sannyÄsÄ« ha-iyÄ kare gÄyana, nÄcana
nÄ kare vedÄnta-pÄá¹ha, kare saá¹ kÄ«rtana
sannyÄsÄ« - a person in the renounced order of life; ha-iyÄ - accepting such a position; kare - does; gÄyana - singing; nÄcana - dancing; nÄ kare - does not practice; vedÄnta-pÄá¹ha - study of the VedÄnta philosophy; kare saá¹ kÄ«rtana - but simply engages in saá¹ kÄ«rtana.
Fortunately or unfortunately, we also meet such MÄyÄvÄdÄ«s who criticize our method of chanting and accuse us of not being interested in study. They do not know that we have translated volumes and volumes of books into English and that the students in our temples regularly study them in the morning, afternoon and evening. We are writing and printing books, and our students study them and distribute them all over the world. No MÄyÄvÄdÄ« school can present as many books as we have; nevertheless, they accuse us of not being fond of study. Such accusations are completely false. But although we study, we do not study the nonsense of the MÄyÄvÄdÄ«s.
MÄyÄvÄdÄ« sannyÄsÄ«s neither chant nor dance. Their technical objection is that this method of chanting and dancing is called tauryatrika, which indicates that a sannyÄsÄ« should completely avoid such activities and engage his time in the study of VedÄnta. Actually, such men do not understand what is meant by VedÄnta. In the Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ (15.15) Ká¹á¹£á¹a says, vedaiÅ ca sarvair aham eva vedyo vedÄnta-ká¹d veda-vid eva cÄham: âBy all the Vedas I am to be known; indeed I am the compiler of VedÄnta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.â Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a is the actual compiler of VedÄnta, and whatever He speaks is VedÄnta philosophy. Although they are lacking the knowledge of VedÄnta presented by the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the transcendental form of ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam, the MÄyÄvÄdÄ«s are very proud of their study. Foreseeing the bad effects of their presenting VedÄnta philosophy in a perverted way, ÅrÄ«la VyÄsadeva compiled ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam as a commentary on the VedÄnta-sÅ«tra. ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam is bhÄá¹£yo âyaá¹ brahma-sÅ«trÄá¹Äm; in other words, all the VedÄnta philosophy in the aphorisms of the Brahma-sÅ«tra is thoroughly described in the pages of ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam. Thus the factual propounder of VedÄnta philosophy is a Ká¹á¹£á¹a conscious person who always engages in reading and understanding the Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ and ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam and teaching the purport of these books to the entire world. The MÄyÄvÄdÄ«s are very proud of having monopolized the VedÄnta philosophy, but devotees have their own commentaries on VedÄnta such as ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam and others written by the ÄcÄryas. The commentary of the Gauá¸Ä«ya Vaiá¹£á¹avas is the Govinda-bhÄá¹£ya.
The MÄyÄvÄdÄ«sâ accusation that devotees do not study VedÄnta is false. The MÄyÄvÄdÄ«s do not know that chanting, dancing and preaching the principles of ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam, called bhÄgavata-dharma, are the same as studying VedÄnta. Since they think that reading VedÄnta philosophy is the only function of a sannyÄsÄ« and they did not find Caitanya MahÄprabhu engaged in such direct study, they criticized the Lord. ÅrÄ«pÄda Åaá¹ karÄcÄrya has given special stress to the study of VedÄnta philosophy: vedÄnta-vÄkyeá¹£u sadÄ ramantaá¸¥ kaupÄ«navantaá¸¥ khalu bhÄgyavantaá¸¥. âA sannyÄsÄ«, accepting the renounced order very strictly and wearing nothing more than a loincloth, should always enjoy the philosophical statements in the VedÄnta-sÅ«tra. Such a person in the renounced order is to be considered very fortunate.â The MÄyÄvÄdÄ«s in VÄrÄá¹asÄ« blasphemed Lord Caitanya because His behavior did not follow these principles. Lord Caitanya, however, bestowed His mercy upon these MÄyÄvÄdÄ« sannyÄsÄ«s and delivered them by means of His VedÄnta discourses with PrakÄÅÄnanda SarasvatÄ« and SÄrvabhauma Bhaá¹á¹ÄcÄrya.