Comments Posted By Asraya dasa
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Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to HDG Srila Prabhupada!
Not to oversimplify the efforts being made here by various devotees, but to humbly suggest an essential point of clarity that I did not get from the discussion:
I firmly believe that the simple answer to all questions is, “What would be pleasing to my Guru Maharaja?” Popular opinion (even of qualified Vaishnavas) and the direct order of the Supreme Lord (via scripture, Guru or sadhu) will often be conflicting on the surface. There is no way to determine the exact will of the Lord or His devotee based on scrutiny of words alone. When one is sincere to please the spiritual master Krsna reveals the means to do so from within (yasya prasadad bhagavat prasado).
If interested, please see the 1st Canto Bhagavatam incident with Arjuna and Ashvattama in which Krsna emphatically urges Arjuna to kill and Draupadi and Yudhisthir request him not to kill. All spiritual matters are beyond the purview of discussion in the ultimate issue. Shastra points out the standard, but it does not give circumstantial direction. If however we are interested to please the spiritual masters, scrutinizingly hearing (or reading) their instructions in that spirit, and we are doing our best as humble servants to apply in our particular circumstance what Guru has taught, all the while regularly taking guidance and inspiration from the Vaishnavas and scriptures (see 1st canto conversation between Bhismadeva and Yudhisthira Maharaja regarding his lamentation after the Battle of Kurukshetra) then there can be no mistake.
Ultimately, Krsna (ceta-guru) is the only one who knows what’s best for each one’s spiritual advancement, and so Guru, sadhu and sastra must constantly be served with a humble and inquisitive spirit to understand more and more deeply what’s pleasing to Krsna (BG 4.34). All three sources of instruction have their place in helping us to properly determine how to practice Krsna consciousness, and although shastra is the “lawbook” there is no cookie-cutter formula for understanding how to apply what we have learned from any of them (unfortunately it seems for those of us - myself included - who are of the breed that like clear instruction manuals for everything). I have often heard: “There’s no substitute for maturity.”
Please forgive any offenses.
Seeking the position of a humble servant to Guru and the Vaishnavas,
Comment Posted By Asraya dasa On 13.01.2011 @ 16:14