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CC Madhya 24.216


‘tapasvī’ prabhṛti yata dehārāmī haya
sādhu-saṅge tapa chāḍi’ śrī-kṛṣṇa bhajaya


tapasvī — persons who undergo severe penances; prabhṛti — and so on; yata — all; dehārāmī haya — are within the category of the bodily concept of life; sādhu-saṅge — in the association of devotees; tapa chāḍi’ — giving up all such processes of penance and austerity; śrī-kṛṣṇa bhajaya — engage themselves in the service of Lord Kṛṣṇa.


“The tapasvīs, those who undergo severe austerities and penances to elevate themselves to the higher planetary systems, are also in the same category. When such persons come in contact with a devotee, they give up all those practices and engage in Lord Kṛṣṇa’s service.