Mahaprabhu's Teachings (1):
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami
Maharaj ki jay
I am very happy to see you all by the mercy of Gurudev, one week. We are all still in our houses, but we can contact devotees and get devotees' association through technology. Association of devotees (sadhu-sanga, good association) and engaging ourselves in the service to our Guru, Vaishnavs, and Bhagavan (sadhu-seva, or bhakta-seva, service to devotees) are the main things in our spiritual life.
We must learn from the teachings of the previous great personalities (mahajans)—whether one is a householder devotee (grihastha) or a renunciate (sannyasi, grha-tyagi), there is no difference because everybody can practise Krishna consciousness. In Mahaprabhu's time, many great devotees practised in householder life—Srila Srivas Pandit, Sri Sivananda Sen, Sri Pundarikaksa Vidyanidhi, Sri Raya Ramananda, Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu, and many others. They all showed us how they maintained their householder life, it is an example for all of us. A house is not a place for only enjoyment—your house is Krishna's house, Vaishnavs' house, guru-varga's house, your house is meant for the service of the Lord. This is how we must stay in our house, this is the main conception for householder life.
Mahaprabhu teaches us through His teaching to Sri Raghunath Das Goswami. We can read it in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita or Sri Chaitanya-bhagavat. Mahaprabhu told him, "Be sensible. Go back to your home, do not be crazy. Everyone will reach their goal gradually."
স্থির হঞা ঘরে যাও, না হও বাতুল
sthira haya ghare yao, na hao batula
"Be sensible, go back to your home. Do not be crazy. One reaches the shore of material existence gradually."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 2.16.237)
Mahaprabhu also taught him,
মর্কট-বৈরাগ্য না কর লোক দেখাঞা ।
markata-vairagya na kara loka dekhana
"Do not show your false renunciation to people. Serve accepting material things, but without attachment. Be fixed internally, and behave like everyone else externally. Krishna will rescue you soon."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 2.16.238-239)
"It is not necessary to show monkey renunciation—you can keep your house, you can keep everything, enjoy your life but without material attachment. Be sincere in your heart, practise with heart and soul, and Krishna will rescue you from this situation." In householder life, if the house is favourable to devotion, you can live householder life, it is not a problem, but if your house is not favourable to devotion, then you can reject that house and become a sannyasi.
This is what Sriman Mahaprabhu tells householder devotees.
ভারত-ভূমিতে হৈল মনুষ্য-জন্ম যার ।
bharata-bhumite haila manusya janma yara
"One who has taken his birth as a human being in the land of India should take advantage of his birth and bring benefit to all other people."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 9.41)
নাচ, গাও, ভক্তসঙ্গে কর সঙ্কীর্ত্তন
nacha, gao, bhakta-sange kara sankirtana
"Dance, chant, and do sankirtan in the association of devotees, go out and preach about the chanting of the Holy Name of Lord Krishna—by this process you will be able to deliver all fallen souls."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 7.92)
You are all born in this Bharat-bhumi—in India, or actually anywhere else because people all over the world are now coming to Mahaprabhu's line. This Krishna consciousness line is spreading all over the world through our guru-varga who preach so much all over the world. Gurudev has brought so many people to Krishna consciousness line, Krishna consciousness life, pure devotional life, perfect line, perfect life—Gurudev has given you all a new life, and you are now enjoying this life with service to devotees (bhakta-seva) and devotional activities. So, Sriman Mahaprabhu tells householder devotees: dance, chant, do sankirtan with devotees and advise others to chant the Holy Name.
Moreover, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also says that if you do nagar-sankirtan, you should do it with pure devotees—it is not necessary to practise kirtan, etc. with non-devotees:
শুদ্ধ-ভক্ত সঙ্গে নৃত্য-সঙ্কীর্ত্তন
suddha-bhakta sange nrtya-sankirtan
"Dance and chant in the association of pure devotees. It is not necessary to practise kirtan or any other devotional activities in the association of non-devotees."
Also, householder devotees must depend on the Lord in everything—they must think, "Whatever is happening, whatever will happen, everything depends on the Lord."
শুন মাতা ঈশ্বরের অধীন সংসার
suna mata, isvarera adhina samsara
"Listen, dear mother, the whole world is under the control of the Lord. No one has the power to become independent."
(Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata, 2.28.55)
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