Comments from Brahminical Council:
How disciples of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, “leaders” of Iskcon, can ask to very advanced devotees like Aindra and others, to give them any respect. Aindra Prabhu speaks in a respectful manner, but he says the truth to these cheap leaders. Aindra Prabhu has not committed suicide, he has been killed. He has been killed by envious people, may be Gaudiya-
Happiness and distress are not in our hands, whereas the nature of our activities does depend on us. Whatever happens in a devotee’s life is not his karma, but the Lord’s mercy. When suffering comes, an ordinary devotee becomes hopeless and laments, “Alas, what shall I do?” Undoubtedly, such a devotee tastes the fruits of his own past activities. However, an advanced devotee thinks, “This is the Supreme Lord’s mercy. My Lord has sent me this suffering to free me from pride, and to make me humble and tolerant...
ya āste manasā smaran
mithyācārah sa ucyate
One who restrains the senses of action but whose mind dwells on sense objects certainly deludes himself and is called a pretender.
Purport by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
There are many pretenders who refuse to work in Krishna consciousness but make a show of meditation, while actually dwelling within the mind upon sense enjoyment. Such pretenders may also speak on dry philosophy in order to bluff sophisticated followers, but according to this verse these are the greatest cheaters. For sense enjoyment one can act in any capacity of the social order, but if one follows the rules and regulations of his particular status, he can make gradual progress in purifying his existence. But he who makes a show of being a yogī while actually searching for the objects of sense gratiﬁcation must be called the greatest cheater, even though he sometimes speaks of philosophy. His knowledge has no value, because the effects of such a sinful man’s knowledge are taken away by the illusory energy of the Lord. Such a pretender’s mind is always impure, and therefore his show of yogic meditation has no value whatsoever.
yas tv indriyāni manasā
asaktah sa viśisyate
On the other hand, if a sincere person tries to control the active senses by the mind and begins karma-
Purport by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
Instead of becoming a pseudo transcendentalist for the sake of want on living and sense enjoyment, it is far better to remain in one’s own business and execute the purpose of life, which is to get free from material bondage and enter into the kingdom of God. The prime svārtha-
niyatam kuru karma tvam
karma jyāyo hy akarmanah
na prasidhyed akarmanah
Perform your prescribed duty, for doing so is better than not working. One cannot even maintain one’s physical body without work.
Purport by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
There are many pseudo meditators who misrepresent themselves as belonging to high parentage, and great professional men who falsely pose that they have sacriﬁced everything for the sake of advancement in spiritual life. Lord Krishna did not want Arjuna to become a pretender. Rather, the Lord desired that Arjuna perform his prescribed duties as set forth for ksatriyas. Arjuna was a householder and a military general, and therefore it was better for him to remain as such and perform his religious duties as prescribed for the householder ksatriya. Such activities gradually cleanse the heart of a mundane man and free him from material contamination. So-
yajñārthāt karmano ’nyatra
loko ’yam karma-
Work done as a sacriﬁce for Visnu has to be performed; otherwise work causes bondage in this material world. Therefore, O son of Kuntī, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain free from bondage.
Purport by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
Since one has to work even for the simple maintenance of the body, the prescribed duties for a particular social position and quality are so made that that purpose can be fulﬁlled. Yajña means Lord Visnu, or sacriﬁcial performances. All sacriﬁcial performances also are meant for the satisfaction of Lord Visnu. The Vedas enjoin: yajño vai visnuh. In other words, the same purpose is served whether one performs prescribed yajñas or directly serves Lord Visnu. Krishna consciousness is therefore performance of yajña as it is prescribed in this verse. The varnāśrama institution also aims at satisfying Lord Visnu. Varnāśramācāravatā purusena parah pumān/ visnur ārādhyate (Visnu Purāna 3.8.8).
Therefore one has to work for the satisfaction of Visnu. Any other work done in this material world will be a cause of bondage, for both good and evil work have their reactions, and any reaction binds the performer. Therefore, one has to work in Krishna consciousness to satisfy Krishna (or Visnu); and while performing such activities one is in a liberated stage. This is the great art of doing work, and in the beginning this process requires very expert guidance. One should therefore act very diligently, under the expert guidance of a devotee of Lord Krishna, or under the direct instruction of Lord Krishna Himself (under whom Arjuna had the opportunity to work). Nothing should be performed for sense gratiﬁcation, but everything should be done for the satisfaction of Krishna. This practice will not only save one from the reaction of work, but also gradually elevate one to transcendental loving service of the Lord, which alone can raise one to the kingdom of God.
Click on the picture of A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada explains very nicely this verse: raja-
Narayana Maharaja says:
Happiness and distress are not in our hands, whereas the nature of our activities does depend on us.
gunaih karmāni sarvaśah
kartāham iti manyate
The spirit soul bewildered by the inﬂuence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actuality carried out by the three modes of material nature.
Purport by His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
Two persons, one in Kṛiṣhṇa consciousness and the other in material consciousness, working on the same level, may appear to be working on the same platform, but there is a wide gulf of difference in their respective positions. The person in material consciousness is convinced by false ego that he is the doer of everything. He does not know that the mechanism of the body is produced by material nature, which works under the supervision of the Supreme Lord. The materialistic person has no knowledge that ultimately he is under the control of Kṛṣṇa. The person in false ego takes all credit for doing everything independently, and that is the symptom of his nescience. He does not know that this gross and subtle body is the creation of material nature, under the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and as such his bodily and mental activities should be engaged in the service of Kṛiṣhṇa, in Kṛiṣhṇa consciousness. The ignorant man forgets that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is known as Hṛiṣīkeśa, or the master of the senses of the material body, for due to his long misuse of the senses in sense gratiﬁcation, he is factually bewildered by the false ego, which makes him forget his eternal relationship with Kṛiṣhṇa.
Following the example of his numerous compatriots bogus swamis, Narayana Maharaja does not differentiate the soul, the body, the mind, the intelligence, the false ego. From this fact, he cannot be considered as an advanced vaisnava, what to say of taking on an aura of the title of Bhaktivedanta. Narayana Maharaja is a prakrita-
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta says:
Will I be able to make disciples?
Give up your enviousness and show mercy to every living being by turning those who are currently indifferent to Krishna back toward Him. Don't take up the role of spiritual master in order to do harm to others. Don't play at spiritual master with the intention of immersing yourself in sense objects. Don't just dress up as spiritual master. Should you manage to become a sincere servant of the guru and Krishna and acquire their blessings, then there will be nothing to fear. If not, however, you are doomed.
Who can carry out the guru's mission?
The work of spiritual master is done by those who have been sent here by the Lord from the transcendental world. They take on the appearance of ordinary human beings for the sake of unfortunate conditioned souls like ourselves, to deliver them from the three miseries and send them back to the divine realm The Lord's messengers, the carriers of His divine message, are the intimate associates of the Lord.
The true holy person carnes a sharpened sword with which he beheads the goat-
The spiritual master is one who has no duty other than service to Krishna, whose intelligence is fixed on Krishna, and who sees nothing but Krishna. He has no desire to hear flattery, and thus is beholden to no one. He can fearlessly preach the truth.
One is eligible to become guru if he speaks nothing but hari-
An insincere hypocrite cannot be a guru. One whose aspiration is for mundane activity cannot be a guru. Pseudo-
ïhâ yasya harer dâsye karmana manasa gira, nikhilâso apy avasthàsu jivan-
One is called a living liberated soul who in all circumstances performs every action, whether of the body, mind or speech, in the service of Krishna. (Quoted in Bhakti-
The atheist who is engaged in social service instead of devotional service to the Lord should be avoided, for such a person can benefit neither himself nor anyone else. In the name of such so-
We refuse to keep the company of those who try to deceive the Supreme Lord by chanting on their beads or by crying and making a great show of emotion, but who do not see Krishna in every syllable, or see the beautiful Gauranga in every Sound. The ultimate goal of scholarship is to understand one's relation with Krishna. Our lives can truly become auspicious only when we understand, through the association of sadhus and obedience to the spiritual master's order, that everything in the universe is somehow meant for the service of the Lord.
The path to auspiciousness is revealed when we associate with devotees who see the Lord everywhere, or who see everything in relation to the Lord, who see the spiritual master everywhere, who are more humble than the straw in the street, who are as tolerant as the tree, who are free of pride but full of respect for others, and who are constantly engaged in chanting the holy names attentively. It is only with the greatest good fortune that we encounter a saintly person of such qualifications. A servant of illusion may disguise himself as a spiritual master, but he will never be able to approach Mahaprabhu Gaurasundar through the enjoying mentality. Even if Gauranga's pastimes in this world, his prakata-
Is it proper for us to make disciples?
The genuine guru does not make anyone his disciple. Rather, he makes everyone his guru by turning those who have no interest in Krishna into devotees. He tries to give Krishna pleasure by engaging everyone in his service. The guru’s vision is that everything has importance; thus his every action is an act of devotion. The spiritual master sees the guru everywhere and everything related to Krishna. For him nothing is insignificant; nothing is seen as an object of the senses. He does not see this world as a mundane creation. The guru's work is a lot like that of a medical professor in the university — he is not making students, but doctors. Similarly, the guru is making other gurus.
If the vaisnavas do not play the role of spiritual master, then the transcendental family of vaisnavas will dwindle and disappear. The problem is that as soon as one becomes guru, he ceases to be a vaisnava. Therefore it is not proper to act as guru if one is not qualified. This means only inauspicious results for the disciple and falldown for the guru. The spiritual master does not identify himself as a guru, for his inner identification as a servant of God is too powerful. If the spiritual master thinks of himself as guru, then the first vowel of his name changes and he becomes goru — a cow.
The genuine guru is engaged twenty-
Who can take on the role of spiritual master?
A devotee of Krishna who knows the philosophy of Krishna consciousness can act as spiritual master. Those who are ritualists, impersonalists, or yogis, can never be accepted as guru because they are not devotees. Only one who worships the Personality of Godhead can be guru.
On the other hand, someone who proudly thinks that he has become the servant of Krishna cannot be guru either. As long as one considers oneself a vaisnava, he cannot be guru. For this reason, anyone who functions as a guru does not go around calling himself a guru or a vaisnava. This is why my spiritual master never claimed to be a vaisnava. Anyone who calls himself a vaisnava is immediately branded a "non-
Ami to’vaisnava e buddhi hoile
Amani na ho’bo ami
Pratisthasa asi’ hridoya dusibe
If I think, « I am a vaisnava, » then I will never become humble. My heart will become contaminated with the hope of receiving honor from others, and I will surely go to hell.
Tomara kinkora apane janibo
Tomar ucchistha pada-
Sada niskapate bhaji
Give me the mercy that I can renounce the false conception of my being guru and can be your servant. Let me accept without duplicity your remnants, the dust of your feet, and the water that has washed them.
nije srestha jâni' ucchisthadi dane
ho'be abhimana bhara
tai sisya taba thakiyà sarvadà
na loibo pûjâ ka'ra
By thinking that I am superior and giving my remnants to others, I will become increasingly egotistical. Let me always remain in the mood of a disciple and never accept any worship or praise from others.
The guru serves as spiritual master, but does not identify himself with that role.