“There is a saying, Srila Prabhupada even used it. There is a saying that preachers are least appreciated in their own hometown. I guess that is just normal. so we shouldn’t get too upset with that opinion. It happens to us.
Anyhow, I see most the devotees seem to be rather new devotees, so I don’t know how much you gonna you gonna be able to put this recitation into practical use now, but you should remember that today’s disciple become tomorrow’s guru, isn’t it?
So therefore so it’s also good to be edified and cautioned as to the actual purpose of our mission etc. So I have written a few words here just to try to consolidate my ideas so that I don’t carry on, and on and on for three hours.
On this occasion of this most celebrated event, commemorating the appearance of our beloved Srila Prabhupada I again earnestly offer my obeisances to the esteemed assembly of devotees and humbly entreat once more, kindly, carefully and patiently hear a few selected straight forward, truthful and perhaps spicy words from the heart from the lowly and insignificant Aindra das.
Some may think me to be a bit brazen or rather audacious to say the things I do. Whatever it may say, I pray your broad mindedness will kindly recognize the relevance of this short recitation as well as my intention to catalyze of greater depth of thoughtful discussion regarding of the mission of HDG and the progressive viability of our evolvement with his mission.
Left to themselves the fumbling raganuga dabblers will ever disastrously stumble along as unauthorized intruders will into the path of rasa and their lobha and bhava will never crystallize. However, when by the Lord’s mercy genuine lobha, that means greed pertaining one of the braja bhavas appears in the heart, one gradually becomes enlightened in different ways. Uddhava says in Srimad Bhagavatham 11.29.6 “Krishna reveals Himself through the acarya, Spiritual Master or through the agency of Caitya guru, the Supersoul.”
Thus some devotees attain knowledge about the moods of Krishna and His Vraja associates from the mouth of the Rasik Vaishnava guru, some from the mouth of the learned Raganuga devotee, and some whose heart has been purified by practicing devotional service will have this knowledge directly revealed to them from within their hearts. From the stage of anartha nivirtti so at least we should come to the anartha nivirita stage. Then it will start to have more relevance in our lives. It has more relevance even now, as it is meant to prod you, to push you, to do the anartha nivirtti to come to the platform where this begins makes perfect sense.
From the stage of basic anartha nivirtti, when Guru and Krishna will be satisfied with the intensity of our anxiety, our desperation, our ardent affinity and our nista for attaining our natural eternal mood of loving exchanges to reach ecstasy, bhava siddhi, there will certainly be further further enlighten by gradual revelation both from within and without. Then practical attainment of authentic prayojana, our requisite prema-ke relationship as an assistant of Sri Guru in his or her own internal services to Radha and Krishna will be sure and solid by their grace. At that stage only fullest empowerment to act as an agent of Krishna’s compassion both internally as a brajagopa or gopi serving in His nitya lilas and externally as a preacher moving within the psycho-physical dimension becomes possible, not otherwise.
This material world will be repeatedly manifested and unmanifest for the rest of eternity. It is not that this insignificant point on the eternal time of continuum is the all important consideration. For all eternity there will be inumerable of fallen conditioned souls who need to be delivered to the Supreme perfection by the influence of someone’s highly qualified and most capable, fully self realized, super consciousnessly powered by preaching efforts.
Furthermore a most profound truth is that, Krishna being an extremely witty connoisseur very often requests the emancipated jiva who has in his sat-cid-ananda spiritual body attained his pleasure pastimes at His abode of Goloka to return in the acarya svarup to this material cosmos as the nitya mukta avatar. Such a nitya mukta jiva may then act as the greatest emissary of the Lord’s compassion of the other jivas bound by the network of Maha maya’s allurements.
Having become the recipient of the fullest extent Krishna’s mercy only descend emancipated as the fully enlightened gopa or gopi has the most splendid incomparably creative experience of the brightest absorbing prema contrasted against the black background of previous material existence characterized by the object forgetfulness of the Lord.
The nitya siddha jivas as well as Krishna’s divine svarup sakti tattva counterparts and even Sri Krishna Himself being always transcendentally situated and ever free from the influence three mode of nature can never have such an of the extremely enhanced contrasted experience of the extent of the Lord’s compassion. Only the emancipated jiva fully evolved to the agony of individually achievable transcendency can most perfectly emphasize with the plight of the condition soul. And only such thoroughly unabated devotee having perfectly completed the progressive course of braja bhakti bhajans can bring about in Krishna and enhance his appreciation of his own quality of benevolence. An appreciation otherwise unfeasible, in the spiritual world.
It’s only the emancipated jiva therefore who truly realizes what bliss is in store for the conditioned souls upon achieving the highest perfection. And as such, the emancipated is the fittest to instrumentally deliver the fallen souls to their highest end. Having the fully actuated in sac-cid ananda deha the emancipated jiva remain ever beyond the degrading modes of the ever degrading material nature. He or she may remain therefore, perpetually within the material world for assisting in the Lord’s preaching mission. Apparently, descending into the 2nd class or madhyama adhikari devotional status without running the risk of falling down to the material platform.
Every disciple wants guruji to be such a fully empowered parama maha bhagavat avatar coming down from the spiritual world to deliver the discipleji the lotus feet of Krishna. We will have the rest of eternity to collect the thousands and millions of disciples if that is what Krishna wants, not that we push the panic button childishly play makeshift life guard guru, jumping into the ocean of material existence to “save” the “drowning” souls become overwhelmed by the tidal wave of maya and heroically get ourselves drowned in the process.
Are you still with me? It’s is a little distracting in a way.
It’s nice that we in our spiritual infantility, intelligently rely on the power of our guru’s fully self realized purports in the matter of assisting his preaching mission through the solid medium of book distribution. That is no doubt a tremendous credit. In the end however, it will surely be preposterous to expect the books to be fully Krishna Consciousness for us, wouldn’t it?
Transcendental book distribution certainly serves to quiescently inculcate ideal spiritual standards upon humanity. That is the mercy of the acarya parampara. To give us some meaningful engagement along the way.
Nevertheless we should not idiotically ignore the obvious implication that it is we who have to personally learn and gradually realize the full gamut. of the progressive pure devotional experience. This must necessarily be accomplished by the practical application of appropriate authoritatively approved internal Rupanuga methodologies, notably illustrated in the writings of Raghunath Goswami and Visvanath Cakravati Thakur.
The point is that every one of us at some juncture was at the receiving end of the book distribution effort.
Can I see how many devotees received a book and that is what induced them to come forward to join KC movement? Did anyone ever receive a book? Book distribution effort means that the books were distributed to someone. And we happen to be that someone to whom the book was distributed. Why were the books distributed to us? The idea should be that the books were distributed to us to induce us to go to the highest end of our relationship with Krishna in the one of the braja bhavas. Unless and until we actually go to that end, the purpose of the books distribution that was done to enable us to receive the book won’t be perfectly fulfilled.
Therefore we have to go that end to make the book distribution effort a complete success. An intelligent and thoughtful book distributor should sincerely consider, understand and appreciate and in due course apply this principle in practical life. Otherwise what is the meaning of the whole affair?
How can we deem our transcendental book distribution a complete success Unless that someone becomes fully absorbed in relishing the braja bhavas as a result of having gained the attraction and greed for them by deeply imbibing sastras essential message.
Work now samadhi later, that’s alright, but what work? and how much later? How later does later have to be, before later to be considered later enough? Later after some future God knows how many births?
Restoration of one’s constitutional topmost of braja prema saturated quality of para dukha dukhi compassion towards others as our Srila Prabhupada has. Falling in the wake of the immaculate moods of gopas and gopis of Vrindavan. An achievement of full blown self realization in terms of the achievers highest potential are in effect one substance. Prema and compassion are essentially tantamount in that prema deliberately expresses itself as a service endeavor to facilitate the happiness and relief the distress of Krishna and His devotees not excluding the fallen potential devotees of this prison world of three fold sufferings.
Particularly in the higher braja rasas: sringar, vatsala, and some varieties of sakya in natural super mundane sense of superiority in relation to Krishna as a lover, son or friend may be noticed, wherein a devotee is seen to rightly manifest daya bhava, mercy as a consequence of karuna, papoose (??) towards the Lord.
Such a course in response to the suitable utipanas stimuli due to the intoxicating nature of intensified rati for the visaya alumbana object of affection which naturally covers the raga bhakti the knowledge of Radha Krishna omnipotence. This is not very astonishing, as the highest preachers of prema exhibited in the stages of sneha, maan, raga,anuraga, bhava and mahabhava are unachievable in the present material body, sadhak deha. It is no laughing matter that one should progressively attend to the internal culture moods of braja, for without doing so one can never hope to manifest the suitable eternal spiritual body, siddha deha essentially required for prema’s maximum expression. Actually the highest prema compassion invincible by any jiva can only be gained in the company of Krishna’s internal retinue after joining in His manifest earthly lilas in this material world.
When that degree of prema brims over to compassionately inundate the running lives of this prison walls of goal full denizens, then only can top most empowered preaching can be done by anyone. As such it will be hoof of any aspiring preacher who wants to reach his or her highest preaching potential to go to that end even if it demands a concentrated, purposeful, dedication of considerable time and energy in this lifetime to preparatory antaranga bhajan with that long term aim in view.
Wherever we find a realized exemplar of the full array of unalloyed devotional wisdom, the person which is external institutional rank or social status not withstanding, there will behold a perfectly holistic representative of Lord Caitanya Sankirtan movement.
Perspective truth seeking people yearning for genuine spiritual substance are not impressed by any level of histrionic institutional upani reinforced razzle dazzle seminidal (??)
It may be argued that well we on various levels are all representing the movement in the making. Movement in the making means to progressively move the mumbling bonkers from the position of unaccomplishment to the position of accomplishment, from imperfection to perfection , from impurity to purity.
The idea is that the movement is like a hospital gradually moving everyone towards healthy pure devotional ideal. Not that one should idealistically expect everyone in the hospital to be perfectly healthy and pure. That’s alright, we shouldn’t unjustly cast aspersions on the sincere patients, sadhakas though they would be frailties, have yet to be fully disinfected. The point though is that the doctors should be healthy and pure.
The movement acaryas, leaders coming in the acarya parampara should be pure and self realized. It’s not that there shall be no subsequent generations of acaryas. All the disciples are instructed to come up to the decontaminated liberated standard of acarya. The offenseless suddha naam bhajan sankirtan anandhi practically manifesting the pure attributes of the acarya who clearly ascertains, follows and from his realized position, propagates the scriptural conclusion as per the decisions of the previous acaryas is to be considered a truly viable link in the sampradaya’s disciplic succession.
There can really no feasible makeshift or stop gap blind humble victor. Disciplic succession from acarya to acarya or acaryas, not from acarya to umpteen gazillion block heads who been too spiritually gutless to grasp to recognize esoteric method of unalloyed devotional realizations, prefer to crave about presumably on the plane of prem upara apakara preaching any retarded shabby so-called philosophy that blunder buzzes out from their internally bankrupt, institutionally bamboozled busy body brainlessness. Just as the series of crystal clear lenses of a telescope brings a distant object to within our purview of our eyes. In the same way, a sampradaya’s transcendental heritage is brought into the scope of our understanding through a transparent medium. The chain of pure and spiritually potent representatives of our acaryas parampara.
Dusty, foggy, flogged, flawed, warped or impudent (??) lenses will not do. A chain of lens is as clear and reliable as its faulty lens. To act as transparent medium means to allow others to clearly perceive the descending radiance of the bhagavat siddhanta by clearly exemplifying the perfect application of the principles of bhagavat dharma as per sambandha, abhideya, prayojana pracar on the basis of scriptural evidence and personal attainment.
Acarya in the Gaudiya line really means one is fully Krishna Consciousness, who clearly teaches the path of unalloyed devotional conduct both external and internal by personally imbibing and practically demonstrating the unalloyed, unconditional loving devotional ideals of the brajabasis.
Whether a nitya siddha avatar appears in this world as an acarya or a sadhak siddha having attained perfection in a previous life is reborn by the will of the Lord to act as an acarya in the service of the sampradaya or one or more individuals in the present life gain spiritual fitness to exemplify the principles of vraja prema dharma for the benefit of others, the role of sampradaya acarya is not a matter of institutional rubber stamping. There is no question of institutional rubber-stamping. The rubber-stamping of gurus is in fact quite against the principles of sampradaya. It indicates neither purity nor high caliber Krishna Consciousness. There actually has to be purity, and where there is purity coupled with realised siddhanta based ragamaya unalloyed devotional expression, rubber stamping or no rubber stamping, there we may hope to see the actual current of the sampradaya.
No amount of institutional legislation has ever in the past insured that the budding disciples will not get any other than sad-guru. Nor does such presently offer any reasonable assurance to that effect. Nor can such ever feasibly promise a fool proof approach to sad guru in the future. Glaring testimony of this statement rest in much less than unblemished post founder acarya institutional track record. What more need we say?
One gets sad-guru by the grace of God, having accumulated suitable sukriti by lifetimes of in and birth (??) of contact by agents of bhakti, a fortunate jiva becomes inclined towards the service of the absolute. When Krishna is seated as paramatma within our hearts directing the wanderings of every entities since time immemorial, gives one the object of His mercy then only by His arrangement is it possible for one to get sad-guru not otherwise. By the mercy of Krishna one gets guru, and by the mercy of the genuinely elevated Vaishnava guru, one gets Krishna.
The institutional rubber stamping of guru as well as the recurrently observed churning of unsuspecting fledgling devotional candidates into institutionally endorsed liaisons with sheet washed, locally ionized ecclesiastically rubber stamped guru figure heads simply boasts of a preposterous over estimated shark managerially manipulative or meddling with the entirely independent will of absolute. In reality though, God’s will is quite beyond the grip of any bureaucracy’s ostensibly high planned administrative meetings.
Those who are God-sanctioned to get the feet of sad-guru will definitely succeed by dint of providence’s indisputable transcendental system even without the aid of materially concocted legislative contrivances.
And despite the well intended precautionary legislation, those not destined to get sad-guru in the present life though associated with one or another preaching organization will be frustrated time and again even after repeated futile attempts.
Of this there is ample precedence. The shining example of devotees authentically empowered by Krishna sakti to undeviatingly represent the teachings of the predecessor acaryas will itself suffice to satisfy all institutional requirements. Aspiring sampradaya adherence need only be siddhantically edified and alerted as to the standard sastric criteria for ascertaining the fitness of guru. That much institutional government is legitimate. Deviants and impostors will automatically be shunned and pulled into disrepute.
No amount of artificially imposed ecclesiastical governance in the matter of guru appointment under any clumsy pretext, can change for half a hair breadth, the God-sanctioned progress of a jiva soldier through eternal time.
To advocate otherwise to the plea of administrative safe guard in quality control, is to indecorously bond one lack of faith in the inescapable will of the Supreme and the acaryas actual instructions concerning the principles of disciplic succession.
It is true that the highest realization is to take all risk to go out of one’s way to save the world. That is our mission for sure.
Still even so, still higher than that, ultimately the very highest realization to found this mission is to save oneself. First make yourself spiritually fit. Doctor heal by itself. First dance and chant in ecstasy like a madman then worry about saving the rest of the world. Higher than becoming guru is to become an accomplished fully self realized disciple and that hardly implies that one should pompously pose as a king with no clothes to passionately impress the little neophytes with how much one might have superficially garnered in the line of the letters and the papers in the pile of clothes.
No where is it mentioned in any sastras that neophytes and intermediate devotees achieve prema by initiating hundreds and thousands of disciples. It is really best not to accept any disciple at all. I repeat, this is Srila Prabhupada’s instruction from the purport in Caitanya Caritamrta it is really best not to accept any disciples at all. Better by far we humbly endeavor to chant suddha naam via the intent prosecution of yuga dharma nama sankirtan with a view to achieve ultimate ragamaya perfection at the feet of Sri Guru. Then we may hope to become truly empowered instruments in the hands of the predecessor acaryas.
We must always remember it is not that the authority constitutes truth. Truth constitutes authority. That is guru parampara. Diplomatic affairs tend to dismantle brahminical culture. They who prefer to bend, water down compromise for obscure truth to suit various waggling paternally conceived managerial agenda on the plea of propagating the Krishna Conscious movement are not truthful brahmans. Then what to speak of being paramahamsa Vaishnavas.
It would serve us well to remember that our beloved Guru Maharaj Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada after spending nine preparatory years in Vrindavan went out to benefit the people of the western world as a fully self realized spiritual master not as a bake it as you make it, relatively unimpressive struggling neophyte superficially polished-psycho preacher having little if any actual cognition by way of divine revelation as to the details regarding his highest potential braja svarupa.
On this holy occasion of Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa puja festival, I humbly request everyone who claims to be his follower: “Please don’t be distracted by the superfluous pursuits. Our human lives are very very short. Moreover the current of world affairs are extremely precarious. The urgency is paramount. If we actually want to become an empowered representatives of His Divine grace, then let us please boil down the milk making it thick and sweet by seriously concentrating our endeavors, focusing our attention as much as possible on the essence that of what our Srila Prabhupada is ultimately all about.” (Bells ring) Confirmed.
Whatever we understand about Srila Prabhupada according to our individual maturity, level of purity, capacity and angle of vision we should know beyond a shred of doubt that our Srila Prabhupada is the top most braja basi, very very dear to Srimati Radharani. And by his mercy, we can also become similarly dear to her if we deeply understand his mission, sincerely take shelter of the yuga dharma nama sankirtan and try our best to follow in his footsteps without material contrivance and mental concoction.
If my words have somehow in anyway, ruffled anyone’s feathers please forgive them, please forgive them, my words. They are only their duty, their inner realizations as per perception of reality allotted to me by the Lord of my heart. Purity is the force, I thank you for tolerating my menial existence. Harer nama eva kevalam. Om tat sat. Srila Prabhupada Ki! Jai!”