I surrender unto that one eternal supreme Lord who is an ocean of mercy and who has descended in the form of Sri Krsna Caitanya in order to teach us renunciation, knowledge and his own devotional service.
Caitanya Katha is a compendium of three short works presenting the ontological position of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
The first part is the short yet important Caitanya Upanisad with the Sri Caitanya caranamrta commentary of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura the Gaudiya Vaisnava pioneer and author of many books on Gaudiya Vaisnava theology. The Caitanya Upanisad highlights the divine position of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the divine dispensation of the Holy names of the lord in the Hare Krsna Maha-Mantra.
This rare Caitanya Upanisad is of the Paippalada branch of the Atharva Veda and was originally published by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in 1887 after he searched the length and breadth of Bengal to procure an original version. Eventually he was provided a copy of the Caitanya Upanisad by Pandita Madhusudana Dasa of Sambalapur, Orissa.
The second portion of this book Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu: The fountain of Suddha Bhakti written by Srila Bhakti Gaurava Narasingha Maharaja presents references from various scriptures authenticating the divinity of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and a short explanation of the Bhagavata theology that was enunciated by Mahaprabhu himself.
The final section of this book Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu his miracles and teachings also authored by Srila bhakti Gaurava Narasingha Maharaja explains the miraculous pastimes of Sri Caitanya as found in the authorized biographies of his life Sri Caitanya cartiamrta and Sri Caitanya Bhagavata. The eight important instructions on the chanting of the holy name as written by Sri Caitanya in His Siksastakam are also presented in this essay.
The purpose of this book is to provide evidence that Sri Caitanya is non-different from Sri Krsna himself and has appeared in the form of a devotee in this age to teach the process of pure devotional service.
Sri Caitanya purpose for appearing was twofold to experience for himself the wonderful love the his devotees have for him and to propagate the chanting of the holy name of the lord. Thus he appears in Kali-yuga as a hidden incarnation visible only thru the eyes of pure devotion.
The process of pure devotion can be represented by a few simple principles Sukrti (spiritual good fortune), sradha (faith) and Saranagati (Surrender).
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