A VAISHNAVA CAN DO ANY SERVICE
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Some of you are preaching, and some of you are cleaning the temple. It does not mean that a sannyāsī who is preaching is better than the man who is cleaning. Their position as vaisnava is the same. For management one is cleaning, one is overseeing construction, and one is going to preach. It is not that, “I have taken sannyāsa, therefore I cannot do anything more.” If need be, he has to act as a ksatriya, or a śūdra. It doesn’t matter. For management, these divisions must be there. Otherwise it will be mismanagement. A vaisnava doing the work of a śūdra does not mean he has become a śūdra. He is a vaisnava. Try to understand this point. Just like you may play a king or queen on stage, but you are neither king nor queen. That is stage play. Similarly, to manage things in the material world one has to do the needful.
— Morning walk conversation on 12 March 1974 in Vrindavan.
– An expert from Sri Krishna-kathamrta Bindu, a free bi-monthly magazine service provided by Gopal Jiu Publications.