Imbibing the mood of urgency of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by Guru Maharaj

A Description of the Caitanya Tree

From the Ninth Chapter of the adi-lila of the Caitanya-caritamrta.

"The author of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta has devised a figurative example by describing the ‘plant of bhakti.' He considers Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is known as Visvambhara, to be
the gardener of this plant because He is the main personality who has
taken charge of it. As the supreme enjoyer, He enjoyed the flowers
Himself and distributed them as well... It is figuratively described
that both the tree itself and the trunk of the tree are Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu. ...This is a figurative example meant to explain the mission
of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu."

– Caitanya-caritamrta, adi-lila Chapter 9, Summary

"Lord Caitanya thought:

'My name is Visvambhara, one who maintains the entire universe. Its meaning will be actualized if I can fill the whole universe with love of Godhead.'

"Thinking in this way, He accepted the duty of a planter and began to grow a garden in Navadvipa. Thus the Lord brought the desire tree of devotional service to this earth and became its
gardener. He sowed the seed and sprinkled upon it the water of His will.

"By His inconceivable powers, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself became the gardener, the trunk and the branches of the tree of devotional service simultaneously. From the trunk grew many branches and
above them innumerable others. Thus the branches of the Caitanya tree
formed a cluster of society, with great branches covering all the
universe."

Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport to Sri Caitanya-caritamta, adi-lila 9.18: "Our International Society for Krishna Consciousness is one of the branches of the Caitanya tree."

"From each branch grew many hundreds of sub-branches. No one can count how many branches thus grew.

"As a big fig tree bears fruits all over its body, each part of the tree of devotional service bore fruit. Since Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu was the original trunk, the taste of the
fruits that grew on the branches and sub-branches surpassed the taste of
nectar. The fruits ripened and became sweet and nectarean. The
gardener, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, distributed them without asking any
price.

"All the wealth in the three worlds cannot equal the value of one such nectarean fruit of devotional service. Not considering who asked for it and who did not, nor who was fit and who unfit to
receive it, Caitanya Mahaprabhu distributed the fruit of devotional
service. The transcendental gardener, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu,
distributed handful after handful of fruit in all directions, and when
the poor hungry people ate the fruit, the gardener smiled with great
pleasure.

"Lord Caitanya then addressed the multifarious varieties of branches and sub-branches of the tree of devotional service: 'Since the tree of devotional service is transcendental, every
one of its parts can perform the action of all the others. Although a
tree is supposed to be immovable, this tree nevertheless moves. All the
parts of this tree are spiritually cognizant, and thus as they grow up
they spread all over the world. I am the only gardener. How many places
can I go? How many fruits can I pick and distribute? It would certainly
be a very laborious task to pick the fruits and distribute them alone,
and still I suspect that some would receive them and others would not.'

"'Therefore I order every man within this universe to accept this Krishna consciousness movement and distribute it everywhere. Don't be happy that you got it and be satisfied."

'"By the transcendental desire of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, water has been sprinkled all over the tree, and thus there are innumerable fruits of love of Godhead. Distribute this
Krishna consciousness movement all over the world. Let people eat these
fruits and ultimately become free from old age and death. I am merely a
gardener. I have neither a kingdom nor very great riches. I simply have
some fruits and flowers that I wish to utilize to achieve piety in My
life. Although I am acting as a gardener, I also want to be the tree,
for thus I can bestow benefit upon all.

"'It is the duty of every living being to perform welfare activities for the benefit of others with his life, wealth, intelligence and words. By his work, thoughts and words, an intelligent
man must perform actions which will be beneficial for all living
entities in this life and in the next.'

"The descendants of the tree, the devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, were very glad to receive this order directly from the Lord."

The golden age of nama-sankirtana had thus begun. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu had descended upon the earth from the spiritual sky, and brought with Him the desire tree of devotional service. The tree
was firmly planted in Navadvipa, its various trunks, limbs, and branches
consisting of the greatest avataras, confidential associates,
and servitors in creation.

And yet, within the core of the Supreme Lord's heart a great unhappiness arose...

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Great Unhappiness

"How Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu was always thinking about the deliverance of the fallen souls is shown by the statement, ‘It is My great unhappiness.' This statement indicates that
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead
Krishna Himself, is always very unhappy to see the fallen souls in the
material world... and is always considering how to deliver them from
this horrible condition of life... Sri Caitanya Maha­prabhu was always
anxious to deliver the fallen souls because their fallen condition gave
Him great unhappiness. "

– Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila 3.51, purport

The necessary aim of life for all living beings is the revival of our lost relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Without developing pure devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna, who is literally
the Soul of our souls, we will continue to experience a gnawing sense
of inner dissatisfaction—no matter how much we may succeed
materially—and we will continue to rotate from one temporary body to
another, repeatedly suffering the pangs of birth, death, disease and old
age. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has thus become the desire tree of
devotional service in order to deliver us from this unhappy condition of
life.

And yet, even while Lord Caitanya was personally present, there were many classes of men who were expert at avoiding His sankirtana movement. Many impersonalists, false logicians, and fruitive workers
remained outside the expanding branches and sub-branches of the Caitanya
Tree. Seeing the unfortunate position of these individuals, Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu experienced great unhappiness within His heart. In a
mood of intense anxiety, the Lord considered how they could also be
delivered, and devised many successful schemes to involve them in His
mission.

Today, as in the past, there are millions of persons who are expert at avoiding this Krishna consciousness movement. Thus, it is not unreasonable to assume that just as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was unhappy
over the plight of such "expert avoiders" in His time, He is still
concerned about the misfortunes of today's "expert avoiders" as well.
Although Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has returned to His own abode, His
great unhappiness continues and cannot be relieved until everyone has
taken full advantage of His causeless mercy.

"When the Lord is unhappy because of the condition of the fallen souls, the devotee consoles Him, saying, ‘My dear Lord, do not be in anxiety.' This is service. Everyone should adopt the cause of
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to try to relieve Him from the anxiety He feels.
This is actually service to the Lord. One who tries to relieve Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's anxiety for the fallen souls is certainly a most
dear and confidential devotee of the Lord."

– Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila 3.52, purport)

Here Srila Prabhupada reveals the perfect mood of a confidential devotee who works diligently to relieve the Lord's anxiety. As Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada contemplated how to deliver the
fallen souls, we should also meditate on how to save those who have
evaded the Lord's sankirtana movement.
With every passing day, thousands of souls are leaving this world
without having tasted the nectarean fruits of love of God found only on
the Caitanya Tree, and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's unhappiness lingers on.
Let us distribute this Krishna consciousness, there is no time...

Imbibing the Mood of Urgency

"If eternal pure devotional service to Krishna is awakened in everyone, then Kali will flee, screaming, of his own accord." –Srila Prabhupada's Vaisisyastakam, Verse 62

Five hundred years ago, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu predicted that His holy name would spread to every town and village in the world. The sastras also predict that the sankirtana movement would reign
triumphantly for 10,000 years, despite this sinful age, which covers the
light of spiritual understanding. Whoever understands the meaning of
the word "bhagavan" knows that whatever the Supreme Lord
foretells will come to pass, since His will cannot be thwarted, at any
time or under any circumstance.

The followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are direct participants in the Lord's wonderful, dramatic pastime, His sankirtana-lila, in which He mercifully subdues the dark forces of the age by propagating
the chanting of His holy names.

The adventure has just begun. The Lord' great general, Srila Prabhupada, has established a solid, irrevocable beachhead on all lands, thus securing the good fate of the world. But Kali will not "flee,
screaming of his own accord" until every man, woman and child on the
face of the earth is fully submerged in the ocean of love of God.

In his Vaisisyastakam, Srila Prabhupada explains that Kali's mission is to "kill all the entire world while the essential meaning of Lord Caitanya's message is kept locked up in a cage."

And isn't this the current state of affairs? The deadening doctrines of the glowworm-like scientists, philosophers and politicians have become prominent, while the actual light of the Bhagavatam
remains hidden and obscured. The result: people are mislead, the
mission of human life is spoiled, and the world is plunged into a
nightmare of untold sufferings and strife.

The mission to rectify such situation has been handed to us—the disciples and grand-disciples of Srila Prabhupada. The beachhead has been established, but now our troops must move inland and capture more
and more of Kali's ground. We have to break open the storehouse of love
of God, making devotional service accessible to everyone; we have to
storm the steel-like fortifications of Kali's cage, freeing the Lord's
essential message and releasing it for the betterment of the world; we
have to reclaim the masses from Kali's grip; we have to expose them to
the sublime, radiant teachings of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Srila Prabhupada's Urgent Request:

"As the days pass, the influence of Kali-yuga increases and the poor jivas are all crying in distress. Everyone is unhappy due to the absence of the mercy of the Vaisnavas.
The entire world is filled with the use of material objects without a
trace of devotion to the Lord. Still, they are searching after peace.
Preach this Krishna consciousness, fulfill their desires. From the seas,
across the earth—penetrate the universal shell. Today, my brothers, get
to this task. Save the battered souls by your preaching."

– Srila Prabhupada's Vaisisyastakam,
Verses 57,60,76,77,36 & 78

Let's not wait a moment longer. Let's get to this task today...

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