(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Mayapur, November 2011) Lecture – Caitanya-caritamrta
It is interesting how one Personality of Godhead is worshiping another Personality of Godhead to appear. For an outsider, it is a very confusing part in our philosophy. Why is God worshiping God to appear? It doesn’t make sense at all. No! It does because we remember that Lord Visnu’s mission was:
vināśāya ca duṣkṛtām
sambhavāmi yuge yuge’ (B.G.4.8)
To establish the principles of dharma, but only Krishna can give the love of God of Goloka, and no one else, and that is the only incarnation of God who can give it. So Advaita Acharya was certainly able to give people the process for attaining liberation – that he could give, and he could teach that without difficulty. But he could not give Krishna Prema, since only Krishna Himself can give that! Therefore, he wanted the Lord to appear. So it is for this reason that Srila Bhakti Siddhanta in his commentaries says:
“Therefore Advaita Acharya is the most compassionate, because his compassion it is not like the cheap cheating compassion of the materialist, but his compassion is that he wants to give the people the highest and the best. That he wants them to have love of God.”
The highest quality of mercy is what he wants everyone to have, and particularly after Lord Caitanya appeared (after the Maha Prakash Lila where He revealed His transcendental nature). Lord Caitanya asked Advaita Acharya, to ask for a benediction.
And Advaita Acharya asked Him that His mercy would be given to the most fallen in particularly, and Lord Caitanya said:
“Yes, very well spoken. Yes agreed”.
And Advaita agreed. So it is really from there that we get the strong claim for the saying:
“Lord Caitanya is the deliverable of the most fallen and that it was Advaita Acharya who established that!”
So that is the beginning of the claim and after that Lord Caitanya became the deliverer of the most fallen. Afterwards, most of them claimed it……Rupa and Santana Goswami claims it, Markhanda Thakur claims it…everyone claims it……we claim it! Everyone now claims:
“I’m the most fallen…and I should get!”
But it is all the strength of Advaita Acharya’s benediction that became established!