Follow the Acarya

Follow the Acarya

Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.7.6 Suta Goswami says,

anarthopashamam saakshaad / bhakti yogam adhokshaje
lokasya ajaanato vidvaams / chakre saatvata samhitaa

"The material miseries of the living entity, which are superfluous to him, can be directly mitigated by the linking process of devotional service. But the mass of people do not know this, and therefore the learned Vyasadeva compiled this Vedic literature, which is in relation to the Supreme Truth."

Superfluous means "not needed". Miseries are not needed for living entities whose original position is spiritual. But because we are wrongly identifying ourselves with material body, bodily relations and designations - miseries are being imposed upon us. So in this verse the remedy for miseries is given - bhakti yogam adhokshaje. Srila Prabhupada very nicely says in purports of the subsequent verses that hearing Srimad Bhagavatam - helps us in the process of doing nice loving devotion to Adhokshaja. Since this secret was not known to the general mass of people, Vyasadev with great compassion  has given this valuable gift of Srimad Bhagavatam for all suffering souls. 

In one of his classes on above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "So this Srimad-Bhagavatam is meant for persons who want to finish this life of anartha, meaningless life. For them Srimad-Bhagavatam, Vyasadeva has given us. We should study very carefully, and we have tried to give each and every word's meaning and the translation and the purport consulting all the big, big acaryas. Acaryavan purusho veda. One who is following the footsteps of the acarya, he knows. He knows everything. So that is explained everywhere. evam paramparaa-praaptam [Bg. 4.2], by the acaryas. We don't create any meaning. Acaaryavaan. One has to accept a bona fide spiritual master and take knowledge from him. Vidvaan. Vidvaan means who is following vidvaan. I have given this example many times, that I may be a fool, but if I have learned from a person that this is called microphone... So a child, if he says, "This is microphone," that is correct. Because the child is fool, when he says "This is microphone," that is not foolish, because he has heard it from the authorities, from his father or from his teacher, that "This is called microphone." And if he says correctly that "This is microphone," that statement is correct, although he may be a child, a fool. Similarly, aacaaryavaan purusho veda. Anyone who is following acarya, whatever he says it is correct. Because he does not manufacture. He says what he has heard from the acaryas exactly like the child, what he has heard from his father, from the superior, he speaks."

We have so many shortcomings and inabilities - And when we keep dwelling on our inabilities, there is a danger that we lose our enthusiasm for service. The words of His Divine Grace gives us the hope and solution in such circumstances. We may be a fool - but if we simply endeavour to abide by the words of Guru and Krishna, then that is the perfection of life.  In one of the classes on March 4, 1974 at Mayapur, Srila Prabhupada says, "Dedicate your life for Krishna. That is the perfection. Even if there are some faults, dedicated life is noble life. Maybe due to  our past habits, we may commit some faulty action, but that dedicated life is sublime."

Instead of brooding over the past and wasting the time, it will be beneficial for us and people around us if we simply follow the footsteps of the acaryas and dedicate our life in serving Guru and Krishna.  

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.