'namo narayanaya' bali' namaskara kaila
'krsne matir astu' bali' gosani kahila
namah narayanaya—I offer my respects to Narayana; bali'-saying; namaskara kaila—offered respects to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu; krsne—unto Lord Krsna; matih astu—let there be attraction; bali'-saying; gosani—Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; kahila—spoke.
Offering his obeisances to Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya said, "Namo narayanaya" ["I offer my obeisances to Narayana"]." In return, Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, "Krsne matir astu" ["Let your attention be on Krsna"]."
It is the etiquette among sannyasis, those on the fourth platform of spiritual life, to offer respects by saying om namo narayanaya ("I offer my respectful obeisances unto Narayana"). This greeting is used especially by Mayavadi sannyasis. According to the smrti scriptures, a sannyasi should not expect anything from anyone, nor should he consider himself identical with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Vaisnava sannyasis never think of themselves as being one with the Lord; they always consider themselves eternal servants of Krsna, and they want to see everyone in the world become Krsna conscious. For this reason, a Vaisnava sannyasi always offers his blessings to everyone, saying krsne matir astu ("May you become Krsna conscious").
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