eka evÄtiyÄto 'ham
adrÄká¹£aá¹ vipinaá¹ mahat
nala - pipes; veá¹u - bamboo; Åaraá¸¥ - pens; tanba - full of; kuÅa - sharp grass; kÄ«caka - weeds; gahvaram - caves; ekaá¸¥ - alone; eva - only; atiyÄtaá¸¥ - difficult to go through; aham - I; adrÄká¹£am - visited; vipinam - deep forests; mahat - great; ghoram - fearful; pratibhaya-ÄkÄram - dangerously; vyÄla - snakes; ulÅ«ka - owls; Åiva - jackals; ajiram - playgrounds.
It is the duty of a mendicant (parivrÄjakÄcÄrya) to experience all varieties of Godâs creation by traveling alone through all forests, hills, towns, villages, etc., to gain faith in God and strength of mind as well as to enlighten the inhabitants with the message of God. A sannyÄsÄ« is duty-bound to take all these risks without fear, and the most typical sannyÄsÄ« of the present age is Lord Caitanya, who traveled in the same manner through the central Indian jungles, enlightening even the tigers, bears, snakes, deer, elephants and many other jungle animals. In this Age of Kali, sannyÄsa is forbidden for ordinary men. One who changes his dress to make propaganda is a different man from the original ideal sannyÄsÄ«. One should, however, take the vow to stop social intercourse completely and devote life exclusively to the service of the Lord. The change of dress is only a formality. Lord Caitanya did not accept the name of a sannyÄsÄ«, and in this Age of Kali the so-called sannyÄsÄ«s should not change their former names, following in the footsteps of Lord Caitanya. In this age, devotional service of hearing and repeating the holy glories of the Lord is strongly recommended, and one who takes the vow of renunciation of family life need not imitate the parivrÄjakÄcÄrya like NÄrada or Lord Caitanya, but may sit down at some holy place and devote his whole time and energy to hear and repeatedly chant the holy scriptures left by the great ÄcÄryas like the Six GosvÄmÄ«s of Vá¹ndÄvana.