Published on December 24th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff3
By B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami
My Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, told: “I’m the monitor.” We must not be afraid of the eternal existence of our guide and guru, so we are always a student. Always to serve under their direction.
krsna-prema janme, punar tenho mukhya krsna-bhakti-janma-mula haya ‘sadhu-sanga’ krsna-prema janme, tenho punah mukhya anga
By associating with the sadhus and gaining their mercy one can get Krishna bhakti right up to the stage of Krishna prema. Furthermore the practitioner’s very life depends on the association of the sadhus. Without sadhu-sanga it is not possible to receive the real seeds of bhakti.1
Sadhu sanga is always necessary, the direction of the sadhus, krsna-bhakti-janma-mula haya ‘sadhu-sanga’: the very origin of Krishna bhakti is in the association of the sadhus. And when you have already acquired Krishna prema janme, established in Krishna prema, tenho punah mukhya anga, he’s the principal part of your transaction, your realization, your service, and in every case his guidance will be necessary. So don’t try to be perfect, that is the greatest disease. That is almost Mayavada: “I am Brahma—so ham.” Daso ham, that is healthy mantram, formula, daso ‘ham always. Mahaprabhu says “dasa-dasanudasah”:
naham vipro na ca nara-patir napi vaisyo na sudro naham varni na ca grha-patir no vana-stho yatir va kintu prodyan-nikhila-paramananda-purnamrtabdher gopi-bharttuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah
I am not a priest, a king, a merchant, or a laborer; nor am I a student, a householder, a retired householder, or a mendicant. I identify myself only as the servant of the servant of the servant of the lotus feet of Sri Krishna, the Lord of the gopis, who is the personification of the fully expanded (eternally self-revealing) nectarean ocean that brims with the totality of divine ecstasy.”2
That is Mahaprabhu himself saying like that. For whom? Only for the newcomers, and not for us? So one who thinks that he’s in perfection, on a perfect stage, because he’s appointed as an acarya, then he’s in the highest position, his position is invulnerable, indisputable, unassailable, if he thinks like that he is gone, finished.
When anyone offered obeisance to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta he would say, “Daso ‘
He replied a little excited, “Why did you do that?” I explained his position that
I mentally offered my obeisance to him but not physically, only like this. Then he supported me and said: “Of course if that is your idea you are all right.”