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Solid Faith in Shastra
by Nikhilananda Dasa

"Those persons who execute their duties according to my injunctions and who follow this teaching faithfully, without envy, become free from the bondage of fruitive actions." (Bhagavad-gita, 3.31)

Purport by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada:

"The injunction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, is the essence of all Vedic wisdom and therefore is eternally true without exception. As the Vedas are eternal, so this truth of Krsna consciousness is also eternal. One should have firm faith in this injunction, without envying the Lord. There are many philosophers who write comments on the Bhagavad-gita but have no faith in Krsna. They will never be liberated from the bondage of fruitive action. But an ordinary man with firm faith in the eternal injunctions of the Lord, even though unable to execute such orders, becomes liberated from the bondage of the law of karma. In the beginning of Krsna consciousness, one may not fully discharge the injunctions of the Lord, but because one is not resentful of this principle and works sincerely without consideration of defeat and hopelesness, he will surely be promoted to the stage of pure Krsna consciousness." End of purport.

From His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada:

."....If you practice bhakti-yoga, yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau [SU 6.23], if one has unflinching faith in the Supreme Personality of Godhead and his spiritual master, yatha-deve... Deve means the Supreme Lord, and guru also, the spiritual master. A person who has got unflinching faith in these two personalities — guru and Krsna — then the facility will be that all the revealed scriptures will be manifest automatically, even though he is not very learned. The purport of the whole knowledge will be revealed from within, because Krsna is within, and the spiritual master is without, so both of them will help. Our students are going to so many places — in the schools, colleges, universities. They're surprised how they're speaking so nicely, because they have got unflinching faith in Krsna and the spiritual master... " (Room Conversation — New Delhi, December 11, 1971)

"He who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme destination." (Bhagavad-gita 16.23)

"But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness; they fall down. for the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next. " (Bhagavad-gita 4.40)

This excerpt from a conversation on the topic of faith in the spiritual master touches me as an example of the great humility of Srila Prabhupada:

."...So he (the illiterate brahmin) explained the whole thing. That I am trying to read Bhagavad-gita but I am illiterate. My Guru Maharaja ordered me to read, therefore I am reading. But actually I cannot. So, frankly I admit. So, this is staunch faith in the spiritual master. He knew, the spiritual master knew, that he is illiterate. And he knew also, that ‘I cannot read Bhagavad-gita.’ BUT STILL, HE WAS TRYING TO READ because his spiritual master has said. This is called staunch faith. Yasya prasadad — He has said ! I have to satisfy him. I am incompetent, I cannot read. But he has said. Therefore it must be. This is called yasya prasadad bhagavat prasado. So, practical example—just like this Krishna consciousness movement: I mean simply being human being, what can I do ? But: I tried my best. Because my spiritual master said that ‘You go and try to preach in English.’ So, I tried my best, that’s all. I have no qualification. So, this is very nice point: Yasya prasadad—We have to try our best. I may not be able to do that. But that endeavor will be appreciated by Krishna and the spiritual master. That is required. I may be most incompetent. Everyone is incompetent. Who can satisfy Krishna who is unlimited ? But simply, what Krishna says, if we do—that will satisfy HIM...." (Srila Prabhupada, conversation, 30th January 1974 in Tokyo) [Capitals added]

All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, the most competent Paramahamsa, pure devotee of our dearmost Lord Shri Krishna !

Your servant
Nikhilananda Dasa

© CHAKRA 1 November 2001

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