(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2010, Chowpatty, India, Lecture) Transcribed by Madhumati dd One must be careful in dealing with saintly persons. One must be respectful - that is important! We must serve … more
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Durban – South Africa, April 2011)
Srila Prabhupada wrote 2 letters after the departure of his spiritual master. In the first letter he said: “My spiritual master has now returned back to the spiritual world and taken up his eternal position as a manjari in the spiritual world.”
In the second letter he writes: “But l know that my spiritual master, although he is now in the spiritual world, he is always looking at everything I do.”
In other words, he is still actively involved with the here and now. And that’s the situation.
So the great and pure devotees, they can manifest themselves either by appearing before devotees, either by appearing in the dreams of devotees, or either by appearing through someone else, by arranging for Krsna Conscious influence in the life of devotees. In this there is no doubt.
We can understand that as Srila Prabhupada wrote that his spiritual master was watching over him, that Prabhupada is still watching over us. And isn’t that what we are experiencing?
One devotee had done so much service and still had some rounds left and was chanting, and then, just so exhausted, went to bed. Immediately he had a dream that there was someone at the door. He opened the door and it was Prabhupada, and Prabhupada said: “Did you finish your rounds?” Which he didn’t!
So Prabhupada will help us, will help us, and the great and pure devotees will continue to help us even though they are in the spiritual world. And there are others, other pure devotees who will emerge, and who will manifest themselves and who will carry the Vaisnavas.
So one should not just look at the pure devotees who have passed on, but one should also look at the pure devotees in the present who will, somehow or the other, give us shelter. We take shelter there and then everything can be attained, because the same knowledge, the same mercy is coming in disciplic succession.