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Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Mission



bharata-bhumite-haila manusya-janma yarn

janma sarthaka kari' karapara-upakara




One who has taken his birth as a human being in the land of India (Bharata-varsa) should make his life successful and work for the benefit of all other people.




The magnanimity of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is expressed in this very important verse. Although He was born in Bengal and Bengalis therefore have a special duty toward Him, JSri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is addressing not only Bengalis but all the inhabitants of India. It is in the land of India that actual human civilization can be developed.Human life is especially meant for God realization, as stated in the Vedanta-sutra (athato brahma-jijnasa). Anyone who takes birth in the land of India [Bharata-varsa] has the special privilege of eing able to take advantage of the instruction and guidance of the Vedic civilization. He automatically receives the basic principles of spiritual life, for 99.9% of the Indian people, even simple village farmers and others who are neither educated nor sophisticated, believe in the transmigration of the soul, believe in past and future lives, believe in God and naturally want to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead or His representative. These ideas are the natural inheritance of a person born in India. India has many holy places of pilgrimage such as Gaya,Benares, Mathura, Prayaga, Vrndavana, Hardwar, Ramesvaram and Jagannath Pun, and still people go there by the hundreds and thousands. Although the present leaders of India are influencing the people not to believe in God, not to believe in a next life and not to believe in a distinction between pious and impious life, and they are teaching them how to drink wine, eat meat and become supposedly civilized, people are nevertheless afraid of the four activities of sinful life namely, illicit sex, meat eating, intoxication and gambling and whenever there is a religious festival, they gather together by the thousands. We have actual experience of this. Whenever the Krsna consciousness movement holds a sahkirtana festival in a big city like Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Ahmedabad or Hyderabad, thousands of people come to hear. Sometimes we speak in English, but even though most people do not understand English, they nevertheless come to hear us. Even when imitation incarnations of Godhead speak, people gather in thousands, for everyone who is born in the land of India has a natural spiritual inclination and is taught the basic principles of spiritual life; they merely need to be a little more educated in the Vedic principles.Therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, janma sarthaka kari' kara para-upakara: "If an Indian is educated in the Vedic principles, he is able to perform the most beneficial welfare activity for the entire world."1Every Indian is a devotee.


That is the privilege of taking birth in India.Naturally he is a devotee, and if he takes a little education, takes advantage of the Vedic instructions, then his life is successful. In the sdstra it is said even the demigods desire to take birth in India because of the facility there.The land is so sanctified that anyone who takes birth there is born sanctified. Now, if he takes further advantage of the Vedic knowledge, then his life becomes successful.Therefore Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission is that anyone who has taken birth in India should make his life successful, and then preach this knowledge to the outside world. The exact words are:


bharata-bhumite-haila manusya-janma yara

janma sarthaka kari' kara para-upakara


Outside India they are in darkness. So it is the duty of the Indian to make his life perfect and spread this spiritual knowledge to the outside world. That is real welfare activity for the human society. That we are trying to do. Unfortunately, they have not taken very seriously what glorious activities we are doing for India. They do not understand.


Epoch-making History


In other countries there is no civilization. In India there is civilization. Just you become civilized and distribute this knowledge. This is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's preaching.The ocean of mercy was blocked. Let it be opened, and distributed throughout the world. So work vigorously. This is epoch-making history, how real culture is being distributed for the benefit of the whole human society.