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1) Discuss the contribution of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu towards the Bhakti movement. (250 words)
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The question wants us to simply bring out in detail the contribution of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu towards the bhakti movement in india.
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Introduction– write a few introductory lines about Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. E.g He was probably the greatest saint of the Bhakti movement, popularly known as Gouranga Mahaprabhu. He was born in 1486 A.D. at Navadweep in West Bengal in a Brahmin family.
Discuss in detail about his contribution towards bhakti movement. E.g He was a promising student and mastered all branches of Sanskrit learning; Chaitanya’s teachings centred round ‘love’ – from intense human love to divine love. He opened the doors of divine love to all by chanting and singing the glories of Krishna in the form of Kirtans; Chaitanya believed that by singing Kirtan alone one can realise God, because it transports the mind from the material world to the divine world; Chaitanya was an exponent of the Radha-Krishna cult; Chaitanya’s exposition of Rasalila is one of his most profound contributions to Indian philosophy. Chaitanya was a champion of social liberation. He denounced caste system and stood for the universal brotherhood of man. At the same time he was very much opposed to the domination of the priestly class and superfluous rituals and ceremonies. It was due to his attitude of social liberation that people of socially oppressed classes became his disciples; Chaitanya stood for truth and non-violence. He led an ascetic life and maintained celibacy. His teachings were simple and, therefore, had a universal appeal. The Radha-Krishna cult and Chaitanya’s preaching through singing Kirtans generated remarkable impact in Bengal and Orissa and the impact continues to be felt even today etc.
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