Hare Krsna to all spiritual aspirants
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Below, for those who like to know, are three very basic ideas Srila Prabhupada gives to us, if we are somewhat serious
about our (spiritual) life.
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1) 760705CC.WDC Lectures
So in order to know all these problems of life... Just like Arjuna
submitted, and any one has to submit. One has to... Tad-vijnanartham
sa gurum evabhigacchet. So Sanatana Gosvami is teaching us by his
personal behavior how to approach the bona fide spiritual master and
submit before him and putting himself pranipa, blank. Not that "I know
something, and what my spiritual master can teach? I know everything.
There is no need of spiritual master." No. This will spoil our life.
2) 680925LE.SEA Lectures
Prabhupada: This is another point. Even one thinks that he knows
everything, still, he, before the spiritual master, he should be blank
slate, that "I do not know anything." That is the qualification of the
disciple. He should approach the spiritual master as if he does not
3) 680925LE.SEA Lectures
... And if you cannot please your spiritual master, then you must
know that you do not know your whereabouts. You do not know where you
are going. So Sanatana Gosvami was actually following the disciplic
principles. He wanted to please Lord Caitanya submissively. To please
the spiritual master means to approach him submissively, not in a
challenging mood. The Bhagavad-gita also explains in this way:
tad viddhi pranipatena
tad jnanam tattva-darsinah
Tad viddhi pranipatena. If you want to understand the spiritual
science, then you have to approach to a person where you can
completely surrender yourself. Because everyone is proud: "Oh, who can
teach me? Why shall I go to a spiritual master? I know everything."
That is the general mentality. Therefore Bhagavad-gita gives us
direction that you should go to a person where you can fully
surrender. So you have to find out a bona fide spiritual master where
you can surrender your pride. Then tad viddhi pranipatena. Praniptena
means surrender. Pariprasnena. If you find out such, if you are
fortunate enough to find out some person where you can surrender, then
you can put questions before him. That Sanatana Gosvami is putting,
that "What is my position? I think that I am very learned man, I am
born of very aristocratic family and so on, so on, but actually, I do
not know what I am. What is my position?" This is pariprasna, inquiry.
Surrender, inquiry, and sevaya. That answer should be received in
So these are three formulas. Simple questions will not help us. The
question should be put to a person where you have got full surrender
and you have got the service mentality. You cannot ask spiritual
master or any person whom you think is greater than you in a
challenging spirit. Then you will be deceived. In a submissive way, of
course, you have got right to place questions, and with service mood.
So Sanatana Gosvami is the vivid example of this disciplic succession.
Tad viddhi pranipatena. In the Vedas also the same injunction is
there. Tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet. If you want to learn
that transcendental science, then you must approach to a person who is
heavier than you. Guru. Guru means heavier. You don't go to a person
who is lighter than you. Heavier. Heavier means heavier in knowledge.
So the same thing is explained everywhere. And Sanatana Gosvami is
ideal disciple and Lord Caitanya is the ideal teacher, and we should
learn how to approach a teacher and what is the qualification of a
teacher. Just like Arjuna. Arjuna was talking with Krsna in the
beginning on friendly terms, just like a friend talks with his friend.
But when he saw that his problem was so great that it could not be
solved on friendly talks, it must be seriously understood, so he also
surrendered himself. Sisyas te 'ham sadhi mam prapannam: "My dear
Krsna, now from this point I accept You, my spiritual master, and I
surrender unto You. Please teach me." And then He began teaching.
These are the process.
So how to "physically" question the spiritual master?? Good question, answer by Prabhupada is below...
1)-11-22.Bah Letter: Bahurupa
In my books the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness is
explained fully so if there is anything which you do not understand,
then you simply have to read again and again. By reading daily the
knowledge will be revealed to you and by this process your spiritual
life will develop....
2) 3.31.48 P Lord Kapila' s Instructions on the Movement
It is sometimes misunderstood that if one has to associate with
persons engaged in devotional service, he will not be able to solve
the economic problem. To answer this argument, it is described here
that one has to associate with liberated persons not directly,
physically, but by understanding, through philosophy and logic, the
problems of life.
So if we have questions about this philosophy we must continually read the books, or ask
some other devotee who knows these things. And in this way our questions will all be answered.
No need to live in a temple.(other than your own home/ashram) Prabhupada didnt do it at all while living in India, until his last years after taking sannyasa.And actually Bhaktisidddhanta Maharaj said it was better he (Prabhupada) didnt live with his Godbrothers-and for good reason too.
OM TAT SAT