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They Are in
Total Agreement with Me
By Eka Buddhi dasa
First I must say I am most amused by those stating they disagree with me, when for the most part they are in total agreement, as in Raghavendu prabhu’s last two paragraphs, where he relates the vision of the monkey holding on, which is a wonderful example of my point. And again in Dvarkadhis prabhu’s statement "His undivided, unflinching faith in his spiritual master" was his qualification. I would like to add these quotes from Srila Prabhupada—
"So somehow, or other, it has begun, the blessings of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, as he wanted me, he desired me. So because he desired, my...I am not very expert or educated or nothing extraordinary, but only thing is that I believed in his word. That is...You can say that is my qualification. I believed cent percent in his word. So whatever success is there, it is just due to my firm faith in his instruction. So I am trying to follow. And by his grace, you are helping me. So actually, the responsibility will now depend on you. I am also old man. I may pass away at any moment. This movement should go on, you see, this movement started by Caitanya Mahaprabhu, then accelerated by Gosvamis, and then again Visvantha Cakravarti. When there is some slowness, either Krsna Himself or some representative comes to give it a push. So you should know it, that this movement should be pushed on. This should not be neglected."
And again .... "Siddhanta Sarasvati’s character was such that he never regarded his disciples as his disciples, but he used to see them as being that which was received from the lotus feet of his guru.... He has addressed his disciples as ‘My friends, rescuers from danger.’ He also wrote, ‘If a Vaisnava does not do the work of a guru, then the spiritual Vaisnava lineage will stop. Again, if he does the work of a guru, then he becomes a non-Vaisnava. For if a guru thinks, "I am a guru." then the first "u" letter in the word guru disappears (the word becomes "‘garu" or cow). A real guru does not make disciples and thus remains a guru.’ Here we see Siddhanta Sarasvati giving a very strong warning about entertaining the conception of overlordship or being the master of anyone. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada observed that when he offered obeisances to Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, he used to return, ‘Daso ‘smi’: ‘I am your servant.’ Prabhupada goes on to say ‘What he desired, I am trying a little bit and you are all helping me, so I have to thank you more. You are actually representatives of my Guru Maharaja, because you are helping me in executing the order of my Guru Maharaja. Thank you very much.’"
So I believe Prabhupada wished that his disciples feel empowered to continue his work, in the mood of Lord Caitanya, Lord Nityananda, Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, and Srila Prabhupada. This is our strength that we desire to please our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada states, "If we struggle hard to push this movement, then, even we, you don’t get any follower, Krishna will be satisfied. And our business is to satisfy Krishna. That is bhakti."
© CHAKRA 9 March 2002
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