BY HARIPADA DAS
17 APRIL, 2018
It is said that the Acharya or spiritual master authorized by God or Krishna is softer than a rose and harder than a thunderbolt. Softer than a rose means that when he is satisfied with the service of his disciples he gives unlimited mercy and much nectar, but when he is displeased with his disciples he scolds them in a very harsh way. I share that I remember a class of Srila Prabhupada who said that I have given them the sacred thread that is worth a few paisas, but because of their behavior they look like irate mlechas, the mlechas are the lowest people in the culture of India. Once one of his disciples wrote a letter to Srila Prabhupada and told him that I have found a better guru than you, so give me your blessings to be with him, and Srila Prabhupada replied that there are my blessings, that you go to the hell and you never remember Krishna.
It is said that even the most intelligent people cannot understand the mentality of the Acharya or bona fide spiritual master authorized by God or Krishna, in the book of Krishna in the chapter entitled the prayers of the personified Vedas, it is said that God or Krishna and the Acharya or spiritual master authorized by God or Krishna live on the absolute plane. Absolute plane means pure goodness, and the neophyte devotees should never criticize the Acharya or spiritual master authorized by God or Krishna. A devotee told me that he was present there that once Puri Maharaja scolded very harshly the devotee who wrote the biography of Srila Prabhupada. The biography of Srila Prabhupada is 6 books of 400 pages each, the Maharaja told him that he had seen Srila Prabhupada from his point of view and not from the point of view of the Holy Scriptures, that is why he committed many offenses against Srila Prabhupada. The greatest offense he committed is that he said that Srila Prabhupada authorized his disciples to be gurus, the Maharaja told him that you know very well that Srila Prabhupada did not leave anyone as a guru but ordered them to be his representatives or ritviks, however you put it there that Srila Prabhupada authorized his disciples to be gurus, for that offense your destiny is very dark.
Srila Prabhupada said that the most important verse of the spiritual life is the one that says in the Upanisads that one who has full faith in the words of God or Krishna and full faith in the words of the Acharya or spiritual master authorized by God or Krishna, all Vedic knowledge is revealed to him.