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Worship of Pancha Tattva and Srila Prabhupada
Rocana and Jahnava's Asrama

In Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya lila 7.125-9, Lord Caitanya speaks to a brahman who wished to leave his home to travel and serve with Caitanya Mahaprabhu:

"The brahmana begged Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, 'My dear Lord, kindly show me favour and let me go with You. I can no longer tolerate the waves of misery caused by materialistic life.' Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu replied, 'Don't speak like that again. Better to remain at home and chant the holy name of Krsna always. Instruct everyone to follow the orders of Lord Sri Krsna as they are given in Bhagavad- Gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. In this way, become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land.' Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu further advised the brahmana Kurma, 'If you follow this instruction, your materialistic life at home will not obstruct your spiritual advancement. Indeed, if you follow these regulative principles, we will again meet here, or rather, you will never lose My company."

In his Purport to the above verses, Srila Prabhupada tells us: "Many people come and inquire whether they have to give up family life to join the society, but that is not our mission One can remain comfortably in his residence. We simply request everyone to chant the maha-mantra: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare."

Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu predicted that the chanting of the Holy Name would be spread throughout the planet, to every town and village. Of course, each town and village is made up of families, and the expectation is that a family would tranform their house into not just a home, but an asrama, where they would have an altar for worshipping the Lord in His various murti forms. Most importantly, the family members would chant together the Holy Names and offer all their food, inviting their friends and neighbors to join them in taking prasadam. They would also observe all the auspicious holy days, and read the revealed scriptures as they are presented by the Sampradaya Acaryas.

This simple program can take the practitioner to the highest realms of devotional ecstasy without them having to leave their homes, perform severe austerities, or do elaborate sacrifices. This formula is the inconceivable mercy that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has brought to us in this age.

One begins this program by hearing and chanting individually, then introducing this chanting to their family members. Within the family unit, the house turns gradually into an asrama. Then within each village, in due course, the families come together and create a temple in the village where they can engage in the same activities they were doing in their homes. Congregationally they can worship and chant the Holy Names in community. This is the natural progression that is recommended by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and all His bona fide representatives. Over the next 10,000 years, we will witness this unfolding take place as the Krsna Consciousness movement continues to spread.

Although Lord Caitanya appeared 500 years ago, the great breakthrough in this prediction has taken place over the last 100 years, particularly with the advent of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who brought this process to the western world in 1966.

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