12th Oct 2002
Purnaprajna das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Who is a mahatma? The explanation says, "The word mahatma refers to those who are broadminded. The opposite of broadminded is cripple-minded. Cripple minded persons always engaged in satisfying their senses. One may argue saying that I never intend to satisfy my senses. Sometimes expanding ones activities in order to do good for others through some "ism" like nationalism, humanitarianism or altruism are also extended sense gratification. This may all be very good from the material point of view, but such activities have no spiritual value. The basis of such activity is sense gratification, either personal or extended. Only when a person gratifies the senses of the Supreme Lord, he can be called a mahatma or broad-minded person." In the purport Bhagavad  Gita verse 9.13 Srila Prabhupada says,  "The mahatma does not divert his attention to anything outside Krishna."

Thank you very much
Your humble servant
Purnaprajna das