The Glories of Śrī Advaita Ācārya

The truth of Advaita Ācārya has been described in two different verses. It is said that material nature has two features, namely the material cause and the efficient cause. The efficient causal activities are caused by Mahā-Viṣṇu, and the material causal activities are caused by another form of Mahā-Viṣṇu, known as Advaita. That Advaita, the superintendent of the cosmic manifestation, has descended in the form of Advaita to associate with Lord Caitanya. When He is addressed as the servitor of Lord Caitanya, His glories are magnified because unless one is invigorated by this mentality of servitorship one cannot understand the mellows derived from devotional service to the Supreme Lord, Kṛṣṇa.

Cc. Ādi 6.1
I offer my respectful obeisances to Śrī Advaita Ācārya, whose activities are all wonderful. By His mercy, even a foolish person can describe His characteristics.
Cc. Ādi 6.2
All glories to Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. All glories to Lord Nityānanda. All glories to Advaita Ācārya. And all glories to all the devotees of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
Cc. Ādi 6.3
In five verses I have described the principle of Lord Nityānanda. Then in the following two verses I describe the glories of Śrī Advaita Ācārya.
Cc. Ādi 6.4
Lord Advaita Ācārya is the incarnation of Mahā-Viṣṇu, whose main function is to create the cosmic world through the actions of māyā.
Cc. Ādi 6.5
Because He is nondifferent from Hari, the Supreme Lord, He is called Advaita, and because He propagates the cult of devotion, He is called Ācārya. He is the Lord and the incarnation of the Lord’s devotee. Therefore I take shelter of Him.
Cc. Ādi 6.6
Śrī Advaita Ācārya is indeed directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. His glory is beyond the conception of ordinary living beings.
Cc. Ādi 6.7
Mahā-Viṣṇu performs all the functions for the creation of the universes. Śrī Advaita Ācārya is His direct incarnation.
Cc. Ādi 6.8
That puruṣa creates and maintains with His external energy. He creates innumerable universes in His pastimes.
Cc. Ādi 6.9
By His will He manifests Himself in unlimited forms, in which He enters each and every universe.
Cc. Ādi 6.10
Śrī Advaita Ācārya is a plenary part of that puruṣa and so is not different from Him. Indeed, Śrī Advaita Ācārya is not separate but is another form of that puruṣa.
Cc. Ādi 6.11
He [Advaita Ācārya] helps in the pastimes of the puruṣa, with whose material energy and by whose will He creates innumerable universes.
Cc. Ādi 6.12
Śrī Advaita Ācārya is all-auspicious to the world, for He is a reservoir of all auspicious attributes. His characteristics, activities and name are always auspicious.
Cc. Ādi 6.13
Mahā-Viṣṇu creates the entire material world, with millions of His parts, energies and incarnations.
Cc. Ādi 6.14-15
Just as the external energy consists of two parts—the efficient cause [nimitta] and the material cause [upādāna], māyā being the efficient cause and pradhāna the material cause-so Lord Viṣṇu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, assumes two forms to create the material world with the efficient and material causes.
Cc. Ādi 6.16
Lord Viṣṇu Himself is the efficient [nimitta] cause of the material world, and Nārāyaṇa in the form of Śrī Advaita is the material cause [upādāna].
Cc. Ādi 6.17
Lord Viṣṇu, in His efficient aspect, glances over the material energy, and Śrī Advaita, as the material cause, creates the material world.
Cc. Ādi 6.18
Although the Sāṅkhya philosophy accepts that the material ingredients are the cause, the creation of the world never arises from dead matter.
Cc. Ādi 6.19
The Lord infuses the material ingredients with His own creative potency. Then, by the power of the Lord, creation takes place.
Cc. Ādi 6.20
In the form of Advaita He infuses the material ingredients with creative energy. Therefore, Advaita is the original cause of creation.
Cc. Ādi 6.21
Śrī Advaita Ācārya is the creator of millions and millions of universes, and by His expansions [as Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu] He maintains each and every universe.
Cc. Ādi 6.22
Śrī Advaita is the principal limb [aṅga] of Nārāyaṇa. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam speaks of “limb” [aṅga] as “a plenary portion” [aṁśa] of the Lord.
Cc. Ādi 6.23
“O Lord of lords, You are the seer of all creation. You are indeed everyone’s dearest life. Are You not, therefore, my father, Nārāyaṇa? ‘Nārāyaṇa’ refers to one whose abode is in the water born from Nara [Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu ], and that Nārāyaṇa is Your plenary portion. All Your plenary portions are transcendental. They are absolute and are not creations of māyā.”
Cc. Ādi 6.24
This verse describes that the limbs and plenary portions of the Lord are all spiritual; they have no relationship with the material energy.
Cc. Ādi 6.25
Why has Śrī Advaita been called a limb and not a part? The reason is that “limb” implies greater intimacy.
Cc. Ādi 6.26
Śrī Advaita, who is a reservoir of virtues, is the main limb of Mahā-Viṣṇu. His full name is Advaita, for He is identical in all respects with that Lord.
Cc. Ādi 6.27
As He had formerly created all the universes, now He descended to introduce the path of bhakti.
Cc. Ādi 6.28
He delivered all living beings by offering the gift of kṛṣṇa-bhakti. He explained the Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in the light of devotional service.
Cc. Ādi 6.29
Since He has no other occupation than to teach devotional service, His name is Advaita Ācārya.
Cc. Ādi 6.30
He is the spiritual master of all devotees and is the most revered personality in the world. By a combination of these two names, His name is Advaita Ācārya.
Cc. Ādi 6.31
Since He is a limb or part of the lotus-eyed Supreme Lord, He also bears the name Kamalākṣa.
Cc. Ādi 6.32
His associates have the same bodily features as the Lord. They all have four arms and are dressed in yellow garments like Nārāyaṇa.
Cc. Ādi 6.33
Śrī Advaita Ācārya is the principal limb of the Supreme Lord. His truths, names and attributes are all wonderful.
Cc. Ādi 6.34
He worshiped Kṛṣṇa with tulasī leaves and water of the Ganges and called for Him in a loud voice. Thus Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu appeared on earth, accompanied by His personal associates.
Cc. Ādi 6.35
It is through Him [Advaita Ācārya] that Lord Caitanya spread the saṅkīrtana movement and through Him that He delivered the world.
Cc. Ādi 6.36
The glory and attributes of Advaita Ācārya are unlimited. How can the insignificant living entities fathom them?
Cc. Ādi 6.37
Śrī Advaita Ācārya is a principal limb of Lord Caitanya. Another limb of the Lord is Nityānanda Prabhu.
Cc. Ādi 6.38
The devotees headed by Śrīvāsa are His smaller limbs. They are like His hands, face and eyes and His disc and other weapons.
Cc. Ādi 6.39
With all of them Lord Caitanya performed His pastimes, and with them He spread His mission.
Cc. Ādi 6.40
Thinking “He [Śrī Advaita Ācārya] is a disciple of Śrī Mādhavendra Purī,” Lord Caitanya obeys Him, respecting Him as His spiritual master.
Cc. Ādi 6.41
To maintain the proper etiquette for the principles of religion, Lord Caitanya bows down at the lotus feet of Śrī Advaita Ācārya with reverential prayers and devotion.
Cc. Ādi 6.42
Śrī Advaita Ācārya, however, considers Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu His master, and He thinks of Himself as a servant of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
Cc. Ādi 6.43
He forgets Himself in the joy of that conception and teaches all living entities, “You are servants of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.”
Cc. Ādi 6.44
The conception of servitude to Śrī Kṛṣṇa generates such an ocean of joy in the soul that even the joy of oneness with the Absolute, if multiplied ten million times, could not compare to a drop of it.
Cc. Ādi 6.45
He says, “Nityānanda and I are servants of Lord Caitanya.” Nowhere else is there such joy as that which is tasted in this emotion of servitude.
Cc. Ādi 6.46
The most beloved goddess of fortune resides on the chest of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, yet she too, earnestly praying, begs for the joy of service at His feet.
Cc. Ādi 6.47
All the associates of Lord Kṛṣṇa, such as Brahmā, Śiva, Nārada, Śuka and Sanātana, are very much pleased in the sentiment of servitude.
Cc. Ādi 6.48
Śrī Nityānanda, the wandering mendicant, is the foremost of all the associates of Lord Caitanya. He became mad in the ecstasy of service to Lord Caitanya.
Cc. Ādi 6.49-50
Śrīvāsa, Haridāsa, Rāmadāsa, Gadādhara, Murāri, Mukunda, Candraśekhara and Vakreśvara are all glorious and are all learned scholars, but the sentiment of servitude to Lord Caitanya makes them mad in ecstasy.
Cc. Ādi 6.51
Thus they dance, sing and laugh like madmen, and they instruct everyone, “Just be loving servants of Lord Caitanya.”
Cc. Ādi 6.52
Śrī Advaita Ācārya thinks, “Lord Caitanya considers Me His spiritual master, yet I feel Myself to be only His servant.”
Cc. Ādi 6.53
Love for Kṛṣṇa has this one unique effect: it imbues superiors, equals and inferiors with the spirit of service to Lord Kṛṣṇa.
Cc. Ādi 6.54
For evidence, please listen to the examples described in the revealed scriptures, which are also corroborated by the realization of great souls.
Cc. Ādi 6.55-56
Although no one is a more respected elder for Kṛṣṇa than Nanda Mahārāja in Vraja, who in transcendental paternal love has no knowledge that his son is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, still ecstatic love makes him, what to speak of others, feel himself to be a servant of Lord Kṛṣṇa.
Cc. Ādi 6.57
He too prays for attachment and devotion to the lotus feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa, as the words from his own mouth give evidence.
Cc. Ādi 6.58-59
“My dear Uddhava, please hear me. In truth Kṛṣṇa is my son, but even if you think that He is God, I would still bear toward Him my own feelings for my son. May my mind be attached to your Lord Kṛṣṇa.
Cc. Ādi 6.60
“May our minds be attached to the lotus feet of your Lord Kṛṣṇa, may our tongues chant His holy names, and may our bodies lie prostrate before Him.
Cc. Ādi 6.61
“Wherever we wander in the material universe under the influence of karma by the will of the Lord, may our auspicious activities cause our attraction to Lord Kṛṣṇa to increase.”
Cc. Ādi 6.62
Lord Kṛṣṇa’s friends in Vṛndāvana, headed by Śrīdāmā, have pure fraternal affection for Lord Kṛṣṇa and have no idea of His opulences.
Cc. Ādi 6.63
Although they fight with Him and climb upon His shoulders, they worship His lotus feet in a spirit of servitude.
Cc. Ādi 6.64
“Some of the friends of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, massaged His feet, and others whose sinful reactions had been destroyed fanned Him with hand-held fans.”
Cc. Ādi 6.65-66
Even the beloved girlfriends of Lord Kṛṣṇa in Vṛndāvana, the gopīs, the dust of whose feet was desired by Śrī Uddhava and beyond whom no one is more dear to Kṛṣṇa, regard themselves as Kṛṣṇa’s maidservants.
Cc. Ādi 6.67
“O Lord, remover of the afflictions of the inhabitants of Vṛndāvana! O hero of all women! O Lord who destroy the pride of Your devotees by Your sweet, gentle smile! O friend! We are Your maidservants. Please fulfill our desires and show us Your attractive lotus face.”
Cc. Ādi 6.68
“O Uddhava! It is indeed regrettable that Kṛṣṇa resides in Mathurā. Does He remember His father’s household affairs and His friends, the cowherd boys? O great soul! Does He ever talk about us, His maidservants? When will He lay on our heads His aguru-scented hand?”
Cc. Ādi 6.69-70
What to speak of the other gopīs, even Śrī Rādhikā, who in every respect is the most elevated of them all and who has bound Śrī Kṛṣṇa forever by Her loving attributes, serves His feet as His maidservant.
Cc. Ādi 6.71
“O My Lord, O My husband, O most dearly beloved! O mighty-armed Lord! Where are You? Where are You? O My friend, reveal Yourself to Your maidservant, who is very much aggrieved by Your absence.”
Cc. Ādi 6.72
In Dvārakā-dhāma, all the queens, headed by Rukmiṇī, also consider themselves maidservants of Lord Kṛṣṇa.
Cc. Ādi 6.73
“When Jarāsandha and other kings, bows and arrows upraised, stood ready to deliver me in charity to Śiśupāla, He forcibly took me from their midst, as a lion takes its share of goats and sheep. The dust of His lotus feet is therefore the crown of unconquerable soldiers. May those lotus feet, which are the shelter of the goddess of fortune, be the object of my worship.”
Cc. Ādi 6.74
“Knowing me to be performing austerities with the desire to touch His feet, He came with His friend Arjuna and accepted my hand. Yet I am but a maidservant engaged in sweeping the floor of the house of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.”
Cc. Ādi 6.75
“Through austerity and through renunciation of all attachments, we have become maidservants in the home of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is satisfied in Himself.”
Cc. Ādi 6.76
What to speak of others, even Lord Baladeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is full of emotions like pure friendship and paternal love.
Cc. Ādi 6.77
He also considers Himself a servant of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Indeed, who is there who does not have this conception of being a servant of Lord Kṛṣṇa?
Cc. Ādi 6.78
He who is Śeṣa, Saṅkarṣaṇa, with His thousands of mouths, serves Śrī Kṛṣṇa by assuming ten forms.
Cc. Ādi 6.79
Rudra, who is an expansion of Sadāśiva and who appears in unlimited universes, is also a guṇāvatāra [qualitative incarnation] and is the ornament of all the demigods in the endless universes.
Cc. Ādi 6.80
He also desires only to be a servant of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Śrī Sadāśiva always says, “I am a servant of Lord Kṛṣṇa.”
Cc. Ādi 6.81
Intoxicated by ecstatic love for Lord Kṛṣṇa, he becomes overwhelmed and incessantly dances without clothing and sings about Lord Kṛṣṇa’s qualities and pastimes.
Cc. Ādi 6.82
All the emotions, whether those of father, mother, teacher or friend, are full of sentiments of servitude. That is the nature of love of Kṛṣṇa.
Cc. Ādi 6.83
Lord Kṛṣṇa, the one master and the Lord of the universe, is worthy of being served by everyone. Indeed, everyone is but a servant of His servants.
Cc. Ādi 6.84
That same Lord Kṛṣṇa has descended as Lord Caitanya, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Everyone, therefore, is His servant.
Cc. Ādi 6.85
Some accept Him whereas others do not, yet everyone is His servant. One who does not accept Him, however, will be ruined by his sinful activities.
Cc. Ādi 6.86
“I am a servant of Lord Caitanya, a servant of Lord Caitanya. I am a servant of Lord Caitanya, and a servant of His servants.”
Cc. Ādi 6.87
Saying this, Advaita Prabhu dances and loudly sings. Then at the next moment He quietly sits down.
Cc. Ādi 6.88
The source of the sentiment of servitude is indeed Lord Balarāma. The plenary expansions who follow Him are all influenced by that ecstasy.
Cc. Ādi 6.89
Lord Saṅkarṣaṇa, who is one of His incarnations, always considers Himself a devotee.
Cc. Ādi 6.90
Another of His incarnations, Lakṣmaṇa, who is very beautiful and opulent, always serves Lord Rāma.
Cc. Ādi 6.91
The Viṣṇu who lies on the Causal Ocean is an incarnation of Lord Saṅkarṣaṇa, and, accordingly, the emotion of being a devotee is always present in His heart.
Cc. Ādi 6.92
Advaita Ācārya is a separate expansion of Him. He always engages in devotional service with His thoughts, words and actions.
Cc. Ādi 6.93
By His words He declares, “I am a servant of Lord Caitanya.” Thus with His mind He always thinks, “I am His devotee.”
Cc. Ādi 6.94
With His body He worshiped the Lord by offering Ganges water and tulasī leaves, and by preaching devotional service He delivered the entire universe.
Cc. Ādi 6.95
Śeṣa Saṅkarṣaṇa, who holds all the planets on His head, expands Himself in different bodies to render service to Lord Kṛṣṇa.
Cc. Ādi 6.96
These are all incarnations of Lord Kṛṣṇa, yet we always find that they act as devotees.
Cc. Ādi 6.97
The scriptures call them incarnations as devotees [bhakta-avatāra]. The position of being such an incarnation is above all others.
Cc. Ādi 6.98
Lord Kṛṣṇa is the source of all incarnations, and all others are His parts or partial incarnations. We find that the whole and the part behave as superior and inferior.
Cc. Ādi 6.99
The source of all incarnations has the emotions of a superior when He considers Himself the master, and He has the emotions of an inferior when He considers Himself a devotee.
Cc. Ādi 6.100
The position of being a devotee is higher than that of equality with Lord Kṛṣṇa, for the devotees are dearer to Lord Kṛṣṇa than His own self.
Cc. Ādi 6.101
Lord Kṛṣṇa considers His devotees greater than Himself. In this connection the scriptures provide an abundance of evidence.
Cc. Ādi 6.102
“O Uddhava! Neither Brahmā, nor Śaṅkara, nor Saṅkarṣaṇa, nor Lakṣmī, nor even My own self is as dear to Me as you.”
Cc. Ādi 6.103
The sweetness of Lord Kṛṣṇa is not to be tasted by those who consider themselves equal to Kṛṣṇa. It is to be tasted only through the sentiment of servitude.
Cc. Ādi 6.104
This conclusion of the revealed scriptures is also the realization of experienced devotees. Fools and rascals, however, cannot understand the opulences of devotional emotions.
Cc. Ādi 6.105-106
Baladeva, Lakṣmaṇa, Advaita Ācārya, Lord Nityānanda, Lord Śeṣa and Lord Saṅkarṣaṇa taste the nectarean mellows of the transcendental bliss of Lord Kṛṣṇa by recognizing Themselves as being His devotees and servants. They are all mad with that happiness, and they know nothing else.
Cc. Ādi 6.107
What to speak of others, even Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself becomes thirsty to taste His own sweetness.
Cc. Ādi 6.108
He tries to taste His own sweetness, but He cannot do so without accepting the emotions of a devotee.
Cc. Ādi 6.109
Therefore Lord Kṛṣṇa accepted the position of a devotee and descended in the form of Lord Caitanya, who is complete in every respect.
Cc. Ādi 6.110
He tastes His own sweetness through the various emotions of a devotee. I have formerly explained this conclusion.
Cc. Ādi 6.111
All the incarnations are entitled to the emotions of devotees. There is no higher bliss than this.
Cc. Ādi 6.112
The original bhakta-avatāra is Saṅkarṣaṇa. Śrī Advaita is counted among such incarnations.
Cc. Ādi 6.113
The glories of Śrī Advaita Ācārya are boundless, for His sincere vibrations brought about Lord Caitanya’s descent upon this earth.
Cc. Ādi 6.114
He liberated the universe by preaching saṅkīrtana. Thus the people of the world received the treasure of love of Godhead through the mercy of Śrī Advaita.
Cc. Ādi 6.115
Who can describe the unlimited glories of Advaita Ācārya? I write here as much as I have known from great authorities.
Cc. Ādi 6.116
I offer my obeisances ten million times to the lotus feet of Śrī Advaita Ācārya. Please do not take offense at this.
Cc. Ādi 6.117
Your glories are as fathomless as millions of oceans and seas. Speaking of its measure is a great offense indeed.
Cc. Ādi 6.118
All glories, all glories to Śrī Advaita Ācārya! All glories to Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu and the superior Lord Nityānanda!
Cc. Ādi 6.119
Thus in two verses I have described the truth concerning Advaita Ācārya. Now, O devotees, please hear about the five truths [pañca-tattva].
Cc. Ādi 6.120
Praying at the lotus feet of Śrī Rūpa and Śrī Raghunātha, always desiring their mercy, I, Kṛṣṇadāsa, narrate Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, following in their footsteps.
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