Bhajan and Begging – From the Life of Srila Gour Kishor Das Babaji Das Babaji
Sri Manindrachandra Maharaja was an aristocratic landowner king. He once invited Srila Gour Kishor and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur to join in an assembly of vaiṣṇavas at his palace in Kasim Bazar. Hearing his request, Gour Kishor said, “If you want my association, then you must offer all of your wealth unto the hands of the rent collector and come here and live with me. You should build a bhajan kuṭir here and we will live together.
“You do not have to worry about what foodstuffs you will eat because I will daily collect by begging and feed you myself. If you come here in this mood I will always be impelled to visit your bhajan kuṭir. But if I leave the transcendental abode of the Supreme Lord, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and come to your castle, which is the same as Lord Indra’s, then after some time I will begin to think that I would also like to amass a great amount of land. The result of all of this will be that the desire for sense gratification will enter my heart.
“As a result of amassing large amounts of land, I will become an object of your envy. If you want to become very dear to me, then as a friend you should bestow your mercy by coming here to the spiritual world of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and maintain your life by the activity of begging.”·
Translated by Vyankata Das Brahmacari from Anaran Prabhura Katha, a collection of articles written by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada
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