Prabhupada explain sho​w anyone today can become a disciple of Jesus or Prabhupada

December 25, 2012 in Articles, Damaghosa Dasa by Nityananda Rama dasa


Hare Krsna to all
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below is a very famous and very instructive conversation with Srila  Prabhupada where he explains how any person today can become aChristain or follower of Jesus Christ if he follows his teachings. Jesus  is a pure devotee of Krsna and capable of delivering any soul back to  Godhead-IF he follows his teachings.
Srila Prabhupada explains how one can do this even today, Jesus  Christ being “gone” now for over 2000 years.
So below, in the conversation, I have added in red  letters the name “devotee” instead for the  word Christian and ” Bhagavad gita” for  Bible.The two words, either devotee or Christian are interchangeable and the  same goes for Bhagavad gita and Bible. In this way Srila Prabhupada nicely  explains how anyone today can become a  Christian or Hare Krsna devotee if he follows either Jesus or Srila  Prabhupada-both being physically “gone”. In other words, one does not require  a physically living spiritual master on this planet for one to accept him  and for him to  accept you.
It only requires one must follow either’s teachings.
SB 2.9.8  The potency of transcendental sound is never minimized  because the vibrator is apparently absent. Therefore Srimad-Bhagavatam  or Bhagavad-gita or any revealed scripture in the world is never to  be accepted as an ordinary mundane sound without transcendental  potency.    One has to receive the transcendental sound from the  right source, accept it as a reality and prosecute the direction without  hesitation. The secret of success is to receive the sound from the right  source of a bona fide spiritual master. Mundane manufactured sound has  no potency, and as such, seemingly transcendental sound received from  an unauthorized person also has no potency. One should  be qualified enough to discern such transcendental potency, and  either by discriminating or by fortunate chance if one is able to receive  the transcendental sound from the bona fide spiritual master, his path  of liberation is guaranteed.
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das
681002LE.SEA                    Lectures                  Madhudvisa: Is there any way for a  Christian (devotee) to, without the help of a spiritual  master ( Prabhupada ), to reach the spiritual sky  through believing in the words of  Jesus Christ (Prabhupada ) and trying to follow his  teachings? Prabhupada: I don’t follow. Tamala Krsna: Can a Christian (devotee) in this age, without a spiritual  master, but by reading the Bible (Bhagavad  gita) and following  Jesus’s (Prabhupadas  ) words, reach the… Prabhupada: When you read Bible, (Bhagavad gita)  you follow spiritual master.(Prabhupada) How can you say without? As soon as  you read  Bible, (Bhagavad gita) that means  you are following the instruction of  Lord Jesus Christ, (Prabhupada)  that means you are following  spiritual master. So where is the opportunity of being without spiritual  master? Madhudvisa: I was referring to a living spiritual  master. Prabhupada: Spiritual master is not the question  of… Spiritual master is eternal. Spiritual master  (Prabhupada)  is eternal. So your question is without  spiritual master. Without spiritual master (Prabhupada) you cannot be, at any stage of your  life. You may accept this spiritual master or that spiritual master .  That is a different thing. But you have to accept. As you say that “by  reading  Bible,” (Bhagavad gita) when  you read Bible (Bhagavad gita) that means  you are following the spiritual master (Prabhupada  ) represented by some  priest  or some clergyman (ritvik) in the line of  Lord Jesus Christ.(Prabhupada) So any case, you have to
follow a spiritual master.There cannot be the question without spiritual master. Is that clear? Madhudvisa: I mean like we  couldn’t understand the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita without your help,  without your presentation. Prabhupada: Similarly, you have to understand  Bible (Bhagavad gita) with the help  of the  priest (ritvik)  in the  church. Madhudvisa: Yes. But is he receiving a good interpretation from  his disciplic succession or his bishop? Because there seems to be  some kind of a discrepancy in the interpretation of the Bible.(Bhagavad gita) There’s many different sects  of   Christianity (devotees) that  interpret the  Bible (Bhagavad gita) in  different ways. Prabhupada: Of course, there cannot be any  interpretation in the Bible.(Bhagavad  gita) Then there is no authority of  Bible (Bhagavad gita).  If you interpret something…  Just like “Call a spade a spade.” So if you call something else, that is a  different thing. He’s not spiritual master. Just like this is watch.  Everybody has called it watch, and if I call it spectacle, then what is the  value of my being spiritual master? I’m misleading. (laughter) It is watch,  that I must say. So when there is misinterpretation, he’s not a bona fide  spiritual master. He’s not spiritual master, what is called a bona fide. then  what kind of a spiritual master I am? Reject him immediately. That  intelligence you must have, who is a pseudo spiritual master or real  spiritual master. Otherwise you’ll be cheated. And that is being done.  Everyone is interpreting in his own way. The Bhagavad-gita, there are  thousands of editions, and they have tried to interpret in their own way, all  nonsense. They should be all thrown away. Simply you have to read  Bhagavad-gita as it is. Then you’ll understand. There is no question of  interpretation. Then the authority is gone. As soon as you interpret, then  there is no authority.