TEXT 11
cari bhai sa-vamse kare caitanyera seva
gauracandra vina nahi jane devi-deva
SYNONYMS
cari bhai—four brothers; sa-vamse—with all family members; kare—do; caitanyera—of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; seva—service; gauracandra—Gaurasundara (Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu); vina—except; nahi jane—they do not know; devi—goddess; deva—or god.
TRANSLATION
These four brothers and their family members fully engaged in the service of Lord Caitanya. They knew no other god or goddess.
PURPORT
Srila Narottama dasa Thakura has said, anya-devasraya nai, tomare kahinu bhai, ei bhakti parama-karana: if one wants to become a pure, staunch devotee, one should not take shelter of any of the demigods or -goddesses. Foolish Mayavadis say that worshiping demigods is as good as worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but that is not a fact. This philosophy misleads people to atheism. One who has no idea what God actually is thinks that any form he imagines or any rascal he accepts can be God. This acceptance of cheap gods or incarnations of God is actually atheism. It is to be concluded, therefore, that those who worship demigods or self-proclaimed incarnations of God are all atheists. They have lost their knowledge, as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita (7.20): kamais tais tair hrta-jnanah prapadyante 'nya-devatah. "Those whose minds are distorted by material desires surrender unto demigods." Unfortunately, those who do not cultivate Krsna consciousness and do not properly understand the Vedic knowledge accept any rascal to be an incarnation of God, and they are of the opinion that one can become an incarnation simply by worshiping a demigod. This philosophical hodge-podge exists under the name of the Hindu religion, but the Krsna consciousness movement does not approve of it. Indeed, we strongly condemn it. Such worship of demigods and so-called incarnations of God should never be confused with the pure Krsna consciousness movement.

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