Chaitanya Bhagavata of Vrindavan Das Thakur

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The Chaitanya Bhagavata is a hagiography of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ( b. 1486), the Supreme Personality of Sri Krishna incarnation in  Kaliyuga written  by Vrindavan Das Thakur. ( 1507-1589 CE). It was the first full-length work regarding Chaitanya Mahaprabhu written in Bengali language and documents his early life and role as the founder of the Gaudya Vaishnava tradition. The text details Chaitanya’s theological position as a combined Avatar of both  Radha and Krishna within the belief of his close associates and followers. The writing of Chaitanya Bhagavata was commissioned by Nityananda who was the guru of Vrindavana Dasa Thakura and close friend of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

The Bhagavata has been praised for its simplicity in that is does not cross into the ontological nuances that are found in the Chaitanya Charitamrita.

The Charitamrita of Krishna Dasa gives a more sophisticated and theological view of the life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and provides more information on his years in Puri as an ascetic. Together, the texts of the Chaitanya Bhagavata and the Chaitanya Charitamrta provide a complete picture of the life and teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu although there are many more of his biographies and other writings about Him.

 

 

 


 

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Chant
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
and your life will be sublime
– by Sri A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 

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