Golden masterstroke of Compassion

Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita (7.15), “The falsely intelligent, consisting of the animalistic humans engrossed solely in material pleasure, the condemned humans who give up bhakti after practicing it, the deluded theists who think My body is material, and the demons who attack My form, do not surrender to Me.” Here Krishna has become indifferent to these classes of people and gave up on them that they will ever turn to him. He considers only a certain class of people who can potentially turn to him. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita (7.16), “Four types of religious persons worship Me, O Arjuna: the sufferer, the inquirer, the enjoyer and the seeker.” Here Krishna considers sukruti or devotional piety as marker for potential devotion.

On another occasion in Uddhava Gita, Krishna says (SB 11.20.8), “If by unexpected association with devotees one develops faith in my topics, that person, being neither very disgusted with nor attached to material life, is qualified for bhakti and will achieve perfection.” Here Krishna keeps material attachment as yardstick of qualification for practicing pure devotional service. In this case also, Krishna considered a select class of people as qualified for devotional service. To take to pure devotional service, one needs to have devotional sukruti and be materially detached to some extent.

But Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the most munificent manifestation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead indiscriminately distributed the fruits of love of God to anyone and everyone. Chaitanya Charitamrta (Adi 7.26) says, “The Krishna consciousness movement of Lord Chaitanya inundate the entire world and drown everyone, whether one be a gentleman, a rogue or even lame, invalid or blind.” Let us see how Chaitanya Mahaprabhu gave everyone the opportunity to attain love of God irrespective of whether they have sukruti or not and detached or not.

  • Attached and impious

Jagai and Madhai were engaged in most abominable activities on a daily basis. They were grossly foolish and lowest of mankind. They were deeply absorbed in attachment to body and enjoying with body. Lord Chaitanya overlooked all these disqualifications and delivered Jagai and Madhai and awarded them the highest gift of love of God.

  • Attached and pious

The people of Navadvipa are absorbed in demigod worship and mundane scholarship. Lord Chaitanya delivered them through the congregational chanting of Holy Name in the streets of Nabadwip. He also delivered Keshav Kashmiri who was pious worshipper of Saraswati but distracted by mundane scholarship.

  • Detached and impious

Chaitanya Charitamrita (Adi 7.28) says, “The impersonalists, fruitive workers, false logicians, blasphemers, nondevotees and lowest among the student community are very expert in avoiding the Krishna consciousness movement, and therefore the inundation of Krishna consciousness cannot touch them.” These people had misconceptions about God and some of them were even atheistic. Lord Chaitanya being extremely munificent devised a trick to even drown them in love of God. The Lord accepted renounced order and attracted these classes of people to his lotus feet like Prakasananda Saraswati and Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya.

  • Detached and pious

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu delivered people like the milk-drinking brahmacari who are into the path of jnana. Through his unparalleled beauty, he attracted him to pure devotional service and bestowed upon him pure love of God.

In this way, Lord Chaitanya inundated the entire world in love of God. It is a masterstroke of divine compassion among all incarnations of all times.