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CC Madhya 4.123 (1975)

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

TEXT 123

ayācita-vṛtti purī--virakta, udāsa
ayācita pāile khā'na, nahe upavāsa


ayācita-vṛtti—accustomed to avoid begging; purī—Mādhavendra Purī; virakta—unattached; udāsa—indifferent; ayācita—without begging; pāile—if getting; khā'na—he eats; nahe—if not; upavāsa—fasting.


Mādhavendra Purī avoided begging. He was completely unattached and indifferent to material things. If, without his begging, someone offered him some food, he would eat; otherwise he would fast.


This is the paramahaṁsa stage, the highest stage for a sannyāsī. A sannyāsī can beg from door to door just to collect food, but a paramahaṁsa who has taken ayācita-vṛtti, or ājagara-vṛtti, does not ask anyone for food. If someone offers him food voluntarily, he eats. Ayācita-vṛtti means being accustomed to refrain from begging, and ājagara-vṛtti indicates one who is compared to a python, the big snake that makes no effort to acquire food but rather allows food to come automatically within its mouth. In other words, a paramahaṁsa simply engages exclusively in the service of the Lord without caring even for eating or sleeping. It was stated about the six Gosvāmīs: nidrāhāra-vihārakādi-vijitau. In the paramahaṁsa stage one conquers the desire for sleep, food and sense gratification. One remains a humble, meek mendicant engaged in the service of the Lord day and night. Mādhavendra Purī had attained this paramahaṁsa stage.