By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
There is a persistent misunderstanding between caste brāhmanas and advanced Vaisnavas, or gosvāmīs, because caste brāhmanas, or smārtas, are of the opinion that one cannot become a brāhmana unless he changes his body. As we have discussed several times, it is to be understood that by the supremely powerful potency of the Lord, as described by Krishnadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī, everything is possible. Caitanya Mahāprabhu is as fully independent as Krishna. Therefore no one can interfere with His activities. If He wants, by His mercy He can convert even a yavana, an unclean follower of non-Vedic principles, into a perfectly well behaved gentleman. This is actually happening in our propagation of the Krishna consciousness movement. The members of the present Krishna consciousness movement were not born in India, nor do they belong to the Vedic culture, but within the short time of four or five years they have become such wonderful devotees simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra that even in India they are well received as perfectly well behaved Vaisnavas wherever they go.
Although less intelligent men cannot understand it, this is the special power of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Actually, the body of a Krishna conscious person changes in many ways. Even in the United States, when our devotees chant on the street, American ladies and gentlemen inquire from them whether they are actually Americans because no one could expect Americans to become such nice devotees all of a sudden. Even Christian priests are greatly surprised that all these boys from Jewish and Christian families have joined this Krishna consciousness movement; before joining, they never regarded any principles of religion seriously, but now they have become sincere devotees of the Lord. Everywhere people express this astonishment, and we take great pride in the transcendental behavior of our students. Such wonders are possible, however, only by the mercy of Śri Caitanya Mahāprabhu. They are not ordinary or mundane.[Bhaktivedanta Purport to the Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi 17.1] ALSO READ: KARMIS SHOULD BECOME DEVOTEES OSAMA BIN LADEN IN PAKISTAN: Srila Prabhupada Informs About The Root Cause of Pakistan’s Creation A BRAHMANA BY QUALIFICATION AND NOT BY BIRTH INDIA’S SYSTEM OF FREE EDUCATION: Its Relevance In Today’s Context Of Increased Corruption And Cheating FAVOURS AND GIFTS OF ŚRĪ CAITANYA MAHĀPRABHU