Madhya-līlāChapter 22: The Process of Devotional Service

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 22.120

viṣṇu-vaiṣṇava-nindā, grāmya-vārtā śuniba

prāṇi-mātre mano-vākye udvega diba

SYNONYMS

viṣṇu-vaiṣṇava-nindā — blaspheming Lord Viṣṇu or His devotee; grāmya-vārtā — ordinary talks; śuniba — we should not hear; prāṇi-mātreto any living entity, however insignificant; manaḥ-vākye — by mind or by words; udvega — anxiety; diba — we should not give.

TRANSLATION

"(18) The devotee should not hear Lord Viṣṇu or His devotees blasphemed. (19) The devotee should avoid reading or hearing newspapers or mundane books that contain stories of love affairs between men and women or subjects palatable to the senses. (20) Neither by mind nor words should the devotee cause anxiety to any living entity, regardless how insignificant he may be.

PURPORT

The first ten items are dos and the second ten items are don'ts. Thus the first ten items give direct action, and the second ten items give indirect action.

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