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Prabhupada Vani

Prabhupada

With great respect, shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu requested Advaita ncarya, “Give Krsna consciousness, devotion to Krsna, even to the lowest of men [canalas].”

PURPORT This is shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s order to all His devotees. Krsna-bhakti, devotion to Krsna, is open to everyone, even low-class men like canalas. One should follow this order in the disciplic succession stemming from shri Advaita and Nityananda Prabhu and distribute Krsna consciousness without discrimination throughout the world.

There are different kinds of men, beginning with the brahmana and going down to the lowest platform, known as canala. Whatever one’s position, everyone in this Age of Kali needs to be enlightened in Krsna consciousness. That is the greatest need of the day. Everyone is acutely feeling the pangs of material existence. Even in the ranks and files of the American Senate, the pinpricks of material existence are felt, so much so that April 30, 1974, was actually set aside as Prayer Day. Thus everyone is feeling the resultant pinpricks of Kali-yuga brought about by human society’s indulging in illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling and intoxication. Now is the time for the members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness to distribute Krsna-bhakti all over the world and thus follow the orders of shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The Lord has ordered everyone to become a guru (Cc. Madhya 7.128): amara ajñaya guru haña tara’ ei dea. Everyone in every town and village should be enlightened by the instructions of shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Krsna consciousness should be distributed to everyone indiscriminately. In this way, the entire world will be peaceful and happy, and everyone will glorify shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as He desires. The word canala actually refers to a dog-eater, who is considered the lowest of men. Even canalas can be enlightened in Krsna consciousness due to shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s benedictions. Krsna-bhakti is not the monopoly of a certain caste. Everyone is eligible to receive this great benediction given by shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Everyone should be given a chance to receive it and be happy.

The word dana, meaning “charity,” is also significant in this verse. Whoever engages in the distribution of Krsna consciousness is a charitable person. Professional men recite shrimad-Bhagavatam and discuss Krsna-bhakti for an exchange of money. They cannot distribute such exalted transcendental property to everyone and anyone. Only pure devotees, who have no motive other than serving Krsna, can give such transcendentally valuable benedictions out of charity.

Madhya 15.42

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