Post by madanmohandas on Jan 1, 2023 4:15:43 GMT -6
Here is a passage from Lochan das' Chaitanya mangala, Sutra Kanda, with a kind of prediction on the coming of a senapati generalissimo, which has been applied variously to any great exponent of Chaitanya's dispensation. Of more interest I found the statements leading up to it regarding the unique excellence of Gaura avatara as distinguished from others.
Among the other Avatars there are,
There is none like this unique Avatar;
The demons to destroy and subjugate,
Victoriously on Earth I incarnate,
Endued with mighty form and arms of might,
The mighty demon asuras I smite;
With puissant force enter the battle fray,
And in mighty conflicts the demons slay.
But now in each and every heart abides
A familiar demon that presides,
Which cannot be cut by the sword and spear,
Nor is there occasion for battle here.
But with the potent Vaishnav influence,
That sings hail to my name and excellence,
I shall make plainly manifest and known,
That loving prema-bhakti of my own.
Thus Kali's iniquity I will slay;
Let all those first proceed upon the way,
Consider not what after will befall.
The greatest welfare shall accrue to all.
Now take the trenchant falchion of the name,
And the Sankeertan of glorious fame,
And cut out from the heart, leaving it whole,
The demon that abides in every soul.
And if the sinners righteousness forsake,
And to distant regions themselves betake,
I shall send my General devotee,
Known as my powerful Senapati.