Mahaprabhu's Instruction to Vairagis

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
24 September 2019, Kolkata, part 3

 

ভাল কৈল, বৈরাগীর ধর্ম্ম আচরিল ॥
বৈরাগী করিবে সদা নাম-সঙ্কীর্ত্তন ।
মাগিয়া খাঞা করে জীবন রক্ষণ ॥

bhala kaila, vairagira dharma acharila
vairagi karibe sada nama-sankirtana
magiya khana kare jivana raksana

"Raghunath Das has done well," He said. "He has acted suitably for a person in the renounced order. A person in the renounced order should always chant the holy name of the Lord. He should beg some alms to eat, and he should sustain his life in this way."

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.222-223

Sriman Mahaprabhu told Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, "Krishna is very merciful to you because you have left everything—all maya, all your enormous opulence, your beautiful wife! Now you are going door to door asking for some prasadam. You are now a vairagi, a renunciate, and you must not expect anything from others. You must only go door to door and collect."

বৈরাগী হঞা যেবা করে পরাপেক্ষা ।
কার্য্যসিদ্ধি নহে, কৃষ্ণ করেন উপেক্ষা ॥

vairagi hana yeba kare parapeksa
karya-siddhi nahe, krsna karena upeksa

"A vairagi (a person in the renounced order) should not depend on others. If he does so, he will be unsuccessful, and he will be neglected by Krishna."

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.224

বৈরাগী হঞা করে জিহ্বার লালস ।
পরমার্থ যায়, আর হয় রসের বশ ॥

vairagi hana kare jihvara lalasa
paramartha yaya, ara haya rasera vasa

"If a renunciant is eager for his tongue to taste different foods, his spiritual life will be lost, and he will be subservient to the tastes of his tongue."

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.225

বৈরাগীর কৃত্য—সদা নাম-সঙ্কীর্ত্তন ।
শাক-পত্র-ফল-মূলে উদর-ভরণ ॥
জিহ্বার লালসে যেই ইতি-উতি ধায় ।
শিশ্নোদরপরায়ণ সে কৃষ্ণ নাহি পায় ॥

vairagira krtya—sada nama-sankirtana
saka-patra-phala-mule udara-bharana

jihvara lalase yei iti-uti dhaya
sisnodara-parayana se krsna nahi paya

"The duty of a person in the renounced order is to always chant the Hare Krishna mantra. He should satisfy his belly with whatever vegetables, leaves, fruits and roots are available. One who is subservient to the tongue and who thus goes here and there, devoted to the genitals and the belly, cannot attain Krishna."

Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.226-227

গ্রাম্যকথা না শুনিবে, গ্রাম্যবার্ত্তা না কহিবে ।
ভাল না খাইবে আর ভাল না পরিবে ॥
অমানী মানদ হঞা কৃষ্ণনাম সদা ল'বে ।
ব্রজে রাধাকৃষ্ণ সেবা মানসে করিবে ॥

gramya-katha na sunibe, gramya-varta na kahibe
bhala na khaibe ara bhala na paribe
amani manada hana krsna-nama sada la'be
vraje radha-krsna seva manase karibe

"Do not listen to the mundane talks, do not listen to the mundane news. Do not eat fancy food, do not wear fancy clothes. Do not expect honour to yourself, but offer all respect to others. Always chant the Holy Name of Krsna, and in your mind serve Radha-Krsna."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.236-237)

A sannyasi and a griha-tyagi must not stay in his birthplace or with his relatives.

সন্ন্যাসীর ধর্ম্ম,—নহে সন্ন্যাস করিঞা ।
নিজ জন্মস্থানে রহে কুটুম্ব লঞা ॥

sannyasira dharma nahe—sannyasa karina
nija janma-sthane rahe kutumba lana

"After accepting sannyas, it is not the duty of a sannyasi to remain at his birthplace, encircled by relatives."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 3.177)

This is not the religion of a sannyasi to stay in his native village, in his birth place, or with his relatives. If I tell this at a public lecture, many sannyasis will think, "Oh, Maharaj is talking about me," but I am not—I am only saying what is written in the scriptures. I am not talking or thinking about anyone in particular when I say this. These words were said by Mahaprabhu.

বিরক্ত সন্ন্যাসী আমার রাজ-দরশন
স্ত্রী-দরশন-সম বিষের ভক্ষণ

virakta sannyasi amara raja-darasana
stri-darasana-sama visera bhaksana

"Since I am in the renounced order, it is as dangerous for Me to meet a king as to meet a woman. To meet either would be just like drinking poison."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 11.7)

Mahaprabhu told, "I do not want to see King Prataparudra because it is not the religion of a sannyasi to meet with a king. It is the same as meeting a lady."

শুক্লবস্ত্রে মসি-বিন্দু যৈছে না লুকায় ।
সন্ন্যাসীরে অল্প ছিদ্র সর্ব্বলোকে গায় ॥

sukla-vastre masi-bindu yaichhe na lukaya
sannyasira alpa chhidra sarva-loke gaya

"As soon as the general public finds a little fault in the behavior of a sannyasi, they advertise it like wildfire. A black spot of ink cannot be hidden on a white cloth. It is always very prominent."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 12.51)

If there is some dark spot on a white cloth, everybody can immediately see it. A sannyasi must be also very careful because everybody will always search your fault. If a man wears ordinary clothes and goes with some lady hand in hand, nobody will think anything, but if a sannyasi does it, then everybody will criticise him.

প্রভু কহে,—"বৈরাগী করে প্রকৃতি সম্ভাষণ ।
দেখিতে না পারোঁ আমি তাহার বদন ॥

prabhu kahe,—"vairagi kare prakrti sambhasana
dekhite na paron ami tahara vadana"

The Lord said, "If someone mixes with women, I do not want to see their face!"

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 2.117)

দুর্ব্বার-ইন্দ্রিয় করে বিষয়-গ্রহণ ।
দারু প্রকৃতি হরে মুনেরপি মন ॥

durvara indriya kare visaya-grahana
daravi prakrti hare munerapi mana

"So strongly do the senses adhere to the objects of their enjoyment that indeed a wooden statue of a woman attracts the mind of even a great saintly person."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 2.118)

'গৃহস্থ' হঞা নহে রায় ষড়্­বর্গের বশে ।
'বিষয়ী' হঞা সন্ন্যাসীরে উপদেশে ॥

'grhastha' hana nahe raya sad-vargera vase
'visayi' hana sannyasire upadese

"Although Ramananda Raya was a householder, he was not under the control of the six kinds of bodily changes. Although apparently a pounds-and-shillings man, he advised even persons in the renounced order."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 5.80)

aradhyo bhagavan brajesa tanayas tad dhama vrndavanam
ramya kachid upasana braja-vadhu-vargena ya kalpita
srimad-bhagavatam pramanam-amalam prema pumartho mahan
sri chaitanya mahaprabhur-matam-idam tatradaro nah parah

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead, the son of Nanda Maharaja, is to be worshiped along with His transcendental abode, Vrindavan. The most pleasing form of worship for the Lord is that which was performed by the gopis of Vrndavan. Srimad Bhagavatam is the spotless authority, and pure love of God is the ultimate goal of life. These statements, for which we have the highest regard, are the opinion of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu."

"Bhagavan Vrajendranandan Sri Krishna and His expansion, Sri Dham Vrindavan, are the highest objects of worship, and the way Vraja-gopis worship Krishna is the highest conception. Think about it. Who is the example of the highest upasana (worship)? Rukmini? Satyabhama? No. Vraja-gopis' worship is the highest. Srimad Bhagavatam stands as the proof of it—it is very sweet and very meaningful, and it is always pure (nirmal); it contains a pure fruit. Paramour love is the highest attainment. Such is the conception of Sriman Mahaprabhu."

Once, a devotee asked Prabhupad, "What is the meaning of rasa [various possible meanings: juice, mellow, taste, relationship]?" Is rasa and juice the same? No, rasa is not some material juice or taste.

ব্যতীত্য ভাবনাবর্ত্ম যশ্চমৎকারভারভূঃ
হৃদি সত্ত্বোজ্জ্বলে বাঢ়ং স্বদতে সরসো মতঃ

vyatitya bhavana-vartma yas chamatkara-bhara-bhuh
hrdi sattvojjvale badham svadate sa raso matah

"That which is beyond imagination, heavy with wonder and relished in the heart that is shining with goodness—such is known as rasa."

(Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, 2.5.132)

Rasa is above everything.

"Commonly, when we are attracted, attached to someone or have affection for someone, we consider them our shelter. In the material world, people take shelter of so many material things and people, but there is only one main perfect shelter—He is Krishna, One without a second, and everything and everyone is surrendered to Him."

Jay Srila Prabhupad ki jay.

 

 

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