Tridandiswami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja extols the glories of Srila Lokanath Dasa Gosvami – part 4

We can consider one more thing: Hari, Guru, and Vaisnava. If the words of Krsna (the Vedic scriptures) and guru are one, we can follow that guru. If the words of guru and Vaisnavas are the same, we can believe in that guru. However, if Krsna’s words and the words of the Vaisnavas are the same but our guru’s words are not the same, then we will have to consider. We cannot obey the orders of such a gurudeva. We should ask him, “Why is this?” If his answer satisfies us, then we can follow him; otherwise not.

For example, a guru may have thousands upon thousands of disciples, he may perform very sweet kirtana, he may be loving to all, and he may be very humble. But then, after some time he decides, “I should marry a lady. All my disciples are householders, so if I am not a householder, how will I understand their problems? To understand their problems and to know their position, I will have to marry. Otherwise, how can I help them?”

This is a big bluff. In this case he is marrying his own daughter; accepting her as his disciple and then marrying her. This is an offense. We should be very far away from such artificial gurus. If you believe such persons, then both you and your guru are destined for the darkest hell (narakam ghoram). First you will go to hell, and then your guru will go after you – head down, feet up. Try to understand all these things.

yo vyakti nyaya rahitam anyayena srnoti yah
tav ubhau narakam ghoram vrajatah kalam aksayam

“One who assumes the dress and position of an acarya, who speaks against the conclusions of Srimad-Bhagavatam and other scriptures, or performs kirtana opposed to the proper glorification of Sri Krsna, certainly goes to hell for countless lifetimes along with his disciples and whoever else hears such non-devotional talks and kirtanas.” (Hari-bhakti-vilasa 1.101)

An Explanation of the Song, “Sri Guru Carana Padma”
August 3, 2000


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