prabhu kahe,--"vrddha ha-ila 'sankhya' alpa kara
siddha-deha tumi, sadhane agraha kene kara?
prabhu kahe—Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said; vrddha ha-ila—you have become old; sankhya alpa kara—reduce your number; siddha-deha tumi—you are already liberated; sadhane—in the regulative principles; agraha kene kara—why are you eager.
"Now that you have become old," the Lord said, "you may reduce the number of rounds you chant daily. You are already liberated, and therefore you need not follow the regulative principles very strictly.
Unless one has come to the platform of spontaneous love of God, he must follow the regulative principles. Thakura Haridasa was the living example of how to follow the regulative principles. Similarly, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami was also such a living example. In the Sad-gosvamy-astaka it is stated: sankhya-purvaka-nama-gana-natibhih kalavasanikrtau. The Gosvamis, especially Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, strictly followed all the regulative principles. The first regulative principle is that one must chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra loudly enough so that he can hear himself, and one must vow to chant a fixed number of rounds. Not only was Raghunatha dasa Gosvami chanting a fixed number of rounds, but he had also taken a vow to bow down many times and offer obeisances to the Lord.
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