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So Prabhupada, it says that a sannyasi should live alone. That means only with devotees?

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"So Prabhupada, it says that a sannyasi should live alone. That means only with devotees"

Conversations and Morning Walks

1973 Conversations and Morning Walks

Who...! Where it is said sannyāsī should live alone?... In general, sannyāsī may live alone. But sannyāsī's duty is to preach... Yes. Well, preaching, you cannot manufacture preaching. You must do preaching according to the principles ordered by your spiritual master. You cannot manufacture your own way of preaching. That is required. There must be some leader. Under the leadership. Yasya prasādād bhagavat...
Morning Walk -- December 5, 1973, Los Angeles:

Hṛdayānanda: So Prabhupāda, it says that a sannyāsī should live alone. That means only with devotees.

Prabhupāda: Who...! Where it is said sannyāsī should live alone?

Hṛdayānanda: I mean, sometimes in your books.

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Hṛdayānanda: Sometimes in your books. So that means with devotees.

Prabhupāda: In general, sannyāsī may live alone. But sannyāsī's duty is to preach.

Sudāmā: That I don't ever want to stop.

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Sudāmā: I don't ever want to stop preaching.

Prabhupāda: Yes. Well, preaching, you cannot manufacture preaching. You must do preaching according to the principles ordered by your spiritual master. You cannot manufacture your own way of preaching. That is required. There must be some leader. Under the leadership. Yasya prasādād bhagavat... Why it is said? Everywhere, in the office, there is some immediate boss. So you have to please him. That is service. Suppose in office, in a department there is office superintendent. And if you do in your own way, "Yes, I'm doing my business," and the office superintendent is not pleased, do you think that kind of service is nice? No. Similarly, we have got, everywhere we have got immediate boss. So we must work. That is systematic. If everyone manufactures, invents his own way of life, then there must be chaos.

Sudāmā: Yeah, that's true.

Prabhupāda: Yes. Now we are world organization. There is spiritual side, and there is material side also. That is not material side. That is also spiritual side, means systematic management. Otherwise how it will be done? Just like Gaurasundara sold the house, and there is no trace of the money. What is this? He did not ask him, anyone. He sold the house, and where is the money, there is no trace. (break) Ah, Hare Kṛṣṇa. What is that badge? Tennis?

Devotee: It's not a badge. It's the only sweater I...

Prabhupāda: Oh, that's nice. Yesterday I received one letter from Rūpānuga Mahārāja. He's preaching very nice.

MadhuGopaldas +  and Rishab +
July 28, 0011 JL +
July 22, 0012 JL +
BG: 0 +, SB: 0 +, CC: 0 +, OB: 0 +, Lec: 0 +, Conv: 1 +  and Let: 0 +