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Atheistic Scholarship

Then, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu revealed Himself. He said, “Sarvabhauma, what you explain is on the basis of Sankara’s philosophy, but I heard that it was by the order of the Lord that Sankaracarya concealed the real purpose of Vedanta. Its author, Vyasadeva, is a completely theistic person, and he has prepared this Vedanta, but what you say is all based on atheistic scholarship.” Sarvabhauma was a very intelligent man. He realized, “In a very gentle way, he wants to tell me that what I am explaining is all bogus. I am laboring diligently to explain Vedanta to my utmost capacity for the last seven days, and now He shows His true colors and says that what I am explaining is all false. What is he saying?” Still, in a gentlemanly way, Sarvabhauma with some hesitation asked Sriman Mahaprabhu, “You say that what I have been explaining for the last seven days is all unsubstantial and unreal. Then can You give the proper meaning? If this is all improper and false, then what is the real meaning of Vedanta? Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu humbly replied, “If you order Me to explain Vedanta, I will try. The sutras or codes of Vedanta are lustrous in themselves. They are self-evident. The proper reading of the sutras leads towards Parabrahman, Krsna.” Caitanya Mahaprabhu began with this introduction. He said that Srimad-Bhagavatam is the real explanation and commentary on Vedanta. It is mentioned in the Garuda Purana:

artho ‘yam brahma sutranam
bharatartha-vinirnayah
gayatri bhasya rupo ‘sau
vedarthah paribrimhitah

 

“Srimad-Bhagavatam represents the real purport of Vedanta-sutra. And although it is very difficult to draw out the real purpose of the one hundred thousand verse epic Mahabharata, the great history of the world, Srimad Bhagavatam has come to give its real meaning. The mother of all Vedic knowledge is the Gayatri mantra. Srimad-Bhagavatam gives the gist of Gayatn in a very full-fledged way. And the supplementary truths of the Vedas are also found within Srimad Bhagavatam. Therefore Vedanta must be explained in the line of the truth which has been expressed in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Only then can the real meaning be understood.”

[Excerpted from the Part 1, Chapter 2: “Mysterious Incarnation” of “Golden Volcano of Divine Love.” From Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaja’s Folio]

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