Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das

Whether a Vaisnava is in the category of a mukta purusa, siddha, uttama, madhyama, or kanishta, all Vaisnavas do the following:

* Accepts Gopala mantra diksa from a qualified Guru

*Daily worship Sri Krishna

*Daily chant a fixed number of Sri Krishna’s names on mala

*Eat only Krishna prasadam

*Cultivate the four religious principles of truth, mercy, purity and penance

*By following four daily regulative principles:

  1. eat only pure vegetarian foods & NO onions, garlic, eggs, vinegar etc.;
  2. avoid wine, liquor, drugs, cigarettes and all intoxicants;
  3. don’t play lotteries, cards, bridge, slot machines, gambling, etc;
  4. don’t intimately mix with men and women outside marriage;

*Daily serve Sri Hari, Sri Guru and Vaisnavas

*Never offend sadhus or devotees with thoughts, words, actions

*Always behave like a pure Vaisnava

*Display humility, respect and compassion towards all living entities.

If one does not exhibit these qualities and activities, he or she is not a Vaisnava. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed Sri Sanatana Goswami and all of us about correct Vaisnava behavior.

asat-sanga-tyaga- ei- vaisnava –acara,
stri- sanga- eka asadhu, krishna- abhakta- ara

“A Vaisnava should always give up and reject the association of materialists; women exploiting men; the unsaintly and the non-devotees.” (Caitanya Caritamrita 2.22.87)

Pure Vaisnava sadhu sanga ki jai! Jai Jai Sri Radhe!

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