(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 27 February 2013, Vrndavan, India, Caitanya Caritamtra Seminar Part 2)
Madhavacarya was extraordinary because he was worshiping Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We find Madhavacarya seated at the foot of Govardhan at Govinda Kunda and we find him there deeply absorbed in his chanting of the holy name so much so, that he would not let anything in this world interfere with that chanting.
The vow of Madhavendra Puri is something else. Let us for a moment concentrate and meditate on Madhavendra Puri and his vow. His vow was basically not to make any arrangement for anything to eat. Why such a vow? That vow was not followed by him in the mood of austerity, it was not, “From now, let me do some extraordinary austerity. I will not a make any arrangements for anything to eat.”
No, that was not it. If you think of it, all problems start with eating. It’s because we have to eat that we have to work and then you need to cook, and so on, and before you know it, it’s a huge entanglement. It takes away time – time away from the essential activity, and that was what was mood of Madhavendra Puri who did not want to take away any time from glorifying Krsna. He did not want to, for one moment, just stop his chanting. So, therefore he was not going to bother with anything else. He just let it go, he renounced it, he said, “I will leave it up to Krsna and I will only chant.”
So therefore, if we think about that for a moment, we can realise how deep his level of Krsna consciousness was. His chanting was not the chanting of a sadhika. His chanting was not the chanting of a devotee in practise, who was trying to get purified in practise by his chanting day-by-day; by trying to become more fixed up like most of us. His chanting was the chanting of one who was relishing the glorification of Krsna, who was hopelessly attached to glorifying Krsna and could simply not stop for a moment in that activity. So then, that kind of consciousness that attracts Krsna.