Caitanya-caritāmṛta is the postgraduate study of spiritual knowledge. Ideally, one begins with the Bhagavad-gītā and advances through Çrémad-Bhägavatam to the Caitanya-caritāmṛta. Although all these great scriptures are on the same absolute level, for the sake of comparative study the Caitanya-caritāmṛta is considered to be on the highest platform. Every verse in it is perfectly composed.
The word caitanya means “living force,” carita means “character,” and amṛta means “immortal.” As living entities we can move, but a table cannot because it does not possess living force. Movement and activity may be considered signs or symptoms of the living force. Indeed, it may be said that there can be no activity without the living force. Although the living force is present in the material condition, this condition is not amṛta, immortal. The words Caitanya-caritāmṛta, then, may be translated as “the character of the living force in immortality.”
This technique of self-study course will help devotees cover the reading of entire Caitanya-caritāmṛta with purports in a very short span of time only by spending 30 minutes per day.