Antya-līlāChapter 16: Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Tastes Nectar from the Lips of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Antya 16.7

kautukete teńho yadi pāśaka khelāya

'hare kṛṣṇa' 'kṛṣṇa' kari' pāśaka cālāya

SYNONYMS

kautuketein jest; teńhohe; yadi — when; pāśaka khelāya — plays with dice; hare kṛṣṇa — the holy name of the Lord; kṛṣṇaKṛṣṇa; kari' — chanting; pāśaka cālāya — throws the dice.

TRANSLATION

When he used to throw dice in jest, he would chant Hare Kṛṣṇa while throwing the dice.

PURPORT

In this connection Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura warns the men of this age not to imitate the jesting of a mahā-bhāgavata like Kālidāsa. If someone imitates him by playing with dice or gambling while chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, he will certainly become a victim of offenses unto the holy name. As it is said, hari-nāma-bale pāpe pravṛtti: one must not commit sinful activities on the strength of chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra. Playing with dice is certainly gambling, but it is clearly said here that Kālidāsa did this only in jest. A mahā-bhāgavata can do anything, but he never forgets the basic principles. Therefore it is said, tāra vākya, kriyā-mudrā vijñeha bujhaya: "No one can understand the activities of a pure devotee." We should not imitate Kālidāsa.

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