sanatana kahe,--"ami madhukari kariba
brahmanera ghare kene ekatra bhiksa laba?"
sanatana kahe—Sanatana replied; ami—I; madhukari kariba—shall practice acceptance of food by madhukari means; brahmanera ghare—in the house of a brahmana; kene—why; ekatra—in one place; bhiksa laba—I should accept lunch.
Sanatana replied,"I shall practice the process of madhukari. Why should I accept full meals in the house of a brahmana?"
The word madhukari comes from the word madhukara, which refers to bees collecting honey from flower to flower. A madhukari is a saintly person or a mendicant who does not accept a full meal at one house but begs from door to door, taking a little food from each householder's place. In this way he does not overeat or give householders unnecessary trouble. A person in the renounced order may beg but not cook. His begging should not be a burden for the householders. The madhukari process is strictly to be followed by a babaji, that is, one who has attained the paramahamsa stage. This practice is still current in Vrndavana, and there are many places where alms are offered. Unfortunately, there are many beggars who have come to Vrndavana to accept alms but not follow the principles of Sanatana Gosvami. People try to imitate him and lead an idle life by practicing madhukari. It is almost impossible to strictly follow Sanatana Gosvami or Rupa Gosvami. It is better to accept food offered to Krsna in the temple than to try to imitate Sanatana Gosvami and Rupa Gosvami.
yogo bhavati duhkha-ha
The ideal sannyasi strictly follows the ways practiced by the Gosvamis.
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