TEXT 87
sakala brahmane puri vaisnava karila
sei sei seva-madhye saba niyojila
SYNONYMS
sakala brahmane—all the brahmanas who were present there; puriMadhavendra Puri Gosvami; vaisnava karila—elevated to the position of Vaisnavas; sei sei—under different divisions; seva-madhye—in rendering service; saba—all of them; niyojila—were engaged.
TRANSLATION
All the brahmanas present on that occasion were initiated by Madhavendra Puri into the Vaisnava cult, and Madhavendra Puri engaged them in different types of service.
PURPORT
In the scriptures it is stated: sat-karma-nipuno vipro mantra-tantra-visaradah. A qualified brahmana must be expert in the occupational duties of a brahmana. His duties are mentioned as six brahminical engagements. Pathana means that a brahmana must be conversant with the Vedic scriptures. He must also be able to teach others to study the Vedic scriptures. This is pathana. He must also be expert in worshiping different deities and in performing the Vedic rituals (yajana). On account of this yajana, the brahmana, being the head of society, performs all the Vedic rituals for ksatriyas, vaisyas, and sudras. This is called yajana, assisting others in performing ceremonies. The remaining two items are dana and pratigraha. The brahmana accepts all kinds of contributions (pratigraha) from his followers (namely, the ksatriyas, vaisyas and sudras). But he does not keep all the money. He keeps only as much as required and gives the balance to others in charity (dana).
In order for such a qualified brahmana to worship the Deity, he must be a Vaisnava. Thus the Vaisnava's position is superior to that of the brahmana. This example given by Madhavendra Puri confirms that even though a brahmana may be very expert, he cannot become a priest or servitor of the visnu-murti unless he is initiated in vaisnava-mantra. After installing the Deity of Gopala, Madhavendra Puri initiated all the brahmanas into Vaisnavism. He then allotted the brahmanas different types of service to the Deity. From four in the morning until ten at night (from mangala-aratrika to sayana-aratrika), there must be at least five or six brahmanas to take care of the Deity. Six aratrikas are performed in the temple, and food is frequently offered to the Deity and the prasada distributed. This is the method of worshiping the Deity according to the rules and regulations set by predecessors. Our sampradaya belongs to the disciplic succession of Madhavendra Puri, who belonged to the Madhva-sampradaya. We are in the disciplic succession of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who was initiated by Sri Isvara Puri, a disciple of Madhavendra Puri's. Our sampradaya is therefore called the Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya. As such, we must carefully follow in the footsteps of Sri Madhavendra Puri and observe how he installed the Gopala Deity on top of Govardhana Hill, how he arranged and performed the Annakuta ceremony in only one day, and so forth. Our installation of Deities in America and in the wealthy countries of Europe should be carried out in terms of Sri Madhavendra Puri's activities. All the servitors of the Deity must be strictly qualified as brahmanas and, specifically, must engage in the Vaisnava custom of offering as much prasada as possible and distributing it to the devotees who visit the temple to see the Lord.

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