Quotations

Guru

When a guru comes in connection with vatsalya-rasa, the mood of guardianship over his disciples, his friendly relation with the godbrothers decreases, some special discrimination arises and stealthily he is drawn to his disciples, indifferently neglecting his connection with his godbrothers. This tendency is sure to come, and it is difficult to keep up the balance. So, the brothers are neglected, and the sons get more attention. In this way the guru becomes partial. (Srila BR Sridhar Goswami, Sri Guru And His Grace, p. 118)

If a guru doesn’t know the svarupa of his disciple, he is not a guru. It means that himself is not situated in suddha-sattva. How can he help his disciple? (W. w.a.s. p144)

Devotee: Although some bhaktas have a desire in their heart for a pure guru, still they go to an un-bona-fide guru and don’t realize it. Why is this? Is it due to committing aparadhas?
Srila Gurudeva: That person does not have sufficient sukrti and does not want bhakti in the true sense; otherwise Krishna would not deprive him. If you are sincere and really want krsna–bhakti, Krishna will certainly arrange that you take shelter of a real guru.” (17/O5/2009 Las Vegas)

When asked, “Only the uttama–adhikari can give the bhakti-lata-bija. Is that true, or not true?” he answered “It is true.” “So a madhyama can not give?” “Madhyama can inspire them for that. If he is sincere, he will tell all these things to him, and inspire him for that krsna-seva-vasana to come.” (29/10/07)

 

Sectarianism in spiritual life

sampradaya-virodho ‘yam davanalo vicintyate
The eleventh obstacle for the Vaishnavas is sectarianism, which takes the shape of the forest fire. Due to sectarianism a person cannot accept anyone outside of his own group as a Vaishnava, and as a result he faces many obstacles in finding a guru and associating with sincere devotees. Therefore extinguishing the forest fire is most important by giving up this mentality. (Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, Krishna Samhita 8.22)

Party spirit – that great enemy of the truth – will always baffle the attempt of the inquirer who tries to gather truth from the religious works of his nation and will make him believe that the Absolute Truth is nowhere except in his old religious book. (Shrila Bhaktivinod Thakur)

Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami gives equal respect to all the preachers of the cult of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who are compared to the branches of the tree. Iskcon is one of these branches. (SP, Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi-lila 10.7, purport)

There are many societies and associations of pure devotees, and if someone with just a little faith begins to associate with such societies, his advancement to pure devotional service is rapid. (SP Nectar of Devotion: Chapter Nineteen p.41)

Regarding the disciplic succession coming from Arjuna, disciplic succession does not always mean that one has to be initiated officially. Disciplic succession means to accept the disciplic conclusion. (Srila Prabhupada Letter to: Dinesh, Tittenhurst, 31 October, 1969)

A sannyasi should have an institution meant to preach Krishna consciousness SB 7.13.34

The idea of an organized church in an intelligible form, indeed, marks the close of the living spiritual movement. the great ecclesiastical establishments are the dikes and dams to retain the current that cannot be held by any such contrivances. They, indeed, indicate a desire on the part of the masses to exploit a spiritual movement for their own purpose. They also unmistakably indicate the end of the absolute and unconventional guidance of the bonafide spiritual teacher. The people of this world understand preventive systems, they can have no idea of the unprevented positive eternal life. Neither can there be any earthly contrivance for the permanent preservation of the life eternal on this mundane plane on the popular scale. (Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Harmonist 29.7)

Why is there this politics? This is not good. If politics come, then the preaching will be stopped. That is the difficulty. As soon as politics come, everything is spoiled. (SPL 30th September, 1975)

We should be careful about power politics. Our only aim should be that each and every devotee is fully dedicated to Krishna, then things will go nicely. (SPL 19th July, 1973)

 

Fall of jiva

There are, in the spiritual world, there are Vaikuṇṭhalokas. There are inhabitants, the devotees. They’re all liberated persons. They’re akṣara. They do not fall down. Kṣara akṣara. We are kṣaras. We have fallen down in this material world. But there are devotees in the spiritual world, in the Vaikuṇṭhaloka, they never come down. Never come down in this material world, but they are also persons like us, but eternal persons, with full knowledge and life of blissfulness. (SP SB 3.25.5, 5/11/1974)

 

Spiritual progress

By great fortune the living entity wandering throughout material existence may attain that kind of sukrti which bestows bhakti. When this sukrti accumulates over many births, it gives rise to faith (sraddha) in exclusive devotion. When sraddha arises, the desire to associate with pure devotees and true saints manifests, and by this association one will gradually develop a taste for sadhana and bhajana. When anarthas are removed and this sraddha becomes pure, it transforms into nistha, which in turn, when pure, transforms into ruci. The beauty of bhakti makes this ruci very fixed, and thus turns it into asakti. Gradually this asakti gains perfection and transforms into bhava. When bhava combines with its corresponding components in the right proportion, rasa appears. This is the gradual development leading to the appearance of prema. (Sri Bhajana-rahasya, p. 114)

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