speculators (jnanis) who resort to apathy towards material life, arise the wickedness of false renunciation (phalgu vairagya).
Considering material life to be insignificant, they start acting against the laws of nature.
Service to Krishna and service unto the sages are relishable to the soul. By simply acting against material nature, they end up completely disheartened.
The heart of such a Phalgu Vairagi (false renunciant) is always dry and devoid of any mellows. It is unfit for the Lord’s holy name, form, qualities or pastimes to reside’.

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Chapter Eight – Give up Deceit | Sri Prema Vivarta

Worshipping Lord Gauranga with a sincere and a pure heart

Worship Gauranga ! Worship Gauranga ! Worship Gauranga ! O brother, Lord Gauranga is the original spiritual master of this entire creation.
If you want to worship Lord Gauranga, you need to possess a simple and a sincere heart.Giving up deceit and the tendency to criticize others, worship the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga.
Gauranga knows your innermost thoughts. So how can you possibly cheat Him ?
When your heart becomes pure and sincere, you shall come to understand His teachings.
In the process of satisfying the heart of others, you will only end up cheating yourself.
Lord Gauranga knows your thoughts. How can you hide your heart from Him ?
Lord Gauranga says, ‘Behave like Me and develop a character like Me. Follow my instructions, if you want the best for yourself’.

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Chapter Seven – The Holy Name is for Everyone | Sri Prema Vivarta

The holy name of the Lord does not manifest itself in bad association

In bad association, the holy name of Krishna never appears. The letters of the name might be uttered but the real name never manifests itself.

Sometimes a semblance of the pure holy name appears. One constantly commits offenses unto the holy name in such a bad association. O brother ! Please understand that all of these are obstacles on the path of devotional service to Krishna.

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Chapter Five – Transformations of Ecstasy in executing devotional service | Sri Prema Vivarta

The pangs of transformations of love ceaselessly dance like waves upon my mind. Everyday I get into some quarrel with Lord Gauranga.Thus I have come to be known as ‘Kundale Jagai’ (Quarrelsome Jagai).
I went to see Vrindavana and while staying at Sanatana’s place, I quarrelled with him. When he calmly came before me, wearing a (mayavada) sannyasi’s red cloth upon his head, i felt like beating him with a rice pot.

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Chapter Four – Lord Gauranga’s Greatness | Sri Prema Vivarta

Lord Gauranga’s dancing is eternal

O brother ! Please worship Lord Gauranga, who is my very life. Without Him, the pleasures of life are all meaningless.
Lord Gauranga eternally dances with Nityananda and Advaita Acharya, at Sacidevi’s courtyard in Mayapur, which is located within Navadvipa Mandala.
Being filled with the most sublime ecstatic mood, He dances at the courtyard of Srivasa Pandita. Anyone who sees this wonderful sight, never forgets it.
His dance remains eternally imprinted in my heart, memories of which make my heart cry.
When I see Him dancing in the temple of Lord Jagannatha (in Puri), endless waves of ecstatic emotions arise within my heart.
Will this wretched self ever witness the wondrous dancing sankirtana of Lord Gauranga upon the shore of the Ganges again?

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Chapter Three – First Obeisance | Sri Prema Vivarta

I offer my repeated obeisances unto the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani, whose partial expansion Srimati Satyabhama eternally resides in Dvaraka.
The son of Nanda Maharaja (Krishna) has now appeared as Sri Krishna Chaitanya. Bringing Gadadhara with Him, He has blessed the land of Nadia.
He brought Gadadhara Pandita along with Him at Jagannatha Puri and over there they, Gadai-Gauranga, manifested various confidential pastimes. Sri Gauranga introduced Gadadhara to the service of Sri Tota-Gopinatha.
Lord Gauranga gave me (Gadadhara) the service of Giridhari, who dwells on the shores of the ocean. He also asked me to take care of the devotees who had arrived from Bengal.
Sri Svarupa Damodara is more precious to me than my very life. Sri Krishna Chaitanya is Svarupa Damodara’s life and soul.
I offer my prostrated obeisances unto the feet of my beloved Gauranga. I write this book ‘Prema Vivarta’ having received the order from the devotees.

Chapter Two – About this book | Sri Prema Vivarta

The form and qualities of Sri Chaitanya always pervade my thoughts. Thus my heart cries and my body constantly swells.
As I kept crying, a thought arose in my heart. Taking up a pen I have started writing, keeping aside my shame and fear.
I am a ‘Pandita’ (learned one) only in name, possessing no substantial knowledge. Yet I have a strong desire to write the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya.

Svarupa Damodara Goswami and Jagadananda Pandita

Svarupa Damodara Goswami asked me,’ What are you writing Pandita ?’

I said, ‘I am writing about subjects that are very close to my heart. I shall very confidentially record whatever pastimes of Lord Chaitanya I can recollect’.
Svarupa Damodara then said,’Then write about the characteristics and pastimes of the Lord, which on being read, can benefit the world greatly’.
I replied ’I do not know what can benefit the world. I write whatever appeals to me’.
Svarupa Damodara left me alone knowing me to be eccentric. Sitting by myself, I write, meditating upon the Lord.
Staying with Lord Gauranga, I have been a witness to a lot of His pastimes. Therefore I am writing down some of them to please my heart.

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Chapter One – Invocation of Auspiciousness | Sri Prema Vivarta

radha krishna-pranaya-vikritir hladini shaktir asmad
ekatmanav api bhuvi pura deha-bhedam gatau tau
Chaitanyakhyam prakatam adhuna tad-dvayam caikyam aptam
radha-bhava-dyuti-suvalitam naumi krishna-svarupam
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Adi-lila,1.5)

The loving affairs of Sri Radha and Krishna are the manifestations of the Lord’s internal pleasure potency (hladini shakti). Though they are one by nature, yet they eternally exist as two (Radha and Krishna). Now, these two transcendental identities have again combined into one form as Sri Krishna Chaitanya. I bow down to Him (Lord Chaitanya), who is Krishna Himself, adorned with the mood and complexion of Srimati Radharani.

‘Sri Radha Krishna Tattva’ – The Transcendental truths about Sri Radha and Krishna

I offer my prostrated obeisances again and again unto the indivisible non-dual absolute who is the essence of all truths.That same absolute truth sometimes manifests as two – in the form of Sri Radha and Krishna. While sometimes He manifests Himself as one, as Sri Chaitanya, the supreme being.The Supreme Truth is eternally one without a second, and there is no difference between the Absolute truth and His various energies.Though there is no difference between the Supreme Lord and His energies, yet at the same time, there eternally exists a difference between them. All of the Vedas hence glorify this inconceivable oneness and difference between the Lord and His energies.

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