...because He propagates the cult of devotion, He is called Acarya. He
is the Lord and the incarnation of the Lord's devotee. Therefore I take
shelter of Him. |
Srila Prabhupada: advaitam harinadvaitad
bhaktavataram isam tam
So gradually the author is offering respect,
sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu-nityananda sri-advaita. He has already offered
respect to Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda. Now it is the turn for Sri
Advaitacarya. So advaitam, nondifferent, expansion of Mahavisnu. Therefore He
is Visnu-tattva. He is not jiva-tattva. Therefore, He is Advaita.
Advaita acyuta anadi ananta-rupam. Krsna has got unlimited number of expansions,
expansion, expansion of the expansion, then expansion of the expansion, in
this way. So Advaitacarya is expansion of Krsna, it is already explained.
Therefore He is called advaitam, and acaryam bhakti-samsanat. This is the
business of acarya, to spread bhakti cult. Acaryam mam vijaniyat navamanyeta
karhicit. It is said by the Lord that You should accept the acarya... Acarya
means one who transmits bhakti cult. Bhakti-samsanat, spreading,
One who is not spreading -- he is cultivating Krsna consciousness for his
personal benefit in a secluded place, sitting and chanting -- that is also nice,
but he's not acarya. Acarya means he must spread, Gosthy-anandi.
Bhajananandi, gosthy-anandi. So generally, gosthy-anandi means one who wants
to increase the number of devotees. He's called gosthy-anandi. And one who is
self-satisfied, that Let me do my own duty, he is called bhajananandi. So my
Guru Maharaja, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, he was gosthy-anandi; he
wanted to increase the number of devotees. And the more you increase the
number of devotees, the more you become very much recognized by Krsna. It is
Krsna's business. Krsna personally comes as He is, Krsna, to spread this
bhakti cult. Man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru. Sarva-dharman
parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja. He's canvassing personally. Paritranaya
sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam, dharmasamstha-panarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge.
So -- same thing entrusted to another devotee, and who spreads, he's acarya. So
Krsna says, the acarya... Here it is said, that advaita harina advaitad. So,
of course Advaita Acarya is expansion of Visnu-tattva, but any acarya, he is
to be considered identical with the Lord. The Lord says that, that acaryam mam
vijaniyat. One should understand the acarya. Acarya bhakti-samsanat. Acarya
means who is spreading pure bhakti cult. That acarya, Krsna says, you
should consider such acarya as Myself.
Acaryam mam vijaniyat navamanyeta
karhicit, that... You cannot consider, Yes, he's acarya, but not as good as
Krsna. No. Na avamanyeta. Don't deride in that way. Then there will be
falldown. Acaryam mam vijaniyat navamanyeta karhicit. And in the Vedas also it
is said, yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau: Anyone who has got
unflinching faith in the Supreme Personality and the similar faith in guru...
Yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau, tasyaite kathita hy arthah:
All the Vedic literature, prakasante, becomes revealed simply by these two
Guru krsna krpapaya bhakti lata bija. We should not jump over Krsna without
the help of guru. That is not possible. You must go through. Because Krsna
says, acaryam mam vijani... Tasmad gurum prapadyeta jijnasuh sreya uttamam:
Actually one who is serious to understand higher transcendental subject
matter, he must approach guru. Tasmad gurum, prapadyeta. These are Vedic
injunctions. Caksudana dilo yei, janme janme pita sei. So anyone who opens...
Guru means who opens the eyes of the ignorant person. Ajnana-timirandhasya
jnananjana-salakaya. Opening the eyes by giving real knowledge... Guru krsna
krpapaya bhakti lata bija. So bhakti-lata, the devotional service, the seed of
devotional service, can be received by the parampara system through bona fide
spiritual master. And if we abide by the orders of spiritual master
faithfully, then Krsna becomes pleased. That is stated by Visvanatha
Cakravarti Thakura, yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah.
Ara na koriya mane asa. Narottama dasa... All the acaryas they say like that.
Acaryam mam vijaniyat. Acaryavan puruso veda: One who has accepted acarya, he
knows things are they are. Others, they do not know. It is not possible. So
Advaita Acarya is the typical example, how to become acarya. All are our
acaryas, sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda, sri-advaita gadadhara
srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda. All of them are acaryas because they are
following the acarya, Supreme Acarya, Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore they are
acarya. evam parampara-praptam imam rajarsayo viduh. So we have to follow the
acarya. Then, when we are completely, cent per cent follower of acarya, then
you can also act as acarya. This is the process. Don't become premature
acarya. First of all follow the orders of acarya, and you become mature. Then
it is better to become acarya. Because we are interested in preparing acarya,
but the etiquette is, at least for the period the guru is present, one should
not become acarya.
Even if he is complete, he should not, because the etiquette is, if somebody
comes for becoming initiated, it is the duty of such person to bring that
prospective candidate to his acarya, not that Now people are coming to me, so
I can become acarya. That is avamanya. Navamanyeta karhicit. Don't transgress
this etiquette. Navamanyeta. That will be fall down. Just like during the
lifetime of our Guru Maharaja, all our godbrothers now who are acting as
acarya, they did not do so. That is not etiquette. Acaryam mam vijaniyat na
avaman... That is insult. So if you insult your acarya, then you are finished.
Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado yasya aprasadat na gatih kuto 'pi -- finished.
If you displease your acarya, then you are finished. Therefore it is said,
Caitanya Mahaprabhu says to all the acaryas... Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita
Prabhu and Srivasadi-gaur-bhakta-vrnda, they are all carriers of orders of Sri
So try to follow the path of acarya process.
Then life will be successful. And to become acarya is not very difficult.
First of all, to become very faithful servant of your acarya, follow strictly
what he says, try to please him and spread Krsna consciousness. That's all. It
is not at all difficult. Try to follow the instruction of your guru maharaja
and spread Krsna consciousness. That is the order of Lord Caitanya. Amara
ajnaya guru hana tara ei desa, yare dekha tare kaha krsna-upadesa: By
following My order, you become guru. And if we strictly follow the acarya
system and try our best to spread the instruction of Krsna... Yare dekha tare
kaha krsna-upadesa. There are two kinds of krsna-upadesa. Upadesa means
instruction. Instruction given by Krsna, that is also krsna-upadesa, and
instruction received about Krsna, that is also krsna-upadesa. Krsnasya upadesa
iti krsna upadesa. Samasa, sasti-tat-purusa-samasa. And Krsna visaya upadesa,
that is also Krsna upadesa. Bahu-vrihi-samasa.
This is the way of analyzing Sanskrit grammar. So Krsna's upadesa is
Bhagavad-gita. He's directly giving instruction. So one who is spreading
Krsna-upadesa, simply repeat what is said by Krsna. Then you become acarya.
Not difficult at all. Everything is stated there. We have to simply repeat
like parrot. Not exactly parrot. Parrot does not understand the meaning; he
simply vibrates. But you should understand the meaning also. Otherwise how you
can explain. So, so we want to spread Krsna consciousness. Simply prepare
yourself how to repeat Krsna's instructions very nicely, without any
malinterpretation. Then, in future... Suppose you have got now ten thousand.
We shall expand to hundred thousand. That is required. Then hundred thousand
to million, and million to ten million.
Prabhupada: So there will be no scarcity of acarya, and people will understand
Krsna consciousness very easily. So make that organization. Don't be falsely
puffed up. Follow the acarya instruction and try to make yourself perfect,
mature. Then it will be very easy to fight out maya. Yes. Acaryas, they
declare war against maya's activities, that maya instructing that here is
wine, here is cigarette, here is that, in your country these advertisements
are very prominent, holding both ways, wine advertisement, cigarette
advertisement, naked woman advertisements, and sometimes gambling also,
advertisement. What is that? Congo?
Prabhupada: Bingo. (laughter) Yes. So this is maya. And our declaration of war
with maya -- no intoxication, no meat-eating, no bingo -- (laughter) these are our
declaration of war. So we have to fight in that way because nobody can
understand Krsna without being free from all sinful activities. These are
Therefore it is acarya's business to stop these nonsense
activities. Otherwise they'll not be able to understand, especially the
meat-eaters. They cannot understand. Nivrtta-tarsair upagiyamanad
bhavausadhi chrotra-mano 'bhiramat, ka uttamasloka-gunanuvadat puman
virajyeta vina pasughnat. Unless one is very expert in killing animals, he's
not bereft from Krsna consciousness. That means one who is very expert in
killing, he cannot understand. Therefore Christ also said, Thou shall not
kill, the first business. Nobody will be able if one is a killer of animal,
small or big, ultimately killer of his own children, killer of his own self.
The killing process is so nice that it goes up to the point of killing one's
children. That is now happening. Killing business has so expanded that they
are killing their own children. Just see the influence of Kali-yuga. The
children, they take shelter of the father and mother, thinking very safe. Now,
in this Kali-yuga, even there is no safety under the care of father and
mother. Just see how this material civilization is progressing. Very, very
dangerous. Kalau nasta-drsam. Therefore that Bhagavata verse is there,
krsnesvadhamopagate dharma-jnanadibhih, kalau nasta-drsam puranarko
'dhunoditam. Very, very abominable condition in this age of Kali, very, very.
It is the beginning of Kali. Now we have to pass through 427,000's of years.
Kali-yuga will make progress in that way. And people are now practicing eating
their children, and at the end of Kali there will be no food available.
They'll... They have to eat the children just like the snakes do.
The snake eat their own children. There are many animals; they eat their own
children. So don't try to repeat your birth again and again in this Kali-yuga.
It will be not very happy life. Better sacrifice everything in this life and
be fully Krsna conscious and go back to home, back to Godhead. Don't wait for
the next life. This is very seriously repeated, that This life I shall finish
my Krsna consciousness business, and, as it is stated in the Bhagavad-gita,
that Krsna consciousness business means to understand Krsna rightly. And He's
explaining Himself rightly. Where is the difficulty to finish the Krsna
consciousness business? If Krsna is explaining Himself, what He is, then where
is your difficulty? Krsna is explaining Himself in the Bhagavad-gita, Krsna is
sending His representative acarya to teach you and Krsna is within yourself
trying to teach you if you are actually serious. Then where is the difficulty?
Inside, outside, always, books, knowledge -- He is prepared.
So where is the difficulty to make yourself perfect in Krsna consciousness?
There is no difficulty at all. Provided you are serious, you can become fully
Krsna conscious in this very life. You are all young men. You are not old man
like me. I have no opportunity.
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