Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita 4.7 "Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion at that time I descend Myself." In past ages Lord Krishna has appeared in various forms. Over 5000 years ago He appeared as Himself in His original form as Bhagavan, Sri Krishna. In this present age of Kali Yu90,14e appeared in His most merciful form as Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. While other forms of the Lord descended with various paraphernalia to deal with the demoniac and irreligious influences of the time, Lord Sri Caitanya was equipped with the most powerful weapon against irreligion, the Maha Mantra. The chanting of the holy name of Lord Sri Krishna is the sublime and recommendedprocess in this age for the deliverance of all souls from the clutches of maya (illusion) and irreligion.
Lord Caitanya is Lord Krishna's devotional form and is mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.29. "In this age of Kali, people who are endowed with sufficient intelligence will worship the Lord, who is accompanied by. His associates, by performance of sankirtana-yajna" (chanting the Maha Mantra). Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Lord Krishna's most merciful form who comes under theguise of a devotee. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was setting the perfect example of the pure devotee of God", yet, He is God Himself! He is the devotional form of Lord Sri Krishna. The purpose of Lord Caitanya's appearance was to spread the sankirtana movement of chanting the holy names of the Lord to every town and village worldwide as the main means of God realization for this present age of Kali Yuga. He encouraged His followers to write books on Vaishnava sastra and to defeat the present infection of mayavadi impersonalism that is present everywhere and establish within the hearts of all the practice of bhakti (love and devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna).
Whenever the Lord descends to earth to fulfill a particular mission, He is accompanied by an entourage of His most exalted devotees who descend with Him from the spiritual realm. They appear as parents, friends, relatives, etc. and they are His liberated sincere devotees who have come to facilitate in the advancement of His mission. God does not need help in any way, but just as His pure devotees relish His association, so too does the same Lord Krishna relish in the association of His pure devotees. Lord Caitanya's teachings are the same as Lord Krishna's teachings in Bhagavad Gita. They are one and the same, but Lord Caitanya's life is a practical example for all to follow. We stress the word practical since it may be the incentive of some to try to imitate Lord Sri Caitanya. That is not endorsed, or even possible. God cannot be imitated, but His teachings can be followed and applied to cleanse the heart and advance in a spiritual and Godly life. Lord Caitanya is God Himself showing the way of how we can apply the message of Lord Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita to make our lives perfect and complete.
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