For Household Devotees

 

Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

A household devotee should lead his household life for the service of Sri Krishna and His devotees, relinquishing all anti-devotional acts and habits. Sri Krishna is the Master of the house and the inmates of the house are His servitors. It is the advice of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to household devotees – that they should worship Deities, they should serve Vaishnavas and they should perform ‘Harinama Sankirtan’. If there is any difficulty in performing Archan of Deities, they must serve Vaishnavas and do Nama-Sankirtana. With the association of Suddha – Bhaktas they will get inspiration, it will be a reminder to them that their life is for the service of Sri Krishna and for nothing else. It is very difficult for a householder to remain totally aloof from the transitory surroundings and the influence of the temporary physical relations.
It is the instruction of Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to Grihastha Vaishnavas:
1) To do Harinama,
2) To serve Vaishnavas and
3) To worship Deities.
If there is any difficulty for ‘Sree vigraha seva’ (worship of deities), they should do at least ‘Harinama’ and ‘Vaishnav-seva’.

—  Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj

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