Sri Caitanya: “You must preach”

In many instances Srila Prabhupada distinguishes the preacher from the devotee who avoids preaching. In the following purport, he quotes Sri Caitanya as being in ‘the preaching spirit’: “Lord Ramacandra showed His favor to His brothers by ordering Them to go out. Many of the Lord’s devotees residing in Vrndavana have taken the vow not to leave Vrndavana to preach Krsna consciousness. But the Lord says that Krsna consciousness should be spread all over the world, in every village and every town. This is the open order of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu: ‘prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama.’ A pure devotee, therefore, must execute the order of the Lord and must not gratify his senses by remaining stagnant in one place, falsely proud, thinking that because he does not leave Vrndavana but chants in a solitary place he has become a great devotee. A devotee must carry out the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, ‘yare dekha, tare kaha ‘krsna -upadesa.’ Every devotee, therefore, should spread Krsna consciousness by preaching, asking whomever he meets to accept the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 9.11.25/purport)