Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
Today I was reading a small book, "Light of the Bhagavata" written by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupad. I have realized that how we are getting attracted to people because of a lack of proper guidance. We should strongly condemn and respectfully disagree if a person is not following regulative principles and making adjustments like a business.
"In Kali-yuga there is a dearth of proper guidance. One may take guidance in the evening from the stars and moon, but in the rainy season, the light of guidance comes from insignificant glowworms. The real light in life is Vedic knowledge. Bhagavad-Gita affirms that the purpose of the Veda is to know the all-powerful Personality of Godhead."
Lord Krishna, in Bhagavad Gita 15.15 says
sarvasya cāhaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭo
mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaṁ ca
vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyo
vedānta-kṛd veda-vid eva cāham
I am seated in everyone's heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge, and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.
Kali Yuga - is supposed to be the worst time of all the yugas that had passed so far. But still, we are fortunate because due to Lord's mercy - both the compiler of Vedanta, Lord Sri Krishna - in the form of Bhagavad Gita and his pure devotee, Srila Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada are still present in the form of his imperishable writings. We can no more give a lame excuse that we don't know Sanskrit and hence we are not able to take advantage of the guidance provided in Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavatam and many other Vedic literatures. His Divine Grace has spent innumerable nights and spent every drop of his blood in translating the verses. With his guidance, it's our duty to spread the word of the Lord.
In one of his lectures on Isopanisad in Los Angeles on April 30, 1970, Srila Prabhupada said, "So you read every shloka, every mantra. Whenever you get time, you read the purport, you read the meaning. The whole philosophy is there. Now you are growing. There will be so many questions, so many philosophers. But our philosophy is so sound and solid, that we can meet any philosopher of the world, any philosopher. BUT YOU HAVE TO LEARN IT. The books are there, your intelligence is there, the guidance is there. Because you are preaching, sometimes we have to meet opposing elements. So if you cannot answer properly, that will be a disqualification. So every one of you should learn this philosophy. As soon as you are able to, I mean to say, guide yourself, or save yourself from the attack of the opposing element, then you'll know that you are making progress."
It is our duty to take shelter of the guidance provided by His Divine Grace and practice it in our day to day life.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Tusta Krishna das
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