vaisnavera ei haya eka svabhava niscala
tenho jiva nahena, hana svatantra isvara
vaisnavera—of great devotees; ei—this; haya—is; eka—one; svabhava—nature; niscala—unflinching; tenho—He; jiva—conditioned soul; nahena—is not; hana—is; svatantra—independent; isvara—controller.
"A Vaisnava travels to places of pilgrimage to purify them and reclaim fallen conditioned souls. This is one of the duties of a Vaisnava. Actually, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is not a living entity but the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. Consequently, He is a fully independent controller, yet in His position as a devotee, He carries out the activities of a devotee."
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura points out that because there are many permanent residents in holy places who do not precisely follow the rules and regulations governing living in a sacred place, exalted devotees have to go to these places to reclaim such persons. This is the business of a Vaisnava. A Vaisnava is unhappy to see others materially enmeshed. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught these activities of a Vaisnava although He is the worshipable Deity of all Vaisnavas, the complete and independent Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is purnah suddho nitya-muktah-complete, completely uncontaminated and eternally liberated. He is sanatana, for He has no beginning or end.
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