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Q. What is the meaning of Sri Krsna Caitanya?

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Hari katha with Swami B.V. Tripurari, Gaura Purnima, 2000, Vrindavan, India.


Q. What is the meaning of Sri Krsna Caitanya?


A. Sri Krsna means Radha Krsna, who have appeared as Caitanya. He is Krsna Caitanya, or Krsna conscious. This name was given to him by Kesava Bharati Maharaja as Mahaprabhu began his preaching lila. The word 'caitanya' means consciousness. Mahaprabhu is always conscious of Krsna. Caitanya also means soul. Mahaprabhu is the soul of Krsna, Sri Radha, and thus he is conscious of Krsna as only she can be. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Sri (Radha) and Krsna combined.


One time Sri Radhika had a dream. In that dream she saw a golden figure dancing and singing in a setting resembling Vraja dhama. By that singing and dancing she was so attracted and she saw everybody in the universe from the lowest up to Lord Brahma were crying. She awoke from the dream and thought, in the chastity of her love for Krsna, 'How could I be so attracted to that person? Who was that?' She was puzzled. Krsna came on the scene and she asked him and he laughed.


She could not understand. But the kastauba mani jewel that Krsna wears over his chest, which represents all jiva souls that he holds near his heart, began to shine brightly. and inside that jewel the hearts of all jivas were rejoicing at the thought of that golden figure that Radha saw in her dream. From this she realized why Krsna is laughing - the joy that they will feel from that figure can only come from the worship of Radha and Krsna. So she said 'Krsna: tat tvam asi - you are that.' and 'aham gopala - I am that, I am you Gopala also in that appearance' '


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