TEXT 63
haridasa thakura ara rupa-sanatana
jagannatha-mandire na ya'na tina jana
SYNONYMS
haridasa thakura—Srila Haridasa Thakura; ara—and; rupa-sanatana—Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami; jagannatha-mandire—in the temple of Lord Jagannatha; na—not; ya'na—go; tina jana—three persons.
TRANSLATION
To avoid turmoil, three great personalities-Haridasa Thakura, Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami-did not enter the temple of Jagannatha.
PURPORT
It is still the practice at the Jagannatha temple not to allow those to enter who do not strictly follow the Vedic culture known as Hinduism. Srila Haridasa Thakura, Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami had had previous intimate connections with Muslims. Haridasa Thakura had been born in a Muslim family, and Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami, having given up their social status in Hindu society, had been appointed ministers in the Muslim government. They had even changed their names to Sakara Mallika and Dabira Khasa. Thus they had supposedly been expelled from brahmana society. Consequently, out of humility they did not enter the temple of Jagannatha, although the personality of Godhead, Jagannatha, in His form of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, personally came to see them every day. Similarly, the members of this Krsna consciousness society are sometimes refused entrance into some of the temples in India. We should not feel sorry about this as long as we engage in chanting the Hare Krsna mantra. Krsna Himself associates with devotees who are chanting His holy name, and there is no need to be unhappy over not being able to enter a certain temple. Such dogmatic prohibitions were not approved by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Those who were thought unfit to enter the Jagannatha temple were daily visited by Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and this indicates that Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not approve of the prohibitions. To avoid unnecessary turmoil, however, these great personalities would not enter the Jagannatha temple.

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