To support His opinion that as per the scriptures, a sannyasin has NO restrictions on food, Sri Advaita Acharya, a friend of Lord Sri Chaitanya quotes the following part of a scriptural sloka:

nAnna-doshena maskari (Sri Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya Khanda, chapter 12, sloka 374)

What is the full sloka? Please cite the origin also.

  • The "food" tag is also apt here but no spaces left for another tag, probably u can drop gaudiya-vaisnavism
    – Rickross
    Apr 6, 2019 at 11:37
  • Btw I think it was quoted by Advaita Acharya, not Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
    – user9969
    Apr 7, 2019 at 16:07
  • @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury yes thanks.mI checked. editing.
    – user17294
    Apr 7, 2019 at 16:09
  • @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury He referred to Mahaprabhu by Prabhu' I think btw
    – user17294
    Apr 7, 2019 at 16:13
  • Yes he did. @Pratimaputra
    – user9969
    Apr 7, 2019 at 16:13

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The full shloka is:

न वायुः स्पर्शदोषेण नाग्निर्दहनकर्मणा ।
नापो मूत्रपुरीषाभ्यां नान्नदोषेण मस्करी ॥ ७२॥

It's from Sannyasa Upanishad.

na vAyuH sparshadoSheNa nAgnirdahanakarmaNA .
nApo mUtrapurIShAbhyA.n nAnnadoSheNa maskarI .. 72..

Note that I found some inconsistency in numbering of verses e.g. This verse is 72th according to sanskritdocuments.org and wikisource versions but it's 90th according to upanishads.org and Vedanta Spritual Library versions.

English translation:

90. Air is not spoiled by touching (any object); fire by the activity of burning; waters, by urine and faeces (getting into them); and a mendicant monk by short-comings in food.

Regarding the part of shloka mentioned in the question, the "short-comings" in the translation should be taken as Dosha i.e faults according to Sanskrit text.

  • But none of the editions of Chaitanya Charitamrita coukd provide the sloka.So you deserve the greatest appreciation.
    – user17294
    Apr 7, 2019 at 14:40
  • @Pratimaputra you can offer bounty with option that "one of the existing answers is worthy of bounty"! Lol
    – Pandya
    Apr 7, 2019 at 14:46
  • Actually it's present in verse 191 of the Prabhupada version. @Pratimaputra
    – user9969
    Apr 7, 2019 at 15:53
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    @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury okay thnx. Is the source also nentioned? I meant the books edited by the scholars in Bengali. I never read that version.
    – user17294
    Apr 7, 2019 at 15:55
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    @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury okay thnx
    – user17294
    Apr 7, 2019 at 15:56

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