Vyasa Puja Offering To Srila Prabhupada
- August 24, 2020
Prabhupada: Now if they do not also obey the orders of the sannyasi, then naturally... But that thing should be brought to the notice of higher, or some official, president. Then steps should be taken, that "If you cannot follow the rules and regulations, then you must leave." It is plain thing. There is no question of fighting. First thing is that a sannyasi, leader, they should behave themselves according to the rules and regulations, and then ask others to follow. The others who do not follow, once, twice excused; three times, "Please leave." Like that.
Syamasundara: If, if he follows strictly the principles, then he'll be automatically respected.
Acyutananda: Now I wanted to ask somebody to leave, but how does he leave? We have to buy him his ticket or something. There was a boy, one...
Prabhupada: Leave means he can go to other center.
Acyutananda: I wanted to ask him to leave, but where would he go? Who will pay for his way out?
Prabhupada: Then one thing is, that this ultimate, we are canvassing, we are preaching to bring men. To get them out is not our business. That is not our business that, but if he is incorrigible, he is not..., then he must leave. That is... If you are making so much preaching, why, to bring men, not to ask them to go. If for some paltry reason you ask, that is not...
Devotee: This was not a paltry reason.
Prabhupada: When he is incorrigible. First of all you have to try to correct him and... That is preaching. Our preaching means that people are useless; we have to train them in such a way they may take to Krsna consciousness. That is our management. But if he is completely incorrigible, then he will be asked to leave. Otherwise it is not our business that as soon as we see something is being wrong... He must be trained, by our example, by our teaching, by our work. Santa yam cinvanti kutih[?]. By word, by example, he should be corrected. If I cannot correct him by my words and example, that is also my [indistinct]. Because they are..., they are..., you cannot expect that everyone has come here, sadhu. It is not that. We collect from ordinary men, but we have to make him sadhu. That is preaching. That is preaching. That you have to do tactfully. Not that because one is incorrigible... After trying all our ways, if he is still incorrigible, then you can ask. Not that for paltry reason he cannot be..., "Get out.'' That "get out,'' if you make, then everything has to be "get out.'' That is not the policy. Policy is first of all to correct him. That is preaching. As far as possible by example, by teaching, by everything.
Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation with Sannyasis — March 15, 1974,
We say clearly, "If you are not Krsna conscious, you are rascal number one." "No, I am M.A. Ph.D." "Still, you are rascal." That is our verdict. "We don't care for your Ph.D. I know that you are a rascal because you do not know Krsna." Just a few minutes before, one gentleman came to see me, and he advertised himself that "I have read Vedas, I have read the Puranas, I have
seen Dr. Radhakrishnan and so on, but I do not get peace of mind." So I asked him, "You have studied so many literatures. Do you know who is God?" And the God who has created this, what is His name, what is the address — that he does not know. Yes. This is going on. Vimudhan. They are proud of education, proud of learning, advancement, everything, all right, complete. But real knowledge — "Do you know God?" — that he cannot explain. That he cannot explain. He will explain something hodgepodge. This is the disease. Therefore they are vimudhan.
Srila Prabhupada, Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.22 - December 31, 1974, Bombay
I once spoke to a professor who said that Krsna consciousness appears to be a combination of logic and sastra. I asked Prabhupada about this and he replied to me as follows:
"Concerning our use of analogy. We do not bring in imperfect analogy, but we follow the instructions of the sastra strictly. Our authority is on the basis of sastra, not analogy... We give analogy for the general mass of people who have no faith in sastra. Analogy is not proof, sastra is proof. Foolish people cannot understand or accept, so we use analogy. The conclusion is not drawn from the analogy but from the sastra. We don't use a combination of logic and authority, we use authority. The logic of using analogy is called in sastra, 'sakha chandra nyaya.' It is easier to focus on the moon through the branches of a tree." (Letter 75.10.21)
From Satsvarupa das Goswami's Vyasa-puja offering to Srila Prabhupada, 2020
Here there are many mothers sitting, and the natural affection for the child and the child's complete dependence on the mother's mercy is visible. There is no need of explanation. That is natural. If the mother is taking care of the child, it is not artificial. And if the child is feeling uncomfort without being on the lap of the mother, that is also natural. This is called avikaritvam, natural affection between the mother and the son. Similarly, we have got our natural affection for Krsna. As the mother and the child has got natural affection, similarly, with Bhagavan we have got natural affection. Bhagavan has got natural affection for us, and we have got also natural affection for Bhagavan.
Srila Prabhupada, Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.22 - December 31, 1974, Bombay
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