Instructions by Simha Guru - Part 8

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Instructions by Simha Guru" wherein we were trying to meditate on some of the wonderful instructions of Srila Bhaktisiddantha Saraswathi Prabhupada. In the previous offering, we meditated on the sixth instruction.

A genuine disciple must possess firm determination and faith in his spiritual master, thinking,

1. I will serve my spiritual master and Lord Gauranga with utmost simplicity.
2. I will follow my spiritual master’s instructions, which have come down from the Supreme Lord.
3. I will never disobey my spiritual master’s orders under the influence of anyone in this world.
4. If following my spiritual master means I must become an animal or go to hell forever, I will never hesitate.
5. I will not follow anyone other than my spiritual master.
6. I will destroy the current of mundane thought by the strength of his instructions..

Now we shall see further.

7. There is no knowledge or proper code of conduct in the fourteen worlds that weighs more than a particle of dust from the lotus feet of my spiritual master

In Caitanya Caritamrta Antya Lila, Chapter 16 we have the pastime of Kalidasa, a great Vaishnava and uncle of Raghubathata Gpswami, used to respectfully honour the remnants of all Vaishnavas. Pleased with his humility, Mahaprabhu bestowed him with Hs darshan, Mahaprasadam as well as the holy water that washed Lord's lotus feet.. In this regard Sri Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami says in verse 60,61

bhakta-pada-dhūli āra bhakta-pada-jala
bhakta-bhukta-avaśeṣa, — tina mahā-bala
ei tina-sevā haite kṛṣṇa-premā haya
punaḥ punaḥ sarva-śāstre phukāriyā kaya

The dust of the feet of a devotee, the water that has washed the feet of a devotee, and the remnants of food left by a devotee are three very powerful substances. By rendering service to these three, one attains the supreme goal of ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa. In all the revealed scriptures this is loudly declared again and again.

In this regard, we are reminded of a nice pastime shared by one devotee. Once when our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj was visiting a home-program, the host devotee had invited one of his colleagues to the program. That colleague was very skeptical about the path of bhakti and was asking many challenging questions. The host was unable to answer all his queries. Thinking that all his questions would be clarified if he meets Maharaj and hears his class, the host devotee had invited him for the program. But once Maharaj came there, the colleague wanted to leave on the pretext of some urgent work. But host told him to atleast honour some water before leaving. The colleague agreed and drank a glass of water and left.

From the next day onwards, the colleague became completely convinced about the path of devotional service, started attending satsangs, began chanting and became very fixed in devotional service. The colleague could not himself believe as to how he got transformed. So few years later when he was discussing this with his friend, the host-devotee revealed to him the secret of transformation - He said, "I am not surprised by your sudden transformation to take serious devotional service because that day - the glass of water you had drunk - had the magic potion of water that washed the lotus feet of Maharaj."

Jai Stila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj ki Jai! Srila Prabhupada ki Jai! Sri Guru parampara ki Jai.

So we can see here as to how the lotus feet of spiritual master is all powerful and could bestow all transcendental knowledge and give pure love of Krishna.

Krishna willing we shall meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.

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