About Our Tradition - Lord Caitanya

There is no difference between the teachings of Lord Caitanya and the teachings of Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita. The teachings of Lord Caitanya are practical demonstrations of Lord Krishna's teachings.

The final instruction that Lord Krishna gives in Bhagavad-Gita, is that everyone should simply surrender to Him, and He will give them all protection and guidance. Although He is always in charge of everything in creation, that maintenance is indirectly carried out by His expanded energies. But the protection He promises His devotees is direct and personal. He takes charge of the life of a devotee, who surrenders unto Him as a small child surrenders to its parents.

Yet scholars of the world usually prefer to give their own interpretation of Krishna’s words, and point people towards the impersonal, unmanifest, eternal oneness, rather than the Personality of Godhead.

Such philosophers do not accept that the ultimate realisation of the Absolute Truth is personal, even though the Vedas confirm that one who goes beyond the dazzling effulgence of Brahman can see the real face of the Personality of Godhead.

Lord Caitanya is Krishna Himself, who appeared 500 years ago to counter such misinterpretations of Bhagavad-Gita. He did this by teaching direct worship of Lord Krishna, and demonstrating such devotion by His own example. He also revealed that the place known as Vrndavana is as good as Lord Krishna because there is no difference between Krishna’s name, quality, form, pastimes, and entourage and Lord Krishna Himself. By definition, that is the absolute nature of the Absolute Truth.

Lord Caitanya also recommended Srimad-Bhagavatam as the ideal narration of transcendental knowledge, wherein it is described that the highest goal in human life is to develop completely one’s love for God.

He taught this philosophy through the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. The holy name is the Lord in the form of sound. Since God being absolute means that there is no difference between His name and His transcendental person, by chanting one can directly associate with Him through sound vibration. By practising this chanting, one gradually progresses through different stages of development, culminating in the stage of loving God. Lord Caitanya taught that this is the highest perfection for human beings.