Apr 25

Dear Devotees and Friends:

Please accept our humble dandavats.

Hare Krsna.

Here is the recording of 20 April 2008 satsanga.

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Satsanga focus is about ‘Universal Conception of Sri Guru’ 

A summary is presented below.

HH Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaj discussed the universal conception of Sri Guru from a vyasa puja offering, which was presented by Srila Prabhupada after the disappearance of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, in 1936. Srila Prabhupada got together with his godbrothers for the vyasa puja of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, their spiritual master. And so Prabhupada wanted to present this lecture, this vyasa puja offering, which was an appeal to unity to his godbrothers and sisters. Srila Prabhupada tried to present this higher conception of unifying, for unifying different warring sections, disagreeing sections among the disciples of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Srila Prabhupada clarified with divine wisdom, that the sectarian idea that the spiritual master is limited to a particular person, form, or institution is a misconception of the finite plane. And thereby Srila Prabhupada establishes the universal conception of Guru.

Srila Prabhupada explained the principle of Guru. One should not think that Guru is a particular person, or belongs to a particular organization. The transcendental truth, which is Absolute, is valid for all persons regardless of whatever institution, whatever personality they may be connected with. To live within the relativity of this world and to live with the relativity of the Absolute world, these things have to be discriminated. Not what we think in this world, from our experiences, from our meager understanding, from our feelings or from our emotions. That is not the criterion by which we judge what is proper thing or what is that actual truth.

acaryam mam vijaniyan, Krsna says I am the acarya. The infinite comes down to the finite and the point where they meet that is called Guru or acarya. So, we cannot approach the infinite, but it is the infinite that has to approach. The finite cannot approach infinite; the infinite has to approach finite. And that approach of the infinite to the finite is called Guru. That is how Krsna communicates with us.

So Guru should not be considered as an ordinary person. We have to see Guru as Krsna’s grace. Of course Guru is also a person, a finite person no doubt. Otherwise we are finite persons, we can only relate to a finite person. But we have to understand that from the transcendental point of view also.

The inspired part of Guru, it is called. What is inspired, what is coming from that higher plane, whatever inspiration Guru has, that individual has for receiving that knowledge from his spiritual master, being receptive to that knowledge from the higher world and delivering that to us, we can benefit greatly from that. We have to consider that as Krsna’s direct connection with us. That is the proper way of approaching Guru. That is recommended in the scriptures. That is whole method that Krsna has made for instructing the living entities of this world about Himself. So there is no fault in that, no imperfection in that.

All Glories all Sadhus, Guru and Vaisnavas.

Thanking you.

Your humble servants

Purushottama Jagannatha Das & Sushen Das

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