Chastity

Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhara Goswami Maharaja: “Chastity means our adherence to the truth. The truth that we have come to realize, that truth is in Krsna consciousness. Krsna consciousness is not a limited thing that one can capture in his hand and swallow. It is of infinite character. There is gradation and there is room for progress in Krsna consciousness. We will say that one is chaste due to his own sincere progress, not due to adherence to the figure, the formal conception.”

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