The Middle Man and God

The mediation between divinity, God or Gods and human society has always been the privilege or monopoly of an elite social group--an orthodoxy. This was no less the case in the times of Sri Chaitanya. In the face of such orthodoxy that labelled, categorised, divided and ordered people, he freely distributed the names of God and insisted that no rules, regulations, or religious purity were prerequisites to chanting. No such mediation was required as God himself was now dancing on the autonomous chanter's tongue. In fact, God was even more present where regardless of caste or creed people came together to sing his names, not that he was contained to an exclusive presence in temples.
   It would appear that Sri Chaitanya set the people free from those claiming monopoly, provided the means and method through which they could have direct commune with God at any time or place, and wherein social denominations had no bearing. The mediation of God was then something we can all do by coming together and singing his names.
   Having said all that I think we really have to be careful of recreating any such monopolies in the form of elite individuals or managerial bodies. No doubt we learn and are inspired by good devotees, but we should be weary about the continued potential reification of what Sri Chaitanya undermined.

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