EVERYONE SHOULD RESPECT A BRAHMIN

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lord Krishna washing the feet of His friend Sudama, a Brahmin.

When Śri Caitanya Mahāprabhu went to Gayā, accompanied by many of His disciples, He became sick on the way. He had such a high fever that He asked His students to bring water that had washed the feet of brāhmanas, and when they brought it the Lord drank it and was cured. Therefore everyone should respect the position of a brāhmana, as indicated by Śri Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Neither the Lord nor His followers displayed any disrespect to brāhmanas.

The followers of the Lord must be prepared to offer brāhmanas all due respect. But preachers of Lord Caitanya’s cult object if someone presents himself as a brāhmana without having the necessary qualifications. The followers of Lord Caitanya cannot blindly accept that everyone born in a brāhmana family is a brāhmana. Therefore one should not indiscriminately follow the Lord’s example of showing respect to brāhmanas by drinking water that has washed their feet. Gradually the brāhmana families have become degraded because of the contamination of Kali-yuga. Thus they misguide people by exploiting their sentiments.

[The Bhaktivedanta Purport to the Caitanya Caritamrta Ādi 17.10]

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