TEXT 132
nama-sankirtanam sriman-
mathura-mandale sthitih
SYNONYMS
nama-sankirtanam—chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra; sriman-mathura-mandale—in Mathura, where Krsna specifically performs His pastimes; sthitih—residence.
TRANSLATION
" 'One should congregationally chant the holy name of the Lord and reside in Vrndavana.'
PURPORT
Navadvipa-dhama, Jagannatha Puri-dhama and Vrndavana-dhama are considered to be identical. If one goes to Mathura-mandala-bhumi for sense gratification or to make a livelihood, he commits an offense and is condemned. Whoever does so must be penalized in the next life by becoming a hog or a monkey in Vrndavana-dhama. After taking on such a body, the offender is liberated in the next life. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura remarks that residing in Vrndavana with a view to enjoy sense gratification surely leads a so-called devotee to a lower species.

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