Srila Acharya Maharaj Tumb Seven

Teachings to Das Goswami

In this post we are presenting a lecture given on 6 September 2010 in Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Nabadwip in which Srila Acharya Maharaj describes the primary teachings of Sriman Mahaprabhu to Srila Raghunath Das Goswami.  These verses are very frequently cited by Srila Acharyadev in his preaching to the devotees.

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vairāgī karibe sadā nāma-saṅkīrtana
māgiyā khāñā kare jīvana rakṣaṇa
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Antya-līlā, 6.223)
[Sriman Mahaprabhu advises Das Goswami Prabhu:] “A renunciant should always engage in Nama-sankirtan and maintain their life by eating whatever they obtain by begging alms.

vairāgī hañā yebā kare parāpekṣā
kārya-siddhi nahe, kṛṣṇa karena upekṣā
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Antya-līlā, 6.224)
“Anyone who, though being a renunciant, depends upon others, will not be successful and Krishna will neglect him.”

vairāgī hañā kare jihvāra lālasa
paramārtha yāya, āra haya rasera vaśa
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Antya-līlā, 6.225)
“If a renunciant devotes themself to the desires of their tongue, their spiritual life will be lost and they will become subjugated by various tastes.”

vairāgīra kṛtya-sadā nāma-saṅkīrtana
śāka-patra-phala-mūle udara-bharaṇa
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Antya-līlā, 6.226)
“The duty of a renunciant is to always engage in Nama-sankirtan and fill their belly with whatever vegetables, leaves, fruits and roots they can readily obtain.”

jihvāra lālase yei iti-uti dhāya
śiśnodara-parāyaṇa kṛṣṇa nāhi pāya
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Antya-līlā, 6.227)
“One who runs here and there to satisfy the desires of the tongue and who is similarly given over to the genitals and stomach cannot obtain Krishna.”

grāmya-kathā nā śunibe, grāmya-vārtā nā kahibe
bhāla nā khāibe, āra bhāla nā paribe
amānī mānada haṣā kṛṣṇa-nāma sadā la’be
vraje rādhā-kṛṣṇa-sevā mānase karibe
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Antya-līlā, 6.236-7)
“Never listen to commonplace subject matters nor speak of commonplace news. Do not eat very nice food and do not dress very nicely. Do not desire honor from anyone and readily offer honor to everyone. With this mood, always chant Krishna-Nama and engage within your heart in the service of Radha-Krishna in Vraja.”

‘raghu kene āmāya nimantraṇa chāḍi’ dila?’
svarūpa kahe,—“mane kichu vichāra karila
viṣayīra dravya lañā kari nimantraṇa
prasanna nā haya ihāya jāni prabhura mana
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Antya-līlā, 6.273-74)
[Later, after instructing Raghunath, Sriman Mahaprabhu wondered:] “Why has Raghunath stopped inviting Me to his feasts?” Svarup Damodar replied, “He must have understood within his heart, ‘I have been supplying the Lord lunch by using the property of materialistic men and I know the Lord’s heart is not satisfied with this.’”

viṣayīra anna khāile malina haya mana
malina mana haile nahe kṛṣṇera smaraṇa
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Antya-līlā, 6.278)
[Sriman Mahaprabhu acknowledges this, saying:] “If one eats food prepared by materialistic people, one’s mind becomes contaminated and if one’s mind becomes contaminated, one cannot remember Krishna or properly engage in His service.”

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