TEXT 8
paratma-nistha-matra vesa-dharana
mukunda-sevaya haya samsara-tarana
SYNONYMS
para-atma-nistha-matra—only for the determination to serve Krsna; vesa-dharana—changing the dress; mukunda-sevaya—by serving Mukunda; haya—there is; samsara-tarana—liberation from this materiai bondage.
TRANSLATION
The real purpose of accepting sannyasa is to dedicate oneself to the service of Mukunda. By serving Mukunda, one can actually be liberated from the bondage of material existence.
PURPORT
In this connection, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu accepted the sannyasa order and recommended the determination of the Avantipura bhiksu to engage in the service of Mukunda. He accepted the brahmana's version due to his determination to serve Mukunda. The sannyasi dress is actually an attraction for material formality. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not like such formality, but He wanted the essence of it-service to Mukunda. Such determination in any condition is paratma-nistha. That is required. The conclusion is that the sannyasa order depends not on the dress but the determination to serve Mukunda.

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