kabhu na badhibe tomara visaya-taranga
punarapi ei thani pabe mora sanga
(Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila, 7.129)
If you follow this instruction, your materialistic life at home will not obstruct your spiritual advancement. Indeed, if you follow these regulative principles, we will again meet here, or, rather, you will never lose My company.
Mahaprabhu said, “You should become guru, and on My behalf give the holy name to the world. Because I am with you, no worldly maya will come and touch you.” But do not think, “I am an acarya, I am guru.” Think only that, “I am fulfilling the wish of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. I am carrying out the orders of my Gurudeva.” Telling others what I have learned from my Gurudeva is also a kind of bhajana.
Suppose I am giving class and I am sitting on a ‘throne,’ higher than others. Still, when Gurudeva or any senior Vaisnava comes, I will get down from there and pray to them, “Please speak. I don’t know anything.”
Mathura, India: Summer of 1994