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Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

Margaret H. Case

in Seeing Krishna

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780195130102
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848713 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130102.003.0004
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

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At the core of Mahārāj jī's belief and practice is the figure of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. The founder of the Caitanyaite Vaisnava sect was a saint, teacher, and deity. In the understanding of his devotees, Caitanya united himself in three aspects: ecstatic devotee of Krishna, inspired teacher of the love of Krishna, and Krishna himself in inseparable union with Rādhā. The documented historical life of the saint Caitanya reaffirms for his devotees the historical life of Krishna, the cowherd boy in Vraja. However, the truth lies in the relationship with the divine that devotees experience—ānanda, bliss, which completes being and consciousness as constituting the basic nature of both man and God. Caitanya renounced the world but nevertheless organized and directed a renewal of Vaisnava faith during the years of Muslim ascendancy in north India.

Keywords: Caitanya; Rādhā; ānanda; Rādhāramana; Caitanyaite Vaisnava

Chapter.  3834 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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