sri-advaita-acharya

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.

Śrī Advaita Ācārya is indeed directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. His glories are as fathomless as millions of oceans and seas and beyond the conception of ordinary living beings. Speaking of its measure is a great offense.

Who appeared as Advaita Ācārya?

Lord Mahā-Viṣṇu, in His efficient aspect, glances over the material energy, and Śrī Advaita, as the material cause, creates the material world. In the form of Advaita, the Lord infuses the material ingredients with creative energy. Therefore, Śrī Advaita is the original cause of creation as well as creator of millions and millions of universes. By His expansions, such as Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, Śrī Advaita maintains each and every universe.

That Advaita, the superintendent of the cosmic manifestation, has descended as Advaita Ācārya to associate with Lord Caitanya and to propagate the path of bhakti.

As He is non-different from Hari, the Supreme Lord, He is called Advaita, and because He propagates the cult of devotion, He is called Ācārya. Śrī Advaita Ācārya is a direct incarnation of Mahā-Viṣṇu and appeared as a devotee. He is called bhakta-avatāra. Bhakta-avatāra means, He is the Lord as well as the incarnation as the Lord’s devotee.

By explaining Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in the light of devotional service and by propagating Harināma saṅkīrtana, He offered the highest gift to all living beings, which is Kṛṣṇa-bhakti. Therefore, when He is addressed as the servitor of Lord Caitanya, His glories are magnified.

Why the Supreme Lord appears in the mood of a servitor?

Unless one is invigorated by this mentality of servitor-ship one cannot understand the mellows derived from devotional service to the Supreme Lord, Kṛṣṇa. 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.

The source of the sentiment of servitude is indeed Lord Balarāma. The plenary expansions who follow Him are all influenced by that ecstasy. The source of all incarnations has the emotions of a superior when He considers Himself the master, and has the emotions of an inferior when He considers Himself as a devotee.

The supreme whole is Kṛṣṇa, and Baladeva and all Viṣṇu incarnations are His fractions. Lord Kṛṣṇa is therefore conscious of His superior position, and all Viṣṇu incarnations are conscious of Their positions as devotees.

The Mahā-Viṣṇu who lies on the Causal Ocean is an incarnation of Lord Saṅkarṣaṇa (who is a bhakta-avatāra) therefore the emotion of being a devotee is always present in His heart. Śrī Advaita Ācārya is the incarnation of that Mahā-Viṣṇu.

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. 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.

What to speak of others, even Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself becomes thirsty to taste His own sweetness but He cannot do so without accepting the emotions of a devotee. Therefore, He Himself appears as Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Nowhere else is there such joy as that which is tasted in this emotion of servitude to Lord Kṛṣṇa.

As far as the living entity is considered, the conception of servitude towards 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.

All the associates of Lord Kṛṣṇa, such as Brahmā, Śiva, Nārada, Śuka and Sanātana Kumāra etc., are very pleased in that sentiment of servitude. Advaita Ācārya is especially intended to teach the conditioned souls about this conception in devotional service. Śrī Advaita Ācārya in the joy of that conception teaches all living entities, “You are servants of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.” Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu with His associates like Śrī Advaita Ācārya flooded the ocean of love (Kṛṣṇa-Prema) with this conception of servitude towards Lord Kṛṣṇa.

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