Like the monsoon cloud, He is full of hope and happiness. And like the monsoon rain, He distributes ‘happiness’ freely to all without bothering about friends and foes because He is everyone’s friend. He had come to this world for an important rescue operation. The mission was to cure the diseased souls of material impurities and take them back to their original home, the spiritual world. Lord Chaitanya, an epitome of love, best remembered as most benevolent incarnation of God, appeared in Mayapur, India around 500 years ago.
Since Lord Chaitanya hid his identity so most people are not aware that He is actually the Supreme God. However if we turn the pages of Vedic literatures then we would be pleasantly surprised that it contains plethora of information which proves beyond doubt that Lord Chaitanya was in fact the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
- In the Adi-Purana and in the Narada Purana, the Supreme Lord says: I shall advent in the form of a Brahmana devotee and I shall hide my factual identity. I shall deliver all the worlds.
- In the Padma-Purana it is mentioned: The Supreme Personality, Janardana, who is the object of the yogis’ meditation, who saves the devotees from various sufferings, and who is the master of all yogic practices, who is always full of divine transcendental ecstasy and bliss, will advent in His own divine form of Sri Chaitanya.
- In the Garuda Purana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself states: I will take birth as the son of Sachi, in Navadvip – Mayapur. I will come in my complete spiritual form in the first part of Kali- Yuga.
Many religious traditions of the world in order to attract people advertise that by following their path people’s material desires will materialize which will pave way for a happy and fulfilling life. Being the Supreme Lord, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu never misguided the populace and never gave any false hope to the seekers.
He candidly explained that no one can achieve any peace and bliss in this world because this is a place of suffering – dukhalayam asaswatam (Gita 8.15) – and no amount of material aggrandizement can reduce our miseries. The only way to get rid of all troubles and attain unlimited happiness is when we endeavour to re-establish our relationship with Lord Krishna and return back to the spiritual world. In Siksastakam, which is the only literary work left by Lord Chaitanya, He describes the essence of all spiritual knowledge and the way to achieve pure love of God. If we abide by the instructions of Lord Chaitanya and sincerely chant the holy names of Krishna then we will soon develop spiritual wings to fly back blissfully to our spiritual homes.
In Navadvipa Dham Mahatmaya, Bhaktivinod Thakura, a great Vaisnava saint, extols Lord Chaitanya, “Because people in Kali-yuga commit unlimited offenses, which are difficult to check, there can be no means of deliverance other than Gauranga’s name. Therefore, in Kali-yuga, I see no alternative to Sri Gauranga.”
Lord Chaitanya came for us because He was very concerned about us. Let us eschew all our material desires and use our body, mind and words in serving, remembering and glorifying Him.