THE BONA FIDE SPIRITUAL MASTER (part2)
….Our Acharyas have established there are four bona fide sampradayas in this age of kali on the basis of the Padma Purana. In the Padma Purana it is stated that four sampradayas are considered to be bona fide sampradayas. That is the sampradaya that originates from Laksmi Devi, Sri Sampradaya ….the Sampradaya that originates from Shiva…the Rudras Sampradaya, the Sampradaya that is originating from the four Kumaras, the Nimbarka Sampradaya and the Sampradaya that is originating from Brahma, that is the Brahma Madhava Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya …so Srila Prabhupada was an Acharya of the Brahma Madhava Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya so one of the four authorised sampradayas….so sampradaya can not just be manufactures on it’s own….everyone in India claims to have some sampradaya, oh yeas we have sampradaya as we also have…No, it is not mentioned in the scriptures, It must be one of the four bona fide for the age of kali as is mentioned in the Padma Purana….so in this way we see Srila Prabhupada a bona fide Acharya in the Brahma Madhava Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya.
The Caitanya Caritamrita begins with…..bengali verse……it says before we worship anything we worship the spiritual master, there it is given in the plural form, there is not just one spiritual master, there are many. Krsnadas Kavairaja Goswami explains, that both diksha, siksha gurus are on equal platform, they equally represent the Supreme Lord…..yes this is the fact, the Spiritual master is the representative of the Supreme Lord…..sanskrit…..actually Krishna is the first one to establish religious principles, no one else can establish religious principles…no Acharya can establish religious principles, it is Krishna who establishes religious principles and those who are representing that message faithfully, they are bona fide gurus….so they must come from a bona fide disciplic succession and they must present the message of Krishna unaltered…as it is.
That’s why Prabhupada established the Bhagavad gita as it is….we see that Advaita Acharaya was enquiring from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu about the…sanskrit…the true path of the Gita or the Gita as it is so Advaita Acharya was also trying to present the Gita as it is, this is truly the way..not like so many different people have used the Gita for their own purposes……..one dentist in Bombay was saying yes Krishna is like the dentist and Arjuna is like the patient…..was he teaching Gita or was he doing business?
So so many have tried to use the Gita for their own point of view, but Krishna makes it very clear in the Gita what his purpose is…sanskrit….just bow down to me, worship me….so Krishna made it very clear what is the goal of spiritual life…..without a doubt, so a bona fide spirtual master must be establishing that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and devotional service to Krishna is the ultimate goal.
We know that in the Srimada Bhagavatam in the eleventh canto there is a narration that once the sages, from the higher regions of the universe assembled and Bhrigu was the most prominent one at that meeting …. So the sages were requesting Bhrigu to reveal to them who actually the Supreme Lord was …was it Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu and …Bhrigu of course went on a mission to find out: So Lord Brahma was happy to see Bhrigu, Bhrigu was after all his own son…but Bhrigu didn’t offer him any respect what so ever so Lord Brahma felt disturbed…quite disturbed and was clearly displeased with Bhrigu…
Then Bhrigu went to Lord Shiva , Lord Shiva also a son of Lord Brahma and in that sense a brother of Bhrigu, so Bhrigu came before Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva came up and wanted to embrace him and Bhrigu said don’t touch me !..you are covered in the ashes of the crematorium, you are contaminated…Lord Shiva almost burnt him to ashes!…phew that was close
Then Bhrigu decided to quickly retreat and then went forward to Lord Vishnu and when he saw Lord Vishnu he went up to Lord Vishnu and with a first class karate kick , kicked him in the chest!
And Lord Vishnu said “ My dear Bhrigu are you alright? I mean my chest is very hard…is your foot alright, hope you didn’t hurt yourself”
So in this way it is described in Srimad bhagavatam. How Bhrigu went on a mission to ascertain who was the Supreme Lord. So what is the conclusion after hearing these narrations, he presented his findings to the sages and the sages came to a conclusion who was the Supreme Lord….so what are the sage of Leicester to say about that?!
Maharaja: Yeah Lord Vishnu was not effected at all, He was transcendental, completely transcendental, He was not in any way affected by the modes of material nature, nothing could worry him and infact the offence increased; in the case of Brahma it was just neglect of respect, in the case of Shiva it was a verbal offence and in the case of Lord Vishnu it became a karate kick! Which goes in the realm of physical offence, punishable by law and what not.
In short he clearly stepped over the limits of what is permissible..but Lord Vishnu accept it…so Srimad Bhagavatam established that…that Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna is the Suprme Personality of Godhead……..sanskrit…..Vasudeva is the ultimate goal of all yoga, is the ultimate goal of knowledge, the ultimate goal of all dharma, the ultimate goal of all benefits one can get in life….ultimateley Vasudeva is the ultimate goal in life….
So the bona fide Spiritual master must thoroughly establish that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead… …cont tomo