Ādi-līlāChapter 6: The Glories of Śrī Advaita Ācārya

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 6.85

keha māne, keha māne, saba tāńra dāsa

ye māne, tāra haya sei pāpe nāśa

SYNONYMS

keha māne — someone accepts; keha māne — someone does not accept; saba tāńra dāsa — all His servants; ye māne — one who does not accept; tāra — of him; haya — there is; sei — that; pāpein sinful activity; nāśa — annihilation.

TRANSLATION

Some accept Him whereas others do not, yet everyone is His servant. One who does not accept Him, however, will be ruined by his sinful activities.

PURPORT

When a living entity forgets his constitutional position, he prepares himself to be an enjoyer of the material resources. Sometimes he is also misguided by the thought that service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead is not absolute engagement. In other words, he thinks that there are many other engagements for a living entity besides the service of the Lord. Such a foolish person does not know that in any position he either directly or indirectly engages in activities of service to the Supreme Lord. Actually, if a person does not engage in the service of the Lord, all inauspicious activities encumber him because service to the Supreme Lord, Lord Caitanya, is the constitutional position of the infinitesimal living entities. Because the living entity is infinitesimal, the allurement of material enjoyment attracts him, and he tries to enjoy matter, forgetting his constitutional position. But when his dormant Kṛṣṇa consciousness is awakened, he no longer engages in the service of matter but engages in the service of the Lord. In other words, when one is forgetful of his constitutional position, he appears in the position of the lord of material nature. Even at that time he remains a servant of the Supreme Lord, but in an unqualified or contaminated state.

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