Madhya-līlāChapter 15: The Lord Accepts Prasādam at the House of Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 15.261

caitanya-gosāñira nindā śunila yāhā haite

tāre vadha kaile haya pāpa-prāyaścitte

SYNONYMS

caitanya-gosāñira — of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu; nindā — blasphemy; śunilaI have heard; yāhā haite — from whom; tāre vadha kaile — if he is killed; haya — there is; pāpa-prāyaścitte — atonement for the sinful act.

TRANSLATION

"If the man who blasphemed Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is killed, his sinful action may be atoned."

PURPORT

The Hari-bhakti-vilāsa cites the following quotation from the Skanda Purāṇa concerning the blaspheming of a Vaiṣṇava:

yo hi bhāgavataḿ lokam upahāsaḿ nṛpottama

karoti tasya naśyanti artha-dharma-yaśaḥ-sutāḥ

nindāḿ kurvanti ye mūḍhā vaiṣṇavānāḿ mahātmanām

patanti pitṛbhiḥ sārdhaḿ mahā-raurava-saḿjñite

hanti nindati vai dveṣṭi vaiṣṇavān nābhinandati

krudhyate yāti no harṣaḿ darśane patanāni ṣaṭ

In a conversation between Mārkaṇḍeya and Bhagīratha, it is said, "My dear King, one who derides an exalted devotee loses the results of his pious activities, his opulence, his reputation and his sons. Vaiṣṇavas are all great souls. Whoever blasphemes them falls down to the hell known as Mahāraurava, accompanied by his forefathers. Whoever kills or blasphemes a Vaiṣṇava and whoever is envious of a Vaiṣṇava or angry with him, or whoever does not offer him obeisances or feel joy upon seeing him, certainly falls into a hellish condition."

Also, the Hari-bhakti-vilāsa (10.314) gives the following quotation from the Dvārakā-māhātmya:

kara-patraiś ca phālyante su-tīvrair yama-śāsanaiḥ

nindāḿ kurvanti ye pāpā vaiṣṇavānāḿ mahātmanām

In a conversation between Prahlāda Mahārāja and Bali Mahārāja, it is said, "Those sinful people who blaspheme Vaiṣṇavas, who are all great souls, are subjected very severely to the punishment offered by Yamarāja."

In his Bhakti-sandarbha (313), Jīva Gosvāmī quotes this statement concerning the blaspheming of Lord Viṣṇu:

ye nindanti hṛṣīkeśaḿ tad-bhaktaḿ puṇya-rūpiṇam

śata-janmārjitaḿ puṇyaḿ teṣāḿ naśyati niścitam

te pacyante mahā-ghore kumbhīpāke bhayānake

bhakṣitāḥ kīṭa-sańghena yāvac candra-divākarau

śrī-viṣṇor avamānanād gurutaraḿ śrī-vaiṣṇavollańghanam

tadīya-dūṣaka-janān na paśyet puruṣādhamān

taiḥ sārdhaḿ vañcaka-janaiḥ saha-vāsaḿ na kārayet

"'One who criticizes Lord Viṣṇu and His devotees loses all the benefits accrued in a hundred pious births. Such a person rots in the Kumbhīpāka hell and is bitten by worms as long as the sun and moon exist. One should therefore not even see the face of a person who blasphemes Lord Viṣṇu and His devotees. Never try to associate with such persons.'"

In his Bhakti-sandarbha (265), Jīva Gosvāmī further quotes from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.74.40):

nindāḿ bhagavataḥ śṛṇvaḿs tat-parasya janasya

tato nāpaiti yaḥ so 'pi yāty adhaḥ sukṛtāc cyutaḥ

"'If one does not immediately leave upon hearing the Lord or the Lord's devotee blasphemed, he falls down from devotional service.'" Similarly, Lord Śiva's wife Satī states in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (4.4.17):

karṇau pidhāya nirayād yad akalpa īśe

dharmāvitary asṛṇibhir nṛbhir asyamāne

chindyāt prasahya ruśatīm asatīḿ prabhuś cej

jihvām asūn api tato visṛjet sa dharmaḥ

"If one hears an irresponsible person blaspheme the master and controller of religion, he should block his ears and go away if unable to punish him. But if one is able to kill, then one should by force cut out the blasphemer's tongue and kill the offender, and after that he should give up his own life."

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