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CC Antya 4.174

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

TEXT 174

’prākṛta’ haile ha tomāra vapu nāri upekṣite
bhadrābhadra-vastu-jñāna nāhika ‘prākṛte’


prākṛta—material; haile ha—even if it were; tomāra—your; vapu—body; nāri—I cannot; upekṣite—neglect; bhadra-abhadra—good and bad; vastu-jñāna—appreciation of things; nāhika—there is not; prākṛte—in the material world.


“Even if your body were material, I still could not neglect it, for the material body should be considered neither good nor bad.


Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu told Sanātana Gosvāmī, “Since you are a Vaiṣṇava, your body is spiritual, not material. Therefore you should not consider this body to be subjected to superior or inferior qualities. Moreover, I am a sannyāsī. Therefore even if your body were material, a sannyāsī should see no distinction between a good body and a bad body.”