TEXT 51
mana dusta ha-ile nahe krsnera smarana
krsna-smrti vinu haya nisphala jivana
SYNONYMS
mana—mind; dusta—polluted; ha-ile—becoming; nahe—is not possible; krsnera—of Lord Krsna; smarana—remembrance; krsna-smrti—remembrance of Lord Krsna; vinu—without; haya—becomes; nisphala—without any result; jivana—life.
TRANSLATION
"When one's mind is polluted, it is very difficult to remember Krsna; and when remembrance of Lord Krsna is hampered, one's life is unproductive.
PURPORT
A devotee should always be alert, keeping his mind in a sanguine state so that he can always remember Lord Sri Krsna. The sastras state, smartavyah satatam visnuh: in devotional life one should always remember Lord Visnu. Srila Sukadeva Gosvami also advised Maharaja Pariksit, smartavyo nityasah. In the Second Canto, First Chapter, of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sukadeva Gosvami advised Pariksit Maharaja:
tasmad bharata sarvatma
bhagavan isvaro harih
srotavyah kirtitavyas ca
smartavyas cecchatabhayam
"O descendant of King Bharata, one who desires to be free from all miseries must hear, glorify and also remember the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the Supersoul, the controller and the savior from all miseries." (Bhag. 2.1.5) This is the summary of all the activities of a Vaisnava, and the same instruction is repeated here (krsna-smrti vinu haya nisphala jivana). Srila Rupa Gosvami states in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, avyartha-kalatvam: A Vaisnava must be very alert not to waste even a second of his valuable lifetime. This is a symptom of a Vaisnava. But association with pounds-and-shillings men, or visayis, materialists who are simply interested in sense gratification, pollutes one's mind and hampers such continuous remembrance of Lord Krsna. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu therefore advised, asat-sanga-tyaga--ei vaisnava-acara: a Vaisnava should behave in such a way as to never associate with nondevotees or materialists (Cc. Madhya 22.87). One can avoid such association simply by always remembering Krsna within his heart.

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