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Simply by devotional service one becomes purified, even he is born in the family of the dog-eaters. That is the Vedic version

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Simply by devotional service one becomes purified, even he is born in the family of the dog-eaters. That is the Vedic version. Caitanya Mahāprabhu quotes from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Ataeva bhakti kṛṣṇa prāptyera (CC Madhya 20.139). Therefore He concludes that "If you want at all Kṛṣṇa..." Kṛṣṇa... We should, everyone should want Kṛṣṇa.


Caitanya Mahāprabhu says: "Most people, they call themselves as followers of Vedic civilization, but actually they do not obey all the rules and regulations." Then again He says that "Persons who are actually trying to follow the Vedic rules and regulations, mostly they are karmīs." Karmīs means they are attracted by the ritualistic ceremonies, just like performing great sacrifices, yajña, for elevating oneself to the higher planetary system.

They are called karmīs. "And above them," He says: "out of many thousands of karmīs, one person is jñānī or yogī. So out of many such jñānīs, one person may be a mukta, or liberated soul. And out of many thousands of liberated souls, there may be one devotee of Kṛṣṇa." That is the division Caitanya Mahāprabhu makes.

Therefore, to become a person Kṛṣṇa conscious, a Kṛṣṇa conscious person, from the systematic way, it is very difficult. But by the mercy of Kṛṣṇa Himself, He has made the path very easy. Otherwise, Kṛṣṇa consciousness is not very easy task. Bhaktyā mām abhijānāti (BG 18.55). Therefore Kṛṣṇa says:

bhaktyāham ekayā grāhyaḥ
śraddhayātmā priyaḥ satām
bhaktiḥ punāti man-niṣṭhā
śva-pākān api sambhavāt
(SB 11.14.21)

Simply by devotional service one becomes purified, even he is born in the family of the dog-eaters. That is the Vedic version. Caitanya Mahāprabhu quotes from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Ataeva bhakti kṛṣṇa prāptyera (CC Madhya 20.139). Therefore He concludes that "If you want at all Kṛṣṇa . . ." Kṛṣṇa . . . we should, everyone should want Kṛṣṇa. Because as soon as we get Kṛṣṇa . . . yaṁ labdhvā cāparaṁ lābhaṁ manyate nādhikaṁ tataḥ (BG 6.22). If actually we get Kṛṣṇa, then we shall not consider any other profit more valuable than Kṛṣṇa.