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Srila Prabhupada’s letters On Guruship

worship here. Or you install Deity at home, as our Kñérodakaçäyé Prabhu is doing. Everyone can do it. Where is the difficulty? Now ask him how he is happy. The whole family is happy. Not only he. But his wife, his children, everyone is happy. Practical. Man-manä bhava mad-bhakto mad-yäjé mäà namaskuru [Bg. 18.65]. And if you cannot do anything, simply come and offer your obeisances: “My dear Lord Kåñëa, I am so poor, so unfortunate, I cannot do all these things, but I offer my humble obeisances unto Your lotus feet.” That much also. If you do this, you become spiritual master.
So, simply by accepting this principle, and even if you are not learned, illiterate, you are hearing so much from Bhagavad-gétä, you simply repeat that. Simply repeat that. There is no question of becoming very learned scholar. God has given you this ear. Even if you are blind, you cannot read, you can hear. So kåñëa-upadeça, what is Kåñëa…? This is ‘kåñëa’-upadeça. And at last, Kåñëa says, sarva-dharmän parityajya mäm ekaà çaraëaà vraja [Bg. 18.66]. So if you simply preach this cult, “My dear friend, my dear brother, you surrender to Kåñëa,” you become spiritual master. You become spiritual master. You go door to door. No other talks. Simply say, “My dear friend, you are very nice, you are very learned.”….. “Now kindly forget all nonsense, whatever you have learned. That’s all. I am flattering you because I want that you forget everything, all these yogis and this and that and that and meditation. Please kick out all these.” “Then what I have to do?” “Caitanya-candra-caraëe kurutänurägam. “Just adhere yourself to the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu.” Then you become spiritual master. That’s all.
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So I hope that all of you, men, women, boys and girls, become Spiritual Master, and follow this principle. Spiritual Master, simply, sincerely, follow the principles and speak to the general public.”

All glories to the transcendental, most merciful and most knowledgeable, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness and Institutor of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust!

“He Built a House in Which the Whole World Can Live!”

In service to Sri Guru, Lord Gauranga and the Vaishnavas.
Yadavendra Das, travelling book distribution preacher.
31 August 2013, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
www.krishnaculture.org
OM TAT SAT

Comment Posted By yadavendra das On 31.08.2013 @ 22:40

spiritual master. Then you’ll spoil. Remain always a servant of your spiritual master and present the thing as you have heard. You’ll be spiritual master. This is secret. You should know it. Don’t try to become over intelligent. That will spoil.…….

You’ll find in Caitanya-caritämåta, now it is published. Caitanya Mahäprabhu says, He is the Supreme Lord, Kåñëa. He says, ämära äjïäya. “Whatever I say, ämära äjïäya, by My order, you become a spiritual master.” Caitanya Mahäprabhu. So one may be very illiterate, no education, or no scholarship, may not be born in brähmaëa family, or may not be a sannyäsé. There are so many qualification. But one may not have all these qualifications. He may be rascal number one, but still, he can become spiritual master. How? Ämära äjïäya. As Kåñëa says, as Caitanya Mahäprabhu says, if you follow, then you become spiritual master. One may be rascal number one from material estimation, but if he simply strictly follows whatever is said by Caitanya Mahäprabhu or His representative spiritual master, then he becomes a guru.
So it is not very difficult. One may not think that “I am not qualified to become guru.” No, you are qualified if you follow strictly the paramparä system. Then you are qualified. That’s all. Ämära äjïäya guru haïä… And what is the difficulty? Caitanya Mahäprabhu says, “Don’t feel any difficulty.” Because as spiritual master, what you have to do? Yäre dekha, täre kaha, ‘kåñëa’-upadeça [Cc. Madhya 7.128]. Whomever you meet, you simply speak to him the instruction which Kåñëa gives. What Kåñëa instruction gives? That is also very easy. What is that? Kåñëa says man-manä bhava mad-bhakto mad-yäjé mäà namaskuru [Bg. 18.65]. Kåñëa says “Just become My devotee, always think of Me, offer Me obeisances, and worship Me.” So here is Kåñëa. If you simply think “Here is Kåñëa, Rädhä-Kåñëa Deity,” you may be fool number, rascal number one. That doesn’t matter. But you are getting impression of this Rädhä-Kåñëa, think of Him: “Oh, how nicely Kåñëa is decorated.” This much. No erudite scholarship. Simply… Kåñëa says, man-manä bhava mad-bhakto. Here is Deity. Worship Him nicely as it is regulated principle. Even you are not worshiping, simply think of Kåñëa, “Here is Rädhä-Kåñëa.” Impression. What is the difficulty? As soon as you see Rädhä-Kåñëa, you get some impression. Think of that impression. Where is the difficulty? Man-manä bhava mad-bhakto. “Worship me.” If you have got opportunity, worship. If you are initiated,

Comment Posted By yadavendra das On 31.08.2013 @ 22:39

intrinsically contained in this letter.
By extrapolation, it means also that every single member of Iskcon is meant to be or become a Guru in due course of time. Time is indeed passing and history is moving on. Iskcon is a movement for spiritual teachers, brahmanas and gurus, whether we like it or not. On Janmastami 2013, I met again an ideal second generation devotee and candidate for Guruship. Let him lodge his application and go through the formal Iskcon process of Guruship approval. In letter dated December 31, 1975 addressed to Madhudvisa Maharaja, Srila Pabhubhupada writes:” Thousands of Caitanya Mahaprabhu temples may be established all over Australia……..” Please note the plural. He does not say one thousand Caitanya temples only, but means many thousands of Caitanya temples to be established all over Australia. How many spiritual teachers do you think that will require???
Not even to mention the practical benefits, for the sake of proper regulation of the process, it will be best however to accept and undergo the Guru qualifying process as set out by The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Srila Prabhupada’s organization and movement, in order to obtain one’s certificate of authenticity and qualification for such a responsible, top most and culminating service. Several brains are generally better than a single one.
It is not that because some have failed that everyone else will also fail. Neither should we subscribe to the jackal’s philosophy, that if the grapes are out of our reach, we automatically condemn the grapes as inedible. On the contrary, we note already the existence of so many brilliant successes and many more such successes will follow. “There is no difficulty.”
Here is another relevant passage from 730822vp.Lon
“To become Spiritual Master is not very difficult thing. You’ll have to become Spiritual Master. You, all my disciples, everyone should become Spiritual Master. It is not difficult. It is difficult when you manufacture something. But if you simply present whatever you have heard from your spiritual master, it is very easy. If you want to become over intelligent, to present something, to interpret something, whatever over you have heard from spiritual master you can make some further addition, alteration, then you’ll spoil whole thing. Then you’ll spoil whole thing. Don’t make addition or alteration. Simply present as it is. Therefore, we have begun Bhagavad-gétä As It Is. Don’t try to become over spiritual ma

Comment Posted By yadavendra das On 31.08.2013 @ 22:37

Spiritual Master you bring the prospective disciples to him, and in his absence or disappearance you can accept disciples without any limitation.” and that is where the ritvik procedure ends and full fledged Guruship begins. The same logical conclusion can be drawn from the 730822vp.Lon quote extensively below.

Furthermore, Srila Prabhupada clearly explains how the law of disciplic succession operates.

Besides giving a 3 pronged definition of “Acarya”: that the Acarya

One: knows the scriptural injunctions.
Two: follows himself / herself the scriptural injunctions
Three: teaches the same to his disciples,

Srila Prabhupada makes two major relevant statements in this particular letter:

One that “Every student is expected to become Acarya. “
And two, that “I want to see my disciples become bona fide Spiritual Master “

That means that every bonafide disciple of Srila Prabhupada must work very hard and must endeavor his very best to live up to Srila Prabhupada’s expectation and become qualified as a bona fide Spiritual Master. The responsibility to guide and save the world is very great and heavy and it represents the function of Srila Prabhupada’s true followers. Neither is Guruship an impossible or forbidden task, nor is it a casual option. It is a great challenge for every bona fide Prabhupada disciple. To be a Prabhupada disciple is not a cheap or mediocre thing because the Master Himself is topmost superlative.
We should also note very carefully indeed that, in this particular letter, Srila Prabhupada does not make any gender distinction at all. He does not specify that every male student only should become Acarya or that He wants to see every male disciple only to become bona fide spiritual master. Not at all! On the contrary, in the following 730822vp.Lon quote below Srila Prabhupada positively designates “men, women, boys and girls, (to) become Spiritual Master.”

There is no alternative choice. Besides this choice, there is only failure- at least failure in the realm of Guruship. Every generation, must (“abhigaccet”) follow to the best of its ability “the law of disciplic succession”, as Srila Prabhupada puts it so nicely in this letter, just as Shastra says that one must accept a spiritual master, Tad-vijïänärthaà sa gurum eva abhigaccet samit-päëiù çrotriyaà brahma-niñöham [MU 1.2.12].
And frankly speaking, every Prabhupada disciple’s power of attorney to take up the service of bona fide Spiritual Master is already intrinsically contained i

Comment Posted By yadavendra das On 31.08.2013 @ 22:35

IMPROVED VERSION.

SRILA PRABHUPADA ON GURUSHIP. V 4Fi

Srila Prabhupada’s 6341 letters represent an undervalued, untapped and formidable source of spiritual and philosophical knowledge, knowhow and information.

Let us consider for example 751202let.TustaKrishna hereunder reproduced:

New Delhi
2 December, 1975

My Dear Tusta Krishna Swami,

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 21 November, 1975. Every student is expected to become Acarya. Acarya means one who knows the scriptural injunctions and follows them practically in life, and teaches them to his disciples. I have given you sannyasa with the great hope that in my absence you will preach the cult throughout the world and thus become recognized by Krishna as the most sincere servant of the Lord. So I’m very pleased that you have not deviated from the principles I have taught, and thus with power of attorney go on preaching Krishna Consciousness, that will make me very happy as it is confirmed in the Guru vastakam yasya prasadat bhagavata prasadah just by satisfying your Spiritual Master who is accepted as the bona fide representative of the Lord you satisfy Krishna immediately, without any doubt.
I am very glad to inform you that Sudama Vipra Maharaja is also now following my principles. So I am very, very happy to receive all this news. Thank you very, very much.

Keep trained up very rigidly and then you are bona fide Guru, and you can accept disciples on the same principle. But as a matter of etiquette it is the custom that during the lifetime of your Spiritual Master you bring the prospective disciples to him, and in his absence or disappearance you can accept disciples without any limitation. This is the law of disciplic succession. I want to see my disciples become bona fide Spiritual Master and spread Krishna consciousness very widely, that will make me and Krishna very happy.
I hope this letter finds you well,
Your ever well wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
ACBS/hda

The main cause of the Guruship controversy stems from quoting Srila Prabhupada out of context.

The above letter on its own however, clears ALL doubts and ALL ignorance. It simultaneously gives the law of disciplic succession in FULL. Just see the perfection and completeness of Srila Prabhupada’s letters and consequently of their author, Srila Prabhupada Himself!

Srila Prabhupada clearly says here that:

“…as a matter of etiquette it is the custom that during the lifetime of your

Comment Posted By yadavendra das On 31.08.2013 @ 22:32

Book distribution stories

“Apaishunam means that one should not find fault with others or correct them unnecessarily. Of course to call a thief a thief is not faultfinding, but to call an honest person a thief is very much offensive for one who is making advancement in spiritual life.” What more can I say?

In service to Srila Prabhupada and His faithful followers,
Yadavendra Das, Brisbane, 12 July 2012.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Comment Posted By yadavendra das On 14.07.2012 @ 11:30

Part 2
Krishna’s satisfaction is priceless.

Just now, I cannot see how one can have illicit sex for Krishna. Just now, I cannot see how one can take intoxication for Krishna. Just now, I cannot see how one could eat meat for Krishna, (even though Srila Prabhupada shouted at Harikesa Prabhu:” Then you just eat meat!” when he was asked to go to the former USSR and was arguing with Srila Prabhupada.)
But as I have described in my article, a Krishna conscious person may safely and purely gamble for Krishna under specified and quite seldom circumstances. But the general rule is and remains, and I stress this point: “No gambling, please”. Every set of circumstances is to be judged by its own merit. It will depend on our development in Krishna consciousness and certainly before acting in these tricky situations, one should always hear the good counsel of senior devotees, especially the Spiritual Masters. “If you don’t know, don’t act” seems to be a safe maxim in this respect.

As far as obtaining a fruit for our endeavors, as you perfectly well know, Krishna is not our order supplier! It is not that because we make some small endeavor that He is duty bound to supply a nice result for our good or false prestige and self-satisfaction. No. We faithfully keep on endeavoring in Krishna’s service with determination, whether or not He gives the desired result. We are bhakti-yogis and:

“The yogis, abandoning attachment, act with body, mind, intelligence and even with the senses, only for the purpose of purification.” Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, text 5.11.

So whether or not there is an external result and whatever its nature, the internal result of purification is always granted, as you have commented.

But a mistake it was not, and I hope you will appreciate the incident at its true value after understanding this message.
Thank you again for your motherly concerns.

One more thing, please. This is very important. As far as your comments about hypocrisy are concerned, as honest and well-meaning devotees, we should be very, very careful before leveling charges of any kind at anyone, especially wholesale or blanket accusations as you are doing. I am sorry, but this is totally unacceptable! Recklessness in this field can lead us into very embarrassing situations. Please always remember that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Srila Prabhupada writes in Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 16. 1-3, purport:
continued

Comment Posted By yadavendra das On 13.07.2012 @ 10:46

Hari!
Dear Mother Tulasi,

Please accept my respects and thank you very much for taking the trouble to post a comment on my article “Gambling for Krishna”.

I admit it. This is the only article, which I hesitated to release.

Openness is a good policy, I believe. In the former Soviet Union, it was called “glasnost”. And I would say, Iskcon needs more “glasnost.” After all, the great majority of people are nice and sensible. And Krishna, in His Supersoul expansion, is situated in everyone’s heart. So there really is no need for fear, as we are never in foreign lands. It is all Krishna’s.

We do not follow the rules and regulations of Krishna consciousness just for the sake of them. Out of two meanings given in the Nectar of Instruction, text two, the opposite proposal represents one meaning of “niyamagraha”, and it is condemned therein. The other meaning is outright rejection of the rules and regulations, which of course, is also condemned. Here is the verse:

atyähäraù prayäsaç ca
prajalpo niyamägrahaù
jana-saìgaç ca laulyaà ca
ñaòbhir bhaktir vinaçyati

One’s devotional service is spoiled when he becomes too entangled in the following six activities: (1) eating more than necessary or collecting more funds than required; (2) overendeavoring for mundane things that are very difficult to obtain; (3) talking unnecessarily about mundane subject matters; (4) Practicing the scriptural rules and regulations only for the sake of following them and not for the sake of spiritual advancement, or rejecting the rules and regulations of the scriptures and working independently or whimsically; (5) associating with worldly-minded persons who are not interested in Krishna consciousness; and (6) being greedy for mundane achievements.

“Niyamagraha” can also be translated as “dogmatic” or even “fanatic.” Unfortunately, we may come across this regrettable attitude in all sphere of life, not just religion. To follow the rules and regulations is not the ultimate goal. To please Krishna is the ultimate goal. We follow the rules of Krishna consciousness to please Krishna via the pure medium of the bona fide Spiritual Masters. The gopis violated the rules of etiquette to please Krishna by offering the dust of their lotus feet to cool His head. “O what an horrific thing to do!” And no one but the gopis agreed to Sri Krishna’s request, even at the risk of being condemned. That was Krishna’s special tricky request to find and show who where His best and closest devotees. Continued.

Comment Posted By yadavendra das On 13.07.2012 @ 10:42

Invisible Chains

Dear Praghosa Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances and all glories to Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acarya of Iskcon and Institutor of the BBT.

Your article is so excellent and faithful that at first I thought that your leitmotiv and last paragraph was a Srila Prabhupada quote. I started to search for the exact source. But it is not! It is your own creation. Congratulations to you!!!

It is true that the Krishna Consciousness Movement as our revered and adored Srila Prabhupada has given it is offering all the solutions to the global problems in a seed and may be even in a creeper form. But for that creeper to become fully manifest to the world, we, followers of Srila Prabhupada must produce our utmost efforts, and sometimes even more than that, to follow Srila Prabhupada instructions and orders to the fullest extend. Srila Prabhupada in his written legacy has truly given everything, all instructions to direct our lives down to the minutest details. It is our duty to “scrutinizingly” (His own adverb) mine Srila Prabhupada’s books and find these intructions for ourselves. It is not good enough to simply accept the positions and enjoy the privileges there-attached and be complacent. We must also accept the corresponding duties and responsabilities very, very staunchly and seriously. These he has clearly delineated, especially in the letters, I find. In that respect we may also learn very much from the so called “karmis”, a word sometimes used in a derogatory sense in Iskcon cirles. Then everything, including the impossible will happen by the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

The above are general remarks only and not to taken as personally directed towards your respected self.

Hope you are well, Prabhu.
In service
Yadavendra Das (acbsp)

Comment Posted By yadavendra das On 14.07.2010 @ 09:48

How could Lord Krsna let this happen

I have noticed that His Holiness Bhakti Swarupa Damodar Maharaj in his 2006 Vyasapuja offering expresses grave concerns about the trend and danger of misleading within our Iskcon society. I quote verbatim the essential passage of his offering on page 12.

“When people misinterpret Your divine teachings and instructions, it can cause many difficulties and it may mislead many innocent seekers of truth. Therefore it may not serve the purpose of Your divine mission. Such a trend in our society can only be corrected by understanding and following the direct instructions of Your Divine Grace.

I am directly appealing to Your Divine Grace for Your kind mercy to all of us so that we can all properly understand Your divine instructions directly. Without this understanding, when some individuals misinterpret Your divine instructions, it will cause great disturbance and the truth may be lost. This danger is there.”

I would like to ask the following question:

“Could there be a direct relation between the occurrences described by HH Bhakti Svarupa Damodar Swami in the above quote and the temple attack.”

In the Vedabase we find the following quote:

in the Katha Upanisada there is the emphatic call—

uttinohata jagrata prapya varan nibodhata

knurasya dhara nicita duratyaya

durgaa pathas tat kavayo vadanti

“Please get up, awake and try to understand that boon of life which you now have in this human form of life. The path of spiritual realization is very difficult and is sharp like the razor’s edge. That is the opinion of learned transcendental scholars.”

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to all victims of the attack and Krishna Conscious prayers for the departed souls.

Yadavendra das

Comment Posted By Yadavendra das On 29.08.2006 @ 16:08


 


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