|Ādi-līlā||Chapter 17: The Pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu in His Youth|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 17.127
keha kīrtana nā kariha sakala nagare
āji āmi kṣamā kari' yāitechoń ghare
keha — anyone; kīrtana — chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra; nā — do not; kariha — perform; sakala nagare — in the whole town; āji — today; āmi — I; kṣamā kari' — excusing; yāitechoń — am returning; ghare — home.
"No one should perform sańkīrtana on the streets of the city. Today I am excusing the offense and returning home.
Such orders stopping sańkīrtana in the streets of the world's great cities have been imposed upon members of the Hare Kṛṣṇa movement. We have hundreds of centers all over the world, and we have been specifically persecuted in Australia. In most cities of the Western world we have been arrested many times by the police, but we are nevertheless executing the order of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu by chanting on the streets of all the important cities, such as New York, London, Chicago, Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and Hamburg. We must remember that such incidents took place in the past, five hundred years ago, and the fact that they are still going on indicates that our sańkīrtana movement is really authorized, for if sańkīrtana were an insignificant material affair, demons would not object to it. The demons of the time tried to obstruct the sańkīrtana movement started by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Similar demons are trying to obstruct the sańkīrtana movement we are executing all over the world, and this proves that our sańkīrtana movement is still pure and genuine, following in the footsteps of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
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