dure rahi' bhakti kariha sange na rahiba
tan-sabara acara-cesta la-ite nariba
dure rahi'-keeping apart; bhakti kariha—show devotion; sange—in association; na rahiba—do not stay; tan-sabara—their; acara—behavior; cesta—endeavors; la-ite nariba—you cannot take up.
"Do not mix freely with the residents of Mathura; show them respect from a distance. Because you are on a different platform of devotional service, you cannot adopt their behavior and practices.
The residents of Vrndavana and Mathura are devotees of Krsna in parental affection, and their feelings always conflict with the opinions of smarta-brahmanas. Devotees who worship Krsna in opulence cannot understand the parental devotional feelings of the residents of Mathura and Vrndavana, who follow the path of spontaneous love. Devotees on the platform of vidhi-marga (regulative devotional principles) may misunderstand the activities of those on the platform of raga-marga (devotional service in spontaneous love). Therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed Jagadananda Pandita to remain apart from the residents of Vrndavana, who were spontaneous devotees, so as not to become disrespectful toward them.
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