Advaita Acarya and the Unique Compassion of Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Descending at Advaita’s request and fulfilling the role of yuga-avatara, Sri Caitanya is naturally full of compassion for the world’s inhabitants and their perpetual suffering in cycles of birth and death. But this aspect of Mahaprabhu is only one side of his descent, constituting his external reason for incarnating. While secondary, this role as yuga-avatar is unique, as it is no doubt informed by his internal reason for incarnating, to taste the highest form of divine love—ujjvala-rasa—that is the domain of Sri Radha. Here we find a theistic ladder of love on which compassion for worldly suffering lies at the bottom rung and the prema of Radha is the final step into a love that is unlimited and ever-expanding.

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Mahaprabhu in Srivasangam and Gambhira

In the Gambhira we see the aisvarya of extreme ecstasy that keeps devotees at some distance from Mahaprabhu, but in Srivasangam there is intimacy. At times he did show aisvarya there as well but it is not the norm as it is in the Gambhira. So we want to join him in Srivasangam, but the way to do that passes through the Gambhira. Gambhira lila is also Mahaprabhu’s sannyasa lila. Renunciation is aisvarya.

In Nadiya he is attached to his friends, but this apparent external consciousness is actually more internal. Puri is more overtly spiritual just as Krsna is in the Gita, but Nadiya is higher, more intimate, and apparently less spiritual just like Krsna-lila in Vrindavana.