Mahaprabhu's Teaching

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
24 September 2019, Kolkata, part 2

 

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)

Sriman Mahaprabhu told householder devotees, "Krishna-seva, service to the Lord; Vaishnav-seva, service to the devotees; nirantar kara Krishna-Nama-sankirtan, always chant the Holy Name."

It is also written in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita,

বহুত সন্ন্যাসী যদি আইসে এক ঠাঞি ।
সন্মান করিতে নারি, অপরাধ পাই ॥

bahuta sannyasi yadi aise eka thani
sammana karite nari, aparadha pai

"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 agreed.

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 yavat family).

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 get."

সাধুসঙ্গ, নামকীর্ত্তন, ভাগবতশ্রবণ ।
মথুরাবাস, শ্রীমূর্ত্তির শ্রদ্ধায় সেবন ॥

sadhu-sanga, nama-kirtana, bhagavata-sravana
mathura-vasa, sri-murtira sraddhaya sevana

One should associate with devotees, chant the holy name of the Lord, hear Srimad Bhagavatam, reside at Mathura and worship the Deity with faith and veneration.

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.124)

সকলসাধন-শ্রেষ্ঠ এই পঞ্চ অঙ্গ ।
কৃষ্ণপ্রেম জন্মায় এই পাঁচের অল্প সঙ্গ ॥

sakala-sadhana-srestha ei pancha anga
krsna-prema janmaya ei panchera alpa sanga

"These five limbs of devotional service are the best of all. Even a slight performance of these five awakens love for Krishna."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 22.129)

সাধুসঙ্গ হৈতে হয় ‘শ্রবণ-কীর্ত্তন’ ।
সাধনভক্ত্যে হয় ‘সর্ব্বানর্থনিবর্ত্তন’ ॥

sadhu-sanga haite haya 'sravana-kirtana'
sadhana-bhaktye haya 'sarvanartha-nivartana'

"When one is encouraged in devotional service by the association of devotees, one becomes free from all unwanted contamination by following the regulative principles and chanting and hearing."

অনর্থনিবৃত্তি হৈলে ভক্ত্যে ‘নিষ্ঠা’ হয় ।
নিষ্ঠা হৈতে শ্রবণাদ্যে ‘রুচি’ উপজয় ॥

anartha-nivrtti haile bhaktye 'nistha' haya
nistha haite sravanadye 'ruchi' upajaya

"When one is freed from all unwanted contamination, he advances with firm faith. When firm faith in devotional service awakens, a taste for hearing and chanting also awakens."

রুচি হৈতে ভক্ত্যে হয় ‘আসক্তি’ প্রচুর ।
আসক্তি হৈতে চিত্তে জন্মে কৃষ্ণে প্রীত্যঙ্কুর ॥

ruchi haite bhaktye haya 'asakti' prachura
asakti haite chitte janme krsne prity-ankura

"After taste is awakened, a deep attachment arises, and from that attachment the seed of love for Krsna grows in the heart."

সেই ‘রতি’ গাঢ় হৈলে ধরে ‘প্রেম’-নাম ।
সেই প্রেমা—‘প্রয়োজন’ সর্ব্বানন্দ ধাম ॥

sei 'rati' gadha haile dhare 'prema'-nama
sei prema—'prayojana' sarvananda dhama

"When that ecstatic taste intensifies, it is called love of Godhead. Such love is life's ultimate goal and the reservoir of all pleasure."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 23.10-13)

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.

 

 

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