Chaitanya, The Golden Avatar
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Whenever Lord Kṛiṣhṇa desires to appear on earth in his human guise, He is preceded by all his devotees, who take the roles of his father, his tutor and his companions. All of these characters appear before Him. Thus, before the advent of Lord Kṛiṣhṇa Chaitanya Mahāprabhu appeared Śrī Mādhavavendra Purī, his devotee; Śrī Iśvara Purī, his tutor; Śrīmatī Śacīmātā, his mother; Śrī Jagannātha Miśra, his father; and Sri Advaita, his intimate companion. It is to revive these five feelings of eternal love: Neutrality, servitude, friendship, parental affection and the feeling of love, that Kṛiṣhṇa Himself, the Absolute Being, descends into our galaxy, as He does so in others as well. This is how He reveals his transcendent entertainment to Vraja (village in India), so that men can be drawn to this sphere of activities and let go of their material ties which are only mere imitations. Having fully revealed all of these entertainments, the Lord then leaves this world. Kṛiṣhṇa takes pleasure in his absolute entertainments as long as He wishes, then disappears. But now, having left this world, these thoughts come to Him:

It is a long time since I have granted to the world the pure service of love offered to Myself. However, deprived of this bond of love, the material world loses all reason to exist.

Taking with Me these pure devotees, I will descend into the material universe and rejoice in varied and wonderful entertainments, unknown even to Vaikuṇṭha, (the spiritual planets). I will make known entertainments which amaze Me Myself.

The Lord rarely grants pure service of absolute love. Unless, however, to have such a love for God, free from all interested desire as well as from all empiricist speculation, it remains impossible to attain the perfection of existence.

The Lord said: All over the universe, beings worship Me according to scriptural codes. But the simple adherence to these regulatory principles is not enough to acquire the feelings of love which animate the devotees of Vrajabhūmi, (village of India where Krishna unveiled his entertainments).

After coming to earth 5,000 years ago, Lord Kṛiṣhṇa thought that He had not really made known personal feelings: Neutrality, bondage, friendship, parental affection and loving feeling, when He interacts with his devotees on a transcendent level. One can understand the science of God in the light of the Vedic writings, (the original holy writings also called The true gospel) and thus become a devotee of the Lord, who will worship him according to the regulatory principles stipulated by these writings; but no one, by this way, knows how the inhabitants of Vrajabhūmi serve Kṛiṣhṇa. It is indeed impossible by the only observance of the rites and the regulatory principles stated in the sacred texts to conceive the nature of the exchanges in which the Lord engages in Vṛindāvana (village of India and in his transcendent kingdom). Respect for scriptural precepts may allow one to appreciate more the glories of the Lord, but never to come into direct contact with Him.

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