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CC Madhya 2.85


yadi keha hena kaya,grantha kaila śloka-maya,
itara jane nāribe bujhite
prabhura yei ācaraṇa,
sei kari varṇana,
sarva-citta nāri ārādhite


yadi — if; keha — someone; hena — thus; kaya — says; grantha — this book; kaila — is made; śloka-maya — with various Sanskrit verses; itara — ordinary; jane — persons; nāribe bujhite — will not be able to understand; prabhura — of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; yei — whatever; ācaraṇa — activities; sei — that; kari — I do; varṇana — description; sarva-citta — all hearts; nāri — I am unable; ārādhite — to please.


If one says that Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta is full of Sanskrit verses and therefore not understandable by a common man, I reply that what I have described are the pastimes of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and that for me to satisfy everyone is not possible.


Śrīla Kavirāja Gosvāmī and one who follows in his footsteps do not have to cater to the public. Their business is simply to satisfy the previous ācāryas and describe the pastimes of the Lord. One who is able to understand can relish this exalted transcendental literature, which is actually not meant for ordinary persons like scholars and literary men. Generally, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s pastimes recorded in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta are studied in universities and scholastic circles from a literary and historical point of view, but actually Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta is not a subject matter for research workers or literary scholars. It is simply meant for those devotees who have dedicated their lives to the service of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.