Mahaprabhu's Teachings (2):
Never Stop Your Krishna-Sankirtan

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata-Worldwide, 17 May 2020, part 2

 

Grihastha Vaishnavs must be always careful with bad association.

অসৎসঙ্গত্যাগ,—এই বৈষ্ণব-আচার ।
‘স্ত্রী-সঙ্গী’—এক অসাধু, ‘কৃষ্ণাভক্ত’ আর ॥

asat-sanga-tyaga,—ei vaisnava-achara
'stri-sangi'—eka asadhu, 'krsnabhakta' ara

"A Vaishnav always rejects inauspicious association. One category of unholy people are those who mix with women, and another one is those who have no devotion to Krishna."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 2.22.84)

Nityananda Prabhu's preaching was also similar to Mahaprabhu's preaching. You will get these verses in Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat. Once, some dacoits wanted to attack the house where Nityananda Prabhu was staying—they tried to come inside the house one night, second night, third night, but they could not. In the end, the leader of those dacoits, a brahman, became blind, and he surrendered to Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Prabhu told that brahman, the ringleader of the dacoits,

শুন দ্বিজ, যতেক যাতক কৈলি তুই ।
আর যদি না করিস্ সব নিমু মুঞি ॥
পরহিংসা, ডাকা-চুরি, সব অনাচার ।
ছাড় গিয়া ইহা তুমি, না করিহ আর ॥
ধর্ম্মপথে গিয়া তুমি লহ হরিনাম ।
তবে তুমি অন্যেরে করিবা পরিত্রাণ ॥
যত সব দস্যু-চোর ডাকিয়া আনিয়া ।
ধর্ম্মপথে সবারে লওয়াও তুমি গিয়া ॥

suna dvija, yateka pataka kaili tui
ara yadi na karis saba nimu muni
parahimsa, daka-churi, saba anachara
chada giya iha tumi, na kariha ara
dharma-pathe giya tumi laha hari-nama
tabe tumi anyere kariba paritrana
yata saba dasyu-chora dakiya aniya
dharma-pathe sabare laoyno tumi giya

"Listen, brahman! I will take away whatever sins you have committed if you do not commit them again. Give up envy, stealing, dacoiting, and all unholy activities, do not do it again. Take up the path of religious life and chant the Holy Name, then you can also deliver others. Call all the rogues and dacoits, gather them together and get them to take up the path of religious life."

(Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata, 3.5.685-689)

"Do not be jealous, do not steal anything from others any more, leave everything and chant the Holy Name. You must also call all the dacoits and tell them to chant the Holy Name!" The dacoits listened to Nityananda Prabhu—they left their bad habits, stopped stealing, etc.

দেহত্যাগাদি যত, সব—তমোধর্ম্ম ।
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 one does not attain Krishna through ignorance and passion."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 3.4.57)

"Those who are pure devotees do not leave their body out of anger." Sriman Mahaprabhu told this to Sri Sanatan Goswami who wanted to commit suicide by throwing himself under the chariot. Another thing that Mahaprabhu told is this:

অধমজনের যে আচার, যেন ধর্ম্ম ।
অধিকারি-বৈষ্ণবেও করে সেই কর্ম্ম ॥
কৃষ্ণ-কৃপায়ে সে ইহা জানিবারে পারে ।
এ সব সঙ্কটে কেহ মরে কেহ তরে ॥

adhama-janera ye achara, yena dharma
adhikari-vaisnaveo kare sei karma
krsna-krpaye se iha janibare pare
e saba sankate keha mare, keha tare

"Sometimes, even a great Vaishnav can engage in the same kind of activities as vile materialists. One can understand this only by the mercy of Krishna. So, amidst this danger of trying to judge others, some die and some may become saved."

(Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata, 3.9.388-389)

It means that the heart and sincerity of devotees is completely different from other—somebody who is a smartavadi (materialist), does not know and cannot understand the heart of a Vaishnav—they cannot give respect to a Vaishnav, they do not know how to behave with a Vaishnav.

Sriman Mahaprabhu also said,

প্রভু কহেন,—‘কৃষ্ণসেবা’, ‘বৈষ্ণব-সেবন’ ।
‘নিরন্তর কর কৃষ্ণনাম-সঙ্কীর্ত্তন’ ॥

prabhu kahena,—'krsna-seva', 'vaisnava-sevana'
'nirantara kara krsna-nama-sankirtana'

"Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu replied, 'Without cessation continue chanting the Holy Name of Lord Krishna. Whenever possible, serve Him and His devotees, the Vaishnavs.'"

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 15.104)

If you have Deities, if you have an altar, you cook, you make garlands, you serve Tulasi Devi. These are all different kinds of Krishna-seva, Guru-seva, Vaishnav-seva. You must engage in this service always, non-stop. Chant the Holy Name when you are working, when you are taking prasadam, when you are cooking, cutting vegetables. Always chant the Holy Name, incessantly, non-stop. Never stop your Krishna-sankirtan.

And Mahaprabhu also told one more thing. Sometimes, you want to invite a Vaishnav—if you can give respect to the Vaishnav, if you can serve the Vaishnav properly, then you can invite them, otherwise you can invite a thousand people, but if you cannot take care of them, it will be an offence. These are Mahaprabhu's words.

 

 

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