TEXT 244
caranera dhuli sei laya vara vara
dekhiya prabhura duhkha ha-ila apara
SYNONYMS
caranera—of His lotus feet; dhuli—the dust; sei—that woman; laya—takes; vara vara—again and again; dekhiya—seeing this; prabhura—of the Lord; duhkha—unhappiness; ha-ila—there was; apara—unlimited.
TRANSLATION
As she took the dust of His lotus feet again and again, the Lord became unlimitedly unhappy.
PURPORT
This holding of a great personality's lotus feet is certainly very good for the person who takes the dust, but this example of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's unhappiness indicates that a Vaisnava should not allow anyone to take dust from his feet.
One who takes the dust of a great personality's lotus feet transfers his sinful activities to that great personality. Unless the person whose dust is taken is very strong, he must suffer the sinful activities of the person who takes the dust. Therefore ordinarily it should not be allowed. Sometimes in big meetings people come to take the same advantage by touching our feet. On account of this, sometimes we have to suffer from some disease. As far as possible, no outsider should be allowed to touch one's feet to take dust from them. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally showed this by His example, as explained in the next verse.

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