Ära dine jyotiá¹£a sarva-jÃ±a eka Äila
tÄhÄre sammÄna kari' prabhu praÅna kaila
Ära dine - some other day; jyotiá¹£a - an astrologer; sarva-jÃ±a - who knows everything; eka - one; Äila - came there; tÄhÄre - unto him; sammÄna kari' - giving all honor; prabhu - the Lord; praÅna - question; kaila - put.
BrÄhmaá¹as generally used to become astrologers, Äyur-vedic physicians, teachers and priests. Although highly learned and respectable, such brÄhmaá¹as went from door to door to distribute their knowledge. A brÄhmaá¹a would first go to a householderâs home to give information about the functions to be performed on a particular tithi, or date, but if there were sickness in the family, the family members would consult the brÄhmaá¹a as a physician, and the brÄhmaá¹a would give instruction and some medicine. Often, since the brÄhmaá¹as were expert in astrology, people would also be greatly inquisitive about their past, present and future.
Although the brÄhmaá¹a appeared at Lord Caitanyaâs house as a beggar, Lord Caitanya MahÄprabhu received him with great respect because he was a qualified brÄhmaá¹a who knew the astrological science perfectly. Although brÄhmaá¹as would go door to door just like beggars, they were honored as very respectable guests. This was the system in Hindu society five hundred years ago, during the time of Caitanya MahÄprabhu. This system was current even one hundred years ago; even fifty or sixty years ago, when we were children, such brÄhmaá¹as would visit householders like humble beggars, and people would derive great benefit from the mercy of such brÄhmaá¹as. The greatest benefit was that a householder could save a great deal of money from being spent on doctor bills because the brÄhmaá¹as, aside from explaining the past, present and future, could ordinarily cure all kinds of diseases simply by giving instructions and some medicine. Thus no one was bereft of the benefit of a first-class physician, astrologer and priest. The important members of ISKCON should give careful attention to our Dallas school, where children are being taught Sanskrit and English to become perfect brÄhmaá¹as. If they are actually trained as perfect brÄhmaá¹as, they can save society from rogues and ruffians; indeed, people can live happily under the protection of qualified brÄhmaá¹as. Therefore the Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ (4.13) gives special stress to the division of society (cÄtur-vará¹yaá¹ mayÄ sá¹á¹£á¹aá¹ guá¹a-karmavibhÄgaÅaá¸¥). Unfortunately some people are now claiming to be brÄhmaá¹as simply by birthright, with no qualifications. Therefore the entire society is in chaos.