bhadra karāñā — making gentle; tāńre — him; gańgā-snāna — bathing in the Ganges; karāila — caused to do; śekhara —Candraśekhara; āniyā — bringing; tāńre — to him; nūtana — new; vastra — clothing; dila — delivered.
The words bhadra karāñā are significant in this verse. Due to his long hair, mustache and beard, Sanātana Gosvāmī looked like a daraveśa, or hippie. Since Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu did not like Sanātana Gosvāmī’s hippie features, he immediately askedCandraśekhara to get him shaved clean. If anyone with long hair or a beard wants to join this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement and live with us, he must similarly shave himself clean. The followers of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu consider long hair objectionable.
Sanātana Gosvāmī was saved from a hellish condition (Mahāraurava) by the grace of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Mahāraurava is a hell wherein animal killers are placed. In this regard, refer to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (5.26.10-12).
Letter to Upendra — Vrindaban 30 August, 1974
My Dear Upendra das:
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated August 16, 1974 and have noted the contents. So you have returned, but now you must be very careful not to become rubbish. If you are keeping long hairs, they must be removed. All of my disciples must be clean shaved. Even anyone who stays with us must be clean shaved. They can visit, but anyone who wants to remain with us must be clean shaved.
So for a time you may come here to India. Yes, I know your wife, she is of nice character and chaste girl.
I hope this meets you in good health.
Your ever well wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
This conversation took place on June 26, 1975 in Los Angeles:
Kanu Priya: Many of your disciples do.
Prabhupada: No. I don’t accept that. You just this one circle, little. But those who are keeping big hairs, they are rejected from my disciples.
Kanu Priya: All right. That is clearing some things up.
Kanu Priya: This is what we want to know.
Kanu Priya: Because then that is an unequivocal statement.
Prabhupada: No. This is, that you can, that anyone who is keeping hairs and not following the rules and regulations, they are rejected from second initiation.
Kanu Priya: What if they are keeping hair but they are following the rules and regulations.
Prabhupada: Then let them follow. That’s a good life. But from external features he must be a Vaisnava.
Kanu Priya: To get second initiation.
Jamadagneya: Does that mean shaved head?
Prabhupada: Caitanya Mahaprabhu, when His students used to come without tilaka, so He refused to see his face. He refused to see his face. He said it is a crematory ground.
Kanu Priya: Why is that?
Prabhupada: There is no “why.” If you accept it, accept. If you don’t accept, leave us, leave us. There is no “why.”
Kanu Priya: Then that is…
Prabhupada: You are not following strictly. You cannot ask why.
Kanu Priya: We could not ask why when we were following strictly either, Prabhupada. So I’m sorry that it has to be this way.
Prabhupada: No, our thing is that we have got some principles. If anyone cannot follow, then we don’t accept him.
Jamadagneya: Then what do you do with the rest of the world, except for the few people who…
Prabhupada: So what I can do I am doing. Therefore you have no right to ask me. What is possible by me I am doing. And those who are able to follow, they are following. That’s all.
Kanu Priya: But they cannot engage anyone else. How can you reach the intelligent class?
Prabhupada: So that is their business. That is not your business.
Kanu Priya: We are trying to be disciples, so we considered it our business because we are sincerely trying.
Prabhupada: So why you are bothering me? You do your business.
Kanu Priya: Because from you only…
Prabhupada: I do not accept you because you are keeping hairs.
Kanu Priya: I did not know that.
Kanu Priya: You never told me that in Hawaii.
Prabhupada: Now I say, I’ll repeat that anyone who is keeping long hairs, he is no more my disciple.
Kanu Priya: All right.
Prabhupada: This is the first condition.
Jamadagneya: Does that apply also for householder dharma, or is that simply for brahmacari dharma? Even you… I have pictures of you on the Bhagavatam when you did not have shaved head, with a mustache when you were doing your business as a householder. So does that apply to householders, or only to brahmacaris, that a householder must also keep a shaved head or is that…?
Prabhupada: At that time I was not initiated. You were seeing my picture, mustaches, at that time I was not initiated. Since I became initiated, I have shaven.
Jamadagneya: Well, in India where one can do business…
Prabhupada: I can… Why you are bringing this question? You ask, “Why you had mustaches?” I say when I had mustaches, at that time, I was not initiated. That answer is given. That’s all.
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