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Caitanya-caritämåta a biography of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu composed in Bengali in the late sixteenth century by Çréla Kåñëadäs a Kaviräja.
Caitanya Mahäprabhu (1486 - 1534) the Supreme Lord appearing as His own greatest devotee to teach love of God, especially through the process of congregational chanting of His holy names.
Caittya-guru Lord Kåñëa personally giving guidance as a spiritual master from within the heart of an advanced devotee.
Cakra (Sudarçana) the disc weapon of the Supreme Lord.
Cakré the Supreme Lord, who carries the disc weapon.
Cämara a yak-tail fan used in Deity worship.
Camasa Åñi one of the nine Yogendras.
Cäëakya the prime minister of King Candragupta. His aphorisms are still famous throughout India .
Caëòäla an outcaste or untouchable; a dog-eater.
Candana a cosmetic paste prepared from sandalwood. It is used in Deity worship.
Candra the demigod of the moon.
Candragupta a king of the Maurya dynasty in India . His armies repelled Alexander's advance into India .
Candraloka the moon planet.
Candraçekhara Äcärya a great householder devotee of Lord Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu.
Capäté a flat bread made from whole-wheat flour.
Cäraëaloka the heavenly planet of the Cäraëa demigods.
Cärväka Muni an outspoken hedonistic philosopher of ancient times.
Catuù-çloké the four verses of [Çrémad-Bhägavatam] (2.9.33 - 36) spoken by Lord Kåñëa to Brahmä, which summarize that scripture's entire philosophy.
Catur-bhuja four-armed.
Cätur-hotra the four kinds of fire sacrifices prescribed in the [Vedas] for purification of fruitive activities.
Cäturmäsya the four months of the rainy season in India . Devotees take special vows of austerity during this time.
Cätur-varëyam the four occupational divisions of society ([brähmaëas, kñatriyas, vaiçyas,] and [çüdras]).
Catur-vyüha the Lord's plenary expansions Väsudeva, Saìkarñaëa, Pradyumna and Aniruddha.
Causal Ocean the ocean in which all the universes are floating.
Cediräja the king of Cedi; also known as Çiçupäla. Lord Kåñëa killed him because of his blasphemy.
Cetana a conscious living entity.
Chändogya Upaniñad one of the 108 [üpaniñads,] philosophical portions of the [Vedas.]
Chandas the different meters of Vedic hymns.
Channävatära a concealed incarnation.
Cintämaëi a mystically potent "touchstone" described in Vedic literatures.
Cit alive and conscious.
Citraketu a member of the royal order who became fully enlightened in spiritual knowledge.
Cit-çakti the knowledge potency of the Supreme Lord.
Cupid (Kandarpa) the demigod who incites lusty desires in the hearts of the conditioned living entities.

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