Kadamba Kanana Swami, Mayapur, November 2011) Lecture – Caitanya-caritamrta Part 4


It was Caitanya Mahaprabhu who did not write any books, but He left these eight verses. These eight verses are called the Śikṣāṣṭakam, and He never recited them like we are doing them in the morning.

It’s not that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave all these eight verses in one breath, and here is the Śikṣāṣṭakam like a poem with eight stanzas, and there it is. No, these verses were sporadically spoken…. each one was separate.

It was Rupa Goswami who for the first time assembled them in the Padyavali, but not together since they are scattered within the book, with one here and another one there. It was Krishandas Kaviraja Goswami, who for the first time put these eight verses together and allows Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to explain the verses, which is in the last chapter of the Caitanya-caritamrta.

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