Very interesting BTG article from 1944

November 28, 2020 in Articles by Laksman dasa

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BTG MAGAZINE VOLUME 1,PARTS 1-4,1944“BACK TO GODHEAD”(in devanāgarī:)vande ‘haṁ śrīguroḥśrīyutapadakamalaṁśrīgurūn vaiṣṇavāṁś ca
śrīrūpam sāgrajātaṁ sahagaṇa-raghunāthānvitaṁ taṁsajīvam
sādvaitaṁ sāvadhūtaṁ parijanasahitaṁkṛṣṇacaitanyadevaṁ
śrīrādhākṛṣṇapādānsahagaṇalalitāśrī-viśākhānvitāṁś ca

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Anyone who will come to him, he would see whether he is a daṇḍavat-class of man or hearing class of man-SP

November 28, 2020 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

July 19 1977
Prabhupāda: …known as a religious man so that they can do business very exploitively. They were called by class=”highlight”>Guru class=”highlight”>Mahārāja, dharma-dhvaji.(?) Exploit (Bengali). class=”highlight”>Guru class=”highlight”>Mahārāja used to say dharma-dhvaji. “class=”highlight”>Daṇḍavat class.” Yes. He knows simply to offer daṇḍavats. (laughs) Even so nice word: “Oh, class=”highlight”>he’s a class=”highlight”>daṇḍavat class.” My class=”highlight”>Guru class=”highlight”>Mahārāja was very humorous. He was a Calcutta bhap.(?) Therefore he liked me. All others, they came from East Bengal. I was the only disciple, Calcutta. All others…

Oct 19 1972

So dharmaḥ svanuṣṭhitaḥ puṁsāṁ viṣvaksena-kathāsu yaḥ, notpādayed yadi ratim [SB 1.2.8]. This hearing process is very, very important. But people are not interested in hearing. They are simply busy in some other duties. My Guru Mahārāja used to say… One who was not interested in hearing, he used to call him a daṇḍavat-class. Daṇḍavat-class of men. That means simply he knows how to make daṇḍavats, that’s all. (laughter) Anyone who will come to him, he would see whether he is a daṇḍavat-class of man or hearing class of man. So daṇḍavat is nice, but by offering daṇḍavat, if one does not develop the intent of hearing, śravaṇam, then he is not making very much progress. As you know, because I was little interested in hearing, my Guru Mahārāja, he accepted me as his disciple. He marked this. “This boy is interested in hearingHe does not go away.” Actually, I do not know. I could not understand what he was speaking in the beginning, but still I was very much interested to hear him, out of curiosity or something like that. So hearing is very important thing.

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