asta-masa rahi' prabhu bhatte vidaya dila
'vivaha na kariha' bali' nisedha karila
asta-masa—for eight months; rahi'-staying; prabhu—Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; bhatte—to Raghunatha Bhatta; vidaya dila—bid farewell; vivaha na kariha—do not marry; bali'-saying; nisedha karila—he forbade.
After eight months, when Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu bade farewell to Raghunatha Bhatta, the Lord flatly forbade him to marry. "Do not marry," the Lord said.
Raghunatha Bhattacarya had become a greatly advanced devotee while still unmarried. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu could see this, and therefore He advised him not to begin the process of material sense gratification. Marriage is a concession for people who are unable to control their senses. Raghunatha, however, being an advanced devotee of Krsna, naturally had no desire for sense gratification. Therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu advised him not to enter the bondage of marriage. Generally a person cannot make much advancement in spiritual consciousness if he is married. He becomes attached to his family and is prone to sense gratification. Thus his spiritual advancement is very slow or almost nil.
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