"If all the sannyasis came together, it would not be possible for me to pay
them proper respects. Therefore I would be an offender."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 15.197)
Sometimes householder devotees would tell Mahaprabhu, "Prabhu, when so many
sannyasis come to my house at a time, I cannot serve everybody
together. So many should not come to my house at a time, please come in
lesser numbers. If you come one by one, then we can serve everyone properly."
Mahaprabhu also told,
দেহত্যাগাদি যত, সব—তমো-ধর্ম্ম ।
তমো-রজো-ধর্ম্মে কৃষ্ণের না পাইয়ে মর্ম্ম ॥
deha-tyagadi yata, saba—tamo-dharma
tamo-rajo-dharme krsnera na paiye marma
"Acts such as suicide are influenced by the mode of ignorance, and in
ignorance and passion one cannot understand who Krishna is."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 4.57)
If you want to leave your body, that is ignorance (tama-gun, tamasik).
For example, Sanatan Goswami wanted to leave his body—he wanted to commit
suicide by throwing himself under the chariot. Mahaprabhu told him, "Deha
tyag tamo-dharma (the idea of giving up the body is the religion of the
ignorant). Do you think if you leave your body, you will get Krishna? All
over the universe, at every second, at every moment so many jiva souls
leave their body, do they get Krishna through that?"
সন্ন্যাসী-পণ্ডিতগণের করিতে গর্ব্ব নাশ ।
নীচ-শূদ্র-দ্বারা করেন ধর্ম্মের প্রকাশ ॥
sannyasi pandita-ganera karite garva nasa
nicha-sudra-dvara karena dharmera prakasa
"To vanquish the false pride of so-called renunciants and learned scholars,
Mahaprabhu spreads real religious principles, even through a sudra, or
lowborn, fourth-class man."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 5.84)
Becoming great scholars, some sannyasis become also very proud, that
is why Mahaprabhu started preaching with those who were of lower caste. For
example, Mahaprabhu listened to Krishna-katha from Raya Ramananda (who was
born in a kayastha, or sudra, class), and He started preaching
Krishna-nama sankirtan through Srila Haridas Thakur (who came from a
Mahaprabhu told householder devotees, "You must be pleased with whatever you
get—some little sak, some few vegetables, etc. Whatever naturally comes to
you in your spiritual practice (sadhana), you must be satisfied with
that. You must be satisfied with just a little bit—it is not necessary to
think of so many gorgeous and so many big things. Be satisfied with what you
Always chant the Holy Name avoiding offences. "Niraparadhe nama laile paya
prema-dhana: if you chant the Holy Name without offence, you will get the
wealth of divine love (prema)." Always avoid the ten offences.
'If you do not have money, it is not a problem—you can just serve with
some water and Tulasi and keep Lord Krishna in your heart. Unfortunately,
however, you get some happiness and, enjoying with that, you forget Krishna.'