“Moving Forward”

A Treatise; Making a “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”

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Segment 01.4 

Notes to the Reader, Part 4

One of the “Two Major Issues”, that were implied previously, is the “Issue of Guru”. This Treatise is the core, or heart, if you will, of a White Paper[1], currently a work-in-progress, that is entitled:

“Guru & Disciple Tattva, According to Srila Prabhupada”. 

This White Paper will reveal a very large quantity of references, that Srila Prabhupada made in regards to the issue of guru.  In addition, it will show you, many references that he made, in regards to “being a disciple of a guru”, as well.  In this Treatise, you will only see, a fraction of the references that can be found in the White-Paper.

Srila Prabhupada has said,

“Everything is in my books”,

And,

“My books will be the law-books for the next 10,000 years.”

Hence, it is not possible, for anyone to say, that Srila Prabhupada did not leave us sufficient, adequate, enough, satisfactory, necessary, and appropriate instructions and orders in regards to the issue of “Guru & Disciple”.  In these instructions and orders, there is no ambiguity, no vagueness, no uncertainly, and no doubt.  Moreover, all of the references Srila Prabhupada made on the issue of Guru & Disciple, are personally verifiable by any aspiring disciple, who is searching for a guru.  He or she will understand what a “guru is”, and what a “disciple is”

 In addition, any Gaudiya Vaisnava, who is stimulated to take up the responsibilities of a Diksa[2], or a Siksa[3] Guru; it is absolutely essential to read and study what Srila Prabhupada and the past-acharyas wrote and/or spoke in regards to the symptoms and qualifications, of who can be either of these two types of Gurus.  Moreover, these numerous and brilliant references, are absolutely,

 “PERSONALLY VERIFIABLE”.

All scripture quoted has been obtained with the aid of Srila Prabhupada’s Veda Base version prior to 2003.  Thus, you can be assured, that unaltered works by Srila Prabhupada, are presented in this Treatise. Only the English translations of scriptural references have been used.  Diacritic & Accent-Marks have been removed, mostly for the convenience of computer-voice software used in making audio-file versions of each Segment of this Treatise. Most Purports are complete, while a few have only the pertinent portions listed.  Moreover, everything that you will find in this Treatise is in harmony with Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya[4] Siddhanta [5], and can be confirmed and supported by the principle of “Guru[6], Sastra[7], and Sadhu[8]”.  This term will be referred to as “GSS” going forward.  

According to Vedic knowledge. spiritual truth is revealed through three harmonious sources: the scriptures, [sastras], the disciplic succession of previous saints and teachers, [sadhus], and one’s own spiritual master, [guru]. When these 3 authorized sources agree, the information presented, is “conclusive”, and “incontrovertible”.

Srila Prabhupada Wrote in Purport to Srimad-bhagavatam 1.4.1:

“Personal realization does not mean that one should, out of vanity, attempt to show one’s own learning by trying to surpass the previous acharyas. He must have full confidence in the previous acharyas, and at the same time he must realize the subject matter so nicely that he can present, the matter for the particular circumstances in a suitable manner. The original purpose of the text must be maintained. No obscure meaning should be screwed out of it, yet it should be presented in an interesting manner for the understanding of the audience. This is called realization.”

In the Narada-bhakti-sutra 7.5 Purport: Srila Prabhupada Wrote:

“The bhakti method of receiving truth is by parampara[9], or disciplic succession. It is confirmed by a checks-and-balances system of hearing from guru, sastra, and sadhu. On the other hand, one who rejects the parampara system and persists in hearing argumentation will never understand the Absolute Truth.”

Lecture at Tittenhurst England, December 1969, Srila Prabhupada Said,

“These three, guru, sastra, and sadhu, should corroborate one another. If the spiritual master says something that is not in the sastra, that is not good. Similarly, a saintly person, a sadhu, also does not disregard the regulative principles of sastra.”

As instructed by Srila Prabhupada in Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.4.1 Purport. The writer of this Treatise has full confidence in the instructions and orders of the previous acharyas, and at the same time, has inderstood the subject matter nicely enough, so that the subject matter of this Treatise will be presented in a suitable manner. The original purpose of the all text by Srila Prabhupada and the Past-Acaryas, will be maintained. No obscure meaning will be screwed out of it, yet it will be presented in an interesting manner for your understanding.

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FOOT & END NOTES:

 

[1] White Paper —is an authoritative report or guide that informs readers concisely about a complex issue and presents the issuing body’s philosophy on the matter.  It is meant to help readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision.”

[2]  Diksa-guru—the spiritual master who initiates according to the regulations of the sastras.

[3]  Siksa-guru—an instructing spiritual master.

[4]  Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya—the Bengal Vaisnava sect founded by Caitanya Maha-prabhu in the late fifteenth century. Lord Caitanya’s immediate disciples, the six Gosvamis, initiated the resurrection of Vrndavana.

[5]  SiddhantaEssential conclusion.

[6]  Guruspiritual master; one of the three authorities for a Vaisnava. Literally, this term means heavy. The spiritual master is called guru because he is heavy with knowledge; one of the three authorities for a Vaisnava; along with Sastra and Sadhu.

[7]  Sastrathe revealed scriptures, one of the three authorities for a Vaisnava, obeyed by all those who follow the Vedic teachings. Sas means “to regulate and direct” and tra means “an instrument”; Vedic literature; The Vedic scriptures.

[8] Sadhu—a saint or Krishna conscious devotee, or Vaisnava. One of the three authorities for a Vaisnava A wandering holy man; A saintly person, a devotee of the Lord; one of the three authorities for a Vaisnava.

[9]  Parampara—the disciplic succession through which spiritual knowledge is transmitted by bona-fide spiritual masters; Literally, one after the other. It refers to the disciplic succession of spiritual masters and their disciples who became spiritual masters, beginning with Krishna and Brah-ma, His disciple at the dawn of creation.

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