A Satguru or Acharya (Part 3)

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

(From "Acharya. Guru. Spiritual Master" - click to read more from it.
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– Can a learned person who does not know the conclusion of devotional service be called an Acharya?

– Before the birth of Sri Caitanya, Devananda Pandita was famous as an Acharya because of his explanations on Srimad Bhagavatam. Being a teacher and preacher of devotional service Himself, Mahaprabhu became extremely displeased upon hearing the nondevotional explanation of Devananda Pandita. Later, Devananda Pandita realized the science of pure devotional service by the mercy of Vakresvara Pandita. (Sajjana-toshani 9/12)

– What harm is caused if one acts against the conclusion of bhakti (devotional service)?

– A Vaishnava who acts against the conclusion of bhakti (devotional service) is the root cause of anarthas within the sampradaya. (Sajjana-toshani 4/1)

– If an Acharya or a spiritual master criticizes the improper conclusions of devotional service, will he be considered a prajalpi or gossiper?

– Sukadeva Goswami did not become a prajalpi even though he discussed the materialists to instruct his disciples. Therefore, such activities should be accepted as beneficial. Moreover, to instruct His disciples, Sri Caitanyadeva discussed the false renunciates. (Sajjana-toshani 10/10)

– Are there any differences of opinion among the Acharyas?

– Whatever a siddha-purusa in India will speak, a siddha-purusa in another part of the world will speak. A devotee in Vaikuntha will also speak the same thing, because there are no material qualities in the conclusions of pure, liberated souls. Therefore the conclusions cannot be different. (Tattva-viveka Chapter 1/2)

– Does an Acharya give initiation without any consideration?

– The worshipable, qualified Acharyas should give initiation to the qualified candidates. Although in Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa the method for testing each other is recommended, it is often not practiced. That is why the fall of both the spiritual master and the disciple, as well as pollution of the sampradaya, become inevitable. (Sajjana-toshani 4/1)

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Natural Brotherhood (Bhaktivinoda Thakura):

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"Gradually, when the offensive portions of the established religions are destroyed, there will be no more differences in the bhajana performed by the various Sampradayas nor any quarrel between them.

Then as brothers, the people of all castes and countries will spontaneously chant the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord together.

At that time, no one will hate anyone or consider others dogeaters; nor will anyone be overwhelmed by the pride of high birth.

The living entities will not forget the principle of natural brotherhood."

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