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62 -Preaching


1. Which devotees are attached to preaching, and which to both following and preaching?


The bhajananandi devotees, or those who take pleasure in performing bhajana in a solitary place, are attached to following the codes of conduct. The gostyanandi devotees, or those who take pleasure in performing bhajana in the association of other devotees, are always attached to preaching. Among the gosthyanandls, some are attached to both following the codes of conduct and preaching. Remembering the Lord is the primary code of conduct for the loving devotees, and chanting the Lord's holy names is their preaching. (Caitanya-siksamrta 6/3)


2. Are the religious principles preached by Mahaprabhu not fit to be preached?


Mahaprabhu has entrusted everyone with the responsibility to preach Vaisnava dharma. (Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 8)


3. What procedure should one follow while preaching?


One should transform an unqualified person into a qualified person, then instruct him about the holy name. Whenever possible, one should avoid speaking in any way that will obstruct the preaching. (Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 8)


4. What recommendation did Srimad Bhaktivinoda Thakura give to us about vigorously preaching Sriman Mahaprabhu's order?


Preach the chanting of the holy names of Krsna and the teachings of Sri Gauranga in every town and village. Take Sri Caitanya-caritamrta in your hands, go door to door, and preach the Lord's holy names and the teachings of Sriman Mahaprabhu. As Mahaprabhu ordered Sri Nityananda and Sri Haridasa to travel and preach His message, similarly, being servants of Sri Gaurahga, you should engage proper candidates to travel and preach the teachings of Mahaprabhu. Preaching cannot be done by unqualified persons. In our opinion, you should immediately set up a Vaisnava school. After educating some selfless, well-behaved persons in the teachings of Mahaprabhu, send them to every town and village to preach His message.

(Sajjana Tosani 11/3)


5. What have the previous Vaisnavas and the Gosvamis done to protect and preach Vaisnava dharma?


Some of the previous Vaisnavas and the Gosvamis have illumined the entire world with the light of pure eternal Vaisnava dharma, by writing devotional literatures, songs, by preaching religious principles, by chanting the holy names of Hari, and by their pure characteristics and sublime Vaisnavism. Since the entire world has now been plunged into darkness under Kali's influence in the form of irreligious principles, Mahaprabhu is attracting the minds of many persons and empowering many devotees to preach His own teachings, to distribute love of God, and to preach actual Vaisnava etiquette. (Sajjana  Tosani 2/1)


6. In order to protect Sri Caitanya's pure religious principles, what is our duty toward persons who find fault in His instructions?


It is our duty to remove those harmful insects who have entered into the flower of pure religious principles followed and instructed by Sri Mahaprabhu. It is not that such insects are only plundering the fragrance of the flower of religious principles, but they are trying to finish the flower by gradually eating it away. The seed of pure instructions that Mahaprabhu Caitanyadeva, Prabhu Nityananda, and His son Prabhu Vlracandra gave in order to establish the society of Vaisnavas has in some places become fruitless due to falling onto barren land. In other places it has produced unwanted weeds after falling onto uncultured land. (Sajjana Tosani 2/4)


7. What should be done to reestablish the principles of Vaisnava dharma?


In order to deliver Vaisnava dharma from the mire, one must try to remove all that is oppressing it. (Sajjana Tosani 2/7)


8. How much should one tolerate in order to destroy evil philosophy?


If evil philosophies exist in your country, then you should try to correct them. If even this causes a confrontation with cheaters and cunning people, still you should fight them for the sake of Sriman Mahaprabhu. (Sajjana Tosani 4/6)


9. Should one expose the characters of those who are opposed to pure devotional service while preaching?


Many activities that are illegal and hostile to devotional service are being widely performed in the name of devotional service. Unless those activities are clearly exposed, there cannot be any victory for preaching pure devotional service. (Sajjana Tosani 2/4)


10. Why is it necessary to write the pastimes of Sri Caitanya in all the world's languages?


It is extremely necessary to write Sri Caitanya's pastimes in all the languages of the world. Within a short time, the name of Mahaprabhu will be spread all over the world, and He will become the only worshipable Lord of everyone. (Sajjana Tosani 4/3)


11. How should the preachers propagate Mahaprabhu's teachings?


The preachers should propagate the teachings of Mahaprabhu simply out of love. They should expect neither salary nor reward. It is not possible to preach pure religious principles without pure devotees. That is why when other religious groups preach, they hardly achieve any results. (Caitanya-siksdmrta 1/2)


12. How did Sriman Mahaprabhu and His associates preach Hari's holy names?


After accepting sannydsa, Srlmad Godrumacandra, who is the most merciful incarnation and the purifier of Kali-yuga, preached the holy names of Had all over the world. While residing at Jagannatha Purl, the Lord personally distributed love of Krsna to the residents of Orissa and South India. He ordered Sriman Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Advaita Prabhu to preach the holy names of Krsna and to reveal the science of the Absolute Truth in Bengal. He sent Sriman Rupa and Sanatana Gosvamls to the western part of India to preach the glories of holy name and pure devotional service. Being ordered by Sriman Mahaprabhu, Sri Rupa Gosvami preached in Vrndavana. Today I will sing before you the eight verses glorifying the holy names composed by Sri Rupa Gosvami, who was the acarya of the mellows of the holy name. Kindly hear them and realize these glories. (Vaisnava Siddhdnta Mala, Song 5)


13. Who inaugurated nama-hatta, and what are His instructions?


nadiya-godrume nityananda mahdjana patiyache nam-hatta jlvera karana (sraddhavdn jan he, sraddhavdn jan he)

prabhura ajnay, bhai, magi ei bhiksa bolo krsna, bhajo krsna, koro krsna-siksa

aparadha-sunya ho'ye loho krsna-nam krsna mata, krsna pita, krsna dhana-pran

krsnera samsara koro chadi anacar jive doya, krsna-nam-sarva-dharma-sar


In the land of Nadlya, on the island of Godruma, the magnanimous Lord Nityananda has opened up the marketplace of the holy name, meant for the deliverance of all fallen souls.


O faithful persons! O faithful persons! O brothers! By the order of Lord Gauranga, I beg this one request: Chant Krsna! Worship Krsna! Follow Krsna's instructions! Being careful to remain free of offenses, just take the holy name of Krsna. Krsna is your mother, Krsna is your father, and Krsna is the treasure of your life."

Giving up all improper behavior, carry on your worldly duties only in relation to Krsna. The showing of compassion to all fallen souls by loudly chanting the holy name of Krsna is the essence of all forms of religion. (Vaisnava Siddhdnta Mala, Song 6)


14. What were the duties of the principal mahdjanas, workers, and guards of nama-hatta, and how did they perform their pure patrol?


Sri Mahaprabhu displayed His mercy toward the living entities tortured by Kali-yuga by ordering Sri Nityananda Prabhu to preach the holy name from home to home. Therefore Sri Nityananda Prabhu is certainly the mula mahdjana, the chief proprietor of the ndma-hatta located at Godruma. Even though all the employees of the ndma-hatta are qualified for performing djnd-tahal, the "patrol according to the Lord's order," still, the great mahdsayas, who are like patrolling watchmen, are especially empowered to render their duties in an entirely selfless manner. Above all the rest, Prabhu Nityananda and patrolman Haridasa Thakura have each exhibited the glories of this post in their own unique ways. If one goes out on patrol with the hope of simply collecting money and rice, then that is not the pure form of djnd-tahal.


The mahasaya on patrol plays his karatdlas and calls out, "O faithful persons! I do not wish to beg from you any worldly thing or mundane favor. The only alms I beg is that all of you honor the order of the Lord by chanting the name of Krsna, worshiping Krsna, and teaching others about Krsna. Just invoke the true name of Krsna. Specifically, by giving up namabhasa, please chant the purely spiritual holy name of the Lord.


"O faithful persons! To give up namabhasa and sing the pure holy names is certainly the true welfare of the living entities . Please worship Lord Krsna by chanting krsna-ndma. Perform bhajana by engaging in sravana, kirtana, smarana, sevana, arcana, vandana, ddsya, sakhya, and dtma-nivedana. Execute that bhajana either on the path of vidhi-mdrga or rdga-mdrga according to your specific qualification. "O faithful persons! Remaining free from the ten offenses, just worship Lord Krsna. Only Krsna is the living entities' mother, father, offspring, wealth, husband, and life treasure. The living entities are the spiritual rays, Krsna is the spiritual sun, and the material world is the living entities' prison. Truly, the pastimes of Krsna, which lie beyond the material realm, are the factual riches you should seek.


"O faithful persons! You have turned away from Krsna and thus suffered the experience of so-called happiness and distress in the realm of the material world. This situation is not befitting you.


"All the following things come under the heading of unfavorable actions, performed either by oneself or by society: theft, speaking lies, cheating, hostility, lust, inflicting bodily harm, duplicitous politics, and so forth. Abandoning all these, just resort to pious means and spend your life in Krsna's world. The ultimate statement is this: showing mercy to all living beings, living a pure lifestyle, just chant the holy name of Krsna. There is no difference whatsoever between krsna-ndma and Lord Krsna Himself. By the mercy of the holy name, Krsna in the form of His names, forms, attributes, and pastimes will personally reveal Himself to the vision of the eyes of your spiritual body. Truly in a few days your spiritual consciousness will be awakened and you will remain floating in the ocean of eternally sweet krsna-prema." (Vaisnava Siddhdnta Mala, Song 6, purport)


15. What kind of enthusiasm and happiness did Srila Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja and Sriman Bhaktivinoda Thakura display while preaching the ndma-hatta program?


We were present in the village of Amlajoda on 28th Phalguna. After staying up the whole night on account of Ekadasi, the next morning all the devotees of the village went out for nagara-sahklrtana with great pomp. Keeping the most worshipable Srila Jagannatha dasa Babajl Maharaja in front, everyone reached Prapannasrama. The symptoms of ecstatic love that Babajl Maharaja began to exhibit at the time of klrtana are beyond description. Even though he was more than a hundred years old at that time, he wonderfully sang, cried, and rolled on the ground like a lion. His devotional display was unprecedented, and sang as follows: "What wonderful holy names has Lord Nityananda brought! He is distributing the holy names in exchange for only one's faith. Although my most merciful Nityananda was hit on the head by Jagai, still He distributed love of God to everyone." On seeing the symptoms of Babajl Maharaja's ecstatic love, everyone became filled with the bliss of klrtana, and displayed the symptoms of their own ecstatic love by shedding tears, dancing, and their hairs standing on end. Later, when the klrtana was over, Jagannatha dasa Babajl delivered a brief lecture on ndmahatta. With great pleasure, he ordered the activities of Prapannasrama to be carried out from that day onward. According to his order, the person in charge of the ndmahatta program completed the formalities of inaugurating Prapannasrama that day.


It is customary in all countries that the head of the local administration is invited as the chief guest whenever a school or hospital is inaugurated. The most worshipable Srila Jagannatha dasa Babajl Maharaja was invited as the chief guest during the inauguration of Prapannasrama, and it was completely reasonable. Wherever Prapannasrama is established, such a procedure should be followed. (Sajjana Tosanl 4/2)