Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta Madhya 16.238

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.10
27/09/2016
Utpanna Ekadashi
25/11/2016

markaṭa-vairāgya nā kara loka dekhāñā
yathā-yogya viṣaya bhuñja’ anāsakta hañā

“Don’t do monkey or false renunciation and show off to people. In the meantime, just enjoy the material world in a befitting way, just don’t be attached to it.”

We have seen that there are pseudo devotees who pretend like a great devotee speaking sweet words  in order to get some name and fame for sense gratification and also those who maintain gross sensual pleasures away but making a show of a devotee . Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupad gave the example of  monkey renunciation [markaṭa-vairāgya] whereby  a monkey is seen to be naked staying in the forest but separately enjoys sense-enjoyment with many female monkeys. This duplicitous attitude will be our downfall. In the Upanishads, it is mentioned;

“Yato abhyudaya nishreyasya siddhi-he sa-dharma”
By which act, you get benefit of both the worlds, that act becomes dharma

Here both the worlds refer to Lila-Vibhuthi (Material World) and Nitya-Vibhuthi (Spiritual World), therefore we should act in a way befittingly so that we can exist harmoniously in the material world and prepare ourselves for a spiritual destination and not be pretentious in our activities.

Written by; Sankarshan Das 

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