Vanity thought #403. What acharyas said

Even if superficially, but for many devotees their desire to serve Sri Radhika has led them to search for uttama adhikari gurus capable of introducing them into sacred ashtakaliya pastimes of the Divine Couple. I know some people who are on their third guru and counting.

Interestingly, this desire to advance at all costs is not new in any way. Even a hundred years ago Bengal and Vrindavana were filled with sadhus and babajis offering siddha pranali to practically anyone who asked. The topic of siddha pranali is too big to casually address here but the underlying desire to become intimate servants of Srimati Radharani is the same.

Let’s see what our acharyas had to say about this. GBC simply forbids receiving such instructions on the side. Srila Prabhupada was quite heavy in dealing with gopi bhava club, let’s have a look at what Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati and others before him said in this regard.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati coined the phrase “first deserve, then desire”, he compared such instructions to teaching five year olds about intricacies of adult sexual behavior. He quoted Srila Gaurakishora Dasa as saying “A woman cannot produce a child simply by screaming and simulating labor pains” in relation to one devotee’s display of high level of renunciation and devotion.

He said that even if his father, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, had described manjari sadhana he also warned against premature attempts to engage in it. One might try to develop transcendental emotions in this way but without proper purification and transcendental strength he would develop the opposite inclinations.

He described devotees giving such instructions as pseudo-gurus and their disciples as pseudo-renunciates. Unfortunately, even his own brother is known to have offered siddha pranali to ISKCON devotees who later “fell down” and to this day exhibit quite unhealthy and envious attitude towards fellow vaishnavas, incompatible with necessary level of realization for such exalted practice.

He compared such attempts to trying to light an opium pipe with the fire located on the other side of the river, the river of one’s anarthas.

He considered it to be offensive and preposterous for persons still afflicted by foul sexual desires to discuss loving pastimes of Sri Radha and Krishna. He reminded of Bengali saying about premature ripened jackfruit – it appears mature but has no actual fruit inside and should be thrown away.

He set very high standards for anyone desiring to discuss even the content of the tenth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. I doubt any one of us would honestly agree that he is ready.

Thus, even if we know about our ultimate destination we are advised to keep our mouths shut unless we are qualified to utter words absolutely free of all material contamination. There’s a lot to be said about proper way of achieving such qualification but let’s keep it for another day.

Devotees who, in addition to everything above, also left the shelter of their gurus and acharyas in our disciplic succession, implying that our gurus aren’t advanced enough, are not making their progress any easier. It’s clear that they are rejecting opinions of not only ISKCON gurus but also pillars of the modern vaishnavism, acharyas of irreproachable realization, knowledge and character. I don’t know what good can ever come out of it.

In the light of the above – I have nothing to say about Srimati Radharani Herself. I wish I had but unless it’s based on real appreciation it’s better to be left unsaid. It’s fairly easy to type up a few hundred words and even feel something about it but just because we can doesn’t mean we should.

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