Caitanya, respected someone who is trying to be Krishna conscious

One time Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda, They decided to go to Śāntipura to see Advaita Gosain and on the way there was a sadhu in Godrumadvīpa side of Navadvīpa. He requested Them to please come and visit his āśrama. He offered Them a nice seat and very respectfully They were discussing. He said “Please take a little prasāda.” He brought out some food and They said “We don’t take outside food, We are brahmanas. We’ll just take some fruit.”

He brought some fruits. In the course of the conversation, he asked if They would like to have a little wine.

They said, “What!?”

“It helps the meditation.”

They realized that this is one of those imitation sādhus who was taking wine and so many other things. So immediately, They just jumped up and they felt completely polluted as they had taken food which had been touched and given by someone who wasn’t strictly following the regulative principle. They ran to the Ganges and threw Themselves in with Their whole clothes on, just like that. He was just talking, and the next second, psht… They’re up and run.

So Lord Caitanya, He respected someone who was trying to be Krishna conscious but someone who was putting on a profile of being a great devotee or sādhu, but who in fact was not even following the regulative principles, who was not constant in the devotion, Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityānanda, They didn’t accept their offerings, what to speak of higher benediction.

H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1983, 3rd, October SB Class @ Atlanta, USA