The Two Divine Brothers by Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami
sūrya-candra hare yaiche saba andhakāra
vastu prakāśiyā kare dharmera pracāra
ei mata dui bhāi jīvera ajñānatamo-
nāśa kari’ kaila tattva-vastu-dāna
The appearance of Sri Krishna Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda has surcharged the world with happiness. As the sun and moon drive away darkness by their appearance and reveal the nature of everything, these two brothers dissipate the darkness of ignorance covering the living beings and enlighten them with knowledge of the Absolute Truth.
The darkness of ignorance is called kaitava, the pathway of cheating, which begins with religiosity, economic development, sense gratification and liberation.
dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo ’tra paramo
vedyaṁ vāstavam atra vastu śiva-daṁ
tāpa-trayonmūlanam śrīmad-bhāgavate mahā-muni-kṛte
kiṁ vā parair īśvaraḥ
sadyo hṛdy avarudhyate ’tra kṛtibhiḥ
“The great scripture Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, compiled by Maha-muni Vyasadeva from four original verses, describes the most elevated and kindhearted devotees and completely rejects the cheating ways of materially motivated religiosity. It propounds the highest principle of eternal religion, which can factually mitigate the threefold miseries of a living being and award the highest benediction of complete prosperity and knowledge. Those willing to hear the message of this scripture in a submissive attitude of service can at once capture the Supreme Lord in their hearts. Therefore there is no need for any scripture other than Śrīmad- Bhāgavatam.”
tāra madhye mokṣa-vāñchā kaitava-pradhāna
yāhā haite kṛṣṇa-bhakti haya antardhāna
The foremost aspect of cheating is the desire to achieve liberation by merging into the Supreme, for this causes the permanent disappearance of loving service to Krishna.
api nirastaḥ” iti
“The prefix ‘pra’ [in the verse from Śrīmad- Bhāgavatam] indicates that the desire for liberation is completely rejected.”
All kinds of activities – both auspicious and inauspicious – that are detrimental to the discharge of transcendental loving service to Lord Sri Krishna, are actions born of the darkness of ignorance. By the grace of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, this darkness of ignorance is removed and the truth is brought to light.
tattva-vastu—kṛṣṇa, kṛṣṇa-bhakti, prema-rūpa
The Absolute Truth is Sri Krishna, and loving devotion to Sri Krishna exhibited in pure love is achieved through congregational chanting of the holy name, which is the essence of all bliss.
sūrya candra bāhirera tamaḥ se vināśe
bahir-vastu ghaṭa-paṭa-ādi se prakāśe
The sun and moon dissipate the darkness of the external world and thus reveal external material objects like pots and plates. But these two brothers [Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda] dissipate the darkness of the inner core of the heart, and thus They help one meet the two kinds of bhāgavatas [persons or things in relationship with the Personality of Godhead].
eka bhāgavata baḍa—bhāgavata-śāstra
āra bhāgavata—bhakta bhakti-rasa-pātra
One of the bhāgavatas is the great scripture Śrīmad- Bhāgavatam, and the other is the pure devotee absorbed in the mellows of loving devotion. Through the actions of these two bhāgavatas the Lord instills the mellows of transcendental loving service into the heart of a living being, and thus the Lord, in the heart of His devotee, comes under the control of the devotee’s love.
The first wonderful thing of these two brothers is that They both appear simultaneously. and The second wonder is that They illuminate the innermost depths of the heart. These two- the sun and moon- are very kind to the people of the world. Thus for the good fortune of all, They have appeared on the horizon of Bengal. Let us therefore worship the holy feet of these two Lords. Thus one can be rid of all difficulties on the path of selfrealization. ”mitaṁ ca sāraṁ ca vaco hi vāgmitā” iti “Essential truth spoken concisely is true eloquence.”
Simply by hearing these topics submissively one’s heart will gradually become from all the faults of ignorance, and thus one will achieve deep love for Krishna. This is the path of peace. If one patiently hears about the glories of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Advaita Prabhu-and Their devotees, devotional activities, names and fame- along with the mellows of Their transcendental loving exchanges- one will learn the essence of the Absolute Truth.
— Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta » Ādi-līlā » Chapter 1: The Spiritual Masters » 87-103, 106 – 9.