Ādi-līlāChapter 3: The External Reasons for the Appearance of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 3.21

āpane kaile dharma śikhāna yāya

ei ta' siddhānta gītā-bhāgavate gāya

SYNONYMS

āpane — personally; kaile — if not practiced; dharma — religion; śikhāna — the teaching; yāya — does not advance; ei — this; ta' — certainly; siddhānta — conclusion; gītāin the Bhagavad-gītā; bhāgavatein Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam; gāya — they sing.

TRANSLATION

"Unless one practices devotional service himself, he cannot teach it to others. This conclusion is indeed confirmed throughout the Gītā and Bhāgavatam.

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