Following the Acarya – Ask Swami Bharati

Question:

Dear Maharaj.

My dandavats pranams to your Grace.

How do we fit in if the devotees don’t follow the last will and testament by the last Acharya, how do we harmonise it? If there is an Acharya board but they are not following the last will and testament.

Answer:

“Dear Devotee

Hare Krishna. Accept my blessings,

Sometimes, according to the changes of the minds of the local people, devotees change the process of teachings, but the idea is same. Both are trying to worship God. So apparent difference is not difference. The idea is the same. The process is different, but not the idea.

Srila Gaura Kishor Das Babaji told to Srila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati not to go to Kolkata. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati staying in Kolkata and he said: i never go to Kolkata, i am always at the Lotus Feet of my Gurudev.

It is possible?

Yes.

Because of his sincerity the circumstances of Kolkata never touched Him. As the water not touch the leaves of the lotus.

No doubt is there.

You can believe in it or not, but if there is a cause to believe in, why not to believe it?

You have to see if those teachings are teachings or not.

For example: Arjun and Bishmadev, both are trying to serve Lord Krishna. But they are fighting each other, they are in different sides.

Is there any difference?

No.

If you are a football player: you are in one side and in the other side is your brother, you try to make a goal. But there is not difference, both are doing the same.

So, coming back to our point, there is not difference if somebody is trying to serve the Lord. The process of preaching can get different moods, but the idea is not different.

How can you realize and understand this?

Praying to a Vaishnav. With the blessings of a real Vaishnav you can understand that point. Otherwise you will see difference and you will commit aparadha.

If you are not realizing this, you can not follow the teaching of Sri Caitanya Dev or the teachings of Lord Krishna. You have to follow Ramcandra, and then you will understand. If you like to follow the teachings of Lord Krishna and His devotees, so you have to understand these things. You can also discuss with other senior Vaishnavas about this, because with the association of a real Vaishnav you can easily understand.

To inquire is good but should be honestly. In this mood is always welcomed, not in challenging mood.

tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya upadeksyanti te jnanam jnaninas tattva-darsinah

(Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.)

For example, if your health is not good you have to take the help of vitamins, without these vitamins you can not recover yourself. In the same way, without the help of the Sadhus, you can not understand the teachings of the Sastra. The meaning of the Sastra, the intention of the Sastra, how can you realize?

If you are not serving a niskinshan vaishnava and you are not blessed by a niskinchan vaishnav your mind will never be at the Lotus Feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

By the Grace of the real Vaishnav you can know the intention of the Sastra.

You have to read the Sastra with the guidance of Vaishnav, they can realize the intention of the Sastras, not us. Beacuse of that, a real Vaishnav advise to his followers about the Sastra.

The intention of the devotee is the service of the Lord, without the service of the Lord you can not get peace for the mind and you cannot conquer your desires. When you are established on Bhakti there is not other desire than the service of the Lord.

My love to you.”

Swami Bhakti Vigyan Bharati

Source: Ask the chief adviser of World Vaishnava Association

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